Starfire took a large swig of mustard, and then suddenly let out a short burp. She quickly covered her mouth with her hand, and Mark laughed.
"Forgive me. Might you excuse me? I believe I need to use the restroom."
"You don't need to ask permission, Star," Robin said. "Go ahead."
Starfire stood and spotted a doorway with the title "restrooms" on top of it. She walked through, peered both ways for a moment, and then took a left.
Mark waited about half a minute as he frequently glanced in silence at the doorway Starfire had disappeared through. Finally he stood up and announced that he too needed to use the restroom. He followed Starfire's path and looked both ways as he neared the door. Robin watched closely, and was sure he saw Mark take a left.
"I have to go too."
Two of the remaining four watched Robin stand and go to the doorway. Beast Boy and Cyborg ate without notice of anything going on around them.
Robin reached the doorway and looked both ways before angrily stamping his foot on the ground. To his left were both the men and women's restrooms. To his right was a door marked "employees only". Robin leaned against the doorframe and tried to listen in, but with all the talk going on around him, he couldn't hear anyone talking inside the bathrooms.
At that moment, however, they were.
"Mark!" Starfire said in surprise as she exited the stall and Mark was leaning against the wall, waiting for her. She lowered her voice and looked around. "I believe you are in the wrong restroom."
"I don't think so," Mark said casually.
"But I am sure I am not," Starfire said in confusion. "The door I walked through was marked 'women'."
"Well then I guess we're both in the right bathroom, aren't we?"
Starfire looked at him in confusion before shrugging her shoulders and heading towards the sink. "Just when I am sure I know earth very well, something new and strange is shown to me."
"Yeah," Mark said, staring at Starfire. "Me too."
"Really?" Starfire said, letting the water rush through her fingers. "And you have lived here your whole life. I suppose I shall never understand earth fully then."
"Starfire," Mark said, walking over the sink next to the one she was using, "would you want to go out on a date with me sometime?"
Starfire's hands froze under the water. She nervously cleared her throat. "I am sorry, Mark, I do not believe I heard you correctly."
"Oh, I think you did," Mark said.
Starfire bit her lower lip as she hurriedly got some soap and rubbed it on her two hands. "I am dating Robin."
"Are you turning down my offer?" Mark said, moving a bit closer to her. "You know, we could be very happy together."
Starfire quickly left the sink with the water still running. She turned her back to him and looked at the stall. "I am happy with Robin. I am happy with all my friends."
"But how d'you know you won't be happy with me?" Mark asked. "Why don't you give me a chance?"
Starfire glanced at him over her shoulder without moving. "I gave you a chance."
There was a silence between them, only the running water making noise. Mark stared longingly at her back, wishing for words to say that she couldn't resist. Starfire stared at the ground and sighed.
"I wish you could see it," she said quietly. "There are other people like my friends in the world, I am sure of it. You could be happy with them too." There was a short pause, but not long enough for Mark to adequately interject. "I am very happy when I am with Robin. He makes me feel like I am wanted, and not just because he thinks I am pretty, but because he likes me. He does not mind that I do not understand all of earth customs yet, and he does not care that I have strange tastes. He finds the beauty in me that sometimes I think no one else can see."
Starfire turned around to face Mark, and she subconsciously took his hands in hers. Mark was too stunned at her previous words to think much of this. "I believe there is someone out there for you, Mark. I like you, and I hope we can be friends, but I think you are pursuing what you cannot get. There is someone in the world that will make you feel as happy as I do when I am around Robin, and I do not want you to ever give up until you find her. You must promise me that you will never settle for anything less than the girl who will one day make you feel warm and wanted. You must promise that you will never stop looking for her until she is found. Do you promise?"
Mark looked at Starfire, stunned into silence. He shook his head slightly and squeezed the wet hands that held his. "I promise."
Starfire looked down at her hands, not having even realized she had grabbed hold of his. She flushed slightly as she took her hands back and returned to the sink. "I am sorry; I did not dry my hands."
"It's okay," Mark said, smiling at her. He walked back over to the sink where she was, and as her hands went under the water again to finish getting off the soap, he pushed her hands back at her. The water sprayed up in her face.
"Mark!" Starfire said.
"What are you going to do about it?" Mark said with a playful smile.
Starfire smiled, seeing the game, and cupped her hands together to get some water. When they were full, she thrust them at Mark. With his face full of water, Mark turned on the sink next to him as much as it would go and cupped his hands under it in preparation to launch an attack. Starfire ran to the opposite side of the bathroom and tried to lock herself in a stall, but Mark threw the water at her first, a trail leading from his hands to her. Starfire screamed slightly at how cold the water in his sink had been, but rushed back to her own sink to get some more.
"STARFIRE!" Robin rushed into the room. "YOU SCREAMED AND—"
Robin himself let out a yell as he slipped on some of the water on the floor and hit the tile with an obnoxious noise. Starfire and Mark's smiles fell as Robin hit the floor, and Starfire hurried to his side.
"Robin, what are you doing?" Starfire asked, helping him up.
"You screamed so I came in here. Now what is he doing in here?" Robin said, pointing a finger at Mark.
"I came to make sure she was all right," Mark said dismissively, waving a hand for effect.
"I think she can use the bathroom without help!" Robin said angrily.
"What were you doing so nearby?" Mark asked.
"Making sure you didn't try anything stupid!"
"Well you're a little late for that, isn't he, Starfire?"
Starfire nodded. "Yes, we did many things before you came."
Robin looked between the two, horrified. "You did what? What kinds of things?"
"We were playing with water," Mark said, turning off the sinks, "and there was lots of physical contact."
Starfire nodded, flushing. Robin didn't fail to notice. "There was lots of the physical contact."
Robin looked at Mark, livid. "Starfire is my girlfriend! Lay off her and go get your own!"
Mark smiled, but while he looked at Robin, the smile wasn't for Robin. "I will. Someday. Right, Star?"
Starfire smiled back at him and nodded. "Right."
Robin looked between the two, clearly having missed something.
"Well, time to get back to eat!" Mark said, clapping his hands together. "I'm still rather hungry. The second steak they brought is great, and I still have a few pieces to finish up!"
"Yes!" Starfire agreed. "I am anxious to finish my pizza."
Robin shook his head, thinking he must have hit it too hard. "Right. Food."
The three walked out of the women's restroom just as an old lady walked through the short hallway. She looked at three in surprise as they turned the corner, and then back at the restroom sign.
"Hey! 'Bout time you got back here!" Beast Boy called to the other end of the table. "I think I'm about full!"
"Is that possible?" Raven asked to no one in particular.
"I suppose so," Aqualad said, having long since hid his spaghetti under the table. He now had Dark Lord's Arisen out in front of him and was on page twenty-nine.
"Yeah, I think I'm gonna call it quits soon too," Cyborg said, attempting to eat another chicken leg.
"This is a day for miracles," Raven said.
"Apparently," Aqualad said.
Mark finished up the last few bites, and Robin left half of his newly brought out lobster untouched.
"Do you not like it?" Starfire asked.
"Star, look at the size of this thing. It's huge."
Starfire giggled and placed the last piece of pizza in her mouth. "The pizza here is always so magnificent!"
"How are we doing here?" Robert asked as he slid by.
"I think we're doing fine," Mark said. "We're about ready to go, though, so we need the check."
Robert nodded curtly before turning back to the kitchen.
"Oh, and… hey, you!"
Robert slowly turned with a look sent from Satan on his face. "Robert."
"Yeah, Robert, there's a mess in the girl's bathroom. You might wanna have a look at that."
Again Robert gave a terse nod and continued on his way to get their check.
"OH MY GOSH!" Aqualad suddenly yelled. "TAYLOR IS DEAD!"
Several people nearby turned to look at him. Raven whispered with a smile for Aqualad to keep his voice down. "Wait until you see who he kills next."
Aqualad looked at her, horrified, and then immediately began reading faster through the pages of the book.
"Here you are." Robert dropped the check next to Mark where it floated down to meet his empty plate. "So will you guys be coming back anytime soon?" He looked to Starfire for an answer.
"We shall try!" she said. "And I shall remember to call you this time, I promise!"
Robert smiled and nodded. "Good."
Mark was still staring at the check.
"Something wrong?" Robert asked.
Mark remained silent as he stared with wide eyes.
"Hey, don't try and go back on you paying for this whole thing," Cyborg warned.
Mark just stared.
"I shall help you pay," Starfire said, realizing what was the matter. "Um… I have some money in my room! I shall go get it!"
"Starfire, the only money you have in your possession is from Tamaran," Raven said. "That doesn't work on earth."
"Oh," Starfire said in a dejected tone. "Perhaps someone else could help him pay?"
Mark suddenly regained himself and shook his head. "No, no, I can handle this. After all, I said I would pay and I'm going to. And I keep my promises." He gave Starfire a special look and stood.
Starfire's face brightened considerably. "Then we shall see you again some time?"
"Definitely," Mark said. "You may not even recognize me."
Robin snorted into his soda. "With a black suit with a Red X on it or that mask covering your eyes? You'd be hard to miss."
Mark gave a mysterious smile. "Perhaps you'll see me differently next time."
He walked away towards the cashier, and Starfire smiled after him. She was, perhaps, the only one at the table that for once understood what someone meant. "I look forward to that day!"
Robin blinked, and then shook his head. "Well, then, I guess we can go."
"Man, that was some good cooking," Cyborg said.
"Yeah, we gotta come back soon," Beast Boy agreed.
"Maybe not too soon," Robin said cautiously.
Starfire laughed. "It shall be fun, I am sure, whenever we return."
"OH MY—I CANNOT BELIEVE HE JUST KILLED JUSTIN!"
"Aqualad, calm down!" Raven laughed, and the power in the restaurant vanished.
The Titans looked guiltily looked at each as they tried to hold back a laugh. Beast Boy was the first to pick up Cyborg and head into the night sky, the two unable to hold back the laughter that was now erupting from their mouths. Starfire smiled and was next to pick up Robin in her grasp and follow them, laughing slightly at what Raven had done. Raven was the last that shrugged it off and picked up Aqualad, intending for him to stay in the guest room at the tower, though his nose was still glued to the book. She laughed again, this time removing half the city's power, as Aqualad gave an anguished scream.
"HE JUST MURDERED LORD MALTROW!"
And that is IT! NO MORE! I'm gonna cry. I loved hearing from you guys—you always made my day. It's been very fun to write, I must say, but that's IT!
I want to beg everyone's forgiveness. I haven't touched any of the three (maybe four starting tomorrow because I just got an Inuyasha idea I like based on my real experience) fics I'm working on in ages. When this is posted, however, I won't have any excuse, so I'll get on it. WAIT, YES I DO! SOFTBALL! Softball season has started and our first game is in two weeks. o.o Coach wants to play me at third too, so it's really scary. I've never played infield in the last two years I've done this game. Pray I do well everyone! Then I'll be happy and want to write more!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! This chapter was my Valentine's gift to you all. -hands out candy and flowers to reviewers- I'm happy, are you?
To the reviews I got between yesterday and now…
Rose- MY TLT is going to kill someone off every chapter, starting with the first one, but not in the first few sentences. I think it's… um… -looks- The first death is on page three in Microsoft Word. I didn't want to kill this character first, but I had to. It's explained, but everybody loves this character, including me. It makes me so sad. : ( Most people liked Robert. I was rather surprised at this, but hey, whatever works. And you can't pay enough to HATE Terra. I just think she's okay, but it was really rude of her to betray the Titans. xD Or evil, whichever term you prefer. I'll be sure to check out All is Fair.
OtsegoSpartan78- I'm so glad you found everything funny! I couldn't write a comedy, but I think humor in any fic is good. X, if you didn't guess it, showed up just to try and get Starfire again. There wasn't any romance, as you see, but if there's a sequel, you can count on it. I'm flattered, though, that you're going to read it again! That makes me feel special. And I'll be sure to read your fan fic. I'm going to make a list of all the fics people asked me to read and put it at the end of the chapter so that others can read them too!
D-I-WaRrIa- "Have some chocolate"? Was that in the chapter "Three Days" when AL sent stuff? That's the only time I can think of…. Anywayz, it's okay that you forgot to review. I don't mind. And I was really surprised that everyone loved X and Robert so much. X was, of course, a relatively important charrie, but I didn't think people would actually like him. Robert REALLY surprised me because he was just one of those characters that help evolve things, to keep them moving without boring you to tears. Imagine AL's date without Robert. I would have bored myself to tears with my own fic. So I was rather surprised about those two. Should I make a sequel, I dunno if they'll return. Oh, another question to add-goes to add- Oh, and which story of yours is the one you mentioned about two Robins? "How Can I Trust You?" I'm glad you found everything funny. I couldn't write a comedy, but any fic is better with humor, so I'm happyful!
Somekindafreaky- I'm glad you found it funny! Hope you liked the unofficial ending!
Babie A- I'm glad you're enjoying it, and flattered you want to read it again. I've heard that said on this fic several times, but it never fails to make me feel lovèd.
SocialKween- There is no part three, SO I EXPECT A LONG REVIEW! xD Quite frankly, you could leave me a sentence and I woudn't mind. I hope you enjoyed the fic!
While you're waiting for another of my fics, or if you're just looking for some others ones to read, people have been giving me a list of their fics or other good fics I should read. I thought I'd share that list with you and a few of my personal favorites that no one mentioned.
AnimeAngelz does "The Tears of My Heart" and "Finding Freedom", both INCREDIBLE Inuyasha fics. They're my favorite Inuyasha fics ever. She's incredible, and I e-mailed her, and she said she's going to update soon. Just finishing up the chapter.
SocialButterfli does the most amazing Teen Titans fics. My personal favorite is "Hey Jealousy", but she also has written "Hearts Desire", "Minds Obsession" (sequel to HD), and is present doing "In Your Dreams". All of them are incredible. -wishes she was as talented at SocialButterfli-
The one Fruits Basket fic I'm following is called "Sing for Me" by therhoda. It's really funny, but the author takes a while to update. If you know of some Furuba fics that are really good, tell me, because I need to read some more!
"Cookie Dough" by ChocolateCurlz and "Exboyfriend" by SushiChica are also really good, if CD would ever UPDATE-growls angrily at author- "Teen Titans: Prince Charming", "Destiny Comes Carbonated", and "Twelve Days of Torture" (THOUGH THE PAIRINGS IN THIS ONE SUCK) are also really good fics that are finished. There are others that are finished on my favs, but I can't remember what they're about…. o.o xD So I'm just putting the three. As for other TT fics that are still continuing, I can only put so many before you get entirely too bored of this.
Fics from you guys:
Unexpected Allies Series by StrikingFalcon (Inuyasha)
"Normal Teenage Life" by Queen-of-Azarath
D-I-WaRrIa has a lot of fics, so just all of those. xD
"Captive" and "Near Perfection" by SocialKween
Babie A also has a lot of stories (she's written a lot more since she reviewed me on them), so check those out!
"Some Adversaries Never Die" by OtsegoSpartan78
"All is Fair, Or is It?" by Everclueless
I hope I didn't forget any that people mentioned, but if I did, I'm really sorry! There's a lot of reviews to go through, you guys! Thanks anywayz!
Now I'm going to make up some end-of-the-story questions for you (thanks SocialButterfli for doing it; it gave me the idea).
1) What was the worst part about the story? (And there has to be SOMETHING you didn't like about it, so think!)
2) What did you like the best about the story?
3) Who was the most OOC and what could I do in the future to change that?
4) What would you say is the most interesting genre to read about? (Romance, mystery, action/adventure, comedy, etc.)
5) Are there any grammatical errors you saw me commonly making that you'd like to point out/give me advice on? (I'm always up for grammar help!)
6) Would you like a sequel? If so, what could it be about? (I have no clue.)
7) If there was a sequel, should X and Robert return? Everyone seemed to really like at least one of them (which really surprised me), so I was just asking….
8) Do you like Inuyasha or Fruits Basket? (Random question of the day)
Thank you everyone, and I hope you enjoyed the last installment of A Date for a Debt! I loved reading your reviews, so leave me one last one, ks? Bye!