ExpectationsHe had expected her to hate him.
'I mean,' he thought absentmindedly as he idly stirred his coffee. 'Isn't it normal for her to hate me?' Though all things considered, there wasn't a thing about their situation that was normal; a Reaper invasion putting your relationship- or what was left of it- on hold wasn't normal. Serving on the same ship during said Reaper invasion while putting your relationship or what was left of it- on hold was even less so. He took a sip of the bitter liquid, its warmth seeping into his chilled bones. It was incredibly late- the last of the crew, save for him, had finally tucked into their bunks for the night, the day's events heavy on their hearts as they attempted to exude a modicum of normalcy, tried to cope by means of routine.
Still, he had expected her to hate him.
How could she not? She had found him as soon as she could, sought for his comfort, his pr
Taking my Time A few days later, she found him at Apollo's Café, sitting at a table and looking as though he was trying desperately to keep his mind off their impending date he had asked her on. 'Probably fears the worst. All things considered, can't say I blame him ' she thought to herself, idly smoothing the black leather of her dress. She was grateful that Dr. Chakwas had held onto her old dress from when she aided Kasumi in recovering Keiji's graybox. 'That PVC dress in my closet that Traynor found ' she suppressed a shudder at how downright unflattering that dress looked. Traynor had good intentions in adding that to Samus' wardrobe, but this one was more stunning, to say the very least. She sauntered over to the empty spot at the table he was sitting at, her black lace pumps clicking with each step. She stopped just before the chair he was occupying.Taking my Time3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Kaidan ?" she asked
The Last GoodbyeIt had been almost a full week now. Seven days, one-hundred and sixty-eight hours, ten thousand and eighty minutes. Time was moving on, flowing around the ugly, lumpy stone that only partially blocked the riverbed. The rest of the galaxy was moving on and finally beginning to recover. Only one man, one group of friends, one ship ached and found moving forward almost impossible. Their rock, their leader and foundation, his love...was gone.The Last Goodbye3 years ago in Romance More Like This
It had been joyous, seeing the Reapers finally fall, their empty shells falling forgotten to the earth as the glorious cheers of the Alliance marines around Kaidan resounded to the skies. He only had one thought running through his mind as he threw his assault rifle to the ground where it lay amongst the ashes. He took off without a second glance for the other marines as he sprinted off towards the glowing beacon in the distance.
The pawing fingers of the marines held him back as he screamed out her name, trying to fight to her, the battle over. One o
Feeling Human - The FutureFeeling Human - The Future4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Feeling Human - The Future
features- Tali'Zorah, Shepard, Kaidan Alenko
all characters were created and are owned by Bioware
"Do you think you'll ever have children, Shepard?"
Shepard choked on her drink at Tali's unexpected, yet innocent question. It had been a week since the Battle of the Citadel, and much to her protest she had been dragged to Earth to attend a series of dinners and ceremonies in her honor. Receiving a medal of honor had been incredible, and having her crew with her, Kaidan in particular, made it all the more special. The cost of having that honor was having to attend the endless events, though she enjoyed having a break from the misadventures onboard the Normandy, yet there were moments that she had considered making an escape and blast back off into the stars instead of hearing another long speech, though logic deemed such an idea horrifically stupid.
Returning to Tali's question, Shepard shifted uncomfortable, feeling the stiffnes
It Falls Apart ShepardxAlenkoIt Falls Apart ShepardxAlenko3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Things were never easy whenever Shepard was involved. Kaidan would have liked to say he was surprised when Anderson had told him that Shepard had surrendered to the Alliance after venturing into the unmapped Omega 4 relay, destroying the Collectors ship as well as the base then blowing up a mass relay in the Bahak system, destroying the entire thing in the process. The news itself certainly rocked him to his core. Shepard had destroyed an entire system. The way it sounded it was without a single flinch or care, all in the name of stopping the Reapers. Shepard's resolve was never going to break whenever the Reapers were involved. Despite death, disaster and destruction following her around like a second shadow, she still persevered trying to be the biggest hero in the galaxy. But then she went and destroyed an entire system, Kaidan was having trouble wrapping his head around that. He barely could accept the fact that Shepard was alive again, he had watched the original Normandy explode,
Coming to TermsIt was late afternoon December 24 onboard the Normandy SR-2, and Commander Lorraine Shepard was panting heavily in the airlock, slumped against the wall clutching her chest and heaving with lack of oxygen. She let her head roll back and rest against the cool metal, its touch soothing and refreshing. She heard Joker's voice, both over her comm link and in real life, standing over her, looking into her eyes anxiously.Coming to Terms4 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Commander? Commander are you all right?" He was shaking her lightly, his thin arm wrapped around her armored shoulders. His green eyes were filled with concern and she could see that she had worried her crew unnecessarily by remaining in the airlock.
"I'm fine, I just needed a second, Joker." He nodded quickly and offered her a helping hand up. "We better get this IFF to EDI," Shepard motioned towards the door across the CIC that lead to the Communications room. The mission she had just returned from had been to acquire a secret Reaper technology that would lead her and he
ClickClick3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
His heels clicked against the floor of the hallway leading to her cell.
Were his thoughts not a jumbled mess, were his heart not in his throat, hammering out any words he might have been able to form, he might have paused to ponder why so few people were in the normally crowded hall. Perhaps that was for the best; he was so anxious he wasn't entirely certain that he could have said anything to anyone how he was going to form words to the one woman he needed to speak to more than anything in the universe was beyond him at this point, but he pressed on nonetheless. He recalled the last time he felt this way, the last time he looked into her sapphire eyes and heard her voice, and his heart sank at the thought that both were in the same memory. His words that day were things he only barely thought of before he said them- and only now was he trying to come to terms with the repercussions. Thoughts flitted in and out of his mind like smoke
ShatterThe anguish in his eyes haunted her.Shatter3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
When she closed her eyes, she saw him staring at her with as much love as there was pain in his body, reaching out but not knowing if he could touch her, if he should touch her. When she went about her business, his presence was overwhelming, his biotics humming such a sad tune that her biotics would whisper of her ache for him, for his comfort. He had been in her squad for weeks now, and had taken residence in the observation deck. He didn't push things with her, didn't demand she make a decision, barely talked to her at all when she didn't initiate the conversation.
For her part, she rarely spoke with him.
It wasn't for lack of a want to she wanted to be able to talk freely with him, to be able to use his shoulder and have him hold her like they used to be in another life, but things aren't so simple anymore. She couldn't just rush to his sleeper p
Drops In The Ocean ShepardxAlenkoDrops In The Ocean ShepardxAlenko3 years ago in Romance More Like This
"I appreciate the help." Shepard said with a bitter tone in her voice, her hand clasping the recently acquired data pad the Asari councilor handed her with minimal interest of what the report actually said. They were talking high detailed secrets, there wasn't going to be anything in a written report, she already deduced that. The issue was the severity in the councilor's voice, the sheer desperation for help.
"It's you who will be helping us. The Matriarchs are growing desperate, for the first time in our history Thessia is vulnerable." She sighed and began to walk away, her hands folding in front of her body. Shepard could only follow as she continued to explain the situation with incredible skill, the vague details leaving key facts carefully eluded. "For all our intellect we're outmatched by Reaper fire power." Shepard wanted to laugh at that, remembering Liara's father and how she mentioned the Asari tactics were about as useful as tits on a hanar in a time like this.
Mass Effect: Morning WorkoutKaidan returned to the small one-person bedroom he'd been assigned, officers' privilege, wanting to take a painkiller and sleep off his migraine. He grabbed the pill bottle and set off in search of a bathroom. It wasn't far. The men's room was sparsely decorated, but clean and Kaidan noticed a bay of showers stalls in the back. He'd definitely be taking advantage of that in the next few days. Decontamination might get a man clean, but nothing beat hot water and soap. He glanced at his reflection in the mirror, shaking his head at the strange shape his hair took when he tried to look professional. There were no tumblers by the sinks, so Kaidan fell back on the boyhood habit his mother hated most and slurped a mouthful straight from the tap. Grinning, he swallowed the painkiller and made his way back to his room. Rounding the corner, he saw Flight Lieutenant Moreau keying in to a roomMass Effect: Morning Workout5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Of Terrors and Embraces Samus was barely aware of what was around her. She felt a firm, strangely familiar mattress underneath her she was lying on her back, but how did she get here ? She remembered she was on Noveria, and she had brought Kaidan and Garrus with her. They had been sent to investigate Cerberus attacks, and she needed someone to hack something or other she had Kaidan do it, leaving him exposed while he furiously worked through encryptions to bypass systems. Then there was an Atlas a missile it was heading towards Kaidan. She threw up a barrier and took the hit for him, but things got fuzzy after that. She knew she was conscious for the rest of the fight it involved a desperate sprint to the shuttle but the last thing she remembered was her vision going black in the shuttle Kaidan's panicked outcry as she crumbled to the floorOf Terrors and Embraces3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
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The One Truth - Something BorrowedTitle: The One Truth Something BorrowedThe One Truth - Something Borrowed4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Game: Mass Effect
Characters: Kaidan Alenko, Axiom Shepard, Tali'Zorah, Kal'Reegar
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all characters from it are owned by Bioware.
Content Warning: Post ME 3 x 10 years, AU?, Mush, Possible Spoilers
Profile: Axiom Shepard
Breathe ShepardxAlenko"So that's it huh?" A voice Who - why did it sound so familiar? It resonated in its deep baritone, ricocheting into every corner.Breathe ShepardxAlenko3 years ago in Romance More Like This
"I " Her throat was a tremble. Her voice died in the empty space, hoarse and tender as it was. She didn't want to talk anymore. She had no words. There was nothing left to say. She just wanted to sleep, sleep and never wake up. She was tired, so very tired. Her eyes remained shut and her back leaned into the bench she found herself on. Her body shook and she could feel nothing. Everything was numb, a soothing gentle numb.
"Get up." The voice demanded of her, louder it was a powerful explosion of words. She slowly lifted her chin from her chest, weary weak eyes fluttered open. "Get up Shepard." She met a strong russet gaze. He looked so familiar Why Why couldn't she remember?
"A-Anderson ?" Her voice betrayed her, croaking whispers that wove themselves into the atmosphere. Anderson, Admiral Anderson? Impossible, he was dead. She sa
Shepard to KaidanThey called me commanderShepard to Kaidan4 years ago in Romance More Like This
They named me theirs
They gave me a rank
They sentenced my years
They never pretended
They did it for me
It was always for them
To strip my identity
Once in blue camo
Then orange and black
They offered me glory
But with no kindness or tact
"You must do this"
"You are our hope"
They spoke to my armor
My gun, and my scope
My name was a word
For the wall they hid behind
It held no meaning
Except to title their design
I stand between Reapers
The dark, and the light
Protecting what they love
When they were too stricken with fright
But what I love?
They made me leave it to stand
Alone in the night
With no hand in my hand
My love, they said
Was a weakness of mine
To be what they needed
I'd have to leave it behind
But darling, it was you
Who saw past my rank
It was you who saw eyes
Who saw heart, and true strength
It was you at my side
That gave me the power
To battle this darkness
Each hour by hour
For any last hero
Has stolen our time
Surprise Communication: Joker and KaidanSurprise Communication: Joker and Kaidan4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Game: Mass Effect 2
Characters: Kaidan Alenko, Joker, Female Shepard, Captain Anderson
Disclaimer: All characters are the property of Bioware.
"Get those reports to the council by tomorrow. It could make or break your case, depending on what you find."
"I know, and you'll get them. There's a lot of data to comb through."
"That's why I pulled a few strings to get EDI routed to your data pad. Use it to speed up the process. Cerberus programmed it to save every mission and transmission that the Normandy was a part of."
"Thank you, Councilor Anderson. This is a huge help. I'll get to work."
"I'm behind you, Shepard. The reason I'm helping you is because I believe you did the right thing." He sighed, the weight of my situation hanging on him like lead. "I'm going to find more testimonies for your defense.
Nowhere to Go But Forward - HintsKaidan straighten himself and hesitantly paced up to one of the larger trees on the Presidium, craning his head in an odd fashion. Yes, those were most definitely feet, Alliance-issued boots with a reinforced toe, if he wasn't mistaken.Nowhere to Go But Forward - Hints4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
From his angle and the lack of light, he couldn't make out the face, but he could have recognized that voice anywhere.
Shepard dropped out of the tree with as much elegance as a three-legged cat. She tripped over her boots and stumbled forward with a small grunt, Kaidan moving to catch her by the shoulders, raising a perplexed eyebrow at her.
"Might want to be a bit more careful next time, ma'am," he said, "Or you could end up in the lake."
Kaidan watched as she straightened herself out, tugging her shirt back into place that had been wrenched in an awkward twist around her torso. He hadn't noticed how slim her waist was until now. From what Alliance fatigues revealed, she had the well-toned body of any soldier. She cleared her throat. Kai
NameShepard was no stranger to fear.Name3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
No matter how the vids portrayed her, she was by no means fearless. Running along the maintenance shafts of the Citadel as Sovereign loomed overhead shooting down a Human Reaper watching the skies of Earth darken as the Reapers arrived these were horrors that still haunted her to this day.
But this was a new kind of fear. Trillions of lives had been riding on her actions six years ago as she scrambled around the galaxy gathering support for Earth's fleets. Yet this life seemed more important than any other life that had ever existed. She knew this was a narrow-minded view, but it still didn't change how she felt.
Stretched out on the bed, Shepard let her hand roam down to her belly. The tiny flutters of movement that pressed back against her palm brought a genuine smile to her face.
Several hours earlier, she and Kaidan had found out that this all-important life now kicking around at her inside at all hours of the night was a daughter. Ka
Nowhere to Go But Forward - Questions"To fire, set the firing solution to the coordinates of your desired target, keeping in mind of the trajectory of the ammunition and the average velocity of the wind, calculated with the planet's gravitational and centrifugal force aw hell, this makes no sense." Shepard furiously ruffled her hair, puffing the messed up strands out of her face with an exasperated breath, "Why can't it just say 'Aim and hit the pretty red button'?" She tossed the firing manual aside.Nowhere to Go But Forward - Questions4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She wasn't a technician, never claimed to be one. Firing solutions and coordinates were not her forte. She just shot things. Sure, she had to have some sort of grasp on physics to be able to shoot well. Without a slight understanding, she'd have difficulty hitting the broadside of a building when there was a slight wind, let alone a puny target fifty meters away from her. But concerning the MAKO, its shells had a blast radius large enough that, even if she shot it in the general vicinity of her target, it would
The Final Word - ShenkoShepard stood, arms crossed, looking out one of the windows on the Normandy, watching the lights of distant stars come and go as they traveled at FTL speed.The Final Word - Shenko4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It had been one week since she and a few of her crew had fled Earth and the Reapers, but she still felt like she was living that moment, watching the city being destroyed as the bay doors closed. She knew there was nothing she could do there, but she still felt like she was running away. She just kept telling herself over and over that she was doing the right thing in the long run, to save the galaxy from the Reapers meant abandoning Earth....for now.
Shepard started slightly as she heard the door open behind her. She didn't turn to see who it was at first, she didn't want to see anyone, but it could be important. Every second counted in this war. She turned on her heel quickly and was a little taken aback to see Kaidan standing there.
"Commander," he greeted her the same way he always had.
Shepard let her arms fall, she could feel
Broken "Welcome to the new Normandy, Major Alenko," he flinched when she spoke to him so briskly, though he couldn't find a reason to blame her. He had this nasty habit of doing and saying the worst possible things at the worst possible times to the last person in the world he ever wanted to hurt. It had literally been hours since they each had to stare down the barrel of each other's guns, and his throat clenched at the thought that all he did afterward was tell her he felt that she would have killed him if he hadn't backed down first.Broken3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Hell of a thing to say to the one you love.
She had handled it with grace, had reassured him vehemently that she could never hurt him, and had even readily accepted his request to return to fighting alongside her just a few minutes ago. But now now it was back to business. She was his Captain, giving him the tour of her ship, and he was meekly following behind
Nowhere to Go But Forward - AftermathKaidan felt every minute of combat latch onto the deepest parts of his limbs as he trudged back to the Normandy, the exhaustion pulling on him, beckoning him into a desperately needed reprieve. He felt every ounce of dirt and grime clinging to his skin, wisps of hair stuck to his forehead with sweat. Bruises were just starting to poke at him where a creeper had caught him just right, or where Shepard's driving had gotten the best of his balance; he knew he would find a particularly nasty one right below his ribs, already able to imagine the deep mixture of purple and blue that Van Gogh would be jealous of. He felt his frayed nerves firing off, sparks of invisible dark energy fizzling around him. He felt the ghost pains of a migraine that he knew would materialize within hours.Nowhere to Go But Forward - Aftermath4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
What he felt was a typical wear-and-tear kind of day of an Alliance soldier.
But Feros had been spared. From the geth. From the Thorian. And from ExoGeni. They were given a chance to rebuild, to form something
Nowhere to Go But Forward - For The Greater Good"Give the Commander my congratulations," said the raspy voice from Anderson's console, "And Anderson I'm sorry that I couldn't get them to let you keep your posting on the Normandy. The other admirals refused to entertain the idea."Nowhere to Go But Forward - For The Greater Good4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I understand. Shepard's a Spectre now, and needs a good ship and crew to bring Saren down. The Normandy is what she needs." What Anderson said was true. Now that the Commander was a Spectre, she was under Council jurisdiction; no longer under Alliance control and no longer taking orders from the human leaders and far from human concerns. But if that was how the Council expected it to play out, they were sorely mistaken. Shepard wouldn't even entertain such an idea should it be posed to her. And with that Anderson felt a small surge of pride and respect for the young officer. Shepard wasin heart and mind, in blood and sweat, in every curse and adrenaline-fueled outburst on the battlefieldan Alliance soldier.
This was why none of them had t
Finding Strength ShepardxAlenko"You mean a lot to me Kaidan, I love you." Three years. Three absolutely agonizing years Kaidan had waited for Shepard to whisper those three simple words to him. As her hand brushed against his face and he looked into her eyes, she held nothing but affection and admiration for him. There had always been holding back, skirting around the idea, and light playful jokes about it. But when he finally had her sitting in his lap, their gazes locked in each other she finally let him know just how much she cared about him. There was nothing keeping her from him anymore, as he'd long abandoned his philosophy of leaving a way out as well. He no longer wished to be with anyone else, no one else would ever be able to fill him so completely the way Shepard did. He wanted to be hers and hers alone, he wanted to be the man she needed, the man she wanted. It was obvious that Shepard didn't actually need a man to protect her. She could handle herself against just about anything this galaxy could thrFinding Strength ShepardxAlenko3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Midnight ComfortIt was late when Shepard left the med bay, which was probably a good thing. Dr Chakwas had left many hours before, not wanting to relive the painful hangover she had had last time they were drinking together. So she left Shepard and the bottle, excusing herself and telling the commander to have at it. So she had. She could barely stand by herself and the last thing she wanted was any of her crew to see her like that. She made it all the way to the elevator in the dark, smiling to herself as she pressed, or more accurately fell onto the call button. She was a ninja, no one could catch her.Midnight Comfort3 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Shepard?" The elevator doors opened just as Kaidan leaned out of his room, clearly curious at who or what would be skulking around the ship at this time of night. He was a soldier, and he had had more than his fair share of ambushes. His war honed senses wouldn't allow him to be caught unawares again. Upon seeing his CO though, he relaxed, smiling a genuine smile that made Shepard's buzzy brain screa
I'll Be WaitingKaidan couldn't believe his eyes when he checked his messages. There, in glowing letters, the words 'RE: About Horizon...' sat, sending a flurry of emotions through him. He had no idea what to expect. Part of him was scared, yet he found himself opening the message and reading.I'll Be Waiting4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Thank you for your apology. I appreciate it. I can't imagine how the past two years have changed you; for me, it hasn't even been two *months*. I think we were both a little wrapped up in our own pain.
Still, I want my chance to explain, and God help me, you're going to listen this time.
In an instant, I went from suffocating in space to an operating table, in the midst of Cerberus, being told that countless credits were spent on reconstructing me to save the entire human race (and the entire rest of the universe, it looks like).
What was I supposed to do? I went with two of their operatives to a recently abducted colony, and saw the proof for myself. Cerberus or not, they were giving me the tools to