AN: Nope, still don't own Teen Titans. Try again later!
Chapter 1: Moving Out
The mood in the tower wasn't as it usually was. The cheery energy that it was usually filled with had been replaced with depression. But there was a good reason for this change in atmosphere. Today was the day the original Teen Titans were moving out. The new Teen Titans would be moving in a few days later. So they were all doing some last minute packing.
They were all older and their reign had ended. Beast Boy was the youngest at twenty-five, but he was only two months younger than Raven. Now that they were all official adults it was time for them to move on.
Cyborg was moving to Steel City to teach mechanical engineering at the Steel City University or SCU. Robin was remaining in Jump City and was going to set up his own detective service. Starfire was staying with Robin, her steady boyfriend, and had signed a modeling contract for one of the more popular clothes lines. They were the only ones who knew what they were doing. Beast Boy and Raven were another story.
Raven was in her room folding some of her old cloaks and putting them in her last available suitcase. Her room looked so bare. Soon it was going to be repainted and redecorated for a new teen prodigy. She sighed and began to fill another box with her possessions. As she did she heard a knock at her door.
"Come in," she said solemnly.
Her door slid open and revealed a very handsome, green, young man. "Hey Rae," he said with a small sad smile.
"Don't call me Rae, please," she said sadly.
"Oh, sorry," he said and walked in. "You're still not done packing?"
"No," she said simply. "Just can't seem to bring myself to finish, I guess," she said with a small, sad smile. Beast Boy walked over to her and began to help her pack. Raven placed her meditation mirror in a box and the closed her eyes and sighed. "I don't want to leave, Gar."
"I know, Rae…ven," he said rubbing her arm affectionately. "But, it's time. We've been doing this for too long. I mean, I know it sounds odd, since we're in our twenties, but it's time for us to try and have normal lives. Oh! That reminds me," he said reaching into his pocket. He took out two rings and handed one to Raven. "These are the holographic rings Cyborg made for us to look normal."
"Thanks," said Raven quietly and took her ring.
"You wanna try 'em out?" he asked with a small smile. Raven shrugged. Beast Boy slipped his on and his appearance suddenly altered. He looked the same, but he had a normal skin pigment, if not a slightly tan, and blond hair with blue eyes. "Cool!"
Raven slowly put hers on and watched as her own appearance changed. Her gray complexion changed to a normal, pale pigment. Her violet hair faded to black and her eyes turned from lilac to blue. "How do I look?" she asked hesitantly.
"You look great, Raven," he said kindly and picked her meditation mirror back out of the box and handed it to her.
She looked at herself and frowned. "I look like Snow White," she said unhappily.
"Why is that a bad thing?" he chuckled.
She looked at him and then rolled her eyes with a slight smile. They both took their rings off and put them in their pocket. Her relationship with Beast Boy, or Gar as she called him when they were alone, had changed immensely. They had become each others best friends. Because they both had so many similar, horrible things happen in their lives they found that they were able to support and comfort each other. And as they grew up and matured it became easier for them to tolerate each other and eventually become the great friends they were now.
Raven packed her last box and said, "Well, I guess that's it."
"Yup," said Beast Boy. "When are you leaving?"
"Not for a little while," said Raven. "I wanted to stay here as long as I could."
"Guess you really don't wanna leave, huh," he said. She shook her head and held her arms. "So, where are you moving to?"
"Not sure," said Raven, looking at the floor.
"You're not sure?" he asked confused. "But we're moving out today! Where are you going to go?"
"I'm putting my stuff in storage for a while and staying in a motel until I can find an apartment, I guess," said Raven.
"Rae, this isn't like you at all," he said going over to her. "You're always so organized and prepared. Why didn't you find a place to live when we agreed to leave three months ago?"
"I don't know," she said sadly. "I… I guess I've just been in denial. So, where are you moving to? I want to get your phone number and address."
"I bought a small house outside the city," said Beast Boy.
Raven stared at him for a moment. "You bought a house?" she asked. "How the hell did you afford that? Oh no! You didn't take out a loan, did you? Gar, you know that you of all people shouldn't get involved with taking out loans or…"
"Rae, Rae!" he said, stopping her rambling and scolding. "Don't worry; I didn't take out a loan."
"Then how could you afford to buy a house?" she asked.
"Well, my parents kinda left me a small fortune," he said smiling and scratching the back of his head.
"A small fortune?" she asked. "How small?"
"Uh… let's just say I was able to pay for my house in one payment," he said smiling shyly.
Ravens eyes went wide. "So, you're rich," she said plainly.
"Pretty much," he said.
She thought for a moment and then said, "So what was the deal with you not being able to buy a mo-ped when we were younger?"
"Well, I kinda didn't get my inheritance until I turned eighteen," said Beast Boy.
"So, you're parents died when you were little, which left you all alone in the world, left you a huge amount of money, but wouldn't let you have it until you were an adult?" she asked. "That's not a very convenient idea."
"Well they weren't exactly planning on dying, Raven," he said coldly.
Raven felt terrible about what she said. "I'm sorry, Gar," she said sighing. "That was stupid of me to say."
Beast Boy looked at her warmly and smiled, "It's okay, Rae. You were just being you. I can't be mad at you for that. I think we're passed that at this point."
"Well I should hope so," she said with a small smirk. Then she looked at all of the boxes and suitcases and sighed, realizing that this was it. She would probably lose touch with her friends after this day. Beast Boy saw her change in attitude and knew she was really upset.
"Rae, what's wrong?" he asked. "Is it really that bad?"
"It's Raven, Garfield," she said, using his full name just to make sure she got his attention. "And… yes, it is that bad."
"But why?" he asked. "Haven't you always dreamed of living a normal life?"
"Well, yes, but I never actually expected it to happen," said Raven. "I was happy living life like a Titan. I just… I don't know what I'm going to do now."
"Don't worry, you'll be okay," he said soothingly. "You're always okay."
"I know, but I really feel… useless now," she said, sitting down on her bare bed.
"Why would you feel useless?" he asked, sitting down next to her.
"It's just that I've been living on borrowed time and I've felt like as long as I was still helping people, I had a purpose for living," she said hanging her head. "Now, I'm nothing."
"What do you mean you've been living on borrowed time?" asked Beast Boy.
"I was supposed to die when I was sixteen," said Raven, "when I brought Trigon to Earth. And, in a way, I actually did. But you and the team brought me back. I'm not supposed to be alive, Gar. I had never planned on living this long. I'm not sure where my life's supposed to go from here."
Beast Boy wrapped his arm around her and she rested her head on his shoulder. "You can do whatever you want with you life," he said, rubbing her arm. "There are so many opportunities out there. Trust me, Rae, this is the start of a new beginning."
"I don't want to start all over again," she sighed. "I don't want things to change."
"Been there," chuckled Beast Boy. "I don't like change either, but then again, after a while it's nice to have change in life. I know you're scared…"
"I'm not scared," she said firmly, falling into her old habit of denying her true feelings.
"Okay, anyway, you'll see that this is all for the best," said Beast Boy.
"I hope this is the one occasion when you're actually right," she sighed.
"Ha ha, you're so funny," he said sarcastically, but smiled.
"Well someone around here has to be," she said without missing a beat.
Beast Boy let out a laugh and held her closer. "I'm really gonna miss you, Rae. Wow, never thought I'd say that. Guess time really has changed us, considering you used to yell at me all of the time."
"I still yell at you," she said defensively, trying not to think of the fact that they all had changed over the years.
"Not as much as you used to," said Beast Boy. "I mean, you gotta admit, we're a whole lot closer now than when we were teens."
"Okay, I'll admit that," said Raven defeated. "And now that we're all moving away from each other, we'll drift apart and soon we'll be at square one again."
"Well… not if we don't let it," he said thinking. "Hey! Why don't you come live with me?"
"What?" she asked.
"You have no where to go and I've got an extra bedroom or two," said Beast Boy. "Why don't you just move in with me? I mean, you don't have to stay, but it's better than you having to live in a motel."
"Gar, that's really sweet, but I wouldn't feel right about it," said Raven. "I'd feel like I was mooching off of you."
"Rae, I've got more money than I'll ever need and it would be a sin for me not to spend it on my friends," said Beast Boy. "Besides, I can help you transition from Teen Titan to regular twenty-five year old."
"Oh, I don't know," she said.
"Come on, Rae," he said taking his arm off of her and taking her hands so she would look at him. "It won't be permanent; it'll be until you feel ready to live on your own, normally. And… and the truth is that I don't feel like I'm ready to be living on my own yet, either. So we can help each other, just like we always do."
"Are… are you sure?" she asked.
"Of course, I'm sure," he said with a grin. "You're my best friend. And I'm not ready to lose you yet."
"I'm not ready to lose you yet, either," she said with a small smile.
"So, does that mean you'll stay with me?" he asked hopefully.
Raven sighed and said, "Okay."
"Awesome," he said hugging her. He stood up and grabbed her hand. "Come on, Vic's leaving in like," he looked at his watch and paled, "now!" He quickly ran out of the room, dragging Raven behind him.
They arrived in the common room and saw Starfire giving Cyborg a hug. He was wearing his holographic ring and looked to be completely normal. No one on the street would have guessed he was mainly robotic.
"Cyborg, I shall miss you so much," said Starfire hugging him so hard that it was easy to hear his hidden robotic parts creaking and cracking.
"I'm gonna miss you too, Star," said Cyborg, who luckily couldn't feel the bone crushing hug. He looked over to the doorway and saw Beast Boy enter with Raven. "There you to are! I almost left without sayin good bye."
"Sorry, we were talking," said Beast Boy running over.
"It's alright, man," said Cyborg smiling. The two embraced and hugged each other like friends should. "Gonna miss ya, ya lil grass stain."
"I'm gonna miss you too, you walking trashcan," said Beast Boy as they released. "And I'd appreciate it if you didn't call me little anymore."
"Fine, plain grass stain it is," said Cyborg smirking.
"Thank you," said Beast Boy nodding with approval.
Cyborg looked over to Raven and opened his arms up. "Come on, Raven, I need a hug from you too."
Raven gave a small smile and walked into his large arms. "Good bye, Cyborg," she said giving him a good hug.
"I told ya, you can call me Vic," said Cyborg as they released each other.
"I know, but you don't look like a Vic," said Raven.
"Oh, and BB looks like a Gar?" he asked with a smile.
"Hey, you have your nick names for him and I have mine," she said smirking.
"Man, I'm gonna miss those smart remarks of yours," he said sighing. He looked at his watch and his eyes went wide. "Looks like I gotta get goin. I'll see you guys around." With that he gave them each one last hug and headed out. They all called good byes to him and sighed.
"Well, we better get going soon, too," said Robin.
"Oh, must we?" asked Starfire.
"Yeah, we're supposed to be out of the building by five," said Robin.
"But it is only 3:30," said Starfire.
"And we still haven't moved all of your stuff into the moving truck yet," said Robin.
"Well then, I shall go finish the job now," said Starfire flying off.
"You two ready to go?" asked Robin.
"Just about," said Beast Boy with a smile.
"I can't understand why we have to leave at five," said Raven holding her arms. "We built the damn place, it's our home."
"Raven, you know that the new team needs to start redoing the tower to fit their own needs," said Robin.
"But why five?" asked Raven.
"Because I'm leaving last so I can lock up the place and I have to be at Star and I's knew apartment by six," said Robin.
Raven sighed and headed out of the room. "I'm going to start moving my stuff out here so we can get loading it into our moving truck," she said and left.
"Our moving truck?" asked Robin looking at Beast Boy. "You're sharing a moving truck with Raven?"
"Well, we're going to the same place," said Beast Boy casually.
Robin raised an eyebrow at this. "You're moving to the same building?" he asked.
"No, I kinda bought a house," said Beast Boy.
"You what?" asked Robin shocked.
Beast Boy sighed and knew he had to tell his beast to riches story again.