AN: I do not own Teen Titans.
They each took one last look around the house to make sure they hadn't accidentally left anything behind. It'd been hell repacking all of their belongings, especially for Vic and Gar who had had to buy a few furniture items while they were there and now didn't know what to do with them. Kori was weeping like mad and wouldn't let go of Dick for a moment. A little dramatic when you considered that they were moving to the same city and were really only a ten minute drive away from each other. As for Gar and Raven, they were being far more discrete. None of their friends knew about their little summer romance and they wanted to keep it that way for a little while longer.
"Well, I think that's it," said Vic. "I've looked through every inch of this place and I can't find anything that's ours."
"Good," said Dick, who was still being held by Kori. "I guess that means it's time to go."
"I'll lock up," said Raven.
"Gar's still up in the attic, just to let you know," said Vic. "Don't lock him in here."
"Damn, you figured out my plan," Raven said in a monotone voice.
"Hey, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind leaving the little seaweed head behind," Vic chuckled. "But we've reserved the house for next year and I don't want it to smell like his dead ass."
"Come on, Jump City's a two hour drive from here," said Dick, walking and practically dragging Kori out the door.
"I'll meet you outside," said Raven as she watched the other three exit the house. Once they were gone she looked around at the empty space they'd inhabited for the summer. It was so quiet and haunting.
She looked over at the piano and saw that it hadn't been covered. She figured she might as well play one last song before covering it up and leaving. She sat down and felt the soft keys once more. She put a bit more pressure on them and began to play Sonata No. 5 in G Major. The sound echoed throughout the empty house almost like a recital hall.
Gar walked down the stairs and saw her playing. He smiled and walked over to her, knowing she wasn't going to run away this time. He walked over to the other side of the piano and leaned on it, watching her with a dopey grin to try and get her attention. Of course she ignored him and continued to play.
"I bet you're gonna miss this piano, huh?" he said.
"I suppose," she replied.
"You should think about getting a degree in music," he said. "That way you have something to fall back on if your whole book thing doesn't take off. Not that I'm saying it won't."
"I'm already prepared for that outcome," she said. "Music is a recreation for me and that's all I ever want it to be."
"You better finish that up or Vic's gonna come in here and yell at you to hurry up," he said.
"I'd like to see him try," Raven said with a small smirk.
She quickened the tempo and finished the piece. Once she was done she sighed and stood up. "Help me cover it," she said and grabbed the cover, throwing it over the piano. He grabbed the other end and the two covered the piano up nicely.
"So, ready to go?" he asked.
"Yes, I am," she said. "You?"
"Not really, but I don't really have a choice," Gar shrugged. "So, you've got my number, right?"
"Yes," she said.
"And my email?" he asked.
"Yes," she said.
"And my address?" he asked.
"Gar, I have everything apart from you social security number!" she said. "Don't worry, we're not going to lose contact."
"I just wanna make sure," he said, wrapping his arms around her and drawing her closer to him.
"Don't worry, we're going to make this work," said Raven. "I think if we were able to survive this chaotic summer together we have a good fighting chance."
"Wow, to hear you say that must really mean we've got a future," he said with a smile and then kissed her.
"Alright, let's get out of here before they come looking for us," she said, pulling out of his arms and heading for the door.
"Hey, what do you think they'll do when they find out about us?" he asked.
"I don't know," she said. "Die from shock, I suppose."
"I think Vic and Dick will have a lot more respect for me," said Gar, proudly. "I swooned the most unswoonable girl in existence."
"You're just dying to tell them, aren't you?" she said as she reached the door.
"You have no idea," laughed Gar.
The two exited the house and she locked it up. She then pocketed the key and the two headed for the two cars in the driveway. Kori was still holding onto Dick, but he was trying to pry her off at this point. Even Vic had grabbed hold of her and was trying to separate the two.
"There you are!" said Dick. "What took you so long?"
"Just doing one last check," said Gar with a smile.
Vic finally stumbled backwards with Kori in his arms. "Good God, you're inhumanly strong!" said Vic, putting her down.
"Dick, I will miss you so much," Kori cried.
"Alright, into the car," said Vic, helping her into Raven's car.
"Call me when you arrive in Jump City," she said, trying to fight Vic off as he pushed her into the passenger's seat.
"Promise me we'll never get like that," Gar whispered to Raven.
"It's a promise," she whispered back.
Vic closed the door and wiped his brow. "Okay, let's go," he said, heading back to his own car.
"Have a safe trip, boys," Raven said and walked over to the driver's side of her car.
"You too," said Dick. "See you next summer, I hope."
"We'll see," said Raven, opening her door and getting in.
The two cars were turned on and both backed out of the driveway. They then followed each other for two hours until they reached Jump City. Then they finally parted ways to go to their own respectable homes.
In the months to come Vic opened up his own car shop. The first few weeks were slow and worrisome, but once word got out he soon found himself becoming more than busy. Dick when back to his police training and never felt more dedicated to his dream. Needless to say, he had Kori move in with him after being apart for two weeks. She had gotten a job as a receptionist at Vic's car shop, which was quickly turning into a large business.
Gar wasn't as lucky finding a job and for a while he had to be satisfied with a dog walking job. Lucky for him, one of the dog owners happened to have a brother who was the head of Jump City's top Veterinary clinic. And, after a few phone calls and an interview or two, Gar found himself as a veterinarian's assistant.
Raven finished her novel a little later than she expected, one week after she'd left the beach house. It was actually published before the end of the year and within three weeks went to the number one sellers list. Before she knew it she was thrown into the spotlight with many magazines, radio shows, and television shows begging for an interview with her. She decided to only do one of each and that would be that until she finished her next book, which she planned to have done by the end of the next spring.
As for Gar and Raven's relationship, they took it slow and casual until they both got onto their feet in the city. Once they both felt secure they started their courting back up and once they were sure they were stable they decided to reveal all to their friends. Needless to say, that was quite an interesting night.
(And No Flames, Please)
AN: Yeah, I know that the ending was rushed and it sucked but, God, I just had to finish this damn story. It was taking far too long. I may return to it and add a few more chapters at a later date, but for now I'm done with it. I hope most of it was enjoyable. And I don't know why the story's littered with those odd square breaks. Hopefully they weren't too distracting.