Men of the Normandy
A/N – This fic is for one of my best friends, the lovely author TLCinbflo. We came up with the idea for this story late at night on chat and, though it took me the better part of a year, I finally got around to writing it. TLC, thanks for being an amazing friend. I really can’t say how much your friendship and support has meant to me, only that you make me a better person and I’m so grateful to have met you.
I hope everyone enjoys this story! The wonderful cover art of Kaidan was done by @me4fanart.
The smile on Gina Shepard’s face was enough to drive a man wild. Kaidan had seen it a million times before; that little half smirk that went hand in hand with dimples and sparkling ocean-green eyes. It was a mischievous, impish smile that implied she was thinking of wicked things, and right now it was aimed straight at him as he tugged on the hem of his t-shirt and fidgeted while waiting for C-Sec to clear them through security.
Apparently she found his discomfort at being asked to take part in an all-male photo shoot on the Normandy very amusing indeed.
Kaidan sighed and shrugged his jacket on as they waited. It wasn’t that he was uncomfortable with his body, or that he didn’t want to take part in the photo shoot, it was just that the invitation had been somewhat vague, even if it had been signed off on by the Alliance. If the rest of the crew hadn’t jumped behind the idea of doing a photo shoot to raise money for war orphans, he might have been tempted to say no.
As it was, he wasn’t even sure what would be required. The request had included example photos of shirtless men flexing in poses that were reasonably tasteful, but had stated they hoped to utilise weapons, biotics and the Normandy herself in their photographs. Gina had been surprisingly enthusiastic about the idea, and was thrilled at the chance to do something to help with moral in the war.
Others, such as James and Cortez, were even more excited than Gina had been, and they’d helped whip up a frenzy of excitement on the Normandy. Even Garrus and Javik, who had been hesitant at first, had allowed themselves to be caught up in the excitement of the photoshoot. In fact, the only person who seemed less enthusiastic than him was Traynor, who’d complained endlessly about the sexist nature of an all-male calendar.
“Don’t worry, Kaidan.” Gina grinned as they were cleared through security and finally allowed into the Normandy’s airlock. “You’re not the only volunteer for this little charity venture who’s feeling a little nervous. But it’s all in good fun, and if you really don’t want to do this you don’t have to.”
He shrugged, uncomfortable with the thought of being the only senior officer on board who didn’t take part in the calendar. Besides, maybe it would be as easy as taking off his shirt and posing for a few photos, nothing untoward and nothing too risqué.
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