What the Future Holds"

Story by Adele
Story Copyright 2002
A story based on the series, "Voltron, The Third Dimension"

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


CHAPTER 2
Keith recalling the past

It was early in the morning: the day of the untimely death of Princess Allura.  It was a remarkably, sunshiny day at the Castle of Lions.  Pidge had just finished his patrol and was returning to base.  He was looking forward to a bit a shut-eye.  He was exhausted, to say the least. He had been patrolling Arus all throughout the night, and was looking forward to the moment of touchdown in the deep forest, where Green Lion was to sleep as well. 

Meanwhile, back in the Castle, Hunk and Lance were just getting up.  They both ran out the doors of their quarters, making a mad dash toward the kitchen.

"I've going to get there before you!" Lance shouted, teasing his hefty friend.

"What's the big deal?"  Hunk called after him.  Because Hunk was stocky and slower, Lance pulled ahead of him easily

"Because, if I don't get there first, you'll eat everything in sight, and I'm HUNGRY!"
Lance hollered behind, and then turned to continue on. 

As Lance and Hunk both turned the corner, suddenly...CRASH!

Pidge was plowed over by Lance first, and then Hunk added to the pile.  "Get off me!"  cried Pidge.  "You're crushing me!" 

"Sorry Pidge! " shouted Lance, as he struggled to get up from under Hunk.  "I had to get to breakfast first before Hunk ate it all!" 

"You two are gonna kill someone someday!"  Pidge barked back. "Like me!" 

Lance and Hunk stood up, made their apologizes, and continued on their way.  Pidge headed for his quarters, and his warm bed.

The two mad dashers passed by the Control room on their way.  As they ran by, Keith looked up from the console in front of him and turned around quickly, observing the commotion.  Coran, who was also in there with Keith, turned as well to see what the noise was.  Keith was in charge of the morning watch in Castle control.  Coran many times joined him there. The two of them had been up since before 6:00am, monitoring a strange cloud-like formation lazily drifting toward Arus. 

"Those two!"  Keith was steamed at their immature behavior. "They sound like a herd of buffalo coming through!  You would think that they were in their second childhood or something!" 

Annoyed, Keith then turned back to his console.  "When are they going to grow up?" He grumbled to himself, still steamed at Lance and Hunk. "They could really hurt someone, fooling around like that!  They should know better."  

Keith had always prided himself on being disciplined.  Therefore, he sometimes had little tolerance for people who acted irresponsibly. 

"I am going to do some morning system checks, Keith."  Coran said, interrupting Keith's aggravated thoughts.  "I will return shortly."

"Take your time, I've got things here."  Keith replied, his nose back to the console, observing the strange cloud.  Coran nodded and left the room.

Keith was so intrigued with the cloud formation that he didn't hear her come in.

"Am I intruding?"  The hushed, female voice cooed in his ear.

Keith jumped nearly a mile from his seat.  He turned like a startled deer and saw Allura standing behind him.  She had a tender smile on her face and her deep blue eyes caught his attention immediately. 

"No, no!  Not at all, Princess!" Keith said, a smile coming over his face.  "To what do I owe the pleasure of your visit?"

"Oh, nothing really."  She again cooed quietly.  Allura strolled gracefully around, and pulled up a chair next to Keith and sat down.

"So, what are you doing, Keith?" Allura asked winsomely, her blue eyes retaining his gaze as she spoke.

"Oh, just some morning checks." He replied, stern-face in appearance, not willing to give away what he truly felt for her in his heart.  He was hoping his body movements would keep his secret too.

"Oh, really?"  She said, with a hint of disappointment in her voice.

His expression softened, as he tilted his head toward her and asked, "What did you have in mind, Allura?"  Keith said with a smirked look on his face.

"Well, its such a beautiful day.  I thought we all could go horseback riding or something. Or at least you and I could. Are you interested, Keith?  I could pack an afternoon lunch and..."

Suddenly, Keith interrupted her in mid sentence... 

"Well Princess, I would really like to, but Coran and I are monitoring a strange cloud disturbance that's approaching our airspace.  I don't think its anything to worry about.  But just the same, I want to stay around here and monitor it." He hated to turn her down.  It sounded like such a great time in store...especially with a beautiful companion on such a beautiful day.  But he had to prioritize things.  Keeping Arus and its Princess safe was his top priority.

"Really?" Allura replied.  She suddenly became serious. "Do we have any data on it yet?" She now stood up and leaned over Keith's shoulder.  Her touch sent a tingle through his body.

"Nothing really, Princess.   Coran and I just picked it up on long range scanners about an hour ago." said Keith, shaking off the tingle, and focusing his concentration on the cloud.

"I don't like this.  Its not normal at all.  Arus has never seen such cloud formations before.  Especially in space!  What's its trajectory?" Allura added.  

"Right now its 20,000 parsecs from us and its moving pretty slowly."  Keith said. "Not to worry, though.  Coran and I have decided that if it comes any closer to us within the next couple of hours, we'll deploy the lions for a closer look." 

"That sounds fine, Keith.  Please keep me updated on things, will you?" Allura replied in a much sweeter tone.

"That's my job, Princess. You'll know the second after I do."  Keith then gave her a friendly wink. 

"Uh...yes, that's fine, Keith."  The Princess could feel a sudden blush come over her face.  She then turned and quietly walked toward the door of the Control room. As she reached the door, Allura turned to look at Keith with a smile that practically lit up the room.  She turned again and exited the control room.

Keith watched her as she went on her way.  She was very special to him.  There was no denying that.  He sighed heavily: 

"Only wish I could tell you HOW special you really are to me, Allura.", he thought to himself, realizing that he most likely had lost his heart to her forever.  And he was determined to protect his heart's desire

The cloud was slowing approaching Arus. The time was 10:45am.


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