"We interrupt this broadcast for an emergency announcement from the president."
Robin looked up from the table where he had been working as a live feed from the oval office filled the screen. The man he knew to be the President of the United States sat behind a desk, facing the camera and looking very serious. "My fellow Americans, it pains me to inform you that at 9 am today," Robin checked his watch, 10 am. " I received word that a comet the size of Africa is on a collision course with the Earth. It is estimated that it will hit in 20 hours from now, at 6 am tomorrow. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to stop it. The comet will collide with the Earth, and destroy it completely." Different thoughts and emotions raced through Robin. Fear, regret, despair were the dominant ones, but he also felt a blind hope. Something like this couldn't happen. This was a dream, surely! He knew it wasn't and he hated himself for being so weak. This led to anger, anger directed at the president. Can't do anything! This man was supposed to protect the people, and he can't do anything! The president continued, "The only advice I can give you is stay calm, and spend your last hours with your loved ones, as I intend to do. May god have mercy on us all." The broadcast ended and the program he had been half watching returned. Spend your last hours with your loved ones…Robin's loved ones, his friends, were gone. He didn't even know where they all were. He knew Cyborg was head of Hotwire Technicals, a company that designed and built weapons for the military, Beastboy had become a vet, Raven a lawyer, but Starfire, she had left to travel the world, but by now she had returned to Tamaran for sure. Starfire…Robin was comforted by the thought that she was happy, maybe even a queen, and would not be on Earth when that comet hits. Robin stood up and typed some commands into the computer. A map of space sprung up onto the screen. There was Earth, and the Sun, and there was the comet. The president was right, it was huge, easily the size of Africa. It jerked forward an inch as it came closer still. Robin stood staring at it, and he jumped as the shrill ring of the phone cut through the silence. He answered it,
"Hey buddy, good to hear you again." The voice sounded cheerful, but there was a heavy, underlining worry.
"Cyborg?" said Robin.
"Yeah, have you heard the news?" he asked.
"Yeah, I have. Hard to take in isn't it?"
"It certainly is. Listen, er, can I come over? It would be nice to see you all again, before, you know, the world ends."
"Sure" said Robin, excited about seeing his old team-mate again. "But it would be only me. The others have all gone their separate ways." he said, sadly.
"Don't be so sure, I just got a call from my attorney, Miss Roth says she will accompany me."
"Raven? Cool, how long will it take you to get here?" asked Robin. It was easier to think about the prospect of being reunited with his best friends than the end of all life. They were more than just people, they were the best time of his life.
"I have an army grade private helicopter at my disposal. See you in half an hour." Robin laughed, and they hung up. The phone was down for a second, before it rang again.
"Hey Robin, it's your old pal Beastboy."
"Hey, how are you?"
"I'm fine. Look, I was thinkin' maybe I could spend my last day on Earth at the Tower? Whaddya say?"
"Sure, Cyborg and Raven are already flying in from Space City. It'll be like old times."
"Cool, be there in twenty."
"See ya." And they hung up. Robin drummed his fingers on the table. Were there any preparations he should make for his friends? He didn't want to think about the world's impending doom. Usually, he would fight any threat, but how do you fight a celestial, continent-sized rock? So instead he thought about the one thing garranteed to occupy his mind. Starfire. The Titans reunion would deffinately not be the same without her, he would miss her up-beat and unshakeably positive attitude. He couldn't believe he had just let her go, without ever telling her how he felt. And it wasn't as if he had never had the chance,
Starfire stood on the shore, facing the island and the rest of her team. She had her bag on her back, she was all ready to go, but she couldn't quite bring herself to break away. The others stood looking at her, their goodbyes had been said, however reluctantly. Robin stood slightly further forward than the others, his eyes locked with Starfire's.
"Er, I'm gonna go get… the camera! Yeah, you can't go without one last picture." said Cyborg, obviously just looking for an excuse to leave the two heroes alone.
"We'll come too." said Raven, dragging Beastboy behind her. Then they were alone.
"Starfire, I- "
"Robin, I- " Both Titans spoke at once, then stopped and looked down at their feet.
"Go ahead" said Robin.
"Oh no please, you may speak first." hurried Starfire.
"Starfire, I…" Robin began, but his voice failed him. What's the problem? Tell her! This is your last chance, after this she's gone for good. Just tell her you love her, you have to! said a voice in Robin's head, but he just couldn't do it. "I- I'm gonna miss you, Star" He winced at his own cowardice. Starfire looked disapointed, but she quickly hid it,
"Oh, I will miss you too" she said.
"What were you going to say?" asked Robin.
"I…" stuttered Starfire, but then she just sighed and looked down at her feet, "Nothing" she finished. "Goodbye, Robin" And she slowly lifted off the ground, She turned and sped off towards the city. Before she disapeared from view, Robin saw her put her hand to her face, as if she was wiping tears away.
"Starfire, I love you" he whispered. He turned to go inside, and saw the others standing in the doorway. No doubt they had heard him, but he didn't care, he was numb inside. He walked past them and locked himself in his room for the next day or two.
The doorbell rang and he jerked out of his memories. He looked at his watch, it had been 21 minutes since Beastboy had called, he had just been too caught up to realise. He walked slowly to the door, feeling drained. He pulled open the heavy front door to reveal his green friend. Beastboy had grown to be about his height, his hair was longer and ruffled, he wore an expensive, dark green shirt with black trousers.
"Hey Robin." he said sheepishly.
"Hey, come on in, Cyborg and Raven will be here soon." He held the door open and Beastboy stepped inside, and looked up and around at the inside of the Tower.
"Man, it's just as I remember it." he said sadly.
"Yeah, well, I like to keep it this way." replied Robin. They walked together in silence to the living room. The comet and it's progress was still up on the screen,
"So that's it, huh?" said Beastboy.
"Yeah. Uh, I can get rid of it if you want." said Robin, unsure.
"No, it's okay. It's kinda nice, being able to see the thing that's going to kill you." he said. Robin merely nodded. Then they heard the rumble of a helicopter approaching,
"That's gonna be Cy and Raven" said Robin. They made their way to the roof, and got there just as a small helicopter with the Hotwire Technicals logo on it touched down. They could see their friends through the windshield, Cyborg gave them a wave, and Raven nodded once. They dissapeared from sight, and a second later the door slid back and they stepped out. To look at him, you wouldn't really know Cyborg was half machine. Having designed sleeker, more realistic parts himself, with a top-of-the-range synthetic skin to match, he looked completely human. He was wearing an expensive looking suit, but Robin could tell from the familiar grin he gave them, that nothing had changed. Raven was in a dark purple business suit, with a stylish shirt on underneath. Her hair was longer and layered, framing her pale face perfectly. But the thing that really caught his eye was the prominent swell of advanced pregnancy. Robin was by no means an expert, but he judged she was in her last trimester. Both he and Beastboy were staring at her.
"Hello Robin" she said, her voice still the same emotionless monotone that they remembered. Cyborg's greeting was more enthusiastic.
"How you doin', man?" he asked, clapping Robin on the back sending him staggering forward.
"Fine, Cyborg, I think" he said, examining his shoulder. Beastboy was standing behind Raven.
"Hey" he said quietly, making her jump. A small crack appeared in the roof tile she was standing on. She spun around,
"Beastboy" she sighed, "please don't do that"
"Sorry" They were staring into each others eyes, her hand came up to rest on her stomach, seemingly instinctively.
"Why don't we all go inside?" said Robin, breaking their trance. They both looked at him, then Raven said,
"Sure, that sounds nice." They walked awkwardly, unsure of what to say to each other. They reached the living room and the doors slid open. Inside, they could see the back of a red-haired head sitting on the couch.
"Starfire?" said Cyborg. She turned, and indeed it was Starfire. She had grown into a fully-fledged woman in their time apart, but she was unmistakeable. Robin was in shock, so much so that it didn't even occur to him to try and hide it when he ran his eyes all over her when she stood up. She was wearing a white t-shirt with kaki shorts.
"Hello friends." she said shyly, "I hope I am not intruding."
"Not at all" said Beastboy.
"I thought you were on Tamaran?" asked Robin. Starfire frowned,
"No, I was exploring this world, did I not say?"
"Yeah, but I thought… I mean, it has been a while."
"No, I did not wish to return. Besides, the only space-craft capable of taking me there is the one that is here."
"Well, isn't this great? All of our kick-ass crew back together again!"
"Yeah, but it took an apocalypse to do it." said Raven.
"Don't get negative, Raven. Let's just enjoy the time we have." said Beastboy.
"You're right, I'm sorry."
So the reunited comrades-in-arms sat down together and talked for hours. Robin told stories of the criminals he'd faced, both fiersome and just plain stupid. Beastboy apparently talks to the animals he gets brought, and he has a reputation for never diagnosing an animal wrong, and made a living with celebrities' pets. Cyborg tried his best to explain his latest inventions to them, but it was all too complicated. Starfire told them stories of all the remote places she'd visited, and Raven told them all about how she came to be the top prosecuter in the country, taking care of Cyborg as a favour on the side. When they asked her about her pregnancy, she gave a very vague answer.
"I got engaged, but it didn't work out so we broke up. No big deal." They didn't pursue the matter, it was obvious she didn't want to talk about it. Then they all told their favourite stories from when they were still the Teen Titans, until it felt as if they had never broke up.