Hollow Rising

Chapter 8

Ichigo let out a whistle as he took in the Titan Tower. Last time he was there he didn't have much time to see how their technology stacked up. Needless to say he was thoroughly impressed. It easily rivaled or was better then their setup. He might need to have a conversation with Blood if they were going to have to deal with the Titan's technology in the future.

"Ichigo!"

For the first time all night the orange haired teen let a smile grace his face under his mask. Cheshire, Mammoth, and Gizmo greeted him as soon as he entered the Titan Tower's living room.

One glaring absence was Jinx. "How is she?" Ichigo asked.

To his surprise it wasn't one of his own that answered the question. Instead it was the Titan's leader Robin.

"She is stable. There were some serious injuries but it has been taken care of, thanks to Starfire. Though in stable condition she still needs rest and I would not recommend moving her yet."

Ichigo may have been a thief but he still had his own personal sense of honor. If you saved one of his friends you had his gratitude.

"What!? No way we're leaving her here with you assholes! What let her heal and then take her to the cops? I don't think so!" Gizmo screamed.

Before he could continue his rant Ichigo cut him off. "That's enough Gizmo."

The short teenager tried to plead his case but was once again waved off by Ichigo. Ichigo then turned to Starfire and to the Titan's shock he bowed to her. "You have my thanks."

"I'm not going to risk Jinx's health by moving her to soon. She stays."

Robin nodded. "Well now that is taken care of, you and your team can go now."

"On one condition. She stays, we stay."

Cyborg finally put his two cents in. "Wait we're letting these Hive guys stay? In our home?"

"It seems we have no choice…" spoke Raven.

Starfire's eyes widened in excitement. "Is this the sleepover I've heard about?"

"Not exactly." Muttered Beast Boy.

Ichigo watched as the Titans huddled up in the corner of the room.

"Dude we cannot let these guys stay here. What if they are up to something?" Cyborg growled.

"I do not think they will try anything. They seem genuinely worried for their comrade." Starfire replied.

Beast Boy smirked. "Well I am sure with Raven here we'll be just fine."

The dark titan raised her brow. "What's that supposed to mean?"

"Well seeing how your prince charming is here I'm sure he won't harm us while you're here." The green teenage then made a swooning motion.

Dead silence. Cyborg and Robin began sweating as Raven's eyes grew dark. They both began backing away slowly. Starfire on the other hand stayed with a curious stare.

"What is this prince charming you speak of? And why does it concern our friend Raven?

Beast Boy gave her a toothy grin. "Oh you don't know then?"

Before he could continue Robin quickly grabbed the protesting Starfire and led her away.

"Robin I have not yet been told what prince charming is."

"Hey where you guys going," Beast Boy laughed. "I was just getting to the good part."

His smile quickly disappeared when he turned to see the now rising Raven in the air, both hands glowing with dark energy.

"I regret so much." Beast Boy sadly said.

"GAH!"

"Jesus!" Snapped Gizmo as he and the rest of the Hive group watched the green teenager get swatted like a fly by his own teammate and sent him flying to the other side of the room hitting the wall with a thud.

"Damn, she did that to her own teammate. Remind me not to piss her off." Cheshire said, while Gizmo nodded.

"So what happened with Slade?" Asked Mammoth.

All eyes from his group fell on him. He knew that question was coming. It was inevitable. Of course they want to know about the bastard who attempted to end their friend's life.

"Early retirement." Answered Ichigo.

Gizmo chuckled. "Well I always heard the weather in Florida is great."

Silence. Then laughter started coming from the entire Hive group. A full blown laughing party initiated causing the Titan's to look on confused..

Robin sighed. "Fine. You group gets to stay. But we will be keeping an eye out on you. Hope you understand."

Ichigo nodded in compliance.

"By the way. What happened with Slade?" Robin asked but was met with some snickers from the opposing group.

"He's gone."

Robin's eyes widened. "You mean Slade actually retreated?"

Ichigo chuckled. "Like his ass was on fire."

He couldn't tell the Titans the truth. Even if Slade was an enemy they would still freaked out if he told them he was dead.

Robin was shocked. If this guy can push Slade back he's not to be underestimated. He didn't know it but his teammates were thinking among the same lines.

Beast Boy finally peeled himself from the wall and decided make things less tense.

"Yo since you dudes are all staying why don't we got out and get something eat huh? I mean we aren't at each other's throats right now so why not get some pizza? I mean we haven't had anything to eat or a chance to calm down since you guys got here."

Ichigo could appreciate the gesture. "You guys go ahead. I'll stay and watch over Jinx."

Gizmo nodded as both groups began to walk away.

"We'll bring you some food back." Cheshire added.

"Raven you coming?" Asked Robin.

"No. I think I'll stay here and meditate ."

Beast Boy grinned and couldn't resist getting one last shot in. "Meditating huh? That what their calling it these days?"

He yelped as another energy wave shot after him.

Then they were left alone. Raven showed him what room Jinx was and left them to have some privacy.

Ichigo sat down beside the still sleeping Jinx and finally broke down.

"I am so sorry Jinx. I'm supposed to protect you. Supposed to protect everybody. I couldn't even do that."

Ichigo stopped himself before his voice began to crack. He had to compose himself before he continued so he just sat there for a few minutes.

He stood up and place his hand on top of Jinx's hand. "I promise that this will never happen again. I will put my life on it."

He slowly walked out of the room and never notice the smile that graced Jinx's face.

He closed the door to his comrade's room and lean up against it.

"You okay?"

Ichigo nearly jumped out of his skin. He turned to see Raven. "Uh yeah, I'm good now. Thanks for asking."

She nodded and made her way back to the living room with Ichigo in tow. She began her meditating again with Ichigo watching.

"So why did you offer to help us in the first place?"

Raven met his stare.

"You were the one who offered to have Starfire help Jinx. Why?"

"Because I don't like seeing anyone hurt. But I guess there was another reason. When we first met…I felt something inside of you."

Ichigo nodded. He expected it. "I could say the same for you."

"Yeah but you could be a threat." She responded.

"Ouch. That one kind of stung. You think I would let my team get near me if I knew there was a chance of that getting out? Kind of feel insulted. Look you don't have to worry about that. It has been taken care of."

His tone had a sort of finality to it so she left it alone. Her meditation was interrupted once again when he spoke.

"So what's the deal with you and the green guy?"

Raven opened her eyes. "He can be….frustrating sometimes. And it seems like I am always the target of his ignorance."

Ichigo remained silent but internally smirked. "You know some would call that sexual tension."

Raven's eyes snapped open and she began to visibly twitch.

"What did you just say?"

That wasn't the response he had expected but the one he did came soon afterwards.

He felt the familiar attack coming and he dodged it just in time and watch the sofa get launched through the air.

"Holy shit! She's actually trying to hurt me."

He couldn't continue as another wave flew right beside his head, and crashed into the wall. Ichigo quickly found he had made a grave mistake. She was tearing the place apart with her powers. And for what? A stupid joke?

"It was just a joke!" Ichigo snarled as he caught both Raven's wrists. It was exactly the same position they were in when they first fought.

Ichigo was immediately put on guard when he saw a faint smile appear on Raven's face.

"What is she planning?"

He was answered when she began to rise in the air bringing him with her.

"I don't think so!" Ichigo yelled as he pulled her down with all his strength. They both landed with a oomph on the ground, neither noticing the position that they were in.

Ichigo flat on his back with Raven straddling his waist, both breathing heavily.

"Calmed down yet?"

"I'm getting there…" Raven answered.

"Yo! We're back! Brought…you…guys…some…food."

Both Ichigo and Raven's eyes widened as their heads snapped towards the entrance way. Standing there, were both their groups, all slack jawed.

Only then did Ichigo realize the situation. The Titan's HQ was a mess. Furniture thrown all over the place and others items were scattered as well. Raven on top of him, both out of breath…this was not going to turn out well.

"It's not what it looks like!" They yelled collectively while jumping to their feet.

Too little, too late.

Beast Boy took in the scene. "I knew it…I told you guys didn't!"

Splat! Beast Boy once again went flying backwards.

Gizmo with a perverted grin pulled Mammoth aside. "Look at this place man. All torn apart. Look at them! All breathing heavy. I always though she was a freak but damn."

"Mind saying that again."

Gizmo froze and looked up behind him to see Ichigo staring at him. Mammoth took one giant sidestep and left Gizmo to fend for himself.

"I'm alright guys…nothings broken. No thanks to Raven." Said Beast Boy appearing once again but froze when he saw an airborne Gizmo rocketing toward him.

"I can't catch a break." A dejected Beast Boy said as Gizmo collided with him shooting them back out of the living room.

"Um guys?"

Everybody turned to see Jinx finally awake.

"Jinx!"

"You're awake!"

"Do you know how worried we were?!"

Jinx blushed out of embarrassment from all the concern her teammates were showing her. "Sorry, didn't mean to worry you guys, I don't remember much when the building came down. By the way, what of Slade?"

That garnered a reaction from her comrades. A mixture of anger and disgust would be accurate.

"Don't worry about him. Ichigo took care of it." Responded Cheshire.

Under his mask Ichigo smiled as he watched his teammates greet and interact with their Pink-haired comrade. Before long the Titans also made their way to her leaving Ichigo to by himself.

"Are you okay? You were quite injured when we brought you here."

Jinx turned to Starfire and nodded. "Due to our conflict, it might not mean much to you all, but thank you."

Robin dismissed it with a wave of his hand. "Don't worry about it. I'm sure in no time, we'll all be at each other's throats."

"Damn straight." Gizmo replied.

Both groups laughed at the bluntness of Gizmo. Jinx made her way through the crowd and walked up to her leader.

"It's good to see you up and around Jinx. You gave me…gave us quite a scare."

She didn't reply, instead wrapped her arms around Ichigo, much to the masked teen's shock.

"Thank you Ichigo. Thank you for everything." She whispered.

He gently smiled, and wrapped his arms around her and returned the hug. And for once in a long time, everything was perfect for Ichigo.

Been a while. How you cats been? Sorry that It's taken me this long to update but School has been the main priority. But I am happy to say that I will be updating normally again. I want to thank everyone who has stayed with this story it means a lot to me.

The next chapter will really pick up the action with Gotham making a return with some of its unsavory characters making their first appearance…Why so serious?

Stay safe everybody

-BH