In no way do I own the rights to the Teen Titans or the game series MYST.
It was early morning. The lowest arc of the sun was now above the horizon. Beast Boy entered the main room of Titans Tower looking more groggy than usual. Cyborg was in the kitchen making his breakfast. Seeing Beast Boy up this early puzzled him.
"Beast Boy? You okay?" Cyborg asked. "Maybe you should go back to sleep. You're up early, especially for you."
Walking into the kitchen to prepare his breakfast, Beast Boy said, "Dude, I tried. I've been up since 4:00 a.m. trying to get back to sleep.
"I know. I couldn't after this nightmare I had."
"Nightmare? What about?"
"Well I was alone on the roof of the tower. Everything seemed just fine."
"Go on, B," said Cyborg.
"The city was quiet. The weather was nice and nothing seemed unusual. I felt like morphing and going for a flight. But before I could the sky went red and dark, just like some of those apocalyptic movies."
Raven walked in.
Beast Boy continued. "It got real hot and the ground started shaking, badly. I mean we've had some quakes before, but this was bad."
Raven paused in her tracks. She turned her head slightly to hear Beast Boy's story.
"Hey Raven," said Cyborg. "What else?"
"Well the air got even hotter and I couldn't breath. I was really scared. But I didn't know what I was more afraid of, choking or the quake. Somehow that didn't stop me from seeing what was going on."
Raven's eyes grew a bit wide.
"Then the city erupted. Lava flew out of the ground, going everywhere. The tower started shaking, and I swear I could feel it sinking. Then the quaking stopped as did the tower. But it was still really hot and hard to breath. Suddenly from out of nowhere…" he looked over at Raven, "she appeared, in the sky. Her eyes went completely white, then that black aura of hers started forming around her. It all went from there into Raven's mouth. Then there was that look on your face. I've never seen you look so scary, and you've been scary before."
Raven became a bit uncomfortable. "What else?" she urged.
"You turned to face the city. Then some red laser beam was shot out of that piece on your forehead. It hit the ground and must have fired across three city blocks."
Robin and Starfire enter together.
"And?" Cyborg asked. He was sitting but hadn't yet begun to eat.
Looking at Raven, Beast Boy asked, "You us told about Trigon coming, right?"
"Right," replied Raven growing a bit worried.
"I think it was him coming out of the ground where the laser fired, just as…" he paused.
"Just as you woke up from your nightmare?" asked Cyborg.
"No. Just as I began to see myself turning to stone. Then, nothing and I woke up."
Raven quickly drifted over to him. "How is that possible?"
"What do you mean?" asked Beast Boy.
"That was the very same nightmare I had," Raven replied. "It was the worst one yet and the scariest."
Robin approached. "What's going on?"
"Beast Boy seems to have shared a nightmare with Raven," Cyborg answered as he began to eat. "It was about what Raven's supposed to do to bring Trigon to Earth."
Robin paused to think about what he heard. "There may be a reason he had the same nightmare. Animals have a way of sensing things people don't, right? It could be that Beast Boy's animal instincts subconsciously picked up the nightmare through any fear Raven felt in her sleep."
"Dude," replied Beast Boy.
Beast Boy was in his room, sitting at the computer he was using to play PC games. His door was slightly open. The game he was playing was MYST. From first person view he clicked the mouse to enter the island's library and approached the bookshelf. Out of the corner of his right eye he caught a glimpse of Raven walking by his door.
"Raven!" he yelled.
After a moment Raven reappeared at his door which she didn't bother opening further. "What is it, Beast Boy?"
"One second." Beast Boy saved his game and selected the QUIT option. When the game exited, he pulled out the CD and went to his door. He opened it further. "Please come in."
She stepped into his room. "What do you want?"
"So he's really coming isn't he?"
"Trigon? Yes, and I still can't think of a way to stop it from happening. I've tried to think of everything – barrier spells, curses… taking my own life is definitely not an option. None of my books have any solutions."
"I'm sorry," he spoke with sincerity.
"It's not your fault. There's no one to blame but Trigon."
"Maybe you haven't tried everything."
"What do you mean?" she asked puzzled.
"We've all thought that maybe something rational would work, but how about something totally irrational?"
"If we're going to try everything, then we might as well try anything."
"You have an idea?"
"Yes I do." He holds up the MYST CD. "This."
To be continued. Please RR.