Title: Still a Kid : Mops and Capes
Word Count: About 2,000 words
Summary: The little bird shows his skills by friending a scared little kid. While the rest of the team watches amazed.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters and I write completely for fun and not for profit!
Beta:by youngjusticefanatic! As always, thank you for your help! You are amazing!
Idea: Came out of nowhere, but now I want to write a Robin song-fic to Simple Plans "I'm just a Kid".
Actually that is a lie; I think I wrote this while rocking out to Le Miserables "Castle on a Cloud". Amazing musical guys... just saying.
Author's Note: Review please? Reviews make authors world go around! For some odd reason I kept writing Gorman, not Gordan. That was a fun fact more that something you guys needed to know.
"I hear crying." Superboy announced, ignoring the sudden attention of his teammates, and focusing on the noise.
Wally wiped the sweat off his brow, "You sure?" The boy of steel sent the red head a glare, and Kid Flash raised his hands in defence. "Sorry Sups, but this place should be empty."
Artemis rolled her eyes, and subconsciously fiddled with her bow, "Not like the hostages hung around after they were released."
"The baddies weren't so willing to stand down." Robin muttered, scanning the minor injuries on his team.
"But they shouldn't be running around the building." The archer pointed out.
"What kind of crying, Superboy?" Kaldur asked, leaning a little more on his right side, than his left, and frowning slightly at the clone.
"A child." Connor answered, with a mutter, "That way," he added pointing to the door across the office floor.
Megan was off instantly, floating above the ground, and using her mental powers to search for the child. The rest of the team followed close behind her, Connor listening for the quiet sobs.
Through the door, down the hall, after a few turns the team finally came to stop outside of a supply closet. The sounds of sobbing floated from behind the door.
Moving slowly, as to not startle whoever was behind it, Megan opened the door. A high-pitched shriek echoed down the hall, and a small brunette boy was revealed. The kid, no older than eight, crouched behind the cleaning supplies, and clutched at the base of an old mop.
"Please, we are-" Megan began forward, only to be hit with the mop and the crying grew louder. The green girl took a step backwards, startled by the reaction.
Connor frowned at the child, "Hey, don't do that to her." He growled, attempting to start forward, only to be stopped by Aqualad's hand on his arm.
"He is just frightened my friend." The team leader muttered, "He is only a child."
"I think your skin colour scared him more, beautiful." Wally said, "Not that there is anything wrong with Miss M."
The Martian glanced down at herself, "I could change?" she offered.
"That might make it worse." Artemis said, before sighing, and slinging her bow around her shoulders. "Hey there bud." The blond muttered, approaching the trembling child. "How about we-" The teen was cut off with a mop handle to the face. Artemis stumbled backwards with a grunt.
"Nice going Arrow-Breath." Kid flash muttered, pushing the girl out of his way. "Let the master handle this." The speedster didn't get the chance to say more as a mop smacked him in the nose.
"You guys are bad at this." Robin giggled, ignoring the glares from his team. The kid's sobbing died slightly, as the Boy Wonders laugher echoed around the room. "Have you guys ever seen a kid?" he asked.
"We deal with you." Artemis snapped, rubbing the slowly bruising side of her face.
Robin stuck his tongue out childishly in response.
"Fine Mr-Know-it-all." Wally grumbled, "You do it." The red head waved his hand towards the closet, and shifted out of the hacker's way.
Robin just smirked, and fell forward on to his hands. The teen balanced for a few seconds before falling towards the door. He curled at the last minute, and was left sitting cross-legged a foot from the closet door. "Hey."
The boy's sobbing slowly died even more and he was left sniffling, the mop feel loose in his grip. "Hi." He squeaked.
"I'm Robin." The teen greeted, smile on his face.
"I know." The kid whispered.
Robin's smile grew, "Really?"
The boy nodded back. The tears had stopped, and he gave an occasional hiccup. "My daddy used to say, you and Batman were breaking the law. But my mommy said you were just trying to make the world a better place."
"Your mother is a smart woman. Bats and I try our best to make things better." Robin agreed, "And that is why we," the teen gestured towards the team behind him, "are here."
The boy's grip on the broom tightened again when he was reminded of the team's presence.
Robin continued on as if nothing changed, "With all this talk of me, I never got your name".
The boy hesitated, "I'm – I'm Max."
"Hi Max, It is nice to meet you." The teen learned forward and offered out his fist.
The kid stared at the gloved hand for a second, before removing one of his shaking hands from the broom and placing it in Robin's. The two knocked hands together, and Robin let out an exploding noise when they drew back. Max giggled lightly from behind his hand.
"How about we get out of here Max?" Robin offered, flashing a blinding smile.
The kid nodded mutely.
The Boy Wonder rose slowly, and the child followed after his lead. With both of them finally off the ground, "You're going to have to have to leave the broom though Max." Robin joked, once again offering his hand to the boy.
Max glance at the wooden stick in his hand, and then back at the teen hero. After a second of thought, the boy nodded, and leaned the mop against the wall. He darted forward and grabbed a hold of Robins arm. Max held on around the hackers elbow and eyed the rest of the team with worry.
Robin could feel the kid shaking at his side, and reached for the clasp of his cape. With a quick flourish the fabric was off the Boy Wonder's shoulders and wrapped around Max. The boy gasped for a moment and released his grip on the teen. Robin took the moment to clasp the cape on and throw an arm over the kids shoulder.
"You guys ready?" Robin asked, turning his attention to the team.
The group gapped at the Boy Wonder.
Robin sighed, and shot a small smile towards the boy under his arm, "I think we broke them."
Max giggled, "That's not good."
"Especially since she drove." Robin pointed a finger at Megan. "I guess we'll take the lead." The Boy Wonder said, taking a few steps towards the exit, and dragging Max with him.
Robin and Max chatted as they strolled down the hall, and into the building's lobby. Red and Blue lights flashed through the windows, and off the walls. "Well look how decided to show up." Robin muttered, earning yet another fit of laughter, from the human on his arm.
The Boy Wonder turned towards the team, "How about you guys head to the ship, I'll get Max to Gordon and meet you there."
"Are you sure?" Miss M asked with a frown.
Robin nodded, "It's probably best that no one sees you guys in Gotham. I'll just be a minute, five tops"
The team knew Robin had a point, they weren't supposed to be in Batman's territory, and it would be better if they weren't seen by anyone.
"Five minutes." Wally said, raising his hand to show the minuets.
"That is what I said!" Robin shot back.
The team retreated disappearing down the hall towards the back exit.
"Let's go see Gordan." Robin said, pulling Max towards the double doors of the banks entrance.
The doors were flung open, and there were calls of "Stand down" from the surrounding police. The guns were lowered and Gordon strolled out from the closeted car, followed close by a paramedic.
"Found him hiding in the back office." Robin announced, nodding reassuringly to Max as the paramedic approached "And the men are tied up in the vault."
The elder man nodded approvingly, "Where is Batman?" he asked.
Robin waved his hand dismissively, "What is wrong with me?"
Gordon laughed, "Nothing kid." The commissioner turned let his gaze follow Robin's and found himself watching Max be fussed over by the paramedic in the back of the ambulance. "Do you need your cape back?" he asked, with a small smile.
"If you can," Robin shrugged, "leave it on the roof. If not, I have more."
The commissioner nodded, "Are you going to say-" Gordon cut himself off when he found the Boy Wonder had vanished. The man shook his head, and chuckled to himself, "See you later kid." He muttered to no one in particular.
Robin crouched on the edge of the roof top, and waited for Gordon to approach the ambulance before heading off to the ship.
Robin played with the computer on his wrist as the team sat in silence. Finally, only a few minutes from Mount Justice. Kaldur cleared his throat and the Boy Wonder closed the program. The younger boy simply cocked an eyebrow and waited for the team leader to start.
"You're good with kids." Wally blurted.
Robin shrugged, "Yeah."
"How did you get to be so good with kids?" Artemis demanded, crossing her arms over her chest.
"After working in the field as long as I have, you learn how to handle a crying child." Robin shrugged and flashed a small smirk.
"Are-" Miss M began, her voice was a whisper and she seemed reluctant to speak. "Are children attacked often in Gotham?"
"Surprisingly, not as often as you would expect" Robin explained.
The hiss of the Mountain bay doors was light behind the sound of the ship.
The Boy Wonder smiled lightly to himself, "At least not directly. But we – I have stumbled on enough children to know how to handle them."
The ship rocked lightly as it slowly touched down.
"Plus, you guys forget," Robin unbuckled the himself and strolled to the back of the ship, waiting for the door to open. "It wasn't so long ago I was one of them."
There was a hiss from the ships door, followed by a banging of the metal touching down.
"What do you mean?" Connor asked.
Robin strolled off the ship with the usually bounce in his step, "I'm just a kid." He called over his shoulder classic smirk on his face. "And us kids know how to get along."