Title: Shattered – (dedicated to the song by the Rolling Stones.)

Author: Vinnie the Geek

From the diary of Koriand'r: Earth date May 18, 2004

Dearest friend Diary,

Today was a most eventful day. There are so many, many things to tell you, that I do not know where to start. So I will start at the very beginning. This morning, I awakened from my sleep. I think it was about 7:49 in the A.M. I did not sleep very well at all, because my sheets became entangled in my arms and legs again. My pillow also did that horrible thing where the covering-material becomes bunched up at the end opposite the end with the opening…

From the diary of Koriand'r: Earth date May 18, 2004. Page 6 of daily entry.

So then, Beastboy told friend Cyborg that he would not prepare anything with meat in it. Cyborg called Beastboy a very bad name. After that, Beastboy went to the food-preservation unit, and removed a (steak?) and waved it at Cyborg. He told Cyborg that if he wanted to eat meat that he would have to - (I am now blushing, thinking of what Beastboy said to Cyborg about where the Steak should be stored. I cannot tell you more detail.) So then Cyborg told Beastboy that he would 'pound' him. Beastboy said that he would have to catch him first…

From the diary of Koriand'r: Earth date May 18, 2004. Page 17 of daily entry.

Then friend Raven got mad, and told Robin that he was being an idiot. She was very loud. Robin was very red in the face and was, I am sure, about to say something for which I would have had to punish him. Again.

Right at that very moment, the Titans Crime Alert (or TCA, as Cyborg wishes us to address it by) sounded, and Raven and Robin rushed over to the con-sole to see what the emergency was. They were making very angry faces at each other, and shoving and pushing, to see who got to view the alert message first…

From the diary of Koriand'r: Earth date May 18, 2004. Page 19 of daily entry.

Then Robin said that was good, because he did not want Raven's help anyway. Friend Raven replied that it was good that she and I were to going to stop Gizmo, Jinx and Mammoth, because everyone knew that she and I were the only ones with real superpowers, and Robin would only get his, um, sitting-end kicked. That is not exactly what she said, but I do not want to write the bad word. Raven and I flew to the southeast edge of town. We went past my favorite park, but Raven was very sure that we did not have time to feed the duck-creatures. The teens from the H. I. V. E. Academy had robbed a jewelry store, and were fleeing southward, towards the mountains. We caught up with them just outside of a cave entrance on the northeast end of a small clearing in the piney trees. The three villains ran into the cave entrance and Raven followed. I followed Raven inside. We passed through a short entrance tunnel and found ourselves in a large chamber. It was very dark. I used a handful of starbolt energy to illuminate the room. I just managed to catch a view of Mammoth as he exited the large chamber by another small tunnel. Then the tunnel he entered collapsed behind him. Raven says that he made the tunnel collapse on the purpose of to trap us. Raven shouted to look out behind us. Just as I turned, I saw Jinx and Gizmo run to the entrance tunnel we had just come from. Raven yelled something I did not hear just as the cavern started to explode and collapse all around us…

Entry from the diary of Ri'is al Tri'vinthos entan Ki'in , May 18, 2004.

Bad morning…

From the diary of Koriand'r: Earth date May 18, 2004. Page 20 of daily entry.

When I awoke, Raven had her hand on my – chest – and her face was very, very close to mine. I felt very strange. Her small hand on my – chest – felt not inappropriate there. Her face was so close that I could smell her aroma. It was most pleasing. I had never noticed that she had such lovely skin, less-flaws. I felt unable to breathe properly. I lay quietly, hoping to find out what Raven would do next. Was she going to offer to love-make me? Her ears are very cute, too. Her hair brushed my face and it tickled. That is why I moved a little bit and scared Raven. I did not know that her eyes could get that big! She quickly removed her hand from my – chest – and held it covered against her chest with the other hand, as if it was injured. Her whole face turned a most attractive shade of pink. Did I ever say that pink is my favorite color? Raven seemed like she was trying to talk, but she was unable to make words that I could understand. I finally asked her if she had injured her vocal cords, and she tried to answer my question. She said nuh nuh nuh no. I asked her why she had been touching my – chest – and she turned even more pink. Actually, I think her face was more of a blotchy reddish hue. She said that I had been knocked off, or was it out? Anyway, she said that she was concerned for my welfare. Her hand was on my – chest – she said, because she was trying to determine my heart beating. She was talking better as she went on. It seemed the damage to her voice was very minor, after all. Raven told me that the reasoning for the very close proximity of her face to mine was that she wished to ensure that I was breathing. I said oh, and smiled one of my thank–you–for–caring-friend smiles. For some reason, she got mad at me for saying just that one little word. She began having trouble talking again and said something about 'not funny' and 'I would never touch you ffffffffor…' and 'I don't like girls.' I told her that I liked everyone, but I think I like her best, and I gave her a big hug, and kissed her on the cheek. Lots of things blew up in the cavern then…

Entry from the diary of Ri'is al Tri'vinthos entan Ki'in , May 18, 2004.

During battle, Starfire got hit on the head. I think she likes me…

From the diary of Koriand'r: Earth date May 18, 2004. Page 32 of daily entry.

Robin was being very mean to me again. He said I was being dumb! That did not make me feel good. I was hoping to talk to him about my feelings for Raven, but now I have no one to talk to…

Entry from the diary of Ri'is al Tri'vinthos entan Ki'in , May 18, 2004.

Strange, thinking of Starfire gives me a warm, funny feeling. Oops, just blew up hairbrush…

From the diary of Koriand'r: Earth date May 18, 2004. Page 32 of daily entry.

Robin is such a jerk. I told him to apologize to me, and tell me that he desires to kiss me, and he just made a face and ran away. Beastboy and Cyborg laughed a lot, and then returned to smashing virtual cars in Demolition Derby Deathmatch on the Playingstation. I was very angry with Robin, and confused about Raven. I determined that I must see Raven to discuss my problems, before I got the grilnaarbs. Raven's room was open, so I walked in…

Entry from the diary of Ri'is al Tri'vinthos entan Ki'in , May 18, 2004.

…can't believe Starfire walked in without asking. She said 'you're door was not closed and locked like it usually is, so I thought maybe you also wanted to see me.' I told her no, I did not want to see her, not particularly. I asked her to leave, but then she practically ordered me to listen to her, saying 'No, Raven, you must allow me to talk to you, now!' Then she went into this long explanation about her and Robin. (Robin is such a jerk.) Then she grabbed my face and kissed me…

From the diary of Koriand'r: Earth date May 18, 2004. Page 33 of daily entry.

Raven looked at me like she did not recognize her good friend Starfire. The her glass of water exploded. She asked me why I kissed her. I explained the funny feelings I had in my stomach since Raven had touched my – chest. And how good she smelled, and how pretty she was, and how nice her hair was, and how it tickled, and how she was nicer to me than Robin, sometimes, and how her lips were very exciting when they were one inch from my face…

Entry from the diary of Ri'is al Tri'vinthos entan Ki'in , May 18, 2004.

…went on and on. Then she asked if I liked the kiss. That was not good. I am going to have to buy a whole new bookshelf, now…

From the diary of Koriand'r: Earth date May 18, 2004. Page 33 of daily entry.

…and I helped her pick up all of the books. She said thank you, and gave me a hug and said that yes, she did 'kind of' like my kiss. So I kissed her again, and hugged her at the same time..

Entry from the diary of Ri'is al Tri'vinthos entan Ki'in , May 18, 2004.

Without thinking, I said yes, I did like our kiss. So then she grabbed me in a bear hug, and kissed me again. I suddenly came to the realization that nothing was blowing up…

From the diary of Koriand'r: Earth date May 18, 2004. Page 23 of daily entry.

…again and again and again and again. I am pretty sure she liked it. She did not threaten to hurt me, even though her face got very pinkish-red and she was having trouble breathing. That feeling in my stomach got more noticeable, but I felt very healthy, except that I also was breathing hard. But I do not feel sick, I feel wonderful! Then Raven told me that I should use my hand to check her heartbeat…