Disclaimer: I don't own the Teen Titans.
A/N: This chapter is short, but it is needed. I got so many sympathy reviews on "Missing" that I knew I just had to do this. I had to update with this one last chapter. Because something very important happened in my life. And it fits into this story, because it is a part of this story.
This story has a happy ending after all.
MISSING: A HAPPY ENDING
It had been one whole month. One full month without that very special member of the Teen Titans. Raven. She had run away one full month ago and no one had seen her since. The only communication anyone had gotten was that one letter addressed to Beast Boy. He had spent two full weeks locked in his room, though he had stopped crying after the first. After the sobbing caused by the letter had ceased, Beast Boy had been completely silent for an entire week. No more growls were heard, or crying, or pain. Just silence.
The green teen had left his room at the end of those two weeks, but he still did not speak. He felt alone and afraid and he didn't feel like he fit in, even with his friends. He only felt like he fit in when he was with Raven and she wasn't there anymore.
The entire month had been like that. Beast Boy did what he was told and what he had to do, but he never spoke unless he absolutely needed to. Robin was mostly unaffected; he had to be. He had suffered so much in his lifetime, one missing friend couldn't affect his attitude. He still missed her, but he knew it was his responsibility to be the leader.
Cyborg was deeply affected, but he didn't show it. He had become much like BB; he hid his pain with a smile and a joke. He kidded around and laughed and pranked, but deep inside he was hurting. Starfire showed her pain, much like Beast Boy. She couldn't help but tear up every time she saw the empty seat at the dinner table. She spent much time with Beast Boy, trying to help him; but really, she needed just as much help as he did.
Jump City hardly noticed the disappearance of Raven. Sure, they noted that she wasn't there anymore, but that was it. Nothing more. No inquiry, no questions, just a simple article on a missing member of the team. The city didn't care.
The truth was, the Titans couldn't gon much longer as they were. They all knew this; without Raven, they were falling apart. And perhaps, they would have.
That is, if Raven hadn't come back . . . .
It happened one night, exactly one month after Raven had disappeared. The Tower was locked up and its bay lights were blinking red and yellow, a signal to passing ships. All of the Titans were asleep; except for one.
Beast Boy was outside the Tower, sitting on a familiar rock at the edge of the island. Picking up a flat stone from the ground, Beast Boy threw it at the water and watched as it expertly skipped across the bay one, two, three, four, five times before disappearing into the depths of the water. He picked up another one and accomplished the same amount of skips as before.
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . 4 . . . 5
Except, in BB's mind, what it really sounded like was: R . . . A . . . V . . . E . . . N
Beast Boy sighed. He looked down at the water, staring at his reflection. He looked much better than he had at the beginning of the weak. His green skin was no longer pale, nor cut, nor tear-stained. He was wearing a clean uniform with new gloves and boots. His hair was longer down, and even more unkept, falling down to his ears and into his face. His eyes were unchanged though; they still shook and they still reflected the pain he held within his soul.
Beast Boy pulled out a piece of paper from his pocket and began to read it out loud. It was Raven's letter, the one she had sent him three and a half weeks ago. He read it once, then twice, then three times. He had the entire letter memorized by now; he could have recited it in his sleep. Hell, maybe he did.
"Raven . . . " he mumbled to himself. "Where are you . . . ?"
And, to BB's eternal surprise, he got an answer.
The wind picked up and blew back into Beast Boy, blowing away the letter in his hand. He gave out a cry and turned to catch it, but stopped dead when he saw what had caused the wind to blow. There, only five feet from him on the island, was a black and purple vortex. It spun around and around, pulling the wind into it. And then a figure appeared, falling out of it.
It was Raven.
Beast Boy was amazed. His eyes widened and he stared right at the girl in front of him. Her hair was longer now, reaching her shoulders, and her uniform was rather dirty. She looked wet, almost as if she had been in a rainstorm. Maybe she had. Raven turned around and saw Best Boy. Her eyes widened.
For a while, neither of them spoke. They just looked at each other, studying each other, noticing the differences in each other. And then Beast Boy stood up, walked forward, and hugged Raven like he had never hugged anyone before.
And Raven hugged back.
"Raven . . . " Beast Boy said, hugging her tightly. "I've missed you so much . . . "
Raven nodded, still hugging him as well. "I've missed you too, Beast Boy. I'm so sorry I had to leave."
The two finally let go and looked at each other yet again.
"Are you . . . are you back?" Beast Boy asked her, his eyes filled with wishful hope.
Raven nodded yet again. "Yes . . . yes, I am," she said. She turned away. "I just . . . I had to deal with some things, Beast Boy. Things with my past. I couldn't stay here any longer, I — I had to go. But I've learned I can't run away from my problems. I have to face them . . . whether I'm ready to or not."
Beast Boy nodded. "I'm just so glad you're back, Raven," he said. "I've missed you so much. Things have been terrible without you."
"I'm truly sorry," Raven said, looking back at him. "I won't run away again, I swear it to you. But you understand why I had to?"
"Thank you," Raven said. "I know I can't make it up to you, the time I've been gone, but I'll try. I want you to be happy."
"I want you to be happy, too, Rae," said Beast Boy.
"I know," Raven said. "But the thing is . . . there is one thing I have to do, Beast Boy. And I'm so sorry to say you won't like it. Not one bit."
"What is it?" BB asked, growing worried.
"If I tell you . . . " Raven said, looking away. "Do you promise not to hate me?"
"I could never hate you," BB said, placing his hand on her shoulder. "Never ever."
Raven nodded. She took a breath and then said: "Beast Boy . . . we can't be together."
The words struck Beast Boy like an arrow through the heart. He still loved Raven . . . more than he could describe. But now she was telling him that they couldn't be together.
"Why?" asked Beast Boy.
"Because of what I've just told you," Raven said. "I have so many issues in my life . . . so much pain . . . I don't want you to have to deal with that. I don't want you to be hurt as well. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life, Beast Boy, but . . . it would just hurt too much to love you."
There was silence. After a while, Beast Boy nodded. "I . . . I understand," he said. His lip quivered a bit. "It's just . . . I don't think I can stop loving you. Not yet. I love you so much, Raven."
"I know," Raven said, her eyes closing.
:Can . . . can we still be best friends?" Beast Boy asked, hoping the answer was 'yes.'
Raven looked at him. "Of course," she said, a single tear falling from her eye. "Forever. Until the end."
Beast Boy nodded.
"I'm sorry I can't be more for you," Raven said, regretful.
"It's okay," Beast Boy said, smiling gently. "It's all you have to give."
And with that, Beast Boy walked up to her and embraced her once more. She hugged him right back, leaning her head against his shoulder and holding him tight, with all her heart.
"I'm sorry," she said one last time.
"It's okay, Raven," Beast Boy said softly, smiling. "I'm just glad you're back."
Dedication: To Raven S.
My Best Friend . . . Forever
Thank you for coming back
A/N: Still based on a true story. This is the end of "Missing." I'm just glad that, like most stories in life, this one too, had a happy ending.