Stranger Things: Chp. 3: CostStranger Things: Chp. 3: Cost by Raving-Lunatic
Author's Note: A little about my Shepard's past here. I'll try to fill in the blanks as I go. This takes place after the derelict collector ship trap and a few loyalty missions. Definitely sequenced after the last chapter.
While the crew was still reeling through the shockwaves of The Illusive Man's manipulative deceit regarding the derelict Collector Ship, Shepard remained steadfast with fury. Most of her anger stemmed from the fact that she understood his reasons- maybe even agreed with them. But she knew that, had it been an Alliance operation, she would not have been going in so blind. Betrayal was something she was familiar with, and it was a button she did not like having pushed. Friends that had known her long enough often remarked that the worst thing you could do to Commander Shepard...was lie.
In the rare instances where misconduct was discovered among the peripheral crew members, she usually let them figure it out. No one on the crew wanted to distract from the importance of
Stranger Things: Chp. 2: CalibrationsStranger Things: Chp. 2: Calibrations by Raving-Lunatic
AUTHOR'S NOTE: ****EDIT****These aren't going to be completely in order. Takes place during ME2, somewhere after the entire team has been collected and BEFORE the Collector trap has been sprung.
For her, it started on a night when they were all together, trading stories.
Shepard only brought a two man team with her on every mission. As time went on, she tended to bring the same people, unless the mission required someone with specific skill sets or attachments. Most of the crew only knew what happened in the aftermath and only if a member of the participating squad decided to divulge the details.
It led to a tradition of gathering together during rare moments of free time and trading information. At first, most of their get-togethers were purely accidental. They would stumble into the common areas and find themselves, miraculously, not alone. It was only natural that they would start to plan their meetings. Someone would mention an opportunity for recreation in their schedule, and anot
Stranger Things: CamraderieStranger Things: Camraderie by Raving-Lunatic
Very rarely did they stop at the Citadel without the Commander being whisked away to the Tower for some conference or other with the Council.
Whenever her business with the diplomats was completed, Shepard would run to and fro, completing various and tedious errands. Garrus was often amazed by the magnitude of people who were allowed to drop their dirty laundry in the Commander's lap. At first, he was mystified by her patience, until he began to see the beneficial outcomes that often followed. Every little tidbit and reward she received, usually brought them a small part of the way closer toward their goal.
This time, however, Shepard and her two followers found themselves with a spare chunk of free time on their hands. Garrus could see by her fidgeting that Shepard wasn't entirely comfortable with the idleness.
Ashley, it seemed, was content to stare out at the massive arms of the Citadel and track the motion of passing ships. He felt relatively comfortable in the silence of his compa