So. I started playing Mass Effect. I thought it would be hilarious to make my Shepard look like Cullen, thinking "Oh, I'm just playing these to say I've played them. There's no way I'm gonna fall in love with space opera shenanigans and want to doodle them." I was very much in the wrong there, so I've been trying to subtly make my Shep look a little less like Cullen. He's still pretty Cullen-y, but the lips are different, at least.
I still haven't gotten to the point where the pining ends and the relationship begins (my Shep has definitely been pining for the past two games), but I really hope it's sweet. I hope it's sweet, and that Shep can be fragile and overburdened in front of Kaidan, and that Kaidan will be there for him when it's all too much for one soul to handle.