[ME]And Know They Love You -2-"I still say that if I've got to expose my kid to this squishy fairyland, Tuchanka is a fair tradeoff."
"Sorry Wrex," Shepard said with a wave of her hand. "Liara insists we keep her away from wastelands and turrets until she can at least walk."
Wrex laughed. "I've seen how far she can chuck her toys. She could handle it. Couldn't you?" He leaned forward, extending a fist to the child seated in Shepard's lap. Ava smiled and hit it eagerly with her own hand, getting another hearty chuckle from the krogan.
"Attagirl. See? She knows she's up for it. You two are overprotective."
Shepard leaned against the arm of her chair, cocking an eyebrow. "You got mad at Mordin for chewing on a sheet of paper."
Wrex made a shrugging motion. "The kid's name is Mordin. He needs all the help he can get."
Shepard grinned and shook her head. He joked, but the fondness in Wrex's voice was impossible to miss, just as it always was when he spoke of his first son. Said son was currently rolling about on the gro
[ME]And Know They Love You -1-"You're so tiny."[ME]And Know They Love You -1-3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Shepard received a response in the form of an unintelligible babble, Ava's eyes—her eyes—staring up at her as contently as ever. Looking at her still brought a strange sort of happiness to her; something caught between absolutely overwhelming and perfectly peaceful. The small blue hand reaching up towards her pushed the border almost uncomfortably over into the overwhelming section, but Shepard could feel herself smiling with a joy she had never felt so purely as she offered her own hand in return.
She wondered if this was how all new parents felt.
"Look at that," she said quietly, knowing Ava didn't understand a single word but still loved hearing her as much as Shepard loved talking to her. "Your hand's not even as big as my finger."
Ava giggled and grabbed at the finger that had been wiggled playfully at her nose, feet kicking triumphantly when she managed to 'catch' Shepard's hand. Her nose was dotted with her mother's freckles, and they crinkled as the child laug
[ME]Sorry, She's Taken (LiaraxFemshep)"Tali, is it just me or have people been staring at me?"[ME]Sorry, She's Taken (LiaraxFemshep)3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Her friend looked over at her, a tilt of her head showing the confusion that her masked eyes couldn't. "What do you mean?"
As soon as the words were out of her mouth, Shepard couldn't help but feel a bit dumb for having said it. The two had decided to go shopping together during the Normandy's temporary docking at the Citadel (after all, one could never have enough weapon and omni upgrades), and as they had made their way through the crowded walkways of the Presidium, Shepard hadn't been able to shake the feeling that heads were turning in her direction. Now, Shepard was in no position to deny any accusation of being paranoid. She'd sooner take the statement as a compliment than try and defend herself against it. Suspicion came to her like fighting came to a krogan. That was just who she was.
But sitting now on one of the Presidium's benches as they were, her single personal purchase of the day resting between herself and her qua
[ME]And Know They Love You -3-“Normandy, go!”[ME]And Know They Love You -3-3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
For all intents and purposes, the living room made a suitable substitution for the open galaxy. The lamp was the mass relay, the armchair served as docking bay, and there was enough space for Shepard to run around with a child on her shoulders while making the appropriate 'pew pew' sound effects.
“Where to next, Commander?” she asked, as seriously as she could manage with tiny blue arms wrapped around her head.
“Mmm...” She felt Ava's head press against the top of hers while the girl thought, springing up a moment later with an excited kick to Shepard's shoulder. “Mama!”
“Confirmed.” Shepard reached up, lifting Ava off her shoulders and holding her in her arms, leaning forward with a grin. “Coordinates set to Station 'Mama'. Requesting clearance.”
Liara looked up from where she sat on the couch, smiling at the two of them before setting her datapad to the side. “Clearance granted, Commander Sh
SFS: Timelines (Terra Shepard)Terra Shepard: RequiemSFS: Timelines (Terra Shepard)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Terra Shepard glances at her surroundings, eyes doing a tactical sweep. She turns back to the gorgeous asari draped on her arm. "Why am I doing this again?"
Liara T'Soni-Shepard gives her arm an affectionate squeeze. "Because Doctor Chakwas and Kelly both agree that you need to do this." She takes Terra's hand and places it at the growing bulge at her stomach, "For her if not for yourself."
Terra sighs inwardly as they make their way into a newly reconstructed part of the Citadel. Lush foliage from all corners of the galaxy surrounds the entrance to the memorial garden. She stops dead in her tracks in the doorway. "I really don't want to do this. I wish you all would stop worrying about me."
"Shepard….You haven't taken any time to grieve for those lost in the war. You may put up emotional barriers, but you can't hide the truth from me. You're scared. You don't want to face your grief because you're afraid." She gently pulls on her
[ME]Tell Me When It Rains (LiaraxFemshep)Free time was something Shepard had yet to get used to. Part of her wondered if she would ever be used to it, if she would ever be able to relax into a normal day-to-day routine. It wasn't as though there was anything inherently bad about the downtime. Far from it, she enjoyed being able to spend time alone without having to worry about anything more than what she would like to have for lunch, or being in the company of her friends without the all too familiar pang of anxiety scratching at her heart that one of them might not be there tomorrow. Most of all, she loved that her talks with Liara about 'marriage, old age, and little blue children', which had sounded so hollow and hopeless during those long years of fighting, finally became a promise.[ME]Tell Me When It Rains (LiaraxFemshep)3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Still, without a galaxy collapsing on her shoulders like she was so used to, the days tended to be a bit boring by comparison. But there were things to do besides mowing down waves of Husks to pass the time.
Today was such a day. Though Earth
Past and Present__Past and Present3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
After Kaidan comes back on board the whole crew is just waiting for a fight to occur between him and Garrus. Garrus decides to disappoint them. (FemShep/Garrus)
One of the most useful skills Garrus had picked up during his C-sec days was the ability to read the mood of a room the moment he walked into it. He'd always had a feel for it even back when he was in the military, but it was on the Citadel where he had really refined it. That skill had saved his life more than once on Omega.
Now, that old skill made sure he was aware of the strange feeling in the air on the crew deck as he traced the path from the main battery to the kitchen. He hadn't noticed it when he had first walked down the stairs, but as he rummaged around in the fridge he felt that slight shift. There was a sudden silence, then a flurry of whispers among the few crew members he had seen, and a few accompanying twitters.
He looked behind him in complete confusion, wondering
ME: SurpriseShepard was not surprised to find Garrus away from the control console in the main battery when she walked in. It had been a bit of a shock at first, but she was glad he had figured out that he didn't need to be calibrating that damn gun all the time. The only downside was having to hunt all over the ship for him when she wanted his company, although he had taken a liking to the lounge area, making that her usual first stop when looking for him.ME: Surprise4 years ago in Romance More Like This
This time, however, she quickly realized that it wouldn't be needed. A glanced showed that he was over at the workbench that he been installed on the right wall. He'd half turned to see her come in and seemed frozen now.
"Shepard." He said by way of greeting. "Hey." Shepard felt her eyes narrow slightly. Although he was trying to keep his voice level, his mandibles were twitching nervously and he had turned slightly to the side to hide whatever he was working on. "Some
Shepard to a Galaxy: SurprisesShepard to a Galaxy: Surprises3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
While unbeknownst to the galaxy Shepard reunited with her love, on the Normandy Shepard and Liara's two children prepared for bed, unaware of the knowledge that their father still existed. The Normandy had seen several retrofits on its journey to a civilian vessel and home over the years since Liara had aquired it. Its combat abilities remained at peak performance but in place of the several dozen crew that it had carried during its time as a Cerberus and later Alliance frigate, it now was fully controlled by EDE. Of actual crew only Joker remained.
Where once it had been a ship of military standards it had seen extensive internal modifications making it much more fitting a ship for raising a family. The top level with the captain's quarters had remained largely untouched. The CIC on the second level had undergone serious internal modifications. Where before duty stations had lined the wall with a
ME: Nail CareME: Nail Care3 years ago in Romance More Like This
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.
ME3: Shepard/Tali Earth Goodbyes (Romanced)MASS EFFECT 3ME3: Shepard/Tali Earth Goodbyes (Romanced)4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
SHEPARD/TALI GOODBYE SCENE
Contains spoliers for those who have not completed the game.
The sounds of gunfire, the smell of the air on fire, the sight of destruction in every pebble of the earth, it was a nightmare like the one he'd been having for months since leaving Earth. It was the same dream every night--or at least, every night he could actually sleep. In his dreams Earth was a wasteland filled with the charred remains of only trees, a few benches, and the wispy shadows of people, yet every time he approached those shadows, only whispers greeted; they were the whispers of his friends, like Mordin Solus claiming continually someone else may have gotten it wrong, or Thane's last words from his death bed, or even Kaiden's lingering questions.
In his sleep everything that he kept from showing in his eyes in the presence of his crew came crushing down on him. Ashley's death all those years ago; it was his
Never Stop Fighting!Never Stop Fighting!3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Title: "Never stop fighting"
Timeline: from the end of Mass Effect 1 through the beginning of Mass Effect 2
Disclaimer: the characters and storyline this is based off ALL belong to BioWare (the company that sets the standard when it comes to video games)
(I know ME3 has already come out and ME1 is old news but I don't care ..a great story, or in this case a great video game, never stops being great)
This story primarily follows Garrus Vakarian's journey starting after the end of ME1 and into the beginning of ME2.
The cargo bay of the Normandy was not in its usual "mission-ready" condition, but then, this was not a normal day aboard the now-legendary warship. The Mako had been moved much further back than normal, to the point where it was blocking the entrance to the Drive Core. The personnel lockers, weapons, and equipment had all been shifted back so as to create a huge empty space in the center of the room which was now occupied by a doz
The Omega Chronicles -7- Shoot first...The Omega Chronicles -7- Shoot first...3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Title: The Omega Chronicles -7- Shoot first, ask questions later
Game: Mass Effect
Characters: Aria T'Loak, FemShep, Tali'Zorah nar Rayya, Ralen, others
Pairing: FemShep/Aria T'Loak
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and its assets belong to Electronic Arts and BioWare
The Omega Chronicles -7- Shoot first, ask questions later
After looking carefully at the image in front of her eyes, Shepard shook her head. "It looks like there's already a crater on this side of the moon, Relan. Take us to the other side and let's see if we can find an unspoiled portion of the surface. I want to have a very precise idea of the power of the cannon."
The Lystheni quickly keyed in a few commands. "Yes, Commander, we will be in range in just under a minute."
Shepard had invited the young Quarian to join them on the bridge to witness the first shot of the most powerful Turian weapon that could be mounted on a ship. Tali was shifting her weight from one foot to the other incessantly, she looked really ex
Intercept 4BShepard heard Garrus' voice. It was far off, but she'd know those familiar dual-tones anywhere. He was annoyed, even without seeing him she could heard that much although she couldn't tell who he was annoyed with. Sucks to be them, she thought cheerfully as silence fell.Intercept 4B3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Curiosity overcame her and she slowly opened her eyes. Same hospital room, but curiously she couldn't see the turian anywhere close by.
"Lillie?" That wasn't Garrus. It was a voice that was even more familiar to her than his.
She felt something in her chest lurch. "Mom?" she whispered in disbelief as she finally focused on the woman sitting in a chair on her right side.
The older woman seemed to sag in relief herself and smiled. "Welcome back to the world, sweetheart. You've been sleeping a long time."
Lil just stared at her mother wide-eyed. "What are you doing here, Mom?"
"What, I'm not supposed to come visit my daughter when I find out she's been through hell and back?" her mother crossed her arms and leaned