It Takes Time: Part IShepard is signing books when the assassin hits.It Takes Time: Part I3 years ago in Romance More Like This
He sees it out of the corner of his eye-
the flash of a gun,
the curl of fingers.
He's out of practice.
Slower than usual.
But he's been Alliance for longer than he's been retired,
and his reflexes kick in anyway,
turning over the table,
pushing the woman in front of him down,
dropping to the floor himself.
He hears the gun fire.
He rolls, using the table for cover.
Rattled thoughts ram through his brain.
What the fuck-
Who the hell-
Are you kidding me?
He wishes he had his gun,
and as he glances around for something useful,
his thoughts become more orderly.
There's only one exit.
If I can find a way to move the civilians out-
no, not enough time.
Gotta take him down.
Fuck, I need backup!
As if in answer to a prayer-
not that Shepard believes in those,
he hears a familiar voice.
His hand snaps
Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 1Hope and a Fighting Chance, Chap. 13 years ago in Drama More Like This
Let him go!
Hold on, Kaidan...
Don't give up... saved my life, and I can't... Oh Goddess... Please pull through, Kaidan... We all need you, but Shepard... I'll go see how he's doing... be right back... better not go anywhere...
Hey Kaidan... Don't know if you can hear me... take my chances... Don't die, Kaidan... You've got to fight... need you in this... I could use you... Come on Kaidan, fight... that's an order...
Back when... fought Saren... glimpse of Shepard's mind... just the way he looks at you... seen you look back... Shepard... his main reason to fight... lost so much already... Please live, Kaidan, for his sake as much as yours... You're a good friend... care for yo
DinnerDinner2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Commander Shepard looked out the window of the apartment at the Armax Arsenal Combat Arena just across the strip, although not really seeing it. While his eyes scoped the holographic lettering of the building, his mind was combing the bulge of the right pocket of his favorite jacket: an N7-themed black cotton hooded jacket that harkened back to 20th and 21st century fashion. Reaching his callused hand into the pocket, he pulled out what it so contained: a black velvet case that contained one of the most special purchases he hoped he would ever make.
As his fingers unconsciously stroked the soft velvet, Shepard thought about the man the contained was intended for. He had known the man for a few years now, but only recently did he realize he had deep feelings for him. A few weeks ago, Shepard got to sit down with him at Apollo Café on the Presidium so they could relax and talk over lunch and drinks. Before they gave themselves the chance to order, his love said something that made
Flashes - Part IFlashes - Part I3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Warning, it's a M/M (Kaidan Alenko/M!Shep) FanFic, turn around if you don't like such pairings.
This is the fourth part of my ME fanfic series, the first can be found in the description. Enjoy!
They say your life flashes in front of your eyes before you die.
I always wondered if that was true. And what would I see, what scenes would Kaidan Alenko The Highlights be made of? I don't know if there would be much personal stuff, like spending evenings with my parents in Vancouver, looking at the sun setting and painting the sky in all possible shades of red, a cool Canadian lager in one hand. Maybe I would live through my first kiss again, my first time having sex although these two might not be considered highlights.
Or maybe there would be my time in the Brain Camp. Rahna and the other kids. Making out hidden in secret spots to avoid the teachers, throwing each
One of those thingsIt’s one of those things where it hits Kaidan full on, right over the head.One of those things2 years ago in Romance More Like This
One of those things where he doesn’t even see it coming,
but then it’s there,
and it’s so sudden that he’s taking a step back to steady his wobbling.
out of all the things they could be doing when it happens.
Shepard’s at the stove,
with the steak,
and Kaidan’s chopping onions,
one eye on the knife
and the other eye on Shepard
because knowing him,
the whole thing could go up in flames right under his nose
and he still wouldn’t notice.
They’ve started cooking together, recently.
Shepard asked him if he would mind giving a few lessons,
and Kaidan couldn’t say no-
Shepard’s abilities in the kitchen are horrific, to say the least,
and so his willingness to learn is welcome.
it’s been teaching them to relax.
To kick off their shoes and do something normal, for once.
The first few lessons didn’t actually go anyw
It Takes Time: Part IIIThey tell him that his name is Spectre Major Kaidan Alenko.It Takes Time: Part III2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
That he served the Alliance for a good portion of his life.
That he teaches biotics down at the Alliance headquarters in Canada.
That he's been shot in the head.
A few days ago.
Maybe a week.
"At least I'm up and kicking, yeah?"
He always was positive.
They tell him that, too.
He hasn't forgotten everything.
He remembers the Normandy.
It's not those things that he's confused over.
It's the people.
for the most part-
and the aliens.
she introduces herself.
"Dr. Liara T'soni.
You were a part of the team that rescued me-"
He breaks in eagerly.
"-on Therum, right?
You were on Therum."
She looks surprised,
"You remember me?"
remember saving you.
He doesn't know how to explain it.
He remembers saving her.
He remembers the assets she brought to the team.
But he can't,
for the life of
Worth Living For, Act I, Chap 1Worth Living For, Act I, Chap 13 years ago in Drama More Like This
The Commander was crazy - completely, utterly crazy. He'd trained and fought alongside vanguards before, but this Could this even be called fighting?
It was more like watching a giant freight train striking down everything in its path! To tell the truth, Kaidan had no idea that biotics could even be used in such a way.
One second, the Commander was standing right next to them, giving his orders and assessing the situation - the next, he was gone! Vanished! All he could see was their enemies in the distance flying all over the place as a result of his ridiculously powerful biotic charge, followed by a full blown nova knocking back attackers in a massive arc of biotic energy.
And then, there Marco Shepard was knee deep in geth and husks, shields depleted, shooting them at close range with his shotgun or delivering a few well placed punches if they ever got too close.
Kaidan had tried to assist
ME: the uses of heroesTitle: the uses of heroesME: the uses of heroes5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Game: Mass Effect
characters: Kaidan, Shepard, Joker
Disclaimer: If I owned Mass Effect things would be different.
"Did you know they used you in the recruitment ads?"
"Give me a minute."
"Okay." And Joker sat down next to one of the railings keeping the stars at bay and closed his eyes because he'd seen her too. He didn't need a second look.
Kaiden needed the second look. (He hadn't gotten it over Alchera, after all.) Joker watched Kaidan's boots walk away. Poor lovestruck biotic.
Not that it wasn't weird seeing her face up on that hologram, advertising Honor and Duty and the Alliance. Not that there wasn't something wrong about the fact that the recruiters were using her. She'd sold her body to t
Someday You Will Be Loved Ch. 1Someday You Will Be Loved Ch. 13 years ago in Romance More Like This
Avert your eyes.
Avert your eyes.
Look away now; before he catches you staring!
You're such an idiot Markus. Such an... damn it.
"I, uh..." Want you. I want you to press me up against the wall, kiss me violently, confess to me that you've always known how I felt, that you've always felt the same way, confess that you've always wanted me the way I want you, as much as I want you. I want to marry you, settle down somewhere and adopt a bunch of kids and love happily ever after. I want- "Could you go up to the bridge and ask Joker how we're doing? I'll get up there in a minute."
Kaidan looked confused at him for a moment before nodding, "Yeah, sure."
It took all of Markus' willpower not to grab the lieutenant and pull him against himself as he left to take to elevator up from the cargo bay.
Eventually you'll have to get over him, Markus. He's not gay. It'll never happen, no matter how much you wish for it.
Even though he'd known thi
Hell of a rideHe’s watching the old vids again.Hell of a ride2 years ago in Romance More Like This
The vids of that day.
Watches the lightning crackle through the Reaper’s metal frames.
Watches them stiffen, shift.
Watches as they move.
Crashing to the ground.
into a veil of dust
as they hit the ground.
It’s a miracle.
The cries of realization,
the light in the eyes of the soldiers.
The unbelieving grins,
the whoops as they send the remaining husks into oblivion.
It’s a miracle,
one of them says,
young and clean-shaven and happy,
with blood smeared on his armor
and his forehead glistening with sweat.
The vid skips to the parade they’d scrambled together,
hasty and under-prepared,
but big all the same.
Teenagers making out.
hell, we’ve earned a little shore leave.
And there was one face on every billboard,
one name on everyone’s lips,
one man in everyone’s thoughts.
After the parade
It Takes Time: Part V"He's gonna go insane,"It Takes Time: Part V2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
setting down a plate of huevos in front of Cortez
and wiping his hands off on his pants.
"Man, and I already thought he was loco."
Cortez watches as Vega turns back to the stove,
dumping the still-warm pan into the sink.
"You gonna do anything about it, Esteban?"
speaking around a forkful of eggs.
"Don't know what to do, James.
I can't tell Shepard to tell Kaidan,
because he won't.
And I can't tell Kaidan,
because Shepard'll kill me.
I'm not really seeing a third option here."
Vega turns on the sink,
hot water on full blast and soap pooling on the sponge as he scrubs at the pan.
"Maybe you don't need to...tell him,"
"Not straight out, at least.
hint at the facts.
Be the cricket on his shoulder, or whatever."
Cortez stabs at another chunk of egg.
"What, you mean...
Vega glances at him from over his big shoulders,
throwing a wink his way.
"I didn't say that.
Meet the Parents: Part IISHEPARDMeet the Parents: Part II3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It's a hell of a first impression
when the people you most want to impress
come home to find you making out with their son pinned against the wall.
It doesn't help that Kaidan's blushing.
This is the most awkward silence
I have ever experienced.
Kaidan's mom's face is unreadable.
Kaidan's dad's face is thunderstruck.
Kaidan gestures to me.
He clears his throat.
"This is Commander Shepard,"
and his blush deepens even further.
Something kicks in.
I don't know if it's from years of defying others,
or just another one of my act-fast, think-later instincts.
But I yank Kaidan closer to me
and slide an arm around his waist.
"Kaidan and I are getting married,"
I say unabashedly,
like it's no big deal,
and Kaidan's mom's eyes get so big
I think they might burst.
"We stopped by and you weren't here,"
I tell them.
says Kaidan's mom faintly.
What you need"Kaidan,"What you need3 years ago in Romance More Like This
staticky over the intercom,
and in that one word,
I know something's wrong.
"Kaidan, can you...
can you come down here?"
His voice is quiet.
Breathed into the comlink.
And pleading with me.
"I'm coming, Shepard."
I'm already moving,
taking the turns through the hallways towards his quarters.
I don't ask what it is.
I already know.
Everyone on the ship knows.
Shepard's locked himself in his room a grand total of one time,
and that was after the destruction of Earth.
this is Earth all over again.
I tried to go to him before.
In the hours after we'd boarded, I'd went to his room,
only to find it locked tight and refusing to budge.
I'd called his name,
banging on the metal with my fist.
and when that didn't work,
I resorted to
He still didn't answer.
I was worried,
but I stopped trying after a few days.
I knew he'd come around eventually.
And I guess I was right.
The Captive (John Shepard x James Vega)Of all the spineless, cowardly, miserable bureaucratic political bullcrap the Alliance had pulled in the past, this took the damn cake. Why didn’t they just dishonorably discharge him? At this rate, that’s where he was headed anyway. They already gave him a damn medal for his supposed heroics, but were quick to dismiss them behind his back and criticize them as though they were acts of terrorism to be evaluated. Alright granted, he might be willing to admit he didn’t have the best track record lately; and maybe having shore leave after that mission a few months ago on Omega was probably not the best of ideas, but he never wanted to pick a fight with Batarians…Honestly how was he supposed to know that relations between them had nearly exploded into a thousand pieces, the Alliance didn’t tell him anything. He was given a promotion and a pat on the back to shut him up, and now he was being firmly kicked aside where this new promotion wouldn’t even be oThe Captive (John Shepard x James Vega)2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
ME3: Don't leave me behind... Don't leave me behind...ME3: Don't leave me behind...2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
A plea. From a broken man. Heart splitting into pieces, those pieces falling, shimmering in the faint light of love as each section reflected a moment shared in passion or closeness or intimacy or solace before delicately shattering, each shard sensuously dancing through the air, leaving behind trails of coppery-scented blood to pool deep within his soul. Maybe if he had tried just that tiny bit more she would be pulled back, away from danger, into safety. No way he could run after her, be with her to the end. No way that his true feelings weren't completely laid bare for the world to see – raw pain, fear, love – with tears barely restrained behind caramel eyes. He had known what was going to happen from the first moment he realised how he felt about her. This, this end, full of blood and death and sacrifice. A fool’s hope deep within the part of his heart that still held onto childish, innocent, romance in a time filled with war and m
In the end: Part II“Careful with that,”In the end: Part II3 years ago in Romance More Like This
and sets the glass down,
too far for Kaidan to get at it again.
His hand is still on Kaidan’s shoulder
and Kaidan is deathly white
and about to faint.
His lips part,
“I must be really drunk,”
and Shepard’s amusement morphs into something close to guilt.
“Sorry about that.
I probably could’ve handled this better.
Garrus told me where he thought you’d be, and…
I just thought I’d stop in.
Kaidan’s still trying to breathe.
He wants to reach out and touch him.
To assure himself that he’s real,
that he’s here.
But he can’t be.
It’s just not possible,
because he’d heard the news,
straight from Anderson’s lips,
the Normandy’s gone
so is the Commander.
Shepard’s fingers are firm and steady on his arm,
his eyes are the gray that Kaidan remembers so well,
Stories Yet UntoldStories Yet Untold1 month ago in Romance More Like This
Title: Stories Yet Untold
Game: Dragon Age
Characters/Pairing: F!Lavellan and Dad!Cullen
Disclaimer: All recognizable content belongs to Bioware
“Tell me another one, papae!” she shouted before launching herself from the bed and into his arms.
Cullen caught his daughter and spun with her once before tossing her onto her mattress in an unceremonious heap, where she then proceeded to roll around in a fit of giggles. He couldn’t wrangle the grin from his lips nor silence the chuckle rumbling in his chest if he tried. His daughter’s happiness was a contagion and he was throughly infected by her mirth.
He watched her with great adoration as she climbed back onto her feet and prepared to throw herself at him one more time. At nearly five years old she was almost as tall as his hip, with a slight frame comprised primarily of bone. Her fiery blonde hair was typically a mess of curls that fell around her shoulders like a halo of rose gold,
I'll be waitingShepard.I'll be waiting3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Come on, Shepard.
Open your eyes.
I know you can hear me.
It's time to get up.
Open your eyes.
He's dead, Kaidan.
I don't think so.
That's not possible.
He's just sleeping.
Come on, Shepard.
Look at him, Kaidan.
He's just tired.
There's blood all over him.
That's not blood. That can't be blood.
Shut up, why don't you?
Open your eyes.
He's just sleeping-
Why won't you wake up?
Don't do this to me,
not after all this time,
not after what you promised me-
you said we'd be together,
you said you would be waiting-
And I wake up.
Covered in icy cold sweat,
Shepard's arm is draped over me.
He mumbles something as I pull myself up;
his hand slides off of my chest and falls
Someday You Will Be Loved Ch. 3Someday You Will Be Loved Ch. 33 years ago in Romance More Like This
It was dark. All around him. No light, and no sound. Just silence and darkness.
Not far from him there was a fire cracking. A small fire, and it's flames barely gave light to anything. But he did see a shadow, a silhouette of a man sitting by the fire, like he was waiting for someone.
Shepard walked closer to the fire, closer to the man sitting by it. There was something... familiar with the man. He couldn't see his face, but he felt that this was someone he knew. This was someone who knew him.
He, the man by the fire, turned around.
He stopped. He recognized that voice. Shepard took another step forward.
The fire lit up the face of the man, a face that looked very much like his own. Those high cheekbones, those almond shaped eyes, and those big lips, curving into a wide smile. He stood up, tall and with the broad shoulders of a man that had served in the military most of his life.
Markus smiled, hurrying his steps, and tightly clung to his father as they hugged, "
FallingThere's this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach,Falling3 years ago in Romance More Like This
watching Kaidan dance.
A light-headed feeling.
When he dances.
When he laughs.
When he looks at me.
it's making me feel like-
like I've been shoved out of the airlock.
That sort of thing.
Makes me feel strange, and-
Isn't that what people say?
God dammit, that sounds so fucking
It's been one of those odd days:
the ones where we sudddenly find that we have time on our hands.
Unsure of what exactly normal people do with time,
and I are spending it at the Purgatory.
Just us guys.
The music is good
the drinks are good
and Kaidan is...
A great dancer.
Which is just weird,
because before I could never picture him dancing.
It's been years since I've danced.
Garrus forced me out on the floor.
Laughed as I flailed around.
I've given up.
I'm standing here,
Shore LeaveShore leave.Shore Leave3 years ago in Romance More Like This
or just a drink.
We'd talked about it before.
I'd like that,
But that had been years ago,
when I'd been mindlessly flirting
and not quite serious.
there is nothing I am more serious about.
on shore leave.
With no Joker to interrupt
and no Garrus to tease
and no Liara to eavesdrop.
Just the two of us.
On shore leave.
It's not, though.
It's not really shore leave.
Because we've bought an apartment.
We've settled down.
(Or we're trying to, at least.)
We call it shore leave
as a joke.
Shepard still thinks it's hilarious.
Speaking of Shepard...
He looks slightly queasy
and I wonder how long it's been since he's been back like this.
Back for good:
I know his story.
He was born here on Earth,
But his life was so,
with no recollection of his parents.
His first memories as a child
were of being beaten
Flitting through streets and alleys,
trying to sta
Never do that againHe doesn't give me warning.Never do that again3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Doesn't send a message.
Just walks right in.
Couldn't care less.
That's Shepard for you.
in between backing me up against my desk
and pressing his lips against my throat,
"Damn, that sucked."
I close my eyes briefly.
That's one way to put it.
It's been a long day.
A shitty day.
the worst day I've had in a long, long while.
Shepard ran another suicide mission.
Or something close to it.
Clambering into a giant metal mech suit,
inventing this crazy plan.
Locking his eyes onto my own.
His voice quiet:
I'll be fine, Kaidan,
like saying it out loud made it true.
Vanishing over the edge.
Leaving behind nothing but a splash
and those empty words:
I'll be fine, Kaidan,
knowing that it's not a promise.
Just an attempt at small comfort.
Wondering if that's all I'll have of him to remember.
I'll be fine, Kaidan,
as his good-bye.
"You're an idiot,"
What friends are forI've been expecting this.What friends are for3 years ago in Romance More Like This
It was inevitable.
There's no way I could have prevented it.
But it still sucks.
And dealing with the aftermath.
The snide remarks.
The witty comments.
"You and Kaidan, huh?"
as I sit around the table with a few members of the crew.
Kaidan got a migraine this afternoon:
a really bad one.
He tried to pretend that it was okay.
But I saw right through it,
and sent him down to see Chakwas.
His absence gave them a chance to ambush me.
And now I'm here:
and at the mercy of my crew.
Garrus looks increasingly cheerful.
Joker is smirking.
Traynor seems unperturbed.
Vega looks kinda uncomfortable.
And Liara is regarding the whole thing with bright-eyed eagerness.
"You and Kaidan, huh?"
Garrus snipes, and
I shoot back,
glowering at him.
A bit touchy, are we?"
I fold my arms across my chest stubbornly.
"A bit nosy, are we?
Keep out of my business."
Garrus feigns shock.