Author's Note: A little about my Shepard's past here. I'll try to fill in the blanks as I go. This takes place after the derelict collector ship trap and a few loyalty missions. Definitely sequenced after the last chapter.
While the crew was still reeling through the shockwaves of The Illusive Man's manipulative deceit regarding the derelict Collector Ship, Shepard remained steadfast with fury. Most of her anger stemmed from the fact that she understood his reasons- maybe even agreed with them. But she knew that, had it been an Alliance operation, she would not have been going in so blind. Betrayal was something she was familiar with, and it was a button she did not like having pushed. Friends that had known her long enough often remarked that the worst thing you could do to Commander Shepard...was lie.
In the rare instances where misconduct was discovered among the peripheral crew members, she usually let them figure it out. No one on the crew wanted to distract from the importance of