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All finished! That only took, what, two and a half years? Complete on Dreamwidth or AO3.

 
 
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30 August 2014
She went down to the field,
And her body there she laid;
She gave the earth her blood and bone,
That fruitful it might stay.

And as the green spread o'er the field,
And wheat sprang from her ribs,
Her lover said, I'll love no more,
You can set your life on this.

So break your bread, my darling heart,
But pray you don't forget,
The harvest comes at a cost, my love,
And that cost is mine to give.
 
 
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27 August 2014
Title Crucible 09 - Star by Star
Characters: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 6k
Notes: End of the line.
Summary: Your message to [ SHEPARD, JANE K. ] dated [ 2187.08.28 ] has not been read.

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27 August 2014
Title: Crucible 08 - Down to Earth
Characters: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 6k
Notes: Much thanks as always to the usual crew for all of their help!
Summary: "We will fight, we will sacrifice, and we will find a way."

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27 August 2014
Title: Crucible 07 - Hard Night
Characters: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 10k
Warning: Off-screen suicide and discussion of the aftermath. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like details.
Notes: Thanks as always to the usual crew: Lotte shouldered all of the heavy editing and patiently listened to me swear several hundred times that I would eventually finish this story, and Steph corralled my typos and sat through more than a few lengthy rambles on worldbuilding. Much love to you both!
Summary: Garrus can sustain his perspective on ruthless calculus only from a distance.

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27 August 2014
Title: Crucible 06 - The Hanged Woman
Characters: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 9k
Notes: Thank you so much to all of the readers who kept faith over the years. I started posting 'Crucible' before ME3's release, which is really hard to believe; your comments and gentle encouragement are what kept this story alive. Cheers to everyone who's been waiting for an update!
Summary: "I don't think kissing turians will be necessary for the war effort, Williams." "You never know, Commander."

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27 August 2014
Title: Crucible 05 - Son of a Gun
Characters: Shepard/Vakarian, a Chorus of Turians
Wordcount: 7k
Notes: Happy (early) N7 Day! Lots of thanks to Steph, who let me shout excitedly at her in the middle of the night, and to Lotte, who stuck with me through this entire nightmare of a story and is absolutely unsinkable.
Summary: Garrus tempers the steel of his people.

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27 January 2013
Title: Crucible 04 - Wine
Characters: Shepard/Garrus, Tali, Liara
Wordcount: 7900
Summary: Shepard burns.
Notes: Hey so I guess it's time to update or something! Many thanks to the indomitable Odyle, who put this chapter in order. There's a lot of mood whiplash here, since it goes from the high of 'Lair of the Shadow Broker' to the low of 'The Arrival'. Coming up next: turians. Lots of turians. [Edited 23 October 2014.]

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30 March 2012
Title: Crucible 03 - Coffee
Characters: Shepard/Garrus, Joker, Miranda
Wordcount: 7600
Summary: Garrus finds that the universe never stops surprising him.
Notes: Story index here. One line of dialogue was lifted directly from the Project Overlord mission. I also took some minor liberties with the Alchera DLC; maybe it should be said that this story is mostly canon-compliant. Beta read by the intrepid Odyle. [Edited 15 October 2015.]

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21 March 2012
Title: Crucible 02 - Calamity Jane
Pairing: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 5400
Summary: Shepard tries to talk about feelings and ends up talking about guns.
Notes: Now with 100% more space camping! Master post here. Odyle corralled my mistakes to the fullest extent of her considerable ability. Additional thanks go to Archerstar and Stlkrchck, who volunteered to help a poor tinhat in her time of need. [Edited 12 October 2014.]

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Title: Crucible 01 - The Ill-Made Knight
Pairing: Shepard/Vakarian
Wordcount: 3400
Summary: Your message to [ SHEPARD, JANE K. ] dated [ 2183.07.10 ] has not been read.
Notes: Chapter title from T.H. White. Many thanks to Odyle for the beta! [Edited 3 October 2014.]

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