Title: Baby Bird
Author: Amy of Amelia From A Fairytale
Category: Young Justice (cartoon)
Premise: When Batman and Robin go out on patrol, Robin manages to get hit with a strange spore by Poison Ivy. All too soon, the Dynamic Duo discovers that the strange spore has caused Robin to have some odd changes in his body, and all of a sudden, the baby of the Team really is the baby of the Team.
This is a preview for a fic I’m working on, where each of the members of the Team go through some bodily change (de-aging, animal transformations, etc. Robin just happened to be up first). I wrote this before Misplaced came out, and Zatanna was a full member of the Team.
Artemis is cleaning her bows, trying to get her mind off current events, when Robin approaches her. She’s not entirely sure she could admit it out loud, but Robin is an absolutely adorable child. He looks up at her with what must be wide eyes behind his domino mask. The archer ponders over what his eye color may be; brown doesn’t seem to suit him. Rather, she’s guessing that they’re either a bright blue or green. She soon discovers that imagining what those wide, bright eyes must look like behind the mask will prove to be disastrous, because Robin has some of the most effective puppy-dog eyes she’s ever seen – and she can’t even see them.
“Can I braid your hair?” He asks, and when she doesn’t respond immediately, he takes it as a yes. “Your hair is pretty,” he whispers, as if he’s ashamed to say it aloud, as he pulls it out of its tight ponytail.
“…Thanks,” she responds, unsure of what else to say. The archer still isn’t quite sure how to handle this situation, and she’s kind of taken aback by Robin’s childish behavior. She’d thought that he was immature before, but now he was legitimately acting like a child and it’s really throwing her for a loop.
“It’s so soft,” the Boy Wonder says in wonder as he carefully separates the golden locks into three separate pieces. “My Mommy always used to let me braid her hair,” he says with a hint of sadness, and Artemis gets the feeling that Robin’s past isn’t all that astrous. She tries to lighten the mood, though, because a sad Robin just isn’t right. The hacker is always supposed to be smiling and laughing his creepy laugh and butchering the English language and being bros with the other guys.
“I’m sure it always looked wonderful,” She assures him, and hopes she hasn’t further depressed his mood. However, this seems to be the right thing to say as she can suddenly feel happiness simply oozing over her shoulders from what must be a face-splitting smile.
“You think so? You really think so?” She nods, and is momentarily stunned when thin (but oddly muscular) arms wrap tightly around her waist for a brief moment. “You’re the bestest big sister ever, Arty!” he declares, and Artemis just can’t help but smile.
“What about M’gann?” Robin gasps in horror when he realizes that he’s forgotten about the other girl on their team.
“M’gann is awesome, too! You guys are both the bestest big sisters ever! You’re equally asterous!” When Artemis throws back her head and laughs, he gasps indignantly and quickly straightens her head. “Don’t move your head!” he orders, “You’re going to mess it up!” After a moment, Artemis feels him finishing off the braid and tying it in place. “There! Done!” He declares, and suddenly he’s in front of her again. “Do you like it?” He asks, anticipation clear in his voice.
She runs her hand over the braid, half-expecting it to be a crap job, but is pleasantly surprised to find that it’s actually a very neat braid – one better than she could do, herself, if she’s honest. “I love it,” smiles, and ruffles the boy’s hair in a way she’s been dying to do since she met him.
He mock-glares at her as quickly pats his hair back into its wild state, and a quiet snicker escapes her mouth.
Maybe it won’t be so hard to adjust to this, after all.