Title: Richard Grayson, the Boy Wonder
Summary: Robin saved Kori Anders. But when she has to choose between her best friend, Richard Grayson and the Boy Wonder, who will she pick? And little does she know that Richard IS Robin. . .
Discalimer: I do not own the Teen Titans and I don't really want to. Whoever owns them right now is doing a FATASTIC and INCREDIBLE job at it!
Dedication: -EHWIES, Ultimate Angel of Good and Evil, and Terra Rock! (They're awesome, seriously, give them a round of applause!)
Richard tapped his foot impatiently outside Kori's door and knocked on it again.
"Kori?" he called. "Are you done yet?"
"No, not yet!" was the reply. "Please wait for another…" There was a pause. "Five minutes!"
He groaned, but then again, it was human nature to dislike waiting and he was no exception. Even if the person he was waiting for was his… girlfriend. He beamed and soaked the word in. Girl. Friend. Girlfriend. Chuckling, he remembered when Victor 'accused' Kori of being his girlfriend, and boy did things turned out ugly. Especially when they were 'stranded' on that island next to the park. Even he admitted that he needed to work on his pick up lines. Complimenting someone on the way they write is NOT the best way to get a girl.
"Excuse me, mister," Ryan tugged on Richard's pant leg. "Where're you taking my sister?"
Richard knelt down and patted him on the head. "Just to the park. That's it."
"But, Kori was talkn' about it alllllll days!" Ryan bubbled, bouncing up and down on the soles of his feet. "I'll tells you what she said. Although I'm not really sure what it means, but I'll tell you anyways."
Eyes shining with mischief, Ryan whispered excitedly, "She told me not to say this, but I'll tell you anyway! So she said…" He leant towards the door a bit, as though making sure Kori wasn't listening. "Well… she actually sorta sang it, but it's okay! Here, she said, 'RICHARDS ASKED ME OUT! I CANNOT BELIVE IT! HE'S SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SEX---"
"RYAN, SHUT YOU MOUTH!" Kori yelled from inside the door. "YOU SAY ONE MORE WORD, AND I'LL…. I'LL…"
Richard laughed loudly and gave Ryan a hug, which he just wiggled out of. Ryan grinned and went on, "But that's nothing to what Mandy said! Over de phone, of course!"
Biting back another laugh, Richard nodded and remembered Amanda, Kori's older sister. Ugh. He shuddered. Thank Batman that Kori was nothing liker her sister, and that she was far, far away… in college.
Kori blushed furiously and cursed profusely in her native language. Oh, this was going to take some explaining to do. She scanned her nearly empty closet and the wrinkled clothes strewn across her usually neat room and wondered why she hadn't picked out her outfit earlier. Groaning, she plopped down on her bed, her blush still not completely gone from her cheeks.
"Kori, are you done yet?" Richard's slightly impatient voice floated through her door.
She sighed and randomly plucked a tank top. "No, give me... ten more minutes please!"
"WHAT? Come on, you said five minutes last time!" he whined.
"I am sorry, ten minutes!" Kori replied, standing up again and picking up some jeans; then she threw them down in disgust. She then plopped down on her bed again, leaning against the bedpost and surveying her messy room once more.
"Kori, I swear, I'm going to come through the do-or!" he called playfully, knocking on the door again for emphasis.
She gasped in horror and looked down at her body. But, she was only dressed in her underwear!
"NO, do NOT come in!" she said hastily, eyeing the door in terror as she gripped the bedpost a little harder.
"I wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilllll!" Richard teased, turning the knob.
"NONONONONO, RICHARD, DON'T!"
She quickly scanned her room, hoping to find someplace to hide, but her body was frozen with irrational fright.
"Dun dun… dun dun…."
"Dun dun… dun DUN… DUN DUN, DUN DUN…"
"RICHARD GRAYSON, DO NOT OPEN THE—"
"DUN DUN, DUN DUN, DUN DUN, DUN DUN DUN DUN!"
At last, he flung open the door and grinned expectantly around the room. Then, he froze right on the spot when he saw Kori only in her… underwear. They both stood like statues, eyes locked. Kori's jade eyes contrasted greatly with the dark red blush staining her cheeks, and were wide with imprudent fear and while Richard's were struggling not to look… downwards.
Ryan's laugh jerked them out of their 'phase' and Kori tried to avoid eye contact.
Richard coughed and nervously scratched the back of his neck, a habit he had picked up from Batman. "S-So…"
"D-do you maybe want…" He tried desperately to keep his eyes on her face (even though she was looking anywhere but him), and not anywhere else. But hey, superhero or not, he was still a teenage boy and it was against his natural instinct to look at a girl's face when the rest of her body was right there in front of him, barely covered in anything— he quickly shut off the rest of his perverted thoughts and gulped.
"Ryan," Kori whispered, mortified. "Get. Out. Of. My. Room."
He left without a word, but they could still hear him laughing all the way down the hall.
"S-So…" Richard tried again, still standing in the doorway. "Ermm… nice… clothes…"
He gestured vaguely to her room.
"A-And… nice… lingerie…" He coughed again.
At this, Kori whipped her head around and glared at him, startling him.
Whoa, that girl could glare.
"I MEAN, it's nice! I like green! " He amended hastily, putting his hands up in surrender. "Green…it matches your red hair! …Yeah, it does! Like Christmas!" he added.
"So… maybe I should help you pick out your clothes?" he tried again, cautiously sitting down next to her on the bed.
Her glare softened a bit (at which Richard audibly sighed in relief), and said tentatively, "I… guess that will be… okay…" Kori tilted her head a little away from him, her red hair acting like a shield between the two.
"Yeah, I can do that!" At least she wasn't glaring at him anymore. That was a good sign.
Standing up from the bed, Richard hopped around from one foot to another and examined the cluttered clothes scattered around her room. He bent down and picked up a sparkly jean miniskirt and then jumped over a red sweater and selected a plain, light green tank top. He stood there for a second, unaware of Kori gazing at him in amusement, and then visibly brightened up as he chose another jean item, this time a jacket.
Gathering the selected items in his hands, he stepped over the clothes once more and dropped them down on Kori's lap, facing her expectantly. She picked up the miniskirt scrutinized it for a second, and then slipped it on quickly, along with the tank top and jacket.
"I look… okay?" she finally faced him, eyes shining with anticipation and fiddled with the edge of her jacket.
"Of course you do, I picked it out!"
Kori smiled nervously, and then remembered something. "Oh wait! I need to put on my make up!"
"What?" he asked, surprised. "But you never wear make up!"
"Yes, but it is a special occasion, is it not?" She made to leave to the bathroom across the hall, but he stopped her.
"No, don't," he whispered, putting his hands on both of her shoulders and bending down a bit. "You look beautiful."
Kori blushed again.
He smiled and gestured to the messy room and her clothes. "Wow, one heck of way to start a date, huh?"
"X'hal, it is so beautiful!" she gushed, looking out at the sunset.
"Like you," Richard added. He finally put the rose in the bottle, and sat back, enjoying the sight of Kori beaming in the setting sun, accenting on her already fiery hair.
'How could anyone be so beautiful?' he though, gazing at her as she blushed again and let his thoughts flow. What if Kori wasn't so pretty? What if he wasn't so 'handsome'? Would they still have been together? What if they had never even met each other? What if they went to different schools? What if… ah, there were a lot of 'what if's'. Shrugging it off, he decided to just let it go and soak in that special feeling that was always there when Kori was around. He wouldn't call it 'love'. Not yet.
He grinned at her and looked around at their environment. It was almost perfect. Richard had picked perfect spot on the island (the same one he had complimented her writing on), and the park was just behind them, so people walking by could clearly see the two lovers having a spectacular time on their very first date.
"Here, have a sandwich," he said happily, handing her a BLT sandwich.
She thanked him and leaned back a bit, hands resting on the soft picnic blanket below. Cocking an eyebrow at him, she looked at him expectantly.
"Oh, right, and here's your mustard," he laughed, passing a bottle to her.
She giggled and poured practically the entire bottle on top of the sandwich. "Thank you!"
For the rest of their date, they merely enjoyed each other's presence and laughed their way through the rest of the evening.
"A-And then you know what the shark says?" Richard gasped between laughs. It was completely dark now, and the only light on the island was from the single lamppost above them.
Kori shook her head, trying to stifle her loud giggles but failed miserably. "Wh-what?"
"He says, 'I'M GONNA EAT YOU!'"
They broke out into peals of laughter and held their stomachs in pleasurable pain from laughing so hard. It was one of those crazy times after you laughed so hard that you thought everything was funny.
"Pl-please!" Kori managed out, feeling a bit lightheaded. "Tell another!"
"Okay, okay, here's one! What did the shark say to the mirror?"
She braced herself for the punch line, and shook her head again, her scarlet hair fluttering around her delicately.
"He says, 'LOOKIN' GOOOOOOOOD!'" he completed the line with two 'gun-like' hands pointing toward Kori, as they belted out another set of laughter.
She laughed so hard that her supporting hand slipped from underneath her and her head fell on Richard's lap. They smiled at each other and Kori closed her hands around one of Richard's, snuggling up towards him. She would've never had done this in her right state of mind. Laughter could do wonders.
Just then, an alarm rang from the store across from the park, and red lights flashed around in the dark, causing some frightened pedestrians to yell and flee. Richard froze, and all remains of his laughter and pure bliss slipped quickly from his face, and a look of seriousness replaced it instantly.
Sitting up quickly, Kori grasped his hand tighter and said in what she hoped would sound like a confident voice, "Do not worry. Robin will be here soon. It is his duty!"
Richard grimaced and carefully stood up, helping Kori to her feet. "I…I need to go to the bathroom."
"What?" she asked, squeezing his hand tighter. Truth to be told, she was scared that Richard had become so serious in a matter of seconds, and the iciness of the summer night was finally creeping into her.
"Kori, I need to go to the bathroom," he repeated, picking up the wooden picnic basket, and untying the rope that held the boat.
"M-May I go with you?" Kori hurried up to him, clutching the ends of her jacket closer to her, and almost tripping over the remains of their picnic. "Perhaps you can wait until Robin comes and then go to the bathroom! I would feel much better that way, knowing you are safe."
Cupping her face in her hands, Richard leaned down and whispered gently, "Sorry, Kor, but I really need to go."
In any other situation, this would've been undoubtedly funny, but this wasn't the case. He leaned down farther and his lips almost touched hers… but changed his mind at the last millisecond and kissed her cold cheek, feeling her shiver from the touch.
He shook his head and motioned for her to be quiet. "I'll just be gone for a few seconds. You wont' even know I'm gone. Boys go fast remember?" He smiled, attempting to bring back some of the humor that was previously there.
"Please, I wish to go with you! You may be hurt!" She pleaded.
"I'll be fine. I'm just gonna be across the street, that's it. Plus, you'll be safer here. No—" He put up a hand to stop her as she made to say something again. "—Don't worry, I'll be back before you know it."
Then, Richard climbed into the boat, set the picnic basket down, and started rowing away from the island, leaving Kori alone in the dark, and completely unaware of a set of eyes watching her.
A/N: Sorry for the slow update. Hehe, I was in Las Vegas!
Has anybody seen the show Mystere? Wow, it's sooooo good! Really! And I'm thinking of doing a Teen Titans and Las Vegas fanfiction, but won't start it until WAAAAAY later (after this one).
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! Wow, it's 2006 already! Time goes by so fast… ZOOOOM! Whoa, didja see that?
Oh, and the summary of this story doesn't exactly fit the story at all. I think I need to change it... but I'll do that later. Hehe.
Also, does anybody know when the Teen Titans' movie going to come out? No idea…
And I've been checking out a lot of fanfiction profiles and noticed that 8 out of 10 people actually put that they hate Hillary Duff. Weird. I don't hate her, but I don't like her either. Why though? Don't understand.
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