All love that has not friendship for it's base,
is like a mansion built upon sand.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The room was extremely quiet as Starfire sat in front of the mirror. Her face was already decorated with make-up but only to a minimum. A light blush was on her cheeks with just a bit on eye shadow and pink lip gloss that complimented her lips perfectly. Starfire glanced out the window and her eyes twinkled due to the sunlight that emitted from the window.
She couldn't believe it, today was the day.
Their relationship began as friends when he was Robin, the Boy Wonder, trying to escape from Batman's shadow. It was ironic how they first met. She was the alien that crashed down to Earth after escaping the clutches of the Gordanians and he was the superhero sidekick that just moved to town. The fought each other and then they rescued each other with the help of their other friends.
Time moved on and their bond grew stronger each and every day. The relationship officially began after a visit to Tokyo where they finally admitted their feelings for each other through a kiss. Starfire blushed at the memory.
Even more time passed by and there were some bumps in the rode which caused Starfire to go out with a couple of the other Titan females to a bar. It resulted with Robin going to a bar as well with the Titan males. Going to a bar was one of the smartest things he ever did. It wasn't until then that he was able to propose to her. The proposal resulted in his shift to Nightwing.
But that's old news.
The real story would begin today, for today was the wedding of Nightwing and Starfire.
Starfire chuckled to herself as she remembered that today she wouldn't be just marrying the hero, she would also be marrying the man behind the mask; Dick Grayson. The thought alone sent a shiver down her spine and a warm feeling in her heart.
There was a knock at the door and Starfire turned in her seat.
"It is open."
The knob turned and the door opened to reveal Raven. Raven was wearing a dark purple dress that was form fitting at the top and swooshed down past her knees. The straps tied around her neck and a black pearl necklace was around her neck. On her wrist was a matching bracelet and she had on matching earrings. Raven's hair was in a tight bun with two free strands that framed her face. She wore black heels.
Raven closed the door behind her and walked into the room carrying a wooden jewelry box.
"Greeting's, Raven," Starfire said with a smile on her face. "You look wonderful."
"Thank you," Raven frowned a bit at the sight of Starfire covered by a long robe. "Are you ready yet?"
"Yes. I simply wish for every one to see me when the time is right."
Raven pretended to pout. "Can't I have a peek?"
Starfire shook her head.
Raven huffed and sat down next to Starfire, placing the box on top of the dresser. "How do you feel?"
"I am excited and happy and... worried."
Raven rose a brow. "Worried?"
Starfire nodded her head, her eyes locked on her reflection in the mirror.
"Wanna tell me why?"
"When Dick and I went to go get a marriage license the man there said some awful things."
Raven narrowed her eyes. "What kind of things."
Starfire closed her eyes as she retold the memory.
It was the afternoon and both Nightwing and Starfire sat on the opposite side of a large, wooden desk facing a lone green chair. Nightwing's hand held on to Starfire's as they waited for some one to tend to them. Today they had dressed in civilian clothes for they had a meeting to qualify for a marriage license. Nightwing was dressed in a white collar shirt with the sleeves rolled up and blue jeans. Of course he had on sunglasses to cover his eyes. Starfire wore a purple dress that tied around the neck and swooshed down above her knees.
"Are you okay?" Nightwing asked in concern as he looked at Starfire.
Starfire smiled at him. "I am fine, Dick. Though, I am confused. Is it necessary that we get a... what was the word... license to be married?"
"Don't worry about it. It's just a law thing. We'll be out of here soon."
Starfire nodded and squeezed his hand.
The door was pushed open and a cubby, bald-headed man walked in holding some papers in his hands. He was dressed in a black suit with a white shirt and a black tie. The man took the green chair and held out his hand.
"I'm Mr. Laserson."
Nightwing shook his hand as did Starfire.
Mr. Laserson settled in his seat and folded his hands. "So I understand that you two are here today for a marriage license."
Nightwing nodded. "That is correct."
Mr. Laserson nodded and picked up his papers, looking through them. "Normally this is an easy process but when it came to your profile a certain problem appeared."
Nightwing and Starfire became concerned.
"What type of problem?" asked Nightwing.
"Well, the bride, well...," Mr. Laserson directed his attention to Starfire. "I've read about you, Miss Anders." He frowned and his facial features showed that he was uncomfortable. "It's not me, I'm okay about this. But let's face it... your blood is alien. You're not human!"
Starfire flinched at his words and Nightwing grew furious. He grabbed Mr. Laserson by the collar of his shirt and drew him closer so his face was above his. Starfire grabbed on to Nightwing's arm to calm him down but it didn't help. Mr. Laserson's body quivered in fear and his papers fell to the floor. Nightwing's voice was low and threatening, as if he was ready to kill.
"You insignificant little pencil-pushing twerp. Kory and I have been living together for years. Co-habitation let's you waive blood tests. If we don't get a license in exactly twelve seconds, I'll -"
A little while later Starfire and Nightwing exited the front doors of the building. Nightwing had a proud smile on his face as he spoke.
"I can't believe what it took. But at least we - Hey?"
In the front of the building was an angry crowd of people carrying signs. Nightwing pushed Starfire behind him as they slowly backed up to the T-car. Starfire clutched on to Nightwing's shoulder as the people all yelled at once.
"Titans are deviants!"
"Humans don't marry alien monsters!"
"No alien marriages!"
They crowd continued to throw insults at the couple. Nightwing cursed under his breath and pushed Starfire into the car and then got in himself. As soon as the car started he sped off. The people threw things at the T-car as they drove away and Nightwing was glad that Cyborg let him borrow the car instead of taking his motorcycle.
Starfire turned her head to look at Nightwing, a look of concern on her face.
"Dick, I don't understand. Why are they calling me those names? They always liked me before," Starfire put a hand on his shoulder. "Maybe we should postpone the marriage, Dick. At least for awhile. We're still young. There's time -"
"No! Nobody's stopping us from doing what we want to," his face was one of anger and determination. "We're getting married!"
Starfire finished the story and Raven was in a state of shock. She composed herself and gently wrapped her arms around Starfire in a hug. Starfire leaned into her embrace.
"That's why you were so upset that day?"
Starfire nodded. "They made me feel like I was a...," Starfire gulped at her next word. "A troq. If this is how they treat me, I am worried of how others will treat Dick."
Raven pulled away and held on to Starfire's shoulders. "Kory, listen to me when say this. There is nothing to worry about. Dick is a big boy, he can take care of himself. All those people are just ignorant."
Starfire nodded and smiled. "Thank you, Raven."
Raven pulled away and patted the box she had brought with her. "Now since that's all cleared up we can finally move on to what I came here to do."
Raven gently removed the lid from the box and pulled out a tiny black box. She held it in her hands. "This is from Nightwing. He told me to make sure that you had this as your something old."
"Raven, before we continue may I ask you a question?"
"I think you just did."
Starfire giggled. "I am curious as to why I require the something old, new, borrowed and blue."
A smiled tugged at Raven's lips though it was barely noticeable. "It's an Earth tradition. Deal with it."
Starfire giggled again. "You may proceed."
Raven nodded and opened the small box in her hands. Inside was a long silver chain with a star pendent hanging from it and it was covered in little diamonds. Starfire gasped when she saw it.
"I was so afraid I had lost it... I could not find it for days."
Raven huffed and stood behind Starfire as she helped put the necklace on her. "That's what you get for sharing a room with Dick. He's a sneaky, yet romantic, bastard."
Starfire laughed and touched the star pendent gingerly. "Dick gifted me with this on our year anniversary."
"No wonder why he wanted you to wear it," Raven said. "It must be very special to you both."
Starfire smiled. "It is."
"Alright," Raven said as she reclaimed her seat and reached inside the box once more, taking out yet another black box. "Are you ready to see your something new?"
Raven opened the box and inside was a silver bracelet with five colored stones in it. Each color stone represented a Titan. Red was for Nightwing, green for Changeling, blue for Cyborg, purple for Raven and orange was for Starfire. Raven undid the clasp and put the bracelet around Starfire's wrist.
"Raven, it is beautiful," Starfire said with a wide smile. "Who is it from?"
"Victor. He had it made special just for you.'
"I must thank him later."
Raven nodded and pulled out the next box. "This is from Garfield. It's your something blue."
Raven opened the box as well and showed Starfire what was inside. A smile tugged on both their lips as they saw the gift Changeling had given Starfire. It was a small hair pin in the shape of a blue flower decorated with glitter. It was so simple and that's was truly made it special. In the middle of it was a small ' T '.
"The sweet fool..," Raven muttered under her breath. "He made this."
Starfire took the pin out and carefully placed it in her hair for all to see, just above her left ear. "It is a wonderful gift. I will tell Garfield so when I get the chance."
Raven took out the last gift which was a smaller box then all the others and held it in her hands.
"Your last gift is the something borrowed and it's from... me," Raven looked up at Starfire. "This belonged to my mother and she passed it down to me hoping it would bring me luck and strength. I'm hoping that it can bring you luck and strength for your wedding day."
Raven opened the box and held it up to Starfire. Inside was a pair of earrings. The earrings were silver with a small white stone dangled on each.
"The stones are found in the wishing wells of Azarath and are said to bring good fortune."
"Raven... are you sure you wish me to wear these," Starfire asked. "They are of great importance to you and -"
"Kory... Star... I want you to wear. It would mean a lot to me if you do," Raven smiled and Starfire began to tear up. "Don't bring on the water works, you'll ruin your make-up."
Starfire laughed softly and put the earrings on. She looked at her reflection in the mirror. "They are magnificent. I shall take good care of them."
"You better. I hope to wear them on my wedding day -" Raven cut herself off and looked away, a tint of red on her cheeks.
"Your wedding day," Starfire asked. "Has Garfield asked the question yet?"
"No... but we've discussed it."
"And... we haven't really given it much thought. It's just something we can both see in our distant future."
Starfire nodded in understanding. The room became quiet until Raven spoke again.
"I'm really happy for you, Kory. You and Dick."
Starfire smiled. "Thank you."
"I can't believe you're getting married today."
Raven wrapped Starfire in a hug, both overwhelmed with joy. They both pulled away with smiles on their faces. That's when there was a knock on the door. Starfire gave Raven a puzzled look, she was expecting any one else to come by. Raven used her powers to open the door and in walked a very handsome Tamaranian boy. He had a fine looking build with gorgeous green eyes like Starfire. His hair was red like hers and reached his shoulders but he had it tied into a pony tail. Starfire literally jumped to her feet when she saw him and didn't waist any time locking him in a bone crushing hug.
"Ryand'r! I am so happy to see you," she stepped back and got a good look at him. He was wearing a black suit with a blue tie and a white shirt. "I am glad you came. I did not think you would come."
"As if I would miss my own sister's wedding."
Starfire giggled softly. "Is Galfore here as well?"
Raven stood up and walked to the door. "I'll give you two some alone time."
"Thank you, Raven."
The door closed leaving Ryand'r and Starfire alone in the room.
"Are you sure you want to marry him," Ryand'r asked. "We can hop on a ship and be back in Tamaran in no time."
"I am sure. I love Dick with all my heart and I want to marry him."
Ryand'r pretended to pout. "But I don't like him."
Starfire pinched his cheek. "You have never liked any boy that has taken a romantic interest in me. Now go. I must prepare myself."
"Alright, I'm going," Ryand'r raised his hands in defeat and turned towards the door. Before he left he turned back to her. "I'm glad you are happy, Koriand'r."
Starfire smiled at him and he left the room. Starfire looked at the clock on the wall. Almost time...