Welcome to my new fic, And the Walls Came Tumbling Down. This fic was written in response to Comicbookfan's challenge. For more info, check out her profile.
Oh, and by the way: Yes, the titles to this chapter and the next chapter are a blatant rip-off of some early X-Men comics' titles. So?
Disclaimer: If I owned the Teen Titans, there would be more episodes with the Titans East.
About languages: I know two: Hebrew and English. As such, all other languages will simply be written like this: The English translation of whatever it is.
If Mas or Menos are speaking, it's Spanish. Jericho uses Sign Language. Anyone else, I'll specify.
This story is betaed by the amazing WiltingDaisies94! If you have time, check out some of her great stories including one (Once a Pirate) that I'm betaing.
One of my readers said that they were confused by the random switches between the characters' superhero names and actual names that I start doing once I tell you the character's actual names. As such, I will include a key at the beginning of each chapter. This key currently consists of zero names, but it'll get longer as the story progresses.
Welcome to the Titans East, Jericho…
The Steel City Titans Tower was a bit of a mess.
Everything imaginable was scattered over the floor. A yellow streak flashed in and out of the room dropping off and picking up seemingly random objects and babbling in Spanish as Mas and Menos attempted to find whatever they had lost this week. Speedy sat at the table in the center of the room cleaning his bow, sharpening his arrows, and grumbling incoherently each time a gust of wind from the running of the local speedsters sent his hair flying in every direction. Over in the kitchen, Aqualad muttered angrily as he searched through the refrigerator and threw out every one of the many fish products that the archer had bought on his last trip to the mall. Last but not least, Bumblebee hovered overhead, shouting at her teammates and trying to bring them to some semblance of order.
All in all, it was a fairly normal day for the Titans East.
Finally, three energy blasts shot out of Bumblebee's stingers and hit the ground directly in front of Mas y Menos, Aqualad, and Speedy. The four boys quickly stopped what they were doing and turned to look at their glaring leader.
"That's better," Bumblebee announced as she dropped to the floor. "Now that I have your attention, I trust you remember what today is." She looked around at her teammates' blank faces and groaned. "Jericho is arriving today," she reminded them.
Speedy turned pale. "That's today?!"
Bumblebee resisted the urge to scream. "Yes, that's today. Now, I'm going to pick him up. When I return, I expect this tower to be presentable. If it isn't, there will be consequences." With a final glare, the only girl on the team turned and left the room.
The twin speedsters looked at each other, gulped, and ran off to put away everything they had pulled out in their desperate search for whatever-it-was.
Apparently satisfied that he had found every bit of food that could possibly have been a friend of his at one time or other, Aqualad turned to Speedy.
"What did they lose this time?" he asked while scanning the piles of things on the floor.
"I have no idea," the red-head replied, "but they're driving me insane."
Aqualad opened his mouth to reply, and then froze and stared at something behind Speedy.
"Is that the kitchen sink?"
When Bumblebee and Jericho entered the tower twenty minutes later, it was much cleaner.
Bumblebee put Jericho's bags down and turned to the blond Titan. "Welcome to Steel City."
"Thanks," he signed back, "but I'm not really sure what I'm doing here. Beast Boy tried to explain, but I think I was more confused after the explanation than before."
"That seems to happen a lot," Aqualad remarked. "It's actually pretty straight forward. After the battle against the Brotherhood, almost every villain who fought any Titan on a regular basis was iced. For most Titans, this means that their job has been a lot easier since then. In contrast, the potential villains of Steel City seem to take it as a challenge. We've had so many new villains in the past few weeks that we decided to look into getting a new member. Beast Boy and Mas both suggested you."
"I suppose that makes sense," Jericho signed.
Speedy look at all the luggage. "Is that a guitar?" Jericho nodded. "You play?" Another nod. "Cool. Come on, I'll show you to your room."
The newest member looked around. "Um, I don't think I've ever been introduced to some of you."
Speedy smirked. "Alright, here's the Titans East in a nutshell: Bee's our leader. She's quick-tempered, irritating, and a bit of a control freak, but we like her anyways. Most of the time, at least. She can fly, she shrinks, and she's got those laser guns she calls stingers.
"Aqualad is strong, breathes underwater, controls water, and talks to fish. He's pretty uptight, and he throws a fit if you so much as mention seafood.
"Mas and Menos have super speed, but only when they touch each other. They understand English just fine, but they refuse to speak anything other than Spanish. They're childish and annoying, and they break or lose everything that they get their hands on eventually.
"Saving the best for last, I'm Speedy. I'm a pretty cool guy, I'm the greatest archer in the world—"
"And he's completely obsessed with himself. He spends more time on his hair then I do on mine," Bumblebee finished.
The archer shrugged. "I can't deny that," he admitted, "but my hair does look much better than hers. OW! What was that for?"
Bumblebee just smiled and turned to the newest member, who seemed to be torn between amusement and shock. "I'll give you the grand tour while the boys take your stuff to your room."
With that, she led the silent boy to the gym.
Speedy turned to the others. "What do you think of him?"
Mas cocked his head. "He didn't say very much, did he?"
His brother gave him a Look. "Mas, he's mute."
"You know what I mean!"
Menos shrugged. "How could he? Speedy didn't give him a chance."
Speedy chose to ignore that. "I like his hair, and he plays the guitar. I wonder how good he is."
"He seems nice," Aqualad noted, "but I think I'll reserve judgment on whether he belongs on the team until I see him fight."
"Whatever," muttered Speedy as he walked over to the kitchen. "Hey, what happened to my fish sticks?"
"I threw them out!" Aqualad replied angrily. "I've already said this so many times: by buying those products, you encourage that murder of countless fish, many of whom are my friends!"
The archer glared at him. "Did you even bother to read the ingredients?"
"They were fish sticks; of course they had—"
"They were vegetarian, you idiot!"
There wasn't very much the Atlantian could say to that.
"So that's a slightly less biased run-down of the Titans East," Bumblebee finished. "Any questions?"
Jericho thought for a moment. "Do all of you know sign language?"
The leader of the Titans East laughed shortly. "After all the trouble we had in the beginning when no one understood a word Mas or Menos said, we thought it would be a good idea to learn sign language before you came."
The mute smiled. "Makes sense. But it does bring up another problem: I only know a little Spanish."
"Learn it." Bumblebee looked at her new teammate's startled expression and laughed lightly. "Sorry, but I can't think of anything else to tell you. We think they could speak English—they certainly understand it—but they refuse. The only time I've ever heard them say anything in English was when Control Freak forced them to. Don't ask," she added before his hands could even start moving. "It's a long story. I'll tell you some other time.
"Anyways, don't worry about learning Spanish: We'll all help."
Jericho gave a small smile. "I've never really been on a team before," he admitted. "I worked with Beast Boy, Mas, and the others, but that was just for one battle. It's been a long time since I lived with anyone else, and I've never fought alongside anyone on a regular basis. This may take some getting used to."
"It's alright," Bumblebee said, "we all had an adaptation period.
"Okay, now it's my turn to ask some questions."
The body-jumper looked wary. "What sort of questions?"
"Nothing too personal," the winged girl reassured him, "and you don't have to answer. We all have things we'd rather not talk about.
"So, you play guitar, right? Are you any good?"
"I like to think so. I've written some music, but…" He shrugged.
"You've written music? You'll have to play for us at some—"
She was cut off by a flashing red light and a sound not unlike a police siren. Bumblebee was instantly all business.
"That's the alarm. Come on!"
There's the first chapter, hope you like it!
Next: The Titans East face off against Slade, but there's something odd going on…