Cassie considered being rational for all of about five seconds. Tim didn't look surprised when she hit the wall.
"What were you expecting me to do?!"
"That," he admitted, rubbing the back of his neck. It was strange to be able to see his eyes, that he wasn't wearing a mask. He looked smaller. It wasn't like when they went undercover, she knew; he was being himself. "I don't blame you. It's a lot."
She choked back a laugh. "A lot. You're leaving the team. Bart wants us to go to another universe to work. Kon's--Kon..."
Tim put his hand on her shoulder. "He's growing up, I guess."
"Growing up," she spit out. "He got married."
"He's still going to help you guys. I--I want to too."
"So do it," she said. "You don't have to quit."
"I do. I'm not Robin anymore, Cassie."
The problem, Cassie knew, was that she wanted to be happy for them and angry at the same time. She knew being Robin wasn't good for Tim. She knew if he could be happy and not be Robin, it was probably good. And Kon...must be happy. It wasn't the end of the world that Bart had new friends.
"I missed it," she said quietly. "All this stuff."
"It was really two years?"
"Kon really thought about this?"
Tim paused. "If," he said, faltering, "if it was me, I would have thought about it more. And I wouldn't have done what he did. But he's really...happy."
Cassie could tell it sort of hurt Tim to admit this. "And you and Bart are too."
"Yeah," Tim said, after a long time. "There's a girl I have to see. But I'm happy."
"Does Bart have a girl too?"
Tim smiled a little. "He has to pick her up. She's moving."
"I'm the leader. I'm supposed to know this stuff."
"I should have! If I'd been there--"
Tim was quiet again. "I wanted to tell you before Kon got here."
"Kon's coming?" she asked. "I thought he moved."
"He's going to tell you. I just. Didn't want you to have to find out like he'll tell you. I don't think he kn--you know how he is with this kind of stuff."
"What about his...?"
Cassie didn't really like giving her a name. She wanted that girl to remain a formless entity who couldn't be as good for Kon as she was, because she wasn't anything. She was just some person. "I guess."
"I think she'll wait."
"You must know her pretty well."
Tim looked away. "Not that well."
Cassie found herself speaking without meaning to. "Good."
"But I know she's worried about you."
Cassie snorted. "Worried."
"He married her. What does she think I'm going to do?"
Tim didn't say anything.
"Maybe I won't have to meet her."
"Do you want to keep being part of Kon's life?"
Cassie swallowed. "I guess."
Tim squeezed her shoulder. "We would've told you. If we could."
"We'll still all be here. It'll just be..."
"Yeah. Change can be good."
We didn't change, Cassie wanted to say. We're all the same.
But Tim left instead.
Kon showed up about half an hour after Tim left. "Cassie! Hey."
He sounded awkward, and Cassie assumed he knew that she...that she wasn't going to be happy.
"Sorry I didn't come check in earlier. I, uh. Had some stuff."
"Tim told me."
"Oh," said Kon, visibly relaxing. "Uh. Everything?"
"Let's see," she said. "You went to summer camp for two years. You got married. You're quitting and moving to another universe to be with your wife."
Kon winced. "I'm not quitting."
"Then what are you doing?"
"Moving my base of operations."
"And how do we get to your new base of operations."
"There's a window in my closet."
"You can't act like this won't change anything."
"If I'm not there and something happens to her--"
"What if you're not here and something happens to us?"
"You guys have Supes and Batman and Wonder Woman and...everyone! She's...look, she's Wendy."
Cassie blinked. "Wendy."
"I mean. Not exactly, but...Vampire Slayer, Werewolf Stalker..."
"You married Wendy the Werewolf Stalker."
"I cannot believe you!"
"That's not why!"
"Oh, yeah, I'm supposed to believe that!"
"Well it's not! It doesn't matter that she's like Wendy."
"So I'm supponsed to believe it's just a coincidence?"
"It's not why I love her!"
Cassie flinched. Kon did too, and coughed slightly.
"I do. And, I mean. It was an example. Her life's a lot like Wendy's. But she's not Wendy. But you remember Wendy...died a lot."
Cassie nodded. "I guess."
"I'm still gonna be on the team. But if you guys have trouble, Imp can get us."
"Us," said Cassie.
"She's pretty strong."
"What?" he asked defensively.
Cassie thought about the many things she would say if she were a better person. If she could just be happy for him. She could congratulate him, ask about his wife, pretend he hadn't just broken her heart open. "Get out."
Before, she thought, he would have argued. Or been angry. Instead he looked sort of sheepish. "Yeah, uh. I'll see you later, Cassie."
"And then he got married," Cassie raged, throwing her arms in the air.
Cissie looked more confused than angry. "Isn't he like three?"
"So it's illegal anyway."
"You're supposed to be angry."
Cissie sighed. "It's pretty surreal, Cassie. But, one, he wasn't your boyfriend. And, two, he didn't give you any...promises. Nothing close."
"That's not what this is about."
"Then what is it about? It's not their fault they got stuck in a time warp. It's not their fault they moved on. So why are you pissed at them?"
Cassie flopped on the bed. "Well what else am I supposed to be pissed at?"
Cissie helpfully put a pillow over Cassie's face. "Time-sucking zombie summer camp, I guess."
"I don't know why I come to you for advice."
"Because I don't make fun of you for having three posters of Kon on your walls."
Cassie pushed the pillow off her face and walked over to the door. It was a good point, she thought. Stupid to keep up posters of a guy who didn't want her.
She started crying as she removed the third pin, and Cissie came over to hug her.
"He's cute," Cissie said quietly, "but he's not the best guy in the universe. If he was, he'd be with you."
Bart acted the same, which made Cassie feel much better. He hugged her tightly and said "Cassie Cassie Cassie hi!"
"I missed you! I woulda brought you something but there isn't a lot to buy or souvenirs or anything so I didn't. Did you see Kon and Robin?"
"Yeah. He's going by Tim now."
Bart scoffed his foot. "He said he still wants to be friends."
"And I'll still be here! I just hafta find everybody for a while and I guess I'll vi--but I'll be here!"
"...visit Kon and Buffy a lot," said Bart quietly.
"I guess she's your friend too."
"Yeah! But everyone else is my friend too! And I'm not gonna move like Kon. I'm just gonna have to move around worlds a lot more but that's okay cuz it's training..."
"But we're still Young Justice."
"Yeah! And Kon's still a member, he's just with Buffy a lot because she has a lot of vampire emergencies."
"He better not miss any meetings."
"He won't! And I can make Tim come! It'll be just the same but a little different."
That, at least, made Cassie feel better. It wasn't the same, but it was nice to hear someone else wanted it to be.
On a Thursday, she got the Kents to let her into Kon's room and went through the window in his closet.
"You know," said a voice that must have been Buffy, "that doesn't get less weird."
She was pretty, Cassie guessed. She didn't have a great idea of what made girls attractive to Kon. The girl looked more like her than like Tana, which didn't really help, but mostly she was just unremarkable. Blonde, pretty, but not stunning or superhuman. She mostly just looks like a poor man's Terri Jewel Jackson.
"See, this is the part where you explain who you are and why you're coming into my room through a magical trans-dimensional window."
Buffy stiffened immediately, but then relaxed slightly. "Kon's not here."
"I was looking for you."
"I thought I should meet you. Since you're my teammate's wife."
"Well, here I am. Buffy El-Summers, vampire Slayer, working on being a college student. Uh. Hiya."
"Signing up for school. What's up?"
Cassie realized suddenly that she had no idea what she was planning to say. "Kon said you were gonna help him when we needed help. I wanted to make sure you were up to it."
Buffy considered. "Probably not. I may be the toughest person here, but that's not saying a lot for your world."
"So you'd be a liability."
"Possibly. I'm not trying to...it's your team. I'm just an in-law."
"I just want to make sure."
"You want to fight me? We can fight. We can do whatever you want. I know you saw him first. And probably if it wasn't for me he'd be with you. But I'm not gonna apologize for that because I'm not sorry I have him."
"...this isn't about that."
"So what's it about."
"I'm not on that."
"You're just married to Kon."
"Yeah. If that's a problem, there's a problem. But I don't want to take him away."
"But you did!" said Cassie, before she could stop herself.
"I didn't ask him to come. Okay, so I didn't say no when he said he would, but I didn't want to. I want him in my life and if I don't have to figure out how to be with him and be the Slayer. But I didn't tell him to leave. That was all him. And he's still gonna fight with you guys."
"When he's not fighting with you."
"What do you want me to say here?" asked Buffy, leveling her gaze on Cassie.
"I..." Cassie sighed. "Nothing. I just wanted to meet you."
"He's a great guy. I'm beyond lucky to have him."
"This isn't about Kon," she repeated, through clenched teeth.
"He's kind of what we have in common. Well, him and Bart and Tim. But you just mentioned Kon."
"You know all of them."
"We were stuck in a magical zombie camp for two years together. It kind of encourages bonding time."
Cassie slammed her fist out towards the wall, almost unintentionally.
Buffy caught it. "I like that wall."
Cassie blinked. "Sorry."
"It's okay. My mom nearly did the same thing."
"Yeah. She was pretty depressed about missing out on so much stuff. But there's not a lot anybody can do."
"I guess not," said Cassie.
Before Buffy could respond, Kon drifted in the regular window and wrapped his arms around Buffy. Cassie didn't think he'd even noticed her. Buffy elbowed him in the ribs. "Company."
"Huh?" Kon asked, looking up. "Oh. Uh. Hi, Cassie." He didn't let go of Buffy.
"I was just leaving," said Cassie quickly. "Don't mind me."
"It was...good to meet you," said Buffy. "I guess I'll see you around. In that way you can see people around when you're in two different dimensions."
"Bye Cassie," said Kon.
She was pretty sure he hadn't actually meant it to sound final.
Mrs. Kent had a mug of tea waiting for her when she went back through the window, and Cassie would've liked to pretend that meant the Kents thought she was better for Kon than Buffy was. But it seemed like defeat tea.
"I almost couldn't believe they'd all grown up so much," said Mrs. Kent.
"Neither could I."
"But he's still the same Conner."
Cassie just looked into her tea. She thought Mrs. Kent already knew everything she wanted to say.