William Roberts, not for the first time, wondered what he’d gotten himself into. After doing a bit of hero work (some of which had been almost accidental) it had been suggested he go see the Teen Titans to hone his abilities. His mother had even agreed, after all being half human he was ahead of schedule on his powers and exercising them could only be a good thing. She seemed to think that because the Titans were still young their ‘crime fighting’ wouldn’t be as dangerous. He wasn’t so sure that was true. Stepping off the bus he looked around a little blankly, he was from a rural area, not quite back woods but not Metropolis either, and he was a little hesitant on going out of his comfort zone. Forget ‘a little hesitant’ if the caped and tighted wonders hadn’t been so insistent he’d still be at home preparing for a summer of swimming and doing the occasional hero bit on the side. He had emergency money for a ticket back home if he was rejected. He almost hoped he’d be using it.Stepping into the terminal he pushed a strand of black hair behind his ear and hefted his duffle bag over a shoulder. His book bag, with laptop, was already on his shoulders. Will was dressed for comfort in jeans and an old black long sleeved tee-shirt with his ever present boots. His ‘costume’, such as it was, was on under his clothes. Batman had suggested he start wearing a mask, the only time he tried that he’d looked like he was playing at being a ninja turtle and he told the Dark Avenger so. He’d been told to speak with Robin when he met him. Hopefully Robin was a little easier to approach. Squaring his shoulders William stepped out into the streets. Titans Tower shouldn’t be that hard to find...
A colorfully clad figure was perched on top of a Mom and Pop's style corner market, scanning the street surroundings, for anything out of the ordinary.
William stopped to look around at the city, intimidated by the people and buildings. Tugging his hair back in a band he looked around a little blankly then shrugged, starting in one direction, towards what looked like a non-chain restaurant. A small poodle left tied by a red sports car started raising Cain the moment he was within her sight, stretching to the end of the leash to get at him, snarling. Frowning and not quiet looking at the little beast he let a small illusion start at his side. A large black dog, smelling angry and looking mean, seemed to simply appear at his side and it growled lowly sending the poodle back peddling as the teen walked by. Grinning he let the illusion fade, keeping half an eye on the people around, who seemed to barely notice him, let alone the vanishing dog.
Well... that was different, Robin thought to himself as he saw the odd glimmer from the corner of his eye. The titan rose up to his feet, and leapt off the rooftops, trailing the source of this illusion.
William frowned, deciding against asking directions because he was afraid it make his ‘secret’ identity too obvious. He stopped at what looked like a tourist trap business with things spilling out on the side walk. A rack of post cards held a glossy picture of the Titans Tower. Standing proudly in the bay on its own island is Jump City’s own Titan Tower, paid for by Wayne Industries and created for the city’s band of young heroes. he read off the back, smiling he put the card back and asked directions to the docks from the store owner, who seemed put out he didn’t buy anything. Walking back into the sun he started at a brisk pace towards the ocean.
((Terribly sorry))"Hmm..." Robin was trailing after him now, most certainly he was heading towards the tower. Not criminal - most usually made a corny attempt at an impressive display to boast of their power."Need help?" The boy wonder literally dropped in.
(No prob, been busy here too.)William tensed, but kept himself from jumping, and blinked a couple of seconds at the caped hero, eyes flickering between yellow and brown as his heart settled from the sudden scare.“Actually, yes...” He glanced around at the mostly empty streets. “I’m William Roberts. Someone mentioned an...internship might be open at the Teen Titan Tower?” He continued cautiously, not wanting to reveal too much on the street. Fishing in a pocket he handed a white envelope, still sealed, over to Robin. “I have references.” The envelope was from Batman and Will had managed to not open it, despite desperately wanting to know what it said. Mostly because he was sure Batman would know somehow.
He took the envelope, and with a deft move, he unsealed it, and removed the letter, quickly scanning it first to detect anything wrong, and then read it once more. "Hm, Unusual for Batman to give recommendations," Robin commented - keeping his voice neutral.Then the boy wonder gestured for William to follow him. "You're not the only one who was sent our way, Superman sent someone here as well." The written style of the letter was much how Batman writes, and the faint splatter pattern of the ink gave him confidence that it wasn't forged. One can never be too careful.
"I didn't want to show up with...nothing. I thought it'd be a little...odd. So I asked for it," William followed quickly. He bit his lip at the mention of Superman sending someone. He wasn't exactly...super or very good at this hero stuff yet, and he would bet whoever got sent was ten times better."I...haven't exactly been at this very long so..." He shrugged, nervously tucking hair behind his ear. "I just hope I'm useful."
"Well, to be honest - the guy's got the ego the size of a small planet," Robin snorted faintly - jealous? no. "Which is good, then we can train you to use your powers better - espeically in a team scenario, that's the disadvantage we had with the more experience recruits, they're used to working alone and get stubborn about it."
William relaxed slightly and let himself smile."I'm better with a team anyway, I'm still kinda young and...my strength is illusions. They’re realistic but I can only hold them so long. I can make things out of thin air but it’s still just...me, Mom thinks if I get some practice in I’ll get better at holding my illusions.” He shrugged a little embarrassed at the outburst. “I can hold large illusions for up to an hour though...”
He turned to glance back, nodding as he listened to William speak. "That's a good skill to use, especially if we end up with more stealth missions." The titan was already formulating team ups, and practice sessions. Robin wanted to extract every good skill that the half-kitsune could muster. "Generally practice do made it better."
"Whatever I can do to help," William said following behind the Boy Wonder. "I'm actually glad I met you here, it makes finding your place a little easier." (Sorry this took so long!)
"Welcome aboard then," Robin smiled as he led the way.
((Still out there?))
((Oh good, I was worried. Did you want to skip ahead on this scene...? Or should I have asked before the envelope?))
((we can continue, I apologize for the slack))
((No prob, just came to check on things, I would have jumped on the Trick thread but I figured I should wait and see how Fox and Robin worked out :]))