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Welcome to Grissom Academy

By Fraser Ibbotson

Romance / Horror

Chapter 1

Jack had returned to her teaching at Grissom academy a little over a year ago. During the reaper war the academy was left remarkably untouched, the arts department had been wrecked during the Cerberus assault and Orion hall still wasn’t completely clear of rubble but the majority of the academy was running again.

The former students had gone their separate way after the war, Prangley and Rodriguez live together of Freedoms progress, they often came into the academy to help with the biotics classes as outside consultants. The rest all stayed on Earth to help with the rebuilding effort. Jack was sitting in her office while looking at the list of files on potential students for her course. The biotics course was set to cater to more students this year due to the amount of people left homeless from the war. To cater to this two new biotic teachers had been brought in. Much to Jacks dismay the new teachers were the Lawson twins. Miranda and Jack both taught the advanced classes while Oriana and the returning Mark Jindrack taught the basic classes.

Jack was set to choose six students from a pool of eleven. There was to be another student enrolled into the course however Kaylee had yet to bring him in, when Jack had asked about the mystery student Kaylee had told her remarkably little, she did however say that she would need both Miranda and herself to help bring the student into the program.

The high pitched screech telling Jack that her doorbell was ringing brought her away from her files. She opened the door and in came both Kaylee and Miranda, from the looks on their faces Jack knew that something serious was about to happen.

“Hey Kaylee, hey cheerleader” said Jack in an attempt to lighten the mood.

“Not the time for jokes Jack.” Replied Kaylee as her and Miranda stepped into Jacks office, eventually coming to a stop just by the door that lead into Jacks bedroom.

“Okay then… so what’s up?”

“We found him” replied Miranda in her usual cold demeanour

“Who”

“Hopefully the future student” replied Kaylee, obviously trying to keep Jack and Miranda civil

“So what’s the problem, let’s go see him”

“We can’t approach this child in the usual method Jack”

“And why not Kaylee”

“The kids on Omega” replied Miranda as she moved over to Jacks terminal, she minimised the files Jack had open and brought up a new one on this prospect student.

Jack sat at her desk and began to read the file as Miranda and Kaylee made themselves a cup of coffee each. Jack began to read the file while also giving her two co-workers a cold glare for using her coffee. She soon forgot about them when she began to read the file however.

Name: Unknown (Goes by fake names, most common being ‘Monsieur Quatre’)

Age: Unknown (Mid to late teens)

Sex: Male

Visual markings: Batarian slave tattoo around crest. Countless scars along arms and neck (most likely torso) Green eyes, Brown hair, Caucasian.

Height: 6ft 3 inches

Report: Child possesses incredible biotic abilities. Tattoo suggests child has lived in slavery. Reports suggest sever mental issues. Childs criminal record (see attached) contains multiple accounts of murder and manslaughter.

Conclusion: Biotics are defiantly worthy of Grissom academy. However mental issues could pose a threat to others at the academy. Due to mental issues and the lack of information the board cannot recommend offering a place in the advanced biotics class to this child.

Jack leaned back in her chair after reading the report. She let out a tired heavy sigh before turning back to Kaylee and Miranda “So, what were just gonna leave a helpless child on his own?”

“Well he’s pretty far from helpless Jack” replied Miranda as she gave Jack a cold glare

“You can’t be serious. Kaylee are you seriously not gonna help him?”

Kaylee had a look of deep regret as she replied to Jack “I’m sorry Jack but the board don’t want him here”

Jack couldn’t believe that Kaylee wasn’t willing to help this child, she felt her biotics charging as her anger built “So what, if Grissom was a thing when I got out of Pragia you would not have helped me?”

“That’s not what we’re saying Jack” replied Kaylee in her usual soft tone

“What the fucking difference! Why should I be given a second change and not him? I was considered the most dangerous women in the galaxy when you hired me, why won’t you give him a second chance”

“Jack it’s not about what I want. We know very little about the child. We don’t even know his name”

“Kaylee” replied Jack as she calmed herself down “Let me talk to the kid, ill teach him in my class. Hell ill teach him after classes one to one if you want. It’s just… I want to know what would have happened to me if I was helped after Pragia”

Kaylee interrupted Jack by taking her into a warm embrace, surprisingly enough even Miranda had a compassionate look on her usually cold face.

“Kaylee, what if we get him here on a trial? Say Jack teaches him for a month and if he fits in and reveals some things about himself then he can stay” Said Miranda, Jack was reminded that after the war Miranda had become a much more compassionate character, hell she wasn’t even referred to as the ice queen by most anymore.

Kaylee gave Miranda a thoughtful look before she returned to Jack. “Okay Jack, well set a course for Omega. You, Miranda and myself will go and see him.” Kaylee smiled as Jack let out an involuntary smile. “I still need the lists of students in each of the classes by the way. Jack you have five more picks, I want you and Miranda to have decided on your classes by 1900 tonight, understood?”

Both Miranda and Jack agreed to decide their classes as Kaylee left for her office. Kaylee was secretly very happy Miranda had thought of a way to bring the child into the academy, the only question now is does the child want the academy’s help?

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