Title: Block
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dt_maxwell (DT)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Hey, a merc's gotta do what a merc's gotta do to keep food in his stomach and heat sinks in his rifle.
Characters: Zaeed Massani
Pairings: None
Word Count: 1,193
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all related characters and concepts belong to Bioware; I'm just having fun in their sandbox.
A/N: *facepalm* So life's finally stopped kicking my ass enough that I could finish the vignette languishing half-written on my hard drive for eight months. The chances of me finishing the Downtime series before ME3 is released is slim to none, but I'm officially at the halfway point now, so I consider that a win. Also, Zaeed is a really uncooperative bastard. Also, all the original names I used here were carefully chosen for my own amusement, but if you can guess my reasoning for them, you get a cookie!

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It's not like mercs didn't like bragging about their exploits, anyway. He'd just found a way to turn that into credits. )
Title: Graphite
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dt_maxwell (DT)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Poetry was for getting her thoughts out of her head. Drawing was for getting out her memories: the good, the bad, and even the almost forgotten.
Characters: Jack
Pairings: None
Word Count: 1,317
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all related characters and concepts belong to Bioware; I'm just having fun in their sandbox.
A/N: Sixth in the Downtime series. So this ended up a lot more angsty than I intended; Jack's a really messed up girl. Also, updates in the Downtime series are going to be much farther in between – my summer's getting a lot busier and I'm still beating back my writer's block. Regardless, I am going to do my damnedest to see this series through to the end!

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She was pretty sure she'd been way overcharged for her supplies, but Hell, where else was she going to find a halfway decent art store? )
Title: Gifts
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dt_maxwell (DT)
Rating: PG
Summary: Organics do not think logically. They still attempt to understand regardless.
Characters: Legion
Pairings: None. (Although if you squint and tilt your head you could see Garrus/FemShep, I guess.)
Word Count: 1,518
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all related characters and concepts belong to Bioware; I'm just having fun in their sandbox.
A/N: Fifth in the Downtime series. I have no idea what the hell this is. I had absolutely no idea what to do with Legion so I just started writing and it exploded into a monster and I'm praying to God I haven't made a fool of myself and produced something terrible. At least it's finished. Oh thank God it's finished. I'm never writing from the perspective of a synthetic life form again. I'm going to go hide in a corner now.

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They have concluded that Shepard-Commander is eccentric by most organic standards. )
Title: Sound
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dt_maxwell (DT)
Rating: PG
Summary: Morning routine was sacrosanct and his only window of sweet, blessed normalcy on a ship full of crazies entrusted with ensuring the survival of the human race.
Characters: Jacob Taylor
Pairings: None
Word Count: 914
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all related characters and concepts belong to Bioware; I'm just having fun in their sandbox.
A/N: Fourth in the Downtime series. I admit I'm vastly more comfortable writing for female characters, but I'm trying to change that, so trying to get into Jacob's head was a good exercise. While I don't count myself a Jacob fan, I do like him and think that the Normandy's Only Sane Man deserves a little more positive attention from the fandom. Also, it's been a really long time since my middle school music lessons, so I apologize in advance for any mistakes.

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Breakfast on the Normandy was pretty tame, at least compared to the feeding frenzy that was post-mission chow time. )
Title: Ductwork
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dt_maxwell (DT)
Rating: PG
Summary: The best thing about the Normandy's system of ventilation and maintenance shafts as compared to a museum's was the complete and utter lack of dust.
Characters: Kasumi Goto
Pairings: None
Word Count: 881
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all related characters and concepts belong to Bioware; I'm just having fun in their sandbox.
A/N: Third in the Downtime series. I’ve always loved rogue-like characters and Kasumi ended up being such a blast to write. Plus in my personal head canon, she, Tali, and my FemShep end up forming an unholy triumvirate of giggling girlish glee. The port observatory has been officially declared Enemy Territory by the male crewmembers.

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So Cerberus had gone a little overboard with the whole monitoring devices thing. )
Title: Home
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dt_maxwell (DT)
Rating: PG
Summary: Insomnia was annoying at the best of times, but Tali had found that letting her mind wander when sleep eluded her was both oddly cathartic and productive.
Characters: Tali'Zorah
Pairings: None
Word Count: 898
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all related characters and concepts belong to Bioware; I'm just playing in their sandbox.
A/N: Second in the Downtime series. Tali is my most favorite squadmate (right up there with Garrus), so I was especially nervous while writing this because I really wanted to do Tali justice. Turned out a touch more angsty than I intended, but it didn't end up taking over, so I'm content with that.

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Ships should not be this quiet. It just wasn't right. )
Title: Indulgences
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dt_maxwell (DT)
Rating: PG-13 (barely)
Summary: Even the ship's ranking Cerberus officer would occasionally take the time to indulge in some rest and relaxation. Not that she'd tell anyone.
Characters: Miranda Lawson
Pairings: None
Word Count: 629
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all related characters and concepts belong to Bioware; I'm just having fun in their sandbox.
A/N: For the prompt "Miranda, downtime" at [livejournal.com profile] me_challenge. First in the Downtime series (oh God what I have done to myself). As I've mentioned before, I don't consider myself a Miranda fan, but I ended up having fun writing this anyway.

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Title: Widow
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dt_maxwell (DT)
Rating: PG
Summary: Shepard was getting better about her rather unhealthy attachment to her sniper rifles, but this latest acquisition was definitely going to end up making her regress.
Characters: FemShep, Garrus Vakarian, Jacob Taylor
Pairings: Garrus/FemShep (if you squint and tilt your head to one side)
Word Count: 642
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all related characters and concepts belong to Bioware; I'm just having fun in their sandbox.
A/N: For the prompt "what a beauty" at [livejournal.com profile] me_challenge. So I love playing an infiltrator, because sniping is glorious. And I love my Shepard - for background, she's Spacer/War Hero, and pretty heavily Paragon, but still with quite a few Renegade moments. She's fun.

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Boom, headshot! )
Title: Manipulation
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dt_maxwell (DT)
Rating: PG-13 (for Jack's mouth)
Summary: Shepard easily ranked as the goodiest two-shoes in the galaxy. She was also a master at getting people to do whatever the hell it was she wanted - and making them like it, too.
Characters: Jack, FemShep, Kasumi Goto
Pairings: None
Word Count: 329
Disclaimer: Mass Effect and all related characters and concepts belong to Bioware; I'm just having fun in their sandbox.
A/N: For the prompt "spa day" at [livejournal.com profile] me_challenge. My first fanfic in a very long time; Jack is absuredly fun to write, however, and I admit part of that is because writing her dialogue comes very easily. *coughs* Let's just say that while in public I can be as calm and polite as needed, when I get riled up I live up to the nickname Dad gave me of "Chief Petty Officer."

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