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Hi, my name is Maria, a college Christian girl living in California. I made this account because I have drawings up to here that I want to show off. (Because I'm a very big show-off )Besides drawing, I also take pleasure in singing and writing, mostly singing. And I am constantly changing my art style, so watch out!
I have frizzy brown hair that may be a little TOO thick, and greenish-hazel eyes. I'm tannish and I wear glasses.
Main fandoms as of right now:
Big Hero 6
Voltron: Legendary Defender
My fictional crushes:
Literally every male Paladin from VLD holy shit they're so beautiful
One more thing about me: I'm shipping addict.
Ask me about my ships sometime~
(collecting pagedolls/cute things for my ships )
I'm back with more ramblings about Voltron ships! This is the second half of my list, the first half is here.
Once again, these are just my opinions. You're free to disagree, but please be respectful and leave the discourse out of the comments.
Also, since I forgot to mention this last time, there are spoilers within my explanations, so beware! Especially at the top five.
10.Keitor (Keith x Lotor)
Hmmm, so. There's a story behind this one. I don't usually like hero/villain ships, at least, not as much as I like this one. But then some dumb stuff happened and ngl it's kind of embarrassing.
So. It’s post-season 2. Lotor has been name-dropped but not fully revealed yet, and everyone is going crazy with speculations about what he’ll be like. In the midst of it, my darling sweetheart A-Splashing-Koi came to me and said “what if Lotor had a creepy crush on Keith this time instead of Allura.”
And then we spent the next seven months writing a fanfic with that exact premise, and we had a lot of fun with it. Like, way too much fun. And now, I'm highly very attached to this ship, even if it’s just our version of this ship.
Sadly, we didn't actually finish the fic before season 3 came out and destroyed all our theories--it's so outdated and inaccurate now that you'll never get to see it. Sorry. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So, that's the reason the ship ranks so high. But what do I think of the...you know, actual ship with the canon Lotor?
Well, I'd sum it up by saying it's similar to my feelings about Allotor. Two very complex, angsty and emotional characters...shit’s gonna go down and regardless of how well it ends, it's gonna be great. The added bonus is that Keith and Lotor have a lot in common. They’re set up as narrative foils to each other, and they're both half Galra. They could either bond because of this, or they could be at each other’s throats.
Even though I prefer our self-indulgent darkship version of the ship, I'm still very much looking forward to seeing how they interact in canon.
9.Hallura (Hunk x Allura)
Coran ships it lol
I want to say “why isn't this ship more popular???” But the fact of the matter is that 90% of the people who ship this are uh…the part of the fandom that I'd rather not interact with. So for all intents and purposes, I'm alone.
But that won't stop me from creating content for this ship because it is so fucking pure. Hunk and Allura are the pinnacle of that couple who seem sweet and diplomatic but probably talk shit about you to each other when you’re not around. They're both very excitable, but also very thoughtful characters, and I love thinking about the different ways they would interact.
I'm honestly hoping that we’ll get a solo mission for these two like we did with Hunk and Keith in season 2. Because they desperately need it, I think they have exchanged a total of like...two lines of dialogue in the whole series. I want to see how their strengths and weaknesses play off of each other, what they do and don't agree on--just give them some screentime! This is probably the most underrated pair both as a ship and just as teammates within canon. Blease Dreamworks, I'm begging you…
I can't say much more about this ship because there isn't much to it, but I just think they'd be so adorable together, and I’m always so happy to see content of them.
8.Kidge (Keith x Pidge)
My thoughts on this are similar to the last one--why haven't these two had more one-on-one screentime??
Except unlike Hallura, this ship seems like it demands more attention in the show. Keith and Pidge have SO much in common. Their personalities are similar, they both lost someone important to them in space and struggled with whether or not to let Voltron go to shit for the sake of finding said loved one...they're so similar it's ridiculous that they’ve barely talked to each other until now. We’ve seen vague scenes of them working together, but I want them to talk.
This is the most interaction they've ever had aside from that time they smiled at each other in s1
Bex Taylor-Klaus, Pidge’s VA, is even on record in an interview saying that Keith and Pidge secretly adore each other. What the fuck??? That's so cute?? But where?? Where is it?? Why haven't I seen this in the show?? This is bullshit!
And honestly, even without that, Kidge appealed to me on mere principal. I guess I just have a thing for pairing up the two snarkiest characters, considering how these two remind me of Hirogo, a huge OTP of mine.
I said that Hallura was sweet and fluffy, well, Kidge is the exact opposite. Kidge is spicy. Kidge is a fiery explosion of emotion and intimacy and it's amazing.
If only they’d just….you know….talk.
(There's also something neat about the fact that Pidge and Keith were the only Earth paladins who didn't have some kind of history together before the show started. They knew each other the least, so that makes it even sweeter if they were the ones to get together).
7.Heith (Hunk x Keith)
(Throws more Keith ships at your face because I'm a ho for Keith and I ship him with almost everyone)
Tbh? If it wasn't for...a few other ships that I will talk about later, this would have been my top ship. There’s just...so much to appreciate about this pair. The fact that Hunk can bring out the soft, happy jokey side in the prickly asocial Keith. The fact that they balance each other out with their impulsive/cautious, and their serious/lighthearted, and even their thematic offense/defense. The fact that Hunk was probably cautious around Keith because he only knew him as Lance’s angry rival, but then grew to like him and become closer to him. Just. GOD.
This ship is so good. I'm so glad they got a solo episode together, and it was such a fun episode too. Hunk would be so good to Keith, and for Keith as a character. If they were dating I can’t imagine anything but adorable and supportive. Pretty short and simple, but I don't think it needs to be complicated for me to love it as much as I do.
6.Allurance (Allura x Lance)
I'm pretty sure I'm in the same boat as a lot of other people on this one--I didn't like it at first, but after season 3, I wouldn't mind at all if they got together.
In the first two seasons of the show, Lance was just obnoxiously flirting with Allura and she always brushed him off. It was played for laughs, nobody really thought it would go anywhere, and some people were even put off by it. But then, in season 3, things changed. Their relationship was now talking to each other and supporting each other.
Lance supported Allura when she started piloting the Blue Lion. He was proud of her when she made progress as a Paladin. He was the one who encouraged her to look within herself and use her power to save Voltron, even going so far as to call her “the heart of Voltron.” And in return, she was also proud of him when he took up the Red Lion, comparing him to her father, a strong and courageous man. And she was the one who reassured him of his importance to the team when he was feeling like he didn't belong. Like. What kind of mutual support.
I get that some people might still be a little off out--I've seen some say that it seems like the narrative is rewarding Lance for his obnoxious persistence in the first two seasons. But, the thing is, Lance has really grown and changed. He's not just flirting with the pretty girl anymore, I think it's safe to say hat he genuinely loves her. Now everyone and their dog thinks they’re one of the likeliest pairings to be endgame.
Now, we still don't know how Allura feels. For all we know this is just another part of the Allura Otome™ and we’ll start focusing on her bond with another guy next season. But, despite the fact that my heart belongs to other ships, I can't say I'd be upset if these two did indeed end up together.
5.Zaggar (Zarkon x Haggar)
I just. Have one question. Which VLD writer looked at these two…
...and said “hey! What if they were married?”
Because to whoever that was, I'd like to offer my sincerest gratitude.
I noticed at the end of season 2 that Haggar seemed….a bit more worried about Zarkon than anyone else apparently was. I thought perhaps she had secret feelings for him, but I was not expecting them to already be married (even though she apparently forgot lol). That's the most amazing plot twist ever. Out with the “they're related” plot twists, give me more “they've been married for millennia” plot twists, please.
And their whole backstory was one of the most tragically romantic things I’d ever seen. Like….Zarkon, you are a dumbass, destroying the universe to save your wife. But that's also kind of beautiful and I hate that this evil space lizard and his old witch wife and making me feel things like this. Their first meeting was also the most adorable things in existence too.
"oh no she's hot"
And tbh, one of the funniest things that the fandom has been doing since s3 is that everyone is trying to draw parallels between Zaggar and their own otp. It's kind of sad, lmao, but also kinda cute. This evil couple is literally The OTP that everyone else is striving to be. Amazing. Who will be the next person who has to choose between the universe and their beloved, I wonder? We just don't know.
But honestly? Who cares. Zaggar is the only True Canon Ship we need. Nothing says true love like becoming zombies taking over the entire damn universe together.
4.Mallura (Matt x Allura)
“Maria are you serious? You go on about all the development Allurance has had, and then you prefer the ship that was played as a joke??”
Okay first off, Allurance was also played as a joke at first so hush, you don't know what's coming.
Second, there's a story behind this one too.
Believe it or not, I've actually shipped Mallura since after season one. Yeah. Season one.
Much like Coryner, it was something that just popped into my head one day and I just thought “huh. This would be interesting.” Even though we knew nothing at all about Matt at the time, I could stop thinking of how cute it would be for them to save Matt and for him to fall instantly in love with Allura, just like how we later saw Zarkon fall for Honerva.
I also had all these headcanons about how Matt would be a culture nerd, he’d be interested in Altean culture, and Allura would be more than happy to show him. I still think it would be a great idea.
Also, I noticed that they were very similar to Milo and Kida from Atlantis, which just made me like it more.
It was a crack ship. I never expected anything to actually happen with Mallura on the show...and then season fucking four happened.
I spent like...a week in disbelief. I don't understand how the fuck I predicted something like this. Matt really did fall in love with Allura at first sight, even if it was more over the top and comedic than I imagined it. Like….what? What the fuck?? Lance, step aside, my ship just appeared the hell out of nowhere and I am digging this so hard.
I know people hate love triangles, but I think it would be reaaal nice if we made the audience a little unsure of whether Allura would end up with Lance or Matt, rather than just making Matt an obvious rival for Lance to defeat. Or maybe that's just because my Mallura shipper self would feel gypped after being thrown a bone.
Whatever, I'm not sure about how likely it is to happen, I'm just euphoric that my dumb crack ship actually got something.
3.Hunay (Hunk x Shay)
Hey you know what makes me mad? Like, really mad?
The fact that Hunk has been mentioning Shay in vlogs in comics...but we haven't seen them speak to each other since the first season!
Hey Dreamworks...what are you doing? You can't just introduce this pure and sweet couple and then just leave them in the dust! Where's my Hunay reunion, dammit! I've been craving it for so long.
But tbh? The fact that Hunk was the first person on the show to have an obvious canon romantic arc makes me very happy. He deserves it. He and Shay are just adorable together, it's so sweet to see a couple develop naturally, just by talking and learning about each other without any of the forced romantic tropes. Shay had never even seen the sky before, but Hunk was there to show her the world. It's so sweet. ;-;
I also really liked how Shay was pivotal to Hunk’s arc in the first season. He’d seen the horrors of the Galra empire, and how Shay had let herself be captured to get him away from the Galra. And he was desperate to go back and save her as soon as possible. She's the one who inspired him to stay with Voltron and fight for the universe.
And the scene where they watched Shay’s first sunrise together...I’m just...emotional, okay. Where is Shay, Dreamworks. Where are the Shay and Hunk moments. I need more.
2.Pidgance (Pidge x Lance)
As I mentioned before, I started off shipping nothing in Voltron. This ship is the one that changed that.
Lance flirts with all the girls. Pidge is a girl, but Lance never flirted with her. Because he thought she was a boy at first and in the back of his mind, he probably still thinks of her as one of the Bros™.
And then, I thought to myself, what if one day it finally hits him. “Holy shit Pidge is?? Actually a pretty girl?? Tf???” And he has no idea what to do because this is Pidge and he knows his usual pickup lines won't work on her and he knows her so well what the heck is he supposed to do?
It's textbook irony. Heck, the fact that Lance’s reaction to her gender reveal was emphasized is already suspect, especially considering his character of being The Flirt. And even though Lance’s canon growth came more from Allura, I still maintain that Pidgance has a ton of potential. Lance, the energetic, flirty social butterfly goofball, with Pidge, the sarcastic nerd who isn't good with people. It sounds like the setup for a romcom.
Sometimes I think they would just fall apart, but then I remember some of the subtle moments they had in the show. In episode one they already seem comfortable being in each other’s personal space (though, that could just be Lance being Lance). Later it seems that Lance is trying to understand the crazy tech that Pidge goes gaga over, as if possibly trying to see things through her perspective.
And then there’s little things from Pidge. Where she yells at Hunk for trying to touch her computer, she seems cool with letting Lance take her headphones, her phone, and with him playing the video game--which she obviously worked hard to set up--by himself. Where she teases Hunk and Coran for having “girlfriends,” she gets annoyed whenever she sees Lance paying attention to girls. Maybe it's just my shipper goggles, but I think Pidge may actually have a crush on Lance. She just doesn't know it yet.
Buuuut regardless, again, there's a ton of potential here. And also a ton of adorable little aspects like their size difference, and their tendency to joke and gossip with each other, and their size difference, and their blue/green earth dynamic, and their size difference, and their common value of family, and their SI ZE DI FFE ERENCE--
Perfect height for a chinrest....Pidge could just rest her head on his chest....it's so perfect
I want Lance to cuddle Pidge like she's a teddy bear.
They're adorable. They will always be my favorite ship regardless of who they actually end up with in canon. I love them.
Also their scene in the fountain and they adopted a cow and they are gamer buddies FUCK--
Uhm, anyway, I've rambled on for a while on this one, so let’s continue…
Before we get to #1, I want to give an honorable mention to Plaxance (Plaxum x Lance)! Super cute ship but ultimately not enough content for me to get into it, rip (continues shipping Coran x Ryner which has literally no content at all)
Also Hidge (Hunk x Pidge) because it's adorable.
Aaaaand here we go (drumroll)
1.Sheith (Shiro x Keith)
(nobody raises their hand)
Before I get into rambling about how I would ride or die for this ship, let me tell you the story of how I first got into it in the first place. Some people say they got into Sheith because of their canon moments, some say it was because of all the pretty fanart. For me, it was a combination of several different people shoving it into my face and spite shipping.
~~~Once upon a time, Maria had just finished watching Voltron season 1 and wasn’t shipping anything. She was hanging around the fandom and noticed that some people were shipping Shiro and Keith. Maria found that a bit weird, but she’d been in fandoms for a long time and really, she’d seen much weirder. So she just ignored it. Well, when she thought about it, she could see Keith having a lil gay crush on Shiro in a Notice Me Senpai kind of way, but that was all, really.
And then one day, Maria’s beautiful friend NicoTheTDPinkiePie came up to her and said “idk, I kinda ship it. They kinda remind me of another otp of mine.” And due to the love Maria had for her dear friend, she got curious about this ship that Nico liked so much. So she went around browsing for Sheith content and found this and this and this and this . And so, Maria thought to herself, “wait what? Is this...is this an actual thing? Why are the cast and crew so supportive of this ship. I guess it must not be so weird after all.”
By this point Maria was kinda starting to get into Shallura too, and she wasn’t sure which ship she liked more. Then the Dick Horse began. And Maria said, “Sheith. Definitely Sheith. Totally the better ship. Fuck y’all.” The End~~~
That’s how it began. But trust me when I say that that’s not how I feel about it today. It’s not just a guilty pleasure or a spite ship, hell there’s no way it would be number one if it was. I love Sheith because Shiro and Keith love each other. It’s just so evident in the way they treat each other.
Call if brotherly if you want, but when two characters show this amount of devotion, admiration and respect for each other all the time, to the point where even people on the cast and crew start shipping it, then how can you expect people not to fall head over heels with this ship? I was given the push into this ship through spite and wanting to make a friend happy, but everything else? That came from the show itself.
Shiro and Keith have obviously known each other for a long time. Hell, we haven’t even seen their backstory yet, but we know that Shiro was a major influence on Keith’s life. And we can very easily assume that Shiro was the one person that Keith felt safe around after literally everyone in his life had abandoned or given up on him. And, after that, we see them trusting and caring for each other endlessly.
Y’all, Keith’s literal first line in the show is Shiro’s name. This guy blew up government property and beat up three grown ass men, but when he sees Shiro? Goes immediately soft. This person that he cares so much about has been gone for a year, and then he came back. Then season 2 happened and the universe tore them apart again. And then Shiro came back. Hey @ Voltron, is this a fairy tale? This seems like a fairy tale.
And don’t get me started on literally everything else that happens between them. Shiro wants Keith to take his place should anything ever happen to him, because he trusts Keith and believes in him. Keith, on the other hand, is adamant that nothing will ever happen to Shiro, because he loves him too much to even entertain the painful thought of anything bad happening to his best friend. There’s also the time when Keith just had the shit beat out of him by several BOM members, and then his suit conjures up an image of Shiro because apparently, Keith desperately wants to see him at this very moment.
W O W
What did Shiro do to make Keith love him this much what is their backstory I gotta know.
And tbh, that’s just a couple of the many moments that they’ve had. How about that one time that Keith was so distraught about Shiro's mysterious absence that he was almost willing to let the universe go to shit because he couldn't imagine forming Voltron without Shiro, or worse, replacing Shiro? Now that's some serious devotion.
We’ve also seen then continuously checking up on each other…
...along with whatever the fuck this is…
It’s actually kind of hard for me to imagine that they’d fall in love with anyone else besides each other. It would take a lot for someone else to come along and somehow top this level of devotion. (Especially for Keith, dear God.) The only thing I can possibly see getting in the way is the 7-year age difference, but you know what? If Tangled and Phineas and Ferb can get away with it, it can happen here.
This, in my opinion, is the best candidate on the show for a loving, passionate, slow-burn romance. Two good friends who respect and adore each other, realizing that they want to spend the rest of their lives together? Good shit, very good shit. And I’ll love them even if they don’t end up being canon.
And I think I’m done talking your ears off for now. I could go on and on about these two, but I think I’ve summed it up.
Thank you all for wading through my fangirl tears. If you made it this far, I commend you and will give you a pat on the back.
If for some reason you want to hear more about my lame ass opinions, please leave a nice comment down below. Bye for now!
Nobody was entirely sure how it came to this.
From what they could gather from Pidge’s ramblings, Shiro had pushed her out of the way when a weird alien plant started spitting out some spores, and next thing they knew he was barely able to walk. There was something that shook them about seeing their fearless leader lying sick in his room, but they kept it together while they waited for Coran to explain what was going on.
Pidge looked at the picture Coran was holding, tapping her chin thoughtfully. “I mean, it kinda looked like that,” she told him. “The petals look like the right color, but the center was more, uh….aggressive.”
Coran brightened and scrolled to the next image on the holo-screen. “Ah yes, of course, you saw it when it was spreading its spores--how about this?”
Pidge nodded. “Yeah, that was it!”
“As I suspected.” Coran shut of the holo screen and straightened his posture. “Shiro’s been doused in the spores of a Dorinamubs flower.”
Keith frowned. “Is that bad?”
“Well, the spores will cause temporary paralysis and may cause a fever,” Coran replied. “But not to worry--all he needs to do is rest for a day, and he should be better by morning.”
Everyone seemed relieved. Shiro looked up from where he was sitting in his bed, and smiled. “Thanks, Coran.” He turned to the others. “You guys don't have to worry about me, I’ll be fine. You can go.”
“You sure?” Hunk asked nervously. “He said you might get a fever. Are you feeling chilly?”
Shiro just kept grinning in amusement. “No, Hunk. If I feel anything, I’ll be sure to let you know.”
“If you want to call us, just tap that little button I put next to you,” Coran piped up. “One tap means you’re hungry, Two taps means you need to be carried to the restroom. Three taps means that you're experiencing an allergic reaction to the spores, which is rare, but possible. Signs of which include facial swelling, loss of your voice, and elbow pain for some reason. Four taps means--”
“How about he just taps it once,” Keith snapped. “So we know he needs us?”
“Well, if you want to be vague and confusing about it, sure!”
“I think,” Allura finally spoke up, cordial as always. “We should just leave him to get some rest, don't you think?”
They all sighed, but nodded in agreement. Keith gave Shiro a reassuring pat on the shoulder on his way out, and his friends slowly began to file out of the room.
Lance paused briefly at the door and turned back to Coran. “Wait. So, is he going to have to stay in bed all day?”
“Well yes,” Coran replied. “If you expect him to get better as soon as possible.”
Lance frowned, as if worried about something, but then nodded and left the room.
Pidge lingered behind, her mouth hanging open as if she wanted to say something, but hesitated.
Shiro blinked. “You okay, Pidge?”
“I just feel kinda bad,” Pidge murmured. “You're sick in bed, and it’s all cause you wanted to protect me.”
Shiro smiled. “Pidge, don't worry about it. You would’ve done the same for me, I know that. It's what we do. And I'm going to be fine, so don't feel bad.
Pidge smiled back, putting her hands in her pockets. “Ok. Good. Um, I'll be in the common room if you need me--er, well, tap the thingy or something. See you.”
Shiro nodded at her on her way out, and then he was alone. He leaned back on his pillow, trying and failing to move his stubborn legs before giving up. All he could do now was follow Coran’s advice and get some rest.
When Shiro tapped the button the first time, Hunk was in his room in a flash, oven mitts still on his hands as he looked Shiro over in a panic.
“What’s wrong??” Hunk asked as soon as he was there. “Is your face swelling up??”
Shiro almost wanted to laugh at Hunk’s over the top reaction, but instead he just gave him a reassuring smile. “Uh, no, it’s not that. I just...needed someone to grab that cup of water from the table over there.” It felt kind of pathetic that he needed help just to grab something from across the room, but it wasn't like he was going to complain about that now.
Hunk breathed a sigh of relief. “Oh, right, right sure. You're probably thirsty. We should’ve brought that closer to you from the start.”
Shiro gratefully too the cup from Hunk and took a swig to quench his thirst, while Hunk just hovered over him awkwardly.
“Man, it must stink to have to sit in bed all day, I’d get totally fidgety if I was in your place,” Hunk muttered. Then he realized that wasn't helping and cleared his throat. “Uh, anyway, you need anything else?”
“No thanks, I'm good. You can go back to your baking.”
Hunk blinked, as if confused that Shiro knew what he’d been doing, before realizing that he still had his mitts, as well as a cookie in his hand. “Oh. Pff. I just finished, actually. You want this cookie? I came here so quickly I forgot I was holding it.”
Shiro’s eyes seemed to light up at the mention of a cookie, and he nodded. “Sure. Thanks, Hunk.”
Hunk grinned proudly as Shiro ate the cookie, seemingly enjoying every bite. “No problem. I might go make another batch for the others. Anyway, I’ll see you later. Tap that button if you want me to fluff your pillow or something.”
Keith showed up to check on him next, though his visit was unprompted. Shiro was simply sitting in bed with his eyes closed, when he heard the door to his room whoosh open. Keith poked his head in, sweaty from the training he’d been doing, and took a couple steps into the room.
“Hey,” Shiro said to him with a smile. “Need something?”
“Huh? No, not me,” Keith replied. “I came to see how you were doing.”
Shiro smiled wider and leaned back against his pillow. “I'm doing fine, thanks. A bit bored, if I had to complain, but I can't say I mind the day off.”
Keith nodded. “Understandable.” He paused, apparently unsure of what I say next. “So, uh, do you want me to leave…?”
“Well, if you have something else you’d rather be doing, I won't stop you.” Shiro stopped to think for a moment. “Though, I was thinking that I’d like to take a nap--it's just a little hard to reposition myself when can't feel the bottom half of my body.” He grinned up at Keith again, trying to play it off as a joke, but Keith’s eyes widened.
“Oh, I can help you with that,” Keith responded. He took a few deliberate steps toward Shiro and grabbed onto his feet, tugging his body forward until Shiro was lying down. Unfortunately, Shiro hit his head on the back of the bed on his way down, yelping both in pain and surprise.
Keith paused, looking toward him apologetically. “Oh, shoot--I'm sorry.”
“It's okay, just kinda surprised me is all,” Shiro chuckled.
“You sure? That looked like it hurt.”
“It's okay, really. Don't beat yourself up about it.” Shiro knew that if he didn't pacify Keith about it now, he’d probably feel guilty about this tiny thing for hours. He could be a little overbearing like that sometimes, but it wasn't really a bad thing. “Thanks for helping, Keith, I think I can take it from here.”
Keith didn't seem convinced, worriedly looking over Shiro once more, but he slowly nodded. “Sure. No problem. Sleep well.”
“I’ll try. See you later, Keith.”
Keith left just as quietly as he came, and Shiro was once again alone in the silent room. Hopefully he’d actually be able to fall asleep this time.
It seemed that his friends weren't content to just wait for him to tap on the button, since just about an hour later, Pidge was in his room again. Not that it bothered him much, it was obvious he wouldn't be sleeping right now anyway.
“I was getting lonely,” was her excuse. “And the others are all just too loud to be around.”
Shiro didn't quite believe her, but there was no need to mention it. He listened to the click-clacking of her keyboard while he stared at the ceiling. He was hoping that the rhythmic sounds would help him fall asleep, but as it turned out, Pidge’s typing was far from rhythmic, what with all of her sudden stops and spontaneous rushes. Instead he decided to talk to her. “So what are you working on?”
“Mmmmm,” Pidge hummed in response, taking a second to register his question. “Just fine-tuning a mod for the lions that I was working on a while back.” She paused, then suddenly stood up and turned to him. “Can I see your arm for a second?”
Shiro was a little confused, but hesitantly turned as much as he could so she could plug the computer into his cybernetic arm. “Why do you need this?”
“Good way to test the program. Can you turn it on? But like, on a low setting.”
“Um.” Honestly, he’d never considered that his arm would have settings, considering how he only used it in fights, but alright. He did the best he could, hoping he didn't burn Pidge’s computer in the process.
But it seemed that the computer wanted to burn him instead, because next thing he knew, a jolt of electricity travelled up his arm, and he flinched in pain.
“Ow!” He deactivated his arm with a cringe, shooting an annoyed look at his friend. “Pidge!”
“I'm sorry! I'm sorry!” Pidge hurriedly unplugged her computer in a panic. “Are you okay? I-it was supposed to react to heat, but it reacted wrong--I don't know, I might have messed something up in the code--”
Shiro sighed and rubbed his shoulder, where the shock had hurt the most. Luckily, I hadn't been strong enough to do any real damage. “It's fine,” he sighed. “Just. Maybe use something else to test it next time.”
“Yeah, of course.” Pidge saved her work for the time being and put the computer aside. “Hey….maybe the shock did something to fix the paralysis?”
It didn't sound right, but Shiro tried moving his legs anyway. “Nope.”
“Aw,” Pidge looked at the floor. “I remember Matt once told me something about shock treatments.” She grinned cheekily. “You wanna try again?”
“Thanks, Pidge, but I think I’d rather sleep this off.”
Shiro had tapped the button again in hopes that Keith would come back and help him get back into a sitting position--since his body just seemed adamant not to go to sleep right now.
But instead, Coran showed up, ready to cater to Shiro’s every whim. Were his friends just taking turns answering his calls? It was a bit of a gamble, apparently, tapping the button and seeing who would show up. Hey, at least it was some kind of entertainment.
“Alrighty, then,” Coran said as he finished unnecessarily cleaning out Shiro’s blankets and fluffing up the pillow behind his back. “Finished with that. Are you comfortable? Hungry? I'll see if I can sneak into the kitchen and grab you something. Hunk has been keeping the whole place to himself making food for the pa--I mean, entertaining himself.”
Shiro shrugged. “That would be fine. Actually, what I really want to do is get out of the room a little. I hate being stuck in here for so long.”
Coran nodded understandingly. “Yes, I'm sure you're quite bored. I remember catching the Dorinamubs spore myself when I was a wee lad. One quintant of lying around feels like decaphoebs.” He grabbed a nearby chair and sat down, settling in. “But don't worry, my boy, I'll gladly stay here and entertain you. How about I tell you about the time I went down into the jungles of Gajik and fought a gang of spider-people?”
Shiro tried not to let his dismay show on his face. Coran’s stories were….interesting, but they were long and usually very confusing. “Sure,” he said hesitantly, not knowing quite how to turn him down when he was stuck here. “But, uh, if you're going to be talking for a while, do you mind helping me lie down again first?”
Coran’s stories, odd as they were, at the very least made him feel like he had some company. It was actually a bit disappointing after he left, and Shiro found himself tapping the button pretty soon afterward, hoping for another talkative member of the team to appear.
He got his wish, luckily, as Lance was more than happy to lounge around in his room and talk to him. At least this time Shiro could actually understand what was happening in the stories he was being told.
“...and she would just shrug and tell me she was okay with anything, didn't matter where we went or what we did,” Lance was saying, recounting one of the apparent many dates he’s had. He turned to Shiro curiously. “Why do girls do that? Are they just indecisive, are they bored with you, or do they just not care as long as they're with you?”
Shiro shrugged. “I'm really not the person to ask about this.”
“Ah.” Lance stopped talking for a second, staring at the ceiling. After a moment he spoke again. “Hey, do you have a TV in here or something?”
“Nope,” said Shiro. “It's just me and my thoughts.”
“Yeesh.” He turned his chair to face Shiro and grinned. “Ok, let's play a game. Uhhh, let's see. Ok, I'm thinking of something….round….and soft….and tastes good.”
Shiro grimaced. “Tastes good?”
“Yeah, especially the ones covered in powdered sugar.”
“I--please tell me you're talking about cookies or something.”
“Donut holes, but you’re close enough.” Lance replied, not seeming to notice Shiro’s sigh of relief. “Man, I'm actually craving those right now. You think Hunk could bake some space donut holes while he's still in the kitchen?”
Shiro raised an eyebrow. “Sure, if you ask him. Is he still in there? I thought he only baked this much when he was stressed.”
Lance hesitated for a second but then waved his hand in the air. “He’s fine, don't worry about him--anyway, how are your legs doing? Getting any pins and needles yet?”
“No. I don't think anything's changed at all, to be honest with you. Maybe it just takes longer for humans.”
Lance frowned. “Aw, that's not good. I was hoping you’d at least be better by tonight. The others and I were….planning something.”
Shiro turned to him curiously, but Lance didn't say more. “Planning something, huh? Well, who knows. Maybe some miracle will happen by tonight and I'll be instantly cured.”
Lance responded with a nod, but he didn't get to say more as the door whooshed open once again. Allura walked gracefully in, holding what looked liked a book to her chest, and paused when she saw Lance.
“Oh,” the princess said. “Hello, Lance. I didn't know you'd be here.”
Lance shrugged. “No worries, princess, Shiro and I were just starting to play a game.”
“I see. Well, this will only take a moment.” She turned to Shiro with a smile. “How are you, Shiro? Feeling any better?”
“A little,” Shiro replied with a smile of his own. “Thanks for asking, Princess.”
“Of course,” Allura replied. She tucked a strand of her silver hair behind her ear, then stood up straight again. “I actually thought I'd bring you something, you know, so you don't get too bored.”
She handed Shiro the book she was holding. It was a thick and old-looking Altean storybook with a purple cover and a dazzling illustration underneath the illegible title. It looked like some kind of fantasy adventure novel from what Shiro could tell.
“My mother gave it to me,” Allura explained happily as he looked it over. “I used to read it all the time when I was sick. It made the ordeal so much more bearable.”
Shiro nodded slowly flipping through the pages and looking over the Altean writing, all of it looking like gibberish to him. “Wow, thanks, Allura. That's really nice of you. It certainly, uh, looks like a nice story.”
Allura seemed confused for a second, then her smile vanished. “Oh! Oh, that's right! You can't read Altean!” She took a step backward and put a hand over her mouth in embarrassment. “I am so sorry, I completely forgot--”
“Hey, don't worry, I could just...look at the pictures.”
“I feel so stupid,” Allura continued berating herself for her mistake. “Perhaps I could get you the audio version? Though, the only versions I have are the monotone narrator and Coran, both of whom ruin the story in their own way.”
Shiro laughed. “It’s okay, Princess. I appreciate the gesture, really. I'll just flip through it for now and get back to you on the audio book.”
Allura smiled again. “Alright. You're welcome.”
They didn't say anything for a second, so Lance spoke up again. “Hey, so. I'm still here, just so you know.”
Allura seemed to jump a little, but then she shuffled closer to the door, as gracefully as she could make shuffling look. “Yes, of course. You can get back to your, uh, game?”
Lance stood up and stretched himself out. “Well, if it's okay with Shiro, I was actually thinking I’d head back out. We got, uh, things to plan, remember?” He gave Allura a look that he probably thought was subtle.
Allura nodded quickly. “Yes, I remember. We’ll come back and check on you then, Shiro?”
Shiro continued flipping through the book, but turned to them with a nod. “Sure, you guys go ahead. Help me lay back down before you go?”
Once he was comfortable, Lance and Allura took their leave, and Shiro thought he heard the princess express her embarrassment once more. “I looked so stupid…”
Shiro chuckled to himself as he ran a finger along the spine of the book. It really was sweet of Allura to give him this. All of his friends were being sweet to him, really. He’d been focused on his own boredom and frustration with the situation, he almost hadn't noticed. But they'd been spending their day with him, giving him company and making sure he had whatever he needed.
He’d be stupid not to appreciate friends like these.
Shiro awoke with a slight start, regaining consciousness before he even opened his eyes. He wasn't sure when he’d fallen asleep or how long he’d been out, but he supposed it was a good thing. He was even starting to get some feeling back in his legs, though they still just felt like heavy sacks of flour.
Shiro sighed, eyes still closed. Maybe he could just try slipping back to sleep. Before he could try, however, he suddenly realized that there were whispers around him, and that he wasn't alone like he thought.
Shiro finally opened his eyes, and it took him a second to figure out what he was seeing. The room was dark, with only a single, tiny orange glow casting a soft, warm light. As his eyes adjusted, Shiro noticed that all,of his friends were crowding around his bed. Hunk was in the middle, holding something in his hands.
A cupcake, Shiro realized, with a candle in it.
“Oh hey, look!” Pidge whispered. “Looks like he woke up after all.”
Shiro was confused, and spoke to them at least. “I...what are you guys all doing in here? What's with the cake?”
“Surprise!” They all suddenly shouted. Lance blew on a party horn in his mouth, and Coran tossed a handful of confetti in the air. They all grinned eagerly, crowding around him even more as they waited for his reaction.
“Wha--huh??” Shiro stammered.
“Happy Birthday, dude!” Hunk exclaimed. “We brought the cake and presents here for you!”
“Yeah, we were setting up outside,” Lance added, “but since you're stuck in here, we decided to bring the party to you, instead.”
“I wanted to make a bigger cake, but the space ingredients weren't quite right. Cupcakes and cookies and stuff work though, right?”
“And don't forget the presents!” Pidge chirped, holding up her own wrapped box above her head.
Shiro sat up slowly with Keith’s help, taking in everything that was going on. “Are you guys serious?” He asked with a laugh. “I didn't even remember it was my birthday.”
“Of course you didn't,” Keith leaned against her wall and gave him a cheeky grin.
“Pretty easy to forget these things when we’re always so busy with Zarkon,” Coran mused. “But not to worry, I'm always prepared for a celebration. I've got my Fomalan cards with me at all times, who's up for a game?”
Allura plopped herself down at the foot of Shiro’s bed, just to get away from the rest of the crowded room, and smiled. “Coran, that game lasts for hours. We should probably eat first,” she turned to Shiro. “I hope you don't mind that I gave you my gift early.”
Shiro was still smiling, touched at what his friends had put together for him. It was just his dumb luck that he was stuck in his room on his birthday of all days, but they wouldn't let that ruin it for him. Really, what did he do to deserve them?
“No, I don't mind,” he replied softly. “Thanks, guys, this...I-I don't know what to say.”
“Don't say anything then,” Pidge replied simply. “Just let us sing for you.”
Shiro laughed. Coran blew a note on a weird Altean instrument to help them sing, but it didn't matter, since they were all horribly out of tune anyway. Not that it mattered, it was music to Shiro’s ears either way.
Happy Birthday, Shiro.