Beast Boy walked around his old room, a free man. Once Raven had her voice again she was quick to tell the Titans what Beast Boy had been trying to tell them. She told them the entire story, the true story. And Cyborg was there to back them up as well. They even managed to get Adrienne to proudly confess to a few of her crimes. Ever so slowly one after another, the Titans began to believe their story.
Of course, Robin had been the hardest to convince. It was Cyborg's testimony that made him rethink and consider the tale Raven and Beast Boy were telling. He knew that Cyborg had been just as angry and bitter towards Beast Boy as he was, and if he truly believed Beast Boy, then perhaps this had all been an act put on by Adrienne. Starfire had longed wished for there to be an answer like this and quickly repented for all of the horrible things she'd said about Beast Boy.
Once the air was cleared at last they got back down to business. Adrienne was apprehended again and this time they neutralized her powers so that she couldn't escape again. Cyborg quickly rigged up a second one and donated it to the Arkham Asylum. There was no way she was going to get out again.
Beast Boy's sentence was lifted and every Titan gave him an apology. But Beast Boy still didn't feel right about getting away with everything he'd done.
"Man, you didn't have a choice but to do what Adrienne told ya," said Cyborg.
"Why do you wish to be punished?" asked Starfire.
"Because I still feel guilty for it all," said Beast Boy. "I caused damage, I hurt my fellow Titans, I scared the public, I stole things; it just doesn't feel right that I should get away with it."
"But you did more than just commit crimes," said Raven. "You saved our lives, you saved the world from Trigon, and you saved my voice. I believe that more than cancels your crimes out."
"Still, I would just feel better if I got some kind of punishment," said Beast Boy.
"Alright, if that's the way you want it," said Robin.
"It is," said Beast Boy.
"Then you're doing all of our chores for two months," said Robin.
"Okay," said Beast Boy, nodding.
"After this month," Robin added.
"What?" asked Beast Boy, confused.
"Well, you deserve a break," said Robin. "I think we all do. Not to mention I think you and Raven should finally have some time together. So your punishment begins next month. Agreed?"
"Uh, yeah, sure," said Beast Boy with a small smile. Robin had certainly changed his tune.
"Oh, and one more thing," said Robin. "You have to teach me all of those martial arts moves you learned. There's no way in Hell I'm going to let you be a better fighter than me."
Beast Boy smiled and said, "Deal."
That was a few minutes ago. Now he stood in his room, a place he hadn't been in for three years. Oddly, it didn't smell as bad as he thought it would. It was still as messy as ever, though. He picked up one of his old uniforms and actually began to laugh. It was so small! He couldn't believe he was ever that size. He had planned on getting out of the uniform Adrienne made him wear and putting on an old one, but it was clear that wasn't going to happen.
He left his room and went to find Raven. Ever since he'd been accepted back on the team he and Raven had been inseparable. It was clear to anyone who saw them that they were deeply in love, not to mention relieved to finally be together after years of separation. He was never going to leave her side again.
He came to her room and pressed his ear to the door. He could hear someone singing softly to themselves. He smiled and slid her door open. He looked inside and saw her standing in front of her window. Upon hearing the door open she turned towards it, a bit startled. She smiled when she saw Beast Boy and blushed a little.
"Oh, hello," she said, looking back to the window.
"Hey," he said, smiling and closing her door. "I could have sworn I just heard the most beautiful voice in the world singing.
Raven blushed a bit more. "I… I was just trying it out," she said, clearly embarrassed. "I didn't think I was being that loud."
"No, you weren't," said Beast Boy, walking over to her. "But I got super animal hearing, remember? You couldn't hide your singing from me if you tried."
He got behind her and wrapped his arms around her affectionately. Raven sighed and closed her eyes. She loved the feel of his arms around her. She felt protected, she felt loved. She leaned back into him and he nuzzled his face into the crook of her neck, giving her soft kisses.
"I can't believe it's really over," said Raven, savoring his touch and shivering from the heat of his breath on her skin.
"I know," said Beast Boy. "I felt like we'd never be together again. I was scared that I'd do something wrong and Adrienne would kill you."
"I think, as long as she's alive, I'll always be afraid that she'll escape and come after us," said Raven, voicing her fears.
"Even if she did escape, I'd never let her hurt you," said Beast Boy, holding her a little stronger. "I'll always be here to protect you, don't ever forget that. Besides, you're the most powerful being in existence. I doubt she could do anything to harm us."
Raven smiled and nodded in agreement. Her body had finally gotten used to her new powers and abilities. Now she was stronger than ever and, most likely, as Beast Boy said, the most powerful being in existence. But, still, the thought of Adrienne only being three thousand miles away scared her.
"So, when are you gonna sing for us?" asked Beast Boy.
"What?" said Raven.
"Well, you got the best voice ever, you better use it," said Beast Boy. "I'm sure we'd all like to hear you sing a song or two."
"I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with that," said Raven, growing a little sad.
"Why not?" asked Beast Boy.
"Because I don't want it to be taken away from me again," said Raven. "The last time I had this voice I sang all of the time and showed it off. And it was stripped away from me because of that. I'm afraid that if I do begin to sing once more, something else will come and take it away. I don't want to lose my voice again."
"You're not gonna," said Beast Boy, softly turning her so they were facing each other. "Rae, you got a gift there. It would be wrong of you to keep it to yourself and not share it with us. And I already told you that I'm going to protect you, so don't be afraid of using it."
"Well… I suppose it would be selfish of me to keep it to myself," said Raven, thinking a little bit. "But what if someone hears it and gets jealous of me? I can feel emotions, Beast Boy. I hate feeling jealousy or hurt coming from other people."
"Then just sing for me," said Beast Boy, resting his forehead against hers. "I wouldn't feel anything other than happiness and love. Can you stand feeling those emotions coming off of me?"
Raven smiled and slightly blushed. "I suppose I could stand that," she said.
Beast Boy smiled back and gave her a soft kiss on the lips then hugged her close to him. "I love you so much, Rae," he said softly.
"I love you too," said Raven.
The stayed in their embrace for what seemed forever, and yet it wasn't long enough. Eternity wouldn't even seem long enough. And eventually the two were broken apart when they heard someone knocking on Ravens door.
"Raven? Is friend Beast Boy with you?" asked Starfire.
"Yes he is," said Raven, a little embarrassed and a little proud.
"We are in need of your presence in the living room," said Starfire.
"We'll be right there," said Beast Boy. He gave her another kiss and with that they separated, linked hands, and exited the room.
The two walked down the hallway very close, arm entwined within the others. Raven leaned her head against Beast Boy as they walked and he leaned his on hers. Life couldn't have been better right now.
The common room doors opened and the two walked in. The other three Titans were there, waiting, each with a smile on their face. The two smiled back and made their way over to them.
"Hey guys, what's up?" asked Beast Boy.
"Well, we have somethin for you," said Cyborg.
"What?" asked Beast Boy.
The four exchanged glances and then Robin held his hand out. In it was a brand new communicator.
"Welcome back to the team, Beast Boy," said Robin.
"Awe, dude!" said Beast Boy, gladly taking the communicator. "You guys have no idea how hard it was for me to break your communicators. I love these little guys." He embraced the communicator and smiled. Finally, all was well again. "Thanks."
"We're glad to have you back," said Robin, putting a hand on his shoulder.
"Oh yes, we are most glad!" said Starfire, hugging him.
"Finally, the whole team's together once more," said Cyborg, smiling.
"And hopefully we'll never have to be apart again," said Raven.
"Well, I'm not going anywhere," said Beast Boy, smiling. "I don't think I could bear to leave the team again."
"Yeah, speaking of that," said Robin, exchanging a sly look to his fellow teammates.
"You left the Titans," said Cyborg, smiling just as Robin was.
"And you know what that means," said Robin. He took out a hot pink wig and Cyborg took out a pink tutu.
"You gotta be initiated all over again," said Cyborg with a wicked grin.
Beast Boy felt the blood rush from his face and he broke out into a cold sweat. "Oh, uh, come on guys," he sputtered. "Haven't we grown out of that? I mean, how old are we now? We don't need to…"
"Oh, but we do," said Robin, smiling evilly. "You did it to me when I left the Titans to work for Slade."
"Yeah, but…" started Beast Boy.
"And ya did it to me when I went to the H.I.V.E. Academy," said Cyborg.
Beast Boy felt scared and he turned to his girlfriend. "Raven, you gotta help me!" he pleaded.
Raven gave him a soft smile and gave him a kiss. "I love you," she said. "But, you signed the same contract as the rest of us." And with that she held up a rubber chicken. "You join the team; we get to initiate you in."
"But… but…" he said, shocked.
"Starfire?" said Robin.
"Yes?" she answered.
"Hold him down," said Robin.
And with that Starfire pounced and held Beast Boy down. "No!" he screamed, pleading for help. Robin and Cyborg quickly jumped in and began the initiation. Beast Boy screamed and continued to ask for them to stop. He called for help from Raven, who just stood there with a small smile on her face.
"Raven?" said Cyborg. "Hand me the chicken, will you?"
Later that evening Beast Boy sat in the bathroom with a pout on his face. Raven was currently trying to wash all of the marker off of her boyfriend's body. The initiation had been a success and now Beast Boy was officially a Titan again.
"Oh, don't be such a baby," said Raven.
"I can't believe you let them do that to me," he said, his arms crossed.
"You know very well that if it had been me you would've had no objections," said Raven. "But, it's over now and you're on the team again. Doesn't that make you happy?"
"A little, I guess," said Beast Boy, shrugging.
Raven sighed and thought for a moment. "Well, maybe this will make you feel better," she said.
Beast Boy suddenly heard the most beautiful humming he'd ever heard echoing through the bathroom. The melody was one he'd never heard, and yet it was as if he'd known it his whole life. Her voice was clear and beautiful and rung through the room like sweet bells. He closed his eyes and let the music fill him. He smiled gently, for now he knew why they called her the Angel of Azarath.
(AND NO FLAMES!)