Mini The Shepard-Vakarian Files - Lazy Evening~*~*Mini The Shepard-Vakarian Files - Lazy Evening2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The Shepard-Vakarian Files
Mini-fic: Lazy Evening
It's a quiet evening at home for Garrus, Shepard, and Aetius. Well, mostly quiet.
Lilliana Shepard, the former captain of the Normandy, liked showers. There was just something soothing about the feeling of the warm water cascading down, caressing her skin, and now that she was (semi) retired, she would indulge in stupidly long ones.
This was especially when Garrus was home to watch Aetius, and she didn’t have to worry about the little turian getting into some sort of trouble. Which he would if you took your eyes off him for even a second. Everyone said that it was just the age he was at, but it didn’t make it less stressful for either of his parents.
With a sigh she hit the control panel to shut off the water flow and grabbed for a towel. As much as she loved Garrus for being willing to indulge her like this, it wasn’t fair to leave him as the sole parental authority when she they were both
The Loss of One--Shakarian“They’ll get her back, Garrus, I know they will,” Liara’s voice came from behind him. It was soft and, although she tried to sound reassuring, her words were full of uncertainty. He felt her hand come in contact with his shoulder. It felt like a ghost touching him, not an actual person. Or perhaps it was he who felt like the ghost. He had managed to swallow grief over the same person before. But this…this was different. He had fallen in love with a woman who was born to die and although he didn’t want to come to terms with it, he knew that the chances of ever seeing her again were slim to none.The Loss of One--Shakarian3 years ago in Romance More Like This
To confirm the Asari’s existence, Garrus reached up and grabbed the hand, holding it in place. “Yeah, maybe,” he managed to rasp as he bit back his emotions. There was an universal feeling of grief among the crew members but he felt like his was stronger. And why shouldn’t it have been? He loved Shepard with every fiber of his body and
ME3: CarriedME3: Carried3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
fem!Shepard / Garrus
Even through the dizziness that threatened to topple me over in my seat, I could tell that last grenade had hit home. I hadn't heard the dreaded clink-clink until it was too late and Garrus was yelling my name, and then the world went black for a few seconds. By the time I staggered to my feet, EDI declared the area clear and was rerouting the cannons on her own. Relieved the mission was complete, I would've fallen back to the floor if Garrus hadn't caught me. The medi-gel was cool and comforting against my neck, but still this fuzzy feeling remained.
And that couldn't be good, considering the amount of worry in Garrus' eyes as he lifted and carried me to the shuttle.
Most importantly, I was tired. Weariness seeped into my bones, my body heavy and my eyelids heavier. I could rest on the way back to the Normandy, gather my strength as I closed my eyes-
"Stay with me, Shepard."
Rarely was I irritated to hear Garrus' lilting voice. I
Just a Kiss (Shakarian)Calibrating. Calibrating. Calibrating. The Mako had been put under a great deal of fire and handled with less care than it should have been. So there he was, awake long after the others. Even the requisitions’ officer, who had a tendency to stay up late to ensure all of his licenses were up to date, had called it a night. Other than the muffled hum of the drive core and hushed blips of his terminal, Garrus was the only body displaying signs of consciousness.Just a Kiss (Shakarian)2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Suspension Durability Diagnostics Running
Estimated Time Remaining: 15 minutes.
Fifteen minutes of reprieve from the glowing screen. Garrus shuffled a bit from his station and stretched. He lulled his neck from side to side, rolled his shoulders, contemplated grabbing a few winks, rejected it, shifted his hips, then leaned against the Mako. He flexed his talons a couple times each as he observed the nearly empty shuttle bay. Blue eyes moved over Gunnery Chief Ashley Williams’ st
ME3: ReroutedME3: Rerouted3 years ago in Romance More Like This
fem!Shepard / Garrus
Warning: minor spoilers for the beginning of Mass Effect 3
Setting: This story bridges a small gap between the events of Mass Effect 2 and 3.
I swiped a hand over my face in mock frustration before I glanced up at the soldier who had entered. "Mr. Vega, I hadn't thought you would have such a short term memory. I am no longer a commander."
"Not legally, ma'am," James said smugly as I walked over. "Yet. Admiral Anderson wants to see you. I'm to take you to his office. I think it's urgent."
I frowned but nodded consent; he caught my look just before he turned and fell into step behind me. James meant well, and I admired his obvious faith in me, but reminding me of my title- former title- most every day was, in fact, becoming annoying.
And now he had been told to escort me to the Admiral's office. It wasn't his fault for following orders- I commended him for that- but it was one more subtle insult piled
Where Have You Been?Everything seemed to blur around him for a moment as he gained his bearings. The light pierced his eyes, and he squeezed them shut against it, even though there was no pain. As he slowly reopened them, he came to find that he was back home… At least, he thought it was home. The buildings seemed familiar, and the people all looked the same; there was just something…off about his surroundings, though he couldn’t put his finger on it.Where Have You Been?3 years ago in Romance More Like This
He walked forward through the crowd, and he found it odd that everyone seemed at calm and happy. He knew that she’d completed the mission and the years that followed had been extremely prosperous, but he didn’t remember everyone being so at peace. Was he dreaming? It would explain why nothing seemed to be in perfect focus until he touched it.
It hadn’t occurred to him until now that his eyes had fully adjusted to the immense amount of ambient light that surrounded h
After the Reapers (my ME3-ending) CH.1-AWAKENINGAfter the Reapers (my ME3-ending) CH.1-AWAKENING3 years ago in Romance More Like This
The ultimate weapon of destruction, the Crucible, is complete. It's something that was never completed in any previous cycle , and the Reapers are with backs against the wall.
My interpretation of events is that the Harbinger alters Shepard's perception of reality trying to convince her to choose Synthesis, but she is actually there, inside the Crucible, and her actions do have concrete consequences. It's not just a dream. So we don't see how the crucible really looks like from within, nor we see the Harbinger's actual essence but we only see what he wants us to see. But Shep is awake and the things she does, she does for real, although moving in a reality she perceives in a transfigured way.
On Thessia Kai Leng steals the data from Shepard and gives them to TIM, who is later teleported inside the Crucible by the Harbinger.
There the Harbinger tries to convince him to choose 'Synthesis' but he fails since TIM chooses Control.
But he's indoctrinated and he can't control nothing, i
First KissA Mass Effect fanficFirst Kiss2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Characters: Garrus V. and Shepard (F)
Summary: Turians must find human lips fascinating, don't you think?
Previously: A Game of Cards
Shepard came over to talk about the weapon upgrades. His favorite subject, really, and Garrus had been listening very carefully in the beginning. But the longer she spoke, the fewer words got through to him. The idea that it was a translator glitch occurred to him but he dismissed it quickly. He understood the words. Those that he could catch.
"Great job… secondary cannons, so… efficiency up to… just love to hear… like purring."
The lips, the lips were the culprit. They were a constant source of distraction, moving, as they were, in such a fascinating manner. He'd spoken with hundreds of humans
Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 1Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 13 years ago in Romance More Like This
Chapter 1 Hunt
"Someone should learn how to drive," Garrus Vakarian thought shaking his head while he investigated the damaged Mako in the cargo hold of the Normandy. He held a great deal of respect toward Commander Shepard, but her driving wasto put it mildlyreckless. Mako was designed to be used in extreme conditions, but at times he thought that Shepard was asking too much from the vehicle and it was his job to fix anything her driving broke. "Next time she comes around, I'll tell her to stop driving like mad, I sure will," Garrus thought.
"Hi there," Shepard's voice jarred him out from his thoughts. "How's she looking?"
Garrus started to turn to face herhe fully intended to speak his mind about the matterbut she was standing much closer than he had expected and for a reason he couldn't understand her hand, which was resting right next to his, gave him a pause. He had never really paid any attention to her hands be
ME3: Two DrinksME3: Two Drinks3 years ago in Drama More Like This
fem!Shepard / Garrus
WARNING: Spoilers for the Mass Effect 3 storyline
I had just set the bottle of rum I'd snuck from Dr. Chakwas' private stash on my desk when the door whirred open. I didn't have to turn to recognize the loud footfall.
"I'd tease you about walking in unannounced," I said listlessly, "but I'm too tired."
"Aren't we all." Garrus sat heavily on the edge of the bed, face hidden by his propped hands. I abandoned the alcohol temporarily and collapsed beside him.
"You look like how I feel." I petted the side of his fringe idly as I slumped against his shoulder.
"And I feel how you look," he replied with a hint of amusement. He dropped his hands, clutching at mine. "Shepard, I know you had your reasons for what you decided..."
From anyone else, I would've been moved to anger by that statement. As it was, I just felt a fresh wave of sorrow. "But?"
"There is no 'but'," he said gently, tilting his head to lean it against mine. "I would like to stop
Deep Breaths BDeep BreathsDeep Breaths B2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
A Mass Effect Fanfic
(A few moments of Garrus' stay on Menae, starting when he meets General Adrien Victus.)
“Of course,” there was a harsh growl in the younger turian’s subvocals. He turned and gestured out towards the blackness of space “We’ve got Reapers breathing down our necks, so why not bring up Relay 314 again. It’s not like that could go wrong?” He glanced back towards Victus, to find the general shaking his head.
“It’s not just that Incident that’s fueling it,” he said, “humans have made huge strides in the galactic community over the last few years. Just look at your own Commander Shepard. A Spectre like her, the first human one ever, opened her career by taking down a turian and saving the entire Council. It’s making people nervous.” Victus shook his head. “They see this chance as a chance to reaffirm the t
ME3: AwkwardME3: Awkward3 years ago in Romance More Like This
ME3 (references to Leviathan DLC)
I rarely, if ever, get sick, which I consider a lucky combination of Dr. Chakwas' slightly-intrusive care and my own robust immune system. I have been exposed to dangerous viruses and bacteria for years in the heat of combat and hardly contracted a sniffle.
The last few days, however, I had been crippled with severe migraines, and I'd had just about enough. Dr. Chakwas had done all she could, yet they persisted. It was she who suggested I seek the migraine guru on the ship, and with some chagrin and great hope I made my way down to the observation deck.
Kaidan and I were still a bit unsettled around each other; our smiles a little forced, our laughter a little loud. We were still trying to figure out how to be friends, and I dreaded making him feel obliged.
I needn't have worried. His greeting was awkward, but he immediately relaxed and went into a delightful soldier-friend mode when I slumped against him on the couch, clutch
A Game of CardsA Mass Effect fanficA Game of Cards3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Characters: Garrus V. and Shepard (F)
Summary: Garrus and assorted crew talk about cross-species intercourse over a game of cards.
Previously: Fruit from Palaven
The little observation room was already crowded when he came in. Kasumi and Tali were sitting on the floor with their backs against the far wall, and Jack was crouching in front of them, looking at a data pad that occupied the trio's attention in full. Zaeed and Thane were mixing drinks at the bar. Some music was on but he couldn't quite place it; and there was a familiar scent of alien food in the air… popcorn. The word came to him with almost no effort at all. He was getting used to living on a human ship.
"Garrus! Have a seat between us," Tali said, moving to her left and making a n
Deep Breaths ADeep BreathsDeep Breaths A2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
A Mass Effect Fanfic
(A few moments of Garrus' stay on Menae, starting when he meets General Adrien Victus.)
When the reports of blackouts in batarian space reached him, Garrus knew at once what was happening. He had been waiting for something like this for months. The Reapers were coming. He’d already sent a message to his superiors telling them exactly what was going on, and actually made use of his shiny new lessons on how to speak like a politician to make sure he got through to them. He’d even made the effort to be polite for once. Now was not the time to antagonize them, as satisfying as that would have been to rub an ‘I told you so’ into their faces. He might have the title and the task force, but he wasn’t sure all of the higher ups were totally convinced about what he was suppose to be protecting them from. At least having Reapers right at their doorstep should be able to do the talking for him.
His new orders
Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 34Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 343 years ago in Romance More Like This
Chapter 34 Samara
The three of them got to a cab which took them to the spaceport. With the unknown asari driver sitting in the same car, Shepard apparently was not willing to speak about their work, so they sat in silence. When they reached the spaceport, they immediately spotted some unusual commotion between an asari and a volus, who was escorted by two turian bodyguards.
"Where do you think you're going?" the asari asked sternly.
"I'm taking my goods to Omega, detective," the short, round alien replied.
"You're not going anywhere, merchant," the official replied. "Not until I solve this murder."
The idea of police investigation sparked a sudden interest in Garrus. As much as he had hated working under the strict rules of C-Sec, he had enjoyed the knowledge that they had been locking up criminals and making the galaxy safer.
"I had nothing to do with that!" the volus argued. Garrus could see Shepard squinting her eyes, and he got the feeling she was thinking
Who are You? Ch. 8Almost two weeks had passed since the night on the Citadel, and mostly Garrus had kept to himself. He hadn't been put on the team for missions in that time either. "You need to clear your head and think about what we talked about," Shepard had said once Garrus came back to the Nromandy, and he figured he owed her to accept her judgment without question. He needed time to catch up on the ship calibrations, anyways, and that gave him the perfect opportunity. So he stood over the control panel, checking algorithms and finely-tweaking system functions as always.Who are You? Ch. 83 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Shepard always knew what she was doing. Of course Garrus thought about their fight and all that had transpired between them over the past few weeks, and ultimately he felt terrible about what he had put her through. He knew that she had more than enough on her plate for the time being and didn't deserve to be treated the way he had treated her. He had even begun to consider the whole conflict with Sidonis...
Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 8Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 83 years ago in Romance More Like This
Chapter 8 Mercenaries
"You're kicking ass, Shepard," Garrus complimented her. "They barely touched us. And we got Jaroth in the process. I've been hunting that little bastard for months."
"Why were you after him?" Shepard asked, smiling while she headed to see if the two other humans who had come with her were unhurt. It was simply right that the two of them were together againshe missed all of her friends from the previous Normandy, but more than others she had missed Garrus. The turian had not said so, but she thought that maybe he had missed her too, at least a little.
"He's been shipping tainted eezo all over Citadel space," Garrus spat out, feeling disgustedhe had wanted to arrest that slimy salarian when he had still been a real law enforcement officer, but Jaroth had stayed out of reach. "Half the goods I seized back at C-Sec came from his team here on Omega. I took out a big shipment a while back and killed his top lieutenant in the pr
Fruit from PalavenA Mass Effect fanficFruit from Palaven3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Characters: Garrus V. & Shepard (F)
Summary: Garrus faces the reality of serving on a human ship.
The hum of the engines hadn't bothered him before Donnelly and his crew installed the silly torque compensator (which was entirely unnecessary to begin with), into the guiding of the starboard cannon. Either there was a loose panel on the compensator, or the tech team didn't return the original panels in proper positions, and now there was a sickening resonance with one of the lower frequencies of the mass effect drive.
Garrus had demanded that the engineering crew come back and reassemble the entire thing, but Donnelly wouldn't hear of it. Literally. Garrus brought him in and instructed him what to listen to, and where to put his hand in order to feel the vibration. In the end, he even produced the frequency analysis of the entire spectrum of ac
Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 28Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 283 years ago in Romance More Like This
Chapter 28 That's what friends do
They were again on their way to CitadelGarrus had overheard Shepard giving the order to Jokerafter their post-action debriefing. During the talk Garrus had noticed that Shepard's heart was not in the meeting and guessed that she was still musing on the horrible things Ashley Williams had said to her. An incoming call from the Illusive Man had cut the debriefing short, and now the crew was back to their normal posts.
Garrus heard the telltale sound of footsteps behind his back, and turned to face Shepard.
"Need me for something?" he asked.
"Garrus..." He had never heard Shepard's voice so broken before, and she was blinking her eyes rapidly again. "I just need to talk."
"Sure," Garrus replied, gesturing toward the footlocker Shepard usually sat when she visited him.
"You are my only true friend now," she sighed as she sat down heavily. "Ashley..."
Garrus closed the door and sat next to Shepard.
"She was too hard on yo
A Week to RememberGarrus was excited as he packed his bags. He was going to spend a week with his father, Aetius, on the Citadel. Garrus had never been there before and he could hardly wait to see it. It had been six months since he had seen his father; his last visit the week of Garrus' tenth birthday. With his father's work at C-Sec, he wasn't able to make it home very often. His mother, Tacita, suggested that father bring him to the Citadel during his week off from school and to Garrus' happy surprise, his dad accepted.A Week to Remember3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"You all packed?" his mother chuckled as she leaned against the door frame of his bedroom.
"Think so," Garrus chirped.
"Mama, where's daddy?" Solana said sweetly as she entered the doorway.
"He should be here any minute," she replied warmly as she patted Solana's back.
Suddenly, they heard a sound from the living room the sound of a door opening.
"Daddy!" Solana yelled as she ran down the hallway and into the living room. Garrus zipped
Love, Blood and Tears: Chapter 3Love, Blood & TearsLove, Blood and Tears: Chapter 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Garrus slowly opened his eyes, adjusting to how bright the room was.
"You're finally awake, how do you feel?" a familiar voice asked.
He slowly turned his head and saw that it was Dr. Chakwas. Confused he looked around the room, a room that looked like the Normandy's med bay. He shut his eyes again.
"What's going on? Where am I? Where's Shepard?"
"It's alright Garrus; you're on the Normandy II, built by Cerberus. Shepard is in command, alive and well."
He was so confused and was drowsy from the meds.
"It's a long story Garrus. When you are feeling better you should find Shepard she'll do a better job of explaining everything. Bottom line is you're alive and Shepard is back."
Shepard is back. The words resonated deep within him. He allowed himself to fall back asleep; knowing the sooner he recovered the sooner he could speak to Shepard.
"How's he do
Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 15Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 153 years ago in Romance More Like This
Chapter 15 The Council
A fast shuttle ride took them to the Presidium and the ambassadorial suite. They had barely gotten out of the shuttle when they were already shown to captain Anderson's office. When the door opened, they could hear Anderson's voice
"cilor, I represent the voice of humanity and the Alliance. Shepard will be here any" Anderson turned to see them come in. "Oh, commander. We were just talking about you."
Shepard walked forward and Garrus saw her smiling as she shook hands with her former commanding officer. Miranda sat on a couch further backsilently Garrus admitted to himself that he was kind of happy to see her clearly uncomfortable and out of her element.
"It's been a long time, Anderson," Shepard said, ignoring the holographic representations of the three members of the Council. "I hope the last couple of years have treated you right."
"There've been some rough spots," Anderson admitted, nodding a greeting to Garrus
Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 24Mass Effect fanfiction: Lonely Heart - Chapter 243 years ago in Romance More Like This
Chapter 24 Preparations
Garrus was back in the main battery after he had taken a shower and cleaned his armour from the dirt it had gathered on Korlus. He had taken a tray of food with him when he passed through the mess hallhe was still not comfortable around the Cerberus crewmembers and preferred to eat alone. He had just finished his meal when the door slid open and Shepard walked in.
She looked tired and Garrus could see she was still clearly disappointed to the results of their two previous missions. They had gotten Jackwho had proved herself as valuable member of the teambut lost Purgatory with hundreds of people dying and a lot of worst criminals being released all over the galaxy again. Then they had found Okeer, only to see him die from poison, but gained a canned krogan, who they knew next to nothing about.
In short, Garrus understood why Shepard was disappointed.
"Shepard," he greeted, standing up. "Need me for something?"