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Chapter sixteen - The final curtain.
Soon, Raven and Swift were back in the darkened room. Cyborg and BB looked happy to see them, but they both looked anxious when they saw Swift's lifeless form.
Cyborg rubbed his chin thoughtfully. "I guess we could try this antidote on her, that me and B made up for you, Rae."
"I don't want her to be poisoned." said Raven stonily. Cyborg shook his head.
"It's harmless. If you don't have the disease then it is no more harmful than water. We made sure of that."
"I understand that. But what if she doesn't have the disease - what do we do then?" said Raven, rolling her eyes, and bending down beside the unconscious form.
"Then we panic. But we may as well try this first." said Cyborg, picking up a needle filled with a green liquid.
"Try what first?" came a voice from behind Cyborg. The three titans turned around quickly to see Robin looking at them with an eyebrow raised.
"Hey, Rob!" said BB waving a hand nervously. Robin smiled then pointed inquiringly at the room.
"Is she okay? What are you doing with that? Why is she there and Raven up? What antidote?" he said, in total confusion. "What the hell is going on?!"
"Yes, I agree with Robin - please tell us what has been happening whilst we were outside on this bright sunny day!" said Starfire, suddenly appearing in the doorway.
The other three stood there in a silence not sure where to begin. Beastboy sighed.
"Okay, here goes: Raven woke up a while ago, but she still was weak so we tried to see what was wrong but she got more ill, so Swift went into her mind to save her and when she came out she was like this but Raven is back to normal again." he said all in one breath. He gasped before continuing.
"So, we are trying to cure Swift so that she will be okay again and then we can all...um..." he trailed off. "Hey, good point. What are we going to do?"
"Well Swift won't be doing anything much." said Raven, in monotone. "You see, she's leaving."
There was a thick silence in the room. Noone was sure what to say or how to say it. The thoughts were buzzing but there was a deep quiet between them.
"So," said Robin eventually. "what are you waiting for? Lets wake her up!"
A few minutes later they were set, and the five titans crowded round the bed to try and awaken the sleeping Azarathian. Swift looked as if she was asleep - and peaceful. Raven thought it seemed a shame to wake her up but she didn't share that with anyone but herself.
Cyborg injected the needle into Swifts arm, and when all the liquid was gone the team waited in anticipation. Slowly but surely, two green eyes began to blink and open.
Swift focused on five heads crowded around her face and she moaned. Where was she again? The last thing she remembered was...seeing emotions in Raven's head. And some thick red smoke. She wheezed and sat up.
"Welcome back." said Raven. Swift smiled and swung her legs over the bedside, standing up, slightly shakily. Raven steadied her, then they all retreated downstairs.
"So, Swift," said Robin, casually. "Raven tells us that you are leaving."
Swift reddened immediately. She rubbed her eyes with her right hand and fiddled with her cloak with the other.
"Yes. Yes I am."
"Why?" said Cyborg before he could stop himself. He obviously wasn't happy about it. Swift looked up, her green eyes brimming with tears.
"Because I can't stay here. I'm not a teen titan. I'm just Raven's sister."
"So? That doesn't matter. We don't mind, do we guys?" protested Cyborg. The others mumbled 'no' quietly. Starfire smiled broadly.
"It is always a pleasure to have you here, Swift."
"Thanks, Starfire. But listen, I feel it's time to move on. I appreciate what you guys have done for me, and I'll never forget you. Any of you." She said, looking mostly at Cyborg. She took a breath then carried on.
"If anything, you have inspired me. You see, when I leave I'm planning on going on a trip to find somewhere new to settle in. That way, I can help your cause by fighting crime in other areas all over the world. Crime doesn't just happen in Jump City. And I really want to help the greater good, y'know?"
The others were stunned by her words. They sat in silence, whilst Swift stood up gently.
"Infact I think I should go right now."
"I never like goodbye's!" said Beastboy, as Swift got ready to leave. They all stood outside of the tower, waiting to say farewell to the girl they barely knew.
Swift came out of the tower, the wind blowing her dark hair. She walked along the line of titans, not unlike an army sergeant, but saying her goodbyes to them all.
Robin was first in the line. He handed her a small device. Swift looked at it quizzically. "What's this?"
"Its a communicator. Just incase you ever need us." said Robin,smiling. Swift smiled straight back.
"Thanks, Robin. Goodbye."
She moved along to Starfire - with whom she had a big hug. Starfire began to weep slightly, as Swift moved along to Beastboy. Beastboy gave a cheeky grin.
"Buh-bye, Swift." he said, turning into a kitten and leaping into her arms. She tickled him behind the ears, and said goodbye, before he turned back into himself.
The next part she knew would be ever harder. She swallowed as she looked into Raven's lilac eyes. Raven stared back at her. Without a word, they hugged each other, tears welling up in their eyes.
"Promise me you'll be careful." said Swift, mid-embrace. Raven whispered back:
"Promise me you'll come back."
Then without another word, the two girls separated, as Swift moved on to Cyborg.
What was she going to say to him? She shuffled her feet slightly. Then she looked at his sad face and felt completely selfish and mean. His stare made her feel so uncomfortable, for the first time ever. She wanted to squirm under the glare.
She just smiled though, as if to offer a peace treaty. To her greatest relief, Cy smiled right back.
"I never meant for this to happen. I'm so sorry. It would have liked to have got to know you better."said Swift quietly, so that the other titans didn't hear.
"Likewise, little lady." said Cyborg, chuckling slightly. Swift grinned and wiggled her eyebrows. Cyborg offered his hand to shake. Swift pushed it out of the way and gave him a hug. They remained like that for sometime, before Swift moved away.
"Well, so long, you guys! Take care and keep fighting the good fight!" she giggled, causing the water to explode behind her. With that, she turned and took to the air.
The other titans waved until she disappeared into the sky. Then they began to retreat into the tower, all bar Cyborg. Raven looked at Beastboy who nodded to her.
"S'ok, you go on in, leave it to me."
Raven nodded back and wandered into the tower slowly. Cyborg was staring at the spot where Swift was last seen. Beastboy moved next to him.
"So," he said quietly.
"So," said Cyborg equally as quietly.
"How come you didn't try to make her stay?"
"Cause you got to know when to let go."
Back in the tower, Raven retreated to her room, silent as always. She closed the door, and smoothed out her bed, then lay face down on it.
She hadn't wanted Swift to leave, but she knew that she must. A tear trickled down the Azarathians cheek. Then another, and another. The books began to swirl around her head.
Then there was a knock on the door. The books fell on Raven, causing her to squeal in pain.
The door opened, promptly. It was, of course, Beastboy. He raised his eyebrows at her. She glared daggers at him.
"Beastboy," she hissed, angrily. "You are in my ROOM!"
"Yeah yeah." he said, sitting down on the bed next to her. She sat up, cursing, and rubbing her sore head. He smiled at her.
"Spoke to Cyborg. He's okay."
"Good." muttered Raven, looking at the floor.
"I just came to check you are."
"Yes I'm fine." sniffed Raven, uncertainly. Beastboy knew she wasn't. He looked at her until she looked back.
"Raven, I'm really sorry about acting like a jerk. Guess it comes naturally."
"You don't need to apologise." Said Raven, quietly, fiddling with her belt.
"Sure I do. I still love you though, and I was so worried about you today, and the whole thing with Trigon and...."
Raven put her hand over his lips. She gave a half smile.
"You know what your problem is Beastboy? You talk to much."
And then without a single word he leant over and kissed her, and Raven knew that everything would be okay.
Until next time.
---Well I've come to the end of my story.
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