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Any Four Walls: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (1/1)

From this anonymous prompt: 

i was just wondering how the shepard-vakarian bunch is going to celebrate christmas/the new year (if they celebrate that sort of thing)? Will Rose be able to make it to midnight? What will Tyrra think of santa? will it be cute as all get out? these are questions i have been thinking about for a lil while and it’s SO CUTE to imagine

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Pairing: Shepard/Vakarian, 

Characters: Grace Shepard, Garrus Vakarian, Rose, Tyrra – Any Four Walls universe.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

“I don’t even remember the last time I had a real Christmas,” Rose said abruptly, on the last day of Earth-calendar November.

“The winter holiday?” Tyrra asked. “With the strange man in the red suit and the… branch? With dangly things on it?”

Rose sighed, propping her chin in her small hands, an expression too old and sad on her young face. “That wasn’t Santa. He smelled like pickles. And old sweat. And it was s’posed to be a Christmas tree, but they forgot so they got a really small ugly one. Prob’ly real Santa was busy in the war. Or maybe he can’t go to orphanages or something.”

Garrus glanced at Shepard. She mouthed the word later and, aloud, said, “I’ve heard through some very classified channels that Santa Claus was, indeed, a vital part of the war effort. The Reapers weren’t expecting a man in a flying sleigh pulled by reindeer. He ran all kinds of missions for the allies. They called it, uh, Operation Nick and Rudy.”

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