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Romantic Interlude (Mass Effect) by Mikesw1234 Romantic Interlude (Mass Effect) by Mikesw1234

Strangers in the night
Exchanging glances
Wondering in the night
What were the chances
We'd be sharing love
Before the night was through?
Something in your eyes
Was so inviting
Something in your smile
Was so exciting
Something in my heart told me I must have you

Strangers in the night, two lonely people
We were strangers in the night
Up to the moment when we said our first hello
Little did we know
Love was just a glance away, a warm embracing dance away
And ever since that night
We've been together
Lovers at first sight
In love forever
It turned out so right
For strangers in the night

Love was just a glance away, a warm embracing dance away
Ever since that night
We've been together
Lovers at first sight
In love forever
It turned out so right
For strangers in the night


Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night," originally composed (with some dispute) by German songwriter Bert Kaempfert and translated/converted into English by American songwriters Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder.


The ambiance of the Citadel nightclub "The Songbird" was far softer and the music far slower than what Tali'Zorah was used to. It was a niche club with a focus on "old school human lounge music" according to her fiance. She smiled inside her suit at that thought and took another sip of her triple filtered Turian Brandy through the emergency induc... straw.

Speaking of the devil, she then glanced forward to the beautiful occupant sitting in front of her with hazel eyes and short fiery red hair. The occupant, Commodore Akiko Jane Shepard smiled and took her hand.

"Keelah, I love you so much..." Tali couldn't help but state aloud.

Shepard"s smile broadened. "Oh I know darling, I know, and the feeling so damn mutual!"

Tali still found it hard to believe how her life had ended up these past few years. The daughter of a Migrant Fleet Admiral, meeting a dashing and lovely Human Navy Captain and saving the Galaxy while on Pilgrimage, becoming an elite Military engineer answering directly to the Admiralty Board, taking down down the Collectors, becoming an Admiral herself, making peace between her people and the Geth, and finally defeating the Reapers. Oh, and falling in love of course!

Suddenly the song in the club changed to one she recognized.

"Well, what'd ya know?" Shepard mused, "Our song is playing."

You know Aki, we didn't ACTUALLY fall in the very moment we met in that alley down in the Wards." Tali couldn't help but playfully retort.

"True," the Commodore replied with a twinkle in her eye, " But it's still romantic."

Tali chuckled "No argument there!

The Commodore stood up from her seat, allowing Tali full view of her fiance in dress uniform. It was ornate and detailed and like all female Alliance uniforms, cropped to expose midriff. Once again the Quarian could not resist taking a moment to admire the toned but still feminine and beautiful belly and gorgeous innie navel on display, despite having already seen (and made contact with) them quite a number of times before.

Shepard extended her hand. "May I have this dance my Lady Admiral?"

Tali swooned involuntarily for moment, hoping this "Honeymoon feeling" would last for as long as possible.

"Who would I be to deny the Savior of the Galaxy?"

She took her love's hand and the two made their way to the dance floor.


Tali and FemShep sharing a romantic dance together to Frank Sinatra!

Copying my friend 
Maelora69's format

Artwork once again by the always awesome 
TychyTamara!


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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Daw... that's sweet! Nice choice of song. Love  the little headcannon you've got going on too, even if it's not how I imagine those characters to be in game (as in how they talk and such - not that they're gay).

Constructive criticism, Shepard looks ... rather too young (younger even than in ME3!) but... Other than that, it's damned good. In my head, she had that uniform custom made after the reapers, so she could go out with Tali and still swagger her status if she needed to. You have to imagine that over time, especially with newer generations growing up, not everyone would recognise her, or even really appreciate what she'd done for them and all generations that follow. So... Yeah. Go Shep taking some liberties. :)

I think this might look nice in the Tali album I've got for the Facebook page I admin called Mass Effect Female Shepard. Let me know if you'd be OK with me adding it (won't do so without permission). :)
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Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
You are welcome to add it. Thank you. I'll agree that Shepard looks a tad young. To be fair to Tamara, she's never played any Mass Effect and all she had to go on were my previous commissions of Shep in uniform. As for the dialog, well to be honest writing something I've always struggled to get a hang of. I was thinking that Shep and Tali are still very new to whole "night out with someone you love" thing as neither have been in a serious relationship before. Plus Shep might be a little tipsy as well.
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NeroonCousland Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017
Very nice. FemShep looks a tad too young, but very sweet picture!
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motherearth01 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent art work!
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
Isn't Tali straight? She only falls in love with male Shepard. XD
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GLaDOS13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Originally she was supposed to be bisexual though,but the asari thing made a huge ruckus alone,so they did not pursue it.
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Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
I heard it was because actress Ash Sorka wasn't comfortable with the idea. Either way I still think it was a loss but what can ya do? Oh right, you can create a fanfic/AU like I did! :D
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thehonorablereese Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
I highly doubt that.  Firstly, most actors are very open-minded and willing to play gay/bi characters, even if they are not (plus, look at the amount of gay actors that play straight characters all the time).  Secondly, Ash really wouldn't have had to do any additional dialogue at all; it would be Jennifer Hale who has to record more romantic dialogue referencing Tali, and obviously she was comfortable doing it.  I think it's more what GLaDOS13 said: that they were hesitant over the FOX News fiasco about gay characters and decided to play it safe.  I think they may have also been responding to the criticisms of Dragon Age 2, where anyone can romance anyone, which people found unrealistic.  That's why in ME 3, we ended up with some canon straight, canon bi, and canon gay characters.
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Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
I said that's what I heard. Didn't say for sure it was a fact. I honestly think the Fox News snafu helped Bioware far more than it hurt and that the problem with DA2 was that it simply too "in your face" with it's character's bisexuality rather than the fact that they were all bi. Remember that Tali never even attempts to flirt with MaleShep until after the player has him initiate the relationship. I'm not even trying to say that all ME Triogy romances should have been bi. I just believe that Tali makes the most sense as a romance for Shepard than any other character (including Liara) and was disappointed that she could only be with MaleShep.

Also there is some hidden romantic dialog with FemShep and Tali on the Geth Dreadnought in ME3. This was definitely supposed to be a thing a some point.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmExTZ…
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thehonorablereese Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017
Any publicity is good publicity, right?

I don't mind at all having LGBT characters, but I hate it when games portray them as "flaunting" it.  Like anyone in real life is going to be advertising their sexuality, because it isn't what defines them as a person.  I thought they did a good job in ME 3 with Cortez, where him losing his husband is a big part of his story, but it's played very natural and nonchalant.  You always think of him as a really cool character, rather than "the gay character." Traynor had a bit more exposition going on with EDI, but it was still nice that they had another same-sex option.

Yeah, don't get me wrong: I definitely would have liked to see a Tali/Femshep romance.  I thought their dialogue in ME 2 seemed very flirty and almost heartfelt-romantic at times.   Though it's never talked about, I see Quarians as commonly having and being accepting of same-sex relationships. Think about it: with only a limited amount of room and so many people living on their ships, not everyone would be able to have kids, so heterosexual, child-bearing relationships would not necessarily be held in such high regard. I think the romance would have worked very well if they had not cut it out. 

As I said, I highly doubt Ash Sroka was "uncomfortable" playing Tali bi, per se, though I'm sure she had a lot of influence on the character, and could have felt it just "wasn't in Tali's nature" to be bi, so they changed it.  However, she hardly ever grants interviews, and transcripts of them are hard to find, so I could also see it as easily being made up.  More likely, this was a corporate decision. 
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Although I always felt uncomfortable with that. Not him being gay, or losing his husband, but with the notion that my MaleShep would behave as if to say "Oh you lost your husband? Hey I can fix that for you. Want to come back to my place after this conversation?"

Hadn't he only just lost his husband? I mean... Jeez. If I lost *my* husband, and you tried to get in a serious relationship with me within 4 YEARS I'd be having none of it. That's just too much pain... :(

At least with Thane, you get the impression by the age of his son that it was a long, LONG time ago he lost his wife.
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thehonorablereese Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Agreed. The character was cool, but the relationship set-up was terrible.  When I broke up with (in rather sad circumstances) from my girlfriend of 5 1/2 years, I was absolutely devastated for a year, and still didn't feel like dating the second year.  This is someone who was fine and STILL ALIVE: not killed or worse by vicious space aliens.  You're not going to get over a murdered husband in six months.  Also, Shep helping Steve through his loss and then immediately going after him stinks of manipulation to me.  Bioware's always been kind of hit and miss in this department I think.
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
And male Shepard could have had more gay relationships too?
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Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
You're right about that. I think Javik might have worked as bi romance option.
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
I just hate the very concept of Asari though.
They seem to be put into the game for the sole reason for some alien pr0n.
And were given the best powers to keep the feminists a bit off their backs...

Not to mention that their reproductive system makes no sense. :\
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally with you there. I mean how 'male  gaze' can you get when you insinuate that they are 'whatever the person viewing them wants them to be' when seen (remember the Salarian, Turian and human sitting around a table for someone's stag do? Each noting how hot the Asari was... for *their* species?)... But yet... when you play as FemShep (or arguably: GayShep), why not then are all the Asari suddenly looking like sexy fit men..?

[Also, how do we know what 'sexy' is anyway? I mean sure, blue and slender with no muscle definition might be *one* straight man's wet dream, other's like women that look more physically mature (not the hip-breast ratio of the teenage sexual ideal you see in the game), others like their potential partners thinner, some like them chunkier, some ... don't really give as much of a damn and actually prefer a little variety. It's rather presumptions to assume the gamer - whoever they are - is going to be turned on by just that *one* body model for the Asari, right?]

Also don't forger the artwork book even states that Asari were designed to look 'As a beautiful woman emerging from the water with her hair swept back'. Yeah. Not male-gaze driven in the slightest. LoL! [Sarcasm]

Totally think you're right. Although I will say that giving them the best powers didn't get anybody off their backs. Rather it was just that some of them got to be portrayed as 'dads' that probably helped save their asses.

In principle, an all female species would make sense (if all were clones) but... It's odd one would assume breasts (they're so rare on our world, there's really no grounds to assume *every species we would admire* would be one that physically represents what we want to shag, right? ['we' being just men who are straight, if we're honest about it]. Would have been far more interesting if they were hermaphroditic. LoL. I'd love to see people's hair standing on end when they discovered Liara had a penis and a vagina. ROFL! But that would have been truly alien, and the critics of computer games would have been having frothing fits. LoL...
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Fem Shep isn't Gay Shep though, as Asari are actually MONOgendered not female.
They merely use female pronouns as they look like the females of the 3 species you mentioned.

[I don't find Asari attractive at all any way.
And I hate their concept in the game, basically sexified powerhouse sex objects.]


As said earlier, MONOgendered, not an all female species.
DragonballZ has a an monogendered species as well, the Namekians. Though they use male pronouns.
And the Namekians don't need to screw around with other species for varied genetic material, they can literally decide how to make their offspring or even just make minions.
Also kinda stupid, but atleast not as stupid as being sexually compatible with EVERY other species in the universe... XD
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
[Clarification: meant *gay* as in *gay* male]

One does not simply walk into Mordor. One does not simply 'look like the females of the species you mentioned'. It's most definitely intended, and directed by 'male gaze'. Seriously you should check out the stag party convo piece - it's actually kinda freaky/scary... Each of them is convinced the Asari looks more like *their own species* and they even ask I think, whether it's possible the Asari are playing some kind of mind-tricks on them.

I agree with what you say about sexual compatibility. Although at the same time it can work. I just wish it just didn't *only* work when it involves a hot and sexy female looking alien who shags a load of straight men to death. [I never watched Species, but I hear it was a popular *series* of films.] When was the last time you saw this hot shape-shifting [male] alien getting it on with a horde of gay men, or a horde of straight women?! There's a reason why it's the other way around usually.

Must admit, you lost me on the 'powerhouse' reference... What's that about?
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Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
They're all born with the physical components to make a baby. They just need to make a psychic connection with someone else to trigger the process.

Also, I personally think that Twi'leks from Star Wars are way hotter.
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
I don't like Asari. (I should even use the word, hate)
And I don't even think they are all that attractive either. :\
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Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
Yeah. They're all just Aayla Secura wannabes and she's way hotter than they'll ever be.
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Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2017
Your point? :)
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
Thus she would not be having a romantic interlude with Fem!Shep... XD
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Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
FemShep doesn't wear a uniform like that ingame either, but there she is, wearing it.
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
Giving a different outfit and changing their character traits are two different things...
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a reason *you* don't *want* Tali to be bi, or lesbian?

You're right in the game if you are female (that's a pretty profound in-game switch don't you think? That you can play as different genders?! Yet that is allowed...) you can't romance Tali.

Some people think that's a shame. I think that's OK. Lots of people loved Tali. Not just male gamers, but female gamers. I myself am straight, but I can still see the appeal. Like Garrus, she's just a thoroughly decent hu... ma... [Ahem] ... 'being'.

And no, in the game you can't just (unless you're PC modding) change a person's clothing. That gets as big a NO as changing the actual plot, including who's gay and who's not. LoL. Think about that. You CANNOT include a uniform that isn't there, anymore than you can include a sexuality option that isn't there. But you can imagine, right? And what you can imagine (if you're reeeeeeeally talented), is something you can actually turn into an artistic representation (a piece of writing, or cosplay, modding, or a piece of art like this), right?

So...

Yes outside of the game itself Tali could be anything. I've seen plenty people put her in stockings and have her bending over in an S&M orgy... Not *exactly* true to character, and rather more insulting in my opinion, than what here is representing a *one step* removal from what is already hinted at in the game: that Tali and Shepard have a very strong, a very special bond. One step left, you're back in the game as FemShep and they're potentially really close friends. One step right and you're... well... here where that friendship blossomed into something else, like it did with the male Shepard.

Also as noted by other people: The only reason Tali wasn't Shepard sexual, is the same reason Ashley wasn't Shepard sexual (no, her religion doesn't have everything to do with that - ask the many Lesbians who are practising Christians): PREJUDICE.

:S I guess it's an honest question on your part and I get the sense of 'Nuh?!' anyone gets when they see two people they thought they knew [in a way I suppose because that's how we feel about characters from stories we love: we *know* them, intimately, right?] framed in a different light. I think Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner had quite the shock when they saw the characters *they* played Star Trek, acted and read the scripts for, had this *huge* gay following where people turned the lines and glances they exchanged around under a new light: sexual frustration.

You get used to it though. :) So time will pass and after you've seen enough pairings of Tali with FemShep, you'll decide that actually... well... sure. That works too. Not in the game, but maybe it should have been? Like Shepard and Garrus doing the Tango, or Kaidan being bi... both of which *happened* in the third game, not least because a writer and the production team, happened to notice that there was *fanart* all over the place for those two things.

Hell lets consider Garrus! Game one? NOT Shepard sexual at all. Game released. Fans making countless pairings of him with Shepard. Imagining the things he'd said in a different light. Game makers thought about this. Game two? Garrus is a romance option for Shepard. Originally I think it was going to be Zaeed they'd introduce, who *was* going to be 'young and handsome'. Didn't happen. Got turned on its head (and instead they made a ten times more interesting battle veteran with scars and an attitude and the steamingly hot and sexy voice of Robin Sachs (may he rest in peace).

So... Anyway. Hope this helps.

Saying 'but not gay?!' just doesn't work. LoL.
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
First off, damn that wall of text.
Atleast you added paragraphs but still. XD

Well the creators of the game decided to make her character straight. So she IS straight.
You don't go around and try to make people in real life the sexual orientation you want them to be either, right?
If you do, that's rather rude of you. :\

Also calling Tali a human being?! She's a Quarian.
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... sorry... I *do* write a lot! Seriously sorry about that... I'll try not to wander but I'll make no promise!

My response to your comment would be:

Then all the characters only wear what they wear in-game. And they only say what they say to each other as you progress through the game, as they say it, when they say it. Nothing happens between the games. Nothing happens after. All you have is the content of the game.

Isn't that a little boring?!

And why, oh why pray, would you imagine anyone going around trying to 'convert' anyone?! That's only something dorkish straight dudes do to lesbians! LoL! XD

And whilst we're on it... lets discuss... fantasies... Yes. I think straight men have them a lot about women. Gay women. Married women. Women dating their best friends. Women they saw on public transport or walking the street taking their kids to a party. Women who AREN'T OK with being remembered later for a wank-session, but their faces or their bodies will be. Men do that all the time. They seem baffled and horrified that anyone *else* does it, lol. But objectification is a growingly common problem.

Who knows who saw you just yesterday and thought: "That's a fine piece of ass!"

[Personally unless we're talking fiction as in e.g. this piece of art here, NOBODY should fantasise about another living soul, without that person's express permission. The supposition of a 'right to objectify' (fantasise) and a 'right to sexually express ourselves' (that's what you call it when a person solicits for sex, especially from strangers) is extremely toxic. That's not a right: it's an abuse and whilst it may start in the mind, it often ends in a dark alleyway and a police interview. I have no more right to log your image in my memory for masturbation later than you do mine - not without your permission.]

It's not very nice to be objectified.

At least in fanfictions like these, there is a contextual basis for the fantasy: you'll note Tali isn't using the 'No' word. Also, I think it's quite imaginative how people can come up with ways to re-write existing stories. I mean look at what that fan of Battlestar Galactica did... when they *remade* Battlestar Galactica. Fascinating. Not my thing, personally, but I can't deny it was well done. End of the day, there is a line: this is fiction that involves no real people. If it were the voice actresses this artist had portrayed, well then... That wouldn't be nice would it? Same as pairing up to *actors* not just their images being representative of two characters they played.

Does making money from your fantasy make a difference? Consider this: Did you like the new Batman? Or the old? Or the really old one before that where everyone was in tights? Or are you a comic book purist? Whatabout a black batman? It's 'not done' and 'not OK' right up until someone with money enough to popularise it steps up and makes it happen. Sometimes that's a good thing. [Michael Keaton's Batman!]. Sometimes it's a bad thing. Sometimes that's subjective. Sometimes... it's not, like where consent between characters is removed, or some prejudice like racism or homophobia or sexism is introduced where it wasn't before (consider the Shanara Chronicles TV series).

It's not trying to make someone what they aren't when someone cosplays as a character with a spin, a cross-over, or a twist to the cannon in-game/in-movie/in-book plot. It's just... people being creative. I'm not going to say that's always good: cosplaying as a sexualised child character from a TV series..? Creeeeeeeepy.....

Many, many people fantasise about actors and actresses, having seen them in a movie they liked. They imagine "What if I  had been [character's name]?" and they imagine how they'd react. I'd so totally have ended up kissing Arnie's character in the helicopter at the end of Predator. Surely you've seen how people write 'Original Characters' into stories that weren't even there in the original. I mean, isn't THAT a little more insane or potentially sinister than ... just inventing a consenting relationship between two *fictional* characters?

Jack is 100% straight in ME2 she actually states she *doesn't* swing that way. Yet a lot of people love pairing her up with Miranda. Why? Or Jacob, since they have history - but it's clear she'd never go back to him... Or is it?

I don't know if you're into science much but... sexuality isn't a 'straight or homo' thing. Those are the extremes of a sliding scale of normal distribution for each gender. Most people are definitely more naturally attracted to one gender more than they are another. However, it's exceptionally rare for people to be devoutly one or the other. Rather... we live in a circumstance that might better be described as "Gay/straight until proven otherwise" because in truth, the vast majority have the potential to be either. It just might take some exceptional circumstances and an exceptional individual, to turn their head who isn't the sex they normally go for.

What about being transexual, or finding someone who's switched gender attractive? Maybe you'd not have looked twice at them before, but now... Whew! Is it me or did it just get hot in here?! Are you gay, or are you straight, or are you... well just attractive, or attracted, to that particular somebody? What makes one woman attractive, and another not? What makes one man attractive, and another not? Are you 7% gay if you sort of flirt with your same-sex best friend? If everything you've ever wanted in a person, you find in the body of a person not the sex you're usually attracted to... consider this: the thought usually crosses your mind: If I were gay/straight... we'd be great together.

After that, it just depends on whether you can overcome the prejudice of culture and social norms, your upbringing and your comfort zone to *try*... And lets face it: you'd be fool not to. A *person* who makes you laugh, who you really care about (would be lost without), who genuinely makes you feel complete in every other way, is a *heck* of a lot rarer than someone who you look at and think "I'd tap that."

Personally I'm statistically straight for now. Just... haven't met someone of my gender who turned my head *enough* to actually want to do anything about it. But I don't deny the possibility that maybe 1 in 10000, maybe 1 in 100,000,000 of my own gender might - if they're that exceptional person - make me question whether I should think about them in romantic terms.

Men aren't usually quite so liberal but then, you have to check what they go through growing up. Lets face it, it's a *lot* worse under the male gaze to be gay than it is to be lesbian. :( So that's why I think more women work out they're *not* as straight as they'd like to think they are in later years, than men do. Men are still scared of being beaten the crap out of by other men for so much as questioning their sexuality, as a rule. Sometimes that sexism persists even in the gay community, but it's all about how men are raised to be 'men', and then later how those individuals - straight or gay - try to put those lessons into action.

Sorry.

That's even worse in length than the last one!

Seriously dude I'm sorry - I must be getting tired. I get less concise as I get more tired! :(
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Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
If you don't like it, that's fine, but this is MY headcanon.
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RadicalDanny Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
If you want canon fem Shep in a girl on girl relationship go with Yeoman Kelly ^^
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Mikesw1234 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
But I DON'T want canon. That's why I've created this little post Reaper War fan AU. One of my posts last year kicked if off.
A Few Good Women (Mass Effect) by Mikesw1234
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