it’s that time of night: after work and suffering with sheith
so let us keep this in mind. when shiro meets matt, it’s pretty obvious that they weren’t the party boys we hoped they would be however! i submit this for further review:
- since matt wasn’t personally close to shiro, chances are, he didn’t meet keith before kerberos.
- he did seem to warm up to keith really fast though what with that “Good to have you along” conversation. no introductions. just “thanks for joining this dangerous mission”.
- keith wasn’t there to meet him with the rest of paladins either because he had already left
- maybe that level of familiarity came from the fact that shiro shared a spaceship for a handful of months with matt and dr. holt (commander holt?)
- there’s not much to talk about in space after the first month or so, and there’s only so much gushing matt can do about his brilliant little sister katie
- it’s to the point that even shiro can point out “hey, wouldn’t katie like this?” or “what did katie send back this time?”
- matt decides to be friendly. stop talking about himself and he puts forth, “so, shiro, is there anyone special waiting for you back home?”
- he swears that their pilot has the softest expression that he’s ever seen - it’s only rivaled by the looks his parents give each other.
- “i wouldn’t say it’s like that, but…”
- it probably is like that. by the time the crew reaches kerberos, matt feels that he’s met keith personally. that he’s borne witness to this fiery young cadet who is all instinct, attitude,
and beautywithout a shred of respect for authority at the Garrison.
- unless that authority is shiro, in which case, there’s respect but it’s mutual and hard earned.
- and when they speak for the first time in deep space almost 2 years later, matt knows “yeah, this is shiro’s someone special.”