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.
"Kaidan ?" she asked
ExpectationsHe had expected her to hate him.Expectations4 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
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
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
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,
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 One Truth - Date NightTitle: The One Truth Date NightThe One Truth - Date Night4 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Amalgamation - Chapter 1, SeparationAmalgamation - Chapter 1, Separation3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Game: Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age
Characters: Kaidan Alenko, Alistair, Female Shepard
Disclaimer: All characters are the property of Bioware.
You probably gave up on me finishing this story. Truth is...my husband and I had a baby! And that took up some time. I never forgot about this story, however, and after the extended cut and release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, I have to finish what I started. I'm sorry for not doing this sooner.
I have edited and added to existing chapters to clean up some lore issues, especially after the Mass Effect extended cut. I endeavor to post a chapter a week from here on out. I'm so excited to bring you once again on this journey with Commander Shepard. Please message me with your thoughts. I love to hear them.
Chapter One - Separation
"Come on, Shepard. Just take five minutes. A quick drink. Then I'll go."
I've heard this line before, I tho
Across the SeaWhen she first awoke, Shepard had thought she had been crying. Her face was wet, with tears she had assumed, but when she forced her eyes open, she realized she was laying in water.Across the Sea3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Not in water, she realized. On it.
Slowly, she sat up, using a hand to brace herself against the water. She was in the middle of an endless ocean, lonely, desolate, ever-changing. She looked down at herself, and found herself clothed in a flowing dress that matched the color of the green-blue waters below her.
With a heart heavy with fear and sadness, she stood, slowly, testing her feet against the water. It held her up in perfect balance, supporting her. She turned, trying to find some sign of life, a clue of which way to go. All she was certain of was that she couldn't stay where she was. I have to move forward. Somewhere. Somehow.
The first step was frightening, but those that followed were less so. The farther she went, the more confident she became. She began to almost enjoy the ge
Die Tryinggame:MASS EFFECT 3Die Trying3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
characters: FemShep/Kaidan, Tali/Garrus, EDI/Jeff
In the end, I made the only choice that I possibly could. Though my life would be forfeit, everyone else, including EDI and the geth would survive, not just the humans and other organics but all life artificial and otherwise. Though it was not the ending to my life I had hoped for it was the only one that would keep everyone I loved and cared about alive. The reaper threat would end today and the battle for life would end. I couldn’t ask for anything else… except… to say goodbye.
I looked at the AI child standing next to me waiting for me to make my decision. I smiled sadly at him knowing that he was the reason I was in this mess to begin with. All I wanted to do was raise my gun and fire into his little head, but he was nothing more than a hologram and the bullet would just phase through him.
"I hate you." I frowned at the little monster and turned my back to him. Opening up my omnitool I
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
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
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."
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 - ComplicationsBlood.Nowhere To Go But Forward - Complications3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
There was so much blood.
"Mom, be happy you don't have to deal with the Council on a regular basis, or even at all. It's like pulling teeth." Shepard pushed her food around with a distracted fork. She wasn't overly hungry. "You would think that they would be a bit more forthcoming with something."
"Just don't be like your father."
She laughed, stopping her rearrangement of the gelatinous blob that covered her trayeggs, she thoughtthough they were a poor knock off; all of the nutritional value without the attempt to make it look edible. "Dad would just cut the channel at the first hint of bullshit. Be damned proud to do it every time, too."
Hannah echoed her laugh. "Yes he would. Speaking of your dad, have you talked with him lately?"
"No. He's been just as busy as the rest of us. You know how hard it is trying to get three different schedules on three different Alliance vessels to line up?" She took a bite of the egg. At least they didn't taste as bad as th
Nowhere to Go But Forward - Walking AboutA rowdy chorus of laughter rose from a group of tables in Flux. The other customers glanced over, throwing dirty glares at the large mass of Alliance soldiers who didn't seem to care about the other occupants. One marine raised her glass, one of the engineers. She was somber, but gave a small smile as she looked around at all of her comrades, her eyes then falling on the only empty chair. On the table sat a glass filled to the brim with the finest asari ale an enlisted marine could afford, the only one that had yet to be topped off.Nowhere to Go But Forward - Walking About4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"To Jenkins. One of the best."
A hush came over all of them; a moment of silence to remember the fallen, before the rest followed suit.
When the shuttle bay doors lowered, Anderson and Doctor Chakwas were waiting for the ground team, a look of disbelief betraying the Captain's usually stoic features. Kaidan was the first up the ramp into the engineering deck, an unconscious Shepard cradled in his arms. Chief Williams was close behind, carry
Not Ready YetIt was like he was looking at a ghost.Not Ready Yet3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Her face was turned to the sky, dirt smeared and stands of hair clinging to her forehead from sweat, eyes fixed on the contrail of the escaping enemy. The butt of her rifle, still pressed into her shoulder, slowly lowered, her shoulders dropping. Her lips moved, words falling silent, being swept away by the torrent raging between his ears. He saw Delan come jogging from around the corner, seemingly chasing after the ship as it made away with the colonists. The ghost turned towards the mechanic, looking truly apologetic.
Blue eyes. She had her blue eyes.
Garrus put what seemed like a reassuring hand on her shoulder, though it was roughly thrown off as she turned to face him. Worry and anger etched her features. She said something, her voice fighting against the white noise that filled his head, jabbed a hand towards the sky then to Delan. Something in the back of his head took insult in seeing the turian next to her. Why Garrus and not him?