True Love of the Apprentice

"Robin, why do you like that movie so much?" Cyborg asked Robin, who was seated on the couch watching the Phantom of the Opera.

"I dunno." Came the reply from the masked teen, "I guess it is because he and I have a lot in common. The mask, the determination, the true love." He said, looking over at Starfire, who was curled up next to him, snuggled in his side.

"Ya…" Cyborg said, scratching his head. He looked at the t.v. "I'm gonna go to bed. Night ya'll."

"I, too, must get some sleep, Robin. Good night. Pleasant dreams."

"Night Star." He said.

"Are you not going to bed?"

"Na, I think I'll stay and watch for a while."

"Alright." She said, floating off to bed.

Robin was alone. He watched the Masquerade scene, then sang softly,

"Masquerade, paper faces on parade, Masquerade, hide your face so the world will never find you." As he ended, someone sneaked up behind him. He was so engulfed in the movie, that he did not know until there was a gag in his mouth that there was an intruder. He escaped the gag for a brief moment and yelled

"Alarm on!" that was all he could get out before the gag was fit and tied and his hands were bound. He heard the titans come running, a moment to late, as he felt something hit the back of his head and unconsciousness took him. He was dragged away.

The titans ran into the room.

"Robin what is…" Star looked around. The movie was still playing. "Robin?"

"No!" Raven said, glancing down she saw a piece of cloth that had snagged on the corner of the table. It was black and orange.

"Slade." Beast Boy said.

"Robin." Star murmured, then she broke into sobs.