AN: It is my duty to inform you that I in no way, shape, or form own the Teen Titans.
Chapter 11: Our Second First Kiss
Raven woke up and felt different. She felt… whole. She attempted to lift her head and it lifted up easily. She slowly sat up, and she did and she remained sitting up without a problem. She swung her legs over the edge of the bed and put pressure on them. She lifted up and was standing on her own. She couldn't believe it. She turned and looked at the still sleeping Beast Boy. He was on his stomach with his mouth drooling on his pillow. She smiled softly and then looked to the door.
"Azerath metrion zinthos," she whispered and the door opened. Her powers were back. Her strength was back. She was herself again. Today she would be able to move into her newly furnished room and get her life back on track. The smile she had given to the sleeping Beast Boy faded and she sighed.
Beast Boy awoke to a sticky, wetness on his cheek. He began licking his lips and lifted his sleepy head up from the moist pillow. He wiped his cheek with the back of his hand and sat up. He stretched and scratched his messy hair. He found it odd that his door was open. He leaned over the end of his bunk and looked down, but saw no Raven. He nearly fell on his head, before grabbing his mattress and pulling himself back up. He crawled down the ladder and bolted out of his room.
Raven sat at the table with a cup of tea that she had made herself. She smiled and took a sip of the hot liquid that calmed her and made her feel like everything was going to be alright. Suddenly the doors to the common room swooshed open and Beast Boy came bounding in. He saw Raven and came to a stop.
"Good morning," she said calmly.
"Raven, how the hell did you get out here?" asked Beast Boy, out of breath.
"My powers and strength are back," said Raven sipping her tea again.
"Oh," said Beast Boy calming down. "Well, that's good," he said with a smile. "Guess you'll be moving back into your room. You must be excited about that. I haven't gotten to see your new furniture yet. Do they look like the old stuff?"
"Not really," said Raven. "I've decided to go with a whole new style."
"No way," said Beast Boy shaking his head with a smile and sat down across from her. "You're not gonna be all dark anymore?"
"Of course I'm going to be dark," she said plainly. "I'm just not going to be creepy dark."
"What other kind of dark is there?" he asked with smirk.
Raven gave him a sarcastic smile back. "I've gone for a more fantasy dark."
"Fantasy dark?" he asked, raising an eyebrow.
"I'll show you it later," she said and sipped her tea again. "You might actually think it's cool."
"Wow, you're gonna let me in your room?" he asked. "Not even that, you're new room?"
"Well… you let me in yours," said Raven shyly making eye contact with him. It was quiet for a few seconds, and then they looked away from each other, each feeling their cheeks burn and each trying to suppress smiles.
After breakfast and Raven telling everyone that she was back to normal, she got to see her room for the first time. She was sure her friends had set it up in a fashion that she wouldn't like, but to her surprise, it wasn't that bad. Just a few things had to be moved around, and then it was to her liking. She hadn't been in there ten minutes when there came a knock at her door.
'Just like old times,' she thought and went to her door. She opened it up and saw Beast Boy on the other side. She felt her heart stop for a moment and one of her books, that had survived, fell off of the shelf. She quickly regained her composure before he could notice. "Yes?"
"Hey, I was wondering, um, if I could see your room," he said nervously. "I mean, if you've changed your mind I totally understand. Or if this is a bad time I can come back later. Actually, you probably wanted to be alone for a while. Sorry, I'll come back later. Unless you don't want me to bother you at all, and if that's the case, then I'll see you around. Okay? Yeah, okay." He started walking away, but felt a hand grab his arm.
"Oh just come in already!" she said pulling him into her new room.
Beast Boy stumbled into the room and was quite surprised by what he saw. Her room was exactly what she had said: dark fantasy. The bed that had the looming raven headboard was replaced by a large canopy bed with blue, mesh curtains. Her new bureau and vanity were made of a thick oak and looked to be very old and very classy. She had new bottles full of her special powders for certain spells and she even had two large candelabras. Her statues were replaced with large paintings of mystical worlds, all of which had a dark touch to them. It fit her perfectly, but no one would have ever guessed it.
"Wow," was all Beast Boy could say.
"So, is it less creepy?" she asked, secretly hoping for his approval and not knowing why.
"Definitely," he said with a smile. "This is awesome! I really like it." He looked at her with his patented grin. Raven felt her stomach do a small jump and the book she had just fixed flew off of the shelf again. "You okay?"
"Huh? Oh, yeah," said Raven going over to the book and fixing it once more. "I just need to meditate, that's all."
It grew quiet between them. Beast Boy continued to admire the room and appreciate the fact that Raven was allowing him in there. Raven admired Beast Boy admiring her room. She wasn't sure what to do next. She knew what she was expected to do. Tell him to get out and go about her business. But she didn't want him to leave. She had really gotten used to him being around her.
Beast Boy finally decided to break the silence. He turned to her and said, "Raven, do you feel any better?"
"Pardon?" she asked confused.
"Do you feel better now that you've lost control?" he asked. "I mean, do you think it helped at all?"
Raven thought for a moment. "Well, I'm not really sure," she said. "I thought it might have, but now that my powers are back nothing's really changed. I'm still me, the girl who can't show emotions."
Beast Boy sighed sadly. "So I was wrong," he said with his ears drooping.
"What?" she asked.
"I thought that maybe if you lost control you would be a little freer to be… normal," he said. "Not that I would want you any different! I just, well, I wanted you to be able to talk to me and not have to worry about the room going haywire. I'm… sorry."
"You don't have anything to be sorry for," she said quickly. "Well, actually, you do, for purposely making me lose control. But I'm not mad at you any more."
"You're… you're not?" he asked.
"No," she said, trying to hide a smile. "You did it because you wanted to help me. You wanted to get closer to me. No one's ever done that for me before. Well, they've tried, but no one's ever taken it as far as you have."
"Well, like I said, I care about you," said Beast Boy shyly.
Raven took a few steps towards him so that they were closer. "I want you to know how much I appreciate it," she said, holding her hands awkwardly. She wasn't sure why, but they had grown clammy. "No one's ever cared so much about me. And I'm sorry if I get mad at you and say mean things, but I'm just not used to it. My whole life, everyone's just been afraid of me and they just pushed me away. So I learned to push people away before they could reject me first. So, I'm sorry for all of those times I hurt your feelings."
"Raven, of all the people in the world to be sorry for something, you shouldn't be," he said. "You can't help being who you are and if people are scared of that then they're not worth your time."
"You were scared of me," she said and looked to the floor.
He could feel that sad, low feeling filling her again. He didn't want her to feel like that anymore. He softly placed his hand under her chin and brought her face back up so he could look into her eyes. They were scared, sorrow filled eyes; pleading eyes that called out for anyone to love her.
"I'm not scared anymore," he whispered, leaned in, and placed his lips on hers. He gently held her cheeks and kissed her for as long as she would let him.
Raven had been initially shocked, but soon closed her eyes and was lost in the kiss. She had thought she would never be kissed. She was sure that no one would ever want to kiss her. But here was Beast Boy, kissing her! She reached up and placed her hands on his and softly brought his hands down, but did not let go. She intertwined her fingers within his and took a step even closer to him. Beast Boy brought Ravens arms up, around his neck and then wrapped his own arms around her waist, which brought them even closer together.
Finally they broke apart for air. They both opened their eyes and gazed into each other. They were both blushing, but it felt right.
"Guess that was our second, first kiss," he said with a smile.
"Guess so," said Raven with a soft smile.
"Would it be too much to ask for a first second kiss?" he asked, his ears perking up.
Raven didn't want to smile any wider, but she really couldn't help it. "No," she said, shaking her head.
Beast Boy smiled and kissed her again. Suddenly the room filled with a red light and the siren sounded. They broke apart and looked up at the blasted light. They unwillingly moved away from each other and headed out to the common room to see what was going on.
"Where's the trouble this time?" asked Beast Boy, who was slightly ticked off at the interruption between he and Raven.
"Lip Lock's escaped," said Robin.
"You're kidding," said Raven, groaning.
"Nope," said Cyborg, trying to get its exact location.
"I do not understand how these villains escape from the jail," said Starfire. "On my planet, such horrible people and creatures would be sent to forever drift through the voids of space. Why do we not do that here?"
Everyone just looked at Starfire. "It's… complicated," said Robin, for lack of better words. "Cyborg, do you know where he is?"
"Yup, just got it," said Cyborg.
"Alright, Titans go!" ordered Robin and they all moved out.
They arrived on the scene and found several people on the ground, passed out and paralyzed. Lip Lock whipped around and saw them. It remembered them right away.
"Remember, three kisses and you're down," said Robin getting his bow-staff ready.
"Thank goodness we've all been kissed before," said Cyborg with a smirk and looked at Beast Boy and Raven.
"And hopefully we'll be kissed afterwards," said Beast Boy softly so only Raven could hear him.
She blushed and said, "Well, I certainly don't want that thing to be the last to kiss me."
Beast Boy smiled and the two headed off towards the creature. And this time, they weren't planning on going down. They really didn't want to be stuck lying next to each other for another week. Or did they?