Titans and Gods: Awakening
A Teen Titans Fanfic by Lavender Gaia
Editing and Assistance by Laine
Chapter 1: Overture
Disclaimer: I do not own Teen Titans or any of the recognizable characters appearing in this chapter. They are all property of DC Comics.
Note: Since the Teen Titans cartoon does not exactly fit with the Justice League timeline, I'm just gonna use the old fanfiction fallback and say it's an AU Justice League, especially since Teen Titans really doesn't fit in with other DCAU continuity.
Robin mentally thanked his years of acrobatic training as he dodged another flurry of fireballs. Unfortunately, the heat had already melted through the two bo staffs he had brought with him, leaving him with nothing left to defend himself. Silently he cursed upon seeing the end of buildings ahead, calculating the jump across the highway to the next one. It would be a miracle if he made it, but that's why he carried birdarangs, wasn't it?
He jumped off the building, hoping his legs would provide enough leverage. It didn't even come close. Before he could reach towards his utility belt, two strong arms caught him. "Do not worry, I have got you, Robin."
"Nice timing, Starfire," he grinned up at her as she turned them around towards the villain. The fire wielder was laughing psychotically on top of city hall, the floor beneath him covered in flames that licked at his legs, jumping to attack the other approaching team members.
Beast Boy's only option was to attack from the air, and a green hawk descended on the pyromaniac as he laughed. "C'mon, mate is that the best you can do?"
Cyborg's sonic cannon burst through the flames, and would have hit the man square on if there hadn't been a force field of some type surrounding him. "Blimey, you didn't think it'd be that easy, didja?"
"Azarath metrion zynthos!" Raven lifted up several nearby trashcans, tossing them at the aussie.
They melted within a foot of him. "Nice try, Sheila." He shot back a long blast of flames, and horrifying her, went right through her shield. The only thing that saved her from third degree burns was Beast Boy grabbing her wrist, turning her around and shielding her face from the heat, leaving to the first to burn a hole through her cloak.
From his Air Starfire view, Robin threw several ice disks, which didn't do anything. The alien princess landed after firing off a barrage of starbolts from her eyes. "All at once guys!" Robin ordered, but before anyone could even begin their attacks, something stopped them dead.
It was Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" and it was coming from their enemy. "Scuze me, mates," the pyro requested, pulling out his cell phone and flipping it open. "'lo? Oh, hey! I have to what? Really? Oh, bloody hell. Ok, I'll be righ' there." He closed it with a sigh. "Sorry, but we'll have to continue this fun another time."
"NO!" Robin ordered, jumping at him as the fire and the man disappeared. He landed on his knees, growling at his own stupidity. "Dammit!" his fist punched the ground.
"Man, this is the third time this week and we haven't even been able to hit the guy!" Cyborg complained, looking at the surroundings. "If he didn't cause so much property damage, I'd think he wasn't even real!"
Raven held her cloak up furiously, the large whole obvious. "Does this look like something that wasn't even real?"
"So what do we do now?" Starfire whispered. Everyone looked at their leader for instructions.
"We find him," Robin ordered, measuring the depth of the scorch marks on the roof.
Cyborg rolled his eyes. "We don't have any leads. The guy just appears and disappears. Slade left more clues behind!"
Robin twitched, but couldn't deny the claim. "Let's just go back to the tower and see what we can find," Raven told them logically.
"Yeah, and Titans East should be here soon," Beast Boy pointed out. "Maybe they'll be able to help."
"Oh yes! Our friends are on their way," Starfire was excited about the reunion, though she wished that it could have been on better terms.
He nodded slowly. It was a blow to his ego and his pride to have to call in other superheroes to have to fight his enemies, protect his city. Unfortunately, there wasn't a choice anymore. This man wasn't Slade; he didn't have a great purpose of taking over the world. All he wanted was some fun. The only problem was that fun involved arson, which lead to death and loss of property. "Let's go."
As the five headed home, each focused on the Tower ahead, a beacon of hope even in the midday sun. Luckily, their friends hadn't yet arrived, and the Titans settled into a normal routine. Raven went to change her cloak then settled on the couch with a book, Beast Boy and Cyborg began the daily battle over the remote, and Robin went to the mainframe computer, punching in data while Starfire looked over his shoulder.
Cyborg having effectively won the remote, Beast Boy pouted over to the computer as if that had been his plan all along. "So, do we have anything?"
"Nothing," Robin groaned. "It's another dead end."
The mechanical man looked over uneasily. "Robbie, I mean, we're stuck but maybe someone else knows something." At his teammates' questioning looks, he continued, "You've worked with some of the big time heroes before."
"I'm not calling the Batman."
"I'm just sayin'…"
"I'm NOT calling the Batman!" He gripped the edge of the table angrily; everyone knew that the two had had a falling out, but none knew of the details.
Starfire put a comforting hand on his shoulder. "Robin…"
Taking a deep breath, he willed his heart to stop pounding so ferociously. "I won't call Batman, but I will call Superman," Robin compromised, running a hand through his heavily gelled hair.
"Works for me," Beast Boy grinned.
Pressing some buttons on the computer, the sound of a dial tone filled the room until the screen was filled with a beautiful teenage girl who stared at a fixed spot on the opposite wall, voice coate with boredom, "This is the Justice League Watchtower, Wonder Girl speaking. How can I help you?"
"Wonder Girl?" Robin blinked at the screen. "I didn't know you were in the Justice League."
"Oh, hi, Robin!" She looked up, blue eyes brightening. "I'm not. Apparently, when your sister is Wonder Woman and you get suspended for two weeks you don't get to stay at home and hang out, as said sister told the Batman, who said I would be better used at work here."
He winced. "I sympathize."
Wonder Girl shrugged, pushing her black hair behind her shoulders. "So, you obviously didn't call to chat me up. What can I help you with?"
"We actually need to talk to Superman," Cyborg told her, trying not to drool over the equipment he saw in the room. To his side, a speechless Beast Boy was still staring at the gorgeous young woman, not worrying about his own puddle of saliva.
"Sure, let's see if I can find him," she smiled, then turned to a computer at her right, biting her bottom lip. "Please don't let this blow up…" A few minutes later, she turned back to the Titans. "I'm sorry, but he's not here. Do you want to leave a message?"
Robin sighed. "Could you just tell him to call the Titans when he gets in?"
Wonder Girl nodded. "Oh, yeah, I was reading about you guys in the newspaper. All alone, fighting crime...That sounds so cool."
"You should come visit sometime!" Beast Boy finally spoke up.
She looked equally excited at the prospect. "I'd love to."
A feminine voice came from behind her, "Love to what?" The person leaned down and looked at the screen, revealing Wonder Woman. Raven, who had been watching the conversation, telekinetically lifted a bucket underneath Beast Boy to catch the fountains of drool.
"Go visit the Teen Titans," Wonder Girl explained to her sister. "Since they're teen superheroes. Like me."
The older Amazon smiled. "Yes, I understand that. Hello, Robin."
"Hey, Wonder Woman."
"Well, I'm sure we can arrange a visit. But right now, you're supposed to be working," Wonder Woman pointed out, tiara catching the fluorescent lights.
Wonder Girl nodded sadly. "Ok…"
Her big sister gave a little sigh, then smiled. "Or you can go into the other room and talk to your friends and I'll do this for a little bit."
"You're the best, Diana," the younger girl grinned. "Let me just transfer you guys." She pushed a few buttons and the Titans were staring at an empty room in a different part of the watchtower.
"Hey, Titans!" Bumblebee announced from the entranceway to the great room, raising an eyebrow at everyone settled around the computer. "Well, isn't this welcoming."
Aqualad stood behind Raven on the couch and asked, "What are they doing?"
"Talking to a pretty girl," she told them. "This could take a while."
"Pretty girl, huh?" Speedy grinned. "My specialty."
It was at that moment that the pretty girl came into the room and her eyes widened at the new people. "Speedy! Aqualad! Hi!"
The archer walked closer to the screen. "Hey, Wonder Babe!"
Robin gave him a look. "Wonder Babe?"
"Oh, you're just jealous because you can't call her that."
"How are you, Wonder Girl?" Aqualad asked.
"I'm…suspended," she sighed. "You're so lucky you don't have to go to school."
Speedy smirked, raising an eyebrow suggestively. "So come join Titans East. I'll make it worth your while."
"I support it," Bumblebee told her with a smile. "I hate being the only girl with these guys."
Wonder Girl pushed her black hair behind her shoulders. "I'd really love to come see you all. Especially since you're all there at the same time."
From the hallway, the Martian Manhunter called, "Wonder Girl, I need your help in here."
"I've got to go," she smiled. "But I'll talk to you guys later. Bye!" She hung up and the Titans were left with a blank screen.
"I love that girl," Speedy sighed happily, leaning against the computer. "Oh, right, we have a problem, don't we? What was that again?"
Bumblebee flew over and grabbed Speedy by the ear, dragging him over to the meeting table as the redhead moaned about the pain of her sharp nails digging into his flesh. "So, why don't you explain about what's going on?"
The rest of the superheroes gathered around the circular table. "Before we start, I have a question," Beast Boy told them. "How do you," he pointed to Robin, Speedy and Aqualad, "know Wonder Girl? Or more importantly, Wonder Woman?"
"Because," Aqualad replied simply, leaning back in his chair, "Everyone loves Diana."
Beast Boy blinked. "What?"
"Listen, when you were in the Doom Patrol it was a team. You didn't need to call in other superheroes to help," Robin explained. "But for us it was just us and our mentors. So whenever we needed help, Diana—Wonder Woman—was called."
Speedy nodded. "Yeah, Green Arrow would always call her if Black Canary was busy. She even came to our New Years party a couple times. Of course, Robbie over there saw her more than anyone else and it's not because Batman needed 'help'."
"Shut up," Robin scowled.
"Oh, don't try to deny it!" Speedy told him. "Ollie was saying all the time that there had to be more than just a professional relationship between Batman and Diana. Not that he could blame Bats."
Before Robin could say anything, Aqualad cut in, "Even Aquaman knew it. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman: the big three. Always together."
"And that means you got to see Wonder Girl more than the rest of us," Speedy grumbled, putting his feet on the table. "Lucky bastard."
"As interesting as this all is," Raven began, "I think there's something more that we need to discuss."
Starfire nodded in agreement. "Oh, yes. That horrible man with the fire."
"We don't really know much about him," Cyborg began. "He pretty much shows up, burns the hell out of wherever he is, gets a call on his cell phone and just disappears."
"What about the phone?" Bee suggested. "Anyway to track it, Sparky?"
The mechanical man shook his head. "Nah, it's just one of those ones you get at 7-11 and buy minute cards for."
"When you say he disappears, what do you mean by that?" Aqualad asked.
"Just that: He disappears! There's a cloud of smoke and POOF he's gone," Beast Boy grumbled.
Raven nodded. "And the way he wields the fire is inhuman. Either it's not fire or…"
"What makes you say that?" Bee asked.
"It was able to go through my shields. He burned one of my cloaks."
The news was greeted by silence. Speedy glanced over the other Titan's leader. "You think this is part of something bigger, don't you? If you didn't, you wouldn't've called us."
Robin looked over at the speedsters who were playing with Silkie. "Mas, Menos, can you get me that?" He pointed to a long sheet of rolled up paper in the kitchen. It was in his hand within a second. "Gracias."
He rolled it out onto the table, revealing a map of Western Europe and part of the Atlantic Ocean. "We're almost positive that he came from there," Robin pointed to a city circled multiple times in pencil.
"What makes you think that?" Speedy blinked.
"Because two weeks ago the entire city was burned to the ground. They couldn't put the fire out for three days, and even if the entire city had been coated in gasoline, it wouldn't have burned that fast or that hot," he explained. "And in the few days before hand people were complaining of an uneasiness in the air; animals fled, tremors were felt."
The Titans East looked over the map. "What about the other circles?" Bee asked, pointing to one north of the original town and another one in the ocean to the west.
"Other places that have been going through the same thing, minus the arson," Cyborg explained.
Aqualad nodded. "There was something going on there," he pointed to that section of the Atlantic. "Aquaman said that he was going to check it out, but I don't think he ever got to it."
"So what does this leave us with?" Speedy asked.
Starfire sighed. "We do not want to have to fly all the way out there just to find that it is another end that is dead."
"Dudes, even if we did go, what would we be looking for?" Beast Boy sighed.
Robin nodded. "For right now, we want to try and capture this guy and keep an eye on those spots. If anything else happens out there, we'll be on our way. We want you to be here not only to help us with the pyromaniac, but also if we need to get up and leave suddenly."
Bumblebee grinned. "No problem, Robin. It's been quiet in Steel City lately and we were talking the other day about how we needed to come see you guys, anyway. So let's not spoil this whole visit with talk about work."
"Oh, yes!" Starfire agreed, clapping her hands together. "We should enjoy our time with our friends."
Running a hand through his hair, Robin smiled at the table. "Who's up for pizza?"
"Alright!" Beast Boy stood up. "Hey, Aqualad, bet I can kick your butt in Samurai Ninjas 7."
The Titans got up one by one until it was just Speedy and Robin at the table. He looked over at the archer, who was smiling lightly. "What are you grinning about?"
"Wonder Girl. Spandex never looked so good." His grin widened as he imagined the red halter-top.
"You're an idiot. Diana would kill you. Heck, Donna might kill you," Robin insisted, referring to Wonder Girl by her civilian name.
The redhead glared at him. "Oh, she would not. Just because you guys were two peas in a pod all those years ago doesn't mean you know what she's thinking. I mean, I talked to her three weeks ago and from what I heard today that was the first time you talked to her in over a year and it was an accident."
Robin was silent; he knew that he'd severed many relationships when he cut ties with Batman. He didn't need Speedy bringing it up.
Speedy realized that he'd probably said something wrong. "But I guess it looks like we have more in common than we thought."
"What do you mean by that?"
"We both like women who could kill us in one blow," he glanced over at Starfire, who was being serenaded by Mas y Menos. "God sure knew what he was doing when he made our princesses, huh? And I bet they're both warriors outside of the battlefield too, if you catch my drift."
Robin buried his head in his hands. "Why do you insist on saying things I can never unhear?"
Speedy pat his back, chuckling, then sat on the couch, announcing, "I play winner!"
Three hours and four pizzas later, the Titans were lazing around and hoping against hope that they'd get the night off. Cyborg had popped a movie in, and everyone was crowding around, passing bowls of popcorn and enjoying the mindless video.
About fifteen minutes into it, Robin got up off the edge of the couch as stealthily as he had been taught. He needed fresh air and decided to take a seat on the roof; it was his favorite place in the tower and as much as he frequented it, especially after a hard day, his friends knew to find him there automatically.
He stared out at the water, enjoying the cool, salty breeze. A head rested against his shoulder right and he wrapped an arm around her waist. "Hey, Starfire."
"Were you not having fun?" She looked up at him, green eyes worried.
"No, I'm glad that they're here," His heart beat faster as her silky hair tickled his skin. "Just needed some fresh air, time to think."
It was another way of saying that he just wanted some time alone, but she didn't move. She knew that he didn't mean she had to go. The silent understanding between the two of them was something she loved about their relationship. From the moment they met, her poor English had never been as big of a barrier as it could have been.
"Robin…" she pulled on his cape suddenly. "Look!" Something was flying in quickly from the skies above. Standing quickly, her hands glowed green.
Before she could fly off, Robin grabbed her wrist, keeping her down. "Star, wait, it's ok." She looked at him in confusion, then turned towards the descending beam of light as it landed on the roof in front of them.
Superman stood, with his arms crossed over his chest and a light smile on his lips. "You called?"
A/N: I have decided to follow in the tradition of DC bad guys being based on Marvel characters (mostly good guys). This one shouldn't be that hard to guess, but a cookie if you can figure it out. Oh, and Wonder Girl isn't an original character, I promise. She's an original Titan (my favorite one), the writers of the show just decided to ignore her existance.
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