Summary: Beast Boy knocks on Raven's door in the middle of the night telling her he needs help. He is afraid of the Beast inside of him and he admits that it has gotten out more than once. Can Raven help him conquer his inner demon? And will she learn how to deal with her own troubles along the way?
A/N: This takes places after The End.
Beast Boy awoke in a cold sweat breathing hard. He looked around the room; his eyes searching every corner as if something lay lurking in the shadows. He rubbed his eyes tiredly then tried to go back to sleep but the fear of nightmares kept him awake.
Lately the incident of The Beast was scaring him. He couldn't get Raven's terrified scream out of his mind. It was like his mind was trying to remember exactly what happened and it kept replaying the scene over and over
"Maybe I should talk to her." he said out loud. He glanced at the clock and sighed. Raven would kill him for waking her up at two in the morning but he couldn't stand it any longer. Truth be told he was terrified of himself and what might happen to the others if he got too angry. Beast Boy dropped to the floor with the grace of a cat then slipped out the door and down the corridor to Raven's room. He tapped on it softly
"Raven, I'm really sorry to bother you this early but I really need to talk to you." there was the sound of movement inside and after a moment the door slid open ever so slightly to reveal two deep violet eyes
"Do you know what time it is?" she asked groggily. Beast Boy nodded then smiled inwardly. Seeing Raven like his was a little funny but it did not make him forget his reason for coming here at this late hour
"I'm sorry if I woke you up."
"I wasn't really sleeping anyway. You've been keeping me up." her tone was half sarcastic and half serious
"What are you talking about?" Raven yawned slightly then answered him
"You're having nightmares and you're emotions are driving me crazy. I'm going to go ahead and guess that's why you're here."
"You'd be right. If you want to talk about this later I'll let you get some sleep or something." Raven shook her head
"I'm not going to get to sleep anyway. If I wake up in the middle of the night I never go back to sleep." she turned away from the door as it opened a little more
"Can I come in?"
"Sure just don't-."
"Touch anything I know." Raven glared at him and he mentally kicked himself. He stepped into the room slowly. It looked the same as it had two years ago when he had ventured in here with Cyborg. A large black chest in the corner rattled loudly
"And that's been keeping me up as well." Raven muttered under her breath as she walked over to it slowly
"Please my sweet Raven let me free once more. I don't know what came over me the last time. Please accept my humble apology" a soft male voice said from the trunk. Even though it was muffled Beast Boy recognized Malchior's voice. Raven kicked the truck sharply and the talking stopped
"Can't you just burn the stupid thing?"
"I wish but the curse prevents it. But I'd rather have him locked in there than in the hands of some other stupid girl. Anyway let's talk so I can get some sleep." she sat down at the head of the bed and stared at him. After a moment he shifted uncomfortably under her gaze
"Err where should I sit?"
"I don't care!" Rave snapped. Beast Boy looked at her with hurt eyes and she sighed "Sorry this lack of sleep is getting to me. Just sit on the bed or the floor I don't care." Beast Boy sat on the bed across from her so they could talk face to face
"I'm worried about the Beast." he blurted out after a long silence. Raven looked surprised
"Why? Cyborg gave you the cure. You're better now; why should you be worried about it?" the changeling shifted anxiously as she stared at him waiting for a reply
"Because I've turned into it after that." he said in a voice barely above a whisper. Raven had to strain to hear him. She sat back astonished for a long time
"I'm not imagining it or making it up Raven I swear it." Beast Boy said urgently. Raven snapped out of her trance and looked him in the eye
"How many times and where did it happen?"
"Only three. Twice I was afraid something was happening so I flew to the outskirts of the city before I changed and the third time was here in the Tower."
"Where in the Tower?" Raven prompted
"In my room. I was able to turn myself back almost immediately but it took a lot of energy and my uniform and room was trashed." Raven stood up and headed for the door
"Come on." she ordered. Beast Boy got up and trotted after her. She opened the door to his room and looked around. She couldn't tell if there had been a struggle because everything was a mess. But there were a few slash marks on his bedposts. Beast Boy sat down on the bottom bunk and held his head in his hands
"What's wrong with me Rae?" he whispered. Raven ignored the use of her nickname and sat down beside him feeling a bit awkward
"Don't worry Beast Boy. We'll help you get through this." the boy's head shot up
"No you can't tell the others please." he begged. Raven stared at him blankly for a moment trying to make sense of the jumbled emotions he was sending off. Fear was the main one
"Why not? We're definitely going to need their help with this and I can't keep a secret about something so important."
"I just can't tell them. Robin…" his voice trailed off as he thought back over the interrogation his masked leader had put him through. He had been so afraid and angry at himself
"What about Robin?" Raven asked gently. Beast Boy sighed and rested his chin on his folded hands
"While you were out Robin kept asking me what happened and I couldn't remember for the life of me. All I remembered was claws shooting out of my hands and you screaming." Raven looked at him strangely
"Is that what you've been dreaming about?"
"Yes. It just keeps playing over and over in my mind. It's like I keep trying to remember what happened even though I know I can't." he paused and looked at the girl sitting beside him "I'm sorry that I've been keeping you up."
"It's nothing I can't handle. How long has this been going on?" Beast Boy hesitated then looked out the window as he answered
"Ever since the whole end of the world deal. When we were fighting I changed because I was afraid that you were going to get hurt. But that time I gave up control. I don't really remember anything until I got it under control and changed back." Raven's face hardened. Even though it had been six months since her father had come to Earth she was still very sensitive about it
"Why are you so worried if you are able to exercise control over it even if it takes a while?"
"Because Rae. I'm not used to this and I'm afraid of it. I don't want to hurt you or anyone else. I know you said it was Adonis but we looked so much alike that it could have been me who attacked you." Raven pursed her lips and nodded. The changeling's green skin paled to a sickly lime green color
"I suppose you have a point." Raven waited for his reaction. To her surprise he turned away wiping his eyes quickly
"Raven I'd rather die than hurt you." he caught her eyes pleadingly "You have to believe that."
"I do Beast Boy. But you have to realize that it wasn't you. Just trust me on that one okay?" Beast Boy nodded and took a shuddering breath
"I just don't want you guys to get hurt because of me." Raven sighed and stood up looking around the room. The sun was starting to rise and was basking the room in an orange glow.