And here it is, the long-awaited final chapter to "Tearing Me Down". Personal thanks will be at the end, but I just want to say thanks in advance to everyone who's read and reviewed this story. It always means a lot to anyone when people notice their work, and I really appreciate all the input you guys have given. Thanks.
By the way, in case this story has given any of you the urge to listen to "The Wall", the top four songs I recommend are: "Comfortably Numb", "The Happiest Days of Our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2", "Hey You", and "Run like Hell". (the live version of "Run Like Hell" from the Delicate Sound of Thunder tour is AMAZING, by the way. You can find it on youtube and itunes)
Runners-up are "Nobody Home", "Young Lust", "Mother", "In the Flesh?", and "The Trial". ;)
Disclaimer: I own nothing. I do not own Teen Titans. All lyrics, songs, titles, and themes pertaining to "The Wall" are property of Roger Waters and Pink Floyd.
Chapter 26: Outside the Wall
One year later…
"Hey Raven!" Beast Boy called cheerfully as he entered Raven's room. Said mage was leaning over her desk, scribbling on a sheet of paper. Without wasting a moment, he walked up and placed a quick kiss on her cheek from behind.
All alone, or in two's,
The ones who really love you
Walk up and down outside the wall.
"Almost ready to go?" he asked eagerly, wrapping his arms around the shoulders of his now going-on-a-year girlfriend.
"In just a moment," she droned.
"Oh, I guess you could say I'm working on a journal of sorts," she said with a hint of pride in her voice, leaning back so Beast Boy could see it.
"I thought you already had a diary?" he asked curiously, leaning over to see what she was writing.
"I do. But it's been a while since I went through my little 'incident'. I thought maybe I should write about my experience before I let it fade away completely. Even though…I doubt I'd ever be able to forget some parts."
"Tearing Me Down," Beast Boy read out loud, quoting the title. "Cool title." Underneath it was a dark pencil drawing of a brick wall and a cobra coiled up in the very center at the base.
"Thanks. I was going to call it 'The Wall', but that sounded a little too plain," she said matter-of-factly.
"Well, I like it."
"Hey guys, you ready? We're growing cobwebs down here!" Cyborg's voice called.
"He's right, Rae. We'd better go," the changeling suggested.
Some hand in hand
And some gathered together in bands.
It had been a pretty rough week villain-wise, and they all needed some time to unwind and have fun. So Robin decided to give everyone the night off, and with the Carnival in town, what a better way to spend it?
"Yeah, let's go," she agreed.
"Alright! Let's blow this joint!" Beast Boy cheered. Smirking and closing up her journal, Raven followed him out of the room.
The bleeding hearts and artists
Make their stand.
If it wasn't for Beast Boy, Raven probably wouldn't have made it. She was scared, scratch that, terrified of opening herself up to others, even those she called her friends. Just as he had promised though, he had been with her every step of the way. He helped her to open herself up to others, to express her emotions, to try new things, and even to laugh more often. And he had done it all with an incredible amount of patience and devotion that amazed her.
It wasn't exactly fair of her to thank him alone, though. He was there for her to be sure, but in truth all four of the Titans had helped her through her hard time. They all devoted every fiber of their being to making sure she knew she wasn't left out, and that they cared about her. It was their support too that had guided her out of her darkness.
Once she had gotten over that first scary step, Raven devoted her time to fixing up her broken life. They had helped her, now it was time she gave back. She visited her mother for the first time since Trigon's return, and after a while managed to renew their damaged relationship.
She had apologized to Starfire and Robin for trying to come between their ever-growing relationship. She told Robin how her feelings were a mistake, and that she was only confused as to what she was feeling for him. They were both all-too eager to forgive her, and they both accepted her apology without question. There was a slight awkwardness for a time, as the memory of her jealousy was still fresh, but that quickly passed.
And when they've given you their all
Some stagger and fall,
And of course, she had apologized to Beast Boy and Cyborg, Beast Boy especially, for being so distant. She had never appreciated the changeling before for his companionship, and she was determined to fix that. In truth, from the very beginning she had loved his company, but was too blind to see it. Her little experience had shown her the light at last.
After a while, she eventually related to the team everything that had happened to her, even down to her hallucinations. Just the same, Beast Boy eventually admitted to Raven everything he had seen and done in Raven's mind after she had passed out that fateful day. Admittedly, she was jealous and a little angry when he admitted to kissing Love. However, knowing that Love was technically part of her, Raven knew she couldn't stay mad at him for long. She did, however, make him agree to let her know the next time it happened (which eventually it did).
After a while, she finally got back to spending time with the other Titans again. Instead of withdrawing from them, she cherished them. She acted like the friend she should have been. Even though she maintained a lot of her sullen "doom and gloom" attitude, she had stopped pushing others away. It wasn't too long before she was talking to them once again, even helping them out whenever one of them was going through a tough time. She had come a long way, and they couldn't have been more proud of her.
And through it all, Raven and Beast Boy grew closer than ever before. Many of his quirks, once thought annoying, now were charming (well, most of them anyway). And to him, the things that once made her creepy made her endearing.
After all it's not easy
Banging your heart against some mad bugger's wall.
"Mmm-mm! I love cotton candy!" Beast Boy said delightfully as he gobbled up the pink fluff ball.
"BB, slow down! That's the third one you've had! Plus that stuff is three bucks a pop, you know."
"But Cyyyyy, it's so good!" Beast Boy moaned, licking the last strands off the stick.
"It can also put a hole in those pretty fangs of yours if you're not careful," Raven reminded him.
Instead of frowning, Beast Boy gave her a playful wink as if to say "Yeah, I know."
"Hey guys, Starfire and I are going to the other side of the park if that's alright. She wants to ride the merry-go-round," Robin said.
"Aaaw, that's so cute!" Cyborg said, pretending to gush.
"Remember to pick out the pink unicorn, Starfire. That's his favorite," Beast Boy laughed.
"Very funny, guys," Robin said sourly. "See ya."
"Bye friends!" Starfire said cheerfully. She grabbed Robin's hand and practically dragged him away with her.
"You know, now that he mentions it, I think I'd like to try out the hammer over there," Cyborg said, eyeing the small attraction.
"You just want to do that because you know you'll beat the high score," Raven remarked, raising an eyebrow.
"Hey, nothing wrong with showing off your talents," Cyborg said, grinning. "Catch you later! You two lovebirds have fun, now!"
"Later Cy!" Beast Boy said cheerfully.
"Bye," Raven said, scowling.
A second or two passed before Beast Boy turned to the dark girl standing beside him.
"Soooo, what do you want to do next?" he said, wiggling his eyebrows in a cheeky manner.
Raven had to force the corners of her mouth from rising. "Well…how about the kiddy swings? They seem more your style."
"Very funny, Rae," he said smiling. "Actually, I was thinking of something more along the lines of…the Ferris wheel?"
Raven looked at him, slightly shocked. "The Ferris Wheel? Are you kidding?"
"Aw, what's wrong, Raven? You don't like Ferris wheels?" he said, wiggling his eybrows.
Raven grinned back and folded her arms. "No. It's just that knowing your attention span, I'm not sure you'd be able to sit through it."
"For you, I can sit through anything," he said, still wearing his Cheshire expression. "Come on, let's go! It'll be fun!"
Raven of course, knew the real reason he wanted to ride it. He just wanted an excuse to be pressed against her for a prolonged period of time. Then again, she couldn't say she minded.
"I can't believe I let you talk me into this," the empath droned as their seat started rising.
"Hey, I don't remember you putting up much of a fight," he reminded. "Besides, you'll like it. It'll be fun!"
The two sat silently for a while as the wheel took its pretty time turning. Eventually, the ride paused with the two Titans on the very top. It would be a few seconds before it started turning again, so they decided to enjoy the view while they could.
It really was a great sight. From where they were, they could see the rest of the city and even Titans' Tower.
"Wow," Raven said, looking at the landscape.
"Yeah. It's amazing," Beast Boy agreed, though his eyes were focused on something, rather someone, else.
There was a slight pause, as if they were a little unsure of what to say next.
"So um, you having fun?" Beast Boy asked.
Raven turned to him, wearing small, yet content smile on her face. "Yeah. I'm glad you talked me into this," she said, looking into his deep green eyes.
"Hey, my pleasure," he whispered.
Raven pursed her lips, bracing herself for what she was going to say next.
"Beast Boy, have I ever thanked you before? For everything you've done for me?" she asked, looking slightly nervous.
"Actually, you have," he said, grinning cheekily as ever.
Raven grinned back, her expression relaxing. "Well, I just felt like saying it again. Thank you, Beast Boy. I…I couldn't have done it without you. You really are the best friend a girl could ask for."
Beast Boy reached up with a gloved hand and brushed a strand of hair from her face. "Anything for you, Raven."
The empath reached up to grasp his hand, holding it to her face.
"You know what's funny?" he asked her, still looking straight into her violet eyes.
"What?" she asked curiously.
"For the longest time I couldn't make a relationship work, no matter how hard or how many times I tried. I thought maybe there was something wrong with me, that maybe I just still couldn't be in a relationship after Terra."
"But?" Raven asked, knowing that word was coming up.
"But I was wrong. The real reason I couldn't make them work was because my mind was on someone else the whole time. And that person was you."
Raven stared at him, eyes bursting with affection. "I love you, Gar."
"Love ya too, Babe."
The two leaned forward, their lips meeting in another tender kiss. For a moment, they forgot that they weren't alone, and didn't pull back.
Life after all was too short to hold back your emotions. It wasn't about keeping to yourself. Life was about making connections and sharing passions. It was about making and keeping friends. It was about basking in the love and care of others, while returning that love as much as you can. And of course, life was also about living it to its fullest. For you never know, if you try to separate yourself from the ones that love you because you feel it's best, you'll probably find out you'll end up hurting yourself more in the long run. And you just might lose them for good before you realize it's too late.
Love, meanwhile, was doing cartwheels inside Raven's head. Only when the wheel resumed rotating did they pull back. When the ride was finally over, the teen couple stepped off, surveying the park for something to do next.
"Hey Raven, over here!" Beast Boy said excitedly. He grabbed her hand and pulled her over to a nearby booth before she could stop himi.
"Beast Boy, let go! What is this?" she asked, looking at the place he had dragged her to.
"It's a target practice, Rae. You get three shots trying to knock the bottles down. Remember?"
"Yeah, I remember."
"I've been practicing! Just watch this!" he said excitedly.
Beast Boy paid the clerk and was handed three balls, while Raven folded her arms and watched in amusement as he mentally prepared himself. When his first two shots missed, he scowled in frustration.
"Hmm, might want to hold off on signing for the Yankees, BB," Raven prodded.
The green teen stuck his tongue out at her. "Hold on." He took a deep breath and focused on the bottles. Winding up, he threw his last ball, and surely enough, hit the stack straight on, knocking every single one over.
"Yes!" he said, throwing up his arms in victory. "As Cyborg says, BOO-YEAH!"
"Congratulations," she said sarcastically.
A second later, Beast Boy was handed a rather large plush animal in the shape of a giant, pink and purple fish. Grinning widely, he presented it to her like a prized victory trophy.
"For you, my dear," he said, kissing her on the cheek.
"Wow, a giant fish," she said, rolling her eyes but smiling all the same. "I must be the luckiest girl in the world."
And she really was.
WOO-HOO! It's finally finished! Even though I'm kind of sad to see this over, it's also kind of a relief to get it done with. Writing takes up a lot of time. So, how was it? Was the ending fluffy enough for you guys? To be honest, the actual album's ending is rather ambiguous, but I, being the sucker for happy endings, had to make it one.
But now, I'm sad to say that this also marks the end of my long fanfic writing "career". It's been fun guys, but it's time I stopped writing about other people's ideas and started writing my own. For those interested, I have an account on fictionpress (fanfiction's sister site) and will be posting stuff there eventually. HOWEVER, it probably won't be for another few months, as I'm going to take a break from writing and to gather some ideas.
Now, don't be sad! I'll still be around to read and review stories. If (and that's a big if) I do post more stories here, they'll most likely be one-shots or really short. It's a pity though, because I would have liked to write a sequel to "Far Away". At this point in my life however, I don't feel it's worth it. ;) Now, I do believe thanks are in order.
Special thanks go out to:
Ikasury – you know, I thought your lengthy reviews were annoying at first, I really did. But then I soon realized that I had grown to love them. Your thoughtful, analytical, and sometimes funny reviews always made me grin. I'm glad that you liked my story well enough to post such lengthy reviews in the first place. Thanks. And yes, I will stick around to review your stories. It's the least I can do to repay you. ;)
IGAF-kun – thanks for sticking with all my stories, even while serving! I was, and still am, really grateful you saw these stories out to there end. Well done.
Agent of the Divine One – just like above, thanks for sticking with "Far Away" and this story from start to finish. I admit it must have taken a lot of patience and a loooong attention span. Bravo.
Gun Toten Girly – you loved "Far Away", and I'm guessing you loved this story. Thanks for liking and reviewing both! You were extremely complimentary, and I admit it made me blush. Many thanks go out to you.
Rabula Tasa – you're an awesome writer, and you actually influenced parts of this story (as you should know already). Thanks a lot for reviewing this story! Rest assured, I will be back to review anything you post or update in the near future.
Wolvmbm – many thanks for your contributions, compliments, and of course, for reading the story to begin with. Also, thanks for encouraging me to continue this story; especially during those times I was getting lazy! Muchas gracias.
Nerd4eva – from one nerd to another, thanks for your reviews on this story. XD Long live nerdom! I appreciated and looked forward to your input, even if it was just to say "awesome job"! They made me grin. Thanks a lot. ;)
Raven of Alaska – your reviews were thoughtful, observant, and of course greatly appreciated. Thanks, and good luck with all your stories!
TG3RD – you haven't reviewed the last few chapters, but you stuck through "Far Away" and through most of this story. I liked hearing your input, pretty much no matter what you had to say. Thanks.
Menamebephil – same as above. Thanks a lot for your earlier reviews and compliments!
Storyreader16 – a couple of your reviews made my laugh (like the super-saiyan rage one), but rest assured they were all greatly valued. Thanks for your thoughts!
sinomin – I'm glad to see my story had you eager and guessing! I guess I was doing something right. :D My sincere thanks for your kind reviews.
Since these two reviewers don't have accounts, allow me to thank you here:
BBRaeFan - I know, I'm sad too! It's sad to think this will probably be the last fanfic I write (though also somewhat of a relief). I'm so glad you think so highly of my writing. Indeed, it would be great to someday make it to the published world of fiction. My deepest thanks for the well-wishes, and thanks for reading!
posinedangel - Thanks! I am both honored and a little humbled at your praise. I'm happy to please readers like you, and your compliments mean a lot to me. If I do write a sequel to "Far Away" or any fanfiction in general, I hope you are back to review them. Thanks for reading!
Let's see, I think that's everyone. My apologies if I missed anyone! For all those I didn't mention by name, many thanks to you, too! You all were a great help!
Well, I guess that's that. I think the thanks were longer than the chapter itself. So until next time guys, as I like to say, adios!