Disclaimer: WEP owns Voltron and all its characters. Time traveling belongs to me... well, in only regards to the story line.
Beta: Dawn - She may be getting tired of all this reading...
This is the third installment in my "Chivalry" arc. 1. Chivalry, 2. Lion House Restored (2A. LHR - Allura's POV), and 3. Doomed Quest.
Rating/Setting: Rating is T. Setting is DotU in flavor.
A/N: Sorry that this chapter is short, but take heart in that it is the shortest of the entire story. The next ones are longer; four of the chapters are over 2,000 words. And as with all of my stories, I have completed the entire story. Now it's just a matter of publishing it. :-) Thanks for reading and if you enjoy the story, please take a moment and write a quick review.
Keith sat in the library in what had become his favorite chair. His feet were propped up on the matching brown leather ottoman, and his fingers moved back and forth across the decorative tacking on the end of the chair arm. Leaning his head back, he closed his eyes. It had been a week since he and Allura had returned from the past, and they had just about four months before Lotor would be released from the world-in-between. He had hoped that all of his quests might be through before then, but he hadn't counted on it. Now it seemed incredibly unlikely.
Opening his eyes at the swish of the door, he saw Nanny come and stand just inside the library. Keith smiled at her and sat up in the chair. "What brings you here, Gretchen?"
Nanny put her hands on her hips and gave him a scowl. "I think you know why I'm here young man."
Keith sighed and leaned back in the soft chair. "Allura."
Letting out a sigh of her own, she dropped her hands and moved to take a seat across from Keith. "You've been avoiding her."
Keith dropped his eyes from hers and stared at a book on the table between them. "It's for her own good, Getchen."
"Pish! What? Worried you'll be whisked off by the prophecy again? Who knows when that will happen? You can't ignore her like you have. It is crushing her." Nanny paused and looked at the young man and softly added, "It will eventually crush you as well."
Lifting his eyes to meet hers, he saw the concern that she had. He leaned back again and closed his eyes. "While we were in the past… it was just the two of us. We were able to just be ourselves. Now we're back and all the pressures that come with being the Voltron Commander and Princess of Arus are back too. I just haven't figured it out yet."
Keith looked over to see Nanny with her arms crossed and a frown on her face.
"Don't look at me like that, young man. There's more to it than that. If that's all it is… just go to her. The two of you will work it out TOGETHER. You know that she understands your concerns about being the One." Eyeing him and seeing nervous movements from the commander, she continued. "There's more. Out with it."
Sitting up and placing his forearms on his thighs, he looked across to her. "Lotor." He sees her eyes widen. "In four months, he will emerge from Skull Lake. I plan to be there to finish what I started." Leaning back in his chair, he said, "I don't want Allura coming with me, and I don't want a lot of lip from the team."
"But, Keith… they just want to help-"
"No, they just want to tell me that I can't do it. That it's too dangerous."
"When are you going to tell them?"
Keith smirked at her, "I suppose later today as I'm sure that you will tell everyone when you leave this room."
Blushing, Nanny said, "Well, if you didn't want me to tell, then you shouldn't have told me."
Standing up to leave, Keith waved a hand in the air. "It's okay, Gretchen. You do what you have to do. I'll do what I have to."
Nanny watched as he left the room and sighed. "Such a stubborn young man." Shaking her head, she stood to leave. She would talk to Lance. He might be a hot-head, but he was Keith's best friend. Maybe together, they could think of something to keep Keith from doing something foolhardy.