i Miss yOU
The leaves were fluttering down over the grave stone. Hunk kicked a bit at the ground and some moss flew into the air. “So… I know it took us a long time… and an urn can’t have been that comfortable a resting spot… But this one is better right?” The freshly dug grave didn’t respond to him. It was a mound of dark soil, still smelling of wet dust and not yet settle. “You said you liked it here. The new Olkari leader was honored by the request too. It is a really beautiful spot. You got… This tree. A view of the mountain and the city… And you know!” Hunk chuckled a little. “If any teens come up here at night you can totally haunt them!” A tear was slowly rolling down his cheek. He hadn’t been able to stop crying since they had lowered the urn into the ground. It had been so long since The life had gone out of Keith’s eyes. A loud crash, a quick shot. That had been all it had taken. Hunk had heard the noise and looked up just in time to see Keith’s body fly past him and tumbling over the vehicle before he fell onto the ground. “I’m glad Altean urns don’t open that easy. The way Allura drives the castle sometimes… I swear she wants to drive a roller coaster instead of a ship.” It had been a year and time moved so fast. They had sworn to give Keith a proper burial but it had taken them until now to do it.
Hunk was kneeling in front of the grave stone. Vines had grown around it but did not cover the carved stone. Pidge had said something about the Olkari imprinting a command to the plant life not to touch the stone unless they were in bloom. His hand was brushing down the headstone and he picked a little at the K carved into the surface. “We found him!” Hunk was grinning. “We found Shiro. He’s back, Keith. He’s home.” Hunk patted the rock in his excitement. “He’ll be up here soon. He just needs a little bit of time to let it all sink in. He… Isn’t exactly the same as when before he vanished. We are working on it though. Showing him as much love and respect as he really deserves. He is missing you though. I miss you…”
“It was just so… strange. After all these years you know?” Hunk sat with his back against the tree. It hadn’t changed much in ten years and neither had the gravestone. It was Hunk that had changed. He was worn and battle scared. He was sitting down since his leg was stiff and ached when he stood. A lot of what had been the scared and cautious yellow paladin had been stripped down and left a battle hardened young man. “I don’t really know why I thought of it. It just popped into my head I guess.” Keith’s grave had been decorated with smooth stones of all colours. Smoothed by oceans from countless planets, sharp crystals compressed on dense high gravity asteroids, fossils and seashells from the far reaches of the universe and jewels dug from the soil of crystalized stars. “I vividly remembered your shack from back on earth. I could see the furniture you had cobbled together, the wall of research and notes, even your little collection of books and movies from the shelf.” He paused and looked up at the setting sun. “I don’t know why I can remember it so clearly. We weren’t there for long and when we came back it was all covered in dust.”