Hunk had gone looking for Lance, not too surprised to find him talking to a pretty girl. Hunk wondered if Lance had a thing for tall girls. Or maybe it was just girls in general.
Hunk wondering for a moment if he would on hit on Pidge when they first met if she had long hair like her picture did.
Lance would probably not answer that question, since it could lead to a fight either way. If he said no, Pidge might be offended. If he said yes, Pidge might think she’s only pretty if she has long hair.
Hunk was more interested in all the amazing fruits and veggies that he could wait to try and make a new recipe with.
“Hey buddy, what’s up,” Lance asked when he saw his friend, going up to him since he was striking out with the girl.
"Hey Lance, not much, just looking around while we can" Hunk replied.
“This planet does have some nice sights,” Lance agreed, smiling and looking up at some girls who were flying overhead, giving them finger guns.
"Yeah, it's really cool how high up we are it's like walking around in tall sky scrapers all the time," Hunk agreed.
“I’m surprised that you haven’t thrown up or gotten a nose bleed yet,” Lance teased, knowing he had a thing about heights.
"Yeah, I know, maybe because even though it's high up everyone doesn't act like it high, or something like that" Hunk shrugged.
Hunk and Lance looked up and saw Buteo flying, landing in front of them.
“Umm, hey your majesty, did you need something,” Hunk asked, trying to be polite.
“I was hoping I could talk to you two about something…personal,” the prince asked, blushing a bit. "You two have known Lady Pidge the longest correct?"
“Yep, been friends before we became paladins,” Hunk told him.
“Would you two mind telling me what she likes,” he asked, figuring he should ask the people she knew best.
"Well Pidge like tech stuff, puzzles, and competitive games," Lance explained.
"Pidge also really loves creamy salty foods," Hunk added.
Buteo pulled a notebook out of nowhere and started writing it all down, wondering if he should have his chefs prepare something she would like. He already showed her robots, so maybe some puzzle games?
"She also has a dog right," Lance questioned.
"Oh yeah, she does back home, Rover was also kind of a dog’s name for a robot so she probably likes small animals as well" Hunk agreed.
Buteo wasn’t sure what a dog was, so he just put down pets. She was also the guardian of the forest, so maybe some kind of living plant?
"She also likes flying both as a pilot and in zero gravity," Hunk said.
Buteo seemed to recall that she was enjoying herself when he flew her around. Maybe he could do that again.
"Are you going to take Pidge on another date," Lance asked.
“A what,” Buteo questioned, giving him a puzzled look.
"Umm you know take her out spend time with her..." Lance glanced at Hunk for a better way to explain it.
"It's like a step-in courting someone that isn't with anyone yet" Hunk tried to explain, hoping it was helpful.
“Ah, I see. Then yes, I would like to take her out on a date,” Buteo said, hoping to win her over. He had never really been interested in courting, and her having different courting rituals made it more difficult.
"If it helps, Pidge seemed to enjoy her last date with you" Hunk said.
"Though she kept insisting it wasn't, so she might not know you’re interested in her" Lance pointed out.
“So I should do something to show that I’m interested in her,” Buteo asked. “How should I go about that?” Should he just tell her or would that not be as romantic?
"Probably being straight forward is your best option she's kind of dense about this kind of thing," Lance explained.
"Though just to warn you she's probably not going to be interested in a relationship since we need to leave soon," Hunk warned, not wanting the princes feeling to get hurt.
“I understand,” Buteo said, wondering if there was a way to have them stay longer. Through he could give her a communicator to keep in contact with her when she’s gone.
"Either way good luck with pidge" Lance encouraged.
“Thank you, blue paladin,” Buteo smiled, flying back up to find a gift for Pidge.
"You sure you should be encouraging that," Hunk whispered to Lance thinking Pidge might get mad.
“Just trying to help a bro out,” Lance shrugged, “Who knows, Pidge might actually like spending time with him.”
"She did seem happy after the last time she spent time with him," Hunk admitted.
“And Buteo seems like a nice guy, he might not take it so hard if she rejects him,” Lance added.
"I guess your right" Hunk agreed with a nod, Buteo did seem like a nice guy, and couldn't imagine him trying to hurt Pidge.
“Should we head back to the ship,” Lance asked, having spent most of the day looking around and checking out girls. He had a lot of angel pick-up lines, but none of them knew what an angel was.
"Yeah, we probably should before Allura comes looking for us," Hunk agreed.
Pidge had curled up in a ball near the head of Shiro's bed as she slept, still loosely holding onto Shiro's hand.
Shiro slept better with Pidge near, their fingers managing to stay intertwine. Kuro seemed calm, not bothering Shiro in his dreams.
Pidge stirred awake gently letting go of Shiro's hand to stretch a little.
Once he couldn’t feel Pidge’s hand, Shiro woke up as well, looking around to see what was going on. He looked more well rested than before.
"Hey," Pidge greeted sitting up stretching her back, "How did you sleep," Pidge questioned glancing down at Shiro, happy to see he looked more refreshed then before.
“Much better,” Shiro told her with a smile, “I think having you with me really helped.” He blushed a bit, not sure how she wanted her to take that, but felt like he should say it.
Pidge smiled hearing that "happy to help, if you ever need a nap buddy again, I'm usually free during the days" Pidge offered knowing what it was like... there was a reason she often slept against other people during the day. It made her feel more comfortable to be around others and she had a lot of trouble turning off her mind at night.
“I might take you up on that,” Shiro said, blushing a bit. He imagined sleeping while holding her in his arms, wondering how she would feel pressed against him as they slept.
Pidge saw the blush and misinterpreted it as embarrassment "I promise I won't tell anyone it will just be our secret" Pidge said putting a single finger to her lips in a shh motion.
Shiro nodded, thinking it might be best to keep it a secret for a while, not wanting anyone on the team to think the wrong idea.
"I'm going check up on your scans results, I'll be in the Lab if you need me" Pidge said giving Shiro a smile before heading out of his room.
Shiro smiled back at her, deciding he should do some training to kill time now that he was well rested and Kuro was leaving him alone. He went to the training room and wasn’t too surprised to see Keith was there, “Hey Keith, mind if I join you?”
"Sure" Keith nodded "you look a lot better than before" Keith added looking a little relieved.
“Yeah, getting some sleep really helped,” Shiro smiled, getting ready to fight as some of the training bots activated.
Keith getting into position as well.
“What level are you at,” Shiro asked, having his arm get ready for attack.
"Six right now," Keith replied getting ready for an attack.
The bots came charging at them, Shiro using his arm to attack and defend himself.
Keith doing the same with his sword and shield. Pidge humming softly as she looked over the scans results.
Shiro wasn’t sure what it was but he felt like he was really on the ball now. He seemed to move easier and more fluidly. His mind and body felt like they were in sync with each other.
But when pidge was laying by his side holding his hand. Those nightmares and now Kuro left him be. Getting the sleep, he so desperately needed.
He wondered how weird it would be to ask Pidge to sleep with him again. She didn’t seem to mind and it shouldn’t be to awkward if they just held hands, right?
Even though a part of him wanted to have Pidge in his arms, holding her close... but that would be pushing it, and would probably be too couple like for Pidge's liking.
Shiro decided to focus on the training for the moment, watching Keith’s back and correcting his form when he needed to. “You’re a great fighter Keith,” Shiro praised once they took a break.
"Thanks Shiro" Keith replied handing Shiro a juice box "How’s your arm feeling?" Keith asked wondering how it was after using it for fighting.
“Fine, hasn’t acted up on its own in a while,” Shiro said, figuring that was a good thing. It only seemed to happen when he was upset, or Kuro was, which ever.
“Looks like getting a little rest helped a lot" Keith commented.
The black paladin nodded his head in agreement, through knew a lot of it had to do with Pidge being with him.
"Until we find a permanent fix maybe you should just rest when your arms acting up, if that's possible" Keith suggested.
“Probably a good idea,” Shiro agreed, through thought he might have to tell them about Kuro if he wanted the problem to go away.
Maybe he should tell Pidge first since Kuro's Focus seemed to be on her.
While Kuro had made it clear he had no intention of hurting Pidge, Shiro couldn’t help but not trust him.
Especially with all the lewd suggestions Kuro kept making about Pidge.
“I’m going to see if the others came back yet,” Shiro said getting up, wanting to make sure they didn’t cause any trouble. He trusted Hunk and Lance, but it was hard to know what would set people off.
Luckily Lance and hunk were already back eating a snack Hunk made up in the kitchen.
“Hey you two, have fun looking around,” Shiro asked, taking some of the food when Hunk offered it to him.
"Yeah it’s a really pretty planet and culture" Hunk said "I'm kind of disappointed we don't get to see more.”
“We might need to get supplies again sometime,” Lance reminded, “There aren’t that many friendly planets we can go to.”
"True" Hunk agreed "it would be nice having a steady set of food that isn't the green jelly stuff."
“I’ve kind of gotten used to it,” Shiro admitted, thinking it was better than the food he got while captured by the galra.
"Well, either way I'm sure as long as Pidge is the one asking we shouldn't have too many problems getting supplies," Lance said.
“I’m sure they’d be happy to help us since we’re all working to defeat Zarkon,” Shiro told him, not wanting to think about the princes crush on Pidge.
"Yeah, it's nice to have more allies especially ones with higher tech" Hunk said, as much as he was thankful for every ally they had, it sometimes felt overwhelming thinking about how they were one of the few with a means to battle the galra especially in space.
There was only so much Voltron could do, so Shiro thought it was good that there were others fighting against Zarkon. He has been building his empire for ten thousand year…in Altean years at least, he wasn’t sure how they compared to Earth years.
"By the way Shiro, how is your arm doing, " Hunk asked.
“I think it’s doing better,” Shiro answered, “I felt better after getting some sleep.”
"A good rest can do a lot" Lance agreed.
Shiro also thought he’d do better once they were off this planet and Pidge was away from Buteo.
"I wonder if Allura's back yet, she was talking to a lot to some nobles or something." Lance said.
“Diplomacy is important in times of war,” Shiro told him, “She should probably take her time talking to them.”
"You’re probably right," Lance sighed, "Abd she does seem to enjoy it."
“I’m going to check on Pidge,” Shiro said getting up, wondering if she was still working.
"I'll go see Buteo later," Pidge sighed trying to focus on her work as Allura tried to talk to her.
"Make sure you do, he is a valuable ally and we do not want to be rude to him" Allura sighed "Plus, I think he has quite a liking for you" she lightly teased.
"And I think you’re reading too much into this," Pidge muttered back organizing her files and comparing them.
Shiro happened to over hear them, wondering why Allura seemed to be pushing Pidge towards Buteo. Pidge didn’t seem aware that Buteo was interested in her, despite what the others said. Shiro wasn’t sure if that was good or bad.
“Did you find anything Pidge,” Shiro asked walking into the room, acting like he didn’t hear anything.
"Umm, yes and no, I think I've found what's causing the issue but how to fix it not so much," she sighed, her eyes not leaving her work.
“Can you tell if it has anything to do with my mind,” Shiro questioned, looking over her shoulder to see what she was working on.
"Umm, partly. Your body has a sort of chemical imbalance that's causes your arm to activate but I have no idea what's causing it biology has never been my forte" Pidge admitted, looking guilty because she couldn't help more.
“You don’t need to feel bad Pidge, you’ve already done a lot,” Shiro told her, noticing she seemed guilty, “Maybe it’s lack of sleep, I felt better after I got some rest.” He knew it was a long shot, but didn’t want her to think she didn’t help. “Or maybe my wound from Haggar got infected.”
"I guess that could be it," Pidge agreed, but really wasn't sure.
“So will we be able to leave tomorrow,” Shiro asked Allura.
"Yes, tomorrow morning we will be able to leave," Allura explained.
Shiro sighed in relief, both wanting Pidge away from the prince and not wanting to risk a galra fleet showing up here.
"Which reminds me, if you're done your work Pidge you should go see Prince Buteo" Allura encouraged.
"I guess I should while I have time" Pidge muttered, though still felt bad she couldn't help Shiro as much as she wanted too.
“Wait, why does Pidge need to go see the prince,” Shiro questioned.
"Buteo requested to see Pidge sometime this evening," Allura explained.
"it's alright Shiro I don't mind, he probably just what's to show me more stuff like last time" Pidge explained.
Shiro tried to stay calm, he knew Buteo probably didn’t want to show her anything, but also trusted that Pidge could take care of herself, “Okay…just don’t stay out too late.”
"I won't" Pidge assured taking her leave before Allura tried to dress her up.
Shiro could feel Kuro raving in the back of his mind, angry that he was letting Pidge go alone to see Buteo.
Pidge seeing a servant waiting outside of the ship, the women leading her to meet up with Buteo.
Buteo waited eagerly for Pidge, hoping she would like the gift he got her. What if she didn’t like it and just took it to be polite?
"Prince Buteo, Lady Pidge is here to see you" a servant said opening the door letting Pidge in.
"Hey Prince Buteo, you wised to see me?" Pidge asked walking in.
“Yes, thanks for agreeing to meet with me,” Buteo said straightening up, “I really enjoyed the time we spent together, so I wanted to give you a gift.”
"Oh you didn't need to do that, hanging out and letting me see so much of your robotics and other tech, was more than enough" Pidge assured, not having anything to give to the prince in return.
Buteo was glad she enjoyed spending time with him, but still wanted to give her the gift, “At least see if it’s something you want,” he said, leaning down and picking up a cute cat like creature that seemed to be part plant.
Pidge's eyes lit up as soon as she saw the creature "awe aren’t you a cutie" Pidge cooed, petting the little plant creature "What’s their name?" she asked.
“It’s called a planta-gato, but you can name it whatever you please,” Buteo told her, feeling a little nervous. She seemed to like it.
"I'll have to ask Allura if it's okay to keep her on the ship" Pidge said, gently petting the cat like creature as it purred "hmmm how do you like the name Midori?" Pidge cooed at the small creature.
“It sounds lovely,” Buteo said, hoping the princess would be okay with it, wanting Pidge to have something to make her think of him while she was gone.
"What made you think about giving me her," Pidge asked curiously. She didn't really remember talking to Buteo about animals.
Buteo blushed a little, “I may have asked your friends what you would like as a gift,” he confessed, hoping it wasn’t weird.
Pidge though it was sweet he went to so much trouble to find a gift she would really like starting to wonder if the others were right about the prince’s feelings towards her. "Sorry I don't have anything to give to you" Pidge apologized.
“It’s fine, all I ask in return is that you try to visit if you can,” Buteo told her, hoping it wasn’t asking too much since they were in the middle of a war. But he really didn’t want to have to wait too long to see her again.
Pidge smiled kindly up at him "I'll try my best" she replied "Can I hold Midori?" Pidge asked.
Midori purred and jumped into Pidge’s arms, rubbing its head under her chin, smelling like a flower.
Pidge smiling nuzzling the little creature "How do I take care of her?" Pidge asked curiously, hoping she was low maintenance considering how busy the ship could be sometimes.
“They’re pretty easy to care for, they mostly just need water,” Buteo informed her, “They can eat but they don’t really need to.”
"Will she be okay on a ship, we don't really get any sunlight inside" Pidge explained cuddling the gato in her arms.
“Yes, they can feed of any type of light,” Buteo explained, “They also like warm places. She is still a seedling so she’ll get bigger, but they don’t grow very large.”
"She sounds great" Pidge said, really hoping Allura would let her keep her, nuzzling the little kitten.
Allura was eagerly waiting for Pidge to get back to see what happened, Shiro anxiously waiting as well. He told himself that he shouldn’t worry.
Pidge walked back to the ship with Buteo as her escort, Pidge talking with Buteo as she held the kitten in her arms.
Allura meeting them at the entrance of the ship Pidge rushing up to her with a big smile on her face "Allura can I please keep this cute gato Buteo gave me" Pidge quickly asked looking very excited.
Allura gasped excitedly, “A planta-gato, I haven’t seen one of these forever! …Ooh, but you don’t think they’ll bother the mice do you,” Allura questioned.
"She shouldn't," Buteo said "They are not really hunters, they are known to defend their owners but they don't hunt other animals unless trained to do so" Buteo explained, really want Pidge to keep the pet he gave her.
“In that case, I don’t see the harm in keeping them,” Allura beamed petting the planta-gator, “Have you named it yet?”
"Yeah, I'm going to call her Midori," Pidge replied looking down at the kitten with a big smile.
“What a lovely name,” Allura said, petting Midori, “She seems very sweet.”
"And cuddly" Pidge added, both girls loving the little kitten "thanks so much for her prince Buteo" Pidge said, thanking Buteo again now that she knew she could keep Midori.
“I’m sure you’ll take good care of her,” Buteo smiled, glad she’d have something to remember him by when she was gone, hoping she’d come by again soon.
"I promise I'll take good care of her," Pidge replied looking the happiest Buteo had ever seen her while holding the kitten.
Buteo loved how happy she looked, his heart speeding up as he thought about kissing her pink lips, wondering how they’d feel against his.
"I'm going to show the others Midori" Pidge said excitedly "good night Prince Buteo" Pidge said figuring she would see him again in the morning when they left.
“Good night lady Pidge,” Buteo smiled, noticing the big sly grin Allura was giving him, “Is something wrong?”
Allura waiting till Pidge was out of the room and out of ear shot before replying. "It's clear that you are trying to court the green paladin" she replied with that same big grin on her face.
Buteo blushed, “I hope that’s okay, I know this probably isn’t the best timing to court someone,” he responded. “Do you know if she’s interested or not?”
"Everyone needs a little happiness especially during the hardest times" Allura replied, "I think Pidge might be interested if she really believed you were interested in her" Allura sighed "She's so intelligent but very unobservant about people at times.”
The prince nodded in understanding, “What would be the best way to show I’m interested in her that wouldn’t seem too sudden,” he questioned. He didn’t want to freak Pidge out since he didn’t know much about Earth’s ways of courting.
"The gato was great, but may I advise you just tell her you are interested in her, Pidge seems to respond best to straight forward replies," Allura explained "otherwise she may not believe in your feelings towards her."
“So I should just be honest with my intentions towards her,” Buteo questioned, thinking maybe he could do it tomorrow at breakfast. Should he talk to her alone or would she be more comfortable around her friends?
"Yes though I would advise telling her when you're alone with her, the other paladins are... quite protective of her" Allura explained.
“Thank you Princess Allura,” Buteo said, grateful for her help and support. It would be easier to court Pidge if her friends approved of him.
"You are welcome prince Buteo, and I wish you luck in courting Pidge," Allura said thinking that maybe Buteo could help make Pidge a little happier in these hard times.
Buteo smiled, “Be sure to tell her and the fellow paladins they are welcome to have breakfast before you take off tomorrow.”
"I will" Allura assured.
While Pidge was in the kitchen excitedly showing Lance and Hunk Midori.
“Aw, she’s so cute,” Hunk cooed, eyes lighting up.
“Seems like you’ve got two green cats now,” Lance joked.
"Yeah, though I can cuddle this one" Pidge said smiling, letting the two guys pet her cat.
“I wonder if there’s water cats since there’s a plant one,” Lance pondered, thinking it would be cool.
“Or one made out of rocks or fire,” Hunk added.
"Or maybe one with wings, " Pidge suggested, thinking Shiro could use a cat as well.
“Huh, I wonder why they don’t have animals with wings,” Lance thought out loud, “…Aside from birds I mean.”
Lance shrugged, “Either way, Midori seems pretty cool. Hopefully she gets along with the mice. And that no one has allergies.”
"Yeah, I would hate to give her up, she's sweet and cuddly," Pidge said.
“It’s not like she has fur,” Hunk commented.
“People can be allergic to plants too Hunk,” Lance reminded.
"Yeah, hopefully she doesn't bloom," Pidge said, having bad hay fever.
Keith suddenly walked in, raising a brow at Midori, “What…is that?”
“It’s Pidge’s new pet! Buteo gave it to her, isn’t she cute,” Lance beamed.
"You can't be serious about keep it?" Keith questioned
"Don't worry I got Allura's permission" Pidge assured.
"That's not what I'm taking about" Keith replied "What if the ship gets taken over again, do you want what happen to Rover happen to this... cat" Keith questioned, Pidge freezing while Hunk and Lance froze shocked Keith went there.
"That's not going to happen again, any way the mice have survived just fine" Pidge defending looking clearly upset
"That's because they’re linked to Allura, and we don't have the luxury for you to try a train this pet, Rover was a Galra drone and still didn't survive," Keith countered not realizing how much he upset pidge till he saw tears pooling in her eyes.
"That's never going to happen again!" Pidge snapped at him before grabbing Midori and rushing out of the room.
“Keith! What the hell is your problem,” Lance shouted at him, angry that he would upset Pidge like that. “You should have known better than to bring that up!”
"I was just telling her the truth," Keith defended "I rather see her give up that cat thing then watch her go through loosing another pet.”
“You’re a real jerk Keith, you know that,” Lance snapped, leaving to go check on Pidge.
Pidge having found a quiet place near the two seat pods hanger sitting in the corner sniffling, hugging Midori close to her.
Lance managed to find her, sitting down next to her, “Don’t listen to Keith alright. He’s just being a jerk again.”
Pidge only nodded a little looking down at Midori and petting her, trying not to cry in front of Lance.
“Don’t worry, we’ll all help to take care of Midori,” Lance promised, not wanting her to be upset, “Do you know if she’ll get any bigger?”
"Buteo says she'll get a little bigger" Pidge replied gently scratching under Midori's chin.
“Think she’ll get big enough for you to ride,” Lance teased, petting Midori’s back.
Pidge laughed a little at that "No, nothing like that, anyways I already have a big green cat to ride in," Pidge replied.
“Yeah, don’t want Green to get jealous,” Lance joked, “Don’t want her to get green with envy.”
"Urg, Lance that's so bad, even for you" Pidge groaned.
“Trust me, out of the others I had, that was the least painful,” he grinned.
"Oh wow," Pidge said almost amazed by that sad fact, "Somedays you really worry me," she jokingly sighed.
Lance looked offended, “I’ll have you know my younger siblings and cousins find my jokes funny,” he defended.
"Are they under five years old," Pidge questioned dryly.
“…I don’t see what difference that makes,” Lance said.
Pidge giggled a little "Well I have to admit you are pretty good at cheering people up" she admitted.
Lance smiled, glad he was able to help, “Comes with the territory having siblings, you always got to look out for one another.”
"I only ever had Matt, but we were there for each other as often as we would fight" Pidge explained with a fond smile but a sad look in her eyes.
“Hey, don’t worry Pidge, we’ll find him,” Lance assured her, putting a hand on her shoulder.
"Thanks for that Lance, I know we will," Pidge said holding Midori a little closer.
Midori let out a mewling sound, rubbing against Pidge, her leaves ruffling a bit.
Pidge smiling gently petting her "Will Midori really be okay with us," she asked.
“Of course she will,” Lance assured, “Maybe we can train her to hide if there’s trouble.”
"True, maybe even the mice could help they seemed to be good at hiding when there’s danger" Pidge thought.
“Whatever happens, we’ll figure it out,” Lance promised, petting Midori.
Pidge smiled "Yeah, we can do this" she nodded.
“That’s the spirit,” Lance beamed, “Now let’s go show this cutie to Shiro.”
"Sure" Pidge nodded, standing up with Midori in her arms.
They started looking around for Shiro, Lance cracking some jokes as they walked.
Pidge hesitating when she saw Shiro worried he might have the same reaction as Keith.
Shiro smiled slightly when he saw her, “Hey Pidge, who’s this little guy?”
"I named her Midori, Allura says it's okay for me to keep her" Pidge explained, the kitten looking up at Shiro curiously.
“I guess you can keep it if Allura’s okay with it,” Shiro said, “Where did you find her?”
"Prince Buteo gave her to me," Pidge replied gently petting her.
Shiro’s smile dropped, “…Oh. Are you sure accepting her is a good idea?”
"Yes" Pidge replied tensing up, Lance noticing a putting a hand on her shoulder to calm her.
"Midori can be like a team pet and we can all help train and take care of her" Lance encouraged not wanting to seeing Pidge upset again.
“It’s not that I don’t think you can take care of her, I’m just worried what Prince Buteo was intending when he gave her to you,” Shiro said, not wanting her to be upset either.
"He gave Midori as a gift to me because he liked spending time with me, and he wants me to come visit again when ever it's possible" Pidge explained.
Shiro honestly had no idea of Pidge couldn’t see that Buteo liked her or if she was just playing innocent. Then again Pidge probably wasn’t someone who’d lead someone on.
Pidge saw the unbelieving look in Shiro's eyes "What? is it so surprising that Buteo likes to spend time with me,” she asked dryly.
“What? No, of course not,” Shiro told her, “It’s just that…”
“Maybe he worried Buteo doesn’t want to spend time as just friends,” Lance added.
"You think Buteo likes me, in more than a friend way?" Pidge clarified.
“Yeah…it’s pretty obvious,” Lance said rubbing his head, wondering if she’d be upset if he admitted to helping him.
"That isn't so bad," Pidge shrugged blushing a little, mostly from Lance obvious comment, "He isn't being forceful about it so I don't mind him having feelings for me," Pidge said looking down at Midori, Pidge really didn't know how to feel about Buteo, but he was a nice guy so saw no harm in him having feelings towards her.
“And who knows, he might lose interest after you’re gone for a while,” Lance added, thinking it would make her feel better.
Shiro remained silent, not sure how to feel, but could feel Kuro raging in the back of his mind.
"I guess that's true, and we can still stay as friends" Pidge nodded, figuring Buteo's interest in her was just because she was human or something like that and he would move on soon after she left.
Shiro wondered if that was possible, and when would be a good time to confess to Pidge. Or if he even should at all. Kuro wanted to tell her right now, but was keeping him from taking control. He couldn’t risk ruining the team while they were still fighting.
"We don't leave till after breakfast tomorrow, maybe I can talk to Buteo about it before we leave," Pidge thought aloud.
“That might be a good idea,” Lance said, not sure how much Buteo liked Pidge. They only knew each other for a few days and he was pretty sure they didn’t kiss or anything.
"But for now, let’s get Midori some water," Pidge said petting the kitten.
Shiro decided to let her keep the animal…plant…thing, since it seemed to make her happy.
Pidge looked up at Shiro hesitantly "So you want to try petting her," Pidge offered.
“Sure,” Shiro said moving to pet her, using his flesh arm, worried the metal one would scare her.
The little leaf kitten purring and nuzzling Shiro's hand.
Shiro smiled, glad that Pidge’s new pet seemed to like him okay. He just hoped it wouldn’t make her think of the prince too much.
Kuro swearing in the back of Shiro’s head telling him he better tell Pidge about his feelings soon or he was going to take control and show her how they felt.
‘I can’t even begin to tell you why that’s a horrible idea,’ Shiro told Kuro, not planning on risking anything that could cause problems for the team. Problems for the team meant having a hard time forming Voltron, and a hard time forming Voltron meant fights going badly.
'Then tell her how you fucking feel already,' he snapped back.
‘We can’t risk hurting the team,’ Shiro argued. The whole universe was at state, that was more important than his feelings.
'Ever thought it might make us way closer to Katie,' Kuro questioned.
‘I’m not going to risk it,’ Shiro mentally shouted, not wanting to have this conversation any more.
Pidge gently grabbing Shiro's hand after seeing him tense up "Shiro, are... are you all right?" Pidge asked.
“Don’t worry, I’m fine,” Shiro said with a small smile, though she and Lance still looked at him concerned.
"Come on, let’s get Midori some water" Pidge said changing the subject, still holding onto Shiro's hand with Midori in her other arm as she led them to the kitchen to get some water.
Shiro relaxed a little now that he was in contact with Pidge, following her to the kitchen, not letting go of her hand.
"Just put some in a bowl and let her drink what she wants," Lance shrugged. When Pidge put the bowl down, instead of drinking it, Midori just stood in the bowl.
Pidge giggled a little picking up a little water in one hand and pouring it down Midori's back to see if she liked that.
Midori let out a happy purr, her leaves opening a bit to let in the water.
“That is super cute,” Lance said, face lighting up.
"She is adorable," Pidge agreed, pouring a little more water on Midori.
“So is she supposed to drink like a plant,” Shiro asked, but guessed it kind of made sense since it was part plant.
"I think so, Buteo said she just needed to be water, not drink water," Pidge said.
“She seems to be enjoying herself at least,” Shiro commented, Midori mewling happily.
"Yeah, maybe this could be our daily thing," Pidge said scratching Midori behind the ear.
Midori mewled and got out of the water once she absorbed most of it, looking greener and happier.
"Well, looks like we've figured out how to water you," Pidge said scratching under Midori's chin.
Midori purred, the leaves around its neck standing up, looking like a lion’s mane.
"Aw, you’re like a little loin," Pidge cooed gently touching her fluffed up leaves.
“She seems pretty comfortable,” Shiro said, “Are you going to keep her in your room or let her wander around the castle?”
"Until she's better trained I was just going to keep her around me as much as possible," Pidge explained.
“She could be the team pet,” Lance offered, “Except for Keith since he was being a jerk to Midori before.”
"What did Keith do?" Shiro asked curiously.
“He told Pidge she couldn’t keep a pet and brought up Rover,” Lance told him.
Pidge tensing up a little and picking up Midori holding her close to her body "He was being a jerk" Pidge muttered.
Shiro sighed, “I’ll have a talk with Keith. I’m sure he didn’t mean to upset you, he’s just not good at showing his feelings.”
‘You’re one to talk,’ Kuro sneered.
"Well, I'm going to go try and find some stuff to make Midori a bed" Pidge said hugging Midori.
Lance left with Pidge, talking about knitting Midori a sweater, Shiro deciding he should talk to Keith about what happened.