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The Phantom Bride

Story By StormDancer

Chapter 7

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquak

Raven stared at Beast Boy, tensed to flee when ever he let go of her arm.

"What?" she asked, attempting to bring back her monotone ad failing miserably.

"But then again, you're wrong," he continued as if she hadn't said anything.

"Beast Boy, if you are trying to make sense, you are failing miserably," she tried to snap, but it came out weak. He could see her eyes widening as she struggled to hide the weakness in them.

"You're wrong, I do trust you, with my life and beyond," Beast Boy clarified, "but you're right, about why I wouldn't tell you. You wouldn't have approved, before today."

Raven bit her lip, trying to hold back tears. After she had told him that, her greatest secret, he was still refusing her? It was cruel, too cruel for her kind and compassionate Beast Boy.

"So are you going to tell me now, then?" she asked, keeping her voice admirably calm.

"I leave, and you stop thinking?" Beast Boy exclaimed dramatically, "The old Rae would have figured it out by now."

"Raven," she snapped automatically. Beast Boy grinned.

"That's the Raven I know-" he cut himself off, but raven didn't notice.

"Well, maybe I'm not the old Raven. Maybe she doesn't exist. I'm not her, anymore. The girl who fell in love with you began to die when the Titans broke, and the last vestiges of her were buried when you rejected her."

"Who ever said I rejected her?" Beast Boy asked, trying to hide he grin that was growing. She scowled at him.

"You," she stated.

"No, I didn't," he demurred, "you did."

"No, I-" Beast Boy cut off Raven's protest.

"You assumed I rejected you. I never did."

"What?" Raven asked, "If this is some kind of sick, pre-wedding, trying to take your nerves off the big day kind of joke. I will kill you. And you know I don't make idle threats."

"I told you you were right, Rae-"


"Rae. It should be you up there, up at the altar with me. It shouldn't be 'some blond bimbo'"

"Well, it's a bit late for that, isn't it?"

'You still don't get it, do you?" Beast Boy asked incredulously, "Maybe I'm rubbing off on you more than is good for you."

"What don't I get?" Raven spat. Beast Boy rolled his eyes.

"I don't have a bride, yet," he explained as if to a five year old, "All this was just a ploy to get you to realize you really did love me, after years of denial."

"Why?" Raven dead-panned, "So you could make a fool out of me?"

"No," Beast Boy replied, "So I could do this."

Before she could react, he used the wrist he was still holding to draw her closer to him and pull her into an impassioned kiss. She responded in kind, before she had time to think. Even when she did, she did not pull away.

"Gar?" she asked lazily, a few moments later, still ensconced in her beloved's arms.

"What?" he replied, just as lethargically. He didn't want to move, he wanted to stay like this forever.

"You still have a wedding to stop."

"Oh, right."

Beast Boy let Raven go, got on his knees, and pulled a ring out of his pocket.

"Raven, will you marry me?"


Beast Boy's face fell, and his eyes widened.

"Why not? I thought you said-"

Raven cut him off.

"I do love you, but I a) don't want to be tricked into marrying you, and b) don't feel ready for marriage. You know how bad I am with commitment, Gar. We need to make sure this will work, before we make a move this drastic. I'll come and live out here, on this coast, with you even, but not marriage. I'm not rushing into anything, and we've changed. Not much, maybe, but enough that we need to spend some time together before anything else. I love you, but my answer is no."

"Fair enough," Beast Boy replied, getting to his feet. He grabbed her hand, and dragged her into the hall, nearly bowling over every other Titan, all of who were trying to look innocent while standing outside of the door.

"I'm assuming you heard all that?" Raven asked dryly.

"um," Cyborg exchanged a look with the rest of the titans, "yeah?"

"So, Rob, go cancel the wedding or whatever you need to do. Speedy, Aqua, Cy, go with Beast Boy and make his place livable, with no biohazards please. Star, Bee, you're with me," Raven quickly gave her orders, backed by a glare that made all of the titans, including Robin, to rush to obey. She gave Beast Boy a quick kiss, before leading the other girls back up to her hotel room.

The other boys stared after them.

"She just refused to marry you, and she's already acting like your wife!" Speedy exclaimed incredulously.

"Well, it gives me hope," Beast Boy responded, turning to lead the rest to his apartment.

"You've always acted like an old married couple, and now you'll end up like one!" Cyborg grinned, "And it's all thanks to me!"

"The plan was completely my idea!" Beast Boy protested. Cyborg glared at him, "Except for the whole aid of honour thing, I guess. I'm just happy she wasn't that mad."

'That reminds me,' a voice spoke in all of their minds. Black energy raised them all a few feet off the ground, than dropped them heavily on the floor. 'Now I'm not mad anymore.'

The boys all began to dash for the T-car.


"Well?" Starfire prompted as the female Titans arrived at Starfire's apartment, courtesy of Raven's teleportation. Raven knew her cue.

"AHHHHHHHHHHHH!" she screamed in happiness, grabbing Bee's wrists and dancing her around. After a moment, the grin on her face was back to its characteristic dead pan, "Okay, I'm done."

"Good," Karen said, throwing herself onto raven's bed, "You can tell us everything while you pack."

Raven nodded, and sat down as clothes began flying into suitcases.

"I'm moving in with him, sorry Star, you don't mind, do you?"

"No," Starfire responded with a giggle, "I don't think I will be staying here much longer, anyway."

"Yeah, she'll be moving into a manor owned by a certain Boy wonder, and I doubt her lat name will be Anders anymore," Raven teased. Starfire didn't bother to retort, simply giggling nervously.

"Anyway…" Karen urged.

"Yeah, so I'm moving in, and I don't doubt we'll be married eventually, but what I said is true. I'm not going into any marriage manipulated. Malchior cured me of any wishes about that. Which reminds me," her face suddenly turned angry, "How could you guys go along with a stupid plan like that? And let me nearly get my heart broken, and be so cruel! The only reason I'm not slaughtering you right now is because it worked!"

Karen and Starfire looked at down ashamedly.

"We were only trying to help," Star insisted. Raven smiled slightly as the last of her things were stuffed into her bags.

"I know. I suppose a phantom bride is good for some things," she said as they arrived back in Beast Boy's apartment, which was looking slightly less hazardous now.

"Beast Boy Garfield Logan!" raven exclaimed as she stalked into the living room, Beast Boy trailing after, watching as she surveyed the room, "get out here right now! If I am going to be living here, we have some rules to get straight. Number one, you put the laundry away, not let biohazards grow. Number two…"

Beast Boy stopped listening, but let the words flow over him. Now, finally, all was right with the world.