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
AftermathHis saddening goodbye was the last memory she could recall as the flames of the explosion threw her from her feet, throwing her violently across the platform. Her eyes closed wearily remembering his face, and how much she had lost in order to save the universe and everyone she cared about. His words spiralling in her mind as the darkness engulfed her, feeling piece and calm; a slight smile crossed her features then nothing.Aftermath3 years ago in Settings More Like This
The light shone through the shutters of the hospital bay, printing their image on the far side of the wall. Deeper shadows began to over cast, as vehicles pass by in unison. There was a slight tap on the door before it slowly and carefully opened. Major Alenko entered the room, unsure what to find, as was his worry each morning on his arrival. He sat down beside the motionless individual, within the bed.
The scars had healed nicely although her eyes were still covered to protect them from the sensitivity of prolonged exposure to light. He scoffed at the idea; she ha
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 Terms3 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
Feeling Human - The FutureFeeling Human - The Future3 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
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 Workout4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Surprise Communication: Joker and KaidanSurprise Communication: Joker and Kaidan3 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.
Shepard to KaidanThey called me commanderShepard to Kaidan3 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
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 ShepardxAlenko2 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
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
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
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 - Shenko3 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
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,
Good Morning SunshineLaura opened her eyes.Wincing slightly at the morning sun,streaming through the window.She yawned as she sat up and stretched.Laura looked to her right.Kaidan Alenko was lying there,peacefully asleep.Good Morning Sunshine3 years ago in Romance More Like This
She giggled quietly to herself.He looked so adorable like that.With his bed hair,mouth slightly open.Best of all he was shirtless.Laura looked down at her outfit,which was just Kaidan's shirt.
A smile spread across her face.Laura Shepard decided she had never been happier.After saving the world from the Reapers for the 3rd and finale time.Kaidan finally asked for her hand in marriage.It was the perfect ending to a horrible war.
She knew she wasn't the type to completely settle down.Laura knew she and Kaidan would probably go back to the Alliance at some point.But right now,She wanted to focus on being happy.Which never used to be something she could afford.
Being The Great Commander Shepard wasn't all it was cracked up to be.With all of the galaxy depending on you.It's a great burden,whic
The One Truth - Date NightTitle: The One Truth Date NightThe One Truth - Date Night3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Game: Mass Effect
Characters: Axiom Shepard, Kaidan Alenko
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all characters from it are owned by Bioware.
Content Warning: Fluff
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 Waiting3 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
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.
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
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
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
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
" ow is s
Encounter: Chapters 1-5Encounter: Chapters 1-53 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Game: Mass Effect 2
Characters: Kaidan Alenko, Kasumi Goto, Female Shepard
Disclaimer: All characters are the property of Bioware.
"So this is the Normandy? I've got to admit, it's one of the more impressive vessels I've boarded."
I turned to the newest member of my crew, Kasumi Goto, a thief so legendary that few know of her. We needed her on our side, according to Cerberus at least. Before she could give me her undivided loyalty, she had a favor to ask of me. How could I refuse? I was anxious to see her skills put to the test, so I had agreed to help her. But the first step was getting her settled on board her temporary home.
Kasumi stepped off of the Citadel platform and onto the Normandy's bridge. Joker, hearing her voice, turned his seat around to greet the new arrival.
"Welcome aboard! Don't ever touch anything up here or I'll have to kill you. I have my ways. Fair warning."
At Last, a Reply... Kaidan found himself thankful that it was dark by the time he had reached his apartment. Granted, it was only midday, but the atmosphere had clouded over in anticipation for a storm, leaving little light that managed to break through the clouds. The lighting seemed appropriate, given his melancholy mood, he thought to himself as he made his way through his apartment. He hadn't bothered clicking on any of the lights when he came home- the natural light coming from the window didn't quite fill the apartment, but it was enough to see where he was going. His weary eyes scanned the space, lingering on his black couch for a moment, trying not to think of when Olivea had cuddled against him there, shortly after the Battle of the Citadel, before his gaze came to rest on his work desk, a soft sigh finally breaking past his lips.At Last, a Reply...3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The memories there were even more haunting.