Don't Let Go
"You sure you'll be alright?"
"Yeah. What if that green dude tries to follow you again?"
Terra forced a smile for her two friends. "Guys, I'll be fine," she assured them. "He's probably given up on me now, anyway." A part of her wondered if that was true, but what she had said seemed to ease her friends, because they let her go without protest. She pushed a strand of hair behind her ear and sighed heavily.
"I'm not a hero. I'm not up to save the world. I'm just a girl with a geometry test next period and I haven't studied."
She had wanted so badly in the past to just be normal. Now she was, but Beast Boy had brought old memories back. And the old memories… they were nice. She liked remembering them. And she hadn't wanted to.
As she walked, she paused, glancing over her shoulder to make sure no one was watching. After a moment, she held her hand out, over a small pebble. Her eyes flashed yellow; the pebble levitated beneath her hand like an obedient dog, waiting for instructions. She flicked her hand slightly, and the pebble moved to follow. She smiled.
She missed using her powers so much, but she had to suppress them now. She wasn't a hero anymore. She was just a girl.
There was a time when I wanted to be a hero… not just a girl.
She sighed, and the pebble clattered to the ground. Kicking it aside, she kept walking.
She stiffened. "Why are you still following me?" she asked without turning.
"Terra… please. Can… can we just talk? Please?"
Moaning softly, the girl turned to face the shapeshifting hero that stood behind her. His green eyes were sorrowful. "What do you want?" she asked wearily.
"I was wondering if maybe… you want to get pizza with me."
"For the last time…"
Beast Boy gently pressed a finger to her lips, silencing her. "I'm not asking you this as Terra. I'm asking you this as a girl. A girl that I see, and a girl that I like, even if she isn't the same way I remember her." He pulled his finger away. She sighed, looking away.
"What if the girl I am now isn't what you like?"
"If I didn't like who you are now, I wouldn't have come back, right?"
Terra's eyes narrowed, flashed with laughter. "Darn you and your twisted logic."
Beast Boy gave her a small bow. She frowned. "I guess it would be okay," she said after a minute. "But I have to be home before dark, remember?"
He held out his hand, and after some hesitation she took it, falling in step with him. She glanced up at him, and he smiled at her.
"You don't have to call me Beast Boy, if you don't want to."
"Oh? What can I call you then?"
"That's your name?"
"Yep. Gar, Garfield… either one works."
She thought about this a moment before giving his hand a gentle squeeze. "You can call me Tara."
He looked confused. "What's the difference?"
She laughed. "It's spelled T-A-R-A, not T-E-R-R-A, Gar."
He smiled down at her again, and she felt her heart flutter.
Some things weren't worth letting go.
I was so choked up after watching "Things Change" that I went straight to my computer and wrote this. But I want to point out that I don't know if the girl is Terra. Maybe it is (I feel it was her, but that's my opinion), maybe it isn't. But I did see that if there had been a season 6, she could be like Sara for Cyborg in the "Titans Go!" comics: a non-Titan friend, because when he wasn't pushing about her past she seemed to enjoy his company. Again, that's just my opinion.