"Can I ask you something, Shepard?"
"Go for it, Garrus."
"Why did you leave Alenko behind?"
Shepard sighed, running her free hand through her unkempt hair. "Because he made his choice when he set the charge on that bomb. Going back would have only told him that he did the wrong thing, and that his decision had killed Ash and the Salarians."
Garrus thought about that, surprised by the honest answer.
"Willams doesn't seem to agree," he pointed out.
Shepard smirked slightly. "Just between you and me? She has a case of survivor's guilt. She'll come around eventually."
"What makes you so certain?"
The commander chuckled, taking a swig of her beer. "I've been in her shoes, remember? You eventually learn to move on, if you're strong enough. And Ash is strong."
Garrus digested her words, tapping a talon on his own drink. This human commander never ceased to surprise him. Her insight into people was astounding.
"Kaidan was a good soldier. He saved us all. I won't have his sacrifice regretted."
The turian nodded. "To Kaidan," he said, raising his bottle.
Shepard smiled slightly and clinked her drink against his.
I figured (in my colonist Shepard's own personal canon) that right after Virmire was when she started connecting with Garrus as more than just another person under her command. She needed someone to talk to, and Ash, her defacto conversation buddy was giving her the cold shoulder, and Wrex was a poor choice when dealing with feelings that don't involve wanting to shoot something.
Also, despite my inability to kill Ash, I don't actually hate Kaidan. I just find Ash more interesting personality-wise.
I really need to start learning how to do decent backgrounds. Straight lines and anything mechanical are apparently my bane.
EDIT: Apparently it's KaidAN, not KaidEN. Shows how much I pay attention
I've been spelling it with an 'e' forever. Thanks to those who pointed it out.
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