@lovelylangst hope this is ok
“Class dismissed.” The teacher called only seconds after the final bell of the day.
No one wasted anytime and instead gathered their things for the weekend glad for the break from the stress of school.
“Oh man i don’t know how i’m gonna last till summer, just this week seemed to stretch on for like a year.” Hunk moaned as he stood up and stretched.
“Dude we just got back from spring break like two weeks ago.” Pidge rolled her eyes as she grabbed her bag before a smirk spread across her face. “Whose turn is it to wake up sleeping beauty?” she asked nodding towards Lance who was slumped over his desk snoring softly and cuddling his maths textbook like a teddy bear.
“Keiths i think.” Hunk chuckled nervously as said boy scowled
“I say we leave him. If the slacker wants to sleep so badly then let him and he misses the bus home so be it.” However despite his words they all knew Keith would never do that and was only annoyed because of Lance’s girlfriend.
“Oh come on he’s a fool in love, he spent to whole of spring break with his ‘special little lady’” Pidge made the air quotations with her fingers “He’s probably got plans with her this weekend too.”
Hunk slowly shook his head “nah he’s working tonight at the restaurant and has booked in for double shifts till monday.”
Keith frowned “seems like a lot, how come your moms letting him?”
“Half the staffs out sick, she wouldn’t let him normally but we’re really understaffed right now.” Hunk shrugged. Since the start of last year Lance had been working at his family’s restaurant picking up as many shifts as he was allowed. For a while Hunks mom the owner had let him figuring that he was just a teenager with too much energy and there was no harm in it.
However after he had collapsed while carrying a flaming desert nearly burning down the place and really hurting himself too, she limited Lance’s shifts to at most once a day during school time.
“I don’t get it, i’ve never seen him spend a penny but he’s always working, he even started asking Shiro if he needs a hand at the garage.” Keith had at first assumed that Lance was saving up for a car to impress his girlfriend with, yet he never mentioned wanting to look for one to anyone. Not even his supposedly best friend Hunk.
Maybe this girl was spoiled brat that demanded all his money as well as his attention…
It wasn’t that keith was jealous… or that’s what he tells himself.
He just doesn’t want to see his friend taken advantage of.
“You know, we could always tail him and finally meet this mystery girl of his?” Pidge suggested looking over the top of her glasses directly at keith like she knew what he was thinking.
“Like i don’t have anything better to do then follow Lance around all night.” Keith huffed crossing his arms.
Pidge rose an eyebrow “do you?”
Keith let his arms drop to his sides “n-no i don’t.”
“So spying it is!” Hunk grinned clapping the two on the back.
“Fine it’s settled then.” Keith sighed as he pulled a bottle of water out from his bag and poured it over Lance’s head.
The effect was instantaneous and he shot up from his seat shaking the droplets from his hair. “What the hell… wait where is everyone?”
“It’s 3pm Lance time to go home.” Hunk was already putting away Lance’s things and slipping his own phone into the bag, admittedly a lot more excited about finding out who his best friend was dating then he first let on.
“Oh man.”Lance frowned looking at his phone. “At this rate i’m gonna be late, erm i’ll see you guys monday i guess.” he waved as he took his bag from Hunk with a smile and ran off smiling.
Keith moved to follow but was held back by Hunk.
“Dude we’re gonna lose him.”
Hunk shook his head as he pointed at Pidge “do me a favour and track my phone, should lead us right to him.”
“Oh you big wonderful genious you.” Pidge laughed taking out her own phone a reading already coming through.
“Follow me to our boy!” She declared walking out the door closely followed by the other two.
To be honest they weren’t really sure what they were expecting to see.
Maybe Lance and some pretty girl at a high end restaurant or jewelry store where he was fawking out all the cash to keep her happy.
However they never imagined Lance to lead them to a hospital.
“Pidage you sure this is right?” keith asked as they walked through the halls the smell of disinfectant hanging in the air.
“It’s where Hunk’s phone is.” Pidge shrugged uneasily.
“Maybe he’s dating a nurse and is picking her up at work?” Hunk suggested a nervous feeling in his gut getting stronger and stronger with every step they took.
“No he would of been at the nurse’s station not in the cancer ward.” Pidge bit her lip as she stopped in her tracks in front of a closed door. According to the readings Lance was on the other side.
“Maybe we should go?” Hunk asked, it felt wrong to intrude on their friends privacy especially when he was keeping trips to the hospital secret.
“Yeah your ri-” Keith was cut off by the door being swung open by Lance himself.
However it was him appearing that shocked the group into silence, but rather his appearance.
Lance was crying.
“Lance?” Pidge asked causing the boy to jump.
“W-what are you guys doing here?” He asked, his voice shaking clearly trying and failing to compose himself.
“We followed you, what’s going one?” Keith asked.
Lance looked down “I’ve got to get to work… ive….” he took a step wobbling on his feet and would’ve fallen if Hunk hadn’t of caught him.
“Lance? LANCE!” Hunk yelled as Lance lay limp in his arms.
“Quit shouting, tired…” He mumbled rubbing his eyes.
“Dude you passed out again! And don’t you dare blame a slippy floor this time.” Hunk glared as he gently set Lance on his feet “i’m worried, what the hell is going on.”
Lance sighed “It’s my little sister Maria… she erm she’s a patient here.”
Suddenly all the pieces fell into place. Lance’s family didn’t have insurance and if one of his siblings were to get sick of course Lance would work himself to the bone to pay for their treatment.
“Why didn’t you tell us?” Hunk asked.
Lance shrugged kicking at the ground “i dunno… didn’t want pity i guess.”
“We could of helped, we could of gotten the money we could of-” Lance started crying as Pidge tried to yell at him causing panic the bloom in the chests of the three of them.
“I know! I know you would of helped. B-but i thought i could do it, God i’m tired i’m so tired i haven’t slept a full night in nearly a year. B-but i wish it wasn’t over now!”
“Over?” Keith asked getting a sharp glare from Hunk who was rubbing soothing circles on Lance’s back.
“I-i… we knew it was terminal but she was meant to have two more years! TWO MORE FUCKING YEARS! Now shes gone… my baby sisters gone!” Lance sobbed curling in on himself.
No one spoke.
What could they say?
So instead they just sat on the ground and held Lance until he fell into a much needed sleep thankful that they decided to follow Lance today especially when they found a bottle of sleeping pills in his jacket pocket.