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-December 25th-

Aria's comm terminal flashes to life in the early hours of the morning. *beep beep beep* Aria groans as she tosses the covers off and tumbles, ungracefully out of bed. She strolls across the vast quarters (still only clad in a pair of black panties) and grabs a shirt off the back of the couch, pulling it on quickly before answering the terminal. Her Batarian enforcer, Bray, appears on the console. Aria's tone drips with venom, "This better be good Bray."

"Uh...right. We have an issue down here on the floor of the club."

Aria's hand goes to her temple, the beginnings of a migraine starting to creep into her head. Her voice causes Bray to wince visibly, "Unless the club's going up in flames, I really don't care. Handle it. It's what I pay you for, isn't it?"

"Um....I think you're going to wanna see this, boss."

"I swear if this is some drunken Elcor causing a fuss again.....blood will be spilled."

"It's not.......well....as I said, boss. You gotta see this for yourself."

Aria gives a deep sigh, "Remind me to dock your pay the next time you wake me up. I'll be there in ten minutes."

As the console goes black, Aria takes a deep breath to calm herself, her ample chest straining the tight t-shirt. She glances at herself in the mirror, realizing what shirt she had picked up. Large white letters across the front reads The Queen, with the symbol for Omega below it. Someone she had cared for had it specially made for her a few years back....for...... "Oh no. She didn't!"

Realizing the date she throws on a pair of tight leather pants, and slings a black jacket over one shoulder as she rushes out the door. Taking her personal elevator down to the club, she glances out the glass window overlooking Afterlife, and her jaw....drops. Brightly colored lights glitter over the entire club, drastically transforming the feel of the room. The ear-pounding music is gone, replaced with a variety of classic carols, giving the place a more serene feel. The human and asari strippers are each clad in elf or enticing Santa outfits. Even the bouncers and guards have Santa hats on, with Krogan having garland draped around their headplates. Bray stands, completely unsure of what to do about the situation, outside her elevator, a piece of mistletoe taped to one side of his head. Aria notices the center of the club suddenly, the once empty space (used for stripper performances) now has a twenty-foot tall Christmas tree, decorated with a variety of objects: from basic ornaments to stuff obviously scrounged from the shops of Omega (gears, tools, eezo-infused crystals). Aria grabs Bray by the front of his armor, her strength apparent as she lifts him a few inches off the ground, her face mere centimeters from his, her voice barely a whisper, "Where.....is.....she?"

Bray begins to splutter out a sentence, Aria cuts him off by moving her hands to his throat. "Where?"

He points to the base of the tree, and Aria drops him hard to the ground. Bray begins to speak, "But boss, your...."

Aria stops in her tracks, her biotics activating around her fists, and Bray's sentence trails off. She storms off to have words with her former lover. She spies her placing a string of red garland around the bar edges, little green lights attached to them. She considers for a moment to send her flying through the bar, but she stops as a tiny purple girl (no older than five) steps from behind Jacqueline helping her to hold the string of lights. Aria's anger fades into oblivion at the sight of the pair, a father and her daughter, laughing together. Dawn T'Loak, dressed in a red and green jumpsuit, a santa hat slightly too big for her pulled over one side of her head, notices her mother's arrival. The look of delight in her eyes causes Aria's heart to flutter, something that hadn't happened for quite some time before her birth. "Mommy! Mewwy Cwistmas!"

Jack looks up from her work, her long dark hair down to her shoulders today instead of her normal ponytail. Her tattoos illuminated by the lights in her hands. She gives Aria a seductive wink, "Hey babe. Sorry to wake you up like that, but Dawn wanted to show you her hard work."

Aria looks down at the girl hugging her legs, the biggest grin on her face. She bends down to her eye level, "This was your idea Dawn?"

She nods energetically, "Yes!"

The last vestiges of frustration vanishes at the sound of pride in her daughter's voice. She begins to chuckle, pulling Dawn into a tight hug. "You did all this...for me?"

"Course mommy. Daddy said we should make this day special. Do you like it?"

Aria looks around at the patrons and the staff, everyone looking slightly more cheerful than usual, more relaxed.....like all their troubles were left outside for the time being. She looks back down at Dawn, "You convinced all my employees to do this?"

Jack coughs softly, "You wouldn't believe how persuasive she can be with those adorable eyes of hers. Plus I watched her punch a Vorcha in the knees when he refused to help collect lights. Needless to say the offending Vorcha quickly changed his mind when he saw she meant business."

Aria notices the slight blue shimmer around Jack's eyes as she winks. Aria lifts her daughter into her arms, "We'll make a princess out of you yet honey."

Dawn hugs her mom's neck tightly, giving her a kiss on the cheek. "I'm so happy you like my present, Mommy!"

Aria's looks around her club once more, her gaze coming to rest on Jack, "It's perfect."
Second gift, this time goes to my good friend and supporter :iconlilaaku:

This is from my SFS universe, and I know Lily's a huge fan of Jack, so I figured why not use Omega for this one. Merry Christmas Lily! (Hope you like this)

Dawn is my creation (thanks in part to :iconadl-art: and :iconvierna-drottingu:)

Jack, Bray, and Aria belong to Bioware.
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TehCommanderShepard Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
it shows aria can have a heart thats so cute excellent
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koogee4 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwww... Aria/Jack... and their super-biotic daughter Dawn. What more could I ask for Christmas? :D
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deviousgina Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it. So cute.
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death-dealer1368 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with Batman down there I loved how you built up tension and then had it dissolve like that! =D Also who doesn't love festive stories? =D
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Lilaaku Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! thank you ^^

It was definitely nice to get some insight into what Aria and Jack's relationship must have been like :D

And to see Dawn as a kid :aww: I bet she'd try denying any moments like this now that she's all grown up :giggle:

This was an awesome present to wake up to! :iconrubcheeksplz:
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I am so happy you like it! I really tried for something different with this one. (A bit.....more racy in parts than I'm used to writing :XD:)

:iconrubcheeksplz: Merry Christmas! :D
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Lilaaku Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha :D There's nothing wrong with being unused to writing 'racy' believe. Some of the stories my friends read and talk about have... something sexual happening every few chapters :fear:

This sort of stuff, I can approve of :pat:

Merry Christmas to you too :iconsuperheroglompplz: Hope you have a fantastic day!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I try not to go down that road in my stories. (Wouldn't feel right.) This is probably as far as any of the stories will go in terms of "raciness" :D
Glad I didn't go overboard :D (I know, yes Aria was walking around her apartment mostly naked......but hey, she's allowed ;p)

Gonna be a LONG weekend.
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Lilaaku Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well then, I know I can feel safe from mental scars (or something like that) reading your stories XD

I certainly wouldn't want to be the one to try and stop Aria going around her apartment however she chooses :giggle:

Come back safely ^^
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Sillylilbit Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Love this one Alex!!!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Thanks! :D Glad you liked it! :)
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Sillylilbit Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Totally Alex! You never cease to amaze me!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Definitely a little sexier in places than I'm used to writing :D
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Sillylilbit Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
:D good job stepping out of your comfort zone! :tighthug:
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ADL-art Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Cool how the tension in the story builts up then dissipitates at the end, keep honing your craft bro :)

Like Zaeed & Aethyta the pairing of Aria & Jack works, hope to see more of Dawn in season 2! :D
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Oh good, glad you liked it! :D I tried for something a little different in the feel and tone of the story.

How'd you like the different feels/looks for Jack and Aria?


I still have to thank you guys for coming up with the Father for Dawn. :XD: Also, you're right.....it's as crazy as Zaeed/Aethyta....but it works :D
(More from Dawn to come ;) )
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ADL-art Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Way you described Aria was extremely sexy & Jacks hairdo was like one of my concept scribbles before i sent you that sample lineart of the comic. So both positives for me :3

No probs & all it took was a simple quote "a new dawn rises for Omega". Yeah wonder how villafjs going? She's been away for sometime now, hope she's good.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I never really had written "sexy" things like that before XD. Was kind of a new thing for me to write.
Jack, I wanted to have her let her hair down, literally (had the thought that Dawn's santa hat was originally on Jack, but she gave it to Dawn. (Omg, that's right! I totally blanked on where I had the internal image of Jack's hairstyle from)

I see her getting on the PSN now and then, but other than that....she's been dead silent.....much like Cira.
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ADL-art Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
S'all good :D I chuckled over the Queen of Omega tee. Checked the BioWare store then they started selling busts, Mordin being the first [link]

Hehe yeah, new relationships tend to take most of ones time. Cira pops up on Origin sometimes while i do the weekend challenges. Operation Alamo starts up soon [link]
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Maman-Ourse Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Unexpected but perfect! :squee:
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Yeah, unexpected is a good way to put it :D
Half of it was off the top of my head. It felt like a fun thing to write :D
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NYFJnLKIKO Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Awwww their so cute!!! I want to see more of jack and her family :) I seriously think jack and aria are great together :3
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quwykxz Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Awesome Christmas story! :thumbsup:
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Thanks! Glad you approve of the Jack/Aria pair :D
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bloodelf3 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I think we need more of this pair.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Agreed! :D
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InuDran Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Photographer
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! sooo cute!!!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
:happybounce: Glad you liked it! :D
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InuDran Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Photographer
:happybounce: it's super cute :huggle: love Dawn! soo cute that Aria just melted when she said she did it for her mommy :love:
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Ttrmkh Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist
*wipes a tear away* I'm not crying... I'm not....
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malovence Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
*clap clap clap*
Brilliant, simply brilliant. As hard as a cold many can be, nothing melts the heart of even the hardest crime lord faster than that of their child's smile on Christmas Day. Remembering their own past innocence and seeing again in their children. The joy in their eyes, the pride etched upon their face. Brilliance.
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