Disclaimer: As always, I do not own the Teen Titans.
Twists and Turns
By Johanna Smit
"Doctor, more patients just arrived."
"Are they like the rest of them?"
"Yes, there is one in critical condition, apparently something fell on him and crushed most of his body. I don't think he will make it."
"I will be the judge of that. Is there anything else?"
"Yes. One of the patients..." the nurse said and trailed off.
"Spit it out, we don't have all day. No, I will check for myself. Go do something useful," the doctor said as he turned and started walking down the white hall of Jump City Emergency Hospital.
The doctor didn't make it far before he was stopped yet again by another nurse. "We have sent the stable patients to the hospital in Gotham. They were still unconcious when we dropped them off. What is going on?"
"I don't know," the doctor said as he ran his hand through his hair.
A hundred of so people of all ages and sizes had shown up at the hospital in the last hour, and all of them were unconcious. No one had ever seen anything like it so, obviously, no one knew what to do about it other than treat it just like they would any other case. The further the doctor walked down the hall, the more people he saw scratching their heads out of confusion.
Doctor Wilson shook his head and gave a heavy sigh. He looked into the room that contained some of the stable patients. Beds lined the walls on either side of the room and the steady beeping of heart monitors drifted into the hallway. Every single bed was occupied by an unconcious person. Richard Greyson, Kory Anders, Terra McCoy, and Jinx were all in this room.
The doctor continued his walk down the hallway and entered into another one containing the critical patients. A scream came from one fo the rooms. One of the fluorescant lights blew and glass fell to the floor. A bunch of nurses and another doctor quickly made their way into the room only to find the girl, Raven Roth, still asleep. She was the only one of the patiens that showed any signs of waking up but she didn't make it all the way.
"Freaking lights," said the young hospital janitor as he started sweeiping up the glass with his broom.
A man in a white coat and a tool box went into the room occupied by Victor Stone. He was followed by other men carrying sheets of strange metal while others carried various boxes labled wire, chips, protection, and lens. They quickly shut the door behind them and no one tried to stop them.
The doctor, seeing all of this smiled and ignored them. He had called a close friend of his that specified in technologial human development right after the nurse had told him about the half-dead boy. Wilson sighed and entered the room occupoed by Garfield Logan, one of the stranges cases. All his organs and such were fine except the fact that the boy had turned...green.
When Raven awoke she found herself in an extremely unfamiliar place. She was lying in a bed, not her own, of course. The room she was in had one window with the curtains drawn and for that Raven was grateful. As Raven continued to look around the room, she realized that it wasn't someone being wierd with the wallpaper, no, it was genuine news clippings from Gotham City and Jump City about various crimal events plastered all over the place.
Raven jumped up when the door to the room opened but ducked when the window broke and shards of glass flew everywhere.
"Raven!" Richard yelled and was next to her in an instant.
A lamp hovered in the air and appeared to be surrounded by a black shadow with a white outline. It, too, exploded.
"Come on, we have to get out of here," Richard said as he grabbed Raven's hand and started pulling her towards the door.
This time the TV exploded right next to them causing Richard to turn away and trip over a chair. Raven, still held by Richard, fell right next to him.
"Calm down," a tiny voice inside Raven said and she did.
""Are you okay?" asked Richard once everything stopped exploding.
"I'm fine," Raven replied in a monotone voice, doing her best to stay calm. "Where am I?"
"My apartment. I know, I am sorry but I couldn't just leave you out in the street while you were unconcious," Richard said.
"From what I've gathered, we, all of us were knocked unconcious yesterday by the storm, somehow. When I say all of us, I mean, you and a girl with pink hair and all of my friends. We weren't the only ones though so once I woke up they told me to take my friends and leave, unconcious or not. They told me to take you also, for some reason they thought that a bunch of lightbulbs and windows breaking was caused by..." Richard trailed off not knowing how to finish the sentence without sounding crazy.
"What?" Raven asked.
"I don't know. Some weird things have been happening ever since the storm."
"Such as," Raven said.
"Forget this. Richard she is a freak, kick her out and come on," someone said impatiently.
Raven spun around and came face to face with a blond haired girl. She scowled and another lamp exploded. "Who the hell are you?"
"Terra McCoy," the girl said and then looked over at Richard. "What is she doing here? We have been waiting for you for a while. Victor should be out of surgery and is also probably waiting for you."
Richard didn't know that Terra could be so poisonous. Apparently there was a lot that the 'friends' didn't know about eachother. "Lay off. I'm comming."
Terra raised her eyebrows and looked from Richard to Raven, shrugged and then walked out. "You know that she is evil so just get rid of her," she said once she was out in the hall.
Richard turned from the door and saw Raven glaring daggers at the spot where Terra just stood. He got up and walked over to her and put his hand on her shoulder. "I'm," he said but was cut off when Raven pulled away from him.
"Don't touch me again. I am leaving," she said this time without any emotion.
"Raven," Richard called after her as she went out the door.
The lights in Raven's appartment were all broken so the dark flat was lit by only a couple of candles. Books Raven had gotten from the library and various bookstoors concerning the magial, unnatural, and supernatural were strewn all over the floor.
Earlier when Rven had left Richard's appartment she had the notion to find anything and everything that mentioned her new found abilities. As she walked down the street everything appeared normal as if the storm had never happened though every now and then a store window would shatter or a mail box would go flying into the air.
Raven stopped bu the coffee house but Jinx told her that it was closed for the week. Raven had asked why and was answered by Jinx rounding on her and screaming that it was none of Raven's business. A couple of the cups exploded. Jinx snarled in Raven's direction but Raven only glared then left.
Finally, Raven found a likely book store. "Cold Flame Book Store," she said to herself as she entered the store. The inside was pretty dark and, naturally, smelled of old books witha hit of sandalwood insense. There was a man behind the counter and appeared to be in his early twenties from what Raven could tell. He was wearing dark sunglasses to hide his eyes and just like Raven, he was wearing all black. He didn't pay much attention to Raven. He only glanced up when she came in and then looked back down to whatever book or magazine he was reading.
Raven scanned over all the sections and went to the area marked "supernatural powers." Strange that a bookstore would actually have a section marked like that, Raven thought to herself. It didn't take her a long time to find a book that matched her so called powers. Black Auras. She pulled it out and flipped through the book with a slight flicker in her eye and a wry smile. Raven started making her pile. By the time Raven left she had found four books out of the many she looked over that were much more closely related to her than any other.
After the book store, Raven headed over to the public library where she found a couple more books. Because of her exitement a couple of lights blew and scared a couple of people by leaving them in darkness, the library had no windows. Raven smirked, she was starting to like it but why was it always the lights? It wasn't like she minded, no, but she wondered how far her ability would go. She didn't want to hurt someone unless they did something to provoke her or someone less fortunate or even, well... Raven sighed. Her thoughts were running wild and she could feel a couple of the mirrors in the bathroom break. Calm down, breathe, relax, hide your emotions, a voice sounded in Raven's head. She complied, thinking that it was her concience or something like that, and shrank into the darkness that now filled a section of the library.
Raven woke up in the middle of the night and felt that the her sheets were soaked. It was hot, abnormally hot. Wrapping a sheet around her body, Raven headed over to the window and opened it. A blast of hot hair blew into her face and she quickly shut the window and drew the curtains. A cup had exploded. The airconditioner hummed in the background and Raven turned it so that it was at its coldest. She then climbed back onto her bed and just lay there, waiting for the heat to disipate.
About an hour passed and Raven guessed it was two or three in the morning and her appartment was as hot as ever. Raven sat up when she heard the door to her appartment open. Her night stand started to levitate in a black aura. Raven's hands were glowingan eerie blackand she noticed that her bed was also hovering.
A dark shape moved into the doorway. "Raven?"
"Shit! Richard," Raven said as she felt her bed give way from under her. Everything that was hovering not just a second ago went crashing back to the floor.
When Raven looked up at Richard she found him staring at her, eyes wide and mouth agape. She shrugged and wrapped her bed sheet around her shoulders. "What are you doing here?" she asked in a faltering voice and doing her best to stay calm.
"Why didn't you tell me?"
"You know what I am talking about. You should have mentioned something about this while you were at my place."
Raven laughed darkly from the pit of her stomach. "You, boy wonder, you are not my father. How could I have told you anything with that blonde tramp there anyway? Plus, who said that I wanted you to know?"
"Raven, calm down, please. Look around you," Richard said in a panicked voice.
Raven did and what she saw was horrifying. Everything was hovering, so was Richard. She saw a reflection of herself in a shard of her broken mirror. Her eyes were red and she was glowing. Immediately, everything changed and she landed in a pile on the floor, shaking slightly. Richard rushed over to her and cautiously wrapped his arms around her and held her.
"I am sorry," Raven said in a whisper. "I am still trying to figure out what happened."
"Don't worry, everything will be all right. We will sort this out together," Richard replied in a calm voice hoping that Raven wouldn't notice how tense he was.
AN: Well then. I know that things were slow moving in this chapter but this is just the beginning. I rewrote this chapter twice and ended up with this, I hope that you liked it. Anyway, sorry it took me so long to update but I was at the beach last week.
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