AN: Nope, no ownership yet… deal with it
Raven never wanted to leave home again. She never felt as comfortable as she did when she was in the tower. It was where she was meant to be. And she never wanted to leave this life again. She was meant to save lives, to be a hero, to be a Titan. Evidently, she was also meant to be a cook. That was probably one of the very few things she was thankful for from her grandmother.
She hadn't really spoken to them since that day. They had attempted to speak over the phone, but every conversation ended with her grandparents trying to manipulate her into coming back. She wasn't going to be fooled so easily this time. And whenever she began to feel guilty or sad for them, Beast Boy would intervene and stop her before she let them take over.
The one person she did patch things up with was Paul. She explained to him that she was very sorry, but she couldn't in good conscience marry him if she didn't love him. And, after a little while of talking, Paul did understand and he wished her happiness with Beast Boy. She wished the same for him and they parted ways, or hung up the phone.
It took a while, but slowly she was getting used to her old life, again. She was sick of leaving it and she promised herself that this time she was home to stay. Nothing could force her to leave.
"Beast Boy, it's not done yet!" Raven yelled and pushed him out of the kitchen. She was back to wearing her white uniform, which she had missed terribly. She now only wore normal clothes when she went out with Beast Boy or to bed.
"But it smells so good," he whined as he was forced out.
"It is not done cooking so please leave it alone," said Starfire, who was taking a cooking lesson from Raven.
"Why does it take so long for things to cook?" he grumbled as he left the kitchen area.
"It only takes a long time if you do it right," said Raven. "Now go play your video games or something."
"Yes mother," said Beast Boy, rolling his eyes and going over to the couch, where Robin and Cyborg were already playing against each other in a video game.
"Raven, do I now add the glorg?" asked Starfire.
"For the last time, Starfire, glorg is not needed in this recipe," Raven sighed. "Or any recipe for that matter. Just keep mashing those potatoes. Just don't break the bowl this time."
"I shall do my best," said Starfire with a smile as she worked on the potatoes.
Meanwhile, Beast Boy was waiting his turn to use one of the controllers. Cyborg and Robin weren't planning on losing anytime soon to give him one, either.
"Man, I can't believe you've used up all of your Raven Cooking Coupons already," said Cyborg.
"Well, I couldn't help it," said Beast Boy as he stretched out. "I love her cooking that much! Besides, she's my girlfriend and if I want her to cook for me all I have to do is ask nicely."
"I still can't believe you and Raven are a couple," said Cyborg, shaking his head.
"Yeah, that came out of nowhere," said Robin.
"Oh would you guys get over it already!" Beast Boy laughed. "We've been together for two months now."
"It's still weird," said Cyborg.
"Yes, we did not know that you had the feelings for each other until the wedding," said Starfire.
"Well, we did our best to hide our feelings from you as well as each other," said Raven as she set the table.
"Raven, have I done a good job?" asked Starfire as she showed Raven the mashed potatoes.
"Yes, they look fine," said Raven with a smile, even if they did look a little too well mashed. "Bring the bowl out to the table."
"Are we eating now?" asked Beast Boy excitedly.
"No, not yet," Raven sighed.
"Raven, I believe your rolls of bread are done," said Starfire, looking in the oven.
"I'll get them," said Raven, reaching into the oven and pulling out the tray. She then put all the rolls in a basket and handed it to Starfire. "Here, put these out as well."
"Are we eating now?" asked Beast Boy.
"No," said Raven, glaring at him. "Not yet."
"Man, Raven, you sure are patient," Cyborg laughed.
"I'm doing my best," said Raven as she took a large tray of chicken thighs and breasts out of the oven. "You'd be surprised how patient you learn to be after going to church for a while."
"Are you still going to church?" asked Robin.
"Yes, I just go to a very early mass so you guys don't miss me," said Raven. "I've found that church is very fulfilling and it helps me feel better about myself. Now that I'm pure I don't want to think about anything evil."
"But isn't that what they talk about in church?" asked Cyborg.
"No, they tell us how to prevent ourselves from going to Hell," Raven laughed. "Anyway, I'm actually glad I joined. If you want dinner then come sit down."
Raven barely had a chance to finish her sentence before Beast Boy was in his seat, ready to eat. She rolled her eyes and went back into the kitchen. The two girls began to bring the rest of the marvelously good smelling foods out to the table.
"Tofu, tofu, tofu!" Beast Boy said excitedly as he waited for Raven to bring his tofu chicken out.
"You know, Beast Boy, you're starting to get a tummy," said Raven as she set the plate of tofu in front of him.
"I am not!" said Beast Boy, looking down at his stomach. It wasn't exactly a tummy, but it wasn't as ripped as it had been. "Okay, I'm getting a little squishy, it's not that bad."
"Your suits starting to stretch," said Raven, sitting down with everyone else.
"It is not!" said Beast Boy, growing upset as everyone at the table began to snicker.
Raven always enjoyed watching her friends eat. Once they began it grew very quiet and all that could be heard was chewing. Raven never felt very proud of herself for her talents, but cooking she was allowed to. And she was tutoring each of the Titans, so that she wouldn't have to cook every night.
"Hey, Raven, can you believe you came back just a year ago?" asked Cyborg after he swallowed.
"No, I can't," said Raven.
"Has it really been a year?" asked Robin.
"Yeah," said Beast Boy. "It'll be an exact year on Friday."
"You remember the precise date?" asked Starfire.
"Well, yeah," said Beast Boy. "I mean, it was a special day."
Raven let a small smile grace her face. She found him to be very cute sometimes. They may have been together for two months but they were still a little shy around each other sometimes, as are all new relationships. They just didn't want to do the wrong thing and ruin what they had. That was their biggest fear.
But, they went together better than anyone could have thought. Not that anyone had ever pictured them together in the first place. It had taken a very long time for the other three Titans to accept that they were together and that they loved each other. Like they had said, it came out of nowhere for them.
After dinner Raven and Starfire made the boys do the dishes so they could relax for a little while. That was the only catch to Ravens meals; she wasn't going to do the dishes. Plus, she liked to listen to the men grumble about washing the dishes. Even with the dishwasher they needed to do a bunch by hand.
While the men were busy with the dishes Raven decided to go up to the roof to watch the sunset and the stars come out. She knew she wouldn't be there alone for long, but she would at least have a few minutes alone. So she made her way up to roof.
It was a little cool out, but it was still warm. She crossed her legs and levitated into the air. A soft wind blew past and made her cloak bellow. She smiled softly and let the warm dying light warm her and soak into her pale skin. She had missed doing this for so long, she made sure she to make a trip up to the roof every night. She looked up and saw the stars just revealing themselves.
"Now, how did I know you'd be up here?" she heard a familiar voice chuckle behind her.
"I'm only here every night," she smirked. "If you hadn't caught on by now I'd be worried."
Beast Boy laughed and went over to her. He came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her. Raven touched down, so that they could stand together. This was something they always loved to do; watch the sunset together. They both smiled and soaked in the moment.
"Raven?" he asked.
"Hmm?" she answered.
"I love you," he said, kissing her cheek.
She smiled and hugged his arms closer to her. Then she thought for a moment and asked, "Why did it take you so long to tell me that?"
Beast Boy went quiet for a second then shrugged. "I don't know," he said. "I guess I was afraid."
"Afraid of what?" she asked.
"Afraid that you didn't feel the same way about me," said Beast Boy. "Afraid that if I told you that I loved you you would tell your grandparents and they would keep me from seeing you. Just a number of reasons."
"Beast Boy," she said turning around so they could be face to face, "you know that I feel emotions. I knew the whole time how you felt about me. If I hadn't liked it, I would have told you. I would have said that I didn't feel that way about you and that you needed to get over me."
"Yeah, I guess you would have," said Beast Boy, smiling softly. "Boy, do I wish I had figured that out sooner."
"You're telling me," said Raven, smirking. "You sure cut it close."
"Yeah, I know," he said, rolling his eyes. "And you're never gonna let me live that down, are you?"
"Not until you do something else I can hold over you," she said with a smile and kissed him. He kissed her back and held her close to him.
"The truth is, for a while I wasn't sure what I was feeling for you," said Beast Boy. "It was so weird, you know at first, to have these feelings for you. Especially after not seeing you for five years. And then, when you started spending more and more time in Gotham I realized that I didn't want you to be away anymore. But, even then, I still couldn't figure out why. I'm sorry it took me so long."
"It took me a while to figure out my feelings for you as well," said Raven. "And, like I said a year ago, if you just take the time, you can see things you'd usually overlook."
"Well, I'm never gonna over look you again," he said kissing her. "Now, come on, you have to serve dessert." He took her by the hand and began leading her inside.
"Dessert?" whined Raven. "Why can't you just have cookies?"
"Unless you've made them, no way," said Beast Boy. "This was my last coupon and it said a full meal and that includes dessert."
"Alright, if you want to became a green pudge ball, then I'll make you dessert," Raven sighed as they made their way down from the roof.
"Oh, yeah, that's right," he said, looking down at his stomach. "Okay, maybe you can just make me something that's not really fattening."
"I don't think I know how," Raven laughed. "Unless you want some jell-o."
"No, I want something with substance!" said Beast Boy. "Okay, make something full of butter and fat and sugar and I'll go on a diet tomorrow."
"Great, now I have to learn to cook healthier," Raven sighed.
"Hey, just think of it as a way to expand your cooking knowledge," said Beast Boy, wrapping an arm around her.
"Oh joy," said Raven, rolling her eyes sarcastically. But she couldn't help smiling at him. She got a little closer to him and he held her tighter as they walked. She knew for sure that this was where she was meant to be. This was who she was meant to be with.
(AND NO FLAMES)