Don't own it. Don't really care, either.

"You okay, Old Buddy?"

Cyborg sat down on the bed next to Beast Boy, feeling the mattress sag. He watched as the green shape-shifter tried to work out an immense jigsaw puzzle. He was pretty far already, and you could tell that the picture was a collage of-from the look of it-every animal on the face of the earth.

Beast Boy seemed surprised at Cyborg's question. "Is there a reason why I shouldn't be?" he asked, looking up from his puzzle.

"Yeah. The fact that we attacked you four days ago. The fact that we just got back from arresting the guy who made those brain things." Cyborg was impatient. A psychologist he was not, but BB was his best mate, and he had to get him to talk again.

"Oh." Beast Boy looked back down at the puzzle. Cyborg was losing him.

"Look, I just want to make sure that you're going to trust us to, you know, have your back." Cyborg stared at Beast Boy's hunched form, as if the boy's back could tell him the answer.

Beast Boy sat up straight and looked directly at Cyborg. "Your not going to let me get off easy, are you?" he asked, though he wasn't really expecting an answer. "Yeah, I'm kind of jumpy now, okay? I look at you guys and I wonder-" he broke off and stared down at the ground.

"Wonder what, BB?" Cyborg prompted. They were getting somewhere, he could feel it.

"I wonder whether you guys, deep down, wanted to do that." Beast Boy said quietly. "I wonder if, maybe, you enjoyed doing it."

Cyborg smiled grimly. He had expected something like this. "I can say for a fact that I would never beat you up that bad. I know that Robin, Raven, and Starfire would say the same thing, more or less." He hoped that Beast Boy would believe him.

Beast Boy fingered a puzzle piece. "I think that I kind of knew that. I did know that, before. But now-well, now it's different. I feel like if I go out or something, I can never know what you guys will be like when I get back." Beast Boy looked at Cyborg imploringly.

"I don't want to be hurt again, Cy." He muttered, his eyes growing bug and round.

Cyborg couldn't resist it. He leaned forward and wrapped his arms around the smaller boy, enfolding him in an immense bear hug. He felt Beast Boy grown in his arms and found himself hugging a bear. He chuckled and pulled out of the embrace.

"So, you think you can trust us?" Cyborg asked.

"Trust comes with time." Beast Boy said solemnly. "But I don't think I'll be worrying about you guys jumping me again."

Cyborg nodded understandingly. He left the room, closing the door behind him. He walked down the hall, gazing out the wall-sized window as he went. It's amazing. He thought. But the city…

It's the same.


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