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Where the Sea Meets the Shore

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After Lance has had some time to settle in at the house Keith takes him out to the shoal to watch the sunrise like he’d promised they would. There’s no sign of Hunk or Pidge and while Lance is disappointed he’s also pleased to have this moment with Keith. They’re both getting comfortable in the grey dawn when they’re ambushed.

“Mamá wants-” 

Lance screams at the voice right behind them, flailing away from Keith and the side of the boat where they’re cuddled up. He hits the deck, staring wide-eyed.

A dark face is staring at them from the edge of the boat. 

“Oh shut up it’s just me.” The tone is sardonic and unaffected by Lance’s apparent over reaction. “Mamá wants to know why you haven’t brought your bondmate home and introduced him to the family.”

Lance heaves a deep breath, flopping back against the boat with a loud thunk. “God damn it Rachel,” he snaps. Keith’s heart is still racing and he flinches as another face appears next to the first, equally as silent as she breaches the surface. 

“You swear too much,” she scolds in the same tone Shiro uses to scold Keith and Lance lifts his head to scowl. 

“Fuck you.”

Keith looks back and forth between the three of them, utterly lost. “Um...hi?” He waves tenuously and the two girls’ heads snap around to him. 

“Is this him? You brought him? It’s that why you’re on the boat? You look funny with legs. Everyone wants to meet him. You didn’t tell us he was cute.” They chatter over one another, wicked grins on their faces as they throw out anything they can think of to harass and embarrass their brother. Keith recognizes the tactic. He’s used it on Shiro with Adam before. 

Lance’s cheeks are bright red. “Both of you shut up!” 

The girls just snicker and Keith takes the moment to cut in.

“Not that I’m not enjoying this moment of familiar humiliation,” he says and Lance shoots him a glare Keith ignores. “But what’s a bondmate?”

Lance blushes, slapping a hand over his face, mortified. He sits up, glaring at both Rachel and Veronica. 

“I swear to the Everlight, Rachel I will cut you apart and feed you to the leopard sharks.”

She bares her teeth and hisses which makes Veronica laugh. She brushes her shoulder length curls away from her face and Keith recognizes the same dimple in her cheek as Lance’s. The other one, Rachel, is the spitting image of Lance.

Lance makes a swipe at Rachel who ducks out of the way and sticks her tongue out at him, hiding behind Veronica’s shoulder. 

Lance huffs, finally turning his attention back to Keith. His cheeks are warm and he huffs.

“It’s…” He bites his lip, rubbing the back of his neck. “I guess the human equivalent is- fiancé?”

Keith nearly chokes. “I’m sorry?” As it is his voice comes out higher than normal.

Lance exchanges a series of rapid looks with his sisters and he actually looks frightened. Keith doesn’t know what’s going on but at that look Keith grabs Lance’s hand. 

“I’m not saying no,” he rushes to say and his thumb draws little circles over the back of Lance’s hand. “It’s just-” He lets out a slow breath, dragging a hand back through his hair. “Wow. That’s a little, uh, heavier than I’d expected that’s all.” 

He slips his hand more comfortably into Lance’s, touching the ring Lance had given him that hangs on it’s permanent chain over his heart. “But I’m not saying no.” 

Lance sags a little in relief, the tension leaving his shoulders. “Good, cause I already gave you my heart. I wouldn’t know what to do with it if you gave it back.” 

Keith brings Lance’s hand to his mouth, pressing a kiss to his knuckles. 

“Pretty sure I couldn’t live without it.”

Rachel and Veronica coo, leaning against one another, drawing Lance’s attention back around. 

“Oh you’re both so gross,” Lance snaps without heat. 

“Us?” Rachel puts an offended hand to her heart, looking at her sister, scandalized. 

“We’re not the ones making faces at our bondmates for all the sea and sky to see.” 

Keith presses another kiss to Lance’s knuckles just to see him blush. 

Rachel and Veronica make the appropriate mocking sounds and Lance swings a foot at them. 

“Oh shove off.”

They both push away from the boat with giggles, diving beneath the water. 

Once they’re gone Lance covers his face with a hand and Keith laughs. He draws Lance in for a kiss.

“I take it those were your sisters?” 

Lance nods. “Yeah, Veronica and Rachel. V is older than me, but Rachel and I were born together.”

“You’re twins?”

“I think that’s the word for it, yes. I’m sorry they ambushed us. They were probably stalking the boat long before we got here. If they hadn’t I would have actually introduced you.” 

“How many sisters do you have?”

“Just the two. And my brothers Marco and Luis. Marco lives nearby with his bondmate and my two nieflings,” he says proudly. “They’re just as much trouble as he is.”

Lance spends the rest of the time they’re out on the water telling Keith about his family, promising to introduce them all one day.