Raziel lay on the couch staring up at the ceiling above him, wondering what to do now. He'd known he was making a mistake when he'd shown himself to the Titan's but he hadn't been able to help himself. Now Raven knew about those two and who knows what else.
Raziel looked around and found his clothes. He slowly rolled off the couch and dressed. He found his swords and attached the sheathes to the belt around his waist, and put one pistol in it's holster. The other he held tight in his hand.
Raziel swallowed hard, and walked into the hallway. He made his way from door to door, until he arrived at the one marked Raven. He took a breath and touched the door, causing it too slide open. Inside was dark but Raziel had no problem seeing in the dark.
Raven was asleep on her side with her hair covering most of her face. Small rays of moonlight filtered through the clouds, dancing across Raven's sleeping form. Raziel walked soundlessly across the room and stood beside the bed looking down at the sleeping girl.
Outwardly Raziel seemed perfectly calm, but inside a battle was raging across his mind. Three different forces vying for control. Raziel eye changed from shining blue, to black for a moment andback to bluebefore finally settled on his normal dark blue eyes. He raised the gun in his hand and pointed it slowly at Raven's head.
His hand shook, and he stood there indecisive, when a small noise made him jump. Raven rolled over, moving both her hair and the sheet that had covered her. Raziel stood trembling at the edge of the bed and watched the moonlight play across the purple haired girls face.
"Damn it… Why'd you have to be beautiful?" He asked as he put the gun back in it's holster. Before he left the room, he pulled the sheet back up, over the Raven's shoulders.
Starfire awoke first. Her back no longer pained her, and she stood and stretched before heading into the kitchen to make breakfast. As soon as she walked into the room, she heard mumbling in a voice she did not recognize. It took her a moment to realize that it was the boy who'd saved her yesterday. The boy who knew her Tamaranean name. She walked closer to him and listened closer to what he was saying.
"Not... not them… get… get away from them… no… NO!" The boy's eyes shot open and he bolted upright, almost hitting Starfire's head. He sat there panting before looking back at her, his eyes showing none of the distress he'd felt upon awaking.
"I didn't wake you did I?" He said perfectly calm.
"No I was already awake. Are you…" She started to say, but he cut her off.
"I'm fine." A small smile tugged at the corners of his lips. "Actually that was one of the more peaceful nightmares." Starfire was silent for a moment not really knowing what to say before deciding to change the subject.
"You are Tamaranean." She stated, with a slightly confused look.
"I told you. I'm only half Tamaranean. My father was human." Raziel said quietly. He looked back into those big emerald eyes and saw the questioning look.
"How can you be half Tamaranean? I know you are in my family but I did not know that there were any of my family on Earth." She said with that same confused look which Raziel was now returning.
"What makes you… think that I'm in your family?" He said slowly trying to give himself time to think. He knew the answer of course. All Tamaraneans instinctively knew when someone in their family was near. They felt it like a tug in the back of their minds.
"I can feel it. Can you not?" Starfire said. He sighed and looked away
"I can. You must have been… related to my mother. She never spoke of her relatives, and she… she died about five years ago." He said trying to think quickly.
"I see…" Starfire replied, not wishing to press such a sensitive subject.
"Is there anything to eat around here?" Raziel said quietly, wishing to think about something else. He hadn't lied. His mother had been dead for about five years before he'd come back to the past, but judging by Starfire's age, he was no where near being born and if he told her anything about his mother, it might endanger his own birth. Raziel pushed those thoughts out of his head, he didn't want to think about his mother, it was too painful.
Starfire on the other hand quickly returned to her usual overly cheerful self. But still something bothered her. It was extremely rare for a Tamaranean, even those who were not full blooded Tamaraneansto nothave fiery red hair and emerald green eyes. In fact she could only think of three who possesed this trait. Two were dead and the other... but Starfire had already decided not to ask, for the time being and quickly answered Raziel's question.
"Oh yes! There is food in abundance!" Starfire said grabbing him by the hand and dragging him towards the refrigerator.
"Do not eat eitherthegreen hairy things or the blue ones. They are quite distasteful. I would suggest, some eggs, bacon with milk, and some toast." Raziel was surprised by the suggestion. When he had known Starfire, her taste had been quite… different.
"That sounds great." He said as he started to reach for the ingredients to his meal but Starfire pushed him out of the way.
"I will prepare your food for you. It would not be right for a guest to prepare his own meal." She said. Normally he might have protested a little more, but he had never been the kind of person to wake up and be ready to face the day. So he sat in a stool near the bar, and closed his eyes, while resting his head on the bar itself. He looked at the clock on the wall and didn't really notice that it said four o'clock in the morning. He didn't even really register it when he heard the blender.
"You meal is prepared!" Starfire said in her usual joy filled tones. Raziel slowly sat up and looked at her.
"Thanks Starfire, I really aprecia…" It was only then that he got a good look at what she was holding. In the blender was some grayish brown colored liquid. At first he wondered what had happened to the normal breakfast foods that Starfire had suggested. Then he noticed the bits of eggs and bacon and toast in the horrifying concoction.
"You know what… I've kinda lost my appetite. Why don't you have it." Starfire smiled and proceeded to chug the disgusting mess, and Raziel really loose his appetite.
Raven had been expecting to be awoken in the middle of the night by onething or another but her sleep had been pleasantly uneventful so she had gone into the bathroom attached to her own room, and went through her daily routine of showering, and brushing her teeth and taking care to make her hair at least decent, after all simply because the felt no need to attract anything of the opposite sex didn't mean she should have to deal with unruly hair.
After taking care of those necessities she walked slowly walked towards the kitchen for her usual breakfast that usually simply consisted of tea and nothing else. She found Raziel there alone drinking what looked like tea.
"If you want tea the water is still boiling." He said, after taking a sip. He looked slightly green. Raven was confused for a moment before she saw the blender in the sink.
"Starfire try to make breakfast for you?"
He nodded and shuddered slightly. Raven returned the nod and she started to pour the boiling water, but stopped and looked at Raziel, who chuckled slightly.
"It's not poisoned." He said.
"Why should I believe you?" she answered suspiciously.
"Why shouldn't you?" He answered. She didn't really have an answer to that. He had dreamed of her friends deaths, not to mention her own, but he had been fighting along side the Titans, not against them. After all she didn't know anyone had been in her room last night.
"I don't trust you. You haven't told anyone where you've come from or why you are here." She said, distrust filling her voice.
"You haven't given me much of a chance have you?" He said calmly. " Correct me if I'm wrong but if someone was to barge inside your mind and start wandering around, you'd be a little bit pissed right?" He continued.
Raven wasn't sure what to say to that. She remembered Cyborg and Beast Boy's little misadventure into her own psyche and thought that maybe he was right. Maybe she had been being paranoid, but it wasn't like she hadn't been betrayed by people in the past.
"I'm still going to be watching you." She said, though the note of distrust was gone.
"That's acceptable. It's good to be cautious." He said nodding sagely. Raven finished making her tea and sat down near him to drink it in the few moments of real peace and quiet left, between when Starfire ate her breakfast and went outside to enjoy the dawn light. As the two sat there the boy didn't try to make a conversation with her, he simply enjoyed the silence, much like she did. He leaned back slightly as he finished the last of his tea before standing and walked behind her. He placed a hand on her cloaked shoulder and looked at her.
"Where's the shower?"
"Down the hall, third door on your right."
"Thanks." He said as he turned and walked towards the hall.
"And thank you for giving me a chance…" He said just barely loud enough for her to hear. She smiled slightly though she didn't really understand why. She hadn't heard his last four words.
"… that I don't deserve."
When Raziel emerged from the bathroom, he found Beast Boy and Cyborg playing some form of fighting video game at the television, while Raven sat reading, and Starfire pestered Robin with questions about why metal shouldn't be put into the microwave… and why it shouldn't be eaten.
"That explains the smoke." He muttered.
"So what are you planning to do now?" Robin asked.
"I'm leaving." Raziel said with a smile.
"Why?" Robin asked.
"As much as I'd love to stay there are some things I need to take care of and they really can't wait." Raziel answered cryptically.
"Well, if you need a place to stay, your welcome to come back." Robin said, fully expecting Raven to say something to the contrary.
"Thanks." Raziel said as he headed for the door.
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