During his time in space Lance has fallen in some pretty weird stuff.
This ranged from a giant yellow slime monster to a floating bubble filled with what could only be described as fluff.
He had accepted that as a paladin you land in gross and unusual stuff now and again.
It was no biggie.
So when Lance and Keith were walking around the castle and he slipped falling into a glowy pond of pink water he wasn’t really worried. Instead he just let Keith help him out and went back to his room to dry off.
A couple hours later Hunk was laying out the food for dinner when he realised that Lance was missing. “Anyone seen Lance today?” He asked only to get a response of head shakes and shrugs.
“I saw him earlier.” Keith replied “but he fell into some alien water and went to get changed, probably just sulking or something.”
Hunk frowned “I don’t know missing meals isn’t like him.”
“I’ll go get him” Shiro smiled patting Hunk on the shoulder as he passed him “I’m sure he just fell asleep or something.”
“Lance?” When Shiro knocked on the blue paladins door only to get no response a seed of worry was planted in his gut.
Sure Lance liked his alone time, but he always made it to dinner and always always answered his door.
Shiro was about to knock again when he heard a groan coming from the other side of the door.
“Lance are you ok?” He asked opening the door.
Lance was lying on a heap on the ground wrapped up in his blankets and sweating.
His brow was creased in pain and his eyes scrunched up like the light was burning him.
Shiro hesitated for less then a second before he scooped the blue paladin up in his arms and ran for the infirmary calling the others on his way.
As he ran Shiro couldn’t help but notice how light Lance was.
“Had he been this light during the castle attack?” He muttered to himself, now having images of Lance starving himself or suffering through some kind of sickness and no one noticed.
By time Shiro made it to the infirmary the others were already there.
“What’s wrong?” Pidge asked only to gasp when she saw Lance.
“What happened to him?” Hunk asked as Shiro gently placed Lance down on a empty bed so Coran could begin the diagnostics.
“I don’t know… he was like this when I found him.”
“Is he sick?” Keith asked.
“Yeah if you.” Lance chuckled as he strugglers to sit up.
“Ah Lance my boy your awake!” Coran smiled not looking up from the computer.
“Can you tell us what happened?” Allura asked gently, handing him a water pouch which Lance took and drank thirstily.
“I’m not sure… one minuet I was fine the next…” He shuddered “It was like my body was on fire, it hurt so bad.”
“Well the scanners can’t pick anything up.”
“You sure?” Shiro asked looking over Coran’s shoulder trying in vain to read the Altean.
“Certain, Lance is a perfectly healthy 15 year old boy.”
“Erm Coran you sure you didn’t read that wrong?” Lance asked with a nervous chuckle.
“Of course not!”
“Coran Lance is 17.” Hunk explained.
“Oh… the scanners have never been wrong before… I’ll just fire it another looksie.” He said quickly returning his attention to the screen.
Shiro looked Lance over while the others were focused on the older Altean.
His cheeks seemed fuller, his eyes rounder and hair a little lighter.
Oh man he hoped he was wrong about this.
“Lance… do me a favour and stand up.”
Lance looked at Shiro confused but did as he was asked.
“Fuck.” Shiro cursed.
“Language.” Pidge smirked, however her face fell into an expression of shock when she saw Lance hitting Hunk on the arm till he also looked.
“Guys?” Lance asked shifting uncomfortably where he stood next to Keith.
He looked to the red paladin for answered only the stumble back in surprise.
He was eye level with Keith.
Him and Keith were the same height.
“I shrunk!” Lance yelled dropping the blankets showing that his normal clothes were hanging off his now skinnier form.
“Not…exactly.” Allura said finally “it would appear… according to the scanners your body has returned to the state it was in when you were 15.”
“See! I told you I didn’t make a mistake!” Coran grinned proudly only to be met with a glare from Allura. “Right right not important right now. According to the scanners your ageing backwards, around a year per hour but as you get younger the rate may accelerate.”
“So what? Lance is going to be a kid again?” Keith asked.
“I’m afraid it’s much more serious then that… if we do not find a way to stop the process then Lance may deage out of existence.” Allura looked at him with an expression of pity.
“W-we can fix this right?” Lance asked trying to keep his voice steady and failing miserably.
“Without knowing what has caused this we have no way of undoing the effects.” Coran explained.
“The pond! Lance fell in a pond before it must of been that!” Keith said quickly.
“Hmmm with that I may be able to figure out a cure.” Coran pondered twisting a finger in his moustache.
“Right team, we leave emidietly. Coran you will come with us to figure out what’s going on, Keith you’ll lead since you know where this happened. I’ll stay in the castle with Lance.” Shiro ordered and everyone nodded heading for the door.
“Hang on it’s my life on the line why can’t I come too?” Lance pouted.
Shiro sighed waving the others off “because Lance it’s too dangerous, now your 15 but it’s already dark out and who knows how long it would take them? By morning you could be a baby… you have to stay here where if it looks like we’re running out of time I can put you in a pod and hope for the best.”
Lance nodded slowly but still didn’t look happy “alright..”
Shiro looked over his skinny frame again not liking the looks of the bones visible beneath the skin. Even if this turned out to be temporary Shiro was going to make sure Lance was well looked after.
“Come On lets get some Dinner before it gets cold.”
He smiled as he lead the way to the kitchen with Lance following close behind, the burning pain already returning as he turned 14.
@bibisarts hehehe I’m gonna destroy you with cuteness!