Title: Daddy's Little Girls (a ME one shot)
Game: Mass Effect Series
Characters: Shepard, Liara, and Lily (OC)
"Daddy," Lily Benezia T'soni-Shepard yelled excitedly a smile crossing her face as she ran into the room where Tiberius sat leaning over a desk.
"Lily, you know mommy doesn't allow you in here," Tiberius Shepard said concern rolling over the stern meaning of the message.
"But Daddy, its story time." A smile cracked over Tiberius's features as he rose from his desk and wiped his hands on the dirty rag beside him. Lily's features brightened on her father's reaction to her plea and she turned and ran towards the room's far wall.
The wall was covered in mounted weapon's she hovered a moment in the center before going towards the left and pointing at a large machine gun with a red stock. "What's that one?" She asked transfixed on the weapon.
Tiberius began to approach her saying "That is called a Revenant daddy used that one to get rid of a lot of bad guy's a long time ago."
"And that One?" she asked pointing towards a handheld cannon sitting just above eye height that was painted a bright yellow her eye's transfixed upon its vibrant color and the alternating circle of yellow and black in its center.
"That one is the Cain; daddy used that one to get rid of big bad guys that the Revenant couldn't handle." Tiberius was right behind her now crouched down a wan smile upon his face as he laid his hand on her tiny shoulder. Lily reached out to grab the Cain and Tiberius wrapped his arms around her snatching her away mere inches from her prize. "You know you can't touch that honey," Tiberius said smiling as he lifted Lily in his arms and turned her to face him, "here let's get to your room and I'll tell you a quick story."
"Ok daddy," Lily said a little disappointed that she was being whisked away from the room that held so many new toys. As Tiberius advanced towards the door Lily noticed one other toy, this one was on daddy's workbench, it was broken into little pieces a tiny bottle of shiny liquid and the rag that daddy had discarded lying next to it. She asked one more time "What's that one daddy?"
"That one," Tiberius said looking over his shoulder and then back at Lily a happy smirk crossing his face "is special. Her name is Lola and she was with me the day I met mommy. You want to hear the story of what happened?"
Lily's look showed it all her face brightened perceptively and her little blue eyes the same color as her moms and blazing with that same intensity and intelligence shown with anticipation. She nodded her head vigorously in answer she hadn't heard this story before.
"Ok well it was 6 years ago and there was a human commander named Shepard, he was the first human Spectre and was on a mission to stop an evil Turian General named Saren. Shepard had gathered a team around him of the best people on the Citadel, a Quarian named Tali, a Turian named Garrus, and a Krogan named Wrex, as well as two human soldiers named Ashley and Kaiden, as well as a pilot named Joker. They were supposed to travel the Galaxy to stop the Evil Saren and the first place they stopped was a planet named Therum. On Therum was a Scientist who was the daughter of the Fair Matriarch Benezia. The Fair Matriarch was being tricked into helping Saren and the Good Commander wanted to see if this young scientist had any idea where Benezia might be
"That's Mommy," Lily exclaimed a smile crossing her face as she looked up to her dad for confirmation.
"Yeah that's mommy, Little Wing. Now shush and I'll finish the story." Tiberius waited a moment for another outburst before continuing.
Now the good commander wanted to see if the young scientist had any idea where Benezia was so he landed a shuttle on the planet near where the scientist had camped and hopped out with Tali, Garrus, and Wrex. Wrex stayed behind to guard the shuttle and Tali and Garrus left to go to the camp. When they got there they saw the camp filled with the Evil Saren's Geth Troops, and the young scientist was nowhere to be found. The Commander thought that she might be in the Prothean Ruins by the camp and they fought their way through desperate to get to the young scientist and get her away from the Evil Saren." Lily gave a little gasp as Shepard laid her down in her bed; her smile had vanished, her focus was completely on Tiberius now as he relayed the recollection to her in the simplest form that she would understand, and she hadn't noticed them enter her room or understand immediately why he had lowered her from his arms. "When they reached the Ruins they saw that the young Scientist was trapped in a stasis field like this," Tiberius lifted one hand and projected a small translucent stasis field over it, "and the Evil Saren's Geth soldiers were closing in to grab her. The Commander and his companions reached her first and let her out of the trap before activating an elevator that would hopefully let them escape." Another smile played across Lily's face as she thought they had escaped but Tiberius continued. "The lift stopped on the last floor and before anyone could take a step towards the exit, it burst open and dozens of Geth Troops flooded into the elevator followed by a Krogan Battle master."
"Wrex?" Lily inquired, hoping that he would come to save the day for the seemingly trapped heroes and the Scientist.
"No it wasn't Wrex honey; he was still with the shuttle trying to get in touch with Joker on the ship. This Krogan was a mean bad guy named Gatatog Krovak, and he was working for Saren. The Commander told the Scientist to stay behind him and a console as he, Garrus, and Tali drew weapons and began dealing with the bad guys. They destroyed 10, 15, 20 Geth before the Evil Krovak entered the battle he charged at the Commander knocking him off his feet." Lily let out another terrified gasp her smile taken by a look of pure terror at what might happen to the Commander. "His gun Lola slid from his grip right in front of the Scientist. The Scientist, who had been hiding from the battle this whole time, looked up and saw her brave rescuer struggling under the ferocious Krovak and she picked up Lola, aimed, closed her eyes, and pulled the trigger. She held the trigger down even after it had overheated and when she had opened them again the battle was over, all the Geth were gone and the Krogan was on the ground next to a crouching Commander. The Commander took his gun back, told her 'thanks' and then checked with the rest of his team. A rumble below them echoed up the elevator shaft and the elevator rocked on its hinges. The Commander and his friends including his new one the Scientist ran for the exit as the Ruins collapsed around them. The Commander pushed his friends in front of him and as they reached the exit they saw Wrex standing in the airlock of the ship waiting for them to jump aboard."
"When the ship got safely away from the planet and was headed back towards the Citadel the Commander got his first good look at the Scientist. Her name was Liara T'soni, and she was the most beautiful person the Commander had ever set his eyes on her eyes glistened like sapphires and her lips curled into the most beautiful of smiles. The whole crew met her and some of them like Ashley didn't trust her because her mom was working for Saren." Tiberius noticed that Lily's stunning blue eyes had begun to glaze over and that fatigue had inched into the crevices of her mind. "The Commander trusted her though, you could say that he was in love the moment he set eyes on her, and they had many private conversations on their way back to the Citadel and on their adventures trying to stop the Evil Saren. The Commander wasn't sure exactly how much Liara liked him but he thought she was fantastic." Tiberius noticed another presence approaching from the doorway she had been there the whole time listening to the story the same as Lily and he continued as she approached. "She wasn't used to having others for company and fumbled over her words, but the Commander just found that endearing, and over the months they grew closer developing a close friendship that the Commander wouldn't have traded for anything, well he would have traded it for one thing, and he did when Liara kissed him a few days before they stopped the Evil Saren."
Lily had fallen asleep during that last part her eyes closed, the soft light of a desk side lamp reflecting off her light blue skin her face covered in freckles, a tiny snore escaping from her with every breath. Tiberius smiled and leaned in to kiss her forehead, "Good Night my lovely Lily," he whispered as he rose back up his eyes lingering for just a moment on her sleeping form before turning to the Young Scientist. "Good Night Little Wing," she whispered as she leaned in to place a kiss on Lily's forehead before rising and nestling her head on Tiberius's shoulder.
"So how much of that was true and how much a child's fairytale Love?" she asked nuzzling up against Tiberius.
"Truth, All of it," Tiberius replied wrapping an arm around Liara's waist and planting a kiss upon her forehead. "All of it."
Liara took his hand and led him out of Lily's room and across the hall making sure to quietly slide the door shut. Lola could wait till tomorrow Tiberius thought as he smiled at the figure leading ahead of him.