“So, care to tell me a little bit about yourself, Angel?” I asked as I sat in the corner of our cell. “I mean, it’s not like we’ve got anything better to do.”
“There is not much to tell you,” Angel sighed. “I am a mother of three, and I have been held here for so long that I do not even know what year it is anymore.”
“Well, you have daughters, so tell me about them,” I scratched at the scruff that was coming in where my full beard once was. “And I’ll tell you some stories about my kids in return.”
“I suppose that will be acceptable,” the Asari replied. “It will at least make the time memorable before you vanish as the others with whom I have shared a cell.”
“We’re both going to be getting out of here,” I stated firmly. “Even if I have to break us out of here myself.”
“Do you not believe I have not tried to escape?” the Matriarch asked incredulously. “I am far older than you and have attempted to escape many times. None of my attempts have succeeded and I spent ten years trying to escape this facility.”
“I’m not so arrogant as to think that I’m better at escaping than you,” I replied, my smile still on my face. “But I’m not the same person as you, and I may be able to think of ways around problems that you haven’t considered. Also, you’ve been trapped in here for far too long. It’s time to get you some hope back. But in the meantime, tell me about your daughters.”
“Fine,” Angel crossed her arms across her bare chest. “My youngest daughter, Mirala is the smartest, and she is talented,” the Matriarch smiled at the thought of her kids again. “She must be nearing her Matron years now, but she dreamed of being a Justicar just as I was once she was finished with her training to control her abilities properly. And her older sisters were some of the best trainers for our order, with the ability to convey information in a way that made it easy to understand no matter what kind of student you were. Falere and Rila are the kinds of teachers that every student dreams of having as an instructor. They’ve helped many an Ardat Yakshi control their powers and also took it upon themselves to get a grounding in many of the sciences. I wish I knew what they were up to in this time and age, but I am afraid that I have been unable to get any information on my daughters in over a century.”
“I’m sorry to hear that,” I said as I attempted to console the Asari. “I’ll just add it to the list of reasons why we’re getting you out of here.”
Korlus, Imir System Late March 2167
“I’ve got information for you!” Aethyta nearly yelled in excitement as she burst into the office that Melissa and Natasha were currently in. “That psychotic bitch Sedaris came through for us. There’s a compound on Ilium that is just outside of her contracted defense area that has been there for the last thousand years. The owner hasn’t even changed hands in all that time. After pulling some strings with a friend of mine, I connected that Matriarch to an organization that I’ve only ever heard rumors of.”
“How many mercenaries in our employ are currently on Ilium,” Natasha interrupted. “And what will the response of the Republics be if Ilium were to change ownership?”
Aehtya paused, her thoughts having stalled out momentarily as she processed exactly what Natasha had just said.
“Well, Ilium isn’t officially an Asari world, so they can’t do anything legally to stop you,” Aethyta said after a moment. “But it is controlled by Asari Corporate interests, and they could make life living hell if things go badly.”
“We’ll leave the Corporations alone to do as they please as long as they remain within the legal framework of the Commonwealth,” Melissa said as she pulled up the data on the planet named. “But to respond to your first question, we have quite a large segment of the Brotherhood of Steel, and the Eclipse under our employ to protect our interests on Ilium currently. Not enough to subdue the planet as of yet, but give me a couple of weeks to coordinate with Carter and I’ll get things set up.”
“I don’t recommend you invade Ilium,” Aethyta stated. “The Republics are already wary of you, and you’ll be attacking many of the Matriarch's interests directly if you pursue this.”
“Good,” Natasha smiled cruelly. “Let them suffer from the consequences of their actions. They have not only taken my husband, but also our head of state. If our response was anything less than overwhelming then we would be considered weak,” Natasha looked Aethyta in the eyes as she stood up from behind the desk to her full height. “Now, are you with us, or will you stand aside and let others bypass you in order to do what is right?”
“Count me in,” Aethyta replied with a savage grin. “It’s about time those bitches on Thessia learn a thing or two about warfare.”
“Ahh, so we’re back to this old song and dance,” I snarked at the Asari who was still my main interrogator. “You’d think that Athame would have realized by now that I don’t exactly possess any technical data or information that can really help you.”
“Goddes,” Al’Sha rubbed at the headache that was already beginning to form. “Do you ever close your mouth?”
“Not really,” I chuckled as I felt one of the straps on my table loosen a bit around my right bicep. “I’m kinda known for being bad at negotiating back where I’m from. See, I’m not really a social person with people that I don’t like. So I tend to delegate that part of the job to others.”
“Embrace Eternity,” Al’Sha muttered as she forcibly entered my mind.
“Now, I’ve isolated the area that we’ve been looking for down to this section of the subject’s mind,” Al’Sha muttered as she glanced around the representation of the Human subject’s mental space. “Maybe this time I won’t run into any obstacles,” She opened the first door on her right as she entered the hallway only to be met by another strange figure.
“I’m sorry,” the shadowy figure bowed. “You’re in the wrong area, the room you’re looking for is two doors down on the left,” The figure made a strange gesture. “You kinda interrupted my movie here, so I’ll help you get on your way.”
Al’Sha found herself in front of a door with a strange blank spot in her mind.
“What just happened?” The Asari asked as she looked around and saw that she was in the same hallway she had been in before. “I must have had a time-lapse or something,” she muttered with a half-shrug. “I guess I open this door and see what is on the other side.”
“I’ve got it,” Al’Sha gasped as she jolted upright out of the meld. “I must get Athame immediately.”
“I think not,” the Human said as he flexed his right arm and the strap holding him in place shifted so that his arm was free before grabbing the Asari’s wrist and twisting it in a specific way that caused Al’sha to fall to her knees grabbing at the hand that seemed to be broken in an odd way.
The Human then tore the straps off of his left arm and legs before pushing himself off of the table and grabbing the Asari who was still looking at her broken wrist and gasping in pain, pulling her upwards and into a chokehold.
“Now, nighty night,” The human muttered as he pulled upwards and to the right on the Asari, relaxing his grip after she stopped struggling. “Time for a breakout.”
Author’s Note: Whelp, y'all get an early update. I wasn't going to update until January, but I got bit by the writing bug.
Yes and no.Yes,they are powerfull - but they also were powerfull for last 6000 years and nobody could match them.They're really over confidant, aren't they?
I'm finding it a bit much. They're supposed to be dangerous, and, well, so far they just aren't.