(Overhead view of Titan's Tower.)
Snow had arrived early this year, burying Jump City under a gentle blanket of white. Malls were crammed with seasonal shoppers, each hoping to get dibs on the lowest prices, while gift wrappers worked frantically to satisfy the long lines of impatient customers. It was a season of joy, a season of giving, and the charities were filled to the brim with presents, while volunteers filled the soup kitchens, handing out hot meals to the poor. Carolers littered the streets as well, singing the songs of the season.
Everyone was in the holiday mood, well almost everyone….
"Someone stop those annoying people." Raven said in an annoyed tone as she attempted to continue her meditation in midair. A group of grateful citizens decided to put on a show for the local heroes, organizing a large rally that sang carols in front of the Titan tower.
"They are just carolers Raven, no harm in that." Robin said, slightly amused.
"Yea Rave! Get in the holiday spirit!" Beast Boy popped his head up over the couch, an array of presents littered on the floor behind him. "Don't you celebrate Christmas where you were from?"
"I came from a demon world. Demons aren't usually known for their displays of holiday spirit." The dark girl said dryly.
"But surely you will take part in the festivities Raven? It seems very beautiful and fun!"
"Not to mention the Egg Nog." Cyborg gave a satisfying rub on his stomach. "Mmmm Mmmm."
"Dude, that's nasty, don't they at least make it in tofu flavour.." Beast Boy stuck out his tongue.
"I did say…. EGG nog. Yo, what is up with you? Everything that isn't meat HAS to be tofu?"
Beast Boy crossed his arms and turned his head away as if offended. "It's better than that gunk you drink."
"At least it doesn't taste like Styrofoam!." Cyborg snapped back.
"Oh yea! Well I'll have you know…." Beast boy went on in another shouting match with Cyborg.
"Oh brother…." Raven, giving up all hopes of meditation, quickly landed back on the kitchen counter, content with a cup of herbal tea.
"So….Star…have you checked your present yet?" Robin asked quietly as the Tamaranian girl entered the room.
Starfire shook her head. "Oh no! I have not! I wonder what it is…." The Titans this year…were doing secret Santa, where they each drew lots to see what present they would buy for each other. Beast Boy had picked Starfire, but Robin was not one to give up so easily.
"Nuh Uh dude! Remember the rules?" Beast Boy gave a grin as he greedily hugged the slip of paper he drew. "We can't exchange! Oooooh boy, Star is so gonna like the whoppee cushion ill send her, maybe a box of Mexican jumping beans!" Robin nodded.. "Uh huh…."
Robin nodded.. "Uh huh…."
(A few seconds later)
"This isn't fair dude! I don't even know what to get Raven!" Beast Boy complained as he swung back and forth on the rope he was tied to; upside down from the ceiling. Robin merely gave a grin, then walked out of the hall, holding the slip of paper with Starfire's name in his hand.
Robin merely gave a grin, then walked out of the hall, holding the slip of paper with Starfire's name in his hand.
"I am so curious Robin! I also wonder what you have got!" Starfire blushed, hiding the fact that she had drawn Robin's name from the hat.
"Maybe It's a lump of coal from Santa…" Beast Boy said in his slightly peeved tone, until Robin shot a glare at him.
Beast Boy quickly wiped the back of his head innocently, "Uh….did I say that…I meant umm."
"Who is this Santa?" Starfire wondered out loud.
The rest of the Titans (save Raven who was quietly enjoying her tea.) dropped their jaws in shock.
"Dude? You don't know who Santa is?"
The Tamaranian shook her head innocently.
Beast Boy began his shotgun lesson immediately, pulling a gigantic blackboard with a over-bloated caricature of a happy old man who was drawn like a giant red ball. "You see, he's a jolly old man in a red suit with a bunch of reindeer and a sleigh who flies around giving presents to all the children in the world." Beast Boy explained, assuming an authoritative tone as if he were a professor addressing an eager pupil. Then he gave an ominous glare, and his voice became more dark. "They say he keeps a naughty list of every person, and when they are bad…you get…A LUMP OF COAL!" Beast Boy instantly produced a bag of coal he found under the kitchen sink, which was saved for Cyborg's grill in the summer.
Starfire took the shotgun lesson in quietly. She innocently stroked her chin with her hand.
"You mean he spies on people? And delivers them this Black Substance?" Starfire said with a shocked tone. "Then we must put a stop to his evil ways."
Robin gave an amused reply. "Don't worry Star, Santa's a kind old man, Beast Boy has a way of…exaggerating things."
"I do not!" Beast Boy said, slightly offended.
"I see…well there are so many things I have yet to understand about this holiday….why do all the buildings start sprouting all those beautiful lights? Why do the trees do that too? Is it in the Earth life cycle?"
"Star….they're decorations." Cyborg interjected, then proudly pointed to the gigantic Christmas tree next to the window, which was lined with everyone's presents. "Like that! Now THAT'S a Christmas tree!" He said with a tone of satisfaction, he was after all, the one who cut it down and hauled it up thirty flights of stairs to the tower.
"Will you guys keep it down?" Raven shot dryly, she had just finished her herbal tea, and was resuming her meditation next to the Christmas tree by the window.
"Aw common Rave." Beast Boy said in his usual annoying tone. "Why don't you get into the holiday….."
He never finished the sentence.
The building shook now, and the Window Raven was meditating next to exploded in a gigantic flash. The room became bathed in bright white, then began filling with smoke from the rubble. Cyborg ducked behind the counter, while Beast Boy gave a surprised shout and jumped behind the couch. Robin jumped and pushed Starfire out of harms way, avoiding the shards of glass that exploded into all directions, digging into the TV, furniture and walls.
Robin stood up now, his ears still ringing from the blast. He helped Starfire up. While the Titans recovered, terrified screams of fleeing Carolers were heard from below the tower.
"Raven?" Beast Boy shouted as he and the other titans emerged from the smoke. There was no sound, then all of a sudden, Raven came flying through the smoke, giving a grunt as if she had been kicked.
The smoke began lifting now, and the team watched in surprise as a silouette of a familiar figure approached from the window.
"X?" Robin said with shock, he half expected it to be Slade, even that looney mad mod, who were still out there somewhere, but this was really the last thing he expected.
Red X gave a smirk from his hiding place in the shadows, casually leaning against the wall with his arms crossed.
As the Titans prepared themselves for battle, Red X's first reaction with to merely give them a friendly wave.
"Hey kids, did ya miss me?" He began in his usual taunting cocky voice, afterwards he suddenly whipped open his arms, making a whooshing sound as he took out his weapons; Each hand holding a X-shaped blade...
(CUE THEME SONG :))
When there's trouble you know who to call When there's evil on the attack With their superpowers they unite They've got the bad guys on the run 1.. 2.. 3.. 4...
From their tower, they can see it all
You can rest knowing they got your back
'Cuz when the world needs heroes on patrol
Teen Titans GO!
Never met a villain that they liked
They never stop 'till the job gets done
'Cuz when the world is losin' all control
Teen Titans GO!
When there's evil on the attack
With their superpowers they unite
They've got the bad guys on the run
1.. 2.. 3.. 4...