Fourth – take two.

Robin soothed Starfire as best he could. "Star, it's okay, really—"

"There are handprints on your throat which deem otherwise," she snapped, anguish making her voice sharp. Dressed again, she paced in tight circles on the opposite side of the fire from him, determined to keep her distance. "My handprints. I could have killed you."

"But you didn't."

"Oh, Robin, I have been so frightened about this and whether or not I could hold myself back and if you would be able to do what needed to be done. I did not wish to tell you, but there have been cases of a partner dying and I am so much stronger than you." There were tears in her eyes.

He nodded. "I figured that part out."

One of the tears spilled over, dripping down her cheek. "It seems we cannot do this."

"Star, it was just an attempt. Now we both know what's going to happen. Don't give up just because I fucked this one up."

Starfire wrapped her arms around herself. "No. Not again. I cannot. I do not wish to lose you. We shall just have to keep our relationship the way it is."

"No."

She stopped pacing and looked at him, startled. "No?"

"No," he repeated. He stood, walked around the fire to her and placed his hands on her upper arms to keep her still and facing him. "I love you, but I'm not satisfied with the way things are right now. It's not very fair to you, or me, having to pull away. I want to be able to make you come too. I want to be able to give you all the amazing pleasure you can give me. I want to see your face flush, make you moan and writhe."

She looked anguished. "But Robin—"

"No buts," he said, stern. "I know what I'm up against now."

"But—"

He tried to alleviate with some humour. "And I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve. I'm the Boy Wonder after all."

She blinked. "Tricks?"

"I was pretty sure the first time we tried this would be a bust. I have shackles in the T-Ship. And a couple of other back up plans... I did exactly what I thought I'd have to do if the worst came to the worst. I vanished and waited until you calmed down. Now, we can talk about how to approach this."

"Shackles?" she blurted, startled.

"I don't want to have to tie you down, Star," he murmured, cupping her cheek. "Because that would definitely feel like rape for me. But if I have to… I want us to have the option. If it makes you feel better."

"Oh. But what about you?" she asked. "You said you became flaccid rather quickly, what if—"

He wiped her tear with his thumb. "A quick trip to the Batcave and raid Bruce's little blue pill stash will fix that. It's called Viagra and it'll make me erect even if I don't want to be. Don't worry. Give me this week, Star. Let's not stop because of one bad attempt. Learning to fly together took a while, remember?"

She shifted her weight from side to side.

"Give me a chance," he implored.

"I will not be able to relax," she mumbled.

Robin grinned. "Was that a challenge? You know I can't resist a challenge."

She narrowed her eyes at him.

He dropped his hands from her arms, took hers and tugged them free, placing them on his hips. "I love you," he said, stepping a little closer and lifted both his hands to the back of her neck. "Give me a chance."

She sighed as he manipulated her sweet spot, folding against him. "Robin…" she murmured, her tone soft and he could tell he was winning her over.

"Please?" he asked, kissing her neck. "I know what I have to do. Not tonight, because I think nerves are a little frayed. But let me try again."

She sighed again. "Very well."

He pecked her lips and cuddled her. "It'll be okay," he murmured into her neck.

She sighed a third time, wrapping her arms around him and held on. "I hope so."

He pulled away and found her hands. "I owe you some marshmallows."

She smiled. "Yes. You do."

They snuggled that night, wrapped up in each other's arms, relaxing as friends and sharing marshmallows. They stargazed, Robin explaining the various constellations and the history behind their names and Starfire naming the actual star systems right down to the life present within those systems.

They went hiking the next day, Robin had spotted several romantic locations around the place when he'd chosen this particular place to camp. One in particular was about three hours hike (or ten minutes if Starfire flew) from their camp. And he made them walk.

"Why are we walking?" Starfire asked eventually as Robin helped her scramble over a fallen log.

"Think of all the wonderful things we miss on the ground by flying. Like the chipmunks before. Or the deer. Or—" he stopped down, plucking one of the wildflowers that were littered around the forest floor and offered it to her, "—the flowers."

She smiled as he tucked it behind her ear. "Yes, they are most beautiful. And the chipmunks were adorable."

"Sometimes the simplest pleasures can be found in finding the place on your own."

"The journey and not the destination?"

He grinned. "Well, there is that, but the destination is the reason for the journey, don't discount it. The people you share the journey with."

"You are most philosophical today."

He laughed. "Yeah. I guess. It's just nice that we're doing something different together. Normal. Things have been so hectic lately, it's nice to slow down."

"And… smell the roses?"

He lifted her hand to kiss the back. "Yes. Do you hear water?"

Starfire stilled, listening intently. "Yes!" She bounced up and down on the spot.

Robin grinned. "Race you."

It would have worked, except he refused to let go of her hand as he bounded through the woodlands, feeling as playful as a puppy. Giggling joyously, she lifted into the air and let him pull her along. "You cheater," he called. "Letting me do all the work."

"And you are not doing the cheating?"

"Nope."

They emerged from the woodlands and Starfire sucked in a gasp of breath. Robin pulled her until they stood at the bank of the secluded pool of water and released her hand.

The colour ranged from so crystal clear they could see the little fish searching through the pebbles, to a deep aquamarine where the water deepened. A limestone cliff face enclosed the pool, woodland trees at the top, delivered a single stream of waterfall that kept the pool filled. There were scattered trees growing from cracks in the limestone wall itself, shrouding the whole area in green. It was peaceful, the small spray of the waterfall, the pool was small, no more than maybe a hundred feet to the waterfall itself.

Starfire sighed in delight at the hidden hovel. "Oh, Robin."

Removing his backpack of food and supplies, he left it at the base of a tree. "Nice, huh? These parks are full of secluded locations like this. I would have made camp here, except there was nowhere to park the T-Ship."

"It is glorious."

"I brought us lunch and snacks and stuff, but I figured we'd spend a couple of hours swimming."

"Are we in danger of being spied upon?"

He shook his head as he crouched down to open his pack. "Nope. No one within a hundred miles, I checked the T-Ship logs. Wh—"

Starfire's shirt landed on his head, flopping over his face. By the time he got out from under it and turned around, she was naked, her clothes having not even hit the ground yet and running into the water giggling. She ran until she was thigh deep then dove. When she surfaced much further into the pool, she giggled madly.

She stood, throwing back her hair and smiled at him. "Are you coming?"

Robin laughed and sat on the sandy bank to remove his shoes.

Starfire sank down until her nose was just above the surface of the water, slowly kicking backward until she was into the aquamarine section as she watched him remove all his clothes. Retrieving the small vial from his pocket, his insurance policy, he ducked his head through the chain and let it hang on his chest.

Grinning at her, he completely ignored her as he waded into the water, then dove, swimming toward the small cliff. He studied the dark water beneath him as he treaded. "How deep do you reckon it is here?" he asked, taking a deep breath and then sank below the water to see if he could reach the bottom. After a few long moments, he decided it was deep enough to dive.

He kicked upward again, then swam to the waterfall and the limestone cliff face.

"What are you doing?" Starfire asked as he started to scale the face.

"Diving," he called reaching for another hand hold. Hoisting himself up, he stretched out a foot and nimbly leapt from on section of the limestone to another. He made short work of the wall itself, it wasn't as difficult as the walls he'd had to scale as a child.

Starfire was treading water, watching him from below.

Robin blew her a kiss and swan dove off the rock wall and into the water. He hit the water with a splash, sunk below the surface and curved, swimming toward where he could see Starfire's legs treading to keep her afloat. Feeling mischievous, he gripped her ankle and yanked. He heard her yelp from below the water, grinning at the incredulous look on her face as she spotted him and then swam to the surface. "Hi," he said, cheeky when they surfaced.

She spluttered and huffed. "What was that for?"

He shrugged. "Why not? Do you want to dive too?"

She shook her head. "It seems like it would be a most pointless exercise for me," she said. "Although, I am not averse to watching you."

Robin laughed.

He showed off for a while, well, how could he not with such a captive (and admiring) audience as his girlfriend. He dove beneath the water, teased her with a hand up her leg as he surfaced and then swam back to the wall to climb again.

Starfire floated in the water and they talked about mundane things, teasing each other and flirting as the sun rose higher in the sky. Hungry, they returned to the water's edge to feast on the sandwiches Robin had prepared. He spread a blanket on the bank so they could lie on it and sunbathe, although he made sure to apply another coating of sunscreen (only as directed, it wouldn't do to burn after all). He lamented that he'd never be able to rub sunscreen into her, not like she could do for him.

After lunch, Robin moved the blanket so it followed the shade of the tree and they sprawled out together eating fruit. It was peaceful and relaxed and Robin was feeling decided lazy, not to mention constantly half aroused by the naked sight of his girlfriend.

"This was a glorious idea," she murmured, her face uplifted as she caught a patch of sunlight that trickled between the leaves.

"It was," he agreed.

"So, are you going to tell me what that vial is for?" she asked, indicating the chain around his neck.

Robin laughed. "Nope. Later."

She looked put out, but didn't press.

Robin removed one of his hands from where it pillowed his head and placed it on her back. Starfire looked over her shoulder at him and smiled.

"C'mere you," he murmured, gripping her arm and pulling her down to him.

She came willing, although her face twisted in apprehension for a moment. "Robin—"

"Shut up and kiss me," he murmured, pulling her so she was lying down and their chests were half together, legs entwined. He captured her mouth with his lips, stroking her sweet spot with his hand while the other ran down her back to squeeze her ass.

It took a little while for her to start purring, but he persisted, his hand stroking and soothing, up and down the length of her body, teasing her special locations, while simultaneously caressing her sweet spot. He kept his attentions lazy, undemanding, just kissing and touching her. If something happened, then it happened, otherwise he was content to kiss her.

Nibbles on her lips, sucking on her top one as things began to get a little heated, her hands stroking down his chest more, resting against his stomach and he could tell she was itching to go lower. Mouths opened further, tongues stroked hesitantly together, but not much because she still wasn't comfortable with that and it made her think more than he wanted her to.

Robin slipped a hand down from her head, gripping her ribs with both hands and lifted her so she was straddling him. She shuddered as they brushed together. "It is coming," she whispered.

"I know," he replied. "It's okay."

"Robin—"

"I love you," he murmured and deliberately touched her between the legs.

She gasped a groan, an odd sort of sound, before she lifted her hips up a little to give him better access. He watched her face closely as he played, waiting for that moment when she'd turn. She was fighting it, he could tell by her expression. He could also tell, by the way her hips were shifting lower, that she was hoping he'd enter before her instinct completely took her.

Good idea.

Robin sat up, gripped the back of Starfire's neck and rolled them so she was beneath him. As before, the instant his hips shifted toward hers, Starfire gave that deep throated snarl, her grip tightening to stranglehold and he felt her nails claw his back as her eyes flashed green. However, unlike before, Robin was ready for it. Ignoring the pain in his back, his hand went straight to the vial around his neck and flicked the stopper, lifting it up to Starfire's face.

It was like he'd flicked a switch, she went instantly docile, her face relaxed and calm, her body completely limp and she purred. Her arms flopped from his back and onto the ground. Moving slowly, Robin positioned himself correctly, then pinned both her wrists to the ground above her head with one hand. Taking a deep breath, he closed the vial, adding more strength against her wrists, not that it would last long. It took a moment for her to come to her senses, going from purring drunken kitty cat, back to his Starfire. She blinked at him, frowning a little. "Huh?"

"Ready?" he asked.

She stiffened, her eye went wide and flicked green. "Go," she gasped as her hands curled into fists and he felt her begin to strain against his hands.

"Sorry," he said and shoved forward.

Starfire cried out, a hoarse sounding call. Her body seized up, everything stiff.

"I'm sorry, I'm so sorry," he murmured, caught between making sure she wasn't going to kill him, making sure she was okay, and trapped within the feeling of just how fucking good it felt. She was so tight and wet and warm. "Star?"

She opened her eyes, blinked back tears and relaxed beneath him. "I am okay."

He released her wrists, sinking down until their chests were pressed together. "You all here?" he murmured, and wiped away a tear. "Not going to try and kill me?"

She shook her head. "The instinct appears satisfied. Did I damage you?"

He kissed her cheek. "I'm fine."

She frowned. "Um… may I ask… what was that smell?"

Robin grinned. "Concentrated catnip."

Starfire stared at him. "What is catnip?"

"It's a plant cats here go nuts over. It's like a drug for them, makes them relaxed. Beast Boy goes crazy whenever Raven teases him with it and I noticed you getting a little dreamy eyed whenever it was in season, so I thought it would work on you too."

"You drugged me?"

The smile faded. "No! I just… wanted to distract you for a moment. God, Star, I knew I wouldn't be able to fight you and… still… um… it would feel like I'm forcing you, it still felt like that a little. I just thought it could distract you long enough so I could… um… get in…"

She was still staring at him with this disbelieving expression.

He was suddenly realising how underhanded that was of him. She had this grand tradition and hormonal instinct and he just circumvented it by drugging her. "I'm so sorry," he blurted, feeling disgusted with himself. "I didn't mean… I just wanted— I thought it would be better than tying you down or beating you and— Star, I'm sorry, I never meant to—"

She placed her hand against his cheek. "That was clever of you."

"It was?" he asked, relieved.

"I wish I had known."

He stoked her hair away from her face, tucked it behind her head. "I wasn't sure it would work. I didn't want you to get your hopes up." He swallowed. "Are you okay? Down there? I'm sorry I was so quick, there wasn't time—"

"I know," she replied, her fingers stroking his cheek. "It hurts, but it is not the bad hurt."

He shifted his hands until they were flat on the ground and lifted away. "I'll get out."

"No," she complained, but he'd already pulled away. She pulled a face at him. "Robin," she complained, letting her tone show her feelings.

"Are you sure?"

She purred at him. "Yes."

Stretching out beside her, he placed his hand on her stomach. "We don't have to do this," he murmured. "It was only supposed to be because it was standing in the way."

She rolled onto her side to face him and placed her leg over his hip. "I want to. Do you?"

"I do." Robin adjusted his position until he was propped up on his elbow with his hand free and placed it behind her head. "Let me know when you're really ready," he said and kissed her.

Starfire purred and leant back into his hand, her shoulders flat on the blanket while her hips were still twisted. She wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him half on top of her and Robin chuckled. "Calm down, there's no rush."

"I simply—"

"I know I'm going to enjoy it," he murmured and slid a hand down her body. "I just want you to be able to as well. With the instinct out of the way, I can play properly. Now, shush, and let me do this."

She sighed and shifted her legs wider. One hand behind her head, gently manipulating the erogenous zones of a feisty Tamaranian princess, the other with its fingers inside her, gently exploring and mimicking thrusts, Robin kissed her, concentrating on bring her as much pleasure and relaxation as he could. He tried to ignore the blood he could see, vowing that they'd go swimming again and he'd clean her properly, but for now he just concentrated on making her feel good and learning. His oh so analytical mind judged every reaction she gave, compiling data and he concentrated on hitting those areas that made her react the most.

After a while, as she became panty and her kisses uncoordinated, he released her mouth and just watched her expressions, liking that she was thoroughly enjoying his attention. It was nice being able to touch her like this, play and learn, and not have to worry about her trying to pray mantis his head off.

When she turned her face away from him, arching her shoulders up at the same time and exposing the long line of her neck, Robin decided to lick and nibble his way up to her sweet spot, shifting his thumb away long enough to put his mouth there, and sucked on the skin.

The reaction in Starfire was instant and very erotic. Her back arched, her hands clenched, she became quite vocal in her cries. She thrashed, her hips thrusting against his hand and he felt a sudden pulsing around his fingers and a rush of heat and wet.

She collapsed backward and he slowed his fingers down to gentle brushes, helping her calm down. "Wow," he mumbled when she'd regained her breath, slowly retracting his hands and cupped her instead. "I thought I'd have to practice for ages before I managed to actually give you one."

She purred at him, unable to find the words. She nuzzled his shoulder with her nose, planting butterfly kisses against his skin, her hands patted his chest.

"Pretty strong erogenous zone," he murmured.

"Yes," she mumbled, slurring her word a little. "I did not expect… truly… that was…"

"Glorious?"

"Yes." Her sigh was one of pure delight.

He kissed her temple. "Time for a nap."

She jolted and flicked open her eyes. "What? No."

"No?"

"I wish to try the sex," she said, sounding a little pouty.

He mock yawned. "I'm tired."

She smacked his chest. "You are teasing."

"Yeah, a little. Are you hurting?"

"No, I feel glorious."

"We don't have to, if you're not ready. Only if you're really sure."

"I am really sure," she replied.

"I probably won't last long."

"Robin," she told him, stern, "Do the taking of me, please."

He chuckled. "Well, when you put it like that." He shifted so that he was kneeling and settled over her again while Starfire smiled at him, wrapping her legs around his hips and her hands on the small of his back. He reached down between them to position himself then eased forward.

Starfire whimpered, her hands clutching at him and he tried to be as gentle as he could. Ignoring the fact that it was practically the best thing he'd ever felt before and it was hard to find the restraint he needed to be slow.

"You okay?" he murmured once he was buried inside.

Her hands rested on the small of his back. "Yes. It hurts a little, but I can feel myself stretching."

"Okay…" She was lying, just a little, he could tell by the stiffness in her. But he'd let that slide. Resting his weight on one elbow, he stroked his hand down her leg from buttocks to knee so he could adjust her position so her legs were wider in the hope it would help. "Just tell me when you're comfortable."

"Does it feel good?" she asked, curious.

"Good in an understatement. It feels wonderful. I can feel every move you make. You're so warm and amazing." He pressed his lips to her nose. "Does it feel good for you?"

She considered. "I feel… full?"

He chuckled. "That's a nice ego boost."

She giggled.

"Oh, hey now, stop that," Robin said, gasping as her laughter sent a ripple of pleasure through him.

Starfire giggled again and squirmed beneath him, rocking her hips and Robin dropped his head to the nape of her neck, groaning. Starfire cooed at him, holding onto the back of his neck. "You can move," she whispered.

He lifted his head up, hovering it above hers and placed both palms on the sides of her head, so he could watch her expression to make sure she wasn't hurting as he gave an experimental flex of his hips. He groaned and just had to do it again, a little deeper this time, a little further.

Starfire smiled as he lost himself in her and the in the rhythm of his thrusts, it was obvious she was enjoying watching his expressions, the movements themselves were appearing to arouse her too, which thrilled him. She'd lost that uncomfortable stiffness to her, her body moving with his, stroking and pulling him closer. She was purring again, without him stimulating her neck and he was very aware of the way he could feel the purrs where they connected.

He kissed her, kept their lips joined as much as possible. She swallowed his groans, kissing him like she never had before. Such passion, longing and love. Her fingers wove into his hair, tethering his head to hers as he supported his weight on his palms, and he smiled at her subconscious, or maybe it was conscious, manipulation of the spots behind his ears. It was as though she was trying to coax him to completion.

He was becoming too breathless to kiss her properly, too much occurring down below to concentrate, his thrusts more powerful now, so they just stared into each other's eyes, panting breaths fanned against faces. Her breasts bounced against his chest, hands clutched and coaxed, a sense of urgency.

Its powerful, this need for release which was building inside him. Gathering and swelling, greater than anything he'd felt before. He pushed himself, striving for it, hoping he'd take her with him but also knowing he couldn't last much longer. Only so much he could take this first time. "Star," he panted, hips constantly moving, not able to stop the tide. "I can't—"

She nodded, her face flushed. "I know." Her hips flexed, her knees pulled him in and she contracted something inside, squeezed against him and that was it.

All restraint gone, flood gates open and more pleasure than he'd ever dreamt was possible. He lost his rhythm, so focused on the euphoria running through him that he forgot to breathe, or move, or do anything else but jerk against her. With a hoarse cry, the pleasure crested and he came, pushing deep and hard one last time before he collapsed against her neck and panted. Starfire's hands petted at him as he calmed down, long strokes against his back as she cuddled, her purrs still vibrating through them both.

Breath caught, he kissed her neck, her cheek, her nose, as he raised his head to look at her. "Wow."

Starfire giggled and squirmed. "You are heavy."

"Sorry," he mumbled and flopped sideways. "Better?"

"Hmm," she crooned, following him onto her side so she can throw her leg over his hip. "Yes."

"Are you okay?"

She nodded. "That was most enjoyable," she purred. "Can we do it again?"

Robin laughed. "I love you, Koriand'r."

"I love you too, Dick." She looked eager. "Can we try again?"

"Why so eager?"

"It was feeling most enjoyable toward the end. I wish to try again."

"Really?" he asked, happy for her.

"Yes."

"Then later, we'll do it again," he promised. "Us humans need time to recover. And there's something I need to do first."

She looked intrigued. "What?"

"I need to throw you in the water."

She blinked, but he'd already bounced to his feet and picked her up, charging full pelt back into the cool water of the pool, happy and content and thoroughly in love with the squealing woman he carried.


Author's note:

Well, thats all the bases! Hope you enjoyed it!

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Kry

Anon - They discussed birth control in Chapter Four. They've been sensible and discussed everything else, do you really think I'd miss something as important as birth control?