I honestly just?? Don’t understand this sentiment in fanon that Shiro doesn’t give a damn about Lance?? Like, I really don’t?? When Lance gets knocked unconscious, Shiro is the first one rushing over, is the one who picks him up and holds him and takes care of him. How is that someone who doesn’t care?
And he meant what he said about protecting his teammate. Shiro sets Lane down somewhere where he think’s he’ll be safe before he goes off to fight Sendak.
And when the galra use Lance against him, he freezes–he doesn’t dare risk Lance’s safety, even though it costs him the fight. Even though it means getting captured again, and he’s already endured that hell for a year. Even though he’s only just gotten away. He’s lost his crew once already, and he’s not about to let that happen again
Yes, Lance was clearly hurt bad. He was unconscious for two episodes and needed a cryopod. But you can’t tell me that Shiro wasn’t hurting also, that he wasn’t tortured–and that he wasn’t willing to risk being recaptured again just to keep Lance safe. That doesn’t strike me as someone who’s a bad leader or doesn’t care about their team. And even while Sendak is tormenting him, the safety of his team is still Shiro’s top priority
And I don’t understand this notion that Shiro doesn’t think Lance is capable or a skilled paladin either because??? When the guard at Betra Traz grabs Slav, Shiro was just ready to accept that they’d lost. But Lance was like “No!! I’ve got this!” And Shiro doesn’t tell him he’s being ridiculous, he let’s Lance take a breath and steady himself and take that shot. He trusts that Lance can make it. And honestly, that makes a lot of sense. Because when Lance managed to wake up from a coma and hit Sendak with perfect accuracy, Shiro was right there to see it. He’s known for a while now that Lance is a damn good shot
And in Beta Traz, he makes sure that Lance knows it