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"Check."

"Aww, come on. Again?"

Velair screws up her eyes, taking in the chessboard. Sure enough, her king was in check by the black queen. "I should have listened to my dad. I don't think I'll be able to beat you."

The synthetic woman across from her smiles. "Maybe. Maybe not. I have found that it's the unknown that makes the game fun."

Velair puts her hands to her temples, gently rubbing them. "That's easy for you to say Aunt EDI. You've already played through your next hundred moves in your head. I'm stuck barely holding my own."

Noticing Velair's obvious frustration, EDI tries a different tactic. "If it makes you feel better, you are doing far better than your father ever did. She would always take the offensive, and end up getting crushed."

Velair looks up at her, "Heh, that does sound like dad. Be honest though, no one's ever beaten you, have they?"

"You'd be surprised. Your mom is actually the only one to date that has successfully beaten me. So don't lose hope Velair, even I make mistakes."

The young asari's eyes move back to the board, as if willing the board to give her a solution. She doesn't even notice her mother come up behind her and give her a kiss on the cheek. "How goes the game sweetie?"

".....not great......"

EDI smiles, "She's definitely better than Shepard."

Liara giggles, "Kaycee's never been good at having the patience to think ahead of her opponent." Bending down, she whispers in her daughter's ear. "Move your rook in front of the queen."

Velair glances at the rook and back to her mother, who nods. Taking a deep breath, she makes her move. The piece blocks the queen's path. EDI nods, impressed. "That was the best move to make in this situation."

She takes the rook with her queen. "Check."

Velair's eyes widen. The queen was open to attack by her knight. She thought to herself, Did she mean to do that?

She takes EDI's queen. Looking up in triumph, she notices the surprised expression on her face. "Hmm.....I didn't expect that....."

The game had turned in Velair's favor. For the next hour, the game marches on, each player refusing to give ground. Liara watches from the kitchen, seeing the sheer determination on her daughter's face. She smiles to herself. She has her father's drive.

The game ends suddenly as one of Velair's pawns makes it to the opposite end, becoming a new queen. "......checkmate!"

EDI glances at the board before breaking into a wide smile. "So it is. Congratulations Velair. You obviously have your mother's tactical mind."

The child's eyes look alight with wonder and delight. She hurries over to EDI, wrapping her arms around her. "Thanks for the game Aunt EDI! Rematch this week?"

EDI returns the hug, "Of course, I have to redeem myself don't I?"

Liara calls out, "Velair? Why don't you tell your daddy the good news. I'm sure she'll be so proud."

"Okay mommy."

As she watches her daughter go tearing out the front door, she glances at EDI. "You let her win."

The strands of her hair blow gently in the breeze from the open window. She turns to Liara. "I have no idea what you're talking about."

"You may have fooled my girl, but I know better. You don't lose like that, and I would know. It took me almost fifty games before I was able to win."

EDI doesn't respond immediately. She instead watches little Velair almost bouncing with joy in front of her father and Jeff. "EDI?"

"She.....I.....needed her to."

"Wait, what?"

EDI turns to Liara. "The look in her eyes. That fire. That drive. I needed to see that."

Liara walks over and puts a hand on EDI's shoulder, feeling the slight hum from the generators inside the frame. "Something wrong EDI?"

"I have been thinking.......about having children of my own."

"You mean adopting?"

She nods, "I am unsure of what Jeff would say if I brought up the subject. He'd probably make a wisecrack or two, but after that, I'm not sure."

Liara's grip tightens. "EDI, Joker.....Jeff loves you. I think he would support you through anything if it meant you were happy. I personally think any child would be the luckiest person in the galaxy to have you two as parents." Her hand moves up to the synthetic strands of her hair, feeling them. "You know? I don't think I've ever seen you with your hair down before."

EDI gives a small laugh. "Jeff made the point that the solid mold was no longer necessary. Plus I think he likes it better this way."

"I'm not sure I wanted to know that last part."

"Are you sure? I could give you the list of reasons why."

"Please don't."

"As you wish." EDI starts to reset the board for a new game. "In that case, care for a rematch Doctor?"

Liara looks out once more at the sheer joy on her daughter's face before taking her seat. "Bring it on, EDI."
"I am invincible!" :D You voted for EDI, you got EDI!!!
This one went easier than I thought. I hope you all enjoy it.
As always, thanks to everyone for the continuing support.
Enjoy!

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Kaycee Shepard and her daughters are creations of LiveAndLoveArt.
Liara and EDI are property of Bioware.
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Legion-Commander Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Been reading through most of them now :D

They really manage to catch the characters the way they are potrayed ingame :)

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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Glad you're liking them!

Thanks! I really tried to capture their essence for each story.
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jerrydickerson85 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very awsome all of your stories were awsome
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Thanks very much! I'm not done writing! Got the next phase of the stories planned to be revealed on friday!
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jerrydickerson85 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for letting me know please go to jerrydickerson85.deviantart.com to see my deviations
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Will do!
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jerrydickerson85 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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TheWonderingSword Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012   Writer
Or they could clone EDI. It turns out that copies of Quantum Blue Box AIs come off somewhat different that their "parents." Of course, I don't know what the Council would say about that but they all are heroes so.....
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
You'll have to wait and see what I have planned for the future. (All these shorts are setting the stage for the next step) :D BlackLion gave me a couple dozen great inspirations. So you'll have to wait until I announce the next phase :mwahaha:
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TheWonderingSword Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012   Writer
Will do. :D :salute:
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Maman-Ourse Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Yay! You did a great job again. A simple slice of life of an awesome family!
It's always a pleasure to read it :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Aw! thanks! I'm working my way up to an idea I was given by BlackLion. Jumping forward 15-20 years and continuing the stories :) Thoughts?
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Maman-Ourse Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
It's a good idea! Aging's Shepard & Co, new faces. It will be nice and interesting! :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Seeing the girls all grown up. :D It will certainly be quite the undertaking. I really owe BlackLion for the inspiration and suggestions.
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smith808 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
YYAAAYYAYAYY.......WHOS NEXT WHOS NEXT
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Miranda, followed by a Father's Day Special for Kaycee Shepard
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smith808 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
sweet.... Hey any Idea for Anderson
-Remember what you fight for if you forget the war is already lost-
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Got a few surprises in store for you all.
check my latest journal entry for a teasing tag-line.

also you may want to see this [link]

BlackLion is working with me to draw the SFS series.
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Maman-Ourse Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Miranda? Yaaaaaaaay! :happybounce:
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Yep! :excited:
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Mouton1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Go Liara!
EDI's growth into emotions can be well appreciated, kudos!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
:D Thanks! I'm rooting for Liara too!
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liquidfire101 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Once again you deliver...wonderful work! The stories everyone keeps writing about our beloved ME characters just warm my heart. Well done!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I'm so happy you liked this one! I tried my very best to do her justice. Combine her uncertainty with "humanity" and her humor.
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liquidfire101 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist
Well you did a fine job. That is what I liked about EDI in the third game. In a way she went through similar changes that Liara did. As time went on they both became more human in how they viewed the world and shared their emotions.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I totally agree with you on that. :D
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liquidfire101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist
lol I bet.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
:giggle:
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unkownsoldier1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
GARRUS PLEASE :D
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I'm getting to him :D He has shown up in one of my previous ones [link]

Hopefully that will tide you over until I get to him :)
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unkownsoldier1 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
i look forward to it!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
:) Also be on the look out for the next stage of the SFS series. Doing a tease tag-line every day till next friday when I will unveil it (it's in my journal)
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celticknotgirl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Awe! EDI wants kids! They wont get away with ANYTHING! :)

Very cute. I loved it! :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
My thoughts exactly! BlackLion gave me an idea after I do some more of these. Jump forward about 15-20 years into the future, show the girls and everyone else then! Thoughts? :D
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celticknotgirl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Now that sounds like an excellent idea. It would go right along with the stories you are writing now. Will you use some of the character insights to develope those? Like Samara taking the little one under her wing?

I'd love to read them, that's for sure! :D
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Absolutely! I may even come up with other people's kids like Tali or Garrus or even Wrex. :D So many people are inspiring me! OVERLOADING!!! :D
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Elizabeth140455 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Cool ^^
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
EDI has always been one of my favorite Squad Mates. I tried my best to do her justice.
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Elizabeth140455 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
^u^
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Just wait until I announce what the next phase in the SFS series is. :mwahaha:
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Elizabeth140455 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ok
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bloodelf3 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
You sure to turn these out quickly :P

Anyway, awesome work as usual.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Thanks! :D

I've been working on this all morning so.....5 maybe 6 hours. I'd like to think it's all of you guys' support that helps me focus. The ideas just keep on coming! :)
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