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...


15. Chapter 15 - The Life Not Always Pink

The pink haired witch had stayed there, eyes wide and her heart beating madly in her chest. Ever since he had disappeared time had stopped around her, her mind had blanked out and she absentmindedly touched her lips, the tickling sensation of the static electricity still present. He had kissed her. He had kissed her. He has kissed her. No matter how hard she tried, that was the only thing that kept popping in her mind, that and his last words.

"You are my princess."

He had bugged her, he had stopped robberies she had organized, he had made her question her existence as a villain, said she could be so much more than that. But she had pushed all that back, sure that it was a wise ploy thought up by the Titans to make her betray the Hive and get her to help take them down. She had captured him, offered him as a prize to the Brotherhood and still he had tried to help her, persuading her not to do it. She did not understand why he tried to help her, why he tried to help her. She was bad luck, always had been. Never truly being accepted anywhere, never having any real friends. Never had anyone offered her a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on. Yet he, after barely seeing her, had set his mind on helping her, after barely a full sentence from her part he had decided to get her out of her miserable life.

She was angry at first, cursing him for spoiling yet another of her plans. She had yelled at him, researched every aspect of his powers to devise a plan to catch him. She had mocked him, humiliated him by using his trust against him. She had almost killed him. And yet he came back, always. It was the only thing she knew, the only truth, he always came back looking for her. And this time had not been different, he had somehow known she would be there and instead of helping his comrades he had come to her. Well maybe not completely intentionally, but still everywhere she went, there he was. Why? That question had haunted her ever since he had left that rose in her hand. Why was he doing so much for her? She who had betrayed him, who had tried to kill him so many times. She who wasn't worth so much efforts. Why? But now, as she stood, back pressed against the cold wall, she knew. She understood why he came back, why he never quit and it scared her. No one had ever shown anything but hate or disgust upon laying eyes on her. Even her own comrades were scared of her. But he had blown through that barrier since the beginning and that frightened her to death.

Why? You might ask. Well firstly because it was a completely alien feeling to her, a feeling she would never had confessed she was not immune to, before. He was prepared to go so far for her, but was she ready? Was she ready to accept his help? Was she ready to change? She shivered at the thought of what would happen to her if the others knew what she was thinking. Immediately his voice echoed in her head.

"I'll be there, waiting. The day you have enough of this life I'll be there for you. I'll help you. You are worth so much more than this…", he said, a sad expression on his face, before running off into the night.

Deep inside she knew she wanted something more, something else. Was that it? Switching sides? Teaming with the 'good guys' she despised so much? 'Do you really despise them?' Kid Flash's voice echoed in her mind. 'Or is it something else…?' Something else, she thought? Was she… jealous of them? Jealous of what they had? The recognition and the happiness that seemed to go with the job? Maybe… She sighed bitterly. Maybe she yearned for more, maybe she wanted something else from life. Something more. She breathed in deeply, his smell still present in the air around her. Yes, she wanted more, Jinx thought as she opened her eyes. She wanted to change her life, she wanted to stop all this pointless destruction and for once in her life do something useful. It would take time but maybe someday she would be able to be happy. Even for a single day in her life. She remembered her mother, smiling and laughing, so bright. She remembered how she had fought for both of them when her father had become a monster. How she had struggled to keep her safe and happy, always moving around to get away from him. And how he always found them in the end. Heavy footsteps came to her ears. She heard a voice she knew well call.

"Friend Beast Boy, are you sure they are around here?", asked the alien princess.

The footsteps changed and became lighter as they got closer.

"Yes Starfire, I can smell Raven and Robin. The went through here up to another floor." he hesitated suddenly, stopping in his tracks a few meters from the blown up wall, changing back to his wolf form and sniffing around.

"What is it?, questioned Starfire.

"There's another smell here. No, two. I think its Wally and… I don't know, I can't really put my head around it but I'm sure I know that other one…", then he shook his head.

"Never mind, we have to hurry."

The green changeling jumped back, once more a wolf and ran off towards the end of the corridor, Starfire struggling to keep up with him.

"Wait Beast Boy!", she exclaimed as she flew off to catch up with him.

As soon as she had heard their voices Jinx had tensed, ready to attack. Beast Boy had stopped and her mind had gone to overdrive. Do I attack? She was surprised to even hesitate. Had this happened the day before she would have burst through the wall and taken them head on. But now she was hiding behind the wall, trying to evade them. Why? She wasn't scared. No, it was something else. She searched through her mind for a reason and somehow it came as an evidence, surprising even her. She didn't want ot attack them. She wanted all this to stop and to be able to start a new life. She wanted them to win and to leave her alone. She wanted to change. She wanted to go home. Home. Wherever that was...

The witch felt a huge weight lifting off her heart and a lot lighter all of a sudden, as if accepting her deepest wishes had made her life a bit easier and less miserable. She wanted to change. She was going to change and she would start now by not attacking them. Beast Boy sniffed around for a few seconds, Jinx was extremely tensed, hoping he wouldn't find her as, even though she had no intention of attacking them, she didn't want to explain it to them either. She wasn't ready to open herself and embrace her new life just yet, she simply wanted to be left out of it for the moment. Finally they started running again. Jinx saw them turn around the corner at the end of the corridor and swore the dark green wolf had stopped for a second and had locked eyes with her before disappearing again. But that must have been her imagination, he had no reason to let her go after all, she was an enemy...

She sighed again and slumped back against the wall, letting all the tension leave her body and trying to calm her beating heart. She thought about what would happen after all that. What would she do? Would they imprison her again? Surely. She had no idea what would happen when they'd defeat Slade… Could they even defeat him? This time he seemed even more confident and powerful than ever. But the Titans always prevailed. Didn't they? A bitter taste filled her mouth. Then his smell came to her again and the feeling of his hot lips on hers. She opened her eyes and shot her head back up. Even if they did not trust her, even if they despised her, it didn't mean she couldn't start over now and help turn the tide of this battle. She got up and started running in the opposite direction from where the speedster, and a bit later the green changeling and the alien, had run or flown off to. She would help them with or without their consent. She would change and she would be happy and no one was going to stop her from doing just that.

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