This is going to be long and emotional so bear with me
I want to thank Mark, Ethan, Tyler, Bob, Wade, and the crew for making the Your Welcome Tour possible. I feel honored to have gone and been a part of the crowd. Everyone was so great and it was just amazing to see.
I’ve been watching @markiplier since the beginning, and it means so much to have seen him and the others throughout this whole journey. Just seeing how far everyone has come has given me just this joy, if that makes sense.
Here’s where the emotional part comes in, and as fruitless as it may be to ask, I really hope one of them reads this. Ya’ll….Ya’ll kept me alive. That may sound overdramatic, but I’m serious. When I moved down to Houston in 2013, I had absolutely everything taken from me, literally. My moving truck was literally stolen in a hotel parking lot in Dallas. All my possessions, all my childhood, gone within the night, to never be seen again. I was devastated. I was already suffering from severe anxiety and clinical depression, and that had just made it worse tenfold. I came to Houston with no friends, no possessions, just the clothes on my back and what little I had brought in a small suitcase. It was really hard–I moved here just before school let out, and I was homeschooled, so I never met anybody until the fall. I was all alone. And I thought about suicide. Mark, your videos were what I literally was living for for a few months there. Every day I’d tell myself that I had to see it through, I had your videos to look forward to. I have so much thanks that it would be impossible to voice them all.
Bob and Wade, I remember seeing you both on Mark’s channel, which is how I was introduced to you guys. Your videos kept me, and still keep me, going, too, and I’m so thankful. Both of you are so wonderful.
Tyler and Ethan, I remember when both of you were first introduced. And I remember thinking just how goddamn awesome you both were.
So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you all. I’m so honored to have seen the show, I’m so honored to have seen you all in person, to see the people who kept me alive and still are a reason I am alive. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Keep being awesome, guys. And thank you again.
I had this girlfriend once where things were getting pretty serious. We wanted to move in together, so we went looking for an apartment. The second one our real estate agent took us to was perfect, we both loved it, so we made the decision to move in. Our neighbour was a really nice guy named Joseph. His wife had left him a few years prior, leaving him alone to take care of his eight-year old son. I always felt kinda bad for the guy. He had this weird accent that was really hard to place.
Comedy about two very different families living
right next to each other: The Lepics and the Bouleys. There are nine seasons so
we can see the characters evolve on a really long time period. Some serious
issues are tackled with humour, like education, how to cope with the death of a
loved one, or how parents react to one of their children coming out as gay, for
instance. Most of the characters are really lovable and you easily get attached
to them even though they can be annoying sometimes. Also, there are some really
funny moments. I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favourite shows ever but I had a
nice time watching it (though, I haven’t watched all the seasons yet).
Trigger warning: none that I can think of (this
show is suitable for children).
Level of difficulty when it comes to French: I
think it should be fine (there’s nothing really technical, the show’s about
everyday life, so it mainly uses colloquial/casual French).
Les Bleus premiers pas dans la police:
A four-season show about rookies in the French
police. I used to really love this show when I was in middle school, and I have
very fond memories of it now, even if I haven’t watched it for a long time.
This show has diversity and representation: a Muslim man (who is one of the
main characters) and his family, gay men (one of them is also a main character),
a bisexual woman (also a main character in the first seasons), and so on. It
also portrays strong female characters (including a woman in a position of
power, from season 2 to the end I think). The characters are very lovable (in
my opinion), and funny. By the way, this show has very funny moments as well as
serious moments (including the scenes showing how the LGBT characters and the
women deal with discrimination at their workplace or elsewhere). The only
problem with this show is that the end is a bit unsatisfying considering it
stopped because it failed to get renewed (or at least that’s what I understood
at the time).
Trigger warning: depiction of discrimination
(for instance, homophobia), and of course the usual warnings when it comes to
cop shows (even though it is far less graphic than most other shows of this
kind, and there are less murder investigations than in most investigation
Level of difficulty when it comes to French: I
think this one is okay too. There might be some terms describing police stuff,
but all in all it’s pretty casual.
Le Bureau des Légendes (ongoing show):
A show about the DGSE (Direction Générale de la
Sécurité Extérieure), which is basically the French intelligence agency
concerning foreign matters. It has three seasons so far and it’s one of my
favourite TV show ever. It’s captivating, I got really attached to many of the
characters (and most of them are not completely good or bad, there are a lot of
grey characters, which is great), and it’s also really moving (especially the
last season I think). One of my favourite thing about this show is its
subtlety: it’s deeply moving, but in a subtle and somewhat low-key way. There
are close to no typical tear-jerking scenes, with sad music and close-ups on
the crying faces of devastated characters. There are really sad scenes, but
they are played out with a great sobriety.
Trigger warning: psychological and physical
torture (nothing too graphic though).
Level of difficulty when it comes to French: it
should be mainly okay, I think. There are probably some technical terms, since
it’s about an intelligence agency, but it should be understandable as a whole.
Also, many scenes are in other languages (English, Farsi, Arabic, etc) and are
subtitled in French, which is really good in order to practise your written
Les Revenants (ongoing show):
A show about dead people coming back to life in
a village of the Pyrénées. It only has two seasons so far, but I’m really
looking forward to more. The show is really mysterious, with a gloomy
atmosphere that I absolutely love. The dead people (who are from different
generations and died at different times) come back to their family/loved ones
(when they have some), and no one understands what happened, including the dead
people. After their arrival, other very strange events take place in the
village. Some characters have very dubious motives and you’re often unsettled,
not knowing what to think of them. However, you can’t help but to get attached
to some of them anyway. This show has some very serious themes like how to cope
with the death of a loved one, death in general, love, family (by blood or by
Trigger warnings: death, suicide.
Level of difficulty concerning French: I think
it’s pretty okay… The show aired on American TV so you can probably find a
subtitled version quite easily, which is pretty cool :D
My favourite French tv show (and even my favourite
show ever). This show depicts the Arthurian legend in a humorous way, and it’s
one of the funniest thing I’ve ever watched. The humour is unique, the
characters are really lovable, and the entire show is extremely creative: this
is honestly pure genius. Plus, the atmosphere evolves from something
exclusively light and funny to something that is serious and deeply moving at
times. The show goes from episodes that last a few minutes to far longer
episodes in the 6th (and last) book (=season). I could go on and on
about this show, but nothing I could say would make it justice. Honestly, just
give it a go, this is brilliant.
PS: Alexandre Astier (who plays Arhtur, wrote
the scenario, the music and basically came up with this entire masterpiece) is
a national hero. That’s all I had to say.
Trigger warning: it’s really funny and you’re
having the time of your life, and suddenly there is a serious/sad scene and you
feel like crying (but it’s worth it)… just be prepared ^^
Level of difficulty concerning French: it might
be pretty hard at first, because they speak quite quickly and use weird
expressions (but then, use these expressions in front of Kaamelott fans [ie a
looooot of people] and see their faces lit up => it could be really
rewarding I think).
Apart from these, all the creations canal +
(Braquo, Engrenages, Cercle polaire…) have a good reputation/positive reviews I
think, but I’ve only watched Les
Revenants and Le Bureau des Légendes
for now, so I only talked about those ^^
I think many people like 10 pour cent and Hero Corp
too, but I haven’t watched them (yet) so I couldn’t include them in the
cleans up after you, cooks for you, nags a lot; he’s basically your second mom
your friends coming over to hit on him
which he’s totally down with; “I’m worldwide handsome, what do you expect?”
your parents wishing you two would get together
you two cuddle sometimes and it’s fine, it’s nothing romantic. just two friends chilling in each others arms,, move along ppl, nothing to see here
you’re his taste tester
so he often makes you stand by while he cooks, so he can spoon boiling hot sauce from the pot into your mouth to ask if he needs more salt
buys you BTS merch
“I better be your ultimate bias” “look at me, I’m everyone’s bias and bias wrecker” “the real visual of BTS taehyung better back off”
you joke that he’s basically a ghost
he’s usually not there, since he’s at the studio or doing promotions, concerts, etc. and when he is there, he’s sleeping
whenever he’s there and actually awake you’re like “who are you? I didn’t know you lived here” “shut up and tell me what there is to eat in this house. are there any lamb skewers?”
like I said, he’s mostly not there but when he is, he wants to spend some time hanging with you. the boys are fine but he’s so Tired of their antics that time with you is like a breath of fresh air
you don’t do much, just watch tv and order take out but it suites you both just fine. he usually shit talks other celebs during that time, so you know all the inside gossip
“wait, he’s cheating on her with the model??” you gasp
“yeah, I caught them fucking backstage”
“well, damn :( he was my bias”
so f*cking loud omg u wonder why you still live with him
he’s energetic and loud (I can’t stress the loud part) for the most part, even waking you up with pans banging or singing in your ear
insists on “roommate bonding time” which is just an excuse to go out, get drunk & bring back f*ck buddies
has the LOUDEST sex
and walls are thin
but he apologizes w pizza so,, there’s perks to that
walks around half naked
flirts w your hot friends/family members but always asks you if it’s okay to make a serious move on any of them. he doesn’t want to cross any lines that would leave tension between you two
keeps trynna hook you up with one of the boys “except Joonie he’s gross” “he’s exactly like you” “exactly”
always texts & snaps you, sometimes about roommate stuff (”did I leave the stove on?” “which brand of popcorn should I pick up?” “did I leave my keys in the apartment?”) and sometimes just to chat
he likes to send you updates about BTS
he facetimed you at the BBMAS and does so just in general, so you get to see what idol life is really like … lots of sitting backstage, tired but running on adreneline, being hungry, etc
your place is the hangout spot. the guys always come over whether it’s to chill or hold house parties where you’re like “let’s not get twisted and ruin the furniture” but uh,, let’s just say you two aren’t getting your deposits back
refuses to let the guys even hit on you; “you’re too good for them. I’d rather hook you up with someone better. do you like Jackson? wait, nvm he’s worse than us”
totally cool w you bringing back one night stands
hell, he slips you protection too if you need it
is also very aware of you when you’re both out, that no one tries to slip you something or take advantage of you
takes you home if you’re too drunk
nurses you as you throw up but gives you hell for it the next day
he’s basically more like your chill cousin than a roommate
proTECT PROTECT Protect at ALL Costs
he denies this but he loves having you dote on him
it’s a nice feeling, to come back after a long day to your food, a warm home and just chill on the couch with you
he feels comfortable around you, talking about his worries or about his day
turns into Big Brother mode if you’re going to a party or if you start dating. no guy/gal even sets foot into that apartment unless they’re 100% Jimin approved
you’re both protective of each other, like siblings, so living together is a joy
super touchy,, everyone thinks you’re dating but nah man it’s just friends kissing friends, how’s that not normal?
will crawl into your bed quite often
brings home food
insists on late night “adventures” to the convenience store, where you just buy junk food and movies on sale
jungkook practically lives there
you keep “joking” that he needs to pay rent but it’s not a joke anymore like seriously u use up all our hot water give us money
he loves having ppl over, not just jungkook lol, but your friends and his other friends,, your place is usually busy and always a warm environment
buys you matching “friendship” outfits and bracelets that legit are just friendship stuff, no dating
he tells you about his crushes (even before jungkook but don’t tell him)
and you two stay up some nights, stalking yours and his crushes, on their social media accounts, having panic attacks when you accidentally like shit from 38 weeks ago
watching anime 25/8
offering him protection when jimin stays over; “but we’re just friends” “yeah right sure. just hmu if you need them”
it took him a whole year to warm up to you though
he was so awkward and shy, often keeping his distance
he walked in on you pooping once and it took two months for him to walk back into the apartment (he’d been sleeping on jin’s couch lol)
now he farts around you
you two rank the fart based on sound, funniness and smell
*choking* *tearing up* “good one (y/n) that’s a solid 11/10″
will blush himself to death if you bring home someone
doesn’t really bring anyone over himself. he’s too uncomfortable w the fact that you’re there to try anything.
doing childish shit like pranks and eating each others sweets
“kook did u eat my green sweets?”
jk, with green tongue: “no, how could u accuse me??”
The official team picture for the Foxes is a mess. Dan and Matt are leaning on each other and grinning(they probably have their faces pressed together what nerds). Allison is back to back with Renee and they’re making finger guns. Nicky has his arm flung across Aaron’s shoulders, who looks irritated (probably because Nicky has to bend down slightly to get his arm around him). Kevin is in the process of yelling at Neil. Andrew is off to the side throwing up a peace sign with an emotionless facial expression.
Meanwhile, the Ravens are all lined up and they’ve previously practiced their exact expressions and the precise angle that their heads are tilted.
You know what I don’t get? Is how you can just suddenly not like a ship. People will go from loving them, being so dedicated to their once “OTP” to suddenly throwing them aside because they found a new ship or they got bored. How does that even work? There are ships I don’t pay much attention to anymore but that doesn’t mean I stopped shipping them, I don’t like them anymore or I moved on to a “better” ship. I question your loyalty? They will be like “oh my gosh they are so real!” to “I don’t like them anymore. It’s boring now.” Like ??? This is the same with people, bands and such too. I honestly don’t understand.
If you create or spread libel about Cory Michael Smith, you should know I find you absolutely loathsome, and that I don’t want you here. Block me, unfollow me; I will be happy to see you go. You are an utterly contemptible person. Leave. Now.
To those who have rebuked such statements: you are beacons of love and respect, and you have been far more patient in refuting this foul behavior as it crops up than I currently posses the grace required to deal with. I extend my sincerest gratitude to you.
Hopefully, this will be my only, blanket statement on the matter, as I believe I’ve made my position very clear.
Summary: After receiving a very rude letter of your ex on the mail saying that he is going to get married. You see yourself not knowing what to do, you can just let it go or accept the help of your hot neighbor and pretend he is your boyfriend.
When your brother knocked on your door you didn’t know
what he wanted but you knew it couldn’t be anything good. Outside of your
bedroom, you can see that your brother is tense “You really need to be dressed
You look down, you are only in Bucky’s shirt but why
does he care “You are married, your wife never borrows your clothes to sleep?”
You asked annoyed and your brother groans changing the subject “Why didn’t you
tell anyone that you are dating The Winter Soldier?”
“Because I’m not, I’m dating Bucky Barnes and why do
you care? What do you want?” You are already sick of this conversation “You are
my little sister, you are lost in life and this needs to stop. Moving to
another state? Dating an assassin? Coming back here for some petty revenge?”
Tony changing his relationship status from ‘In a relationship’ to ‘It’s complicated.’
Complicated meaning ‘my boyfriend and I got into a really serious fight, he moved to Africa with his best friend and now this is happening and I’m extremely pissed off at him BUT I still sort of love him.’
When The Voltron Team are about to escape Prince Lotor with Lance with them, his heart stops. The team is so close to the Castle. But can they save him in time?
Chapter 4: Well, Damn.
Keith had noticed how quiet Lance had gotten when he
strapped him into the seat in the back of the Green lion. But he was busy
grabbing the first aid kit and wrapping up his bleeding hands, preoccupied. But
Lance’s hands were cold, He had been sweating the entire time during the escape
but now he wasn’t. Then Keith looked up from wrapping one of his hands, looking
at Lance’s face and realized he wasn’t breathing.
Keith’s hand flew up to Lance’s neck searching for any kind
of heart beat. Nothing. Lance’s heart wasn’t beating.
“FUCK! Pidge I need you to go faster!” Keith shouted.
“What? What happened?” Pidge shouted her eyes not straying
from where she was flying.
Keith’s voice rose, panicked, “Lance’s heart just stopped
beating!” He screamed.
There was a moment of pure silence before Keith jumped up,
undoing Lance’s straps and throwing his body to the floor. Keith kneeled beside
him trying to remember every CPR class he ever had at the Garrison. Keith
placed his hands over the middle of Lance’s chest and pumped hard and fast
counting in groups of thirty. He was determined, there was no way that he was
going to let this idiot die when they were so damn close to saving him.
Shiro’s voice came on over the comms, filling Pidge’s ears
and bringing her back to reality.
“Okay, Keith is performing CPR. Hunk cover Pidge, keep
anything trying to hit her off of her. I’ll take care of anything in her way.
Pidge, I need you to go as fast as you can! Allura, we’re coming in hot!” He
The yellow and black lions were at her side in an instant
and Pidge pushed Green even further, going faster than she had ever dared to
fly her. Keith’s counting was like a panicked drum beat against her ear. Shiro cut
down anyone who came in her way and Hunk protected her. She had to get to the
Keith kept pumping, pausing a beat or two to check Lance’s
pulse. Nothing. He kept pumping. He looked up, briefly and had never been more
thankful to see the castle and the hangar only seconds away. His arms were
screaming, sweat pouring from his head and silently begging Lance to come back.
Lance’s face was so so pale and he didn’t twitch, he didn’t do anything. He was
just lying there limp. Keith kept pumping.
They were landing in the hangar, Pidge let go of the
controls and practically ran out of her seat to sit next to Keith anxiously
grabbing Lance’s arm. The green lion landed herself in the hangar, opening her
mouth immediately as seconds later Shiro and Hunk were running up the ramp, all
gathering around Lance.
Shiro said something about being on board and Allura created
a wormhole and they left the galra behind. Keith kept pumping. Shiro tried to
take over but Keith shook his head. It was his responsibility just a bit more,
he could do it. He silently begged Lance to open his eyes, to do something.
As if Lance somehow heard his thoughts, he took a sudden
breath and began to cough. They all cried in relief.
“Lance!” Pidge shouted.
“Oh my god Lance.” Shiro said.
“Lance, buddy!” Hunk said through tears.
Keith remained silent, breathing hard himself, just sitting
back as Lance rolled onto his side still coughing violently. Shiro placed a gentle hand
on his shoulder, avoiding the burns on his back as he winced in sympathy. Lance
was still coughing, trying to breathe normally.
“Lance, it’s okay just try to take slow breaths, you’re fine
now.” Shiro said soothingly.
It took him several tries but his breathing did become normal
again. So he just laid on his side breathing for a bit before rolling onto his
back again. He was so happy to see everyone again. Lance smiled and didn’t even
notice that he wasn’t in any pain, too happy to see his friends again.
“Hey guys.” Lance said voice scratchy.
Keith huffed, “Don’t hey guys me! You fucking scared me just
now! Who the hell told you that you were allowed to stop your heart huh?” He
said, exasperated. But there was no heat in his voice, just concern.
Lance looked at Keith, turning his head so that he could see
him with his right eye.
“Yeah sorry dude. Thanks for the save.” Lance laughed
weakly. He raised his hand and Keith took it gently, mindful of the wounds.
Hunk spoke up, “Lance how are you dude? You look like a
mess.” He stated.
Lance laughed a little, “Thanks bro. I’m feel fine I guess?”
Lance said, sounding confused by his own statement.
Shiro felt a jolt going through his heart, sudden panic.
“Lance, what do you mean you feel fine?” He asked, “Be
honest.” There was no way he could feel even remotely fine in his state.
Lance moved his eyes slowly to Shiro whose face was just above
“Like, I’m not in pain. Or maybe more like I can’t feel
anything.” He said, Shiro went pale and Lance was about to ask why when sudden pain
in his abdomen made him choke.
Nevermind, scratch that he was in a lot of pain.
It was a stabbing pain so horrible and sudden, he slapped Keith’s hand away
grabbing his left side and curled in, god why did it hurt so much?
“Lance. Lance!” Shiro shouted, trying to move Lance’s hands
and see the problem. Hunk grabbed Lance’s hands, pulling them away by force.
Pidge grabbed the end of Lance’s black suit shirt and pulled it up. Lance’s
side was swelling badly and a dark shade of purple had blossomed across his
Shiro swallowed the lump in his throat before he began to give orders.
“Lance is internally bleeding, we need to get him to the
healing pod now. Hunk help Lance onto my back, I’ll carrying him to the healing
deck. Princess, I need you and Coran in the healing room NOW.” Shiro was
practically shouting. Hunk grabbed Lance by the shoulders, helping him sit
“Buddy I know you’re in a lot of pain right now but we have
to get you on Shiro’s back so we can get you fixed up okay?” Hunk said gently but
all serious, moving Lance’s body into position. Lance wasn’t making any sound,
just biting his lip and becoming paler by the second.
After some maneuvering Lance was on Shiro’s back. Shiro
started running with Pidge, Keith and Hunk following closely behind. Shiro
could hear Lance’s breathing in his ear, erratic and short. He ran as fast as
he could through the castle, finally getting to the healing pod room with
Allura and Corran arriving from the other direction. Shiro ran inside, Allura
followed behind and Coran stopped the other paladins from entering.
“It’s best if you wait outside. As soon as he is in the pod
we’ll let you back in.” He said before closing the door behind him leaving
Keith, Hunk and Pidge waiting in the hall.
Shiro laid Lance down on an examine table as gently as he
could. Allura helping him her face pale at the sight. It was truly horrible.
“How long was his heart stopped?” She asked, grabbing
equipment as she spoke.
Shiro paused thinking, “Three minutes, Princess.” He
shuddered as he thought that, Lance had been dead for three minutes.
“Alright. He’s lost a lot of blood by the look of his hands.
We need to remove his suit so I can reach his injuries and prepare him for the
pod.” She stated.
Shiro nodded, grabbing the top of Lance’s shirt. With how
much fabric had been burned off his back it was amazing that Lance’s shirt even
managed to stay on. He was about to rip it off when Lance’s hand stopped him.
“W-wait, give me a minute to- to…” He couldn’t really finish
his sentence but he didn’t have to.
Shiro noticed that his injures on his hands and up his arms
were covered by the fabric. They hadn’t bothered to remove it. So when the
injuries healed the scabs had fused with the fabric. So when they rip it off…
Shiro swallowed, it’ll be like tearing off a layer of skin.
“Okay, it’s okay Lance you just tell me when you’re ready.
It’ll be as quick as I can make it.” Shiro said.
“Like ripping off a Band-Aid?” Lance asked, smiling slightly
but his eyes were wide.
Shiro nodded, “Yeah like a Band-Aid.”
Lance’s eyes closed, breathing in and out trying to
slow down his breathing. But eventually he nodded. Shiro grabbed one side of
the shirt, Coran the other and they ripped it off in one quick motion.
Lance let out a scream so loud, Shiro thought he might never
get the sound out of his head. It was the sound of a wounded animal. A split
second after Lance shut his mouth, tensing, the scream muffling in his throat
before it stopped entirely. Lance’s head rolled to the side, limp. Shiro
panicked, checking his pulse and let out a sigh of relief when he felt it fluttering
under his fingers. Lance was just unconscious.
“Oh, oh Lance.” Allura whispered.
Shiro turned finally looking at the paladin’s body. He
couldn’t look away. Lance’s arms and hands were covered in deep cuts that
overlapped one another on every inch of available skin. The cuts stopped at the
bicep of each arm but the skin was angry and red and now blood flowed freely
from the cuts. Coran moved to stop the bleeding as Allura grabbed a jar of some
jell and started putting it on the open wounds. It stopped the bleeding when
the cuts made contact with the jell. Giant purple bruising and swelling covered
Lance’s left side but the bruising continued across his chest and onto both of
his wrists. His skin was pale and Allura couldn’t stop the tears from falling
down her face but continued to put the salve on Lance’s wounds.
Shiro and Coran worked Lance’s pants off of him, purple
bruising on his ankles. His legs looked skinnier than usual but other than the
bruising they seemed okay. Some good news.
Shiro and Coran worked the white suit for the healing pod
onto Lance, waiting for Allura to put the rest of the salve on before shoving
his arms into the sleeves as gently as possible. They sat the unconscious Lance
up and Allura gasped.
Lance’s back was horribly burned and Allura could only stare
at what was left of his distorted skin.
“I-I don’t know if…” But she didn’t finish.
“Princess, you don’t know what?” Shiro asked.
“I don’t know if the healing pod can fix this.” She stated,
hand hovering just above Lance’s back.
Shiro was shocked into silence for a moment, “Wait what do
you mean? The pod can’t fix burns?”
She shook her head, “No, no not burns. This wound… it’s
already healed. Not completely and certainly not correctly but it’s healed. Anything
that’s been healed can’t be undone. The healing pod can’t fix this. That’s why
it doesn’t fix the scar across your nose, Shiro. Because it has…”
“Already healed.” Shiro finished for her. Allura nodded.
Shiro looked at Lance’s back, the patchwork of disjointed skin.
“So… so what? He’ll be scarred? He’ll keep this burn on his
back?” Shiro asked.
Allura nodded, “Yes. I think so, most of it at least. Some
of it might heal but it will remain. He might keep the scars on his hands too.
I don’t know how much the pod can do for him in that sense. We’ll just have to
see.” She said, sounding disappointed, in what? Herself? Probably.
She gently zipped up the back of the white suit, Lance’s
scar peaking up over the suit on the back of his neck. Coran and Shiro carried
him between them gently and placed him in the pod. The glass door shut and
Lance was suspended in blue light. All they could do now was wait.
Keith, Hunk and Pidge waited anxiously in the hall. Pidge
seated next to the door, Keith standing on the other side and Hunk directly in
front of the door his hands wriggling around each other in a nervous dance.
They didn’t say anything to one another, just stood there.
But they heard Lance scream, so full of pain that Hunk tried
to tear his way through the door to get to him. Keith and Pidge stopped him but
their combined strength was no match for Hunk. But they pushed him back as best
“Hunk. Hunk! Wait!” Pidge begged pushing against his waist.
“Hunk stop!” Keith said, pushing his chest.
“Let GO! He needs me! He’s hurt! He’s… oh my god LANCE!”
Hunk cried, tears streaming down his face. But the emotion eventually became
too much and he stopped fighting. But Keith and Pidge didn’t let him go,
hugging him close as he collapsed against them.
“Hunk, they’re not hurting him. Lance is going to be okay.
They’ll put him in the pod and it’ll fix him up. Don’t worry.” Pidge said,
tears of her own streaming down her face.
Hunk nodded and the three of them stayed like that for a
while before letting go. Pidge kept a hand on Hunk’s arm and Keith one on his
shoulder and they waited.
Finally the door opened. Coran stepped out looking pale but
“You can come and see Lance now.” He said.
Hunk barreled his way through the door making a beeline to
Lance’s pod with Pidge and Keith on his heels. Lance was suspended in the pod
just like they had seen him several times before, expressionless but alive.
They looked at Lance for a while before turning to Allura and Shiro who stood
several feet away watching them, Coran eventually joining them.
“How is he?” Hunk asked quietly.
“He’ll be fine.” They breathed a sigh of relief before she
continued, “However there may be some complications.” She said finally.
“What do you mean?” Keith asked confused.
Allura swallowed, “Some of Lance’s wounds have already
healed. Like the burn on his back for example. Even though it hasn’t healed
correctly it is still healed.” She stated, “So the healing pod can’t reverse
“So like if you broke your leg and it healed wrong, it’s
still technically healed. That’s why you have to break it again and set it
before it can heal properly, right?” Said Pidge.
Allura smiled slightly, “Yes, exactly. Some of the scarring
will likely lessen thanks to the healing pod but it won’t go away. The same can
be said for his other injuries. I don’t know to what extent they’ll be healed
until he is released from the pod. However the bruising and internal bleeding
will be healed within the next couple hours. But there are other things that
concern me.” She said.
“Pidge when you downloaded the files on Lance, you sent them
directly to the ship and in the last couple of minutes I was able to look at
some of the data. I haven’t gone through the whole thing but what I have looked
at has disturbed me.” A hologram came up with the 52 files that Pidge had found.
Allura opened one, although none of them could read Galran but Allura explained.
“It looks like for the entire time that Lance was on board
Lotor’s ship he didn’t need to perform any bodily functions… like eating for
example. It was like they had somehow kept Lance’s body in some sort of
suspended state where he didn’t need to perform such tasks to stay alive.” She
“Woah woah woah, not eating? That includes sleeping right?
How can the galra even do that?” Hunk asked, eyes wide.
“That’s what concerns me. According to this Lance was
allowed one hour of sleep per day, sometimes less. It’s a tactic used to create a sort of kinship with the torturer,
making the subject more willing to give up information. Giving him a little
sleep in exchange for cooperation. However Lance never once gave them any
information and never gave them answers to their questions. However this right
here,” She pointed to the bottom of the file, “They describe the process in
which they give Lance large amounts of quintessence directly into his blood
stream.” Allura said.
“What?” Shiro said, shocked. “Quintessence prolonged
Zarkon’s life, right? What does that mean for Lance?” He asked.
“That’s my concern. Quintessence is an extremely powerful
substance and essentially it’s pure life energy. The Balmera can produce it
naturally through its crystals but the substance given to Lance is enhanced,
about three times as powerful as what the Balmera can produce. I believe this
is the reason Lance didn’t need to eat or sleep during his time on Lotor’s
ship. However from what was described, the process of giving Lance the
quintessence was… extremely painful.” She paused, “He would being in pain for
hours, seizing, screaming. This substance is so powerful and to put it directly
into a human’s blood stream…” She shook her head, “It would be like pouring an
extremely hot liquid metal into a thin container. The container would be able
to hold it for a while but eventually…”
“It would melt.” Keith finished.
Allura nodded, “Yes.” She said.
There was a long silence. The concern for their friend was
“What happened once it was in his body?” Pidge asked.
“He absorbed it slowly, like it would with a vitamin or medicine but it’s why he would be in pain for
hours. But I have yet to figure out how is changed his body chemistry.” She
“But wait.” Said Keith, “When I was injured I accidentally
poured some of that stuff on my hand and I absorbed it, it healed my wounds.
Why didn’t it do that for Lance?” Keith asked.
Allura turned looking at him, “Keith, you’re part galra. We
don’t know how much but at least some of your DNA is Galran. Galra can easy
absorb quintessence in small amounts which is why you absorbed it quickly and
it healed your wounds. However Lance is completely human and so we don’t know
how it will affect him, human physiology is rather frail compared to other
species. I can’t even begin to say what may occur, if anything. It is possible
that there will be no changed of any kind but we won’t know until he wakes up.”
She said, sighing.
“How long will that be?” Shiro asked.
Allura paused, “Three days, in your Earth time.” She stated.
“Three DAYS?” Hunk asked shocked, “None of us have spent
more than a couple of hours in the healing pods before! Even when Lance was
injured after the explosion he was only in there for half a day!” Hunk
“Hunk, please listen. Lance is both physically and mentally
exhausted. His body needs to spend more time to recover. However he will be
much better for it. We’ll just need to wait.” She said.
They all looked at Lance, suspended in the blue light of the
pod. All they had to do was wait.