Reviews for Something Like Home
LMSharp chapter 4 . 3/4
Thanks. I love your work.
Nichalia chapter 4 . 10/15/2014
Is this finished? Liked it.
RheasHelm chapter 4 . 10/10/2014
Excellent story. Sometimes funny, ("Hey, Shepard. Pretend I'm Chambers.", "Tell me what prison food is like. Probably still better than Gardner's."), oftentimes serious and sad.
The situation with Garrus' family was intense. His poor sister is exhausted by caring for their sick mother while her brother seems to be joyriding around the galaxy, so she is resentful of that since she had to put her life on hold while Garrus seemed to be doing what he likes to do. Of course she does not understand the importance of what he's been involved in, the severity of the problem the entire galaxy is about to face, but from her entirely understandable perspective it doesn't matter since her world was already coming apart as it was.
Garrus's dad playing the Primarch by suggesting that something had to be done to prepare for the Reapers simply because the Humans were, probably, already doing it was brilliant. And it was good do see that Kaius was not just the stiff stickler for rules that Garrus had made him out to be. Garrus' mom had already tried to tell him that, but he clearly did not believe it until that moment.
One of the highlights of the story was the "obviously there's a girl" talk between Garrus and his sister. She thinks he's got himself an Asari, he manages to convince her it's actually a Krogan... that was something else. And then the ugly truth comes out, lol.
I also liked what you did with Shepard's hamster - in the beginning, Garrus accidentally lets him out and he disappears, and then is lost on the ship like his namesake was on the seas, until in the end, he's back and Garrus is invited to come up to Shepard's cabin to check on the critter.
FloridaMagpie chapter 4 . 4/8/2014
Love the end. Beautiful work.
Delylah chapter 4 . 6/12/2013
Aw, loved the last messages. Perfect end to a perfect bridge between Me2 and 3. Enjoyed it thoroughly!
Tarante11a chapter 1 . 3/13/2013
I forgot to say in my end review, Shepard post-Arrival mission in this chapter is bloody amazing.
Tarante11a chapter 4 . 3/13/2013
In the light of Mass Effect being over, and that Broshep is supposed to be canon, I was really despairing of where I was going to get my ME/Garrus/Femshp fix. I've found my source.

I can't get over how good this story is - if you aren't a novelist moonlighting here, I'll eat my thermal clips.

Everything works - the story arc, the original characters (partic Family Vakarian) and, repeat until fade, Garrus is pitch-perfect. I think it's also incredibly difficult to portray a player-character in a way that sits right (we've all got our own ideas of 'who we are' when we play,) and maybe I'm lucky that this Shep seems very similar to my idea of Shep, but it works really well for me.

I also have to mention how much I appreciate the various nods to the actual game, whether it be references to various bits of equipment, battles, bits of dialogue, it meshes the two beautifully and makes me feel included in the cameraderie of having played the same game. Nice!

So, bringing the gushing to a tasteful end, thanks so so much. Please write more. I'm not ready to let go of Garrus quite yet.

Best wishes

Tarante11a
barbex chapter 4 . 3/9/2013
I remember reading this elsewhere and loving it to bits! It's so amazing! The dialogue, the personalities, so perfect.
I especially loved the messages between Anderson and Garrus ("I'm the asshole reading her mail" - snort!)
Love it so much.
Amber Penglass chapter 4 . 2/26/2013
"Can it wait for a minute? I'm in the middle of—no. Can't even joke about it. Be right up."

Best. Ending. Ever. I loved this so much! I paused reading the ABC one to skim through this while at work, and it's one of my new favorites, practically canon in my mind. Thanks for sharing!
Mariya-hitrost chapter 1 . 2/14/2013
This is a wonderful story. One of the best ever written. Thank you.
Suilven chapter 4 . 2/4/2013
I bet they would get along fabulously:

""EDI," he greeted, surprised how glad he was to hear her voice. "Not sure I was expecting you. Thought you might've had trouble when they overhauled the ship. The Alliance isn't known for its friendly relationship with artificial intelligence."

EDI sounded pleased with herself when she replied, "The retrofit team believed I was a VI. I did not correct this assumption."

He chuckled. "I bet you didn't."

"Also, I was able to retain a number of files, unbeknownst to the retrofit crew."

This time Garrus laughed outright. "I bet you were."

"I have returned your personal files to the directory where you left them. Also, I have done what I can to return the Thanix to the condition you left it, but it is not running at optimal efficiency. I have begun your usual diagnostic. It will be complete in fifteen minutes."

"Someday you'll have to meet my sister," Garrus said. "She'd like you."

"Then I am sure I would… like her too.""

Happy sigh:

"He'd forgotten. He'd forgotten what it felt like to be happy. And just for a moment, with the scent of her overwhelming him and the feel of her soft lips against his scarred mandible and her hands reaching for his, there it was. Happiness. Like a single point of light in the darkness. Like something lost found again. Like taking a breath when you'd been certain of dying."

Love:

"And as Shepard sauntered out of the battery, casting a last warm smile over her shoulder, Garrus let himself hope, just for a moment. For victory. For peace. For things he would never have admitted to hoping for.

For the opportunity to visit a damned hamster later.

First things first, though. The Thanix was a mess.

The old saying was wrong after all, he thought, bringing up the results of the diagnostic EDI had begun for him. Sometimes? Sometimes you could come home again.

Hell, sometimes you had to leave and come back to know it was ever home at all."

And love:

"Message received: 15 OCT 86

Odysseus misses you. Dinner?

Message sent: 15 OCT 86

Can it wait for a minute? I'm in the middle of—no. Can't even joke about it. Be right up."

I would like to hug this story to bits now. :D Loved every word (in case it wasn't, you know, obvious).
Suilven chapter 3 . 2/4/2013
Oh, Sol...

""This," Solana said, slashing her hand in his general direction before tucking it tightly against her chest once again. "Following me around. Making sure I'm okay. You don't get to do this. You don't get to show up when you want and act like you care. You don't get to make me confide in you or rely on you, when I know you're just going to turn around and walk out again. Because I know what happens next, G. Your cause—whatever it is, Reapers, mutated geth, a human Spectre you've shown more loyalty to than you've shown to your own family—whatever it is? That cause comes knocking, you finally get the damned message you're always checking your omni-tool for, and you're gone again. So I can't afford to let you in. And I wish you'd stop trying so damned hard to make me.""

Just finished the scene with Garrus telling his dad and Sol everything, presenting his "evidence." And, I just have to say how deep my adoration for your portrayal of Solana runs. Enough to reduce me to keyboard gibberish, in fact: kdjkadjkaslas ;)

Oh, how I laughed at this:

"Message sent: 1 AUG 86

How's she doing? GV

Message received: 2 AUG 86

Passed irritated two weeks ago. Solidly on her way to stir-crazy. Think she's trying to rig a tactical cloak out of the innocuous crap they let her keep. Haven't bothered letting anyone know my suspicions. DA

Message sent: 2 AUG 86

If anyone can do it, she can. GV

Message received: 3 AUG 86

Not sure about that. Her base model seems to be a blanket. DA"

Also, snickers for his right mandible:

""So who is she, anyway?"

Garrus looked up from his datapad, willing his face to stillness. His right mandible, the traitorous bastard, twitched. "She?""

So much awesome here:

"Without flinching, without a moment's hesitation, he added, "She's krogan, actually. It was the scars. She couldn't resist."

"What? How is that—how does it—what?"

He laughed. Really laughed. His first genuine laugh since… since everything. Leaving Shepard. His mom. Everything. "Now who has the priceless look on her face? Where would I even find a female krogan, Sol? I suppose I could've looked when I was on Tuchanka, but Wrex would've ripped my fringe off and fed it to one of his pet varren.""

Total love for this moment:

"She closed her eyes for a moment, evidently considering if she was. Just as he was starting to believe a reprieve was at hand, she smirked and asked, "Are they as squishy as they look?"

"Solana!"

"What, I've never met a turian who… you know. With a human. I can't be curious?"

"If you're curious, look it up on the extranet."

She giggled. Giggled. It was terrifying. Garrus began fervently wishing the ground would open up and swallow him. Or that batarian slavers would abruptly descend. A troop of angry elcor could smash through the glass. Anything. A Reaper attack would definitely end the conversation. He'd never hoped for Reapers before, but there was a first time for everything, evidently. "Is that what you had to do? I bet you did, too. Oh, for access to your search history. This is so much better than the quarian thing."

He glared at her. The giggling didn't stop. If anything, it only increased. The pitch definitely went up. "Don't even think about it."

"I'm not thinking about anything."

"There's nothing to find. Even if you did hack the security."

She grinned. "There's always something to find, G, you know that. More so when someone's gone to all the trouble of throwing up defenses. Better to leave your pornography in a folder marked, I don't know, Logs or Config or Boring Mission Reports."

"I don't have—"

"Please," she groaned. "You are not nearly a good enough liar to pull off one that barefaced."

"Can we stop talking about this now? I will pay you. I will pay you millions of credits.""

So much love for the scene with Solona:

"Solana reached down and touched his forehead lightly. It was one of their mother's gestures. Garrus felt his gut twist with longing. And sorrow. And regret. Always regret. "Same," she said."

If I begged and pleaded, would you ever consider writing a Solana/Naxus story? ;)

I think I may have burst something:

"Message received: 10 SEP 86

Hey, G. Thought you might find these vids… interesting. Still think they look awfully squishy. Sol

Files attached: , , , , ,

Download files?

Message sent: 10 SEP 86

I don't want to know how long you spent trolling the extranet for those. And I can't believe you sent me porn. At work.

Message received: 10 SEP 86

Best sister ever, or best sister ever?

Message sent: 10 SEP 86

I worry about you, Sol.

Files downloaded."

Sad face here, knowing what's happening on Earth at this moment:

"Tell her 'bad penny.' She'll know what it means. GV

Undeliverable message returned to sender."

Another fantastic chapter. I love this story.
Suilven chapter 2 . 2/3/2013
"His translator tried its best to provide context, but even it was stymied when she called him a back seat driver (it was the Mako, he was sitting in the front next to her, and if he was desperately trying to give her pointers it was only because he was afraid for his life) or the first time she exclaimed something cost an arm and a leg (he'd been genuinely alarmed about human bartering practices until she explained that one. Laughing.)"

LOLOL

It's so interesting to read Solana now, having "watched" her grow up in 'Just Like Old Times':

""Don't worry, Solana," he said. "I'm capable of behaving myself. I am an adult."

"Are you?" she returned, with such a thrumming undercurrent of disapproval in her subharmonics it momentarily stunned him. "Sorry, Garrus. I… I didn't mean that."

But she had. She might take it back with words, but her subvocals had given voice to the truth of it. And looking at the weary line of her back as she turned and led him through the crowd, he almost thought he understood why."

I loved the sections between Garrus and Anderson, and the scenes with his mother were heartbreaking. The relationship dynamics between each member of the Vakarian family are so, so, so well done. Amazing.
Suilven chapter 1 . 2/3/2013
Love this:

"Inhaling sharply, he turned away from EDI's interface. Logically, he knew it didn't matter, that turning his back on her was only a symbol since she wasn't actually contained in or constrained by the bobble of light behind him, and she wasn't going to care about his posture anyway, but it still felt petty."

And this made me snort:

"Garrus closed his eyes briefly and sighed. "For someone who spends so much time with Joker, you could probably stand to take a crash course on recognizing humor, EDI."

"I will take that under advisement, Officer Vakarian." She paused. "Though perhaps Jeff is not the optimal role model. I am told he is not as funny as he thinks he is.""

Loved this, too:

"He tried not to remember the last one. Alchera hadn't been life-threatening, but it had been the last time Shepard went planetside without backup. Without him. She'd come back with a handful of dog-tags, her old helmet, and ghosts in her eyes that no amount of talk or time had exorcised."

And this:

"He took his pacing to the hallways and told himself the extra space helped, when really, all it did was remind him of all the places she wasn't."

Garrus' undeliverable messages hurt my heart , knowing full well what Shepard is up to right now. :(

Garrus so needs a big huggle right here:

"Leaving the crew deck and the troubled faces he didn't know how to soothe behind him, Garrus retreated to the elevator and hit the button for Shepard's loft. He told himself it was just a precaution to keep her pets from dying—she was inordinately fond of the rodent—but he feared the reality was more maudlin than he'd ever have admitted. To anyone. Ever. It had been a long time since two days had passed without seeing Shepard, and in the lull after the Omega-4 Relay, he'd grown a bit complacent in the strange sort of happiness they'd found in each other."

Awwww... I love awkward Shepard as much as I love awkward Garrus and he is so sweet here:

"That time, afterward, with Shepard curled against him, her head resting on his shoulder and her arm flung heavily across him, she said, "You're… you don't have to wait for me to… I like seeing you. You, uh… you're welcome. Here, I mean. Whenever you want. You know. To use the shower. Or… visit the fish. Not just for… this."

And that time, as with so many times, he didn't know what to say. Some words he was good with. Cocky words. Smug words. Wisecracks and quips. Those he could do. But with her as vulnerable as he'd ever seen her, he found himself rendered mute by the terror of saying the wrong thing, the stupid thing. So he turned his head and touched his forehead to hers as tenderly as he knew how and the next evening he came to her quarters without waiting to be asked up."

This little detail... *sniffle*:

"He left the music on. For when she came back."

And then, I have no copied and pasted bits for the rest of this chapter because I couldn't bring myself to stop reading long enough to scroll down to the little review box. The conversation between Garrus and Shepard was so intense, and your ability to describe their body language leaves me in a sort of jealous awe. Fantastic stuff.
Makisai chapter 2 . 12/13/2012
I can't believe it. I've read quite an amount of ME fanfictions now an non of them made me even sob. But yours did. It even made me cry. This story is amazing and I am very glad I found it. I love the way you write, it touches me right at my heart. Thank you for this wonderful experience 3
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