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popehippo wrote in me_challenge
How is this different from the official challenges? These are drabbles only. Also, you will be posting your replies to this post instead of to the community.

So read the prompts, write a story, submit a prompt! But most of all, have fun!

1) Aim for about 100 words. Longer or shorter is okay, just try to keep it in one comment. (note: this is more to give you a guideline than anything. Your drabble can be as long as you want--but we're not looking for a multi-chapter fic here!)

2) Post your drabble as a reply to the comment the prompt is from.

3) Put the prompt you used as the subject. If you just want to comment on something, leave the subject line blank. This will make it easier to navigate once the threads start collapsing.

4) If posting an entry with NSFW content, please warn in subject line and at top of post.

5) After writing your drabble, write down three or so prompts of your own at the end of each reply.

6) Prompts should generally be short, no more than a sentence. Prompts may include characters and/or pairings. In that case, try to also include some word prompt (i.e. Kasumi/Thane, sporks), unless you feel your configuration of characters is exotic enough to be inspiring on its own.

7) The same prompts may be filled multiple times. By the same person, even, if inspiration strikes. No need to hold back!

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: Mass Effect 3 has now been out over half a year. So we're going to go ahead and drop all spoiler warnings. However, any following story-related DLC will get their own warnings once they've been released.

1) Destiny
2) Husks
3) Let her go
4) Daughter
5) Time to heal
6) Shoes
7) Knitting
8) Cinders
9) In the final hour
10) I'm here

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Re: Time to heal (Warning: language)

Oh, man, yes.

Aaand you've just given me ideas for yet another type of harassment/trauma to inflict on Shepard while she's incarcerated. *cackles*

Ah, yeah. Shepard being a badass and refusing to take shit from anybody. <3

Smoke. Gunfire. Noise. Screams. So many screams.

"Please, Dr. Shepard, you have to help him."

The desperate voice of her neighbour draws her out of her panic.

"Yes, right. Help." She stops abruptly. "I'm an engineer, not a medical..."

"Mama?" Her voice sounds so small, so afraid.

They were talking of their daughter's future earlier, before... They were so proud of their girl. They were so happy then. An eternity ago.

"Mama, what's happening? Where is dad? And where are...?"

Oh God! There was so much blood. No. No, no, no, this is not helping! Stay calm! Focus!

She grabs her daughter's shoulders, needs to make her understand.

Her little girl is shaking. This is not right, her daughter is fearless, strong - stubborn. Today nothing is right, nothing will ever be again.

"Listen, they are not coming, do you understand? But I need you to be save. Go, hide in the greenhouse. You know, in that little space were you used to go, when you wanted us to believe that you had run away.

"And my dear, brave girl, promise me, you'll live. What ever happens, live and be happy."

There are trust and love in her daughter's teary wide eyes. Trust, and so much fear. Nothing is right today.

"Now go. Run!"

She looks after her and hopes... No! She knows, what ever happens, her daughter will survive this.

"Dr. Shepard? Please..."


So, yeah, here it is. I promised myself to stop lurking, so I give you my first fic here, my first Mass Effect fic ever for that matter.

(I was experimenting with conveying panic, but it possibly turned out a little melodramatic.)

Anyway, hallo, all you wonderful people. *waves*

Prompts (Thank you, Firefly):
"My food is problematic."
"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal."
"When you can't run, you crawl, and when you can't crawl, you find someone to carry you."

*waves back* Welcome to the party!

I liked this =). It wasn't melodramatic and I think you succeeded in conveying panic. A little confusing in the beginning but I think that was due to the format. You need to make the spaces between the paragraphs smaller. It came across like time jumps to me. Nice job!

I've had spaces disappear on me in the past, so I've evidently been a bit too overcautious here - you're right.
Thank you for the advice.

He couldn’t breathe. The vestiges of the nightmare subsided, and still there was a pressure on his chest. As he stirred, Shepard jerked her head from his shoulder, staring at him, bleary-eyed and wide awake. “Y’okay?”

“Yeah. Yeah, I just, um...” Rolling onto his side, Kaidan displaced her. “Bad dream.”

She snugged up behind him, one hand snaking around his waist, the other flat against his back. “Wan’talk about it?”

“Nah, I’m okay.” Already starting to drift off, Kaidan startled awake a second time as Shepard’s fingers traced a furtive path through his hair, towards his implant jack. “Stop that.”



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