And after watching "Winner Takes All" I was inspired to do this. A tribute
to the original Titan's team of Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Speedy and
Wonder Girl, but fitting in with the nature of the show. I hope it
complies, somewhat at least. I don't think writing action is one of my
better talents, but I have attempted. Anyways, I hope you enjoy.
Slade was up to something, and Robin was going to figure it out, if it
killed him. He and the rest of the Titans had managed to infiltrate the
base and while the others were dealing with Slade's goons, he had his eyes
on the prize, Slade. They were well matched, even if Slade may have had
some edge where body strength was concerned, but he had the training and
Robin was so focused on Slade that he didn't see the goon that came out of
the side and hit him off of the platform that he had been fighting on.
Stupid mistake, you know better the cold voice in his head that sounded all
too much like his father echoed in his head. He was working towards his
grapple when a pair of hands caught his. "Shall I return you to your
fight?" a bright voice asked.
He smiled up at the girl with green eyes who was staring down at him.
Starfire nodded at him with a smile of her own. Her eyes went serious
before she whispered, "Do you need my aid?"
He ground his teeth before responding. "Keep the goons distracted."
When she was hovering over the platform he no longer felt her hands and he
twisted himself to land appropriately. It was odd, because it wasn't the
same sensation of Starfire letting go, but it was just the absence of her
hands. And it wasn't like her to drop him. "Where?" he asked, looking up
and not seeing her anywhere. He took a moment to look around him, and none
of the titans were there.
"Your friends are gone Robin. You are alone. Join me."
Slade's hand extended across the distance, all Robin had to do was take it.
He had done that before and it had been hell, he would not do it again.
"Never." His mind started racing, there had to be a way to get them back,
there just had to. He would find them.
"You have a week, Robin, one week, to come around and join me," Slade's
eerily cold voice echoed in his ears. Robin looked up at the masked man,
and would swear if he could see the real face, the man before him was
smiling. "If you don't, the first of your friends that I chose will be left
upon your doorstep, and one every week after that until they are all dead.
Because of you."
And then Slade was gone just as quickly as his friends had, leaving the
words echoing in his head.
Robin looked at the Teen Titans' communicator. He needed a team to get back
his team, a smart and savvy team that would be able to help him take on
Slade. He would love to believe that he could take Slade by himself and
rescue his friends, but even that would be too much. Just as long as he got
to take the parting shot on Slade, see the man finished forever. That would
"Hey Robin." The teen looked as if he was leaning back in a chair, and a
smirk evolved on his face. "Calling so soon?"
Any other time, Robin would have enjoyed the chance to play around with a
guy like Speedy, but now was a time for no distractions or horsing around.
"I need your help. I'm compiling a strike team to get back my friends from
a man named Slade. You in?" "
Sign me up. I've got a friend who could lend a hand too...you want me to
bring her along?"
"Sure," Robin said, agreeing to trust the other teen's judgment. "I think
I'm going to need all the help I can get."
"Speedy signing out."
Robin smiled; glad to have someone he could trust on his side. Speedy had
talent and an ability to focus, which would help them out. He pulled the
communicator open and called another communicator. "Aqualad."
The sleek teen's face appeared in the communicator screen. "Robin? What's
up?" He looked to be above water, which Robin found to be interesting. He
wondered what kind of capabilities Aqualad could have out of water, and
decided that would be best to keep in mind.
"I'm putting together a team to go after a few friends of mine. Care to
"Sure. Actually I've been working with a guy by the name of Kid Flash, if
you're looking for hands..."
Robin had heard of this Kid Flash, he was supposed to be well trained.
"Bring him," Robin said decisively.
Now all he had to do was wait for his makeshift team to show up and he
could proceed with his plans to get his friends free. He hoped that his
friends would make it through the trouble they were in until he could get
In the mean time he would take a few minutes to meditate. If he wasn't as
mentally prepared for this battle as he knew he was physically, there would
be no point of even going into the battle. His father had taught him that
His friends awoke in a metal cage with no way of seeing what lay around
"I do not like this place."
"Cyborg, stop it!" Raven called as Cyborg continued to use his sonic blast
to try and burst them out of the cage. "There is no way out and you're just
going to get us killed."
Already hysterical, Beast Boy was running around the cage. "There's no
hope, none. We're going to die in here. Trapped like rats." On cue Beast
Boy changed into a rat and began scampering around their feet.
Star looked at the blank walls of the cell and wrapped her arms tighter
around her body before speaking. "Robin is still out there," she said,
voice certain. "He will not let us die here."
Cyborg nodded, agreeing with the alien. "Star's right, we've just gotta
trust Rob to get us out of here."
"Not that he stopped us from getting pulled in here," Raven muttered from
the place she was hovering, once again trying to meditate to get her powers
back under her control. If she had some control over them she might be able
to do something useful.
"He couldn't have known," Cyborg argued.
"Raven has a point," Terra piped up. "If he's not capable of stopping
Slade, how is he going to get us out?" "We're doomed!"
Starfire turned on the three people she considered friends, her eyes
blazing solid green. "I do not like your thoughts." Looking every inch the
Tamaranian princess she held her chin high. "I have doubted Robin only once
before and I was proven wrong. He will save us." She turned on her heel and
stalked off to a corner of the cage and sat alone, facing a wall. Waiting
for the one person she trusted the most in the world to save her as she
believed he would.
Robin stood outside the Tower, waiting for the new team to show up. It was
late evening and there had been no distress calls. Usually he and his
friends would be inside watching a movie, on a nice day like today they
would possibly be playing volleyball or something equally as fun on the
roof, or even doing their own things, but at least being in the same space.
He missed them.
But they would be back soon. He had promised Starfire that the team would
be friends forever after her jaunt into the future, and forever was not
over yet. They had not defeated Slade yet, the world was far from safe.
There was still more to learn about each other.
Then floating out over the water was a girl with dark brown hair and she
was holding onto Speedy. They made a rather effortless landing and Robin
walked forward to greet them. "You made excellent time," he said extending
his hand to Speedy.
Speedy shook his hand before smiling at the girl with him. "I had a hand.
Robin, this is Wonder Girl. Wonder girl, this is Robin."
"I have heard a lot about you Robin," Wonder Girl said, taking Robin's hand
and shaking it. Her shake was impressively strong. "Speedy hasn't stopped
talking about the Tournament since he returned."
"It's good to meet you. We're just waiting on two more."
He smiled as Aqualad came out of the water, tailing him was another teen
driving a speedboat at speeds that many would considered much too fast.
"Aqualad, and you must be Kid Flash." Kid Flash was by his side and shaking
his hand faster than Robin could blink.
"Glad to meet you." He stepped back and looked at his current team. They
would do. "Come inside and I'll debrief you all on the situation."
"Cool pad man."
"You guys live here?"
"Yes. You can have a tour when we complete the mission but right now my
focus is on my friends."
"This is Slade. Not much is known about him. We have come up against him
several times, he has an odd obsession with me, I don't quite understand
it. He has attempted to make me his apprentice on several occasions, even
this is another bid to get me onto his side."
"His pride. The trick is to outsmart him, or let him think he is in
complete control and unnerve him."
"Make him look like a fool. I think we can manage it."
"Easier said than done. Besides, the last shot is mine."
"What's the plan?"
"I have a week until he will kill one of them, but I don't want them
trapped there for too long, there is no telling what he has in store. A
couple days of training and a bit more reconnaissance then I've already
done and then I want to move."
Robin watched the honorary Titans as the practiced. If he didn't already
have a fabulous team, he would add these four on, without question. As it
was he was almost ready to give them all rooms, but then it was not a
choice he should be making alone. The team would have to make the decision
together, as a team.
Aqualad was making great use of the bay, calling up animals and using the
water as he pleased. Speedy was as good as Robin remembered, firing off
arrows quickly. His arsenal of trick arrows was fabulous and kept sending
targets to the ground. Wonder Girl was an interesting new addition. She had
a similar strength and maneuverability to that of Superman, but he doubted
she was Kryptonian as she did not have some of the other interesting powers
that Superman did. She worked well with Speedy, and Robin could tell this
was not their first mission together. Kid Flash was great too, reminiscent
of The Flash, but with a bit more flare. Lighthearted but not easily
distracted and with the use of his speed, both physically and mentally, he
was a perfect asset.
Robin focused on the way they used teamwork well. Aqualad rose out of the
water on a cyclone like formation, but it wasn't going the speed he needed
it to in order to impact the target he had in mind. Kid Flash was instantly
racing around the spinning structure as Aqualad jumped back into the bay
and with the added speed that Kid Flash brought to it, it hit the target
with excellent force.
Out of the corner of his eye he watched as the platform Speedy had been
standing on crumble. Speedy lept, but he was caught midair by Wonder Girl
and she began to lower him towards another target. Reminded of the last
time he had seen Star, Robin turned away from the scene.
"So are you going to join us or just stand here and glower at us?" Robin
turned a hard gaze on the teen outfitted in red to his side. He hadn't even
heard Kid Flash approach him. "It's not that I don't think you're great at
this or anything, but if we're training to see how we work together, then
it would make sense if you trained with us."
"Fleet foot has a point," Speedy called out as his arrow hit another target
on the mark and made the wooden structure burst into flames. "
Alright." Robin dug his staff into the ground and propelled himself off of
the hill he was standing on and down to the training area. He flipped twice
before striking the target dead center with his feet. He quickly spun took
out another with the staff and a third with an explosive disk. "Let's do
it. Titans, Go!"
She had watched as Slade had taken all of her friends out of the box he
kept them in and had returned them more depressed than they had been
earlier. They had all sworn that Robin had moved on, that he had just
formed a new team and was not coming to get them. Even Cyborg had lost his
faith when he had returned. Now it was her turn, she would stand strong.
She was Starfire; she would not fail him again.
"He is going to leave you here."
Weakened due to her confinement without sunlight, Starfire stayed seated.
"No he will not. You lie." She unconsciously moved herself towards the
patch of sunlight that entered through the small window.
"Do you honestly think you are good enough for him? You are an alien girl
who he cannot trust. His mentor taught him not to trust those with powers.
And how could he still want you around after that maturing incident of
yours, or with your sister coming back."
Thoughts that plagued Starfire about her relationship with Robin, with her
relationship with everyone on Earth, returned. But none would get through,
they had not abandoned her yet, they never would. "You lie. Robin is not
a..." She struggled for the English word but could not come up with what she
searched for. "He is not evil."
"He has already replaced you all. Even you," Slade told her darkly as he
clicked a button on what the guys called a "remote."
The screen before her filled with images of Robin training back at Titans
Tower. Aqualad was training with him, as were three teens that she did not
recognize. He was running the same training maneuvers as he ran with them.
A bit differently, but still similarly, and even that hit of a smile graced
his face as he watched others make hits. They finished the run and seemed
to congratulate one another. The dark haired girl who flew even leaned over
and gave the kiss to Robin on his cheek and he seemed to smile at her.
Star watched him on the screen and reached a hand out towards him. "Robin?"
Something inside hurt, it was that "heart-crack" disease that Earthlings
talked of. And then she heard Robin's promise about never letting his
friends fall apart. Her eyes and hands glowed within a second. "No. It is a
lie!" she cried as she let green blasts fly from her hands and her eyes and
into the screen, using what little power she had been able to gain from the
Robin walked up to the old warehouse where he knew Slade was hiding out
alone. The rest of the team had taken great care to hide themselves, but
Robin was pretty sure that Slade already knew they were out there. He had
kept all of the planning and most of the training inside away from Slade's
Slade too, walked out alone. It was the way it was supposed to be, or at
least appear to be. Two advisories meeting once again. "I assume you have
"I must see my friends unharmed first."
"I never promised you unharmed, I just promised you not dead."
Slade turned around and walked back into the warehouse, Robin followed and
he knew the rest of the honorary Titans were closing in. "What did you do
to them?" he growled when Slade didn't even turn around to regard him.
"Show our friend here what is going on within the box," Slade ordered one
of his nameless, faceless lackeys.
A screen lit up, before him, the look of his friends sent a shiver down
Robin's spine. He had been hoping for assistance for them but in their
current state he wondered if that were possible. Raven was the only one
who looked close to normal, both Starfire and Cyborg looked completely
drained, and Terra and Beast Boy appeared to be greatly depressed.
He spotted the box out of the corner of his eye and shouted, "Titans, GO!"
"I have anticipated you Robin," Slade said, snapping a finger, and suddenly
he was surrounded by his men.
"And I you Slade."
Robin battled Slade himself, as he had planned on doing, as long as he
could keep Slade distracted, and if Wonder Girl and Kid Flash could take on
Slade's men, hopefully Aqualad and Speedy could demolish the box.
He watched as Aqualad covered the box with water, and Speedy instantly sent
an ice arrow at it, freezing it with a very light sheen of ice over it. As
planned they fought with some of the men for a few minutes, allowing time
for the ice to take hold and chill the box. Then Speedy sent a heat arrow
followed by a series of energy arrows, severely weakening the box.
He refocused himself on Slade, knowing that he couldn't watch everything at
once, not if he wanted to succeed here. Slade was a difficult opponent
always had been, but he could do this. He'd done it before hadn't he?
He'd succeeded before.
"Raven! Cy!" he cried, hoping that his friends could hear him through the
weakened box. "Come on, I know you guys are in there, fight back!"
"They can't hear you."
"Kid Flash, hit the..."
Kid Flash got to the box before Robin could finish the statement and hit
the intercom button. "Guys, the box is weakened, fight back, you'll get
"Azarath Metrion Zinthos!"
The cry sent a thrill through Robin, and he watched as the box was covered
in the black magic that came with Raven and began to bend. "It's working!"
He cried, as the combined efforts of the Titans inside the box and
outside, began to break it open. He turned to Slade. "There's more of us
than there have ever been. You can't defeat us all."
"Took you long enough," Cyborg's voice boomed as he hopped out of the box
and to the ground of the warehouse.
Robin grinned as everyone else hopped out of the box. "Got some power left
in you?" he asked Cyborg.
"Yeah, think so."
Robin scanned his friends and the noticed that Starfire was still
unconscious inside the box. Now was not the time for a weakness of any
kind. "Kid Flash, get Starfire out of here."
Robin then refocused all of his energy on Slade. He would not escape this
time, he would be put where he belonged, in jail. But as usual, Slade
managed to find a way to slip out a back way. "Another time my young
friend," his voice echoed as he disappeared. "Another time."
Titan's Tower was busy with activity, original members and honorary
crowding the place. At times, the amount of people would have overcrowded
him and made Robin feel uncomfortable, probably due to the way he had been
raised, but after rescuing his friends from Slade it felt right. The music
was loud, pizza boxes were open on the table, other forms of junk food
covered the place. Speedy, Kid Flash, Cyborg and Beast Boy had a four
player video game up, and were trying to beat the heck out of each other.
Aqualad was busily chatting with Terra, Wonder Girl and Raven, and getting
several dirty looks from the couch which he either ignored or didn't see.
"You are not partying?" a hesitant voice asked, causing him to break out of
Robin turned to look at Starfire. She was alert once again, "Hey. Are
you feeling better?"
She graced him with a tremulous smile. "Yes, I am better now. Being in
the sunlight was wonderful. I did fly a bit close, but it only made things
"That's good." "Star, I'm sorry."
"Because, Slade caught you and kept you trapped in that box and it took me
longer than it should have to get you out of there. If I had been any
Her hand vised down on his, causing him to look into her eyes. They were
bright and shining, the way he preferred to think of them. "Robin, you
saved us, I knew you would." She grinned at him. "I did not doubt you this
time. He wanted me to, tried to make me think that you had betrayed us
again. But he is all lies."
"I think I am going to go talk to Wonder Girl, she mentioned something
"Alright, I might take in a game or two."
"Take my controller, I'm going to get some refreshments." No sooner than
he'd tossed it up, Kid Flash was across the room and picking up a soda and
joining the others in their conversation.
Robin grabbed the controller, and sat down as Beast Boy turned around to
spy on the others. "Dude, he's going to hit on Raven. He's totally going
to get zapped."
"Are you playing, man, or not?"
"Shhh! I'm watching."
"Fine," Cyborg said and hit a button on the console.
*Terminated* the computer tone stated and Beast Boy's section of the screen
went blank and the other three sections moved to take up the space.
"Dude! No fair. I was playing."
"You were watching them."
"For a second!" Beast Boy cried out. "You had no right to terminate me!"
"You weren't playing!"
Robin and Speedy grinned at one another over the argument and turned back
to the console, and began playing without Cyborg as well. Robin hoped, and
was pretty certain that the argument with Beast Boy would keep him occupied
long enough for them to get well over Cyborg's current score.
"I was so!"