Shakarian prompt “the weight of the world” for thekjuniverse! I hope this piece will give a bit more insight into the dynamics of Emily and Garrus’ relationship. They’re honest with each other and don’t sugarcoat things; they keep each other grounded.
Emily’s not an optimist at all, but sometimes she over-estimates her own abilities and needs someone to remind her that she is human and does have limits. Also I could go on for hours about why complete-renegade-Emily is 100% in favor of curing the genophage. I’ve never understood why that’s often considered a paragon choice.
she just really likes krogan okay
The shuttle trip back from the Shroud was nearly silent, despite the victory that had just occurred. Shepard leaned against Garrus, her visor on the floor of the shuttle.
"Did I do the right thing?"
He reached for one of her hands, giving it a light squeeze. “I’m not sure there’s a right and wrong in this war. But having the krogan on our side gives Palaven a chance.”
"What about Mordin?" Shepard twisted in her seat, turning to look up at Garrus. "You know the last time I lost someone under my command?" she snapped.
The sudden outburst prompted a startled glance from James, but he said nothing, and the entire shuttle fell into silence once more.
"It was back on Virmire," Shepard continued after a few moments, her voice once again at a normal volume. "When I left Ash." She groaned and let her head rest against the side of the shuttle. "I guess we always knew there would be casualties. I just never imagined they’d be so… personal.”
"Somehow it’s easier to count casualties by planets lost than by friends,” Garrus agreed.
"One scientist salarian dies so thousands of krogan can live," she sighed. "The calculus of war."
"Shepard—" Garrus gave her hand another squeeze, fully aware of James as he shifted his weight awkwardly, pretending to be immersed in the door of the shuttle. "I know these aren’t easy decisions to make, but the war’s bigger than this one choice."
"I know." Shepard cleared her throat, waiting to speak again until she’d regained her composure. "It’s just hard, having so many people depend on you. I’ve got the whole galaxy depending on me, and all I’m really good at is taking guns apart and forgetting to put them back together.”
Garrus leaned down to whisper in her ear, drawing a breathless smile from Shepard as his mandible brushed against her cheek. “I happen to know that’s not all you’re good at.”
Even with as conflicted as she was over the outcome of Tuchanka, Shepard couldn’t help but grin. “You’re lying.”
"No, I don’t think I am." He pulled Shepard as close as their armor would allow, his mandibles fluttering in smug satisfaction at the surprised squeak that came from Shepard. "And when we get back to the Normandy," he murmured, voice low and deep and barely audible over the hum of the shuttle, "I’ll make sure to show you exactly how much I appreciate all the things you’re good at.”
My post-destroy ending, mass effect comic is FINALLY done!
Lucky for you, Archangel is your boyfriend. [listen]
Digital Love - Daft punk // Here in Your Arms - Hellogoodbye // Unintended - MUSE // Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat // The Moon Song - Karen O // I Do Adore - Mindy Gledhill // Firefly - Ed Sheeran // I’m Gonna Be - The Proclaimers // Somebody Loves You - Betty Who // Thank You - DIDO // Meteor Shower - Owl City // Clarity - Zedd ft. Foxes // Neutron Star Collision - MUSE // Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men // I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie // Starlight - MUSE // Don’t Fear The Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult // King and Lionheart - Of Monsters and Men // Angels - The XX // C’est la Mort - The Civil Wars.
a mostly happy shakarian mix (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
Garrus paced back and forth through Shepard’s cabin, anxiously waiting for her to return. It had been a few weeks since they’d rekindled their relationship, and Garrus thought everything was going perfectly. Until he decided to rewatch some of his vids, and he realized something.
Shepard never kissed him.
"Meet me at the bar. I’m buying."
"Don’t ever do that again."
The view from Shepard’s bed is incredible in more ways than one.
She’s curled against his cowl, dark skin in perfect harmony with his grey plates, the swell of her back softly rising and falling. He nuzzles the top of her head, dark hair tickling his mandibles, the two of them silhouetted against the black.
The stars are amazing here, when you’re in them and among them, steady beams of brilliant light highlighted among colossal nebulae. They’re perfect, gigantic balls of flame and sparks and beaming beauty. Small and large and lovely. Nothing like it.
Shepard lets out a little snort and cuddles closer, seeking his warmth. He raises an arm obligingly, stroking her hair and letting out a soothing hum.
Starshine is always far more brilliant when set against infinity.
"We gave ‘em hell Garrus"
Finished commission for my roomate Kailey. I really really like how it came out, definitely click to look at all the details.
"Okay, yes! You are a great driver, Shepard!"
I mean Garrus and Shepard being romantic is cute and all but like has anyone ever imagined them arguing.