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Author's note: Sorry for taking so long to write this, but my brain kept going blank on me. Any ways, thank you for all of the reviews! (23 already!) Let me know what you think of this chapter.
Chapter 4: Star Ball
When Beast Boy awoke in the morning, he gave a contented sigh and stared up at the ceiling. He felt extremely happy, though he couldn't quite remember why. He rolled over sliding his hand under his pillow, his fingers brushing a paper. Oh yeah! Raven and the Star Ball! Beast Boy jumped out of bed and busied around his room, tending to Cherub while his mind raced.
This is so incredibly cool! But what am I going to wear? My normal uniform? But that seems kind of.. too normal… I'll have to ask Robin if he's going, and what he's wearing.
"Ouch!" Beast Boy looked down see Cherub attempting to eat his hand, "All right! Hang on, I'm getting your food!"
After he had finished taking care of Cherub, Beast Boy pulled out a pen and a piece of paper and sat down. Now, I need to tell Raven yes…
I would love to go with you!
Beast Boy opened his door and with a "poof!" transformed into a bird. He clasped the letter in his beak and flew to Raven's room. Once there he transformed back and looked around carefully. He laid his head against the door and listened intently. Suddenly the door opened and Beast Boy fell over.
"What are you doing?" Asked Raven staring down at Beast Boy.
"Nothing!" Exclaimed Beast Boy, turning into a cheetah and racing away. Raven looked after him with a raised eyebrow. Glancing at the floor where he had been, she spotted a letter. Bending down, she picked up the letter. On the front was scrawled, "Raven". She opened it and read the contents. A smile slowly spread across her face.
"So, uh, are you guys planning on going to the Star Ball?" Beast Boy asked the male half of the Teen Titans as they sat around in the living room. Arrow was reading a book, while Robin and Cyborg arm wrestled for the remote to the TV.
"The what?" asked Cyrborg, pinning Robin's arm to the table.
"Aw man, your cybernetics give you an advantage," complained Robin looking up.
"I am considering it," replied Arrow, glancing up briefly from his book.
"Yeah, I'd like to go with Starfire," said Robin, "why?"
"Uh, well, you see… I was, well, am…"
"Spit it out already!" exclaimed Cyborg.
"I'm-going-with-Raven-and-don't-know-what-to-wear,-so-I-was-wondering-what-you-guys-thought-and-if-you're-planning-on-going?" Beast Boy said extremely fast, so that the words seemed to merge into one. The others blinked.
"There does not appear to be much of a dress code, besides fancy costumes," replied Arrow, "I was thinking of adding a blue cloak to a slightly fancier version of my normal outfit."
"Really? What about you Robin?"
"Oh, I have an idea in mind," said Robin, smiling secretively.
"I can't believe you guys would rather go to some fancy ball, when the football club is having a party!" said Cyborg.
"Arrow!" Terra called in a sing song voice as she walked into the room.
"Yes?" asked Arrow, setting down his book.
"Would you go to the ball with me?"
"It would be my pleasure," Arrow smiled at her. Terra returned the smile.
Starfire and Raven, with her hood down, walked in. Raven smiled at Beast Boy, who felt a sudden lurching sensation somewhere in the vicinity of his stomach.
"Hey Starfire," said Robin, standing up, "I've been meaning to ask you. Will you go to Star Ball with me?"
"Oh I would love to!" cried Starfire excitedly, clasping her hands together, "I have heard so many tales about Earth's special dances, where you move your body to music and hold your loved one close!"
"Uh, right," said Robin, "I'm looking forward to it."
"We need to prepare our dresses! The Star Ball is only a week away!" Cried Starfire, grabbing Raven and Terra dragging them back out of the room.
Four days later, Beast Boy surveyed his new outfit in a full body-length mirror. Arrow was examining it critically.
"I don't know Arrow, I know I normally wear pink, but…" Beast Boy trailed off, eyeing the tunic and pants he was wearing, along with black boots. A black sash was tied around his waist.
"Technically, it's a shade of fuchsia, and I think it goes good with your natural green color. The only other color that would go exceptionally well would be red, but then you'd run the risk of looking like a Christmas tree."
Three more days, thought Beast Boy, as his stomach practiced its somersaults.
Two more days.
One more day.
The day of the Star Ball (which was to start at 8:00 that evening) dawned bright and clear. Beast Boy slept late, only waking up when he felt a tugging on his hair.
"Oww, gentle ladies… Raven don't pull my hair…" Mumbled Beast Boy. Something licked his cheek and he laughed, "That tickles!"
Finally opening his eyes, Beast Boy saw Cherub's black face snuffling at him.
"Ah! Cherub, what are you doing out of your stall?" Beast Boy sat up and looked around. His room was even more of a mess than usual, with several papers and blankets shredded. "Aw man… I guess you're hungry, huh?"
Beast Boy got up and fed Cherub, then proceeded with cleaning his stall and changing his water. He was picking up pieces of blanket and paper when there was a knock on the door.
"Hey Beast Boy!" called Arrow, "When do you want me to drop off your suit?"
"I think you'd better keep it for now," said Beast Boy as he opened the door, "Otherwise Cherub might eat it."
Suddenly Beast Boy stiffened in shock. Arrow grinned at him.
"Just remember about tonight, did you?"
"Yeah! What time is it?"
"It's around ten."
Beast Boy's stomach gave a loud rumble as he followed Arrow towards the kitchen. How can it be hungry when I'm so nervous? Wondered Beast Boy. He managed to gulp down some breakfast, then watched TV for the remainder of the morning. He hardly touched his lunch, much to the amazement of Cyborg and Robin, who ate with their normal voracity. The girls had chosen to eat in Starfire's room, saying they had some last minute things to work on.
As the afternoon drew to a close, Beast Boy took to pacing around the living room, much to the annoyance of Cyborg who was trying to get to a new level on Super Psyched Out Space Racer. Robin had disappeared into his room shortly after lunch, as had Arrow.
"BB, would you stop pacing? It's distracting!" said Cyborg.
"Yeah, whatever," said Beast Boy, distractedly, continuing to pace. Around seven, Arrow entered the living room, wearing an ice blue tunic with silver sequins around the collar and cuffs. He had on white pants and a silver sash around his waist, along with silver boots.
"Beast Boy, when are you going to get changed?"
"Huh? Oh yeah!" exclaimed Beast Boy in alarm. He changed into a cheetah and raced to Arrow's room. Arrow followed him, shaking his head in mild amusement. Beast Boy changed quickly, then joined Arrow by the hover car that Arrow had brought with him. They had decided that Arrow would bring Robin and Beast Boy with him, and they would meet the girls at the Star Ball.
Cyborg entered the garage and waved good by as he got into his own car. He lowered the window and called out, "Hey BB, have a fun time with your girlfriend!"
Beast Boy stuck his tong out at Cyborg, who grinned and started his engine. The car zoomed out of the garage.
"Where's Robin? We're going to be late!" said Beast Boy, turning to Arrow.
"No we're not, I'm right here," Said a voice behind Beast Boy, causing him to jump into the air. He spun and stared wide eyed at Robin. He was wearing black boots and black pants. His shirt was blue and black, and his black eye mask seemed more angular than normal.
"Man Robin, that's quite different from your normal costume!" Exclaimed Beast Boy. Robin grinned.
"I call it, Night Wing."
They arrived at the huge building in which the Star Ball was to be held. They showed their tickets to the man at the door and he let them in. They followed the signs to the ball room. It was huge. Music was drifting from speakers on the wall. A large multifaceted ball was suspended from the ceiling, scattering light across the room in a star like pattern. Chandeliers hung from the ceiling, with multicolored electric lights. Beast Boy, Arrow and "Night Wing" stood by a side entrance, waiting for the girls.
"Arrow!" Terra's voice called from the direction of a nearby balcony. Looking over, the boys saw three beautiful ladies descending the stairs. Their jaws dropped as they took in the sight. Terra wore a pink dress with a low cropped top. Starfire was resplendent in a flowing purple gown, which showed off her figure quite nicely, and was swirly at the bottom. Raven had on an iridescent black dress with purple sequins bordering the shoulder straps and tunic area.
Terra walked up to Arrow and gazed at him appreciatively.
"You look stunning," said Arrow, "Would you like to dance with me?"
"Thank you, I'd love to."
"Hello beautiful," Robin walked forward to meet Starfire. He held out his hand, "May I have this dance?"
"Robin?" said Starfire incredulously, "Or… Night Wing?"
"Either name will work," Robin/Night Wing said, smiling at her.
"I would be honored to dance with you, Night Wing," said Starfire, placing her hand in Robin's.
"Hello," Raven said to Beast Boy, stopping beside him. She smiled shyly, "You look really cute."
Beast Boy was opening and closing his mouth like a fish out of water.
"Do you… want to dance?" asked Raven.
Beast Boy made a strange, almost gurgling, noise.
"Are you all right?" asked Raven, her face concerned.
"Oh yes, I'm perfectly fine," replied Beast Boy, in a dreamy sort of voice. He shook himself, "Dance? I- sure, let's dance!"
Beast Boy grabbed Raven by the arm and dragged her onto the dance floor. The tune was a fast one, and soon Beast Boy was back in his normal grove. He was dancing so exuberantly, that a couple of the people around them backed away. Beast Boy glanced at Raven and was amazed to see her smiling in amusement.
The song ended and a slow one came on. Night Wing and Starfire smoothly transitioned to a waltz, Night Wing placing one hand on Starfire's waist. They gazed into each other's eyes, allowing the music to flow through them.
Arrow gracefully led Terra through the dance. She leaned into him as they twirled around the floor, the lights shining off their golden blonde hair.
Beast Boy hesitated. Raven placed his hand on her side, and led him through the steps.
"Wow Raven," Beast Boy whispered, "When did you learn to waltz?"
Raven smiled at him, "It's a long story."
The three couples continued to dance through the night, only taking short breaks to catch their breaths and get refreshments. At midnight the music ended, and the announcer told everyone to find a comfy spot in the roof top garden to watch the fireworks presentation.
Terra and Arrow chose a large rock and settled themselves down on it. Terra leaned against Arrow, looking up into the sky.
Starfire wrapped her arms around a startled Night Wing and carried him through the air, to land on a less crowded rooftop. They sat on a bench which had been quite conveniently placed there.
Beast Boy led Raven under a secluded lilac tree. They sat down cross-legged. As they watched the fireworks, Raven took hold of Beast Boy's hand. He looked at her in surprise. She blushed and looked away, but kept her hold on his hand.
The fireworks were spectacular, though Beast Boy felt that his night with Raven had been far more amazing. He sighed contentedly and gazed up at rainbow colors dancing across the sky…
Author's note: I know, I know, it's really short… But some is better than none, right? I do have more planned, if I can just manage to find the time and mood to write it…