omg the adorable

YA'LL THIS HEADCANON THOUGH

i just had an a m a zing thought. HERE ME OUT

what if after keith discovered he was galra, his traits start kicking in? i’m assuming that his galra heritage is dominant as fu ck

it’s small things at first, like his ears start popping out and his eyes go golden from time to time

until it gets kinda weird and also hella confusing

one day lance wakes up and showers and all that, ready to train

he opens his door and shrieks so loudly it has the entire team running to his room

cause right in front of lance’s door is a giant fucking elephant-like alien dead on its side. it looks like it was cleanly killed, cause it didn’t have any excess blood or jagged cuts

everyone freaks out with lance who wants that thing away from him as soon as possible

they work fast and soon it’s gone

and lance turns, only to see a really red keith. like. really red. redder than his armor red

keef’s ears are twitched in agitation, and lance resists the urge to coo and stroke them because keith’s eyes are going golden - which is a bad sign

“kei - ”

lance doesn’t even get to finish his question because keith just growls really loudly before stomping away

a few hours later hunk goes to lance and asks, “did you and keith have a fight again? he’s been sulking in the training room and hasn’t stopped growling”

and lance is all “what?? no???? is he okay?????”

the next day lance wakes up and goes to his door a lot more cautiously…. to see a box in front of it

he opens it and gapes widely, what the fuck???

in it is about ten different gems, all unlike any other color lance has ever seen, and he cooes over them, before going back to his room and careully tucking the box away

lance gets to the dining room and sits down. surprisingly keith is the last to join the ohers, stumbling through the door

and everybody notices how his hair is ragged and the heavy bags under his eyes, but the most porminent thing is the giant, goofy grin on his face

lance goes red (holy shit keith’s smile is what he lives for) as keith sits down beside him, tired and worn but very very happy

the next day there was another gift. this time, really pretty and silky robes

of course lance squeals over them and yanks them on immediately, twirling in front of his mirror and loving it

he likes these gifts and all, but he wonders who they’re all from???

fast forward about two weeks later and lance’s room is overflowing with gifts, all more lovely and extravagant than the last

but lance is more worried about keith - cause although the red paladin is now constantly grinning and purring, he’s also always very tired and exhausted

it gets to the point they have to address the issue

they all gather up in the control room and ask keith what’s going on

when he doesn’t answer, pidge goes, “where have you been visiting all these nights? don’t think i haven’t noticed red missing from her hanger”

and keith goes red but he’s still silent

they all ask him one at a time, until finally it’s lance’s turn. he breathes and says, “keith, buddy, please. just tell us?”

and keith looks at him with wide eyes before nodding slowly. they all hold their breath as he finally says, “… i was gathering.”

“gathering?” allura asks. “what for?”

“i don’t know!” keith spouts. “i just - i had to, okay???”

and pidge lights up as she gets her computer and starts typing. “aha! i knew it - i mean, not really, but i had a suspicion.”

“the galra are a very affectionate and loyal race,” pidge reads. “they often express romantic interest in another by courting; typically, courting is a way to prove that they are worthy of the other’s affections. it starts with usually a good hunt, to show that they are able to provide the other’s needs. from then on, they continue to lavish the other with beautiful gifts and trinkets until their courtship is accepted.”

silence.

then explosion.

“you WERE COURTING LANCE - ”

“WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL US???”

but all that mattered was lance had gone increasingly redder and redder, with keith’s ears flattening to his head as he waits for lance’s reaction

it’s not the one he’s expecting

“you… got all of those… for me?” lance whispers in awe, staring at keith with wide eyes

keith hesitates. then he nods

and lance surges forward, pressing kisses frantically all over keith’s face

and keith is purring, l o u dl y, as he grabs lance and pulls him closer

“that’s - amazing - i can’t - believe - love you - so much - ” lance whisers between kisses

finally, they pause to take breath, and keith says, “i still haven’t given you your last gift.”

keith slowly takes lance’s hand and presses it to his chest. and keith smiles, and it’s sweet and beautiful and go r g eous as he says, “my heart. but you’ve always had it to begin with.”

“um, guys, we’re still here” pidge gags loudly

turns out that keith’s genes had kicked in and his instincts had made him court lance, whom he had been in love with since the garrison. it was why he was always so tired - he had been up all those nights getting lance’s gifts

it’s also why he was so upset during the first day; he had taken lance’s shock as rejection

of course, keith’s stubborn so he continued courting lance anyway

bonus:

“hey, pidge?”

“hm?”

“when are you going to tell the others you helped keith sneak in and out?”

“shh……”