“You, my friend, are a filthy sinner, and I approve wholeheartedly.” I think this could go either way, but I like Ash and Kaidan so that’s where I’m going with it!
Kaidan is not religious by any stretch of the imagination, but he respects Ashley’s faith. It’s kept her alive and fighting, and some days that’s all they’ve got. Even on shore leave.
Maybe even especially on shore leave.
Ashley had said last night that Kaidan could use some letting his hair down on occasion. Not that he disagrees. He’d deferred to her guidance on the matter, and as he slowly climbs back to consciousness, he’s fairly certain that trusting her had been the biggest mistake of his life.
He’d promised to go to church with her to repent, but now he has no memory of his sins. There was too much alcohol last night.
And Ashley Williams is now sitting on the edge of his bed, fresh-faced, dressed for church, and smiling like she won the lottery.
“Am I dead?” Kaidan’s voice sounds like it’s been shredded with razor blades.
She’s right. If he were, he’d be feeling better. “I don’t remember anything.”
She arches an eyebrow. “The clubs?”
“We went to more than one?”
“Am I broke now?”
“That didn’t happen.”
She laughs. “You’re gonna have a rude awakening when you check your extranet fan site.”
He groans. Williams plays a dangerous game. “Anything else I should know about before I show my face to the crew?”
She stands and her smile turns genuine with a hint of something else. “You should probably talk to Skipper at some point. You kinda… said some pretty big things to him.”
Oh, no. No, no. Shit. No. Fuck no. God, no. He didn’t remember. He really didn’t remember. He slaps his hands over his eyes. “I’m never leaving this cabin again.”
But Ashley is having none of that. She gives him some painkillers, water, and hauls him up to get to the showers before church. She’s not asking; she’s telling him it’s necessary today.
As Kaidan drags himself towards the communal showers, he catches Shepard’s eye. His first instinct is to apologize profusely, but it’s disarmed when the man winks at him and saunters off.
Kaidan stops and glances at Ashley. “What did I say to him?”
She grins. “Lots of things, not limited to what exactly you’d do to him given the chance at some one-on-one time. You, my friend, are a filthy sinner, and I approve wholeheartedly.”