Disclaimer: I do not own Teen Titans or any of the characters associated with them.
Author's Note: Ok, so, this is my first fanfic. Woooo! Anyway, just a few things I want to say beforehand. I guess you can flame me if you want...however, there's a 99 chance that I won't take you seriously. If you want to express and opinion about the story, do it in a dignified manner. And while we're on the subject of reviewing, I greatly appreciate any and all reviews (except flames). They help motivate me, so if you want me to update sooner, just submit a review.
Anyway, now on to the story.
"I am kickin' your green butt, and you know it!" Cyborg shouted enthusiastically as his car pulled even further ahead Beast Boy's in their latest video game, Max TurboDrive 4.
"That's what you think! I've still got my secret weapon," Beast Boy responded deviously. The two continued to stare at the TV screen, madly pressing buttons on the game controllers.
A few moments later, Robin and Starfire entered the room discussing something about the phrase 'killing two birds with one stone' and how nobody is actually throwing rocks at birds when they say this. Upon seeing Cyborg and Beast Boy duking it out on the game station, they joined them on the couch to cheer them on.
"Go friend Cyborg! Go friend Beast Boy! Perform the 'kicking of the butt!'" Starfire shouted ecstatically.
"Hey guys, I play the winner, okay?" added Robin.
"Which is so gonna be me," Beast Boy interjected, leaning closer to the screen. Cyborg, however, did not respond to the changeling's boasting.
"Look BB, there's no way you are gonna beat me. As far ahead as I am now, you couldn't even pass me if—you passed me!"
"Ha! Told ya I would Cy!"
"Wouldn't you like to know?" Beast Boy taunted. Cyborg slouched over angrily and attempted to salvage what he could of his dignity.
Shortly after this little skirmish, the doors to the living room wooshed open again, this time making way for Raven. She was, as usual garbed in her blue cloak with her face buried in another book.
Just like always, Beast Boy was the first to notice her presence and greet her.
"Hey Rae! What's up?" he asked cheerily as he turned his head away from the video game to talk to her. Raven stopped walking and scowled behind the pages of her book. Slowly she lowered the book to reveal her slightly angry face.
"Don't call me that," she spoke calmly, then continued reading and walked into the kitchen.
Of all the things Raven didn't like, it was that stupid pet name that the team had given her. No, that wasn't true. She didn't dislike it; she detested it. And somehow, hearing it from Beast Boy, the one person in the household that annoyed her the most, just made her hate it all the more.
Not deeming the issue important enough for further thought, Raven began to prepare herself some herbal tea. As she waited, she turned her gaze to her teammates surrounding the TV. Starfire was moving around effervescently while cheering her friends on. Robin was, of course, watching Starfire's every movement. Cyborg was staring intently at the game in front of him. Beast Boy too was concentrating on the game, apparently not fazed by Raven's previous remark.
When Beast Boy had turned around to talk to Raven, Cyborg had taken advantage of his momentary lack of concentration and once again pulled ahead in the game. Beast Boy was doing his best to catch up and pass Cyborg, but it didn't seem to be working.
"Oh, I've got ya now, BB," Cyborg taunted.
Beast Boy merely contorted his face in concentration. However, it was useless. In a minute, Cyborg had once again gotten far ahead and crossed the finish line.
"Alright Beast Boy, hand it over," Robin said. Beast Boy grudgingly handed over the controller as he grumbled under his breath. His face showed great annoyance at having lost to Cyborg again.
Cyborg and Robin began a new game and Starfire began her new round of cheering loudly. Beast Boy, not being the sit-back-and-watch kind of guy, quickly grew bored just watching the others play. He glanced around the room looking for something to do. His previous look of annoyance melted away when his eyes passed over Raven. He decided to go and strike up a conversation with her.
"Hey! Watcha' up to Rae?" he asked. Raven gave him one of her trademark death glares. "-ven," he added, finishing her name. Raven sighed, figuring she wouldn't be able to get rid of him.
"What does it look like I'm doing? Making tea," she responded.
"Well duh. I meant besides that. Like what's goin' on in your life?" he said, sitting down in a chair across the counter.
"I should be asking you that," she retorted.
"What do you mean?"
"I mean, you've been mysteriously leaving, going god knows where, for hours at a time, then just coming back like it's nothing," she said. This was true. For the past few months, Beast Boy had been randomly getting up and leaving. He would stay out, usually for around two hours, then just show up back at the tower again. He had thought nobody knew about his little excursions, but Raven, being an empath, sensed his presence come and go whenever he left. Luckily, he didn't disappear when any crimes were being committed, but it was still puzzling.
To be honest, Raven was a little bit curious about where he went and what he did for all that time. A very little bit curious. She had never really cared enough to ask, but now seemed as good a time as any.
"I…well…I've just been going…places," Beast Boy stammered.
"Where?" she questioned.
"Wherever I feel like, I guess."
"Dude, what's with all these questions? It's a free country! I can go somewhere if I want." Beast Boy responded, turning his face away from her.
"Whatever," Raven said stoically as she turned around to tend to her now boiling tea.
"What's that supposed to mean?" Beast Boy asked irritably, turning around again.
"Nothing. It is a free country. You can do what you want." Beast Boy stared at her, dumbfounded.
"That's it? You're just gonna drop it? Without arguing or calling me dumb or anything?"he asked incredulously.
"Looks like it," Raven said indifferently before she took a sip of tea.
"Well…okay." Beast Boy paused. "So..." he muttered unexcitedly.
"So…" she retorted, clearly not interested in further enhancing the conversation, or lack thereof.
There was another pause.
"Wanna hear a joke?" Beast Boy asked, his face brightening up. Raven merely stared at him, trying to figure out if he seriously thought she might say "yes".
"If I say no, which we both know I will, you're going to tell me anyway, aren't you?"
"Of course!" he responded, grinning. She sighed.
"Well, I figure I'll at least live for another forty years. Completely wasting a few minutes of my life won't kill me…I hope," she said, dreading what was to come.
"Great!" Beast Boy leaned in a bit. "Now. What do Alexander the Great and Kermit the Frog have in common?"
Raven continued her blank stare, still plainly wishing she were anywhere else at the moment.
"Their middle names!" Beast Boy exclaimed as he burst out laughing. Raven, however, was (as expected) unimpressed. Once Beast Boy noticed this, his laughing slowly stopped.
"Dude, don't even tell me you didn't think that was a little bit funny!"
"Okay, I won't tell you," she retorted coolly.
"Dang! I knew the other one was better. Here, listen. This guy walks into a bar--"
"No, that's okay," she cut him off. "Please don't go out of your way." It was extremely evident that Raven was not interested in hearing his second attempt at a joke.
"Besides, I think you have laughed enough for both of us today," she spoke in her typical manner. Beast Boy sighed and settled back down into his chair. He glanced across the counter at Raven, who now had her eyes glued into the book she had been reading when she walked in. He stared into her eyes and tried to find something, anything in them that would give him a hint. Some kind of clue as to what made her tick, what made her smile. He continued this search for a minute, but to no avail.
"You know," he began. "I'll do it someday, Raven." She looked up.
"Do what?" she questioned.
"Make you smile, or laugh, or something." He put on a mischievous grin. "You know it'll happen someday."
"Why do you even bother?" she asked, glancing down at her book again. "Why do you always try to make me smile, even though we both know you can't?"
"Hmm…" Beast Boy muttered as he began to think. Why did he try so hard? Why did he spend so much time and energy trying to make her smile? Why was he so concerned with making her happy for once? These questions raced through his mind, and Beast Boy realized, even he didn't remember why he had started with this seemingly fruitless mission.
"I don't know…I guess…someone has too," he replied softly. By now though, Raven had become absorbed in her book again and wasn't even paying enough attention to recognize what he said.
"Huh?" she questioned, breaking her eyes away from the pages momentarily.
"Ah, nothing," he shrugged it off. He wasn't in a thinking mood. "Forget about it."
"Whatever…" she spoke, shaking her head at Beast Boy's low attention span as she began reading again.
There was another monotonous period of awkward silence. It was beginning to be too much for Beast Boy. He sighed again. After thinking about absolutely nothing for a moment, he turned his head to see his three other friends sitting on the couch, now watching a movie. Cyborg was sitting on the far left. Robin was next to him, with Starfire sitting at his side, as usual. He glanced back at Raven. She was still silently reading her book. The dreary, calm, dullness of the situation was overpowering. Beast Boy decided that he'd had enough. He scooted out of his chair and got up.
"Well, I'm goin' out," he said. This perked Raven's interest a bit.
"Where to?" she asked, trying not to sound as curious as she really was. It wasn't that she was overly interested in Beast Boy's life or anything; she just hated being in the dark about things. Not knowing something just bothered her. It bothered her even more than Beast Boy's interminable bantering. At least he could be nice to have around occasionally. Very occasionally.
Beast Boy thought for a moment. He had indeed been intending to go to his secret "spot" that he ventured to every so often. It had been quite a long time since he'd been there, so he needed to go soon. However, he couldn't tell this to Raven. Instead, he took a few steps toward the living room where Robin, Cyborg, and Starfire were.
"Hey guys! I'm goin' out for a while. You want anything?"
"Uhh…how 'bout some ice cream?" Cyborg asked.
"The frozen cream of many flavors? That sounds most enjoyable!"
"What flavors?" Beast Boy questioned.
"Cookie dough," Cyborg said, turning back around to face the TV.
"Chocolate," Robin added, doing the same.
"Mustard," Starfire chimed. Everyone stared at her with looks of confusion and slight disgust at the thought of what mustard-flavored ice cream might taste like.
Beast Boy regained his composure and spoke, "Right! So, one cookie dough, one chocolate, and one sherbert."
Upon hearing this, Starfire spoke up. "But I said—,"
"Trust me Star," Robin stopped her, "you'll like sherbert better." She conceded and they both resumed watching the movie.
Meanwhile, Beast Boy stepped back into the kitchen and walked up to Raven.
"Well Rae, to answer your question, it looks like I'm going to the ice cream parlor," he said to. "You want any?"
"Don't call me that. And just get some mint chocolate chip," she spoke quietly.
"Mint chocolate chip? Why do you want that stuff? It's gross!" Beast boy questioned incredulously. Raven scowled.
"It isn't any of your business why I do or don't like something!" she said angrily.
"Dude, sorry! I'll get the mint chocolate chip," Beast Boy said, throwing his hands up in defense. "Sheesh!"
Beast Boy walked out the door without another word.
'Finally' she thought, sipping her tea. It wasn't really that she minded Beast Boy asking her why she liked that flavor of ice cream; she had just wanted him to leave already.
She didn't necessarily want him to leave because he was bugging her (though he was), but because she intended to follow him. Raven knew that he'd said he was going to get ice cream, but she knew better than that. Beast Boy never just asked if anyone wanted him to go get something for them; he was too lazy. He must have had some other location to attend, or he wouldn't have decided to leave in the first place. Raven decided that this would be the last time Beast Boy went off, leaving her to wonder where he went.
As the movie continued to play, neither Cyborg, Robin, nor Starfire noticed Raven rise from her seat and quietly slip out the door.
Raven pulled out her communicator to check if she was still headed in the same direction as Beast Boy. She had been using the tracking network in their communicators to find out exactly where he was headed. Apparently Beast Boy had forgotten about this handy feature, among other things.
Raven continued following his signal, staying a safe distance behind so as not to reveal herself. For some reason unknown to her, Beast Boy had chosen to walk to wherever he was going. This meant that if Raven wanted to remain undetected to him, she would have to stay on the ground and walk also.
So far, she had passed the video store, bank, grocery store, pharmacy, and many other various shops. Eventually, she came upon the ice cream parlor. She smiled inwardly, now that she knew Beast Boy was indeed going somewhere else that he hadn't bothered to tell anyone about.
This newfound pleasure disappeared quickly though, as she continued walking…and walking…and walking. She checked her communicator again to be sure she was still on Beast Boy's trail. As far as she could tell, she was still headed in his direction. However, this part of town didn't seem like a place she would associate Beast boy with. It was basically the outskirts of the city, the slums, the poor and desolate place in between the bustling civilization of the city, and the vast emptiness beyond it. It was dirty, dark, and full of miserable, shady people. Not exactly the kind of place that would have suited Beast Boy.
Despite this paradox, Beast Boy continued walking, and Raven continued following. By now, they were all the way to the edge of the city. Because there were no more people or buildings around, she was forced to stay far away from Beast Boy to avoid being seen.
Raven looked around at the not-so-pleasant scenery. Sand covered the ground as far as the eye could see. The entire landscape was empty, save for a few dry shrubs here and there. Again, this struck her as a place that one would not typically find Beast Boy in. She continued in the direction of his signal though, hoping the computer wasn't misinterpreting the signal or otherwise malfunctioning.
Raven began to have a strange feeling. She couldn't shake the sensation that she had been here before. The place just looked so familiar. It held some predominant place in her mind, but never quite jarred a specific memory.
She continued to dig through her memories while following the direction of Beast Boy's signal. Eventually, she saw something off in the distance. Upon coming closer to it, she saw that it was a cave.
Suddenly, Raven knew exactly where she was. That hidden memory that had previously remained buried came forth like a bat out of the cave that stood before her. She remembered exactly what this place was, and exactly why Beast Boy had come here.
Author's Note: Ok, just saying again, don't flame, it won't get you anywhere. Reviews are appreciated.
Oh, and bonus points to whoever can guess where the big "secret place". I guess I'll give honorable mention to the first reviewer to guess it correctly. However, don't just guess the place without also putting in a review.
Til' next time. GoldenBlade416