"Obligation."


Story by Adele
Story Copyright 2003
A story based on the series, "Voltron, The Third Dimension"

The characters of Voltron are the property of World Event Productions. All other  haracters are the copyright of Adele.   Please do not use them without asking for permission.  Thank you.

Enjoy!


Chapter 31
The Final Decision


As promised, Coran had planned a bountiful feast fit for a king...or in this case, a princess and her champions.

Hunk, Pidge and Lance hurriedly prepared for the banquet.  The food on Surbain was good, but nothing compared to the food on Arus.

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Allura sat quietly in her room, only half ready for the banquet.  Her mind was not into it at all. She knew that Keith was her escort once again.

It was only customary that the Commander of the Voltron Force be the escort the Princess of Arus for the evening's events.

But she still had not come to a decision yet on how to... or even if they should... proceed the budding relationship between them.

A buzz at the door rang in Allura's wondering mind.  She gazed at the clock on her dressing table.

"I wonder who that is?" she asked herself as she rose to her feet to get the door.  "It's too early to be Keith."

The door swooshed open, revealing Allura's cousin, Romelle.  Romelle suddenly frowned at her cousin.

"Allura," she said, rushing inside her chambers.  "You're not even dressed yet!  Keith will be here soon!"

"I know..." she sighed, turning and walking away from Romelle.

"Something's wrong." Romelle said.  "Did you and Keith had a spat?"

Allura sighed again. "No."

"Then, tell me...what's wrong, Allura?" Romelle asked again, laying a gentle hand on Allura's shoulder.

"I am struggling with...something." she said hesitantly.  "...and I'm not sure what to do about it."

Romelle glanced at her questionably.  "Well, perhaps I can help you.  But you have to tell me what it is, first."

"It's...about Keith." Allura said finally.

"What about him?" Romelle asked.  "Not getting cold feet already, are you?" she giggled with a wink of her eye.

"Maybe." Allura said nervously.  "It's just...the love we have for each other...I'm...I'm not sure it's right."

"Huh?" Romelle questioned.  "What do you mean, 'not right'?  Allura, the man loves you with an undying affection!  Some women search their whole lives looking for a man like that."

"I know.   And I'm certainly not ungrateful.  It's just, well...Keith almost died at least three times that he tried to protect me... during our escapades on Planet Surbain.  I'm sure it's because of the love he carries for me.  And I don't know if I can continue to allow him to risk his life for me."

Romelle smiled.  "Have you brought this up to him, Allura?"

"No, of course not!" Allura said, shooting Romelle raised eye brows.  "How can I?"

"Allura, I believe you are stretching this way out of proportion.  Keith has always looked out for you...from when he first arrived on Arus nearly eight years ago, right up until now.  How can you draw such a conclusion now, after all of this time?"

"Because, I'm more aware of it now." she replied, whirling around to sit on her chair in front of the vanity.

"Allura, Keith looks after everyone on his team.  He'd risk his life to save Pidge in the same manner he would risk his life to save you."

Romelle walked around behind Allura.  She picked up her brush and began brushing the back of Allura's long blonde hair.  Allura closed her eyes, enjoying the comfort that each stroke brought.

"It's just that Keith happens to be in love with you, and not Pidge." Romelle said with another giggle.

"Yes, but he has more at stake to lose if something happened to me...because he's in love with me...and not Pidge!" Allura giggled right back as the words left her mouth.

"Allura, Keith's devotion to you is noble...and rare.  You won't find another man like him around in a million years.  And besides, his duplicate is already taken... by me!" Romelle joked, grabbing a hairpin to pull back some of Allura's hair into a stylish bun, while the rest of it drapes over her shoulders.

Allura stifled a giggle in her hand, as Romelle continued to fix her hair.  "I suppose you're right."

"Of course I'm right!" Romelle said, coming around to Allura's front, and pulling pieces of hair down around her face.  "You do love Keith, don't you?"

"Of course I do, Romelle." Allura sighed.  "I just want to keep Keith's best interests in mind."

Romelle smiled.  "You are his best interests!  Can't you see that?"

A slow smile crept across Allura's face as she thought about what Romelle had said.  "Yes, I am his best interests, aren't I?"

"Well, I'm glad you finally returned to Planet Arus, in the mental sense of the word!" Romelle said playfully. "Its about time you saw the light!"

Romelle finished Allura's hair, and gently placed the Crown of Arus on her head, arranging her hair around it.  She reached out her hands to Allura,

"Come on.  You've got to get dressed.  Keith will be here soon.  And I hope we've settled this matter for good." Romelle said with a smile.

Allura nodded as the rose to her feet.  "Yes, we have.  Thank you, Romelle." Allura smiled and hugged her cousin.  Then turned around.  "I think I want to wear the pink gown tonight."

"A nice choice!" Romelle said.  "A woman always looks most attractive in the color pink!"

The two cousins giggled at one another, as Allura finished getting dressed for the banquet.

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