Chapter One - The New Paladins

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“We're running out of time! What do we do?!” Lance shouted.

“I don’t know! There has to be something we can do to get them-” Keith's frantic shouting was interrupted by a voice calling from behind him.

“Dad… let us try,” Grayson stepped closer to his parents, followed by four other teenagers, all dressed in paladin armor.

“What?! No no no, there is no way we're letting you guys do this! It's too dangerous!” Lance put his hands on his son's shoulders.

“And how do you know that you'll even be able to pilot them?” Pidge turned to her daughter, Luna, concern in her eyes.

“Mom, please, just trust us,” Luna stepped closer to the Green Lion, to which the barrier around it faded away. Pidge gasped.

“No, I can't let my daughter go fight aliens! I won't let you get hurt!”

Jeremy spoke up, placing a hand on Pidge's shoulder. “Mrs. Holt, this is what we have to do. We already knew this was coming, and we're ready,” he walked over to the Yellow Lion, and the barrier faded away just like the Green Lion.

Grayson did the same, walking up to the Red Lion and the barrier fading away.

“You knew this was gonna happen??” Hunk asked in shock.

Eclipso was next to step up to a lion. The Blue Lion. “We've known for a while. We didn't tell you because we knew you would react like this,” the barrier around the Blue Lion faded.

“How could you possibly have known this was going to happen?” Keith asked angrily.

Finally, Celestia stepped forward. “It's something we don't have time to explain right now. But we've been training and we'll need your bayards,” the barrier around the Black Lion faded.

Allura spoke up next. “Celestia, it's far too dangerous. You are only kids, you shouldn't have to carry the burden of being a paladin of Voltron,”

Before anyone else could speak, Shiro shouted. “That's enough arguing! They may be kids, but so were you guys when we all became paladins. The lions trust them, so we should too,” Shiro turned to Celestia.

“Celestia, as the paladin of the Black Lion, you need to be ready for anything. You're being trusted to lead Voltron. I have faith in you,”

Pidge sighed, turning to Luna. “Shiro is right. Luna, I want you to be safe, so don't get into anything you know you can't get out of. Yellow is trusting you, and so are your father and I,” she placed her bayard in Luna's hand, and it took the shape of a glowing whip.

Lance and Keith sighed as well, turning to Grayson. “Grayson… be careful out there,” Keith said, placing a hand on Grayson's shoulder.

Lance handed Grayson the red bayard, which turned into a crossbow. “Protect your teammates just as much as you would protect yourself,”

Allura handed Eclipso the blue bayard, which turned into a sword. “I'll tell your dads what's going on so you don't have to. Stay focused and don't lose sight of what you're fighting for,”

Hunk handed the yellow bayard to Jeremy, which turned into a naginata. “You're gonna be a leg. Also, be brave. Fight with a strong heart,”

And finally, Keith handed Celestia the black bayard, which turned into a scepter. “Like Shiro said, you're the leader now. Be ready for anything,”

Each parent hugged their respective child, wishing them luck and saying their ‘I love you's.

The teens got into their lions, and the large roof of the warehouse opened for them to fly out. The previous paladins watched the lions soar away, hoping for the best for the children.

Shiro turned around and saw one last teen, standing alone with a sad expression on her face.

“Nova? What's the matter?” Shiro asked, stepping over to Nova.

“I don’t know what I'm supposed to do… they said I would be able to help, but there's only five lions…” Nova looked down at the metal floor of the warehouse.

Just as Shiro was about to speak, the ground shook violently, like a meteor just landed right outside the building. All of the adults and Nova ran outside to see what could have caused it.

Right in front of the building stood one last lion. It was white, with shining blue and yellow accents in certain areas. The White Lion.

Everyone was in complete shock, especially Allura. There was a sixth lion, and nobody knew about it until now.

Nova stepped closer to the lion. It dipped it's head down, opening its mouth for her to step inside. Already inside was armor and a bayard.

Nova took the bayard, which turned into a double ended spear. She looked back at the adults, as if asking for permission.

Shiro nodded with a small smile, and Nova grinned. The lion closed it's mouth, and not soon after it took off, following after the other five lions.

And now, it’s time for the new age of paladins. The new age of Voltron has begun.

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