Final Author Note: Wow guys; so this story finally comes to end. It's just amazing how fast time slips right through your hands when you don't even know it. The people I've met through writing this story and the ideas that have run through my head are just too incredible to comprehend.
Crimson Shadows was first published January 30th, and I started Fate's Call two months later, March 30th. More than 150 reviews have come into these two stories, which I'm truly flattered. Almost five months later, I sit here typing the final chapter to Fate's Call. I really hope you enjoyed reading this series, reader. I'll be coming out with many more stories, and updating a few classics that have sat in the corner for many months. TT
Let's end this with a bang. I suggest reading this entire chapter with careful detail, especially the end. It's pretty damn good from reader's point-of-view. xD
Thanks again guys and gals. You rock. –Jason
Lyrics for chapter 6 come from Savage Garden's "I Don't Know You Anymore".
Chapter 6: Gray
Garfield Logan awoke in a world of pain. His body seemed paralyzed and broken, and his mind was racing a thought a second. He tried to cry out but was horrified when only a trail of blood ran down his mouth. He knew nothing about what had happened, or why he was brought here; all around him, there was red stained glass, resembling pictures of items that belonged in a Hitchcock movie. He did however remember Raven's shocked, frightened face. "I'll kill whoever did this to Raven and I, I swear it," he strained to say, gritting his fanged teeth. He had to get to Raven. He just had to…
I don't know you
I don't recognize this place
The picture frames have changed and so has your name
We don't talk much anymore
We keep running from the pain
But what I wouldn't give to see your face again
Raven knew time was not on her, well, their side. Garfield was at Death's door, and she was the only one who could take him back.
She had known all along what the red aurora was from; she had seen it too many times, and felt too much emptiness to not know: it was her father. "He would never let me love. He would never let me LIVE," she said angrily, feeling stupid for not seeing this coming. She reminded herself that is what her father had wanted, for her to lose control. She sighed deeply and regained herself.
"You want us to come with?" Cyborg asked gently. "You might need back-up." She looked at her teammate and friend, and shook her head. "No, Cyborg, but thanks. I know it's cliché, but this time… this time, it's personal."
I know I let you
Again and again
I know I never really treated you right
I've paid the price
I'm still paying for it every day…
Trigun leaned down to broken young man and laughed, the way only a lunatic could. "I admit, you were able elude my daughter for a long time, moral. I give you credit for that. It's too bad you were "The Chosen One". You wouldn't be in this predicament." Beast Boy looked at the demon with pure hatred. "I would do anything for Raven. Even die for her."
The demon laughed again. "What stupidity! You expected to walk away from all this?
"No, I don't. I will make sure Raven does, though," Beast Boy coughed. Just then, a radiance of midnight purple and black erupted from the ground, making the dark, cracked cellar glow with neon light. Garfield managed a smile. "Now it's the beginning of the end…"
So maybe I shouldn't
Was it too soon to tell?
Oh what the hell
It doesn't really matter
How do you redefine something that never really had a name?
Has your opinion changed?
Raven's silhouette came into view; her eyes were glowing bright red and anger rolled off of her body in waves of energy. "Trigun," she spat, as if the name left a bad taste in her mouth. The demon turned away from Beast Boy and looked at her daughter. "Child, you've decided to join in the final moments. Good. You can watch your love die." Beast Boy panicked in his mind, but convinced himself he could not show fear.
Raven flew down to Garfield and lifted his head with her hands. "We're going to get out of here," she said, tears running down her pale cheeks. He forced a smile. "Alright." She bent down and kissed him, feeling undeniable love for the changeling.
As Trigun saw this, he moaned in surprising pain and staggered back. Raven broke the kiss and suddenly had an idea…she would have to act fast. "I love you so much, Garfield," she yelled whole-heartedly to the demon. The demon roared and shook, as if hit by a devastating blow. Raven knew the plan was working. "I will never leave your side, Garfield. I will love you forever!" Trigun managed to stand up again and looked down at the two teens. "He will die!" he roared, and send a blast of energy toward Beast Boy. It hit him square in the stomach and the changeling screamed in agony, his whole body shaking uncontrollably.
"No!" Raven screamed, horrified. She flew down next to the broken boy and tried to use her powers to lift him out of fatal energy. She tried with all her might but found he could not be moved. Moments later, the blast stopped and Beast Boy's lifeless body lay motionless on the cold floor. Raven pounded the ground, overcome with fury, sadness and racing thoughts. No words could explain how she felt at the moment; the sounds of her sobs told the story.
She focused on the demon now, ready to destroy him at all cost. He would suffer. The empath screamed and emitted blackness that seemed to cast the Earth in eternal dark. The awesome power was thrown at the one true enemy, everything Raven hated, locked deep within her soul.
The demon stood no chance. Seconds later, his screams would echo the cellar; his body wiped off of this world. Raven sank the ground, exhausted and brain-dead…
Raven woke up, jutting pain erupting from every muscle in her body. She looked over to Beast Boy's body, not believing he was gone. She sadly picked the boy's broken body and let more tears flow. God knows what he had endured, how much pain he had suffered until the very end. There was no winner in this battle; there never would be…
Jump City was in a glow from the sunset; the high-rise buildings shimmered in the afternoon warmth. Raven looked out her window and sighed deeply. She felt good, better than she had in a long, long time. Yet, a part of her was longing. Longing for the past.
"Everything alright?" the man said, sitting down next to her to the bed. His warmth made her feel comfortable, at peace. "Yeah, I'm just thinking." He looked at her with a Mona Lisa smile. "It's been a long time. I wish I could change the past for you."
Raven nodded. "Things could have been different back then." A couple tears ran down her cheek. "I'll always miss Beast Boy. He was the person I always wished I could be." The man nodded back, thinking. "He was a good guy to the end. No regrets." Raven adjusted her weight, falling back onto the bed. "I can't believe it was almost a decade ago. Time just never stops…"
The two packed their final things into the suitcases and stood up. "One last thing," the main said, going over to the cabinet. He pulled the drawer out and picked up a magenta and black jumpsuit. "Memories," he said simply, smiling. "Won't you miss the tower?" Raven asked the man in front of her. "Yes, but, it's time for another chapter in our lives, don't you agree?" he said, giving her a kiss on the forehead. She smiled, agreeing. Garfield Logan took his wife by the hand and walked out the door, feeling no-so haunted anymore.