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Mass Effect: A Hero Rises

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Walking out with Ashley Williams the next morning certainly led to a rather silent mess hall, all eyes falling on her as I quickly followed her out. Standing next to her, a quick glance showed she was blushing quite brightly. “Get some breakfast,” I suggested quietly, before fixing the rest with a stare. “Yes?” I could see Tali looking between the pair of us, obviously surprised and I knew this was going to cause problems. “Want to talk about it?” I wondered.

“Not at all, Shepard. I knew it would happen eventually. I’ll have a chat with Ashley later. I know all about it so it’s not a problem.”

“Rather open minded of you, Tali,” Chakwas stated. I can only assume she would have spoken to the good doctor about being intimate with someone.

“Ashley likes Shepard. I like Shepard. Shepard likes both of us. Ashley being intimate with Shepard was an inevitability. But most importantly, I still love Ashley, and she still loves me.”

I couldn’t help smile at her words. For someone who I thought was rather… innocent, perhaps even a little naïve, her outlook had certainly developed the more she learned.

Ash had already grabbed a tray and sat next to the quarian. Tali whispered something into her ear, making Ash smile, nodding her head. Glancing around the rest, Shiala smouldered with absolute jealousy, while Liara looked… disappointed. I knew why as she’d made her feelings and intentions known. I guess it was going to be at least a little awkward now. But, quite frankly, they were adults and would just have to deal with it.

Waking up, I talked with Ashley, letting her know the score. Yes, we’d had sex. No, it wouldn’t change things. No, it probably wouldn’t happen again on the Normandy, at least during the current mission. No, I was not interested in a relationship. Yes, once the mission was over and we had some spare time, we could use each other for ‘stress relief’. Yes, I’d like Tali to join us. Yes, I’d be interested in other things as well.

Grabbing a breakfast tray, I sat down opposite Garrus, Wrex alongside the turian. “How you doing, big guy?” I asked of Wrex.

“Seen a lot of death, Shepard. Unfortunately, you do get a little used to it. But Alen… Kaidan, he was my friend. And I don’t mean the obvious thing. I mean he was a genuine friend, someone I could sit down and have a quiet word with.”

Garrus nodded. “His presence will definitely be missed. Good man. Definitely future CO material.”

“Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought that,” I stated before adding, “We’ll hold a memorial service later today, before we arrive back on the Citadel.”

“Still think that’s bloody stupid, sir,” Ashley said.

“Couldn’t agree more, Chief, but I cannot ignore a direct order from the Council. I might be a Spectre and have free reign, but they’re still my bosses and I do answer to someone, at least.”

The mood otherwise was still sombre, everyone falling silent as we finished breakfast before everyone filed out. I kept myself occupied with busy work, simply waiting until we docked back at the Citadel. When the time came, I put on my dress blues and joined everyone else in the garage. Even Benezia was there, which was a slight surprise, meeting her eyes and nodding silent thanks.

Words were difficult but also easy to find, if you know what I mean. It’s easy to talk about the life of someone who had impacted the lives of everyone he’d met. I didn’t dwell on his past too much, he’d dealt with all that himself. Instead, I discussed his role in the Alliance, the list of commendations from previous postings, the fact he was an important member of the Normandy, and that his presence would be missed by all. I then opened the floor to anyone who wished to speak. Ashley walked forward, carrying a small datapad.

“I may come across a rather hard-arsed soldier sometimes. Grew up in a military family. No time for bullshit, as my dad used to say. Don’t really know the right words most of the time either. Dad was the same. The one thing we both loved and bonded over was literature, particularly poetry. I’d like to read a passage for you.”

She then placed the datapad down and gazed around the garage. It wasn’t a real surprise that she knew the words by heart.

“This is my son, mine own Telemachus,

To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle

Well-loved of me, discerning to fulfil

This labour, by slow prudence to make mild

A rugged people, and thro' soft degrees

Subdue them to the useful and the good.

Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere

Of common duties, decent not to fail

In offices of tenderness, and pay

Meet adoration to my household gods,

When I am gone. He works his work, I mine.

 

There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:

There gloom the dark broad seas. My mariners,

Souls that have toil'd, and wrought, and thought with me

That ever with a frolic welcome took

The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed

Free hearts, free foreheads; you and I are old;

Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;

Death closes all: but something ere the end,

Some work of noble note, may yet be done,

Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.”

She wiped her cheeks, picked up the datapad, and joined the rest of the crew. We didn’t have a marine who could play the bugle, so we had to do with one played through an omni-tool. Once the tune finished, everyone bowed their heads for a moment of silence and remembrance. Clearing my throat, everyone looking up, I simply said, “You have my thanks for being here today. Wherever he is, Lieutenant Kaidan Alenko would be proud to have been loved by so many.”

The Normandy remained quieter than normal until we were closet to docking on the Citadel. I think everyone was ready to just get off the ship and relax, let their minds decompress and perhaps deal with the final stages of grief. I told everyone they would have shore leave until I found out what the Council wanted, but that a skeleton staff would be required. Pressly assured me he’d keep the ship functioning. I hadn’t felt completely stressed during the entire mission, though that’s not to say I didn’t deal with a world of shit, but he’d taken on some of the responsibilities as I dealt with the possible idea of galactic annihilation. I definitely owed the man a beer.

“Do you want any of us to come with you?” Liara asked as my ground team gathered around.

“No. I’ll find out what the Council want then get in contact with you, let you know if we’re taking off straight away or if there’s, I don’t know, a mountain of paperwork to fill in. I’ve reported to them after each mission, so they aren’t being left in the dark. I think they’re just…” I trailed off, not wanting to really let them know what I think.

“Bunch of pyjacks, Shepard. We’re wasting time here,” Wrex grunted.

“I agree with the wasting time part. For now, just head off, clear your heads, enjoy at least a few hours off.”

They all headed off, some towards the Presidium, others towards the Wards. The last person to leave was Benezia, admitting surprise I was letting her roam freely. “If you want to run off, Benezia, I can’t stop you.”

The smirk made me smile. “Why would I want to do that, Shepard?”

Shrugging, I replied, “I’m sure you’re bored out of your brains on this ship. Not sure what C-Sec or the Council would say or do if I let them know I’d released you.”

Benezia turned and walked towards me, standing up to kiss my cheek. “I have no plans on doing any such thing, Shepard.” Then she definitely surprised me by giving me quite the kiss, and I’ll admit, I couldn’t help myself by responding. It lasted a good few seconds before she pulled back, the smirk still on her face. “Well, I think it’s about time I did that.”

I could have asked her a few questions, like ‘What game are you playing at?’ but I honestly think she just… liked me, for whatever reason. “No complaints from me,” I finally said.

She turned and walked out of the airlock, definitely putting an extra sway into those matronly hips of her. I watched until she disappeared from view, running a hand down my face, giving myself a few seconds to gather my thoughts, before heading straight for the Council Tower. It was as peaceful as ever, and as I was a Spectre, I didn’t have to wait long to be granted an audience.

Udina was already inside, which did worry me, as that worm was no doubt trying to get involved somehow, scheming away as always. As I headed to the platform in front of the Councillors, he stopped whatever he was saying, and he seemed rather pleased though as smug as always. His first words were a surprise though. “Good work, Shepard. Thanks to you, the Council’s finally taking real action against Saren!”

Tevos nodded as I switched attention to her. “The ambassador is correct, Commander. If Saren is foolish enough to attack the Citadel, as you believe, we will be ready for him.”

“Patrols are stationed at every mass relay linking Citadel space to the Terminus Systems,” Sparatus added.

“Okay, that’s all well and good, but what about Ilos? When will you be launching the attack?” I wondered.

Valern shook his head. “Ilos is only accessible through the Mu Relay, deep inside the Terminus Systems, Commander. If we send a fleet in there, the only possible outcome is full-scale war.”

Now Udina played his card. “Now is the time for discretion, Commander. Saren’s greatest weapon was secrecy. Exposed, he is no longer a threat. This is over.”

“Jesus fucking Christ, do you seriously think…” I pinched the bridge of my nose, feeling a headache oncoming from the sheer idiocy on display. “Okay, then let me ask you this. What about the Conduit?"

Valern shrugged. “Saren is a master manipulator. The Conduit is just a distraction from his real plan to attack the Citadel.”

“Then what about Sovereign? I spoke to the ship on Virmire. The thing is a Reaper. Saren is indoctrinated, a mere servant for the invasion that is about to happen.”

Tevos shook her head. “Only you have seen the Reapers. And then only in visions. We won’t invade the Terminus Systems because of a dream.”

I leaned forward against the railing. “I’ve worked my arse off getting to this point, tracking down every lead across the galaxy chasing that son of a bitch. I don’t know why the hell you’ve called me back here, but if you want discretion, I can do it.”

Sparatus snorted. “You detonated a nuclear device on Virmire. I wouldn’t call that discreet!”

Oh, that started it. “And I sacrificed a member of my crew to ensure Saren’s base was destroyed, so go fuck yourself, councillor.”

“Calm, Commander. Your style served you well in the Traverse, Commander. We recognise that and you have our thanks, and our sympathies. But Ilos requires a deft touch. We have the situation under control.”

I could only grip the railing harder as I felt anger, rage course through my veins. What a bunch of clueless, spineless… How the ever living fuck did these clowns end up running the galaxy? I finally looked up, gritting my teeth, trying to keep my temper in check. “If you don’t listen to me, if you don’t do anything more than sit and wait around for Saren, then we’re all fucked. The Conduit is the key. If Saren finds that, we’re all screwed. We need to go to Ilos. Now.”

“Ambassador Udina, I get the sense that Commander Shepard isn’t willing to let this go,” Sparatus warned. I guess telling him to go fuck himself was blowing up in my face.

I felt Udina’s eyes on my back. “There are serious political implications here, Shepard. Humanity’s made great gains thanks to you. But you’re becoming more trouble than you’re worth.” I stood up and met his eyes. He was a coward, immediately looking away from my glare, as he brushed by me. “It’s just politics, Commander. You’ve done your job, now let me do mine. We’ve locked out all of the Normandy’s primary systems. Until further notice, you’re grounded.”

I turned him around and grabbed his collar. “Nobody sells me out and stabs me in the back, Udina,” I growled.

“You’d better calm yourself, Commander.”

“Oh, I’ll calm myself alright.”

I put my forehead straight into his nose, hearing him cry out as it no doubt broke immediately. I followed that up with a fist in the gut, letting go of his collar as he dropped to the ground. I got down on a knee and lifted his chin. “Remember this moment, Udina. Remember it well. No-one fucks with me.” I stood up and looked over the Council. “And you worthless bunch of cunts are just as bad. You seriously underestimate what Saren is capable of. He was a fucking Spectre and you think you can handle him with what, negotiation? He won’t negotiate and won’t go down without a fight. How you sacks of shit ever managed to unite even part of the galaxy is absolutely fucking amazing. So, if you don’t mind me, I’m going to give you this,” I flipped them the bird, “And you three just have a fucking peachy day now.”

“You’ll pay for this, Shepard,” Udina groaned.

I got down on a knee again. “Udina, I could shoot you right now and there’s not a damn thing anyone can do about it. But you’re not worth the fucking bullet.” I stood up and put my boot into his stomach, sighing with relief. “God, that really felt good. Conniving little cunt.” With a mock salute in the direction of the Council, I turned and walked out of the chamber. If the Normandy was impounded, I guess I had to go check for myself.

The bastard wasn’t lying, of course. Soon as I approached, a dozen marines lined up, weapons aimed. “You know that’s my ship, right?” I asked.

They’d sent someone who outranked me, at least in the Alliance. Looked like a Major from the shoulder patches. “It was your ship, sir. At the moment, we have orders not to allow any crew member on board, and I have additional orders that any crew member who attempts to board this vessel shall be shot on sight.” He paused before adding, “Apologies, Commander. Most of these boys know what you’ve done, but orders are orders.”

“And you’d shoot even me?”

“Yes, Commander,” he replied immediately, “Even the first human Spectre.”

I met the eyes of each marine. They were trained to follow orders. Their faces blank. Their weapons still. All of them aimed at me, most at my centre mass, but one or two would go for the headshot. If I even thought about approaching, I’d be a dead man. For now, I was out of the game. “Very well, Major. I’ll go away.”

“Thank you, Commander. I’d rather not kill one of our own.”

Heading away from the docking bay, I sent a crew wide message about the situation. To say I was inundated with replies would be an understatement. My ground team were not happy and we agreed to meet for drinks, as I really needed something to cool off after that. I made it to the bar first, ordering a beer and polishing that off in seconds, ordering a second one as a couple of the others walked in. Soon I had most of the ground team hanging around, asking plenty of questions.

“You hit him?” Ashley asked.

“Headbutted him, then hit him, then kicked him for good measure.”

“Good,” she stated with a smile. “Slimy bastard.”

“Repercussions?” Garrus wondered.

“Honestly don’t give a fuck. Alliance want to throw the book at me, they can go spin. I’ve worked too damn hard to track down Saren to be put on the sidelines now.”

“So what do we do?” Tali asked.

“At the moment, I don’t really know. The Normandy is under heavy guard with orders of shoot to kill. Even Joker isn’t on the Normandy, and that’s a rare thing. At the moment, we’re out of the game, but we’re not finished yet. We just need a plan.”

As drinks were consumed, we discussed what we could do. Wrex suggested a full on assault of the docks to take back the ship, but I insisted I wasn’t going to kill any Alliance personnel. There wasn’t any real way we could sneak onto the ship. Honestly, we were stuck.

Eventually, it was just Ashley, Tali, Wrex and Garrus with me, Liara and Shiala heading off early to find somewhere to stay the night. Ashley and Tali were sitting either side of me, both being very friendly. I’d calmed down by now, at least, so could appreciate the attention.

“Since we’ve got some time now, Shepard, why don’t we do something… well, a little crazy.”

“What’s on your mind, Ash?”

“Well, I’ve slept with you, enjoyed Wrex, but I haven’t had turian yet. Why don’t the five of us go to that same room you rented for Tali and I and have some fun?”

I glanced at Wrex, who immediately started to laugh. Garrus looked awkward. “I can’t do that, Ashley. What about Chloe?”

“Fuck it, bring her along too. She’s French, isn’t she? I’ve heard they’re a rather open-minded people.”

“But we’ve only just…” He sighed. “Look, how about I just go and you four do what you want?”

“No turian cock for me?” Ashley pouted.

“I’m afraid not. I like you, Ashley, but not in that way. And, more importantly, I love Chloe. And I’m not interested in being intimate with anyone else except her.”

“Good man, Garrus,” I stated, “Perhaps you should go see her. I’ll let you know when the situation changes.”

“Thanks, Shepard.”

Once he left, Ashley leaned into me. “So just us four then? Do you want to see Tali out of her suit?”

I glanced at the quarian beside me. “God yes. If she’s anything like you described…”

“Her pussy is divine, Shepard. You must eat her out.”

I picked up my glass and finished it in one gulp. “Fuck it, considering I’m no longer in command, we’re having some fun. You joining us, Wrex?”

“You know what, think I’ll sit this one out, Shepard. I think you should have some fun with your friends.”

“Sure?” Ashley asked, “I can take both of you at once.”

“Really?” I asked.

Ashley shrugged. “I’m willing to give it a go. That just means you’ll get my arse, Shepard. I don’t think I could handle Wrex there.”

We all looked at Wrex. He got up and wandered to the bar, ordering a shot of something, which he downed, before walking back to us. I could help chuckle. “Alright, that didn’t take much convincing. Let’s go,” I suggested.

I called ahead to the same hotel, wondering if they could do the same thing as last time. They could do so immediately, booking the room next door as well. Tali went into the clean room first, where there was also a small decontamination room. The three of us washed thoroughly in the other room first before joining Tali, surprised she was still in her suit when I walked in, Ashley suggesting she’d wait with Wrex for a little while. “You going to have him fuck you?”

“I thought you might like some alone time with Tali first, Shepard. We’ll just wait in here.”

I gave her a soft kiss. “Thanks. And you’re definitely getting fucked later.”

“I plan on being rather sore later tonight, Shepard.”

I couldn’t help chuckle. Tali was clearly nervous as I walked in, waiting for decontamination cycle to finish before walking in. I’d thrown on just a shirt and trousers after my shower, Tali slowly rising to her feet as she walked towards me. “Just us two?” she asked quietly.

“For now. I think Ashley is about to get seriously pounded by Wrex again.” Tali giggled as I added, “And I guess you asked for me alone too?”

She nodded as I walked towards her, eventually wrapping my arms around her, holding her close. “Oh, I like this,” she whispered. I could feel her shake every so often.

“Nervous?” I felt her head nod. “Were you the same with Ashley?”

“I was nervous with her but it was… different. You’re…” She looked up, watching her eyes shine brightly behind the mask. I could just about see the faint outline of her face. “Shepard, I’ve crushed on you hard since you walked into that alley. I never thought…” She ran a hand down her mask and looked down. “I never thought you’d wonder or want to see what’s behind this?”

I placed a finger under her mask, lifting her head so her eyes met mine. “Well, no time like the present then…”

Raising my hand to the side, she helped guide my hand to the clasps that kept it in place. Once I’d undone those, there was a slight hiss before I gently started to pull it away. She was now shaking quite a bit, clearly nervous about what was about to happen. Pulling the mask away completely, I felt the grin form immediately. She’d closed her eyes, and I noticed the tears trickle down her cheeks. Placing the mask down on the bed next to us, then helped lower the hood before I then freed the rest of her head from the suit. The long, raven hair was a real surprise. Looking down, she had very faint eyebrows, her eyes were still closed, her nose was tiny, her lips were full. Her skin was what I would call ashen-purple, and she was very pale. I could see traces of what were… cybernetics? I wasn’t quite sure, but knew quarians had been modified to deal with life on the Fleet and in suits.

“Well, hello there, beautiful,” I whispered.

Her eyes opened and I felt the smile only broaden, particularly when her face lit up with her own. “You really mean that?” she whispered.

“Definitely.” I leaned down and gently pressed my lips to hers, feeling arms swung around my neck immediately as the kiss deepened. Since she’d had a bit of experience with Ashley already, our first kiss probably wasn’t as awkward as it could have been. In fact, I think she must have taken tips, as she was already rather good. Running my hands around her back, I couldn’t stop myself from getting a handful of that arse. She giggled when I gave it a gentle squeeze.

“Someone approves,” she said softly.

“Hips and arse, Tali. You should thank whatever god you believe in.”

“Want to help me get out of my suit?”

“Um… yes, please.”

I’ll admit, it took a bit of work getting her out of the suit. She took off her gloves first, noticing two fingers larger than my own, with a different sort of fingernail. We then focused on taking off her top half, exposing her rather slim arms before her chest and back piece practically came off together. That exposed her top half and I got my first look at her breasts. About a handful, the same pale colour though her nipples seemed to be dark purple more than anything. There was also the trace of cybernetics running up her sides and stomach. Running a finger over them, I did ask what they were.

“We’ve had to make many adaptions to our physiology due to living on a ship. We’re still organic but… We need help just to survive. It’s why we need to return to our homeworld, Shepard. We’re probably going to die out in space if we don’t.”

“Things are that bad?” She shrugged, I guess just voicing her own opinion. “Want to go back?”

“Oh, not yet. Not by a long shot.”

I held her close to me, feeling her shake and hearing her giggle as my fingers gently caressed her back. She was obviously very sensitive so a little ticklish as well. “Keelah, I’ve waited so long for this, Shepard,” she whispered.

Leaning down, I kissed her again, holding her close to me as we did. Despite how much shorter she was, as she was a good six inches at least, we made it work. Breaking apart, the desire in her eyes was something else, and I knew we had to move things on. Focusing on her lower parts, we removed her suit first before exposing her feet, again rather different to my own. The part covering her shins was next before her upper thigh and groin parts could then be removed. I sat on the bed as she then stood naked in front of me. And I was hard as a rock.

“Fucking hell,” I whispered.

“What?” she asked, turning very shy, very quickly.

I pulled her towards me, running a hand up and down her back, caressing her arse, as I kissed between her breasts and down her chest. “You are absolutely fucking gorgeous, Tali. Your body matches your personality one hundred and ten percent.”

Feeling her start to shake, I looked up to see she was crying. Standing up, I held her close as she let it all out. I think it was nerves and a whole lot of other feelings she was experiencing. Once I felt her settle down, it was no surprise she started to fumble at my belt. Figuring I may as well help, I took off my shirt as my trousers hit the floor, Tali wasting no time hooking a finger into my underwear and lowering that too.

“Oh my,” she whispered before her hand gently wrapped itself around my cock. “Oh my, Shepard…”

“I’m glad you approve, Tali.”

That made her giggle. “Oh, this is definitely going inside me very shortly, Shepard. Definitely, absolutely, I will not take no for an answer.”

“That’s why I’m here, Tali. I wasn’t walking out with us making love.”

She looked up at that, the smile forming quickly. “I love the sound of that, Shepard,” she said softly.

Pushing her gently back onto the bed, she seemed to realise quite quickly what I wanted to do, shuffling back so her head rested on a pillow, while I kissed up one her legs before I hovered over her. Leaning down to kiss her lips, she definitely knew what I was up to, opening up her body so I could kiss her neck. She was still very sensitive, gasping loudly when my lips touched her skin there, and she giggled as I slowly kissed down her body, showing her breasts plenty of appreciation.

Hearing her gasp, she whispered, “I had no idea they could be so… sensitive.”

“You like it?”

“I love it, Shepard,” she breathed.

So I spent some time there, completely ignoring her sex, and I’ll be honest, I could feel the heat from it just from resting my body close to her. Slowly kissing down her body, appreciating how fit and athletic she was, something no-one would realise because of the suit she wore, I ignored her sex again by kissing down one thigh before swapping to kiss up the other.

“Shepard!” she moaned.

“Yes, Tali?”

“Stop teasing me… Please!”

She was almost begging me, and I’m not a hard hearted bastard, and to be honest, I really wanted to make her cum. So I stopped, kissing up and over her sex, gently tickling her stomach, which earned a giggle, before kissing down and finally tasting her properly. She moaned loudly the first time my tongue ran up her slit, and once I got a taste, there was no chance I was going to stop.

“Keelah… Shepard…” she cried softly as I wrapped a hand around each thigh and practically went to town on her. She tasted… different to human or asari. Not sure why, and it wasn’t a bad taste, just different. But my tongue was soon probing her depths, feeling her fingers run through my hair, legs wrapped around my upper arms, as she was soon crying out my name or other words which seem rather unintelligible at the time.

“I’m going to cum,” she cried softly. That surprised me a little bit, though that simply made me double down on what I was doing. I felt one of her hands clasp my hair to keep my place, almost forcing her body down into my mouth, gyrating against my mouth. To be honest, it was a complete turn on, and I was glad she knew what she wanted.

“Make me cum!” she cried, though it was nearly an order as well. So I switched all attention to her swollen clit. Yep, she lasted about thirty seconds before I felt her shudder violently in my hands, crying out as her back arched. “Keelah!” she cried loudly, though she made no effort to stop me, so I just kept on doing what I was doing. I think she was soon sobbing through her orgasm, though her hand tightened on my hair, almost forcing me to keep going. “Don’t stop,” she sobbed.

I finally lifted my mouth for a second. “Sure?”

“Please, Shepard,” she sobbed, “I want to cum again from what you’re doing.”

So I kept going, now practically rubbing her groin in my face. Every few seconds, she’d start to shudder and shake, wondering if she wasn’t going to just pass out on me. But after another couple of minutes, she whispered she was about to have another one. That made her cry out again, similar to her first one, and that was when she finally cried enough for the time being, letting go of my hair and asking me to stop. I kissed up her body, watching her shudder every so often, before I rested above her. She didn’t hesitate kissing me.

“Give me a couple of minutes, Shepard. My heart is going crazy.” She leaned up to give me a soft kiss. “Then you can make love to me.”

“Gentle?”

“I’ve never had….” She trailed off and blushed. “Shepard, you know I’ve never…”

“Tali, I’m joking. I certainly don’t want to hurt you.”

We made out for a little while, letting her recover, before we positioned ourselves so my cock rested at her entrance. Even just grazing her pussy made her gasp and smile as we kissed. “I’ve waited so long,” she whispered.

“How long?” I wondered.

“The day you saved me, Shepard. You looked at me with such kind eyes… and the fact you saved me. Then everything since!” She paused before adding, “I love Ashley, I really do. We’ve made a real connection; one I’ll always treasure. But you, Shepard… I’ve fantasised about you since that first day.”

I leaned down to kiss her. “Time to stop fantasising then.”

Pressing against her, she simply leaned back and smile as the head of my cock slowly slipped inside her, earning a loud gasp once it was inside her. I slid a little more with every few seconds, feeling her shuffle underneath me as she got comfortable. I was surprised at how much she could take before suggesting we start to make love.

It was some of the best sex I’d ever had up to that day. Tali seemed to have an idea of what to do, or at least an idea of what she liked and definitely what I might like. But, to be honest, she seemed to just love the fact she was underneath me, her hands running up and down my arms and back, as I gently thrust into her, earning plenty of moans and gasps and she’d occasionally adjusted her body, definitely smiling whenever I seemed to hit somewhere different inside her.

But it was when I lay on my back and she straddled me that she really appreciated me. Watching her tiny body slide down my cock was almost awe inspiring, and once she settled and started to ride me, my orgasm was guaranteed. I was going to cum before. Now? I was going to last five minutes if I was lucky.

She came first, and she came hard. I mean the sort of orgasm where she lay flat against my stomach and couldn’t even handle me touching her for a few minutes. It was only after she recovered that she realised. “You haven’t cum, Shepard.”

“Just waiting for you, gorgeous.”

That just made her smile before she leaned down, resting her forearms to either side of me. “Well, I think you need to cum, Shepard. Now why don’t you just grab my arse and fuck me.” I couldn’t help raise eyebrows at her tone as she kissed me. “Shepard, I can handle a few minutes of you pounding me hard. And I want you to fuck me. So fuck me.”

So I fucked her. I grabbed onto that arse and I gave her everything I had. I wasn’t going to last long, no more than five minutes, but she seemed to love every second, her kisses, when capable, more passionate than those before. She eventually rested an arm next to me, her eyes meeting mine, and she’d whisper all sorts of rude things to me before I finally buried myself inside her and came hard. The sort of orgasm that necessitated me lying back for at least a couple of minutes and my mind going blank.

I felt her kissing me softly on the lips as my frazzled mind started to work again, holding her close to me, both of us unable to stop grinning at the other. “Keelah, I needed that,” she whispered.

“You guys finished yet?” Ashley called over my omni-tool. Tali and I shared a glance and laughed.

“Are you waiting or something, Ash?” Tali wondered.

“Wrex and I have behaved, but I really need to be fucked right now, and Wrex is getting bored.”

“Thought you two would have fucked by now?” I suggested.

“I made him wait, which probably wasn’t the best idea.”

I looked at Tali, and she seemed happy to continue, so I replied, “Okay, come on through, we can make this work.”

Tali didn’t move as Ash and Wrex burst through the door, took one look, and almost turned around immediately. Wrex shut the door as Ash came and joined us straight away, laying a gentle kiss on Tali’s cheek before she lay down next to me. “Enjoy yourself, Tali?”

“It was wonderful, Ash. Glad I waited though. Made it even better, I think.”

“Yeah, I felt the same thing after we made love.”

“Guess it’s your turn now?”

“What will you do?”

“I’ll just watch, perhaps just hug Shepard or something. Not sure how this will work.”

Tali slid off me as I sat up and wandered over to the small fridge, grabbing a bottle of water, offering Tali one. Ashe and Wrex said they didn’t need anything just yet. I knocked back most of the bottle before we all looked at each other, and for a few seconds, it was a little awkward. Finally, Wrex made a move without saying anything, simply laying back on the bed, and that was the first time I got a look at what he was packing. “Fucking hell,” I muttered.

He didn’t say anything as Ashley climbed onto the bed, immediately straddling the krogan, slightly surprised that she started to rub herself along his length. I’m man enough to admit he was much larger than me, and definitely wondered how Ashley was going to take both him and myself at the same time. Thankfully, Wrex had walked in with a bottle of lube, Tali handing it to Ash, noticing she did pour a rather liberal amount on Wrex. I stood back next to Tali. “So, watched this before?”

That made her giggle. “Only the once, Shepard.”

“And you’re ready for me next, Ash?”

She glanced at me and smiled. “That’s what I was doing next door, skipper. Even lubed myself up nice and slick for you to just slide it in. After you’ve got yourself ready, of course.”

“I’ll do it!” Tali exclaimed, and I couldn’t help chuckle as she happily got down on her knees, taking the bottle and pouring a very liberal amount in her hands. As Ash slowly slid down onto Wrex, Tali started to stroke me back to life, not that I’d gone particularly soft, but just making sure I was nice and hard once again.

Ash was riding Wrex slowly, obvious waiting for me to get into position. I guess she was expecting me to take charge of the situation. Climbing onto the bed, I got a great look at her firm arse, giving it a firm slap at the same time. That made her look back and smile. “You approve, Skipper?” I answered by lowering my mouth and flicking her arsehole with my tongue. That made her gasp before I ran my tongue up her back before I gently nibbled at her neck.

“Ready, Chief?” I breathed into her ear.

“Just be gentle. Only done this once,” she whispered, “Never had two cocks in me at once before.”

“So only anal once?” She nodded. “And now you’re taking two at a time?”

“Well, if Tali had a dick…”

I sat back for a moment, making sure I was well and truly lubed up, before I gently prodded Ashley with my fingers, eventually slipping a couple inside her. That made her moan, still barely moving on Wrex, wondering how he was doing. “Wrex?”

“Shepard.”

“Doing okay?”

“Just waiting for you to start. Not sure what I’m meant to do other than provide the second dick.”

“Trust me, Wrex, you won’t have to move much,” Ash moaned.

Removing my fingers, I positioned myself, eventually having to be in some sort of crouch, prodding Ashley’s arse with my cock. She moved forward at first, so I gently grabbed her left shoulder to hold her in place. “Relax,” I whispered.

“Done this before?”

I didn’t laugh though I couldn’t help smile. “Of course.”

“Be gentle, Shepard.”

Pressing at her back entrance, she accepted my cock easier than I expected, though I stopped once the head slipped inside. I let her get ready to just that being inside her before I gently slid a couple more inches in, Ashley whispering for Wrex to absolutely not move until she said so. The krogan obliged, Tali now sat beside me, watching with interest.

“Ash, I can’t believe…”

“Feels wonderful, Tali,” Ash moaned.

I didn’t pull back and thrust forward too much until I finally buried my length, again leaning forward to kiss Ash on the cheek. “Well, I’m now buried in your arse, Ash.” That made her turn her head to look at me with a smile. “I assume I’m taking it gentle?”

“You both are, considering the length of cocks I now have inside me.”

So Wrex and I did as she requested. He was already comfortable, so simply grabbed her and started to gently thrust up. I positioned myself as comfortably as possible and tried to alternate my thrusts into Ash. She lasted five minutes before she orgasmed, and she orgasmed hard. I thought she would have given up straight away, but she ordered us to keep going. When she told both of us to go a little harder, that was a red rag to a bull. Wrex wasted no time starting to pump up into her, and he surprised even me by admitting he was getting rather close. I guess having made love to Tali earlier, I was going to last longer.

“Shepard, stop,” Ashley breathed, so I did, making sure I was buried inside her. “Okay, Wrex. Fuck me.”

The krogan didn’t need asking twice, pounding Ashley for a good few minutes before he groaned, or perhaps I should say roared, before he blasted inside her. It must have been good, as even he admitted he was already done. I think he just wanted to get out from underneath her. It took a little manoeuvring for him to get out from underneath her, but Ash was soon comfortable on her knees on the bed with me still behind her. She laid her head down on the bed and glanced back. “Now it’s just me and you, Skipper.”

I cleared my throat and used my eyes to gesture towards someone else. “Oh, of course. Tali, would you like to be involved?”

“How?”

“Well, if Shepard’s going to keep fucking my arse, why don’t you eat me out and I’ll… No, that won’t work. I can feel myself dripping still. So I can just eat you out instead.”

Tali found that idea rather appealing, lying in front of Ashley, who wasted little time lowering her mouth to that quarian pussy. She probably tasted the residue of my cum, no doubt still leaking at least a little bit out of her, but I simply focused on that tight little arse of Ashley Williams. I was soon fucking her even harder, and she was definitely enjoying it, not quite able to concentrate on Tali as I picked up my tempo.

“Fuck, skipper,” she groaned.

“Okay?”

“God yes. So good…”

I glanced around to see Wrex sat on the couch, can of beer in hand, simply watching events. He met my eyes and smirked. “No complaints, Shepard. About time you three got busy. Only one missing is Liara. Bet she’s with Shiala though.”

I thought Ashley would have asked me to stop before I came, but once I changed position so I was crouching over her, resting my forearms beside her body, now able to breath into her ear, she figured I was close. “Love this, Shepard,” she moaned, now not concentrating on Tali at all, the young quarian simply watching her lover have her arse pounded by her other lover.

“Not too much longer,” I grunted.

“Doing this again,” she added.

“Fine by me. Your arse is fantastic.”

That made her chuckle before she turned to kiss my cheek. “Cum in me, Shepard,” she breathed.

She got what she wanted a couple of minutes later, burying my cock a final time and erupting deep inside her. It was quite the orgasm for myself, barely able to hold myself up, Ashley wisely lowering her body flat to the bed, taking me with her, making sure I remained inside her for the time before. I even felt her give my cock a few squeezed, giving her a gentle kiss on the cheek as I chuckled.

“That was hot,” Tali whispered.

“You should try it one day, Tali,” Ash suggested, “Once you get used to the feeling, it’s fantastic.”

Withdrawing my cock, I was relieved all was good, though I’d clearly had enough for the time being. Lying back on bed, I soon had Ashley to one side, Tali to the other. That’s when Wrex laughed, the big krogan getting up and starting to assemble himself in armour. I gave him a curious look. “Shepard, trust me, my presence isn’t required here any longer.”

“Wrex,” Ash started to say.

“I’m not offended, Ash. It was good fun. But I think what I’m seeing on the bed is the truth. Shepard, you’ve got a good thing going here. Just don’t fuck it up by, I don’t know, dying or something.”

“I’ll do my best, Wrex.”

“Good. Now, if you don’t mind me, I’m going to grab a drink or ten at a bar. Once you’re done here, you’re more than welcome to join me. Until then, you kids just have fun.” With that, he wandered out the door, hearing him laugh away to himself, muttering away.

I glanced at my two bed mates. “Shower?”

They loved that idea, the three of us ending up under hot water in a rather roomy cubicle. The night was still young, and I figured we could enjoy a lot more fun together. What threw a slight spanner in the works was a message I received just as I was about to get ready to eat out Ashley Williams for the first time that night. The ping suggested it was a priority message, and even she knew I could ignore it. Opening it up, I knew the raised eyebrows of mine would provoke questions.

Shepard,

Meet me at the Orion Coffee Shop on the Presidium at 1000 hrs Citadel Time tomorrow.  

I will explain in person.  

Anderson

I explained the brief message to both of them. They figured as much as I did. Anderson was going to get us off the Citadel. Trying to concentrate on sex after that was difficult as my mind immediately went to what was next, so it was little surprise the three of us just ended up lying back and chatting. I thought it might have been a little awkward considering what we’d just done together, but the two girls definitely liked each other, and the three of us liked each other, so it was fine.

I woke up in the morning to my cock being sucked by both of them. Though we didn’t have sex, we all enjoyed an orgasm by the time we had to get up and dress, and I’ll admit to simply sitting back and watching Ashley and Tali eat each other out. Probably the most erotic thing I’ve ever seen, their affection and enthusiasm to please each other certainly on display.

Anderson was already waiting for me when I walked into the coffee shop. Before arriving, I’d sent a ship wide message, ordering everyone to be ready for immediate departure, pending on the information from Anderson. We shook hands before I sat down. Ready to order a coffee, he said that wouldn’t be necessary.

“Are you ready to go, Shepard?” he wondered.

“Just give me the word, sir, and I’m out of here. But how’s this going to work?”

“I’ll do what is necessary, Shepard.”

It sounded ominous. “Sir, you could be…”

“Don’t worry about me, Shepard. I’ll be vindicated once you bring the bastard down. You need to get on the Normandy. It will take you ten minutes to get from here to the ship. In that time, I was disable the lockdown and order the troops away. Fake, obviously. I’ve notified Admiral Hackett and he’s given the okay for what I’m about to do.”

“Going over Udina’s head?” I wondered, unable to hide the smirk.

“I’ll make sure nothing comes of what happened. The man is a snake, Shepard. Fuck Udina. And fuck the Council, come to think of it.” I couldn’t help chuckle at his tone. “You ready to go?”

“Just give the order, sir.”

“Get to the Normandy, Shepard. You’ll only have a small window to get out before I’m arrested and the lockdown reinforced.”

I opened my omni-tool and broadcast a message. “This is Commander Shepard to all crew of the Normandy. Make your way to the docking bay for immediate departure. I repeat, make your way to the docking bay for immediate departure. You have ten minutes. That is all. Shepard out.”

Rising to my feet, Anderson offered his hand. “Good luck, Shepard.”

“Thank you, sir.”

“Get going. Once you get there, the marines will be gone and you can go take care of Saren.”

There was no time to delay, catching a taxi from a nearby rank, arriving at the entrance to the docking bay, where crew members were already gathering. Heading upstairs, the marines had already disappeared and I waited outside, counting off the crew members as they arrived back. All of them looked pleased, even excited to return, knowing that what we were doing was effectively mutiny. I knew Anderson was going to pay the price, so all I could do for the moment was repay his faith in me. Garrus was actually the last one to appear, jogging along as he appeared surprised, stopping for a moment.

“Mutiny, Shepard?”

“Technically. But considering I’m a Spectre and this is my ship…”

The turian chuckled. “Well, I’ve never been a particularly good turian anyway. But the bastard needs stopping, and looks like we’re the one people who can.”

“Glad you’re on board, Garrus.”

“Wouldn’t miss this for the world, Shepard.”

With everyone on board, I stepped through the airlock and into chaos. Little surprise as there was a mixture of nerves, excitement, perhaps even a little fear. I put two fingers in my mouth and whistled, everyone falling silent and looking at me. “You know your jobs, people. I assure you we’ll be fine. Do you jobs like I know you can. Once this is over, you will face no repercussions. I will make sure of it.”

“Yes, sir,” came the chorus, the crew relaxing immediately. I stepped towards the cockpit, Joker already in position. I figured he’d probably been waiting nearby, just itching to get back on the ship.

“Orders, Commander?”

“Take us out, Joker. We’re going hunting.”