They knew this day was coming but they all hoped it wouldn’t be so soon.
Keith had taken it upon himself to give the letter to each of the paladins.
Watching as his friends slowly crumbled reading through the tear stained paper was horrible.
The worst part though was when he became numb to the words written by his lost love.
The numbness stayed as they all stood in front of Lance’s room, empty for two months now.
They all knew they had to clear it out and take his few possessions back to Earth, if they couldn’t take his body home, they would give his family something to bury.
It was surprisingly Hunk who took the first step inside.
He was a mess, not eating barley sleeping ever since they lost Lance. He blamed himself but then again they all did.
Once they started it took a painfully short amount of time to box up the remainders of Lances life in space.
Soon all that was left was his jacket laying on the bed where he had tossed it before that final mission.
No one wanted to move it.
It all seemed so final, so real.
A part of them all expected Lance to just walk in and second and make a joke about them all being in his room.
But he never came.
Lance would never come home, to the castle or to Earth.
“Lets… lets do this.” Keith choked out picking up the jacket with shaking hands his heart skipping a beat.
It smelled like the ocean and garlic…
It smelled like Lance.
Keith wanted to bury his face in the scent and just hold on to what he had lost.
He managed not to cry as Shiro took it off him and lead the way out of the castle and onto the beach they had heard about so many times they knew the way by heart.
The way up a little sandy path to a wooden house with a treehouse in an apple tree in the front yard.
The house filled with noise and laughter that would soon end.
“Children go inside.” A woman so painfully familiar yet new spotted them.
Her eyes were Lance’s and they had no doubt in their minds that this woman was his mother.
“Mrs McClain… my names Takashi Shirogane… I knew your son.”
Her eyes widened filling with tears as she heard how her son died a hero.
How his death united a universe against a common enemy and saved them all.
She took the jacket and hugged it close like she could bring her baby back if she wished for it hard enough.
A crinkling noise caught her attention and she pulled a folded up note from the pocket.
It was a hastily written note filled with mistakes and crossing outs. It was clearly a first draft… but the message was still there.
I’m guessing if your reading this I never made it home. I’m sorry I’m so so sorry I couldn’t be there.
I hate that me being gone will hurt you, I hate even more that you may never know what happened to me, you may think I just ran away and didn’t love you enough to come home.
I need you mama I love you and I wanted to come home. God I wanted to come home so badly.
But I have a job to do, but once that’s done’
She was sobbing now falling to ground screaming.
Lance died before he got to finish.
His mother would never know what he had to say to her.
But I’m way he said what mattered.
He said he loved her.
Hunk pulled her into a hug letting her cry on his shoulder.
“We loved loved your son… I loved Lance. I’m sorry we failed him. I’m sorry we didn’t love him enough to bring him home.” Keith whispered tears falling down his cheeks looking out at the ocean wishing he could of watched the steadily setting Sun with Lance.
That they could of had a future together.
But they never would.