Disclaimer: Teen Titans ain't mine. Or any DC stuff, for that matter.
Going to the Movies
There were days that Beast Boy hated the rain; sometimes he wanted nothing more than to just go outside and explore as a dog or a bird. But then again, there were days he loved the rain; it gave him an excuse to stay inside and watch TV and play games all day – how could he hate that? But now was definitely one of those times when he hated the rain – mostly because Robin and Cyborg were using the TV to play games, so that was two of Beast Boy's favourite 'rainy day pastimes' removed in one fell swoop. He looked around the room and found Starfire engaged in a book, which made Beast Boy feel very strange.
Shouldn't Raven be the one reading a book?
He checked for the Titans resident Goth and found she was sat looking out the window. Beast Boy checked around her to see if there was a book laid on her lap or next to her, but found nothing. Raven had obviously noticed his interest, because she was now looking directly at him with a questioning eyebrow cocked. Worse still, she saw Beast Boy looking with great interest at her lap. Beast Boy tried to cover up and quickly turned his eyes back to the screen, whistling a tune as he did so. He quickly glanced out of the corner of his eye and saw that Raven had resumed her looking out the window.
He let out a 'phew' and resumed his boredom. Through half closed eyes he surveyed the room and realised that the kitchen was otherwise unused. He grinned and bounded out of his chair and into the kitchen area, rubbing his hands at the tofu chaos he would bring.
Cyborg didn't even turn around as he spoke. "No tofu."
He looked over at the back of Cyborg's head and stuck out his tongue. "Says you. I want tofu."
Cyborg turned away from the game to look at Beast Boy. "You bet you little green ass 'says me'! This day is bad enough without your stupid t-"
Robin whooped for joy as Cyborg's Star Racer came to a destructive end while his crossed the finish line. Cyborg's eyes widened and he turned back to the screen. Beast Boy laughed at the robotic man's defeat, slapping his hand on the kitchen counter. Cyborg turned to face him, flipping over the back of the couch, tipping it over backwards as he went, taking Robin, Raven and Starfire with it as it fell backwards. They yelped in protest, Robin desperately grasping on to the game controller and pulling the entire Gamestation console out with it.
"That does it, you little grass stain! Step away from the kitchen!"
Beast Boy dodged away from the furious metal arms attempting to crush him, thankful for something to do. He grabbed a globful of tofu waffle mix and smushed it into Cyborg's face. Cyborg's eyes widened and he spat out the white substance in a spray that covered most of the kitchen. Beast Boy smiled.
"Y'see dude? Tofu isn't that bad."
Cyborg put his hand over his mouth and ran to the sink, cupping his hands to drink the taste away, muttering something about how he 'almost swallowed some' between gulps.
Meanwhile, on the backwards sofa, the remaining Titans were having a conversation on how to relieve the boredom they all felt while still lying on their backs, staring up at the ceiling.
"Perhaps the Park?" Starfire suggested.
"It's… raining, Starfire," Robin reminded her, gesturing outside. He tried to hide his smile at how much he was enjoying the silliness of this situation.
Raven, who had also made no effort to move, glanced upwards to see Beast Boy clutching his stomach as he laughed at the tofu poisoned Cyborg. She looked back down at the two on the couch.
Robin smiled. "Best idea I've heard all day."
Beast Boy tried to ignore the awed looks the public were giving him as he collected his popcorn. Or rather the huge pile of popcorn cups he was forced to get by Cyborg and the others. He couldn't even see where he was going.
Stupid Cyborg, doesn't want to admit he likes tofu…
A voice from far behind him interrupted his mental ramblings. "BB! Hey man, we're over here!"
Beast Boy let out a 'FFnnnrrr' before turning on his heel and walking in the other direction.
"No, man, over here!"
"Not helping, dude!"
Suddenly, one of the popcorn cups disappeared and Beast Boy could see again. Cyborg collected the rest of the popcorn, his large frame able to accommodate them much more easily.
"Dude! Why didn't you just do that in the first place?"
"'Cause this was funnier, man," Cyborg said matter-of-factly, happily munching on some popcorn.
Letting out another, quieter 'FFnnnrrr', Beast Boy walked over to the middle of the foyer and looked up at the listings. His eyes widened.
"Dude, look! 'It Came from Jones Lake: The Director's Cut'! We have to see this movie!"
Raven looked over at him. "Didn't we almost get eaten by the monster from that movie?"
"Yeah, but this is the director's cut! It's like a bajillion times better!"
Robin took two popcorn cups from Cyborg and handed one to Starfire. "What's different about it?"
"There's like, more monsters and stuff."
Raven shrugged. "Whatever. It's something to do, and if it'll keep Beast Boy quiet, we'll all be lucky."
Beast Boy nodded in approval, but then quickly reconsidered. He was about to reply when Cyborg butted in.
"I gotta tell ya'll, I'm not too bothered either."
Beast Boy grinned and looked over at Robin and Starfire. "Any more objections?"
Robin shrugged. "I don't mind. Like Raven said, it's something to do." They all turned to go when they realised that Starfire was not following.
"Problem, Star?" Cyborg asked, eyebrow raised inquisitively.
Starfire shook her head. "It is nothing… it is just… I have heard good things from the magazines about that movie," she said, pointing at something on the listings.
Beast Boy followed her finger and his whole body slumped. "'Love is Everything'? C'mon, Starfire, that sounds like such a chick flick."
Raven huffed slightly. "I'd rather see that than your monster movie."
Cyborg nodded. "I gotta admit, that Jones Lake movie really sucks."
Beast Boy twirled on his heel to look at his friend. "Dude! You told me you loved it!"
"It was like a few months ago, remember? And after that we went to pick grapes from the orchard in Metropolis, and… oh wait, that might have been a dream."
Raven let out a small smile. "You dream about picking grapes with Cyborg?"
Beast Boy shook his head. "No, the rest of you guys were there too... I mean…" he turned towards Cyborg. "C'mon dude, support your buddy here!"
"Sorry man. The movie stinks."
"Fine! Betray me, you… you… Tofu Lover!"
Cyborg's jaw dropped, but Beast Boy didn't notice; he had already turned back to the others. "Could we just please go see this movie?"
"Why don't we just go and see separate movies?" Robin suggested, and Beast Boy grinned in agreement.
"Dude! Great idea! I knew there was a reason you were the leader!"
"Uh… thanks, Beast Boy."
They each went and bought tickets for their respective movies, Beast Boy going to see 'It Came from Jones Lake: The Director's Cut' and the rest going to see 'Love is Everything'. Or rather, Beast Boy would have gone to see his movie if they weren't sold out. As it was, he had to begrudgingly buy a ticket for Starfire's movie of choice. He quickly caught up with the others.
As soon as they entered, Beast Boy was grateful that the trailers had already started because of the darkness that enveloped them. Cyborg had developed a holographic generator for when they went out to public places (if they wanted some privacy, that is), but it was still basic at best. During the day, the holograms wouldn't fool anyone. In the dark, they worked well enough that everyone in the cinema didn't just stare at them as they sat down; or throughout the entire movie, for that matter.
They all took their seats and waited for the movie to start. Beast Boy looked to his right and saw Cyborg sat next to him, followed by Raven, Starfire and Robin, who was next to the aisle. He noisily munched his popcorn as he watched the trailers for all the movies he would rather be watching right now, including one for 'It Came from Jones Lake: The Director's Cut'. Beast Boy's frown deepened and he swallowed his popcorn, feeling very disgruntled that he was watching a chick flick. He had managed to avoid them for his entire life, and yet here he was watching one, and he wasn't even here with a girl! Well, he was, but neither of them was his girlfriend.
After what seemed like forever, the movie started. The beginning credits began to roll in silence, and Beast Boy was, at that point, officially bored. A mischievous smirk spread across his face and he looked around the cinema. All eyes were on the screen. He smirk grew into a toothy grin, and he struggled not to laugh before his idea had even come to fruition. He nudged Cyborg in the arm, who looked at him, obviously as disinterested in the movie as he was. Beast Boy pressed his hands to his mouth and blew, creating a loud farting noise.
Both Beast Boy and Cyborg snickered as quietly as they could, though they weren't doing a very good job of it; everyone was staring at them, very disgruntled and annoyed. Robin leaned forward to look at them. "Guys, cut it out," he whispered, concerned about attracting attention; he was enjoying not having everyone staring at them for once.
Beast Boy raised his hands. "Wasn't me; it was Cyborg."
"Well, Cyborg, you cut it out."
Cyborg looked from Beast Boy to Robin, his disbelief stretching his mouth into a gape. He turned on Beast Boy, his eyes narrow. "You will pay for this, little man," he whispered.
"Yeah, sure, whatever. I'm trying to watch the movie," Beast Boy replied with a smirk.
Cyborg slowly leaned back in his chair, contemplating what he could do to the little green toad that would be suitable payback. Suddenly, inspiration struck, and he reached into a tiny compartment in his arm, pulling out a vial. Inside was one of the most potent laxatives known to man; Cyborg had created it for just such a Beast Boy occasion. He looked over at the still smug changeling sat next to him.
We both knew it would come to this, my friend.
The evil mad scientist grin still spread across his face, Cyborg picked up his own cup of popcorn and placed one drop onto the top. Still grinning, his eyes mad with evil power, he mixed the popcorn around in the cup, creating a rustling noise that once again had everyone looking at him in disapproval. He wiped the grin from his face and put his eyes to the ceiling innocently, continuing to mix the popcorn, albeit much more quietly. He waited until all eyes were once again on the film, and then scanned the popcorn with his robotic eye. He let his evil grin loose once more; the laxative was evenly distributed around the popcorn. He set the cup down on the floor and sat back.
It's only a matter of time.
It was a ritual when it came to Beast Boy. When the Titans were eating popcorn, whether it was out of a bowl or out of cups, Beast Boy would always eat all of his first, and then move on to Cyborg, who would give him his because Beast Boy would turn into a pigeon and land on his shoulder, threateningly lifting his tail every few minutes. And, much to Cyborg's pleasure, tonight was no different. Beast Boy nudged Cyborg, apparently having forgotten about the earlier farting incident.
"Dude, can I have your popcorn?" he whispered.
Cyborg played along, not wanting to seem suspicious by handing it over straight away. "No, man, you should have spaced yours out."
"C'mon dude, help out a buddy."
Cyborg let out what he hoped was a convincing grumble before replying. "All right man, fine. But leave some for me, you get me?"
Beast Boy nodded, grinning. Cyborg had seen that look before. It meant 'I'm going to eat all of Cyborg's popcorn.'
Cyborg fought the mad scientist grin that once again plagued his face and handed over the cup of popcorn. Just as Beast Boy was about to place a hand in the cup, it was suddenly surrounded by black energy, and pulled across to Raven. Beast Boy glared at Raven.
"Hey, what're you-?" he hissed.
"I think you've had enough," she replied. "Besides, you do this to Cyborg every time." Beast Boy crossed his arms and fell back in his chair in a huff. Raven let out a slight smile and grabbed a handful of popcorn. She was about to bring the popcorn up to her mouth when Cyborg intervened.
"You were going to give it to Beast Boy. Don't get angry just because you've suddenly gotten greedy."
And with that, she tilted her head back and emptied the popcorn into her mouth. Cyborg turned back to the screen, his eyes wide. He began to twiddle his thumbs nervously, not daring to look at Raven. Suddenly, Raven set down the popcorn cup and stood, calmly leaving the theatre area, most definitely going to the bathroom. Cyborg looked around to see if anyone had noticed, and was slightly reassured to see that Robin and Starfire were too engrossed in the movie to notice. He looked over at Beast Boy, who gave him a puzzled look.
"What's up with her?" Beast Boy whispered.
Cyborg shrugged. "I dunno." He leant down and picked up the discarded cup of popcorn. He handed it to Beast Boy. He grinned.
Robin sat on the couch and considered how well the little outing to the movies had gone. Cyborg and Beast Boy were pretty quite for the majority of the visit, whispering during the beginning of the movie, but nothing serious. And Raven had left about five minutes into the movie, closely followed by a panicking Beast Boy, so their usually loud arguments were gone too. All in all, it was a pretty good night. He looked over his shoulder to see Cyborg busy at work in the kitchen preparing some apology tea for Raven, though for what he wasn't sure. Some prank intended for Beast Boy, no doubt.
As if on cue, Raven entered the room clutching her stomach, glaring daggers at Cyborg, who merely grinned very nervously in response, handing the cup of tea to her. She sipped tentatively before looking up at him.
"I… hate you."
"It's not my fault! It was meant for Beast Boy!" His voice took on a more mischievous tone. "'Don't get angry just because you've suddenly gotten greedy,'" he said, as if quoting something that Raven had said. He smirked, but was quickly corrected from that when Raven's angry gaze shot up to meet his. He laughed nervously and backed away.
"I-" Raven was cut off by a rumbling in her stomach, and she quickly ran out of the room.
Cyborg blew out a loud breath. "That's some potent stuff," he muttered to himself. Then Beast Boy strode in, even more happy than usual.
"Dude! I feel great! They must put something in the popcorn there, 'cause…" his stomach rumbled, and so did his act. He turned towards Cyborg as he hunched over. "Dude… I will… so get you for this."
Cyborg grinned, pleased that Beast Boy's earlier confidence was simply meant to annoy him. "Maybe this'll teach you not to call me Tofu Lover."
Beast Boy ran out of the room, leaving Robin and Cyborg alone. Cyborg walked over to the couch and sat down next to Robin, looking up at the ceiling as he rested back on the soft furniture. He lazily looked over at Robin, who was also looking at the ceiling.
"Pretty good day huh?"
"Yeah," Robin said, looking over at him. He then looked to his left to see an orange skinned Tamaranian sleeping with her head rested on his shoulder. He turned back and grinned.
"We should go to the movies more often."
(A/N: This was in my head for a long time, and I had to get it out. But I guess that's what fan fiction's for, right? And one shots, come to think of it. Just one question from me: what the hell are the popcorn containers called? I just put cups, but I can't for life of me think of what they're called. Anyway, good or bad? Review!)