she would be such a good liara it brings tears to my eyes

Chaos and Adventure (ME Fic)

I was @qbert0​‘s Holiday Harbinger gifter, and wanted to write something to go with the dice bag. You mentioned that you liked fShep/Liara and Garrus/Tali as a secondary pairing, that you enjoyed the whole gang’s adventures in the Citadel DLC, and requested no heavy emotional angst, so I tried to write a bit of fluff that captured some of those themes. It was a fun piece to write and I hope you enjoy it!

Post-game, ambiguous as to ending but Shepard is alive, pretty much pure fluff.


Judging from the length of the line outside, the rebuilt Ryuusei’s Sushi Bar was even popular than the old one. Even in civvies, Shepard was quickly recognized and waved to the front of the line. Liara had wondered if she would prove to be on some sort of restaurant blacklist, but if the maître d’ was aware of Shepard’s role in the demise of the sushi bar’s previous incarnation, she gave no sign. “Welcome, ma’am, Ryuusei’s is honored to have you,” she said smoothly. “This way, please, the rest of your party is waiting for you.”

Liara took a moment to look over the place. The renovation had been extensive (and doubtless expensive). Fish swam contentedly below her feet, unaware of the tragic fate of their predecessors. The wood paneling was carefully aged as if to suggest that the restaurant had been in continuous operation for decades, and certainly had not been invaded by mercenaries or swarming with Reapers at any point.

The maître d’s brow was furrowed in a look Liara had learned to interpret as impatience. She fell in beside Shepard as they made their way across the restaurant. Garrus Vakarian gave a quick wave from across the way – of course, he had spotted them first. Tali’Zorah’s attention appeared to be completely absorbed by the “NEW Dextro Menu!” in her hands, but she quickly glanced up as the maître d’ pulled out Shepard and Liara’s chairs.

“Shepard! Liara!” she said. “It’s so good to see you!” Liara didn’t need to be able to see Tali’s face to know that she was smiling. “It’s been too long.”

“Well, if some people could tear themselves away from their homeworlds more often…” Shepard said teasingly.

Garrus spread his hands. “You know how it is, Shepard,” he said ruefully. “One meeting after another, datapad after datapad filled with decisions to be made… It’s enough to make a turian think about resuming his vigilante career. I’d have thought the Reaper advisor would be, eh, off the hook with the Reapers gone…”

“Ah, ah!” Tali waved a finger in mock indignation. “No Reaper talk.”

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just human

“Major, the shuttle’s returned from Thessia,” EDI said calmly over the intercom.

Kaidan had been waist deep in XO work and some Spectre reports he said he’d help take off Shepard’s hands. He’d been so happy to rejoin the Normandy, to serve alongside Shepard again. It was the only place that truly felt like home when he was on active duty. He knew he couldn’t be doing anything else during the war. He had to be here. But he was beginning to underestimate how much he truly loathed paperwork. And how things had been a little easier when Pressly was the XO.

“Thanks, EDI,” he replied, “How does it look down there?”

There was a momentary silence, and he looked up.

“EDI?”

“The mission was not a success.”

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fractured

pairing: f!shepard/garrus
length: 1218 words
complete: yes
summary: Garrus hadn’t been aware just how close Shepard was to breaking until after Thessia falls.
ao3


“Shepard.” 

Shepard covers her head with the pillow. “What, Garrus? I’m trying to sleep here.” 

“Are we really not going to talk about what happened down there?”

She freezes, then sits up, turning to face him. “Why? What’s the point? We both know what happened.”

Her eyes are red and her hands are shaking, even now, hours after. Garrus reaches out to steady them, and she doesn’t pull away.

“I wasn’t there, Shepard,” he responds quietly. “The only things I know are what you said during the briefing.” 

“Yeah, well,” her hands clench into fists. “There’s a good reason for that.” 

“Care to enlighten me?” 

“No.” 

Shepard.”

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