I don't own Teen Titans. So don't ask...

Dedication: Vandy, for helping me with my new fic after Dani got too busy for it. iluvu!


Starfire bounced out of the ship, smiling, jumping around the Tower roof.

"It's great to be home!" The others just watched her, grinning. Suddenly she stopped, turning to them. "What about Jen?" Robin frowned.

"She was a bitch so we kicked her out." Raven said emotionlessly. Star sighed, relieved.

"I don't like her..." Robin put an arm on her shoulder.

"Forget her. Let's just get inside."


The boys flopped down on the couch.

"It's good to be home..." The girls rolled their eyes. Raven turned on the main computer, and the Titan's communicators started to blink.

"We've got a message from Slade..." Robin jumped to his feet.

"Pull it up." Raven did so. Slade's face appeared on the screen.

"Well Titans, I see you aren't home. Had to get your precious Starfire back, didn't you Robin? But I'm sure you two are merely friends, right? Because you wouldn't want to show any...weaknesses." Robin's hands formed into angry fists. "That's what I thought. I'll see you soon." The screen went blank.

"Robin?" He ignored Star, stomping off to his room. She sighed, dropping to her knees.

"So, Slade's telling Robin he can't fall in love?" Cy asked.

"Pretty much. He hinted using it against Robin." Raven answered.

"He did?" Star looked at BeastBoy.

"He said it would be a weakness."

"Maybe someone should go talk to him." Star nodded.

"I will. After he has some time to cool down..."


Robin heard a knock on his door about an hour after receiving the message from Slade. He glanced at the door as it slid aside and Star came in, carrying a tray. She set it down on the table and he looked over at the mug of coffee.

"It's getting late..." She murmured.

"I need to find out what Slade is planning." He didn't look at her.

"Need any help?" He finally looked up.

"Star, we need to talk." She watched him silently. "Star...we can't be together. Not now."

"Because of Slade..." It wasn't a question, but he nodded all the same. "So you're going to let him control you?" He looked into her eyes.

"If it protects you, then yes." She gazed into his mask, hurt and angry.

"Well maybe I don't want to be protected!"

"Star...be reasonable..."

"You're the one about to stay up all night working on the Slade case, obsessing like you always do! And you're telling me to be reasonable?!?"

"Star, I'm not going to become obsessed." He replied calmly.

"You said that before- I'll believe it when I see it."


"No! I'm sick of being lied to and hurt because you want to shelter me! I'm not a little kid Robin! I can take care of myself!" Robin stood, his fury getting the better of him.

"Well, you've really proven that huh? The Titans have only been back together a few months and we've had to rescue you twice!" She glared at him, furious.

"The first time I had to give in or Melissa's party would have been blown up, and the second time you had to 'rescue' me because you screwed up!" Closing his eyes, Robin took a deep breath, calming himself.

"You aren't making this any easier..."

"I don't care! You're acting without taking my feeling into consideration!"

"Well excuse me for choosing having you alive over having you happy!" She groaned, annoyed.

"Stop trying to protect me! I'm fully capable of doing it myself!"

"My decision is final Starfire. Now, I need to get some work done." He turned away. She watched him for a moment before leaving without a word.