I was doing paperwork when Kate came in the study room. “Rachel, why aren’t you ready!?” She sounded angry. I kept writing while I answered her question. “What do you mean?” She started tapping with her feet on the ground. She was angry, now she is pissed off. “The Charity-party? You begged on coming with me. Ring any bells?” Shit, I knew I did forget something. “I even had to ask the person who organized the charity party if you were allowed to come. He laughed at my face and said: Of course she allowed but she will get quiet bored.” I finally looked up. Kate was wearing a black dress. She looked fabulous, I told her that, as response I got a glare. If I wasn’t ready in 10 minutes, I was dead.
Aarg, she is so…. Kate was walking through the hall. Can’t she just think for once about me? I never wanted this. Kate sighed. I’m sounding like a child. But she should have been ready. Kate was shaking her head. Exited to go to a party, like any normal teenager would be. “Why the sad face?” Audrey was sitting in the chair in front of the fireplace. When did I get here? “What do you mean?” I didn’t want to talk with Audrey. The girl had way to sharp eyes and is a very good friend of Rachel. Audrey: “You look pretty in that dress. But you need a different face.” She gave me a smile. “What did Rachel do?” I smiled back. “Why do you think Rachel is the cause of my sad face?” I picked up a book that was laying on the table. I was pretending that it had all my attention. “Because Rachel is the only one, who can make you sad and angry at the same time.” Kate flinched and thought: Yes, way to sharp eyes.
Robin was almost done changing when Bruce Wayne came in. “Why is it taking so long Dick?” Dick: “I’m almost done. Are we getting a mission? Great!! I’m tired of just training, all the time. Who are we fighting to night?” Dick looked up. Bruce wasn’t wearing his batman costume. He was wearing a suite and he looked angry. “What’s the reason that you are wearing your robin costume?” Dick blinked. Did he forgot something? “Ehm, because we are going to the cave?” That was the wrong answer!! Bruce stayed calm. He was way too good at keeping a poker face on. Bruce: “We aren’t going to the cave tonight. Like I told you. We are going to a Charity party. Remember we still need to show up, every now and then, in public. I will wait for you down stairs.” Bruce turned around and walked out the room. Anger filled Dicks mind. Why are we going to a stupid charity party! It’s just a waste of time. When we are at that ridiculous party, the others will probably be training. Without me! I’m already so slow. I don’t have superpowers! You should remember that Batman! A knock on his door disturbed his thoughts. Alfred was standing at the door. “Alfred” Dick said as greeting. Alfred understood immediately what was wrong. “Young master, please get dressed?” Dick started to change. From sidekick of Batman to Dick Grayson, the adopted son of the famous Bruce Wayne. Alfred made his bed up. “You shouldn’t be mad at Master Bruce. He just wants you to be sometimes just a kid.” I watched Alfred with the corner of my eyes. “He knows you like to be just Robin. And he also knows you don’t like to hide your secret identity for yours friends. You have great friends.” I tide my shoelaces. “If I have such a great friends why do I need to keep my identity secret. And why do I need to waste my time at a stupid party, when I can be training with those great friends!” I looked at Alfred to see if he disapproved my words. Alfred: “You were born as Dick Grayson, you became Robin. As Robin you already have friends. But Dick Grayson also needs friends. Shall we go? Master Bruce is waiting. ”
We have been on this silly party for 20 minutes and I already want to go home. The only fun thing is how grown-ups talk with each other. Polite to the ones they don’t really know. Daring to the ones they want to impress. The room where the party was hold was amazing. The tables were all close to the wall. In the centre of the room was place to dance. The band was playing soft classic music. Someone took me by my arm and lead me to a table. As I expect it was Kate. She had a bright smile on her face. “I want to introduce you to someone. Please be nice and polite to that person.” I was scared. She has been angry for weeks. Because what I said at the Charity-party:
“No sir, this party isn’t boring. The only thing that is boring is your chitchat. Ciao.” It was really stupid to say that to the host. After the party Kate told me I was going to every party, as punishment for being rude. At every party she has let me alone, but clearly enough she was sick and tired of my behavior at the party’s. I didn’t talk to anyone, I only looked around or like Kate said behaving like I’m at the Zoo. Kate waved at someone. The person Kate wanted me to meet walked towards us. “Miss Owens, nice to meet you here.” Bruce Wayne said while coming closer to us. Kate: “Mister Wayne, please call me Kate.” Wow, are you going to seduce him or do you want to be best buddies? Bruce Wayne looked at me. “We haven’t met yet. I’m...” “I know who you are Mister Wayne. My name is Rachel. But you may call Miss Rachel.” The face of Mister Wayne didn’t pull a muscle. I respect him from of that moment. “You are one of the youngest here. Did you know that?” I stared in his eyes, while saying with a smile: “I am the youngest here, Mister Wayne. Unless you got a kid with you.” “Well, I actually I do.” Mister Wayne turned around and waved at someone. I stared at Kate confused. She just began to smile brighter. First I didn’t understand, but then it hit me. She didn’t want me to introduce to Mister Wayne, but to the person who was coming closer. He stops right in front of me.
“Dick, this is Miss Rachel and Kate.”Bruce was smiling. I looked at the older woman. “Hello Miss Rachel,” I stretch my hand, “my name is Dick Grayson.” Instead of the older woman, the girl took my hand and started to shake it. “Nice to meet you, Dick. I’m Rachel.” She was smiling. She obvious enjoyed my mistake. I let go of her hand. “My apologies.” I stared back, trying to let her see that I didn’t care. Bruce: “Well, why don’t you two go dance.” I looked at Bruce. Was this his plan? If we dance together we will become friends? What is he thinking?! Rachel: “I’m actually a bit tired. So I just want to sit down.” It was obvious that she also didn’t want to dance. Dick: “Would you mind if I joined you?” Rachel: “That would be nice.” I led the way to an empty table. We both sat down and both of us kept still. I don’t remember who started talking. But I know we had a very long conversation. The longest conversation I ever had. Well, that isn’t true. I had longer conversations. But this was the first conversation I really enjoyed. We found out that we have a lot in common. We both have guardians. And we both knew that our guardians succeed with their intention. We became friends.