The Beast Inside

The Titans have united with old allies to defeat the great threat that is Slade once again but it is not a simple task, for the masked mastermind has assembled an army of fearsome villains to help his cause. Robin's plan was simple: find a way to breach the walls of the citadel and then unite their strength to defeat their nemesis. It was going quite smoothly until Raven got taken away before Beast Boy's eyes. Then it went from bad to worse when Robin got captured as Starfire was supposed to watch his back. Both the green teen and the tamarean princess are deeply affected by this. Cyborg, who is barely able to fight after being injured, can only hope to calm them down and get the team back on tracks. The Teen Titans' power does not reside only in their powers, and the half machine man knows that all too well, but will he be able to convey this to them? He can't help but wonder, however, what Slade's plan is and why some of the Titans are behaving strangely...


1. Chapter 1 - The Stone Citadel


This is a rewrite, with (hopefully) corrected spelling and grammar mistakes, of a fanfiction on the Teen Titans I wrote a few years ago. I read it again recently and found that I was not satisfied with all the mistakes I could spot and the way I had written it for some chapters so, here is a 'better' version of it. Hope you enjoy!




Night had already fallen silently over the stone walls of the fortress as they walked in. Sounds of running and large objects clashing could be heard all around, explosions echoed in the background and battle cries were carried by the wind from the outside. The small group that had come through the huge gates quickly moved towards the large building in the center as a few men in uniforms hurried to close said gates behind them. There were four people walking in a square formation around a fifth one who was being dragged in chains. One of the four laughed as he gave a kick to the one in the center.

"So, not feeling so confident now, are we Robin ?".

The masked young man stumbled on his feet, trying to keep his balance despite the constant buzzing in his head, but almost fell as the teen in the front of the group kept advancing and pulling on his chains. On his right, Adonis kept laughing at the Titans' leader's fate as they walked towards the tower. On his left walked a thin young girl with pink hair, she occasionally let violet sparks travel along her pale hands as she watched the sky. Behind them walked another member of the Hive, dressed in red too, he occasionally duplicated himself in two or three clones of himself which would then merge again into one individual, laughing to himself. They passed another set of impressive doors before arriving inside a giant stone hall. The boy wonder groaned as he was pushed by the teen in the big red armored suit and, this time, fell hard on his side, feeling the pain shoot through his whole body. He must have broken a few ribs earlier as he had tried without great success to dodge Adonis's surprise punch. The guy hadn't left him much chance, he had attacked when Robin was dazed and disoriented. As he got up the chief of the Teen Titans looked around him, trying to process everything in his surroundings.

In the middle of the room stood a staircase going up and separating in two, one going to the right, the other to the left and then disappearing on the upper floor. They all walked towards the stairs, climbing towards the floor above, and then to the one above again and so on until they reached what Robin thought must have been the eighth floor. How big is this place?!, he thought. When they finally reached the final point of their assent they turned right into a large and barely lit corridor and reached a third set of doors. The young man in the red power suit walked to them and pushed them open as if they did not weigh more than a simple sheet of paper. The group walked in, Robin heaving at the effort and the pain he was feeling after the climb. The room was not so much large as it was long. It must have been ten meters wide and more than eight times longer. On one end there was a huge opening in the stone wall and they could see the dark sky and the stars shining while the other was occupied by a throne on which sat a rather large man. As they approached the man stood up, waiting patiently for them to reach him. It took no time to the young Titan to recognize the one man that he despised the most and that had haunted his nights for all those months.

"Slade…!", he muttered in disgust, regretting not being able to spit it to the man clad in black and orange because of the pain in his ribs.

"Ah, my dear Robin!", exclaimed the villain as the group finally crossed the last few meters separating them from him. "It is so good to see you again…", hee added in his deep gravelly voice the teen hated so much.

"Talk for yourself…", replied the black-haired teen.

The man laughed at that and dismissed the other four with a wave of the hand. Kyd Wykkyd disappeared in one of his portals, followed closely by the teen clad in red who had now duplicated himself in three copies, each of them punching the other on the shoulder in a never-ending circle. Jinx retreated next, walking back towards the doors and playing with her sparks as she seemed lost in her thoughts. Adonis was the last one to go, lingering to have a last look at his enemy before definitely handing him to the mastermind behind all this. He would have given a lot to be able to stay with the Titan and hurt him a bit more before leaving, but the big boss man had dismissed them and he definitely didn't want to get him into a bad mood. As they all disappeared Robin turned back towards Slade and looked at his masked face, imagining very well the wicked smile that hid behind it. He, therefore, did not see the leader of the Hive discreetly turning back and shooting him an unreadable look before turning back and following Adonis out of the room.

"Well", Slade started again, but before he had time to go on, the young man clad in red and green leapt at him, aiming a jumped kick at his head. The masked man evaded it easily and punched the teen in the stomach, sucking the air right out of his lungs and leaving gasping for air on the floor.

"Tsk, tsk… It's not polite to interrupt people when they talk Robin...", he said as he lifted the teenager up and attached him the chains to the ground a few meters away from the large stone seat. Robin, who now had both arms trapped in large metal cylinders linked to a metal collar to his throat, all the while anchored to the large stone slabs, shot a glare at the villain at these words. He cursed himself internally for having been so stupid and getting caught so easily, then his thoughts focused on his friends and he worried about them, hoping they were fine.

"You will not succeed Slade, never!", he exclaimed at the masked villain who had sat back in his seat. The man did not respond and simply turned his head towards the teen. Robin could feel his wicked smile, almost savoring their crushing defeat already.

"We'll see Dick, we'll see…"

How-Almost replied the teen, but his thoughts were interrupted by a loud explosion outside. Despite the fact that the opening was far away from the throne-like seat one could clearly see outside and Robin saw the sky light up with a red glow before faint shouts from the battle taking place below came to his ears.

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