Robin, Starfire and Cyborg couldn't get a word out of either of them. When they returned to the hospital the next day, Beastboy did not accompany them despite the pleas of the others. In the end they left him behind.
Beastboy sat in his room, throwing a rubber ball at the wall and catching it again. He didn't want to think about what they had said. But her words just kept running through his brain.
The ball hit his head. He threw it away in fury. He needed to talk to someone. Someone who knew what the hell they were going on about and could give a teenage superhero some advice. And there was only one person he could think of who matched the necessary requirements.
He was going to pay a visit to Wayne Enterprises.
"Hello, may I help you?" Said the perky receptionist outside Bruce Wayne's office. Beastboy couldn't help it. He put on a charming grin and leant casually against counter.
"Yeah, I need to see Bruce. Kinda personal."
"Mr Wayne is in a meeting right now. Have you got an appointment?"
"No, but it's kind of urgent."
"I'll have to phone through and ask." She said with a dazzling smile. She spoke briefly into the telephone. Beastboy gazed around the building. It was impressive. Lots of metal, giving it a rather futuristic look.
"Mr Wayne will see you now." The receptionist said, with another smile. Beastboy winked at her and walked through the doors.
They opened into a large office. Beastboy felt slightly dwarfed. At the far end of the room there was a man sitting at a desk. He looked up.
"Beastboy! Come in, come in."
Beastboy sat down opposite the man, who was scribbling on a piece of paper.
"Be with you in a minute. No peace for the wicked, eh?" Beastboy took this opportunity to examine the hero in detail. He was largely built, but it was all muscle. His groomed hair was very dark, but the odd silver hair was starting to poke through. His strong face was clean-shaven.
"There. All done." Said Bruce, tossing the piece of paper into a tray on his desk. He lent on the desk.
"Now, what can I do for you? How is Raven, by the way?"
"She's… she's getting better, thanks."
"But that's not what you wanted to talk about." Bruce said, twining his fingers into an arch. Beastboy hesitated.
He told him everything.
"And then she said if she'd known what it was going to be like, she wouldn't have bothered coming back. So I just walked out."
"I see. Quite a pickle, isn't it? Well, let's see…" He stood up and walked to the window, hands clasped behind his back.
Beastboy picked up a crystal paperweight form his desk and started to fiddle with it.
"How old are you, Beastboy?"
"None of that 'sir' business. It's Bruce. Seventeen, eh? So that would make Raven seventeen next Thursday?"
"Hmm… well, here's my advice to you, Beastboy. Don't go back to the hospital."
"Hold on, listen to what I'm going to say. Get Cyborg to pick Raven up when she's being let out. Have him take her to my house."
"Why?" Beastboy asked, thoroughly confused. Bruce sat down and smiled at him.
"We're going to give her a birthday party."
"Um… I don't know. She's not really a party person."
"You don't think so?"
Beastboy thought about it. Maybe she would like one. And it would be a good way to say I'm sorry.
"Well, I guess so. But can I ask you to do something for me? I mean, I don't know if you can, but."
Beastboy left the office in a very good mood. He strolled back to the Tower whistling. Bruce was going to organise it all. All Beastboy had to do was keep up the pretence that he was still mad at Raven and make sure that Cyborg picked her up on Thursday.
He was playing on the games console when Starfire, Robin and Cyborg came in from visiting Raven. Robin sat down and turned off the console.
"Hey! I was nearly on the fifth level!" Beastboy said indignantly.
"Beastboy, what happened between you and Raven? She barely spoke to us today and she blew up three vases."
"That's none of your business, but there IS something I need to talk to you about."
He explained the plan. Starfire clapped her hands joyfully.
"Wonderful! That is truly a wonderful plan, Beastboy! Raven will be most pleased!" Robin looked doubtful.
"Are you sure, Beastboy?"
"Never know till you try, right?" The green teen replied, standing up. He poured himself a glass of soy milk and said,
"So, how was she today?"
"She was OK. Cyborg's much better though." Robin said, looking at him slyly. The half mechanical boy went red and grinned sheepishly. Beastboy looked at him.
"That hot nurse gave me her number." Cyborg said proudly. Beastboy grinned and slapped Cyborg's hand.
"Way to go dude!"
Thursday arrived. Raven lay in bed, watching the dust particles float through the sunlight. She was going home today. She traced a pattern on her pillow with her fingertip.
"Happy Birthday to me…" She sang softly. She sighed and rolled over, staring at the ceiling.
Beastboy hadn't come back.
She thought he might have come in the day after the argument, six days ago. But he hadn't. He hadn't sent word, hadn't asked how she was. Nothing.
And today was her birthday. Had he forgotten? She snorted and sat up. She was being pathetic. She crossed her legs and began to meditate calmly. Azarath Metriom Zynthos, Azarath Metriom Zynthos…
"Good morning!" Said the irritatingly cheerful tones of the nurse. Raven fell onto the bed.
"Are you always this cheerful at this time in the morning?" She asked the nurse irritably. The nurse smiled sweetly.
"Are you always this sweet-tempered at this time in the morning?"
It was quite amusing to any bystanders. Except there weren't any. But if there had been, they would have been amused. Raven and the Nurse, whose name was Kathy, had been arguing since she had woken up. Although neither of them meant it seriously, it was still a great relief to both of them for Raven to be going home.
Raven went to the en suite bathroom and splashed cold water on her face. As she did so, she called to the nurse, who was changing the sheets on the bed,
"So did you ask Cyborg out?"
"I gave him my number. And he's taking me out tonight."
"Where are you going?"
"Don't know. He said it was a surprise and to be in formal wear. I'm guessing a fancy restaurant or something like that."
Raven dressed in black trousers and a black shirt. She wasn't allowed to leave until that evening.
"Who's picking you up?" Kathy asked.
"I don't know. Cyborg, I suppose. He'll take any excuse to take his baby for a drive."
"His car. He's very proud of it." Raven said, pushing a few items of clothing and books into her bag. Chi-Hey knocked on the door.
"Good morning. Ready to go already?"
"No offence, but I can't wait to get out of here."
"Well, we can't wait to get rid of you." Kathy told her sweetly. Raven glared at her. Chi-Hey chuckled.
"Come on, you two. Raven, we've got a lot of tests to do. Let's get started."
When Raven finally returned to her room after an eternity of tests, she found Starfire and Cyborg waiting for her. She stared at Starfire. The Alien was wearing the same shimmering dress she had worn to the Prom when they had defeated Kitten and her father. And Cyborg was wearing a tuxedo.
"Raven!" Starfire said, hugging her tightly. Raven smiled weakly.
"Hey. Come on, let's go already."
"No! Raven, you must get changed first." Raven frowned.
"Because we wish to take you out to celebrate your health!" Starfire said brightly. Cyborg nodded.
"Yeah, Starfire's got your dress."
Beastboy tugged at the neck of the tuxedo. Bruce and Robin watched in amusement.
"Beastboy, you're not nervous are you?" Robin asked. Beastboy shook his head.
"No… I'm terrified."
He looked around the elegant ballroom. It was crowded with people. Some were allies of the Teen Titans. He could see Aqualad standing by a fountain. Others were friends, associates and various other people that the Titans knew. There were also business acquaintances of Bruce's, whom he'd had to invite in order to keep peace with them.
"It's a tricky business. You've got to make sure that each and every one of your associates feels appreciated." Bruce muttered, before moving off to greet someone. Kathy and Chi-Hey stood nearby, talking amiably.
Someone shouted out,
"They're here! Everyone be quiet!" The light snapped off and the room was plunged into darkness. In the doorway, they could see the outline of three people. Cyborg's electronic eye glowed in the darkness.
Then Raven spoke irritably.
"Why exactly do I have to be blindfolded?"
Beastboy stepped forward and took her hand. She froze. He untied the blindfold and the lights turned on again.
"SURPRISE! Happy Birthday Raven!" The room shouted in unison. Raven stared around in shock. A glass exploded. Several people laughed and gentle music started to play as the conversation rose again. Raven stared around at the other Teen Titans.
"A surprise Birthday party?"
"Yes! Do you like it?" Starfire asked, hopping from one foot to the other in her excitement. Raven nodded, still in shock. Cyborg hugged her tightly.
"Happy Birthday, Rae."
Robin and Starfire joined in the hug. That was her second first. Her first Birthday Party and her first group hug.
Beastboy stood back, watching with a small smile on his face. As the Titans separated off to greet old friends, Beastboy stepped forward. Raven looked at him.
"Was this your idea?"
"No… Bruce's. Look, Raven, I-" She put a finger on his lips. He stared at her. Then grinned.
"You look good in a dress."
Raven looked down. The long, black dress DID suit her. She wore white elbow-length gloves. She gave him a look.
"Just don't get used to it."
Not that she would have admitted it, she actually enjoyed the party. She DID disappoint Starfire by refusing to dance.
Eventually they all sat down for dinner. Bruce sat with the Teen Titans, along with Chi-Hey and Kathy. Raven saw that Cyborg blushed whenever she spoke to him. It was quite sweet.
"Raven, I have something for you. Well, from all of us really" Bruce said. She looked up at him. He was holding out a box. She took it and unwrapped it slowly. Inside, padded with soft fabric, was a metal cuff. She looked at him quickly.
"It's not what you think. It's similar to the one that Slade designed, but it doesn't remove your emotions. It's more of a… barricade. They're still there and you're still you. But your powers are your own." Bruce explained. He saw Raven's hesitation and said,
"If you don't want it, it's alright. I just though-"
"No! No… it's… it's wonderful. Thank you." Raven said shakily. Bruce attached it to her wrist.
"And, unlike Slade's one, it's removable. You can take it off whenever you want to. I had my scientists make it less noticeable though. See, it doubles up as a watch." Raven ran her finger over the timepiece. She looked at him again and this time there was a smile on her face.
"Thank you. You have no idea how much this means to me."
It was past midnight, but the party was still going strong. Raven looked around and saw Beastboy standing outside the glass doors, sitting next to a fountain. She excused herself and went out to him. He looked up and smiled.
"Hi." She said, sitting down next to him. He grinned.
"Well… it's not your birthday anymore." She looked at the clock. Five minutes past twelve.
"I guess not."
"Is it too late to give you a present?" He said, pulling a small box out of his pocket. She smiled.
"It's never too late."
She took the parcel. Carefully, tenderly, she untied the silver ribbon and unfolded the paper. Inside was a jewellery box. She opened it slowly.
Lying on a bed of black velvet lay a necklace. A long, thin silver chain with a pendant on the end. Raven examined it. It was a blue stone set in a silver frame with two silver wings sprouting from either side. She stared at it. Beastboy coughed and said gruffly,
"Yeah, I know you're not really into jewellery, but I thought it was nice."
"It's beautiful." She breathed. He looked at her and found it hard to disagree. She looked at him.
"Beastboy, what I said at the hospital…"
"Yeah?" He said nervously.
"I didn't mean it. I don't know why I said it. But I swear I didn't mean it."
"I'm so relieved to hear you say that." He smiled.
She looked back at the necklace and laughed lightly. He smiled nervously.
"What's so funny?"
"The necklace… it has silver wings." She told him. He looked confused and she said,
"That song… the Thousand Words one. Starfire played it to me. Suspended on silver wings…"
He realised and laughed too. Silence held them for several minutes. And then Beastboy laughed again. Now it was her turn to smile nervously. He took a deep breath and said,
"You know I love you, right?" She smiled and took his hand.
"I don't need a thousand words."
"No. Just three." Raven whispered.
They fell silent again. Raven rested her head on his shoulder, the necklace lying in her lap. Beastboy put his arms around her and they sat. The party carried on inside the ballroom, but neither of them moved until the glimmer of sunlight on the horizon heralded the dawn of a new day.
First of all, I have to say thank you to EVERYONE. I have received so many compliments for this story and I appreciate every single one of them! Also, thank you to everyone at BB/Raven board. I love you guys so much! Especially you, Alys!
In my other stories I usually do an authors note at the end of each chapter, and I thank all the people who have reviewed but I have EXTREMELY limited internet time so I figured it would be easier to just say thanks at the end!
Disclaimers: I do not own the songs or any of the characters, apart from Kathy and Chi-Hey.
OK – 'A Thousand Words' IS a real song. It's sung by Koda Kumi and can be downloaded at this website. I can't remember which game it's for, but the song titles are up there anyway.
www. rpgdreamer. com / mp3. html
(I had to put spaces in because otherwise it doesn't show up.)
The other song mentioned (the one about the shooting star) is called 'Wind's Nocturne' and is from Luna Silver Star. This too can be downloaded at the above website.
I loved writing this story. It's my first serious Teen Titans multichapter! And I hope you all enjoyed reading it. Remember to review on your way out!
Lotsa luv 'n' huggles