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The team have grown up and gone their separate ways. When we left them, Crystal and Robin had already left the team and the rest of the Titans disbanded two years afterwards. Crystal and Robin are still together and now live in Metropolis. Crystal works as a counsellor at a brand new meta-human youth centre set up by Timothy Drake and Robin - now commonly known as Dick Grayson- is a gymnast instructor at the same centre. The two are engaged to be married and life for them has been very calm since they left the Titans five years ago. Occasionally Dick will don his mask as Nightwing, to lend the Justice League a hand off-planet when required- which isn’t a lot.

Starfire and Alaric are also still together but have broken up and gotten back together a few times. Starfire is fully adjusted to Earth life and her accent is now that of an American. The pair moved from Jump City to Gotham, keeping up their superhero double lives. Starfire goes by the name of Kori Anders by day and works in an office run by Bruce Wayne. Alaric now goes by Rick Harris and works as a CSI at GCPD.

Cyborg is the only Titan who remained in Jump City after the team disbanded. His relationship with Naomi didn’t last the long distance and they ended it after two years. All is well however, as the pair are still great friends and Naomi doesn’t mind that Cyborg - known more commonly as Victor Stone- is dating Karen Beecher aka Bumble-Bee. Victor works at a tech lab also run by Timothy Drake.

Raven and Beast Boy finally sorted themselves out and got together. Five years later, they are married with three year old twins - a girl and a boy- called Aria and Spencer. The family live in Star City. Raven - who now goes by Rachel - works as a librarian part time and Beast Boy - now Garfield - works as a chef in a vegetarian restaurant. By this point, meta humans are a known occurrence and no one questions Garfield’s skin colour. Luckily for his twins, they were graced with their mothers skin tone.

Titans East also disbanded about a year after the Titans. Kid Flash and Speedy also live in Star City and go by their real identities - Wally West and Roy Harper. Aqualad went back to Atlantis but visits every now and then. Mas y Menos live in Steel City and go by the names of Enrique (Mas) and Pedro (Menos). They now can speak fluent English but still tend to talk in Spanish to each other. Bumble-Bee lives with Victor in Jump City.

The team still stay in touch and meet up every few months when their schedules allow. Each get-together happens in alternating cities so it’s easy and fair. Titans East also join for these meets when they can.

And so we join our friends at one of these get-togethers, back in Jump City.


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It’s Friday night in mid-June, and our friends are enjoying their catch-up. They’ve progressed from pizzas and have now moved on to more sophisticated Italian food and are old enough to drink wine as well. Our team are in their early twenties, and all know each other’s identities. Since everyone lives in different cities, this is the first time in over a year that they’ve all been back to Jump City. Garfield and Rachel arranged for a babysitter for the twins so they could finally see their friends.

Garfield: Since becoming a dad, he’s become calmer as a person, much to the relief of everyone. It’s so good to see you guys again!
Victor: absolutely! Can we all agree now that we won’t leave it as long next time?
Dick: He smiles and looks at Crystal, who is getting something out her bag. Well, I’m glad you said that. Because we have something for you guys. Crystal smiles as she pulls out a plastic wallet full of wedding invitations which she then passes to each respective person. We hope you guys will be able to make it.

The date is set for the coming October. Kori squeals with excitement and gets up to hug her friends.
Kori: Yes! Of course we’ll make it!
Crystal: Good, because I’d be pretty disappointed if you didn’t come since you guys are the only people we’re inviting - apart from my parents and brother of course.

She smiles as everyone starts saying they’ll be absolutely coming and of course they weren’t going to miss it. Suddenly, out of nowhere, there’s an explosion from across the street from the restaurant. The electricity goes out and there’s dust and debris falling from the ceiling. The natural instincts of the team are back as if they never left. People are screaming as another explosion happens and that’s when the team move to get people out.



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( Nice start to the plot! :'D Sorry for the delay :'( Been so busy! Thanks for the membership btw!)

Raven and Beast Boy look at each other with serious looks on their faces. Raven nods and teleports off while Beast Boy helps his former comrades in getting the citizens out safely. People are screaming and running around, panicked, as they all try to make for the exits in the building.

Garfield: We need to calm people down so we can get them out safely!
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Dick and Crystal are by an exit, helping people to safety. None of them have their superhero disguises on but no one cares for that now. As they get the last of their side out, another bomb goes off which throws the pair plus the last stragglers back into the building they just left.
On the other side of the restaurant, Kori and Victor are attempting to get the kitchen staff out. The shock of the bomb that hit Dick and Crys shakes the kitchen and things start to fall around everyone.


Kori: Victor.. I don’t think there’s a safe way of getting them out.
Victor: There must be- Jump City should have precautions set in from the Titans days.
Kori: Maybe they turned them off? After all, the Titans have been gone a long time and nothing major has happened like this since then...

As they both make this realisation, the lights start to fall from the ceiling. Kori jumps out the way, pulling a couple of chefs with her.

Rick and Garfield are stuck in the main hall where there’s still a lot of people stuck. The blasts have now collapsed both of the exits meaning they weren’t moving anytime soon. Rick is trying to keep a group of people calm on one side while Garfield attempts the same on the other. Panic has truly set in and neither of them are getting anywhere.

Dick wakes up, groggy from the blast. As he moved slightly, he can hear the stragglers start to move and moan in pain. The only person he can’t hear is Crystal. He manages to get up and finds that she was under him. She’s still unconscious, her head bleeding. Suddenly Dick has a million flashbacks to their Titan days where Crystal was hurt like this.


Dick: Crys!

As he calls her name, other citizens immediately climb up to him to help. Her leg is trapped under some bricks but as she hears Dick calling her, she slowly starts to come around. With the help of fellow citizens, Dick gets all the bricks off of her and scoops her up in his arms so they can get back to the ground.
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Garfield looks around him and all of the screaming citizens and transforms into a Rhino to try to move the rubble from the exit. Just as he starts pushing a chuck of ceiling collapses but before it could hit him and other citizens raven has appeared from the ground and stopped the oncoming debris, which she throws safely elsewhere.

Garfield: *back as himself* Are the kids ok?
Rachel: Yeah they're fast asleep. I told the babysitter we might be back a bit later...

Rick: Uh...guys...

The roof of the building starts lifting off sending rubble everywhere, revealing a cloaked figure, their face hidden by a hood. Rick leads the scared citizens into the back of the main room where they take as much cover as they can.
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Dick has also seen what’s happening to the restaurant, and he starts to motion for the citizens to run. Crystal comes round and looks up at the roof. She mutters something and Dick puts her down, knowing she’ll tell him to do so anyway. Crystal is struggling to see as there’s a cut above her eye which is bleeding and trickling blood down her face. The eye she can see out of turns yellow as she looks at the hooded figure.

Crystal: What do we do? Most of us haven’t used our abilities in a while.
Dick: This is our city, we’ll protect by whatever means we have.

The hooded figure throws the roof in the air and it lands in the sea nearby, much to the relief of everyone.

Hooded figure: I want the heir.
To everyone around, it sounds like the figure has demanded the air they breathe.

Rick: calling up to the figure Uh, I don’t think so mate.
Figure: I want the heir. Now.

The citizens outside with Dick and Crystal who have remained to try and help, can hear what’s happening. Crystal looks at Dick.

Crystal: who understands what the figure is actually saying. Sound familiar?
Dick: Too familiar. I’m going lose it if they try to take you or anyone else.
Crystal: No ones taking anyone or anything anywhere, you hear? She yells up at the figure. Can’t you see what damage you’ve caused?

The figure looks down and suddenly is in front of Crystal and Dick.

Figure: I. Want. The. Heir.
Dick: Heir to what?
Figure: The demon world.

Unbeknownst to everyone, including Rachel and Garfield, it’s three year old Aria Logan the figure is after. As the first-born twin to Rachel, she is now the heir to Trigons ruling. The figure has found its way to Jump City, feeling he presence of the twins in Rachel. The figure doesn’t know which twin he’s looking for and will quite easily take them both if given half a chance.

Figure: I will find the heir.
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Without hesitation Rachel flies towards the hooded figure. She takes a deep breath...

Rachel: Azarath, Metrion, Zinthos! she picks up nearby by cars to fling them towards the figure but he instantly cuts each of the cars in half, he suddenly appears in front her and send her flying into a building opposite

Garfield: Rachel! he turns into a T-Rex when suddenly his phone starts ringing. He quickly changes back as Kori and Victor help to take down the hooded figure. He looks at his phone and notices the babysitters name pop up on the screen.
*answering the phone* Hello?
Babysitter: Garfield?! *panic is in her voice* Garfield! It's Aria! She's-

The phone goes dead. Garfield stares at the phone in disbelief and turns to face the Titans. The figure is incredibly strong and fast as it teleports to take out each of the Titans as they each get back up to fight. Suddenly remembering Rachel he turns into a hawk and flies over to her. Rachel, standing up, a bit unsteady on her feet leans against Garfield as he turns back into himself

Rachel: *looking at Garfield* It's been a while since I've had to use my powers...
Garfield: Rachel, the babysitter called...The there's something wrong with the twins...
Rachel: What?! *she tries to stand up but is still hurt from the attack and winces in pain*

Hooded Figure: Give me the HEIR! *as the demon shouts and black portal appears just behind him and a blast knocks him to the ground. Two people step out of the portal, a boy and a girl who look no older than 15 the two look over to Garfield and Rachel*

Girl: *grinning from ear to ear* Hi mom! Hi dad! *she waves*
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Dick and Crystal make their way over to where Rachel and Garfield are, trying to understand what is happening. Dick still has to guide his fiancé carefully. The two teens stand in front of Rachel and Garfield, who are still trying to work out what is happening.

Meanwhile, Kori, Victor and the kitchen staff have managed to get out with very few casualties and slowly the two make their way to the others so not to distract any of the new people. The figure starts to get up, almost robotically.


Figure: I. NEED. THE. HEIR.

Crystal: Will you shut up for five minutes? She throws an orb at the figure and it collapses again. She looks at Rachel, who looks very confused and then at the teens in front of them. Who're you two exactly?
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The girl flies over to Rachel and Garfield and hugs them both. The boy kneels down beside the demon who is unconscious at the moment.

Girl: noticing the confused look on Rachel and Garfield's faces It's me, Aria! she smiles

Taking a closer look at the girl they both realise it's their kids, all grown up, from the future.

Garfield: What are you guys doing here?
Spenser: now standing up We came back to help you guys. Something bad happens around this point in the past and we came here to prevent it. It involves Aria and her....He points at Crystal with a menacing stare...
Aria: C'mon Spence lighten up would ya?
Spencer: Not everything is joke Aria! Can you take this a little more seriously?!

The two start arguing, while everyone is unaware the demon teleports through the ground...
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Crystal frowns, as does Dick.

Dick: I’m not doing this again, man.
Spencer: Yeah well, I didn’t want this for my sister but I have to suck it up. So should you.
Dick: I swear to god, Rach, I will hit him.

Rachel: Spencer. In a polite calm manner, can you please explain what is happening?

Meanwhile, Rick has finally joined them, having been helping injured citizens to ambulances. He takes in the scene and sighs.

Rick: Okay, I know we’re having a reunion and everything, but did we really need to do the whole end-of-the-world-Titan-stuff as well? I didn’t sign up for that when I booked our tickets here.

Aria: Sorry, Uncle Rick. Me -and by me, I mean little me, and Aunt Cryssie are apparently in ten tonnes of danger.
Crystal: I’m so over this.

Rachel is still looking at Spencer for an explanation.
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Aria: *with her hands on her hips* I knew coming back here would be a bad idea... she scowls at her brother
Spencer: *takes a deep breathe in* Ok. Trigon. He knows of our existence. If only I had Aria's powers I could-
Aria: Oh what? You could single handedly take down Satan himself?!
Spencer: You don't take things seriously-

Rachel: *has had enough of their arguing and is getting more and more impatient* ENOUGH!

They both fall silent as everyone looks at her

Rachel: *glaring at them both* I saw a future of something else happening...I didn't see you guys coming here to the past. And why is Crystal in danger? I just...I just want you all to be safe...*tears start streaming from her eyes as Garfield comforts her*
Garfield: *in a very serious tone* You guys had better do some explaining.

As they both look sheepish they both realise that arguing is getting them no where.

Victor: Why don't we go somewhere more comfortable...

Later that evening the gang is all back at the Titan Tower. Furniture is covered in sheets but everything else has remained the same. As everyone is looking around the living room quarters Victor pulls of the sheet from the couch.

Victor: I couldn't just leave this place. So I kept it. Paid for the bills and everything to keep this place runnin'.
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Crystal lets out a sigh of exasperation and flops onto one of the couches. Dick sits next to her and comforts her, knowing how frustrated she must be with everything. Five years, and nothing had changed when they came back to Jump City.

Crystal: Nothing has changed.
Dick: Hey now, we got through it before, we can do it again. Don’t you worry.
Aria: Sorry Aunt Cryssie. She shoots a glare at Spencer who scowls. I swear to Azarath, Spencer if you don’t apologise to Aunt Crystal I will hurt you so bad.
Spencer: Why? It’s not like she’s been there for all of us. The second she had that baby, she didn’t care about us anymore.
Aria: That’s not true!
Rachel: Enough!

The room is silent as everyone processes what Spencer said.

Spencer: I’m not sorry.
Rachel: I said, enough Spencer.

Crystal: I would never not be in your lives, Spence. Clearly I’m apart of your lives somehow if Ari is still calling me Aunt Cryssie.

Rick: We still haven’t actually been told what the heck is happening and why Crystal is involved. She has no connection to the demon world- and trust me when I say we’ve exhausted every possible connection Crys might have.
Dick nods, agreeing with Rick. He remembers everything that the Titans had gone through to keep his love safe.

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There's a long silence between everyone as tensions are running high.

Aria: *breaking the silence* The thing is Aunt Crystal, the baby you have isn't exactly Uncle Dick’s...*she keeps her head down as she can't bare to look at either of them in the eye* As soon as my parents found out that Trigon was after me and Spence, we all went into hiding for a while. *she looks up at her parents who are standing close to Spencer* You wouldn't of known he was going to go after Aunt Cryssie...Trigon uses her body as a vessel for another prodigy child in order to try and conquer the world...He starts mind controlling her and she helps him. He uses a human disguise for the time being while his powers aren't strong enough. In our future he has won...

Rachel can't believe what she's hearing. Her emotions start getting the better of her and things start floating and breaking just before Garfield grabs her shoulders and turns her to face him.

Garfield: Rach! Rachel, look at me! Now is not the time to lose your cool! *staring into her teary eyes* I'm sure we'll figure something out. None of that has happened yet...*the flying things drop to the ground as Rachel gathers her composure*
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Dick tightens his grip on Crystals hands, to stop her from having a meltdown as well. Crystal is shaking, horrified at the thought of having a child whose father wasn’t Dick. Aria slowly looks at her favourite aunt and uncle, clearly distressed about the news she’s just had to give them.

Aria: I’m so sorry...
Dick: No.. it’s not your fault.
Spencer: Well, of course it’s not her fault.
Garfield: Don’t start, Spencer.
Kori: There must be something we can do? We can’t just let this happen.
Dick: I want to know how this is possible. Trigon is supposed to be dead. I won’t let Crystal be subjected to anything like that.

Crystal is silent the entire time. As everyone starts talking at once, trying to come up with ideas, her shaking gets worse. Dick tried to keep her calm, and it works for a while. Rick looks at how Dick still has an undying love for her and feels a small pang of jealousy. He’d always wanted something like what they had but Kori wasn’t like Crystal. Sure, Crystal was independent and stubborn but Kori was more so now she’d settled into her American life.
Spencer also looks at how Dick comforts Crystal and scowls at the pang of guilt he feels for shouting at her earlier.


Dick: He looks at Rachel. How is your father still alive?
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Raven: *looking at Dick and Crystal with sadness in her eyes* I - I don't know...I haven't felt the presence of my father in over a decade. If anything is going on right now I've got to go into the demonic realm.
Kori: *walking over to comfort Rachel, she places her hand on her shoulder* You're right, we should take action. We're here to help in anyway possible *she smiles*
Rachel: *smiling back, still with a worried look on her face* Thanks. Thank you everyone. *closing her eyes she sighs heavily* I'll go to Azarath first and see if Arella knows anything. *she looks towards her kids* You guys wanna meet your grandma?

Aria grins from ear to ear while Spencer scowls, his arms crossed, looking annoyed. Rachel stands up and walks into her old room a few moments later is wearing her old attire.

Rachel: I can't believe this still fits...*lifting up the cloak with one arm*
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Crystal still is unable to say anything and Dick is both confused and angry. He’d worked so hard to protect Crystal from anyone or anything that could harm Crystal and being told that Trigon just takes her away from him... It made him so mad.

Rick: I have a question.
Aria: Shoot.
Rick: If you, Aria, are the heir and you know this now, why would Trigon need Crystal in the past? I mean, as an ex-time traveller, the reason you guys go into hiding in this time period is because you’ve come from the future to warn us. Which means you’ve already changed the path of time because obviously we aren’t going to let Crys have a demon child and now your mom knows that he’s alive.

Aria: Huh. That’s a good point. Maybe just by being here, everything will be fine when we go back? She looks at Spencer for a nod.
Spencer: Maybe.
Victor: Bloody timetravellers. He mutters, answering a text from Karen.

Rachel: I’ll still go to Azarath. I don’t know how your time essences will react to the journey there, Aria. Perhaps it’s best if you stay here at the Tower. When this is over, I’ll take the little ones to see it.

Aria huffs, not used to not getting what she wanted. Rachel utters her incantation and disappears, leaving everyone else behind. Spencer looks over to Garfield.

Spencer: So now what? We just wait for mom to come back?
Kori: I guess so.
Spencer: Well that’s not good enough.
Garfield: Spencer.
Spencer: What? Why should Mom be the only one doing something?
Rick: She’s the only one who can go to Azarath.
Spencer: Why can’t we go? Why would our time essences make a difference?
Aria: Stop now, Spence. Enough.
Spencer: No! I won’t! No one else is doing anything!
Dick: Okay, Spencer. What do you suggest we do? Given everything that we know, and given that all of us have not used our abilities for three years?
Crystal: whispering to Dick. Be nice please... We’re all stressed please just be nice. We love them still.
Dick: looking at Crys as she finally spoke. He’s been horrid to you since he got here, and you want me to be nice to him?
Spencer: I’m just speaking the truth, Uncle Dick.
Garfield: Spencer.
Aria: We’ve done what we came to do. Which was to warn you. Obviously we weren’t going to let little us get taken and we absolutely were not going to let Aunt Cryssie be taken either. We’ve seen what that does to Uncle Dick and we- She looks at Spencer - more I, wasn’t going to let you go through that.
Dick: What happens?
Victor: Man, are you sure you want to know?
Dick: No, but I want to know anyway.
Victor: Dick, seriously...
Dick: Vic, it’s fine. I wanna know.

Aria looks at Spencer, questioning. Spencer sighs and nods, giving her permission to tell Dick what he wants to know.

Aria: She takes a deep breath before talking. Okay... You completely lose it. And I get why. Aunt Cryssie is the only woman you’d ever want to be with and have a family with and my stupid, selfish, power hungry grandfather took it all from you. You start tracking them down, and when you find them... She pauses, unsure if she can continue. It breaks her fragile teen heart to think about what happens in her time period.
Spencer: He takes over the story for Aria. Aunt Crystal isn’t the same. Trigon brainwashed her so much that she didn’t even remember you or your life together before. By then, she’s already at least... He pauses to try and get his facts straight. At least six or seven months pregnant. Even after you get her back and all the memories, the damage is irreversible. Even your bond crumbled. And she left...

Crystal listens, absolutely horrified. Her breathing becomes a lot faster. Dick recognises this as one of her panic/anxiety attacks and quickly envelopes her in a reassuring hug, whispering to her to help her calm down.

Rick: I think... I think that’s enough storytelling for today, guys.

Kori, Victor and Rick have all been silent through it all, trying to process everything. Rick still feels a small thing for Crystal and seeing her in pieces, when her life had been so good for five years, broke him in ways he didn’t realise were possible. Kori, like Rick, still feels something for Dick and for her, hearing how he loses the only person who made him truly happy, broke her heart. Victor, having loved every single member like a sibling, couldn’t bear to hear anymore. He couldn’t believe that one demon- a demon they had defeated before - breaks the whole group apart. It infuriated him.

Aria: She wipes her eyes to stop her tears falling. Do... Do you think we should go?
Kori: She finally speaks for the first time in a while. No. You should stay. At least until your mom gets back and tells us what she finds out.

To ease the room, Victor pulls out the old games console.

Victor: We could be here a while. Ari, wanna game?

Aria’s face lights up and goes to play with Victor. Dick helps Crys to his old room, while the others crowd round the tv to watch Ari and Vic. In Dick’s room, the pair sit on the floor. Crystal’s breathing has improved and Dick feels a rush of relief.


Dick: Crys, everything will be okay. I won’t let anything happen to you.
Crystal: She looks at him, her eyes red and sore from crying and panicking. Her irises are violet, a colour Dick hadn’t seen for a very long time. I know... I’m just so scared. I thought we left that behind us. All the kidnapping and the brainwashing and—

She’s cut off by Dicks lips meeting hers, as he stops her words with a passionate kiss.

Dick: He pulls away very slightly to whisper to her. I know, baby girl, I know. But we’re still here. Still strong together. Now we know what’s meant to happen, we can stop it from happening. And have our own family. We’ll get our life back, Cryssie. I promise.
Crystal: Don’t make promises you might not be able to keep, Dick...


// hi hello I have slightly gone overboard as I got hit by inspo. Maybe you’ll have something for Rach to find in Azarath. //


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