Daily prompt – Heard
Red and Blue makes us
“Hey, you still up?”
Lance turned around to see Keith come out of the large tent the seven of them set up and shared. The Olkari had offered them rooms to stay in, but the night was too gorgeous to waste behind walls, so they decided to have fun with songs and food and jokes shared around the fire, but with all good things, the end came quick as everyone grew tired.
Keith could see Lance force the edges of his mouth up to form a smile as he replied “Yeah.”
“What? No sarcastic comeback? No, ‘I’m sleeping with my eyes closed’ or something like that?”
Lance snickered “You suck at making jokes.”
Keith sat beside Lance on the log set in front of the dying out fire. The darker skinned boy kept his sight up at the stars. Keith followed his vision, and all he saw was a plethora of twinkling yellow decorating the night sky.
“The sky sure is beautiful here, huh? You’d never get to see anything like this back on Earth.”
Lance was quiet. It wasn’t like Lance to be this quiet.
Keith glanced at Lance from the side of his vision- the boys blue eyes didn’t have the usual sparkle of cheekiness that they usually did. Instead, they looked dull and tired.
“Hey, you okay?”
“Hm? Yeah, why?”
Keith shrugged. “You just look like you have something troubling you, that’s all.”
“It’s nothing- nothing you can understand anyway.” He replied, looking away.
Unsure of what that meant, Keith placed a gloved hand on the taller boys shoulder before saying: “Well, we only have each other, so if something’s disturbing you, I’ll try my best to help. After all, we’re a family no-”
“That’s it!” Lance growled, pushing Keith’s hand away, standing up, “That’s just it- ‘this’ isn’t the only family I have! I have parents and siblings and cousins who are wondering where I’ve been! And I just disappeared and who know’s how much of pain I’ve already caused them by simply disappearing!” Tears began welling up in Lance’s eyes. “You can’t understand- you can never understand how I feel!” He yelled, using an arm to wipe away the tears now streaking his cheeks as he ran into the forest.
Keith sat wide eyed on the log. This wasn’t what he expected to happen. Sure, he never got to know his family properly, but as the time had passed, he began opening up and accepting his Voltron team as his family- he never thought that Lance would miss his home. The boy was always so upbeat and cheerful. He must really be good at hiding what he feels, Keith thought.
Unsure of himself, he decided to search for Lance. It was dark, and these were not forests they were familiar with. Following the direction Lance ran off to, he began loudly whispering Lance’s name as he searched for him- and those loud whispers turned into soft yells as he went deeper into the forest and the trees grew thicker, causing it to become darker.
He was almost shouting when he heard a “Go away!” come from his left.
Following it, he found a clearing with a lake in the middle. It was beautiful- the moonlight fell on the water, and he wasn’t sure what kind of water it was, but it caused the light to be refracted all around, causing the tiny clearing to sparkle. And by the lake sat the brown boy, his legs drawn up to his chest and head hidden in between.
Carefully, Keith walked up to Lance before sitting beside him on the moist moss that grew all over the ground.
“Hey.” Keith whispered, laying a hand on Lance’s arm. The boy was trembling.
“I thought I told you to leave me alone!”
“I miss them!” He cut, looking up at Keith with a tear stained face and a reddened nose. “I miss them so much, Keith!”
“And I`m scared. I don’t know when I’ll get to see them again- or even IF I’ll ever get to see them again. I miss mum’s chicken pot pies and lasagna nights and the way dad would tell me not bully the two tiny devils tho they would always start the fight. My sis was supposed to get married in a few months and I already know I’ve missed that. I miss teasing her about everything cause any little thing makes her mad and I miss my granmama and gramps so, so much…” Lance cried, hiccuping at intervals.
“I’m sorry, Lance.” Keith replied, embracing him. And he kept hugging him until the hiccups died down and the trembling stopped. After awhile, Lance brought his head away from Keith’s now wet shoulder, looking at him with reddened blue eyes.
“But most of all,” he whispered, “I’m scared that by the time we get back, they won’t remember me anymore. They would have lived their lives so long without me that they won’t miss or need or want me anymore, Keith. I’m scared.”
Keith wiped Lance’s tears with his sleeve before cupping the boy’s face with both his hands to bring blue eyes to meet grey ones.
“Don’t worry- no one could ever forget you- your personality’s just too amazing,” He said with a tiny smile. “And if they don’t want you anymore, I’ll help them remember just how unique and special you are and why everyone needs you in their lives, okay?”
Lance smiled, and this time with his eyes as well. “You know, you can be quite cheesy. I wonder how many romance dramas you watched back on Earth.”
Keith blushed. “I’m trying to do something good here, can you not-”
Lance let a suppressed giggle out, “I’ll hold you up on that promise, then- since you think I’m amazing and unique and special.”, he said, wiggling his eyebrows.
Keith shrugged, resting his head on Lance’s shoulder. The water in the lake in front of them remained calm and oblivious to what they felt, continuing to disperse the moonlight. And Keith was glad. He was glad he got to share such a sight with Lance, and that Lance trusted him enough to open up to him. And he wondered what else the boy must have been feeling that he masks with a smile and brushes off when the others ask him. Well, he had a long time more with him to find out.
“I’m not going to deny it.” He replied, “Because you really are.”
It’s not always that red and blue makes purple, sometimes they make us 🙂 Okay, I’m a bored person who should be studying but am doing this instead because it’s less boring than studying I’m sorry I shall return to studying. But here, another Klance fic cause they cuteee :3