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Beast Boy frantically paced back and forth in his room, mumbling to himself. It had been almost a month since Cyborg's surprise party- which meant almost a month since he and Raven had started dating.
He knew he should have expected a shift in the tower's dynamic, considering Starfire and Robin had made their relationship official as well, but he was in no way prepared for a competition.
Every time he did anything nice for the empath, like making her some tea or bringing her a new book, the boy wonder did something better for his own girlfriend. Starfire was showered with gifts and elaborate outings, whereas Beast Boy hadn't even taken Raven out on an actual date!
Sure, they ate dinner together on the roof several times, watched a couple of movies in the common room, and even sat down at his special rock and watched the sunset- but those weren't spontaneous; they hardly qualified as romantic!
And then there was Robin; he was the perfect boyfriend. He bought the alien flowers every week, took her to dinner every other night, and even special ordered a custom emerald necklace- for their one-week anniversary!
The changeling groaned in frustration. What should I do? I have to take her somewhere special- it's our one-month anniversary tomorrow! he thought in exasperation. Starfire's probably been going on and on about "how glorious boyfriend Robin is" to Rae! She's probably regretting ever settling for me!
"Gah!" he exclaimed in defeat, throwing himself onto his bed. "She's gonna dump me..."
Meanwhile, in the common room, the pale girl sat quietly as she pretended to read her book. She was very aware that tomorrow was her one-month anniversary with the shape-shifter, and she couldn't have been more excited.
So far he had been incredibly thoughtful- he was always bringing her tea or helping her pick out a new book. It was really nice he was taking things slow, especially since she needed to keep her powers in check. The empath smiled to herself as she remembered the time they had watched the sunset together; it was so peaceful and romantic- she had no idea the green boy had that in him.
"Hmm..." she hummed sweetly, surprising herself at another one of her girly moments- which seemed to happen quite often, now that she had a boyfriend.
Sure, she had never been a tomboy, but girly wasn't a word anyone would use to describe her. She liked dark, rich colors, rather than the neons and pastels her fellow female titan would gravitate towards. She also preferred watching a thought-provoking indie film, instead of the recycled romantic-comedies that filled the titan's movie nights- when it was Starfire's pick, of course.
In fact, the girliest thing about Raven was probably that she had finally gotten around to buying some makeup, which was really only mascara and blush- she wasn't ready for anything more complicated.
She continued to ponder on her new-found femininity when the already incredibly feminine titan sat down beside her, smiling brightly.
"Friend Raven?" the orange girl asked hesitantly.
The purple-haired girl lowered her book as she regarded the alien. "Yes, Starfire?"
"It is the anniversary of one-month tomorrow for you and friend Beast Boy, correct?"
Raven's neutral expression remained, though she felt as if she were smiling on the inside. "Huh, it is, isn't it?" she replied nonchalantly.
Starfire nodded her head animatedly. "Indeed! And as you know, mine and boyfriend Robin's is the following day, since he had done the proposing of the dating at 1:42 on the Saturday morning..."
The half-demon raised a brow in amusement. "Uh huh..." she deadpanned.
"Well," the redhead continued, her smile growing, "since I will be free, I was doing the wondering of whether or not you would want me to do the doing of your hair and makeup?"
Raven seriously considered the offer, which surprised herself. Usually she would try to find any excuse to not be in a situation like that, but looking exceptionally good for her anniversary actually sounded... appealing- especially since one month in a super-hero relationship was like one year in a regular relationship. "I'll think about it, Star," she replied, allowing a small smile to grace her lips.
There was nothing small about the alien's grin as she took in the empath's words. "Really?" she squealed in excitement. "Glorious!"
"But it will be on my terms- meaning nothing too... dramatic," the pale girl warned, though it did nothing to diminish the orange girl's giddiness.
"Of course, friend! I expected nothing less!"
Raven smirked as she turned her attention back to her book, ending the conversation. Starfire took the hint and gracefully floated towards the kitchen to prepare lunch.
Okay, just play it cool; stay calm, smile- she likes your smile... At least, she said she likes it... the changeling panicked to himself as he made his way towards the common room. Get yourself together- this isn't calm!
As the doors opened, he gazed across the room to see the object of his affection curled up on the end of the sofa. You can do this, Beast Boy. Just ask a few simple questions- do not let her know you have no idea what to do tomorrow.
He hurriedly scampered to the couch, hopping ungracefully over the back of it and landing beside the empath, who gave him a warning glare. "Hehe, uh... morning, Rae," he smiled sheepishly.
"It's noon," she deadpanned as she returned her sights on her book, although she felt a small tug at the corners of her mouth.
Beast Boy nervously rubbed the back of his neck. You're an idiot! Why would you interrupt her reading? You know she hates that!
As the green boy continued to berate himself, the common room doors opened, revealing their sweat-covered leader. The shape-shifter turned to watch as the boy wonder sauntered over to the alien. "Hello, Beautiful; I haven't seen you yet this morning," the masked boy purred.
Starfire let out a small giggle. "Well, we are here and together as of now!"
"We are..." he smiled as he leaned in to kiss the orange girl. Beast Boy quickly turned back around, not wanting to see that.
You forgot to kiss Rae good morning! How could you forget to kiss her? Are you stupid?! Great, I'm certifiably stupid- and if I do it now, she'll think I'm crazy!
He hesitantly glanced over at his girlfriend, who looked content as she read. Well, you gotta do something! "Soooo..." he began awkwardly.
Rolling her eyes playfully, Raven set her book in her lap and turned to face her boyfriend. "Yes, Beast Boy?"
The changeling tried to look her in the eyes, but the thought that he hadn't kissed her yet today was driving him insane, and he found that he kept staring at her lips. "I'm not what we to talk... about," he mumbled incoherently.
The pale girl stared at him in confusion. "What?"
Immediately the green boy returned his eyes to hers. "Huh? Oh! Uh, I'm not sure what I wanted to talk about, hehe..."
Raven arched a brow at him in amusement. "Then don't talk; I'm trying to re-" she began, but was cut-off mid-sentence as the changeling leaned in and gave her a chaste kiss.
Beast Boy pulled back quickly and smiled sheepishly. "Uhhh, sorry."
"Uhm?" the purple-haired girl responded, clearly flustered. What is he up to? she wondered as she tucked a piece of her hair behind her ear. "Are you feeling okay?"
The green boy watched in confusion as his girlfriend pressed her other hand against his forehead. "What are you doing? I'm fine," he laughed as he gently waved it away.
The pale girl regarded him skeptically. "But you're acting... weird."
The changeling scoffed in mock-offense. "Wha-whaddya-wha- pshh, weird? Noooo," he stuttered.
Slowly Raven arched a brow. "Well, weirder than usual," she smirked.
Beast Boy felt his face heat up. "Can't a guy kiss his girlfriend?" he shrugged, feigning innocence, though it did nothing to sway the empath's observation.
"Beast Boy, what's wrong?" she asked as her face revealed slight signs of concern.
Again, the shape-shifter shrugged. "N-nothing's wrong, Rae! I just wanted to spend some time with you, I guess."
The green boy gave the half-demon a quizzical look. "W-why? 'Cuz we're, you know, dating. People who are dating tend to spend time together..."
Raven rolled her eyes in exasperation. "I'm quite aware of that, Beast Boy. What I want to know is why you seem so adamant about being together right now. You're usually still asleep."
Again, a sheepish smile found its way onto the changeling's face. "I was just wondering if you'd like to do something today... You know, something you think is fun?"
The pale girl pulled her knees to her chest as she thought about her boyfriend's question. "Well, I was planning on just taking it easy today, especially after that mission yesterday. You know how Plasmus takes a toll on my powers," she admitted with an awkward shrug.
Beast Boy sighed in mild frustration. "Yeah, but if you were up to doing something today, what would you want to do? Preferably several suggestions- so I can, you know, plan for some other time..." he trailed off suspiciously.
Raven eyed the green boy warily. "I don't know; probably something we usually do. Why are you so curious?"
"N-no reason! I'm just being weird, remember? Hahaha..." he replied with a forced laugh.
The empath narrowed her eyes at the changeling. "Why are you lying to me?" she deadpanned.
The shape-shifter's green eyes widened in surprise at her bluntness. "I'm... not?"
"Beast Boy," she warned, glaring at him from over her knees. "You're lying to me."
"Am not," he defended, crossing his arms over his chest.
"Yes, you are."
"No, I'm not."
"Beast Boy," Raven practically growled as she released her knees and leaned towards him. "Do you really want to do this right now?"
"Do what?" he asked innocently, leaning towards her as well.
The pale girl growled in frustration. "Why are you acting so weird? Why are you asking me all these weird quest-" she began, but was again interrupted as the changeling pressed his lips against hers. "-and why do you keep kissing me?!" she exclaimed as they broke apart.
"Hehe, can't a guy just kiss his girl-" he started, only to be silenced as she cut him off mid-sentence.
"Not if he's lying to her," she seethed.
Way to go, she's mad... Why do I always make her mad? Beast Boy groaned to himself in his head. "I'm sorry, Rae..." he sighed, intertwining his fingers with hers. "I'm just kinda nervous about tomorrow..."
Raven cocked her head, pleasantly surprised at the green boy's admission, but as she weighed his reason in her mind, she became panicked. What is he nervous about? Is he having second thoughts? Is he going to break up with me? Ugh- I knew I should have invested in some eyeliner!
Beast Boy took the empath's silence as an invitation to continue. "I, uh... I kinda have no idea what to do, since it'll be, you know, our one month..."
Hearing his words, the pale girl felt herself sigh in relief. "It's fine, Beast Boy. We don't need to do anything elaborate; I like spending time with you, regardless of the location or activity," she assured with a small smile.
"Really?" the shape-shifter asked, hope reflecting in his emerald eyes.
"Really," she smirked, unconsciously batting her eyelashes.
"So, does this mean we can just eat pizza and makeout?"
The amusement and affection in the half-demon's eyes immediately shifted to annoyance as she pulled her hand out of his. "No."
A lot of you guys requested a sequel, so how was this as the start of it? I'm really trying to keep BB and Rae in character, and since they're both new at the whole relationship thing and are still in the early stages of it, I felt they would probably still be really confused and flustered- as well as a little self-conscious.
Anywhoo, leave a review! Since this story doesn't have a countdown to an event like the first one, I can't guarantee the length or anything, and there may be a lot of time jumps and flashbacks, so keep that in mind!
And I was really flattered to see how many of you guys actually wanted a sequel- it made me all giddy:) So thank you, you wonderfully kind people!