[So I hear you guys like the one-joke Micro-Stories. In that case, here are a couple of homeless gags that have been rattling around the shop for a little while. --G.]
Monday, August 23, 2410
Pérez Island, New Avalon
"Oh, man," Courtney Whitmore moaned, slumping onto the bench in front of her locker and resting her forehead against the cool metal of its door. "It is way past my bedtime."
"Seriously," Cyborg agreed, yawning hugely.
"It's not just the hour, it's the mileage," declared Wally from one of the shower cubicles, his voice echoing off the tiles. "We've been all over this town tonight. I saw neighborhoods I didn't even know were there."
"I hear that," said Robin heartily. He peeled off his mask, stuck it in the sleeve pocket of his unfastened uniform jacket, and started glumly taking stock of all the used-up supplies in his utility belt. "I haven't had a night this long since our first test patrol in your new car," he added with a glance at Batgirl.
Cassie Cain pushed her own mask back off her head, letting it hang behind her neck, and nodded. She knew exactly what time he was talking about.
"This is DJ Bigtime and you're listening to the All Night Hiphopathon on Power 106!"
Robin and Batgirl glanced at each other, then at the Batmobile's central console. Robin poked at a couple of the controls, but the display remained resolutely stuck on the message, MWM SIGNAL LOCKED.
"I guess Cy hasn't worked out all the bugs yet," said Batgirl.
"Maybe we should go back," Robin mused.
"We'd never hear the end of it."
"We may never hear the end of this," Robin countered, raising his voice to be heard. Outside the car, the Kitchen's corner boys were turning to look, their interest piqued not so much by the approach of the Batmobile as by the thunderous bass emitting from it. To Robin's surprise, a few of them actually waved as the long, low black car cruised past. Not knowing quite what else to do, and feeling slightly ridiculous, he waved back from the passenger window.
"Yo, Rob," one of them called. "Girlfriend got some kickin' cans in there, yo!"
Robin glanced at Batgirl. "I think he means the speakers."
"Thank you, I knew that."
Remembering the occasion well, Cassie nodded sagely.
"They see us rollin'," she said, "they hatin'."
The other Titans paused; even Wally leaned around the corner of the shower, his hair dripping, to stare at her.
"... What," she said.
2: Brand Awareness
Tuesday, November 8, 2411
IPO Headquarters, New Avalon
Gryphon considered what he saw, then nodded thoughtfully.
"Well, the costume is a definite improvement," he said. "You're a lot less likely to be mistaken for Dr. Midnight, for a start."
Tim Drake sighed ruefully. "I'm never going to live that down, am I?"
"Probably not as long as you stay in this town," said the Chief with a smile. "Anyway, that works. I'm not sure about your new codename, though."
Drake raised an eyebrow. "What's wrong with it?"
"Well... you may not know it's the name of a chain of hamburger shops in the Centaurus sector."
"Really? I didn't know that."
Gryphon nodded. "Mm. And it's particularly popular on Cargg, which means that every time you get mentioned around here lately - "
Lu Durgo put her head in at the door. "Chief, that vampire girl is here to see you. Says it's urgent. Hey, Tim."
"Miss Durgo," said Drake.
"I'll be right with her, Lu," said Gryphon.
"OK, I'll tell her," Lu replied. Then, as she turned to go, both men could hear her singing, "Reeeeeed Robin! Yummmm."
Drake blinked at the Chief.
" - that happens," Gryphon finished without missing a beat. "I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess it wasn't the effect you were going for." He considered. "Though in fairness it does indicate that you might have a shot," he added.
"Hmm. Well," said Drake with a perfectly straight face, "I'll have to take that under advisement."
"Titan Snapshots" - a Micro-Story two-pack by Benjamin D. Hutchins
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