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The sun glistens off the crystal blue sea. The waves lap lazily on the pure white sand. Kaycee turns to her daughters. "Alright go have fun girls. Don't go too far."

Four streaks of blue later and they're off. Shepard walks slowly into the shallows, feeling the sand between her toes, when something shiny catches her eye. Bending down she picks up a beautiful white seashell. A memory surfaces as she rubs her fingers over the grooves. "Would have liked to run tests on the seashells."

"Mordin, I'm sorry."

"I'm not, had to be me....Someone else might have gotten it wrong."

A tear runs down Kaycee's cheek at the thought. "I miss you Mordin. You were always crazy, but I never knew a gentler soul. Wish you could have had your retirement. The kids would have loved you."

More tears begin to fall."I'm so sorry Mordin. I should have found another way."

"Daddy? Are you alright?"

Kaycee quickly brushes the tears away before turning to face her daughter. "I'm fine Sweetie, just remembering an old friend."

Velair looks at her skeptically before walking over and giving her a hug. "Daddy. You're crying, why?"

Kaycee sighs and shakes her head. "I was remembering Mordin. You know if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't even be here. He helped to save the crew as well as the galaxy. Though I can't stop believing that he died because of me."

The tears begin to roll down her face once more. "Why couldn't I save him?"

She collapses to a sitting position, her face in her hands. Suddenly she feels four sets of arms coil around her. Lifting her head, she realizes her daughters are all there. She smiles quietly as the tears subside. She begins to hum the ditty Mordin would often sing. She looks up at the setting sun and imagines Mordin walking along the beach collecting seashells towards the horizon, singing as he goes. "My xenoscience studies range from urban to agrarian, I am the very model of a scientist Salarian."

A Collaboration with LiveAndLoveArt.

These will be a series of "Mini-Stories" dealing with Kaycee Shepard and her family.

If you enjoyed this, please visit LiveAndLoveArt's deviant page for more on the Shepard family.

I do not own any Mass Effect Characters.
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BlueDemonX Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
*teary eyed* :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Yeah :(............ Poor Mordin.
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BlueDemonX Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
*sniff* "Someone else might have gotten it wrong" =)
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michaelshand09 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Forever the model of a Scientist Salarian:) I love these stories!!!!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Cheers! Glad you like them! :D
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almostinsane999 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I love this. Pure and simpe. Just beautiful.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Thanks very much! Cheers! :D
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axely123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
MANLY.TEARS.MANLY.TEARS!!!!

*sob*
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Very much so. :cry:
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Big-Wired Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
... oh good lord, those last few lines. ;_;

*cries tears, just plain old tears*
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Dude, just wait for friday......it's gonna get worse


and yes.....NOOOO!!! MORDIN!!!! :(
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Vierna-Drottingu Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mordin's death was the second saddest scene in ME3 for me... First one being when I accidentally let Miranda die (having romanced her before... totally heart-wrenching) :(

Nicely done :thumbsup:
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I completely agree with you on that. But the one that undoes me more than any other is Thane's. (Especially with the FemShep). The whole scene just rips out your heart.

Thanks though, I'm glad you liked it
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Vierna-Drottingu Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know, I never really liked Thane all that much, and even though I was sad that he died, 5 seconds later, I was like "oh well, life goes on, at least he got the death he wanted..."
I know I would prefer to go down fighting, rather than be taken down by some (painful!) disease :/

And you are welcome, I love them all, I must say... Now reading the one with Miranda :D
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I think it was the line. "Why did the last verse say she?" I felt my heart plummet.

For me they made all three of those I lost. (Mordin, Thane, Legion) just heart-wrenching. I had tears in my eyes for most of them.
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smith808 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
man tears
-Remember what you fight for if you forget the war is already lost-
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I know. We all loved Mordin.
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smith808 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
he was a good solider and great writting
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks very much!
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LightningGalaxy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Aww.. It was so sad when Mordin died.. While singing!
Great work!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thanks! I know, I was heartbroken during that whole scene. (Actually Thane's was worse for me, almost brought tears to my eyes.) Felt I needed to do a tribute to our favorite salarian.
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LightningGalaxy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist
It was sad how we didn't get to decide whether he lived or died. :(
I'm replaying ME2 right now and every time I see him in his lab I think about him dying soon.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
well you can let him live.....but at the expense of the krogan. Wrex had to die, Maelon's data had to be destroyed, and you had to keep quiet about the sabotage, then he would live......i can't do that...............the price is too high :(
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LightningGalaxy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh, yeah! I forgot about that! Yes. I agree with you saying that the price is too high. That's probably why I forgot about that in the first place (it never seemed to be a plausible option for me)...
Gosh I don't know where my head is. I keep forgetting things that happened in ME3. :|
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thane's scene is by far the saddest........the music, the dialogue (Only works with femshep.) Just....heart-wrenching.
"Why did the last verse say 'she'?" (-_-) just sooooo sad.
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LightningGalaxy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Yeah, I was really surprised about that too. There was too much sadness in ME3. Thessia was one of those sad moments. Poor Liara. Good thing Shepard killed Kai Leng ("That was for Thane, you SOB!").
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Best.....renegade interrupt....ever!
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Lung-Qin-Mei Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Hi, mass effect is very popular game here. About the books, there is a few of them (netušim anglické názvy knih), co I would like to ask how much of the books is available there for you where you lieve. Also, I would like to say that your story is nice Poor salarian Mordin
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
There have been only four novels released here: Revelation, Ascension, Retribution, and Deception. All but the last were good. (Introduced Kai Leng to everyone).

I'm glad you enjoyed my little short, I have several others in this series if you're interested. (Thanks for the favorite!)
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Lung-Qin-Mei Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I see, thanks for warning to not to read the last book. I am looking forward to the next one, anyways, I stil wonder if the creator of mass effect follow the wishes of fans and lets šepard and garus live... I kind of grew fond of Garus and even Joker the pilot... his jokes and expressions for game events, it's priceless.
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rr1136 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
The last book Deception only failed because the author William C. Dietz was not familiar with the Mass Effect universe, thus the countless errors found by fans. Bioware is taking action to make corrections to future novels. No idea when the revised book will be coming out but it may heavily tie in with the events preceding ME3.
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Lung-Qin-Mei Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Thank you for letting me know. I am just finishing playing ME1, so I will get to reading the last book after a while. Don't you know when the DCL, the expanded ending version of the third part, is coming out?
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devtardi Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good work. :'(
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Thanks.....this one was heartbreaking to write. I love Mordin :(
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TheWonderingSword Featured By Owner May 30, 2012   Writer
Wait, I have something in my eye....:D
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Haha! Glad you approve :)
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TheWonderingSword Featured By Owner May 30, 2012   Writer
:)
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