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Kmeme Prompt-Shepard Siblings-ME3 Garrus Vakarian, like most of the crew, had no idea Commander John Shepard had a kid sister. And he certainly had no idea Jane'd be so... enticing. But John certainly isn't the first brother to have a protective streakRated: Fiction M - English - Romance/Humor - Garrus V. & Shepard (F) - Chapters: 26 - Words: 49,800 - Reviews: 230 - Favs: 191 - Follows: 267 - Updated: 06-04-12 - Published: 04-24-12 - id: 8056711
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The Citadel's 'night cycle', if you could call it that, had started some time before they made it down to Purgatory. The bar had already been bustling by the time they arrived, and were fairly lucky to find a couch to call their own for the night. The first thing Jane did was acquire two strong drinks, one levo and one dextro, and that set the pace for the rest of the evening. By the time Joker and EDI showed up, Jane was well and truly drunk, and she suspected Garrus was as well, if not on his way to being so. She never had one specific type of drunken personality, and tonight she couldn't stop giggling (and somewhere in the back of her head was a voice that was completely mortified by this).
"Well, you two certainly look... cozy." The pilot and the AI stood next to their table, looking down at them, one with a shit-eating grin, the other with a thoughtful expression. For the first time since... probably her third drink- Jane dedicated some small amount of brain power to how they might look to onlookers. She was curled up on the couch with her legs tucked underneath her, and inches away sat Garrus, leaning back with his ankles crossed and his arms draped across the back of the couch. In one hand he nursed his colorful drink, his other arm lay just behind her, occasionally playing with a lock of her hair. They weren't attached by the hip, but only just barely. She tried to cover another giggle with a cough and failed horribly. She hadn't started out nearly sitting in his lap, but apparently she'd gotten closer with each drink.
"Don't you have someone else to bother, Joker?" Garrus inquired with minimal sarcasm. Jane didn't know how alcohol effected turian speech, seeing as how everything she heard from them was filtered through her translator, but the flanging of his voice was deeper and much more noticeable after a few drinks, and it was driving her absolutely crazy.
"What, are we interrupting your little date? If scuttlebutt is anything to go by, you should just count yourself lucky that I'm not John." Jane shifted to face the couple as they joined them on the couch, Joker's grin becoming even more self satisfied.
"Hey now, our date was just a friendly one, nothing illicit going on here." Jane tried to crack a smile, but she suspected it came out a little more smug than intended.
"Yeah, I spent the entire time showing off my considerable aim and reflexes." Garrus drawled, and Joker's jaw dropped, causing Garrus' eyes to widen in understanding. "Wait... That just went somewhere horrible." Jane burst into laughter and smacked the turian's shoulder, and he chuckled softly.
"Wow. I don't think I've ever seen you drunk, Garrus. As nice as it is to see you without that stick up your ass, I honestly think I might need bleach to get that image out of my mind."
"Jeff, the application of bleach to any orifice is inadvisable, and could cause serious complications to your health." EDI piped up, causing a bark of laughter from the turian as Joker turned to pat EDI on the shoulder.
"And with that, I'm going to need another drink. I'll be right back." Jane stood, and started toward the bar again.
"Grab me another while you're up?" She nodded, and with great concentration made her way up to the bar without stumbling too badly, regardless of the way the ground was undulating. As she leaned against the bar top, she ordered the same two drinks she'd been getting all evening, not to the surprise of the bartender.
"Jane, fancy seeing you here." She turned at the sound of her name, and found herself face to face with Kaidan Alenko, their newest crew member. "Can I buy you a drink?"
"Major. Uh, er, no, actually, I ordered my drinks already."
"No problem, I can cover them for you." He continued to insist, and she glanced over his shoulder to where Garrus and Joker were laughing about something without her.
"Ugh, sure, do whatever you want." His face brighten, and when the bartender came over with her two drinks, Kaidan passed him his credit chit without saying a word. Jane made to grab the two drinks, but Kaidan took them before she had the chance.
"Here, let me carry those for you. So where are you sitting?" He then actually looked at what he was holding, and took a sniff from the brightly colored dextro liquor. "This smells really odd. What is it? Mind if I take a sip?"
"I wouldn't if I were you." She raised an eyebrow at him, and as he started to lift it to his lips she grabbed both drinks from him. "Seriously, its a turian drink. You won't like it." She gestured behind him to where Garrus sat, and Kaidan's eye widened in understanding.
"Are you... here with him?"
"In a manner of speaking."
"Oh. I see..." Jane saw his face fall, and she sighed in defeat. Drama was not how she intended to spend this buzz.
"Look, we made a friendly wager, and I lost, so I'm stuck footing tonight's bill."
"So you're not... together?"
"No, we're not 'together'," She noticed Garrus watching them now, and though he was well out of earshot, she could tell he was concerned about whatever was holding her up. "Now, if you'll excuse me..." She tried to dodge around him, but Kaidan put up an arm to stop her.
"Well, I was thinking... Maybe you and I could go grab some dinner or something? I know this place-"
"Kaidan. You better not be doing what I think you're doing." Both soldiers turned to see John standing beside them, his face hard and arms crossed. Jane turned back to the Major, who swallow nervously.
"Oh, uh, no Sir. Of course not, I was just-"
"Yeah, I didn't think so." The Commander's voice was barely contained fury, and he wrapped an arm around Kaidan's shoulder in a distinctly threatening manner. The Major instantly looked extremely uncomfortable. "Since you seem to want 'dinner', you can come back to the Normandy with me and we can grab dinner there, got it?" He turned, guiding the other man toward the club's exit. John paused, glancing back at Jane, giving her a stern look. "Don't stay out too late, Jane. We're leaving tomorrow morning and you should get your rest."
"Sure, Mom." John rolled his eyes before dragging Kaidan long with him. She made her way back to their table, and handed Garrus his drink before settling back into her seat. He took a long swig of the drink before tracing a small pattern on her shoulder lightly with one talon.
"So what was all that about?" He asked with what might have been a very carefully neutral voice, if not for the alcohol in his system.
"Ah, nothing," She took a sip of her drink and savored the burn of it in her throat, "Just John being his usual, over protective self. So, where were we?" She grinned as she leaned closer, running a finger along the cowl of his armor, eliciting what almost sounded like a purr from deep in his throat. She heard an exaggerated gag from where Joker and EDI sat behind her.
"Uh, hello? We're right here."
"I believe the correct human slang for this situation would be 'Get a room'."