These Ties That Bind, Chapter 3The second time Shepard woke up was drastically different from them first. The lights were muted and he just felt sore, not immediately overwhelmed with pain. He gingerly felt his torso, recalling how the assassin's cursed hand-held cannon had pounded away a hole in his side. The injury was now covered in bandages and medi-gel patches from what he could tell.These Ties That Bind, Chapter 3 by stacey1981
"You're still all there," came the steady, throaty voice of his best friend, Garrus. "Chakwas had her work cut out for her though to keep it that way. You took one hell of a beating. I admit, you had us all a little worried there, Commander."
Shepard turned his head to look at the turian. Garrus looked no worse for wear, which was a welcomed relief, but there was a look of deep concern in his eyes. The last time Garrus had looked at him that way was after Virmire, when Ashley had died. Suddenly, the smug look on Kai Leng's face was before him as his ears filled with the remembered scream of Liara in horrible pain. The sound of it
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She turned on her side and readjusted her pillows for what was probably the hundredth that night. As weary as she was, sleep should have been an easy task. Unfortunately her mind did not want to cooperate with what her body was demanding. Her mind wanted to think about Earth and all the horrors taking place there, about Kaiden and the angry bruises on his face, about Palaven and about Garrus. She hoped her turian friend was alive and well. Shepard uttered a dejected sigh and pulled herself off the mattress. She arched her back, stretching the sore muscles on her lithe frame that protested against the notion of having to do more work. Perhaps a stroll around the Normandy would ease her mind. Shepard stepped into her slippers and made for the elevator.
The CIC had been eerily quit even if the hour was late. The silence a reminder of when the Collector's had abducted her crew. Shepard chased away the memories of the Collector base. She did not need another horrible thing to dwell on. The