Switched: Season One, Episode Seven
Raven (in Starfire's body): Starfire! You have to calm down. My powers are driven by emotion. The more you feel, the more energy you unleash.
Starfire (in Raven's body): But what if they find us? What if our friends are doomed? (as a big sweat drop rolls down Raven's head) What if I am stuck looking like this forever?
(Starfire's head spins on her neck several times-think The Exorcist.)
Raven: We'll fix it. I don't know how, but we will rescue the boys and we will get our bodies back. (Pause.) What's wrong with the way I look?
Starfire: (hastily) Nothing.
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"I need to meditate, Starfire, and I'm not ready for another trip to the mall."
"I very much enjoyed the mall of shopping yesterday, friend Raven, but wish to discuss something else. When we did the switching of the powers-"
"When we fought the Puppet King."
"Yes. Why are you so saddened to speak of it? We were victorious."
"I don't think I can talk about that, Starfire. Not now."
"I should have apologized days ago. In looking back, I believe I made comments that were very insensitive. I was very angry that our friends were in danger, and frightened to not know how to help them. I unfairly took out my frustrations upon you."
"I can't talk about that yet, Starfire."
"Please, you have been quieter than is your norm over the past days. Must you keep all to yourself?"
"I'm not ready. I still remember what it's like, to— Dwelling on it will accomplish nothing. You saw what happened when I lost control with Dr. Light."
"Yes. Friends Cyborg and Beast Boy spoke to you for some time afterward."
"They accidentally found a portal into my mind. It was dangerous, but they stayed to help me. I didn't ask them to come."
"You need not seem so surprised. You know that any of us would stay to help you in times of danger."
"It's hard for me to understand that, Starfire."
"It is hard for me to understand you, when you will not speak to me except when we must."
"I don't know if I'll ever be able to talk about your powers, or how it felt to have them. I can't feel that way again."
"We both can fly, friend Raven. The stretch of air above the Tower is free of anything that would break. If you were to lose control, I would catch you."
"Please, Raven, we could try—"
"You saw what happened to Dr. Light. That was after just a small loss in control. I can't let that happen again. I won't."
"I apologize for upsetting you, friend Raven, but cannot let you believe that what I said still is correct. Your ways of power frightened me, and our friends were in danger. I did not think of what I would say. I should never have insulted your appearance, and it was most rude of me to say anything of that sort."
"You don't have to apologize, Starfire."
"I have, of my own free will. Will you believe me when I say those words were nothing you should take to heart? It was bad of me to speak without thinking."
"I do not wish to injure your feelings, especially when you are allowed so few of them."
Silence, but this one is shorter.
"Then I accept your apology, Starfire."
Starfire didn't understand why the others said that Raven's emotions were impossible to read. They were very quiet, but that made it all the more obvious when Raven felt something strong. Starfire knew she saw hints of surprised pleasure, and she smiled in response. "In truth, I have no desire to venture to the mall of shopping today. May I meditate with you?"
There was silence again, but this one came with all the hints of a broader smile. The skin at the corners of the eyes shifted slightly, there was motion in the cheeks, and the corners of Raven's mouth nearly moved. That meant that she was happy, and the small nod that followed meant that Raven had agreed.
Starfire didn't like meditating very much, but Raven would do anything for them and ask nothing in return. The least Starfire could do was make sure that Raven didn't pass all of her time alone.