DISCLAIMER: The following lyrics used in this chapter are from "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day.

I want to thank everyone and anyone for their support through all of my different stories; I wish I could name all of you. It has truly has been a pleasure writing for a wonderful audience, and as long as you keep reading, I will keep typing away.

This story's main purpose is to show that BB and Raven have always had a connection with each other; just one they thought they never had. It takes place a couple of years before the Titans became a team. Enjoy the story, and reviews, like always, are kept in my folders for future reference, so please, review. Peace. -Jason

Crimson Shadows

Chapter 1: I Walk Alone

Beast Boy (Garfield Logan), age 14

Raven Roth, age 15

West Jump City, California; October 2002

Garfield Logan lay on his small, uncomfortable bed, blocking out the shrilling screams; it was something he had been used to for a long time. His foster parents had these confrontations more than once a night, and he was just thankful he wasn't involved in this particular one.

Growing up without guidance was just another burden on the poor teen's shoulders, and he was used to plenty of burdens. "Four foster families in just over a year. A new record," he thought miserably.

This was the life he knew; a loving family wasn't a part of the package. Tears ran his face and he started to cry silently, fearing the monsters in the next room would hear him. He wanted to escape, but then what? There was no place to go.

Gar raised his green hands in front him and shuddered. "I'm the monster, not them," he thought, feeling his heart wrench from his own hurtful words.

I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's home to me and I walk alone

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
and I'm the only one and I walk alone

Gar knew he was different; that was obvious. What kind of normal teenager can change into animals? "I would have settled for good, old-fashioned mood swings and hormones," he thought, and had to laugh. He could never tell ANYONE, period. It was too risky.

The changeling sighed. He had to get out for a while. Gar got up from the bed and opened the dusty, cracked window. The night sky was painted with glowing white stars and a layer of swirling, gray fog. He morphed into a falcon and soared out the window, leaving his troubles back in the small, depressing bedroom…

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone

Raven Roth walked the quiet, barren paths of the city, feelings of loneliness nothing new to the mysterious, dark girl. She would turn her head to look back every couple of seconds to watch for the prowlers that roamed the streets and did their evil biddings. Raven wondered if anyone felt as empty as she did. "Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes… why can't I stop them?" she thought, trying to hold back the tears.

Her life was an endless battle to stay alive. The girl used to sleep in the local shelter, but was kicked out after she almost killed another resident. "I'm cursed with these…powers," she spat, as if she had just said the most repulsive thing in the world.

"If one.." she started to think, but was interrupted as two shadows crept from the corner lot, and she could hear their laughter.

"Shit!" she screamed, and started to run as fast as she could in the other direction. Tears blinded her vision as she drunkenly maneuvered the sidewalks, and to her dismay, her foot caught a pothole and down she went, hitting her head on the sidewalk. The shadows stood next to her frail body and picked her up by her cloak. "Hey Ravey…we've been waiting forever for you. I'm gonna enjoy this," the man cackled, then grabbed for her shirt. She screamed and clawed at his face, fighting with everything she had. The man's partner forced Raven down on her back again, pinning her…

I'm walking down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line
Of the edge and where I walk alone

Read between the lines
What's fucked up and everything's alright
Check my vital signs
To know I'm still alive and I walk alone

Gar landed on Main Street and morphed back to his human form, stretching his muscles. Suddenly, his ears twitched and he listens closer… it sounded like a girl screaming. He ran and swirved past the corner… and saw two men forcing a girl his age onto the ground. "I'm gonna enjoy this," he heard one of them say. The young teen felt anger bubble up to the surface of his being; this was sick. He morphed into a rhino and charged at the men, careful not to hit the girl. The men flew up into the air and landed with a crack, with the sound of their ribs breaking.

"Are you OK?" Gar asked the frightened girl…

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone

Raven looked into the boy's green eyes and saw genuine compassion. "T-th-thank you," she stammered, then started to cry. The boy hugged her and patted her shoulder. "It's OK, it's OK…it's over."

Raven leaned into him, feeling the warmth of his body. She noticed his skin was green, as well as his hair. "So much for first impressions. I'm Garfield," the boy smiled, offering his hand. "Raven," she said, taking his hand…

Well ,what do you think? Reviews always appreciated. Chapter 2 up soon. Thanks!