CREAM OR SUGAR?A little preamble before you read this.
This is for greenmamba5 art exchange meme (link below). I promised to write this for her in exchange for her absolutely wonderful, awesome sketch (link below). She gave me the scenario of Garrus & Sol sibling rivalry and this is what I came up with.
Thank you very much to Ashynioki for beta'ing for me - can't very well have my own Beta read something that's meant for her!
Also, Thank you very much to Mizutanitony & Ashynioki for helping me develop the story.
Okay.. enough talk! READ! As always, feedback is much appreciated.
CREAM OR SUGAR
He arrived at the C-Sec office to find Chellick already occupying his half of their large desk. They had only been with C-Sec for about a month and Garrus was already beginning to find it a bore. He regretted listening to Chellick talk endlessly about how great it would be to work on the Citadel. They had spent the last 3 years of Basic together and become good friends. Even though it was clear that Ga
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Garrus stared into her eyes amazed at the beautiful woman in front of him. He took her hand in his and led them over to the bed. Along the way he noticed the freshly used syringe on the desk - she had already taken her serum. Garrus sat down in the center of the bed and guided Shepard to sit down in front of him; cross-legged and facing him. He took off his shirt and then scooted his body closer to her; intertwining his legs with hers. He wrapped one arm around her waist and placed his other hand over her heart. She embraced him the same way in return.
"Take deep breaths and let go of any tension," he said.
She did as he instructed and locked eyes with him as she did so.
"Allow the energy to build and flow between us," he said softly as his blue eyes seemed to be looking into the depths of her soul. "Take another deep breath and as you exhale - let go of any anger, any resentment, any negative feeling you may
Love, Blood and Tears: Chapter 43Love, Blood & TearsLove, Blood and Tears: Chapter 433 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Wow, an actual easy mission this time, Shepard thought as she entered the geth's virtual world alone.
Geth fighter squadrons had targeted quarian liveships with attacks that would have a serious impact on their fleet. Shepard, along with the help of Legion and Garrus, had gone to the Geth Comm Hub on Rannoch to disable the server controlling the geth fighters.
Shepard followed the virtual path, disrupting the Reaper code infections along the way and making it to her first data cluster. She cleared out the cluster and then a new path was revealed that led her to the next cluster. She repeated this pattern a few more times until she had finally cleared out all infections. Then she made her way to the access point to exit the virtual world and back to reality where her squad was waiting for her.
Shepard was curious to see what her actions had done as she exited the virtual chamber. Sudd
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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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'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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***WRITER'S NOTE: Sera, Hannah & Anderson meet and go to dinner while Garrus and the crew relax ***
"She loves you Garrus. She loves you more than she knows." Hannah's words echoed in his head. The sounds of the bar faded out. The conversations and laughter, the music, the sound of the glasses clinking on tables he couldn't hear any of it. He was too stunned, paralyzed by what she had said to respond. As she walked out of the bar, he wanted to go after her and drag her back, make her explain how she could know so much based on so little.
Slowly his eyes began to focus and the sounds of the bar registered once more. He looked down at his hand and realized that he was holding Hannah's drink. He brought it eyelevel and examined its contents. Ice in a drink with fruit - who puts fruit in a drink?? He brought it to his nose and sniffed it. Interesting he could smell the rich, warm, sharp spice of the al
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Okay so this is my one-shot that I did for greenmamba5's art trade meme. This is the scenario that she gave me:
Garrus and his dad don't really like the idea of Chellick being with Solana. For Garrus it might be understandable (because he knows Chell's faults since they worked together), but Chellick's actually a nice guy so why doesn't Dad like him?
I'm thinking there was a misunderstanding of some sort that made Papa think Chellick wasn't fit to date his little girl.
Title: A Drink, A Drug and A Lick
Garrus and Chellick slinked out of Pallin's office. The rest of the officers on duty gave them both a wide berth; talking and snickering amongst each other. It was no secret that the pair was a notoriously infamous pain the in ass for Executor Pallin. Every time the two turian Detectives went into the Executor's office, it was pretty much guaranteed that the rest of the office got a live audio play-by-play of the duo's latest antics.
Ante Up Chapter 28: Citadel part 2After showering, Garrus and Shepard returned to the mess for quick breakfast. Victus was no longer there, his seat occupied instead by Broccha. Across from him, Kanna was wolfing down oatmeal like it was going out of style. Liara was beside her with a bowl of her own.Ante Up Chapter 28: Citadel part 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Garrus broke off to stand by Kanna while Shepard continued on to find herself something to eat. He laid a hand on top of her head, grinning. "Sleep well?"
She smiled up at him and gave an affirmative hum around her mouthful of oatmeal. She swallowed loudly and said, "Miss Liara sang to me like Mama used to."
"Did she?" Garrus chirped, smirking at the older asari. Liara frowned back at him, her cheeks flushing purple, as Shepard joined them at the table.
"Sounds like we should tell Dr. Chakwas that she isn't the only unofficial mom on the Normandy," Shepard teased, handing Garrus a dextro protein bar and tearing into her own levo-bar.
"Very funny," Liara muttered, chomping onto a spoonful of oatmeal with a huff.
Two Turians and a KeeperGarrus and Chellick were busy reviewing footage at their desks into the late hours of the evening. They were working on a case together involving suspicious cargo that was being run through the Citadel. All ships docking were legitimate which meant that when they finally pinpointed the ship, either the entire crew was "dirty" or they had an extremely shady crew member that was very good at hiding his illegal activities. In any case, they had to pinpoint what ship, or ships, the cargo was coming from and this was proving to be quite the task. They reviewed hundreds of tapes from the course of a few months, watching every ship dock, watching every crate that exited, checking the docking records to make sure everything matched up. So far, they had turned up nothing.Two Turians and a Keeper3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I can't look at any more footage," sighed Chellick. "It's late; let's just pick this back up tomorrow."
"Yeah, alright," Garrus replied as he rubbed his eyes. "You want to go get a
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On her first night together with Garrus, Shepard had been mildly concerned about the talons that she knew turians possessed. She trusted Garrus with all of her heart and knew that he never intentionally harm her, but there was that instinctual distrust of sharp claws near her softer human flesh. Of course she had been thinking of entirely different things by the time that evening reached the stage where his gloves came off, and then she didn't' have the luxury to think about minor details until after they had blow the Collector base to bits.
Being under house arrest had given her more than enough time to think, and Garrus was one of the happy memories she had she to stave on the crushing boredom. One of the questions those memories brought up was if turian anatomy charts and Alliance descriptions of turian talons as 'vicious natural weapons' were overly exaggerated or if Garrus had blunted his just for her.
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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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CHAPTER 16: CARRY ME HOME
He glanced at the wall behind the large table in the back of the bar and understood what she meant. Pool He vaguely recalled watching some of the humans playing it earlier but really didn't take much notice. Now, he was sorry he didn't.
He walked over to the wall and blankly stared at all of the poles that lined it, unsure how to choose one. Shepard watched him with amusement for a couple minutes before joining him. She plucked one from the wall. Holding it in one hand about a third from the base, she balanced it, testing its weight. Satisfied, she set it on its base and leaned it against the wall. He watched her from the corner of his eye and when she walked away, he did the same thing. After selecting one he thought was acceptable, he dropped it on its base and leaned on it, watching her round up the funny looking round balls he'd seen earlier.
After racking the balls up she looked over at him, keenly aware that he was watching her every move.
Ante Up Chapter 20: MenaeJoker stealthily navigated through the Reaper-dappled space between Palaven and Menae, looking for a suitable place to land on the battle-scarred moon. As he prepped for landing, Shepard picked out a small squad and escorted them to the shuttle bay to prepare. Garrus was right with her, of course, along with Solana and Vega. The nearer they drew to arrival, the quieter the Vakarian siblings became.Ante Up Chapter 20: Menae3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Garrus, who had been carrying himself more confidently since he'd spoken with his father, became eerily somber. Shepard met him at the edge of the room, clapping a hand on his shoulder. "We'll make this quick."
He offered her a sad smile. "Did you happen to get a look at Palaven before we came down?"
"Yeah," Shepard whispered. "It's... devastating, I know."
"Did you see the largest red spot?" he asked. "The one almost in the center of the planet?" Of course she had. That fiery blotch had practically glared up from Palaven. "That's where Sol and I where born."
"I'm so sorry," Shepard said, dr
Ante Up Chapter 19: PrideShepard found Garrus in the crew quarters, helping Sol sort away her damaged armor. The two turians snapped away from their task, moving away from the footlocker to meet her. Shepard nodded at Solana. "Are you okay?"Ante Up Chapter 19: Pride3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Fine," she replied. "Minor burns."
"Good. Garrus, you have a minute?" Shepard asked hesitantly. She wasn't really sure how to handle the information she's been given. Hell, if Tacita's previous identity was some big government secret, Garrus and Sol might not even know about it. Shepard wondered for a minute if maybe she shouldn't even bring it up, but her tense demeanor had already put Garrus on full alert.
"Of course," he said quickly. "Is something wrong?"
"No, I just wanted to talk," Shepard said, trying to even her tone.
Garrus nodded and made a quick chirrup at Sol. Shepard's translator filtered over it, but she knew the sound was a type of context-based greeting that in this case would mean "see you later." He followed her out and they walked back to the main batte
Ante Up Chapter 25: BlackwatchThe Blackwatch squads arrived when only two hours of open space lay between the Normandy and the Citadel. The turian vessel was compact enough that it easily hugged up to the Normandy while Joker slowed the engines enough for them to dock. Once the airlocks were connected, five soldiers from the main squad boarded while the rest stayed behind. Then, the turian ship pulled free of the Normandy and spiraled back into space, allowing Joker to return to optimal speed.Ante Up Chapter 25: Blackwatch3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Shepard and Victus were both standing outside the cockpit to greet them. The men gave Victus a brisk claw salute, their battered, crimson armor gleaming as they moved. He nodded at them solemnly, then gestured towards Shepard. "Men, this is Commander Shepard. This is her ship, so I expect you to follow her orders as though they came directly from me."
"Yes, sir," the closest soldier replied. He stood taller than any turian Shepard had seen, and his cream-colored colony tattoo was so worn into his light tan plates that it was
Ante Up Chapter 21: LossThe excitement on Menae formed a sort of veil in Shepard's mind, making her feel a false sense of victory. It wasn't until the hangar doors dropped open to reveal a very frantic Tacita that Shepard remembered the mission most definitely hadn't been a success. Aetius came up to the edge of the shuttle bay beside Tacita, his mandibles tight against his face. He looked more suspicious than worried.Ante Up Chapter 21: Loss3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Solana remained at the back of the group with Camilla and several other turian soldiers who were tagging along to serve as Victus' guards. Garrus, however, rushed to the front of the group and intercepted his mother before she could come out to meet them. When she tried to maneuver to the side to look around him, he caught her by the shoulders. Shepard watched his mandibles flick as he spoke, saw the wide-eyed expression flash onto Aetius' face as he heard the softly spoken words. A sick feeling flooded her gut as Tacita visibly drooped where she stood, her eyes squinting shut as the news of Fe
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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