Author: Callypse PM
When Raven is asked to leave the Titans, an unpredictable chain of events will bring the Titans into circumstances that will change everything. RobRaeRated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Adventure - Robin & Raven - Chapters: 17 - Words: 49,274 - Reviews: 527 - Favs: 164 - Follows: 108 - Updated: 12-22-07 - Published: 04-04-05 - Status: Complete - id: 2337162
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The beginning of this fic is sort of an introduction, so just bear with me until the fic actually becomes a songfic. Italics are flashbacks/thoughts and anything in bold print are lyrics. Please R&R.
Robin's voice announced his presence. Raven was curled up on the couch, reading. All of the Titans were standing around Robin, whose arm was linked with Starfire's. Her jealousy momentarily got the better of her and she pursed her lips in anger. Quickly quenching it, Raven reluctantly placed her book beside her and glanced up.
"Can I have your communicator, please?" Raven had never heard this tone in Robin's voice. She immediately felt uneasy.
"Sure, Robin, but what's wrong with yours?" She took it out and placed it in Robin's outstretched hand.
"Nothing. You just won't be needing yours anymore." At this, Robin's voice became icy and he looked away.
"Why? Did Cyborg come up with something more advanced?" Against her will, Raven's voice quivered. Something was wrong.
"No. I don't know how to say this without hurting your feelings." Robin's voice told Raven that he didn't care about her feelings. "We think it's time that you left the Titans."
Raven's jaw dropped in surprise. Shaking her head in disbelief, she stammered, "W-what?"
"You heard me." Robin had a disgusted look on his face. "You have 24 hours to leave the Tower. If you're not gone by then, we'll have to remove you forcibly."
Raven couldn't believe it. "B-b-but why? Did I do something wrong?" She couldn't recall anything that would have brought this punishment about.
"You know why. Everybody knows why." Here Robin squeezed Starfire's hand. "Starfire told us everything. Now go, before I lose my temper."
Stunned, Raven picked up her book and silently walked past the other Titans. Robin would not look at her. Beast Boy looked ashamed. Raven wondered if he was ashamed of her or his actions? Cyborg attempted an apologetic smile. Starfire seemed to cringe as Raven walked by. Snuggling up next to Robin, she smirked at Raven. Raven did a double take. None of the other Titans had seen Starfire's victorious gloat. What was going on?
Raven didn't have a whole lot she wanted to take with her; just some of her favorite books, some CD's, and a change of clothes. Packing these few possessions into a leather shoulder bag, she took one last look at her former home.
Robin was in the kitchen, preparing himself a feast of eggs. Raven came up behind him.
"Robin?" Raven's usual monotone was replaced with a pathetic begging voice. Raven wasn't acting. She had never felt this helpless. She had never felt so alone.
"What?" Robin wouldn't turn to acknowledge her presence.
Biting her lip, Raven advanced towards him.
"Can you tell me what's going on? I honestly have no idea." Her voice quavered.
Robin spun around. "I think you do. Just in case you forgot, let me refresh your memory. Starfire showed an honest interest in meditating. You agreed to instruct her. You had countless sessions in your room, just the two of you. You hypnotized Starfire. You inhabited her body and wreaked havoc all over Jump City. Each time the Teen Titans were called out to stop the villain, but you were already gone."
Raven remembered all those times when there had been a huge crime committed or there was a huge mess, but there was no villain anywhere.
"Obviously your anger isn't as under control as you'd like us to believe. You as Starfire were never caught, but if you had been, guess who would have got the blame. Starfire. One day you failed to properly hypnotize Starfire, and she watched helplessly as you destroyed the city from within her body. Starfire told us, and the entire team voted you out."
Raven's timidity was gone. Anger burned within her. "And you actually believed her? You have no proof."
"That's where you are wrong. Starfire hid a camera in your room one day because she couldn't remember what she learned from your sessions. She caught, on tape, you in the act of inhabiting her body. We've all seen it. Every bit of it is true."
"Can I have a look at this tape?" All she needed was a shred of proof that Starfire was lying.
"Sure." Robin retrieved it from a cabinet at the side of the room. He handed it to Raven wordlessly and turned back to the stove.
Raven couldn't believe her eyes. The tape clearly showed Raven's body going limp and Starfire's eyes suddenly becoming exactly like Raven's. No wonder the Titans had fallen for this. It was incredibly convincing. Apparently Starfire wasn't as dumb as she led everyone to believe.
"Here." Raven placed the tape beside Robin. She picked up her shoulder bag and moved towards the door. Pausing, she turned around, a sad smile on her face. "Good-bye."
Out in the street, Raven's temper became unchecked. Relentless rage burned within her. Around her, cars exploded, people flew through the air, and light posts shattered. Furious at the people she had once called friends, she ran as far away from the Tower as she could get.
Now I will tell you what I've done for you
All those times I put my life on the line, for my city and for them.
50 thousand tears I've cried
Slade's dust almost killed Robin. The memories still hurt, even though he betrayed me.Screaming, deceiving, and bleeding for you, and you still won't hear me
All the Titans avoided me. Beast Boy called me creepy. Everything I had ever done was ignored. Never congratulated, never thanked. She ran fasterDon't want your hand this time, I'll save myself
No one ever offered to help me. No one cared.Maybe I'll wake up for once
I'm on my own now. About time.
Not tormented daily defeated by you
No more worries about them. No more put-downs from Beast Boy. He has no idea how much those hurt…Just when I thought I'd reached the bottom
How much lower can you get than being kicked out of your own home?I'm dying again
Every day I die again. Seclusion slowly kills me.
I'm going under, drowning in you
They would constantly suffocate me. I could never fully use my powers. I could overthrow the entire team if I wanted to! I'm more powerful than all of them!
I'm falling forever, trying to break through
No more. I can handle better on my own.I'm going under
Blurring and stirring the truth and the lies
So I don't know what's real and what's not
One doctored tape and suddenly I'm the biggest traitor since Terra. How did Starfire do it?Always confusing the thoughts in my head
So I can't trust myself anymore
I would not, and did not, do anything to Starfire. I don't know whom to believe anymore.I'm dying again, I'm going under
Much power lies beneath the surface.Drowning in you, I'm falling forever got to break through
Robin will never know how much I cared. CARED, as in past tense.So go on and scream
I'm not listeningScream at me, I'm so far away
So far away…I won't be broken again Time to fight back I've got to breathe, I can't keep going under
If I go under, I'm taking you with me.
Love it? Hate it? Let me know. This is my first songfic, but that's no excuse. Flames accepted. Until next time –Mystyre