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    John Shepard grew up on the streets, never knowing what it meant to be loved. When he reaches the pinnacle of his career as the first human Spectre, he begins to think he's destined to be alone for the rest of his life.

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    Now with incredible artwork by the magnificent FallingOverSideways in Ch. 8!!

    A new drawing has been added to Ch. 31, courtesy of the amazing rego-mem on tumblr! :)
    **

    Notice the update in tags. I've been working on this fic for months, but was debating with myself whether to change certain aspects of Shepard's past to make the story less.... sad, I guess. In the end, I decided, this is my Shepard. He had a sucky life up till this point. There will be graphic depictions of violence, but there will NOT be graphic depictions of rape or child abuse - only mentions of it. Trigger warnings will be posted at the beginning of each chapter. I wanted people to understand that.

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    An angry young man takes his one chance to turn his life around. Now a former criminal may be the only chance the galaxy has left.

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    …How d’you keep one of these? “Write down how you feel,” Stephanie, my therapist, said after Akuze. But isn’t this just me talking to myself? This journal? I’m pretty sure someone close to thirty doesn’t talk to themselves.

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    Иногда Гаррус сам не понимает, на чьей он стороне, превратившись в заложника ее жестоких игр

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    “You remind me of him,” Anderson had once said, the day they had made Kaidan the second human Spectre. He was under no illusion that that wouldn’t have happened without Shepard being the first, but he wasn’t quite so sure if they had really shared the same values. From what he had heard, things had regularly blown up wherever Commander Shepard had gone, and Kaidan was proud to think that they didn’t tend to around him.

    Kaidan Alenko and John Shepard never meet on the Normandy SR-1. By the time Kaidan becomes the second human Spectre, Commander Shepard has been dead for almost two years.

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    16/?
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    Shepard was brought to the Citadel as Captain Anderson's adopted son at the age of fifteen. The Detroit native had always known a life of hardship, having survived in poverty on Earth with no parents and only a gang to call his own. Now he finds himself in a completely foreign setting with new difficulties: high school.

    This story follows Shepard as he navigates adolescence, working through relationships and staying afloat with a curriculum he's never known before. Due to unforeseen circumstances Shepard eventually finds himself failing and only with the help of his friends and a certain attractive tutor can he succeed in passing into the next school year.

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    5/?
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    Lieutenant Commander Raina Shepard has never been good at letting people get close. She's in the Alliance to do her job, not make friends. But when she meets a handsome lieutenant, she finds herself in unfamiliar territory. Something in the way he looks at her rattles her carefully constructed walls.

    This journey follows their romance through the events of all three games.

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    26/?
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    //tumblr prompt: "aaliyah shepard + youth"

    “The only way to survive is to keep your eyes dry and your liver shot to hell, got it?”

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    Teenage Garrus Vakarian takes down a Citadel slumlord with the help of an Earth-bound gang member. (It's Shepard.)

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    3/?
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    The Eleventh Doctor gets a call from the Illusive Man asking for his help against the Reapers. Having no idea what the crazy man was talking about, Eleven nonetheless decides to investigate. The Reapers are exactly the sort of thing he'd like to stop - but can he work with a soldier like Shepard, who tends to shoot first and ask questions later? And just how did the Illusive Man find him, anyways?

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    27/?
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    Prompt: What love was ever as deep as a grave?

    Snippets of a variety of Garrus' thoughts and memories of Shepard, and a growing realization about the nature of love like theirs.

    Shepard is Earthborn & Sole Survivor. The numbers are rough chronology but you can just read straight through.

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    Set post Destroy ending. Commander Celeste Shepard’s friends set out to find her amidst the London debris. Everyone keeps saying she is gone, but they refuse to believe it.

    This is a story about friendship, grief, healing, learning how to live again after war - and the never ending search for self-forgiveness.

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    Leliana works too much, enough that even when The Divine wearily issues her an order to take a vacation she decides instead to simply take her work to the field. When following a lead on a supposed rogue agent, she never bargained for this much trouble.

    Set before the events of Inquisition and during the events of Mass Effect 2. Shitty Time Travel style crossover, Para(gator)ade Shep, squint and you might see some background pairings.

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    10/?
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    "Commander, with all due respect, you've got a great pair o'knockers and it's a shame you gotta hide 'em." Michaels croons to Shepard's left.
    "C'est la vie, Michaels. If there weren't regs, in another life, all that jazz."
    Whatever Michaels is about to say in response is lost in the sound of a klaxon and the flashing of red lights. Shepard's stomach drops through the floor as her heart climbs into her throat.
    They were under attack and ninety percent of her crew was sprawled drunk.
    --

    First Contact War AU, FemShepard/Garrus

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    Loving you means that I give you my heart my love, my whole self; you'll always come first before anything. Shepard's life has always been unusual. It all started when she was young, but realized its significance much later. If only she can keep her most kept secret a secret, but the universe never liked to cooperate.

     

    Also available on Deviantart and Fanfiction.net! Same username different Title: Broken Soldiers.
    Links are also on my profile page!

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    Shepard wakes up on Lazarus station as a stranger in her own body. When she looks at herself in the mirror she doesn't recognize the woman staring back, all of the hard earned healing is gone and she walks the SR2's halls exhausted. Even when Garrus joins her team its not enough to keep her from slipping back into her old self destructive tendencies. When she wakes up beside Garrus, her best friend her absolute trust in him is at odds with her fear of intimacy. Luckily, she doesnt get long to think about it as the Illusive man assigns her to a fresh mission.

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    6/?
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    This is not a story about love. This is a story about a girl that came from nothing, and a boy who came from everything. This is the story of how things fall apart, and somehow piece their way together once again. This is the story of a civilian and a soldier.

    AU where Kaidan is the spectre and Shepard is the orphan. They meet as children and he saves her in his own way, but never returns. They meet again years later in the Citadel, and the story of Mass Effect takes place.

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    They'd gone dark and there was silence. Complete silence.
    She volunteered. Eager to prove herself.
    A comforting smile, a subtle touch out of sight. It would have been enough to calm the nagging feeling in her gut. But it wasn't...this was something she couldn't shake...and for good reason.

    Night dawns and she realizes.
    It's survival, or nothing.

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    James Vega isn't too thrilled about baby-sitting duty at Alliance HQ, even his charge is the infamous Commander Shepard. He's soon to find out that he's in for way more than he could've dreaded, or dreamed.

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