Hello out there fellow fanfiction readers. I'm proud to say (I think,) that this is my first Teen Titans fanfiction. (My second fanfic ever, but that was a while ago.) Actually, this wasn't even supposed to by my fanfic. I started a different story a couple days ago, but got stuck and didn't know where to take the story. So, I started writing this one earlier tonight instead. Anyway, enough with the intro, you came here to read.

Disclaimer: Same old stuff... I don't own the Teen Titans... yada yada. On with the story!

Raven walked quickly through the tower, into the elevator, and out the front door. She needed time to think, and she couldn't do it at home, not with everyone's constant interruptions. She recently found that the only place she could really concentrate was at the park under the shade of the trees at its edge, a place where she had found solace the night before.

In the park no one disturbed her. No one was there to ask her to participate in some silly game, or to go shopping or have a taste-testing contest where there was never a winner.

Lately the other Titans had been trying to involve her in their activities more, feeling that she was slowly isolating herself from the group. She was of course, but for good reason. Ever since their last battle a week ago with Dr. Light, she had been suffering from fits of nausea and dizziness. At first she thought that she was just sick or wasn't getting enough sleep, but then the symptoms got worse. Now they were even affecting her meditation. If she thought it was hard to meditate in Titans Tower before, just because of all the noise, she didn't know what 'hard' was. Now she needed absolute peace and quiet around her, which she could only find at the park.

She had taken her meditation mirror with her today, so that she could sift through her mind and try to gain some different perspective on her situation.

She and some of her other 'selves' had been talking for hours. The conversation, however, didn't help much, and only contributed to Raven's frustration. The green one, representing Bravery, was saying that Raven should confront her problems head-on and be aggressive in trying to find the root of the problem. The pink one, Happiness, suggested that sharing her concerns with her friends might be the best solution. If they couldn't help, at least they could give her love and support during her difficult time.

Raven sat quietly listening to each of her selves speak in turn, pondering what each one said. Finally, the yellow one, Wisdom, spoke. Raven was waiting to hear what she had to say. Wisdom was the part of Raven that was able to calm her down in situations where she was scared or nervous. It brought her a sense of clarity and understanding. But since her problems began the week before, she hadn't been able to meditate, and never got a chance to speak with Wisdom.

Wisdom looked around at the circle of Ravens staring at her, then focused on the true Raven.

"I believe that the problem doesn't lie in your mind."


"We have searched through the complexities within and have not……."

Raven could see that Wisdom's mouth was still moving, but she couldn't hear anything that she was saying.


Suddenly everything around her began to lose its consistency and fade away. It was like tuning a radio and losing a certain frequency that was previously being listened to. Raven stood up and looked around, then tried to focus once more so that she wouldn't lose her concentration. This was the only connection that she had been able to make with her inner mind in a week, and she knew that it might be her last for a while if she didn't figure out what was happening with her soon.


Raven's eyes shot open and she fell the two feet that had been between her and the ground. She quickly focused on her surroundings. She was at the edge of the park. Before she could stop to think about what had disrupted her meditation, her communicator went off, and she realized that her red broach had been beeping, a signal alerting her of trouble. She didn't have to guess what the call was about.

"Raven-" Robin's head came into view on the screen of her communicator. "Cinderblock's been spotted traveling down Main Street. We think he's heading toward City Hall. We're leaving here now, so meet us there as soon as possible."

"Got it." And with that, the connection ended, and no doubt the other Titans were piling into the T-car at this very moment.

Well, I guess I'd better head that way now. Just because I'm having a bad day doesn't mean I can take a break.

Raven levitated to the top of a nearby tree and found a safe place to leave her mirror while she was gone. She couldn't take it with her; she wouldn't risk breaking it, or worse, letting it fall into the hands of an enemy. She shivered at the mere thought.

With one more glance at her surroundings, Raven sighed and flew off in the direction of City Hall.


The sound of Robin's explosives and Cyborg's sonic cannon could be heard from several blocks away.

Raven entered the scene to find Beastboy charging Cinderblock as a triceratops while Starfire hurled star bolts at him from the sky. In an instant Beastboy was suddenly flung into the air and crashed into Starfire, leaving an opening between Cinderblock and his targeted building.

As Cinderblock stepped forward, a shadow emerged from the ground in his immediate path. Raven took one look at him and decided there was no need for words… just the three that had become a part of her.

"Azerath Metrion Zinthos!"

Two cars encased in black aura were thrown at Cinderblock, but before they made contact, Raven began to feel nauseous and light-headed. Losing her focus, the cars fell to the ground, leaving Cinderblock standing confused mere feet from where she was. Overcoming his temporary bewilderment, Cinderblock reached forward and snatched Raven out of the air. He squeezed her tight in his fist, choking the air out of her lungs. Raven's sight began to blur and haze, and she felt like she was going to pass out.

With every second, more of her breath left her, and Cinderblock's grip tightened. She could feel herself being slowly crushed, yet it felt more like she was drowning. She couldn't breath. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't take in any air. This was it. This was how it was going to end. She could feel herself slipping into unconsciousness; a blackness void of all thought and feeling. As she fell into nothingness, she could hear the muffled sound of voices from around her, but she could no longer tell where she was, or where the voices were. She was nameless, lost, and couldn't feel.

Okay, that's it for chapter one, but I've already got the next couple chapters written in case I get too overwhelmed with schoolwork to post.

I'd REALLY love to hear from you, no matter what you have to say. Did you like it? Hate it? Are there spelling errors that I should know about?

I'd like to get a few reviews before I post the next chapter, but I'm not gonna set any goals for how many I get. Anyway, thanks for your time, and remember to please review!