Shiro watches as Keith (Keith, different, with long hair in a braid, broader shoulders, and older face) looks around the room wildly, trying to place where he is. Then he closes his eyes and laughs, a soft, disbelieving chuckle. Shiro watches the tension ease from Keith’s shoulders.
“Right,” Keith whispers. “I remember this now.”
Or: Keith from the future ends up in the present. Shiro copes the only way he knows how-- by squashing all his feelings back down again.
- Part 1 of Equalize/Stabilize
“What happened?” Keith asks.
“Short answer? You fell through a wormhole and now you’re in the future,” Shiro answers.
Keith bites the inside of his cheek. It isn’t the strangest thing he’s ever heard in his life, but “weird shit” ends up being a high bar when you’re a Paladin of Voltron, traveling the universe and fighting the forces of evil. Still, it explains the way Shiro looks now— obviously older. It explains, somehow, how he might go from a hospital bed to the Atlas, from a hospital bed to Shiro's arms.
- Part 2 of Equalize/Stabilize