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The Retrun Of The Old GuardPart One: Boots on the Ground
WARNING, The following contians spoliers for Mass Effect 2, read at your own risk.
Commander Alex Shepard uttered a grunt of extortion as he landed in a crouch after his small jump from the Normandy's airlock. Lifting his Vindicator rifle to bear, he scanned the strange landscape of metal and rock that lay before him only to see nothing, no enemies, no threats, just a debris-strewn rockfeild that was bathed in blood red light. It was almost a disappointment.
"Clear on my side."
"Left is clear." Reported Jacob Taylor.
"Same with the right." Growled Grunt, clearly dissatisfied at the lack of a fight.
Shepard nodded. "Right," he then put a finger to his ear, "Crash-site secure, drop in second squad."
"Roger that." Radioed Garrus, who jumped down from the airlock moments later with the reminder of the Normandy's assault team.
The scarred Truian gave Shepard a nod. "Ready to save the universe Shepard?"
Shepard almost grinned "Just another day at the office, Gar
dead dog julyI.
the summer heat lays limp in the city’s lap,
breathing long oppressive breaths.
it does not even lift its lolling head
to bark out hoarse indignancy
when a strange man brings the mail.
there might be heavy rain today,
brought by some swollen, murmuring cloud.
the world will whirl and howl,
then settle down,
to die a little more.
o, quickly, love,
press your back against the wall in fear
as the universe spreads her arms and
shuts her eyes
and starts to summon the end of all things.
come with me
to the place of windows full of speechless afternoon
hot windy whispers of half-formed solutions and resolutions,
sweltering sunlit meadows we’ll wander and then forget.
o quickly, love,
let’s to the season of forgetting
and unwind all of our harshest memories
and fill the universe’s mouth
with mute cotton.
i’ll whisper these words to you some evening
with all my exigency in the hand i rest on your arm—
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