Therapy Cruise

Blindfolds & Handcuffs Part 2

"Sup Robin?"

"Sup."

"Uh...dude is there a reason you're here or something?"

"Yeah, mind telling me why you went through my suitcase?"

"Your suitcase?" Beast Boy glanced behind him. "OOOh eh he he...that suitcase. It's yours? I just uh, and it just um, I was wondering who it belonged to."

"Sure." Robin grumbled pushing past Beast Boy. That's when he noticed it. His head immediately snapped back around in Beast Boy's direction. "Read anything interesting lately?"

Beast Boy shifted, chuckling. "Who me? Psssh no, dude, you know I don't read haha that's funny man you'r-"

"What did you read?"

"I told you nothing. Why, you got something to hide?" He raised an eyebrow, smirking.

"No."

"Then why do you sound so worried?"

"Just tell me you didn't read that stupid diary or did you?"

"Robin you keep a diary?" Beast Boy put a hand over his mouth, gasping in mock surprise. "Dude I'm seriously disappointed in you only chicks do that."

"Shut up Beast Boy you know it's not mine!"

"How am I supposed to know? I didn't read it. For all I know it could be Dracula's."

"Close enough." Robin grumbled, but not low enough that Beast Boy couldn't over hear. Slowly, a grin spread across his face.

"Okaay, fine, yeah I know it's Raven's. But what I wanna know is what you're doing with it? You know she's going to kill you when she finds out right?"

Ignoring him, Robin grabbed the diary off the ground and shoved it into his suitcase, zippering it shut.

"Beast Boy can you please just shut up."

"So now what? Beast Boy asked, grinning from ear to ear. Robin was going to need not only therapy, but medication and therapy after Raven was through with him and he planned on front row seats to death match.

Without saying a word Robin hoisted up his suitcase and prepared to head out when Beast Boy said, "You can't sneak it back into her room if that's your plan. She's in there. I know because that's where she always goes after I piss her off and I just pissed her off a few hours ago."

"And you know for sure she's still in there?" Robin snarled.

"Well..."

"Well what!"

"Well, I don't really know, but I do know that it usually takes her a couple of hours to get over whatever I did, so she spends her time in there meditating, and hell, probably throwing darts at a Beast Boy dart board.

Robin stifled a chuckle. "Alright, tell me then, how would you sneak it back into her room?"

Snorting and folding his arms, he replied, "Robin, Robin, Robin. I never thought I'd see the day when I'd be giving you advice."

"Can you just tell me how to get the damn thing back in her room without her finding out?"

Seeing the impatience in Robin's eyes Beast Boy laughed and scratched the back of his head. "Yeah sure dude, no problem, but first can you at least tell me why you have it in the first place?"

"I just do."

"That's not a real reason."

"BEAST BOY!"

"Fine! Fine! Look, I'll help you. It'll be easier for me since I can change into animals, plus, if you do it she'll be able to tell you were in there.

"And why wouldn't she be able to tell if you were in there?"

"Practice."

Raising an eyebrow, Robin agreed, but then asked, "Wait a second, what's your price?"

"Robin," Beast Boy smiled, "Seeing you sweat is payment enough."


A wrinkly slab of beef jerky laid out on a lawn chair soaking in the afternoon sun. She was an awfully liberal hunk of dried meat roasting in an orange tankini. She sighed, flipping onto her back and smoothing her silver strands against her pruney shoulders.

This job, she loved it. What about it could she not love? Spending a whole week as the Titans personal therapist finding out all their juicy secrets. It was a slice of red velvet served on a gold platter. They received so much public praise and were the talk of every tabloid, but she had to get her hands on them herself. The only problem was that there was no REAL danger around, a shame, really. Things would be so much more interesting if she ruffled their feathers a bit.

Flipping over onto one side, she sighed pleasurably, causing a couple of male guests who were chatting out by the pool, to grimace and steer themselves in the opposite direction.

A fabulous idea sprouted in her head, and she smiled, the corners of her mouth nearly touching her sagging lids.


"ooooOOOhhh Titans!"

"Oh no." Groaned Beast Boy and Robin who were lurking outside Raven's room.

"That was Lizzy."

"Gee ya think? I heard her." Robin grumbled.

"Titans! Meet me out at the pool. Calling all Titans!"

"I swear that woman has horrible timing. We didn't even get to put the diary back."

"I know, I know. Well look on the bright side."

"What bright side?" Robin snarled.

"It's your funeral not mine."

"I can fix that." Replied Robin, ribbing Beast Boy as he walked past him toward the pool. When they arrived they were surprised to see they were the last ones there. Even Raven beat them.

"Well look who decided to show up." Lizzy snorted, flicking a gray pigtail over her shoulder.

"I just want you all to know how much trouble I go through planning everything. The least you could do is show up ON TIME."

"But-"

"No, that's enough."

"Now listen, I realize the last session could have went better, but I think you'll really enjoy what I have planned today." Reaching inside her oversized faux gator skin purse Lizzy pulled out several pairs of handcuffs and blindsfolds. The strange items earned her a myriad of bizarre stares.

"Ummm, Lizzy, what are those for?" asked Robin.

"You'll see." She beamed. "Now let me see your wrist."

"Not until you tell me what you're doing."

"Hun', now why would I do that, that would ruin the mystery."

"Then I'm not doing it."

"You can't expect to get anything out of the sessions if you fight me. I'll just have to tack a fee onto your bill for wasting my time."

"Fine. That threat isn't going to work anymore. We can just go home early."

"REALLY!" The other Titans perked up.

"Yeah," snorted Robin.

Lizzy chuckled. "I don't think you'll want to do that. It would take you a while to get back to Jump City from here.

"Star and Raven can fly or Raven can transport us back." He scoffed.

Both girls nearly chocked on their tongues. "Umm... Robin," Raven mumbled.

"Robin, we cannot."

"Why not?"

Starfire was the one to speak first. "I am not able to fly the entire team back. I suppose I could just fly myself and bring back the Titan's plane, but I'm sure it would take a while and I am not the best with directions. And, it is Cyborg who is good with the working of the plane, not me."

Sighing, Robin's eyes shifted to Raven. "And what's your reason?"

"The first one's is the same as Starfire's. I'm not flying back with an entire team. I could fly back and get the plane, but I'm not getting lost in the middle of the ocean. And I'm not going to use my powers to transport everyone back. Transporting that many people at once will either put me in a coma for a week or one of us is likely to get lost in another dimension for who knows how long. My last reason is I think that you should suffer for what you got us into. You made us all come and now, as much as I hate this, I'd rather see you learn from your mistake. "

"Well that's just great. My team turns on me." Robin sulked.

"Don't get so emotio-"

"Stay out of this old lady!"

Lizzy stepped back, arching her brow. "You have some serious control issues hun', but I promise after this activity you'll feel a thousand times better."

"Whatever." Robin grumbled as she latched a handcuff to his wrist.

"You mean you're actually going through with it dude?" asked Beast Boy.

"Do I really have a choice? We're stuck with her for a week. Might as well get our money's worth."

"True," Beast Boy shrugged and then Lizzy latched a handcuff to his arm as well.

"Hey what gives lady!"

"Relax hun' relax."


"Um why am I handcuffed to Raven?"

Raven lifted the blindfold from around her eyes at the sound of her name. It was true, she and Beast Boy were attached by a pair of small silver cuffs tightened nearly to the point of circulation cut off.

"Is this some kind of sick joke because I don't find it funny." Raven snarled.

"No of course not."

"How comical." Giggled Starfire. She too was handcuffed and attached to the other end was Robin.

"You can't be serious." Groaned Robin, peeking out from under his blindfold.

Hearing the irritation in his voice, Starfire frowned. "Is it that you do not appreciate being attached to me or am I the pain in the ass to you?"

Robin was surprised to hear such language from Star, but at the same time, he couldn't hide his slight amusement. A faint smile graced his lips and he replied, "No Star, if I have to be attached to anyone I'm glad it's you."

"Aww how sweet!" Cyborg teased, earning a glare from Robin. "I have to wonder though, who did you stick me with? There's only 5 of us." He lifted his blindfold discovering it was one of the aqua doubles that Lizzy had hooked him to. "WHAT THE HELL!"

"Lizzy tell Dave I want extra for this. This wasn't in my job description." Phil grumbled.

"Fine." She quickly dismissed him, turning her attention back toward the rest of the group. "The idea of today's session is trust. The blindfolded person will lead themselves and their partner safely through an obstacle course. Any questions before we get started?"

"Yeah, where's the obstacle course and why are we wearing handcuffs?" asked Robin.

Lizzy responded with a subtle smile. "The handcuffs make things interesting. As for the obstacle course, it's downstairs. Follow me."

She herded the group of teens and led them away from the pool area and into the dank and musty bilge where they had first witnessed her office. The sounds of their footsteps changed from choppy clicks to squishy squeaks as they landed on old and soggy boards. Raven was skeptical of the areas safety and what was worse was her temporary blindness. She figured they had already passed Lizzy's office and that where ever they were going was somewhere new because Lizzy's office was one of the first rooms below the stairway.

"Where are we going we've already passed your office?" asked Robin.

"It's a little further then my office doll, but not much don't worry."

"Whatever, but can you stop with the pet names."

"Sure thing Hun'".

Robin sulked as Starfire dragged him along the way. He couldn't see anything except gradual changes in light as they walked.

"I know you'll all love this activity. I've been wanting to try it out with a group of young people for a while now! Oh, but I have to warn you be careful not to tri-

"OW!" belted Raven, grabbing her toe and cursing under her breath, as the pain spread up her ankle and danced throughout her right knee.

"I tried to warn you dear, there's still a little construction going on in this area."

"If there's still construction going on are you sure it's okay for us to be down here?" Robin asked raising his eyebrows beneath the blindfold.

"Of course it's fine. I work down here don't I hun'?" She replied in a matter-a-fact manner. "Here we are." She stopped short causing the rest of the group to bump together in the congested walkway. "It's just through this door and down a few more flights of stairs?"

"There's another downstairs?" Beast Boy asked.

Lizzy ignored him and continued her descent from the doorway down the steps before she called up to them from the bottom of the stairwell. "It's a sort of subbilge for storage and what not. Watch your step dears."

"Yeah, because I'm totally capable of that with this blindfold covering my eyes." Grumbled Raven. She immediately inched in close to Beast Boy closing the gap between them, which caused Beast Boy to jump a little. Her shoulder rested against his as she struggled to follow his lead. As her foot neared the edge of the first step she reached out, grabbing for his arm, again he jumped, but soon relaxed. This was really… awkward and he knew Raven hated it. She didn't like physical contact at least she always acted that way, and with him that went double. It was just as awkward for him as it had to be for her, but even so, he couldn't deny the pulsing in his own limbs when her shoulder brushed his.

"Can we take off the blindfolds now?" asked Cyborg.

Lizzy took a moment to smooth the loose strands dangling in her face before she continued into the door at the base of the stairwell. The Titans followed the sound of her footsteps into a large muggy room.

"Have we sprung the leak?" Starfire complained, trying to assess the whereabouts of the ceiling drips.

Raven pulled her hood up and snuggled deeper into her cloak. Starfire was right, there was some kind of leak because she kept feeling drips about every three minutes.

"CAN WE TAKE OFF THE BLINDFOLDS." Raven growled.

….

"Lizzy?"

"Where'd she go Beast Boy?" asked Raven.

"Ummm I don't see her. It's so dark down here it's just as bad without the blindfold."

"Kids!" cried Lizzy

"Lizzy where are you? Are you alright?"

"I'm fine, but I just remembered I left some of my materials back in my office. I need to run back upstairs and get them before we get started it won't take long."

She navigated around some steel pipes and waterproofing sealant heading through the door and up stairwell. "Don't worry, I'll be right back."

"Why would we be worried?" asked Beast Boy, feeling confused.

"Probably because the roofs going to cave in on us. I keep getting drizzled with water every 3 minutes." Said Raven.

"Couldn't she have picked a better place than this? Electronics and water don't mix." Complained Cyborg.

"I think she figured an area still under construction would make a good obstacle course. It makes sense, but I hate that it's so dark down here." Said Robin.

"And wet, don't forget wet." Added Raven.

"I want a raise times ten for this." Grumbled Phil.

"It is not so bad." Said Starfire, "At least we are together and doing the hanging out."

"Bad is an understatement, and how long does it take to run upstairs?" Raven asked, scratching the skin under her blindfold. "That's it I'm taking this thing off."

Beast Boy snickered. "I was wondering how long you were going to keep it on. I'm surprised you didn't take it off as soon as she left. Man, how dumb can you be?"

She untied the blindfold and chucked it at Beast Boy's face. "I'd shut up if I were you. You're chained to me until that lady decides to let us go and you can't get away." She smiled wickedly.

"It was just a joke Rae don't be so sensitive we all know you're like the smartest person in the room."

"I don't know about that." Commented Robin, folding his arms.

Smirking, Raven replied, "Now you're just kissing my ass."

"I wasn't, but bend over and I'll see what I can do." Said Beast Boy, with a mischievous grin. She had to be blushing right now, he thought.

"If you two are done flirting-"

"WE WEREN'T FLIRTING!"

"Whatever," grumbled Robin. "As I was saying. If you two are done flirting, we should probably go find Lizzy. It's been about 15 minutes so far."

"Fine," replied Beast Boy, "But I don't know how this is going to work. I'm kinda, he glanced in Raven's direction, ya know, tied down."

"But you like it." Smirked Raven.

Surprised, Beast Boy and Robin both froze for a moment. Then Robin cleared his throat. "Um Raven can't you do something about the handcuffs."

"I'll see."

Closing her eyes she mumbled her mantra half expecting the room to blow up. With the way she had been feeling lately it wouldn't come as a shocker. But, Instead of something bad happening, nothing happened.

"Any day now Rae?"

"I'm working on it."

She tried again, but still nothing happened and she was beginning to wonder if she had become defective. Growling with frustration Beast Boy switched to the form of a bat, struggling to get the cuff off from around his neck. He flapped wildly about, screeching curses. He would have changed into a fly or an ant or something small, but the thought of being crushed by the cuff or something hidden in the dark, was unappealing.

"Beast Boy can you shut up I can't focus with your screeching."

He shifted back to human form, "Like it matters. You've been mumbling under your breath the last 3 minutes and nothing's happened."

"Cyborg can't you see in the dark."

"I have night vision in my right eye, but I have to power up and I'm not doing that under the leaky roof."

"Ugh," Robin began to pound his head against Starfire's shoulder. How many superheroes does it take to get something simple accomplished. If he wanted anything done right he'd have to do it himself. Come on Star we're gonna go find Lizzy and tell her we're done for the day. She nodded in agreement. The two scrambled around in the dark, bumping into foreign objects. Starfire scratched her knee against a metal pipe and then Robin hit his head on a mover's dolly.

"I hate this day." He grumbled, rubbing the back of his head.

"Robin that is the door we came out of behind you."

"I knew that."

"Then why did you no-"

"Star I'm trying to think can you be quiet for a moment."

"HMPH!"

Robin attempted to walk toward the door, but he wasn't going anywhere, in fact, his feet shifted backwards like he was doing the moonwalk. Becoming frustrated, he remembered he was attached to Starfire, and he turned around to glare at her. She wouldn't look at him, but instead, turned her head away pouting.

"I'm trying to get to the exit Star what are you doing?"

"I do not wish to follow a Chlorbag like you."

"Star…"

"No."

"Star do you not see I'm trying to help us all get out of this leaky basement."

"I see."

"Then why are you being so difficult."

"Robin it is not I who is being difficult, it is you."

"Be mad at me some other time Star right now I just want to go back to my room to forget about this trip."

Reluctantly Star turned toward him and allowed him to lead her to the door. Robin was too concerned with finding Lizzy and leaving that he didn't think to apologize.

"It's not opening! I can't believe this! It's not opening!"

"You think she locked us in dude?" Beast Boy's voice echoed from somewhere in the dark.

"Gee ya think." Responded Raven.

"Nobody asked you." He replied. "Why don't you go back to mumbling to yourself?"

Raven didn't respond. Instead, she pictured herself throwing him down a bottomless portal of no return. It was one small fantasy of hers that usually kept her from stooping to his level of childishness.

"Why so quiet Rae Rae? Can't think of anything to say?"

BAM!

"OW!" Beast Boy rubbed the back of his head. "What the heck!"

"I was stretching. Anyways Robin, it's obvious she locked us in here. She was the last near the door and now we're stuck down here in the dark under a leaky roof for who knows how long."

"That's it I'm calling Dave! I didn't sign up for this crap." Phil complained, reaching into his pocket.

"Man, you got a cell phone on you and you didn't say anything." Shrieked Cyborg.

"Well yeah, 30 minutes ago Lizzy said she'd be right back and now we're locked in."

He quickly dialed the number to Dave's office, but the person who answered wasn't Dave.

"Lizzy? Where's Dave and why did you leave us in the basement we're locked in."

"Phil?"

"Yeah."

"I'm so sorry hun' I ran back upstairs to find some paperwork and then I remembered the subbasement shuts down around 5pm. All the doors lock automatically and no one can get in or out until 6AM."

"You can't be serious." He gripped his head.

"I'm afraid so. It completely skipped my mind. Dave set it up as a security precaution when they caught one of the loaders stealing a few weeks ago."

"HOW COULD SOMETHING LIKE THAT SKIP YOUR MIND!"

"It's my age I suppose… my memory is just not as fresh as it used to be."

"So we're going to be stuck down here for 12 hours!"

"I'm afraid so…" She trailed off. "Can't someone come get us out? Doesn't Dave have a passcode or something?"

"Dave will be in an important business meeting for the rest of the evening. I am not supposed to interrupt him unless it's an emergency."

"WHAT THE HELL DO YOU CALL THIS!"

"I'm sorry."

Click. Buzzzzzzz. I'm sorry the number you have entered is not valid please hang up and try again. Buzzzzz. I'm sorry the number you have entered is not valid please hang up and try again.

"Damn." Grumbled Cyborg as Phil hung up. "I can't believe that old lady got us stuck down here for 12 hours."

"You're joking?" Robin chuckled, "Pleease tell me your joking Cyborg."

"No man, look at my face, do I look like I'm joking."

"UUUUUGGGGGHHHH!" Robin banged his head against Starfire's shoulder.

"Robin." Star raised her finger to speak.

"Not now Star I'm busy." He kept banging his head on her shoulder.

"But Rob-"

"Star we are stuck here for 12 hours I don't want a conversation right now."

"Fine." She turned away from him.

Beast Boy, who had plopped down on a freight box, nudged Raven who was leaning up against the same box with her eyes closed.

"Hey Rae."

"What?"

"I think Star was trying to say she could get the door open."

Raven opened one eye. That was a thought, if Star was strong enough to lift 2 semis she could probably bust open a steel door. Raven knew that she herself could phase through solid objects, but her powers were questionable right now. There was just two issues she had with Star busting through the door. One, the leaky roof, and two the area was still under construction. Getting crushed was not on her agenda and besides, suppose Dave sued the Titans for damage to his ship. He probably wouldn't win, but the negative publicity would be sure to tick Robin off not to mention give them absolutely no privacy for several weeks. It wasn't a good idea. They would just have to tough it out until morning.

"It's a bad idea."

"How come?" Beast Boy whined.

"Do the words leaky roof and still under construction mean anything to you?"

"You know I don't think about things like that."

"I know."

"Hey!"

"You said it first I was just agreeing with you." Raven deadpanned.

Beast Boy chuckled, smiling at Raven although she couldn't see it.

"Hey Rae Rae after we get out of this basement we could take another hot shower together."

She was silent.

"OWWW!"

"Beast Boy I didn't touch you."

"I know, I was just preparing myself."

Raven stifled a chuckle, but her smile was unmistakable, although Beast Boy couldn't see it.


"Is it morning yet?"

"Beast Boy it's been like an hour shut up!" Growled Cyborg.

"Shit I was just asking chrome dome."

"You're so mature when you cuss." Deadpanned Raven.

"Bite me."

"If you had something to bite I would."

Beast Boy's, Phil's, Robin's, and Cyborg's eyes widened.

"Dudes did she really just say that?"

Raven's eyes widened and she felt her face grow hot from embarrassment. Did I really just say that?

Amused, Beast Boy chuckled, "It's dark enough down here why don't you find out for yourself."

"Okay, I think we need to change the subject." Interrupted Cyborg.

"I'm for that." Robin added.

"Me too." Said Phil.

"So what can 6 people do in a dark basement for 12 hours? Not like we can bust out a card deck or order pizza."

"I think I might be able to use my eye as a flash light. It's pretty bright when I power up."

"I thought you were afraid of sparking an electrical fire."

"That was before we found out we'd be down here for 12 hours."

Robin shrugged. "Fine, just don't kill us."

Cyborg hit the switch on his arm and his battery went up to 85% power usage. Then it rose to 90, then to 95 %. Once it hit 98% his eye lit up like high beams on a rural road.

"AAAAAAAGH!" Phil shrieked as Cyborg's eye lit up the room.

"Why is it that you scream?" asked Starfire.

Phil pointed to the wall directly across from them where hoards of roaches and termites skittered through the cracks in the boards.

"Ugh! That's sick!" Complained Beast Boy, looking on in disgust.

"Aren't those your cousins green bean?" Cyborg laughed.

"Haha, very funny."

"It was a serious question."

Beast Boy ignored him, changing the subject. "Look dudes I'm gonna go nuts if we don't do something. Can't we play a game or something?"

"A game how fun!" Starfire giggled. "I know, I much like the one that I watched kids play in the park. I stand in front of you like this."

Star faced Robin and batted her eyelashes sheepishly. The rest of the teens grew silent waiting for her to continue.

"Baby if you love me give me a smile." She puckered her lips at him.

Robin's muscles stiffened. And he dawned a bored expression. "Yeah, this game seems…weird, anyone got a better idea."

Starfire's funny expression turned sour.

"Come on Robin, you killed it, it's supposed to go like this." Said Beast Boy. He hopped down from the freight box and tugged Raven along although she tried to resist. Stepping in front of Robin, he faced Starfire and replaced his grin with a blank face.

"Baby," he said equally as seductive as Star, "I love you, but I just can't smile."

"This game is ridiculous." Commented Robin defensively.

"It's called FUN."

"It's stupid."

"You're just not able to have fun." Beast Boy scoffed.

"Fine, you want me to play the stupid game, I will." Said Robin sneering at Beast Boy.

He brushed off his shirt and sidled up to Raven, stretching the chain bonding him to Starfire.

Raven's heart thudded in her chest with dread. Robin please leave me out of this…

He gently grasped her chin in his hand and massaged his thumb over the crevice under her lower lip.

"Baby," he whispered softly. "If you love me-" His eyes pierced hers with striking intensity, almost dangerously so. "give me a sm-"

"Dude you can't touch her!" Beast Boy interrupted.

"Why not?"

"Cause that's not how you play the game."

"How the hell was I supposed to know that? I didn't even want to play."

"Well, you're out now cause you broke the rules."

"I'm not out."

"Uh yeah dude, you are, you broke the rules you can't touch the person."

"I didn't know the rules!"

"Here's an idea why don't we just play a different game." Growled Raven.

"Fine." Beast Boy pouted.

"Whatever." Grumbled Robin.

"Um guys, if anyone cares, I gotta stack of cards." Said Phil.

"Really man," Cyborg shook his head. "You've left us out of the mix twice now."

Phil just shrugged.


"I'm hungry, what time is it?"

"Shut up Beast Boy I'm trying to sleep!" Snarled Robin.

"Dude how can you sleep with roaches crawling all over the floor."

"I don't care about roaches, but I do care that you keep talking."

"Fine, but if one crawls in your ear."

"SHUT UP ABOUT THE ROACHES ALREADY!"

"Robin you are loud I am trying to sleep." Starfire complained.

Robin rolled over on his side, as much as he could being that he was still tied to Starfire, and shut his eyes trying to forget about the dripping ceiling and the squeaking floor boards as the ship rocked back and forth. This stupid trip was a nightmare so far. How was he going to survive 5 more days of this BS. He shifted uncomfortably. His clothes were itchy and wet and he was beginning to smell like mildew. As soon as he got out of here he was getting his money back and finding some way to get them all back to the tower safely. Even if he had to call Batman and get a private jet. Sighing, he began to relax into the calm of sleep. The steady rock of the ship easing him into a nocturnal abyss.

"AAAAGGGGH! FUCKING FUCK AGHHH! DAMN IT TO HELL!"

"What! What is it Robin?" Starfire jumped up.

"FUCKING ROACH! BASTARD TRIED TO CRAWL IN MY EAR!"



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