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
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
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
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...
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
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
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 - 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
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
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.
Sentinel - Chapter OneArmy-life:Sentinel - Chapter One3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Kaidan could get used to the rude wake-ups, the morning drills, running in the middle of pouring weather, knee-deep in water. He could get used to the sorry excuse they called food, the latrine duties and the constant yelling from his superior officers.
Hell, he could get used to underwear constantly riding up his ass because of the friction from his pants.
He wasn't sure if he could get used to the buzz-cut though. His scalp was constantly itching and when he looked at himself in the mirror, all he could see were eyebrows. Huge, dark eyebrows. He wondered if he could ask to have those shaven off as well.
Other than that, life at boot camp wasn't bad. He'd been here a month already and he found that he was actually enjoying his time here. Sure, it was hard work, but it wasn't anything he couldn't handle.
He was already used to wearing a uniform from his time at BAaT, used to surprise inspections and being worked until his body was crying out in pain.
The main differen
What is Justice? chp.9What is Justice? chp.94 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Title: What is Justice? chp.9
Author: Elywen(or Amondra on FF.net)
Game: Dragon Age 2
Characters/pairing: F!Hawke/ Anders.
Disclaimer: Bioware owns Dragon Age universe and its characters. I own Thera...or at least her personality...
Chapter 9: Finding the master and meeting the Pirate Queen.
They stood in front of the mansion. In all honesty Thera couldn't see how anyone, especially a Tevinter Magister would live there. It was worn down and looked like no one had been there for months, maybe years.
This only furthered Anders suspicion it was a trap. He knew Thera was too nice for her own good. She even agreed to help him with Karl before she even knew that was what she would be doing. Anders swore if it wasn't for everyone around her, someone would take advantage of her. However as quickly that thought entered his mind, one of Thera swinging her sword came rushing in.
ME: First Impressions RepostThe crew shifted restlessly, the low hum of a crowd filling the meeting room on Arcturus. The excitement and tension were palpable among the men and women who had been chosen to serve on the newest ship in the Alliance fleet Normandy SR-1.ME: First Impressions Repost5 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Staff Lieutenant Kaidan Alenko was grateful to be here. Not all of his commanders had understood his need for extra rations and a dark, quiet room to ride out the migraines, especially just after he had enlisted. His first few postings had also been difficult socially. The military may recruit biotics for their abilities, but not all soldiers were accepting of their biotic fellows. Regardless, Kaidan had given the Alliance his all, eventually winning the respect of the higher-ups and rising through the ranks. The Alliance was an extension of his family now.
Captain David Anderson had contacted Alenko a month ago. The Captain was a highly decorated and well-known N7 gr
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
Mass Effect 3 Alternate Endings. SPOILERSMass Effect 3 Alternate Endings. SPOILERS3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
MASS EFFECT 3 ALTERNATE ENDING *SPOILERS OBVIOUSLY*
**EDIT** Holy crap this got way more attention than I was expecting. The comments and support have been amazing everyone!
A few points: Credit where credit is due; this ending, as much as everyone seems to love it, was only created because the amazing team at Bioware created a universe that was so rich and full of life and detail. As much as I know a lot of fans are hurt by what they did, we need to remember that Bioware still created an incredible trilogy, one of the best ever. So hats off to them all round.
Also, this was written really fast and so the ending (specifically the last part on how you actually win using TIM's signal) isn't very fleshed out. I know there are holes, and they can actually be fixed quite easily. This isn't perfect. Also, this doesn't deal with a 'happy' ending. If there were to be one, or you were to even CONSIDER taking the fourth option, you'd need to be damn ready. I'm talking ALL war assets e
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
An unexpected reunionShepard and Kaidan meet for the first time after Horizon.An unexpected reunion5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
All characters belong to Bioware.
They have returned, all of them, alive and in one piece, well, except the ship. That was the main reason why it has taken them so long to reach the citadel after the defeat of the collectors. Joker had to be careful while flying the ship through the relays, but Shepard had wanted the repairs to be done there rather than Omega. Plus, a little chat with Anderson was awaiting her.
She could not yet measure the consequences of her decision to destroy the Collectors base, but she knew that the Illusive Man would make a move, sooner or later. And maybe it was the right time to give the last proof of her loyalty to the Alliance and that she had no longer any bound with Cerberus.
She had managed to get some civilian clothes, since the ones she had had been destroyed with the original Normandy and that she was pretty bored of wearing some look al