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May. 31st, 2010 | 05:15 pm
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The Raven/Robin Project


Raven/Robin, RaeRob

A drabbles series of every RaeRob moment I could find in the show.

Episode 1 (Divide and Conquer) - Robin flashbombs Raven.

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From the moment she joined the team, they knew she was different. They knew she was strange. But it was okay, they were all strange, and back then they were all strangers too.

Three months of living together had done little to demolish these feelings. Although Raven got along with the Titans (with occasional exceptions), she still did not understand enough about them. Being strange meant they all had secrets to hide, and they all still had trouble fitting in.

At this point the other Titans were comfortable sharing jokes, sharing space and keeping peace. And yet, a pall had fallen over the team. Sure, they got along fine but eventually the niceties became disconcerting. The staid politeness, the conscious distance, had everyone walking on eggshells.

In this way, she had found Robin and Cyborg's first fight to be an improvement of sorts. Like the first rain drop to break the heat, it constituted marked progress for the team. Living together for several months keeping civil and unwilling to set boundaries; of course the tension had been building.

When the masks cracked she felt she could breathe a breath of ease. She had perhaps been less than eloquent in her expression of this sentiment (Raven roughly recalled calling them both "idiots"), but back then she was still new to being a team member, new to being a hero and new to being a 'friend'.

She was also, perhaps – just a tiny bit – irritable for having been nearly blinded by Robin's misplaced flashbomb. Though, she felt that the effects were more or less her own fault.

Having distanced herself in her own way, Raven still knew very little about her fellow Titans. Arrogantly (though her lack of social understanding made it more… misguided) she had assumed she had Beast Boy down pat. He was irritating, liked talking and had an obsession with smiling which he tried to push onto others. She was fine working with him, but also content to keep him as no more than an acknowledged colleague or ally. Raven knew now that she judged him unfairly.

Starfire she found just as simple, and contrarily, more complicated. Raven, who was also new to the planet at that point (though less vocal about it) learnt much from Starfire's questions and foibles, and due to this unknown aid was more inclined to judge the girl in a fairer light. Frankly, she had found her rather simple but less intrusive. Thus Raven found herself more willing to collaborate with Star in a fight, but not so eager to actively associate outside of one.

Cyborg she found to be curious and strange. Boisterous and intelligent, and a mix of many other parallels. As such, his character fascinated her, and although she didn't recognise it until later, these divisions meant she felt a certain kinship with the metal Titan. He was someone with whom she had (finally) felt on equal footing, and the fondness she developed for him back then never left her.

Robin. She could admit now; she had idolised him. At first. And like most of the others on the team. How could one not? He had welcomed her (and the others) without prejudice. He was controlled and competent. He held his own when he had nothing but his wits and determination to speak for him. Raven felt it was this (greatly subdued) admiration that led her, when the SonicBoom backfired, to retreat to Robin's side of the corridor.

Her mind rationalised that he was competent enough to control his fall. That he was good enough not to let the grenade slip. That he would be quick enough to avoid injuring a fellow Titan.

She was wrong.

And although her illusion of the Team Leader shattered just as thoroughly as her eyesight, Raven had made her own progress that day. Looking back on it now, she felt confident enough to pinpoint this moment, this childish argument, as the moment in time that allowed her to stop seeing her team mates as weapons and allies and assets. And instead, even if it was in a bad light at first, she started to value them as the imperfect people they were, and they became teenagers, Titans, and friends.

Though the 'friends' part didn't really come in for a while yet.

There was still a long way to go.


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from: dizy_chan
date: May. 31st, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)

I'm happy I stumbled onto this, because it was a great read! I love the way you're portraying Raven so far, and I hope you can continue with the drabble series. It seems a little daunting, but I'm definitely looking forward to more. :D

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from: neoxpuff
date: May. 31st, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)

This is fabulous! I love how you're writing Raven [especially since at the beginning of the series, she wasn't much of a character woosh]. I can't imagine how you would be able to turn any scenes from "The End" into a drabble but that's not important cuz I just wanna read s'more :D

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from: the_agent_x
date: Jun. 1st, 2010 08:41 am (UTC)

Thank you! It will be a long project, but I'm determined to finish it. Especially since there are so many unrecognised and under-appreciated moments that are in the series. As for the End trilogy, I have set some rules out for myself with regards to whole episodes that are rae/rob. I can post them up if you're interested in how the project works. I'm hoping for the relationship to culminate around that arc.

As for more, there definitely will be some. I'm already up to writing season two. I'm going to be posting the chapters I've done for season one once a week. So there'll be something up for you shortly.

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from: moonrise
date: Jun. 1st, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)

Wow.. this is going to be a fabulous project! I cant wait to see it as it develops!

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