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Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, or around 10 years ago.
The very large widescreen TV in the media room is playing a DVD carefully dubbed off an old videotape. The colors have faded a little, but that doesn't seem to matter to the audience sitting in the darkened media room.

"Professor Stone, can you tell us what happened?" A reporter extends a microphone to a balding black man in a lab coat bearing the S.T.A.R Labs logo. Both men are standing in front of a tall office building, bearing the same logo as the white-haired man's lab coat.

The older man's face is careworn. "I'm afraid official word on the incident will have to come from our public relations department, but--" He moistens his lips and looks directly into the camera. "I'd like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Teen Titans for their assistance."

"Professor, we all saw that blob--"

"Protoplasm," Professor Stone automatically corrects.

"--protoplasm oozing out of your lab--"

Professor Stone raises a hand, turning away. "Excuse me, I really do need to return inside and help assess the damage...."

The camera turns back onto the report. "Professor Stone with no real comment at this time, other than to thank the Teen Titans--" He points up in the sky, where Starfire, Wonder Girl, and Changeling are flying away. "--who this day have once again saved New York and are now returning to their headquarters in the East River...."

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mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 22nd, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of those sitting in the dark is Mar'i, who smiles sadly at the images on the screen. "They all look so young," she whispers.
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 22nd, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
A figure drifts into the media room - and in the dim light, he may at first look familiar to Mar'i.
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 22nd, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
"My lord?" she asks in a puzzled voice. "What're you doing here when I'm awake?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
He turns, blinking. "You have me confused with brother Dream. I am Dweeb, of the Endless. My dominion is fandom - and it lies between the realms of Dream and Delirium."
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
"Uh, are you sure? I met all the Endless last year, and you weren't one of them."
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
This doesn't seem to surprise him in the slightest. "My realm has been languishing in my absence. Trapped, unable to tend to my creations.. "
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
"Hoo." She peers at him closely. "Are you sure you haven't been drinking?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
"Why, what've you heard? Just because Destruction goes on a bender and gets weepy, abandoning his realm, doesn't mean we all do.."
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Mar'i crosses her arms. "If you're one of the Endless, what's the name of Dream's librarian?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
He scoffs. "Lucien, of course. He's the twin brother of my own librarian."
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
"Hoo." Now what?

"Uh, sorry. But y'know, I've never seen your portrait in Dream's gallery."
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Dweeb sighs. "I'm not surprised. I've always been something of a disappointment to them. Certainly, men sing the praises of my names wherever there is fandom, but do my siblings remember to send Christmas cards to 'Dweeb'? Thanksgiving invitations to 'Dorkeus'? Birthday cards for 'the Lord Stalker'? No."
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
"I don't get it. They worry about Destruction all the time, but they've forgotten about you? How come?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
"They think I talk about Superman too much. But that's kinda my thing. It'd be like ignoring Destiny because he's a bookworm."

He thinks a moment. "Also, Dream finds some of my creations a little derivative. Like the Corinthian Leather-boy."
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
"Uh, the Corinthian Leather-boy? What's that?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
"Entirely different from Dream's eyeball-eating guy, that's what! Corinthian Leather-boy is just really into Ricardo Montalban."
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
"Ricardo who?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
"Yikes - note to self, send a copy of Star Trek 2 to Titans Tower. Sheesh - one of the classics!"

"He was also a little upset about Roddenberry's Green. Admittedly, Fiddler's Green was a kind of inspiration there.. but basically, Roddenberry's Green is just a nice guy who's really into set design. And he can turn into a place! Sorta looks like a soundstage with a bunch of papier-mache rocks.. "
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
"So are you always at one of these cons, sir? Or do you spend your time at other places?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
He shrugs. "When I can be. I'm always there in spirit, of course. Often, though, I can be found crafting new fandoms - or reading my library!"
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
"That's right--you said you had a librarian. Lucien's twin brother?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
He nods. "Brucien. He's a Monty Python fan. He doesn't have a lot to do these days, unfortunately.."
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
"Why not? Can't he just watch the DVDs?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
"No, I mean professionally. The library's almost empty.. Wait, you know Monty Python, but not Star Trek?"
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
"No, Uncle Gar didn't really like Star Trek, and the others didn't watch it because they didn't want to hurt his feelings."
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
"Oh, right, him being on that other show and all. Makes sense. Anyway, Brucien just doesn't have many manuscripts to tend anymore."
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
"Not even fanfic?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
"See, that's just it. My library contains every fanfic NEVER written."

A beat.

"So I'm down to two stories. Anonymous's 'Birds of Prey Meet the Spice Girls', and 'Captain Britain is the Bestest Hero Ever' by Chrissie Claremont."
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
"Captain who?"
the_ambush_bug From: the_ambush_bug Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
"Eh, don't worry about it. He's not a local. "

He checks his wrist, as if looking at a watch that isn't there.

"Anyway, tell Dream I said hello, and I'll see you later - got to go inspire a few superhero-related tattoos on inappropriate body locations."
mari_grayson From: mari_grayson Date: July 23rd, 2006 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
"I will!" She waves as he leaves, then thinks, His family gets more angular the more I learn about 'em.
gar_logan From: gar_logan Date: July 25th, 2006 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Seeing the end of the clip, he can't help but stare at the young Titans, especially at how much younger he looked well before the name change, among many things.

Wow, does that make me feel old or what?
middle_amazon From: middle_amazon Date: August 8th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear Gods...

It's weird because she remembers it now. She remembers the smell that lingered for weeks in the laundry room. She remembers Terry taping this and kissing her madly when she walked in the door for a surprise candlelight dinner, saying he was proud of her. She remembers Gar saying to the press guy "Beast Boy was kinda for the birds."

And there's Dick's daughter, Cerdian, and Lian just watching it. No words. Gods, Raven even looks like a kid.

"Weird, isn't it?"
gar_logan From: gar_logan Date: August 8th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Still looking at the screen, keeping a poker face on while his mind scrambles with awe, he nods.

"Looks like...only yesterday."
middle_amazon From: middle_amazon Date: August 8th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
And it feels like it, too.

Her memories were returned during the last, and hopefully final, conflict with Dark Angel. Part of her motive for being here is to sift through them a little while Roy's away on an assignment. When she had her memories taken and replaced haphazzardly by Diana and Wally, it was like everything happened at once and she was just missing pieces. Now all of them are back and it is a little surreal.

"But it wasn't," she murmurs and points to the three second generation Titans. "None of them were even born yet."
gar_logan From: gar_logan Date: August 8th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
His eyebrows raise, having a hell of a time keeping the poker face stable.

"Okay, now I feel positively ancient. Be a dear and get me my walker, oxygen and medication love. Maybe a quick bath in a Lazarus Pit would help."
middle_amazon From: middle_amazon Date: August 8th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
"Can't," she says dryly. "Too busy jumping through time and being reincarnated." Then, she stops and smiles. "Actually, that's over." she waves him out of the crowd before saying, "We beat her. Dark angel. We won."
gar_logan From: gar_logan Date: August 8th, 2006 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
He definitely can't help but smile happily.

"We did." The smile becomes a happy grin. "We came, we saw, we kicked her ass!"

It's half decision, half overwhelming emotion, but he hugs her happily, raising her off the floor slightly, letting out a cheerful laugh while in the middle of singing "Ding-dong the-Witch-is-dead!".

He's hardly going to make them stick out. A few Congoers may be jealous though. Of both of them. Both male and female.
middle_amazon From: middle_amazon Date: August 8th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
There is nothing in this life that can't be summed up by "Ghostbusters," Star Wars," "Real Genius," or "Princess Bride," quotes. Wally would add "Police Academy."

She laughs and signs a little too. It IS fun. "Ding, Dong, the Wicked witch is dead!" Diana clearly got the singing voice. She hugs him. "What a long strange trip it's been."
gar_logan From: gar_logan Date: August 8th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
"A few wierd cul de sacs too, but yeah, a hell of a trip."

He moves closer, and speaks sotto voce with an amused grin.

"Do you think I should spook the natives by changing and emerging, or by changing in the middle of the room? I could just head home without changing a thing..."

middle_amazon From: middle_amazon Date: August 8th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
"Up to you," she smirks. "I'm just enjoying watching Lian look at all this." She shakes her head and indicates the next news reel where the Titans were cleaning up after an earthquake in Quraq. "She wants to be one," she murmurs. "I'm not sure how I feel about that."
gar_logan From: gar_logan Date: August 8th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
He thinks about the latter rather than the former first.

"Well, it's not set in stone yet, and besides...look at how much good we've done, and how worse off the world'd be if we hadn't been there."

He thinks the next part over, and continues.

"Not to mention she has some growing to do before she can even put a foot in our door." Continuing wryly. "The Titans have a very stringent policy on age."
middle_amazon From: middle_amazon Date: August 8th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
"You were her age when we let you in," she reminds him.
gar_logan From: gar_logan Date: August 8th, 2006 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
He pauses, raises his eyebrows in suprise, looks to his hands, does the math on his fingers, and looks back at her.

"Okay, now I REALLY feel old. Positively ancient."
middle_amazon From: middle_amazon Date: August 8th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Let's just skip the JLA and go directly for the JSA," she quips. "We'll let Cassie and Tim go JLA. They're still young enough."
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middle_amazon From: middle_amazon Date: August 9th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
She chuckles. "The JSA it is then."
gar_logan From: gar_logan Date: August 9th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
He's quiet, with nothing except quite an amused grin on his face.
gar_logan From: gar_logan Date: August 9th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
He grins.

"I thought I was the one that cracked the jokes?"

An amused eyebrow raises.

"'Sides, I think I could be eighty-five and still want to be helping the young capes learn how to be all they can be."
From: i_frankenstein Date: July 26th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
A back door swings open and he strides through the vast assemblage once more. These mortals need never know that the Doom-Bees of dread Hogshoggoth nearly opened up a portal to feast on rended flesh and trails of blood. The apocalypse has been stayed once more by undead hand.

A slight trail of sizzling green ichor drips from the back of his trenchcoat as he heads for the exit.
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