Red X kept pacing back and forth. He was starting to get really agitated. They really hadn't done anything at all in a while. On top of that Nightwing has suddenly disappeared. Slade and Dr. Light walked into the room.
"How long have we been sitting here?" X asked anger evident in his voice.
"Don't know. Burning Fire hasn't given any orders," Dr. Light said.
"Well where's Nightwing? He hasn't shown up in two weeks. Two Weeks! Does he not know the importance of this mission," X ranted on.
"Will you please cam down. But you're right it is strange that he's not around," Slade said.
"Well I went to his house. All his furniture was there, but all his clothes were gone," Dr. Light said.
"So where is he?" asked X.
"Don't know. Maybe he found a new lead on the creature or decided that this mission wasn't worth it and left," Dr. Light replied.
"He does do that when he feels the mission has no value to him," Slade said.
"Yeah probably. Nothing ever catches his attention for long," X said.
Burning Fire walked into the room with a big bag in his hand. He walked over to the table and unpacked the bag. All these silver devices came out. Setting them by size Burning Fire turned towards them.
"I finally got it," B.F. said.
"Finally got what?" X asked.
"The creature. I know where it is now," B.F. said.
"Where?" Slade asked.
"It's in Gotham," B.F. said.
"So when are we leaving?" X asked.
"Right now," B.F. said and a bright light incased all of them. When the light faded away they were in a different room. The room was dark with a few lights on showing a little bit of the room. There was a table in the middle of the room with a TV showing a map of the city of Gotham. There were a few red dots plotted all over the place.
"Where are we exactly?" asked Slade.
"In one of my hide outs that I have," B.F. said.
"So do you have any idea where the creature is at?" Dr. Light asked.
"Actually I do. The massive energy that I've detected has been coming from a house not far from Wayne Manor. I suspect the creature has been staying there all this time," B.F. explained.
"When do you want to attack?" Slade asked.
Nightwing walked around the house trying to find some place quiet. His rib finally healed and he was put off bed rest. It was so frustrating just laying there doing nothing. Finally coming to a stop in front of two double doors, he cleared his mind and opened the door. He looked around and saw rows of shelves filled with books. Guessing this was the library he closed the door behind him and walked down an aisle looking for something to read. An hour passed and Nightwing found an area in the back, he walked over, and saw a few chairs and a sofa by the wall. As he came closer he noticed that someone was there. Making sure to be very quiet as not to disturb her he walked over. Looking closer he saw that it was Raven reading a book.
"Is it interesting?" Richard asked.
The sound of Richard's voice startled her. Raven jumped a little then calmed down once she saw who it was.
"Yes it is," Raven replied.
"What book is it?" Richard asked taking a seat beside her on the couch.
"Time Consumed," Raven replied looking at him.
"What's it about?" Richard asked leaning in making his breath tickle her skin on her neck.
Raven seemed to lose her ability to focus when he was near her. She secretly thought that he did that on purpose. "Well… it's about this girl… w-who hast-to face," Richard left small butterfly kisses down her neck "trouble t-t-that c-comes into h-her l-l-life." Raven couldn't concentrate when he kept kissing her like that. His fingers were under her chin and moved her head towards him kissing her mouth. Turning her body her arms snaked their way around his neck and his arm around her waist. The kiss started to get hot and fiercer with every minute. Richard slowly pushed her back down on the sofa. Her legs wrapped around him and he moved his head down towards her neck. His hand moved down her waist and under her shirt. This action left a chill through her as her body arched at the contact of skin. Raven moved her hands from his hair down his chest, toward his stomach, and under his shirt. Richard moved away from her and lifted his shirt over his head and tossed it on the floor. He leaned down and captured her lips. She let out a small moan when he started trailing down toward her chest. Richard moved them both up so he could take her shirt off so he could have better access.
"Wow," Raven said slightly out of breath. She laid her head on his chest and wrapped her arm around his waist. Richard gently stroked her hair and wrapped his arm around her.
"Oh," a voice said a little shocked at what she saw.
They quickly grabbed their clothing to cover themselves up.
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to intrude," Vanessa said laughter evident in her voice and a small smile was playing at her lips.
"Was there something you wanted?" Richard asked a little annoyed.
"I came to tell you something important, but I can wait until you guys get dressed," Vanessa said turning around and heading down an aisle.
Raven and Richard quickly got dressed and followed the way she left. They saw her down at one of the small tables near the entry. They walked towards her and sat down.
"So what's so important?" Richard asked.
"Well when I was looking over the force field I put up I found something. There seemed to be a hole in it that I didn't catch. It looked like it had been there awhile," Vanessa explained.
"What does that mean?" Raven asked a little anxious.
"Well from what I've gathered the hole has been there roughly around two days," Vanessa said.
"So Burning Fire would have had enough time to know where we are," Richard said.
"Who's Burning Fire?" Raven asked.
"He's the one looking for the creature and I used to work for him," Richard explained.
"And when were you going to tell me this?" Raven asked.
"It doesn't matter now. He's probably on his way here," Vanessa said disgusted with herself.
"It's not your fault," Raven said.
"Yes it is. I'm supposed to protect you," Vanessa said.
"We all make mistakes. Don't worry about it," Richard said.
"What should we do?" Raven asked.
"Well we can't move. He'll find us very quickly. We'll have to develop a plan," Vanessa said.
They continued to discuss all the possible ways to deal with the situation at hand. It took them an hour to come up with a plan. Vanessa left the library to work on some defenses before Burning Fire came.
Cyborg sat in the kitchen with Starfire, Changeling, Bee, Terra, and Speedy. They still didn't fully understand what was going on. It just didn't make any sense. They all looked up when they heard footsteps coming towards them. Vanessa soon came around the corner and entered the kitchen.
"There you guys are. I've been looking everywhere for you," Vanessa said.
"Is there something wrong?" Terra asked.
"Yes. There's somehow been a glitch in my force field. The guy is probably on his way now. We need to prepare ourselves," Vanessa said.
"Couldn't we just move somewhere else?" Changeling asked.
"The hole has been there for awhile. Even if we did move he could find us very quickly," Vanessa explained.
"So what do you want us to do?" Cy asked.
"We need to position ourselves effectively for the battle," Vanessa replied.
"Where are Raven and Nightwing?" Bee asked.
"They're in the security room checking out our surrounding area," Vanessa said.
Burning Fire sat in the surveillance room on his ship. He had the perfect view of the house in front of him. Everything seemed to be going smoothly. They didn't even realize what was going to happen.
"Red X have you scouted the area?" B.F. asked.
"Yeah. Everything is in place. They're all sitting in the living room," X replied.
"Good. Get ready everyone we're going to attack soon," B.F. said.
They all raced out of the ship and took their positions. They surrounded the house and moved in closely. Taking quiet footsteps to sneak around the house so they couldn't be detected and cause too much attention to themselves. As they drew closer to the house a bright light blinded them momentarily. When the light faded they could see they were in the backyard facing the titans.
"How did you…" B.F. said dumbfounded by the turn of events.
"We've been watching you guys too," Nightwing said.
Burning Fire's face became angry at this prospect. He let out a fireball from his hand and aimed it at the titans. They all moved out of the way and began to fight. Cyborg, Bee, and Changeling went up against Burning Fire. Bee flew up into the air and shot her stingers at him while Cyborg shot his lazar canon. Changeling changed into a rhino and charged at him. Burning Fire just laughed while he deflected Bumble Bee's and Cyborg's attacks and threw a fireball at Changeling. Starfire threw as many star bolts at Dr. Light which he deflected off his force field. Speedy came up and let loose three explosive arrows. Dr. Light gathered energy from his suit and disintegrated the arrows while also blind sighting Star. Terra flew through the sky on her boulder throwing rocks at Slade which he easily dodged. Slade threw one of his devices and destroyed the rock she was on. Nightwing was in hand-to- hand combat with Red X.
"I thought you were on our side," X said.
"Things changed," Nightwing said.
"I don't understand. I thought you wanted to catch the creature."
"No, that was Burning Fire. I just went along with it just like you guys. But there are more important things than money."
They continued to fight. Red X threw some of his X's which Nightwing easily dodged. Nightwing threw one of his explosives that knocked out X. He ran over to help out Bumble Bee, Cyborg, and Changeling.
Terra finally had Slade in a corner. She was starting to move in on him.
"Now Terra I'm sure we could work something out," Slade said.
"I don't think so," Terra said her eyes glowing.
"Remember how we used to work together. Forget about the titans we could be partners," Slade said in his sick mechanical voice.
"I do remember. You were beating me every time I messed up on a mission. Thanks but no thanks I'm no one's puppet," Terra said bringing up rocks from the ground.
"Do you really think these people are your friends? Let's face it they'll dump you once you mess up and you'll have nowhere else to turn to."
"That may have worked the last time but I'm much stronger now."
With that Terra mustered up all her strength. The ground started to shake and split open. Slade didn't have time to react and fell down into the earth. Terra closed up the crack and flew over to where Starfire was.
Starfire lay on the ground motionless with cuts and bruises. Speedy was trying his best to bring Dr. Light He was soon bombarded with rocks. Looking up Seedy saw Terra flying towards them. Dr. Light turned and attacked. The light blinded her and knocked her off her boulder. Starfire soon woke up and blasted him with her heat beam eyes. The blast was enough to knock him out.
The other four were starting to wear Burning Fire down. They each readied their attacks. Cyborg shot his sonic canon, Bee her stingers, Nightwing threw his ice bomb, and Changeling turned into a gorilla. The attack took Burning Fire off guard. He was hit back and then frozen. Changeling came up and hit the sculpture smashing it to pieces.
The battle was finally over with everyone exhausted.
"You were a great help. I'm sorry I gave you a hard time," Cy said looking at Nightwing.
"Thanks and don't worry about it. I was a villain," Nightwing said with a smile.
"So what do we do with these two?" Changeling asked pointing to Red X and Dr. Light.
"I'll take them to jail," Cy said.
Cyborg picked up the two villains and walked over to the t-car. Changeling walked over to Terra and picked her up. Speedy did the same thing for Starfire who collapsed after she fired at Dr. Light. Nightwing helped Bee into the house. All of them went inside the house and toward the infirmary. Once they were there Raven and Vanessa healed all their cuts and bruises. Vanessa hooked up heart monitors to Terra and Starfire. Changeling sat down by Terra as did Speedy by Starfire. Vanessa looked over the statistics for Terra while Bee did the same for Starfire.
Nightwing had slipped away while everyone was busy doing something else. He walked down the hall toward his room. Sitting on his bed he took off his mask lying back on the bed and staring up at the ceiling. The door opened and closed and he felt a weight next to him.
"Are you ok?" Raven asked.
"Yeah just thinking," Richard said.
"You didn't stay for me to heal you."
"It's just a few cuts."
"This doesn't look like a cut," Raven said pointing to a huge purple and blue bruise on his arm.
Raven just rolled her eyes and started to heal all of his cuts and bruises.
"That wasn't necessary," Richard said once she was done.
"Says you," Raven replied as she laid her head on his chest. "You have pretty eyes."
"You've drained too much of your energy."
"It's my power," Raven said her voice laced with sleep.
"Just be careful," Richard said turning his blue eyes to her and kissed the top of her head.
They both fell asleep in each others arms.