The boy didn't respond, continuing to pace.
"For Pete's sake, Wally!"
He paused, then without warning, punched the wall next to him.
"Geez, Wally!" Robin reprimanded. "Relax a little, would-?"
"Why can't I go with the others?" Kid Flash roared. "What's the big idea, holding me back here, Dick?"
"That's exactly why," Robin said sharply. "You know Red X looks for weakness like-"
"-that," Robin shook his head. "Come on, Wally, don't be so childish. You and I both know what would happen if you ran out there, in full view of Red X."
"So what then?" Kid Flash all but screamed. "We leave her in the hands of some psychopath?"
"Jinx isn't so weak," Robin started, then the two boys looked at each other, remembering her outfit of the day.
Wally froze, suddenly imagining... what if... she looked... and Red X...
"HELL NO!" he screamed, and before Robin could even blink, Wally ripped off his leather jacket ("Hey! I'm borrowing that from Speedy!") and throwing it off, ran outside.
"Let... me... out!" Jinx shrieked, pounding on the door of her prison. The minute Red X brought her in, he shoved her into a bare, white room, snatched her Titans communicator away from her, then locked the door from the outside. "You're dead, you hear me?"
"Shut it, Pinky!" Red X yelled back irritably. "You've been banging on the door all freaking day!"
"What did you expect me to do, call for room service?" she retorted.
"Did you expect room service?" he fired back. She let out a loud, unladylike snort.
"Of course. I was kidnapped by some psycho, and thought I would get the princess treatment!" she yelled sarcastically.
"Whatever... just stay in there, Pinky. Let me know when you've calmed down."
"Why would I be calm?" her voice turned up a hysterical notch, as if to prove her point. "My team's probably worried about me... And whatever you're planning, it won't work!"
"Well, there goes my plans for the night," he shrugged.
"Wh-? You perv!" Jinx shrieked.
"Hey! Who dressed like she was on a freaking runway?" Red X retorted. "It's not my fault you looked like you were asking for it."
"Ooooooh," Jinx turned so mad, even her hair turned a shade darker. "Just you wait, you're going to be so sorry."
"Yeah," Red X's voice came monotonously from the other side of the door. "'Cuz I'm so afraid of Boy Blunder, a guy who looks like the Tin Man, a lima bean, and someone who looks like his head's on fire.."
There was a very pregnant pause, until Red X could suddenly hear a slight gurgling noise. Blinking, he slid open a small slot and peered into the small room. She was bent over, her body shaking. He inhaled sharply but suddenly...
He stared in utter shock as Jinx began to double over in laughter.
"Tin... Bean... Fire! Ahahahahahahaha!"
Red X simply stared at the pretty sorceress laughing, as she bent over, holding her stomach in her heaving laughter. Red X shook his head.
"Pinky... you are definitely not like other girls."
Her laughter eventually began to slow, as she wiped away tears of mirth.
"What clued you in?" she grinned. "The pink hair probably wasn't enough, right?"
He stared, then relaxed when he realized she was joking.
"Y- Yeah... uh..."
Jinx suddenly seemed to realize she was talking to the enemy, and the mischievous glitter in the her eyes vanished. She crossed her arms, taking on a stern look.
"What are you planning for my friends?" she angrily glared at him. He didn't say anything, just observed her in that position for a few minutes.
"You're hot when you angry," he said bluntly, leaving Jinx to uncross her arms and gaze at him in confusion for a few seconds.
"Wh-? Don't think that's going to distract me!" she shrieked, although she couldn't hide a telltale blush, before regaining her haughty expression. "You'd better not hurt them!"
"Or what?" he said, and behind the white mask, she swore she could hear a hint of laughter in his voice. She gave him a deadened look that would have made Raven proud.
"Or I'll kick you so hard in the nuts, they'll fly into your stomach."
He stared at her, and for a few minutes, there was silence.
"You really..." he groped for words (for the first time in front of a good guy!), and finally found his voice. "...are not like other girls."
She glared at him. "I get the picture! Stop reminding me!"
"So Pinky..." he ignored the glare she shot at him. "What's with the getup?"
"Why'd you ditch the Halloween Night ensemble?"
She glared at him. "Go jump off a cliff."
"And leave you here on your lonesome?" he snorted. "Yeah, right. Admit it, Pinky, I entertain you."
She lifted her chin. "So does W- Kid Flash. I don't need you."
He gave her a silent glance. "Kid Flash? The carrot-top? You two are dating?"
"None of your business!" she snapped sourly. He somberly nodded.
"I understand now... you have a crush on him, but he won't notice you."
She gaped at him, then managed to stammer, "Are you out of your mind?"
She was afraid to admit it, but deep down, she felt that that was sort of her problem; even though they really were dating, it was probably one-sided... Red X's words had hit a mark. Even today, dressed like this, he had acted as if she was just another girl.
"What's the matter, you saw him flirting with the British chick and Miss World Champ, and decided to be one of them?"
"I'll have you know-!" she shrieked, but he waved a careless hand.
"Don't bother; you can change your look, but you'll never be like them."
"Don't tell me what I can and can't do," she retorted, a defensive tone creeping into her voice. Unfortunately, the masked man heard it, and began to exploit it.
"You can make all this effort for him, but it'll be a waste; he won't want to be with you, especially when he finds out that your fake Miss Preppy side doesn't really exist."
"Think about it, Pinky... like I said, you could always join me," Red X offered. "I'm not a hero, but I'm not really a villain either."
"You're an enemy," Jinx said stoutly. "You rob and cheat people."
He laughed. "Last I checked, you did that pretty frequently."
"I've changed!" she shot back heatedly. "I'm a-"
"-Titan now," Red X finished, mimicking a high-pitched voice. "I'm a good girl! I would never dream of hurting anyone!"
"I do not sound like that," Jinx glared at him.
"Yup, you do," Red X shook his head. "You claim you're a Titan, but even I can see it; you're not meant to be with a superhero group."
"You don't belong with the Titans," he said strongly. "You belong with people like me."
"Oh, what do you know?" she lowered her eyes.
"I do know that an attractive girl deserves a guy whose willing to risk himself into coming out of hiding just to see her."
She stared. "What are you-?"
It suddenly hit her. "You planned this! You aren't even planning anything for my fr- the Titans, are you? You pretended to rob a bank just to kidnap me!"
He leaned closer to the door slot. "See? That's what a real man does."
She snorted. "Was that the test? Pull off a petty crime, and you've been granted manhood?"
"Well, isn't it better than zooming around in tights and acting like a goofy kid?"
"His name might be Kid Flash, but he's more of a man than you will ever be!" Jinx shouted. "At least when he was confessing to me, he was man enough to tell me person to person, instead of locking me in some stupid room!"
"I'm not stupid," Red X said coolly. "I've seen the extent of your powers. You're too powerful for me to tell you while you're loose."
She faltered slightly. After all, it was rather flattering to hear that he thought of her as someone powerful.
"I... Why are you interested in me?" she shook her head. "I'm not special."
"But you are," Red X argued. "You don't feel obligated to act pretty, because you already know you're attractive. Which is why I don't get why you look like you're going to a freaking magazine shoot."
"I-" she couldn't help a blush. He thought she was pretty? He called her attractive...not even Kid Flash had said that about her. Sure, he said she was pretty, but he always said it with the tone that said he said it because it was a boyfriend-girlfriend obligation.
"Besides... you and I are a lot alike," Red X pointed out. "We're not really trusted among heroes, but technically, we're on their side when necessary. And even though we've been classified as villains, all of our fellow so-called 'villains' hate us."
"Well... I'm not..." she managed lamely.
"Come on, Pi-Jinx," Red X cockily leaned against the door. "Partnership? And maybe... something else?"
Jinx felt her heart twist. This person... he made her feel all tingly and, more importantly, she felt wanted. But...
Did she want him?
She lowered her gaze, then took a deep breath.
"Kid Flash," she breathed as his voice reverberated through the abandoned building she and Red X were hiding in. Red X cursed as he slammed the door slot shut, sealing Jinx in the room completely.
"Hey!" Jinx stomped over and pounded the door. "Open the door!"
"Jinx!" Kid Flash cried out. "Jinx, where are you?"
Jinx's heart stopped twisting and began to make flips. She had only been gone for a few hours, maybe a little more than few, yet she already missed him. His voice... it was tinged with sadness, longing, and hope.
She jumped away from the door as she heard a loud crash, along with grunts and loud screams of "Where is she?"
She banged on the door. "Kid Flash! I'm in here!"
There was the sound of more crashing, until finally, the handle wobbled, then finally, the door flew open, to reveal an exhausted redhead. Jinx cautiously approached him, eyes roving over his sunken face, the tired droop in his body... but the minute he saw her, he zoomed over to her, and wrapped her into his arms.
"You're okay," he said, and she felt shaken as heard the repressed sob in his voice. "You're not hurt, right?"
"No, I- I'm fine... Kid Flash... I-"
"I'm sorry," he cut her off, and she stared. She had never seen him so defeated. He looked tired, but even more than that, he looked drained. The sparkle in his eyes that she loved so much was gone.
"I'm sorry," he repeated over and over. "I shouldn't have said what I said to you. Jinx, I'm sorry, I was a complete idiot for being so rude to you today, and I-"
"Look out!" Jinx pushed him down as a sharp, metal red 'x' flew at them. She stood up and glared at Red X, who was standing at the doorway of the room.
"Sorry to ruin your moment," Red X leaned against the doorframe. "But I was getting too moved by it."
Kid Flash stood, dusted himself off, then placed himself in front of Jinx, arms extended.
"Get out of our way," Kid Flash said in a serious tone Jinx hadn't heard in a long time. "You've already messed with me once, but the fact that you kidnapped my girlfriend was a big mistake."
"I'm wallowing in tears of regret," Red X smirked. "But you know, it's too bad... you came at such a moving time between me and Jinx."
"You... You!" Jinx shrieked in fury. "For the last time, I told you, I'm not joining you!"
"That's not what you said," Red X feigned hurt. "Why are you doing this, Jinx? You seemed so eager just a few minutes ago."
"That's a lie!" she said desperately. "Kid Flash, don't listen to him, he-""Oh, I see..." Red X nodded. "Good plan, make him think you still actually like him. But you're too late, Ketchup-and-Mustard Boy, she's already agreed to date me."
Kid Flash released a breath, which sounded very strained.
"That's not true," Jinx insisted and turned to the superhero, whose eyes showed the various emotions flashing in his eyes. "Kid Flash, please... please don't listen to him, he's lying."
"Jinx, don't," Red X taunted. "You'll just hurt hi-"
Kid Flash burst into action. Before Red X could even react, the fast hero ran into the villain, and punched him in the stomach. Red X doubled over, letting out a loud grunt. He looked up to see a stunned Jinx, Kid Flash's arm wrapped protectively around her shoulders.
"I know who I date," Kid Flash snapped. "And I am not dating some sort of floozy. Nice try, but I know Jinx."
Jinx felt her head spin. How could she ever doubt that Kid Flash would come for her? She looked down at Red X, who shakily stood.
"So... this is your choice?" he sneered at Jinx. She avoided his gaze, but nodded firmly. It was a good thing the tall man was wearing a mask, so that she couldn't see the brief flash of hurt cross his face, before he nonchalantly shrugged.
He slammed his fist into the belt around his waist, and with a crackle of red electricity, he vanished on the spot. Upon seeing him gone, Kid Flash immediately collapsed upon Jinx.
"Kid Flash... Kid Flash? Wally!" she cried frantically, shaking him. She sighed, then, rummaging around, found his Titans communicator.
"He will be... okay?"
"Look, he's coming to..."
Wally let out a low moan before allowing his eyes to gently open. He winced as bright light hit them, but finally managed to sit up, trying to stop the pounding in his head. He gazed around to find himself in the Titans infirmary, surrounded by concerned faces.
"What happened?" he managed to croak. Robin shook his head.
"You've been out for nearly 24 hours," he said, unable to conceal the worry in his tone. "What were you thinking, running around so much with so little energy?"
"Dude, don't even try to deny it," Beast Boy shook his head. "You were running for a good solid three hours, and knowing how fast you go, that is a lot of ground you covered."
"Here," Raven gently pressed her hand against his temple, allowing soft energy to flow into his mind, and reducing the thumps in his head. "This should help."
"It does," he said gratefully. "Thanks. Anybody seen Jinx?"
The team fell silent, then stood aside to reveal Jinx, curled up in a cold, plastic chair.
"She hasn't budged ever since she brought you back," Raven said softly, as Wally managed to stumble out of bed, towards her.
"Could we... have a few?" he asked hesitantly. The empath nodded, and ushered everyone out. Blue eyes wandered over the prone figure, still dressed up so prettily, but...
He missed Jinx. This wasn't Jinx, with glossy hair and expensive clothes and a cheerful nature. His Jinx was fiery, loud, and unafraid.
Jinx suddenly woke with a start.
"Is he awake yet?" she babbled. "Is he awa-?"
She swallowed. "Wally..."
"Are you okay?" he murmured, rubbing his thumb over her cheek. He paused in shock as a single tear slid down that cheek, to land on his thumb.
"J- Jinx..." he breathed. "What-?"
"I'm sorry!" she cried, and before he could even comprehend the situation, she jumped into his arms, burying her face into his shoulder. Although she tried to silence her sobs, Wally could feel her trembling frame, could feel the wetness on his shoulder. And he liked it.
He had missed her so much. The real her.
"Jinx..." he murmured, stroking her hair. "It's okay."
She shook her head. "No. I have to be honest with you."
He sighed heavily, then sat on the bed. "Am I about to hear what happened when you were with Red X?"
She swallowed. "Yes."
He nodded, then urged her to sit with him. She hesitantly sat, afraid to look into his eyes. There was a moment of silence, until finally, she took a deep breath.
"Wally..." she whispered. "He asked me to join him."
He nodded, encouraging her to continue. She took a deep breath.
"I... I was really..." she swallowed. "I almost said yes."
There was another pregnant pause. "To be honest... the only reason why I didn't say yes was because... you came in at that moment. But if you hadn't... I honestly don't know what I would have said."
She lowered her head, waiting for Wally's shout of anger, hurt, betrayal... but it never came. She slowly raised her eyes, to meet his, and was immediately enveloped into a hug.
"Oh, Jinx..." he murmured. "Then I'm glad I came in time."
"H- How can you take this so lightly?" she asked, stricken. "I... I almost betrayed you!"
"You almost did," he said, as he drew away to face her, eyes shining with tears. "But you didn't. And I'm glad you didn't."
"Jinx," he took a deep breath. "Look, when I asked you to join the Titans, and you finally agreed, and then agreed to go out with me, I didn't expect you to be 100% ready for it. In fact, I would have been a little suspicious if you were. You're going to get a lot of offers like the one Red X gave you. But that's why I'm here. I'm here to remind you of the good you do have in you. The old you would have jumped on the chance to do some crime. But the you now... you're getting better. You hesitated. You didn't say no, but you didn't say yes, either. And I'll be here with you, helping you to say no to the things you shouldn't do."
"But... yesterday... yesterday, you-"
"Er, Jinx," Wally winced with a rather pained look. "I'd rather forget about yesterday. I said things I'm not really proud of."
"Me... Me too," Jinx muttered, looking down. "I didn't mean those things I said... I'm sorry."
"I'm sorry too," Wally rubbed the back of his neck. "I guess... I guess I have a bad habit with girls."
"Well, it was habit for me to jump onto crime... and technically, I mean... you're dating me," Jinx shrugged. "I guess... I'll learn. I'll stop trying to be so jealous."
"Oho... you finally admit you're jealous," he waggled his eyebrows.
She giggled. "I missed you, Wally West."
He grinned and gently grabbing her shoulders, bent down to press his lips against hers. This was... different. His kisses were usually deep, passionate, and involved a lot of groping plus a loud slap and a sheepish apology, but this kiss... it was light... almost shy.
It was enough. Jinx understood the message behind his kiss.
Sorry, I'm not sure if that was a good ending... oh my gosh, I'm losing my touch. I'm getting Writer's Block! HELP MEEE!
Anyways, hope you guys liked it at least a little bit... I'm just gonna go work on my other story now... okay. Yeah.
Well, see you at the next story!