Just wondering, what exactly made you ship Sheith and Plance romantically? Is there any specific moment or it was a slow build?
:O *cracks fingers* I’m ready.
Before I get into Sheith (because it will be long), let’s talk about Plance.
Plance snuck up on me. I always loved the moment when Lance freaks out about her coming out as a girl because it reminded me of Ron/Hermione when Ron says before the Yule Ball, “Hermione. Neville’s right. You are a girl!” I didn’t really care to ship them at first because I’ll admit, it was hard to envision Pidge developing very strong feelings for anyone, but that little interaction always stuck with me.
Then I noticed in S2 the amount of times they sass each other, but they’re lowkey blushing when the other gets it right. I just was like, “HM, that’s interesting.” I really just love the idea that Lance, who is usually attracted to conventional beauty, can have these feelings for Pidge sneak up on him. Someone who’s always there, someone who falls under his radar in so many ways, someone who isn’t “conventionally” pretty. And him just suddenly being hit with that and thinking, oh shit. I love the idea of Pidge being annoyed at Lance most of the time, and him growing on her more and more as she opens up to the team, starting from their Garrison days, and also having a sudden realization of, oh shit. I think Lance could potentially grow in this ship in ways he wouldn’t in other ships. Something about their dynamic and the way they interact tells me that. And besides, let’s face it, Plance would totally be the pranking, meme-r couple with a lot of laughs. :)
(I also became friends with @babsignal and she helped fuel my Plance feels more, lmao.)
And now, a few fics/fanart later, I’m just straight up obsessed. 😂
OKAY. So now, let me tell you the love story of me and Sheith~
So normally, when I watch shows, I don’t ship things right away. It takes some time for the feelings to really grow. (Much like how I am in person, I don’t fall in love with people right away haha) But when I watched the first episode ever of Voltron, I was very 👀👀👀 at the shoulder touch outside of Keith’s cabin. However, I was also live blogging the entire season to my friends and trying to figure out their MBTI (because I’m a Myers Briggs nut) so my attention on my first watch of the season was a little shoddy.
By the end of it though, I still had a slight leaning towards Sheith because of how close and intimate they are. They’ve got a past, a history, and an already established trust. (I did a search in my discord server to find the moment I started shipping them, and I literally said the words, “I’d be really surprised if Keith doesn’t have canon feelings for Shiro??”)
First of all, I gotta say that at this point now, Sheith really means A LOT to me for so many reasons beyond what I see in the show. I love their dynamics, the fact that even if you take it platonically in canon there’s no doubt that they love each other and watch out for each other. Shiro’s the one who calms Keith down and helps him focus. Keith’s ALWAYS the one who snaps him out of a bad flashback and always the one who notices when he’s in trouble. They have intimate moments, whether you choose to see it as platonic or not (sitting by a campfire, long extended hug, Shiro being vulnerable for the first time ever in S2E1, being the person Keith “most desperately wants to see”, etc.) – I love seeing that depth and care, so yeah, I hella ship it.
(And incidentally, I just saw this post, which is basically a nice summary of what I mentioned above, and then more.)
But beyond what’s in the show, it also reminds me of a significant relationship in my past that didn’t work out, except Sheith is like the healthier version of it. Seeing similar dynamics and that deep intimacy in Sheith has actually helped me really heal and move on from that time in my past. Sheith gave me this hope that people with the same dynamics could be healthy and have each other’s backs. It was rewarding for me to write Sheith fics and explore those avenues, and at the same time, emotionally process how I feel about that past relationship.
At this point, it’s just a ship that holds a LOT of meaning to me. Back during Christmas, when I get the most nostalgic about everything, I was writing a lot of Sheith fics and I remember one day, it suddenly hit me how much I’ve progressed emotionally away from that past relationship. Like I legit started crying when I told my husband about it. I think because of Sheith, I was able to allow this deep part of me to live vicariously through them and find my own sense of closure that I needed. That’s the beautiful thing about fiction, and I’ll always hold Sheith close to my heart because of it. <3
So… yeah. tl;dr: Sheith means a lot to me because of personal reasons and I think there’s so much depth there that’s already on screen. It’s a damn good ship, son.