After years of rivalry, bitter acquaintanceship, and eventual friendship, the realization slaps Lance hard, hard enough to settle into his lungs and sap his life away. It’s when he coughs up a petal that Lance realizes just how far gone he is.
Keith is desperate to keep up appearances, but things are getting harder. He has to lead Voltron while keeping himself in check. His control is reaching the breaking point, and there may be no turning back.
It’s a male strip club, which means Keith’s never short of entertainment during working hours - especially when Blue Rider takes the stage. Because Blue’s hot - definitely talented - and definitely taking an interest in Keith.
All his life he’d been told to make sure he was never seen – it was what all the children were taught from the moment they were born. Never let a human see you, never fall in love with a human, and most importantly, never kiss one.
“There,” he spoke in an almost-whisper, tracing the outline of the imaginary constellation like a child following a dot-to-dot illustration. Keith watched his movements from his peripheral vision, hoping that Lance was too preoccupied to notice the rapid beating of his heart. “Can you see it now?”
Image: Mike Tyson and
Cus D'Amato in training. (Ken Regan/Camera 5 /Courtesy of Blue Rider Press
On a November night in 1986, a crowd gathered in Las Vegas
for an event that was hyped as “Judgement Day.” At the center of it all
was a boxing ring with a referee and two fighters: Mike Tyson and Trevor
Tyson was 20 years old and hoping to become the youngest
ever heavyweight champion. Today he says he never would have been in that ring
if it weren’t for trainer Constantine "Cus” D'Amato, a man Muhammad
Ali once called “the bible of boxing.” According to Tyson, D'Amato is the
reason he had such a legendary career. Now, he’s written a book about his time with the trainer. It’s called Iron
Ambition: My Life with Cus D'Amato.
NPR’s David Greene interviewed Tyson at his home in Las Vegas.
Keith works in his brother’s coffee shop for the summer, expecting a boring break before college. Lance changes all of that.
The boy is still in the front of the group, but he doesn’t take off his glasses so Keith can’t tell what he’s really looking at – either the menu or Keith. Keith feels a flash of annoyance but smothers it and pins his smile in place.
A summer of dates between a prince and a boy who works in a coffee shop.
“I wanted to see you.” Keith’s eyes widen a little, and he ducks his head, but not before Lance sees the smile tugging at his lips. “This is the part where you say ‘Me too, Lance,’” Lance prompts him, although he’s ridiculously charmed by Keith’s awkwardness.
“Of course I wanted to see you,” Keith says, rolling his eyes.
Keith is stuck in New York City barely making ends meet so he and Pidge can live in a decent part of the city close to her university. They scrape by on the illegal winnings Keith makes in street boxing matches, but his manager, Shiro, decides that it’s time Keith gets a side job. He’s whisked into The Quilted Lion café owned by the woman Shiro’s been fawning over for over a year, only to find that he has more to worry about than his lack of magic and cooking skills- -There’s a waiter at The Quilted Lion who is entirely Keith’s cup of tea.
The Castle of Lions is the venue for the city’s most dangerous illegal street races where drivers come to test the cut of their tires. Lance has long defended his title as champion, but when a newcomer shows up and threatens his position things take an interesting turn.