My thanks to everyone who wrote in, supporting my first writing endeavor. I posted on R & BB Shippers United I would be doing another story, but I couldn't decide on two potential story ideas. So, I asked for opinions, and this story received a unanimous vote of approval. This story will be much longer than my last one, and I intend to make more chapters and dialogue on this one. Enjoy.
Chapter 1: Drowsy Discovery
"Ughh...", a grim and heavy moan escaped BeastBoy's mouth as he rose from his bed. "Why am I up!" he asked himself with what little energy he could muster, glancing out the window. The sun was barely beginning to rise over the city. BeastBoy looked down at his alarm clock, barely able to keep one eye open. After a few seconds, blurring in and out of focus, he finally was able to read the time.
"5:54 A.M.!" slamming his eye shut again, "It's half past dead. The only people up this early are paperboys and super villains." Reluctantly, BeastBoy swung his feet over the side of his bed, stepping onto floor. He hoisted himself up, catching his feet on the dangling sheets hanging from his mattress, and was sent downwards to the floor. BeastBoy was never really a morning person, but this seemed a bit much. He hesitated before pulling himself up again, tempted to try to go back to sleep on the floor. But he just couldn't seem to get to sleep. Which was odd considering he'd been up most of the night. Usually he'd sleep in, almost until noon.
"Video games, tofu, and solitude are a deadly mix." recalling the night, trudging towards the door. He'd slept in his usual outfit, and considering the time and that no one else would be up, decided it was unneccessary to change. He made his way towards the main room, almost dragging his feet along the ground. The main doors swished open. He slowly made his way over to the kitchen, opened the refrigerator door, and removed a carton of orange juice. He opened the top, and took a large slurp straight from the carton. Wiping his mouth, hoping thirst was all that stood between him and sleep, placed the carton back into the fridge and started back to his room.
"Hey, Cy. Yo, Star." casually waving and gesturing his friends as he passed, "Sup, Robin". The doors once again swished open as he made his way into the hall to retrace his steps back to his room. Five steps after having stepped into the hall, he stopped in his tracks. "WAIT A SEC!"
The doors opened again, as BeastBoy rushed back into the room. Becoming slightly more conscious and awake than before, he resurveyed the main room. Cyborg was blowing up balloons, Starfire was hanging streamers, and Robin was putting up a rather large banner. His fellow Titans and friends remained silent and still, no doubt caught off guard by BeastBoy being awake so early.
"Dude!" sounding disappointed. "You were gonna throw a party without me?"
"BeastBoy we…" Cyborg began.
"I mean I am kinda tired."
"But still, throwing a party without me?"
"That's just wrong. Not to mention…"
"BEASTBOY!" Cyborg shouted, finally getting his attention. "It's YOUR party. We just didn't expect you up this early", now in a calmer tone.
"My party?" sounding a bit confused.
"Yes, I presumed that the celebration of one's birth was common on all planets" Starfire said hanging the last of the streamers, hovering lower to the ground.
"It is your birthday, right?" asked Robin.
"My birthday?" BeastBoy darted over to the refrigerator, inspecting a nearby calendar. He scanned the month, tracing the numbered columns of days with his finger. He came to a stop on today's date. Taking a moment to allow his brain to come online, he realized they were right. "Today IS my birthday!"
"You mean you forgot your own birthday?" Cyborg said slightly amused. He gently knocked on BeastBoy's head. "Definitely not ripe yet"
"Hey! It's not like I really thought the day through." BeastBoy yawned, "I'm not even in my body yet"
"In any case, we were putting together a surprise party" Robin explained nailing up a panel on the wall that looked almost like a game of pin the tail on the donkey, except Slade's face was superimposed on the head of the donkey. "We were planning on having it ready for the afternoon since you sleep late anyway"
"But since you're up, why don't you give us a hand?" Cyborg asked gesturing at a pile of party supplies in the corner of the room.
"You guys shouldn't have." BeastBoy said shyly, "But, I'm glad ya did!" smiling and becoming more enthusiastic. "Lemme just grab a quick bite of breakfast and then I'll help…you…um" he began to glance around the room. "Hey, where's Raven?"
"I was beginning to wonder the same thing" Cyborg responded continuing to blow up balloons as he attached a helium tank to a component on his arm.
"Strange" Robin scratched his chin, "Usually she's the first one up. Star, did you remind her about setting up for the party?"
"I have. Perhaps she has overslept. I shall fetch our friend." Starfire flew out the door and down the corridor in search of Raven.
BeastBoy watched as Star left to get her, curious if Raven had remembered or for that matter cared about his birthday. Especially after what she had been through on hers.
"I'm sure it's nothing serious" Robin said putting a hand on BeastBoy's shoulder, "We've been planning this all week. I doubt Raven would've forgotten"
"What do you mean? I mean…it's not like I expected Raven to be here" obviously trying to lie "It's Raven we're talking about here. She wouldn't…that is she might… if she really wanted…" BeastBoy was beginning to get flustered. Trying to lie to any of the Titans was hard, but especially with Robin.
"I know how much it would mean to you if Raven DID show up though", smirking as BeastBoy was trying to hide a blush on his face, "And you two have been getting along better over the last few months"
"Come on, Robin" Cyborg said stepping between them, "It is his birthday. We can go for one day without teasin' him about Raven"
"Funny, usually you're the one who jumps all over him about this kind of thing", Robin crossed his arms still smiling, "Maybe you're just loosing your edge"
Cyborg raised an eyebrow "Oh really? Well remember that time Star tried on your outfit?"
BeastBoy knew what Cy was talking about, but wasn't sure at what he was getting at.
"Y..yeah" Robin replied a sweat drop appearing over his head, sounding a bit nervous.
"And, the next day when you thought you'd see what it was like the other way around?" Cyborg said now grinning ear to ear.
"YOU SAID THERE WAS NO FILM IN THAT CAMERA!" Robin shouted.
Cyborg leaned over to BeastBoy as a small digital screen popped open on his arm. There, a picture of Robin standing in front of a mirror, dressed in Starfire's uniform appeared. BeastBoy stood there dumbfounded for almost a minute. He slowly looked up at Robin. The shade of bright red on Robin's cheeks verified it was indeed true. BeastBoy looked at Cyborg, both of their mouths quivering, until they both burst out laughing. They rolled around on the floor, BeastBoy banging and kicking the floor, uncontrollably in a fit of unsuppressed laughter. They were both on the verge of tears laughing so hard. Robin trudged out of the room, grumbling, knowing it would be weeks before they let him live it down.
Slowly regaining themselves, BeastBoy and Cyborg got to their feet.
"Don't worry, he'll get over it" Cy said wiping a tear from his eye.
"Yeah" BeastBoy said shrugging, " But come on, what's he really got to be mad about?"
Cyborg and BeastBoy looked at one another. Then fell over again laughing.
Next Chapter: BeastBoy's party is still in the preparation stage. But the real question is where is Raven? Could she really have forgotten BeastBoy's birthday? And if she has, will she even bother to show up? Will this be a birthday to remember? Will the author cease these pointless questions?