OMG! This is the first time I have had access to my comp in, like, three months! Sorry guys! But I've had a hell of a rough time, so…yeah. But I'll do the best I can.
"Are you feeling better, Terra?"
"A little. Thanks, BB."
"It was no problem," he replied, in the same strained voice. Terra smiled gratefully, but soon the smile turned sinister.
"Such an easy soul to manipulate…"
Her voice had changed. It was now raspy and hoarse. Her hair turned dark…her face began to transform…
Beast Boy blinked. He looked around blankly. "What happened?" He turned to face Terra, but he saw the innocent blonde staring back at him.
"BB, are you all right? You look strange."
"Yeah, but…how did I end up here?"
Terra giggled. "Oh, Beast Boy, you're so funny! You took me up here after I got here, remember?"
A loud bang made the two of them jump and turn around. Raven stood in the doorway, looking mad enough to kill.
"WHAT DID YOU DO TO STARFIRE?" she yelled.
"Wh-what are you talking about, Raven?" Terra asked nervously.
"You know what you did. Don't play innocent with me!"
"Terra! Raven! Cool it!" Beast Boy yelled, running between them. "What happened to Starfire, Raven?"
Raven shot Terra an evil glare before answering, "Starfire passed out not too long ago, at the same time Terra was having her…fit."
"Her what?" Beast Boy asked, as Terra asked, "Are you sure about this?"
"Positive. I checked the security cameras with Cyborg. I also saw some other things that are just as important," Raven added, disgust audible in her expression. Beast Boy looked puzzled.
"Will someone tell me what the hell is going on here?" he cried in exasperation.
"I will," Raven and Terra volunteered in unison. They both glared at each other.
"Um…I think Raven should explain. She seems to know more about the situation," Beast Boy remarked, sweat-dropping at their persistent rivalry.
"Thank you. Would you please give us a moment?" she asked Terra. Terra scowled and left the room rather hesitantly.
"OK, here's what happened…"
And so Raven proceeded to tell the changeling everything that had happened (to her knowledge) since Terra set foot in the tower, excluding her emotional explosion in her room.
"So…Terra was controlling Starfire?" he asked.
"Not exactly. Her aura was overpowering Starfire's. I'm not exactly sure what it means, though, or why it happened."
"And…you're saying I've been acting all touchy feely around Terra?"
"Yes, and vice versa."
He shuddered. "That's weird, 'cause I don't remember any of it."
Raven was surprised. She had wondered why he had been asking her so many questions in the first place. "You…don't remember?"
Beast Boy shook his head. "None of it."
"What's the last thing you do remember?"
Beast Boy thought for a moment. "I remember the whole thing when she got here and…well…um…" he struggled to put it another way. "I remember taking her to her room, and she said something about how she was so excited to be back…then…I don't remember anything else."
"She must have done something to him when they were alone in there," Raven thought, although the thought of Terra and Beast Boy alone was really starting to bug her. She shoved it to the back of her mind and continued, "Terra's definitely not herself—"
"No kidding," Beast Boy mumbled. "Hey, Raven, where are you going?"
Raven kept on talking like she hadn't heard a thing he had said. "—and I'm going to find out why."
"Wow, are you sure you're OK after all that?" Cyborg asked a very exhausted Starfire.
"Yes, friend Cyborg, quite sure."
"I think the whole thing was pretty stressful," Robin whispered to Cyborg.
"You're not kidding, man. Look at her, she's completely worn out!" he whispered back.
The boys' heads swiveled around to see a dejected-looking Terra. Since the couch was fully occupied (Starfire was lying across it with Robin and Cyborg sitting near her head), Terra made her way to a nearby chair and collapsed into it.
"Raven wanted me to leave her and BB alone, so I'm stuck out here."
"What did you do to Starfire?" Robin asked calmly, although rage was threatening to take over him.
"I haven't done anything! Honest!" Terra defended.
"Oh? Then how come your spazz occurred at the same time Starfire passed out?" Robin asked again.
"…spazz? Interesting word choice…" Cyborg gave Robin a skeptical look. He shrugged in response.
"Coincidence, I guess. Or maybe—"
"Oh, please, Terra, you're not giving them that lame excuse, are you?" Raven asked from the doorway. Seconds later, Beast Boy arrived.
"I'm only answering his question," Terra answered, pretending to be hurt.
"C'mon, guys…" Beast Boy said nervously, looking between the two.
"Why don't we all just go to our rooms and chill?" Cyborg suggested, seeing a potential war. The titans all agreed, although it was only 2:30.
Terra sulked all the way out of the living room. Her room was down an entirely different hallway, so as soon as she turned the corner, she sprinted down the corridor. She whizzed down another and skidded to a halt in front of her room. She threw open the door and closed it forcefully again once she was inside. Calmly, she approached her bed and removed her laptop from beneath the mattress. Then she sat on her bed and began to type…
Meanwhile, Beast Boy had heard the slamming of Terra's door. Instead of returning to his own room, he walked down the hallways and stopped to listen at her door. There were faint voices behind the door, and he pressed his ear against it. Despite his animal hearing, he could only get some of what they were saying.
"…your job going well?" Slade's voice was heard. It was jerky and cut off in places by static, so the changeling assumed it was coming from a machine.
"Yes, of course." Terra's voice was easy to hear.
"…want you to finish up."
"And I assume you'll hold up your end?"
"…sending assistance. You'll have your reward."
"…no way to talk. You're sure…Samara?"
Beast Boy gasped. Did he just hear the name Samara? But, if Slade was addressing her, and Terra answered, then that meant…no, that wasn't right. He was just jumping to far-fetched conclusions. The voices were becoming harder to hear, so Beast Boy morphed into an ant and crawled up the doorframe and through the crack between it and the door. What he saw almost made him shriek in surprise.
It wasn't Terra who was talking to the computer. It was someone else. Another girl. She had dark, mangled hair, which hid her face. Her skin was rotting and wet, and she was dripping water everywhere. Beast Boy quickly crawled back out and morphed into human form.
"No way…" he whispered aloud. He immediately covered his mouth.
"I think someone is listening in. I'll be sure to finish tonight."
"Good…paper work will explain everything."
A clicking noise was heard, and then some rustling. Beast Boy stood, frozen to the spot, as everything he had just heard processed. Terra…her strange behavior…Starfire…Samara…it all made sense now.
The door opened, and Beast Boy panicked, but didn't move. He expected to see the same ghastly sight as before, but he only saw Terra.
"Oh, hey, BB. What's wrong?" she asked, noticing how afraid he was.
Terra looked stunned, but a split second later, her expression changed. "Beast Boy, I'm worried about you. You're seeing things!"
"No, I'm not! What did you do to the real Terra?" he asked, but he wasn't afraid anymore. He was enraged.
"No, you're Samara, and you're here to kill us!"
"I would never kill you or our friends!"
"WHAT IN AZARATH'S NAME IS GOING ON HERE?" Raven's voice bellowed from around the corner.
"Raven! Thank God you're here! Terra—!" But before he could finish, Terra grabbed his face and kissed him. He was so shocked that he didn't move. (A/N: OMIGOD, EW! I didn't write that. WBH starts performing every ritual to remove curses that she knows Uncurse me uncurse me…btw I hate Terra so this is not BBxT. Just necessary to the plot. I'll make up for it later I swear!)
"What happened, Beast—?" Raven's eyes widened when she saw the scene before her. The rest of the titans followed her.
"AUGH! Didn't need to see that!" Robin cried.
"Oh…he didn't…" Cyborg muttered.
"I never thought he would…" Starfire began.
"What the hell are you doing?"
Beast Boy shoved Terra away and shouted, "No, Raven! It's not what you think! She—!"
"She's got a new partner in crime! That's you, traitor!" Raven shouted back.
"You gotta listen to me, Rae! You have to believe me." For a minute, Raven seemed to calm down. Beast Boy approached her slowly and tried to put a hand on her shoulder.
"DON'T YOU DARE TOUCH ME!"
The changeling drew his hand away in terror. Then Starfire tried.
"Raven, Beast Boy has something to say, so why don't we—?"
"I'm sorry, Starfire, I can't."
The empath turned on her heel and, without a second glance, disappeared around the corner.
"Why did you do that?" Robin asked, glad that Terra was standing a good 15 feet away.
"But I didn't! Terra did!"
"What? I didn't start it!"
"Yes you did! You did it so that I wouldn't tell them that—!"
"Tell us what?" Starfire asked.
"That Terra is actually Samara!" Beast Boy finished. He received sweat-drops around the room.
"Man, that is the worst excuse I have ever heard," Cyborg said, shaking his head.
"But it's true!" Beast Boy was frantic. He needed them to believe him. Raven certainly didn't.
"We cannot believe you when you have been so unkind to friend Raven," Starfire said, looking at the floor.
"He doesn't get it," Robin said.
"C'mon, y'all. Let's go."
They weren't listening. They had abandoned him, all because of Terra.
"No, Samara!" he corrected himself. He had now left Terra's bedroom door and was walking to his own. He had a lot of things to figure out.
Dinner had passed in complete silence. Raven refused to take her normal place beside Beast Boy and Robin had offered to switch. So now she sat at the end of the kitchen-table sofa next to Starfire. Robin sat next to her, then Beast Boy, then Terra, and lastly, Cyborg. The half-robot seemed a bit uncomfortable sitting next to her, but he didn't complain.
Terra left the table early, as she was the first one done. Raven was about to leave as well, but Beast Boy crawled past Cyborg and stood in front of the doors.
"Move, grass stain," Raven ordered.
He stood defiant. "I can explain, Raven."
Raven continued to stare him down. "It's pretty clear. No explaining is necessary. Now move."
"I'm not moving until you hear me out."
Beast Boy yelped as black energy encased his body. The next thing he knew, he was being thrown across the room. His head was the first to hit the wall and he slumped over, unconscious. Raven took no notice of what she had done and continued down the hallway. Her insides felt like they were burning from the inside out, but she couldn't tell whether it was from anger or remorse.
When she arrived at her room, she locked herself in and lie down on her bed, staring at the ceiling in deep thought.
"…Why did you do that?" a small voice asked in her head.
"Because I had to."
"Why did you have to? Don't you feel a little guilty?"
"Not at all."
"…Are you sure?"
"Why are you so mad, anyhow?"
"Because he betrayed us!"
"Wrong! He betrayed YOU."
"Yup. I think it's time you admit to yourself that you—"
Raven sat bolt upright as she cried the last two words. "I have to stop talking to myself…" she mumbled.
But then a thought from before resurfaced. Was she feeling jealousy towards Terra? And what had her conscience meant when it said "he betrayed YOU?"
Then it came back to her; that morning, when she and Beast Boy had been in the living room together. They had shared a moment that Raven had denied to herself for the rest of the day. No matter how hard she tried to suppress it, she still felt like that was part of the whole reason that she hated Terra.
Meanwhile, Beast Boy was still unconscious. Various thoughts drifted across his mind.
"…I wonder what happened to the real Terra…"
"…I hope Rae's OK…"
"…What should I do? How am I gonna convince the others…?"
"…Maybe it would be a good idea to apologize…"
"…She'd just slam the door in my face…"
"…I have to warn everyone about Samara…!"
Beast Boy snapped back to reality and realized (after hitting his head on the top bunk frame) that he was in his room. Looking around, he also realized Terra was sitting on the floor next to his mattress.
"Oh, you're awake!"
Beast Boy scrambled out of bed and backed away from her. "Get away from me…"
"Beast Boy, what's wrong?"
Beast Boy just stared at her. Then he whipped around and ran from the room.
"BB, wait up!"
He only ran faster. He didn't even know where he was going. Suddenly, by instinct, he skidded to a halt.
He had stopped in front of Raven's room. He sighed.
"This is getting really old…"
Raven stood before him, arms crossed. Beast Boy exhaled slowly and said, "Look, Rae, I wanna apologize for earlier. I'm really sorry you had to…you know…be there."
Raven was completely caught off guard. "Oh…um…yeah…thanks. And I'm…also sorry for what happened earlier. Can you forgive me?"
He nodded and grinned. "So, are we cool?"
She smiled, but only slightly. "I guess…I was just kinda…you know…disturbed…"
Beast Boy blushed. "Seriously, I didn't start it!" He hesitated before he said; "Anyway, I never really wanted to do that with her."
Raven's heart started pounding so fast and hard that she was sure Beast Boy could hear it.
"You should really tell him…you know you want to…" The voice inside Raven's head was egging her on. "Beast Boy…I need to tell you something…"
"Go ahead, Rae. I'm listening."
She took a deep breath. "This is really hard for me to say, but…I think…I think that I…"
She stopped as Terra rounded the corner. Her expression changed to anger again. "Excuse us, we're talking here!"
"Oh, sorry! Wouldn't wanna butt in," Terra replied sarcastically.
A light exploded above Terra's head. She didn't even blink.
"I said I was sorry, Rae. Jeez. You really have some anger management issues."
Beast Boy looked back and forth between the two girls, speechless and helpless. He had no idea that the roots of this whole argument were primarily centered on him.
Raven's second pair of eyes was starting to form. She lunged at Terra.
Terra's smirk didn't go away as she stared calmly at Raven coming for her. The second before Raven's hands found Terra's throat, Terra stuck out her hand and an unseen force blew Raven backward. When she landed hard on the floor, she didn't get back up.
Beast Boy was kneeling by her, gently shaking her. Still, she didn't get up.
But Terra had disappeared.
"No sign of her."
The sliding door shut quietly behind Cyborg as he exited Terra's room. It was 9:30 PM, and Raven was still out cold in the infirmary. The titans had searched for Terra everywhere, but no one had found her. Heck, she wasn't even outside.
"I think she felt the guilt and fled," Starfire suggested. "Strangely enough, the absence of Terra is…reassuring."
"Yeah…" Robin agreed.
"I'm gonna go check on BB. Why don't you guys go to bed? It's been a long day," Cyborg said, giving Robin a meaningful look. Robin understood.
Starfire and Robin headed to her room, while Cyborg walked down the opposite direction to the infirmary.
"BB? You still there?"
He opened the door. Beast Boy had not moved.
"C'mon, man. You've gotta go to bed. It's late…for you."
Beast Boy didn't respond.
"Is something bothering you?"
He sighed. "Yeah…"
"If it's gonna help you sleep, you can tell me."
Beast Boy gave him a skeptical look.
"I promise I won't tell Rae."
His eyes widened. "How did you know—?"
"It's more obvious than you think, BB. So, tell me what's bothering you."
Cyborg sat down next to the changeling and looked at him expectantly. Beast Boy sighed before he began.
"You remember today when Terra…well…you know…"
"I just felt really, really awful when Raven walked around the corner. I mean, not the usual kind of awful, but, like, it kind of affected me, too."
Cyborg couldn't resist grinning at Beast Boy's attempt to explain his feelings for Raven. He didn't even have to hear the rest to understand.
"So, in short, you've got a crush on Raven."
Beast Boy went so stiff that even his short hair stood straight up. "WHAT?"
"I told you before, it's more obvious than you think," Cyborg answered, shrugging. "So that's it?"
Beast Boy suddenly got defensive. "Whaddya mean, 'so that's it?' It's more complicating than you think, tin man!"
Cyborg laughed. "Ha ha! Well, yeah, I suppose love is more complicating."
Then he bolted before Beast Boy had had a chance to register what he had said.
So, have I lost my touch yet, ya think? Heh. Oh well. This chapter was more fun for me because I got to say all that stuff about Rae and BB. But yes, now we know about Terra, don't we? Review please! Keep checking my profile for updates if you're impatient. The next chapter should be up next month, at the earliest. Hang tight, fellow writers!