Chimera: A Garrus / Shepard Romance*** WRITER'S NOTE : Here's the current sitch in case you need timeline clarification: Chapter 9 is concurrent to Chapter 7. While Sera Shepard, Anderson & the Dalatrass have their meeting, Hannah Shepard - having some time to kill before meeting Anderson but having no clue that Sera is already in his office - crosses paths with Garrus in a stroke of pure happenstance. At the end of Chapter 9, she leaves Garrus for her meeting with Anderson and subsequently Sera - see Chapter 8. Clear as mud? Cool. Sorry so confusing.. ***
CHAPTER 9: CHERRY
While Sera Shepard meets with Anderson & the Dalatrass, the SSV Orizaba pulls into the bay next to the SSV Normandy.
As her ship docked at the Citadel, a lot of things weighed heavily on Hannah Shepard's mind: the Reapers, the Crucible, Earth, Sera, survival of the galaxy as a whole. She knew that a lot of things hung in the balance and time was of the essence. It was crucial that the right people be in the right places if they were goin
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Garrus left Liara's office more frustrated than when he went in. He understood her predicament but that didn't mean that he had to like it far from it but there was nothing he could do about it either. He had kept his word to Shepard and never told a soul about their time together, so he couldn't very well start now.
Shit. Now what?
He could feel the tension throbbing within him. He needed to do something to get rid of it or ..not good. He headed toward the elevator. Perhaps some sim sparring would help. It had before and it had been a while since he had done any no need to really, war was a perfect substitute.
In the docking bay, Vega had set up a corner for just such a purpose. He had even hung up his old punching bag from home. As Garrus got off the elevator he could hear Vega grunting as the rattling chains that held the bag echo throughout the bay.
He rounded the corner. "Vega!"
"Hey, Scars!" Vega huffed out.
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The elevator came to a halt at the Embassy level and opened its doors. Shepard stepped out and headed toward Anderson's office. Her omni-tool blinked and she pulled up the messages one from Gardner with all of the items he needed for the ship, one from Traynor with the location of the florist, one from Dr. Chakwas with the manifest of medical supplies to trade with Tactus and one from her mother. She opened the last one:
I just arrived and got your message from Specialist Traynor. I'll see you in a little while for dinner.
She sighed heavily as she stood in front of Anderson's office door.
Hopefully this doesn't take long.
She pressed the keypad and the doors slid open. Anderson's personal assistant looked up from behind his desk.
"Ah! Commander Shepard! Councilor Anderson is expecting you. Please go on in," he said as he opened the doors to the inner office.
Anderson and the Salarian Dalatrass were arguing but quickly stopped w
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Silence .well, not perfect silence but a familiar and comforting one nonetheless. The hum of the ship and its crew going about their daily activities was something Shepard had come to find a certain peace in. The Alliance had given her a sense of belonging and the people she met and served with gave her a sense of family. Following in her parents footsteps gave her a sense of purpose. She never expected to come as far as she had. Still, it made her sad to know that her father would never know or see what his daughter had accomplished. Standing in the cockpit with Joker looking out the window, watching the stars streak by in the vast expanse of space, she was lost in thought
"Commander? ....Joker to Shepard .Hello?"
" ..what?" she absently answered still staring out the window.
"Oh nothing, you know, just trying to fly the ship here. Waiting for your orders while the Reapers hunt our ass and Cerberus gets away the usual."
Peeved, she turn
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Still sitting on the floor, arms wrapped around her legs, she rested her cheek on her knees. She closed her eyes, feeling the tears come. One by one, they slowly escaped, trailing down her cheeks as a shuddered sigh of relief passed her lips. What do I do now?
"How long before we reach the Citadel?"
[Approximately 1.5 hours.]
She sniffed and rested her chin on her knees contemplating what to do.
"Thank you EDI."
[Is everything alright?]
A small appreciative smile crossed her lips, "I'll be fine EDI. I just need some time to myself, that's all."
[Very well. Do you require anything else?]
"No. Thank you EDI. Please make sure that no one disturbs me until we reach the Citadel. Notify me when we arrive please."
She stretched out her limbs and stood up. Slowly, she undid the clasps of her uniform and took off the jacket, laying it over the chair in front of her desk. She glanced around the room. It felt so
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Shepard was speechless. The room was deathly silent. Anderson got up and walked over to the glass case behind his enormous desk. He selected a bottle from the third shelf and two glasses. Setting them on the desk, he carefully poured the amber liquid into each of them. He picked up the glasses and walked back over to her. He offered her a glass as he sat down in the chair across from her. She gratefully accepted it, taking a generous mouthful before setting it on the table. The liquid was rich and warm, burning a trail down her throat.
"I'm sorry, Shepard," he offered weakly, studying his glass. "She blindsided me. I had no idea why she came to see me and then she dropped that bomb right before you walked in. What right did she have to use that?! I swear Shepard, if I had known that there was a leak from the inside, I would never have put you there ."
"I know," she reassured him. "What do you think we should do?"
"Well " he started slowly, thinking " it
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'Bubble-head' the waiter finally brought the Jello shots to the table. He dropped the tray on the table in disdain and walked away before Joker could let another one of his scintillating wisecracks rip. If those shots weren't jello, most of them would have been dripping off the table. Each of them took a shot glass except for Mordin, who by this point, was softly snoring on the table.
Garrus paused, "Wait "
Karin looked over at the Turian, eyebrow raised.
"What kind of liquor is in this?" he asked, the Manhattan still fresh in his memory.
"Uhmmm," she thought for a moment, her mind a little hazy from the shots she already had before Garrus arrived. "I believe its tequila."
"Te what?" he stumbled over the word.
"Te key la," she repeated, emphasizing the name phonetically.
He studied the small shot glass. It was cold to the touch, as he expected. He brought it to his nose and sniffed. It didn't really smell like anything, at least
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CHAPTER 6: FAMILY
On a whim she decided to stop in and see Liara before going to the CIC. She felt that she owed her friend an apology for bolting earlier. Forming the apology in her head as she walked toward the door, she pressed key combination that unlocked it. She opened her mouth to speak as her eyes scanned the room for her friend, growing wide as they locked in on the Turian standing by the window.
The carefully thought out apology left her head blindsided by the sight of her 2 closest friends apparently in the middle of something she definitely didn't want to know anything about. She turned on her heel and walked away unsteadily from the doorway to the nearest table and held onto the edge bracing her body against it. She couldn't breathe, couldn't feel her legs; ragged gasps escaped her lips as she desperately tried to pull herself together.
Ok, Shepard. You got this. Crap! You gotta rein this shit in before it gets out of control. How am I going t
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She sank into the other overstuffed chair across from him, tucking a leg under her. Regarding him with a curious gaze, she waited for him to say something. When he didn't, she cleared her throat and called back to the bartender.
"Hey Ted! Can I get a Manhanttan? Straight up " she looked back at Garrus and huffed out, "make it a double too."
He smirked and let out a snort in disgust, recalling the foul-tasting drink from earlier.
She quirked a brow at him and challenged, "Something wrong with my drink?"
He still said nothing, shaking his head. Even though he and his father never got along, he did manage to learn one thing from him. He learned to listen. It was amazing what people would say in the discomfort of silence. He returned her gaze with an equally guarded look, unwilling to risk saying anything that would make her leave. A million thoughts raced through his head, so many questions he wanted to ask, but he wanted her to start. This wasn't something that cou
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CHAPTER 17: TRIAL
He stepped into the elevator, looking at Shepard's cabin as the doors shut and wondering if he was doing the right thing. Her whisper still rang in his head and haunted him. It was no more than a few hours ago that he had agreed to her terms and now he was going behind her back, sneaking off to see what Liara had found. If Liara thought it was important enough for him to see, he couldn't ignore it, could he? Still arguing with himself, he stepped out of the elevator and rounded the corner. Standing in front of her quarters, he weighed the implications of what he was about to do. If he went in, he risked losing what little connection he and Shepard had started to re-build. If not, it might be detrimental to the mission. Things in their lives had a nasty way of popping up
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CHAPTER 14: BAIT & SWITCH
As Liara walked back to the table, her mind churned out a list of the resources she was going to call upon to find answers. Sera would not be happy that Liara couldn't leave well enough alone but she would get over it and, if nothing else, it would make things easier. She gave the remaining crew members at the table a once over. Mordin was now somewhat upright, head propped up by an elbow lurching over the table. It looked like his metabolism had moved on to the hang over stage already. Vega was neck deep in a conversation with EDI explaining his rules for playing Strip Skyllian Five, regardless of the fact that one: he was talking to an AI and two: that he would be on the losing end of said game to the AI. Dr. Chakwas was still somewhat coherent and trying to convince Joker not to drink anymore. Liara was anxious to get back to the Normandy to get started on her research and she wanted to do it before the rest of her friends were too drunk to make it back on
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Though the music served only as ambiance for the bar to further its Earthy appeal, the melody she heard was unmistakable. She would've recognized her father's playing anywhere. This particular one was his rendition of one of his favorite jazz compilations. Several different melodies blending into one another, each one highlighted for about a minute before he moved on to the next one. The music sparked random memories from her childhood, mostly of their lessons together and a few of dancing with her mother in their small cabin.
Self-doubt creeping in, she dropped behind her mother and Anderson, beginning to wonder if this was such a good idea after all. It had been so very long since she touched a piano. She didn't even know if she could remember how to play.
" I don't know mom," Sera said hesitantly.
Hannah led them to one of the common areas just off the entrance of the bar and waited until there was a lull in the passers-by before speaking. She thought for a m
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Garrus and Solana watched as the trio exited the restaurant and paused just beyond the entry to exchange a few words. Once they had finished talking, Sera walked toward the shops while her mother and Anderson headed toward the Embassies. This was Garrus' chance to have a conversation with Anderson and he wasn’t going to let it go to waste. Solana knew the look on her brother’s face too well: his eyes pinpointed in thought, mandibles tight against his jaw and his subvocals humming the thoughts in his head. She sighed and sat back in her chair. The look in his eyes said it all and she simply nodded as he got up from the table, his intent clear. The questions she had would have to wait, but she fully intended on interrogating him the first chance she got.
“I’m sorry, Solana, but I really have to go,” he apologized.
“I know,” she said simply. You owe me.
He nodded, Thank
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Chapter 1 Hunt
"Someone should learn how to drive," Garrus Vakarian thought shaking his head while he investigated the damaged Mako in the cargo hold of the Normandy. He held a great deal of respect toward Commander Shepard, but her driving wasto put it mildlyreckless. Mako was designed to be used in extreme conditions, but at times he thought that Shepard was asking too much from the vehicle and it was his job to fix anything her driving broke. "Next time she comes around, I'll tell her to stop driving like mad, I sure will," Garrus thought.
"Hi there," Shepard's voice jarred him out from his thoughts. "How's she looking?"
Garrus started to turn to face herhe fully intended to speak his mind about the matterbut she was standing much closer than he had expected and for a reason he couldn't understand her hand, which was resting right next to his, gave him a pause. He had never really paid any attention to her hands be
Chimera: A Garrus / Shepard RomanceA/N: This chapter's rather long by my general standards so I hope that makes up for the long wait. I've subscribed to theory presented by Greenmamba5 that turians have a subharmonic range used for a secondary communication which is denoted in italics in their conversation.Chimera: A Garrus / Shepard Romance2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
CHAPTER 19: BREAKFAST
Garrus let out a low growl of frustration as his hand slid down and away from the door. He turned to call the elevator and as the doors slid open he mentally went over what he planned for the day: breakfast with Solana, talk to Chakwas and maybe, if he was lucky, he could nail a few minutes with Anderson. He stepped off the elevator and turned toward the direction of the Crew's Quarters. He had a few minutes before he had to get ready to meet Solana and, knowing her, she would probably be late anyway. The doors slid open and his Turian nose immediately picked up the scent of booze, sweat and the stench of vomit. Apparently, the rest of the crew had continued the party after coming
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*Note: Chapter 1 and 2 are more like an extended prologue than anything. I cover a lot of ground in the first two chapters. The story slows down after that. The first two chapters basically cover little aspects that you need to know as the story progesses. Please don't let the first two chapter deter you from reading on. Thank you!
"I'm proud of you kid," said Anderson.
"Just remember you were a human before you were a Spectre, you represent all of humanity with your actions," said Udina.
"I won't let you down," said Shepard confidently.
Anderson stepping down and giving Shepard the Normandy? It didn't feel right to her. Pushing papers wasn't his thing but he wanted to give her every chance to succeed in this mission. She knew how much this meant to him and she wasn't going to let
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Chapter 18 Purgatory
The next day, Garrus had an odd feeling that Shepard was avoiding him on purpose. He saw her walk past the passage leading to the gunnery station several times, but she never walked up to him. In a way, he was happy about her not trying to talk him out of his plans to kill Sidonis, but then again, he enjoyed her company when they were just chatting about things. At least once he noticed that she had stopped to the stairs and was looking at him, but when he looked again, she was gone.
The day after that, Garrus started to be on the edge. He wanted to sort things out with Shepard, make her understand, but couldn't just walk up to her and make her listen.
"Commander Shepard wants you to join the team in the briefing room, officer Vakarian," EDI told him. "We are about to arrive to the Purgatory."
"Purgatory?" Garrus wondered. "What do we want from there?"
He had heard about the Purgatory when he had been in C-Sec. It was a
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Garrus had gone five rounds on the hardest setting of the VI combat training program and yet felt no difference in the level of hostility that had overtaken his body. He was on his sixth round and was too busy imagining Kaidan as his opponent to notice that his father had entered the room. Artus stood silently in the corner observing his son; something was definitely bothering him. Garrus finally felt the presence of his father and quickly turned his head to the side to view him.
"What's got you so aggravated?" Artus asked as he took a seat on a nearby bench.
"Nothing, just keeping my combat skills sharp," Garrus replied catching his breath as he walked over and joined his father on the bench.
"You're not a good liar, son. What's going on? Something with Shepard?"
"No yes I mean, sort of," Garrus sighed. "Major Kaidan Alenko. I've told you some stories that involved him from back in the da
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Game: Mass Effect
Characters/Pairing: Commander Reblicah Shepard (femShep) and Garrus Vakarian
Chapter 2 Isolated Mother
Typically Commander Shepard had no difficulty in being brave. She fought every kind of enemy on the battlefield and stood victoriously after each round. Yet today she found herself standing hesitantly in front of the doors to the main battery. She had a different battle to overcome the overwhelming strain of being separated from her bondmate.
It had been six months since she last saw Garrus. Six months held in captivity at the Detention Center at Alliance headquarters and spending every day and night aching for the warmth of his hand. Being taken away from him so shortly after the news of her pregnancy intensified the isolation and created a gapping chasm within her heart. Claiming the bulge from her stomach was from her lack of military lifestyle. For t
Scars Chapter 1 *Healing old Wounds*"How do I know that Cerberus isn't controlling you!?" Kaidan asks, outraged with me for being gone for two years. Even though I couldn't help it. I was dead for two years, there's no way I could have contacted him in any way. I'm not being controlled, and I know it; and I'm about to punch Kaidan for not believing me.Scars Chapter 1 *Healing old Wounds*2 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Because, I'm not Kaidan." I say, trying to calm him down. But it obviously doesn't work they way I planned for it too.
"Listen to yourself Kaidan, your letting your rage blind you from what's right in front of you." Garrus says, trying his hardest to support me.
"It's bad enough that you're involved with Cerberus Shepard, but you dragged Garrus along too!" Kaidan says, angry about my decisions so far, clearly.
"Why can't you trust me Kaidan?" I ask sympathetically, trying to get a better answer than, 'Cerberus rebuilt me.'
"I don't know if I can trust you Shepard, I have things to do, goodbye Shepard." Kaidan walked away, breaking my he
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Characters/Pairing: Commander Reblicah Shepard (femShep) and Garrus Vakarian
Waiting for the Reapers - Chapter 1 - Arrival's Aftermath
Garrus Vakarian paced outside the door of the medical bay, torn between his emotions. Part of him screamed in anguish for Commander Reblicah Shepard's radical acts that would undoubtedly create chaos. The other side ached to embrace her in his arms, never letting go. Reby was still under quarantine - a request she made upon her return to the Normandy. She stated it was a precautionary measure but neglected to mention what events took place in the Bahak System.
Reblicah was gone for two days, two very excruciating days. Garrus was the first to discover her disappearance. Noticing something was awry when Reby was absent for their evening rendezvous. Upon asking EDI for Shepard's location, she responded, "I'm sorry Gunnery Chief Vaka
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Kate Shepard wakes to discover the entire universe has changed.
A/N: I’ve already rewritten the ending to ME3 twice so rather than recycling plot lines I decided to give you something completely different. I hope you like it!
If you’re interested in my other two alt endings (both written with Vega as a LI), I’ve posted one here but you can find both complete on fanfiction dot net: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/3874412/Abstract1106
Kate Shepard coughed, disoriented as she tried to make out where she was and what was going on. One moment, she was ordering the Catalyst to destroy the Reapers, and now she was here, surrounded by darkness with her body so stiff it was as if she had never used it before.
Her mouth felt like it had been freeze-dried, a foul aftertaste seeming to extend
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Game: Mass Effect
Characters/Pairing: Commander Reblicah Shepard (femShep) and Garrus Vakarian
Special Events - Chapter 5 - Scars
It was the day of the gallery exhibition and the couple dressed up for the occasion, wearing the exact same outfit they had the night before the Omega 4 Relay. Garrus had Reblicah hanging on his arm, their hands clutched together tightly as they walked the Presidium. They reminisced about the times they shared back in the old days, back when they used to run around the outdoor pavilion of the Citadel for minuscule tasks. Shepard even brought up the day they first met at the Medical Clinic in the Wards, causing the turian to nervously rub the back of his neck. He couldn't believe that was already two years ago.
The Commander seemed immune to the conversations and glares surrounding her. But Garrus immediately caught his partner's name being uttered amongst the whispers. Nearly