Author's Note: Ew, I just saw the sequel to the movie, Before Sunset, and I hated it. It was total crap. So unless someone is really convincing, no sequel.
Disclaimer: I don't own the Teen Titans, Before Sunrise, A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe or Pain Remember by Christina Rossetti.
Chapter 15 - REMEMBER
The steam of the engine surrounded them, Gar and Raven hurriedly walked alongside the train. Gar carried her bags in one hand and held onto her with the other. They weaved through multitudes of passengers getting on and coming off. And ominously, a raspy voice over the loudspeakers made an inaudible announcement. Their hearts pick up at the sound. They stopped in front of a car, 831, and faced each other.
She hurriedly checked her pockets for her ticket, "So you know which bus your taking to the airport?" He simply watched her, head crooked to the side, taking in as much as he could.
"And you have all your stuff," she continued, never looking at him. Her breaths short and jagged. His matching her own.
"And--" He interrupted her, cupping her face in his hands. Both of them breathing heavily out of anxiety. Then he kissed her, not soft like their previous kissed, urgent and needy. Tears began to stroll down her face in a steady stream, while Gar shut his eyes tight to hold them back. She reluctantly pulled away and bit her lips, leaning her head on his chest. He lifted her chin and looked in her eyes, tears beginning to emerge from his eyes. He felt his heart tear as he looked into her tear ridden face, her sorrowful red eyes. She felt his lips on her forehead.
"Take this kiss upon the brow," he began, voice cracking, threatening to lose control,
"And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow--"
"You are not wrong, who deem," she interrupted him,
"That my days have been a dream;
Yet if Hope has flown away"
"In a night or in a day." They began to finish each other's thoughts.
"In a vision or in none." Reciting the disquieting words of the well known poem.
"Is it therefore the less gone?
Is all that we see or seem"
She looked up in his eyes and sighed, "But a dream within a dream?"
"This is it."
"Yeah." She leaned up and kissed him, biting her lips as she pulled away. She climbed onto the car, bags in tow and sat at a window seat closest to him.
"Bye," he shouted, running an anxious hand through his hair.
"Goodbye," she called back, pressing a hand against the window. It felt cold to the touch, she wanted to recoil but didn't.
"Au revoir," he smiled recalling the way she had said it. He raised a hand up too, their palms meeting in the air. His other hand, still on his head as if to keep it from falling off.
"Later." And with that, the train blew its whistle and began its journey to somewhere beyond the horizon.
Gar didn't follow. No it was too cheesy for him. Running alongside the train, calling her name may have been too much. Instead, he watched it go. Standing there until all that was left was the smoke trail it left behind. He dragged his hand down over his face, pausing briefly at his nose. Her smell still lingered on his fingers. Sighing, he walked away and retrieved his luggage.
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
He walked down the escalator, smiling at a memory. Raven turned to him and gave him a weak smile, "Yeah. No, my German is pretty sloppy,"
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Gar stood outside as a breeze brushed his face. A bird nearby crowed. A soft summer breeze passed between them and made her hair billow like a cape trailing behind her. He was holding her hand then suddenly brought his arm over her head and around her waist so that he embraced her without letting go.
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
He boarded the bus, paid his fare, smiling politely at the driver. He silently floated over to where she stood, grabbed the clip keeping her hair together and tugged on it, letting loose all of her hair. Raven quickly turned around in surprise to find his face inches away from hers
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be too late to council then or pray.
He stood in line, hand in his pocket the other holding a ticket. A couple says goodbye behind him, he can hear them murmur sweet nothings in each other's ears. He tilted his head back and shut his eyes, trying to drown away the ambient noise of the airport. Raven had her head resting on Gar's arm and he held her other hand, playing with it.
Gar sat at his window seat, starring blankly out the window, smiling sadly at the memories. Memories, he thought, not dreams, not illusions. Memories.
Raven hastily wiped the tears away, making sure nobody saw her. When she finished, she drew her book out of her bag, the same book she was reading. She ran her hand across its face, opening it to the marker, but not reading. In the corner of her eyes, she could she people passing, looking for empty seats.
Yet if you forget me for awhile
She found a seat across a young man, looking to be about her age with messy brown hair that fell over his eyes. "Do you have any idea what they were talking about," he said.
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
She simply held the book open in her hands, her head turned to the window. Her eyes watching blurs of green and brown. "Well… actually, I've been finding that sitting down looking out the window has been great." She nodded her head not understanding. He sighed leaning back and running his hand through his messy hair only to have it fall back over his eyes.
For if the darkness and corruption leave,
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Two small children ran down the aisle, breaking her out of her trance, but also, somehow, bringing her back again. "He, I knew that," he laughed. He glanced down to see that his shirt was still soaking in sticky ice cream.
Far better you should forget and smile,
Than you should remember and be sad.
A glint shone in her eyes from the outside. Gar smiled down at her, removed her hair clip and combed his hand through her hair. He tilted his head back and closed his eyes, soaking in the sun, the feeling of her on his lap, the sound soothing sound of gently rushing water behind them.
She felt her hands reaching up behind her head, tugging at the small clip that held her hair together. She shook out her hair ad she felt a small tug at the corners of her mouth. She smiled and she heard foreign words being shouted down the car. An Italian couple was arguing.
Raven just closed her eyes, tilted her head back, keeping her concentration on the droning sounds of the engine and away from the growing noise of passengers.
A/N: Well there you go, alls well that ends well. Actually it didn't end well, they left and never see each other again. Unless I get requests for a sequel that is...
In the mean time, suggested reading:
'The Twilight Series' (Twilight Child & Deeper)by KTHunter - Awesome BBRae fic, although based on the comic book not the show and includes characters and plot historyshow fans might not be familiar with. Great anyways.
'The White Rose' by Jessemudflap - By far the best fic ever written.