"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!

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That evening, Keith sat alone in the courtyard beneath Allura's chambers.  He pondered the events that lead them all to this terrible day.  Was his lack in judgement responsible for Allura's death?  He re-ran the incident over and over again.
Keith had tears in his eyes as he turned his gaze upward once more to the Princess's chamber window.  He felt as if it was all a horrible nightmare.... one he wished he could wake up from.  He just couldn't get the picture of Allura out of his mind....

First her blood stained face, and then how beautiful she had looked lying in the coffin. 

Beautiful and lifeless...forever. 

And her Blue Lion was nothing more then a pile of wreckage.  The engineers would begin work on it tomorrow.  But who would dare fly it now...after the Princess was killed in it?  How could he ever look at the big blue cat in the air again, especially with someone else at the helm?  Even further, why should he even think of continuing in the position of Voltron Commander?" 

"Some commander!" Keith snapped at himself. 

Keith shook his head again...still feeling numb from the whole situation.  It's hard to believe that she was gone from him now.  He still remembered her final words to him, as Blue Lion plunged toward Arus.

"Take care of Arus.  I love you Keith.I always have, and I always wi..."

"Hey, if you think too hard, smoke will start pouring out of your ears." 

Keith turned around to the voice cutting through the thoughts in his mind.  The voice belonged to Lance.  Keith huffed disapprovingly at Lance's attempt at humor conveying non-verbally that he didn't care for itor his company, at this time.

"It's a joke, Keith!  Lighten up, will ya?" Lance smirked at him

Keith sighed.  "What do you want, Lance?" he asked, rather abruptly.

"Thought you could use a friend to talk to."   Lance replied, making his way around to face Keith.

"Oh...so now you're still my friend?"  Keith scoffed.  "After the way you shouted at me, I couldn't tell..."

Lance waved his hand around in front of him, as to push off the incident.  "Nah.  Call it temporary insanity.  You know I didn't mean any of that stuff I said."

Keith stared down toward the ground.  "Could have fooled me..." He said quietly.

Lance placed a hand on his shoulder.  "Look, I was angry.  And I blew up.  You know I do that sort of thing all the time!  I never think before I speak, right?"

"You said it, not me."  Keith mumbled, trying not to encourage Lance to stay.

"Anyway, I came here to talk with you.  So don't try fluffing me off!"  Lance said.

"I can't stop you, it seems." Keith replied quietly again, and returned his gaze to Allura's window.  "Lance obviously doesn't get the hint" Keith thought. 

Lance looked up too, realizing where Keith's attention was.  He took a deep breath and addressed his depressed friend: "Wanta talk, Keith?  It might help."  Lance took a few steps to the right of Keith, toward the Castle. He stared up at Allura's window. "Anyway, I wanted to come out here because I just can't stay in the Castle right now.  I'm too miserable.  You know what they say about misery?" Lance stepped forward, and gave a friendly elbow in Keith's side, nudging him for a response.

"Yeah, it loves company." Keith replied somberly. "But I'd rather be alone with mine right now."

"Nope, can't do that, my friend.  You need company right now."  Lance replied, still ignoring Keith's nonchalant pleas to go away.

The two men stared up into the starlit night; neither speaking a word for several minutes.

Suddenly, it was Lance who broke the silence. "I can't believe all that's happening.  Why did she have to die?"

"I don't know.  I keep asking myself the same question.  Was it my fault?"  Keith asked, suddenly looking at Lance straight on.  Then, he continued  "I can't help but think that it should have been me sending out the signal to the cloud, not her.  And have you noticed, the cloud seems to have disappeared now!"

"Yeah Keith, I did notice.   What do you think happened to it?" Lance said, happy that he was getting Keith to at least talk some.

"I think Lotor happened to it!"  Keith replied, now obviously angry.  "I think somehow he was behind this whole thing.  Another scheme to bring him the Princess again."

"But, Keith, " Lance said.  "Lotor wouldn't want to hurt her."

"Maybe not.  His plan obviously backfired on him!  Which means he's got to be here; somewhere in the area."  Keith's fists began to clinch. 

Keith stood to his feet; suddenly feeling inspired, and started walking toward the Castle.

"Hey, where you going now?"  Lance shouted, bewildered.

"To the control room," Keith replied back.  "If he was around, and had something to do with this, maybe something will give him away!  I need science to help me out."  As he started to walk toward the Castle, he stopped and turned around.  Lance was still sitting on the grass, looking quite puzzled at Keith's sudden burst of energy.  "Are you coming with me, or are you gonna sit there all night?"  Keith shouted at him.

"No way, amigo, where you go, I go!"  Lance jumped to his feet and rushed to catch up with his friend.

"Well then," Keith shouted behind him, already starting to resume his fast pace toward the Castle.  "Lets get going!"

"You got it!"   Lance hollered as he jogged after Keith.

It was going to be a long night.

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