Chapter 1

The phone was ringing.

Starfire heaved herself out of bed and padded softly over to the phone.

"Hello?" she said, her voice hoarse from sleep.

"Starfire? Is that you? It's me, Raven." was the reply that crackled through the receiver. Starfire was silent for a moment, her eyes wide, opening and closing her mouth while trying to think of something to say. Finally, she decided on –

"Are you alright? I told you this number was only for emergencies." And she had. When she left the Titans, she had told them not to call her unless they really needed her.

"Well I kind of need your help, have you heard about me being…."

"Pregnant? I heard." she finished when Raven hesitated.

"Right, well I could really use some female company round about now, Beastboy won't treat me like a normal person anymore, I've suddenly become fragile in his eyes."

Starfire sighed, " I don't think that counts as an emergency, Raven" Her eyes were already closed, begging to go back to bed.

"Please Star, we all want to see you again, we miss you" Ever since Raven had gotten together with Beastboy, she'd slowly but steadily loosened up.

"Oh Raven, I miss you too, but you know I can't." Starfire didn't like saying no to her old friend, she really didn't, but she couldn't visit them. Not with him there.

"And that's your final answer?" said Raven

"I'm afraid it is." said Starfire. She heard Raven sigh heavily,

"I hoped I wouldn't have to do this, Starfire"

"Do what?"

"I'm calling in the favour you owe me, Star" Starfire bit her lip. Once, when she was still with the Titans, Raven had helped her by doing something completely out of character to help her get Robin. She had said she'd only do it if she could call on Starfire at any time for any reason. "You swore on it, remember? Please, I'm going crazy alone with this lot" A hint of bitterness had seeped into her voice and as if on cue, Starfire heard something in the background shatter. "Please?"

Maybe it was the please, the promise, the friendship the two had once had, but Starfire folded like origami. She sighed heavily,

"All right, I will be there as soon as I can."

"Thanks Starfire" sighed Raven in relief, then they said their goodbyes and hung up.

Starfire put the phone down and slipped back into her rapidly cooling bed. She would go, but no-one had said she had to be happy about it.