Fight for the Lost

By LuxDragon

Scifi / Action

Correspondence IV

To: Captain Shepard

From: Oriana (Lawson)

Subject: Guardian Angels

I hope this is the right Commander Shepard. I'm Oriana. My sister only told me a little, but I don't think it occurred to her that I'm as smart as she is. I poked around a little and found an information broker who got me this address.

I got to thank her, but I never got to thank you for helping me. My parents don't really understand it, but I know how much Miranda did, how many little things over the years were her looking out for me. I'm not going to tell them. I still want to go to school and get some degrees. But I wanted you to know that I know you saved me.

I had a guardian angel all these years. I don't know if my sister has anybody. She said she's working for you, and it was pretty clear that you were doing something dangerous. Make sure she comes back alive, okay?

-Oriana

PS: Don't tell her I sent you this. It would just make her angry.

PPS: Miranda, quit looking at Shepard's messages. Oh, don't act like you don't. It's what I'd do.

-oOo-

To: Miranda Lawson

From: Shepard

Subject: Fwd: Guardian Angels

Your sister sent me a letter. I thought it'd be nice for you to hear from her, even if it was addressed to me.

Just don't shoot the messenger.

Shepard

(Don't read my messages. I'll find out if you are somehow.)

-oOo-

To: Oriana (Lawson)

From: Shepard

Subject: Re: Guardian Angels

You're very welcome. Miranda is a good friend and a valued crewmember. I was glad to help her (and you) anyway I can.

I believe she's aware of how smart you are, but I think she's underestimating how inquisitive you are as well. Liara's a good friend of ours, so I'm not surprised she would give you this address.

This mission we're on is important. Very important. You've probably already guessed that danger involved is usually proportional to the urgency of any given mission. Regardless of the risks, I'm committed to see to both the success of our task as well as the safety of those that choose to travel with me, including Miranda. Far be it for me to deny another family reunion.

By the way, I forwarded your message to Miranda. Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Shepard

PS: She recently helped me out with a situation regarding the colony in Feros. Just her way of connecting to you.

-oOo-

To: Captain Shepard

From: Lizbeth Baynham

Subject: Appreciate the Help

Hey, Shepard,

Shiala called us about what you did on Illium, and I wanted to thank you for helping out Zhu's Hope one more time. We're surviving, if barely. Most of ExoGeni left, but I stayed behind as an attaché, and to make sure that nothing was left of the Thorian. We don't need that problem again.

Also, I'm really, really sorry that I shot at you. I'm pretty sure I said that, but I just wanted to reiterate it.

Good luck and thanks. Zhu's Hope is alive again because of what you did.

Sincerely,

Lizbeth Baynham

-oOo-

To: Lizbeth Baynham

From: Shepard

Subject: Re: Appreciate the Help

It was good to see her again and good to hear from you.

After everything you've been through at Zhu's Hope, I'm glad you're doing well. And I'm happy to hear that you've stayed behind to help.

Again, don't worry about 'shooting' me. Kinetic shields save lives. And you missed anyway.

Keep up the good work. If you need any more help, you know how to contact me.

Shepard

-oOo-

To: Captain Shepard

From: Jeirt

Subject: You Changed my Life

Greetings, Captain Shepard,

Liara T'Soni gave me your contact information. I was one of the cleaning crew in the Dantius Towers. You helped get me out of there. According to T'Soni, you also found the guy that went after Nassana Dantius. He took down some of the Eclipse mercs trying to gun us down and I wondered if you could pass along my thanks.

The way he moved… one was dead before they even knew he was there. He snapped another's neck, then shot a third, all in the space of a few heartbeats. It was incredible. He moved like a dancer, grace and power in constant motion.

Seeing him change my life, woke up something in me I don't fully understand yet. I don't know what I'm going to do, but salarian lives are too short to waste as custodians, especially when there's so much else out there. I'm going to find something that lets me capture what I saw in him, that beauty, that aesthetic perfection.

I'm also going to buy some nice clothes.

So if you could tell him that… or just whatever parts you think appropriate… I'd appreciate it.

Sincerely,

Jeirt

-oOo-

To: Thane

From: Shepard

Subject: Fwd: You Changed my Life

Sounds like you got a fan. I'd watch out for this one. The last time I met one of my fans like this, I pointed a gun at him. Later, when he started causing trouble (in my name), I had to shoot him in the foot. (More like nicked him.)

The situation was resolved though. Ask Garrus if you want the full story. I'm sure he'll give you all the lovely details.

Shepard

-oOo-

To: Shepard

From: Miranda

Subject: Re: Fwd: Guardian Angels

First off, I do not read any of your messages. EDI warned me that she was under orders to warn you if something like that were to occur. However, I do wish to reiterate how much I (and Oriana, evidently) appreciate what you've done for us.

I must admit, it's quite flattering how she views us, isn't it? Though it irked me a bit when she believed I would underestimate her intelligence, her tenacity is something I should I admire, I suppose.

I also want thank you for forwarding me her letter. It means a lot to hear from her again.

And on a more personal note, I also wish to convey my gratitude for your discretion. I don't know how much I want to tell her about my life, but I'm glad that you're a part of it.

-Miranda

-oOo-

To: Commander Shepard

From: Kate Bowman

Subject: Glad You're Okay

Shepard,

I called in some favors and found out how to get you and what you're working on. We've got a big celebration planned for the anniversary of you and the others saving Terra Nova. Last year, we added a memorial for you, too. I guess that was premature, huh?

I figure finding out who's attacking colonies is why you had to go undercover, so I won't invite you to come give a speech or anything. But I wanted you to know that all of us living on colonies are worried about what's happening in the Terminus Systems. And I'm really glad you're there to help. There's a lot of crazy military talk going around. I'm glad someone's there who's not going to take the easy way out.

Thanks.

Kate Bowman

-oOo-

To: Kate Bowman

From: Shepard

Subject: Re: Glad You're Okay

I'm honored that you would remember me; much less construct a memorial in my name. It's my regret that I won't be able to attend the festivities. It'd be nice to visit Terra Nova without some planet wide emergency to deal with.

My mission is important though and I need to help those people in any way I can.

Best of luck to you and the rest of Terra Nova. If you happen to see Simon Atwell, give him and his family my regards as well.

Shepard

PS: I've reached the rank of captain now. Just in case anyone's doing a speech on me.

-oOo-

To: Shepard

From: Thane

Subject: Re: Fwd: You Changed my Life

I thank you for the message and the warning. I will speak to Garrus when there is time. It sounds like it would be an entertaining tale.

Yours truly,

Thane

-oOo-

To: Captain Shepard

From: Martin Burns

Subject: Thank You Again

Councilor Anderson said this would reach you. I wanted you to know that I haven't forgotten what you did for me the day those crazy biotics took me hostage. You talked them down and got me off that ship alive.

I won't lie to you. I took this job for the pull and the power. I saw the biotics issue as a stepping stone, something good to put on my resume. And I was wrong.

We all serve humanity in our own way. I don't know what you're doing, but I'm going to see to it that humanity reaches its potential with a minimum of bloodshed. I'm getting letters of thanks from L2 biotics who just received their reparations. Those letters should really be coming to you. I just thought you should know.

Good luck. I've taken some political heat, so I don't know that any offer to help you would ever be useful. But if you need me, I won't let you down.

Martin Burns

Chairman, Subcommittee for Transhuman Studies

-oOo-

To: Chairman Martin Burns

From: Captain Shepard

Subject: Your Support is Appreciated

I'm glad to hear you're doing all right for yourself. I'm even more pleased to hear that you're making a difference, instead of becoming like most other politicians: self-serving people interested in their own agendas than the people they're supposed to represent.

Hearing about your goals honors me. I look back on that day and I felt disgust that you were using L2 biotics issues for your own ends. Now, I'm truly grateful for what you've accomplished and what you're aiming to accomplish. Noble goals.

Lieutenant Kaidan Alenko, an Alliance Marine that assisted me in retaking the MSV Ontario, was an L2 biotic. He would've been gratified to know that the issue is being taken seriously and led by a good man. Enjoy those letters. You've earned them.

I will keep your offer of help in mind. It's nice to know that there are people I can count on to do the right thing.

Captain John Shepard,

Commanding Officer of the Normandy SR-2

-oOo-

To: Captain Shepard

From: Oriana Lawson

Subject: You Told Her!

Miranda just sent me a message. It was nice and had all the pleasantries, but if you read between the lines, it was obvious. You told her, didn't you?

I hope she wasn't angry, unless that was your intent, of course. There's nothing wrong with a little teasing. As serious as your mission sounds, I firmly believe that my older sister needs to loosen up a little. Live life, y'know?

Just try not to get her really angry. I know what I'm like when my buttons are pushed. Fair warning.

-Oriana

PS: Thanks for letting me know about Miranda's role with Feros. I've been taking an interest in that colony and I'm glad that the both of you are helping them despite how busy you must be.

-oOo-

To: Oriana Lawson

From: Shepard

Subject: Re: You Told Her!

Thanks for the warning. I'll keep it in mind.

Shepard

-oOo-

To: Captain Shepard

From: Detective Anaya

Subject: Still Alive

Greetings, Captain—

I'm not completely sure this will get to you, but thanks again for helping me deal with Samara. The Eclipse mercs have gotten real quiet around here and my superiors have backed off, too. No idea if the two are related, but hopefully, the next time I meet a justicar, I can give her the respect she deserves.

I still can't believe I worked a case with one of them. You're a lucky human. If I find more data on her target, I'll pass it along.

Thanks,

Detective Anaya

Illium Law Enforcement

-oOo-

To: Detective Anaya

From: Captain Shepard

Subject: Re: Still Alive

Good to hear from you again, Detective.

I'm hoping that the Eclipse problem will stay down for a few months. I'm sure Samara or any other justicar would be honored to receive your hospitality. Hopefully, that means they won't have to kill you.

As for Samara, I'll let her know that you're helping. I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

Captain Shepard,

Commanding Officer of the Normandy SR-2

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