After three days of remedial instruction on mission protocol (and why you do not neglect to call) courtesy of Batman himself, Aqualad, Robin, and Kid Flash are released from subjectively eternal torment. At 8 AM on July 8, they're asked to travel via Zeta tube to Mount Justice, where they will finally get to hear more about their new team.
He gives her a blinding Cheshire-cat grin.
She grins back, but of course, he still can't see the smile.
"So," Rain says conversationally, "we're in trouble."
Kaldur, who has been focusing on tracking Yvette through her random blips all over the base, snaps immediately into alertness.
"Of what kind?"
"Not only is she working with Nate now, but they are going to put magic noisemakers. All over the base." He sounds faintly proud, despite himself.
"That would explain the rate at which she is making new portals."
Kaldur is already starting to get a headache—the base is full of Eventide's magic as well as the bright flickers of Yvette's doors. "If we do not catch them soon, we will lose the advantage of my magic sense."
He's been trying to spot a pattern in the door placement, but if there is one he hasn't figured it out yet.
"They're going to run out of supplies eventually," says Rain, thoughtfully. "Yvette needs materials for a lot of her magic. But that'll take a while." He hums thoughtfully. "I think we need Robin. For the base's security systems, so we can cut off Nate's mobility and shut down my sister's portals."
Kaldur nods and drops his hold on the magic since it's not currently needed. The tattoos on his arms stop glowing, returning to their usual black.
"I think you are right, but he will not be easy to find."
"Or reach if we do find him. He's not exactly a big guy, if I were him I'd crawl into the smallest, tightest, most frustratingly out of the way place possible. Where you and I would have trouble fitting into to follow. Which is why I wanted Yvette next."
"No plan survives contact with the enemy." Kaldur gives the saying a slight American accent, as though he's imitating someone in particular.
"Do you have any idea where we might find Robin?"
"He's hard to hear, I think he's got some kind of muffle or training for keeping quiet." Because he's the best, clearly. "But if I were him, with his specializations, I'd want to be in a little annoying crawly hole that's near something that can connect into the base's systems. That way there's a way to cause trouble to people trying to get to him, or keep an eye on everything, or something. So we find a spot that offers that, and is annoyingly out of the way. And watch for traps, I doubt there's anything that could hurt us, but if I were him, I'd set up early warning mechanisms so I can bolt if people are onto me."
M'kel, who is still listening in to Rain's thoughts, forgets to restrain her giggle at his performative annoyance.
She immediately claps a hand over her mouth, but the damage is done. Stupid human-shaped body and its instinctive noises.
Rain doesn't stop to think—just a flash of recognition and then he's leaping towards the source of the giggle, arms outstretched to catch M'kel in a bear hug.
M'kel is tackle-hugged, which makes her lose concentration on the invisibility. It also does nothing to stop the giggling.
Hugs are great.
You caught me! she says to Rain, sending it telepathically because her mouth is busy laughing. She doesn't sound too upset about it.
I did! he agrees, giggling. He picks her up in the hug and twirls her around, then sets her gently back down.
It's a good thing he caught her, too, because he had no plan for how to counter the invisible mindreader that was still reading his mind. It was, approximately, 'Not think too much about it and wait for an opening.' With a pinch of 'Yeah I can totally do this' as bravado. Which worked! He's so proud.
"Hey, M'kel! Want to help us find Robin?" he asks brightly, out loud for Kaldur's benefit.
"Sure!" she agrees. "I'm not reading his mind, so I can't tell where he is, but if you find which small space he's wedged himself into, I can fit in there and get him out?"
"Yeah, that'd be great!" he says, bouncing on his toes. "So now we just need to figure out where he is. Let's see if we can find blueprints of the place, so we can narrow down possible locations."
"To ask one of the League feels like it would be cheating," Kaldur says thoughtfully.
"Rain, did you see anything when you were exploring earlier that might be useful?"
"That would really depend on the situation the things might be useful for. There are a couple computer consoles that might have blueprints on them? It's not on a map on any of the walls, that would be silly. If I had to guess I'd say he's near the central power system, in one of the billion little annoying cubby holes around there, where he can monitor what's going on via a technogadget he's probably got because he is really well prepared all the time."
"Computers seem like a good place to start?" she contributes.
"I agree. I remember seeing some back this way."
Kaldur starts moving in that direction; they've been standing around far too long already.
"Okay!" agrees Rain, bouncing along after Kaldur. He doesn't have very much idea of how to use a computer, he hasn't had much chance to over the past couple of days, but how hard can it be, right?
.... It's probably going to be byzantine and confusing and strange, isn't it. For the three least qualified people on this team.
It takes them about five minutes of searching to find an unattended console.
Kaldur frowns at it.
"Do either of you know how to use this."
"Nope!" he says, just as cheerfully as before. "We are the three least qualified team members for this. Are there any labelled buttons to press?"
M'kel hovers a little so she can peer over Kaldur's shoulder.
"How about this one?"
They can figure this out, right? Right?