At Joseph’s, shortly after arriving back from Downtown…
When Lovefists enters the room, Shepard pulls a chair over next to her and her unconscious partner. She nods at Lovefists, inviting her to take the seat. “You risked your life to help me back there. I’ll never be able to thank you enough for that. I’m sorry I didn’t explain everything to you sooner – I had just gotten so used to hiding everything that I…”
Shepard shakes her head, looking down with an expression of shame. “I didn’t think I was going to make it back there. As I drove that ambulance onto the highway I started trying to prepare myself to… to die. And in that moment, I realized I wouldn’t get the chance to thank you for everything you’ve done. I hope you can forgive me for not being honest with you sooner, and I want you to know I will always have your back.”
A smile forms in Lacy’s face. She’s so glad to see Sheila… no, Sheppard, to see Sheppard well and healthy. She takes a moment to imagine how her life would have turned if she was killed. She doesn’t like what she sees in her mind, but she certainly likes what she sees in front of her.
“Don’t worry about it. We all have secrets. Some of them we just want to tell to the people we care about, but we are afraid of what might happen. We might put them in danger, or even drive them away from us.” Lacy was glad that she had not driven Sheppard away after she offered to kiss her, when Sheppard was finally back safe and sound with them in the van. “So there’s no need to apologize. It’s a new beginning for all of us, really. I would like you to get to know the real me, as now I know the real you, Sheppard. I’m Lacy. Lacy Miller. And I will also always have your back.”