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Not even going to lie, I cried a couple times while drawing this. Since beating ME3 I have not felt like doing any fanart at all. Which is insane looking back at how pumped I was after beating ME1 and 2. All the wind is just gone from my sails. I've barely touched the game since I beat it. I pulled myself out of this funk to help get more Thane in ME3 with my last piece. meonlyred.deviantart.com/art/D… But as for my Zody Shepard and her Kaidan, I've been too heartbroken. I didn't expect sunshine and roses. I fully expected her to die in his arms or vise versa. A happily ever after would have a surprise but not an unwelcomed one. What actually happened was so far from what I expected or wanted that it makes my stomach turn.

So here is where I leave Zody Shepard and Kaidan Alenko. Together in each other's arms. Their past problems have been dealt with, their love rekindled. And no force in Heaven, Hell, or Bioware's writing team will tear them apart again.

Goodnight, sleep tight
No more tears
In the morning I'll be here
And when we say goodnight,
Dry your eyes
Because we said goodnight,
And not goodbye
We said goodnight
And not goodbye
~Evanescence - Goodnight youtu.be/ArBiDmGbH4E

Bioware - Mass Effect and Kaidan Alenko
Zody - Mine

UPDATE: Fixed watermark since this has become my most favorited picture. Thank you by the way!
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:iconainyan42:
Ainyan42 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Hi! I wanted to let you know that this piece was featured in my article at GameSkinny: www.gameskinny.com/u7r05/15-br…. :D
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:iconmeonlyred:
meonlyred Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow thanks! And thanks for letting me know and also crediting and linking back to me.
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:iconlordbyro:
lordbyro Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Kaidan still even more hot here!
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LauraConnonnolly Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Photographer
This is so beautiful and perfect :)
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harrietthespy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Aahh this is my favourite Shepard/Kaiden picture.. so beautifully done and heartfelt. I only just managed to finish ME3 today and now I'm just looking at fan pics and pretending the ending never happened :( beautiful picture.
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meonlyred Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ending? What ending? They rode off into the sunset and lived happily ever after. Or at least that is what I keep telling myself.
And thank you very much for the comment and the favorite.
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Mewmew34 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
If you play on PC, get the MEHEM mod and they really can. ^_^
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:iconmeonlyred:
meonlyred Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know MEHEMs work. Its nice but just not for me. I already head canon a reunited ending for them using what is canon. But thanks for the suggestion.
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Chachufi Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
trying... not.. to.. cry...
failing.. horribly.. D:
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:iconmeonlyred:
meonlyred Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Hands tissue box*
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AngelJasiel Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it, its so cute and romantic :heart:
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Dreams-of-Skies Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
This is beautiful. The way they are lying together, entwined, completely relaxed and full of abandon; it's all over and, exhausted after holding each other as if someone were coming to tear them apart, crying together in relief at surviving and still being in love, neither wanting to move in case - just in case - and so they both succumbed to the need for sleep...not the most comfortable of places but, at the same time, the only place either of them ever wanted to be again.

Really. Beautiful.
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meonlyred Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:cries:
Thank you so much for this wonderful comment!
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Dreams-of-Skies Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thank you for the beautiful piece of art that sent my mind full-on Shenko love *passes tissues over* Sorry for the feels.
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dragonhatchling Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Same goes for me. On everything.
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LastShepard88z Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is too cute, and great artistic execution!
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Cloudie-Skye Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is cute
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MadnessInMayhem Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Not generally a Kaidan x Shepard fan but this is really, really exceptional
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:iconmeonlyred:
meonlyred Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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MadnessInMayhem Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
No problem :) Keep up the great work!
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ScarletHeroine Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Love! Love! Love! This is absolutely gorgeous.
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21gracie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Amen to all of that!! Totally agreed!
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CharliRenee Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And I also wanted to ask if I can use this photo as my profile ID (I for sure pointed everyone back to you in my bio:)
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meonlyred Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah sure I have no problem with that as long as its credited back. Thank you so much for your comment and the favorite. A lot of emotions went into making this picture, I guess it shows.
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CharliRenee Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My all-time favourite Shenko picture!!! You have such great talent <3 <3 <3 I too am disappoiinted that I did get an ending that I hoped for, but it just seemed that Bioware just flipped us off in the last ten minutes of ME3; that is what made me furious that they had messed up one of the best sci-fi games in history... But back to your pic, the picture is so real and emotional on so many levels, and it gives me hope to imagine the peace that Shepard and Kaidan deserved in Mass Effect...
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RisZad Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
aww so sweet
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:iconredshine01:
Redshine01 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely love that one. So sweet and peaceful :heart:
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ArinsChaos Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so sweeeet !
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Lizzy90 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Beautiful !!!
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Shepardzorah Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Awwwwwww can feel the love
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Cas17 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Love
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StrawberryL Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Adorable <3
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Mizutanitony Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think Miracle of Sound had one of the greatest comparisons to this game. His girlfriend said "You look like an 8 year old who was told Santa doesn't exist"
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:iconmeonlyred:
meonlyred Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah pretty much that.
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:iconmizutanitony:
Mizutanitony Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah...I have come to a small appreciation...but yeah....just yeah...
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crackerbitz Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Definitely played this track while looking at this :D [link]
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:iconmeonlyred:
meonlyred Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:cries: Will continue to cry forever!
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Xhalax Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Do you think they'd mind an extra body joining them as I so totally would :D
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:iconmeonlyred:
meonlyred Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shepard might not, but Kaidan probably would. :XD:
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Xhalax Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
God damn him and his sense of gentlemanliness!
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DelphiRose Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
:sniff: I know exactly how you feel. I especially agree that "no force in Heaven, Hell, or Bioware's writing team will tear them apart again." I'd just love to forget that ending ever happened and make up my own.

This picture is just so lovely... I need to go snuggle now. :cling:
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meonlyred Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much. And yes its so heartbreaking and not in a good way. I keep saying this over and over, its not bittersweet, its just bitter.
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DelphiRose Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Yep. That about sums it up.
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ftalbert Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Awesome
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TigressofWu Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love it. Its not over shaded, nothing but the emotion and very, very rich colors. You did them proud. :)
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:iconmeonlyred:
meonlyred Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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REB-ART Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
I love this. Simply beautiful.
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:iconmeonlyred:
meonlyred Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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sage-queen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
squee! (that is all)
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:iconmeonlyred:
meonlyred Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL! Thanks Sage :D
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