Title: The hearing
Game: Mass Effect
Time Line: After the Reaper War
Pairing: Jennifer Shepard and Samantha Traynor
Disclaimer: Mass Effect is property of Bioware
This story is my entry for the TheToothbrushGirl group Interview contest.
Temporary Alliance HQ
Samantha sat nervously at the almost empty corridor. The few Alliance personnel she saw were in a hurry and none of them paid any heed to her. Which was good since her mind was busy enough when it played out all the possible outcomes of this appointment and not all of them were good.
It had been easy to dismiss the fraternization charges during the war and especially easy it had been because of Jennifer herself had dismissed them, but now it wasn’t so easy. Even though Jennifer had dismissed the whole idea when the military attache had delivered the orders to appear in front of the military tribunal.
Samantha didn’t know if the timing of her hearing had been carefully planned so Jennifer couldn’t be here, but it made her wonder that the order for her to be here had become almost immediately after Jennifer had been taken into physio. Samantha didn’t even have time to write a note to Jennifer.
“Communication Specialist Samantha Traynor,” A young man in a clean uniform called to her from the door. Samantha could only wonder how the young man had managed to get his uniform so clean. There was shortage of everything everywhere.
Samantha walked into the room and swallowed hard when she saw three officers sitting behind a table and staring at her. There was a single chair in the center of the room.
“Sit,” One of the officers ordered.
A not so small part of Samantha looked at the chair and then she shook her head, “I prefer to stand, Sir,” She said and saluted.
She saw annoyed expression flash in the officers face, but then he just waved his hand, “As you wish, Specialist.”
“Do you know why you have been summoned, Specialist?” The officer on the right asked.
“Not really,” Samantha said, which was a lie, “The man who you sent to get me told me only that I am required to be here right now,” She added which was true.
Another annoyed expression from the first officer and even though the situation was not good Samantha had to fight that a smile wouldn’t spread on her lips. It wouldn’t be a good thing if the tribunal though she found them amusing.
“You are here to answer for the charges of fraternisation that according to our reports happened during your stay on the Normandy SR-2 in the recent conflict,” The third officer said.
“Conflict?” Samantha asked before she could stop herself, “You are really calling the War with the Reapers a conflict? Like it was some damn border skirmish with the batarians?”
“Silence,” The first officer said, “It is not your place to question this tribunal,” He added.
Samantha felt how her jaw tightened and her teeth grinded together. She would have not wanted nothing more than to tell these idiots what she thought about them, but that wasn’t probably a good idea when she was being investigated of misconduct.
“Is it true that during your stay on the Normandy you became close with the Commander Jennifer Shepard?” The officer on the left asked.
“I think we all became close with the Commander,” Samantha said, “The Commander took time to get to know the crew of the Normandy.”
“Of course, but we have a report that say that you spent more time with the Commander than anyone else on the ship,” The one on the right said, “And you were alone with the Commander more than one occasion. In her cabin no less.”
“The Commander and I liked to play chess,” Samantha replied, but she also wondered who had been giving these idiots these reports. Samantha was damn sure that no one from the Normandy would have talked. Then again they really hadn’t been hiding their relationship either. Someone might have seen her and Jennifer together on Silverstrip.
“You actually think we believe that nothing else happened between you and the Commander?” The middle one asked.
“I don’t care what you believe,” Samantha said and and suddenly she didn’t care a one bit what these morons thought.
“Let it be marked that the accused is acting very uncooperative against the tribunal,” The middle one said and he looked smug.
Samantha was about to open her mouth and tell the idiot where he could find some uncooperative behavior, but before she could do so they all heard a commotion from the waiting room.
“What is it now?” The first spoken officer asked annoyed from the guard.
“Go and look what is it?” The middle one asked from the young man that had called Samantha in.
“Yes, sir!” The young man said and then he opened the door or planned to, but before he could do so the door burst in and Jennifer stepped inside. She was not fully healed yet so her movements were slower, but even then she demanded attention.
The tribunal stood up and started to yell orders, but they got all mixed up and what came out was unintelligible noises.
“Very eloquent, you damn idiots,” Jennifer said to them, “Are you alright, Sam?” She asked then.
“I’m alright,” Samantha said, “I think they want to put me on trial.”
“They will do nothing of sort,” Jennifer said angrily.
“You can’t just burst in here like that, Commander,” The middle officer said, “I’ll have you arrested.”
“You can certainly try that you bloody dimwit,” Jennifer snorted, “And then I’ll call Hackett and tell him that as personal favor to a woman who saved the damned galaxy I’d appreciate it that you will be sent to the privy cleaning duty on the krogan camp for the rest of your miserable career.”
Samantha started to laugh at that and then…
… she woke up.
“Dear lord,” She muttered and pulled her pillow over her eyes, “No pizza before sleep… ever again,” She muttered and then she lifted the pillow from her eyes and turned to look on the other side of the bed where her wife should be, only to find the bed to be empty.
“Jennifer?” She called.
“In here, Sweetie,” Came an answer from the balcony. Jennifer must have had a nightmare again. She always went to sit on the balcony after those so she would not wake Samantha up.
Samantha got up from the bed and took her robe from the chair before she walked to the balcony, “You will never believe the dream I just had,” She said and embraced Jennifer from behind.
“Try me,” Jennifer said and rested her head on Samantha’s shoulder.