SFS: The Slumber Party (Part Two: The Arcade)-Silversun Strip, Castle Arcade-
"Huh, seems a lot bigger than the last time I was here."
Traynor looks around the massive room, various glowing signs advertising certain games and activities, from the old-school games like Kepesh-Yakshi and Shattered Eezo to new ones like Illium Raceway and the new Archangel game. The girls all look around in wonder, Syren still on Steve's shoulders. Ayrene gives a low whistle, "Check this place out girls. What should we do first?"
Steve looks up at the tiny Asari, "Whatcha want to do Syren?"
Syren's expression of wonderment takes on a ponderous look as her bright blue eyes rove around the arcade. Her gaze comes to rest on the bright colorful lights of the Claw Machine. She looks down at Samantha, "Can we go try that Auntie Sam?"
"Of course you can, sweetie. Steve? You'll help her?"
"Not a problem. Come on Sy. Let's go win you something."
Samantha watches the pair go before noticing that two of the girls are also gone, leaving only Rin
SFS: The Slumber Party (Part One: The Apartment)"Dad, how come you never told us we had a place on the Citadel? This place is huge!"SFS: The Slumber Party (Part One: The Apartment)2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Ayrene, clad in her N7 hoodie, strolls into the enormous apartment, her younger sisters in tow, each of them having the same look on their faces, pure wonder. Their father, Kaycee Shepard, her brown hair pulled back in a ponytail today, places the suitcases down on the coffee table in the living room, before turning back to her eldest. "Your mother wanted us to live quietly, out of the public eye. Also I never quite considered this place mine, since it technically belongs to your Uncle David."
Rinyn, her gaze locked out the window at the bustling crowds below on the strip, gives her father a quick glance before continuing, "This is Uncle David's place? Wow. Can't imagine who would ever need a place this big for only one person."
Kaycee places a hand on her head, rubbing it affectionately, "Rin, your Auntie Kahlee also would come here too."
Syren, moving like a veritable blue blur around the main floor,
Shepard Family Stories - Kasumi (Shadow Play)"Okay, my young pupil, are you ready to begin your training?"Shepard Family Stories - Kasumi (Shadow Play)3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Ayrene giggles in anticipation and nods. Kasumi gives a sly smile, "Good, aoi kaze. The first lesson is to be as silent as possible....that means no giggling (*wink*)"
Ayrene tries to keep a straight face, but lapses back to giggling. Kasumi tickles her, "If you alert the target, you've already lost."
Kasumi looks out across the yard to where Liara and Kaycee sit together on the porch resting. Liara sleeps soundly in Shepard's arms. Kasumi turns back to Ayrene. "Okay, let's go over the list.....master thief? Check. Loyal apprentice?" Ayrene gives her a big smile. "Close enough. Finally, the water balloons?"
Ayrene pats the tub of water balloons next to them. "Check!!"
Kasumi turns back to the target. "Okay you know what to do?"
Ayrene nods as Kasumi picks up two balloons. "Remember, we'll have only a few seconds to get off as many before they start running."
A voice sounds from behind them "And what pray tell are you two up
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Little Syren Shepard opens her eyes sleepily, gently rubbing the sleep from them. She glances around her room, the pale orange light of the sunrise peaking through her curtains. She carefully hops off her bed, wrapping her blanket around her shoulders from the cold, and picks up her teddy bear, Athena. Syren shuffles over to the curtains and peeks around them, standing on tiptoe to see over the window sill. A small gasp escapes from her, followed by a quiet giggle. White, as far as the eye can see, the entire countryside covered in a thick blanket of snow. Realizing that it's Christmas morning, Syren quietly shuffles out of her bedroom, moving one door down on the right, "Aya? You awake?"
Her big sister is sitting in her bed, reading a holo-comic, clad in red sweatpants and sweatshirt. She looks up at Syren, "Well, good morning and merry christmas Sy."
"Mewwy Chwistmas Aya."
"Anyone else awake yet?"
"I dunno. But it snowed outside."
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Jack stands unsure in the doorway, watching both Shepard and Liara taking off in the dark blue car. She takes a deep breath, "Well, here goes nothing."
The sounds of shuffling footsteps reaches her ears. Turning she sees little Syren coming towards her, a dark brown teddy bear clutched tightly to her chest with both arms. She comes to stop right in front of Jack, looking up into her brown eyes with a mixture of apprehension and curiosity. Suddenly she holds out the bear to Jack. "Well now, who's this?"
Syren doesn't say anything for a few seconds, but then quietly says, "Athena."
Jack crouches down and takes the bear's paw. "Hi there Athena. Are you one of Syren's friends?"
Syren blushes slightly and nods, the makings of a smile beginning to play upon her lips. Her bright eyes fall on the various tattoos covering Jack's arms. She hesitantly reaches out and touches the intricate designs on Jack's forearm. "....So pretty...."
Jack chuckles to herself. "You like these?"
Shepard Family Stories - Miranda"Where are we going today, Aunt Miri?"Shepard Family Stories - Miranda3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Miranda looks down at the young asari holding her hand. "We're going to have a little fun today. You ready?"
Ayrene nods, a big grin plastered on her face. She sees the car that Miranda drove up in. A sleek, black convertible with silver trim rests in the driveway. Miranda buckles Ayrene into the passenger seat, before getting in. A push of a button and the engine roars to life. Miranda looks over at Ayrene, one corner of her mouth turning upwards into a sly smile. "Let's make your mother worry some. Hang on, sweetie."
She floors the gas pedal, peeling out of the driveway, leaving a blacked streak on the surface. The car speeds away like a missile. With the winds blowing through her hair, she can barely make out the squeals of delight from Aya. Glancing out of the corner of her eye, she sees the young asari laughing and waving her arms in the air. Once they are about ten miles away from the Shepard house, she begins to slow down. "So? How was that
Shepard Family Stories - EDI"Check."Shepard Family Stories - EDI3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Aww, come on. Again?"
Velair screws up her eyes, taking in the chessboard. Sure enough, her king was in check by the black queen. "I should have listened to my dad. I don't think I'll be able to beat you."
The synthetic woman across from her smiles. "Maybe. Maybe not. I have found that it's the unknown that makes the game fun."
Velair puts her hands to her temples, gently rubbing them. "That's easy for you to say Aunt EDI. You've already played through your next hundred moves in your head. I'm stuck barely holding my own."
Noticing Velair's obvious frustration, EDI tries a different tactic. "If it makes you feel better, you are doing far better than your father ever did. She would always take the offensive, and end up getting crushed."
Velair looks up at her, "Heh, that does sound like dad. Be honest though, no one's ever beaten you, have they?"
"You'd be surprised. Your mom is actually the only one to date that has successfully beaten me. So don't lose hope Velair, even I ma
Shepard Family Stories - Remembering MordinThe sun glistens off the crystal blue sea. The waves lap lazily on the pure white sand. Kaycee turns to her daughters. "Alright go have fun girls. Don't go too far."Shepard Family Stories - Remembering Mordin3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Four streaks of blue later and they're off. Shepard walks slowly into the shallows, feeling the sand between her toes, when something shiny catches her eye. Bending down she picks up a beautiful white seashell. A memory surfaces as she rubs her fingers over the grooves. "Would have liked to run tests on the seashells."
"Mordin, I'm sorry."
"I'm not, had to be me....Someone else might have gotten it wrong."
A tear runs down Kaycee's cheek at the thought. "I miss you Mordin. You were always crazy, but I never knew a gentler soul. Wish you could have had your retirement. The kids would have loved you."
More tears begin to fall."I'm so sorry Mordin. I should have found another way."
"Daddy? Are you alright?"
Kaycee quickly brushes the tears away before turning to face her daughter. "I'm fine Sweetie, just remembering an old fr
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"Liara, honey. The girls are almost ready. How's it coming with your costume?"
Liara Shepard looks at herself in the mirror, the long black dress hugging her curves, a wide-brimmed pointed hat resting on the counter. With the black lipstick and eyeshadow she doesn't recognize the woman looking back at her in the mirror. "I'm not so sure about this Kaycee. I'm not usually one for putting on costumes."
Kaycee's voice sounds from the bedroom, a note of laughter in her tone, "Everyone agreed to dress up this year, and that includes you dear. Besides, I can't wait to see you in the costume I got you."
"Isn't this a little......racy to take the girls out Trick-or-treating?"
"Kinda the point Liara. Plus, Kim's offered to help watch the girls afterwards while we go to the party."
Liara gives a sigh as she puts the hat on, transforming the demure archeologist into a living breathing witch. As she exits the bathroom, Kaycee gives a low whistle as she begins
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Ayrene looks around at the various displays in the lobby, each showing off at least one member of her family, from her aunt Tali to her uncle James. A pair of particularly large displays showed off her Krogan uncles while another shows her biotic aunts, Miranda and Jack. Turning to Steve, she gives him a questioning look, causing him to chuckle, "Don't worry Aya. This is all strictly for charity. No one's going to be hurt."
"Seriously? How'd you manage to get some of my aunts and uncles to agree to that? I know for a fact that Grunt and Javik would relish the opportunity to let loose."
"Your dad made them promise to keep the destruction to a minimum. Otherwise they'd be on the sidelines watching the fights with you all."
Aya starts laughing at the thought of Grunt having to sit this one out. "Oh, he would be furious."
She looks back up at her towering uncle and her youngest sister, and notices that Syren has placed her Hanar plushie on his hea
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Liara stares at herself in the mirror, the silky white dress hugging her slender frame. Kaycee's voice sounds from the bedroom, "Liara, sweetie? You almost ready? The babysitter will be here soon."
Liara sighs. "Are you sure this is such a good idea?"
She hears a chuckle from behind the door. "Really? That's what you're worried about? It'll be fine. It's not like she's never been around kids before."
"That's different. They were students, not our daughters."
She hears the click of the door opening, before Kaycee's arms wrap around her, chin on Liara's shoulder. Liara's eyes close as Kaycee places a kiss gently on her neck. "Liara. I trust her."
Liara grumbles something but falls silent, grasping Kaycee's hands in hers. Shepard smiles, "By the way, you look simply gorgeous." Liara notices Kaycee's outfit for the first time. "Wait .isn't that the outfit Kasumi got you?"
Shepard nods, "It's not like I have that many dresses sweetie. You know I'm not usua
Shepard Family Stories - Wrex's Blue ChargeWrex stands alone in the yard watching the ships fly by overhead.Shepard Family Stories - Wrex's Blue Charge3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
*sigh* "Hard to believe its all over."
A small tug at his leg snaps him back to reality. Looking down, he spies little Syren looking up at him hesitantly, a teddy bear clutched tightly in one arm. A warm smile spreads across his face.
"Something I can do for you, Little Bit?"
Syren blushes furiously and looks down at her feet. Wrex chuckles to himself. (She is so unlike her father) "It's alright, I don't bite."
Syren looks back up at the old warrior and quietly asks, "Charge?" Wrex throws back his head and roars with laughter. "Spoken like a true Shepard." With one fluid motion he reaches down and scoops her up and onto his shoulders.
"Alright young one, I want you to hold on tight. Here WE GO!!!! RAARRRRR!!!!"
Kaycee stands quietly on the porch with Liara's head on her shoulder. They watch silently as Wrex thunders past with their youngest yelling "KROGAN!!!!"
"You alright Shepard?"
"Of course I am, she's made a
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"Aunt Tali!" are the only words she hears before a blue streak rockets into her midsection. Tali glances down as she tries to catch her breath. Little Ayrene looks up at her with sheer joy in her eyes, her arms wrapped tightly around Tali's waist. "Well look at you, I can't believe how much you've grown Aya.
Tali glances up to see Liara standing in the doorway with a bemused expression on her face, her hands placed on the bulge at her stomach. Tali's eyes widen "Keelah, Liara! Why didn't you tell me?"
Liara chuckles, "Shepard figured your reaction would be priceless."
Tali shakes her head, "That little........."
Ayrene finally extricates herself from her. "Can we play Aunt Tali?"
"I'm sorry Aya, I've got to talk to your mom for awhile."
Ayrene looks crestfallen. Tali kneels down to her eye level. "Tell you what, I may not be able to play with you, but how would you like to play with Chiktikka vas Paus?"
She activates her omni-tool and a purple sphere materiali
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Zaeed: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
The kitchen is a blue blur as Liara rushes to get things prepared. Kaycee strolls in and puts her arms around her wife. "Shepard, I don't have time. Things need to be ready."
"What's the big deal? It's just your father coming to dinner. She's a riot to be around."
"It's not just that, she's bringing a date along. Is Ayrene dressed and ready?"
"Sweetie, you need to relax, I think its great that Aethyta is still able to see people at her age."
"I am more worried of what kind of person she'd bring."
"That.......is a good point."
The doorbell rings. Ayrene rushes past "I'll get it dad!"
Shepard begins to protest, but smiles, ("so helpful"). She hears the door open and Ayrene's voice. "Grandma! Uncle Z!"
...wait...did she just say!!!!!!
Shepard quickly moves to the door to find lo and behold, Zaeed standing in the hallway, Ayrene in his arms. "Look daddy! Uncle Z is here!"
Zaeed gives Kaycee an apologetic look
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The kitchen of the Shepard house is alive with streaks of blue and white. Miranda leans against the counter, mixing bowl in hand, vigorously stirring a mass of chocolate chip pancake batter. She watches the other girls carefully, making sure they're not doing something dangerous. Oriana mans the stove top, several pans already giving off the wonderful sounds of sizzling and popping. Rinyn stands on a step-stool next to Ori, handing Oriana the next pieces of bacon. "How's it coming Ori?"
Her sister gives her a smile over her shoulder. "Rin and I got this under control. Elle? You got those eggs?"
Velair's voice comes from the opened fridge. "Coming right up!" She emerges, carrying a bundle of eggs in her arms. She slips on the wet floor, hitting the ground with a crunch and a thump. Miranda reacts with the speed of a jungle cat, rushing over to Velair, who's got a scrape on her cheek. Tears start to flow down the young asari's face as she pushes he
Shepard Family Stories - Samara"Hey Mommy?" Rinyn stands on her tiptoes peeking out the window at the woman sitting cross-legged on the lawn. "Who's that?"Shepard Family Stories - Samara3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Liara walks over to the window and lifts her daughter into her arms so she can get a better look. "That, sweetie, is Samara. She's a good friend of your father and I. She's a justicar."
Rinyn looks up at her mother with a puzzled expression. "What's a justicar?"
"They're an old order of asari warriors. They are proud, noble, and selfless. Actually, they're like the heroes in the stories your dad reads to you."
Rinyn's eyes widen in wonder, her gaze moving back to the justicar. "Wow....she's like a superhero."
Liara chuckles to herself. "Not exactly sweetie. She's a hero to be sure, but she'd tell you that she's not any different than you or I."
"What's dad doing out there with her? They're just sitting there."
"It's called meditation sweetheart."
"I know, but it's actually really good for you. It lets you clear your mind and helps your focus. Why
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"Come on kids. We're almost there." Ashley Williams leads the merry group towards the hill overlooking the valley. Her long dark hair pulled back into a ponytail, she looks back at the other chaperone. Urdnot Grunt grumbles to himself as he trails behind the group. "You doing alright Grunt?"
"What am I doing here anyway? There's no fighting and I'm not good with….kids."
"Is that why you're letting Syren ride on your head?"
Grunt averts his eyes from hers, "She wouldn't stop asking me if she could ride with me."
"Uh-huh. I always knew you had a soft spot for the kids Grunt."
"I do not! You take that back!"
Syren giggles from on top his head. "Krogan charge!"
Grunt sighs to himself, "Maybe later, Blue."
Ayrene looks over her shoulder at her little sister, "Sy? Leave your uncle Grunt be for now. He was nice enough to let you hitch a ride. Don't push your luck, okay?"
SFS Christmas Stories: Changing of the Guard-December 24th, 2:30 a.m.-SFS Christmas Stories: Changing of the Guard3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Kaycee Shepard wakes to an empty bed, her love nowhere to be found. She blinks her eyes sleepily, trying to adjust her eyes to the darkness, "Liara?"
Kaycee sighs to herself, coming to the conclusion that Liara is in the same place she's been every single night since the Reaper War ended.......at her desk. She throws the covers back, revealing her long slender legs, tiny scars scattered here and there across them. Clad in nothing but her gray tank-top and a pair of black underwear, she winces as her bare feet touch the cold floor. Opening the bedroom door quietly, Shepard notices the telltale blue lights coming from underneath the door that leads to Liara's office. Kaycee shakes her head sadly, She's supposed to be getting rest. Dr. Chakwas told her specifically that the stress from running her operations is not healthy right now.
As she gently opens the door, she hears her love's voice,
SFS Christmas Stories: An Omega Christmas-December 25th-SFS Christmas Stories: An Omega Christmas3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Aria's comm terminal flashes to life in the early hours of the morning. *beep beep beep* Aria groans as she tosses the covers off and tumbles, ungracefully out of bed. She strolls across the vast quarters (still only clad in a pair of black panties) and grabs a shirt off the back of the couch, pulling it on quickly before answering the terminal. Her Batarian enforcer, Bray, appears on the console. Aria's tone drips with venom, "This better be good Bray."
"Uh...right. We have an issue down here on the floor of the club."
Aria's hand goes to her temple, the beginnings of a migraine starting to creep into her head. Her voice causes Bray to wince visibly, "Unless the club's going up in flames, I really don't care. Handle it. It's what I pay you for, isn't it?"
"Um....I think you're going to wanna see this, boss."
"I swear if this is some drunken Elcor causing a fuss again.....blood will be spilled."
"It's not.......well....as I said, boss. You gotta s
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Eden Prime, 17 years after the destruction of the Reapers:
Ambassador Liara T'Soni-Shepard returned home and started preparing some after-school snacks for her children without even changing out of the traditional pure white with gold trim dress she wore to official functions.
Liara was happy and occasionally caught herself staring out the sliding kitchen doors that opened to the huge porch that over looked the big back yard which ended at the shores of the crystal clear glacial lake. A lake named Lake Shepard, much to her husband's chagrin. On the other side of the lake snow-capped mountains towered over everything, reaching into the clear, azure sky. It was breath-taking.
Her lithe figure moved gracefully around the kitchen as she gathered items and mentally ticked off nutritional values. She loved it when she got home in time to do this, but her duties usually held her
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Velair puts her hands in the air as the Alliance soldiers fan out, surrounding her, various assault rifles and pistols all are aimed at her head and chest. "Now now boys. I'm not gonna resist. But would you mind telling me why you are pointing lots of guns at me?"
"Lieutenant Shepard? We are going to ask you to come with us. Please don't resist, no one wants any bloodshed here today."
"I'd like to speak to Captain Chellick first….if you don't mind."
A glint catches her eye, causing her to look up. What she sees brings a smile to her face. The sergeant motions to one of the soldiers, "Restraints, now."
The soldier holsters his weapon and he brings out a set of black cuffs. Elle gives him a smile and puts her hands out for him, "Don't worry, I don't bite."
He leans in and in a low whisper mutters, "I know that Elle. Get ready to fight."
Elle gives him a skeptical look until she takes a good
SFS Christmas Stories: Hikari Shepard-December 24th-SFS Christmas Stories: Hikari Shepard3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Hurry up girls. We wanna be done before dark."
Blake Shepard trudges up the snow covered hill, his feet buried up a few inches with every step. He glances over his shoulder, watching his little girl following in his footsteps. Hikari Shepard, her dark hair pulled back into a ponytail, her dark blue winter jacket zipped up tightly against the cold, a pair of fluffy blue earmuffs covering her ears. Blake looks over at his companion, the stalwart Garrus Vakarian, clad in a hand-knitted sweater with patterns of sniper rifles on it, "You sure they're this way?"
Garrus glances at Blake from the corner of his eye, a small smile playing about his features, "The others told me that they were just over this hill. They said they had found the perfect one."
He turns and lifts Hikari onto his shoulder in a swift motion, causing the little Shepard girl to squeal with delight, clutching her uncle's neck with both hands. "How about you little Kari? Can you see th
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(The SSV Aegis, Captain's Quarters)
Kaycee Shepard sits alone in her daughter's quarters, her face buried in her hands. Visible tear tracks etch lines into her visage. Nightmarish thoughts tear through her mind like ravaging varren. Her mother's body lying in a pool of her own blood, the screaming wounded on the Presidium, all flash before her eyes over and over. Why now? I thought we were done with the fighting, the sacrifice, the loss.
Hillary's voice sounds over the intercom, "Excuse me, Commander?"
Kaycee wipes her eyes, "What's up Hillary?"
"You have a call from the Citadel. Shall I patch it through?"
"Sure, thanks Hillary."
The vid-screen comes to life, revealing Councilor Tevos, her expression grim. "Commander Shepard…..I'm sorry about your mother. I'll make this quick, time is of the essence."
"What are you talking about?"
"Many wish to turn you straight over to the terrorists, Sparatus and I disagree.
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(Earth, Alliance Command)
Admiral Ashley Williams stands in the middle of the war room, Alliance personnel running about. She clears her throat, "I'd like your attention everyone."
Every face turns to her, causing her to pause for a second. Damn, I am still not use to giving orders. "We have a situation unfolding ladies and gentlemen. A terrorist group is targeting Commander Kaycee Shepard and her family. That would normally not be a huge problem, except they aren't just targeting the Shepards. They are ----"
"What is it?"
"I……I think you need to see this ma'am."
"Put it on the main screens."
The three monitors suddenly change to the Cerberus logo, an eye in the middle of the symbol. A distorted voice sounds over the speakers. I have watched you all patiently, waiting for the proper moment. You all have rebuilt your worlds, reforged your alliances, and now that you all believe that you
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Citadel - C-SEC Security Office
Commander Armando Bailey sits with his fingers steepled in front of him, looking at the young Quarian girl in front of him. Her suit covers only her torso and legs, leaving her arms uncovered. Glittering green lines trace patterns down her slender arms. Her mask, a light blue, doesn't hide the apprehensive expression on her face, her glowing blue eyes awash with uncertainty and fear.
"You do know that you're in some serious trouble here, young lady?"
Her eyes lock on his for a moment before nodding. Bailey continues, keeping his voice calm and quiet, "Care to explain why you were caught hacking into the Sirta Foundation's mainframe?"
She mumbles something that Bailey can't make out. "I'm sorry, but you're gonna have to speak up. I'm getting up there in years. My hearing's not what it once was."
She looks at him quizzically as he gives her a small smile. "You're on your Pilgrimage, aren't you?"