shenko | run into each other in a hospital while there for really stupid reasons au | sheptsoni
“You can sit over there, Mr. Shepard."
Kaidan’s head snaps up. Shepard. He knew that name. Sure enough at the nurse’s desk, there stood Shepard comfortably perched against the wall nursing what looked like a broken shoulder
"C'mon, one round of pain killers won’t hurt. I’m in a lot of pain.”
The nurse sees through his lie just as easily as Kaidan does. She merely points with authority towards the waiting room seats. Shepard makes a show of rolling his eyes before walking over to Kaidan’s seat and surprises him by plopping down beside him.
Kaidan doesn’t really know Shepard, not really. They only have one class together: Calculus 3. The only thing Kaidan has ever thought about Shepard is that he didn’t look like he belonged in Calc 3. Among other things that he didn’t want to admit to himself. In fact Kaidan didn’t even know Shepard’s name. Only that it started with a J or something like that.
Shepard is a archtype. Buzzcut, bad boy leather jacket, fuck the world attitude. It’s a type that isn’t Kaidan’s. Well, not anymore. He’s gotten over that phase in his life. Or so he’d thought. He pretends not to notice his heart rate jump when Shepard looks at him, as if he likes what he sees.
She learns to shake alone. At the back of the med bay with the door closed, and she clenches her hands and tries to not to let the sudden overwhelming isolation that’s she’s so fond of suffocate her.
Instead, she forces herself to spend more time among the crew. In the beginning, they thought her suspect, and perhaps even now more than a few still watch her with wary eyes, but the death of her mother seems to be a blessing in disguise. They take her venturing out from the med bay more often to mingle with the crew to be her way of coping. Maybe it is, Liara just knows that they listen to her when she tells stories about her mother from years ago. Before Noveria, before indoctrination, back when she was someone else.
Lieutenant Alenko—Kaidan—is the one who engages her the most, outside of Shepard. He doesn’t just sit and listen, he asks questions. He speaks with her, and even visits her from time to time. It provides a strange calm Liara is unused to experiencing.
Shepard asks her, once, after passing Kaidan to the back of the med bay. Liara doesn’t know why she feels embarrassed all of a sudden by the implication in Shepard’s question regarding her relationship to the Lieutenant. She assures that there’s nothing going on there (it’s ironic that just a couple months ago it was Shepard putting her mind at ease regarding his own relationship with Kaidan).
The mission comes first, but Liara knows things seem to be getting intense between Kaidan, Shepard, and herself. Ashley actually came up to her at a point, suggesting the three of them clear the air before they didn’t have the chance to anymore.
But then Virmire comes, and Liara and the rest of the team are linked to the comm., listening to Ashley and Kaidan yelling at Shepard to save the other. She wishes she could be there with Shepard instead of on the ship, but she’s not a solider, and she can’t even imagine making the choice Shepard does.
“Hard to believe she’s gone.” Kaidan tells to her afterwards, standing by Ashley’s station in the cargo bay. Liara rests her hand on his shoulder. For half a moment, she thinks he shakes under her touch. No tears come through, and Kaidan reaches up, grasping her hand in his, gently removing it from him.
“I’m going to go see how Shepard’s doing.” He tells her, taking a step and hesitating. Liara watches him leave, the shaking in his shoulders greater and farther away with every step.
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i love underground rap. like the kind that means something. i’m also into ambience, like deep electronic ambient music. acoustic is always nice- sea wolf, tom odell, the works. i’ll listen to any kind of genre of music as long as it speaks to me somehow. i’m really not picky. music is amazing.
S - 2 habits.
like bad habits? ahhhah. umm. i bite my nails when i’m nervous. which is a lot. also i daydream. a lot. about like, what it’d be like if clouds acted like trampolines. hah. *sweats*
T- 5 things I love unconditionally.
the kind of music that i have to close my eyes to listen to. sitting by the fireplace in winter with someone i care about. singing in the shower when no one’s home. sitting by the window during thunderstorms. also, food.
V - 3 big dreams.
being recognized for something i love. having someone tell me that they’re proud of me. being free of my parents.