A/N TT are not mine! R&R and enjoy! Don't forget: Constuctive Criticism is my friend.
Tug Of War
Raven's eyes scanned the page of her book. She was really engrossed in the story and hardly noticed the activity around her, in fact she was determined to ignore everything. There was no point in paying attention. Why bother? Beast Boy and Cyborg were engrossed in a Gamestation racing game, Robin and Starfire were engrossed with each other and Raven was better off not getting involved in any activity. She was safer that way. Raven was so busy empathizing with Frankenstein's monster that she didn't notice when Beast Boy and Cyborg finished their game.
"Ha! I so beat your green little butt!" Cyborg exclaimed doing a little victory dance.
"Of course you would," Beast Boy frowned, "You so cheated."
"Did not! Your just jealous because of my superior gaming skills," Cyborg blew a raspberry, "I'm hungry. Excuse me while I go make myself a victory sub. You want anything?"
Beast Boy shook his head, still pouting. He was busy being a sore loser. Beast Boy turned off the game console and looked around, immediately finding himself bored. Not feeling like following Cyborg to the kitchen to listen to him gloat Beast Boy walked up to Robin and Starfire who were sitting in a corner of the room chatting, their backs were turned. He was about to try and startle them before joining in on their conversation when he heard Starfire say: "So Robin, where do human babies come from?" Robin's face reddened and Beast Boy found that his cue to leave and silently thanked the powers that be that he wasn't in Robin's position no matter how bored he was.
Sighing Beast Boy returned to the couch and sat down next to Raven. She didn't seem to notice his presence at all. He opened his mouth to speak but thought better of it and watched her silently. Her brow wrinkled ever so slightly as she turned the page. Her indigo eyes began to scan the next page, moving left to right. She was a fast reader. A strand of hair fell in her face, but she didn't even blink. Without thinking Beast Boy brushed the stray lock of Raven's hair and tucked it behind her ear.
Without moving a muscle Raven's eyes looked to the side and fixed on him and glared at him with slight contempt. "What?" she asked.
"Uh, your hair, it um... fell in your eyes," Beast Boy said nervously, "Just thought I'd get it out of your way."
Raven looked back to her book and Beast Boy heaved an overdramatic sigh. He watched Raven for a minute, watched the slight changes in her expression and wondered what the book was about, since she obviously was enjoying it. Glancing at the title he wondered how close it was to all the "Frankenstein" movies out there.
"Not even close," Raven replied, turning the page.
"Huh?" Beast Boy asked. He didn't realize he had wondered that out loud.
"Those movies are nothing like the book," Raven shrugged. She closed her book and marked her page with her thumb, "All right Beast Boy, what do you want?" her tone of voice was flat and even, but had a slight hint of annoyance and at the same time interest.
"Nothing," he replied.
Raven put her hood up, "Then do you mind not staring at me? I'm trying to read. It's distracting."
"Right, sorry," Beast Boy nodded. "I'll be going now."
Raven didn't show it but she watched him with her eyes as he left and disappeared into the kitchen. When he was gone she grinned slightly and went back to her book.
"Cy, can I talk to you?" Beast Boy asked joining the human robot in the kitchen.
"I'm not going to play any rematch or best out of three," Cyborg said, taking a huge bite out of his sandwich. "I'm the champ and that's that." he added with a full mouth.
"It's not about the game, it's about Raven," Beast Boy said seriously.
Cyborg immediately gave him his full attention, "Why? What's wrong? Is she OK?"
"Huh? No, she's fine. It's me... Cyborg, I really like her, but I don't know what to do about it," Beast Boy confessed. "What do you think? Should I tell her? Should I ask her out? I mean it's Raven..."
Cyborg's face darkened. "No. You shouldn't. Forget about her, it would never work out, so save the heartache and give up before it goes too far."
Beast Boy pondered that a moment, confused. He did not expect such a definite negative answer. "Why do you say that?"
Cyborg's brown face blanched, "Because uh... I don't know. She's not your type."
"My type?" Beast Boy asked.
"Yeah, you know, blonde, perky, talkative and makes poor choices? The opposite of Raven."
"Cy, just because I dated Terra doesn't meant that's my type," Beast Boy frowned, "You don't know my type."
"Well, I know Raven's not your type so forget about it!" Cyborg snapped as he grabbed his plate and headed for the door.
Beast Boy jumped in front of him, blocking the exit, "Dude, what's your deal? All I do is ask for some advice and you throw it in my face like I did something wrong!"
"Listen BB, I'm your friend and I don't want to see you getting hurt again. You're just on the rebound or something. Just give up on Raven. If you want a different answer, ask someone else," Cyborg said icily, "Outta my way." Beast Boy watched dumbfounded as Cyborg stormed out of the kitchen.
Cyborg looked around the living area. He needed to talk to someone who was not Beast Boy or Raven. Robin and Starfire were talking. Robin looked very uncomfortable and Starfire looked fascinated, hanging on to his every word. Raven seemed to have left, probably to go meditate. Cyborg suddenly felt to urge to find her, but thought against it. He joined Robin and Starfire, "Hey are you guys busy, can I talk to you?" Cyborg asked, immediately cooling off after losing his temper with Beast Boy.
"Well, actually um... we were in the middle of discussing reprodu..." Starfire started.
"Yes! Please join us! What do you want to talk about?" Robin said as he exhaled with relief in a whoosh of air. "Our conversation can wait! Right Star?" He looked at her hopefully, like he would rather talk about anything other than whatever they were talking about.
Starfire looked disappointed for a moment but she brushed it off an brightened, "I suppose so. What is it that you wish to discuss Cyborg?"
"I have a huge problem, and I need your advice," Cyborg said.
"What is it?" Robin asked.
"OK, I have this um, friend who likes this girl and his other friend likes her too. What should I tell my friend so that he could still get the girl and not lose his other friend in the process?" Cyborg asked.
Robin grinned, "You like someone? Who is she?"
"No one! I uh, don't know. My friends latest crush," Cyborg shrugged.
"Oh come on Cy, it's obviously you. Let me guess, you and BB like the same girl?" Robin asked.
Cyborg sighed, "Yeah."
"So come on man, spill, who is she?" Robin asked gently punching him on the shoulder. "Is it that waitress at the pizzeria?"
Cyborg hesitated, "No. If I tell you guys who it is do you promise not to tell her? She can't know. Not until I figure out what to do. And BB can't know I like her either."
"Promise," Robin nodded.
"Your secret is safe with me," Starfire said solemnly with excited eyes.
"Raven," Cyborg replied. Robin and Starfire exchanged glances, their eyes widened. "I've had a crush on her ever since I've been in her head. I just didn't know how to act upon it. I was afraid to, I mean it's Raven. She's obviously not like other girls. You don't just boldly ask the girl out or tell her you like her. Problem is, my feelings for her have grown over the last year or so, and well... now that I know BB likes her too I really don't know what to do. If BB and Raven got together, I would go crazy and I already kick myself for not asking her out already. But if I do that now, it would probably ruin Beast Boy's and my friendship. I'm already angry at him even though I shouldn't be but I liked her first!" He said the last statement rather childishly and folded his arms.
"Cyborg, slow down," Starfire grinned, "I am sure that we can figure this out."
Robin however shook his head, "Cy, you know you should never let a girl get in the way of your friendship. Not only for your sake and Beast Boy's but for the team. Maybe you should both forget about it. No girl is worth ruining a friendship over."
"But this is Raven we're talking about. We both see her everyday, we all work together. I can't stand not being with her," Cyborg sighed, "I should've asked her out a long time ago, and this wouldn't have happened."
"Cy, it's because this is Raven we're talking about, and you and Beast Boy, it's because we all live and work together that you should both forget about her," Robin said, "Sorry buddy, but it's for the best."
"I don't think I can do that. Not anymore," Cyborg sighed. "And what about Beast Boy? Are you going to tell him that?"
Starfire cleared her throat, "On Tamaran, it is customary when two males wish to court the same female they must fight to the death if they do not find an alternative solution."
"You can't be serious..." Cyborg and Robin said in unison.
"I do not wish for you and Beast Boy to fight to the death, but perhaps you two can compete for Raven's affections," Starfire suggested. "After the competition, Raven can chose who she wishes to engage in courtship."
"I don't think that's a good idea..." Robin started.
"Well I think it's a great idea!" Beast Boy said defiantly, coming up from behind. "What do you say Cy?"
"You're on," Cyborg nodded.
"With my winning good looks and charming personality, I'll win Raven over for sure," Beast Boy gloated.
"Winning good looks? Say what? Dream on greenie!" Cyborg disagreed. The two argued their way out of the room.
"Star you made a big mistake suggesting that," Robin said.
Star shook her head, "No I have not. Do not worry Robin, it will be over soon and it will be all right."
"How do you know?"
"Because I know our friends. I already know who Raven will chose, and I know that Beast Boy and Cyborg are best friends and will stop fighting once they cool off, because deep down, they are too close of friends to let a girl, any girl ruin their friendship forever. The fight will not last," Starfire said with confidence. "Once Raven reveals her decision, they will eventually forgive each other."
"I can already see disaster, even if it does work out in the end. I mean, either way, someone will lose in the end," Robin sighed. "If you know things will turn out, how long do you think their feud will last?
"Not long. This is Raven we are talking about," Starfire smiled. "She will not allow them to fight for too long and since she is their object of affection, they will listen to her."
"So who is she going to pick? Cyborg or Beast Boy?" Robin asked.
Starfire shook her head, "No, no. I am sworn to confidence. I will not tell anyone what Raven has told me in secret."
"Fine," Robin replied, "But I hope you're right."
"I know I am," Starfire grinned. Her face turned serious as she returned to their prior conversation, "Now, where were we? Oh yes! Tell me again, because I do not understand. Please explain to me why exactly the male human cannot give birth?"