The first time Kaidan said it, his voice was so quiet Shepard could barely make out the words. But the arms around him clarified things, a streak of stubbornness like the gray at Kaidan’s temples.
I told you I’d fight like hell for the chance to hold you again.
‘Never said I didn’t believe you, Kaidan,’ Shepard said.
‘Guess that means we both believed each other, then,’ Kaidan replied.
And it was a good moment, something they both needed. Shepard let Kaidan hold onto things for a while, let Kaidan hold onto him, while his arms shaped Kaidan’s and somebody else carried things. Just for a while, Shepard thought. And after that, maybe forever.
The second time Kaidan said it Shepard was just coming out of the shower; the third was after a meeting with Hackett. The fourth was after brushing his teeth and the fifth greeted him when he got back from a short walk.
‘I told you I’d fight like hell for the chance to hold you again,’ Kaidan said, pulling Shepard close until there was no space left at all between them.
‘How long are we going to do this, Kaidan?’ Shepard asked.
‘Until it starts being funny,’ Kaidan replied, same as always, before kissing him.