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Weekly Voltron Fic Recs #25


Rules: You can find past weekly rec lists here, and non-list recs in my general fic rec tag. This is stuff I like, and I have a huge bias toward Lance, hurt/comfort, and general fluff, in that order. Gen unless otherwise noted. Please comment on the fics if you read and enjoy them!

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The Lion at the End of the Tunnel by Outworld
Words: 3,488
Author’s Summary: Pidge bites off more than she can chew in an act of grand space piracy gone wrong. Aboard a dying starship with few options, she’s starting to think this might be her last mistake until she discovers a certain idiot has done something very stupid.
My Comments: Tagged Lance/Pidge but reads platonic. This is a great action fic with perfect character voices. I love these two together so very, very much.

Truce by kyanve
Words: 42,709 (WIP 7/?)
Author’s Summary: “EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE IN EVERYONE ELSE’S HEADHOLES!” - because that feels like one of a few things that needs exploring.The new team can be a perfectly good one, but the odds of finding any five people who don’t know each other THAT well who’ll be thrilled with being mentally linked to giant sapient mechanical god-beasts and each other is basically nonexistent. It’s a recipe for whacking heads into it, avoiding it, trying to pretend it’s not there, and generally making an already awkward train wreck of a situation more awkward and confusing.Keith as main PoV because I would go insane doing this from more than one PoV and it would turn into more of a novel than it’s already looking like it’ll be, and who better to explore “sudden unasked for mental links to other beings” than someone with abandonment issues and trust issues everywhere *and* a few good big secrets?This starts around beginning of canon and I have parts to clean up and post going all the way through Season 2; it’s weaving through almost entirely off-camera things and side events. Spoilers bloody everywhere.
My Comments: REALLY fun missing scene-type fic with a great Keith perspective. It’s FUN and it does a great job of fleshing everyone out, and there are some truly fantastic ideas. I’m really enjoying this one.

Little Lions by MidnightCreator
Words: 5,111 (WIP 3/6)
Author’s Summary: Lance has a very bad day and his only upside is the comfort from the Blue Lion. The Blue Lion knows her Pilot needs her so she takes steps to be as close as she can be to him. Her actions set off a chain reaction amongst the other Lions as they all step up to be there for their Pilots.
My Comments: SO CUTE. I love lions-as-actual-lions, and this is especially good because the lions just want to make their pilots feel better. So it’s tiny lion shenanigans and oodles of H/C. MY FAVE COMBO.

Masks by TiedyedTrickster
Words: 9,588
Author’s Summary: Everyone has a mask, one that tells the world what character you’re destined to play in life, that tells people who you are. Except Lance’s mask doesn’t match him at all, and it’s driving Keith nuts.
My Comments: This is SUCH a creative and original concept. I’ve never seen anything like it, and it’s so, so cool. Starts out Lance-centric, but there’s lots of other stuff in there too, like fantastic Shiro and Keith and also REBEL MATT. Check it out!

An Unexpected Hero by nerdiekatie
Words: 2,102
Author’s Summary: “You tapped my knife to a Roomba? Where did you even get a Roomba?” Keith starts to peel his knife from the Roomba while Pidge is speaking. “She’s an old cleaning droid I found- Keith, no!” Pidge lunges forward to stop him. Keith just lifts the Roomba above his head, watching Pidge try to jump high enough to get her. “She needs to be able to defend herself!”
My Comments: This fandom has only the HIGHEST quality crack.

our native land draws all of us by SerenePanic
Words: 1,037
Author’s Summary: Coran is many things: advisor, mechanic, historian.Once, he was a father.
My Comments: My heart hurts. I love Coran so much.

De-Stressing by The_Sickfic_Sideblog for pinstripedJackalope
Words: 1,642
Author’s Summary: Keith is very stressed out. Pidge knows how to handle this. Set relatively close after The Blade of Marmora.
My Comments: This is really sweet, and I love how cool and competent Pidge is while Keith is falling apart. She really knows how to get past his defenses, and it’s lovely to see.

Qualifications by The_Sickfic_Sideblog
Words: 1,340
Author’s Summary: Pidge gets dehydrated, and the effects bring up sour memories.
My Comments: I would say “protect her,” but I think her team has that well in hand.

Ice Ice (Baby) by shishiswordsman
Words: 12,707 (WIP 2/?)
Author’s Summary: The Blue Pilot’s shoes become too big for Lance to fill. Literally. (Yes, it’s a kidfic. Sue me.)
My Comments: LOVE. De-aged Lance is quite realistic, and there’s beautiful, amazing art for every chapter, too! I am STOKED for more.

Skirt, Dirt, Worth by ardett
Words: 6,354
Author’s Summary: Lance wants to see Pidge wear skirts and makeup. (But really he doesn’t.)
My Comments: This made me ache, but there’s a lot of loveliness and courage in here, too. Lance needs love and acceptance so much, and it takes some work, but his team is able to give him that.

It Takes a Village by Zemmiphobia
Words: 18,010
Author’s Summary: One decision by an injured soldier changes not only the fate of the universe, but the fate of her young son.
My Comments: Thace/Ulaz. I adore this characterization of the Blade, especially Ulaz as a scientist who is very smart and methodical, but also has almost too much heart and compassion. Baby Keith is perfect, and I was very satisfied with the ending, though I’m happy there are more stories in the series, too.

Lost in the Stars by WingedChickadee
Words: 3,440 (WIP 3/?)
Author’s Summary: They didn’t see him. They didn’t see the lion falling quickly towards the planet’s surface through the debris of broken Galra ships. They heard his shout of pain and shock, but not what happened. Six people all assumed he made it back to the castle, they didn’t notice the missing paladin. No one noticed. Not a batted eye or turn of a head.When the paladin wakes up, he is injured and alone. Now, he has to try and survive until he can find a way home.
My Comments: Oh no, LANCE. This is very well-written and scary, and I really need more.

lost & found by luoup (ravenic)
Words: 7,006
Author’s Summary: The wormhole has been rent apart by Haggar’s magic, and the Paladins are lost.
My Comments: Really lovely little fic. A well-done take on the post-season 1 scenario, with an excellent conclusion that made me happy-sigh.

Under Pressure, I Break by Emerald_Ashes
Words: 2,728
Author’s Summary: Lance was more hurt than he let on after their visit to the water planet where the wormhole spat them out. His injuries are aggravated further during their fight with Ulaz, and then the Robeast. When it finally becomes apparent just how injured he is, Hunk can only blame himself.
My Comments: Hance. I love love LOVE the focus on Hunk in this fic. Though Lance is the one physically hurt, Hunk is the one who needs to be loved and reassured. Lovely little fic.

Go the Fuck to Sleep by nerdiekatie
Words: 1,745
Author’s Summary: He’s glad the paladins only have a low-level telepathic connection. Shiro is one hundred percent sure that if he could everything Pidge is feeling, he would be on his ass. As it is, Shiro has the distinction impression that Pidge can see time and taste shapes right now.
My Comments: I take back what I said earlier. They really REALLY need to protect her. Mostly from herself.

You’re Our Sharpshooter by safety_dancer for spacekidwrites
Words: 1,302
Author’s Summary: My take on how Shiro reacts to hearing Lance call himself Voltron’s seventh wheel.
My Comments: Very sweet little fic. I want something like this to happen so bad.

Out of Phase by LittleWhiteTie
Words: 6,571 (WIP 2/4)
Author’s Summary: Shiro is lost, only able to contact the paladins during their dreams. He helps them through their nightmares when they need him the most, but it’s getting harder and harder to find them as he starts to lose track of what’s real and what’s imagined. He’s losing his grip on this reality, and his sense of self is beginning to fall apart. He’s going to need their help to get back before he disappears entirely.
My Comments: FANTASTIC Post-S2 concept, just amazing. GAH, it makes me hurt, but it’s so lovely. Really, really want some more.

Audio/Visual Quest by Dynared21
Words: 15,298
Author’s Summary: Pidge and Lance have journeyed to a mysterious planet in order to find the technical details to Zarkon’s fortress…as well as a TV that they can hook up their Gamestation to! But who owns the mysterious collection they run across, and will the pair be able to escape with their gains? Or will they end up the newest exhibits of this collector?
My Comments: Really fun, action-packed, episode-like fic. I’m super happy that S2 has seemed to encourage more fics with Pidge and Lance interacting. They’re such a fantastic combo.

Feeling Blue by spitfire00
Words: 2,962
Author’s Summary: Lance is feeling worthless. Pidge reminds him just how important he is.
My Comments: Have I mentioned lately how much I love Lance and Pidge? Anyway, I love the way she just shoves her way in there and refuses to leave. Lance needs a stubborn little sister to love him.

The Long Walk Home by nerdiekatie
Words: 5,488
Author’s Summary: What happens when you get your unexpected and unwanted period in space? What happens when your armor doesn’t have pockets for your inhaler? On a stealth mission, Pidge and Hunk are stranded and forced to walk to the Green Lion. They’re racing against time and their own bodies. Will they make it back?
My Comments: This fic is GRUELING, but I love seeing the two geniuses of Team Voltron being badass and strong despite their unique difficulties.

Weekend Guests by TheBeckster
Words: 6,906 (WIP 1/?)
Author’s Summary: Voltron had been too late. They hadn’t been able to stop the Galra this time. As the Paladins pick their way through a leveled city, they come across a group of survivors and find themselves way out of their element. Everyone except Lance, that is.
My Comments: Fantastic start! I love Lance with kids, and he’s particularly competent and wise and adorable here. The kids all feel like kids with their own personalities, which can be tricky. Waiting patiently for more. (Not that patiently.)

Big Stick Diplomacy by windscryer
Words: 3,496
Author’s Summary: Keith is bad at diplomacy, but he is trying. Pidge… not so much.
My Comments: Protective Pidge! Savage on Keith’s behalf! Everyone is extremely protective, too, but Pidge takes the cake. She will take you down if you even THINK about looking at her family funny, and Keith is her boy.

Previously Recced Fics That Updated:

Hold Up Half the Sky by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
This Is New by TheHomestuckWhovian
bombs and bullets by ashinan
Bromances in Space by ptw30
Handbook of Demonology by squirenonny for Pechat
Blue and Bruised by DizzyBunnies
Playing Catch-Up by 5557
Altar of Storms by VelkynKarma  (now complete, and incredibly satisfying)
Prison Bonds by GriffinRose (complete)
Someplace Like Home by squirenonny
Burning by CranberryBat
Here Stands a Man by awkwardCerberus
Love and Other Questions by squirenonny
Stardust, Silk and Steel by CalicoTomcat
So Here’s what You’re Not Going to Do by BreakTheDawn (now complete)
Stronger Than They Know (The Caretaker) by unfortunatelynormal
A Dream Away by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Chrono Story by Crowoxy (now complete)

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Weekly Voltron Fic Recs #22


Happy Valentine’s Day, Gen Lovers! No, I didn’t do this on purpose. I’m just slow on getting the recs out this week. It’s becoming less every week and more every seven to ten days. But I have some good ones this week/somewhat-more-than-a-week!

Rules: You can find past rec lists here. This is stuff I like, and I have a huge bias toward Lance, hurt/comfort, and general fluff, in that order. Gen unless otherwise noted. Please comment on the fics if you read and enjoy them!

(Not) A Competition by beloved_key
Words: 3,176 (WIP 1/?)
Author’s Summary: Normally, Lance is pretty good at letting Shiro know he’s not feeling his best. Better than the other paladins, anyway. But when Keith issues a challenge on the morning Lance wakes up with a bitch of a cold, before Lance can go to Shiro, well… It’s not like Lance can just back down, right? Besides, he’s not even that sick. He’ll be fine. Definitely. Based on a prompt by whumpcity on Tumblr
My Comments: SUCH a well-written sickfic, ahhh, I love it. Everyone is in character, and Lance is a dumb teenage boy, but oh my, I do love him. I have the feeling this is just getting started, and I can’t wait for more.

Usual by temporalgambit
Words: 1,953
Author’s Summary:  A pit stop on an unfamiliar planet brings unintended consequences. Allura runs damage control.
My Comments: All the paladins are sick! And apparently Alteans don’t get colds, so Allura is VERY concerned. Extremely cute and fluffy.

Collision Course by winterysomnium
Words: 5,342
Author’s Summary: Keith gets adopted by the Galra empire rebellion, basically.
My Comments: SUCH A GOOD AU. I am all for any fic where Keith gets adopted, by as many people as possible, please. Based on that “Dads of Marmora” art you’ve probably seen, and if you haven’t, you’re missing out. I love the conclusion.

A Tale of Space Cake by imagymnasia
Words: 2,793
Author’s Summary: Hunk’s got a surprise for the Castle of Lions gang– one the Alteans aren’t too sure about.
My Comments: Hunk is the cutest and the sweetest and the best. It’s so nice to see everyone so happy, too, and the ending was perfect. Hunk and Allura!

Scattered by avidbeader
Words: 27,974 (WIP 11/?)
Author’s Summary: Separated by Haggar’s parting shot, the Alteans and their new Paladins must regroup and find one another across the galaxies. Along the way, they will discover tragedy, treachery, and hope. Season 2 AU, no ships.
My Comments: Really good action fic following the Season 1 finale. I got sucked into all of the paladins’ separate adventures really quickly, and it’s so satisfying to watch them slowly reunite. I’m really worried about Keith, though.

We’re Onto Something by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Words: 3,269
Author’s Summary: Over their years of friendship, Lance and Hunk slept pressed together many times. All that changed were the places. Until things did change.
My Comments: Sweet, fluffy Hance. This is exactly how it would go for them, just a sweet slow slide from casual friendship to something not quite so casual.

Shook the Bones of Me by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Words: 2,295
Author’s Summary: Little things begin to add up, until Shiro is forced to face another change about himself. From a request on Tumblr: Shiro has a metal skeleton.
My Comments: The title is completely appropriate. This is sad and horrific, not in a blood and gore way, but in a fundamental violation kind of way. Poor Shiro. I really liked the ending, though. Powerful stuff.

and every color illuminates by contagionangel
Words: 14,881
Author’s Summary: In a reality without Shiro’s dramatic escape and crash, how might the other pilots find the blue lion? Keith as a twenty-year-old dropout who’s left society to be an amateur archaeologist out of a desert shack. Three of the Garrison’s remaining best and brightest invade his life, in a way that’s great and kind of terrible. He makes the best life choices he can, and they get him to space. (Same AU as “your sacred stars won’t be guiding you”, but can be read on its own.)
My Comments: Pre-Polydins. This fic is insanely beautiful. I love how everyone slowly becomes incredibly important to each other, and I love their separate journeys of learning and understanding. I love that they had time to PREPARE. Still want more in this ‘verse, though. They’re not complete until they have Shiro with them. A fundamental puzzle piece is missing, and it itches.

A Name Is a Powerful Thing by windscryer
Words: 2,221
Author’s Summary: Green wants to know why her Paladin has more than one name and ends up learning how her Paladin came to her from so far away.
My Comments: What a lovely, satisfying fic. I love the green lion’s voice in this, and how she and Pidge/Katie communicate. The curious kitty and the curious paladin–they’re beautiful together.

Aftermath by tristen84
Words: 1,975
Author’s Summary: After his ordeal at the Blade of Marmora base, Keith turns out to be in worse shape than he thought. Hunk and Lance try to help.
My Comments: I believe there was a call for more post-ep 8 Keith whump? Yes, it is here. I especially like that it’s Lance and Hunk who do the supporting in this one.

Lost and Found by LittleWhiteTie
Words: 4,030
Author’s Summary: “Keith?” Shiro’s voice is barely a whisper, hoarse and wavering with disbelief. Conflicting emotions seize Keith’s heart at the sound of Shiro’s voice: utter relief in that they’ve finally found him; sheer horror in that they’ve found him here.
My Comments: Mild Sheith. What Shiro went through in this one is absolutely brutal and horrific, but at least we’re focused on the rescue and hugging afterward. Very good, protective Keith here. Shiro deserves to be protected and comforted, especially after something so harrowing.

Previously Recced Fics That Updated:
Road Trip to End Times by VelkynKarma
Someplace Like Home by squirenonny
Aid by Haurvatat
Thread the Needle by Emerald_Ashes
bombs and bullets by ashinan
One Week to Say Goodbye by squirenonny
how to win friends, influence people, and form voltron by brosura
Love and Other Questions by squirenonny
Silver Lining by HeIsSoBlue
Where No One Goes by earthstar
The Size Of Our Actions by buttered_onions
Remember Me For Centuries by 0bviousLeigh (now complete)

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Weekly Voltron Fic Recs #13


Rules: You can find past rec lists here. This is stuff I like, and I have a huge bias toward Lance, hurt/comfort, and general fluff, in that order. Gen unless otherwise noted. Please comment on the fics if you read and enjoy them! I’ve noticed a trend of comments dropping off lately. Gen writers need your support!

bombs and bullets by ashinan
Words:  2,509 (WIP 1/25)
Author’s Summary: A failed exploration mission leaves Garrison Cadets Lance and Hunk stranded on the outskirts of Galra controlled space. Forced to find new careers to survive, Lance takes up bounty hunting to make ends meet. Three years, a flawless record, and still not enough coin to speak of makes the newest bounty mission impossible to turn down. A one-way ticket back to Earth is nearly too good to be true. Lance can’t say no. Apprehend fugitive 117-9875. How hard can that be?
My Comments: EPIC HANCE! EPIC HANCE! ::bangs fists on the table:: I didn’t know how much I wanted this story until it fell into my lap. Sniper AU? Focus on Lance and Hunk? Written by ashinan? SIGN ME UP, I AM DOWN. The prologue was already terrific and exciting and heartbreaking and awful, and yeah, I can’t wait for more.

Kerberos did (not) succeed by GemmaRose
Words: 3,451 (WIP 3/6)
Author’s Summary: After the return of the Kerberos mission, things go back to normal. Samuel continues to teach at the Garrison, Shiro continues to come around for dinner at least once a week, Matt continues to be a nerd. But Katie can’t shake the feeling that something’s wrong, that nothing is continuing at all. That the three people who came back from the mission are not the three people who left.
My Comments: Golly, this is such an interesting AU. The mystery is disturbing and intriguing, and Katie is a delightfully sharp protagonist. I really, really want to know what’s going on.

Waltz with Me by eggs_and_toast
Words: 5,069 (WIP 2/5)
Author’s Summary: The paladins find themselves in a Christmas fantasy. Basically, a Nutcracker AU. Updating every Saturday, with the last chapter on Christmas Eve!
My Comments: You all know how I feel about deaged fics. AND LOOK IT’S ALL OF THEM. I am overcome with awww. Everyone is adorable, but the personalities still translate. This is a happy place.

It’s Called Bonding, Gunderson by squirenonny for toondoon1010
Words: 2,624
Author’s Summary: How things never change even when everything’s changing. Or: Lance and Hunk bully Pidge into having a movie night at the Garrison, then continue the tradition in the Castle of Lions.
My Comments: Holy quiznak, I love the Garrison Trio. And here they are with Lance hounding Pidge to eat her veggies, and then a bad movie night, and then it continues in space. I just love them so much, and their interactions are beyond delightful in this.

Resting Potential (The Road to Recovery) by LittleWhiteTie
Words: 4,634
Author’s Summary: Shiro’s struggle with PTSD has gotten worse. His ability to function as a paladin and a leader is compromised, putting them all at risk. The team is forced to make a difficult decision.
My Comments: This is heartbreaking but realistic. Sometimes, you just have to stop. I think the moment that really made the fic for me was Shiro’s relief. Just…yeah. Poor guy. I would read something much longer with this premise.

All The Stars In The Universe by jamwrites
Words: 7,045
Author’s Summary: After being rescued from capture by the Galra Empire, Lance isn’t the same. He’s silent. Reserved. Broken. But Keith won’t accept this; every night, he comes to talk to Lance. Every night, he attempts to fix what is broken, and tonight may be his last chance.
My Comments: Mm, yeah, hurt/comfort, this is the good stuff. THE GOOD STUFF. I was really touched by Keith’s tenacity and Lance’s courage, after all he’d been through, to still reach out the only way he could. Klance.

Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Quiznak by CyanideStungun for dinolaur
Words: 1,201
Author’s Summary: It’s the first day of December on Earth, and Lance’s time has come….
My Comments: Holy moly, this is cute. I unreservedly accept the headcanon that Lance is a Christmas nerd and his infectious jollity cannot be stopped, it can only be embraced. Let them be happy in space.

An Echo of Thunder by WashiPuppy
Words: 6,934
Author’s Summary: Good thing Lance has a plan. Okay, the second part of the plan had a few holes. It was a work-in-progress. Keith didn’t need to know that though.
My Comments: HOLY EVERYTHING BATMAN I LOVE THIS FIC SO MUCH. I can’t even…I don’t want to spoil it! Just, okay, Lance and Keith are in trouble, right, and they both want to protect each other, isn’t that adorable, but THE LIONS. RED AND ALSO BLUE. Read it read it read it. If you read nothing else on the list this week, read this one. It made me SO happy. Fave. Fave of all time.

If You Give it a Name by yet_intrepid
Words: 1,239
Author’s Summary: “It’s only the best of the best and the worst of the worst who get assigned to death matches. Till now, Shiro has managed to avoid either designation, but his heart still flutters as he checks the chart.” (Shiro Week, day two: Champion / Leadership.)
My Comments: Oh man. This one broke my heart. Like actual pieces on the floor. Read it, but prepare yourself for incredible pain. Also read the rest of this author’s stuff for Shiro week. It’s all really, really good.

Engine Won’t Turn by yet_intrepid
Words: 6,001 (WIP 3/?)
Author’s Summary: Day Seven of Shiro Week: AU. Shiro, after a serious injury to his arm, is retired from the arena and sent to a work camp. He’d look for the Holts, but he’s a little preoccupied working long shifts with heavy machinery while infection slowly takes hold. (This fic may gain a “graphic depictions of violence” warning in future chapters. Tags and characters will be updated.)
My Comments: I have to rec this fic in particular because it is SO painful and SO good. Agh. This author is so good. Makes my heart hurt so much. It’s fabulous.

Payback Is A Team Effort by earthstar
Words: 5,576
Author’s Summary: Keith and Allura don’t know each other very well, but there’s nothing like planning a prank to start creating a strong bond.
My Comments: Written as possible Kallura, but can be read as gen. This is ADORABLE. I love the slow, tentative way they get to know each other, then decide to team up to get back at Lance. Very cute, fun fic.

Previously Recced Fics That Updated This Week:

When Rome’s in Ruins by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Another Word for Never by squirenonny (NOW COMPLETE. If you were waiting to read it, do it now. Gah, this is epic.)
The Size Of Our Actions by buttered_onions
Beast You’ve Made of Me by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Allura and Her Paladins by Cutekittenlady
Bundle in Blankets by KnightNuraStar
Empty Shell Inside Of Me by infiniterhapsody, vagrantBreath
Beautiful Minds by PotatoBender

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Weekly Voltron Fic Recs #11


Goodness, it’s been three months since I started this (skipped a week in there–if I hadn’t this would be week 12). I thought I would get tired and quit, but I HAVEN’T. So here. Live from my basement, it’s Saturday Night Voltron Fic Recs.  You can find past rec lists here. As always, this is stuff I like, and I have a huge bias toward Lance, hurt/comfort, and general fluff. In that order. Gen unless otherwise noted.

There is a lot of h/c this week, fair warning. Yes, yes, I did go looking for it on purpose. Gotta scratch that itch.

Searching for the Supernatural in All the Wrong Places by isabeau25
Words: 3,266
Author’s Summary: Keith, Pidge, and Hunk are sure ghosts exist. They just have to prove it. Their campus librarian may or may not be helpful to that end.
My Comments: This fic really surprised me with how much I loved it. I don’t want to spoil it with telling you why, because part of the fun is just reading and discovering what’s going on along the way. But yeah, it’s super adorable. And Lance! He’s so good! And Shiro shows up at the end and is also adorable, and golly, I would happily read a 100k fic set in this AU.

Empty Shell Inside Of Me by infiniterhapsody, vagrantBreath
Words: 7,180 (WIP)
Author’s Summary: After a mission, Lance is acting strange. Spacing out, taking a while to respond to everyone. After a mission, Lance is locked away deep within Galra territory, at the hands of a Galra commander only wanting two things: information and his terror. Wait, what?
My Comments: This one is especially heartrending because you get two Lances for the price of one, and they are BOTH scared and hurting and in need of help and gah, I’m so on edge about this story. The chapters are short but they’re updating quickly, which is good. I need them.

Beautiful Minds by PotatoBender
Words: 16,247 (WIP)
Author’s Summary: Lance used to be proud of his mental abilities. A pilot. A Paladin. Someone experienced with delving and controlling his mind. But after being captured, and enduring just a single encounter with Haggar, his castle was reduced to rubble. Rescuing Lance was the easy part - healing him is much, much harder.
My Comments: This is my favorite kind of torture-and-rescue fic, where you kind of gloss over the actual torture and get straight to the rescue and healing and recovery. That’s what I like. I really like this. I’ll be reading each update as soon as it shows up in my email.

Open Water by Neyiea
Words: 1,398
Author’s Summary: Lance misses the smell of salt and the crunch of sand and the untameable waves.
My Comments: I love Lance and Coran interaction almost as much as I love Lance and Hunk interaction, and this fic gave me BOTH. It’s short but incredibly gorgeous, heartachey and sweet and satisfying. It hits the spot.

What About the Gerbils? by Baena
Words: 4,868
Author’s Summary: As the leg of Voltron, Hunk supports his team and lifts them up, always putting the needs of others before his own. So who’s there to take care of our favorite Yellow Paladin when he starts feeling the pressure?
My Comments: Aww, Hunk. Golly, I love Hunk appreciation, and he gets properly appreciated here. It’s a sickfic, yes, which I always love, but there’s also a lot of verbal appreciation going on, telling Hunk just how important and valuable he is to everyone on the team, and that is Good. Everyone needs to hear that in words sometimes, even folks as stable and reliable as Hunk.

I’m Seeing Stars by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
Words: 3,925 (WIP, but each chapter is a separate story)
Author’s Summary: Fluff Prompts from Tumblr, each about 1k
1. The paladins celebrate Shiro’s birthday
2. Shiro and the Black Lion talk, with bonus Hunk.
3. The paladins take part in an experiment.
4. Matt and Keith brag about discuss Shiro, unaware he can hear them
My Comments: Yes, I have recced every gen fic BossToaster has written for this fandom, and yes, I will continue to rec them until every single one of my Voltron followers has read them. Because they are all perfect.

Conditional Acceptance by yet_intrepid
Words: 6,914
Author’s Summary: Shiro’s looking for a job. Keith, new to the Garrison, needs a tutor to be allowed to stay. He also needs a lot of other things - a decent meal plan, for one, but more importantly, a friend.
My Comments: Oh, gosh, this fic broke my heart, but it’s SO good. I would happily accept this as canon. I mean, I kind of have already. Poor Keith is so scared and sad and needy, and Shiro is nervous and out of his depth but so badly wants to help. And Matt as Shiro’s roommate is amazing. I just adore this one to pieces.

Checkmate by SymphonicFantasia
Words: 1,853
Author’s Summary: Shiro is still put off by how cold Pidge was to him when he first came back to Earth. Memories of his life with the Holt family are in shattered pieces, but he can’t seem to figure out what brings this reaction from her. This bothers him, but he can’t just ask this question. Good thing they can at least play chess, right?
My Comments: Shiro and Pidge interaction! I love development of their relationship, and this is a good one. Background pairings, but they don’t affect the story, which is about friendship and misunderstandings and playing chess.

What If The Storm Ends? by earthstar
Words: 17,913
Author’s Summary: After the fight with Zarkon, Keith finds himself stranded alone on a strange forest planet. All hope seems lost when he gets bitten by venomous creature, but he finds aid from someone he’s not sure he can trust.
My Comments: I usually avoid Galra!Keith stuff, idk why, guess I want to see what canon does first. But I am a HUGE sucker for a wise and protective adult trying to take care of a scared and needy kid, and that’s what this is. The plot is great, as well as the character interactions and development, and I would happily accept this in canon.

Lost Paladins by Rangergirl3
Words: 12,283 (first of a series with 162,376 words so far)
Author’s Summary: The Paladins of Voltron have been lost. Allura and Coran will stop at nothing to get them back. But Haggar has other plans. Set immediately after S1 finale.
My Comments: So when I was on LJ it was kind of common to have what were called “virtual seasons,” where fan writers either didn’t want to wait for the next season or were dissatisfied with canon, so they wrote their own. I enjoyed them because you got SO MUCH FIC, and it was all coherent and flowed together (and was usually a lot more fun and/or better written than canon). SO here’s a virtual Season 2 for Voltron, and I am LOVING it. Minor Shallura, but mostly it’s about the team getting into various mishaps and then recovering from them, which is what I like to write and to read, anyway. Canon isn’t going to be like this, but who cares? It’s great. I likened it to finding a pot of gold, just stumbling across this huge treasure trove of (mostly) genfic in the Voltron fandom. Can you imagine? So rare. So precious. Please appreciate it with me. It’s really good.

Plan a Family Game Night™ by nerdyketones
Words: 22,227
Author’s Summary: The paladins of Voltron play board games. It goes exactly how you’d expect.
My Comments: Klance, but I am HERE for the team/family bonding and boardgame hijinks and the kids sneaking around to get away from the adults and hiding the Game of Life in the air vents and Shiro enjoying Cards Against Humanity even though he Knows He Shouldn’t. This is a FUN fic.

It’s Only Allergies! Swear! by carefulren
Words: 2,621
Author’s Summary: Lance starts his week off with an innocent case of the sniffles that he believes to be allergies. Despite growing worse as the week progresses, he wants to believe that it’s still allergies. It’s not.
My Comments: It’s a Lance sickfic. Of course I like it. I’m not even embarrassed anymore. Well, maybe a little bit. But I’m still reccing this.

Rough Landings by Silfrvarg
Words: 2,079
Author’s Summary: In which Lance is having a bad day, and Keith is there to help however he can.
My Comments: Aw, Lance. Sometimes everything just kind of falls apart at once and overwhelms you, even when you’re a Hero of the Universe. I loved Keith just doing absolutely everything he could to help Lance get through it.

The Stars Told Us Our Future by acrylic_gold
Words: 1,454
Author’s Summary: In a giant Castle Spaceship in the vast expanse of space, Katie Holt can’t sleep; all she can remember is her family.
My Comments: Pidge angst is almost more than I can take sometimes, because she’s just…she’s so young. And knowing that her family is being held captive by an evil empire, seeing how badly they messed up Shiro every single day… It’s really hard to contemplate, and I have a hard time writing it, too. But this is a good fic.

Finding Home by LittleWhiteTie
Words: 9,035
Author’s Summary: Shiro has hands that are his to hold. After suffering a concussion and nearly drowning, Shiro falls ill. From the jungle to caves to cities and space, through fighting the Galra and seeking a cure, Keith and Allura are with him through it all.
My Comments: Hey, look, another sickfic! This one is particularly well-written though, and it has a plot, too. The sense of danger and tension is palpable throughout. I love how fierce and protective Keith and Allura are. I would love more interaction between those two in the show.

Clearly by Silverkleptofox
Words: 3,004
Author’s Summary: Whumpaween 2016! Blind and injured, Pidge has to fight her way out of captivity, but when Shiro comes to rescue her, he ends up needing rescuing himself.
My Comments: Pidge whump! Golly, I’m just hitting all of the lion kids this week. This one is more action/adventure, though, and reads like a good episode. I am a fan.

Previously Recced Fics That Updated This Week: 

Another Word for Never by squirenonny (THE BAND IS GETTING TOGETHER)
He Sleeps in the Sky of Ice by jadencross (i’m so glad Lance is back ::cries::)
Unleashed the Dogs of War by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions) (now complete, though we OBVIOUSLY NEED MORE WTF)
Lance is a Teddy Bear by Untilwemeetinhell
When Rome’s in Ruins by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)

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[[when i was done dying]]

sheith | 1.4k | sfw

that interview got me, y’all, so have the shortest one-shot i’ve written in a while. this fic is heavily inspired by this dan deacon song.

“You alright?”

Keith’s voice is soft in the quiet expanse of Black’s cargo hold. It still hits him in the jaw like a punch, such a huge question. Shiro doesn’t know where to start.

See, it’s still a little difficult for Shiro to parse everything out. He still feels trapped in the blur of him-not him-him that smears his edges on a daily basis. He still feels the weight of memories from long before he hurtled through space and directly into the arms of his simultaneous torturers and saviors.

There was a time, years ago, lifetimes ago, eons ago, when Shiro would have heard that question from a different mouth. From warm eyes shielded by gleaming lenses. Soft brown hair. Glowing skin under a utilitarian bedside lamp. Strength and support with endless patience. Innumerable hours, minutes, seconds, heartbeats ago.

Now it’s calloused hands, intelligent brows, the gentle slope of a strong neck carrying a whipcord body through time and space itself. It’s sharp protectiveness draped in quiet caring and an awkward air. It’s a beautiful heart wrapped in beautiful skin, and Shiro’s chest cracks wide open under the weight of it.

It’s hard to explain how it feels to let go of the first love of your life while simultaneously watching the final love of your life grow and change and become the man you always knew he would be. It’s impossible to put into words what it’s like to slowly let go of your heart’s deepest dream while also snatching up a new one by the scruff of the neck before even realizing that’s what you’re doing.

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