So I've always been interested in what is going on behind the scenes between the teenage refugee and the Turian officer. Eventually I ended up playing Mass Effect Three over again and went in and out of the docks so I could write down the conversations between them. So this has been a labor of, well, I don't think I can call it love, so I'll just say obsession. I hope you enjoy!


Chapter One

Taetrus watched the blonde haired human girl linger near his desk. There had been so many refugees coming through the docks lately it was staggering. And more were coming every day, despite the recent trouble with Cerberus taking over The Citadel. The girl though, with her fidgeting every few moments, was driving him slowly insane.

"What are you doing here?"

The girl looked up at him, obviously startled.

"I'm waiting."

Taetrus felt his mandibles flutter with frustration.

"Waiting, waiting for who?"

"My parents. They put me on the transport and told me to wait for them here. They'll come find me as soon as they can."

Her voice was cheerful and Taetrus couldn't help but be worried about her level of optimism. This kid would definitely need some looking after. She reminded him a bit of the varen he'd begged his parents to let him take home when he was a child, though they had said he wasn't dutiful enough to have a pet.

"I guess this is a safe enough place. Look, if anyone bothers you, you let me know and I'll take care of them, okay?"

The pink tinge of the teenagers face was probably significant in human body language, but Taetrus had never spent enough time around humans to learn much about them. And truly, mandibles were so much easier to read then changes in skin tone and all the other slight changes that made humans so complicated.

"Sure thing sir. Thanks!"

They paused as Commander Shepard walked between them. Instead of moving somewhere else, like he had expected her to, the human girl smiled up at him.

"My name is Sarah, what's yours?"

His mandibles shook in amusement at the misplaced happiness in her voice before he chose to answer her question.

"I'm Officer Taetrus. I'm one of the officers in charge of the docks here."

There was an awkward pause where neither of them said anything, but both of them felt the pressure of the silence.

"Alright, cool, well, I'm gonna go stake out a place to sleep tonight. I'll see you around."


I know there isn't much to this chapter, but I promise the rest will be longer. They'll also have more story that isn't in the game. If you're willing to take the time to review and let me know what you think, I'd really appreciate it! Oh, and the following is the first conversation between the two in the game, as best I could transcribe it.

Turian: What are you doing here?

Girl: I'm waiting.

Turian: Waiting, waiting for who?

Girl: My parents. They put me on the transport and told me to wait for them here. They'll come find me as soon as they can.

Turian: I guess this is a safe enough place. Look, if anyone bothers you, you let me know and I'll take care of them, okay?

Girl: Sure thing sir. Thanks!