Summary: Garrus thought that playing a video game or two would provide a good distraction for Shepard. After all, she badly needed some distractions.
(It never occurred to him that she would be so very bad at it.)
Fandom/Characters/Pairings: Mass Effect; FemShep, Garrus Vakarian; Shakarian
Other Details: Explicit content. 5450 words. Complete/one-shot.
It was funny, Garrus reflected wryly, that with so many big things to worry about—the Fate of All Sentient Life for starters and on down from there—that it was the little things that were beginning to worry him, when it came to Shepard. The ashy smudges of exhaustion under her eyes, the way she winced whenever she slung a heavy bag over her right shoulder, the restless and broken nature of her sleep. She never complained about it, she never even talked about it, but he slept with her more nights than not and so he noticed.
And today, for instance, sitting on the couch next to him and staring blankly at a datapad. She wasn‘t really reading it, he‘d realized: she hadn‘t scrolled the page in almost five minutes. A quick glance confirmed that her eyes weren‘t tracking over the words, but were fixed and a little glazed.
“Shepard,” he said, and wasn‘t surprised when she jumped so violently at the interruption that she nearly dropped the datapad.
“What?” she asked.
“You were a million miles away,” Garrus said.
Shepard sighed, putting down the datapad and grinding the heels of her hands into her eyes. “I‘ve got a lot on my mind.”
“I imagine.” He laid a hand on her shoulder. “I was going to ask if you wanted to get something to eat.”
This is adorable. I will never get tired of bad-at-gaming Shepard.
Some genius needs to come up with a smart alarm clock that disables itself when the government is closed. I would buy the hell out of that thing.
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Great article. Thanks!
You’re welcome! I’ve been on a real science reading kick lately. Between other books, in the last few months alone I’ve gone through Endless Forms Most Beautiful, How It Began, A Brief History of Time, and am currently halfway through The Demon-Haunted World. Good stuff.