Don't say a word...
I have no idea what this is about, I just love that title, so I'm making it up from that. Oh, and the second song (not the lullaby) was written by me, it's inspired by the lullaby. I'll give you a cookie if you can guess what it's called. XD oh, and, as a final note, if this seems slightly... serious, it's because I'm listening to Dido. And it's impossible not to be serious listening to Dido.

'Hush little baby, Don't say a word...'

The words of the lullaby floated out of the speakers of her CD player, except this time they were against hard guitar, being sung in a creepy voice.

'Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird...'

Raven sung along quietly to the words of the song, a familiar tune. She loved the sinister meaning behind the seemingly innocent words. A reminder that everything has a dark side.

'And if that mocking bird don't sing, Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring...'

Raven knew a lot about dark side's. She had one of the worst ever. Well, that chapter of her life was over. At least, she hoped it was. Raven sighed and turned onto her back, staring at her bedroom ceiling. Trigon was gone. At least for now.

'And if that diamond ring turns brass, Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass...'

She didn't hate looking in the mirror anymore. She wasn't scared that walking past reflective glass, that someone would see the red tattoos that once ran over her body, incriminating her for the crime of being born.

'And if that looking glass gets broke, Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat...'

Raven was no longer scared of her anger, that it would take her over. She owed her friends big time for how they'd helped her. Especially Robin. He'd helped her most. But then she'd go downstairs and Starfire would be all over him. And he didn't seem to mind.

'And if that billy goat won't pull, Mama's gonna buy you a cart and bull...'

Jealousy wasn't a feeling that Raven was prone to, but the insipid green caped emotion seemed even more prominent in Nevermore. But for Gods sake! Starfire got so many guys. She couldn't leave the tower without getting at least three numbers. The words her mother had once said flooded into her mind, "You have a hidden beauty. It takes people a while to see, but once they do, they are never the same. Your day will come my little bird."

'And if the cart and bull fall over, Mama's gonna buy you a dog named Rover..."

Raven walked over to the CD player and turned it off. Hidden beauty, Raven snorted. It probably didn't help that she hid everything behind a dark cloak. She walked to her wardrobe and pulled the doors open. In the corner hung her small collection of clothes that weren't her uniforms. Two pairs of jeans, one black, one blue, three t-shirts with a variety of threatening slogans all in dark colors, three tank tops, one blue, one purple, one black and one skirt, mini in, drum roll please, yes, you guessed it black.

Raven scratched her chin, pulling out the black jeans and purple tank top. She pulled her hair into a loose ponytail with a black ribbon. She regarded herself critically in her once hated mirror. Not great, but better.

She typed in the password to her door, and slid it open to face the world.

Downstairs, BB and Cy were playing video games, no surprises there and Starfire was whispering sweet nothings into a smiling Robins ear. Raven rolled her eyes and put on her long black wool coat. "I'm going out for a while." She announced to the Titans. "Do you mind if I take your bike Robin?"

Robin looked up from where he was sat with Star. "Uh, sure Rae. Where you going?"

Raven grabbed the keys from the kitchen counter where they had been left. "I don't think that's any of your business." She told him pointedly.

"I think it is." Robin said, standing defiantly.

Raven turned and put her hands on her hips. "Just because you're my leader does not mean it's any of your business where I go."

"But what if something happened to you?" Robin pressed, determined to find out where she was going.

"I can look after myself." She said through gritted teeth. "Now. Just. Drop it!" She shouted.

Robin stood there, looking shell shocked as she turned and stalked out of the room, slamming the door behind her.

Cyborg, who'd been watching the whole scene from the sofa, turned back around to face the TV, shaking his head. "You brought it on yourself man."

"Brought what on myself?" Robin asked, bewildered.

Cy chuckled darkly. "For one of the world's greatest detectives, you certainly can't see the clues, can ya?"

- - - - - -

The sleek black bike pulled up in front of a small cafe, The Cave.

Raven slid of the bike and set her helmet in the compartment under the seat, then locking the bike, making sure the alarm was on.

She walked in to the small, cozy cafe with a soft song floating from the speakers, hidden in the corners.

'Hush my darling, Don't say a word, Your face tells me all.'

Slipping of her coat, she set it on the chair of a small table in the corner. Raven picked up a magazine that was sat on the table and flicked through it. 'Rip it up'. A music magazine. Full of crap about nothing.

She set it back on the table. Her chin rested on the palm of her hand as she watched Saturday afternoon shoppers bustled around the busy square of the city center.

'We sit under this tree, As a mockingbird sings in the branches, It's singing just for you.'

Just as she'd ordered a hot blackcurrant tea, a familiar bike pulled up in front of the shop. Off it jumped a dark haired boy in jeans, a leather jacket and shades.

Raven gritted her teeth and set down her half empty cup.

The boy walked into the shop, and after looking for a moment came and sat opposite the seething heroine.

"What do you want?" She spat.

Robin ran a hand through his already messy hair. "I'm sorry about how I acted. I had no right."

Raven looked away from the boy, and back out of the window. "You can say that again."

"And," Robin continued, "I know that I- the team haven't been there for you as much as we should have been. But you're usually so self sufficient." He sighed, not able to pick the right words.

'If this day don't go, Just as we planned, It'll still be fine with me, Cause you're here, So don't say a word.'

"You can look after yourself, and sometimes I- we forget you're just human too."

Raven looked back at Robin, stumbling over his words. "It's not your fault I lock myself in my room all the time. And I owe you guys, really, for all that you did for me. You gave me hope again Robin."

"It..." Robin trailed off, running out of words. "You're my best friend Raven. Of course I helped you. After all the times you've helped me, even saved my life, how could I not?"

'Hush my darling, I know just what you're thinking, And you know I feel the same way too.'

Raven nodded, understanding. "So we're both sorry and we both admit we've been asses?" She remarked, her old humor seeping back into her voice.

Robin let out a surprised snort of laughter. "Yes." He smiled and looked Raven in the eyes. "Do you think I could stay here with you for a while?"

"Sure." Raven said, giving a small smile in return. "I was getting bored anyway."

'The looking glass, it shines so bright, Showing you just what I see, The best thing in my world.'

Robin's breath caught slightly in his throat as Raven smiled. Raven never smiled. Apart from that time when she'd hugged him. Robin shook his head, shaking the thoughts away.

He had Star, even though they weren't going out or anything, they still liked each other. At least, Robin thought he liked her. He wasn't so sure anymore.

Raven smiled wider. "What to be naughty and share a piece of chocolate fudge cake?"

Robin laughed again. "Only if you want to."

"Well," Raven confessed, "I've been dying for a piece ever since I came in here."

"You should have got a piece. You don't eat enough as it is." Robin remarked, mock seriously.

"Pft." Raven snorted, flicking now cold tea at him. "Just cause I don't stuff myself like you guys does not mean I don't eat enough." She told him, pretend hurt.

'If this day don't go, Just as we planned, It'll still be fine with me, Cause you're here, So don't say a word.'

The two friends sat in the cafe, long after the afternoon shoppers had gone and the restaurant goers were coming out for evening meals, laughing and joking over life as a superhero.

"And then," Robin chuckled, "Speedy sticks the comb in his hair and it won't come out."

Raven giggled. "Oh, he could've killed BB. Though I would've if he'd stuck glue on my hairbrush."

"You would've done more than kill him." Robin pointed out. "You would've killed him, them brought him back and killed him again." He laughed.

Raven's eyes sparkled with laughter in the dim light of the cafe.

There was a loud ringing from Robin's pocket, cutting of their giggle-fest.

"Rob man!" Came a loud, slightly worried voice from the communicator. "Where are you."

Robin's eyes flicked up to Raven, who shrugged. "Uh, me and Raven are just in a cafe downtown."

"You guys have been gone almost three hours!" Cy exclaimed.

Robin smiled sheepishly. "Uh, sorry bout that. We lost track of time. We'll be back soon." He told the metal man.

Cyborg raised an eyebrow grinning. "Lost track of time eh?" He chuckled. "You don't have to come home now. We were just worried where you'd got to." Cy looked over his shoulder and lowered his voice. "Well, actually, it was Star who was worried."

Robin nodded. "We'll be home soon, but not yet." He shut the communicator and put it back in his pocket.

'So hush my darling, No need for words, When there's nothing in our way, Just enough time for today.'

Raven raised an eyebrow. "So we don't have to go yet?" She questioned.

"Nah." Rob replied. "Not yet. Unless you want to?"

Raven shook her head. "I've had more fun today, than I have in a long time."

Robin smiled. "I'm glad." He looked thoughtful. "What made you decide to come out today?"

"I- i don't really know." Raven shrugged. "I was just sick of being in my room. In the dark. I really hate that stereotype."

Robin looked questioning, so she continued. "You know, the antisocial goth. The dark serious one who says nothing."

"But you're nothing like that!" Robin exclaimed.

Raven smiled weakly. "Yeah, you know that. But how many others do?" She put her chin in her hand and looked into Robin's eyes, er, shades. "I think, apart from you, only Cy really know what I'm like." She shrugged again. "BB and Star are too wrapped up in themselves."

She realized what she said and bit her lip. Robin smiled "I know what you mean. I though..." He trailed off. "I thought I liked Starfire. But sometimes I wonder."

Raven's heart jumped in her chest. "What do you mean?" She asked, voice trembling slightly.

"I don't really know." Robin admitted. "Going out with Starfire would be hell. Not really because of her, but more because of all the guys who fawn over her. And the fact she's too naive to realize what they really want and not that they're just being friendly. And she's just a little over the top clingy."

Raven nodded. "I know what you mean."

Robin smiled again at her. "I've really enjoyed today, Rae. Apart from the arguing. You're good to talk to."

Raven felt slight disappointment. Good to talk to? "You too Boy Blunder." She told him.

He gasped playfully. "We better get back, before Star goes totally crazy and comes to find us."

'If this day don't go, Just as we planned, It'll still be fine with me, Cause you're here, So don't say a word.'

Raven grabbed his hand just as he was about to get on his red bike. "Thanks for today Rob. I needed it."

Robin smiled, as seemed to be a habit today. "You're welcome Dark Angel." He told her before getting on his bike and speeding off into the darkness.

Did he just call me Dark Angel? Raven wondered.

Well that changed it all.

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Umbra