... Hello, readers. I'm back... sorry for being a bad author and not updating... I don't really have an excuse for that. Dani is mad at me, too...
Dani: I've been trapped in the back corner of her mind. For months. With only a few bad plot bunnies for company. OF COURSE I'M MAD!
Me: I didn't mean to! Honest! I was just taking a... sabbatical. Yeah.
Me: I said sorry! Can't you just do the disclaimer?
Dani: Fine. DaughterofDemeter123 doesn't own anything that's been aired on TV. And she regrets spending all summer playing The Sims 2.
Ah, the desert. A large pile of sand under a merciless sun, all full of poisonous bugs and coyotes, and all that good stuff. The perfect place to go if you like sunbathing, building sandcastles, or being severely dehydrated.
Why am I talking about this oh-so-glorious place, might you ask?
Let's just say that Robin likes to take training to a whole new level. It was just luck that we spotted the blonde teenager being chased down by a giant scorpion.
Before we could do our thing, the girl's hands and eyes glowed yellow, a lot like Starfire when she's using her starbolts, and a nearby rock formation slammed down on the poor scorpion, crushing it.
And that, children, is what we call animal cruelty. Giant bloodthirsty poisonous animal cruelty, but cruelty nonetheless.
"She was not in trouble." Stated Star.
"She was leading it into a trap!" Announced Cy.
"Who is she?"
And there they go again. Seriously, how is it that everybody on the team can finish each other's sentences?
The girl I momentarily forgot about randomly rose up on a pillar of rock, leaped onto the cliff we were standing on, and grinned.
"What? Haven't you guys ever seen a superhero before?"
Oh. Looks like she heard us... well, that's embarrassing.
We all just stared at her for a minute, before our leader, the master of all things hairgel, decided introductions were in order.
"I'm Robin. We're the-"
"Teen Titans! Rock on! It's cool to meet you guys."
Well, that was a bit unexpected.
"I'm Terra. You're Cyborg, Raven, Starfire, Dani, and-"
"Ooh ooh! Boybeast! Bastboo! Ey, no!"
Once again, BB, your intelligence astounds me.
Luckily, Terra was patient. "Beast boy?"
He gave a very girlish shriek and turned into a turtle to hide.
"Dude, he's hilarious!"
Or maybe she's just got a screwy sense of humor. So screwy, that even the green guy didn't believe it.
"Hilarious? Me?" He had his normal head now, but he still had a turtle body. Creepy. "Really?"
She winked at him. He appeared to grow deliriously happy, and fainted dead away before any of us could stop him. Idiot.
I began to poke him with a stick I happened to have on me. While this was going on, Starfire deemed it to be time for twenty questions.
"Curiosities abound! Please, Were did you come from, how did you get here, what's your favorite color, do you wish to be my friend?" Good ol' Starfire.
"Um, Earth, walked, red, and sure...?"
Star jumped for joy. While floating in midair. Then she tackle-glomped Terra. "Hello, new friend!"
The girl in question somehow managed to speak. "How's it goin'?"
Luckily, Starfire dropped her before she could pass out. Unluckily, Beast boy had made a full recovery and was now in flirting mode. Ugh.
"So, what bring a cool little chicky to our big groovy city, huh?" Our big groovy city? No... just no.
And Terra, incredibly, was totally fine with his lame attempt at wooing her.
"I go where the wind takes me, you know? I get to see new places, meet new people, stop a few bad guys here and there."
"Ah, cool!" BB responded in an oddly gravely voice.
"Well, all right!"
"If you see any ectoplasmic beings, don't alert them of my presence."
While I truly believe my own word are pretty much gospel, Robin randomly though up a good point.
"You mean you don't have a home?"
"The earth is my home. I've been crashing in a cave on the other side of the hill."
"Unacceptable!" Woah... when did Star move? It was like, woosh, you know? "I cannot permit my new friend to slumber in a lonely cave of darkness!"
Well said, Starfire. Well said.
Terra blinked at her. "I have a flashlight."
Ignoring the fact that our newest buddy did indeed have a source of light, our lovely alien friend grabbed her by the arm and began to drag her... somewhere. Terra made a sound of surprise.
"You will stay with us."
"C'mon, we got plenty of room!"
"It's true, you know. Our house is a never ending tower of spare space."
"Yeah! A-and I can make you laugh some more. I'm hilarious, remember?"
Desperate for an audience, BB? Wait...? Where'd he get those Groucho glasses?
"Ha, well, I guess I could stay one night."
We cheered before we began our trek home. For some reason, we tend to cheer a lot. Huh. Weird.
Now, we were never the kind of people that don't like showing off. Which is probably the reason Terra was now gaping at our fantastical abode.
"Woah." She said, grinning. "Nice digs! Check out the view!"
She leaped onto the sofa and propped her feet on the table. I'd complain, but we all do that anyways, poor table.
"I can't believe you actually live here!"
"Su casa es mi casa."
Way to fail at spanish, Beast boy. Or did he? I dunno. I don't speak spanish.
"So, do you want the grand tour, or-"
"Got any food?"
Oh my ghost zone. Where does she put it all?
We watched in morbid fascination as out guest, who was as skinny as a toothpick, polished off whatever was left of our food supply. It's safe to assume we'll need to go shopping some time soon...
Terra let out an impressive belch before Starfire came by carrying a jello... thing?
"Might you now wish to partake in my homemade glork?"
I screamed in terror as she emptied the entire plate into her mouth. She licked her lips.
"Tastes like sushi mixed with ice-cream." She stated. "Got any more?"
"I shall go cultivate the fungus!"
Terra turned back to our shell shocked forms. "So, where's the tub?"
Once again, my eyes were wide with terror. Why you ask? I'm next in line for bathroom duty, and our tub is dirtier than I've ever seen it.
"Woah. Mud bath."
"Sorry, guess I was due for a rinse. Mind if I use your sink?"
We stood grouped together in the doorway as Terra hung up her laundry. She was listening to a CD player as well. Where the heck did that come from?
"Well she seems; comfortable." Yes Rae. Yes she does.
"Wonder how long it's been since she's had a decent place to crash for the night."
We continued to watch as she stretched out on the couch and began to snore.
"She needs more than a place to crash."
"She needs a home."
"Why not our home? She could stay here with us."
... That is the single most intelligent thing I have ever heard come out of his mouth. Seriously.
"Hm. Sound good."
"I don't know."
"She would make a good addition to the team."
"Maybe," Stated our fearless leader. "Let's ask her to train with us tomorrow. We need to see what she can do."
Ugh. Again with the training!
Early the next morning, Robin forced everyone out of bed for some good ol' training. By good, I mean exhausting. So exhausting that I opted to cheer on the sidelines instead of actually training.
"BOOYA! New course record! Hahaha!" Cy gloated happily. Heheh. Gloat.
Naturally, Rae found this a good time to point out the cold truth; "Well yeah, you're the first on to do the course."
I giggled at his sour expression.
"Okay, Terra!" Robin shouted, smiling cheerfully. "Ready to show us what you can do?"
Terra trudged off into the course unenthusiastically, muttering something. BB immediately ran up to encourage her.
Hm... Is it just me, or is someone a little lovestruck~?
The timer began beeping loudly behind me.
"Count down initiated. Good luck, Terra."
"Come on Terra!"
"You go, girl!"
"It'll be fun!"
"Onward to victory!"
Terra's gloved hands glowed yellow as the lasers began to fire, and a pillar rose up beneath her. It was soon destroyed, leaving her with just a boulder as she flew toward the fists of pain.
It crumbled, and for a few scary seconds, I thought she would fall to her death. Luckily, she summoned another one just in time.
"Yeah! You da man, Terra!" Oh, Beast Boy... what is wrong with you? "Uh, I mean, you're the- way to go!"
She spun a bit wildly, using another pillar to destroy the fence thingies in her path.
"We're gonna need a new obstacle course."
Well, that's true. Good thing we're funded by a billionaire*.
Terra nearly fell into our artificial spartan trench of doom, but somehow kept herself aloft using two smallish rocks before jumping onto a large boulder. The well hidden disc shooter thing shot discs at her. She blocked with the boulder and sent a small barrage of rocks at them, resulting in some explosions.
She jumped of landed on her feet. She did wobble a little, but it was pretty awesome to watch. Terra collected herself before posing.
We burst into cheers.
"Wow! You rock."
"That was so cool!"
"Looks like we have a new course record."
Ha, seriously? Poor Cy.
"I must have softened it up for her."
I take it back.
"You were incredible-" BB was cut off when she hugged him, laughing merrily.
He turned oddly wiggly and fell on the ground with a goofy smile on his face. I wish I had a stick to poke him with...
"A little rough around the edges, but you've got some real talent there."
"With a little more training, you could-"
His communicator went off.
"Okay, why is everyone blinking?"
We were in the Ops room, staring grimly at the man on our TV screen. The jerkface. The guy who tried to take Robin away from us...
"Slade. He's back."
"Bad guy. Way bad."
Robin typed something up on the keyboard. The screen showed some blueprints of the city, with a little red dot blipping, Slade's picture beside it.
"Got a lock on his location. Titans, move out!"
We wasted no time in dashing toward the exit. There was a score to settle.
When we got there, we found a bunch of sladebots terrorizing a few worker guys. I glared at them with as much bite as I could muster.
"Tell your boss we'd like a word with him. Titans, go!"
I launched myself at the horrible androids, hands alight with green ecto-blasts. With a war cry, I began firing them off like crazy at the enemies. They were created by Slade. Slade, the man that tried to destroy our family.
I tackled one to the ground, ramming it's head in with another ecto- blast. It didn't get back up, but there were more where that came from.
In fact, the things seemed to be coming out of nowhere. We were all fighting at our best, but there were so many...
"Dani!" Star's voice. "Get out of the way!"
Too late. I was engulfed by a mob of sladebots, Starfire struggling beside me. I was vaguely aware of Cyborg began to shoot them off us, but I was completely immersed in fighting.
And then, I heard a cry on anguish. "Beast Boooy!"
Silence. The sladebots seemed to evaporate, and all of us rushed to the giant pile of rocks our green friend was presumably trapped under.
We began to pick up the rocks and fling them to the side, frantically trying to make sure he was alright. I have never been so glad to see a gorilla in my life.
Yes, now that I thought about it, where the heck was Terra?
I went intangible and a chunk of rock fell through my head. The sky must be falling.
"We need to get out of here."
"Most of us will be buried alive!"
"Slade's tryin' to bring down the whole mine."
"I'm not sure he's the one doing this."
... what. Does he mean another villain? Seriously not a good time, Robin!
Starfire flew up to us. " I cannot locate Terra, or Beast boy!"
A chill ran down my spine. What if we couldn't find them?
As it turns out, they somehow got back on their own. And now we were seeing Terra off. Or so she thought.
"Well guys, it's been real. Seriously, thanks for everything, but I should-"
"Don't even think about it."
"Okay, what's going on?"
"We talked it over, and-"
"We wish for you to stay here!"
"We think you'd make a great addition to our team."
"So... wanna be a Titan?"
Robin brandished the communicator.
"Me? Really?" A faint flush formed on her cheeks.
"Of course, you'll need your training. I know you have trouble controlling your powers, and we can help-"
The communicator fell to the ground.
Terra spun around and glared at Beast boy, her face full of anger.
"You told him?"
"You promised! You lied to me!"
I watched, stunned, as our friend turned on her heels and ran out of the room.
"Terra, no! Wait!"
Bleh. I hate watching that episode... it makes me want to cry.
Dani: Me too...
Me(sniffles): Well, at least I posted a new chapter, right? Leave a review...
*how the heck did they afford a giant tower full of amazing technology? Bruce Wayne. Or, that's my head canon...