"May I come in?"
Raven looked up from her bed, seeing Starfire's face peak from behind the door. She couldn't meditate, her mind was filled with the events that happened in the park earlier. So she had spent the last few hours laying on her bed, sulking. She knew when Starfire, Robin, and Wonder Girl returned to the Tower, as her empathic abilities felt the wave of sadness on all of them. But she didn't expect to see any of them so soon.
"Robin told me what the importance of today is." Starfire said, walking in without an invitation. Raven didn't argue. She went over and sat on the bed. "I was so selfish."
"You're in love. People in love do stupid things." Raven tried to be diplomatic, although she had to agree wholeheartedly that Starfire was being selfish… and possessive.
"This love… it is horrible… and great at the same time." Starfire smiled slightly, then sighed. "I wish he would have told me… about today. May I ask you something, Raven?"
"How did you know?"
"When Slade's gas virus took control of Robin's mind that one time… I had to go inside and try and rescue him." Raven explained. "While inside I saw everything. I know everything there is to know about him…" Raven said calmly. "You probably don't like that, do you?"
"No… but it is who you are." Starfire pouted. "So you saw it… from his mind's eye. You saw what happened that day?"
"Yes." Raven hugged her stomach. "Not only that, but I felt what he felt. I try to not bring up his memories as much as possible . It's not right that I know that much about him… and feel what he felt."
"But…" Starfire ventured, placing a hand on her shoulder. "You probably are the only Titan who can relate… given your family…"
"Yes. I saw Robin's parents die, through his eyes. And he saw Trigon and my fears through mine. You might be envious of a connection like that, but it isn't something to wish for. The connection you have with him now is much more… pleasant. A connection through tragedy? It's horrible."
"And Wonder Girl shares the same connection." Starfire explained. "She told me that shortly after Robin became a student of the Man Bat, she and Wonder Woman arrived to see if they could be any help. Wonder Girl said that during that difficult time, she was his friend…his only friend… while the Man Bat was a harsh mentor. That is why she came today. She knew it was the anniversary of his families death."
"I should have just told you…" Raven muttered. "It would have been… better. But I didn't want to tell you something that he might have not wanted to talk about on purpose. It's not my place to tell everyone's secrets."
"I understand." Starfire smiled. "You were not in the wrong. Although I may have been. I am sorry that I acted like a Zarbnarf."
"Starfire." Raven sighed. "I don't know what that is."
Starfire blushed. "I was acting like… a royal pain in the ass."
Despite herself Raven laughed. Starfire did also. "So… is Robin mad at you… for attacking Wonder Girl?"
"I believe so, but he will not say it." Starfire sighed. "I still feel the way I did… but I understand Earth culture is different."
Raven believed there was some hope for her, although she thought deep down this was only the start of the jealousy problems. "You chose to be with a Human. You'll have to forgive certain things like that."
"And he will have to forgive Tamaranean traditions… as he chose to be with a Tameranean." Starfire pointed out. "We shall have to compromise."
"It sounds difficult." Raven admitted.
Starfire thought about it in silence for a moment "Well there are two Tamaranean customs that allows closeness to the opposite gender, even within a Gend'an." Starfire looked up, as if that would help focus her thoughts. "The first are members who are close personal family and friends. But the second one, from what I understand about Human customs, is the sort of thing is not desirable."
"I supposed this is where the compromise part comes in."
Starfire nodded. "The females that he wishes to be close to must be in a pact with his Gend'an… It is the Klongluv…I believe Eathlings would call this a… harem?"
"What?!?' Raven coughed. "You do know what that is, right?"
"It is a circle of females, such as you and the Wonder Girl, who are bound to one man, Robin, but are lower than the main woman, me." Starfire explained. "This is something I can allow."
"I am not going to be in Robin's harem." Raven pointed out, her cheeks burning. "I'm not in a romantic relationship with him. Why don't I qualified for the family/friends part of this loop-hole?"
"You have shared Robin's mind, you are closer than a friend." Starfire said.
Raven had to admit that was true. She was more than a friend to Robin. But she still wasn't involved romantically. "No way, Starfire."
"If you feel that way, you do not have to provide service." Starfire said. "You can just be in the Klongluv as a member, not as a lover And it will satisfy the ancient traditions."
Raven had an appalling thought. "So, does that mean Cyborg and Beast Boy are in YOUR Klongluv?"
"It does not!" Starfire said happily. "They are my Earthling family and I am not as close to them as you are with Robin. Besides, I fear that Beast Boy would ask for the servicing of pleasure."
"If he's in your Harem, he would…" Raven murmured. "What about Wonder Girl?"
"I will have to ask her… and the Bat Girl that she spoke of."
"That is conversation I don't want to hear." Raven thought to herself.
Starfire smiled. "So, will you agree to be in the Klongluv? That way I do not feel the anger I wish I did not feel when you smile at him."
Raven sighed. "It's in name only, right?"
Starfire thought about it. "I do not think so… but if you want your role to be as such… more or less."
"Fine." Raven sighed. "As long as there isn't some ceremony that makes me dance naked around a flaming squid monster."
"Do not be silly, friend. That is for the celebration of Blouthgorff, the night of awakening arousal."
<End of Part III>