"Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Logan. Happy Birthday to you."
Logan looked at the candle formed like the number two. She clapped her hands and blew it out. Then the air started to vibrate with a baby's cry. Quickly followed by a second one. Bumblebee sighed, rose and went over to the cribs. She picked up her daughter Vanessa Beecher Stone, and gave her to her father. Then she picked up her son, Victor Stone jr, and sat down with him on the couch. Victor was the spitting image of his mother, Vanessa a healthy mix.
Logan turned from the two babies to her mother just as she was given cake. She smiled and put her entire hand around the frosted covered chocolate before placing it on her face. Raven sighed.
"One thing you get from your father, and that's his table manners."
Beast Boy looked up as Raven dried away some frosting around his mouth. Both Robin and Cyborg snickered, but were silenced by their significant other. Logan just smiled as her mother cleaned her face. Then she continued eating.
"Absolutely no manners at all."
Cyborg and Robin snickered again, and was again silenced, but this time not so hard.
Beast Boy looked at her for a moment, before grinning. He got to his feet, and before Raven could do anything had he swiped her of hers.
"How do you like this manner?"
Raven smiled and placed her arms around his neck, kissing him. Suddenly the alarm set of, and both party sighed as he put her down.
"Here, you take her."
Cyborg gave Vanessa to Raven, before they vanished, leaving only Raven and Bumblebee behind. Raven sighed again as she looked down at Logan.
"We'll continue when they come back. Okay precious?"
Logan just nodded. Bumblebee got to her feet.
"It's so annoying. I feel so, helpless."
"Oh woman, stay home with the children while we, the men, go out fighting. Saving the city."
"Just wait. As soon as she get a bun in the oven she'd chained here with us."
Raven's smiled vanished.
"If you're so desperate to go out and fight, I can watch the kids."
Bumblebee sighed and looked down at her son.
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean it like that. I just… I used to be a superhero. Now I'm a stay at home mom. That kind of needs a bit of an adjustment."
"I understand. I do. It's hard enough to be a teenage mother without the being a hero bit. But look at it this way, even if you had been working now you would have been on maternity leave, and after a while if you still feel like you want to be a hero sometimes we can make it work."
Raven looked down at Logan and smiled.
"But I can't see I bigger joy than being a mom."
"Okay, okay. Enough with the guilt trip. Jesus girl. You could make the sea ashamed of rolling over the poor rocks."
Raven went over to the crib and placed the now sleeping girl down.
"Let's just get things cleaned up."
"Ai, ai, captain."
Raven and Bumblebee looked at one another before laughing, and after Bumblebee put Victor down, they started to clean up.
"Beast Boy what's up?"
"Thank you for coming over."
Beast Boy let Cassie in with a finger over his mouth.
"What is it?"
They started to walk towards the common room.
"Today is Raven's birthday, which she has decided to celebrate by studying."
He smiled, something between a happy one and a sad one.
"Well, I want to do something special for her and was wondering…"
"If I could watch Logan?"
He smiled again.
"I would have asked Cy and Bee, but they have taken a family day out or something. And neither Rob nor Star could fight alone if something should happen."
He opened the door and Logan got to her feet and walked over to them. Raising her arms toward him.
"I want up."
He bent down and picked her up, kissing her.
"Hi beautiful, you're going to be nice to aunt Cassie."
The girl nodded and mimicked her father's smile, before she was handed over.
"Raven's in the study, but don't interrupt her. I'll be around, so just shout if you need something."
Then he vanished. Cassie looked at the girl.
"Your mother better know how lucky she is."
A surprised look came over Cassie's eyes. Then a smile.
"I'll never get used to how grown up you are, but I guess you're right. I do think mommy know."
"Beast Boy I've still got a ton of homework."
"They can wait."
Raven sighed and tried to resist as she was, blindfolded, being led to only god knows where.
"You really thought I would let you not celebrate your birthday?"
His lips had almost touched her ear as cold air hit her body. She froze. Her birthdays would always be a constant reminder of what she really was.
His voice was pleading.
"I know you don't like them, but you're my wife. You're my best friend. You've changed my life and celebrating the fact that you are with me is important to me. Corny as that may sound."
He removed the blindfold and let her see the roof in all its wonder. Star bright, flowers, table with dinner for two.
"Cassie is watching her, so you have no excuse to not enjoy this."
She took a few steps toward the table, her back to him, studying the scenery.
His voice was filled with anticipation.
"You really worked hard on this."
She walked over to one of the flowers and carefully caressed it.
"I thought you liked lilacs."
She turned and looked at him. A smile slowly formed on her lips. This made him smile widely, before running to her and picking her up bridal style. She placed her arms around his neck and they kissed.
"I love it. Thank you."
He kissed her again before placing her down on the chair. Slowly he removed her shoes and started to rub her feet gently, but firmly. Raven closed her eyes and just enjoyed the treatment.
"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore."
Raven rolled her eyes as Beast Boy laughed and started to work on her legs, thighs, stomach, chest, neck, face. He knew every inch of her, but he loved exploring them none the less. Soft firm fingers running over her skin, knowing how to make her scream under his touch.
"Stop, haven't you made dinner?"
Gasps with words in between. He kissed her and grinned.
"That can wait."
"What is the matter precious?"
Raven walked over to her crying daughter. Her skin was slightly green and she was warm by touch.
"My teeth hurt."
Her arms were pointed to her mother, and she was picked up.
Raven sat down on the light blue rocking chair in the room and opened her mouth gently. Everything looked fine. Logan's cries got worse and Raven started to walk back and forth trying to calm her down. It didn't work.
"What's wrong precious?"
"I understand that."
Raven softly petted her. Suddenly she got to her feet and carried the door into the hall. There she heard another cry, and understood. She walked to the twin's nursery and opened the door to a girl screaming and her sad father. He looked confused, then desperate as another screaming voice pierced the air.
"She's teething, sorry to wake you Rae."
"Don't worry, I was up anyways."
She went over to the crib and looked down at the boy.
"Is he teething too?"
"No, he always gets upset when Vanessa is crying."
Raven nodded and turned.
"We better get out of the room."
Cyborg nodded and they left. As the door closed the boy's cries softened and soon was gone. Vanessa cried even louder.
"When Logan was teething I used to give her a frozen carrot. That helped for her."
"At this point I'll try anything. Lead the way Rae."
They walked in to the kitchen and placed both children by the table. Raven got two carrots and gave each child one. The crying went down to a mere sobbing, and Logan's skin got back its natural colour. Cyborg almost collapsed down on a chair.
"Thank you Rae. I really didn't know what to do. I can't believe you managed to do this all by yourself."
Raven looked at Logan and smiled.
"I wasn't alone Cy. I had her."