Robin: *leads Steph back to his room* Sure, Steph, I'd
love to talk, I just don't want to deal with the whole
crowd right now.
Spoiler: *flops on the bed, looks TOTALLY exhausted,
one arm over her face* YOU don't want to deal with the
whole crowd? Tell me about it. They certaintly are
alot to deal with. *sits up, gives him a mock
salute* So fearless leader, I'm ready to give my
Robin: *plops onto the bed* Cool. You give me your
report, then I'll give you mine. *takes off mask, gets
some cleansing cream and begins applying it to his
face* *notices Steph watching* What? You try wearing
that kind of mask all day without getting zits.
Steph: *laughs* I wasn't watching because of that!
This whole you without the mask thing is still kinda
new to me. But I'm liking it a lot. *lies back on the
bed again* Ok, where to start. *sits bolt upright
again* OHH, Kon and Cassie went to a movie, and they
kissed! *laughs* Sounds more like a gossip report than
anything, but...I guess I'm worried how this'll affect
things. *looks kinda sheepish* I didn't really think
about group dynamics when I kinda shoved Cassie at
him. I just knew that Cassie had a crush on him and
well, I thought I'd help. Steph strikes again! But
now... I mean, Cassie's kinda hung up on him, I'm sure
Kon likes her too, but he's such a flirt, so that's
probably gonna peeve her to no end. And then there's
Bliss... *falls back again with a groan* Tim, what
have I done?
Robin: I'll have a talk with Kon, make sure he
understands what he's getting into if he keeps
spending time with Cassie. He had a girlfriend once
before, and that almost worked out, maybe he learned
something from it. What about Bliss? I probably don't
want to know... *Takes off cape* stupid thing gets
heavy after awhile. What about Red Bird, is she a
psycho supervillain in disguise, or is she cool?*leans
back against the headboard.* How're you holding up?
It's been a long day.
Spoiler: ((oh, by the way, Steph is wearing
civies)) *stretches out beside him, puts her head on
his shoulder. Sighs* Yes, long day. We'll get to that
in a minute, don't you worry. Hmph, I forgot about
Tana. Maybe I'm just being paranoid. About Bliss...
well, I've kinda gotten the feeling that she's got a
thing for Superboy... brother, this team is worse than
a soap opera! *smiles* Which leads me to Red Bird.
Well, she seems nice. She's from Gotham and she
doesn't have any powers, so between her, you, me and
Cissie, I think we've about filled our vigilante
quota. She also likes Bruce Lee movies, so at least
she's got good taste in movies... *smiles slyly* and
in guys. She's definitely got a crush on you. *pauses*
She asked if I knew your real name.
Robin: Wow. what'd you tell her? *puts his arm around
her, caressing her hair* Bliss and Kon? That's funny,
I don't think he's into domineering snotty,
holier-than-thou types. Too bad, she has really useful
talents, if only wecould brainwash her or
something...a four vigilante limit, eh? And I was
gonna ask Anarky to join...*smiles* Hey, be right
back. *gets up, grabs something from the closet,
leaves, returns moments later dressed in Marvin the
Martian PJs* OK, that's better, I don't think anyone
saw me either. *locks the door, returns to his
previous position* So, what do you think about flying?
Spoiler: *raises an eyebrow* Locked door Tim? Oh how
the neighbours will talk! *smiles, snuggles back into
him* I told RB I didn't know, that no one knows. Oh,
but her name is Katie, Katie Connors. *gives him a
sideways glance* And I don't think its Bliss' attitude
that Kon is interested in... more like her attributes.
Brainwashing eh? Has its possibilities. *absently
tracing the outline of one of the Marvins on his
chest* Flying? *shrugs* I've never really thought
about it. But maybe that's why I like swinging from
the rooftops so much, its the closest thing people
like you and me get to flying under our own power. Why
do you ask?
Tim: Oh, no reason...*grins* I'll show you tomorrow
when I tell everyone else. Bliss does have some really
good attributes...strength, speed, sorcery, I can see
what Kon sees in her. Of course, I could never go for
someone with super powers, too weird. . . The door's
locked so no one barges in and sees me without my mask
while I'm sleeping. *gives her a quick kiss* So, you
like my Marvins?
Spoiler: *gives him a poke* That's NOT what I meant
about Bliss' attributes. *stops what she's doing,
blushes a little* Oh! *smiles* Yes, your Marvins are
just too cute for words. *kisses him back quickly,
sits up* Why can't you tell me about the flying now?
Huh? *starts bouncing on the bed and does a bang-on
Imp imitation* Tellmetellmetellmetellme!!! C'mon Rob,
I'll DIE if you don't tell me!!! *starts giggling*
Tim: *gets up, grabs steph and starts to kiss her,
about a minute later she realizes they're floating in
the air about two feet above the bed* You wouldn't
have died...*lowers them back to the bed, and leans
back against the headboard* Maybe killed me, but you
wouldn't have died. *takes a new silver ring from his
right ring finger, and tosses it to her* Here, you get
my original one. They're flight rings, Nightwing had
Steel and Invisible Kid make them for everyone. And
Nightwing wants you there next time I go meet with
Steph: *Eyes wide as saucers, stares at the ring*
Whoa. *looks at Tim* This is gonna be very weird.
Cool, but weird. *kisses him* I'd never kill you, beat
you about the head yes, but I like you far too much to
kill you. *grins and swats him with a pillow, then
frowns* Hey, wait, why does your gorgeous "older
brother" want to meet with me?
Tim: Gorgeous? Gorgeous! *wrestles with her a little,
until he has her pinned* He has the WORST taste in
women though...aliens, supervillains... *lets her go,
kisses her* Anyway, he just wants to hang out some,
get to know his "little bro's" girl a bit, especially
since you're one of the people he wants to have
helping out the crime situation in Gotham since he
can't be everywhere at once, and I can only be most
Steph: *laughing as they wrestle* Ok, ok! I'm joking!
You're much better looking than he is! Honest! *takes
a deep breath* Wow, this is getting serious, I'm
meeting your "family" now. *grins* But, I'm sure the
Stephanie Brown charm will work as well on Nightwing
as it does on you. *kisses him, looks serious* And
speaking of you being most everywhere, what did
happen when you disappeared? Why'd you run off like
that? And how the heck did that looney with the sword
manage to grab you? When we showed up at that place
and I saw you in that...that contraption... Tim, I was
so worried about you... *tries to smile, but it comes
out more as a grimace* But we got out. *shivers
slightly at the thought of Shadowmaster and what he
said to her, looks a little haunted*
Tim: There's not much of the "family" left. Just me,
Nightwing and Huntress. *also serious* I ran off like
I did to see if Superboy would do good running the
show while I was gone rallying some back-up. After I
got Lagoon Boy and the others' help I was ambushed by
'Shadowmaster's' team-mate - the one with the yellow
energy weapons. She was a better fighter than me, and
the ring doesn't work on yellow. I feel like I really
dropped the ball, especially with Bladerunner and Ray.
Steph: *frowns at him* You didn't drop the ball! You
got waylaid as well! *sighs* Besides, I hate to tell
you this, but SB didn't run the show; I guess I kinda
did. Supes and Bliss just argued with one another
until I told them to shut up.... The bad guys knew we
were coming, and I tried to have everyone go in
together so we could cover each other's backs, but it
didn't work, everyone split up anyways, and Force got
knocked down and then Bladerunner.... oh Patrick...and
I went after Shadowmaster and he talked about keeping
me for himself instead of killing me... so I ran...
and then Ray got hurt... I was the one who screwed up.
*her voice has been dropping steadily through this,
until she's almost whispering at the end*
Tim: Oh Steph. *holds her to him* you didn't drop the
ball, you did real well. Darin and Patrick didn't
listen to you, and they were a lot better than us...we
really got lucky back on that island. If you hadn't
gotten everyone there, Cassie and I would probably be
dead right now. . . and I'll find a way to make sure
Shadowmaster never gets to treat you like that again.
He got away, but most of his men didn't, we won't have
to worry about him again for a long time. You did
fine... *just holds her*
Steph: *just stays in his arms for awhile, whispers*
Thanks, you always know how to make me feel better.
*looks into his eyes, then moves in for a long, slow,
deep kiss. Smiles when they break apart* And I know
you'll protect me. You're always there for me, it's
one of the reasons why I lo....*stops what she's
saying abruptly, mouth snaps closed, blinks eyes
rapidly in surprise* Why I should leave. *stands up,
stretches, gives a really fake yawn* Yeah, we have to
be up early to go to STAR...*starts searching for her
big, fuzzy, bear-claw slippers*.
Tim: *puzzled by her pause* Your slippers fell under
the bed when we were hovering. You sure you're ok? You
can stay here, I'll take the floor again.
Steph: *sits down on the bed* I'm okay, really.
*notices his puzzlement* I think I just scared myself
is all. *smiles* I was going to say "that's one of the
reasons I love you." *looks at the floor, turns bright
red* And I realized, I really do love you. *looks at
him again* The thought just came so easy, I mean I've
said love ya and stuff like that, but this time.... it
just felt different. *shakes her head* Never mind, I
must sound so goofy. *tosses slippers* I would love to
stay here, but you don't have to sleep on the floor,
we could...um...*bites lip* share the bed... y'know,
and cuddle? I think I could really use that right now.
Tim: *hugging her* I feel the same way...but I was
afraid to say anything...afraid you didn't feel the
same. *meets her eyes* I love you, Steph. *kisses her
back, then releases her, suddenly nervous* Umm...I'd
love to cuddle...are you sure though? I
know...cuddled with a girl before.
Steph: *after the kiss, falls backwards on the bed in
a mock faint of relief* Oh thank god. I was so
worried I was gonna scare you off if I said anything!
*sits up again, smiles at his nervousness* Its ok,
we're not doing anything racy. *grimaces slightly*
Been there, done that, had the baby. ANYhoo, I... I
just want to be held I guess. *puts face in hands,
mumbles* I am SUCH a sap! *looks up, smiles, tries to
hide HER nervousness* Here, its not difficult, you lie
down like so... oh, do you prefer sleeping on your
back or side? Ok then, and I lie down like
this...Voila! This isn't so bad, is it? And we're not
doing anything that's illegal in any of the 50 states.
Tim: *blushing* racy?...umm...I definitely
haven't...ummm....yeah, this is good. *after they're
spooning, his arm over her side* wow...I never thought
we'd ever actually be doing this when I first met
you...y'know, the baby's a part of your life that
changed you a great deal, and I like you this
way. *snuggles his head against the back of her neck*
and you don't have to worry, I won't leave you.
Steph: *chuckles again* Its ok, the "racy" topic is
not coming up for awhile, as far as I'm concerned. And
with the way you stammer everytime its even brushed
against, I have a feeling that's fine with you too.
*sighs* I didn't think this would happen either... but
I'm so happy it did. *pauses* Thanks, I like me this
way too. It was hard, but I am happy with who I am and
the decisions I made. As hokey as it sounds, I think I
am a better person for having gone through it. But we
shall NOT be repeating that experience for quite some
time... *kisses his fingers* S'ok, I didn't *think*
you'd leave, you stuck by me during a time most guys
would've bailed. *laughs, says softly* What did I do
in a past life to deserve you? I've just never told
anyone I love them before, so it scared me. *yawns,
snuggles closer* I love you Tim.
Tim: *snuggles in until he's comfortable* Sorry...am
such a wet sponge...*yawn*...ah wuffweeww eww...*blows
some of her hair out of his mouth* I love you
too...til the....*yawn* end...o'the...*begins to
breathe more regularly, asleep*
Steph: *wearing a smile that stretches from ear to ear, she drifts off
to sleep as well*