mlm effect • steve cortez

Others: Jaal, Drack, Joker, Kallo.

“When did you know?”

Swathed in a warm blanket and resting against Steve’s chest, Shepard gave a huff of laughter before sighing. His fingers curled around the soft fabric, and he pulled it closer, his hands resting just over his sternum. Every muscle in his body ached – from combat, from things more pleasurable than fighting – and being close to him felt good.

He opened his mouth to answer, but Steve closed his arms tighter around his waist and interrupted him.

“And you don’t get to say you’ve always known. I’m not here for that kind of cop out.”

“Alright,” Shepard said with another little laugh. He shut his eyes and considered the question again. Some guys had a moment when they realized they were gay, or when they stopped pretending and came to the conclusion through self-discovery. Some guys could tell you the exact day when they put their foot down and said: Guess what, world.

He tried to remember if he had ever had one of those moments. Or maybe he had always known. Or maybe some small part of him was still questioning.

Rather than choosing that moment to indulge in a little more introversion, Shepard let the blanket go and reached down to where Steve’s hands were resting on his stomach. He held onto them tight. “So I was walking down a hallway. A door opened and this… gorgeous guy walked out, running right into me. He smelled amazing. That detail is the clearest. He also had really pretty blue—”

“That sounds suspiciously close to the way we met.”

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Things Shepard falls off, through, and into in ME3

• The roof on the way to the shuttle port during the Reaper attack
• A bridge on Tuchanka
• A turian barricade
• Through a fucking fish tank
• Down the side of a building directly after the fish tank
• A structurally unsound krogan base
• Into a hole in the ground in an asari temple
• A ledge on the Rannoch base
• A walkway on a geth dreadnought
• Grace and dignity when they danced in front of everyone

  • Garrus: Shepard. So I guess this is--
  • Shepard: Just like old times?
  • Garrus: Hm. Might be the last chance we get to say that.
  • Shepard: Think we're going to lose?
  • Garrus: No. I think we're about to kick the reapers back into whatever black hole they crawled out of. Then, we're going to retire somewhere warm and tropical and live off the royalties from the vids. Maybe even find out what a Turian-Human baby looks like.
  • Shepard: I'm game. Though I think adoption's a better idea--biology may not cooperate.
  • Garrus: Hmm... I suppose there will be a lot of little Krogan around soon.
  • Shepard: We just have to beat the reapers first.
  • Garrus: James told me there's an old saying here on Earth. 'May you be in Heaven half an hour before the Devil knows you're dead.' Not sure if Turian heaven is the same as yours, but if this thing goes sideways and we both end up there, meet me at the bar. I'm buying.
  • Shepard: We're a team, Garrus. There's no Shepard without Vakarian. So you better remember to duck.
  • Garrus: Sorry, Turians don't know how. But I'll improvise. And Shepard... forgive the insubordination, but your boyfriend has an order for you...
  • Garrus: Come back alive. It'd be an awfully empty galaxy without you.