You Can Let Go Now, Daddy...
(This is a short piece done in Kiara Shepard's point of view, using the lyrics of the song "You Can Let Go Now" by Crystal Shawanda. Hope you enjoy!)
Growing up on a farm on Mindoir was never easy. We knew how to work hard and had good work ethics. I remember my family as if they were still here beside me. My mom, dad, my five brothers and one sister. All of them. I remember my brothers riding their bikes around the farm. I wished I could ride with them. I felt that longing what seemed to be forever. One christmas, my daddy bought me a bike. He was going to teach me to ride, just like he taught my brothers.
Wind blowin' on my face,
Sidewalk flyin' beneath my bike.
A five year-old's first taste,
Of what freedom's really like.
He was runnin' right beside me,
His hand holdin' on the seat.
I took a deep breath and hollered,
As I headed for the street.
"You can let go now, daddy!" I remember telling him. Soon, the bike was free from his grasp. I wobbled at first but I got the hang of it. I remember that look he had on his face when I glanced over my shoulder. He was so proud. His little girl was growing up. I felt like I could fly. Unfortunately, those times didn't last. My family.....slaughtered in cold blood. I remember their screams, telling me to run. I did what I was told, despite my urges to want to save them. When the Alliance rescued me, it was then I met the two men that would soon become father figures in my life now that my real daddy was gone -- Admiral Steven Hackett and Admiral Anderson.
Years passed. I ain't a little girl no more. Not only did I stop Saren and the geth, I stopped the Collectors and I stopped the Reapers too. I made many friends along the way, even lost some to this damn war; even lost two boyfriends, Kaidan and Nihlus, in the process. Amongst all the misery, I met the love of my life. A turian named Garrus Vakarian to be exact. Everyone is now merged between synthetics and organics. We're all the same. With the Reapers now helping rebuild the relays and the war finally over, I was allowed peace. Garrus and I were to marry on the newly rebuilt Presidium on the Citadel. Since my biological father was dead, as was Anderson, Hackett was going to walk me down the isle.
I was standin' at the altar
Between the two loves of my life
To one I've been a daughter
To one I soon would be a wife
When the preacher asked,
'Who gives this woman?'
Daddy's eyes filled up with tears
He kept holdin' tightly to my arm
'Till I whispered in his ear
"You can let go now, daddy...." I smiled at him. Hackett slowly placed my hand into the hand of the turian sniper I loved and smiled at me. Hackett had known me for years. He had seen me grow up, even if he didn't know me when I was little. Even so, he was family to me as I was to him. I saw a tear trickle down his cheek as he watched Garrus place the ring on my finger and we were pronounced husband and wife.
Several years later, I had a family of my own on Palaven. I had given birth to a beautiful baby girl and we even adopted a turian child and krogan child. I was given news that Hackett was in the hospital. He was dying. This news rattled me and I rushed from Palaven to Huerta Memorial Hospital to see him.
It was killin' me to see
The strongest man I ever knew
Wastin' away to nothin'
In that hospital room
'You know he's only hangin' on for you'
That's what the night nurse said
My voice and heart were breakin'
As I crawled up in his bed, and said
"You can let go now...daddy....." I whispered to him softly as I kissed the top of his head. His gaze was weary. He had no energy to speak. Softly, I stroked his head as a tear trickled down my cheek. "You can let go.....I ain't a little girl no more. I can do this on my own...." I said to him. Slowly, he managed to smile at me and gave me a nod. His eyes closed for a final time, as if he was drifting off to a deep sleep. I knew he was gone as I saw the solid line. Garrus came up behind me, rubbing my shoulder as I began to silently cry. I whispered for a final time in choking sobs.
"I'll be okay now, Daddy.
You can let go...."