Nellis fully expected to be greeted by a heavily armed squad, guns pointed at him. Instead, much to his surprise, he was met by the apparently happy Commander Shepard. He tossed aside the spent fire extinguisher and shook the Commander’s outstretched hand. “You just may…
Zaeed scowled, fighting the urge to slam his fist into a wall. Shepard’s blind tolerance of Cerberus and the Illusive Man was going to get all of them into trouble, he knew it. Maybe she could stay loftily focused on the greater good, but he knew people like the Illusive Man. If in her quest for the greater good, she gave him a shot at her kidneys, he’d goddamn take it without thinking twice. Guzman sidled up next to him. ”I like her. She’s tiny, but fierce,” he said, showing Zaeed a clenched fist to emphasize his point. ”I bet she is absolutely a tiger in the sack. I can’t-” Zaeed slapped him in the back of the head, probably harder than was strictly necessary. ”Shut up JC.” The two of them headed for the elevator, Guzman rubbing at where Zaeed had hit him.
As they waited, Zaeed turned to Guzman. ”Give me your omnitool.” Guzman handed it over, and Zaeed programmed in the access codes for the Normandy’s security cameras. ”Keep an eye on Shepard,” Zaeed grunted, handing the omnitool back to his fellow merc. ”And on that new bastard as well.” The two of them headed back to the cargo bay, where Thane still sat, slouched, in a corner of the room. Zaeed, frustrated, tossed his rifle down and sat heavily on a crate. ”Where the hell are Vakarian and Legion?”
Thane was sitting watching everything happen from his vantage point in the corner. He nodded as Zaeed and another smaller human entered. Thane had never seen the other human before, and was instantly cautious. He stayed where he was seated, waiting for the rest of those participating in the sniper practice to arrive.
He watched as the Cerberus Operative piloted his way towards the ship with a fire extinguisher. Noting the fact that he knew basic physics under trying circumstances, Thane continued to watch.
He saw Commander Shepard come into the docking bay To greet the Cerberus, and heard the name Nellis tossed around a couple of times. He watched as Zaeed took Shepard aside and explained what he thought was best to do with the new arrival.
He saw Shepard’s biotics begin to flare, and Thane tensed, ready to keep anyone from coming to harm. They needed everyone in the crew, and more besides, to be able to fight at any moment, but not each other. He was not worried that Shepard would start fighting, as she had not gotten to the position she was in by needlessly losing her temper.
He watched as she returned to Nellis, and led him away, to the medbay, presumably. No one gets out of an exploding spacecraft without some severe bruises.
He saw Zaeed and the smaller human talking, and Zaeed reprogramming something on the smaller human’s omnitool. When Zaeed came over and asked where the other snipers were, Thane responded with a shrug.
He was not impatient. He was one that made a living off of waiting and watching for the best time to strike. He was content to sit and wait a while longer.
“Impatience will solve nothing, Massani. Let us wait for a while longer, and if they do not arrive, we can start without them. They could always join us after we have started, yes?”