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Jun. 12th, 2010 | 02:06 pm
mood: tiredtired

The Raven/Robin Project


Raven/Robin, RaeRob

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

Episode 6 (Nevermore) – Robin's first lines to Raven.

The Quotes:
Robin: Raven, stop!
Robin: Hey Raven. Want breakfast?
Robin: Raven, are you okay? We stopped by your room and the door's been knocked down.
Robin: She [Raven] said she wanted to be alone.

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Surprisingly, it had been Beast Boy who had brought it to his attention first. Unsurprisingly, it was un-intentional, yet the realisation had still managed to shock him, despite its offhand delivery.

The Titans had been together for over five months, and Robin still had not talked to Raven.

Well, not exactly. He gave orders to her during battles. She was invited to all Titan outings. He smiled when she made droll remarks about the team – mostly Beast Boy – but within all that time, and outside of battles and planning, Robin had never really sat down and talked to Raven directly, or at her, or engaged in any other sort of verbal communication. Even thinking about it now, he felt bad. Especially thinking about it now.

In his head he liked to spin theories as to how this might have come about: he'd sensed a reflective darkness in her and avoided her, not wanting to bring up his own battered memories; he'd been absorbed in the starting process of the team, and had not had the time or thought to spare; he'd merely been respecting her privacy, just as she had been respectful of his; or (his personal favourite) even then, the two of them had resonated on such a level, where they hadn't needed spoken agreements, hadn't realised that in the time that flew by there had been nothing normal about their interaction.

Either way, Robin still felt guilty. And this was because there was probably a little bit of truth to all the reasons – even the less honourable ones.

So, though he cringed a bit with remembrance, he'd decided to step up and make an effort to, if not get to know, then at least talk with her. Wasn't it his duty as a leader to make sure that she didn't feel slighted, and instead felt welcomed onto the team?

Robin didn't chafe at this duty though, because, although he may not have talked to her, he still saw a lot. He saw how, even with the gamestation on, even when the others were yelling or talking or playing, even with the promise of her own private room to return to; she read her books within the open space of the common room. He noticed that she always had a witty rejoinder ready for any outbursts or mishaps: he could remember when she would have made no comment at all. He knew that Raven was present for every rooftop tournament, midday pizza run, and every team outing even if she never participated and seemed to have better things to do with her time.

And even though her efforts didn't have the same significance then as they did once he did get to know her, he could still appreciate that she was a loner, and these were her compromises.

Of course, there are other things he knows.

He knows that when you have a darker life, when you have to fight not only on the outside, but on the inside as well, and when you are spiralling down that tunnel without something to cling to–

Well, sometimes you need those associations, the attachments, in order to draw you back from the razor edge. And as Robin had made it a point not to snoop and question his team about their pasts, he hadn't realised that this was what Raven had been doing until it was too late.

Robin remembers the thoughts in his head as the sheet of adrenalin and dread settled over him when Raven changed that night. There were speculations as to their legal responsibilities, and the ramifications of Raven's attack on Dr. Light if he should die, and the problems that would arise with the media. There were plans on how to disable her, on which attack pattern and which vantage point would be best to use, if she were unable to transform back. There were feelings of shock and confusion, and panic and fear as he watched her rise up over the prostrate man.

And there were regrets. Why hadn't she told them to prepare for this? Why had Beast Boy's revelation come too late? Why had Robin himself waited so long to talk to her? Why hadn't he had realised a little bit sooner? If he'd tried to know Raven, then maybe he would be familiar enough to help reach through whatever it was that changed her. If the others were closer, were not just coming out of their shock, were not about to watch their team mate commit a felony…

But Robin was the closest to her, and the fastest to react, so he did the first thing that came to mind.

He called out, and hoped that his voice would reach her.

He remembers his surprise when it did.


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For those who are curious:


I posted this a little early, to make up for the last which was posted a little late.

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from: moonrise
date: Jun. 14th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)

Oh this is good.. I wasnt expecting where it was heading and that was just perfect.

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from: the_agent_x
date: Jun. 15th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)

Thankyou. I always find it intimidating to do Robin, because he's meant to be smart, but in a technical way (which I definitely am not).

So I try to use lists and theories and calculations for his thoughts. He remembers speific events rather than general outlines of behaviour.

I also attempted to make him less eloquent because I don't think he'd apply the sort of lyrical prose I imagine Raven thinking with. Hopefully this will help to differentiate the chapters somewhat.

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from: moonrise
date: Jun. 15th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)

I think you did a great job. Robin is the type to analyze, reanalyze and then overreanalyze everything over and over until he understood things inside and out. Then he would get upset with himself if he found something he couldnt understand. Ive always believed that he and Raven would work as well because she is so complex that his mind would have trouble wrapping itself entirely around her and would become so much more absorbed and obsessed with her. Raven is scared of emotions in general and I just see her as being the type that would shy from too much attention, but if it was only one person it would be fine, which is why I wouldnt see her getting sick of Robin.

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Re: Все отлично сделано!

from: the_agent_x
date: Jun. 12th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)

Спасибо. Я надеюсь, что вы как и все остальные.

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