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A wise Krogan once said that the only stories worth telling are those of love, sex, and war. This has all three. A story of provocateurs, confidants, and unhealthy attraction.
A noir Mass Effect fanfic covering pre to post ME1-ME3 by Raptor Assassin. With a touch of AU, the story exploring Commander Jane Shepard and Garrus Vakarian relationship while unveiling her past and her connections with other characters.You can find it here.Also, go here to find related goodies.If you want to find the Glee fanfic with the same name, go here .
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All Just a Dream: The interrogation scene in chapter 8 was just Shepard‘s nightmare. Some readers didn’t realize this so they lashed out on the author for writing Garrus so OOC.
Bad Dreams: Shepard had a dream where Garrus tied her up and interrogated her of her secrets (namely, her past and her attraction to him). The raw sexuality and domineering nature of the Shadow-Garrus she dreamed of, according to Word of God, was symbolic of her sexual frustration concerning her feelings for him.
After Shepard died, Garrus suffered from insomania due to several bad dreams about her past (including her treatment at the orphanage, her escape with Ghost, and her time with the Reds until her rape) that he got from Liara.
Cruel and Unusual Death: Sidonis. Shepard first leads him to believe that he was going to escape safely before letting Garrus beat him to a pulp with his bare hands while reminding him how it feels to trust someone only to get betrayed. His life finally ends with a throat slash from the inside out.
Before that, Shepard killed the volus who acted as Fade for Harkin by severing his intake atmospheric pressure compressor. He imploded before the oxygen had time to poison his blood.
Jack kills Warden Kuril (she probably had tortured him first) by ripping his body in two with her biotics .
Ghost/ Kai Leng strapped young Shepard's doctor to the chair where she had taken her treatment and let her burn him alive.
Mierin's femoral artery was severed when her leg was crushed beneath a crate. Melanis has to amputate it on the spot before the fire reaches them . Melanis' omniblade cauterizes the wound, but the vein had already retracted up into her thigh so she loses all of her blood without spilling a drop.
Foreshadowing: In one of the first chapters, Shepard goes on a rampage on the Citadel after talking to Saren. Later, Liara mentions that in Shepard's memories, there was a starved figure who looked a lot like Garrus. Sometimes, Shepard would think about a person who was the first one that showed her kindness. They seems irrelevant and random at first, but after the author reveals about Shepard's connection with Nihlus, everything makes perfect sense.
Subverted with another other clue: When Shepard talked with Sidonis, she mention that she once had a lover, who was dead now. After the reader knew about Nihlus, they would think that she was talking about him. She was actually referred to Garrus, since to her, he died (at least in spiritual sense) once.
Good People Have Good Sex: Almost any mention of sex outside the main couple is usually either rape (Shepard was lured into a statutory-rape situation with Ghost/ Kai Leng and later was flat-out raped by a rival gang when she was young), sex based mainly on lust (Garrus with all of his previous girlfriends), or to take advantages of something (Aria's favorite method to gain control and information). But all love-making scenes of Garrus and Shepard are always written in an incredible loving fashion to describe their love and passion for each other whether they are playing rough or gentle.
Green-Eyed Monster: Despite being thankful for Thane, Garrus can't help but feel jealous when he knows Shepard trained with him the whole time he stayed in the battery.
Before that, Mierin envied Sidonis for being Garrus's favorite.
Greed: Not actually written in the story, but according to Word of God, Sidonis joined Archangel's team largely for wealth. But once he realized that Archangel wasn't interested in keeping whatever credits they salvaged from their escapades, he decided to sell them out. Knowing that he couldn't get anywhere with Mierin (who was in love with Garrus) plus his jealousy of Garrus also made his decision easier.
Heroic BSOD: Garrus has one when he hears about Shepard’s death. He almost assassinates Councilor Udina but Shepard’s recorded video speech gives him a wake up call and catalyzes his transformation into Archangel. He has another when his team is killed and he believes that he has died as well, thinking that Shepard is a ghost.
Hidden Depths: A lot of characters get this treatment, like Chakwas and Kelly.
Homage: The conversation between Sidonis and Mierin is a direct allusion to a scene in David Lynch's Lost Highway.
The Mentor: As in-game, Shepard to Garrus. In this fic, we also have Thane acting as one to Shepard and Mierin to Garrus. We also have Nihlus to Seraph/Shepard (at one point, he even calls himself her teacher).
One Degree of Separation: Shepard used to live in an orphanage where the nephew of one of the caretakers was Kaidan, then she was bailed out from there by Ghost/ Kai Leng. Later, after her rape, she was rescued by Nihlus, who then was spared by Samara because without him Shepard would die. And now, apparently, Jack looked familiar to her, too.
Out-of-Character Moment: Shepard acts like she is on drugs after returning from Alchera. This was actually a result of being under too much pressure from many things.
Orphanage of Fear: The place Shepard used to live. The caretakers actually cared about the children. It just that the method they used to cure her ‘condition’ made her viewed them as this.
Shower Of Love: Come on, they were going to put that in the game and wouldn't let Shep use it? (Traynor doesn't count.)
Significant Anagram: When he first came to Omega, Garrus used many aliases; one of those was ‘Han Jaedsper’, which is an anagram of ‘Jane Shepard’. Mierin was able to trace back to him using this clue.
Snow Means Death: Almost happen to Seraph as she was left to die in the snow after being raped and beaten. Good thing Nihlus showed up just in time.
Tragic Keepsake: Garrus doen't burn the paper Shepard gave him. Instead, he keeps it for the next two years.
Transferable Memory: Liara had Shepard’s memory after she melds with her, later, she melds with Garrus to give him information he needed. Garrus spent the next two years plagued by Shepard’s memories.
Unbroken Vigil: Without eating or resting, Shepard spent 7 days watching over Garrus after his rocket incident on the Normandy SR-2, leaving only after Chakwas convinced her. She left to gather her thoughts on Alchera.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: Garrus and Shepard had this bad before she was spaced. Even at the first time they met, just a couple of exchanged words between Shepard and Garrus are enough for Kaidan to know there was a flame there. And after her resurrection, they continued to do this for a good couple of chapters before eventually geting on with it.
We Named the Monkey Jack: Shepard named her fish after her crew, with 'Jacob' for a puffer fish, 'Joker' for one with a busted fin, ‘Thane’ for a depressed looking water-gecko, and an extremely vicious eel ‘Miranda’.
Wham Line: "Kai. Kai Leng. But you can call me Ghost."
"Garrus…did you ever know someone named Nihlus?"
What the Hell, Hero?: Garrus chews Shepard out for rejecting him after he had abandoned everything for her while she had led him to believe that she did feel something for him (she did, but didn't want to admit it to him). They snapped, ended up fighting and she decides to kick him out after they're done with Saren.
Later, Thane called Garrus out for keep shutting himself off to wallow in the past and ignored Shepard after he(Garrus) had promised to never leave her side again.