Breaking Point.

I'm sorry. I thought to myself "I won't start another story until I finish at least one of my in-progress ones. Unfortunately, my brain doesn't work like that, and this particular plot bunny has been gnawing at my grey matter for at least a week, distracting me from my other works. So, as a form of release more than anything else, here it is. I hope I can finish some of my other stories now.

N.B. This has nothing to do with my ongoing series. It's an entirely different continuity. There may be a sequel, depending on how well it's received.


Prologue: Snap.

"I quit."

The words hung heavy in the air, drawing all the tension and anger into them like a black hole.

"Beast Boy, wha-"

"You heard me, Robin." Beast Boy's voice spat venom, and he span on his heel, turning to face his leader. "I've had enough." He handed Robin his communicator. Robin didn't raise his hand, so Beast Boy dropped it at his erstwhile commander's feet.

"Don't be an idiot, Beast Boy." Raven sounded almost tired, as if she was treating this as little more than one of his strange schemes. Beast Boy was almost shocked to find that he didn't care. Not anymore. So, when he once would have loudly protested at this comment, he simply turned and walked towards the door.

He found his way impeded by Starfire, her eyes glowing. "No! I cannot allow this!"

Beast Boy sighed, his anger depleted, but his resolve no less firm. "Star, please. You have to respect my decision here."

"But…but…" Starfire looked like she was about to break down in tears.

"Star…" Beast Boy placed his hand on her shoulder. "I'm sorry it's come to this, but it has. I promise I'll call or something whenever I get wherever I'm going."

Starfire nodded, snuffling, and enveloped Beast Boy in a brief hug. "Be safe."

"B…you can't be serious, man!"

Beast Boy grinned, but didn't turn around. "First time for everything, Cy."

"But…the team…" Robin found his voice again at last.

"The team will be fine. It's not like there are actually many villains left to fight. It's just Slade and Dr. Light left, and Slade's been quiet for over two years now. Besides, the City's been asking us to make some cutbacks."

"Look, Beast Boy, I said I'm sorry. I was wrong, I shoulda listened to you, but-"

Beast Boy shook his head. "That's not why I'm leaving. That's just added motivation." If anyone noticed how he was staring at Raven when he was speaking, they didn't mention it.

If he was waiting for the pale girl to speak, he was disappointed. After a few seconds, he turned to the door.

"So long, guys. It's been a blast."

The silence lasted until the green albatross had disappeared over the horizon, flying east.