30 Days of Shenko: 19-Transformation
Shepard had been forced to grow up almost overnight herself after losing her pseudo-adoptive family all those years ago. She didn't have the first clue about how to be a mother, and in the months leading up to the birth of David and Michelle, she began to worry.
One particular evening in late August, Kaidan found her a sobbing mess on the floor of their bathroom - the only time he had seen her cry since the morning before she found out she was pregnant. The next day, his mother visited with her usual weekly basket of goodies and advice. She put her arms around Brielle and told her that she wasn't alone in this, that she would always have a ready and practiced hand whenever she needed it. She knew that Brielle needed to hear the words from another mother who empathized, not just a husband who could only sympathize.
Brielle was eternally grateful for that visit.
During the final month of her pregnancy, Brielle began to change. It was the strangest phenomenon in a life comprised almost en
30 Days of Shenko: 18-Summer
As the days grew longer and hotter, Brielle's belly grew bigger and bigger.
She got regular calls from the old gang, and she was still getting used to the fact that they never brought bad news with them. Wrex and Bakara were busy raising their two young kids (and were already working on a third) while they led the effort to rebuild Turchanka. It was Bakara who called most often, and Brielle was delighted by the relationship that was developing between them. Liara, while a welcome face, was difficult to speak with at length. She simply could not prevent herself from bombarding Brielle with endless questions about human pregnancy; those conversations always made Brielle feel tired and a little dizzy afterward. Talking to Garrus always helped Brielle put things into perspective on difficult days, since he liked to talk about the things she was most comfortable with, mostly the "good old days." On occasion he would discuss Tali, whom he visited often. He was working alongside hi
30 Days of Shenko: 16-Thanks
For someone who led a life filled to the brim with unwelcome and unpleasant things, Brielle Shepard had a surprising number of things to be eternally grateful for.
A kind, fierce, beautiful husband --kind in his disposition, fierce in his heart, and beautiful in his spirit. He was the rare sort that made for a perfect partner on any level yet also made for a dedicated and fiery lover. It was the nature of Kaidan's character that drew Brielle into his bed far more than her natural attraction to his raw physicality.
Two wonderful children, a girl and a boy she never thought possible. Commander Shepard, a mother? The thought had never even crossed her mind until the day she found out she was already several weeks pregnant. It was a different sort of adventure than the ones she was used to: feeding two very fussy babies, keeping Michelle occupied with the vid screen long enough to change David's diapers (and vice versa), fixing broken toys and putting the twins down for naps and watching t
30 Days of Shenko: 15-Order
In the Alliance military, order and regulations dictated the lives of its officers. It was a hard habit for Shepard to break after all this time. She simply could not get the hang of the whole "weekend lie-in" business; she was wide awake by 7 am every morning, no matter how late she stayed up the night before.
So when Kaidan found her fast asleep beside him one morning, he knew something was wrong. He leaned over and gently kissed his wife on the temple.
"Mmm?" she murmured, shifting her head so she was turned toward Kaidan.
"It's nearly ten," he said. "I need to leave in an hour."
"What?" she muttered sleepily.
"It's almost ten," he repeated, a bit more firmly now. "Brielle--"
"What?" Brielle sprang up, so suddenly that she almost hit Kaidan with one of her flailing arms. Before he could move a muscle, she was out of bed and in the bathroom. He followed her at once.
Brielle was sitting on the floor, heaving into the toilet. Kaidan sat beside her and placed a comforting hand on her sh
30 Days of Shenko: 14-Wind
Settling down was a surreal experience, due in part to the fact that Brielle Shepard found excitement in the things that normal people tended to take for granted.
Prior to moving in with Kaidan, Brielle spent most of her time aboard ships or on distant planets. The variety of environments she experienced on those faraway worlds were little more than an annoyance, a distraction from the task at hand.
But sitting on the balcony of their Vancouver home, she found herself taking notice of every little subtlety of the weather: the scent of the breeze coming up from the water, the steady heat of the afternoon sunlight, the humming and buzzing of the insects. Brielle closed her eyes and turned her head up toward the sun, smiling serenely.
Kaidan's voice in her ear startled her, making her jump.
"Were you sleeping?" he asked, both alarmed and amused by her response.
"No," Brielle replied, "Just in the zone, you know?"
"I do. So, how was your day?"
"Quiet. Well, unless you count the twins," she