Disclaimer: Thanks for the reviews from the previous chapter. Once again, I don't own Teen Titans or anybody from DC Comics-this story, however, I do own. I also don't own Boulevard of Broken Dreams, by Green Day.


Teen Titans: The Return of Red X

Chapter V-Walking Alone…


"…Whatever it is…I think we'd better do it alone." –Nightwing, Outsiders #1


Nighttime had finally fallen upon the town of Jump City, and once again, Beast Boy and Cyborg were challenging each other on the Gamestation to decide who would face Robin in a rematch, Starfire was attempting to cook dinner, and Raven…was busy reading one of her many books.

"You're not gonna pass me, B.B. Not now, not ever!" Cyborg declared, as he repeatedly rammed his Bullet Racer into Beast Boy's Changeling Condor, earning himself another 1,000 points.

"Check that out, dude-I just did!" Beast Boy laughed as Cyborg's actions pushed his Changeling Condor out of the gully and he was able to shoot past to the finish line!

"WHAT?" Cyborg exclaimed in shock, not believing what he had just seen take place.

"Looks like I'll be the one facing Robin, and earning the right to call myself Champion." the changeling announced confidently, a smug look on his face.

After a moment or so passed, the android Titan laughed loudly while slapping Beast Boy on the back, causing him to go flying and hit the television screen before dropping to the ground.

"Good one, man! You almost had me going there for a minute. 'Earning the right to call myself Champion.'"

Beast Boy frowned as he got up to his feet, noticing Cyborg head off, and listening to his laughter fade.

"Just wait, dude! I'll pull another upset, and do what no one has ever done-I'll beat Robin's high score and be on top!"

"Do not feel so frustrated, friend Beast Boy." Starfire advised with a smile as she entered in with a bowl of something Beast Boy hoped was food, and if it was, normal food. "Cyborg's actions are merely because both he and Robin have been the 'Champion of the Tower' quite a few times, and though you have come very close, you have been unable to secure the victory you so desire."

The young Titan eyed Starfire for a few moments, then grinned lightly.

"Thanks, Star!"

"I welcome you. Here-try a dish that was prepared by some of the finest chefs from Tamaran!"

Before Beast Boy could ask what was in it-or object-the Tamaranian shoved a spoonful directly into his mouth!

Looking up from the top of her book, Raven noticed Beast Boy's color change from green to a dark purple.

"Not even Beast Boy deserves that punishment from just a simple game…although, his looks seem to have improved a bit."

Once the spoon was removed, Beast Boy instantly ran to the nearest trash can and threw up in it, dropping back down to the ground when he was done.

"I think I've lost all feeling in my tongue…"

"Can you feel this?"

Confused, the green changeling suddenly gasped as his tongue was encased in dark energy, and he was hoisted up onto his feet! When he was released, Beast Boy had to resist the urge to throw up again, instead glaring at Raven with an irritated look.

"Raven, what was that for?"

"You said you lost all feeling in your tongue. Did you feel that?"

"Yes!"

"Earlier response answered."

Blinking in slight amazement, Beast Boy shook his head as Raven vanished through one of her self-made portals, signifying that she was heading to her room and wouldn't want to be disturbed.

"Beast Boy, do you know where Robin has gone to? Perhaps he would like to try some of my special dish-"

"NO!" Beast Boy protested loudly, then cleared his throat as Starfire eyed him with a look of concern. "I mean, he was here, but I think he left for somewhere. Besides, he may have eaten already."

"But where would he have gone at such a late hour?"


I walk a lonely road…the only one that I have ever known…

Don't know where it goes, but it's only me and I walk alone…

I walk this empty street on the boulevard of broken dreams…

…Where the city sleeps, and I'm the only one, and I walk alone…


Robin had decided to take a walk, to clear his mind of what had just transpired only hours ago, but to him, it felt like it had been an eternity. Try as he might, he just couldn't get the image of seeing Starfire stabbed through the chest with Shrike's knife out of his mind! Nor could he get the response he'd said to her out of his mind, either…

"Sorry, kid. Nothing personal…just business."

The one thing that stuck at him the most, like a dagger pierced in his own heart, was Shrike's final comment to him as he'd turned away and left…

"You want to take out more of that anger on me, you come to Blüdhaven. There's nothing for you here anymore."

Robin felt his heart beating at a slow pace now, but earlier, as he stared at the near-lifeless Starfire, it had been beating at a much faster pace.


I walk alone, I walk alone…

I walk alone, I walk a…!

Chorus: My shadow's the only one that walks beside me…

My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating…

Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me…

'Till then, I walk alone…!

Ahh, ahh…Ahh, ahh…Ahh, ahh…Ahh…!

Ahh, ahh…Ahh, ahh…Ahh, ahh…!


While leaping across the rooftops of Jump City as the night continued on, Robin found his thoughts heading back toward Red X, and how he had come very close to crossing the line against his teammates, all because he had been obsessed with finding out Slade's master plan.

Then, after Slade had been defeated, he had discovered that someone had broken into the Tower and stolen the suit, and had brought all that pain and guilt back up to the surface again. Starfire had tried to console him, but even her gentle words hadn't quelled the feelings of despair he had felt towards himself…

"The error you made, it is in the past. You are no longer the one inside the suit."

When facing his adversary head-on, someone who he could possibly consider an equal were it not for his thieving ways, Robin's thoughts now went back to the words X had said to him during their confrontation within the vault:

"Why did you steal the suit? What are you planning to do?"

"Whatever I want. Not everyone likes to play the big villain, kid. I'm a thief. I'm not threatening your precious city; just looking out for number one."

Ironically enough, X had contradicted himself a little later on before they had teamed up to stop the madman who was threatening the city:

"…If you cared about anything other than yourself, you'd be helping!"

"Sorry, kid. Some guys don't like to play the hero."

"He said he wasn't threatening the city, just looking out for himself. So, what would make him come back now, and actually team up with someone?"

Unbeknownst to Robin, he was being trailed by someone-someone who he hadn't faced in quite a while…


I'm walking down the line that divides me somewhere in my mind…

…On the borderline of the edge and where I walk alone…

Read between the lines of what's up and everything's all right…

Check my vital signs to know I'm still alive, and I walk alone…

I walk alone, I walk alone…

I walk alone, I walk a…!

Chorus: My shadow's the only one that walks beside me…

My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating…

Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me…

'Till then, I walk alone…!

Ahh, ahh…Ahh, ahh…Ahh, ahh…Ahh…!

Ahh, ahh…Ahh, ahh…!

I walk alone, I walk a…!

(song continues onward for 26 seconds)


Robin's journey to understand why these events had taken place at all ended with him where he had parked the R-Cycle at when leaving the Tower without his friends' knowledge. It had taken him no more than 5 hours to head around the entire city on foot. Back in Gotham, it would take him longer than that, but he would always make his way back before morning arrived.

"Shrike had to have come here for a different reason-for more than just completing a contract accepted by a different assassin. Could it really have had to do with what he said to me?"

Pushing any other lingering thoughts from his mind, the Teen Wonder prepared to hop onto the R-Cycle and make his way across the waters towards the Tower…until he heard a very familiar voice come from behind him-far too close for his comfort:

"Hello, Robin. After all this time apart, we meet again…"


I walk this empty street on the boulevard of broken dreams…

…Where the city sleeps, and I'm the only one, and I walk a…!

Chorus: My shadow's the only one that walks beside me…

My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating…

Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me…

'Till then, I walk alone…!

(song continues for 34 seconds until it ends abruptly)


Robin immediately turned around, staff in hand and extended with a klak-klak sound, prepared to fight, until he was unexpectedly hit with a powerful blast of fire!

"Ahhhh! Uhh!"

The Teen Wonder had been protected mainly due to his suit being fireproof as well as bulletproof, yet despite that protection, he'd been sent flying backward away from his R-Cycle and thrown to the ground hard!

As Robin struggled to make it back up to his feet, his attention was diverted in front of him, where to his extreme disbelief and utter shock, the individual Shrike had claimed went by the name of Deathstroke, was revealed to be none other than his thought-to-be-deceased nemesis, Slade! And, his hands were smoking heavily due to him having fired off that powerful blast of flame only seconds ago.

"You appear to be doing quite well, especially after having lost your friends at the hands of a deadly and calculative assassin, Robin…or, did you?"