30 Days of Shenko: 28-Promise
"When this is over, I'm gonna be waiting for you. You better show up."
On quiet, peaceful nights, the unspoken promise that Brielle's words demanded of Kaidan came back to them. Their love may have been the result of a wartime romance, but those circumstances didn't dictate their relationship. What brought them together was not the glue that kept them together. What they had came from a deeper, mutual sentiment and attraction. The fact that they worked just as well sitting on a balcony sipping tea as they did coordinating a deadly mission spoke to that.
Their ability to communicate wordlessly also transcended the Reaper War. Every hitch in Kaidan's chest, every breathy moan that Brielle uttered, every gentle brush of skin against skin meant something different in the unique language of their relationship.
Even on the nights when the two of them only sat beside each other, reading or watching vids or sleeping (if Kaidan had had a particularly trying day), the passion between them remain
30 Days of Shenko: 26-Diamond
No matter what Brielle said to the contrary, Kaidan knew that his wife was going to be a damn near perfect mother.
She had been concerned about motherhood throughout her pregnancy. She was thrilled to be starting a family, but, given the nature of her own upbringing, she seriously doubted her maternal abilities. I don't know the first thing about what makes a parent, was her constant refrain. And though she never voiced it aloud, Brielle was also concerned about how becoming a mother might compromise her ability to go back to work with the Alliance. She had, after all, been preparing for a potential position as an N7 officer at the nearby training station when she had discovered that she was pregnant. She never said it, but she didn't need to. Kaidan knew it anyway.
There was a negative connotation attached to motherhood. In a world where more and more women were joining men on the front lines every day, especially after the Reaper War was won by a woman, popular culture seemed
30 Days of Shenko: 25-Winter
The first winter snowfall of Vancouver didn't hit that year until mid-February. That morning, Kaidan and Brielle were able to sit by the bay windows with six-month-old David and Michelle on their laps and watch a a blanket of snow spread over English Bay. As Brielle sipped the remnants of her second cup of tea, Kaidan's mother arrived for an unexpected visit. While she scooped David and Michelle into her arms for a hug, Brielle shuffled off to the downstairs kitchen to make a third round of tea for three.
"Just one," Kaidan whispered into her ear as she reached for the mugs (and nearly dropped them at the sound of his voice).
"Dammit Kaidan," Brielle spluttered. "Don't do that!"
He smiled and wrapped his arms around her waist. "Just one cup," he said, punctuating his words with a kiss on the neck. "We're going out."
"Mom's taking care of the kids for a few hours. I called her this morning."
"Why?" Brielle asked briskly.
"Well," Kaidan replied, "We still haven't make
30 Days of Shenko: 23-Thousand
I love you, I love you, I love you. They could never say it enough, because they had spent far too long keeping silent about their feelings for each other. At least, Brielle had. Kaidan was a man of strong feeling, and he had never hidden how integral his passion was to his actions and his identity.
Brielle, by the nature of her upbringing, had learned to remain unemotional and impassive. It was part of the reason that N7 training had been so much more bearable for her than for the typical N7 candidate; the harsh conditions all trainees were forced to endure were simply amplified versions of the environment Brielle had grown up in.
It was Kaidan who had softened her, who had helped her to consciously acknowledge those feelings that guided her. He had given her more inner strength than Brielle knew she possibly could have. The emotions that she had been burying and hiding for years came to light in Kaidan's presence.
Even if Brielle said "I love you" a thousand times every day for the r
30 Days of Shenko: 22-Mad
Later, they would chuckle about the fact that it was always the little things that drove them mad. It might be Brielle with her perpetual inability to pick up after herself that drove poor, overparticular Kaidan up the wall. Or it might be Kaidan eating all of the food in the house during what he liked to refer to as one of his "biotic binges."
These little things hardly ever led to any sort of confrontation or fighting, for the most part. Only when Brielle was experiencing a particularly bad mood swing, or Kaidan was having a decidedly painful migraine, did either of them ever raise their voices. But the thrill of finding themselves actually yelling prevented them from completing any argument; the moment they both realized what they were doing, Brielle and Kaidan dissolved into laughter and forgot all about what had prompted the disagreement in the
That was how life went for them. Two minutes of tension over something insignificant, then another month of complete peace.