Notes: Ok, this is my first Teen Titans fic. I'd like to thank my wonderful boyfriend for helping me write this. He had a lot of great ideas. He could have refused to help me, but I'm glad that he thought the basic idea of this up and even wrote part of it. And of course, I don't own the Teen Titans. If you don't recognize them, they belong to me. And pretend that they don't know who the Teen Titans are...or know very little about them.
Part of the Team?
A shriek sounded from Raven's room as the door flew open, a green blur flying out of it. Beast Boy groaned in pain as he hit the opposite wall. He looked up at Raven in the doorway, wincing as he saw her glaring at him.
"For someone small, you sure are strong," he told her weakly, laughing nervously. He shrieked again as she stepped closer, glaring down at him.
The sounds of footsteps came pounding down the hall. Soon, the other three titans came into view, "What happened," Robin demanded, seeing the scene in front of him.
Starfire appeared from behind him, "Are we under attack?" She glanced around, half-expecting to see some villain appear any second.
Cyborg just looked between the glaring Raven to the cowering Beast Boy, "What did you do BB?"
"It was just a practical joke," Beast Boy shot back, trying to sound innocent, but failing miserably.
"A practical joke on Raven," Cyborg shouted, "What were you thinking?!"
"That's what I would like to know," Raven said, her voice full of anger and impatience.
"Hey, it was pretty funny," BB told her, "Turning into a raven and hiding in your room. Who knew you'd freak out like that though?" He winced, reminded of the bruises he has received in payment of his prank.
"You thought that was funny," Raven yelled.
"At least I have a sense of humor," BB muttered, a little too loud actually. Silence came over the group for a minute.
"Oh, look at the time," Robin said, staring at an invisible watch on his wrist, "Let's go get some lunch." Star stared back and forth blankly, "Star!" Robin grabbed her arm and began to drag her away.
"Oh," Star replied before willingly following Robin.
"I just remembered I need to recharge my battery," Cyborg said, who before leaving, whispered over to Beast Boy, "You in trouble!"
BB was left alone with Raven, so in a panic he cried out, "Hey! Guys? Don't we need to train...or clean or something? Anything?!" Receiving no reply, he did what anyone in his position would do. No, not stand and face the !!!
He quickly turned into a rhino and attempted to run left, but found himself stopped by Raven. Skidding suddenly and doing a U-turn, he turned into a cheetah, but was meet with a pair of dark shoes in front of him. Changing into an eagle, he flew to the ceiling, trying to reach the air vent and escape Raven's wraith, but found himself blocked again.
Taking one last chance and turning into a snake, he tried to slip into another room, only to once again by stopped by Raven, who was becoming more and more impatient. She had enough and lifted BB into the air with her powers. As he rose, BB turned into a chicken, clucking madly before changing back into himself again to try and beg for his life.
"I didn't mean anything by it Rae," he said, down on his knees and giving her a desperate look, "It was just a joke."
"First of all, don't call me Rae," Raven told him coldly, "Second, are pranks the only thing you're good for?"
"What do you mean by that," Beast Boy asked, sounding a little hurt.
"Think about it Beast Boy," Raven said, "You don't have Robin's fighting skills, strength like Cyborg, starbolts like Star or telekinesis like me. All you can do are some circus tricks."
"I do what I can," Beast Boy retorted.
"When was the last time you defeated a monster," she asked him, "Really, your powers just aren't good enough for the superhero profession. I don't even know why you're part of this team."
"I thought you trusted me," he told her, hurt in his voice, "I thought it was enough that I went into your mind and fought for you. Guess I was wrong." With that, he spun on his heel and walked away, a seldom seen scowl on his face. Raven waited until he was out of sight before retreating back to her room, the door slamming behind her.
The next morning at ten, everyone was in the kitchen. But this time, there was no fighting about meat and tofu from Cyborg and Beast Boy. No corny jokes sounded in the room and no green animals were wandering around the kitchen.
"Has anyone seen BB today," Robin asked, noticing the lack of the green titan. Cyborg shrugged. Raven didn't say anything, just continued to drink the herbal tea she had made that morning.
Star glanced up from her spot at the table, "I will go check on him," she volunteered. She exited from the kitchen and went to BB's room. The door was closed, of course, but no sound came from behind it. She knocked softly before cautiously easing the door open, "Beast Boy?"
She was surprised to see that the room was clean. For once she could actually see where his bed was. As she walked over, she noticed that the sheets were flat against the mattress, the pillow fluffed up. Upon reaching the bed, she discovered a solitary sheet of paper neatly folded on the pillow. Star picked it up, opening the page to read it.
When Star returned to the kitchen, silence met her. She was staring down at the note in her hand in shock. Robin was the first to appear at her side.
"What is it," he asked her. She didn't say a word, just silently handed him the paper, "What's this?"
"I found it in Beast Boy's room," she answered quietly, "I do not understand Robin. Where did he go?" Robin looked at her for a second before turning his eyes down to the note that he held.
"Well, read it out loud," Cyborg told him.
"Dear Titans," Robin read, "I've decided that I'm not good enough to be a part of the team. I'm going to go somewhere where I'll be appreciated for my skills. Consider this my resignation from the Teen Titans. BB."
"Big word," Raven commented indifferently from the table.
"He left," Cyborg asked, breaking the silence that followed after Raven's comment. He turned to Raven, "Don't you care at all?"
"I can't afford to care," Raven responded, "So Beast Boy's gone?"
"I can't believe you," Cyborg yelled at her, "One of your teammates runs off and all you can say is 'I can't afford to care'?"
"Do you think I can help it," Raven told him angrily, "I have to control my emotions, or did you forget? I can't go around crying for Beast Boy even if I wanted to."
Beast Boy flew down to the city in the form of a hawk. He landed on the ground, changing back into his normal self. It was still dark outside, but he could see fine with the light from the moon. After a moment, he decided that it wouldn't be the best idea to go wandering around the city, where most everybody knew him, and enemies could be anywhere. With this thought, he changed quickly into a dog, hoping that the light wouldn't give away his green fur.
He walked down the street, looking for somewhere to stay for the night. Since last night's argument, he didn't feel welcome in the tower. Maybe Raven was right, his powers weren't very helpful.
Hearing sounds from up the street, he curiously headed in that direction. Turning into the alley where the sounds came from, BB discovered three teens with spray paint cans, graffiti covering one of the brick walls.
The clicking of the dog's nails on the concrete caught one of the vandal's attention. He scowled down at the creature, "Get away from here you mutt!" The other two teens turned in BB's direction, "Stupid dog!"
One of them threw a spray can in his direction. In order to avoid being hit, Beast Boy changed back into his regular self, blocking the can with his hand. After that, no sound was heard for a while. "Awesome dude," one of the teens called, "How did you do that?"
"I have skills," BB said, enjoying the attention.
"We could use a guy like you," the second guy said after a second, "What do you say?" The teen held out his hand, which BB shook after a moment's hesitation. At least somebody appreciated his talent.
"All right," the first shouted, "Welcome to the gang!"
"I'm Blackjack," the second introduced himself, "These are Aqua and Idiot."
"Hey," Idiot yelled, crossing his arms angrily. He turned to BB, "I'm Shad, not idiot."
"You sure act like one," Aqua commented dryly. It was then that BB realized that it was a girl, "Idiot is just Blackjack's little nickname for him, because it's easier to say. Rolls off the tongue."
The three stepped into the light, allowing Beast Boy to have his first glimpse of them. Blackjack was the tallest of the three and had jet-black hair that touched his shoulders and piercing brown eyes, just a shade away from black.
Shad was in the middle with bleach blonde hair and light brown eyes. Aqua was the shortest and had dark blue hair, cut about an inch short of her shoulders. Ice-blue eyes showed slightly from behind too long bangs. All were wearing loose jeans and over-sized shirts, especially in Aqua's case because of her height.
"We'll show you to our place," Blackjack told the newcomer, "It's not far."
The next day, Beast Boy woke up to the smell of dust and dirt. Sitting up from the abandoned warehouse floor, he sneezed before taking a look around him. Blackjack was leaning against the far wall, eyes gazing before him. The other two were nowhere in sight. BB looked over at the leader.
"Where's Aqua and Shad," he asked. Blackjack looked calmly over at him.
"Finding you a disguise," Blackjack replied, "The green skin kinda...gives you away." BB chuckled quietly at this. He had almost forgotten about it, "They'll be back soon." Almost as if on cue, the two members walked in at that moment. They each dumped a pile of clothes on the floor.
"Have your pick," Shad told BB. Beast Boy walked over and sifted through the baggy jeans, loose sweatshirts, hats and gloves. He finally decided on some jeans with large pockets, a dark green sweatshirt, black gloves and a black baseball cap.
"Thanks," BB said, nodding at the two.
"Whatever," Aqua replied, "It was no problem." Even though the remark was sarcastic, BB thought he heard a bit of humor in the words.
"Good thing it's almost winter," BB commented on his outfit choice. The others laughed slightly at this.
"What's your name," Shad asked suddenly, "I just remembered that we...forgot to ask you that." Beast Boy froze. He couldn't tell them his real name...or they'd know that he was a Teen Titan...or used to be one.