lance and keith’s birthdays are on the same day but because they’ve lost track of time in space and with zarkon doing his evil no one has payed attention to what day it is
hunk and shiro are the first to realise their shared special day bc they’re both preparing for a birthday gift
of course hunk is preparing lance and shiro is doing keith
they go to TheSpaceMall for it in disguises (hunk barely resists going to Vrepit Sals to say hi)
they only realise that they’re not buying for the same person after shiro buys a boomerang knife and hunk buys a quantum powered water pistol
shiro and hunk get the rest of the group in on it and they decide to throw a themed birthday party
they divide the rest area of the castle in two and decorate each side for each of the boys; keith’s is red with MCR blasting out the speakers and mariokart whilst lance’s is blue playing carly rae jepsen and a zarkon pinata
(neither of them discover it all being set up because allura implied keith was stronger than lanceand now they have to prove each other wrong)
at the centre of the room is a huge, custom made cake by hunk
one side of the cake is decorated for lance and right down the middle it changes to be decorated for keith
they are both completely different flavours that should not mix
coran closes the room for ‘jigger glout’ reasons to hide it
the next morning, on the boys’ birthdays, hunk tells lance he should go annoy keith by pointing out that he’s older than keith
lance is horrified and orders keith be born on a different day, which no one understands but it’s clear lance is angry
keith is just confused because outside a cupcake and a candle with shiro his birthday has never been a big thing for him
lance demands birthday recompense and asks keith for a gift-keith does the same and they quite literally butt heads
but when lance sees the party that’s been organised he’s even more shook-HOW DARE BLACK PARADE BESMIRCH CALL ME MAYBE
but once he’s done being a drama queen the two of them have a good time, keith being the one to eventually break the pinata with his knife and lance kicking no one’s ass at mariokart because as much as he likes winning he likes seeing his friends happy more
lance and keith both turn out to love the cake, both flavours, which confuses hunk because he was certain lance would hate a carrot cake
keith eats carrot cake no one is happy and they all silently judge the way shiro has raised him.
pidge does admit that matt also likes carrot cake so shiro might have just been a horrible influence
a food fight occurs when allura trips lance into the remaining cake and keith gets revenge for “the birthday boy”
shiro makes them share gifts because there are so few until lance cuts himself on keith’s knife and keith almost detonates the entire ship with the water pistol’s firing mechanism
eventually lance and keith sit around talking about past birthdays on the sofas they’ve had whilst everyone else does their own thing
keith doesn’t have much to say but it’s not a problem-he loves listening
the two of them talk until the wee hours of the morning and don’t realise they’re asleep until they wake up covered in a blanket from hunk
the resulting fuss and complaining they make isn’t entirely genuine
I don’t think I really understood the misunderstanding Fitz and Aida convo so I’ve tried to write down what I think each side meant / thought was going on to get my head around it.
Fitz: How could she even look me in the eye? She won’t stand the sight of me at all. How could she stomach it? The memory of seeing me shoot that woman.
What Fitz means: I’m freaking out because Jemma’s seen the monstrous things I’ve done. How could she possibly love me after this? Her opinion carries incredible weight with me (because I love her).
What Aida hears: He’s freaking out because he thinks he’s a monster. Jemma is an example here (one he’s focusing on because trauma) of the reaction he’ll expect from his friends and of his own inability to forgive himself.
Aida: You know the reason that I wanted to get closer to you in the first place was to try to understand what you two felt for each other. You and Jemma. And I finally do.
What Fitz hears: You and Jemma had something really special.
What Aida means: I know you’re sad about your relationship ending but it’s okay because it led me to find humanity (which makes happy because you love me). You may be feeling some kind of loss right now but it was ultimately worth it.
Fitz: Yeah. What we ‘felt’. Past tense. Cause my future with Jemma is dead. Killed that too.
What Fitz means: Our relationship is over because she’ll never be able to forgive me because I’m a monster. This devastates me.
What Aida hears: Our relationship is over and I feel I accidentally ended it in a very brutal way, which I regret. My feelings for her are past tense.
Aida: It’s okay, it’s okay.
What Fitz hears: I’m comforting you and letting you know I understand that you still love Jemma.
What Aida means: You’re feeling sad right now but don’t worry you’ll be happy again one day (with me and the life we will build together).
Fitz: There isn’t room in my heart for two people. You were everything to me.
What Fitz means: I know I loved you in the Framework but we’re back in reality now and here I only love Jemma.
What Aida hears: I loved you in the Framework and now that we’re back my love for you pushed away my love for Jemma. I ultimately love only you, but I’m struggling with the way things ended and having it happen in my brain so suddenly.
Aida: I know. But as devoted to you as I was in the Framework, I understand you better now. How deeply you love.
What Fitz hears: It’s okay that you love Jemma despite what happened in the Framework because I understand what love is now and know how strong it can be.
What Aida means: Now that I’m a real girl now I know how much you love me! And how much I love you! We’re going to be okay.
Fitz: You do understand me don’t you?
What Fitz says: You understand I only love Jemma now?
What Aida hears: You understand that I love you in this reality too? You understand what love is?
Aida: Yes Leopold now I do. It’s sad but beautiful, like a pain that feels good. If that makes sense.
What Fitz hears: I understand that you love Jemma and whilst I’m sad about it, it was better to have loved and lost etc.
What Aida means: Yes it’s a big complex emotion and whilst it’s occurred in a difficult way for us it’s ultimately amazing.
Fitz: Yeah. You understand that my love will never fade.
What Fitz says: You understand my love for Jemma is eternal and you cannot change that.
What Aida hears: You understand I love you forever and want to spend my life with you.
Aida: No, I know, poor thing. You’re a romantic. And there’s only room in your heart-
What Fitz hears: Welp it’s a difficult situation but I get that because of how strongly you love that you will only ever love Jemma.
What Aida means: It’s difficult for you but I’m the only person you love and Jemma’s just going to have to suck it up.
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