"Lance!Lance!Wake up!"I heard the yells of my two younger siblings.Opening my eyes,I smiled as the sight of my two youngest siblings."Come on Lance!We have something to show you!"Chuckling at their excitement,I rubbed their heads, causing both to whine as they fixed their hair."Hold on,hold on.I still have to prepare for the day..."My siblings nodded their heads before running off somewhere in the house.Wanting to close my door so that I could get some privacy,I jumped back in shock as I saw the wall starting to flicker.I shook my head and closed my eyes.Opening my eyes once again,I sighed in relief as I saw the wall was still there.'Maybe it was just my imagination...'I thought to myself as I went into my bathroom to do my daily hygiene before walking to the living room once I was done changing.
"Happy birthday hijo!"My father boomed as my mom hugged me."It's my birthday?"I asked as my mom chuckles."Of course it is Lanza!How could you forget your own birthday!"I rubbed the back of my neck sheepishly as my mom and dad both smiled slightly at me.Something was trying to force itself into my head, like a memory or something but I ignored it, going out the the backyard where my family yelled a "Surprise!".I laughed as I hugged each one of my family member.It was then I realized that a few other people weren't here."Mamá? Where is Hunk,Pidge,Shiro,Keith,Allura and Coran?"I asked my mom as she walked past me.She stopped as she looked at me weirdly,"Huh?Lanza I've never met anyone named Hunk,Pidge,Shiro,Keith,Allura or Coran!"I frowned slightly,"Mamá surely you would've remembered Hunk or Pidge!"My mom shook her head."They were from the Garrison remember?That time when I told you after we've gotten over me going to the Garrison!And isn't it after the war with Zarkon?"My mom frowned at that,"Lanza!I told you we're not going to that dreaded school! It's too unsafe!And who is Zarkon?"
Those words struck something in me except for the last part as I suddenly remembered this.It was before I ran off to attend the Garrison.I then remembered why that wall flickered...It was all just a dream after all.I forced myself to open my eyes as tears streamed down my face.The last time I ever heard from them was from a Skype call when me and my family had another argument when they tried to convince me to come back.
"Happy Birthday-Lance?..."I heard everyone say as they placed something on a table nearby, rushing towards me.Once seeing my broken expression,Hunk,Coran and Shiro recognized what my look was.They had all been there for me whenever my homesickness had hit me hard.As I cried,the three people whom I had trusted to let my homesickness show flung their arms around me.Pidge and Allura also joined the hug, feeling the heavy emotions flowing from me while Keith awkwardly joined the group hug."It's okay Lance.You will see them again.I promise."Shiro said as Hunk nodded his head."Your making me cry now Lance..."Hunk said as tears began to show.Coran patted Hunk's back, looking at me with kind eyes,"You'll get to see them again just like Shiro said."
Allura's eyes then brightened up as she glanced at me,"Lance,today I've planned a wonderful surprise for you!Just get some rest for a while!"I nodded my head as the others gave me one last hug before walking out of the room."Lance?"Hunk said as he took the thing which I saw them put on a table."Here...You used to tell me how much your mom made them..."Hunk then presented me my favorite dish,Empanadas."Thanks Hunk...This means a lot..."I said as I felt tears in my eyes.Hunk nodded his head as he walked out of the room after the team.After eating the dish,I soon fell back into a dreamless sleep.
"Lance.Wake up.We're here."I heard Keith say as I groaned,"Shut up Mullet... It's too early and I still need my beauty sleep."Keith just sighed as he pulled me out of bed, causing me to open my eyes to glare at him."Hey!"I then sighed,"Since you woke me up I guess I'll stay up.But seriously Mullet, quiznak you..."Keith just rolled his eyes as he walked out of my room.I walked out of my room after wearing my casual attire.
"So Princess~! What's my surprise?A date?You and me?"I asked flirtatiously as I winked.Allura sighed as she chuckles,"No Lance.Look for yourself,go outside the castle."I cocked my head to the side as I looked at the others curiously.They just gave me looks to do what Allura had said.I walked out before my jaw dropped as I recognised the familiar woods I used to run through when I was a young carefree kid who knew nothing else but fun in Puerto Rico.
I ran back in as I hugged Allura tightly with tears of joy,"Thank you so much!"Allura just patted my head with a soft smile,"Enjoy yourself with your family Lance and happy birthday.Paladins,you can also go with Lance.Coran and I have to guard the castle."Shiro wanted to say something but was met with Allura's glare as everyone inched out quickly.Least to day,we were all scared senseless of Allura's glare.
Walking down the streets of my hometown,I smiled as I remembered the happy times here.I soon had a few flashbacks when I ran off to attend the Garrison, getting on a freight train and then going on a few hitch hikes.I then saw a familiar house as I ran towards it,the team following after me.I knocked on the door rapidly as I heard the lock click."Ah,you didn't say you were coming home early-Lance?...Is that really you?"My mom looked like she aged quite a bit."Yes mamá... I'm back..."I said with a watery smile.We hugged each other as the team stood there awkwardly."I'm so sorry hijo...We all are.We should've supported you when you wanted to go to the Garrison."I nodded my head before a few gasps were heard in the house."Hermano!"I heard as I felt two things flung onto me.Looking down,I realised it was my youngest siblings."You've grown so much..."I said as I felt wet spots at where my siblings faces were at,their tears soaking my shirt.
Soon,my whole family were home as my mom made some calls.They welcomed me as well as apologized to me for not supporting my decision.The team was also introduced to my family as I chuckled seeing my female siblings braiding Keith's and Pidge's hair which had gotten longer by a bit.We also had told them where we all were, explaining what was a paladin and such.
"Happy birthday Lanza..."I heard my family yelled as they presented me with a cake a few hours later.A cry of a baby was heard as my eyes widened,"Is that..."My dad nodded,"Yes hijo...Meet your little brother,Isaac."I smiled as my mother brought down Isaac."Hello Hermano..."I said as I pinched Isaac's cheeks,"Who knows...he may be the next blue paladin..."My other family members frowned,"What about us!?!"I widened my eyes as I gulped before running away."LANCE!"I heard my siblings shouted in unison as those who could run chase after me.