Full Accompanying Art Piece by thousandthsummer: [link]
This is the story I wrote for the Mass Effect Big Bang, which is basically a 8,000-11,000 word minimum challenge for a fandom where many authors and artist partner together to create the best new content they can.
I'm placing the story here, but there's a ton more end notes on AO3 here [link]
that I strongly suggest you go read if you enjoy the story. I'm also really hoping I didn't edit anything directly in AO3 since this is directly from my Word doc =/Summary:
Shepard resists Harbinger’s indoctrination attempt and wakes up under rubble in London but manages to finish the run to the beam. Once the Crucible is in place, Shepard must then choose how to end the Reaper threat so that the galaxy can be spared. But the choices and their subsequent consequences may be too much for her to bear…Description: This story utilizes the indoctrination theory, as well as the scrapped idea for an ending that fans found that could have happened for Mass Effect. The theory was vague since it was early in development, so I had to do a lot of research and creative manipulation to make it seem somewhat plausible. If you don't know it, I don't want to spoil it here
This story tries its best to stay close to the official canon while creating an alternate ending, as I thought this would be a great challenge. It also uses numerous bits of scrapped ideas, and some cut dialog between two characters. Notes at the end will give specifics from where I pulled from scrapped ideas, and reasons why certain things are the way they are. Just go into it with an open mind.
I want to thank thousandthsummer for her wonderful artwork which you see in-story. It was a pleasure to work with her. I also want to thank Alisha Torn for organizing the Mass Effect Big Bang which produced this. Thank you for reading.