[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 -1-2 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)2 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 -3-2 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)2 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
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: Surprise3 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