Sentinel - Chapter FourChoices:Sentinel - Chapter Four2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Kaidan never regretted having that discussion with his father that night. Never regretted listening to his father's advice, arguing back and forward between what Kaidan felt was smart and what felt right.
It had taken most of the night and several Canadian lagers until they reached an answer and by then they were both tipsy, talking loudly outside on the balcony until Kaidan's mother had threatened to set the dog and the hose on them both.
He had been twenty-three then.
Now he was closing in on twenty-five, feeling just as young and inexperienced as he did back then. He wasn't as closed off anymore, learning to trust and to work with others, but he still wasn't the one that barked the loudest. He spoke when spoken too, always gave professional opinions and keeping personal ones to himself.
Nobody ever asked for personal opinions, at least not where he was.
Reliable they called him.
Reliable and smart.
At least that's what it stood on the paper.
This is why they welcomed
Role ReversalElla Shepard sat slumped in the pilot’s chair while the vessel’s displays blinked and bleeped reassuringly around her. Hours earlier, the Normandy had barely escaped the blast radius of a nuclear bomb - one that had been detonated on the surface of Virmire by Moreau’s assault team. The ship’s hull was, thankfully, still intact.Role Reversal5 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
Unfortunately, the same could not be said of her crew.
Since then, Ella had been maintaining a mindless holding pattern while awaiting further directions about where they would be delivering the salarian infiltration team. Having nothing to occupy her attention made dwelling on the loss of her teammate nearly impossible to avoid.
She couldn’t stop thinking about Ash’s last moments, trapped planetside as she’d watched the Normandy fly away. Had she felt abandoned? Scared? She thought about the close-knit family the soldier had left behind. Soon, they would receive the news that they’d lost a daughter, a sister - and
Sentinel - Chapter TwoLittle Boy Blue:Sentinel - Chapter Two2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After three days, Kaidan was sure that the blue-eyed guy was stalking him. Either that or he was assigned to every god damned place he happened to be at.
He didn't look at only him, that much Kaidan was sure of. But when Kaidan was looking at him, the stranger seemed to be studying him.
This made Kaidan nervous. And when he was nervous, he fucked up more easily.
"God damn it, Alenko, where the hell is your head?! You would have been dead out there," Michael barked, tugging off his helmet so he could give Kaidan a proper glare as they walked out of the simulator, breathing hard.
"I am sorry, okay? It's just That guy makes me nervous. He keeps -staring-," Kaidan barked back, wiping away the sweat on his forehead, helmet already under his arm.
"Get over yourself, he is staring at everyone," Michael replied, his voice gruff. "That's what he's doing, observing. Like, it's why he's here."
"Who the hell is he anyway?" Kaidan asked, looking towards the stranger wh
Amalgamation - Chapter 2Amalgamation - Chapter 22 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Game: Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age
Characters: Kaidan Alenko, James Vega, Jeff Moreau, Garrus Valkarian, Female Shepard
Disclaimer: All characters are the property of Bioware.
"Then call already."
"This is my last stash before I hit the Citadel. Go easy on me, man."
"When have I ever gone easy on anyone? If you can't take the heat, stay out of the damn kitchen."
"Chill out, geez." Joker looked at his hand in disgust. "I fold."
James Vega rolled his eyes and turned toward Garrus Vakarian. The turian snorted. "I fold. And for the record, this game is nonsensical. It's 80% luck and 20% skill. Why would anyone base their manhood on that?"
Vega laughed. "I base my manhood on the new submachine gun I'm going to buy after I clean you out."
"Please," Garrus chid
NameShepard was no stranger to fear.Name2 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
Sentinel - Chapter ThreeDecisions:Sentinel - Chapter Three2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When Kaidan was made Sergeant and offered a commendation for his services during a routine mission gone wrong, nobody was prouder than Kaidan's father.
Kaidan was proud too, but he felt that getting a commendation for hacking a door shut so Batarian pirates couldn't come into a shuttle was a bit idiotic.
It had been Kaidan's first mission off-world and while it was a simple one, Kaidan had been excited.
He had worked hard for the chance, pushed himself constantly despite the growing pains from his implants. He had ignored them, pushed himself further, not willing to show that he was weak.
He could do this. He knew he could. And he had done it all without once using his biotic abilities in a mission or task.
When Kaidan was offered the spot, he had been a simple corporal; promoted mere two months after he had finished boot camp because of his dedication and, as his squad-leader had said, his stubbornness and integrity.
He had been transferred from the boot camp to the
Heal My Wounds--Chapter 1"Joker, I don't care what you have to do, get us back to Earth," Kaidan's voice was sharp and demanding as he ran into the cockpit. The thought of his commander gone was just too much for him to accept. There were too many words that still needed to be shared, so much more to be done between them. He couldn't face the highly probable chance that his lover -after years of feeling betrayed and loving him regardless of that- was gone. He ran a hand through his thick black hair. There was no way that he was losing John.Heal My Wounds--Chapter 12 years ago in Romance More Like This
The flight lieutenant nodded, having suffered a loss of his own, finding Shepard would have been a welcomed distraction. Even though that Shepard had told he and EDI not to get together, he still felt the impact of her loss.
John had never been a proper gentleman, hell he was never proper at all. He would kill someone without a second thought, but no matter what he did, he had a reason. Joker growled as he stood, finding that he had broken a rib. "Get Adams, we're goin
Sentinel - Chapter NineThe Hero of Elysium:Sentinel - Chapter Nine2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Being head of the Marine details meant that there was nothing that Kaidan didn't know about the things that were going on around the ship except for the things he weren't supposed to know. He was fine with that, it was the way he preferred things.
He was also surprised over the amount of people he actually knew, but the one that made him grin when he saw him was Joker. He was not surprised that Anderson and Hackett had chosen him to fly the Normandy.
"This dame needs a special hand to fly her and I got the touch," Joker said, grinning at Kaidan who just chuckled and grinned in return.
The biggest surprise though was when the commander of the ship was announced, making several people gasp. Whispers were already filling the briefing room.
There was not a soul who had not heard about Commander John Shepard, the latest N7 graduate. The hero of Elysium.
People were talking, creating their own images about the man. They had been doing that for the last seven years
In PreparationIn Preparation2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Title: In Preparation
Author: E-Girl007 (Emily G.)
Game: Mass Effect
Characters/pairing: Kaidan Alenko
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and Kaidan Alenko are property of BioWare and Electronic Arts. This is purely a non-profit entertainment exercise. The writing however is my own, and I would ask that if you wish to feature it anywhere make sure credit is given to both myself, and BioWare/EA. Thank you.
Something old was playing on the sound system. Something really old. Kaidan looked up from his drink and over to the stage where the musicians played. The front woman was blonde and hugged the microphone, pressing it to her lips like the romance would make all the difference. She had a low voice that slanted sweetly in all of the right places. He turned completely in his seat to give his full attention to the stage.
Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend, when people can be so cold
Her eyes met Kaidan's and she smiled as she moved in time with the piano and the guitar.
ME: That Mysterious BeatA/N: Oh, my word. XD I was so bored when I wrote this. Please do not take me seriously. It's just for fun, mmkay? Mmkay. *walks off, laughing*ME: That Mysterious Beat6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
That Mysterious Beat
Phoenix Shepard was worried. Normally, she would perfectly understand if Kaidan didnt come out of his dorm after extensively using his biotics, because then hed have a migraine and would require much rest. That she could deal with. This was totally . . . strange. For one thing, they hadnt had combat action in close to four days. He couldnt possibly have a headache from biotic overload. It just wasnt likely! What was worse was all the thumping noises coming from his dorm; everyone on the quarters level or down in the garag
Sentinel - Chapter FourteenWarmth:Sentinel - Chapter Fourteen1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Kaidan had never been one for parties, especially not when he was still recovering from his cold.
Chakwas had found it downright funny that he’d been that knocked out by a simple cold, describing it as a “man-cold”, which Kaidan didn’t quite get. A cold was a cold, right, no matter who it happened to blossom in.
Still, it was nice to get the offer and he had to admit that the pout on Ashley’s face had been a cute one when he said no.
“I’ll make it up to you when we are done at Virmire. I promise.”
“I’ll hold you to that, LT,” she had grinned before tugging Tali and Shepard along with her.
The Normandy was surprisingly silent every time the crew got shore-leave, and Kaidan was enjoying it to the max. Rumours had it that their next mission on Virmire would be a big one so this was probably the last chance people would have to blow off some steam.
Or do like Kaidan and just enjoy the peace and quiet.
Drops In The Ocean ShepardxAlenkoDrops In The Ocean ShepardxAlenko2 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.
ME: All the Things That I've Done Ch.40Chapter 40 – The Gang Is All HereME: All the Things That I've Done Ch.402 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Kaidan, this is a surprise.” Mira settled back on her heels.
“Step in a little further and let the door close. I have something to say and I don’t need those people out there to eavesdrop.” Kaidan tilted his head to the open doorway Mira stood in.
“Alright.” She took a couple of steps and the doors swished shut, leaving both Spectres in the intervening hatchway between the Citadel and the Normandy. Mira watched Kaidan as he turned his head back to look at the Normandy under Alliance colors. A flicker of a smile stretched on his mouth but she didn’t get anything else as to what the man was thinking.
“I’ve been doing some thinking since we last spoke.” Kaidan began. “I guess I wasn’t really listening when I should have when you told me about Cerberus and the time you were…mostly dead.” He sighed heavily and turned towa
Things Left UnsaidThings Left Unsaid2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"Commander Alenko." Admiral Hackett said dismissively. His hand waving at the air as he stared at a data pad in his hand, his back was to Kaidan as he entered the room.
Kaidan still tapped his heels together, saluting the Admiral with a finely engrained sense of respect that could not simply be tossed aside. "Admiral Hackett sir." Kaidan responded. Were anyone around him he might even be so inclined as to yell ten-hut. But it was simply him and the Admiral in Councilor Anderson's office. Which Kaidan found perplexing, where was Anderson anyway?
"At ease Commander." Admiral Hackett glanced at him, his one good eye looking him over carefully while his scarred over blind eye shone against the pale artificial light of the Citadel. "I'm sure you're wondering why I've called you here."
To put it mildly Kaidan bemused to himself.
His gaze was pensive as he stood at a very strained parade rest, uncertain of what to say. He retained a respectable silence. Deciding it better for all part
Amalgamation - Chapter 1Amalgamation - Chapter 12 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.
Chapter One - Separation
"Come on, Shepard. Just take five minutes. A quick drink. Then I'll go."
I've heard this line before, I thought to myself. We're about to go against the reapers head on, and Kaidan... I sighed internally, resigning myself to my fate. Maybe this is just what I need.
Data pad still in hand, I joined him by the couch and took the glass he extended to me. "Shepard, you know you've done everything you could, right?"
Sitting down, exhausted, I rubbed my temples and tried to block out the endless scenarios racing through my mind. "I hope so. I keep running the numbers to see if I've missed something." I knew myself too well. Once we get to London, I'm going to think of everything I should have done. How I sh
Chronicle~ Chapter OneChronicle~ Chapter One2 years ago in Settings More Like This
"Be home before dusk Kalia, I don't like the way these skies look today," Mum called after me as I tugged on my father's old gray Alliance jacket. I smirked as I slipped out the door of our bungalow without saying a thing back to her-
At the time I didn't realize how much I would come to regret this.
The old autumn air greeted me with a chill as the leaves dance around my worn combat boots. I looked around at the small settlement we lived in, at the long steel bungalows, the people going about their daily priorities, and at the Alliance flag that stood high in the middle of it all. Mindoir was originally set up to look like earth so that the Alliance pilots that came here before their first mission wouldn't feel so lost in the planet's vast gray skies. But about fifty years into the project the scientist noticed that the chemicals they placed in the core of the planet were affecting the people more th
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.
ME: All the Things That I've Done Ch.31ThresholdME: All the Things That I've Done Ch.312 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He still couldn't believe it! Here he was, sitting outside the brig where Commander Mira Shepard was incarcerated. The Hero of the Blitz and the Citadel, the first human Spectre, and daughter to the notable Captain Hannah Shepard. James Vega looked at the sleeping form of the woman behind the force field. Sorrow etched her face, her eyes moving rapidly in some dream or nightmare. They would be at Earth in a couple of hours but James took Anderson's orders to heart.
"You must protect her at any cost, Vega! Never leave her side, no matter what happens. That woman has a very important mission and it is beyond the call of the Alliance or the Council to keep her from it."
"Yes, sir." James said enthusiastically.
He did just that. Except to use the head, he remained at Shepard's side. They didn't really talk as she slept most of the time, even if she was mostly tossing and turning. James bolted upright when Shepard screamed and sat upright with a star
End of Days - 5End of Days - 52 years ago in Drama More Like This
Title: End of Days - 5. New Scars
Game: Mass Effect
Characters: Axiom Shepard, James Vega, Kaidan Alenko, Hackett
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all characters from it are owned by Bioware.
Content Warning: Angst, Spoil
Sentinel - Chapter ElevenCaptain, My Captain:Sentinel - Chapter Eleven2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
In a way, it all seemed so simple. They had three planets to check, three planets where they could possibly find leads on Saren and the "conduit" he was chasing.
And some planet in the Artemis Tau System to find, if she was there still, Professor Liara T'Soni.
Three choices, three urgent missions.
Like Shepard wasn't already under a lot of stress with his newfound Spectre-status.
Kaidan could see that the load was heavy on Shepard's shoulders since everything had been more or less sprung on him. He was taking it in stride though, showing just how capable he was as he ordered Joker to take off. He just hadn't decided to where yet.
It was a tough call, one that Shepard had to think about closely. All Kaidan could do was to offer some support in the only way he knew how.
Rapping his knuckles against the hard metal door, Kaidan waited for the muffled "enter" to reach his ears before palming the electronic lock, opening it. He gave Shepard a small
The Highest Hopes Chapter 1The Highest HopesThe Highest Hopes Chapter 12 years ago in Drama More Like This
"Here,take him."Shepard ordered James,giving him Alenko's arm. Kaidan hesitated leaving her,but he had no choice. He reluctantly crossed his arm over Vega's shoulder,shouting her name. He stared back at her.
"You gotta get out of here."Shepard ordered them,but Kaidan couldn't accept it. He couldn't just leave her behind,get into Normandy and leave. It was wrong. So fucking wrong.
"Yeah,that's not gonna happen!"Kaidan told her,somehow a bit decisive. He seemed determined to stay there,fight,be with her. However,Commander had a different opinion about it. Victorianna had to make sure he was safe.
"Don't argue with me,Kaidan." Shepard tried to shield herself behind her emotions for him and her determination to the purpose she was set to finish. She looked at him through the eyes. Her words were stable,warm and leaving him no choice but obedience. Nevertheless,Kaidan didn't seem able to give up on his powers and his love.
"Don't leave me behind..." his last attempt
Sentinel - Chapter FiveRevelations:Sentinel - Chapter Five2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Kaidan couldn't remember the last time he'd been this frustrated.
The group had been working non-stop since the start, but the strain was beginning to show on them all. Almost a week into their private investigation had left them with a big fat nothing to show for, something the Commander was happy to let them know by yelling at them to "get their fingers out of their asses and get something done".
While not directly motivating for none of them, it was their own work that left them with a sense of both misery and failure.
Especially for Kaidan.
He really didn't mind the yelling that much, he was well used to that, being a junior officer and all. It seemed to be part of the job-description for higher ranking officers at times.
No, it was the fact that he just didn't -get- what the hell he was doing.
He had gathered a lot of intel, looked at everything they had and after a few brain-storms between them he had even located a few things they hadn't even thought about, b
Sentinel - Chapter Twenty-fiveTitle: SentinelSentinel - Chapter Twenty-five7 months ago in Romance More Like This
Game: Mass Effect
characters/pairing: Male John Shepard/Kaidan Alenko
Disclaimer: I own nothing besides my own playthrough of the games. ... Sadly, I don't make money out of it.
“You knew. You knew that Shepard would come to Horizon to investigate and you sent him. You… You encouraged him to go there. Why didn’t you contact me and warn me so I could at the very least have prepared myself?!”
Kaidan wasn’t a man that snapped easily, but when Anderson told him that only a week after Kaidan had left for Horizon, Shepard had appeared in his office, something inside his mind just broke.
And when Kaidan snapped, he seemed to do put as much effort into that as he did with everything else.
‘No point in doing something unless you are going to do it properly,’ his mother had used to say, but he didn’t think she’d had Kaidan’s temper in mind when she had said that.
Shepard's GoodbyeGuys? I don't know if you can hear me I'm sorry. I am so sorry. I'm sorry I'm not there for you like I said I would be. We weren't ready for this I wasn't ready for this.Shepard's Goodbye2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
What the Hell were we thinking going after the Reapers? What made us think we would be able to stop them when countless civilizations before ours fell?
Before London, I found myself thinking this more and more. But then I also started thinking of everything we've accomplished. When Saren turned his back on the Council, they just couldn't see it. They just couldn't believe that one of their own would turn against them. I'd call it human nature but
We opened their eyes. We made them see that Saren was a traitor. It wasn't easy, but through each other's help and support, we proved him a threat to the Galaxy. We stopped him. Not only that, we killed a Reaper. Together, we put an end to Saren's treachery, and destroyed Sovereign. It wasn't without sacrifice, but we sowed t