30 Days of Shenko: 10-SilverA gleam of silver.As Brielle shifted slightly in her seat, her N7 tags reflected the sunlight so that it danced in front of Kaidan's eyes. He squinted and took a sip of his wine.Brielle only wore two pieces of jewelry: her N7 dog tags and her wedding ring. She didn't have a need for anything else, she had said. She liked simple things, like good food, and decent alcohol, and candles and making love.When their lives were complicated by war and destruction, it was the simple things that anchored them. Even after everything had quieted down, after their children had grown and left for Alliance training themselves and the complexity of their routine faded, these things remained to as reminders of what brought them together and kept them that way.That gleam of silver, the same one that caught Kaidan's eye in the wreckage of London and led him back to Brielle, was the dearest reminder of all.
30 Days of Shenko: 9-Move"You weren't kidding. This place is enormous."Kaidan smiled. "A far cry from bunking in the Normandy, I know.""This is a vacation house?""It was for many years," he said, wrapping his arms around Brielle's waist from behind. "But now it's ours.""Mmm," Brielle murmured, leaning back to press her face against Kaidan's neck and place a kiss there. "I like the sound of that."From the patio, Kaidan and Brielle were able to walk down to the beach and go for a walk along the coast. They spend a nice long while just sitting by the icy water, hand in hand, watching the sun move across the sky. Mid-afternoon found them testing out the new downstairs kitchen as Kaidan fixed a plate of bacon sandwiches for them to share. It was nearly sunset by the time he suggested that they check the upper level.Brielle was glad of the fact that they had waited to climb the stairs to their private living area. The upper level was huge and completely open, save for a second, smaller kitchen and bar a
30 Days of Shenko: 8-CompanionMarriage. It was a very difficult thing for Brielle to wrap her head around.It wasn't the concept of marrying Kaidan; spending the rest of her life with that man was the one thing she was completely sure of these days. But along with marriage came the dirty business of the actual joining.Kaidan had been right; the two of them never were much good with rules or ceremony. Yet marriage seemed to be nothing but ceremony to the world at large. Just thinking about the business of being married made Brielle's head spin. She and Kaidan seemed so natural these days, she wished she could make it official with a snap of the fingers.There was no hesitation about making it official on Brielle or Kaidan's part. But even he, who had made the proposal in the first place, didn't enjoy the prospect of planning or taking part in a ceremony where the only people not enjoying the affair would be the bride and groom.Invitations. Rings. Dress blues. Food. Neither of them knew where to start.But o
30 Days of Shenko: 7-Formal"It's been three months already," Brielle complained. "I'm so tired of this damn room.""Well," Kaidan chuckled, "Get those legs to work again and you can just walk out of here.""Very funny, Alenko," she said, staring down at her paralyzed legs unhappily.It had to be killing her, Kaidan mused, to not be able to contribute to the rebuilding effort. Brielle Shepard was a woman of action, always had been. Being confined to the same room for the better part of three months was not befitting of a war hero. Not that she wanted that title, of course; if there was one benefit of the slow nature of her recuperation, it was the fact that she wasn't being required to pose for adverts or appear in news vids.But three months was a lot of time to spend just watching the aftermath. The destruction of the Reapers had left the galaxy scrambling to rebuild technology, which meant that any number of medical advances that would ordinarily have had the Commander back on her feet within a couple of month