Melvin, Timmy, Teether, and their babysitters, Robin and Raven were heading for the playground the morning after their sleepover. The kids had begged to do just one more thing with them before they left the Titans West, and a trip to the playground was what they had decided on. Raven carried the baby and Robin walked with Melvin and Teether, who were holding his hands.
"Let's pick something we can all play on together at once," said Robin.
Melvin looked around at the different parts of the playground. It was kind of early in the morning, so they were the only people on it at the moment. When her eyes spotted the swingset, she pointed to it.
"I wanna ride the swings!" she cried.
"Okay, sure," said Raven.
The heroine sat Teether down in the baby swing and Robin lifted the other two kids onto the swings.
"Robin, push me first!" said Timmy.
"No, no! Me first!"
"Settle down!" Robin commanded. "Here, I'll push you both at the same time. Then, Raven or Bobby can help, right?"
"Uh-huh," said Raven, who was slowly pushing Teether back and forth in his baby swing.
Robin took hold of the chains of Melvin and Timmy's swings, stepped back, and let them go.
"Robin, can you push me a little slower? No, no wait, Raven, can you come push me instead?" Melvin asked.
"Push me higher! Higher!" Timmy yelled.
"Ah-I don't think I can do both at once," Robin replied.
"Here, Melvin, I'll do it," said Raven walked over behind her and complying with her request. Teether was happy as he was.
After a while, Robin spoke up. "Hey, Timmy," he began. "Want me to give you an underdog?"
"Whazzat?" the toddler asked.
Raven also turned her head towards Robin, having no idea of what he meant either.
"Here, I'll show you. I used to love these when I was your age. Ready?"
The toddler nodded. Robin grabbed hold of the swing's chains again and quickly took several giant steps back, then forward.
He then repeated these motions, stepping back a little farther this time.
The Teen Wonder had pulled the swing back as far and high as it would go.
Once he said this, he ducked down low and ran underneath the swing as he pulled it over him, sending Timmy and the swing high into the air. "
Wheeee!" the little boy squealed. "Look how high I am! Do it again! Do it again!"
"One more underdog, comin' right up!" Robin said with a smile.
"Ooh! Ooh! Me next, me next!" said Melvin, waving her hand.
"Here I come," Robin answered, switching places with Raven and giving her one. "One…Two…Three!"
"Ah ha ha ha!" she cried. "I'm flying! Look, Raven, no hands! Wheeee!"
Raven and Robin gasped and paled before Melvin went soaring out of the swing and they raced forward, diving to catch her in their outstretched hands. Raven's black soul-self went out to cushion them, unintentionally having been released by Raven's loss of control.
"I knew you guys were gonna do that," Melvin said, patting Raven's head.
"Don't. Do it. Again," the Azarathian hissed, glowering.
"Yeah, Melvin, that can be really dangerous. Just warn us next time you're planning on jumping, okay?"
"Okay, I'm sorry."
"It's…fine," said Raven.
"I'm gonna jump now! Raven, catch me!" Teether yelled. Raven promptly ran forward, arms oustretched, and caught him.
Teether tried to stand up in his little baby swing but Robin hurried up and lifted him out of it before he could try to jump.
The baby reached out and grabbed hold of a corner of Robin's tunic, stuffing it into his mouth and nibbling on it.
"Ah, ah, ah," said Robin, gently pulling it out. "You can't eat that."
Teether looked up at him, then back at the tunic, and grabbed another corner of it, staring intently.
"Wed," the baby began, looking back up at Robin. "Stwawbewwy," Teether concluded matter-of-factly before starting to chew on it again.
Melvin and Timmy giggled. "Us and the monks have been teaching him words and colors," Melvin explained. "Now he thinks everything red is a strawberry."
"Wobin stwawbewwy," Teether said again.
"Heh-Ah, no, no, Teether. Wobin is not a-I mean. I'm not a strawberry. And this is a shirt. See? A shirt."
"Oh," said Teether, seeming to understand.
"There you are! Finally!"
The five of them looked over to see Bumblebee walking up to them.
"I went over to the Tower, and the rest of your team sent me over here," she stated.
Bumblebee then knelt down in front of the kids.
"Hi, you guys. My name's Bumblebee, and you're Melvin, Timmy, and Teether, right?"
The kids clung to their babysitters' legs, hiding from her.
"It's okay, kids. She's a Teen Titan. No need to be scared of her," Raven said.
"Yup, that's right," Bumblebee added, proudly showing off her communicator.
"What brings you here?" Robin inquired.
"I thought it might be nice to take them back with us to Steel City for a while. When the twins heard that other kids had joined the Titans, they wanted to meet them. And they were right here a minute ago-"
Mas and Menos zoomed forward. "Si!" they said. "Nuestros nombres son Mas y Menos."
The twins ran around all three of them and said: "Estamos encantados de conocerte." Mas y Menos each grabbed one of Melvin's hands and kissed them.
"Eeeeewww!" she said, shaking them.
Bumblebee glared at them. "Don't worry, hon, they won't do that again. So what do you say? Wanna come and see Steel City?"
"Yeah!" said Timmy. "I wanna go!"
"Sure, I guess so," said Melvin. "Sounds like fun, right, Bobby?"
"Well, I guess that's it," said Raven. "Have fun kids, see you later."
Robin passed the baby to Bumblebee. After they said their goodbyes, she led them all away.
"Bye bye!" said Teether, waving at Raven, who smiled and waved back at him. Then, he looked at Robin.
"Bye bye Wobin!"
Robin waved again, and when he turned to look at Raven, he found that she was walking back towards the swingset.
"Well, that was fun, wasn't it?"
"Yeah..." Raven answered, fingering one of the chains on the swings.
"Anything on you're mind, Raven?"
"You know...I've never ridden on one of these before."
Robin raised an eyebrow. "Never?"
"Well, there's a first time for everything. Here, have a seat. I'll push you."
"I-I don't know..." Raven stammered, looking around to make sure that no one else could see her.
"Come on," he urged. "No one can see us. Just sit down for a few minutes. It's fun. I promise you'll like it. And I'll do it with you."
"Okay, okay, fine."
She and he sat down on the swing beside her. Robin showed her how to push off against the ground and pump her legs so that she swung back and forth.
"How does it feel, nice?" he asked.
"Yeah, I guess."
"Pretty relaxing, isn't it? Kind of soothing, right?"
"Ah, I remember I was three years old. My dad built a tire swing and he and Mom would take me to the park whenever they could when I was really little, so they could help me get used to what the trapeze would feel like. And now I-"
Robin pumped his legs furiosly, swinging as high as he possibly before he released the chains and flew up and out, performing a twisting triple front flip before he stuck the landing in front of her.
"-Am a swing-master."
"Good thing you're not a show-off or anything."
Robin's face fell, and he slumped a bit, embarassed.
"I'm kidding, I'm kidding, okay?"
Robin smiled. His communicator beeped and he flipped it open. It was a text from Cyborg that read "U guys ready to come home yet?"
"Raven, do you wanna head home now?" Robin asked.
"Sure, but...um..." she began, looking down and holding onto the swing.
"What is it?"
"I was just thinking again about all the things that I missed out on when I was a kid, and Melvin and the others looked like they were having so much fun today and I-um...Robin will you-oh, no forget it."
"Forget what? Ohhhhh, I get it." Robin grinned as he finished his sentence.
"You want me to give you an underdog, don't you Raven?"
"N-no, I just-I just-"
"Mental bond, remember?" Robin asked, tapping his temple with his index finger. "I can tell when you're lying like this."
Raven looked away again, sighing and blushing. "Great."
Robin walked around behind her.
"Don't worry, I won't tell anybody about it. I promise. Let's just do a quick one and then go home, okay?"
Raven took a deep breath, not quite knowing what to expect.
"Okay. Go ahead."
Robin gripped the chains of Raven's swing, his cheeks and ears burning a bit at his hands being so close to her very round, shapely hips.
"Here we go, one…two…"
"Whoa!" Raven squeaked as she went high up into the air, her stomach seeming to sink down to her toes. When the swinging came to and end, she stepped out of it.
"How did that feel, Raven?"
"It was…fun," she said sincerely. "I'm glad I haven't missed out on every kid thing. So thanks, Robin."
"No problem. I'm glad that you had fun too, and you know what they say, it's never too late to have a happy childhood. Just look at Cyborg and Beast Boy."
She chuckled softly. "And you promise you won't tell anybody."
"I promise. As long as you promise to never tell anybody about what Teether said."
"Don't mention it...Wobin."
"Hey! You know what? That's it. I'm telling."
"Don't you dare."
"I'm warning you, I just might."
"Okay, but from now on, your name is Wobin, got it?"
Robin laughed and playfully nudged her.
She nudged him back, her hand surrounded by a black aura, shoving him two feet away, making her laugh again. He shuffled back, laughing some more and he shoved her again, the two of them keeping it up until they were all the way home.