Chapter two: Bad Surprises It was five in the morning. Crystal was sure she'd be only one up at that hour besides probably Robin. She stood up from her bed and stretched and tried to shake off the nightmare. She went to the bathroom she'd hidden in her bedroom and washed her face before deciding to have a bath instead. They'd finally put her on the cooking schedule and it was her turn. After dressing up, she headed down to the kitchen. She was startled to see Robin in the kitchen washing dishes so early. "Ah good morning Cryssie," he said and cringed at the nickname they'd given her. She hated it but Raven had told her she'd get used to it and admitted to hating her own nickname "Rae" at first. "Hey Robin. Um why are you doing dishes so early?" she asked. "Cause Beast Boy didn't do it last night and he stayed up the latest," he said trying to be calm when it was obvious he was angry. She couldn't help the laugh that escaped from her. "What's so funny?" he asked as she opened the fridge to collect ingredients. "You are," she replied. "Nah I don't think so. Beast Boy is the funny one," he returned. "Yeah... Nah, not really," she said and collected flour from the cupboard. "YOU find me funny? But I'm uptight, always about to snap all the time," he queried, confused. "It's funny when you snap and then revert back to normal right away," she said, measuring her ingredients. "It is?" he asked. "I don't know about the rest of them but it's funny to me," she said. He finished the dishes and washed his hands. "Anything you need help with?" he asked. "Hmm," she said thoughtfully, "not really. I think I got this." "Alright, but if you need anything, don't hesitate to ask," he said and exited the kitchen. Two hours later, the Titans sans Beast Boy were eating breakfast. "This is amazing!" Cyborg said while wolfing down his pancake. "Yeah, we should've let you cook sooner," Robin said with a smile. "Thanks," Crystal said happily, "But seriously, slow down so Beast Boy can have some when he wakes up." They ignored her so she hid four pancakes in the fridge and made extra toast for him so all he would need to do was microwave his meal. After breakfast they went to the living room to watch TV. Crystal, however, put on her headphones and lay on the living room floor using her phone. Beast Boy came out about an hour later looking bedraggled and rubbing his crusty eyes. "Beast Boy, did you sleep at ALL last night?" Raven asked. Crystal removed her headphones and sat up. "He didn't and COULDN'T WASH THE DISHES BEFORE GOING TO HIS ROOM!" Robin snapped and Crystal giggled softly. She stood up and walked over to Beast Boy. "Come on, let's go eat," she said and ushered him into the kitchen. "Where's breakfast?" Beast Boy asked. "What happened?" she returned as she placed his food in the microwave. "Nothing, I'm fine," he replied weakly. She set the timer and came to sit with him. "Well, that's a lie, but it's ok if you don't want to tell me about it but just know I'm here for you whenever you need me," she said, smiling reassuringly at him. He smiled back and nodded. The timer beeped and she brought his food out and served it for him. "Thanks mama," he said and started eating. He was obviously very hungry as he ate the food quickly. Crystal watched him while sipping on her Pepsi and scrolling through her phone. He finished and tapped his stomach sighing contentedly. She laughed and he turned to her, "that was Amazing mama." She smiled and shrugged, "eh, I try." "What are you doing?" "Eh, nothing much just scrolling through my News feed." "Wow, you don'ts seem likes a social media person." "I don't? Funny, my dad used to say that's all I did." Beast Boy laughed and put his dishes in the sink. "I can'ts wait to sees whats you magics up for dinner," he said as he left the kitchen. Robin came into the kitchen just then. Crystal was using her phone absentmindedly. "What are you doing?" Robin asked. She snapped up at his tone. He was seething. She looked down at her phone and grimaced. He ran to her, shoved her out of the kitchen and yelled, "NO CELLPHONES IN THE KITCHEN! YOU WILL KILL US ALL!" He watched as her emotions changed from shock, hurt then annoyance and she stomped off to her room. His own anger abated and he stared after her in regret. He was about to follow her and apologize. "Now you've done it, Robin," Cyborg said. "You'ves upsets Mama Crystal," Beast Boy said. "But..." "You have to understand, she's not like the rest of us. We're used to you yelling at us, she can't take it the same way," Raven cut in. "Sure she finds it funny when you yell at us and we're fine with it, you should cut down your yelling at her specifically," Cyborg stated. Robin sighed and went to his room. In an hour they'd train and he hoped her annoyance would've abated by then. After their training session, the alarm went off. "Come on! My muscles be crying in agony yo." Beast Boy cried. "The Hive is robbing the Jump City bank. TITANS GO!" Robin ordered. "Stop right there Hive!" Robin yelled when they arrived at the bank. "Can we get a break without you guys being all up in our buisness?" Jinx asked, rolling her eyes. "All the time... Whether we're committing a crime or just being normal teenagers, you guys are always bothering us and we've had enough of you," See More said and Terra seemed to appear out of nowhere "Terra!" The Titans sans Beast Boy who was staring at her in awe chorused. She formed huge boulders and tossed it at them. They dodged and destroyed the boulders. "Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy take on the hive. Raven, Crystal you're with me. TITANS GO!" he stated. Robin threw one of his birdarangs at Terra which stunned her for a minute. Raven used her magic to create a huge fist which punched Terra in the face and sent her flying backwards into the distance. Just as Robin, Raven and Crystal turned to face the Hive, a big rock hit Robin in the back of his head and he fell down unconscious. "Robin!" the Titans yelled in horror. Raven teleported the Hive back to their tower and left the bags of money then they rushed to Robin's side. Terra had now taken the form of a rock monster. "Terra, baby..." Beast Boy pleaded but was knocked out by Terra punching him in the face. The rest watched as he flew backwards into a glass window. He was bleeding badly. "Beast Boy!" "You ruined my plans for the last time Titans and... Huh? Ah!" she paused then suddenly screamed in pain. Her created rock exoskeleton fell apart around her. The conscious Titans watched mouth agape as Crystal seemed to be controlling Terra's movement. Her eyes were jet black as she pulled the blonde hair Teen down. "She's blood bending," Raven said in shock as she was healing Robin. They looked on in horror as Crystal squeezed her hand into a fist and Terra screamed loudly and was crying now. The town's people peeked out through their windows. "We have to stop her before she actually kills Terra," Cyborg said. "Friend Crystal, do the stopping!" Starfire yelled out. Crystal gasped and breathed deeply as if choking on her breath. Terra collapsed after Crystal had let go. Crystal blacked out. When she came to, she was in the Titans tower sick bay. She sighed and sat up. She took deep breaths as her memory came back to her. 'What would they think of her?' she thought. Her parents were half demon and half angel but she always seemed more inclined to the demon side than the angel side when her powers peaked in the heat of battle. 'They'd probably send me away now,' she sighed. Just then the Titans rushed in and embraced her in a massive group hug. "We were really worried about you, you've been asleep for two days," Cyborg said wiping a tear. Her eyes widened then she grimaced. "What happened? You suddenly lost yourself," Robin asked, looking concernedly at her. She sighed. She looked around the room and she told herself she could trust them with her secret, something the Titans North didn't know cause she was always cooped up in her room, meditating and they left her alone but these Titans had made her feel at home and welcome. Despite their annoying characters, they cared for her as they did each other. "Nobody else knows this so I appreciate you guys to keep this a secret. Can I trust you?" she asked, looking at them as they nodded collectively. "I'm a hybrid," she stated. They sans Raven looked confused. "The child of a half demon and half angel," Raven said with a gasp. The other team members had shock written all over their faces. "I thought my dad wiped them all out?" Raven inquired. "He pretty much did, they're only two of us left... Me and... Batman," she revealed. It was Robin's turned to be startled, "Batman's a hybrid? Why didn't he tell me?" "He wanted to protect you. His parents sacrificed their lives to save him. Well, I was raised my dad cause my mom wasn't allowed to see me at all, he was abusive. So most of the time, my powers tend to be on the dark side, like Raven's. I pretty much have some of the same powers with Raven... Teleportation, healing and a few others," she revealed. "I understand if you want to send me away for not telling you all this from the beginning," she added, looking down. "What?" Robin asked, surprised. "Crystal we're not sending you away. We all have secrets and we all have abusive pasts. We're pretty much all the same," Raven said, tapping her shoulder reassuringly. "We're all family here," Robin said and a stray tear escaped his eyes. They shared another group hug then Crystal's stomach rumbled. "Oops sorry," she said with a giggle. "I know you're starving, I cooked," Robin announced. "Yayyyyyy," she said excitedly. They laughed and exited the room.