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CHAPTER 1 - DOWN AND DEFEATED

It was an unusual evening in Titans Tower. The five teenaged superheroes had spent most of day fighting villains and protecting Jump City, and they were all exhausted, especially Raven who hadn't been feeling to well lately. Raven accompanied by Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire, crawled (not literally) into the Control Room and slumped on the sofa.

"I thought today would never end!" Beast Boy said, grabbing the Gamestation controller to cheer himself up.

"Tell me about it! Whoever set all those prisoners free is gonna pay!" Cyborg said, heading to the sink to get a long deserved glass of water.

Everyone nodded in agreement. Even for them, it had been a really stressful day… first a battle with Slade at the docks, then Control Freak showed up during their pizza break, closely followed by a fight with the Cardiac in the park, and finally a fight with Adonis, which lasted particularly long because they were so worn out that they didn't have the energy to attack. And it was all thanks to some idiot who thought it would be a laugh to free all the criminals and their jobs harder. But it was their job, and Robin always made sure his team-mates and friends were in tip top condition.

"I think we should all get some sleep." Robin suggested, taking the controller off of Beast Boy. He groaned and made his way to his messy bedroom, followed by Cyborg and Starfire who yawned as they walked to their bedrooms after saying goodnight.

Now, it was only Raven and Robin left. Robin got of the sofa and Raven followed him and stood up. She started to feel dizzy and clasped her forehead as her eyes glazed over. Robin looked around and saw her collapse back onto the sofa.

"Raven?" he shouted, gently shaking her. After a minute of shaking, she finally came around and saw Robin's concerned, masked face staring at her.

"Raven! Are you okay?" he asked, helping her sit up. Raven moved her hand away from her head.

"I guess I'm more tired than I thought." she groaned.

Robin couldn't help but notice how drained she looked, even for Raven. Because she could only show a little emotion, she always looked a little down hearted but she had lost all colour in her originally pale face and she had bags under her eyes, plus the fact she couldn't even stand without the room spinning. "You're really pale." Robin said putting the back of his palm against her forehead. "You're burning up Rae. How long have you been sick?" he asked.

"I haven't been feeling 100 lately. It started about two days ago." Raven explained as the Boy Wonder got up to fetch her a glass of water. "I'm just gonna get some fresh air and clear my head." She accepted the water that Robin held up to her and drunk it all. "Thanks."

"No problem." Robin smiled, holding out his arm. "Need a hand outside?" he asked, seeing that Raven couldn't walk very far.

"Don't worry. I'll be fine." Raven attempted a smile, but was even too tired to move her cheek muscles. Robin wasn't too happy leaving Raven alone, but he took her word for it. He knew that if he pushed her, she'd resent him.

"Okay then, but get some sleep. If you still feel bad tomorrow then tell me okay." Robin said comfortingly. He walked out of the Control Room towards his own bedroom, leaving Raven alone to slowly make her way outside. She walked down to where the sea bashed against the rocky sides of the island where her home was located. The seawater was soothing to her and whenever Beast Boy annoyed her, she would go out here to relax and calm down if she felt angry. She could sit and watch the ocean all day… if she didn't have to fight crime, or cook lunch for the team, or meditate, or socialise with her friends. Other than her bedroom, her sanctuary of books, veils and darkness, the outside of the Tower was her favourite place, and right at that moment, she just needed to get some fresh air and was happy to sit alone.

"Ah, peace and quiet." she smiled to herself as she watched the swash of the waves collide with the jagged rocks by her feet.

"Not for long!"

Raven quickly turned around as she felt a cold hand grab her arm and throw her into the side of the Tower. Struggling to arise, she rubbed her bleeding head and focused her eyes on her attacker. She could only see two bright, yellow eyes bearing into her scared, amethyst coloured iris'. Raven stood up, leaning against the wall of the tower for support.

"Who are you?" she shouted, rather hoping that one of her friends would hear her and come to her aid. Usually, she would have fought fearlessly against this villain, but being in her current condition, she wanted help, and judging by the silent response coming from inside the tower, she sighed and knew she was alone on this one. Raven got ready to run inside as her attacker drew closer to her, knowing she was in trouble, but the mysterious person got to her first, firing a yellow electrical wave towards her, which struck with full force. Raven screamed in terror and pain before collapsing to the cold rocky floor. The attacker walked up beside her.

"You should know." the husky voice laughed evilly, picking up Raven's helpless body and chucking her up in the air, only to watch her fall hard against the floor. Raven rolled over and clutched her arm, which was awfully bruised, even though you couldn't see it through the dark sky. She once again struggled up, not ready to be pushed around, although her body couldn't take much more abuse.

"Don't make me ask you twice!" Raven said threateningly, wincing as she produced two black balls of dark energy around her hands, which were covered in scratches. Raven's power didn't phase the attacker one bit, who simply dodged the beam of dark energy being propelled towards him. He jumped up and sent a roundhouse kick into Raven's chest, causing her to fall backwards and grab her aching stomach. Raven wanted to just lay there and admit defeat, but being a Teen Titan, defeat wasn't in her vocabulary as far as she was concerned. So, being the strong girl she was, she used her arm to sit up and stare into the yellow eyes of the dark man standing behind her.

"Sweet dreams Raven." The attacker laughed, sending a penultimate punch to her face, followed by a final electrical beam. The beam sent Raven flying across the rocks and landed outside the front door of the tower. She lay there, unmoving, but still conscious. She attempted to lift her head and watch her attacker fly into the darkness of the night sky, but was too weak, and settled for the darkness of unconsciousness as her eyes fluttered and her mouth let out one last moan of pain. With a bleeding head, bruises all over her pale, frail body, a busted arm, a scarred stomach and burn marks from the electrical attacks she'd faced, she hoped it was all a dream. But, the evil laugh she heard, the last thing she heard before falling in unconsciousness, made her realise that she was in reality. Well, at that moment, a deep sleep.


The next morning, Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire awoke feeling totally relaxed and care free. That night's sleep was the reward for all the fighting they did the night before. Robin got dressed in his usual attire and gelled his hair, smiling as he went. He Hadn't felt this good in ages, and couldn't wait to stuff his face with Cyborg's famous 'Titan Triple Treat' breakfast, consisting of bacon, sausages and eggs, (tofu for Beast Boy), pancakes smothered in maple syrup, and a small helping of waffles. His stomach rumbled so Robin left his room and started to make his way down to the Control Room. On the way, he bumped into Beast Boy.

"Hey dude! Is it me or do you feel fantastic!" Beast Boy smiled, stretching.

"Trust me, it isn't you!" Robin smiled. "A good nights sleep was bliss."

"Dude! I may have got a good nights sleep but it's still too early to be using complicated words!" Beast Boy moaned.

Robin was dumbfounded. "You mean 'bliss'?" he asked.

"Yeah dude." Beast Boy replied, making Robin laugh. He put his arm over the green changeling's shoulders and they walked together into the Control Room, where to their delight, they saw Cyborg wearing an apron, cooking up a delicious storm of breakfast delights for their pleasure. Beast Boy ran off towards the kitchen like he did every morning and moaned about breakfast taking too long to cook. Robin joined Starfire on the sofa, who was watching some documentary on algae on the TV.

"Hello friend Robin. I assume you are well rested after a nights worth of the z's!" Starfire smiled happily at her leader.

"I assume you got a good nights sleep too." he replied, grabbing the newspaper off the coffee table and reading an article on last evening's events…

'Yesterday evening, someone infilitrated the security at Jump City's Security Prison, cleverly releasing it's captives, including the teenage troublemaker, Control Freak, and the terrifyingly evil, Slade. The citizens of Jump City began to worry in fear of attack, but the only attacking being done was by the teenage superhero team, Teen Titans, who as always fought bravely against a number of the worst villains, defeating them in the process and securing them back in a different prison, to prevent the same disaster repeating itself. However, the villain who entered the prison and released the prisoners managed to flee the scene, leaving no trace of evidence for the Titans to follow, so they are still at large.The prison warden had this to say...'

Robin would have continued reading, but his desire to join Cyborg and Beast Boy at the table was overpowering. Himself and Starfire ran over to the table. Robin looked around and saw Beast Boy examining the tofu bacon pierced in his fork. Starfire was squirting mustard all over her plate and Cyborg was helping himself to an extra helping of maple syrup for his pancakes. But there was someone missing.

"Guys. Anyone seen Rae this morning?" he asked around, eyeing the full plate in front of Raven's empty chair.

"Nah man. She's probably asleep." Cyborg answered, which reminded Robin of his and Raven's previous conversation the night before.

"Raven?" he shouted, gently shaking her. After a minute of shaking, she finally came around and saw Robin's concerned, masked face staring at her.

"Raven! Are you okay?" he asked, helping her sit up. Raven moved her hand away from her head.

"I guess I'm more tired than I thought." she groaned.

Robin couldn't help but notice how drained she looked, even for Raven. Because she could only show a little emotion, she always looked a little down hearted but she had lost all colour in her originally pale face and she had bags under her eyes, plus the fact she couldn't even stand without the room spinning. "You're really pale." Robin said putting the back of his palm against her forehead. "You're burning up Rae. How long have you been sick?" he asked.

"I haven't been feeling 100 lately. It started about two days ago." Raven explained as the Boy Wonder got up to fetch her a glass of water. "I'm just gonna get some fresh air and clear my head." She accepted the water that Robin held up to her and drunk it all. "Thanks."

"Oh yeah. She collapsed yesterday after you went. I think she's sick. If she's still ill can you give her a once over." Robin announced, targeting Cyborg, he being the one who dealt with the teams injuries, including his own. Cyborg started to look concerned.

"No problem Robin." Cyborg said, getting back to his bacon, sausages and eggs.

Robin wasn't convinced that Raven was okay. After yesterday, he knew she'd probably sleep in, but he wanted to make sure she was fine. "I'm gonna go check on her. She looked awful yesterday. I'll take her her breakfast." he said standing up and grabbing Raven's plate.

He headed to the doors leading to the main stairs, but was instantly distracted by the opening of the front doors. He glanced over at the others, who were staring at the bright light that was shining through the doors. They dropped their knives and forks and walked towards the door. Cyborg charged up his sonic cannon and aimed it at the doors, prepared in case they were attacked. Starfire, Beast Boy and Robin stood behind him. Robin walked up beside Cyborg, bo-staff at the ready as they heard footsteps treading towards them. The person was staggering through the doors, obviously in pain. Robin lowered his weapon as the person came into view.

"Is that?.." Beast Boy began, squinting his emerald eyes in an attempt to make out who the mysterious figure was limping towards them.

"Raven?" Robin said confused, running forward, closely followed by the others.

Raven fell against the wall, her hand on her bruised arm and the other clutching her stomach. She attempted to walk forward but kept losing her balance. Her dark blue leotard was ripped, along with her cape, which revealed her bare flesh that was covered in blood and burns. She had used all her strength to make her way from the cold floor outside where she'd spent the night to the warmth of the Control Room, and couldn't hold on much longer. Her vision was blurry, but she instantly recognised Robin running towards her due to his brightly coloured uniform. In the distance she saw three other things coming towards her. She knew it was Beast Boy, Cyborg and Starfire, and felt a wave of relief flow through her scarred body.

"RAVEN?" Robin shouted, finally getting close to her.

"Rob…" Raven moaned. She felt the room spinning and finally gave in to her battle against consciousness. She collapsed to the floor, falling hard on her side and into another state of unconsciousness.

"RAVEN!"