Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 3Shia gestured for her team to spread out in the small clearing as the shuttle quickly made its way back towards the staging area. She took in the scene, meticulous and thorough as her eyes wandered over bushes, the high grasses and the large ferns that spread like a thick blanket over the jungle floor. The air became quiet and peaceful as the sound of the shuttles engines died down in the distance, only the light breeze and the soft chirping of insects breaking the silence. The team slowly went over the perimeter, and one by one they gave her the sign of all clear. Satisfied, she called them over to her and brought up her omni-tool.
"Ok, let's do a rundown" she said softly, a few quick commands on the amber device bringing up a small map "Tower should be roughly 2 kilometers south of our position. We'll move single file, I take point and Dave, you shore up the rear. Mia, you cover the left flank. Aaki, you take the right." They all nodded in agreement.
"Great" David said, coking his he
Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 5Sarah Shepard almost toppled over as she caught her daughter in her arms, in what could best be described as a combination of a hug and a krogan charge. It nearly knocked the wind out of her.Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 53 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Easy sweetie, easy! Damn, I knew I shouldn't have let you play with Grunt when you were little." She said with a laugh.
As they embraced, she could feel her daughter tense up and tremble ever so slightly, realizing that she was sobbing softly into her shoulder. Sarah just smiled, stroking Shias crest soothingly.
"I missed you, dad." she said after calming down a bit.
"I know, sweetie. I missed you too." Sarah chuckled, kissing her forehead "Now come, let's sit down."
Shia smiled and nodded, wiping a few visible tears from her eyes.
Taking up a seat opposite Shia, Sarah looked on her daughter with pride, a smirk across her face.
"Sorry, I was just so shocked to see you... I didn't think I'd get the chance for another six months or so." Shia said after a taking a swig from her coffee.
"No need to a
Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 11"What do you mean 'the Council won't help'?" James seethed between clenched teeth at the holographic image in front of him. "Damn it, Shepard! This all seems pretty familiar, don't you think?"Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 113 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The holographic projection of Sarah Shepard sighed deeply, straightening out the creases of her uniform. "I know, James. But it's not the same thing, and you know that. This is the Alliance' problem, and we have to solve it ourselves."
"I thought the whole god damned point of the Galactic Council was cooperation, common defense..." he grumbled, reining in his frustration as he realized he was spewing it at the wrong target.
"It is," Shepard continued "but the Verge isn't strictly Alliance territory, or within Citadel space; we can't expect them to come running simply because we've taken it upon ourselves to protect unaffiliated human colonies."
"What about Khar'shan?" James asked darkly after a moments pause "Do they have anything to say for themselves?"
"They're denying all knowledge, and we're
Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 10She moved as quickly as the crutch would allow through the large lobby of Anderson Memorial Medical Center, it's metallic frame clicking sharply against the floor as she made her way towards the reception desk at the end of the large hall. Shia was apprehensive, she never liked hospitals and this one was no exception. The pungent smell of antiseptic filling her nose, the sighs and groans of people in pain and the constant low murmur of the medical staff all made her weary, and she feared that it would get even worse once she entered the actual ward. Then there was the purpose of her visit, the image of the Chief laid out on the ground of the grimy alley with a hole in his head was still fresh in her mind, and she wasn't much looking forward to reliving the experience.Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 103 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jani seemed much more at ease, moving gracefully by Shias side as the two young women navigated through the mostly uniformed crowd, her head bobbing from side to side as she struggled to take in everything that was happen
Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 2As Shia made her way back towards the dormitory, entering the common room she spotted David. He'd gather with some of the other recruits by a small table in the far corner, slumping down in a sofa that seemed to be a bit too worn down and soft for comfort. He spotted her almost immediately as she walked in, waving excitedly.Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Shia! Over here!" he called out across the room, stifling the soft murmur of the other recruits momentarily. Shia froze in place for a few seconds, then shrugged it off and made her way over to the group. Here we go... again.
"Hey Dave" She greeted him, feigning confidence
"You two know each other?" the question came from the small girl in the sofa, the same one who she'd seen at assembly and who had been the first call up at roll call.
"Yeah, well... no, not really" David replied "we chatted a bit during transit, the rest of you were too busy examining your feet for 15 hours straight" a teasing smirk growing across his face
"Douche!" the girl huffed "could
Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 4The Citadel was even more breathtaking than she'd remembered. She was glued in front of the small window as the transport made its approach. Hundreds of ships arriving and departing, the buzzing wards stretching out in all directions, a never ending display of life in their numerous skycar lanes. It's like a big anthill made of neon from up here. She gasped slightly as they flew by a large ship, Dreadnought class from the looks of it... she thought Alliance markings. For a moment she wished that she'd been assigned to a ship like that instead of a frigate, it was impressive, and they were the pride of the fleet after all. But something about serving on a ship with a crew the size of a small city was disconcerting. Besides, dreadnoughts never did anything fun anyway, they mostly just sat around guarding the Arcturus Stream.Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 43 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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The docks were full of life, people from every species in known space darting quickly to their destinations, military and civilians alike.
Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 1The transport shook rather violently as it reentered normal space and she exhaled the breath she hadn't realized she was holding. She was used to being in space, space wasn't the problem, but making a jump in a small transport was quite different than doing so in a ship of respectable size. She looked around the compartment and the faces told her that at least she wasn't alone, the apprehension lay thick.Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"First jump, blue?" Asked the lanky young human to her right, a small chuckle to his voice
"I'm an asari traveling on a transport from Earth, what do you think?" She snarled in response, regretting her tone almost immediately. The boy just stared at her, surprised.
"Sorry..." she sighed "just not used to making the jump in something as... unstable as this. Usually I'm on something more sturdy"
"Unstable?" he responded, banging the bulkhead with a smirk "Alliance' finest! Nothing but sweat, steel and quality. Size isn't everything." his smirk growing wider "Oh, I'm David by the way...
Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 8New Berlin really was, as Adams had put it, 'out in the ass-end of nowhere', or at the very least it did all that it could to look the part. The settlements scattering of prefab units, stacked on top of one another, were arranged in such a convoluted way that it couldn't possibly have been completely random, yet it lacked any hint of order and the planning behind it was impossible to comprehend. Shia briefly entertained the idea that the whole thing could be considered and art installation, if it wasn't for the dead bodies and looming danger of an ambush. The units themselves were in varying stages of disrepair, some fairly new and still retaining their white finish, while others were tattered and overgrown with vegetation.Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 83 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As they moved deeper into the settlement, the signs left from the fighting became ever more prominent as they entered areas where the citizens had apparently been able to mount some kind of defense. The air became thicker and hazed, the smoke from the small fires ar
Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 6Shia sat on the floor of the docking bay, resting her back against her duffel bag. It had grown considerably in size after she raided her parents apartment for anything belonging to her that she might want to take with her. In addition to some clothing, she'd also found a few books. She had to weed out most of them, books being heavy and bulky by nature, and in all honesty rather useless when you could fit a whole library in your omni-tool. Never the less, she'd always enjoyed the feel of one against her skin, the smell of chemically treated paper and ink. She'd eventually settled on the early 20th century edition of The Divine Comedy that grandma Hannah had given her when she turned fifteen. It was a ragged old thing, bound in leather that was now worn and threading in some places, and the gold colored inlays of the title now tinted towards black.Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 63 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Looking up, she studied the fine contours of the Narva outside the glass dome. It's so sleek in it's design. There's something...
Liara's VisitLiara/F-ShepardLiara's Visit3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She walked alone through the tall, wrought-iron gates as she had so many times before and into the lush, green reserve that bore the name Shepard's Park. The trees had grown so tall since the first time she came here. Back then they were just hastily planted saplings that only came up to her waist. Now they towered over her and shaded the people in the park from the hot afternoon sun. A light breeze stirred from the east and blew pleasantly in and around the trees rustling the leaves and branches. Liara couldn't help but smile as the cool breeze caressed her skin as she strolled towards the center of the sprawling park to the only building, the only construct on the three hundred acre lot.
Here and there people enjoyed the beautiful weather playing games, walking among the trees or having picnics as chirping birds looked down from the branches and dogs frolicked in the grass. Many took notice of her, bein
The Sheps, teen angst, love and understandingBioware owns Shep and Liara-I made up Elena and the girls!The Sheps, teen angst, love and understanding3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Eden Prime, 17 years after the destruction of the Reapers:
Ambassador Liara T'Soni-Shepard returned home and started preparing some after-school snacks for her children without even changing out of the traditional pure white with gold trim dress she wore to official functions.
Liara was happy and occasionally caught herself staring out the sliding kitchen doors that opened to the huge porch that over looked the big back yard which ended at the shores of the crystal clear glacial lake. A lake named Lake Shepard, much to her husband's chagrin. On the other side of the lake snow-capped mountains towered over everything, reaching into the clear, azure sky. It was breath-taking.
Her lithe figure moved gracefully around the kitchen as she gathered items and mentally ticked off nutritional values. She loved it when she got home in time to do this, but her duties usually held her
Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 7Shia woke up to a hissing sound, she was still sitting on the couch. She cocked her head a little to ease the stiffness in her neck. Jani was standing by her desk, no longer covered in her blanket, she had straightened her uniform out and pulled the light khaki veil over her head. She was rummaging through a small metal case, fiddling with a injector and a few small vials.Mass Effect: Legacy - Chapter 73 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Looking up at Shia, her eyes seemingly glowed even brighter than they had the night before, a smile crept across her face as she spoke "Sorry if I woke you up."
"It's alright." she said, leaning back again "Feeling any better?"
"Much. I still have a little bit of a fever, but this should take care of it." Jani replied, wiggling the injector in her hand, bringing it up to her neck and letting the stream make its way into her system with a hiss.
Shia nodded, trying very hard to to avoid staring at Janis neckline as she pulled the edge of her veil aside for the injection, but failing spectacularly. The quarian had her c
Zelda's 7 Minutes in Heaven"Hey Zelda will you play 7 minutes in heaven?" Shadow Link asked her, finally having found her; she'd been avoiding everyone at the party in Kokori forest, knowing this would come up.Zelda's 7 Minutes in Heaven3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Zelda had her back to him. "No."
"Aw c'mon Zelda" Shadow Link said.
Zelda folded her arms, "Why would I want to."
Shadow Link only had one reply. "Link's playing" knowing that Zelda had a big crush on his 'Good side'.
"Not Fair " She huffed and turned to him.
"So you in?"
She rolled her eyes and thought, 'well if I don't get Link I don't have to do anything inside that .' Then it hit her "Where would we play?" They were in the middle of the woods after all
Shadow laughed. "In Link's closet."
Of course She'd somehow forgotten about all of Kokori village. "Fine" She concluded.
Shadow grinned, "Great!" He yelled and ran off to tell everyone the princess was playing. Leaving her to traipse off after him, her long hair held above her head in a ponytail, and wearing simple clothing, having a
VI. SlumberIt passed half and a week after Lightning's return to the Guardian Corps' ranks, during which an unspoken daily routine was established between the two friends: in the morning both attended their work –Lightning woke up earlier than Hope– and they didn't come back home until evening; they usually had dinner together, but sometimes they were assigned night shifts and had to stay working until dawn, and when they came home the other one had already gone to work.VI. Slumber2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
There was so much to do, both in the Guardian Corps and the Academy. Hope and Lightning had no choice but to work exceptionally hard, and sometimes they didn't see each other in all day.
It was a weird situation, Hope thought one night in which Lightning was in an unplanned night shift and therefore he was alone at home. Knowing that his friend was near, solitude wasn't so harsh. But, even so, he felt a void those nights in which they didn't see each other at all.
In theory, it didn't have to be so. They were just fri
IV. SoldierAlthough the curtains covered the window, they were thin enough for the first morning sunrays to leak through them. Used for centuries to the dim gloom of Valhalla and then the not so bright sky of Novus Partus, Lightning woke up when the faint light touched her eyelids. It took a while for her to remember where she was, and smiled to herself when she heard Hope’s soft breathing beside her; she turned her head to him, and saw her friend back to her, wrapped in the sheets so she only could see part of his white shirt and the silver hair strands that covered his neck, longer and straighter than in his time as a teenager.IV. Soldier3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Lightning smiled briefly remembering how difficult had been to convince Hope to share the bedroom. He had always been gentle and shy, but over the years it seemed that those traits had led to a remarkable gallantry. As she assumed, Hope wasn’t trying to take advantage of her; in fact, he’d probably spent whole weeks apologizing if he accidentally touche
To The Heavens Soars The PhoenixIt couldn't be happening. It couldn't be!To The Heavens Soars The Phoenix2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Light! Please, Light, wake up!"
But, unfortunately for me, this nightmare was horribly real.
I didn't know what had happened yet, nor exactly where we were, or why I had lost consciousness. My last memory was the eyes of no less than five brutal monsters pouncing on me without warning…
… And in that moment, who knows how long after that, the first thing I saw upon waking up was Lightning collapsing on the ground covered by crystal dust, still clutching that divine gunblade, as beautiful and deadly… as its wielder.
I didn't care about being still dazed. Nor that at first my legs didn't obey me. Nothing that happened to me was important.
Lightning was wounded. That was all that mattered.
Somehow beyond my understanding I had managed to get by her side without falling down as well and knelt beside her. It was her, no doubt about it. She looked exactly the same as I remembered her, except for that shiny silver armor cov
III. HomeDespite all those years, decades, he spent in his house in Novus Partus, Hope had never thought about it as his home. It had been a long time since the last time the Director of the Academy felt rooted to a single place, since the moment when, at age fourteen, the fal’Cie and the Purge snatched away everything from him. After Cocoon’s fall, even though having lived a few years with his father, everything changed when he joined the Academy, because from that moment onwards his live was a constant going to and fro within expeditions in Gran Pulse, the different colleges and, after Serah and Noel showed up without prior notice in the Yaschas Massif, all the subsequent time travels that they had brought with them.III. Home3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Hope was shy and quiet; he never opened before the doors of his personal space to anyone at the first opportunity. So, although he didn’t feel his apartment of Academia as his home, it wasn’t easy for him to let Lightning in. It was an honor for the young
II. AcademiaThe trip from New Bodhum to Academia, the most important of all the cities around the former site of Cocoon’s crystal pillar, wasn’t supposed to take an excessive amount of time, but even so it took a few hours to reach the capital travelling in that decrepit airship. Of course, Novus Partus’ technology was far from what the Academy had come to make up on its golden age.II. Academia3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Because of this, when the metropolis finally appeared on the horizon, the sky had begun to show the pink colors of dawn. Hope watched sleepily the landscape through the small window; at his side, Lightning had fallen asleep almost since they left, and her head had found a foothold on her friend’s shoulder.
“Director”, the pilot said from the front seat; Hope looked up blinking, trying to snap out of his daze. “We’re reaching Academia. Where should I land?”
“Try on the closest landing spot to the Academy’s headquarters”, Hope said, smiling helplessl
Final Fantasy XIII-3 - The City Of Light - Part IBefore waking up from her long, long crystal slumber in the shrine of the deceased goddess Etro, Lightning Farron believed the world waiting her when her crystal stasis end would be a dying world, with no one who could relieve the painful loneliness she was going to feel.Final Fantasy XIII-3 - The City Of Light - Part I3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Although she'd have preferred her tongue being cut rather than admit it, Lightning feared loneliness. Her harshness towards the others was merely a way of trying to reach out to them. But at the same time, she also feared to be hurt by them, so she ended staying alone.
However, the young warrior felt she'd rather have chosen the solitude of a devastated world when she stepped out of the Etro's crystal throne room and she saw the huge city beneath the shrine.
Where am I?
It was a strange city, crawling with black and white tiles, full of artwork pieces everywhere, paved, jet-colored roads and snowy sidewalks. The buildings were a mixture of archaic and futuristic architecture, showing elegant balconies and elabo
I. PathIt had been a long time for that moment finally arrived. Months, years, centuries… during which the world had almost disappeared and shatter all dreams and hopes.I. Path3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
But, against all odds, it had arrived. Challenging fate, time and death itself, in a world that had just come back from a long illness caused by the Chaos of Valhalla.
The long-awaited wedding of Serah and Snow.
It was a beautiful though simple ceremony. There were not so many intact resources in the world and everything would take a long time to return the way it once was. Not to mention they had come back to the year 500AF, after Cocoon’s crystal pillar collapsed, and Bhunivelze no longer hung in the sky over Gran Pulse.
Fortunately, New Bodhum still was in one piece, and though it had grown since its construction, as they expected, it was still a small coastal village, calm and peaceful. The old NORA house was still there, and despite all the years that had passes, the couple would go back to their home.
Final Fantasy XIII-3 - The City Of Light - Part IIAlthough every day, at the same hour, he made the same route to the same end, the young Hope Estheim never imagined that his prayers would've been heard after all those years of absolute silence.Final Fantasy XIII-3 - The City Of Light - Part II3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Every time dusk arrived and the citizens went back to their homes, safe from the vicious monsters that appeared when night fell over the world, Hope was the only one who dared to leave his home and walk the dark streets towards Etro's shrine's square holding a beautiful rose in his hands.
In his opinion, no monster would prevent him from going up the staircase to watch that beautiful though sad image he longed so much.
I won't let anyone to seize from me the few things from her I still have, let alone preventing me from saying her I'll never forget her.
Despite being a sacred place, the people of the city didn't feel any respect for Etro's shrine; the square used to be deserted, specially at that late hour, so Hope didn't often find any obstacle to visit the crystal throne's chamber wit
Modern Day Zelda: Part TwoOne describing word for the closet, small, really, really small. They were pressed chest to chest, nose to nose, until they pressed themselves back to back in the closet, and it gave them a few more inches between each other. "I'm not kissing you" Zelda said, nervous, breathless, unsure whether she wanted to or not.Modern Day Zelda: Part Two3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Link smiled, "I wasn't expecting you to."
Zelda smiled back, "Good." And she hugged him; he was stiff, but then loosened a bit and hugged her back, confused, they remained like that for awhile, then Link finally asked. "Why ? He asked, "Why not? I can hug a friend can't I?" She said smiling uncertainly. "Yeah.." His voice died...friend... She leaned in, but then tore herself back. "Wait" she whispered and looked away from him. Link looked rejected, but his face turned when the door opened and he understood, Zelda didn't want to be seen kissing him, it would be gossiped about for weeks at their school.
Shadow Link's face was comical with his disappointed look, "You guys
Modern Day Zelda: 7MIHOHZelda put on her hat, it was grey with gold buttons, and it was made to look frayed with small rips that didn't matter against wearing it. She was getting ready to go to a party, it seemed like everyone was going to be there. So she dressed "nice" grabbing a gold tank top, and shorts. She put them on and laced her belt through the loops before buckling it in front of her. She looked at her reflection in the mirror and shrugged before picking up her cell phone and dialing Impa, because she, unlike everyone her, had a car. It rang for a few moments before you heard Impa's voice "Hello?"Modern Day Zelda: 7MIHOH3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Hey Impa you going to tonight's party?" She asked brightly.
"Yep" Impa's voice came in reply.
"Great! Do you think you can take me when you go? I can walk to your house." She asked
"Sure Zelda, come over soon though I'm getting ready to leave."
"Right, on my way" She said and hung up.
She put her phone in her pocket and raced out the door, making her way at a steady pace towards Impa's home.
When she ha
One Chance Lightning cringes as Snow barrels through the door, sweeping Serah up into his arms and pressing their faces close in a kiss. To see her baby sister act like that with her only feet away, it makes her want to pull her hair out. It's not that she isn't happy for her, but all the lovey-dovey romance the two go through on a daily basis isn't helping. While they're caught up in themselves she leaves the couch and slips out the back door unnoticed.One Chance3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Ever since the two got married, all three have lived together until Snow can either afford his own place or Lightning just gives them hers out of pure frustration with him. At this point Lightning is about to go with the latter. Which is why she finds herself walking until she finds herself at Hope's doorstep. He's been there for her through it all and then he was just a little kid. Now, he's a man. She shakes her head at the thought, long pink hair swaying with the movement.
Fighting for Eden CH1: OstagarFighting for Eden CH1: Ostagar3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
How did this happen? she wondered as she finally fell on the hard ground and looked into the night sky. Quietly she flexed her ankles as she stared hopelessly at the stars. She had hardly eaten since they had escaped the raid on her home, every time she closed her eyes she could see them. Her mother and father huddled on the floor. She heard the older man talking, but she didn't have the heart to listen. She knew she should, that her duty was to the Grey Wardens now, but the anguish in her heart was eating away at her. It's okay to mourn you isn't it? At least for one day let me push my duty aside she thought as she rolled onto the floor.
Her mind was her own personal prison. The images of her past constantly flooded her mind as guilt weighed down on her heart. She had always felt something was wrong with Arl Howe, that he was never a man to be trusted. She had tried to tell her father of her thoughts before, but he would have nothing of it.
"You need to eat " the ma