3: Herding Cats
Sunday, May 1, 2411
Pérez Island, New Avalon
"Once Cyborg and I disable the security systems, Batgirl and Ravager will enter from the southwest. Supergirl, you'll engage the heavies at the east end of the complex while - " Robin halted, casting a penetrating glance at the far end of the table. "Wally," he said sharply. "Do you guys mind? I'm trying to run a serious briefing here."
Flash moved a couple of inches away from Zoom, his face the picture of innocent indignation. "Whatwewerenotinvisiblymakingoutatsuperspeed," he blurted.
The corner of Robin's mouth quirked in a barely-suppressed smirk. "Then how did Elise's shirt just suddenly become inside-out?"
Flash and Zoom looked at each other, went identically red, and then looked in opposite directions and slid their chairs another couple of inches apart. Between eyeblinks, the top of the latter's uniform righted itself. On either side of the table, Cyborg and the Ravager facepalmed almost in unison, making Supergirl giggle and Batgirl roll her eyes.
"You are aware," said Batgirl dryly, "that Kara can see you when you do that. Right?"
The two speedsters plainly hadn't thought of that; they went redder still and moved apart a further inch, looking anywhere but at any of their teammates. Supergirl giggled again, but offered no comment.
Robin let them stew in it for a second longer, then said, "... Right. Now, if there's no other new business, maybe we can get on with planning this operation."
"Professor Drake, I have a question," said the Ravager, putting up her hand as if in school.
Robin hesitated for a moment, then said reluctantly, "... Yes, Rose."
"Why don't we just call it a heist? I mean, that's what Daddy and Uncle Jay always call it when we break into someplace and steal stuff."
"She's got a point," Cyborg said, grinning.
Robin sighed wearily. "Fine. We can get on with planning this heist. Does that make you happy?"
Ravager beamed. "Carry on."
"I bet this never happens to Terry," Robin muttered, then turned back to the holomap. "Supergirl, you'll engage the heavies... "
"Herding Cats" - a Titans Micro-Story by Benjamin D. Hutchins
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