Disclaimer: I do not own Teen Titans or any related characters.
We got brand new TT fanfics yall! Well, here I am and I got a huge impulse last night. I am going to make my first ever AU story! It is of course going to be BBRae and I have a very good feeling about this one. I know a lot of you are still counting on Video Gamers and I am still very eager about it as well.
This story will be slightly Robin bashing, but don't get the wrong idea, I like Robin just as much as the next guy, but he just seems kinda like the right fit for his character. Anyway read and review chapter 1 of Rich Boys.
Everywhere around the city was a palpable glow of nighttime atmosphere, and the ever quiet of the raindrops and mist surrounding the area. This city was quite known for its precipitous nature and often serene living conditions. Everyone had left work early to be at home and enjoy the day with their families or roommates. People rushed back to their apartments, motor homes, and small houses to sit around and relax, as tomorrow was a work holiday. Columbus Day was coming and most adults ravished the opportunity to have it to spend time with friends. Parents also took the chance to take their children to a park, or to the aquarium, or even the ice rink over by 51st street. Everyone enjoyed it, but this Columbus Day would bring not joy, but a tragic and emotional day for both a mother and her 5 year-old daughter.
The doors of a small apartment complex swooshed open to reveal a slightly impaired man under the influence of alcohol stumbling in the loft, with an angered expression plastered on his face. This was not an uncommon scene for this family.
The father would return from and irresponsible drinking party and come home to his concerned girlfriend and a worried little girl. As a matter of fact, she was standing right there, a few feet away from the door, clutching her mothers legs as she stood glaring into the bum face of her boyfriend.
"What the hell is she doing out of bed!" he screamed, making the young girl cringe and back away slightly. But her mother stood protectively in front of her. "I told you not to let that out of her room when I'm home at night! You, get to your room! NOW!" he shouted while pointing menacingly at the child.
"Don't you dare yell at her! I am so sick of you blaming everything on her!" his girlfriend screamed back. The poor youngling behind them was whimpering slightly now at the sound of her parents fighting…again.
"Whatever, I got a headache the size of this city because of her, so if you don't mind, I am going to bed!" He made his way across the room, stealing a sneer at his child. He then reached the doors of their bedroom and slammed it shut. It was obvious that he was not going to let his "lover" sleep with him tonight.
"I-I-I'm sorry mommy," the little girl said sadly. Her mother knelt down and wrapped her arms around her. She lifted her up and held her close, whispering small "It's okay's" and "It wasn't you fault's".
"Gale, don't you even listen to him, I've had enough of him. I am so sick of him coming home and threatening you and taking all his anger out on you," she said. The child, now known as Gale, looked up at her mother with teary eyes.
"I don't want you and daddy to fight anymore," she said. Her mother nodded and kissed her cheek.
"Don't worry, we're not going to put up with this anymore," she told her, Gale looking up curiously at her dark haired, blue eyed mom. "Listen hun, I want you to go to your room and pack up all your things into the suitcase in your closet. We're moving out tomorrow."
Early that morning, Gale and her mother finished packing and started loading their suitcases and personal items in the truck parked outside. They loaded it up and Gale followed her mother into the house, where they would face their last obstacle before leaving. The father was standing in the middle of the room, arms crossed over his chest, angered.
"I'm leaving you Dick, and I'm taking Gale with me," she said. The man, now known as Dick or Richard Grayson, just scoffed and glared at the two.
"Whatever you say Raven, you two won't last two seconds without this roof over your heads. I know you'll come crawling back." he challenged.
"No I won't, I am not going to let my baby be raised in a home with a man who treats her like she's nothing!" she stated sourly. Dick was only half listening to her.
"I thought you also said that you'd rather die before letting her be raised in a home without a father," he answered.
"She doesn't need a father like you, she would be better off with a bull dog than with you!" she yelled. Gale was standing right behind her, crying at the shouting. Raven turned around, and scooped her up into a close embrace.
"I'm sorry, it's okay hun, we're going right now," she cooed. She realized her mistake in yelling in front of her fragile daughter. The reason she was moving out was to get her away from all the yelling, so she shouldn't be the one doing it.
With that, she turned her back to Dick, Gale in her arms, and started toward the truck outside. Dick followed and watched as she buckled their daughter into her seatbelt and sat down in the drivers seat. She then started it up and backed out of the driveway. Her, now ex-boyfriend, stood out, appalled at what was happening.
Raven then stopped the car for a second to give him a hard look. He raised his arms in a "what-are-you-waiting-for?" way and stared back. Raven just smirked and raised her right hand balled in a knuckle, middle finger poised at its tip. Dick opened his mouth, never before had she ever flipped him off. And with that, he watched the two drive off through the street.
"Raven, our relationship might be over, but this is only getting started," he said to know one.
The small blue car coasted across the freeway road, heading towards the interstate. The two passengers on the inside were silent, still trying to get the events of that morning out of their heads. This was impossible as they could only think about Dick, and how he must be reacting right now. Raven looked over to her young daughter and smiled, she then reached out to hold her cheek.
"Everything is going to be alright, hun," she softly reassured. Gale nodded and laid back down on the seat and looked down at her shoes. "I know mommy," she whimpered.
"What are you thinking about?" Raven asked. Gale looked up and sighed. "I was thinking about why daddy doesn't like me," she replied. Raven's dark eyes dimmed a little more, she then took a deep breath.
"Hun, there are some things you should know about your daddy, alright?" she asked, wanting to get her daughters permission before verbally bashing her father. Gale nodded.
"Listen, your father and I started out okay in our relationship. We moved in together and were pretty happy for a while," she started, Gale listening intently.
"But then we made a few mistakes in judgment, with drinking a little too much physical contact. We got a little too close to each other one night, and I got pregnant with you," she said a little more uplifting. Gale's face turned a little worried.
"Y-you didn't want me, mommy?" she asked pleadingly. Raven gazed down and smiled, not wanting her daughter to think that.
"No no no, what I meant by that was we weren't expecting you, but when I got pregnant, I thought it would be a good thing for both Dick and I," she explained. Gale perked up immediately, now knowing her mommy didn't think she was a mistake.
"Anyway, nine months passed by and I got a wonderful baby girl, and I couldn't have been happier. But Dick wasn't so happy about it." The girls face dropped after hearing her fathers name again.
"During the nine months I was pregnant with you, Dick wasn't prepared to handle a baby. So he got angry with me. He started snapping at me that it was my fault and I couldn't deal with him anymore. Then he started drinking…" she paused for a moment, not wanting to continue.
She then realized Gale had to hear this, to understand why her father was what he was. "…then he started drinking, which made him angrier and more depressed."
Gale looked up and then back down, she didn't know what to think about the whole situation anymore. She always suspected she was the cause for her daddy's brash behavior, but never did she think he would take it out on her mommy too.
"Finally, he gave up on both you and me and well…here we are now…" Raven said sadly. "I'm so sorry about all of this sweetheart. I know you don't deserve to live like this, but I just want you to be safe. Even if that means taking you away from him," she finished.
"I know mommy," Gale said smiling up to Raven. She tried her best to lighten up the mood for her mother, so maybe they could get through the rest of the trip.
"Okay, enough of this sad sack stuff," she said brighter. The child stared at her confused. "How about some music, huh kid?" Gale smirked and nodded excitedly.
Raven then turned on the radio and set it to a station they both would enjoy. Raven kept her eyes on the road, sunglasses propped on her face. She glanced down in the passengers seat and watched her daughter sing along to the song. She smiled and revved the engine, continuing along the highway.
About five or six hours passed on the road and after a few twists, turns, railroad signs, and unruly drivers crossed their paths before the two travelers reached the Ben Teller's Gas Station. Raven noticed her daughter was completely sacked out on the front seat, snoozing in her seatbelt.
She frowned after thinking a little bit more about their current status. They had been driving all day and every single hotel they passed by had no vacancy. She had to find some place to stay for the both of them, at least for a few nights before they reached Gotham City. It was actually quite a long way from Jump City.
"I'd better get some gas before we run out," Raven said to no one. She then un-strapped her travel companion and carried her inside to pay the clerk. There was no way she could leave her little girl defenseless in a convertible. She walked in and up to the desk manager, and after about two minutes, stepped back out into the nighttime atmosphere. But then came some trouble.
"Hey there baby doll!' exclaimed a voice right next to Raven. She whirled around and saw a young man about her age, gawking up and down her body. "Hey there, honey, why don't you ditch the rug-rat and come have some fun at my place?"
Raven scowled. Never before had she ever encountered cat-calls, and she hated every single word this jerk was peddling to her.
"Get the fuck away from us!" she barked.
The child in her arms moaned slightly, and after shifting in her arms, Raven decided she had to be quieter. "Well, go! Get out of here!" The man, now in front of her, was not fazed at all. He inched closer, waving his keys as her spoke.
"You need to lighten up a bit cutie," he cockily crooned at her. "Now as I was saying, why don't you get that kid out of here and we can take a little trip down…" but the flirt was interrupted.
"Excuse me ma'am," a low throaty voice sounded right behind her, yet again. She turned her head, praying to God that it wasn't another creep. Much to her surprise, it was a burly looking older man, and by the looks of his attire, it appeared as though he worked at the station as well.
He was not alone either. There were two other grown men standing around him, arms crossed. The old man had a large wrench in his hands and instantly pointed it at the flirtatious cretin that thought he could get with Raven. She herself held on tightly to her baby girl. "…but is this guy botherin' you?"
Raven stared uncertainly at the old mechanic and nodded her head slightly. He responded by stepping in between her and the flirty boy. His companions stepped to either side of Raven, and from what she could comprehend…they were…protecting her?
"Well, son, you heard the lady, she wants you gone, so I suggest you do it now," he threatened, once again pointing the wrench at him. The boy scoffed.
"Where I come from, old men like you mind their own damn business!" he yelled, then sneered scornfully. The older mechanic chuckled.
"Yeah? Where I come from, we treat ladies with respect, so why don't you get out of here before me and the boys decide to make an example of you." The other two gas station employees walked up to him and took out there own tools in a threatening way. The boy went wide-eyed. Without having to think twice, he ran as fast as he could to his car, then drove off.
"You okay ma'am?" the old mechanic asked. Raven was still a little surprised to have someone looking out for her, but she wasn't complaining.
"Y-yes, thank you so much for helping us," she said to him. He smiled warmly at the child in her arms. "Just doin' the chivalrous thing, honey, and we didn't want that jackass to hurt you or her," he said gesturing towards Gale. "You know, I have a granddaughter about her age, and I gotta say she is just darlin'."
Raven peered down and raised an eyebrow. "Yeah, but I seriously have to go and find us a place to stay so I can get her to bed," she told them. The aged attendant snapped his finger, then after reaching into his pocket, he pulled out a folded piece of paper. It was a map of the area.
"Well, I got me here a map that just might help you out, and there's also a trail along here that'll take you to a cheap little motel that is always open," he said, leading his finger across the map and showing Raven what route to take. She nodded while listening intently to his directions.
After all was said, the man gave Raven the map and filled up her car for her. He then waved goodbye to her as she backed out of the parking space. She waved back to him and the other two men and then started back on the road.
"Dammit!" Raven screamed. "Dammit dammit dammit! How could I be such a damn butter fingers!" Raven had no worry of waking Gale, for the wind was blowing by the car, blocking out all noise. Raven took a turn along the highway leading to the motel the old mechanic showed her, but in doing so, the wind caused the map to blow right out of her hands. Needless to say, it pissed her off pretty badly. "Now what the hell am I supposed to do!"
She still needed to find a place for them both to stay, but all she got was the entrance to Gotham City. That was when she lost the map, and now had to navigate through a town she wasn't familiar with.
She parked on a suburban sidewalk after a while, finally giving up. She stepped out of the car, once again taking Gale in her arms and sat on the sidewalk.
"This can't get any worse…" she trailed off, clutching her daughter tightly to her chest. She then looked down sadly. "I'm so sorry Gale," she whimpered, but the sleeping toddler couldn't even hear her. "But I don't know what to do anymore…"
The unthinkable happened. The worst had come. It started to rain. Raven gasped as the first droplets started to come down on her and Gale. There was nothing she could do, but she got even more worried by the second.
"What am I going to do? I need to get her out the rain!" shethought. She then raised her free arm to cover her daughter's face from the drops. She looked around frantically until her eyes spotted a tree across the street. She had no choices, her car had no cover and there weren't any other roofs anywhere. She ran over and ducked under the tree. "This is so fucked up. What am I going to do? We cant stay out here!" she thought again.
Unbeknownst to her, the tree she sat under was attached to a set of other plants in a widely spread garden. That garden was a part of a huge sidewalk and front yard, leading up to a mansion. It was still late and dark, so not much could be made out through eyesight, but one thing Raven could make out was the words on the front of the large brown doors of the mansion itself. She squinted her eyes and looked hard. The words read, "Logan Manor"
"Hey, you!" a voice shouted from the left side of her. Obviously this was private property and the owner wouldn't want trespassers, but what else was she supposed to do? She couldn't just let her daughter get pneumonia, so she had to get under his tree. She could only pray that this man would be understanding.
She noticed the door from one side of the mansion had been opened, revealing said owner, who was getting closer to her. "Hey there! What are you doing out here!" he yelled through the rain.
Raven looked at him worriedly, thinking she might get arrested for trespassing on his property. She couldn't let that happen, so she ran. "Wait a second, hold up!" the man beckoned, then caught up to her, running as well. He grabbed her arm and turned her towards him. She gasped, not wanting her child that was still in her arms to be harmed. Since her arms were preoccupied, she had to use her head to shield Gale from the droplets.
"Look I'm sorry I was…" she was then shushed by his hand over her mouth. He then lowered it. She looked at him and finally got a vision of what he looked like.
He was slightly taller that her, medium sized, brown haired, and green eyed. His hair and clothes were soaked, as were hers. He was still holding her arm and gazing into her eyes, almost asking her to calm down.
"Look…I'm sorry I scared you, I was just trying to get your attention because it is really hard to hear out here right now, understand?" he reassured her. She nodded, still a little unsure of him. "Now, you look like you and your child here need some help, am I right?" She froze, but then nodded again.
"I know we're not supposed to be here but I had to…" she was silenced again by his hand. But by now he had let go of her arm, causing the sudden tension in her body to relax. She just wasn't used to being touched by strangers, and now was no different.
"Calm down, it's okay. I know what you were doing, and if you want, you are more than welcome to stay here for the night." He offered kindly. He was obviously not as cruel as she thought he would be, but instead he appeared generous. He even flashed her a hopeful grin, looking so boyish and innocent.
Raven looked down at her daughter one more time. She knew it would be risky to let her sleep in a house with a complete stranger, but she really had no other choice. She had to accept his offer.
"Fine," she said lamely. He smiled back at her. "All right then, lets get you two inside before you freeze."
He led her up to the side door of the mansion where he came out, and opened it up for them. Raven bowed her head some as a sign of thanks. Once inside the dimly lit room, she and the owner of the mansion stood there, taking each other's appearance in.
"Well, thank you for letting us stay here tonight, Mr…"
"Logan, Garfield Logan. But you can call me Gar."