Replaceable Part 4!!
The team were frantic, especially Keith. “Why the absolute fuck, would he just give himself up??” They were all back at the castle, trying to find Lance’s coordinates. “Coran, are you finding anything? No princess! It appears the Blue paladin has deactivated their signal!” Shiro paced around the room, eyes wild. “Do we have any information where he could be or why the quiznak he sacrificed himself at the drop of a hat?!” Pidge rushed forward, stumbling slightly. “I don’t know if this will help anything, but remember when I installed new cameras in the castle? Maybe they caught something that will help us!” Keith picked her up and twirled her around. “Pidge, you’re a genius!! Let’s go find those tapes!” The team rushed to their newly installed camera room. Pidge jumped into the rolly chair, spinning and sliding herself right in front of the control panel, tapping away madly. “Okay, let’s start at the beginning of the week. If you see Lance doing anything unusual, tell me!” The team watched the screen as images flickered by, re-telling the memories of the week before. Allura pursed her lips. “Nothing seems out of the ordinary. You’ve got Pidge in the living quarters with her laptop, Shiro is with me, Hunk is in the kitchen, Keith is in the training room, and Coran appears to be working on our map-” “There!” The team sees Lance enter the room with Coran. “Coran, did you and Lance talk about anything?” Coran flushed and sheepishly rubbed the back of his neck. “Well, Lance was talking, but I was so focused on fixing the map, I didn’t really hear what he was saying. I apologized and asked him to tell me again, but he said it wasn’t important.” “Pidge, let’s just watch and see what he was saying. It may help us solve this mess.”
“Am I…replaceable?” They watched Lance pause. “…Coran?” “Oh, I’m sorry my boy! I guess a got a little too distracted with the map. What were you saying? I’m afraid I missed it.” “It’s okay, Coran. It was nothing important anyways.” The team gawked in horror as they watched Lance walk to his room, tears streaming down his face. Coran wasn’t in much better shape. His face was pale with guilt, running his fingers through his hair. “H-he trusted me with his inner most thoughts and emotions..and I just cast him aside like it was nothing.” Allura rest a hand on his shoulder. “It’s alright Coran. You didn’t mean for-” “Shit.” The team turned to Keith. “Keith..?” Keith’s head was lowered and he was slightly shaking. “Shit. Shit. SHIT!” “Keith!!” Keith snapped his head up, tears spilling from his eyes, drilling to the floor. “Pidge, turn the cameras to yesterday back where I yelled at Lance during that meeting!” Pidge gave Keith and nod and did as such. The team watched as Keith repeated the harsh words he spoke to Lance, this time flinching with every insult that was thrown. The tears from Keith’s eyes spilled faster as he clenched his hands. “All those things I said to him. It just confirmed what he was thinking about himself. I made him think that I didn’t care about him, that I hated him, but that couldn’t be farther away from the truth.” “Pidge?” Allura spoke softly. “Can you show us where Lance went after that?” Pidge gave her a grim nod and took them to the camera in Lance’s room. Hunk and Pidge began to lightly cry as they watched the camera. They miserably watched as Lance began to sob, chocking on gasps, and watching him fight for consciousness. As Lance began to crawl to his bed, Keith let a broken, “Cut it off, please. I-I can’t watch anymore.” The team stared at the now black screen. Hunk was now fully sobbing as Keith let silent tears fall from his cheeks. Shiro turned and started to walk out of the room. “Come on team. We created this mess, and now it’s time for us to fix it.” Shiro turned to face them, jaw clenched. “Let’s bring back our teammate.”