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Joined 12-17-10, id: 2660769, Profile Updated: 03-13-13
Author has written 7 stories for Mass Effect.

I started this account soon after finishing Mass Effect 2. Both it and the original Mass Effect really drew me in to the story, particularly the romance between my Shepard (Alice), and her love interest, Liara. After wrapping up the game I felt compelled to tell the story of these two women. So I started to do just that, and then remembered that I'm an engineer, not a writer! :-\

Update - 2013-03-13 - No, I'm not dead. I don't consider these stories abandoned, either. But the truth is that Grad School has pretty much dominated my free time, and between that and working a full-time job I just don't have the mental capacity to do any writing. While that's true, it's not the entirety of why these stories have languished for so long.

The finality of the Extended Cut hit me hard. So much that when I tried to go back to the next chapter of Returned I felt a profound sense of apathy for what I was doing. That was obviously several months ago, and I haven't opened the document since then.

That's not to say that the wheels have stopped turning. Even without playing the game, I still think about my stories. I think about what Alice's life must be like on an asari ship. I think about the deeper meaning behind all life being connected via those green circuitboard veins, and how people accept it to varying degrees. I've also been kicking around ideas in my head about how I would rewrite ME3. Given the massive MASSIVE undertaking that would entail, that story's going so far on the backburner that it might not see heat for years to come.


Works in Progress:

Returned -- Alice Shepard/Liara -- Drama/Sci-fi

Her battle was over. Alice Shepard had won, giving the rest of the galaxy a reprieve from the Reapers at the cost of her own life. But now she's been given that life back. But not all has been returned to her.

On Hold:

Observer -- Liara/OC/Nyxeris -- Drama (1 published chapter)

Nyxeris was ordered by the Shadow Broker to observe - and if need be, to assassinate - Liara T'Soni. But she was not the first to take the job.

Taken -- Alice Shepard/Liara -- Drama/Action (1 unpublished chapter)

Fifteen years after the galaxy fended off the invasion of the Reapers, Alice Shepard and Liara T’Soni, two of the most integral players in that war, have solidified their life together with the arrival of their first daughter, Alissondra.

After several joyful years of comparable peace, their lives are shattered when their daughter is kidnapped, taken right from under Alice’s nose. Mysteriously, the group responsible seems to have been able to avoid even the Shadow Broker’s tight network of tracking systems. No demands have been made, no traces can be found of the kidnappers, but that will not stop them from finding their daughter and bringing her kidnappers to justice. No force in the galaxy will.

Other concepts:

(No name yet) -- Alice Shepard/Everybody -- Action/Drama

The Reaper War, retold. Without the talent of one such as Koobismo, fixing the ending while working within the confines of the rest of ME3 proves too difficult for me. Rewinding all the way to Shepard's confinement, what would I do differently?

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Flames We Never Lit by robot iconography reviews
Peggy Carter is frozen in 1946 and awakened by SHIELD in 2012.
Captain America - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 24 - Words: 80,657 - Reviews: 412 - Favs: 809 - Follows: 836 - Updated: 11/29/2015 - Published: 6/20/2012 - Steve R./Capt. America, Peggy C. - Complete
Tenth Street Red by Astarpen reviews
"When we're through telling our story, the aliens will all know what the first human Spectre really is." She killed him because it wasn't his story to tell it was hers; one which it was about time she shared. This is the story of Earthborn Shepard.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Angst - Chapters: 24 - Words: 82,514 - Reviews: 58 - Favs: 85 - Follows: 84 - Updated: 8/2/2014 - Published: 10/20/2010 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] - Complete
Snacking by hoorayforicecream reviews
A series of short stories, written to explore various facets of the Hawke and Isabela dynamic that were touched on, but not necessarily explored in the game. Lady Hawke Isabela relationship.
Dragon Age - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 17 - Words: 139,784 - Reviews: 194 - Favs: 350 - Follows: 331 - Updated: 6/14/2014 - Published: 4/9/2011 - Hawke (F), Isabela
Unity by Awska reviews
Victory is only the beginning. Shepard and Liara, their friends, families, allies, enemies, and the fate of the united galaxy after the end of the Reaper War. Gritty, sciency, often funny or teary, sometimes sexy. …And always hopeful.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 73 - Words: 225,583 - Reviews: 374 - Favs: 248 - Follows: 335 - Updated: 2/21/2013 - Published: 5/1/2012 - Liara T'Soni, Shepard (F), Kasumi G., Jack
Valhalla by SageQueen reviews
I seriously think Mass Effect 2's infamous Horizons moment was ALL A PLOT! To keep it canon, this is my take on Cerberus' shenanigans. Follows ME2 storyline with flashbacks to earlier times. Bioware owns all. This is part 3 of 'Valkyrie' Shepard's tale.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 80 - Words: 245,439 - Reviews: 440 - Favs: 181 - Follows: 138 - Updated: 1/29/2012 - Published: 6/12/2010 - Shepard (F), Kaidan A. - Complete
Recovery by drwells123 reviews
The Lazarus project is interrupted, leaving Miranda Lawson to nurse Kate Shepard back to health on a distant world. AU. H/c hurt courtesy of Bioware . Pure fluff. Mature content. Reviews much appreciated. Thank you for reading!
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 24,915 - Reviews: 207 - Favs: 353 - Follows: 316 - Updated: 8/11/2011 - Published: 2/2/2011 - Miranda L., Shepard (F)
Scared of Lonely by RiotLion reviews
Evelyn Shepard returns from the dead and must face her lover Liara T'Soni after 2 years. It doesn't go as planned, and she must learn to balance her confusion and heartbreak with her important mission. M for language, alcohol, war violence, sex.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 4 - Words: 12,431 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 40 - Updated: 6/23/2011 - Published: 9/15/2010 - Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni
The beautiful indifferent by sparklef0x reviews
A take on the individual experiences that wove the story as we know it. What Shepard did, what she didn't do, who she refused or failed to be, and the meaning others ascribed to her presence in their lives. FemShep/Liara - Rated M for language/violence/sex
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 53,185 - Reviews: 69 - Favs: 109 - Follows: 123 - Updated: 6/12/2011 - Published: 11/19/2008 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni]
For Such Loss, Abundant Recompense by kalenel reviews
And here we have a series of scenes exploring different facets of a developing relationship between FemShep and Thane. It's not love at first sight for these two, and like any two people they have to work at understanding each other.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 18 - Words: 48,082 - Reviews: 185 - Favs: 412 - Follows: 113 - Updated: 4/25/2011 - Published: 1/16/2011 - Shepard (F), Thane K. - Complete
Eternity's Last Embrace by centauri2002 reviews
FemShep: Set in 2399 - Liara reminisces about her time spent with Shepard. Rated M for intimate moments between the couple.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 15,334 - Reviews: 50 - Favs: 145 - Follows: 79 - Published: 4/2/2011 - Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni
Duet by drwells123 reviews
Death is not enough to break the bond between Dr. Liara T'Soni and her newly found - and lost - love. FemShep x Liara. Comments much appreciated. I'm aiming for a new chapter every Friday. Thank you for reading!
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 26 - Words: 65,202 - Reviews: 139 - Favs: 91 - Follows: 84 - Updated: 3/28/2011 - Published: 10/27/2010 - Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni
All I See Are Ghosts by jtav reviews
There's nothing Miranda Lawson hates more than the rogue agents who give Cerberus a bad name. But the divide isn't as sharp as she'd like to believe.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 11,918 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 7 - Published: 2/20/2011 - Miranda L., Shepard (F) - Complete
Duty Calls by jlb141 reviews
Shepard/Liara romance featuring my 'canon' Shepard, Rachel. This story originally was to take place exclusively after the Battle of the Citadel, but I decided to go back to an earlier point in the story and show the growing relationship.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 12 - Words: 49,099 - Reviews: 112 - Favs: 86 - Follows: 90 - Updated: 2/2/2011 - Published: 6/11/2010 - Liara T'Soni, Shepard (F)
The Broker's Prisoner by 4th of Eleven reviews
f!Shepard and Liara have a little fun together after defeating the Shadow Broker. Spoilers for Lair of the Shadow Broker. Practically PWP.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,593 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 15 - Published: 9/12/2010 - Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni - Complete
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Returned reviews
More than anything, I felt cheated. Denied the life I had promised another, the life I had been fighting for. Denied because my choice had been taken away from me. Post-ME3 AU. FemShep/Liara later on. Rated M for language and sexual situations
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 6 - Words: 24,429 - Reviews: 81 - Favs: 91 - Follows: 168 - Updated: 7/11/2012 - Published: 4/5/2012 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni]
Worlds Apart reviews
High culture had been slow to return after the end of the Reaper War. But when Alice Shepard's daughter began taking an interest in classical dance, she had no choice but to try and embrace that unfamiliar world.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,684 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 53 - Follows: 10 - Published: 3/31/2012 - [Liara T'Soni, Shepard (F)] - Complete
Unmarked reviews
She always said that scars were evidence of moments in her life that left a mark. But when she was reborn, they were gone. Lost like everything else when she had died. Where did that leave her? A woman without a past? Strange the things that we cling to.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,251 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 34 - Follows: 11 - Published: 8/16/2011 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] - Complete
Observer reviews
The message read: "Dr. T'Soni is to be watched. Standard protocol. Engage as you see fit. Report her every action to me." It sounded easy enough: the daughter of Benezia was back on Illium, watch her. Fate's a funny thing, though... Liara/OC/Nyxeris
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,394 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 5 - Published: 6/28/2011 - Liara T'Soni
A Good Night reviews
The crew of the SSV Normandy has its first night of shore leave in weeks. Alice Shepard struggles to reconcile her role as Commander with her feelings about her crew.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 37,769 - Reviews: 83 - Favs: 227 - Follows: 87 - Updated: 5/13/2011 - Published: 1/15/2011 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] - Complete
Reasons reviews
While preparing the report on the mission to kill the Shadow Broker, Miranda is confronted by a battered Alice Shepard, wondering why Miranda didn't tell her how Cerberus had recovered her body. FemShep/Liara romance referred.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,960 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 4 - Published: 3/1/2011 - [Shepard (F), Liara T'Soni] Miranda L. - Complete
Business reviews
Thirty years after the invasion of Earth by the Reapers, life in the galaxy continues much as it always has, particularly on Omega. Though there are still the occasional surprises.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,551 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 51 - Follows: 12 - Published: 12/22/2010 - Shepard (F), Aria T'Loak - Complete