A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the company’s 10th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff was at 9:39 a.m. EST from the historic launch site now operated by SpaceX under a property agreement with NASA. The Dragon spacecraft will deliver about 5,500 pounds of supplies to the space station, including the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III instrument to further study ozone in the atmosphere.
Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Note: I get so damn exited when I see SpaceX related news! - S
Music filled the room, its upbeat melody resounding through the hallways of the castle. It wasn’t often that the Paladins had enough time off to relax, but recently Allura thought it would be a good idea to give the team a little down time. So Lance and hunk set up a small party in the living room, and recruiting Pidge to set up a type of sound system. Hunk had worked all morning preparing a spread filled with delicious looking food.
The team laughed and talked, the atmosphere light, everyone seemed more relaxed already. Suddenly the music changed, the upbeat tempo replaced by a slow orchestra. Allura’s eyes light up and she instantly grabs Shiro’s arm, dragging him with her to the open space in the middle of the room.
“You must dance with me Shiro! Alteans are fantastic dancers.” Allura gushed.
“S-sure, Princess.” shiro responded quietly, a light blush reaching his ears. You chuckled at the interaction, but the laugh died in your throat at the feeling of a finger tapping your shoulder. You reflexively rolled your eyes, at the cheesy one liner Lance cooed in your ear. Forcing a smile, you turned to him, your drink clasped tightly in your hand.
“Hello Lance, how can I help you?” you asked politely. Lance stood smiling, charmingly throwing you a wink. He was such a handful, how did Allura do this everyday? From the first moment you stepped foot in the castle, Lance had started flirting with you, the only time he wasn’t was when he was too busy arguing with Keith about something. Lance, always so resilient, reached forward taking your free hand in his.
“(y/n), it would be my deepest honor, if I could have this dance.” he proclaimed. The look in his eyes was enough to make any girl swoon. Lucky for you, over the months you had been with the team, you had built up quite an impressive tolerance to Lance’s charm. Gritting your teeth to keep your smile in place, you glance around, searching for a way out, without hurting Lance’s feelings. Spotting Keith across the table from you, a genuine smile formed on your face, as an idea formed in your mind.
“Actually,” you began, gently pulling your hand from Lance’s. “I already promised Keith I would teach him how to dance! Right Keith?” you said confidently sidestepping the table to take Keith’s arm.
“WHat?” both of them asked in unison. You simply nodded continuing to smile, while pulling Keith to the makeshift dancefloor.
“Yup, that’s right, sorry Lance.” you called, leaving Lance confused, while Pidge and Hunk chuckled as his rejection. Out of earshot, you let out a relieved sigh, loosening your hold on Keith’s arm. “Sorry about that Keith.” you apologised, keeping your voice low enough, that only he could hear. “I would appreciate it if you could pretend to let me teach you how to dance, I would owe you one.” Keith chuckled nervously as you guided his hands to your hips.
“That’s actually no problem, because uh- I don’t actually know how to dance.” your eyes shot up to meet his, wide with surprise.
“Are you serious?” you asked incredulously. Keith simply nodded, averting his gaze, blushing in embarrassment. Regret filled your stomach, feeling bad for embarrassing him, you jumped to try and make him feel better. Smiling softly you took a step closer to him.
“Don’t worry keith, I’m a great teacher. And with the way you fight in battle, dancing will be easy.” you offered, placing a finger under his chin to draw his gaze back to yours. A small smile lit up Keith’s face, the sight of it caused your heart to jump in your throat. Clearing your throat you focused back on teaching him the basics of ballroom dancing.
He picked it up quicker than you thought, soon he was sweeping you across the dance floor, twirling and spinning you with ease. You couldn’t hold back you laughter, as he lowered you into an exaggerated dip, your laughter was contagious, as soon, Keith found himself laughing along with you, his forehead resting against yours. Keith brought you back up, smiling brightly, opening your eyes, your gaze met keith’s heated stare. Your breath caught in your throat, his intense gaze holding yours. Heat rushed over your skin, feeling Keith’s hands grip the fabric around your waist tighter.
Your thoughts were interrupted by the sound of someone clapping, no, multiple people clapping. Tearing your eyes away from Keith you saw the team gathered around you applauding your performance. Your blush deepened and you gently pushed yourself away from Keith’s arms, smiling sheepishly. Keith tried to hide his disappointment, clearing his throat he rubbed the back of his neck glancing at you once more as you walked towards the team, glancing back at him long enough to catch his eye one more time.
Seeing you smile in that moment made his head swim, and his stomach feel like it was doing cartwheels. How was he ever supposed to look at you the same after that. Keith nearly jumped out of his skin, as Lance came up next to him. “You totally already knew how to dance loser…”
You know what strikes me most about this scene is the fact that alex is in the most relaxed position of the three. She’s just leaning on the balcony so calm and I think it really shows how happy and content alex is with herself now. In this moment she has both her sister and her girlfriend standing proudly with her and she couldn’t ask for anything more.