AN: Sorry, I don't own or write for Teen Titans.
Chapter 6: They're Back
Cyborg was whistling to himself as he flipped a dozen pancakes onto a plate and then brought it to the table. Robin was reading the paper and Starfire was setting the table for breakfast. The doors to the common room swooshed open and in walked Raven, her hood up.
"A morning of goodness, Raven," said Starfire. "Tell me, would you like the butter and syrup upon your pancakes or the gravy and mustard?"
"No thank you," she said in a low, gravely voice as she made her way into the kitchen. She grabbed her tea kettle and began to fill it with water.
"Where's Beast Boy?" asked Robin.
"How should I know?" asked Raven, her tone unchanging.
"Well you two were inseparable the last two days," said Cyborg. "So, we figured you would know where he is."
"My guess would be his room," said Raven putting her kettle on the stove and turning the heat on.
"So am I to understand that you no longer have the crushes on each other?" asked Starfire.
Raven was silent for a second and then said, "No, we don't."
"Well, thank God that's over with," said Cyborg. "You two were really startin to freak me out."
The doors to the common room opened up again and in walked a still yawning, very tired Beast Boy. He sluggishly made his way over to the table and sat down.
"A morning of goodness, Beast Boy," said Starfire.
"Morning," he said half asleep. He saw the breakfast in front of him and asked, "These pancakes were made with soy milk, right?"
"Yeah, right," laughed Cyborg.
Beast Boy groaned and got up from his seat. "It doesn't taste any different if you use soy milk."
"Yeah it does," said Cyborg.
"No it doesn't," said Beast Boy going into the fridge and grabbing some tofu. He went towards the stove, but Raven was standing in front of it, watching her kettle and waiting for the water to boil.
"Uh, Raven, could ya move?" he asked impatiently.
"I was here first," she said dryly.
"But I'm hungry," complained Beast Boy.
"Too bad," she responded.
Beast Boy groaned and began to tap his foot faster and faster. Raven grit her teeth and prayed that her water would boil as soon as possible. Beast Boy kept clearing his throat and sighing very loudly and very annoyingly. Raven was clutching her hands so tightly her knuckles turned white.
The kettle whistled and Raven grabbed it with her bare hands and brought it away. She didn't care if she was burning her palms, it was better than listening to him. The other three Titans felt the pain for her and each made a painful hiss sound. Beast Boy plopped a pan down on the stove and began to cook.
"Raven, is your hand burned?" asked Starfire, covering her mouth with shock.
"I'm fine," she said through her teeth. She made her tea and then left the room.
"Geez, what's her problem?" said Beast Boy. He finished making his breakfast and said, "I'll be in my room."
Once he was gone the three remaining Titans looked at each other and sighed.
"Well, they're back," said Cyborg.
"And this is what we wanted, correct?" asked Starfire. They each thought for a moment.
"This is how it's supposed to be," said Robin. "We each have certain roles that make up our group dynamics. And if Raven and Beast Boy weren't constantly at each others throat than one of us would be."
"But they seem even worse than ever," said Starfire.
"They're just letting out two days worth of pent up frustration," said Robin. "I'm sure it'll get better in a couple days."
Raven sat on her bed reading a book. She had spent most of the morning meditating to get her emotions back in line. She had healed her burned hand and cursed Beast Boy under her breath. But she was over it now and calm once more.
A series of knocks echoed on her door. She sighed and said, "Yes?"
"It's Beast Boy."
She groaned and said, "What do you want?"
"I have something to ask you."
"Fine, come in," she said closing her book.
Her door opened and in he walked. He seemed just as annoyed to be there. "Hey, I found this and I'm not sure what to do with it." He held up a small strip of photos. He walked over to her and handed it to her. She looked and saw that it was from the photo booth at the mall. She couldn't believe how she looked in the pictures; all smiley and happy.
"I don't care," she said handing it back to him.
"Well do you want me to throw it out or what?" he asked.
"I… don't… care," she said again and reopened her book.
Beast Boy groaned and thought for a second. "Fine," he said and ripped the strip two pictures down. "You have these two and I'll have these." He tossed her half onto her bed and headed for the door.
"Whatever," she said.
Beast Boy went back to his room and threw the two pictures down on his desk. His room was starting to revert back to its messiness and he didn't care. Right now he was totally put off by Raven.
"God, she's so stubborn," he said kicking some stuff around. "I can't believe I was," he shuddered, "attracted to her." He stuck his tongue out in disgust. He went over to his bed and lay down on the bottom bunk. He stuck some headphones on and began to listen to some music.
A minute went by and he found his eyes drifting over to his desk. He quickly looked away and turned his volume up. Another minute when by and he caught himself looking over at his desk again. He slapped himself and turned over so that he was facing his wall. But even when he wasn't looking at it, his mind kept thinking about it. Finally he gave up, tore the headphones off, and went over to the desk. He picked up the pictures and sat back down on his bed.
He had the upper half of the four pictures, which were the ones of when he tucked her stray hair behind her ear and the one of them looking away and blushing. He studied the pictures carefully.
"Dude, we look like totally different people," he laughed to himself. "I look so… doofy. And Raven…" He studied her for a moment. In the first picture she really didn't look like herself. She was looking at him with such… trust. He didn't think she had ever looked at anyone like that before. And she was actually blushing in the second picture. Now there was a sight! And a smile was on her face. A sweet, innocent smile. Something that Raven would normally have never done.
Suddenly something sprang into his mind.
"Please don't forget me."
"I'm not gonna forget you."
"No, please don't forget how I am right now. Because I'll probably never be like this again and I want you to remember that I can be happy. When I'm all dark and creepy and you wonder if I even have a heart, just remember this."
"I promise, Raven. I promise."
He sighed and looked at the pictures once again. He had already forgotten. It had been less than twenty-four hours and he had forgotten. But he had promised her and he couldn't break his promise.
Raven read about three lines when she found her eyes wondering over to the half strip of picture lying before her. She quickly pushed it out of her mind and went back to her book. Again her eyes crept up over the page of the book and looked at the pictures. She looked away and concentrated on her book. But that didn't last long. She finally picked the pictures up and looked at them.
"I can't believe he talked me into doing that," she said to herself. "Pictures are so… pointless. Ugh, and look how plain I look." She studied the pictures once more. Her two pictures were the one of Beast Boy placing his arm around her and then both of them finally looking into the camera and smiling together. "I actually look comfortable. What a jerk."
She threw the picture. It flipped a few times in the air and landed a few inches in front of her. She went back to her book and tried to find her place. Once she did she got about three words in when she remembered something.
"As much as we like each other right now, it's all going to go away soon. And then we'll hate each other again."
"Raven, I could never hate you. As much as we fight and disagree, I could never hate you. Do… do you hate me?"
"No, of course not. You're such a great person, Beast Boy."
"I'm not as great as you."
She sighed and looked at the pictures again. She really didn't hate him, and that was the problem. As much as he annoyed her, as much as he constantly pestered her, she just couldn't hate him. Why was that? It was because he really was a great guy.
Her door was suddenly being pummeled by someone's fist. She was a bit startled and jumped back. "Who is it?" she asked.
"It's me again," said Beast Boy.
She calmed herself down, let her heart rate go back to normal, and said, "Come in." Beast Boy slowly entered and closed her door. "What?"
"Look, I was just thinking and… I'm sorry," he said looking at the floor.
"Yeah, I'm sorry too," said Raven looking at her bed spread. They stood there for a few seconds silent.
"Why can't we get along?" asked Beast Boy.
"I don't know," said Raven. "Maybe it's because we're so different."
"But we got along really well these past few days," said Beast Boy. "So maybe we're not as different as we think."
"Maybe," said Raven. She closed her book and got off of her bed. She met Beast Boy in the middle of the room. "Beast Boy, I don't want to fight with you anymore."
"I don't want that either," said Beast Boy. It grew quiet again. "So… now what do we do?"
"I don't know," said Raven. She thought for a moment and then said, "Do you want to try meditating again?"
Beast Boy was a little surprised by her offer, but smiled. "You want me to meditate with you?"
"Only if you're not going to make a joke out of it," said Raven, a slight smile on her face as she went to sit back down on her bed.
"I promise," he said and went to join her.
They sat across from each other and closed their eyes. Once their minds were calmed they both began to chant. Beast Boy slowly opened one of his eyes and saw Ravens calm face, a small smile on her face. This gave him a small smile and he closed his eye. Raven opened one of her eyes and saw the grin on Beast Boy's face. She let her own smile grow a little more and then she closed her eye. Maybe they could make things work out.