Chapter One: Alleyway Introductions

Raven peered down a miniscule alleyway. No one could hide in here. It had started out as a pitiful excuse for a bank robbery, but the thieves were smarter than they looked and had a getaway car waiting around the corner. Robin had ordered them to split up and search, and so far Raven was having as much luck finding them as trying to hide a white cat in a sea of black cats.

Hands shot out of nowhere and dragged her into the next alleyway. One arm had found he waist and the other hand was covering her mouth. Her mystery attacker slammed her up against the brick wall, and held her arms up on either side of her head by her wrists. His scent was overpowering.

"What did you do, use the whole bottle!"

"Anything for you sweetheart." He stuck his nose into her neck and breathed heavily.

"Get off me." She snarled.

"I don't think so. You see I like where I am and I don't want to move." He pulled back and looked her in the eye.

"Fine." Her voice was dripping with venom and her face was contorted with rage. In one swift movement her knee had come up between his legs, up far enough to cause him extreme pain. She kicked him out of the alley and followed him with a glare that would make Robin himself shrink back.

"Well there goes a couple family generations down the drain. Remind me not to piss you off."

Raven whirled around and saw Red X himself, sitting on a dumpster.

"To what do I owe the pleasure?" Raven drawled. Even though Red X was a criminal, he hadn't been doing anything lately.

"The Jump City News Reporters don't exactly give you the whole story. I like getting out and watching you guys fight.

"I'm honoured that I made a thief's top ten things to do when your bored."

"You're welcome," Red X hopped down from the dumpster and slowly walked towards her, "If you've ever watched you team fight, you'd notice a think or two. Like how Cyborg gets irritated if a fight goes on too long… Beast Boy doesn't always use his animal skills to the best of their abilities. If something happened to Robin or any of her friends Starfire's aim gets worse. Or if you get Robin angry his attacks get more powerful but he gets very sloppy." By now Red X had made it over to Raven and was looking her in the eye.

"And what about me?" she asked crossing her arms.

"You? …" he walked behind her and trailed an finger from her shoulder to her neck. "You're very powerful but your always holding back." He placed a hand on her shoulder and used the other one to play with her hair. "Not to mention exotic. I've never met someone with purple eyes…." Being this close to each other defiantly had an effect, especially on her. Random pieces of garbage were surrounded by black energy and flipping around on the ground.

Unfortunately, her communicator went off, reminding her that she was there trying to catch thieves.

"That's my cue to exit. See ya later gorgeous." He swiftly pecked her on the cheek and disappeared into the night.

She wasn't entirely recovered from shock when she reached for her communicator.

"I'm here."

"Raven. Beast Boy and Cyborg found the thieves and they're in police custody now. We're heading home."

"I'm already there."