My second (late) submission for Mass Effect AU Week!
The Survivor (Also on AO3)
Ashley Williams never thought that she’d be content to die. Prepared, yes, willing, sure, but never content. And yet here she was, relieved to the point of gratitude, that her commanding officer was leaving her to die.
Because it meant Kaidan would live. The adorable dork of a lieutenant, with his surprisingly dry sense of humor and absurdly perfect hair, would live.
Shepard would rescue him and eventually realize what a mistake she had made, turning him down for the doe-eyed, blue alien. They would have a winter wedding, and four kids and a dog, and a house with a few acres of land in the middle of nowhere. Maybe, if they had a daughter, they would name her Ashley.
They would live happily ever after, but more importantly, he would live.
A rocket hit the front of the pillar she was using for cover, pulling her from her thoughts. She made its wielder a priority target and brought her assault rifle to the ready. Just because she was happy didn’t mean she would go down easy.