Alice: New story!
Emily: This is a sequel to Finding You and the third installment in the "With You" series.
Alice: For those of you that are new to this series, it's basically each episode but with a RobRae twist instead of RobStar (along with multiple others).
Emily: Robin's backstory is a mixture of Tim's and his own, and I made a lot of references to the show Young Justice, but don't worry! You don't have to watch that show to get it (although it might be confusing if you don't read my first two stories).
Alice: Anyways, enjoy the new story! As you can see from the summary, this is the one where Robin and Raven finally discover they have feelings towards each other!
Title: Steering You
Summary: Terra is dead. Beast boy is in mourning. Starfire is heartbroken, and Cyborg is debating leaving the team. Worse comes to worse when an unbreakable bond forms between Robin and Raven, revealing not only their deepest secrets but also the love for each other they worked so hard to hide.
Pairings: Robin x Raven. Past Beast boy x Terra. Slight Cyborg x Jinx. One-sided Robin x Starfire.
Victor grabbed his bag and hoisted it over his shoulder. He glanced back at his father, who was sitting on the table reading over some files. Sighing, Victor made his way towards the backdoor before pausing. "Hey dad," he called out. "I'm going to football practice."
He received no response as usual. Shaking his head in disappointment, Victor was about to walk out the door when his father abruptly asked, "Victor, what is the function of lysosomes in a cell?"
"Dad," Victor groaned. "Dad I have to—"
"Answer the question."
Sighing in defeat, Victor answered, "They're one of the key organelles that are involved with getting rid of waste in a cell. Can I go now?"
Smiling happily, his father nodded, and Victor immediately walked outside of the house. Every day his father quizzed him on random facts about biology and computer science. Some questions, like the one today, were easy and introductory level. Others were complex and took Victor weeks to properly answer due to the amount of research he had to do for it. Shaking his head, Victor decided to just forget about his father for not and focus on football practice. That would take his mind off of his home life.
Cyborg gasped, flying into a sit up position on his bed. The human parts of his body were covered in sweat and he was trembling. Shakily, he raised his mechanical hand to level with his face. Shutting his eyes tightly, he dropped his hand onto the bed and attempted to level out his breathing. Letting out a strangled noise, he fell back onto his bed.
Beast boy walked through the dark tunnels underground. After visiting so often, he memorized the way down and had no need for a map or even a flashlight. His hands softly gripped the flowers in his hand and his heart pounded in his chest. Maybe today was the day… no, Beast boy shook his head. He knew he couldn't get his hopes up again.
Finally he made it to his destination: Terra's grave sight. Placing the flowers at the feet of her statue, Beast boy took a deep breath before sitting on the ground beneath him. Staring up at her statue, he smiled softly. "Hi Terra."
No response, as expected.
Gulping, Beast boy continued, "It's been three months since you saved the city. Time flies, right?" He added a humorless chuckle at his own joke. "It's funny. We thought the crime rates would go down once Slade was gone, but they've risen. We're working on catching a bunch of criminals right now who are a part of HIVE, and it's taking up a lot of our time. That's probably why you're still… like… this…"
Blinking away the tears, Beast boy spoke, "Starfire's doing good. She's still upset about you, which is understandable. I'm still upset. Robin's gotten his temper tantrums under control. At least, he does for now. I never really know what's going on in that guy's head. Raven is avoiding the team again. I think she's trying deal with her emotions on your death still. Cyborg's been on and off. Some days he'll be great and other day's he'll be angry."
He sighed and stared at the beautiful stone face. "I'm sorry Terra, but you're going to have to stay like this a little longer."
He tried to think of something else to say but his train of thought was interrupted when his communicator started buzzing. Frowning, he glanced at the device then at Terra. "Sorry," he whispered. "I have to go. I'll come back soon though. I love you."
With those parting words, Beast boy ran from the grave site and back home.
"Again?" Cyborg groaned when they saw who was robbing the store. HIVE members Jinx, Mammoth, and Gizmo were attempting to smuggle gold and diamonds out of the store. This was the third time that week HIVE members were stealing, and Cyborg was done with fighting them. Dashing towards Mammoth, he kicked him in the gut without a warning.
"Titans, go!" Robin shouted as though the fighting hadn't started yet. The HIVE members smirked and began to fight them with all they had. Compared to the first time they've fought this HIVE team, the three improved tremendously. They were extremely organized and had clear strategies they thought of before the fight. It frustrated the team to no end because it made them uncatchable.
Cyborg fought with all his willpower and attempted to avoid Gizmo, who had an annoying habit of using magnets on him. Raven focused on Jinx, who had similar powers as her. Jinx smirked and focused her powers to the ground, causing the ground to crumble beneath her. While it didn't crack, it made Raven lose her balance. Before she could hit the floor though, arms secured around her and hoisted her up.
Frowning, she glared at Robin, who was the one who caught her. "I had that handled," she hissed.
"I was just trying to help," he defended, quickly jumping up and dashing towards Jinx, who tried to avoid his attacks.
"I don't need your help," she spat, using her powers to force Jinx back.
"Yeah and apparently you don't need my friendship either!" Robin snapped back at her and quickly flipped away from Jinx, who nearly hit him with her powers. Raven clenched her teeth and tried not to feel angered at the words. Ever since their "prom date," Raven had been carefully avoiding the team leader. She realized that even though she loved him she could only bring about his destruction. It was what she was born to do, and she couldn't handle it. It was better to let him go than to hang on.
Distracted by the comment, Raven nearly didn't notice the fight coming her way. Luckily Beast boy did and turned into a bird, flying straight at Mammoth and pecking at his eyes. Raven swiftly turned around and used her powers to slam into Mammoth, forcing him to fall back. "Retreat!" Jinx screamed, and the three villains quickly exited the store. Just as the team was about to follow, Robin grabbed onto Cyborg's arm.
"Stop," he stated, and the team frowned at him. He smirked and held up his communicator. On the screen was a red dot moving fast. "We got them."
"A tracking device?" Beast boy exclaimed, staring in awe at the computer before him. The HIVE main headquarters was blinking on the screen giving away the secret hideout that the Titans had been searching for. Robin smirked and nodded his head. "Was that your plan all along?"
Instead of answering, Robin just smirked confidently at him.
"Nice work Robin!" Starfire smiled cheerfully.
Robin nodded and began planning, "It wouldn't work if we just attacked the headquarters. For all we know, it could be a trap. We need to know what they're planning which is why we need someone on the inside."
"Stealth!" Beast boy grinned happily. "I'm your man! Or rather, you're fly on the wall!"
Instead of his plan being met with agreement, Beast boy's face fell when he saw Robin's hesitation. "We need someone to interact with the students," Robin replied apologetically. "Sorry Beast boy."
"Then who will it be?" Starfire questioned. "You?"
"No offense," Raven added snidely, "but the last time you went undercover, it didn't go so well. At all."
Robin scowled at her, and the team froze. "I said I was sorry for that," he snapped.
"Good to know," she glared back. Tension rose in the room as the two glared heavily at each other. Starfire gulped and slowly backed up towards Cyborg, who stared at the entire scene blankly. She was about to comment on it, but she ended up tripping on the remote on the floor. Gasping, she tried to regain her balance but it was too late. She rammed into Cyborg, who fell flat on the floor. The strange part was, he made no facial expression.
"Cyborg?" Starfire questioned, the attention of the room directed at their fallen comrade.
"Actually," Cyborg's voice came from the side of the room. The team turned to see Cyborg, grinning over the one who had fallen to the floor. "I'm Cyborg. That's just my robotic replacement."
"Replacement?" Beast boy's eyebrows furrowed. "Wait, you're going in? No offense, but you'd stick out more than me!"
"Nope." Grinning, Cyborg banged his fists together and his whole body transformed to look human. Raven, Beast boy, and Starfire all looked at him in awe, and Robin grinned proudly at his teammate. "If I go in like this, no one will recognize me."
"A hologram!" Starfire clapped her hands together.
"You knew about Robin's plan?" Raven raised an eyebrow.
"Yep," Cyborg smirked. "For once, I was in on it!"
"Congratulation's!" Starfire dashed to him. "You almost look normal!"
Beast boy and Robin flinched at the comment, and Raven pressed her lips together. Cyborg appeared very thrown off by the comment and insecurely looked down at his hands. "Um… thanks?"
Her face fell. "I'm sorry… I did not mean—"
"It's fine Star," Cyborg reassured her. "I know what you meant. If anything, it's a big compliment on the technology I built!"
"I see," she reluctantly smiled back but Cyborg could tell she still regretted what she said.
He forced a smile. "Who's ready to take down HIVE?"
Victor smiled at the crowd. It was the championship game against their school's archrivals. While he may have been nervous, he was still determined to win. As he was scanning the crowd, his eyes fell on a peculiar sight: Silas Stone. His father had decided to come to one of his games. Clenching his fists, Victor smiled happily.
"Victor?" His girlfriend rushed to him. Marcy Reynolds, one of the cheerleaders, was the most beautiful girl in school. Every day Victor felt blessed that she chose to date him. He smiled and kissed her quickly. "You gonna win this?"
"You know it!" He beamed and subtly pointed to his father. Marcy gasped and smiled brightly.
"He came! When's the last time he came to a game?"
"Never!" Victor nearly jumped with excitement. "Last week my mom was telling me to push my limits to win. I'm going to do that. I'm going to win!"
"I know you will baby!" Marcy kissed him again. "Go kick their asses!"
They ended up winning that game, and when Victor went to see his father in the crowd, Silas only scoffed at him before walking away.
Cyborg stared at his body in the mirror. His eyes stuck to the muscular arms and the fake flesh that accompanied them. Glancing down at his hands, he frowned as he formed a fist. It looked so real, yet he couldn't feel his own skin. If he reached out to the mirror, he wouldn't be able to feel whether it was cold or smooth. Unable to help it, he raised his arm and flexed his muscle, smiling proudly at what he saw.
"You look good."
Jumping up, Cyborg whipped around to see Robin standing there with a smirk on his face. "Y-yeah," he flushed. "Looks really convincing."
Robin nodded, and if he wasn't wearing the mask, Cyborg would have seen his eyes searching his expression. "You okay?"
Cyborg's body tensed. "Fine."
"Yeah," Robin smiled softly. "Like I was three months ago?"
Cyborg flinched, and Robin strode into the room, glancing around at the technology that filled it. "Robin?"
"This will be hard for you," he stated without looking at him in the eye. "Just know you can always talk about it with me if it gets to be too much. I'm here for you."
Cyborg shook his head in confusion. Or perhaps denial. "What are you talking about? I'm fine."
"Do you miss it?" Robin changed the subject. "Having this body?"
A tense silence fell between the two. "I'm fine." He curtly answered.
Robin nodded but clearly didn't believe him. "It's time, Cy. Just came to let you know that."
Not the only reason, Cyborg thought bitterly as Robin exited the room. He could tell Robin was worried about him, but he didn't need to be. He could handle pretending to have this body again, and it would affect him negatively at all. He was a fighter. He's proved that time and time again.
Raven meditated peacefully in her room. Already having said her goodbyes to Cyborg, she attempted to quell the feeling of dread in her stomach. While she doubted Cyborg would mess up the plan, she still didn't know how well Cyborg would take to being in his old body again. Not only that, but she nearly outright fought with Robin today… She sighed and tried to focus.
When she heard a knock on her door, she nearly outright groaned. Standing up, she walked to her door and allowed it to open. She narrowed her eyes at the sight of Robin standing there with his arms crossed. Before the door could slam shut, Robin instantly put his foot in between and forced it open with his arms. "What?" Raven glared at him.
"You've been avoiding me," Robin stated. "I thought you'd stop by now, but you haven't."
"I haven't been avoiding you." She crossed her arms. "I've been busy."
"Figuring out ways to bring our dead friend back," Raven snapped, lying through her teeth. It was a low blow, and she knew it. It was also terrible to use Terra's sacrifice as an excuse to avoid Robin, but she was running out of options.
Robin flinched at the mention of her and sighed. "Is that so? Because you've been avoiding me since our prom dance, and last time I checked, Terra was alive at that point."
"Drop it Robin." Raven sighed, rubbing her temples. "Nothing good will come out of this."
"Yeah two people living in the same house and fighting crime together getting along. It just spells disaster." He sarcastically replied.
"You can't do this forever." He protested.
I don't need forever.
"I can try." Raven used her powers to push Robin back and shut the door. She could hear Robin hit the wall in the hall, but she didn't feel guilty about it. This was for his own good.
Alice: That's the first chapter!
Emily: This is a very Cyborg-oriented chapter, so I couldn't put as much RobRae as I wanted to in.
Alice: Don't worry. This story will be packed with RobRae. More than the first two stories actually.
Emily: Let us know what you think!
Alice: The next update will be next Wednesday the 22nd at the latest.