Wait but where are the other paladins in your sharkon au??? Do they rescue him?? Are they distraught about the state he is in??? Tell me oh great angst master pls
Well you’re assuming they’re alive, aren’t you?
:3 ON THAT FUN NOTE
So, Shiro probably got kidnapped at the same time as the Black Lion, ‘cause we’re officially in ‘Zarkon can’t do shit with it, there’s no connection, gotta use what we can’.
At first, there’s months where they try and fail to get him back. If they HAD Shiro it wouldn’t be such a damn problem, but four lions and no Voltron vs a very pulled back/defensive Zarkon that knows they’re coming isn’t great odds. Especially when Zarkon has Haggar jump ship with Shiro to play tag for a while and totally fuck up Allura’s lion tracking. He knows how those powers/how that tech works, so it’s not a perfect solution but it keeps them chasing and running in circles.
Meanwhile, everyone is frantic. Because it’s not that Shiro’s gone, time to move on, it’s that he’s living his worst nightmare and they all know it. 1000 percent goal is to get Shiro and the lion back, and they’re only doing other missions when they’re at a dead end (which is happening more and more often). Not to mention morale is just destroyed. But they survive and keep it together and keep trying because there’s no way they’re going to stop until they have Shiro back or they know for certain he’s dead.
Until rumors start to fly. Rumors of the Black Lion being used - with wings - and of the return of the Champion. Of the destructive force of Voltron in the hands of Zarkon.
The first question is: How did Zarkon unlock that?
The second question is: What does he have over Shiro to force him to do that?
The third question is: What did they do to Shiro?
But with the Black Lion back in Shiro’s hands, and his pattern of attacks to follow, it’s much easier to track him down, to figure out where he’ll be, to break in and to finally speak with him.
Only to find Shiro dressed in finery, comfortably curled in Zarkon’s chambers, eyeing them like who recognized him but that he doesn’t know, that awkward half-smile ‘oh, right, of course, hello’ posture.
Because technically he knows them. Technically, they’re Shiro’s team, his loved ones. He remembers loving them, but it’s a distant sort of thing.
Those emotions aren’t for them, anymore.
Their reaction to Shiro’s polite blankness is pained, to say the least.
With Shiro alone against all four of them, it’s a struggle, but they managed to overcome him and get him back, hoping the Black Lion will follow, and she does.
There’s two endings to this story.
The first is that they get Shiro home, that they fight his struggles and keep him prisoner until they can prove they love him, they can prove this isn’t what he wants. They use the memory technology of the castle to put him back at least close to the right order, and they help him through the fall-out.
The second is that Shiro goes along, and they never see the smile in the curve of his lips through the pain of his reaction. As they leave, Zarkon’s ship prepares a strike, crackling with Druidic magic.
It’s Shiro, breathless with mental pain, that tells them they need to form Voltron.
And that’s when Haggar’s trap is activated. The mental bond of Voltron connects them all to Shiro, to the lions, to the programming Haggar left in just for this purpose.
The strike never comes from Zarkon’s ship. Instead, Voltron goes back willingly.