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...


10. Chapter 10 - The Witch and the Speedster

Kid Flash was zipping through the battlefield, hitting and destabilizing any opponent who got in his way and helping his friends when they were in danger. He didn't really like fighting, not with the exchange of hits, he preferred running. He was supporting the team of Titans as a whole, watching their backs as much as scouting the enemy, it suited him best. No, he definitely preferred running, he felt a lot more free with his feet taking him wherever he wanted to be. Any commitment, even as small as choosing one opponent, was something he was very uneasy with. So, as the sun was setting on the horizon he ran. Just like always, it was the only thing he knew how to do well. He kept running, on and on, never looking back. Just as he had done all his life. Even after all those years he didn't know if he was running to or from something anymore. He never settled for long anywhere, that was one of the reasons he had left the Flash. Staying in the same place too long meant getting attached to people and losing them. That hurt too much, he couldn't do it anymore. So, he ran, always and towards nowhere, towards everywhere. Well at least he thought he did so, always running to someplace new. Until he came back that is. At first it was supposed to be a temporary replacement while the Teen Titans were away, he was to look after the city until they came back and then let them take the matter back in their own hands and leave to another place where his help was needed. He did leave, that wasn't the question. What was unexpected was for him to come back to Jump City. Occasionally, it was true. But nevertheless he came back to see how his friends were doing. That, however, was never after being away for just a week. Never had he thought that he would be coming back so soon, and certainly not for such a stupid reason. The titans had welcomed him back with joy and let him stay at the tower, even going as far as wanting him to become part of the team. But he had refused, being a honorary Titan was good enough for him, at least that's what he had said, that his freedom was too precious for him to accept even though he was flattered. Of course he couldn't tell them he was back only to understand why he couldn't get her out of his mind…

As soon as he had seen Adonis run past him he had known something was wrong. The guy in the red power up suit never turned down a fight and he was certainly not the type to let anyone in his reach get away from him. So when he had run by Kid Flash without even a single look at him or at the other Titans the young speedster had known something was off. Of course it wasn't until he had seen that same red suit pass through the gates with and unconscious Robin on the shoulder that he had understood what had gone wrong. Immediately he had taken off after them but he had been slowed down by the numerous attacks whizzing and exploding all around him and when he had finally arrived in front of the gates they were already closed. Of course closed gates wouldn't have stopped him in normal circumstances but these were protected by magic and the group of villains guarding them would have at least sounded the alarm if not stopped him or slowed him down if he ever had attempted to go through. And that was something he absolutely didn't want as it would only worsen the situation. So he had gone around the walls and had managed to find a way in the form of a wall only guarded by a dozen Slade bots. Perfect! He had thought with a smile as he had run up and taken them down in a mere three seconds. Of course he knew it wouldn't give him much time, as soon as they would be discovered he would be in it deep. So he had to be quick, very quick. He had run up to the door, managing to get past Kyd Wykkyd who was once more flying out of the citadel, and had entered it. He didn't know the layout of the building, though fortunately for him, he was fast, and I mean really fast. He had covered the two underground floors and the first one in a mere two minutes, taking his time to check every door and cell for eventual allies, thought he had seen no sign of life. He was moving on to the second floor when he had seen the first villain since he had entered the citadel. He had quickly phased through the wall before she could tunr in his direction.

Damn it! Why did it have to be her! He cursed, not believing his bad luck at a time like this. He put his ear to the wall, listening attentively to the light footsteps in the hall. They got closer and as she was about to pass the room a horrible scream echoed throughout the whole building. Kid Flash recognized the voice of a certain usually bad tempered Titan and tightened his fists in anger, knowing she needed his help and he had to act fast. But, as the scream's echoes vanished into the air and before he had time to do anything the wall behind him blew up in a purple wave of energy. He quickly evaded the large chunks of wall that fell down where he was standing a second earlier and as the smoke cleared faced Jinx's evil smirk.

"Well well, look at what we have here…", she said in a mocking tone.

Oh no! He cursed as he saw the smirk on her face turn into a mask of anger.

"Why in the seven hell do I always run into you?! Why do you keep bugging me?!"

He swallowed his saliva with some difficulty as he saw her hands glow purple. Apparently she hadn't liked all the times he had prevented her and her gang from committing crimes. Fortunately for him his super powered brain popped with an idea very quickly and he smirked back at the young purple haired villain.

"Well hello there, hot stuff," he said, moving fast towards her and leaning on the wall, managing to keep calm.

She rolled her eyes, clearly unnerved and glared at him.

"Answer me, why do you always get in my way?!", she demanded, pointing her hand at him.

His smirk stayed though his body was ready to move as soon as she threw her attack.

"That's only for me to know, babe", he answered cryptically, his smirk getting even bigger as her glare intensified.

He had barely said that, that he was already running all around the room, avoiding all the magical projectiles she was launching at him simultaneously. The Titan managed to evade most of them without any difficulty, only straining his body to get out of the way of a particularly big jinx that she threw at his face. Then he felt a sharp pain in his right leg and stumbled on the ground, falling and hitting his back on the wall behind him. She smirked victoriously and walked to him as he tried to get back up, preparing two more jinxes in her hands.

"Tell me!", she demanded again, effectively trapping him against the wall and visibly unnerved by his smirk.

"Certainly not, princess!", he laughed back, not parting from his poker face.

What he was doing was extremely risky but he knew if he succeeded, victory would be his.

"I am NOT anybody's princess! And much less yours!", she spat back at him almost jinxing him into dust.

But before she could do it he looked down and mumbled something that she couldn't hear. Fortunately for him, she let her curiosity take over.

"What was that?" Jinx demanded once more.

Man, she really acts like one! Chuckled Kid Flash internally before doing what might be the act that would seal his death sentence.

He looked back up at her, taking a seconds to contemplate her violet orbs, and his smirk got even larger, if that was possible. Then he did something she had never expected him to do, it happened so fast she didn't have time to react. He grabbed her arms and turned around so that she was now with her back to the wall and he was facing her, trapping her hands over her head with one of his. With his other hand Kid Flash did something he had thought of doing for a long time, something he had not been able to get his mind off as he had left the city for the first time. Something that had haunted him and that had made him come back. He cupped her cheek with his free hand and, not even letting her time to process what was happening, kissed the purple witch passionately. The kiss lasted only a couple of seconds but it seemed like an eternity to the young speedster, a feeling that was quite new to him as everything usually went fast when he was around. By the time he let her go her eyes were so wide he thought they were going to pop out of surprise and her mouth had taken the shape of a large 'O'. When his lips left hers he almost surrendered to the impulse of letting them crash against hers once more. But now was not the time for that, he had a mission to accomplish. So he simply leaned in, his mouth brushing her ear and sensually whispered to her.

"I said: 'But you are my princess.', princess..."

Her eyes grew even wider in shock, if that was possible, as she was starting to register what had just happened. Finally Kid Flash straightened again and, allowingd himself to smirk once again, he ran out of the room as fast as lightning. He turned back only once he was on the other side of the hole in the wall to look at her completely stunned face, and winked before disappearing deeper into the dark fortress in a zoom

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