1000 birds

demenior  asked:

I'm sending a few (cheating, I know) so you can pick your fav/one that hasn't been picked. But I want Black Lion!Shiro!!!!! For either: 1, 11, 36, 57 or 98.

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It was a hard adjustment for everyone.

They’d gotten Shiro back.  That had been the important thing, at the time.  Get him back, get the lion working again, make life normal again.  Damn everything else in the universe.

After weeks of work, of studying the strange energy patterns of the Black Lion, using Allura’s energy stores and every scrap of knowledge they could wring out of Slav, they pulled him out of that strange astral plane and back into reality at the same moment the Black Lion’s eyes lit up for the first time since the battle.

Shiro was back.  With more white hair and quieter than usual, but who could blame him?  He’d been trapped for weeks without even a physical body.  Who knew what that had done to him?

Except it quickly became obvious that more had changed than they’d thought. 

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thehouseofthebrave  asked:

26. Shiro. Angst, if you want. It feels like it could work well with super hurt/out of it angst. And I clearly hate happiness.

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As time went on, it became more and more common for Shiro to let his guard down.  It took weeks for him to even doze with the door open, much less with another living being in the room.  Even the mice moving around could wake him on a bad day.  Or he’d let the responsible leader thing drop for a few seconds, cracking a dark joke or goofing off with the rest of them.

Those were the times Pidge liked best.  She understood and respected the need to be their commander some of the time, especially during missions or training.  There was the big picture they needed to be focused on, and Shiro seemed to make it his personal goal to make sure they were always moving toward that.

But Pidge didn’t really want to be a military unit.  Yes, it had its uses, and she couldn’t deny the effectiveness of the hierarchy in the field.  It had its place, but it wasn’t what made Pidge stick around.  Some days, the urge to give it all up and go searching for her family was still strong.  It wasn’t Voltron or the universe that made her stay.  It was the times they were a different kind of family that kept her around.

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The scarlet-banded barbet (Capito wallacei) is a species of bird in the Capitonidae family.
Discovered in 1996 and formally described in 2000, the scarlet-banded barbet is endemic to humid highland forest growing on a ridgetop known as Peak 1538 in the remote Cordillera Azul National Park in south-western Loreto, Peru (mistakenly listed as being in Ucayali, Peru, in its formal description). While it remains fairly common, its range is tiny and the total population has been estimated at less than 1000 individuals.