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The scene fades in on Anima sitting with her newest employee on the couch as Shepard and Delta both enter the office.  “Can I help you?”  She asks her hand still holding the pistol that was hidden behind Jane’s back.  Anima didn’t want to have to use it but Jane was too important and she would be damned if the Alliance or Cerberus would get their claws on her.

“We need to see that shuttle that docked here a few days back, and anyone that was on board.”  Delta said looking at her with cold and calculating eyes.

“I wasn’t aware you had any say on my station Captain.  Cerberus as well can go pound salt for all I care.  I have tried to play nice with both of your organizations and I have been burned each time.  So forgive me if I just don’t toss you the keys to the Kingdom Delta.”  Anima said still not looking at her father for fear he would see through her act.

“Listen, this isn’t about you or me this is about someone breaking the Sol system’s quarantine!”  Delta countered quickly.

“Everyone on that shuttle was dead all three men, they likely programed it and fell ill.  It doesn’t matter I had the shuttle towed into the nearest star.  No one got off or on.  Anima said before singling Bray for another wine.  “Besides no one on Omega is sick as you can see.”  She finished.

“Anima I know you want to protect this place but if the plague gets off Earth…”  Shepard started but was cut off by Bray pushing past him to had Anima her drink.

“Sounds like a human problem, as you can see I am not human and my mother made that very clear.  As for Cerberus father you are lucky I love you or you and your crew would never step foot on this station again.”  Anima said before taking a sip of her wine.

“To my knowledge Cerberus has never interfered with Omega since Aria took it back twenty two years ago.”  Shepard said confused.

“Ask your new girlfriend Miranda about project Accession and get back to me on that statement.”  Anima said coldly.

“Accession?  Gillian Grayson?  What does she have to do with any of this?”  Delta asked inserting himself into the conservation.

“Oh it didn’t stop with her Delta.”  Anima said.

“Cerberus is willing to pay for your cooperation” Shepard said.

“No, they don’t have enough money.  I told you what happened and that is final.”  Anima said taking a sip of wine.

Before anyone could say anything EDI’s voice comes out of Delta’s Omni tool.  “Captain I did what you asked and it appears that a young female was removed from the shuttle by Anima Shepard and her crew. Sending an enhanced photo to your hard suit computer.”  EDI said.

“Care to revise your statement LT?”  Delta said with a smirk on his face.

“I should have known you would hack the security cameras.”  Anima said finishing the glass of wine.  “Jane would you mind handing me that data pad over there” Anima said pointing to a pad on the other chair.  As Jane stood up Anima raised her pistol pointing at Delta’s head standing up she is in his face in a flash before anyone knows what is happening.  “You just couldn’t leave it be could you Delta?  Now things get messy!”  Anima said pressing the gun hard against his forehead.

Delta instinctively reached for his side arm but stopped short “Calm down, no one is that important to you Anima.”  He said slowly raising his hands above his shoulders.

“You would be surprised at what I care about now.  Father please have a seat over there, I don’t think you would kill me but I am sure you would tackle me.”  Anima said.

Shepard does as he is told not wanting things to escalate any further.  “No one needs to get hurt here Anima.”  He said sitting down.

“Too late for that father, Cerberus hurt me and her a long time ago and you are working
for them.”  Anima said not taking her eyes off of Delta.  

“What are you talking about?”  Shepard asked.

“Remember that trip you and mom took when I was a toddler, the one I couldn’t go on because I was always sick?  Did you ever wonder why I went from having nearly no immune system to never getting sick?  I know mom wondered and I am sure she looked into it, but like everything with her it was just another secret to be filed away and used later.  Your pals at Cerberus injected me with Reaper nanites.”  Anima said motioning Delta to come further into the office.

“That can’t be… Liara would have told me…” Shepard said.

“Would she?  Come on Dad you know better, if mom can use something later she won’t share it with anyone.  Perhaps she didn’t want to believe her only daughter was a monster.  Anyway ask Cerberus when you get back to them, see if they deny it.  As for Jane she isn’t going anywhere with either of you!”  Anima said the anger in her voice rising.

“We need to make sure she isn’t sick or carrying the virus!”  Delta said.

“She isn’t! She has no symptoms.  I am not going to say it again.”  Anima said.
Jane stood up “Enough! I can speak for myself.” She said.

Anima took her eyes off of Delta to look at Jane and Delta quickly grabbed her wrist twisting the pistol from her hand knocking it to the floor.  A loud snap let out from within Anima’s wrist as he winced in pain grabbing her right hand with her left and pulling it close to her body.  “You’ll pay for that you son of a bitch!”  Anima screamed as her biotics flared green energy pulsed around her.  

Delta took a step back and pulled his side arm “Listen I didn’t mean to break it, I just wanted to…”  Before he could finish however Anima hit him with a biotic throw knocking him through the now closed door onto the dance floor.  He knocked down several dancers as he slid across the floor landing hard into a small bar, so hard that a few of the bottles crashed down smashing behind the bar.  A few customers screamed out and the club quickly emptied no one wanting to get caught in the cross fire.  

“You come to my home!  You threaten me? Call me a lair?!”  Anima screamed as she walked calmly through the broken door now scattered throughout the dance area.

Delta got to his feet quickly, he had spared with Anima but she was stronger now and he knew it.  His only chance was to end the fight quickly he knew she was pissed and decided to use that to his advantage.  “Well you did just have a pistol to my head sweetie.”  Delta said drawing out sweetie.  

Anima could feel the anger rising but she kept her cool “not this time you bastard” she thought as she continued to walk toward Delta now leaning on the bar pouring a drink.  
“Enjoying yourself?”  She asks as once again her biotics flared.  

“Play cool if you like, but the biotics don’t lie.”  Delta thought taking a long drink from his drink.  It stung his mouth he must have bitten his cheek during his trip across the floor.  He played it off as nothing was wrong but the reason he was leaning was at least two ribs were broken.  He held in the urge to cough or spit blood, he knew this was now a chess match and the one who moved first would lose.  

Anima held up her right hand and moved her fingers “Little fuckers work quick, wouldn’t you say?”  She said now stopped about twenty feet from Delta.

Delta smiled “I got a few of my own.”  He said, this wasn’t an outright lie he did have some thanks to the Omega implants he got over twenty years ago.  However they weren’t nearly on par as Reaper tech it would be a day before his ribs were completely healed.  Delta stood up despite his entire body protested against the action he put the pain in the back of his mind and focused on Anima.

“So here we are Captain, you always wondered who was stronger.  Shall we find out or do you just want to limp back to your ship and call it a loss?”  Anima said provoking him hoping to get him to make his move.

The two stared at one another for another moment but Anima being young and impulsive did exactly what Delta wanted she charged at him and he waited standing his ground.  A second later he hip threw her into the small bar and she slammed into the remaining bottle shattering them.  “You’re still are too impulsive, but I am sure you haven’t kept up with your training.” Delta said mockingly as he limped backwards.  Each step sent bolts of pain through his body but he again pushed it away.  

Anima coughed up some blood she had bitten her tongue on impact but her body was hard at work repairing it.  She slowly stood up “That was seven thousand credits in liquor you just tossed me into.”  She said hopping over the bar and landing on the dance floor.  Again she charged him her feet seemed to move faster then she could remember them ever moving, it felt like she wasn’t in control of them.  Delta again tried for a throw but this time she was ready and as if her body moved on its own relying on years of training she side stepped and delivered a blow to Delta’s temple.  Sending him sideways but he didn’t fall and she followed up with a kick to his stomach knocking to his knees.  

Delta now on his hands and knees coughing up blood trying to get his breath but it wouldn’t return.  The metallic taste filled his mouth and he spit out more blood onto the dance floor.  His mind danced between consciousness and unconsciousness, for a moment he was proud of her that was until she kicked him square across his jaw knocking him backwards.  That was when the lights finally went out.

Anima didn’t like what she just did but with Delta out of the picture it left just her father in the office someone she hoped would listen to reason.  Walking over to Delta and putting him on his side so he didn’t choke on his blood she whispered “I’m sorry” before turning her attention toward the office and her father now standing in the door way.

“I see a thug where my daughter once stood.”  Shepard said.
His words pieced her and hurt in ways no punch or kick could “I…” She tried.

“Save it Anima, you want to be the next Aria I can’t stop you.  However you won’t pull the name of Shepard down with you.  Now if you are done Ms. T’Soni I would like to discuss what we intend to do about this Cerberus situation.”  Shepard didn’t wait for a response he simply stepped back into the office and waited for Anima.  

She stood there frozen her feet felt like lead, she felt like a bus just hit her only it was much worse than that.  She had lost her father’s respect and she knew it, just then her legs gave out and she hit her knees.  

Sarha stumbled into Afterlife looking for her dealer “Where… where is everyone?” she slurred out before falling over a chair.  

She was beyond high and looking for another score, and Anima knew this was going on.  She had hoped it would fix itself not wanting to deal with it, and suddenly the last year and all the choices she had made came back to her in waves.  Flash back after flash back, faces of her friends of Grunt and little Tali all looked at her accusingly.  She didn’t notice Delta now standing behind her with a chair.  He wheeled it around striking her hard across the back of the head sending her face hard into the floor smashing her nose.  

“John, grab the girl and let’s go.  We can figure this out on the Bastogne, I’ll have your shuttle docked aboard.”  Delta said as Anima was now holding her face as blood poured around her hands.  Anima looked up at Delta tears running from her eyes and blood from her nose.  “Take a long look in the mirror, get your shit squared away, and when you are bloody ready I expect you back aboard the Bastogne… XO.”  With that Delta limped behind Shepard who had Jane in restraints leading her out of Afterlife.  

Anima watched them before hanging her head blood dripped onto the floor until it stopped and was replaced with tears as the scene fades to black.

The End.


Prime Minster Kelly is sitting in his new office on Eden Prime reading a report about the plague on Earth and its victims.  The report followed the first known case, the index case of what was now called HHFV-1 or Human Hemorrhagic Filovirus One.  Though filoviruses were nothing new to humans Ebloa and Marburg were both filoviruses they didn’t kill in the speed that the HHFV-1 virus did.  Ebloa was the quickest of earthborn viruses with a twenty one day incubation period before the patient would either get better or crash and bleed out.  The report was full of scientific facts that Kelly didn’t fully grasp, truth be told he hardly understood any of it however he read on.

HHFV-1 has been identified in patient zero shortly after the virus was found.  Patient Zero now to be call Jim was the first to receive the vaccine now known to cause HHFV-1.  Jim’s exposure T + 1 day, the T noted time as was pointed out to the Prime Minster on the side of the report.  Mother of patient recalls Jim did not feel well so she kept him home from school, she figured he had a reaction to the vaccine and didn’t worry about it.  T + 2, Mother told me that Jim began to run fever at first 101 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius, again mother was not concerned.  At this point in the interview mother of patient begins to show symptoms to HHFV-1 and was placed in quarantine.  
Mother of patient recalled that by T + 5 her son began to have purple and bluish spots break out over his body it was then she took the child to a health care provider.  Below is the notes retrieved from a Doctor Kimberly Reed.  

1800 hours Monday: Patient presents with low grade fever 38 degrees Celsius, nickel to half dollar sized bruising throughout body surface with no signs of trauma.  Ordered a cancer panel and a full body scan Stat to rule out Leukemia and other clotting disorders.

0730 Hours Tuesday:  I arrived for rounds and child’s fever has increased to 40 degrees Celsius despite any action taken by staff.  Blood has also begun to collect in the third space of the body suggesting a clotting disorder but was not found with tests.  Called Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta they requested blood samples they will let us know.

0935 Hours Tuesday:  Patient has begun to show loss of memory and motor function, it seems all personality has been removed from the child who has no facial expressions.  Fever remains high despite best efforts but has not increased.  Stomach is tender and rigid which suggests bleeding into the abdominal cavity.  I have called for a surgical consult and mother of patient is now complaining of headaches (likely stress).

1122 Hours Tuesday:  Surgery showed gross bleeding around the spleen and liver with the liver showing signs of cirrhosis had I not known better the liver looked like that of a seventy year old alcoholic.  Patient begin to bleed uncontrollably so the call was made to close him up and monitor.  

1500: Hours Tuesday:  Patient crashed and was placed on a ventilator to assist in breathing, all scans point to brain death from a massive stroke.  Cannot rule out surgical mistake at this time but it seems unlikely.

Time of Death 1700 Hours Tuesday.

What follows is the autopsy of Jim:


On Tuesday at 1700 hours, Doctor Kimberly Reed attending called time of death at New York Municipal Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  The patient a 12 year old well developed well-nourished male presented to the hospital approximately twenty two hours before death.  No known cause of illness was discovered by hospital staff.

Body Examination:

The decedent is a 12 year old white child with short blond hair, blue eyes, and has all of his natural teeth.  No scars or tattoos noted.  Decedent has large bruising throughout body with some third space bleeding noted.  Decedent also has midline surgical incision with unclotted blood around the site.  Decedent also has blood in mouth, nose, around eyes, ears, penis, and rectum suggesting a clotting disorder.  Upon opening decedent up large amounts of blood is seen in the abdominal cavity and intestines.  However cause of death appears to be multi organ system failure.  Signs indicate viral infection, halted the autopsy pending instruction from CDC.  Nothing follows.

Next of Kin Notified of results.

Cause of death idiopathic organ failure.

Mother of patient, doctor who treated patient and the doctor who performed the autopsy all contracted HHFV-1 within seven to ten days post exposure and where all dead within three days after first symptoms appeared.  HHFV-1 is an airborne, waterborne, and blood borne pathogen with a mortality rate of ninety eight percent.  To date all vaccine efforts have failed to produce a viable vaccine and no know treatment exists………Nothing Follows……….

Kelly sat back in his chair, “my god if this ever got out past the Sol System all of human kind could be at risk.” He said to himself placing the data pad in his lap and rubbing his eyes.  

Aboard the Citadel a young Quarian in a full black suit with his mask on is walking though the lower ward shopping area which is packed as always.  This ward was primarily human but some other races had mixed in.  In his hand is a small tube with a clear liquid in it, he is now standing in the middle of the market yet no one pays any attention to him.  Slowly he uncaps the tube and pours the clear substance into one of the vents that circulates the air in the lower ward.  Recapping the now empty tube he disappears into the masses as the scene cuts to black.

Mass Effect: Infernus  
(Coming Soon)
Mass Effect: Rise Act III Update 12
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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.
Mass Effect: Rise Act III Update 11
The Alliance takes steps to retake the Sol System, Delta and Shepard are drawn back to Omega, and Anima and Jane learn about her past.

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The scene fades in on Sarha is sitting in her bathroom carefully mixing a red substance with some water.  She then slowly draws the dark pink concoction into a hypodermic syringe and injects it just under her skin.  The friendly return of the warm sensation from the Red Sand brings a smile to her face as she slouches back resting her head against the cool white tile.  Anima was at the club so she didn’t need to worry about being interrupted, and she giggled as the small biotic ability that the Sand gives to non-biotics made her skin tingle.  She waved her hand and a small towel lifts and floats in the air.  Giggling again as she let the towel fall to the ground and slowly stood up.  She picked up her drugs and needle and exited the bathroom and headed to the bedroom everything feeling slow and surreal, putting her drugs in her hiding place she collapsed on the bed and let the drugs take her into a deep sleep.  

Anima sitting at her desk at Afterlife looking over some data pads when her Omni-tool lets her know she has an incoming call.  Without looking to see who was calling she opened the comm channel and was surprised to see Bray’s face.  “I’m busy Bray this better be something you can’t handle.”  She said without looking up from her desk.

“We have a situation at the docks.”  Bray informed Anima in his usual matter of a fact way.  

“Like what?”  Anima said now looking at the video feed her Omni-tool was projecting.

“Shepard wants to dock.”  Bray said.

“He was just here six hours ago Bray, I doubt he has even left the station.”  Anima informed her second in command.

“That is just it… it isn’t your father.  It is a Jane Shepard on a human vessel.”  Bray said.

“You know my family isn’t the only ones with the last name of Shepard right?”  Anima said dismissively.

“Yes, but the ships course is the concern.  It came from Earth.”  Bray said his voice fading as he said Earth.

“Allow it to dock, but no one gets off or on the shuttle until I have checked it out.  Understood?” Anima said finally setting her data pad down and standing up.  As she did Javik looked up from his reading.

“What is it Asari?”  Javik asked.

“I don’t know, watch the club Javik I am going to the docking bay.”  Anima said as she walked out of the office.

The shuttle slowly docked and armed guards immediately locked its controls, for better or worse the ship was not going anywhere.  Bray walked over and turned the comm system on connecting the shuttle and the dock.  “Human vessel state your purpose.”  Bray said hoping that who was even on there when they managed to leave Earth was now dead so they could just jettison the craft into the nearest star.  They waited but there was only a faint hiss that came across the speaker.  All three guards instinctively moved their heads closer to the speaker trying to make out any noise.  The plague had yet to leave Earth but no one believed it would stay there forever.  Also the other races had no idea if it only infected humans or if it would infect them as well.  The seconds ticked by as the guards so intent on listing didn’t notice Anima standing behind them smiling.

“DID I MISS ANYTHING?!” She yelled out causing them to scramble back on guard even lost his footing and fell to the floor.

Bray spun around to see Anima doubled over laughing at the spectacle.  “Nothing, perhaps they are all dead.”  Bray said.

Anima wiped a tear from her eye as she composed herself, she brought up her Omni-tool and scanned the onboard navigation system.  “This bird was heading for your old neighborhood Bray, then half way there someone got cold feet and changed the destination.”  Anima pointed out.  

“Well maybe they became ill and wanted to get help.”  Bray said.

“That would make sense but Omega is out of the way, and we aren’t known for our top notch medical facilities.”  Anima pointed out while grabbing a space rebreather, a device used by many Asari who use their biotics to protect them from the vacuum of space.  “Stay here, unlock the door.  I’m going to check out the shuttle.”  Anima said stepping forward toward the docking tube.

“Ma’am with all due…” One guard said but quickly shut up when Bray turned and stared at him will all four eyes as if to say shut up if you know what is good for you.  The guard took the hint and unlocked the docking tube doors.  

Anima pulled a small side arm from her belt and slowly advanced down the docking tube.  Once she reached the shuttle’s outer door she lifted her Omni-tool and opened the door.  The door released and a hiss of air entered the docking tube as the pressures equalized.  Not knowing what to expect Anima slowly and carefully entered the shuttle relying on her Alliance training she began to clear the shuttle.  “Lights” she said and the small cargo hold lit up showing a few boxes and some ropes on the floor.  “Did they have a prisoner who escaped?” she thought slowly moving toward an old style hinged door.  “This ship must be ancient to still have bulk head doors like this.”  She thought as she lowered her pistol and reached out for the handle and grabbed it.  Slowly she turned the doors handle until the lock disengaged, she lowered her right shoulder into the door making a smaller target.  Pushing the door open she raised her pistol and saw the three bodies inside the main cabin.  “Two killed with a knife, and this poor bastard with a SMG… prison escape seems likely.”  She thought.

“Bray, it’s okay there is no one aboard.  Looks like these poor bastards were on a bounty hunt and well the bounty won.  They likely programed the ship to come here to through off anyone…” Anima’s words tailed off as she noticed the cockpit door was shut.  “Damn it, I’m rusty at this shit.  That’s thirty pushups Shepard for breaking silence.” She thought.  

“We are on our way in.”  Bray said.

Inside the cabin Jane slept deeply in fact this was the first time since all hell broke out on Earth that she was fully relaxed and as such didn’t hear the ship land or be hailed by the docks.  The cockpit was dark with exception of a few lights here and there and the soft hum of the engines soothed her into dream.  In fact she would have slept for hours longer but a voice in the other room awoke her.

“Bray, it’s okay there is no one aboard.  Looks like these poor bastards were on a bounty hunt and well the bounty won.  They like programed the ship to come here to through off anyone…” A woman’s voice for sure and just outside.  

But then it was quiet again “did I dream that?”  Jane thought standing up and stretching her legs and arms like a cat does after a long nap in the sun.  Before Jane could sit back down she heard a man’s voice.

“We are on our way in.”

“Fuck, fuck, fuck!” She thought grabbing her Locust and checking the thermal clip “only ten rounds.”  She thought as she moved toward the door. She grabbed the handle and an electrical charge went through her body knocking her backward and dropped her weapon as she stumbled back.  Her legs felt like rubber and her heart was racing she barely made it to a chair before her legs gave out altogether.  

The door opened and an Asari moved into the cabin with quick and smooth movements, Jane wanted to run but her legs were still revolting against her mind.  

“Lights!”  The Asari said and they came on.

The light reveled an angelic like figure standing over her with a pistol pointed at her forehead.  Jane should have felt terror, she should have ran or made a move but she only stared at this Asari who just electrocuted her.

“Who are you, are there more, what happened to them?”  The Asari asked in rapid order.

“I…I” Jane tried to find the words but none came.

“Take a breath that must have been your first Omni-tool Overload.  It was the first time I had to use it.  Might have had the setting to high, didn’t know if a Krogan was behind this door.  Also I am no tech expert, I bought this off a Quarian looking to make some credits.”  The Asari told her.

“Overload?”  Jane responded, her body still felt out of sorts like she was watching everything from far away.

The Asari sat next to her and raised her Omni-tool “Bray get the medic she might be a little scrambled.”  She said then lowered her Omni-tool.

“Did you shoot her?” The Bray guy asked.

“No, and why do you always assume I shoot everyone?”  She responded.

“Because it is usually the case.”  He responded.

The Asari didn’t respond instead she was looking in Jane’s eyes.  “I’m Anima, Anima Shepard so you can understand why my crew let you dock.  If you dropped the last name to get on the station fine, we clearly aren’t related.  However if this is to extort me or my family…”  Anima was cut off by a Salarian bursting into the cockpit.

“What did you do this time… gunshot? No, no blood. Poison? Perhaps patient is diaphoretic.  Did you… electroshock?”  The hyper Salarian finally settled on.

“Doc you get pissed when I shoot them and now you are pissed when I don’t?”  Anima said standing up so the Salarian could have more room.  

“Yes, well killing person with enough amps to take down a Krogan is hardly an improvement.”  The Salarian said before he injected Jane with something to speed her recovery.

“Nothing I do is ever good enough for you dear.”  Anima said leaving the cabin.  

Jane felt her body coming back to life so to speak and looked at her Locust for a moment but the Salarian noticed her doing so.

“I wouldn’t, Anima smart quick to anger, pull a weapon, might be problematic.”  He said giving her another injection.  

“Am I safe?”  Jane finally asked.

The Salarian didn’t respond as he put away his medical kit “Safety is an illusion.” He finally said as he left the cabin.  

Jane was finally alone and her weapon was sitting on the ground where she dropped it.  “Should I go for it?”  She thought “No, has to be a test no way they all leave a loaded weapon if it wasn’t.” She thought as she stood up her legs a little shaky but they kept her upright.  She slowly walked to the door stepping over the Locust.  

Anima watched the teenager step over the Locust but until then she wasn’t sure if this girl was smart.  “Turns out you are.”  She thought and a little smile came to her face.  Anima walked over to the girl and offered her right hand.  The girl looked at it for a moment then shook her hand.

“Good.”  Anima said.


“Yes, you didn’t decide to be suicidal and grab that there.”  Anima pointed to the Locust.  “So, good.  Is your name really Jane Shepard?”  Anima continued.

“Yes” Jane replied.

“What happened to these three?”  Anima asked looking at the cabin and the three men laying in it.

“They kidnapped me, planned to sell me to Batarians I got free took them out.”  Jane responded.

Anima smiled she likes a no nonsense person and this girl had a mean streak and she wasn’t stupid.  “See Bray that is the shit that makes people hate you guys.”  Anima said to Bray who simply shrugged his shoulders.  “Look am always looking for talented people to bring into my organization.  You took out three grown men by yourself and you were smart enough not to go for that Locust.  So if you want a job and a place to stay you are welcome here.  If you wish to leave my men will remove your quiet passengers and you can be on your way.”  Anima said.

“I’d like to stay.”  Jane replied without much of a thought.  She had nowhere to go and she knew it.

“Okay well grab your things and follow me.”  Anima said pointing at the Locust, she then walked over and pulled the knife out of one of the men’s skull and handed it to Jane.

“Good knives are hard to come by.”  With that Anima walked out of the shuttle Jane following close behind her as the scene fades to black.
Mass Effect: Rise Act III Update 10
Anima and Jane finally meet one another.

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5f9d918de107a07ddc7d8cd5b56a3197-d5iavv7 by ME-DarkSky 
The scene fades in on Prime Minister Kelly and his new Asari Girlfriend standing on a stage in front of what looks like a sea of humanity with some other races sprinkled in.  Delta was also standing on the stage although off to the left and though Eden Prime was considered safe Delta wasn’t about to let his guard down now.  Once a Salarian in a black cloak stepped onto the stage the crowd erupted in cheers.  Walking to the middle of the stage he gestures to Kelly who walks over and raises his right hand in the air.

“In accordance with Citadel law I certify that this election was held in true faith and allegiance of the laws in Council Space.  Please repeat after me. I … do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Alliance and the laws of Council Space.”  The Salarian said making sure he spoke slowly and clearly.

“I Richard Kelly do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Alliance and the laws of Council Space.”  Kelly repeated his voice trembling slighting as the enormity of the event began to sink in.

“Against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”  The Salarian countered the second Kelly finished his sentence.

“Against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”  Kelly responded his voice growing a little clearer and stronger.

“That I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.”  Again the Salarian didn’t waste any time with the response.  

“That I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.”  Kelly quickly responded.

“Then by the power given to me under Article one fifty six of Council Law I hereby recognize you as the sole leader and ruler supreme of the Human Race and The Alliance forces.  It is my duty to remind you that you have six months from now to send forth a Councilor to represent the humans on the Citadel Council.  Of course the acting Council members still must approve your selection.  Congratulations Prime Minster Kelly!”  With that the Salarian held out his right hand and shook Kelly’s hand before stepping off to the side.

Kelly shakes the Salarian’s hand he then slowly let his eyes take in the crowd in front of him, human, Asari, Turian, and Salarian.  Kelly then moves forward to a solid oak podium and sets his hands on the podium and takes a deep breath.  

A fire in his eyes is noticeable, his voice booms across the crowd “It is custom for the new Prime Minster to say a few words to those here, after the Oath of Office is finished.  I have chosen to craft this speech after a great leader.  A man from the late twentieth century who faced some of the same problems we face today.  Instead of the Ledan he stared down Communism and the Iron Curtin.  Instead of a self-inflected plague he faced the low morale of a disillusioned people.  Our problems are of our own doing and I think we can clean up our mess with the help of our allies.”  Kelly said to a roar of applause.    

Waiting for the cheers to calm he continued his speech. “Parliament Members, Council Members, and Alliance Command, I want our fellow citizens to know how much you did. By your gracious cooperation in the transition process, you have shown a watching galaxy that we are a united and pledged to maintaining a political system which guarantees individual liberty to a greater degree than any other, and I thank you and your people for all your help in maintaining the continuity which is the bulwark of our Republic.”  Kelly turned and nodded to the many dignitaries sitting or standing behind him.

Taking a breath Kelly continued his speech. “The business of our race goes forward. The Human Race confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions. We suffer from the longest and one of the worst sustained inflations in our history.  It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes the struggling young and the fixed-income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of billions of our people.” Kelly says to a mostly silent crowd.

“Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, human misery, and personal indignity. Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity.”  He continued.
Pausing for a moment before continuing “But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals.  Our spending is now higher than the rebuilding years that occurred shortly after the end of the Reaper War.”  Kelly said to those in the crowd listening intently.

“The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we as humans have the capacity now, as we've had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve our bastion of freedom.”  Cheers of the crowds cause Kelly to pause.

Waiting for a moment Kelly continued “This time knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up from those who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we're sick -- professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and ship drivers. They are, in short, ‘We the people,’ this breed called Humanity.”

“So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a race that has a government -- not the other way around. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.”

“It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Alliance establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Alliance Government and those reserved to the Countries or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Alliance Government did not create the Countries; the Countries created the Alliance Government.” The crowd erupts in cheer again.

Once again pausing until the crowd settled Kelly continued “Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it's not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work… Work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.”

“If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people in the history of humanity, it was because here in this galaxy we unleashed the energy and individual genius of humanity to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.”

“It is time for us to realize that we're too great a race to limit ourselves to small dreams. We're not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope in each other.”

“We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we're in a time when there are not heroes, they just don't know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the worlds beyond. You meet heroes across a counter, and they're on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They're individuals and families whose taxes support the government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is quiet, but deep. Their values sustain our way of life and others.”

“Now, I have used the words ``they'' and ``their'' in speaking of these heroes. I could say ``you'' and ``your,'' because I'm addressing the heroes of whom I speak -- you, the citizens of the human race and our allies. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of this administration, so help me.”

“We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our Planets and Colonies and not love our countrymen and women; and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they're sick, and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?”

“Can we solve the problems confronting us? Well, the answer is an unequivocal and emphatic ‘yes.’ To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I've just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the galaxy's strongest economy.”

“On the eve of struggle for the independence of the then United States, a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, president of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, ‘Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of . . . . On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.’  So let that be our rally call.”

“Well, I believe we, the humans of this time, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children's children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the Galaxy. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.”  The crowd again begins to cheer.
Pausing for a moment then Kelly continued “To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale.”

“As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the Human people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it, now or ever.”

“Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.”

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the galaxy is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free people humans and others. It is a weapon our adversaries today do not have. It is a weapon that we do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.”

“This is the first time in our history that this ceremony has been held, as you've been told, on this West Front of the Capitol here on Eden Prime. Standing here, one faces a magnificent vista, opening up on this city's special beauty and history. At the end of this open mall are those shrines to the giants on whose shoulders we stand.”

“Beyond those monuments to heroism, and on the far shore the sloping hills of Alliance National Cemetery, with its row upon row of simple white markers. They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom.”

“Each one of those markers is a monument to the kind of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called London, The Citadel, Eden Prime, Grissom Academy, Terra Nova, Virmire Beach, Frist Contact, and halfway around the galaxy on Omega, Ilos, Krios, the Keystone Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Earth.”  
Under one such marker lies a young woman, Marsha Trep, who left her job in a small town shop in 2183 to join the Alliance with the famed Fifth Fleet. Here, on the Eden Prime, she was killed trying to send a message between battalions under heavy Geth artillery fire.”
“We're told that on her body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading, ‘My Pledge,’ he had written these words: ‘Humans must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if
the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.’  On her alone.”

“The crisis we are facing today may again require of us the kind of sacrifice that Marsha Trep and so many millions of others were called upon to make. It does requires, our best effort and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds, to believe that together we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.”

“And after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are free.”  The crowd erupts with cheers and chants of freedom.

A few minutes pass before Kelly can continue “The time for inaction is over, Earth, the Sol system, and the Williams System which have fallen to disease, battles and strife but are in no way lost.  I have ordered my Commanders to make the retaking of these places and the defeat of the Ledan their highest priority.  In this time of need I will not turn away possible allies because of a checkered past.  Which is why I announce today of partnership between Cerberus and the Alliance.  I know this will cause pause from the other races but Cerberus isn’t the organization they once were.  I have received assurances that all hostile actions toward the Council races and the Alliance will stop.  So I say to you all we will take our home worlds back we will find a cure for the Red Death and we will defeat the Ledan.  We will push them back to their own system and farther if needed if War is their only goal.  Our tasks at hand are large but we once defeated the Reapers by working together so let us again foster that grit.  Bless you all, and bless the Alliance and Council.  Thank you all.”  With that Kelly steps back and waves a few times as the scene fades to black.
Mass Effect: Rise Act III Update 9
The time for a new leader of the human race has begun.

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 5f9d918de107a07ddc7d8cd5b56a3197-d5iavv7 by ME-DarkSky 

Half way there

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 10, 2014, 10:38 AM
Hard to believe when the next update hits in the next few days I will be half way done with Mass Effect: Rise.  It has taken a little longer then I like but sometimes life gets in the way.  I want to thank all my watchers and fans for reading my work.  There are still two more books in the plans in order to bring Anima Shepard's story to a close, I look forward to bring them to you.

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Talon313 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Hey Dude, long time no speak!

Dont worry i had a legitimate reason
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Just to let you know, even though my account 
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