A note to all readers. Since this is set quite a bit in the future. (Well, ok, so Robin and Starfire having a kid…one, maybe two years.) Kid Flash is now no longer a kid, so he's taken on the name of Flash. His uncle Barry Allen may have retired or taken a new name or something else. Unless it comes up in the story, I'm not too interested.
She calls him Wally because his real name is Wally West.
Obviously, at one point they were on good enough terms for her to know this.
Alas, no longer.
Someone opened the door. He had a shock of bright red hair and deep blue eyes. Those eyes widened when he saw the pink haired sorceress standing on his stoop. "Jinx! Wow! It's been so long!" Jinx scowled slightly. "I'm not the one who could zip over in under a second. Anyway, as…'pleasant' as a visit could be, that's not why I'm here." He raised an eyebrow, still slightly chagrined at the chastising she had given him. "So why are you here?" She lifted her right leg towards him slightly, and his mouth dropped open at the burden it carried. "Know anything about kids?" Jinx asked.
A little girl looked up at him with green eyes. And it wasn't just the iris that was green. "Is that a Tameranian?" he asked.
Jinx nodded. "Half. Three guesses whose it is and who the other half's from. And the first two don't count."
He took in the black hair and graceful, athletic build. "Robin and Starfire had a kid? I didn't hear about a wedding…"
Jinx shrugged. "That's 'cause there wasn't one. Oh, they're engaged, it's just that you can't get enough security for a superhero wedding."
Flash nodded. "But…uh…why've you got the kid?"
Jinx sighed. "The Titans are taking a much needed vacation. Robin and Starfire are getting married in Vegas. Cyborg went to hang out with the Titans East. And Beast Boy and Raven went to the third annual Tofu and Poe festival."
Flash's eyes widened. "Tofu…and Poe?"
She shrugged. "Personally, I don't want to know." He nodded. "So I'm stuck babysitting a two year old that could fry me with star bolts during a temper tantrum." She said.
He cringed. "So you want my help?"
She nodded. "Will you help?"
He nodded and smiled at her. Crouching down to the child's level, he said "And what's your name?"
"Nightfire" the little girl mumbled around her thumb.
He smiled at her. "My name's Wally. I'm going to help Jinx baby-sit you."
He straightened and looked at Jinx. "And seriously, I am sorry I didn't visit before, but the way you just kind of ran away after we battled Dr. Light…it kind of made me think you didn't want me to follow you."
She turned away. "Don't worry, Wally. I'm easy to forget about. You don't need to make excuses." She bent down and fussed some with Nightfire's clothes.
"Jinx! I didn't forget about you! There was hardly a day I -" he cut himself off, blanching and turning away quickly.
She stood carefully. "Wally, let's not start off this horrendous month with a fight." He took a deep breath and turned around, deciding to at least attempt casual conversation.
"A month? That's how long the Titans will be gone?"
She nodded. "Why? You don't have time to help me baby-sit for a month? I can understand that."
He shook his head, rejoicing on the inside at the prospect of spending the next month with Jinx. Even though she doesn't seem too keen on my company… "No, when you're as fast as me, time is something you've got plenty of."
She rolled her eyes. "If you go to France again, could you at least pick up lunch? A croissant isn't very filling."
He shrugged. "Oh, well. It worked the first time."
She looked at him incredulously. "I threw you across the room!"
He shrugged again. "But we're here now, and you're babysitting an amateur superhero"
She glared at him. "That doesn't mean that you running to France and coming back in a beret holding a croissant to prove that you had enough time that you could waste some on me was going to make me fall in love with a hero again!"
He blinked a couple of times. "Uh…what? Wait, again?"
Just then, Nightfire tugged on Jinx's sleeve. Jinx jumped slightly. "Oh thank God!" she breathed before turning to Nightfire.
"Aunty Jinx, I'm hungwy." Jinx picked her up, setting her on her hip.
She turned back to Flash. "Have you got any food around here?"
He nodded and pointed to his kitchen. "Take whatever you want."
She nodded and turned towards the direction he had pointed. He leaned against the wall, mildly winded from the brief vision he had gotten when she had put Nightfire on her hip. For the slightest moment, the girl had had bright red hair and pink, cat-slit eyes. Then his sense of sight had returned and he once more saw a girl with black hair and green eyes. He shook his head, trying to convince himself that he was just working too hard. Yeah, ok, keep telling yourself that, Wally.
He turned and watched as Jinx prepared lunch for the grinning two year old. Once Nightfire was shoveling down her food, Jinx looked sideways at Wally. "You want anything?"
Wally nodded. "You know, Jinx, you seem fine with kids. Why did you need my help?"
Jinx looked at him from where she was fixing two sandwiches. "The star bolts, for one. But also that I had kind of been staying with the Titans, and since they would all be gone, I said that I could just rent a hotel room. Then Nightfire shot her first star bolt and Robin said I'd better find another superhero to help. So I came to you."
He nodded. "But why didn't you just go with Cyborg?"
She grimaced. "Me and Cyborg…we've kind of got a rocky history…"
His eyes widened. "Really? What happened?"
She squirmed slightly. "It's a long story."
He shrugged. "You're staying here for a month, we've got nothing but time."
"You're going to let us stay?" she asked.
He smiled at her. "Of Course! I would never turn out you or Nightfire. Now tell me what happened."
She sighed and placed a sandwich in front of him, sitting down across from him at the island that separated the kitchen and living room. "Well, back when I was at Hive academy, the Titans decided that they needed to spy on us. They sent in someone undercover. They sent in Cyborg. While he was there, he befriended Mammoth and Gizmo and me. Well, not so much Gizmo. Gizmo hated him. But I…can we just say that I didn't hate him?"
Wally put his sandwich back down carefully and looked at Jinx in disbelief. "You're telling me that you-? And he-? And…so this is what you meant by 'again'?"
She blushed and turned her head away slightly. "It was only a simple school girl crush on the new guy. Yes, it's what I meant, but 'love'? That's kind of a strong word to use for it…If your heart gets broken after it, does it automatically count as love?" Her voice had gotten quiet.
Flash put a hand on her forearm. "I don't know Jinx, but I'm sorry for whatever happened." He paused and grinned almost weakly at her. "Well, I'd say that that's a pretty good reason not to want to go with him, well, anywhere." He surprised a laugh out of her.
He grinned at her as he bit down on the sandwich. His mind was going as fast as he did when he ran.
I can't believe she liked Cyborg! And I can't believe he let her get away! She was pretty much betrayed into liking a hero, but if it was only a crush, why did she say "love"? I believe her when she says she didn't like him as more than a crush. Maybe she had love on the brain? But there wouldn't be any reason to, unless-
His train of though was jolted off the track and thrown into the woods by Jinx waving her hand in front of his face.
"Yoo-hoo! Earth to Wally! Do you copy?"
He shook his head as if coming out of a trance.
"Huh? Oh, sorry." He said, grinning goofily.
She smirked slightly and said "Well, as I was saying before I realized you had been staring at me for about two minutes," He blushed slightly. "I was wondering how you've been doing since I saw you last."
He nodded and swallowed a bite of sandwich. "I've been doing ok. Mostly little stuff. Not a lot of big-time villains wandering around much. How about you?"
She shrugged. "Mostly fading into the woodwork. I don't think I've been in a single battle since the one with Dr. Light."
His eyes widened. "Really? You just stopped? And here I thought I had actually converted you!"
She laughed at his expression. "Yeah, I just stopped. Didn't seem like you guys really needed me. There wasn't an opening on a team, there wasn't a city I could really help with, so I just stopped."
He lowered his eyes. "You could have come here." He half-whispered.
Her voice softened. "If I had known you were offering, I would have." She turned to Nightfire with an overly cheerful disposition. "You all done?" Jinx asked the child. Nightfire nodded happily and grinned. She could fool the two-year old, but Flash saw right through it.
Jinx took all their plates to the sink and started washing them. The next thing she could see was him putting the dishes away in a cabinet. He turned back around and grinned at her. She rolled her eyes, but he could see the tell-tale twitch of her lips that signaled her returning good humor.
YAY! I finally put up a new story!...well, maybe not finally, since my problem right now seems to be updating...
But that won't be a problem with this one because it's all done! But still review every chapter! You read every chapter, so review them!
I hope you enjoy it!