Omg okay first off FabulousRoss I'M DYING FROM YOUR REVIEW GIRL AND I'M COUGHIN'.
That's right, I'm sick guys. Nothing more than a cold. It's spreading like wildfire at school, and my friend just decided it to breathe in my face knowing good well that he's sick.
...He's on my list.
Guys...I'm afraid this is the last chapter of SLTS. Wahh, I know! I didn't give a warning, but I figured that this was a good opportunity to go ahead and end it! But don't worry, because another TT fic is in the works! Thank you all so much for your love and support, because without you guys, this story would be abandoned and unfinished. So thanks again :3
Roy smiled, hanging back for a bit as he watched Jade interact with the girls. When she saw him, she said something to the girls before she got up and walked inside.
"What?" she said, coming up to him, and he smiled wider before cupping her face in his hands.
"Do you know how proud I am of you, Jade?" he said, and she automatically cracked a smile. "We've come so far, and that battle proved that you can be a hero. A true Titan."
Jade almost felt like crying, but she responded with, "You're just trying to butter me up."
Roy chuckled and kissed her. She gripped his hand and returned it, smiling against his mouth. "Maaaaybe."
"Idiot," Jade uttered under her breath, but smiled against his chest when he embraced her.
"Aww, you love me."
"A self-centered jerk who left me worried."
"...Well you're right about those things, but how many times do I have to apologize?"
"For the rest of your life."
"...I'm down with that."
"Bien ... bien ... adiós. ¡Hasta la vista!"
Terra looked up from where she sat on the couch, watching Aqualad come in the Ops, hanging up the phone.
"Who was that?" the blonde asked, scooting over and up to give him some room as he sat.
"Mas and Menos," said Aqualad, wrapping his arm around her waist and pulling her to his side. She gasped, her palm resting on his chest.
"Really? Are they ever coming back?" she said.
"I don't know," said Aqualad sadly. "They're happy where they are. But I don't think it means that they'll never come back, you know?"
Terra sighed. "Yeah...I guess..."
If it wasn't obvious, Aqualad and Terra returned to the Tower after the battle and became a couple. Terra had been literally swept off her feet in a mind-blowing kiss before they were even fully through the door. She was glad he finally did, otherwise she would've gone insane. And now that they were alone for the time being, it felt like a breath of fresh air.
"Have you heard from Bee yet?"
"Nope. But Cy said he's dropping her and the others off in the next couple of hours."
"There's a lot to do in a couple of hours..."
He smirked. "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
She bit her lip and smirked back, leaning up, he leaning down...
And they both jumped apart, scrambling for the video game controls.
"Ahh, it's good to be home!" Beast Boy said, jumping on the couch and lounging back.
"Mane, what?" said Cyborg, snuggling up against his sofa.
"I'd hate to rain on your party but," Raven tossed their bags in their laps abruptly, Beast Boy yelping in protest of his crotch area. Starfire just giggled, and Robin smiled half-heartly, a roll of his eyes following before he departed the room to unpack. His girlfriend followed gleefully.
"Hahaha," Cyborg laughed while pointing his finger, and Beast Boy growled and tackled his best friend.
Robin typed in his passcode, stepping inside the dark room. It was cool from the absence and lack of light; the dark shapes looked neater than he had last left them, and he figured that Starfire must've kept his room in tip top shape while he was gone. He would have to thank her for that later.
That's when the guilty thoughts hit him. Was it really his fault that she was so miserable without him? What if there comes times in the future when Bruce would need him even more? Would she still be so emotional then? He didn't want to dwell on it too much.
With a sigh, he turned on the light-
And found another redhead in his bed, costume pushed down to his hips and a cocky smirk on his face.
Robin screamed like a girl.
"Draw me like one of your French girls," the other male said in a high pitched voice, trying not to laugh with extreme difficulty.
Gasping and breathing heavily, Robin marched over to the bed and wacked him several times on the head. "WALLY, WHAT THE HELL?!"
Wally was in hysterics, and in a flash was back on his feet and fully dressed. "Classic! Ahh, I've been wanting to do that for like, ever!"
"WHAT, GIVING ME A HEART ATTACK?!"
Kid Flash shrugged. "I'm sorry?"
"YOU'RE NEVER SORRY!" Robin barked, but even he couldn't stay mad for that long. Flash began laughing again, and this time the Teen Wonder burst into a fit with him. Still laughing, the two man-hugged and parted.
"Shouldn't you be with Jinx?" the raven-haired teen asked after catching his breath.
The ginger flashed over to the wall, casually leaning against it; even though he seemed pretty laidback on the outside, Dick knew his friend better than that. Something was bothering him. "She wanted to be alone for a while," he shrugged, "so I gave her some space."
"You sure you wanna do that?" Robin asked. "I mean, after all that she's been through...I don't think she truly wants to be alone. She needs you there. With her."
Kid arched an eyebrow. "Okay, since when have you turned into Dr. Phil?"
Robin snorted, "You know what I mean."
"Uh, have you not met Nikki?"
"Long story-now she's saying her real name is Nicole, so I'm taking her word for it and calling her Nikki. Anyway! When she says she wants her space, she really means it."
"When a woman says she wants her space, she doesn't really mean it," Robin corrected.
"How do you know?"
"I live with two, beautiful women who's powers just happen to depend on their emotions."
"Okay, you totally added that because Starfire's standing at the door."
"What?" Stopping his unpacking, Robin rose his head as Starfire yelped and leaped out of the room. Young men both chuckling, Robin called out, "Star, you can come in."
She did, sheepishly smiling and adorably blushing. "My apologies, boys. Am I interrupting?"
"No," Robin and Kid Flash said at the same time, and she giggled, her eyes lingering on a specific set of blue ones.
Kid Flash looked from one to the other, inching his way out of the room. "I'm gonna go...do something."
And he was gone with a gust of wind, whipping Robin and Starfire's hair around in their faces.
Knock knock knock
"Come in," Raven said over her shoulder, standing up straight and zipping her luggage shut. As expected, Beast Boy walked in her room, door sliding closed behind him.
"You owe Jr. an apology," Beast Boy said bluntly.
"What?" Raven repeated, and Beast Boy gestured towards his crotch dramatically. "Oh, so you expect me to come over there and kiss it to make it better?-Better yet, don't answer that," she added, and he closed his mouth shut.
"Well," he said, changing the subject. "We're back home."
"Thank Azar. I never thought that I'd miss our home that much..." said Raven, voice trailing off as he came closer to her. His arms slipped around her, head dipping in her shoulder. His random embrace surprised her yet again, but she returned it. "Gar?"
"Mm?" he turned his head as he spoke, his breath tickling her collarbone as he relished in her sweet scent.
"Why was Adonis looking for my scent?"
"It's a wolf thing," the changeling replied, shrugging against her. "Nothing to worry about."
"No, it's a creepy thing," the empath disagreed. "And coming from the guy who hated Adonis from what I recalled."
Chuckling, Beast Boy pulled back and said, "No, really. If the wolf has a mate, the pack gets curious. Adonis apparently got a little too curious and decided to creep you out, as well as scare the living hell outta me."
"He's not doing it again is he?" she crossed her arms, lips jutting out in a pout.
He smiled toothly, and slyly, "Oh don't worry. If he wants to come around you again, he's gonna have to deal with me first."
"So what, are you like a...an Alpha now?"
She caught the glint in his eye. "I guess you could say that."
Raven's eyes bulged out, lips barely moving as she muttered something.
"What?" Even his sensitive ears couldn't detect what she said.
"My boyfriend's an Alpha..." she whispered.
"My boyfriend's an Alpha!" she said louder, eyes finally lifting from the floor to his face.
"Who are you and what have you done to my girlfriend?" But even Beast Boy was amused by this. He was actually kinda smug.
His Raven came back to the surface soon enough, because she rolled her eyes and turned around to put her luggage bags away. Smiling, he came up behind her and scooped her up in his arms, hearing the adorable little squeak that came from her mouth when he did that, and spun her around. After putting her down (since she started growling, "Put me down"), he twirled her around and pulled her flush against him. Her cheeks turned pink, eyes wide again and pupils dilated, their noses grazing each other.
"I love you," he said, faintly blushing himself. It was a sensitive subject for them, but from then on, he was gonna let her know how much she means to him.
Her response was immediate, after a beat of chewing on her bottom lip. She wasn't used to saying it, but he was worth it. "I love you too."
He was always worth it.
"Do I wish to know what had just occurred?" Starfire asked, fingers poking each other as she crossed the room.
"Nah, Wal's just being Wal," said Robin, continuing to unpack again. This time he had her assistance. "Settled in already?"
"Not quite," Starfire admitted, slipping one of his button-downs on a hanger and putting it up in the closet. "I was in the midst of feeding Silkie when I heard a very 'un-manly' scream coming from your room. So I came down to do the investigating."
"And the spying."
"You are angry with me?"
He snorted for the second time that day, smiling and standing straight to face her. She paused her movements to take his outstretched hand. "Now why would I," he grasped her other hand and pulled her closer, "be mad at you," he leaned his forehead against hers, "out of all people?"
"Because there are moments where you would get a bit angry at me," she replied with a small smile, arms wrapping around his torso. He frowned, eyes closing, and sighed. "You believe I am talking about past encounters with Slade?"
"I prefer not to relive it..."
She cupped his face and kissed his forehead, "We do not have to. We have defeated Slade once and for all. He is gone now. Surely you are, at most, happy?"
He grips her hands, keeping them there on his face, and opened his eyes. "Villains are never truly defeated. He'll come back one day, just like anyone-Mumbo, Dr. Light, Joker, the list goes on and on. But," he gazed deep into her emerald orbs, "we're the Titans, Star. We'll be ready for anything he throws at us."
"Titans?" Starfire asked curiously. "As in, we are not the 'Teen' Titans anymore?'
He exhaled, mouth forming a tiny 'o', "That's a good question. After all we've been through these past few months? I think it's time to upgrade the name to something simpler, but still gets our point across. And," he brought out a metal suitcase and placed it on his bed-the same one that had been stolen-but had different content in it this time, "I've been thinking lately..."
"Robin's been a part of my life, my entire childhood and teenage years even. Robin was, and will always be, Batman's shadow. His sidekick. I want to be my own person. I want to be someone that doesn't need to be constantly reminded of his mentor's greatness."
Starfire clasped her hands together, heartbeat skipping beats. "What are you saying? Will you not be Robin anymore?'
Dick smiled and shook his head. "Not exactly."
He opened the case, and her eyes widened.
"Yeah," he reached in, grasping the black fabric and pulling it out.
Starfire waited, taking a step back when his bathroom door opened, and the young man emerged. She took in his new appearance. The smooth black. The sharp angles of the beautiful blue bird on his chest.
"What do you think?" he said.
Her hand flew to her mouth, bouncing up and down while squealing against her hand-the definition of fangirling.
"It is...perfect!" she managed out, removing her hand, and he saw her giddy, contagious smile. He knew this was a big step for not only him, but for their relationship, for the team, and especially his relationship with Bruce.
Nightwing smiled back.