Disclaimer: Obviously I don't own the Teen Titans, but by the time I'm through with them, they're going to be dead, so I don't see how much good this does….


Ten little Titans went out to dine;

One choked himself and then there were nine.

Nine little Titans stayed up very late;

One overslept and then there were eight.

Eight little Titans traveling in Devon;

One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Titans were chopping up sticks;

One chopped himself in half and then there were six.

Six little Titans playing with a hive;

A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Titans going in for law;

One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Titans going out to sea;

A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Titans walking in the Zoo;

A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two little Titans sitting in the sun;

One got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Titan left all alone;

He went and hanged himself and then there were none.


Starfire hummed to herself as she flipped the pages in her book. She had bought it recently at a store for very little children, but it had interesting stories in them. Robin had said it was a rhyming book of nurseries.

Hickory, Dickory, Dock,

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one,

The mouse ran down,

Hickory, Dickory, Dock

It was so simple it made her giggle. The mouse went up, it was one o'clock, and the mouse went down. Never did it occur to the redhead that the rhyme had another meaning as she flipped to another page.

Hey diddle diddle,

The cat and the fiddle,

The cow jumped over the moon.

The little dog laughed

To see such a sport,

And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Starfire was slightly confused at this one, but she smiled nonetheless. She did not know how any of this related to the other lines, amusing as it was. Cats did not play fiddles so why were they put together? Cows did not jump at all, so how could they say they jumped over the moon? Dogs did not laugh, or was it a reference to barking? Dishes did not run and steal spoons, and why did they mention kitchenware? She would have to ask Robin.

Another one caught Starfire's eye. They had recently just watched a movie about Indians; one Beast Boy had said was a "classic". Starfire read through the poem, but the concentrated look on her face became more severe with each passing line.

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;

One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;

One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little Indian boys traveling in Devon;

One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;

One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;

A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Indian boys going in for law;

One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Indian boys going out to sea;

A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;

A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;

One got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Indian boy left all alone;

He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

"This is not something for children," Starfire said decisively, snapping the book shut. "The poor Indians, and they all did not survive. I did not like this rhyme at all."

The alarm sounded, and Starfire left her dislike with the book as she headed out into the main room to see what the trouble was.


Four hours later, ten Titans gathered around an elongated table. Each talked happily of the victory they had just accomplished against the HIVE, who had successfully avoided capture in their last three robberies. Several Titans who had participated in the hunt had joined together for a victory dinner. Each had quickly put together some food to bring and were now basking the fun of each other's company.

"Hey, someone pass me the catfish Speedy brought," Cyborg said.

"Oh, that is disgusting," Aqualad said, cringing as the fish was passed.

"Tell me about it," Beast Boy said with a shiver.

"Would anyone like to try the jorglefarp?" Starfire held out her Tamaranian dish to anyone who wanted some. Robin gently convinced her to set the food down, and that they were saving the best for last.

"Hey, Hot Spot, can you pass Bumblebee's Chinese food without burning it?" Terra asked, trying to stifle a laugh.

Hot Spot rolled his eyes and appeased the blonde girl.

"Yo, Rae, you sure you don't want any of my tofu?" Beast Boy nearly shoved the tofu into Raven's face.

"No," Raven said shortly. A black magic came over the tofu and placed it back upon the table.

"But you're hardly eating anything!" Beast Boy objected. "C'mon, it's really good!"

"I'm eating the hamburger Hot Spot brought, now leave me alone," Raven said icily.

"Titchy…" Beast Boy murmured. "Hey, who got these cool mini T's?" He fingered the miniature model of Titan's Tower in his hand. "Oh, that's right, I did."

"Don't inflate that head of yours any more than it already is," Bumblebee said.

"But you are thanked greatly for them!" Starfire added brightly.

"That's all I wanted!" Beast Boy said, clapping his hands together. "I just wanted a little recognition. Was that so hard?" The only response he got were annoyed looks, so in an effort to redeem himself, he added, "So tell me guys, can we kick bad guy butt or what?"

Cheers rose to this statement.

"A toast!" Cyborg raised his glass. "To the Titans! May we always kick some butt!"

"Here, here!" flew round the table as they drank.

"We still have to find out what Brother Blood was planning to do with all of those gems, though," Robin said, and the mood suddenly flattened. "He couldn't sell them; people would be looking all over the place for them. Why wouldn't he just steal cash? It doesn't—"

"Robin," Starfire said gently, "we will discover what the Brother Blood is up to shortly. May we not stop thinking of him for a while and spend time with our friends?"

Robin hesitated for several very long moments before nodding. "Yeah, just for a little bit."

There was uproar of noise among the table.

"Robin just postponed his plans?"

"Who are you and where's Robin?"

"There's the magic of Starfire!"


Beast Boy's comment was heard the loudest, and he was therefore the one that received Robin's glare. The green changeling smiled innocently and turned into an endearing kitten.

"That doesn't work on me," Robin said flatly.

Beast Boy instead made his course over to Starfire, who petted him lovingly.

"Beast Boy, you are most adorable in this form!" Starfire cooed.

"Did you forget that that's Beast Boy?" Raven asked.

"She has a point," Terra said as the green kitten made its way towards her.

"I bet if he turned into a bird you could make some nice green eggs and ham," Cyborg said.

The green kitten glared at the half metal man, earning a laugh from many among the table. Beast Boy transformed into his human form and retained his glare. "Dude, that was so not funny."

"BB, you gotta be crazy! That was hilarious!" Cyborg said.

Beast Boy eyed the Chinese food with a sinister smirk crawling upon his face. "I gotta be." He suddenly jumped over half the table, scooped some of it into his hand, and tossed it at Cyborg. The food made contact, and Beast Boy screamed, "YES!"

"Ah, man, I know you did not just do what I think you just did!" The catfish that had been so recently passed to Cyborg was now thrown back towards the opposite end of the table. Beast Boy turned into a bird and the catfish hit Aqualad square in the face.


"Oops," Cyborg said.

"Cyborg…" Aqualad picked up the Italian next to him sent it flying.

As food missed its target and hit another, eventually everyone had joined in the food fight but Raven, who sat comfortably finishing her hamburger under the protection of her dark shield. She paid no mind to the cannelloni flying past her face as she lifted the burger to her mouth once again. She smirked and gave the ruined meal a bit of awareness as she chewed her food. They were wasting a perfectly good meal….

Raven suddenly keeled over, but it went unnoticed by the fight that had just taken place. She coughed several times and made her way to the floor on her hands and knees. She looked pleadingly at any of the Titans for assistance, but several were on the floor already, using the table as a means of temporarily escaping to get more ammo. They would not realize she was in trouble. Raven coughed some more and hit her chest to try and help, but it wouldn't work. She fell to her elbows and then her stomach. She rolled over and coughed a few more times before suddenly going quiet.

It was about a minute later that Beast Boy, surprisingly, noticed the immobile figure of Raven on the ground. He crawled over to her, ducking several close calls, and sat next to her, laughing.

"Raven, isn't this a blast?"

When he got no response, he furrowed his eyebrows a bit.

"Rae?" He lowered his head close to her chest to see if he got a reaction from her. When she made no movement, he lowered it so far they made contact. He remained there for several moments as his eyes widened. He suddenly sat up bolt right and stared at the goth lying before him.

Beast Boy suddenly transformed into an elephant, being careful not to step on anyone, and let out a highly obnoxious noise. He transformed back into his usual self as all movement stopped. They looked rather surprised at the serious and frightened look upon his face.

"Guys," Beast Boy shakily, "I think Raven's dead."

Cyborg laughed, several smiled, two looked vaguely concerned, and Starfire rushed over to Raven, ready to believe anything Beast Boy had said. She knelt beside her friend and listened for a pulse. As if just hearing it for the first time, Starfire screamed.

There was no more laughter, no more smiles. Everyone crowded around the fallen figure of Raven, trying to decipher what had happened.

"There? You see it? In her throat! She choked!" Speedy said.

"Raven," Terra said softly.

Robin put a comforting arm around the sobbing Starfire.

"She's… wait, she's really dead?" Bumblebee asked.

"I just found her! She was just lying there!" Beast Boy said.

"Whoa, I can't—believe—Rae—she really—" Cyborg couldn't get his words out right.

"She's dead?" Hot Spot asked. "That was… unexpected."

"So much for a victory party," Aqualad said dully.

Robin suddenly shook his head. "Wait a minute." Everyone turned to look at him. "Something just doesn't add up here. Raven? Choke? There's no way that could've happened."

"Man, I think she did," Cyborg said quietly.

"Guys, c'mon. You know Raven as well as I do. Of all the ways you could imagine Raven dying, choking over a hamburger wasn't one of them."

"The hamburger!" Bumblebee suddenly exclaimed. She rushed over to it and examined what was left. She emitted a quiet gasp.

"What is it?" Terra asked anxiously.

"There's… there's glass in this hamburger!" Bumblebee exclaimed.

A deadened silence met these words, one that prevailed for a full minute before anyone dared speak.

"This…" Robin tried to get it out. "This… this was a murder."

Everyone had been thinking it, knowing it must be true, but to hear it come from someone's mouth seemed to make it devastatingly final. Starfire hugged Robin tightly at the thought that someone had murdered her friend. Bumblebee stared hatefully at the glass shards inside the meal.

"Who brought the hamburgers?" Terra asked in a sharp tone.

The Titans eyed each other for several moments before Hot Spot spoke up.

"I did. But I didn't do anything to them, I swear!"

"Of course you didn't," Bumblebee said with a tone that showed disbelief.

"I didn't, I swear!" Hot Spot said. "Maybe one of the guys at the burger place did it! Everyone knows I'm a Titan, and maybe he put it there!"

Robin nodded. "That's quite possible."

"That was a rather ready excuse you had there," Beast Boy said cautiously, but with an edge of danger.

"I didn't do it!" Hot Spot persisted.

"Well then let's go check at the restaurant and find out!" Aqualad said.

Robin shook his head this time. "No, that wouldn't work. Someone just murdered a Teen Titan. They're not going to come out and say, 'it was me'."

"Besides," Starfire said suddenly, leaving Robin's arms and sniffling a bit, "any one of us could have done it. We all had access to all of the food. Anyone could have put glass in the hamburger."

"You know," Terra said suddenly, "I think they meant for Raven to die."

Everyone looked at her in confusion.

"Well, c'mon, think about it," Terra said. "If Raven hadn't died first, she could've read everyone's minds and figured out who it was. It wasn't an accident that Raven was the one to go."

"Do you think they'll strike again?" Speedy asked the group at random.

"Titans Tower Lockdown Engaged." The voice was the feminine voice of Cyborg's computer system. Immediately following this, metal plates concealed the windows, and loud slams could be heard from downstairs and upstairs where all exits to the outside were being eliminated. The room became considerably darker as the only light now in the room was from the lights on above.

"Yeah, Speedy," Aqualad said. "I think they're definitely going to strike again."

"What happened?" Cyborg was already at the control panel. He punched in a few numbers, and in large red letters the screen read: ACCESS DENIED. "WHAT?"

"Cyborg, what's happened?" Robin asked urgently.

"Someone's hacked into the central security and rewritten my pass code," Cyborg said. "I can't get in to reverse the lockdown!"

Robin turned to look at his fellow Titans. "This is serious. If this is anyone's idea of a prank gone wrong—seriously wrong—they need to speak up now."

He waited several seconds. The Titans merely looked at each other, waiting for someone to speak.

"I think the lockdown proves it," Robin said finally. "Raven was murdered, and the killer isn't going to stop until another person or maybe even all of us is dead."

Starfire gasped as a collective shudder ran through the room.

"I imagine one of us has gone completely insane, to do a thing like this. But make no mistake," he added grimly, "whoever is behind this will be caught, and they will pay.

"We have guest bedrooms all over the tower," Robin continued. "Pick one and stay there. No one get up in the night." He eyed each Titan with a strange distrust. "I think it's best if we go to sleep."

"Wait, you want us to sleep?" Bumblebee asked incredulously. "Someone here is a murderer!"

"I'm with Bee on this one," Terra said. "I don't think I'll sleep at all."

"Then don't sleep," Robin said, "just stay in your room. You wouldn't want any false suspicion to fall on you."

The two girls nodded.

"Goodnight Titans," Robin said. "See you in the morning."

But that was the last time one of Titans would see the other's faces again.


Robin made full use of the few weights that he kept around his room. He was already sweating as he lifted up each arm, each raise a bit harder than the last. Robin finally set them down and began punching the air.

Someone that he trusted had betrayed him. He was positive no one that lived in the tower would, and before tonight, he'd been equally certain about the remaining four. Hot Spot, Aqualad, Speedy, and Bumblebee were all Teen Titans that before now he'd have trusted with his life.

Robin changed to kicking the oxygen around him. Someone had murdered Raven, and he was going to make them pay before they killed anyone else.


Beast Boy lay behind all his stuffed animals that now erected a barrier around him. The cheetah flexed its claws menacingly before turning into a lion and roaring. Then a gorilla appeared and began beating its chest. Following this was a green kid who looked terribly frightened.

He had been trying to scare the killer away by acting brave, but he was terrified. He cared about the Titans, but with Robin's final words, he was only certain it wasn't Cyborg or Terra. Suddenly he found himself questioning every Titan's accountability. Who had been acting suspiciously lately?

When he couldn't place any of the Teen Titans as acting strange, Beast Boy began thinking of the Titans East that had joined them. Aqualad had seemed normal, but Beast Boy wouldn't put it past him. Speedy had been rather quiet, a strange change from his outgoing persona. Hot Spot was always quiet, so nothing too different there. Then it hit him—Bumblebee! She had objected to sleep because she wanted to kill someone else! That low villain—not only had she pretended to be their friend, she'd murdered Raven!


Bumblebee paced in her room, tapping her fingers in quick succession. Raven was dead. She was sure none of her team had done it; she hadn't been with them long, but she trusted them completely. Then again, the Teen Titans' loyalty to each other was legendary. As Robin said, the only way one of them would have done it was insanity.

Who, then, was the most probably? The first name that popped into Bumbleebee's head made her stop and gasp, as though she'd just made an amazing discovery. Hot Spot! He was the one who brought the lethal hamburger, and so he was the most likely one to have done it. All that crap about the servers at the restaurant—yeah right! What a lame cover-up. Bumblebee knew the truth, and she was going to tell them all who it was the next morning.


Starfire cried in her room. Raven, one of her closest friends, was gone. Then when Robin had decided one of her friends committed the act, she had desired to scream. How was she to believe, and accept, that one of the people she cared most about was a murderer?

She couldn't. There had been some outside interference; there must have been. Perhaps it was the Red X. He had broken through Cyborg's security before, and so there was no reason he couldn't hack into it again. Maybe the Dr. Light had overpowered the security and hence overridden it. There were lots of other possibilities; it didn't have to be one of them.


Terra punched the floor. She had let Raven die! She should've tested all the food first, should've watched Raven every second. She shouldn't have let Raven die! There were so many things she could've done to prevent it, and she had let it happen. It was her fault Raven was dead. If she'd only been a little more careful, a little more alert, Raven would still be alive.

Terra's fist next came into contact with her desk, splitting it in two. Whoever had murdered Raven was going to feel her wrath. She blindly picked a person and made herself find one thousand reasons why they had done it. Finally settling on a name, Terra angrily whispered, "Speedy." She had started to like him, too, but he had been far too silent. A Teen Titan was just murdered and he had said practically nothing. It aroused her suspicions far too much to simply let slide. Speedy had murdered Raven, and he was going to pay.


Speedy held his breath, bow and arrows drawn and ready to fire at anyone who opened his door. If someone wanted to go around committing murder, that was their business, but they were not going to get him. He wouldn't let them. If they wanted to play a life-or-death game of hide-and-seek, then bring it. They'd just better be ready to lose.

He knew every Titan but the murderer himself would be wondering who was responsible for the death of Raven, but couldn't help thinking about it himself. Someone who had a grudge against Raven, or was on the brink of insanity? That sounded like the over-obsessive Robin, but somehow that didn't fit. Based on the recent night, he would accuse Terra. She had been too quick with answers, and how would she know why Raven was killed first? Sure her reason made sense, but she had come up with it too quickly. It was too suspicious to overlook.


Cyborg lifted weights in his room, sweat beading down his face. He didn't have too much heavy stuff kept in his room, but he had been pushing his arms up and down profusely for the last half hour without cease. He couldn't think about it, couldn't let it come to the surface of his mind again. If he thought about Raven's death—there he went again.

The half-metal man placed the weights down and stared at the ceiling, finally conceding to the inevitable. He was going to have to think about Raven's absence from this world, and the first thing that came to his mind when he thought of that was the murderer. Robin seemed sure someone in the tower had done it. It was hard to believe that one of the people he trusted so much would demean themselves to cold-blooded murder.

Unable to concede to that, Cyborg looked at the only other option he could find. It could've been suicide. Raven couldn't handle not being able to express her emotions, and she left the Titans with the most expressive means possible. She crashed their party with her death, the ultimate sign of her suffering. Poor Raven, the expressionless goth, who would never again be given the chance to smile.


Aqualad sat upon his bed, eyes furrowed in deep concentration. He searched for any way that could mean someone outside the Titans committed the murder, but his mind drew up a blank. Was it possible that someone else murdered Raven, or had it been purely an accident? The likeliness of either was becoming slimmer with each passing moment.

Who, then, that lay rest somewhere in the tower, had committed such an unspeakable crime? He ran through each face he had seen at dinner. None had looked suspicious in the least.

Then he realized it. Starfire was always so "innocent" and acting all "naïve", but that's just what she wanted him to think. The Tamaranian had been on earth long enough by now to know more than she said she did. She acted the immaculate Titan from Tamaran, but in reality, she was the most corrupted of them all.


Hot Spot lay in his bed, staring at the door intently. If anyone were going to sneak up on him in the night, he would know. Raven might not have been attentive enough to be ready for her death at any moment, but he would be. No one was going to take him by surprise, not tonight.

Hot Spot waited, fervently expecting a bear to appear before him at any moment. That's why he was looking below his door to make sure no ants crawled under—no green ones. Beast Boy had done it; he was sure of it. He'd probably asked Raven out sometime and she turned him down, and now he was getting back at the rest of the world for it. He couldn't help what Raven did!

He stared at the door, but his eyelids started to droop. He'd had so much food it was hard to stay awake. He was just so… tired….


Okay, I sort of lied. I said I always pre-write my fics, and this one I'm actually going to play by ear. See which style I like better. (I warn you, I'm probably going to stick to pre-writes) I also warn you that this will take forever to update. Those who read AD4AD are used to updates every three or four days. THIS WILL NOT BE HAPPENING WITH TLT. I promise. xD With school and softball, it will take me a while—perhaps weeks?—before I can update. I know you love me. xD

Oh yeah! And if there's any confusion, the Titans that are (or were) in this fic are as follows: Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven, Terra, Bumblebee, Speedy, Aqualad, Hot Spot. As for Terra, I'm terribly sorry for all of you who loathe and despise her with a passion. I don't mind her. I don't like the whole betraying the Titans thing, but since she reconciled before she died, I don't mind her. So she's in this one.

Next chapter (from what I know): A life is threatened and a life is taken. Who and how is for me to know and you to read the chapter to find out. And review. Reviewing is good. xD

Thanks everyone! I hope you'll enjoy this fic, and you'll have to forgive my late updates! Don't forget to review!