Some time after the first trip to Voeld—where, yes, maybe she’d complained just a little about the ridiculous cold—Vetra finds a piece of fabric on her workbench. It’s the exact color of her markings, which is strange. Even stranger, the small, delicately-embroidered flowers winding around the edges are gold, and if the fabric is a perfect match for her markings, she can’t help noticing the embroidery’s the same color as her eyes.
It’s a kind of tube. Weird. She has no idea what it’s for. Pretty, though. It’s also the softest, silkiest fabric she’s ever felt, which is saying something because she’s sourced some pretty fancy shit over the years.
There’s no note, no explanation. She asks around, discreetly. She knows how to be discreet. Ryder’s as confused as she is. Drack snorts. Peebee jokes about secret admirers. Figuring it might be some kind of angaran thing, she brings it to Jaal. He’s busy with something, but instead of just turning in his chair or speaking over his shoulder, he stops what he’s working on immediately, rises, and faces her directly, as if she’s now the most important thing he has to think about. She not sure she’s ever going to get used to that. He smiles when he sees the fabric in her hands, but the smile fades when she asks if he knows what it’s for.
“Ah,” he says slowly, as if savoring the single syllable. “You did not get the note?”
learning a foreign language can be daunting, especially when you are tasked to learn and memorize a large number of words and a new set of grammar rules… hopefully with these tips, it will help you learn and retain a new language as well as get an A in the class!
stay organized: whether its binders or folders, find a method to keep track of all of your papers… don’t throw any away! unless instructed by your teacher/professor, all of your papers and notes potentially have important information that can help you on your tests and quizzes
find your study method: it is important to find an effectiveway of studying… some popular methods are flashcards and reviewing your notes (i personally use quizlet to review and memorize words and i look over my notes for grammar rules) there are many other methods, so you’ll have to find the correct method for you based on your goals
study frequently: cramming for a foreign language is rarely effective, so make sure to study over several days when preparing for a test or quiz (everyday would be preferable)… this can be difficult depending on your schedule, so i recommend studying between classes, 5 minutes during lunch, or a little in your spare everyday. this, along with your normal study routine, will aid memorization in the short and long term
review tests and quizzes: after you get a test or quiz back, make sure to note words/grammar rules that you didn’t understand… study these first and frequently to build memorization
incorporate words into your natural vocabulary: it can sometimes be awkward to use words from a foreign language outside of the classroom, but, using words from a foreign language in your natural vocabulary can help you make connections between the two languages that can help with long term memorization and translation (i recommend incorporating words with friends that either speak the language or are taking the same class in order to make it less awkward)
Please imagine long after the war, Shepard and Garrus pick up dancing as a hobby. Since their little tango on the citadel, they’ve longed to experience it again - the way their bodies moved together, how it expressed emotions better than words could, how it felt like it was just them.
For someone who could never really dance by herself, Shepard’s a quick learner when it comes to dancing with the one she loves and trusts above any other.
They enjoy it so much they decide to enter a dancing competition. Something different, but rewarding. And at every show, no matter what style the dance is or even if they stuff up, they captivate the audience. There’s just something about the two of them dancing together, something so intimate, so real, so… right.
They don’t care if they win. They try, sure, but at the end of the day, they just enjoy the experience as a couple. They couldn’t ask for more.