It Takes Time: Part IShepard is signing books when the assassin hits.It Takes Time: Part I3 years ago in Romance More Like This
He sees it out of the corner of his eye-
the flash of a gun,
the curl of fingers.
He's out of practice.
Slower than usual.
But he's been Alliance for longer than he's been retired,
and his reflexes kick in anyway,
turning over the table,
pushing the woman in front of him down,
dropping to the floor himself.
He hears the gun fire.
He rolls, using the table for cover.
Rattled thoughts ram through his brain.
What the fuck-
Who the hell-
Are you kidding me?
He wishes he had his gun,
and as he glances around for something useful,
his thoughts become more orderly.
There's only one exit.
If I can find a way to move the civilians out-
no, not enough time.
Gotta take him down.
Fuck, I need backup!
As if in answer to a prayer-
not that Shepard believes in those,
he hears a familiar voice.
His hand snaps
Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 2Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 23 years ago in Drama More Like This
Kaidan had arrived at the little café about 45 minutes before the time of their meeting... And now, he was starting to regret it. For the last half hour, he had been rehearsing in his head what he was going to say, how Shepard was likely to react, different scenarios with different outcomes... Some rather good, others nothing short of catastrophic... The anticipation was simply driving him mad!
It didn't help that this was the very first time that he'd been thinking about getting involved in a serious relationship with another man either... Not that gender mattered much, as far as he was concerned. Though many men or women did develop an exclusive attraction to either gender, it was never something that Kaidan had ever really taken the time to consider.
He remembered having watched vids from the early 21st century where people were the victims of discrimination and violence for identifying as gays,
Heal My Wounds--Chapter 1"Joker, I don't care what you have to do, get us back to Earth," Kaidan's voice was sharp and demanding as he ran into the cockpit. The thought of his commander gone was just too much for him to accept. There were too many words that still needed to be shared, so much more to be done between them. He couldn't face the highly probable chance that his lover -after years of feeling betrayed and loving him regardless of that- was gone. He ran a hand through his thick black hair. There was no way that he was losing John.Heal My Wounds--Chapter 13 years ago in Romance More Like This
The flight lieutenant nodded, having suffered a loss of his own, finding Shepard would have been a welcomed distraction. Even though that Shepard had told he and EDI not to get together, he still felt the impact of her loss.
John had never been a proper gentleman, hell he was never proper at all. He would kill someone without a second thought, but no matter what he did, he had a reason. Joker growled as he stood, finding that he had broken a rib. "Get Adams, we're goin
Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 5Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 53 years ago in Drama More Like This
The Catalyst was the Citadel... All of this time, it had been right under their noses... And now, the Reapers had managed to snatch it away from them in order to bring it into Earth's orbit, right within Reapers controlled territory.
Kaidan couldn't exactly say that it came out as a complete surprise, though. After all, throughout each cycle, it seemed that the Citadel had always played a key role... Each new civilisation that had discovered it believing that the technology of the colossal deep-space station and mass relays had once belonged to some ancient sentient race that had then mysteriously vanished.
Fascinating how quick they were to trust that it was then perfectly safe to start inhabiting, and completely ignore the potential warning signs, including the enigmatic "keepers".
But then again, finding out that you weren't alone in the Universe was already a pretty big thing to process... Learning that, on top
Shakedown run: 1The first time I meet John,Shakedown run: 13 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
he tries to hit on me.
The Normandy is a beautiful ship.
it's everything I'd ever dreamed of commanding.
It's everything my father had ever dreamed of me commanding, too.
Which puts a bit of a damper on things.
A bit but not much-
and it's easy to forget about Dad when I walk through the gleaming corridors,
when I take a look around my own private cabin,
when I imagine her taking off.
I'll be out of here soon.
And then a true Commander,
and saluted to
and not just another soldier.
Joker's voice on my comlink jolts me out of my thoughts.
Some of your new crew personal have arrived.
Would you like to stop in, check 'em out?"
I breathe a quiet sigh and rubbed my temples.
I'll be right there, thanks."
My pilot's voice quiets then,
drops down to a mutter.
One of them is a bit...
If I should fall behindI've waited for so long.If I should fall behind3 years ago in Romance More Like This
All of the harsh words thrown at one another.
All of the uneasiness,
seeing him as Cerberus' puppet
and not as the man I loved.
unwilling to forgive me
To have him back. It feels
like the best thing that's happened
in a long time.
as I curse under my breath,
trying to find a way to get him out of his off-duty suit.
the feared Spectre.
This stupid suit!
The blasted thing
has a texture like rubber
and is easy to slip out of
when you're the one slipping out of it.
fingers fumbling at one of the attachments in the back.
"This is harder than I thought it'd be-"
Shepard deftly undoes my own clasps,
motioning for me to raise my arms,
begins to pull it off.
but it hitches in my throat
along with my breath.
Should it be this easy for him,
It seems as though he's done this often.
Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 4Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 43 years ago in Drama More Like This
"Can you feel it Shepard? Feel the quickening? Illusive Man better say his prayers tonight, 'cause we are coming for him. Murderous asshole. Oh yeah... Tide is turning... I feel it."
They had been confronted to many atrocities over the last few years, but this? He didn't know how Shepard had managed it... Calmly convincing Henry Lawson to hand Oriana over to them in exchange for his life. Perhaps because deep down, he knew that Miranda was going to take a stand against her father and put an end to his horrible schemes, once and for all. If she hadn't, Kaidan probably would have been the one giving him a little "biotic push" in the right direction. Which was down... Way down...
The thought of taking another person's life had never been one to make him feel any sense of satisfaction... Until now...
"After what I saw down th
Sentinel - Chapter TwoLittle Boy Blue:Sentinel - Chapter Two3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After three days, Kaidan was sure that the blue-eyed guy was stalking him. Either that or he was assigned to every god damned place he happened to be at.
He didn't look at only him, that much Kaidan was sure of. But when Kaidan was looking at him, the stranger seemed to be studying him.
This made Kaidan nervous. And when he was nervous, he fucked up more easily.
"God damn it, Alenko, where the hell is your head?! You would have been dead out there," Michael barked, tugging off his helmet so he could give Kaidan a proper glare as they walked out of the simulator, breathing hard.
"I am sorry, okay? It's just That guy makes me nervous. He keeps -staring-," Kaidan barked back, wiping away the sweat on his forehead, helmet already under his arm.
"Get over yourself, he is staring at everyone," Michael replied, his voice gruff. "That's what he's doing, observing. Like, it's why he's here."
"Who the hell is he anyway?" Kaidan asked, looking towards the stranger wh
Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 3Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 33 years ago in Drama More Like This
It turned out that Joker and Garrus had been right... Perhaps all that Shepard really needed in order to beat the Reapers and save the galaxy was someone that loved him. If the last few weeks were any indication, at least. Simply put, the Commander was on a roll. He had just killed another Reaper, ended the quarians v.s. geths conflict without having to sacrifice either side, and now, they even had Tali back.
According to EDI, Shepard's biometrics showed a significant decrease in terms of stress levels, as well as an increase in his reflexes and his ability to achieve and maintain optimum levels of concentration. He still had nightmares occasionally, but thankfully, they were now the exception instead of the norm.
If he'd ever had any fears about their relationship being a distraction, or interfering with their duty to the crew and their mission, they had also proved to be unfounded. Shepard had always b
A quick drinkIt's late.A quick drink3 years ago in Romance More Like This
I'm going over everything
for the third time.
The light on the screen is a mild blue. The lights are off. I prefer working in the dark.
My fingers dance over our plans as I walk to the door. It slides open with a quiet
I nearly walk right into him.
"Can't sleep either?"
"Nah," I mutter.
He smiles, understands.
Walks past me into my quarters.
Gestures to my messy desk.
"making yourself crazy with this
He is holding a bottle of wine. It's the bottle I brought him
in the hospital.
He said we would celebrate
once he got out.
I protest. I want him to leave. Not tonight. Tonight is important.
I need to concentrate.
"Shhh," he cuts me off. "Just take five minutes. A quick drink.
Then I'll go."
He pours the wine.
"Shepard. You know you've done everything you could,
"You know me,"
"I'm never sa
Sentinel - IntroductionMass Effect 1-3Sentinel - Introduction3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Pairing: Male Shepard/Kaidan Alenko
Rating: T (will change to M as the story goes)
Kaidan's life has not always been easy. BAaT nearly drove him to madness, life after was a struggle, but now Now he is ready. For whatever life tosses at him. Or so he thinks.
Kaidan looked down at the com-pad again, just reading over the requirements needed for him to even consider joining theAlliance.
He had thought about it a lot, or at least from when he was able to think straight again. BAaT did that to its he hesitated to call them students, but that was the title officially. Bullshit of course, but he was among a handful of survivors who actually knew the truth.
Bottom line, BAaT downright fucked with a person's brain.
He focused at the com-pad again.
Physical test. Passed, with an above average result, which made him proud.
IQ test. Passed with top results, though he had no idea why. He didn't get the reasoning, only the results.
Biotical test. Passed with flying c
You're A God - Ch. 6Shepard watched him go with a fast-beating heart. When was it that she had gone from respecting him and caring for him to wanting him so badly? When the door closed, her head thumped back against the glass tank and she exhaled a held breath.You're A God - Ch. 64 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Wow " she muttered to the silence and her hamster squeaked. "I didn't plan on that," she told the small creature. "I didn't. But " She found herself smiling a little.
Shepard brushed her hair out of her face and tried to find something to do, but her mind was focused on later. She sat down at her desk and checked her terminal for messages but there was nothing in the inbox. She got up and fed her fish. She put her dress and heels in the closet and then stood there. The silence pressed in and her nervous energy propelled her onto the bed.
The universe outside of the window looked peaceful. She turned out the lights and snuggled up against her pillow, focusing on the purple energy whipping by her window and the starry black beyond the haze
Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 1Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 13 years ago in Drama More Like This
Let him go!
Hold on, Kaidan...
Don't give up... saved my life, and I can't... Oh Goddess... Please pull through, Kaidan... We all need you, but Shepard... I'll go see how he's doing... be right back... better not go anywhere...
Hey Kaidan... Don't know if you can hear me... take my chances... Don't die, Kaidan... You've got to fight... need you in this... I could use you... Come on Kaidan, fight... that's an order...
Back when... fought Saren... glimpse of Shepard's mind... just the way he looks at you... seen you look back... Shepard... his main reason to fight... lost so much already... Please live, Kaidan, for his sake as much as yours... You're a good friend... care for yo
Someday You Will Be Loved Ch. 2Someday You Will Be Loved Ch. 23 years ago in Romance More Like This
It had been hours of just sitting and waiting. Waiting for death as their attackers did to them what they did to the Normandy, or waiting to be saved, waiting for the Alliance to arrive and rescue them. Nobody said anything, just an occasional sob escaping in the beginning, but as time passed only the silent breathing or the crew members could be heard.
After almost three hours of waiting, backup arrived. By then their attackers were long gone. Kaidan had no idea how many had survived the attack, but he knew everyone couldn't have made it. It didn't make it easier when he saw how many faces that was missing when they got on board one of the frigates.
He saw the pilot sitting in a corner, Dr. Chakwas looking over him. Neither of them saying anything.
Kaidan could see the two of them locking eyes for a moment before Chakwas continued with her examination of Joker's arm.
"He's... not here."
"I can see that he's not here," he looked around, his eyes scanning over
Breathe Chapter 1: LossPost-ME3 mShoker-FicBreathe Chapter 1: Loss3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Chapter 1: Loss
It took him time. Taking a deep breath he stretched a little. The crash had been rough and he was afraid to become aware of the very familiar pain of broken bones. But he could breathe. That at least was a good sign and motivated him to stir a little more in his seat. Only then was his attention drawn away from his body and he became aware of the silence stretching through the ship. It had never been that quiet, not even on a late night in the dry docks. Not after the Council had grounded them. Just never! There was always something, like the metallic sound of footsteps on the tiles or distant murmur.
Fighting against the rising lump of panic in his throat, he closed his eyes and took another deep breath. He held it for a few seconds and that was when he finally heard it: stirring, a murmur and breathing. The breathing of others. Of other people. Of Crewmen. Of his crew.
Hel felt himself calm a little, odd as it was in these circumst
Flashes - Part IFlashes - Part I3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Warning, it's a M/M (Kaidan Alenko/M!Shep) FanFic, turn around if you don't like such pairings.
This is the fourth part of my ME fanfic series, the first can be found in the description. Enjoy!
They say your life flashes in front of your eyes before you die.
I always wondered if that was true. And what would I see, what scenes would Kaidan Alenko The Highlights be made of? I don't know if there would be much personal stuff, like spending evenings with my parents in Vancouver, looking at the sun setting and painting the sky in all possible shades of red, a cool Canadian lager in one hand. Maybe I would live through my first kiss again, my first time having sex although these two might not be considered highlights.
Or maybe there would be my time in the Brain Camp. Rahna and the other kids. Making out hidden in secret spots to avoid the teachers, throwing each
It could have been so easy - Part IIIIt could have been so easy - Part III3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Other parts can be found in the description
The voices were incomprehensible through the veil of black around me. It had thinned over the time, allowing me to catch a glimpse of the world behind it, only once. I had bathed in light that time, so bright it had blinded me. Something had covered my eyes, a gentle hand and something had stung in my neck.
"Not yet, Lieutenant."
And I had fallen back into familiar darkness.
But now it was fading, growing weaker with every heartbeat, until it felt like I only had to reach out and brush it away to see the light again. Nevertheless I could not move, so I tried to listen to the voices, tried to understand what they were saying. The effort made my brain feel like it was crushed between the hands of a Krogan, but I ignored the pain and the dizziness, longing for something of the world around me.
"Getting better by
The Captive (John Shepard x James Vega)Of all the spineless, cowardly, miserable bureaucratic political bullcrap the Alliance had pulled in the past, this took the damn cake. Why didn’t they just dishonorably discharge him? At this rate, that’s where he was headed anyway. They already gave him a damn medal for his supposed heroics, but were quick to dismiss them behind his back and criticize them as though they were acts of terrorism to be evaluated. Alright granted, he might be willing to admit he didn’t have the best track record lately; and maybe having shore leave after that mission a few months ago on Omega was probably not the best of ideas, but he never wanted to pick a fight with Batarians…Honestly how was he supposed to know that relations between them had nearly exploded into a thousand pieces, the Alliance didn’t tell him anything. He was given a promotion and a pat on the back to shut him up, and now he was being firmly kicked aside where this new promotion wouldn’t even be oThe Captive (John Shepard x James Vega)2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Threat or PromiseThreat or Promise3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Title: Threat or promise
Game: Mass effect
Disclaimer: OWNED BY BIOWARE
Threat or Promise.
English Bay. He couldn't believe he was standing here again on the balcony of his parents' freshly rebuilt house, an ice cold glass of water slowly freezing his hand. It was funny, in all his years he never thought he'd have survived the hell that they'd been brought into six years ago.
Times had been...hard since then. Earth was a mess, but it could have been worse. Rural areas had seen little damage, but the damage had been done. In the year it took for the war to finish, the Reapers had destroyed almost half of the planet's population, in addition to the Collector attacks six months prior
He forced himself to stop. It was the past. He had to bury it or else he wouldn't have the courage to face what was scheduled for the day. Draining his glass, he returned to the kitchen and put it in the sink. When he returned to the livin
Stay Chapter 3Packing was always such a pain in the ass. Granted it was only basic items, such as socks, underwear, and other necessities, plus some casual outfits when he didn't need to be in his uniform. Even so, it was always a tiresome process and he always inevitably left something behind that he needed.Stay Chapter 34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The sound system of his apartment played the music of an artist that hadn't been around in over 100 years but yet had been one of Kailan's favorites. He hummed along with the soft medieval Irish tune that filtered through the speakers, sung by a woman by the name of Loreena McKennitt. After the debacle with Carol Langley the night before, a pediatrician one of his friends from N7 training had set him up with, he felt the need to have something of Kailan's surround him. It had been their third date and the woman had wanted to see his apartment. Kaidan winced at the unflattering things that had poured out of the young doctor's love
Stronger than thisStronger than this4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
WARNING: This is not a pretty scene...there is blood and angst, so if you're not a fan of suffering, you may not want to read. But - underneath it all, it's something nice - honest. ^_~
"Anders Anders where are you?"
Cortland Hawke tried not to wince at the embarrassingly girlish edge to his own voice as he stepped gingerly over the corpses of dragons and darkspawn littering the tunnel through which he walked. He was the Champion of Kirkwall, damn it all, not some weak-hearted oh, Maker what did he just step in?
Pinching his lips together, Cortland scraped the bottom of his boot on a convenient patch of moss, gripped the handle of his dagger just a little tighter, and continued into the murky darkness.
Truth be told, he was getting anxious. Unlike the mage he was following, Cortland had no warden senses to tingle and alert him to darkspawn presence. Maybe coming in here alone hadn't been the wisest move, but he had been acting on reflex.
By the time they'd
Time capsuleWe sit in his roomTime capsule3 years ago in Romance More Like This
with the black box in front of us.
“I got the idea from Liara,”
shifting forward to type something into the keypad.
“Thought it would be best to be prepared.”
I move forward too
as his hands cradle the device
and a blue beam projects up towards the ceiling.
“What is it, Shepard?”
“A time capsule.
Liara made one to preserve the history of the Reapers.
this is to preserve a different history.”
The beam radiating from the capsule’s surface flickers,
morphing into a tiny
If I look hard enough,
I can make out the tiny scatter of freckles across the bridge of its nose
that no one else ever notices Shepard has.
Miniscule scar at its temple.
Wearing Alliance blues.
The tiny Shepard raises a hand and salutes.
Then grins at me
sitting back and folding my arms across my chest.
Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 6 (THE ENDING)Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 6 (THE ENDING)3 years ago in Drama More Like This
They ran... through the smoke, and death, and the debris of rocks, tanks and gunships exploding... Bigger targets only seemed to make it easier for Harbinger to lock its giant red laser beam on them; but they also made it trickier for the ones running to stay on course, as well as to avoid getting caught in the explosions. And since the gunships that did manage to get through needed to fly below the level of the conduit's interference, they almost had to duck to avoid those, too.
It was hard to breathe... hard to see... The smoke was hot, thick, and heavy with the smell of burnt flesh and blood... Kaidan felt as though his eyes and lungs were on fire; and all the lights and noises surrounding them did nothing to help with his concentration either. Still, he pressed on, managing to stay right on Shepard's heels... Trying his best to ignore the soldiers dying and burning around them..
Reignite: Part IIIKAIDANReignite: Part III3 years ago in Romance More Like This
I look up.
concerned at my tone,
and slides into the chair next to me.
"Why the long face,
I snort softly.
"I hardly think...
I don't really know if I am one,
After everything that's happened,
it just doesn't seem...
I shake my head.
"That probably doesn't make sense."
"Sure it does.
It's been quite some time since everything was
It'll take some time
getting used to the old ways again.
I can hardly blame you.
But if Shepard's still a Commander,
then you're still a Major.
but it's bitter
and it doesn't reach my eyes.
"You came down here to talk about him,
didn't you, Garrus?"
The reports coming in from Earth have been...
well, not so good.
There's a chance
that by the time we get there..."
staring at my hands
twisted in my lap.
"And there's a chance t