Chapter 2: For Whom the Doorbell Tolls

The doorbell rang. Well, not so much rang, as played the Teen Titans theme song.

Robin always thought it lent an air of authenticity to the place. After all, if Batman could have a Bat-mobile, why couldn't he have a Teen Titans-theme song? Unfortunately, the other Titans didn't seem to share this view. Beast Boy even thought it was ridiculous.

Either way, he figured it was best to get the door. Maybe it was someone giving them a job. Or Aqualad and Bumblebee coming by with a fruitcake wishing them a Merry Christmas. All he knew was that, as long as it had nothing to do with Slade, he could handle it.

He turned the handle and swung open the door.

A split-second later, he yelled "TEEN TITANS, GO!"

Terra could easily dispatch Robin. She used her power to lift up a rock and hit Robin in the head with it.

"I'm not here to fight," she said, as calmly as she could manage. "I just need to see Beast Boy."

Robin rubbed his head and got into a defensive stance. "How do we know that?" he said, the eyeslits of his mask narrowing. "You died six months ago, remember? Hell, how do we even know you're the REAL Terra?"

The other Teen Titans flew down the stairs. "I am sorry we are late, Robin," Starfire said, apologetically. "Beast Boy had gotten his head stuck in a jar of… pickles, and-"

"God damn it, when I say "TEEN TITANS, GO", I don't mean 'Teen Titans, lounge around and maybe go downstairs if you feel like it!'" Robin was fuming.

Beast Boy was the first to notice Terra standing in the doorway.

"TERRA!" He ran up to her. "Terra, you're alive!"

Robin held out an arm between Terra and Beast Boy. "Not so fast," he hissed. "We can't trust her. It might be a trap."

"Robin, I mean no offense, but you believe everything is a trap," Starfire remarked meekly. "You are like my cousin Gllorgsnath, only less prone to problems of digestion."

"He's right not to trust her," Raven said coldly. "She betrayed us once… she could betray us again. If she expects to be able to join the Teen Titans again after what she did…"

"Especially after we trusted her like that," Cyborg added.

"I don't want to join your fucking group again," Terra said, in a controlled voice. "You can all know that I don't give a shit whether half of you live or die."

There was an awkward silence, as the Teen Titans looked at one another quizzically. Beast Boy looked hurt.

"Then why ARE you here?" Robin finally managed.