Chapter 8

He re-entered the common room to see the other three Titans staring at him, and none looked too happy. Beast Boy met their icy stares with shock. "What?"

"Man, what the heck did you do?" asked Cyborg.

"What do you mean?" asked Beast Boy.

"You have made friend Raven weep," said Starfire almost angrily.

"I didn't mean to," said Beast Boy. "We've just had a misunderstanding."

"Than maybe you should go apologize," said Robin.

"Yeah, I know," said a defeated Beast Boy, his ears lowering.

He stood outside of her door, feeling horrible. He had never meant to make her cry, he had never meant to make her feel ignored. But that wasn't the worst thing. Now he knew that Raven liked him, something he had always been fighting for. And he might have just ruined it. He knocked on the door and waited.

"Go away!" she yelled.

"Raven, I'm sorry," Beast Boy said quickly.

"I don't want to talk to you right now," said Raven blowing her nose.

Beast Boy sighed and rested his forehead on her door. He could hear her still sniffling on the other side. "I'm sorry I ignored you today."

"Do you have any idea what it's like to have the one person you really like completely ignore you like you don't even exist? I thought we were finally connecting, that we were becoming friends."

"We are friends Raven."

"But we've never been real friends. We've never been able to do anything together because we're so different. Do you know how much fun I've had these past couple days with you? Do you know how many things I've had to think about? I would lie in bed at night wonder why the heck I was thinking out you. Why I loved watching a horror movie with you. Why I had so much fun playing video games with you. I never thought that I would find anyone who made me smile the way you make me smile. And that made me so happy. And now all of a sudden you don't want to be anywhere near me."

He heard her break down again. As she sobbed he could feel his heart aching. This was the last thing he ever ever wanted to do to her. He couldn't take it anymore. He had to tell her why he had avoided her all day. "Raven, the truth is… I like you too. But I don't just like you. I… like you like you. That's why I ignored you all day, because I know that having a crush on you is wrong. So I figured that if I just stayed away from you until you got you powers back then everything would be okay and go back to normal. I never meant to hurt you, Raven."

"You're just saying that," said Raven choking on her sobs.

"No, I'm not," said Beast Boy. "I really do like you. And I've had the same things going through my mind too. All of a sudden it's like I can't stop thinking about you. You're just so much fun, so energetic. I always knew that this person was inside of you, Raven. I could see her hiding just underneath the surface. And in my heart I prayed that someday you would see her too. I really like you. The last thing I ever want to do is hurt you."

He listened but didn't hear anything. Not the sound of her crying, nothing. Then he heard her walking towards the door. Slowly she opened it and peered out. Her eyes were swollen and red from the tears and her cheeks were wet. Her nose was red from all of the tissues. "Do you mean that?"

"Yes, I never meant to make you so upset," said Beast Boy as sincerely as he could.

"No, not that. Do you really… like me?"

Beast Boy had never intended on telling this to her face, but now he appeared to have no choice. He couldn't take it back now. Never-the-less he felt embarrassed and his cheeks began to blush. "Yes, I do."

Slowly a smile crept onto her face and she wrapped her arms around him. He didn't even hesitate to hug her back. A warm feeling spread through the two as they hugged. As they released each other they noticed how close their faces were. They ever so slightly started to lean in when Raven suddenly grabbed her head. She stumbled backwards and as she lifted her head the chakra appeared and attached itself to Ravens forehead. There was a blast of black energy and Raven fell to her knees.

"Raven, are you okay?" asked Beast Boy helping her up.

"Yeah," she said softly standing up. She felt her head and noticed that that chakra was back on. The other Titans ran down the hall and found the two.

"What happened?" asked Robin.

"Nothing," said Raven, her voice becoming monotone once more. "I'm just… back to normal."

"And you're alright?" asked Cyborg.

"Yes, I'm fine," she said taking a step backwards into her room. "Now, if you don't mind, I have to catch up on my meditation. Hopefully it won't take me long to suppress my emotions again."

"I wish you luck friend," said Starfire as Raven closed her door. Three Titans left, but one stayed behind. Beast Boy sadly stood outside of her door. She was back. The old Raven was back and he never even got to say good bye to the new one.

"Well… that sucks," he said, and he turned to go to his room. But suddenly Ravens door flew open and she pulled him into a passionate kiss. He was, first of all shocked, but then smiled and closed his eyes. She released him and he stumbled back, spinning dizzily.

"Don't you ever tell anyone about that," she said and then closed the door. She leaned on her door and a smile spread across her face. She couldn't help giggling for a moment, but stopped when her shelves started to shake with her powers. Beast Boy was smiling as well, but it was more of a goofy smile. He danced his way down the hallway and began singing to himself. Then he stumbled into his room and fell on his bed. He couldn't get rid of his goofy grin for days.

The End