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"Hey Mommy?" Rinyn stands on her tiptoes peeking out the window at the woman sitting cross-legged on the lawn. "Who's that?"

Liara walks over to the window and lifts her daughter into her arms so she can get a better look. "That, sweetie, is Samara. She's a good friend of your father and I. She's a justicar."

Rinyn looks up at her mother with a puzzled expression. "What's a justicar?"

"They're an old order of asari warriors. They are proud, noble, and selfless. Actually, they're like the heroes in the stories your dad reads to you."

Rinyn's eyes widen in wonder, her gaze moving back to the justicar. "Wow....she's like a superhero."

Liara chuckles to herself. "Not exactly sweetie. She's a hero to be sure, but she'd tell you that she's not any different than you or I."

"What's dad doing out there with her? They're just sitting there."

"It's called meditation sweetheart."

"Looks boring."

"I know, but it's actually really good for you. It lets you clear your mind and helps your focus. Why don't you go ask them if you can join?"

Rinyn's eyes take on an apprehensive look. "....I don't wanna bother them."

Liara places a kiss on her forehead. "Don't worry, I think they would love your company." She puts her down and nudges her towards the door. "Go on Rin."

Rinyn makes her way down the porch steps as quietly as she can. Suddenly the older asari's voice reaches her ears. "Hello there little one. Is there something I can help you with." Rin stops short, unsure of what to do or say. Kaycee turns her head towards her daughter, opening one eye. "Hey honey. Whatcha need?"

"I.....um...wanted....uh.....to ask......"

Kaycee turns to Samara, "I think you intimidate her, Sam."

Samara gives a small *tsk* of disapproval. "I wish you wouldn't call me that Shepard."

"I'm sorry, Rin. What were you saying?"

"....Could....I join?"

Shepard breaks into a kind smile. "Of course honey! Sam, what about you? Do you mind?"

"Not at all. Come here young one, sit here next to me."

Rin walks over to the justicar, taking in the full appearance of Samara for the first time. Brilliant red armor shines in the rays of the sunset. An intricate band of gold encircles her neck. A crimson headpiece shapes the contours of her face. A slight blue glow comes from her closed eyes. "Does my appearance unsettle you?"

Rin realizes that she had been staring and blushes. "I'm sorry. I was......"

Samara opens her eyes, the glow fading as she does so. Her lips forming the hints of a smile. The pale blue eyes seem to see inside Rin, making her shift uncomfortably. "Do not worry young one, I will not harm you. Please, join us. I would be happy for your company."

The kind words carry a warmth to them, that reassures Rinyn. Placing herself between Samara and her father, she crosses her legs in the grass. "Have you ever meditated before young one?"

".....um.....not really.....what do I do?"

Samara ponders this for a moment. "One would normally use this as a means of relaxation. I use it to focus my abilities so I have complete control over them." She holds up her hand and a sphere of blue, swirling biotic energy manifests in her palm. Placing the sphere between her hands, she closes her eyes. "Let your mind clear, take in the surroundings, let it flow into you."

Rinyn looks unsure at her father, who nods at her encouragingly. Rin takes a deep breath, focusing her mind on her biotics. A small sphere appears in her hand. She puts all her focus into it, causing it to expand slowly. She feels her father's firm hand on her shoulder, and smiles, closing her eyes. Time seems to stand still for the young asari. She hears her mother's voice from the house, "Alright everyone, dinner's ready!"

She blinks her eyes open, trying to adjust her eyes to the lack of light. The sphere "pops" with a minor blast of force, knocking her on her back in surprise. "Ah!"

She hears the small chuckle of her father. "You alright there Rin?"

"Yeah......"

Looking up she sees Samara looking down at her. "You have considerable talent young one. I was watching you, your biotics are quite advanced for one so young, but you lack the focus to use them properly. If it is alright with your parents, I would like to give you lessons."

Rinyn's eyes widen, looking between her father and the justicar. "Really?

Kaycee nods proudly, "Yep kiddo, your mother and I have been discussing this for a couple of weeks. So what do you think? You wanna train with Samara?"

Rin's answer comes in the form of a big hug around her father's neck. "I guess that's a big yes."

Samara nods in agreement before Rinyn collides with her legs wrapping her arms tightly around them. "Thank you so much."

Kaycee notices the hesitation in her old friend, her body so unsure of how to react. She sees Samara's eyes go from their normal cold blue, to a softer expression. Samara's hand reaches up hesitantly to rest on Rin's head. "It is....no trouble......Rinyn."

The young asari looks up at her, "What's wrong?"

"You.....remind me....of someone."

"Who?"

".....my daughters."

"Where are they?"

"Two of my daughters are....no longer with us. My last daughter, Falere, is far away. It has been some time since I visited."

"I'm sorry....I didn't...."

Samara holds up a hand. "Do not apologize, you had no way of knowing."

Kaycee gets to her feet, dusting off her shorts. "I think we'd better get inside before your mo-"

"BIOTIC TACKLE!"

Ayrene comes rocketing into Kaycee, sending them both tumbling into the grass. "Too late."

Ayrene sits on her father, a mischievous grin on her face, "Mom says to come on, the food's gonna get cold."

Samara grasps Rinyn's hand. Looking down in those wondrous eyes, she asks in a gentle tone, "Shall we?"

As they walk towards the house, Kaycee's voice sounds from behind. "Wait! Don't leave me with this assassin! Aaaah!"

Well, this went faster than expected. I decided to use one of the Shepard daughters that I have yet to feature in these stories yet - Rinyn (the second-oldest). I hope you all enjoy. (I may tweak things here and there depending on how I feel later on).

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As always, Kaycee and the kids are creations of LiveAndLoveArt. Samara and Liara belong to Bioware.
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I wonder what's Halloween like?
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
You'll have to wait until October to find out :D
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
What about the little ones meeting Samara daughter Falere and Shepard naming her newest daughter Rila?
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Wait, do what now?
Falere can't leave the monastery.
and Shepard only has four daughters: Ayrene (Aya), Rinyn (Rin), Velair (Elle), and Syren.
:XD:
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Who says they can't have a fifth one on the way and sometimes it's good to get away on a isolated planet. :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
True good to get away. But I have no plans to add any more Shepard children. Four is more than enough, adding another would make it too complicated. Plus Lineage has already started so that's pretty much locked in now XD
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Still I thought they wanted as many little ones as they could get. :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
The stories would become too complicated. Hence 4 girls only.
It's more fun to come up with children for the others.
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Love so cute!!!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Cheers :D
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Anytime.
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Big-Wired Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Awww... this was really adorable.

I swear, Shepard WOULD have the bext super-extended family in the known galaxy to help take care of her kids.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
My thoughts exactly!
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Vierna-Drottingu Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"BIOTIC TACKLE!" :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Gotta love Aya :happybounce:
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xA5x Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
wow" It was great, thank you for that.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
You are very welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D
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Mouton1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Aww, Samara finding her mother instincts again; is so cute :3
There's always that sadness around her, I got to feel it here.
Nice work!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
:glomp: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Elizabeth140455 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love it!!!!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
:D Yay!!! I was really happy with how it turned out!
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Elizabeth140455 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
^^
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LightningGalaxy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Aww! What a wonderful story! I could imagine Samara's facial expressions and everything. I wonder what Liara's cooking tastes like. HAHA.
You've done a great job, as always. :D I can't wait for the next one! :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I'm sooo happy this met everyone's expectations. She was certainly the hardest so far to write and come up with a nice story for. :glomp:
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Maman-Ourse Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Nice again! :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks so much! :D
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liquidfire101 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist
This is great and you really got Samara down. I love how you kept her calm and collected demeanor, all while showing her wise side.....if that makes any sense lol. I always saw Samara as an old friend but yet someone who knew exactly how to handle themselves in a fight, her and Shepard in my opinion shared many similarities. You kept Samara's image very well. I enjoyed reading this, nicely done! =)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks so much for the amazing comment! I am so glad this came out the way I hoped. She is by far, the hardest to write. Her words are very......formal. I totally agree with you, Sam and Shep are very similar, which is probably why I never let her crazy daughter live. I am so happy you liked this one :D Thanks for the continuing support. :glomp:
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liquidfire101 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist
I believe she is hard to write....makes you wonder how the writers of Mass Effect could do it so consistently. Yeah I never let her daughter live either, as soon as I found Samara in the game I just fell in love with her character, and you are welcome. Your stories are amazing and wonderful to read. Looking forward to more =)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
:D
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BlackLion310 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As always, well done :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Many thanks! :D
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TheWonderingSword Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Writer
Perfect Samara.
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks! It was certainly difficult to get the dialogue...just right.
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TheWonderingSword Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Writer
:)
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celticknotgirl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
OK, dude, you made me cry! Not cool! :)

That was touching and beautiful. I've always wondered about Samara finding her motherly instinct again.

I love it!
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Oh! I'm sorry I made you cry. But thanks so much for the wonderful comments! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :glomp:
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CrazyGreggy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I loved the moment at the end of Falere's hug where Samara's hands crept into the bottom of the shot as she relearned how to hug her daughter.

Nice to see her continue to reacquaint herself with life outside an all-consuming quest :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Yeah I'm fairly happy with how this turned out. I knew I couldn't have her showing a lot of emotion, like the others, but I tried to make it.....special regardless.
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CrazyGreggy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
And succeeded. I think she'd have said "considerable talent" rather than "serious talent", Samara being the formal lady she is, but 1 quibble in 8 or 9 stories that you've written and that I've enjoyed? A mere trifle :)
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thanks, I think I will change that....hang on.......done :)
She is certainly the hardest to write. Her dialogue is vastly different that the others
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SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I apologize if you read this before I had a chance to fix the mistakes the upload made.
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