The scene fades in on the Alliance headquarters on Eden Prime, it is still a make shift building set up after the retreat from the Sol system. A tall man in his mid to late sixties is sitting at a round table and he is surrounded by his top advisers. The table is covered with charts, papers, and diagrams and in middle of the table a galaxy map showing the Sol system. “What is the current situation on Earth?” He barks to the others.
“Admiral our estimates show the population on Earth should be less than twenty million, with the exception of our scout ships we no longer have any human presence in the Sol system at this time.” One adviser points out.
“How soon can we be ready?” The Admiral asks.
“Three days once Prime Minister Kelly gives the order sir.” An aid replied quickly.
“I’m finished with the foreplay it is time to move forward, it is time we take the fight to them for a change.” The Admiral replied before standing up from the table. The advisers quickly join him and stand up. “Now I have to brief the Prime Minister, make sure all orders are ready to send once we get the go.” With that the Admiral leaves the room.
Meanwhile aboard the Bastogne Delta is sitting in his cabin looking at a vid of the speech he was at. The news reporter an Asari explaining that the humans have finally turned the corner and joined the galactic community. A few days have passed but it felt like much longer, in fact it felt like years to Delta. Their new mission now that they didn’t need to babysit any longer was to ensure nothing entered or left the Sol system. Still not want Delta or the crew wanted to be doing but Delta had a hunch something big was on the horizon. Delta stands up and turns off the vid screen and walks over to his bed and removes his shirt to get ready for bed but stops when there is a knock on the door. “Come in.” He says slipping the gray Alliance t-shirt back on.
Standing in the door was Samantha Traynor his communication specialist though her rank was much higher now than it was when she served under Commander Shepard. “Captain I have something you should see.” She said entering the room handing Delta a data pad.
“What is so important that it couldn’t wait until morning?” Delta says dismissively.
“A small ship made it out of the quarantine zone in the Sol System three days ago.” Sam told him quickly.
“What!? Why am I hearing about this now?” Delta said taking the data pad and looking it over.
“Well it seems the Alliance scout ships dropped the ball. Alliance intel didn’t catch it until the ship docked on Omega.” Samantha said.
“Omega, of course Omega. The one place that we have zero chance of enforcing anything. Fine tell Joker and EDI to get us to Omega, it’s time we paid my old XO a visit.” Delta said handing the data pad back to Samantha.
“Yes sir.” Sam said.
“Samantha you don’t have to call me sir, you out rank me for Christ sake.” Delta said taking off his shirt and tossing it on a nearby chair.
“My rank doesn’t supersede your authority Captain, but I’ll try not to be so formal.” Samantha said. “Also Seryna told me to let you know she will be right up and you better not be asleep when she gets here.” She continued with a smile.
“Thanks for the heads up Sam, could you have someone wake me when we are an hour out of Omega?” Delta said sitting down on his bed.
Samantha nodded and smiled before leaving the cabin.
On a Cerberus ship in a undisclosed location Shepard is looking out of a view portal at the vastness that is Space when Miranda walked up to him. “It seems we might have a problem.” She told him handing over a data pad.
“What is it now, it is bad enough our mission got scrubbed by the Alliance.” Shepard said taking the data pad from Miranda.
“It seems a ship made it out of the quarantine zone of the Sol system.” She told him.
“So the Alliance drops the ball again, and what they want us to handle it?” Shepard asked looking over the information that Miranda gave him.
“This comes from the top, we are to secure whatever was in that shuttle. Our research and development teams want to take a look.” Miranda said.
“Why?” Shepard asked not looking up from the data pad.
“Above our pay grade. Remember you aren’t the big powerful Admiral anymore.” Miranda reminded him.
Shepard frowned before handing back the data pad. “I am reminded of something General Robert E. Lee said once. ‘To be a good soldier, you must love the army. To be a good commander, you must be willing to order the death of the thing you love.’ I don’t like taking blind missions, but I suppose we have no choice.” With that Shepard handed the data pad back to Miranda “Take us to Omega, Anima will be happy to see us again so soon I am sure.”
Miranda smiles and nods taking the data pad then leaves the room as Shepard turns his attention once again to the vastness of space.
At Afterlife Anima is sipping on a glass of Thessian Wine and watching the dancer on the main stage “She is quite flexible don’t you think Jane?” She said turning her attention to Jane who is sitting embarrassed on the couch trying not to look.
“Yes she certainly is.” Jane said begrudgingly knowing Anima wouldn’t drop it otherwise. “Why did I have to meet you here?” She asked.
“Well if I am going to pay for your food, apartment, and your protection around here we should get you a job.” Anima said taking another sip from her glass.
“I’m not stripping.” Jane said standing up.
“I’m not talking about stripping, I am talking about taking advantage your other qualities.” Anima said.
“Such as?” Jane said while sitting back down.
“You managed to kill three armed men with nothing but a knife, I think you have more to offer me then shaking your ass in front of drunks.” Anima said smiling.
“I got lucky.” Jane said.
“Speaking of luck how is it you didn’t get sick? You were likely in school when the virus was given to students.”
“I did a little, but like usual I got better.” Jane said still doing her best to avoid looking at the dance stage.
“You never got sick in your entire life?” Anima asked.
“Listen I am all for sharing and I am grateful for everything you have done, but can we move this to a different location where I don’t have to see tonight’s entertainment?” Jane responded still looking at the floor.
“Oh for fuck sake! Bray! Close the blinds.” Moments later the widows in Anima’s office darkened blocking out the view of the club. “Happy? Now think hard have you never been sick?” Anima said taking another sip from her glass of wine.
“Thank you, I would always start to get sick but then I would get better. I just thought I was lucky.” Jane said finally looking up from the floor.
“Your parents didn’t find that odd?” Anima asked even more intrigued, what Jane was telling her mirrored her own childhood. “Was it possible Cerberus messed with another child?” She thought to herself.
“I didn’t know them, my Aunt Sasha raised me. My parents died when I was an infant.” Jane responded.
“Your aunt’s last name isn’t Winters is it?” Anima asked feeling her stomach clinch.
“How did you know?” Jane responded with a confused look on her face.
“Son of a bitch, what brought you here?!” Anima said standing up and backing away for Jane.
“I don’t know what you are talking about?” Jane said with a confused look on her face.
“I told you how I got here.” She continued.
“What send my father first then when I said no move to part two?” Anima asked again still standing. She didn’t think the girl could take her in a fight but if they were the same, well it would be a hell of a battle.
“Anima I seriously don’t know what you are talking about, my aunt raised me until she died two years ago. Then I was put into a foster home until… well everyone on Earth started bleeding from their eyes. I don’t even know what Cerberus is unless you are talking about the Greek dog thing.” Jane said.
“Fine, but this doesn’t add up.” Anima said sitting back down and greedily finishing her glass of wine. She push a button on her Omni tool “Bray I need you in here, bring me another drink as well please.” Bray responded with a “yes Anima” and Anima sat back a little. Moments later Bray entered the office and handed Anima her glass of wine. “Bray is that scientist we tracked down after my Javik encounter in the club?” She asked taking another rather large sip of her drink.
“Yes, she is in her usual booth with Kiria, her favorite dancer. I think she has a thing for her.” Bray said picking up the empty wine glass.
“I don’t need the high school Intel, ask her to join us please.” Anima says and Bray nods and leaves.
“I’m going to tell you something that you won’t believe, but trust me the proof is a mind trip you don’t want to take.” Anima said to Jane.
“I don’t understand.” Jane said still confused.
“Me either kid, the odds of you finding your way here… I might rethink my belief in the Goddess.” Anima said still shocked.
Just then a woman dressed in a black form fitting gown entered the office. “Ms. Shepard I am at work all day what is so important that you interrupt my evening?” She said before sitting across from Anima.
“Doctor spare me your rant, tonight is not the time. When you were part of the Ascension Project how many candidates where there.” Anima asked knowing the answer already.
“I told you already four, the first was Paul Grayson the last was your father.” The doctor said still mad she wasn’t with her friend.
“Yes I know, I am curious about the third one.” Anima said looking a Jane.
“Subject three…let’s see. Oh yes subject three was a human female infant approximately two years after you showed progress. We wanted to see if…” Anima cut her short.
“What was the subject’s outcome?” Anima asked.
“Unknown, Agent Winters was given control of the subject in order to raise her. Per the study parameters Cerberus was not to know where the child was to be raised. This was in case the organization fell again. Those were touch and go times I remind you, the odd thing was about two years ago agent Winters stopped reporting in, we assumed she had gone to ground to protect herself and the project.” The doctor said sitting back.
“Did you say Winters?” Jane asked.
“Who are you?” The doctor said.
“Doctor, please meet subject three.” Anima said.
Both Jane and the doctor stared blankly at one another. Anima decided to break the silence. “What exactly can Jane expect doctor?” She said and the two turned their attention to her.
“I…um… this is quite remarkable.” The doctor said walking over to the girl. “The last time I saw you…” Again Anima interrupts her.
“Yes, yes she was this big. Now please tell us about her.” Anima said her impatience was getting the best of her.
“Yes, sorry, of course. Subject… sorry Jane, was a non-biotic infant female that was injected with the nanites two years after you thus making her eighteen years of age now.” The doctor said.
“But I am sixteen.” Jane said.
“No dear you aren’t, thanks to the nanites you age slower than other human children, however now that you have reached adulthood it will be less noticeable. Agent Winters was informed to raise you roughly two to three years back. Your ability to learn is the same but because your body can heal itself you will live longer than any other human. Our best projections were between two hundred to five hundred years. As I was saying you don’t have any biotic ability like Anima here, but you are as fast, strong, and can heal nearly instantly like her.” The doctor said.
“I am a mutant?” Jane said her face starting to go white.
“No not at all, you are human in every way other then what I listed. So long as you stay away from inactive Reaper metal or material. Otherwise you may experience the same side effects as Anima did.” The doctor answered standing up. “Now I imagine you two have a lot to talk about so I shall leave you to it, if you need anything else let me know.” The doctor looks at Anima who nods and she leaves the office.
“I know it is a lot to take in, but you didn’t want to find out via Javik. Some memories are best left forgotten.” Anima said.
“I don’t know how to absorb all of this.” Jane said.
“Well I got drunk and laid, but I don’t think that is your style. Good news is you now know, bad news so does the doctor so she will have to be dealt with. Cerberus doesn’t need to know about you just yet.” With that Anima summoned Bray in with her Omni tool and he came in right away.
“What can I do for you? Bray asked.
“You said the good doctor has taken a liking to our young Kiria?” Anima asked.
“Yes, Kiria has milked her for over ten thousand credits already.” Bray responded.
“Damn! I’ll have to pay her to do it then. Okay fine, tell Kiria discreetly to give the doctor the full package. I’ll give her fifty thousand credits once she is done.” Anima said taking a sip of wine.
“Understood.” Bray said leaving the office.
“Is she going to kill her?” Jane asked.
“Yes, does that bother you?” Anima asked.
“No! Anyone who experiments on babies deserves to die!” Jane responded her face turning red with anger.
“See there is the fight I was talking about.” Anima pointed out. “Okay I am going home, we can discuss this…” Before Anima could finish her Omni tool pinged. Looking angry Anima pushed the button and a voice came through her earpiece.
“Sorry to disturb you but we have a Cerberus shuttle with your father on it and an Alliance shuttle with Delta on it both requesting to dock.” The male voice informed her.
“Damn it, let them dock and tell them to come straight to my office.” Anima said and turned off the Omni tool. “Looks like we got a few more things to take care of before bed time.” Anima said taking another drink then pulling a pistol from her desk setting it on the couch next to her. “Come sit over here Jane.” Anima said.
Jane did as she was instructed sitting next to Anima who hid the pistol behind her making it look like her arm was around Jane. Moments later Delta and John Shepard entered her office as the scene fades to black.