Escape

Posted: March 12, 2015 by writingsprint in Science fiction, We've Got Your Back
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Part 16 of “We’ve Got Your Back,” a Mass Effect fan fiction. This story has spoilers for the end of Mass Effect 3.
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“More, Adams!”

Over the com line, he heard Adams say, “Daniels! Donnelly! Flood the coolant tubes at full and hold it there.” He yelled at the engine, “Come on, you bosh’tet, I know you can do it!”

Bosh’tet?” Joker said blankly.

“I believe Tali taught Engineer Adams some quarian epithets for good luck,” EDI said.

The radiation felt seemed to be slowing down. They had almost matched speed. Joker nudged it to 116%. The engine roar turned higher in pitch. They were going faster than any ship had ever gone short of a mass relay jump.

It was right behind them.

117%. Joker took EDI’s hand. His instincts told him that Normandy didn’t have any more to give, not without destroying the ship. They’d either make it or they wouldn’t. “Not today, EDI. Not today.”

Engine readouts and structural limits went from green to yellow. He and EDI looked at each other.

Jacob asked, “Joker, have we got this?”

“Give me a second, sir. You’ll know when I know.”

The distance to the field held steady. He squeezed EDI’s hand.

Steady.

By inches, the Normandy started to gain distance.

One of the engines went to red. A thrust valve was failing. Joker and EDI quickly adjusted to 110%, then to 100% on that engine and its parallel engine on the other side of the ship.

“Talk to me, Joker,” Jacob said.

They were still gaining distance. The wave receded behind them, slower than Joker liked at first, then faster. “Yes… yes… yes! We did it! We did it! Crucible effect is behind us and all systems are nominal!”

People cheered all over the ship. Joker leaned over and kissed EDI. EDI’s eyes widened. “Jeff, we need to fly the ship!” she protested.

He chuckled. “All right, all right…”

Jacob said, “Great job, both of you! Take us down to standard speed and bring us out of FTL when we reach the rendezvous point.”

“Aye, aye, sir,” Joker said. He turned back to his station and eased the Normandy back down to a speed closer to “sane.” Out of the corner of his eye, he saw that EDI had a broad smile on her face.

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