A Teen Titans fanfic by Lavender Gaia
Editing and Assistance by Emmi and Laine
Chapter 1: Jealousy
Disclaimer: I do not own Teen Titans or any of its characters. They are all property of DC Comics.
Note: I am a firm believer that Robin is Dick Grayson and that will be shown in my stories. It is of my opinion that most of the facts point to it being him, and I like him better than Jason or Tim. If you have any problem with that at all, this is not the story for you and I hope you find some other fanfic to suit your tastes.
The piano wire slit the throat of its innocent victim, ripping through muscle and skin until it was fully decapitated. A tall man picked up the head by its long locks of red hair, holding it up to the light and examining the dirty business. Her mouth was still open in a scream, eyes wide with fear. His lips twisted into a gruesome smile, before he turned towards the still twitching body. Reaching into his pocket, he produced a knife and shoved it into her heart. "Just to be safe, love."
Robin stared down at the similar red head buried against his right arm. "It's over now, Starfire," he whispered, as not to disturb Beast Boy and Cyborg who were watching the screen in front of them intensely.
"Oh, I thank you, Robin," she whispered back, facing the screen again. Her grip on his forearm lessened and she resumed a sitting position. He realized his side was cold and wished that the movie was scarier.
A light blinked overhead and there was a sudden chime throughout the room. It took everyone a second to realize that a person had actually ringed the doorbell. They had very few visitors who didn't break in to kill or capture them in some obscure manner, and weren't quite used to it. "Cyborg, can you get the door?" Robin requested through a mouthful of popcorn.
"No way! BB's closer, make him get it," the mechanical man protested.
"Hey, I was the one who rented this movie," Beast Boy explained. "I'm not missing a minute of it."
Robin shot Cyborg a desperate look. The crazed murderer was searching for his new victim, preparing to kill them by means of a plastic spork. Starfire once again clung to him, and it would be a terrible inconvenience if he had to get up just then.
The tall man sighed. "Fine, fine, I got it."
The Boy Wonder sighed in relief and the trio returned to their film. A moment later, he called, "Hey, Rob, it's a girl for you. Says her name is Donna."
"I don't know any Donna," he replied easily, not noticing the troubled look clouding over Starfire's eyes.
"Donna Troy," Cyborg repeated. "Ring any bells?"
Confused eyes blinked behind his mask. It did sound vaguely familiar. "Donna…Donna…Oh my god, Donna! Cy, let her in!" He hopped over the couch, facing the door with a grin as the tin man obeyed.
A minute later, the four faced a young woman that seemed to be their age. Black hair curled just past her shoulders, and her bright blue eyes matched the wide smile on her face. "Donna!" Robin cried, picking her up and swinging her around in a rare view of ecstasy.
"Dick!" she wrapped her arms around his neck, hugging tightly.
Beast Boy snorted. "Dick? You're gonna just let this girl come in and insult you like that?"
"That's my name, Beast Boy," he deadpanned, placing Donna lightly on the floor.
A green jaw and a metal jaw both dropped in surprise. "No way!"
"Who is this girl, friend Robin?" Starfire ventured to ask quietly. In the middle of the commotion, she'd stopped the movie and turned the lights on.
"She's one of my oldest, closest friends." He wrapped around Donna's waist and squeezed. "What are you doing here?"
"I'm not allowed to come visit?" she pretended to be offended, but a sparkle in her eye gave it away.
"Of course you are! Let me introduce everyone. Guys, this is Donna Troy. Donna this is Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy. Raven's in her room." Robin gestured to each member in turn. "We're the Teen Titans."
"This is a great place you have here," she told him sincerely. "I saw the Titan's East recently, and since I had some time off I decided who better to visit than my best friend!"
Cyborg glanced at Starfire, already seeing the glue of her fake smile coming undone. "So, have you two each other long?"
"We met through a friend of a friend," Donna explained carefully, glancing over at Robin to see if she was revealing too much. "Before you all decided to form the Titans."
"Well, you're welcome to stay here during your vacation," Robin offered, the smile still not leaving his face.
"I wouldn't want to impose…" she whispered. Silently, Starfire agreed. She didn't want Donna to impose either.
"We have plenty of room," Robin told her. "It'd be nice to catch up."
"If you really want me to stay, I will, Dick."
"Great!" Cyborg said, breaking through the silence that seemed to accumulate from Starfire, Beast Boy and himself. It was almost as if they were watching the conversation, and not actively participating, besides Beast Boy's occasional sniggers and whispering of the name Dick. "We were watching a movie. Want to join us?"
"Sure!" They settled once more on the large couch, with Donna taking up Robin's left side. "What kind of movie is it?"
"Horror!" Beast Boy announced proudly. "The best kind. As long as you don't get too scared."
"I don't scare that easily," she smirked as Cyborg used one of the many remotes to restart the movie. It continued the scene where someone suffered death by plastic spork. Nothing too exciting happened until the villain suddenly appeared through a car windshield to murder the driver by smashing a golf club into her temple repeatedly.
Donna visibly jumped and held on to the closest object: Robin. "Sorry." She bit her bottom lip sheepishly. "Guess I'm a tad more jumpy than I thought."
"It's ok," he insisted, squeezing her hand reassuringly.
On his other side, Starfire watched the pair intensely, trying not to wince at their closeness. Realizing there was no one left for her to hold on to, she simply folded her hands in her lap. It almost felt like she was watching all alone.
A cold arm wrapped around her shoulder. Starfire blinked, then looked to see Cyborg give her a sympathetic, yet encouraging smile. She returned it slowly, and got used to holding on to his mechanical limbs for the remainder of the movie. When it was finally over, she stood and faced the quartet on the couch. "I believe I will go check on friend Raven."
She floated out of the living room and into the hallway, continuing until she arrived at Raven's room and knocked on the door. Her teammate opened the door, raising an eyebrow at Starfire. "Yes?"
"I came to see if you were ok, Raven. Would you enjoy company?"
"Oh," the door started to close until Starfire said, "Robin has a friend visiting!"
"A friend? What friend?"
"Her name is Donna," the taller girl whispered.
"Her name?" Raven held back a sigh. Even without being an empath, she could tell that this girl was making Starfire uneasy. "I'm sure it's nothing, Star."
"Yes…you are right." Starfire managed a smile and nodded. "Thank you, friend."
"No problem. I'll see you later." Raven shut the door, scowling into her dark bedroom.
Down the corridor, Robin opened the door to his room. "This is it. Nothing special."
Her eyes flitted over the area, soaking it all in. "It's very…neat." She slid opened the closet door and did a double take. "Whoa…why do you have like, ten uniforms?"
"Because that's what I wear everyday."
"You…don't have regular clothes anymore?"
He sighed. "I do, I just don't wear them." At her curious look, he explained. "It's just a lot easier being Robin all the time than it is switching back and forth between Robin and Dick Grayson."
"But…my best friend isn't Robin…it's Dick," she whispered.
"I'm still the same guy, Donna. I just wear a mask a lot," He grinned at her, sitting down on his bed and gesturing for her to do the same.
"But you have great eyes." Her fingers felt the cloth of his mask. "Please?" Robin hesitated before nodding lightly, and she removed it from his face. "There," she smiled, "that's the Dick Grayson I know." Arms wrapped around his neck and hugged.
He hugged her back. "So, tell me how life's been going for you?"
"Really well, actually. School just let out for summer. I'm happy I could spend some of it with you," Donna grinned. "Just let me know when I'm in the way and I'll leave."
"Don't even think about it!" He protested. "It's not as if you can't fend for yourself. Actually, I imagine you'd be more of a help than anything else."
"Fighting with you and working with Diana could be two different things," she reminded him. "If you all have something set up, I don't want to get in the way."
"We usually just make it up as we go along," he grinned. "Come on, I missed you, Donna. Don't say you're going to leave so soon. Diana can handle saving the world without you. Let's go get your bags and you can settle in here for as long as you want to stay. Unless that's all you have," Dick gestured to the bag on her shoulder. "That can't be it though. I know you better that that."
"Actually, this is my camera bag." Donna held out the leather case for him to examine. "I just graduated and I want to go to college for photography."
"Wow," he whispered. "That's amazing. It really is."
"Have you ever considered going?" She asked lightly, judging his facial reaction.
"I used to. Before I started the Titans, when I was going to school. But now…I don't think so. What would I study anyway? I'm not like you, who has hobbies and stuff," Robin pointed out.
"Criminology? Quantum physics? It's college; if you can dream it up, you can study it in most places." Donna watched as he stared at his bedspread. "Just…I dunno, think about it, ok?"
He smiled at her. "Sure. So, where's the rest of your stuff?"
"Hotel on 7th. I don't really need it now though. I already paid for tonight."
"Ok. We could go get you enough for tonight and tomorrow, then I'll ask Cyborg if he'll drive you over to pick up the rest of your stuff," Robin suggested. "We'll go out to dinner. There's a really great pizza place around here."
"That sounds great. Should we go tell everyone else?" Donna stood up and looked towards the door.
"Well, I was thinking it could just be the two of us. Really catch up on everything." He surveyed her reaction hesitantly.
Donna smiled slowly. "Alright, if that's what you'd like. But could you do something for me?"
"Sure. What is it?"
"I'd like to go with Dick. Not Robin," she nodded to his outfit.
"Oh. Wow. I…" He stared into her blue eyes that would never force him to do anything he didn't want to do. She was good like that. "Ok, sure. Just give me a second to change."
Her arms wrapped around his neck and he hugged her back. "I'll just wait in the hall I guess." Donna walked outside and taking a deep breath, Robin pulled plastic bins out from under his bed.
Out in the living room, Beast Boy stretched and put down his controller. "Man, Star, that's the fifteenth time I beat you!"
"I apologize, Beast Boy." She sighed. "I fear I am just not in the game. Cyborg, would you like to play?"
"Sure, Star." He took the controller from her and settled himself next to the green man. "Poor kid. She looks like her dog just died."
"Don't even joke about something like that," Beast Boy warned him, shuddering lightly. "But I know what you mean. Ever since that hot friend of Robin's came, she's been moping around."
"We know she's jealous," Cyborg made his character kick BB's in the head. "I mean, what's Robin supposed to do if his friends are girls and pretty ones at that."
"He's kinda being insensitive though." The two didn't bother to try and keep their voices down. Between the loud video game and Starfire concentrating on other things, there was no need to. "It's so obvious she likes him. Why else would she be all over him during the movie? The girl's an alien warrior who could've killed the bad guy with her eyes."
"I know that, you don't have to tell me." He sighed and shook his head. "Maybe we should distract her or something."
Beast Boy punched his fist in the air as Cy's character took a major hit. "How? Video games didn't even work. And I don't think Raven's going to, I dunno, take her shopping or do a makeover with her. Because that'd be creepy."
"BOOYAH!" On screen, the animal man lay K.O.'ed on the floor while the robot did the robot as a victory dance.
"You have won?" Starfire was snapped out of her reverie by his cry of joy. "I congratulate you."
"Ok, I want a rematch! See, I was…just out of practice!" BB insisted, hands tightening around his controller.
"Um, no thanks, Beast Boy. I think I'm just gonna go work on my car. Star, mind helpin' me out?" He asked, nodding in the general direction of a room other than the one he was in.
"If you wish for my assistance, I shall indeed," She got off the couch and floated towards the elevator to get to the garage.
Beast Boy gave him a thumbs up for good luck and the two friends went to see his baby. Starfire didn't usually spend much time in the garage. That was Robin and Cyborg's territory, whenever either of them wanted to tune up their rides.
"Hey, T-car, how're you doing today?" The mechanical man asked gently, rubbing the hood affectionately.
"Do many people speak to their transportation?" She questioned as he murmured loving words to the car.
"Uh…well…sometimes." He rubbed the back of his head sheepishly. "Listen, can you hand me that wrench?"
She looked at the table behind her and handed him the piece of metal as he searched under the hood. "Is the car broken?"
"Oh, no. I just like to tune her up every once in a while, make sure my beauty's in perfect shape." Starfire peered over his shoulder after he handed the wrench back to her, watching him tinker away.
"Would you mind teaching me?" she requested softly.
He glanced back at her with a grin. "No problem, Starfire." Cyborg was about to begin his lesson as the door to the garage opened again. The pair looked up at another couple. "Whoa, Robin…is that you?"
A handsome man with jet black hair and dark blue eyes stood next to Donna, wearing jean pants and a red polo shirt. On his feet though, were the customary steel-toed boots. "Yeah, it's me. Donna and I were just going out for pizza. Don't worry, I have all my Robin gear with me. My communicator is in my pocket; just call if you need me."
"We won't be gone too long," Donna promised.
Starfire just stood there and stared at her leader. For once, she could think of nothing to say. Since she first met him, the princess attempted to forget how attractive he was, but now as he stood in front of her, without a mask for the first time, it took her breath away. But her eyes narrowed as his friend grabbed his arm and smiled. Starfire grinded her teeth together and willed herself to think of anything other than throwing Donna off the top of Titan's Tower.
"Alright," Cyborg agreed slowly. "Have fun."
"Thank you!" she smiled, climbing behind Robin on the R-cycle.
The Tamaranean royalty followed them with her eyes as they sped away on the bike. Even once they were out of sight, she didn't stop looking at their path until Cyborg tapped her shoulder. "Um…Star?"
"Oh," She snapped back to attention. "Yes?"
"You, um, kind of destroyed my wrench."
She looked down at the contorted metal in her grasp. It was now bent out of any useable shape, and looked rather like the number three. "Oh! Forgive me, friend. I did not realize I had done so."
"It's ok, I've got plenty. So, you don't like Fearless Leader's new friend, huh?" He smirked lightly.
"I just…I do not understand why he allows her into our home so easily. How are we sure we can trust her?" Starfire wondered.
"Robin's got pretty good sense when it comes to people. You could've asked that about any of us when we first met," Cyborg pointed out. "She seems nice though. No need to be jealous."
"Jealous! But, no, I am not! I am merely concerned about our safety and worry that she may be a monster in disguise. It has been long since he last saw her, and—!"
"Whoa, cool it! I was just teasing you," He held up a hand in surrender, chuckling lightly. "Listen, why don't you just hand me a screw driver. And try not to wreck it, k?"
Sighing, she complied and attempted to listen to what he was telling her, though her mind was far away.
A/N: This is my first Teen Titans fanfic. I'm a big fan of both the television show and the comics, which I suppose is proven here by the fact that Donna is in it. Donna Troy was a very large character in the comic series and because she is not in the television show (and the only original member who has no plans to be in it so far) I will fill that void by putting her in my fanfiction.
For those of you who don't know her, I'll explain more about her in the next chapter. Do not expect me to go into her deep personal history though, because that is confusing and should only be attempted by those brave enough. As it is, it gives me a headache, but I'll work with it the best I can and try to include major characters in her life at least once during this story (one of these people is a big DC character; I'm sure people who know of Donna can guess who!).
Questions, comments, reactions and reviews are greatly appreciated.