Trip to Hawaii

"Azarath Metrion ZINTHOS!" And with that, the girls were back in the mirror. "Alright," said Raven." While I'm talking to Love, you can hang out with Happy. Just PLEASE remember to stay away from Rage." Starfire put on her good natured smile and held up her hand. "You have my word as a Tamaranian!" she exclaimed. "Shall I recite an oath of sorts to seal my promise?" Raven just raised an eyebrow. "A simple 'okay' would be good, Starfire," she said. The naïve alien just blushed, smiled, and nodded. Just as they started to search for Love, they noticed a familiar colored figure running towards them. Once Stafire noticed who it was, she squealed with Joy. "Friend Happy Raven! It is so good to see you once again!" Happy ran up to Starfire and gave her a big hug. "Hi Star! Did ya miss me?" Starfire nodded and returned a quite painful hug to pink-clad emotion. "Oh yes, my dear friend! I had so much fun last time I was here and was so eager to return to have some more fun with you!" Happy could only struggle as she was being crushed by Starfire's hug. "Star….I can't…breathe!" Star immediately let her friend go. "So sorry, Friend," she said while blushing. "I always seem to forget that my hugging can lead to the crushing of one's bones."

Raven only stood by as she watched the interaction going on between her emotion and her alien friend. "Okay, while you two go off and do….something, I need to go have a word with Love. Happy, don't' do anything that will get the two of you in trouble, okay?" Happy only smiled and nodded at Raven. "Don't worry, we'll stay well out of trouble." Raven knew better than to just leave it at that with her fun-loving counterpart. "You swear to that?" she asked. "Will you stop worrying?" Happy replied. Raven walked up to her and gave her a stern look, as if to ask her question again. "Alright, alright, I swear! Just go take care of your business, we'll behave." And with that, Raven started her search for Love. After she left, Happy grabbed Starfire's hand. "Come on, Star. Let's go play tag with Rage!" Star was hesitant. "I am not so sure that would be a good idea, friend. I told friend Raven that we would not go near Rage, and that we would leave her alone." Happy just started running with Starfire in tow. "You've gotta learn never to take Raven seriously. I never do. Now let's go!"

As Raven searched for Love, her mind kept going back to the moment she shared with Beast Boy at the hospital. It was at that moment that Raven truly realized just how important Beast Boy was to her. How much she truly did love him. Before, even after talking with Love the first time and admitting it to herself, she still wasn't entirely sure of how she felt about him. It could have been a simple crush for all she knew. After saving him from near death, however, she no longer felt unsure of her own feelings. However, she still remained unsure of his feelings about her. "I still have no idea whether he loves me or not," she thought to herself. "I've been so mean to him for so long, why would he?" Her thoughts came to a halt when she finally stumbled upon Love's domain. What Raven saw made her jaw drop. "No. Way." Beast Boy was everywhere. He was there as statues, as portraits and pictures, as topiary…you name it. There were even green lawn flamingos in the grass. Raven shook her head in disbelief. "Okay, even for an emotion called Love, THIS is too much." "Oh, who are you kidding?" asked a sultry voice. Raven turned around to see exactly who she was looking for.

"Speak of the devil," she said. "What the heck did you do around here?" "Ya like it?" asked Love, as she was adjusting a hanging picture. "Just thought I'd add to the décor around here. Didn't have enough Beast Boy before." She took a moment to look around, tickling her chin while pondering in the process. "In fact, I still don't think there's enough Beast Boy." Raven just smacked her forehead before replying, "Are you kidding me?! This is borderline obsessive stalker!" Love only giggled and shook her head. "I'd like to think of it more as just a girl who's madly in love with a funny, cute, pointy-eared, and VERY handsome changeling," she said, with a love-struck look in her eyes. "Oh!" she continued. "And let's not forget the single fang, rawr." "Okay," said Raven. "First of all, don't ever do that again. Second, I needed to talk to you again. Are you listening to me?" Of course, Love wasn't listening. She could only just keep looking at a picture of Beast Boy and sigh. "He looks certainly good in green, doesn't he?" she asked. "Will you listen?!" snapped Raven. "This is important."

"Okay, okay," said Love. "What's up? Is it about Beast Boy?" Raven raised an eyebrow. "Gee, how did you guess that?" she remarked. "Oh, just shut up and start talking," said Love. Raven took a deep breath, and with that, she began to speak. "Okay. Well, yes, this is about Beast Boy. It's no secret. I'm in love with him. There's something still troubling me though." "And what's that?" asked Love. Raven sighed before replying, "I still don't know if he feels the same way. It honestly wouldn't surprise me if he didn't. Who could love someone like me?" The next thing Raven knew, a stiff hand had smacked her right on the head. "OW! WHAT WAS THAT FOR?!" Love shook her head as she responded. "You are quite possibly the dumbest person ever to think that! Don't you see how nice he is to you?!" After a few seconds of rubbing her head, Raven replied back. "Yes, that doesn't mean he's in love with me. Especially because I'm never nice back to him. Now tell me, if someone treated you the way I treated him for trying to be nice, would you be in love with that person?" "Well," Love continued. "Maybe if I realized he's just putting up a wall the majority of the time. Just like what you're doing. You're putting up a wall. And I think he realizes that." "Of course he realizes that," said Raven. "All of my friends know I put up a wall, and they all know why, so I don't let my emotions get carried away and hurt them." Love just shook her head. "I'm not talking about that," she said. "I'm talking about your heart. I think he realizes you've put up a wall around your heart, and it's not just because of your powers. And I think you know that."

Raven was about to respond, but Love's words had stopped her. As much as she hated to admit it, she had walled up her heart, and it wasn't just because she was afraid of her powers acting up. Ever since Malchior had broken her heart, she had only opened her heart to friendships and kept it closed to anything more. She had been afraid of being hurt again. "You know he wouldn't hurt you like that, right?" asked Love. Raven stared at the ground for a bit. She knew deep down that Love was right. Beast Boy may have been an annoying pain at times, but he would be the last person to ever break a girl's heart the way Malchior did. "What should I do then?" asked Raven. "Even if I break down that wall and open my heart to him, I can still hurt him. I want to love him…I really do, but…I don't want to hurt him. I couldn't live with myself if I do." All Raven could do was run through her mind what could happen to Beast Boy. She could wind up seriously injuring him…..or worse. The thought had become too much for Raven, as she had suddenly fallen to her knees and broke down crying.

Love could only watch as Raven cried in front of her. "Wow. You really are worried about this, aren't you?" she asked. Raven took a moment to look up at Love, eyes still full of tears that found their way down her cheeks. "Jeez," continued Love. "You look even sadder than Timid." Raven just glared. "You're not helping," she said. "Okay, sorry," said Love. "Look, you really need to stop worrying so much and just let go. I know it's tough for you, but trust me when I say that everything will be okay. Don't ask me how I know that, just trust me on it." Raven looked back up at Love, seeing a reassuring smile on the emotion's face. She was somewhat amazed at how confident she seemed to be that Raven can actually let go and have a loving relationship with Beast Boy. It made her somewhat hopeful that she could pull it off, but only somewhat. Even so, Raven wiped the last tear from her eye and stood up. What happened next shocked even Love. Raven walked over and pulled her into a tight hug. "Thank you," was all she said. "I don't know what's going to happen, and it's not going to be an easy for me, but I'm willing to try." Love smiled and hugged Raven back. "Now THAT is what I wanted to hear." Raven and Love continued their hug for a few seconds before letting each other go. "I guess I better go then," said Raven. "Thank you again, Love. I needed this talk." Love winked and gave her a thumbs up. "Now get outta here," said Love, with a smile. "You've got a handsome young green bean to get, and I've got another picture of him to hang up." Raven rolled her eyes. "How many more of those pictures do you have of him?" she asked. Love just giggled and replied, "That's for me to know." With that, she went back to working on her BB décor. Raven turned around and started heading away from Love's domain and in search of Starfire. She made it over to where she last left them, but they were nowhere to be found. Raven facepalmed, knowing full well where the both of them were. She suddenly heard Rage screaming like a banshee, followed by the sound of Happy laughing. "Come on, just play one game of hide-and-seek with us!" Raven heard Happy say. Raven let out an exasperated sigh, as she could only say, "Not again."

Hey peeps! Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooo sorry I've been gone for so long, but I've finally done it! I've finally given this story a real updated chapter! I only hope that everybody is still reading this. And if you're not, then I completely understand. And if you are still, I'm so grateful, you don't even know, and I truly appreciate all your patience. And holy crap, did I have a lot to say in this chapter. I just hope it's all good. It's been a while, but I tried my best to keep everything and everyone as consistent and in character with the story as possible. Let me know what you guys think! Thanks again! :D