By J-Flux Wallace
Disclaimer: I don't own Teen Titans. TT is owned by Warner Bros.
NOTE: Due to a coughstupidcough new rule about how the script format is no longer accepted, this is my first attempt at writing in the traditional novel format, so don't give me any crap about grammar and formatting, okay?
"Nobody move unless you wanna get killed!"
Six low-lives smashed the glass cases in the jewelry store with their strange weapons- three with large stun gun-like weapons, three more with what looked like handheld bazookas with canisters. Happenings like this were considered almost a normal part of life in Jump City- but in reality, nothing was ever normal.
As the robber proceeded to empty the cases, a suspicious-looking green fly on the wall flew into a nearby supply closet, and transformed into Beast Boy. He pulled out his communicator. "Okay, we got six guys, each with strange looking weapons," he spoke. "I don't know what they do though, so be careful."
"Gotcha Beast Boy. We're coming in," replied Robin. "We could use a distraction."
The shape-shifter grinned. "No problem." He reholstered his communicator and kicked open the door of the closet. The six robbers looked over at him in surprise.
"Hey Guys! Ready to have some fun?" he asked with a smirk.
"Crap! It's one of the Titans," the lead robber yelled. "Get him!"
The robbers fired off bolts of electricity and globs of some strange goo at him. Beast Boy ducked behind a counter and transformed into a fly.
"Where'd he go!" said the leader as Robin's foot connected with the back of his head.
"One down," Robin said as he flung a Birdarang at one of the other robbers. Starfire and Raven flung green bolts and black orbs at two robbers, which fought back with their goo-cannons. Starfire nailed one of them, knocking him out. "I got the other one," Raven said as she flew after him.
"Good shot Star!" yelled out Cyborg as he grabbed one of the fleeing robbers by the throat and threw him to the floor. "Now where do you think you're going?" he asked playfully as he yanked the huge stun gun out of the thief's hand.
Beast Boy, now in the form of a huge Anaconda snake, stalked over a robber armed with another big stun gun. You're mine, he thought as he prepared to strike. Suddenly…
Beast Boy felt an electrical surge go through his body, causing him to go back to his human form. The robber ran around him, and he prepared to return to his snake form when another robber armed with a goo-cannon shot him. A ball of sticky, brown slime hit his chest and dribble down his front. Robin kicked the thief in the face, knocking him out. "You all right Beast Boy?" he asked as he handcuffed the robber.
"Yeah, I'm fine," he replied as he ran his hand through the sticky substance on his bodysuit. How is this supposed to hurt me? He pondered as he looked around. "Where's Raven?"
"I saw Raven run into the back room after one of the thieves," Starfire replied as she and Cyborg gathered the robbers.
"I'll go help her," he replied as he ran off to the back. Meanwhile, Robin grabbed the fourth robber and placed him next to the others. He paused.
"Wait a minute," he said. "Beast Boy said there were six robbers; we only have four, and Raven's taking care of the fifth."
"Then where is the sixth thief?" Starfire asked.
After shielding herself from blobs of brown slime, Raven finally incased the thief in a black orb. She stopped hovering and stood on the ground. Another orb with a pair of handcuffs floated into the larger orb and snapped around the robber's hands. The large orb disappeared, and the robber dropped to the ground. His weapon crashed to the floor, breaking apart.
Fool, she thought. She approaches him and picked up the pieces of the weapon and inspected them. She looked down at the robber and asked, "Just out of curiosity, how is this supposed to harm anyone?"
The robber just glared at her, a strange smirk on his face. What's he smiling for? She wondered. She turned around…
"Don't you move, goth girl."
Raven gasped and dropped the pieces when she noticed one of those large stun guns pointed at her. Oh no, she thought as the robber with the stun gun grinned. "Bye-bye birdie." His trigger finger tightened…
Raven yelped as a green flash tackled her to the ground. The robber ended up electrocuting his partner at full blast, frying him to a crisp. He turned to run out the back door…
A metal fist smashed him in the face, sending him to the ground. "I found robber number six!" Cyborg said as he walked over to the other robber. He turned a little green.
"What about number five?" Robin asked over the communicator.
"He's… uh," Cyborg replied, trying not to vomit. "…well done." His throat jerked again, and he swallowed hard. "Don't bring Starfire in. She doesn't need to see this." He walked out of the room, not noticing two other bodies at the far end of the room.
"Hey Raven," Beast Boy asked as he held her. "Are you all right?"
Raven, still a little spooked by the close call, replied, "Yeah, I'm fine Beast Boy." The two teens sat up, Beast Boy still holding her close in his lap, her right arm around his neck. Raven cringed at the sight of the smoldering robber. "Jeez," Beast Boy said. Raven looked away and looked at Beast Boy. "Uh, thank you for saving me, Beast Boy."
"No problem," he said. …pretty eyes, his mind added. He shook off that thought and noticed Robin in front of them, a sly grin on his face.
"What?" Raven asked in her normal voice.
"Getting a bit friendly with each other, aren't you?" he said.
Beast Boy then realized just how close he was to her, not to mention his right hand on Raven's left thigh. The two blushed and tried to push away from each other… but couldn't. Raven's right side (not including her arm) was stuck on Beast Boy's chest.
"…uh, Beast Boy? I think I'm stuck," she said, her voice sounding a little concerned.
"…uh, yeah," he replied as he tried to remove his hand off her leg. He looked up, a worried look on his face. "…so am I."
Cyborg's voice came on over the communicators. "Hey guys," he said. "I figured out what that slime stuff they were shooting at us was. It's some sort of heat-activated glue."
A nearby window shattered as Raven's pupils shrunk in fear. Beast Boy pulled out his communicator. "Uh, Cy," he asked calmly, "How long have you known this?"
Cyborg replied, "I figured it out a few minutes before you ran off to help Raven."
"AND YOU DIDN'T TELL ME!" Beast Boy screamed into the communicator, his voice cracking.
"No, why?" Cyborg asked.
"I got shot by one of those guns, and now I'm stuck to Raven!" he yelled back.
There wasn't a response on the communicator, but Cyborg's laughter was heard throughout the entire building.
The ride to the hospital wasn't a very peaceful one. Starting off, Cyborg had to pull over and have Robin drive the rest of the way because he couldn't stop laughing.
That was followed by Starfire crawling up front in fear of being injured because Beast Boy and Raven were desperately trying to get separated in the backseat, acting like two angry rabbits fighting over a carrot. After being jabbed, kicked, and squished a few times, she finally bolted forward, accidentally brushing her rear against Robin's face and distracting/exciting him. After getting back into the correct lane and getting a grip on his hormones, Robin continued.
Then Cyborg nearly blew a gasket when Raven, stressed out and close to tears, accidentally let her powers slip and blew up the back tires of the T-car. Robin and Starfire had to disconnect the power to Cyborg's arms, legs, and mouth- the first two for obvious reasons, and the third to get him to stop swearing.
When they finally arrived, Robin escorted to his two teammates – both now bruised and exhausted from the struggle in the back – into the elevator and up to the exam room while Starfire figured out what to do with the disabled Cyborg in the ambulance. Once inside the exam room, a doctor poked and pried at the currently-bonded teens for 15 minutes. He exited and looked at Robin.
"Well," Robin asked, "What's the situation?"
"It doesn't look good, Robin," answered the doctor. "The glue has apparently soaked into their skin and bonded it together. Separating them right now, there's a risk I might pull off a couple…dozen layers of skin. Maybe even exposing their muscles and bone."
Robin groaned. "Are you sure you can't separate them?"
"Oh, I can," the doctor replied. "I think I can do it in about 25 days."
Robin's masked eyes bugged out. "25 days?" he yelped.
"What did you say, Robin?" said Starfire as she wheeled Cyborg, still disabled, into the hallway.
"Why's he in a wheelchair?" the doctor asked.
"I'm still fearful to turn the power on to his arms and legs," she said bluntly. "I turned on his mouth, but he kept spouting words of curses, so I turned it off."
The Boy Wonder sighed. "Okay, turn his mouth on," he told her as he pulled out a bow staff.
Starfire clicked it on-
"I'M GONNA MURDER THAT GOTHIC LITTLE BIT-" SMACK! "Get a grip!" Robin yelled.
"…sorry," Cyborg replied quietly.
"Well, now that your other teammates are here," the doctor continued, "I should inform you of the situation. Your two friends are going to be stuck together for 25 days."
"25 days?" Cyborg said. "Uh, doc, you haven't told them that yet, have you?"
"No, I sent in my nurse to tell them," he replied.
"Can we go in to console them?" Starfire asked. "Raven doesn't take this kind of news-"
The fluorescent light fixture above them exploded, showering them with glass.
Raven was hyperventilating. "You can't be serious," her voice squeaked. "I'm going to be stuck to him for a month!"
Beast Boy frowned. "You make that sound like a bad thing," he commented.
"I'm sorry miss, but we can't really do anything about it," the nurse said, a little rattled from the explosion she heard outside.
Raven didn't respond, frozen for a few seconds. Her breathing quickened again as a few glass bottles in the room shattered. The nurse left immediately, leaving the two Titans alone.
Beast Boy looked at Raven, a little concerned. She had never acted like this before, and it was almost frightening. Granted, he could relate – he was a little worried about being stuck to her as well – but the normally cool Raven was taking it pretty hard. Why is she so freaked out? He wondered.
He slipped his fingers into her hand and held it. "Raven, you have to calm down. You gonna lose it and pass out if you don't," he told her. Raven wasn't responding, her breathing going faster and faster. Beast Boy looked for something to help her and noticed a barf bag on the table he sat on while Raven stood. He opened it and handed it to her. "Breath into this," he said. Raven did as he told her, and her breathing slowed down.
"Good. Good girl," he said, patting her on the back. He took his spare hand (his other still glued to her thigh) and pulled her closer, resting her head on his shoulder. "Raven, I know that this is a… little scary and embarrassing," he said, "but we'll get through this. This is not that bad of a situation."
Raven looked up at him in disbelief. Are you kidding me! Her timid side shrieked in her mind.
Beast Boy could tell his last comment didn't sink in. "Look on the bright side," he said with a fake smile. "We probably won't have to train. Robin and Starfire will leave you alone. We probably don't need to go out on calls. I get to spend a little more time with you. We could use this time to get to know each other better."
Her bleak look didn't change. "Okay, maybe that's not helping, but c'mon Raven. It's not going to be that bad," he pleaded. "If this is about privacy or bathroom issues, I won't look if you won't."
She moaned and laid her head back on his shoulder. Beast Boy hugged her. "Raven, please cheer up," he asked quietly. "I hate seeing you like this, especially if I'm the cause."
"You're not the cause," she said. "I just… I don't know how to act or what to do." She sniffed. "…I want to go home," she whined miserably.
"Okay, we'll go home," he said. He picked her up and carried her, trying not to pull at his skin. "When we get back to the tower, I'll make some tea, and if you want to, you can meditate as long you want."
He opened the door to his other three teammates and the doctor. "Uh, Doctor," he said, "Raven would kinda like to go home. Can we leave?"
As the Titans exited the hospital, Beast Boy looked at Raven, who was now asleep. This should be an interesting month.
"Ow, OW! Raven, slow down," Beast Boy yelped out.
By the time the Titans got back to the Tower, Cyborg had returned to his normal self, giggling at the misfortune of Raven and Beast Boy's situation. This, coupled with Starfire's giggling and comments ("Oh, you two look so CUTE together!" being the real kicker) and Robin occasional sarcastic mutterings, left the two titans uncontrollably blushing when they arrived. Upon the ambulance (The T-Car was still at the shop) stopping in the underground driveway, Raven, with Beast Boy in tow, hopped out, scurried up the stairs and into her room before something could exploded.
"Man, you can run fast," Beast Boy said.
"Sorry about the rush," she replied as she locked her door. "I just couldn't take the teasing anymore."
Beast Boy looked at Raven's face, which had been hidden by her hood on the ride home. She looks awful, he thought. Dark circles had formed under her violet eyes, while her cheeks were still red. "You know, Raven," he said, "maybe we should head to the bathroom to-" he stopped when he noticed Raven freeze in place and her face pale. Oops, wrong thing to say, his mind said. "No, no! Not to do that, just to clean ourselves up a little," he said.
Oh, thank god, I could never go with him watching, her timid side said in her mind. However, her knowledgeable emotion mused, how is that going to work out? Raven brushed off those thoughts and answered, "No, I want to go to sleep."
"…okay," Beast Boy said. The two walked – well, Raven walked, Beast Boy just shuffled his feet to keep up – to Raven's large bed, but instead of lying down, Raven stopped a few feet from the edge of the bed.
This is probably why she was stressed out, Beast Boy thought. It was understandable – it was going to be the first time either of them would share a bed with the opposite gender. Beast Boy was just as nervous as Raven was.
"…um, Raven…" He put his spare hand on her shoulder, causing her to jump a little. She looked at him, fear in her eyes. Oh god, I can't do this. I can't do this, Timid whined in Raven's mind.
Beast Boy could tell she was scared. "…I promise I won't do anything…perverted or strange or gross, if that helps," he said.
That eased a few of Raven's fears. "That helps a little," she said.
"You ready yet?"
"…I'm ready," she said. Beast Boy sat down and lied on his left side, leaving Raven on her back. She turned her head and looked over at Beast Boy.
Okay, no problem, he thought. Raven is just a friend. Spending the next month or so sleeping next to her is not going to be a problem. Just as he thought that, he felt his animal urges start to kick in. No. NO! Damn it Beast Boy, you can control yourself. You promised Raven you wouldn't do this kind of stuff to her!
Thankfully, nothing happened. But Raven could sense that his instincts were going nuts. Stay calm, her knowledgeable side reminded her. He does have animal DNA inside him. He can't control it. She thought it was probably best to clarify a few boundaries. "Uh, Beast Boy, I think we should set up some ground rules."
"All right," he answered.
She thought it out. "There's really just one rule- respect my wishes, and I'll respect yours," she said.
Perfectly fair, his conscience ruled out. "Done. You drink your tea and meditate; I eat my tofu and play video games."
"Good," she said. The room went silent, the two fidgeting uncomfortably.
"Yes Beast Boy?"
"…how are we going to go to the bathroom?" he asked nervously, "Because I've been holding it for almost an hour and a half, and I'm gonna get piss-poison soon if I don't go."
She held out her two hands in an awkward position near his lower stomach area (where his bladder would be). A black force field formed around it, and after a few second, the force field disappeared. A grin of relief appeared on Beast Boy's face.
"Oh, much better," he moaned out. "Thanks a million, Raven."
"No problem," she replied.
"…um, given that you're can't get your leotard off, and I can't remove my shirt-"
"I'm not showering with you," she said bluntly.
"Okay," he said. This month should go by in a flash, Beast Boy thought. His eyes focused back on Raven, her eyes closed. …night cutey, his conscience added.
"…night, Rae," he whisper.