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We'll Laugh About This Someday
The team went outside after they gathered everything.
"I'll set it up." Wally said, running ahead
"Does he ever stop running?" Artemis asked.
"No." Robin said immediately.
"It's set up." Wally said, as if he never left.
"Where's the campsite?" Kaldur asked.
"Follow me!" Wally said.
Before he could run ahead again, Robin grabbed his arm.
"How about you go at a normal pace, that way we can follow you." he said, letting go of Wally's arm.
"Oh, right." Wally said, flushing.
They walked for about a minute, then Wally stopped.
"Here you go!" he said, indicating to 2 bushes.
"What are you talking about, Baywatch?" Artemis said, raising an eyebrow.
"Behind the bushes, duh." Wally said, opening the bushes.
When the bushes were parted, they saw the campsite that Wally set up.
"Wow, Wally." M'gann said, looking around. "This looks great."
And it did.
The tent was set up in the right of the area. The sleeping bags were in the left. But, what really caught everyone's eye was the campfire. A bright golden orange. Around the fire was 4 logs. On one of the logs was a bag of marshmallow, gram crackers, and chocolate bars.
"As much as I hate to admit it," Artemis said. "You did a good job."
"You owe me $1." Wally said to Robin, holding out his hand.
"Whatever." Robin , handing over the buck.
"Robin? You bet on something?" Artemis said, surprised.
"Eh," Robin said, shrugging. "Try something new every day."
They walked through the bushes and into the campsite.
"What should we do first?" M'gann asked.
"Hide and seek?" Robin suggested.
"Yeah right." Wally snorted. "We probably won't even find you until morning."
"We can make s'mores?" Artemis said, not wanting to suggest Truth or Dare yet.
"Too early." Wally said. "It's only 8:00"
"I brought cards." M'gann said, holding out a deck of cards.
"Let's play hearts!" Robin exclaimed.
"What's hearts?" Superboy asked.
"Only the best card game ever!" Robin said, grabbing the deck of cards.
One hour later, Superboy was the master at hearts and had won every round they played.
"Wow." Wally said, looking at Superboy in awe. "You're really good at this game."
Superboy just grunted in response.
"Want to make s'mores now?" Artemis asked, holding out the bag of marshmallows.
"Do you even have to ask?" Wally said, grabbing the porker thing at superspeed.
They roasted marshmallows and ate s'mores for a while when Robin finally said, "Want to tell spooky stories?"
"Ha!" Wally exclaimed. "No one can scare the Wall-man!"
"Prove it." Kaldur said, with a rare smirk.
"All righty then," Wally said, leaning back on the log. "Bring it on."
"I have one." Artemis said, raising her hand. "Prepare to be scared."
"Yea right." Wally snorted.
"I'll start then." she said, narrowing her eyes. "There was once a man named Mad Henry. He was a hermit who lived alone in a decrepit mansion at the edge of town. Rumors were rife about the wild-eyed man. Some folks said that he was a magician who called upon the powers of darkness to wreck havoc upon his neighbors. Others called him a mad doctor who could restore life to foul corpses from the local cemetery. No respectable citizen in town had anything to do with Mad Henry." everyone shivered at that.
"Then one year a new family moved to town with a lovely daughter, Rachel, who caught Mad Henry's eye. He showered the maiden with gifts—goblets of pure gold, necklaces of pearl, and a pot of daisies that never dropped a single petal. Despite the gifts, Rachael fell in love with another, Geoffrey, a handsome young man just home from university. A week after meeting they eloped, leaving behind a stunned Mad Henry."
"This is more sad then scary." Wally yawned.
"When Rachael and Geoffrey returned from the elopement," Artemis continued, as if Wally hadn't interrupted. "They threw a big ball and invited everyone in town. While Rachel was waltzing with her father, she heard a clap of thunder. Lightning flashed again and again. Suddenly, the double doors blew open and a breeze whirled in, bringing with it the smell of dead, decaying things. Mad Henry loomed in the doorway, pupils gleaming red with anger. He was followed by the grotesque figures of the dead, who came marching two by two into the room. Their eye sockets glowed with blue fire as they surrounded the room."
M'gann shivered at that.
"Two of the corpses captured Geoffrey and threw him down at the feet of their lord. Red eyes gleaming, Mad Henry drew a silver-bladed knife and casually cut the bridegroom's throat from ear to ear."
Everyone grabbed thier throats at that, rubbing it.
"Rachel screamed and ran forward, pushing through the foul, stinking corpses of the dead, and flung herself upon her dying husband. 'Kill us both,' she cried desperately. But Mad Henry plucked the lass out of the pool of blood surrounding her dead husband and carried her out into the thundering night. Behind him, the army of the dead turned from the grizzly scene and followed their master. The sounds of thunder and lightning faded away as the alchemist and his dead companions disappeared into the dark night."
"Geoffrey's father and Rachael's father gathered a small mob and followed the evil hermit, intent upon saving Rachael. When they searched Mad Henry's house, they found it completely empty save for a light, which shone from a series of mysterious globes that bobbed near the ceiling of each room. Mad Henry had vanished."
"Search parties scoured the countryside for days, but turned up nothing. Geoffrey was buried in the local cemetery, and the dance hall was torn down. No one in town spoke about what had happened, and no one dared imagine what had become of poor Rachael."
"Poor Rachael." Kaldur murmured.
"A year to the day after the ball, a timid knock sounded upon the door of Rachael's parents' home. When her father opened it, he saw a gaunt, gray figure on the stoop. Her eyes were dull with exhaustion and pain. It was Rachael! Her tongue had been cut out so she couldn't speak. But when she produced a knife from her tattered garments—the knife with a silver blade that they had last seen in the hands of Mad Henry— the gleam of satisfaction in Rachel's eyes told them that the streaks of blood that coated the knife were those of Mad Henry. That night, Rachel died in her sleep with a peaceful smile upon her ravaged face."
Artemis smiled at the freaked out faces of her friends.
"Well?" she asked Wally. "Are you scared?"
Wally put on a annoyed face and said, "Is that all you got? That wasn't even scary."
"No offense, Artemis." Robin, the only one who wasn't scared, said. "But I've faced worse things in Gotham."
"Oh yeah?" Artemis said. "Why don't you tell us a scary one?"
"I plan on it." Robin smirked. "Okay, this story is about 2 children. A boy and a girl. They were wandering through a house that the people in their town said was haunted. They didn't believe them. It was around the midnight when they heard creaking behind them. The girl looked behind them, and what she saw made her scream."
Robin paused looking at his friends' expressions.
M'gann's was scared.
Superboy's was blank.
Wally's was bored.
Artemis' was smiling cheekily.
Kaldur's was blank.
Robin frowned at that, but continued anyway.
"Behind them was a green hand with five inch fingernails, dripping with red paint. Or so they wished. The hand crawled towards them, fingernails scraping the wood. The 2 kids screamed ran upstairs, the hand following them."
This time Artemis and Kaldur looked a little scared.
Wally was trying to fight a scared face, and his expression was priceless.
For one second it was scared, another brave, and another freaked.
"They reached a door at the top of the stairs and they entered it, terrified. After a few seconds, the girl screamed, looking in the mirror. In the reflection, she saw the green hand, crawling towards them. They turned away from it, shivering with fright. The hand crawled towards the boy . . ."
Robin held out his hand, making it crawl Wally.
Wally backed away from it.
". . . it crawled up his back . . ."
Robin's hand crawled closer to Wally, and he shivered.
" . . . it then perched itself on the boy's shoulder, and whispered in his ear . . ."
Robin leaned in to Wally's ear and said . . .
"You are it."
Robin tapped Wally on the shoulder and ran away.
Wally blinked once, then twice, registering what just happened.
"Robin!" he finally shouted, standing up. "Come back here!"
He ran after Robin, as Robin gave his famous cackle.
Wally then turned around and tapped Artemis on the shoulder.
"You're it!" he called, running away.
"That's it!" Artemis called, running after Robin and Wally. "You are so going to get it!"
Soon, Superboy, M'gann, and Kaldur joined in after Robin taught them how to play.
In was around 10:00 when they stopped playing.
"What should we do now?" Kaldur asked.
"Truth or Dare?" Artemis said.
"I never thought I'd say this, but I agree with you." Wally said.
"What's truth or dare?" not M'gann, but Robin asked.
"You've never played truth or dare?" Wally asked, surprised.
"Er . . . no." Robin said, rubbing the back of his head. "We don't play many games at my house."
"Well, that sucks." Artemis said.
"I agree with Robin." M'gann said. "How do you play truth or dare?"
"We do not have this game on Atlantis," Kaldur said. "Can you teach me too?"
Superboy just grunted.
"So, one person asks another person 'Truth or Dare' and the person who got asked has to answer the question." Wally explained.
"If you pick 'truth'," Artemis interrupted. "You have to answer truthfully. M'gann, if it's okay with you, can you use your mind reading to make sure we tell the truth?"
"If you pick dare," Wally continued. "You have to do the dare. If you don't do the dare, you have to do the truth."
"Seems easy enough." Kaldur said.
"I don't know guys . . ." Robin said, hesitating.
He didn't want anyone to find out about his identity.
"Please Robin?" M'gann asked, giving him puppy-dog eyes.
No one could resist those eyes.
Even Robin had trouble saying no.
"I don't know . . ." Robin said, then sighed, giving in. "Fine."
"Yey!" M'gann said, clapping her hands.
"I'll start!" Artemis said. "Hmmm . . . let's see. Robin, truth or dare?"
"Uh, truth?" Robin said.
Please don't be about my past. Please don't be about my past. he thought.
"How do you feel about Zatanna?" she asked.
Wally looked on, interested.
"Um . . . er . . ." Robin said, pulling at his jacket. "Friend?"
"He's lying." M'gann said, in a sing-song voice. "He thinks he might love her."
Robin turned red and looked away from them, as Wally laughed, Conner smirked, Artemis awwed, Kaldur smiled, and M'gann squealed.
"Your first crush dude!" Wally said, enjoying his friends discomfort.
"Yeah, yeah." Robin muttered. "Whatever. Wally, truth or dare?"
"Dare." Wally said, confidentially. "Bring it on lover boy."
"I dare you kiss Artemis." Robin smirked, past embarrassment gone.
"What!" Artemis shouted. "How did I get dragged into this?"
"By me." Robin shrugged.
"Do I have to?" Wally complained.
"Aren't you the one who said that you have to do the dare?" Conner asked.
"Yes, he was." Robin smirked.
"Fine, fine." Wally said.
He walked over to Artemis, and picked up her hand.
"What are you doing?" Artemis asked.
"Kissing you." Wally said.
He lifted her hand to his lips and quickly pecked them.
"That's not what I meant." Robin pouted.
"You should have been more specific lover boy." Wally teased.
Robin turned a little red, and sent him a BirdGlare. (Not as strong as the BatGlare ;P)
"My turn!" Wally exclaimed, ignoring the glare sent his way. "Supey, truth or dare?"
"Truth." Conner said.
"Um . . ." Wally said, putting on a thinking face. "Where did you find Sphere?"
"That's your question?" Artemis said.
"It popped into my head yesterday, and it wouldn't stop bugging me."
"In the desert." Conner said.
"That's not very helpful." Wally pouted.
"He answered your question." Robin said.
"Your turn Conner." M'gann said.
"Robin, truth or dare?" Conner said.
"Dare." Robin shrugged.
"I dare you to hang upside down in a tree, like a bat for 10 minutes." Conner said.
"Uh . . . okay?"
"Good one!" Wally laughed. "I got to get my camera!"
He zoomed away, and came back a second later with his camera.
Robin sighed, then got up and walked over to a tree suitable for hanging.
He jumped up, caught the branch, twisted himself around it, and hung upside down.
"Happy?" Robin asked.
Conner just shrugged.
"Wait a second!" Wally exclaimed. "You need these!"
He grabbed something from his pocket, and shoved it in Robin's mouth.
"What da heck." Robin said, with the thing it his mouth. "What is it?"
Artemis saw what it was and burst out laughing.
"What?" Robin asked, annoyed. "What is it?"
"H-here." Artemis said, handing him a pocket mirror.
When he looked in the mirror, he rolled his eyes and said, "Seriously? Fake vampire teeth? And these were in your pocket?"
" . . . .yeah." Wally said.
"Weirdo." Robin said.
"Says the one upside down in a tree with fake vampire teeth in his mouth." Wally retorted.
Robin flushed, as everyone else laughed, smiled, or rolled their eyes.
"Yeah, yeah. Laugh it up." Robin said. "It's my turn. M'gann, truth or dare?"
M'gann looked at Robin upside down in the tree and said, "Truth."
"What is your biggest secret?" Robin asked.
"Um . . . uh . . ." she looked around to see everyone interested in what she was going to say.
"I-I'm a white Martian." M'gann whispered.
She waited for them to back away, disgusted, terrified.
But then didn't.
"We don't care." Conner said, glaring at the others, daring them do disagree.
They nodded their heads in agreement.
"B-but on Mars-" M'gann said.
"We're not on Mars, Miss M." Robin interrupted. "And you're our friend. Like Superboy said, we don't care."
M'gann smiled at them, happy.
"Now," Robin said, a little woozy. "Has it been 10 minutes yet? I feel like I'm going to fall any sec-OW!"
Robin didn't even get to finish his sentence, when he fell out of the tree, landing on his face.
He peeled his face off the ground, groaning.
"That was so embarrassing." Robin muttered, but everyone heard him.
Wally burst out laughing, and Artemis smirked.
"Oh, shut up." Robin snapped, getting up and sitting back in his regular seat. "Miss M it's your turn."
M'gann smiled at him, amused, then said, "Kaldur, truth or dare?"
"Truth." Kaldur answered.
"Someone needs to do a dare." Wally complained.
Robin cleared his throat, and pointed to himself.
"I'm going to ask Kaldur a question now." M'gann interrupted. "If you woke up one day and notice, that you are invisible, then what will be the first thing that you would like to do?"
"That'd be awesome!" Wally exclaimed.
"I'd try to find a cure." Kaldur said. "Artemis, truth or dare?"
"Dare." Artemis said.
"Have the person to your left do your makeup . . . blindfolded." Kaldur said, smiling.
Artemis looked to her left, to find Wally smirking.
"This will be fun." Wally said, rubbing his hands together.
"We don't have any makeup." Artemis said, quickly.
"Here." Robin said, reaching in his utility belt.
He pulled out dark red lipstick, black mascara, blush, eyeliner, and a blindfold.
"Why." Wally asked, "Do you have makeup in your utility belt?"
"In case this happens." was Robin's answer.
"Okaaay . . . "
"I'll put the blindfold on Wally." Robin volunteered.
He grabbed the blindfold and secured it on Wally.
He then held out 3 fingers and asked, "How many fingers?"
"Three." Wally answered.
"Uh . . ." Robin looked down at his fingers, then subtracted one from it. "Now how many?"
"Are we going to do this all day?" Wally questioned, looking at a tree thinking it was Robin. "You're holding up 2 fingers. Next you're going to put up 1 finger. After that you're going to put up 9, then 8."
Robin put his hand down, and stared at Wally.
"How did you know that?" he asked.
"Easy," Wally said, still talking to the tree. "It's your birthday date."
"Oh . . . right." Robin flushed.
3 . . . March, 2 and 1 . . . 21st, 9 and 8 . . . 1998. Artemis thought. He was born on the first day of spring! March 21, 1998! The irorny. Born on the first day of spring and his name is Robin. Anyway, that's the same birthday as Dick! He is so him.
"Anyway," Robin said. "Here you are." he handed Wally the lipstick and smirked.
"Great." Artemis groaned, unhappily.
She closed her eyes, and waited for the torture to begin.
After, about 5 minutes, Artemis opened her eyes.
"Here." Robin said, trying not to laugh. He handed her the mirror that Robin borrowed.
Artemis looked in the mirror, then glared at Wally who was taking off his blindfold.
When Wally took off the blindfold, he laughed at Artemis' so called' makeover'.
Artemis was covered with scribbles made with lipstick and eyeliner.
"You could have at least tried." Artemis glared at him.
"H-here." Robin said, wiping tears of laughter from his eyes.
He handed her a wipe to wash her face.
She took it, and glared at the laughing boy wonder.
After wiping her face, she asked, "Robin. Truth or dare."
"Dare." Robin said, without really thinking about it.
"I dare you to take off your mask." Artemis smirked.
Robin's smile faltered, and he actually looked scared.
Yes . . . . the boy wonder scared.
"Um . . . uh . . ." Robin shifted in his seat, trying to ignore the stares. "I switch to truth?"
"What's your real name?" Artemis asked.
"Come on!" Robin exclaimed. "Seriously? Are all these going to be something about me or my past?"
"Probably." Artemis said, without missing a beat.
"Great, just great." Robin mumbled.
"Sooo?" Wally asked. "What's your real name?"
"Robin." Robin answered.
"That's what you go by when you go to school?" Conner asked, confused.
" . . . no."
"Then what do you go by?" M'gann asked.
"Miss M!" Robin exclaimed. "You're supposed to be the nice one! Kaldur?"
But, Kaldur didn't say anything.
If this was how you played surface games, then he would cooperate.
"Seriously!" Robin said, throwing his hands up in the air for affect. "Is no one on my side!"
"Don't make me get M'gann to look into your mind." Artemis threatened. "And she just might go in deeper than planned."
Robin paled at the thought, and tried to protest.
"Dude," Wally said, placing a hand on the Boy Wonder's shoulder. "It's either take off the mask, or tell us your name."
Robin weighed each option, then sighed.
He reached his hand towards his mask, and hesitated.
Everyone looked at him, waiting patiently.
Robin slowly peeled off his mask, and opened his eyes, revealing bright blue orbs of blue.
"Wow." M'gann gasped. "Your eyes are so blue."
"Yes, I know." Robin grumbled. "I've been told. 'Like the ocean'. 'Like a Romanian jewel'. There's more, too many to count."
"Why a Romanian jewel?" Conner asked, confused.
"That's where he's from." Artemis said, quickly. "Romania."
"How do you know that?" Wally asked, suspiciously.
Artemis looked at Robin, now Dick, who was waving his hands in the air, frantically, trying to tell her not to say anything.
Artemis smirked and said, "I go to school with him."
"You . . . you go to school with him!" Wally shouted.
"I believe we covered that." Artemis said, still smirking.
"And you didn't tell me?" Wally shouted at Dick.
Dick winced at the volume, and just shrugged.
"You didn't ask." he said.
"And what was I supposed to say?" Wally questioned. "'Hey Rob, does one of our Young Justice friends go to your school for freakishly rich people?'"
Dick covered a snort at the high voice Wally used, and shrugged.
"I can't believe you never told me." Artemis said.
"I had a good reason not to tell any of you anything!" Dick protested.
"Oh yeah?" Wally said. "And what 'good reason' is that?"
"It's because I didn't want you guys to treat me like everyone else does!" Dick exclaimed, surprising everyone. "You would just treat me like a little orphaned circus freak, just like everyone else. Everyone hates me, and so would you."
Then realizing what he said, he flushed and turned away from their questioning looks.
Yes. . .I know . . . it was a long chapter.
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