ShatterThe anguish in his eyes haunted her.
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
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
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
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,
ExpectationsHe had expected her to hate him.Expectations3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
'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
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
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
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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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
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
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...4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The memories there were even more haunting.
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.
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.
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
Mister ShepardDakota was crumpled sideways in the copilot's seat when Kaidan wandered into the cockpit.Mister Shepard3 years ago in Sketches More Like This
"I was wondering where she'd gone," he spoke softly, words in a low and even whisper.
"Shepard came up here to ask me a question and passed out before I could even give her an answer." The pilot twisted to look at him from over his shoulder with smiling green eyes. "No need to be quietshe still sleeps like the well you know."
Kaidan stood beside her chair and stooped forward, stretching over her curled knees. He steadied himself on her shoulders and brushed his lips against her forehead. "She worked hard today."
The woman shifted in his hands with a small growl, slumping down further into her chair.
"Yeah, I'll say. She's gotten really good at running around. Like this creepy mixture of krogan freight train and asari skycar solid but nimble. Next thing you know, she'll be walking on water like in those old Chinese action movies " Jeff was still watching him, pleased and a
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
Kaidan's GriefKaidan's Grief4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Title: Kaidan's Tales - Grief
Game: Mass Effect
Characters: Kaidan Alenko, Joker, Liara
Kaidan's RegretKaidan's Regret4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Title: Kaidan's Tales - Regret
Game: Mass Effect
Characters: Kaidan Alenko, Axiom Shepard
The Price of DeathRowan didn't know whether to to laugh or simply shake her head at the sight that greeted her when she entered her quarters. She had never seen something so over-indulgent on a ship before in her life, and she had spent her entire childhood on ships. She wondered how serious Cerberus really was about their mission if they were willing to pump so many credits into this kind of unneeded excess.The Price of Death4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
As she walked further into the room, however, she couldn't help but admit to herself that it was a sweet room nonetheless. The decor was sleek and downright beautiful, the large, white bed at the far end of the room looked extremely comfortable even from this distance, and to the right she was pleased to see a desk, complete with a personal terminal and a small collection of books.
Many people wouldn't expect it of her, but Rowan loved to read. Her parents were often away on missions, and she had found early on in life that literature of every sort was a more than adequate way to put her lonel
Only Reminds MeFive years, he could hardly believe it. Standing before the monument in Vancouver in the park he brushed his fingers against the rough marble. Grief flooded through his veins as he pressed his head to the stone, closing his eyes he let out a heavy sigh. She would have hated all of the attention, all of the ceremonies honoring her memory and all of the accommodations. She would have scoffed in annoyance at the funeral; she would have wanted to be remembered through people's actions, not through their pain. That was all that reminded him he was still living, not walking aimlessly through a never ending nightmare most days. He sucked his lower lip into his mouth, his front incisors sinking into the tender flesh as he pushed his tears back. She would have wanted him to be happy, to move on. Most days it was getting better, he even remembered how to smile sometimes, except for today. Funny how quickly heroes were forgotten, how their legacies were shoved beneath a rug and honored with nothiOnly Reminds Me3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Damned HorizonThe corner of her mouth stretched into a thin frown and her lip twitched. Eyes narrowed, Dakota stood rigid and squared her shoulders while he walked away. Her gaze locked on as her stomach sunk lower and lower; she watched the tension spread up his back and neck as his stride stiffened.Damned Horizon3 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Heart still ground into tiny pieces at her feet, she swallowed hard. If she stared at him long enough, he'd come back.
Kaidan always came back.
He would never leave her like this.
Pain flared up her palms and she clenched her fists tighter, digging angry nails into her gloved hands. Biting her lip, she jerked forwardthe movement was clumsy and foreign.
Nobody was ever worth chasingwere they?
A large hand snatched her up by the arm and yanked her backwards.
"Let him go, Shepard."
Garrus' words rung hollow in her ears and she coiled.
His grip tightened. "We have bigger problems."
A dry growl slit her throat, "Getget your ass back here!" Dakota's anger b
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
Encounter: Chapters 1-5Encounter: Chapters 1-54 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."