Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs KaidanEntry 1Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs Kaidan4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
The Normandy. Walking her decks for the first time two years ago sent chills up my spine. Good chills. Like the kind you get when you meet someone and know immediately that sooner or later you'll wake up in the same bed. Like the kind I got the first time I met Kaidan Alenko. Only with the Normandy, I knew it was love. With Kaidan, well, it's been two years.
You've asked me more than once to write down my memories, Miranda. Search for gaps. Not that I'd tell you if I found any. If you thought the project you poured yourself into for so long had turned out anything less than perfect, I've no doubt you'd take it as a personal affront. Might even try to go back in and correct the flaw.
Okay, bad joke. We may have gotten off to a shaky start but I've come to realize you care about things more deeply than you'll ever admit. And you helped save Garrus. So I owe you. And so I'll write.
Garrus. Now that brings back memories. The first time I saw him sta
Garrus ReflectsMy investigation into Saren included access to the personnel files of the entire Normandy crew, but even without reading her dossier I would have known who Shepard was the moment she walked into the Presidium. She was one of those rare individuals who wear authority like a second skin. It showed in the way she was aware of everything around her while at the same time focusing on her goal. In the way her squad followed behind her, falling naturally into their support roles. You respected her not because of her rank or because some regulation said you had to, but because the indefinable energy she radiated gave you no choice but to believe in her. And I soon came to learn first-hand the power of that silent synergy she formed with everyone around her.Garrus Reflects4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Now, sitting in her cabin, watching her sleep, I think back to those early days. All the things they said about me were true. I was idealistic, hot-headed, impulsive, definitely a shoot first ask questions later kind of guy. I hated injusti
Frankie - Chapter 1An erratic breeze blew the leather duster away from his legs before snapping it back again as Garon stood surveying the ally below from his vantage point at the roof's edge. Demons. A Wyvern leading six Brutes, huge manlike creatures capable of throwing a car as easily as most men threw a baseball. Apparently his sister was trying to send a message.Frankie - Chapter 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Most of them carried blades, but he knew their boar-like tusks were every bit as deadly as their daggers and in a fight they preferred to gore or crush their opponents rather than stab them. Standing among them, the Wyvern with his slight, sinewy frame looked almost childlike, his blue-black hair falling straight and long to his ankles where a sudden light gust caused it to undulate around his legs in an eerie pantomime of Garon's duster.
He toyed with the idea of fighting them with fangs and claws. The battle would be viscerally satisfying but impractical considering how many there were. He had to concede that this time it would be better
Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs KaidanEntry 4Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs Kaidan4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
I know you saw what happened via the security cams in your office, Miranda. Too bad you didn't make it down, I think you might have enjoyed it.
Since we set aside part of the cargo hold to be used as a sparring ring, Grunt and Garrus have often made use of it but today I was the one who needed it. I know you know about the letter Kaidan sent me. (No need to pretend otherwise, now is there?) Well, at first I was happy to hear from him. Ecstatic, actually. And that happiness lasted through the first three read thru's. I should have stopped at three because unfortunately the more I read his note, the angrier I became. On Horizon he yelled at me for not contacting him. Hell, until that day I couldn't even find him. All his links were blocked, though by Cerberus or the Alliance or both I have no idea, and no one up to then would even give me a hint about his location. Then he admits he knew I was alive? And he was just there to see if the rumors of my working with Cerberu
Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs KaidanEntry 5Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs Kaidan4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
I've no doubt the entire ship knows Garrus came to my cabin last night, and like the rest, I'm sure you're wondering what happened. (Bless Edi and the privacy veil she gave us.) He left a short while ago to run a final set of calibrations before we hit the relay, so I may as well gather my thoughts while I can.
I won't bore you with the details, suffice to say we took our time - knowing full well this might be the only opportunity we would ever have to be together. At first it was enough just to touch but slowly we began to learn about each other, explore our differences as well as our similarities. There were a few awkward moments and a lot of laughter but no embarrassment. And when we were ready, that first time was very slow and very gentle as we connected and bonded in ways I never would have thought possible. The second time was for fun and the third time, when he finally got it through that thick mass of plates that passes for a head that he wasn't going to hurt me, we bo
After The Reapers"Shepard! Shepard thank the spirits I found you. No wait, don't move. Just hold on, help will be here soon."After The Reapers4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
She felt the small sharp sting of a medigel pen. Once, twice, three times. She didn't need to open her eyes to recognize his voice, but she needed to see him. "Garrus? How? I saw you escape in the Normandy."
"And leave my best girl behind? Never happen."
Had it just been a dream? Wishful thinking? All she wanted was for him to be safe. "Are you okay?"
"I'm fine, but you took some bad hits. Don't move. I've stopped most of the bleeding but I'm out of medigel."
He chuckled. "Yeah, I guess you have." He tried her omnitool, but it was as useless as his own. "Our communications are out but I'm sure they'll find us soon enough."
"I'm not sure. I remember fighting next to you when we were hit with a blast that sent the entire team flying. Knocked me out cold. I don't know how long I was out but when I came to there was some sort of barri
Frankie - Chapter 5They were quiet as they strolled through the rose garden, the early evening air still playing a subtle melody of fragrance around them as they made their way to the small fountain and benches that rested in its center. Garon turned to look at her, marveling at how the discrete lighting that caused the water to sparkle and dance also brought a glow to her face, a face that even now stole the breath from his lungs. His hands longed to reach out and brush back the errant strand of hair that had slipped out of place, but he knew one touch would never be enough and he kept his hands still, waiting for her to speak first.Frankie - Chapter 53 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Kari sat on one of the benches and waited until Garon did the same. "Thank you for seeing me tonight."
"You need only ever call."
"I know. Thank you. But I would never abuse our friendship that way."
He smiled, a little self-mockingly. Friendship? Perhaps. But only in that he would do anything for her. "Daniel knows you're here?"
"Sneaking around isn't my style, Garon."
A Shadowed Heart - Chapter 1Darkness. A void so absolute it was alive, its tortured heartbeat measured by the slow erratic splash of water echoing in the distance. Somewhere lost within its bowels a hand reached out in question, but finding only rough, damp stone, it jerked quickly away before tentatively reaching out again. Cautiously a woman slowly pulled herself up but the darkness was so all-encompassing that for a moment there was a feeling of vertigo as her senses struggled to find a reference point.A Shadowed Heart - Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She didn't know where she was or why she was there. But even as the questions formed, thought gave way to instinct and survival demanded she move. With one hand on the wall she inched her way toward the echoing water, her bare feet feeling out each hesitant step. In places the passage was so narrow the stones tore at her threadbare shift, but she pushed her way through and pressed on.
Thoughts, disorganized and scattered, swirled through her mind until one rose up to tear a scream from her throat. A name. What
Isral's Sky - Chapter 1"River, what in the world are you doing?"Isral's Sky - Chapter 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Hey, Sky, check it out. I was digging around the Coven's archives and found this really wicked spell book. Figured I'd give some of the spells a try, just for kicks, you know? Never thought they'd work but so far every one of them has. This last one is a summoning spell of some sort, so I figured, why not?"
Sky's brother continued to place candles around the pentagram he had drawn on their basement floor, carefully lighting each wick and murmuring incantations even as he chewed and popped his bubble gum.
"What spell book?"
"Over on the table. Have a look. And don't stress, I promise to take it back first thing Monday morning. I've already been through almost every spell book they have there, but this one's just way different. Actually," he paused, sprinkling a final ingredient before lighting another candle, "it's really cool."
Sky picked up the book and froze. It was one of the spell books that had been written and distributed a few years ear
Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs KaidanEntry 2Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs Kaidan4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Ah, the Citadel. Still a hotbed of hypocrisy. I played nice with the Council even though I felt like popping them all with a big fat singularity. They threatened to put me on trial for treason. Treason! After all I did for them. Hell, I died for them. It's not like I asked Cerberus to bring me back. As I recall, I didn't have much say in the matter. One minute I'm savior of the Citadel and the next I'm public enemy number one. Well, at least the clenched teeth and frozen smile got my Specter status reinstated; with the small caveat I stay out of this part of the galaxy.
And Anderson. Yes I owe him a lot, and yes, I still respect the man. But he dodged my questions saying only that Kaidan was on assignment but that he couldn't tell me where. Classified, he said. Couldn't say more as long as I was working for Cerberus, he said. And he even had the gall to have Kaidan's picture sitting out on his desk. Go ahead Anderson, punch me in the gut. I'm a big girl, I can take i
Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs KaidanEntry 3Choices of the Heart: Garrus vs Kaidan4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Everyone's been trying to get into my head. You, Kelly, even Joker, although he was just trying to make me feel better. Not easy for an avowed "not a people person", person but his intentions were good. I know it's your job to keep tabs on my mental state but relax, I'm fine. It just took a little time for me to sort it out.
Horizon. It would be our first opportunity to engage the enemy directly and a chance to test Mordin's seeker swarm defense. And then I was given the additional intel that Kaidan was there under orders from the Alliance. Mentally I filed it as part of the mission. There wasn't time to do anything else.
They hit us almost as soon as we landed but Mordin's theories were sound and our defenses held. The first few waves of husks fell under our counter assault, giving us a moment to look around and asses our enemy. That's when the panic hit. All around us were colonists held in stasis, some still frozen in place, others already sealed in those horrifying containm
After The Reapers - Epilogue: A Final GoodbyeA smile lit up her face as Joker and EDI came in. Dear Joker, in his own way he had always been as faithful to her as Garrus.After The Reapers - Epilogue: A Final Goodbye4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"Hey, Commander. Laying down on the job again, I see. Though I gotta admit you look a lot better than you did the last time I saw you laid out."
"You saw me when Cerberus was putting me back together?"
"Yeah. When they approached me about flying for them they tried to win me over by telling me you were alive but under their care. I told them to quit blowing smoke up my " he glanced at EDI who was watching him with the quizzical way she had when she was trying to understand a human idiom, "uh, I accused them of lying. Anyway, they took me to the facility where they were rebuilding you."
She grimaced. "Jacob once told me I was nothing but meat and tubes when they brought me in."
"That's an understatement. This was about a year after the Normandy went down and there were at least a hundred machines keeping you alive, but at least you looked like you. To prove
Frankie - Chapter 9"GiGi!"Frankie - Chapter 93 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Two bodies ran toward him, arms out, auburn pigtails flying. Garon scooped them up and scowled his darkest scowl as their arms and legs wrapped around him.
"GiGi? What manner of impertinence is this? I am Lord High Ruler of the entire Vampire Nation. You will address me with the decorum my position demands."
Still holding onto him, Jess and Sara looked at each other, grinning broadly. As was their habit they spoke in tandem, finishing one another's sentences.
"He's right, you know. We really should call him "
" Your GiGi Highness."
At their giggles, he shook his head. "Cheeky urchins. Such insolence toward the Crown cannot go unpunished. To the dungeons." It was an old game, but they still squealed in delighted terror as he warped them into the deepest part of his cellar. "Curses, it appears all the cells are full. To the tower then." They shrieked and clung even tighter when they found themselves at the castle's highest point, the wind whipping through the open arche
After The Reapers - Epilogue Part 1 (by request)With Garrus holding her on one side and Wrex on the other, she managed to limp forward, her head held high. The medics hurried forward but she waved them off, there were others that needed their help more than she did. Cheers surrounded them but the crowd parted of its own accord as Admiral Anderson came striding toward them.After The Reapers - Epilogue Part 1 (by request)4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"I don't know how you pulled it off, but you did it, Shepard. Communications are back up and reports are flooding in from all over the galaxy." He took her from her two companions, wrapping her into a bear hug. He didn't even try to hide the tears in his voice. "You did good, child."
"Just doing my job, sir." It was the last thing she remembered saying before her world went black.
Shepard opened her eyes to see Miranda hovering above her. There was a moment of déjà vu and panic set in as she struggled to sit up, only to be pushed gently back onto the bed.
"Relax, Shepard. You're at Huerta Memorial Hospital. You've only been out for a few days. I promise.
Frankie - Chapter 3Frankie entered the library and glanced quickly around before perching herself on the slightly too tall, uncomfortably stiff, high-backed chair in front of Garon's desk. As he seemed to be rather engrossed in whatever it was he was doing, she decided she would sit quietly and wait patiently until he was ready to acknowledge her. Unfortunately, as usual, her patience was incapable of exceeding the twenty second mark and for a moment she toyed with the idea of swinging her legs until her toes kicked his desk, but then admitted that the beautifully crafted piece of furniture probably didn't deserve that kind of treatment, tempting as the thought was.Frankie - Chapter 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Do you know you're one of the richest men in the world?"
He continued to work on the papers in front of him, not bothering to look up. "The richest, actually."
"Oh really? So why do all the polls list you around number 20?"
"My status would be common knowledge if they could track all of my assets. Which they can't." He signed a few more docu
Frankie - Chapter 6Kari could see Trax's red eyes glowing through the window nearest the front door as he watched her pull up. They disappeared as soon as her hand turned the doorknob, and as usual she found his huge paws on her shoulders as the rough tongue removed what little makeup she was wearing in one wet kiss.Frankie - Chapter 63 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Okay, I love you, too. Down."
He immediately complied and she stroked his head, scratching the thick fur behind his ears with one hand as she as grabbed a tissue from the nearby table with the other. She wiped her face and out of habit checked the answering machine next to her phone. Her inability to use wireless devices was annoying but they'd discovered years ago that there was an anomaly to her air magic that blocked the signals. She knew Frankie was trying to find a way around it before hard-wired electronics became completely obsolete, but for now the only thing she'd been able to do for her was modify the phone's ringer so that only Kari with her inherited werewolves' senses could hea
Edge of Dawn - Chapter 26There was a lot of hugging and kissing and backslapping and hand shaking and everyone treated her like another member of the family. They finally found Big Jim and Daniel's mother, Rebecca. Jim reminded Kari a lot of her own father, at least in size. But while Jake was quiet and reserved, Big Jim was all hearty openness. He hugged them both and then hugged his son again for good measure and Kari realized that it had probably been awhile since Daniel had last been home. Rebecca was a tall woman with a warm smile and the same beautiful brown eyes as Daniel. Kari liked her immediately.Edge of Dawn - Chapter 263 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Why don't you put Kari in your room, dear, and you can stay with Joshua. I'm afraid all the guest rooms have already been taken and Frankie is sharing her room with some friends she brought from college."
"That'll be great, Mom. Come on Kari, I'll show you around."
She followed him as he carried their bags up the stairs and down one of the long halls.
"I hate that I'm putting you out of your room, Daniel."
Edge of Dawn - Chapter 16She slept, a thankfully dreamless sleep, until the brittle ring of the phone woke her.Edge of Dawn - Chapter 164 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Kari, it's Sky. I'm at home and something's wrong with Cargo. I need your help."
"I'll be right there. What's the matter?"
"I don't know, but it's not good. I'm scared, Kari. I never thought I'd say this, but you need to come armed."
She threw on her clothes then ran downstairs to reload her .357 revolver. She didn't bother with extra ammunition. If six silver coated hollow points couldn't do the job then they were all in big trouble but she prayed it wouldn't come to that. She made the trip to Sky's in record time and found her standing in the middle of her kitchen, arms wrapped around herself and sobbing. Kari hugged her hard, waiting for the tears to slow.
"Something got to him, Kari. He's not Cargo anymore."
"What do you mean?"
"It's all my fault," her voice was torn with anguish. "I, I took him with me to the old schoolhouse this morning when I went back to place the aversion w
Frankie - Chapter 8"So whadaya think?" Frankie looked over at Drake who had been sitting next to her as she'd run though all the new software they would be working with.Frankie - Chapter 83 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I'd say you were brilliant, but I know how much your shy, demure side hates being complimented."
"In this case I'll make an exception because you know what? I am brilliant. The level of tracking software I've set up would normally only be available on a government level, but when you have unlimited funds and someone smart enough to actually know how to use the tools," she shrugged. "Let's just say that Garon's going to be flooded with more information than he'll know what to do with. Lucky for him I gave him a toolset with about a gazillion different filters so he should be able to pick out all the good bits."
"And if I understood you correctly, you've already preinstalled everything onto the new servers we'll be setting up at each location. And there are also certain aspects of your programs that act almost like viruses. Which means th
El huaso del Mapocho 18-Voh me prometiste algo - le decía el chileno, mientras sonreía y jugueteaba con el pasto.El huaso del Mapocho 1811 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
El argentino, recostado al otro lado del árbol, ambos sin verse, buscaba la mano del huasito cada vez que la veía asomarse para tirar el pasto.
-Te lo daré en cuanto encontremos una tienda, pibe.
-No, hueon. Prometiste que nunca me harían algo.
Para cuando Martín abrió los ojos, primero vio el techo encima suyo y reconoció estar en una habitación, cuando ladeó su mirada, buscando a Tiare, tan solo se encontró con Sebas, quien, dormido, reposaba en la cama de al lado, con una venda mojada en la cabeza.
Y a su derecha, se encontró con Antonio.
En un comienzo encontró que la situación era de lo más normal. No cayó en la cuenta de que el español ya estaba con ellos y que el resto del grupo de expedición también esperaban el momento en que los dos primos despertaran.
Pero entonces, luego de recordar su
Edge of Dawn - Chapter 2Kari turned and forgot to breath. Maybe it was the adrenaline still raging through her system but the world suddenly narrowed until nothing else existed except the man walking toward her. He was handsome, extraordinarily so, but it wasn't just his physical appearance that stopped her. Something about him she couldn't explain reverberated through her being and for the second time in a too short day, feelings and emotions she hadn't experienced in years flared to life. Flustered, she gave a quick beseeching look to her friend.Edge of Dawn - Chapter 24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sky obliged by weaving a glamour over her, concern still plain on her face but now tempered with an appraising smile. "Gotta say, that man is hot."
"That man is a police officer and he's going to think we're responsible for what happened here." Unable to help herself, Kari sighed. "Why don't men like that ever show up when you have a flat tire?"
"Because those kind of men always turn out to be ax murderers. Which you'd know if you'd go to the movies occasionally. B
The Soft War - Chapters 1 and 2The Soft War - Chapters 1 and 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Staccato bursts echoed among crumbling brick walls, then faded to silence.
"Freaking neurots," he grumbled.
"...a small band of renegades escaped the quarantine area this morning and managed to make it into the Buffer Zone. They carried ancient projectile weapons, but were quickly apprehended before they could enter the city. No citizens of Shore were harmed..."
With a sideways finger flick, Torbin muted the holographic projection hanging just in front of him. There was a light pressure against the finger, as if pushing a lever.
He continued to monitor a dozen news channels nearly simultaneously, periodically changing the volumes, or pausing some to concentrate on others. The movements of his hands and fingers were merely a blur. He felt vibrations, textures. Images coalesced, to be stored...somewhere. There was little distinction between mind and global library.
A pulsing hum in his ear indi
Un juego de penitenciaMartín paró en esa disco para tomarse un tiempo con sus amigos antes de tener que regresar a la Universidad.Un juego de penitencia1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
Estaba con Sebastián y Luciano tomando birras hasta más no poder cuando el argentino perdió la apuesta establecida de no perder ni una sola gota del vaso. Por un tambaleo en su lugar, cayó la mitad del contenido.
-Flaco, tenés que pagar - sonrió Sebas con malicia.
-Eu cacho que debe hacer algo ridículo - opinó Luciano.
-¿Posta? Martín nació haciendo el ridículo.
-Eh, pará, Sebas, decime qué debo hacer.
Los dos compañeros del argentino miraron en todos los rincones de la disco, desde la pista de baile y entonces captaron la barra donde se servían los tragos.
Se miraron al mismo tiempo.
-Ya - dijo Sebas, como si hubiese tenido una conversación por telepatía con Luciano.
-Martín - habló Luciano -. Tienes que ir a hablar con él.
Apuntó con su vaso a un muchacho del
A nosotros dos...Cuando Martín le dice que ya no dan para más, Manuel queda literalmente destrozado.A nosotros dos...11 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Es decir, siempre intentó ser simpático y menos hueon para caerle bien, trataba de omitir su burla hacia las malvinas o hablar de los ingleses no era de su interés, simplemente porque quería atraer al rubio y caerle bien. ¿En qué falló?
Recuerda perfectamente que incluso asistió al partido del Tincho el mismo día que se celebraba en su casa el aniversario de sus padres y se escapó con éxito solo para alentarlo cuando aún ni siquiera eran pareja, sino solo amigos.
Recuerda que incluso dejó el cigarro porque Martín le decía que eso lo iba a matar y no quería separarse de su lado. Así, tal cual, y fue él quien lo dejó primero.
Y Manuel sufre, porque él había sido su primera vez en todo, literalmente en todo. Nunca antes había amado tanto a alguien como para dejar tantas juntas famil