This here is sort of another filler chapter. I'm really sorry, but it is necessary for later. That's not to say it's bad. There's some interesting stuff down there. Some REAL interesting stuff toward the end. And I made up a name for Kid Wykkyd if it makes you feel better.
Chapter 11. Enjoy.
Disgusting sounds of mushy slop made their way into Beast Boy's revolted ears. Food flew through the air, landing like excrement in piles of multicolored bile. Eyes wide, Beast Boy looked across the table from where he sat at the other members of The Hive. Mammoth had three plates in front of him, each piled higher than his head with many different kinds of food. He had apparently decided that utensils were useless, and was instead using his hands. Gizmo was spearing food with all of his robotic spider legs and sending it straight to his mouth.
A strange metallic sound drew Beast Boy's attention to Gizmo's left. He found Kid Wykkyd looking around skeptically at the other Hive members while secretly transporting food into his cape where it disappeared in a shock of his own brand of magic. Saving it for later perhaps? Next to him, See-More and Billy Numerous were fighting over a plate of spaghetti, and its tomato sauce topping was spraying like fresh blood across the table, most of it landing on Mammoth, who didn't seem to care.
It seemed the only one who was showing any kind of civility at all was Jinx, who sat next to Beast Boy munching on a salad, staring over Gizmo's shoulder, lost in thought. Every so often Beast Boy swore he could see her glancing at him, but when he turned she was looking away.
If there was something on the table that hadn't been tainted by meat, the former Titan had yet to see it. His spirits had picked up when they had all first sat down to eat (apparently something they did every night together, which seemed sort of out of place for an evil brotherhood). He had spotted a bowl of macaroni and cheese, and although none of the ingredients found in the cheese were identifiable by man, it contained no meat and was, of course, delicious. His spirits were quickly dashed when Mammoth picked up the bowl and downed it in under a second. He smiled over the bowl at Beast Boy, and instantly the changeling knew the bastard had done it on purpose.
"I, um, can't really eat any of this." All eyes were on Beast Boy.
"Why the hell not?" See-More asked from across the table where it looked like he had surrendered the spaghetti to Billy. His voice held no anger, it seemed he was just curious.
"I don't really eat meat," Beast Boy said. Mammoth's mouth dropped open.
"Are you gay or something?" Mammoth asked.
"Hey now," Billy said, glaring across the table, "watch your tongue, Mammoth, or I might have to cut it out."
"Alright, alright," Mammoth said, waving Billy off. "You really don't eat meat?" He asked, sounding like he didn't believe it. Beast Boy nodded.
"Here you go, Beast Boy," Jinx said, passing him her salad. She had taken only several bites from it and it remained mostly intact. She reached across the table and pulled a plate of lasagna toward herself.
"Um, thank you."
The next couple hours were mostly boring. At one point Gizmo and Billy had started fighting and that had entertained Beast Boy for awhile. The t.v. was on for awhile and then off. Billy Numerous and Kid Wykkyd disappeared for awhile and then reappeared, and then another fight broke out between the same contenders as before. The t.v. went on again for awhile, and around that time people started heading off toward their own rooms. Beast Boy was starting to wonder if he would have to wait until tomorrow for Slade to show up.
"Bored?" Jinx asked, stepping from out of nowhere.
"A little," Beast Boy told her.
"I guess everyone's just a bit tired," she said, "it was a big day today." She looked like she had said something wrong for a moment before it passed.
"Big day?" The former Titan asked. Jinx ignored it.
"Well then, what do you want to do?" Jinx asked. Beast Boy thought for a moment. It had been a while since he had had a drink, and Slade had yet to give him the cure he had promised. He didn't feel The Beast stirring at the moment, but he would be damned if he was going to let it surprise him like it had last time and make him hurt anyone again.
"Got any alcohol?"
Yes. Yes they did have alcohol, and they had a whole lot. When Jinx told him that they did and led him into the kitchen, Beast Boy expected a case of beer or maybe a bottle of whiskey or something. He had not expected The Hive Five's leader to lead him to a cabinet filled with every kind of liquor known to man. When she pulled those doors open, the bottles seemed to give off a magical glow and Beast Boy could swear he heard a choir of angels sing.
The two of them, Beast Boy and Jinx, had been drinking for the last hour, and there was no denying that they were both pretty drunk.
"You guys got any video games here?" Beast Boy asked, his words running together. He took a shot of vodka and scrunched up his face at the way it burned a path down his throat. The two were crouched at the coffee table across from each other in The Hive's common room.
"Yeah, yeah, we, yeah, we got some video games." Jinx giggled at her inability to put together a sentence. "I'd let you play them but Billy took them into his room and, you know, it's after, you know, um, eleven and I think him and Wykkyd are, you know…" Beast Boy stared at her and shook his head slowly in confusion.
"No," he said, "I have no idea what you're talking about, Jinxie." She smiled at the nickname he had given her, and looked like she was trying to figure out a way to better explain herself.
"Um… you know how, uh, Billy got mad when Mammoth called you gay at dinner?" Beast Boy nodded after he took another shot and Jinx continued. "Well, Billy and John, that's Wykkyd's real name if you didn't know, they're, um, sort of, uh…"
"They're what?" Beast Boy asked. Jinx took a breath and then another shot.
"Billy and John are," she said, "together. You know what I mean?"
"As… as in a couple?" Beast Boy's eyes were wide with amusement. Jinx nodded, and the former Titan fell over laughing, spilling the shot he had poured all across the table.
"Hey!" Jinx stood up, nearly falling over in her inebriated state. She looked mad. "They've gotten a lot of shit for it and I'm not gonna let you give them shit too."
"I'm… I'm sorry," Beast Boy said, trying not to laugh anymore. "I don't care that they're gay at all, I swear, it's just, come on! It's so unexpected!" Jinx's face brightened slightly and she no longer looked angry.
"So you're not going to bother them about it?" She had crossed over to Beast Boy's side of the table and now sat kneeling in front of him. He shook his head. "Good," she said. Beast Boy looked as though he were about to say something, but stopped himself, holding in a giggle. Jinx lay down on the floor and Beast Boy did as well. Their legs were pointed in opposite directions, and their heads were right next to each other.
"How long have they, um, been together?" Beast Boy asked. Jinx turned her head toward Beast Boy, and he turned his head toward her.
"I think about five months," she told him. Her breath smelled like the alcohol she had been consuming. Earlier she had let her hair down and it curled around her pale cheeks.
"So, you think they're, um, doing… it… right now?"
"Probably." Jinx closed her eyes for a moment and then opened them slowly. She was probably tired. So was Beast Boy. "They do it every night," she said, smiling, "and it's loud." Beast Boy laughed. It was weird. Kid Wykkyd and Billy Numerous together? That must have been one hell of an interesting relationship. The more he thought about it, and the more time he spent time here, he realized how similar the Hive and the Titans were. They ate together, lived together, dated one another, and seemed to care for one another.
Beast Boy yawned and stretched his arms. It was pretty late, and his day had been exhausting. "Tired?" Jinx asked. He nodded and she pushed herself up, stretching like he had. "Come on," she said. "I'll show you to your room." The two of them stood up, swaying dangerously.
"What's the plan for tomorrow?" Beast Boy asked as Jinx led him to his room. He was still a bit confused about this whole situation, but he was too tired to really sweat the details.
"Slade will be here later in the day," Jinx told him. She saw the worried look that passed over Beast Boy's face and smiled. "Don't worry, I'll be there." They stopped outside of a door that looked like all the others. Behind this door was the room that Beast Boy would be staying in for who knows how long. "Here it is."
Beast Boy opened the door and stepped in. The room was bare save for a bed and a desk on the far wall. There was a large window behind the desk, but all he could see was ocean. He had no idea where he was on the map.
"How does it suit you?" Jinx asked from behind him. He hadn't realized she had stepped in behind him. She swayed slightly where she stood.
"It's fine," he told her, "it has everything I need." He sat on the edge of the bed and felt the mattress sag as Jinx got on as well. He was facing away from her when he felt her hands on his shoulders. She was kneeling behind him and massaging his back affectionately. He had tensed at first, but relaxed into her touch.
"Beast Boy?" She said. He had closed his eyes and the sound of his name drew his left lid up slightly.
"I just wanted to tell you that I'm glad you're here." Her hands stopped their movements and Beast Boy turned his head toward her where she sat kneeling behind him. "It's not easy being the only girl here in The Hive. And sometimes I get kind of bored. Billy and Kid Wykkyd are always together, and Mammoth and Gizmo are always playing video games. See-More is usually willing to do something with me, but he gets kind of creepy sometimes. I know you have a lot going on right now, but I want you to know that I'll always be there for you if you need me." Beast Boy was sort of shocked. Where had that come from?"
"Thank you." He really didn't know what else to say. How do you reply to that? "I… if you ever need me," he said, "I'll be here for you too." It sounded sort of dumb, but it would work.
Jinx's eyes found Beast Boy's. They were incredibly dark and deep. His shoulders felt warm beneath her fingers. She reveled in the feel of the muscles under his skin and couldn't get herself to remove her hands. Beast Boy's tongue snuck out from between his lips and licked around his mouth, wetting his dry lips. He leaned back into her farther and Jinx found herself bending down toward his face.
Their lips met in an explosion of heat and passion. Jinx could taste the alcohol in Beast Boy's mouth and for a moment she though that this might have been a bad idea. The thought didn't last as Beast Boy reached his hand back and placed it behind her head, tangling it into her hair. One of her hands went down his chest and just as she slipped her tongue into his mouth she pushed her hand up under his shirt. Her fingers tickled around his stomach, playing with the wispy curls of hair around his navel. Her lips left his and latched onto his neck, covering it with points of pure heat, making Beast Boy moan and squirm. Her fingers on his stomach crept curiously lower, stopping at the waste band of his boxers which rode up a few inches higher than his pants. She stopped there a moment, wondering if she should go farther. A whimper from Beast Boy made her smile and let her know she could go on. Her fingers crept under the waste band and tangled in the thick curls hidden there.
"Raven…" Beast Boy's eyes went wide and he slapped his hands over his mouth. Jinx froze and both remained motionless for hours and days and weeks and months and years. She pulled away from him slowly and he turned, his insides shredding at the look of hurt on her face. She raised her hand and slapped him across the face. His cheek stung and his heart fell. Jinx's eyes filled with water and she ran from the room, trying to hold in her tears.