The May prompt for @meflashfanwork is “What Might Have Been”, which apparently to my brain translates directly as “sad AU”.
That first night away from Earth, Kaidan wandered the corridors of the Normandy like a ghost. She had the shape and skeleton of the SR-1, but her architecture had changed, walls where there used to be doors, turns that he took on autopilot and which led nowhere. The icon of EDI - that was what they called her - the ship’s AI, winking on every control panel, in case you got lost, or found yourself awake at three o'clock in the morning accelerating superluminally away from the only place in the universe you wanted to be.
The last place he went was the captain’s cabin. The familiar shudder of the elevator made his stomach turn.
The door slid aside at his touch, and he stepped across the threshold and felt sick.
“Welcome to your cabin, Major.” EDI said from somewhere overhead. “Your personal possessions are in the locker. The lighting controls are -”
“I know my way around,” Kaidan said, and that was when the tears started streaming down his face.