A/N: So I'm guessing everyone is ready to tar and feather me for not updating any of my stories for months! But there is a reason! My computer got a virus and all my files got destroyed, so I lost the chapter of "A New Way Of Seeing" I was working on. I'm trying to rewrite it, but until then, please accept this as an offering of apology.
What's so Great About Valentine's Day?
Love was in the air.
Raven wrinkled her nose as Starfire sprayed yet another sample of perfume into the air. "Come on", Raven said, dragging her away from the display. "We're here for groceries, not cologne."
"But the aromas are most pleasing," Starfire chirped. "And the decorations for this Festival of Love are quite joyous!"
The "Festival of Love" Starfire referred to was St. Valentine's Day. It wasn't even February yet, but the supermarket was already decked out in pink and red, and already had that one aisle filled to the brim with cards, candy, and those ridiculous singing animals. Naturally, Starfire found that area with all the accuracy of a heat-seeking missile finding lava.
Resigning herself to a long morning, Raven sighed as Starfire became enchanted by a gorilla singing "Wild Thang".
What's so great about Valentine's Day, anyway?
"'What's so great about Valentine's Day?!'" Beast Boy goggled at her for a while. It was February fourth and Raven had just presented him with the question. At which time he almost fell off the edge of the roof where he was sitting.
Raven suppressed the urge to roll her eyes. "It's a pointless holiday designed to make naive fools spend hundreds of dollars on wilted flowers, tasteless candy, and folded paper filled with pretty, meaningless words."
Beast Boy opened and closed his mouth several times before actually speaking. "Well... yeah. I mean... I guess you have a point... but that's not all V-day is about!"
She raised a disbelieving eyebrow.
"Like... what about the people who give the gifts? Or get them! Those pretty words aren't so meaningless to them." He grinned triumphantly.
This time, Raven had to suppress the urge to snort. "If a person really cares about someone, he wouldn't need a specified day to show it."
She ended the conversation, standing and walking away, leaving Beast Boy gaping after her.
To say Beast Boy was distracted for the rest of the day would have been an understatement.
"Yo, B! What's up with you, man?"
Beast Boy snapped out of his daze. "Huh...?"
Cyborg raised an eyebrow at him. "That's the fifth time I've beaten you today. It's like you're not even tryin'."
Beast Boy looked down at his game controller without actually seeing it. "Sorry. Guess I've got a lot on my mind, is all."
"Like what?" Cyborg grinned. "Don't' have a date for the Valentine's Day party yet?"
Beast Boy scratched his chin thoughtfully. "A date," he murmured. "A date..." A grin broke out on his face. "It's perfect! Cy, you are a genius!"
"Huh?" Cyborg blinked after him. "What'd I say?"
But Beast Boy was already gone.
Beast Boy knocked on Raven's door. "Raven?" No answer. He pressed his ear to the door. She was in there. He could hear her breathing. "Raven?" He knocked again. Then again.
"What do you want?!'
Beast Boy gulped. Were her eyes taking on a red hue?
"Hi...," he squeaked. He cleared his throat before continuing. "Hi, Raven. Look, I just got this great idea!"
"Tell someone who cares." She started to close the door, but Beast Boy held it open.
"Bear with me, here. Look, you don't like Valentine's day, right?"
Raven frowned. "Right."
"Have you ever experienced it?"
He waved his arm dramatically. "You know. Experienced it. The whole V-day scene. Have you ever gotten a Valentine, or gone out or anything?"
Her frown got even deeper, if that was possible. "Is there a point to this?"
"Yes!" He grinned. "You don't' like Valentine's Day because you've never celebrated it! Here's my idea: Robin is taking Star out on the fourteenth, and Cyborg has a date with Sarah. We'd be here alone, anyway, so why not let me show you how to have fun of Valentine's Day?" Grin.
Raven blinked, a little stunned. "You mean... like a date?"
Beast Boy jumped back a step. "No! Not a date date. More like... a date between friends."
Raven stepped out of her room, allowing the door to shut behind her, and brushed past Beast Boy. "That has got to be the dumbest idea you've ever come up with."
Beast Boy made a few offended noises. "It is not. I've thought up much dumber ideas than that! Wait... I mean I..." He scratched his head. "What I meant to say was.... um..."
Raven rubbed her temples. "If I say I'll go with you, will you shut up?!"
Beast Boy's mouth closed abruptly, then widened into a grin. "Sure!"
She sighed. "Fine. I'll go."
"Awesome!" He ran past her, heading for the living room. "You'll never live to regret it!" he called.
Raven rubbed her temples again. "If I'm lucky, I'll never live to go through it."
A/N: Please Review. I'll try to write more as soon as I can.