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
30 Days of Shenko: 13-Denial
The galaxy's frustration was tangible. After a devastating war the likes of which none alive had ever known (save perhaps for Javik), people were clamoring to hear from the hero in the vids, the mysterious Commander Shepard.
The fact of her survival had been publicized almost immediately in an effort to boost the morale of a thoroughly worn down galaxy. Unfortunately, this meant that a seemingly infinite number of people were demanding all sorts of information about her and what she had done on Earth. As a result, her whereabouts were being heavily guarded by the very top of the chain of Alliance command; consequently, this meant that Brielle saw fewer than ten people over the course of her recovery. Not that she minded her privacy, of course. It was fun to laugh with Kaidan at the outrageous rumors being perpetuated by the vids these days.
Kaidan had become something of a guardian since the end of the war. Watching over her while she was out of commission, appealing directly to Hacket
30 Days of Shenko: 12-Knowledge
Brielle Shepard knew that the first thing she would see would be Kaidan Alenko's face, just as it had been the last.
He had been the one to find her, after all. He had been the one to gather the crew that searched the wreckage of London to recover her. He had been the one to physically dig her out of the rubble and carry her in his arms all the way to the Alliance hospital. He had been the one who never left her side, who glared and cursed so furiously that nobody dared to question his presence in her room for the three straight weeks she spent asleep.
Despite being doped up on a cocktail of painkillers, Brielle spoke her first words in a calm, clear voice: "You showed up."
"You knew I would, Shepard." He placed a hand on either side of her face, leaned down, and kissed her.
"Doesn't mean I'm not still ..." And she was out.
Brielle continued to fall in and out of consciousness, and Kaidan was always there when she woke up. Alliance brass continued coming in and out the first day after