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Shepard Family Stories: (Cassandra'Zorah)

Citadel - C-SEC Security Office

Commander Armando Bailey sits with his fingers steepled in front of him, looking at the young Quarian girl in front of him. Her suit covers only her torso and legs, leaving her arms uncovered. Glittering green lines trace patterns down her slender arms. Her mask, a light blue, doesn't hide the apprehensive expression on her face, her glowing blue eyes awash with uncertainty and fear. 

"You do know that you're in some serious trouble here, young lady?"

Her eyes lock on his for a moment before nodding. Bailey continues, keeping his voice calm and quiet, "Care to explain why you were caught hacking into the Sirta Foundation's mainframe?"

She mumbles something that Bailey can't make out. "I'm sorry, but you're gonna have to speak up. I'm getting up there in years. My hearing's not what it once was."

She looks at him quizzically as he gives her a small smile. "You're on your Pilgrimage, aren't you?"

"…….yes……"

"You fell in with the wrong crowd, I take it? You seem like a smart girl. Why didn't you report your 'friends' to C-SEC?"

"They….threatened to………."

Commander Bailey holds up a finger as he puts his other hand to his earpiece. "Yes? What is it?"

He frowns, "Really? You want to speak to her now? Well alright then, say hi to your dad for me. I'll send her right now. Yes, yes, don't worry….I'll handle the paperwork.

He turns back to the quarian girl, "Guess today is your lucky day….Miss..?"

"Zorah……I mean…..my name is Cassandra'Zorah."

"Wait a minute….Zorah……where have I heard that name before?"

A look of comprehension passes over his face, "Ah, I see why she wants to talk to you now. You go on outside. She'll be waiting for you."

Cassandra looks at the Commander hesitantly, before getting to her feet and quickly making her way out of his office. As the door closes, someone taps her on the shoulder, causing her to jump. "Hey there."

She spins around to come face to face with a young Asari, clad in a N7 hoodie and blue jeans. "Been a long time Cassie."

"….Aya? Is that you?"

Ayrene Shepard pulls her old friend into a tight hug. "It's great to see you. Never expected  to have to bail you out. What happened?"

"I made some poor choices, joined up with the wrong people."

"Thieves?"

"Yeah….the little Bosh'tets left me to get caught. I knew something like this would happen, but I still trusted them."

"Why join up with them in the first place? Didn't you get a bunch of job offers from the Alliance and the Quarian Admirals?"

"Aya…..I'm trying to make a name for myself. I don't need the charity from the Alliance and I don't want the help from my father. This is something I need to do for myself."

"Ayrene drapes an arm over Cassie's neck, "Come on, we're gonna get you some payback." 

"Wait…what?"

"You'll see, trust me."

She puts a hand up to her ear, "Hey Mordin, you busy? Yeah yeah I know you hate being called by your given name. Got a job for you. Yes, there will be hitting. Good, see you then."

She gestures towards the waiting cab, "You coming Cassie?"

(Half an hour later)

The small band of would-be thieves all sit at the bar in the abandoned Chora's Den. Their leader raises his glass, "Guess we showed that suit rat to stay off of our turf. Stealing from the Sirta Foundation will be sure to get her over twenty years in prison."

"Who's going to prison?"

Cassie walks slowly into the bar, causing the thieves to leap to their feet in surprise. "How the hell did you manage to get out of C-SEC."

"Made a deal."

"You mean, you sold us out?"

"Not exactly….."

"What the hell does that---*hurhk*"

A large hand closes around the leader's throat, lifting him off the ground. The other thieves back away from the towering Krogan. A voice sounds from behind them, "She made a deal with me."

The thieves spin to face Ayrene, her dual Phalanx pistols aimed at their chests. "Not sure I like you calling my friend a 'suit rat'……apologize, now."

No one speaks for a good minute. Aya turns to the Krogan, "Rampage?"

Urdnot Rampage brings the squirming leader over to Ayrene, who leans in close, "I said…..apologize."

"*ack* I'm….*cough*…sorry."

"Good boy…..now then…..here's what's gonna happen. You and your crew, report to me now. I expect you to dial back on the heists. You are gonna be my brand new informants."

"…and if I refuse?"

"Well then, that option's a lot more messy. Say no, and….well…..Rampage here gets a couple brand new target dummies. You ever seen what Krogan weapons can do to a person?"

"Okay okay okay, we'll work for you……boss."

Ayrene smiles and pats his cheek playfully, "Great. Glad we have that straightened out….now run along."

The thieves practically sprint for their lives, causing a chuckle from Rampage. "So soft. You should have let me crush a couple to make a point."

"Eh, we've given enough paperwork to Bailey for one day. Cassie? You alright?"

"What am I gonna do now? I can't go home empty handed."

Rampage claps a heavy hand on her shoulder, causing her to wince slightly, "You work with us. I thought that was obvious."

"You want me…on your team?"

Ayrene smiles, "Of course I do, you're family. Besides, we need someone with your level of technical expertise."

"What for?"

"For her….."

She activates her omni-tool, and a holo-image appears, showing the sleek curves of an Alliance frigate. Cassie stares at the ship in astonishment, "Kee'lah……she's beautiful….."

"Cassandra'Zorah? This is the Aegis. You wanna meet her?"

You all voted for her, so here she is, Cassandra'Zorah Nar Rannoch, Child of Tali and Kal'Reegar.
Thanks to BlackLion, Vierna, and LiquidFire for the ideas and beta-testing.
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Ayrene Shepard, Cassie, and Rampage belong to me.
Bailey belongs to Bioware

Enjoy!!!!!
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Harbiger152 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Is there more to this ???
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Golden-Harpy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I love how Tali and Reegar are together, also. I think Kal survived through some miracle (that's what I believe).
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magicpnut Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
awsome.... i feel like they could be my next door neighboors.....good job.....good job
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
:happybounce: I'm glad you enjoyed this one! :D

Yeah writing stories dealing with the children of our beloved characters is a lot of fun. :)
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darthsquirt2 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very well done. My only problem was this:
Reegar dies on Palaven.

Still, nice to think that this would've been the outcome if he did survive.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Well we had no definitive proof he dies :D only that news report. He may have survived (plus I hated Bioware's handling of minor characters in ME3.)
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darthsquirt2 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know.
Still the Mass Effect wiki confirmed that he did die, if not from exposure, then from the endless hordes.
Between you and me, I like your version of events better.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Cheers dude! :highfive:
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Mouton1 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Like father, like son, uh Cassandra? :3
Great one! Ayrene forever!
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:iconsaintwalker1806:
SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Like mother, like daughter? XD

Absolutely :D Aya FTW!!! :happybounce:
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knight-101 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
ah, kids what ya gonna do.
grate chapter by the way:)
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:iconsaintwalker1806:
SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Yep, quite the formidable team :D
Thanks!!!!
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celticknotgirl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
So nice to have friends! Especially her friends!

as Bailey actually arrested anyone? LOL
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
That's an excellent point :giggle: I don't think that Bailey really has arrested anyone having to do with Shepard :XD:
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LightningGalaxy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Gotta love Aya! Hehe.
It's so cool how everyone is like their parents. :D
"Good boy…" Reminds me of Wrex. LOL
Very nicely done! :)
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:iconsaintwalker1806:
SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Yep Ayrene certainly learned from the very best :D
Thanks!!!
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Raven13678 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Another fantastic story! I can't wait to read more!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Thanks!!! I'm trying to figure out who to do next :D
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Raven13678 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Whatever it is, I'm positive it'll be great!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thanks!!!! :D
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liquidfire101 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Good beginning to a new team and I love them all already lol. Great story!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Glad you approve :D! It's fun to take the reigns on the mass effect universe :happybounce:
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liquidfire101 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist
I bet. Maybe I should give it a try =)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
I think you'd enjoy it. It's certainly a lot of fun.
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liquidfire101 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist
I probably would. Celticknotgirl and I have some good ideas in the works for some collaborations. =)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Well I for one am looking forward to your work!!! :)
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liquidfire101 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you! I am looking forward to working with celticknotgirl...she is a great writer...love her work.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Yep, that she is. I totally agree with you.
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Funkifan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I love it! :D
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Thanks!!! Glad to hear it! :D
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Maman-Ourse Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
I like this team! ^^
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
:D I'm glad you like 'em! :happybounce:
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Vierna-Drottingu Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Cassandra'Zorah? Meet the Aegis. Wanna meet her?" --> doesn't have really much sense... maybe "Cassandra'Zorah, This is Aegis. Wanna meet her?"


anyway, love this, Aya is totally badass :D Rampage reminds me of Grunt a lil... ^^
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Thanks for the idea! (Changed it XD)

Aya is our little badass ;)
and yeah Rampage does remind me of Grunt XD
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Elizabeth140455 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lol, I love the story!!!
Cassandra and Rampage are amazing!!!!!!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Thanks :D Glad you liked them! :)
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Elizabeth140455 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:squee: you're very welcome!!!
And I don't liked them, I LOVE THEM!!!! ^^
:trollface: XD
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Snazbanana Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Loves it! :3
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Glad to hear it! :D
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kitsune-onii-chan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
I like how you have Tali and Kal'Reegar together
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Found it better than her and Garrus (Even though Bioware killed Kal'Reegar) I had to change it :)
Always felt there was something between the two :D
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kitsune-onii-chan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
yeah his ship may have been destroyed but he lived lol
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Didn't the news article say that he and his squad died on Palaven?
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kitsune-onii-chan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
yeah but that is how to explain his being alive
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