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Road of Life
Verde took off like a bolt of lighting into the night. Sam's face paled in fear as the Animal Control van swerved around the corner bringing it into direct alignment with Verde as he dashed toward the forest outline. Unable to move even her lips, Sam could do nothing but watch, the call of her mother seemed to have had little effect on Verde. The question of why her mother had referred to Verde as BB, a distant thought in her mind.
Verde and the van both made simultaneous corrections in a vain attempt to avoid striking the other. Instead of separating their paths, their joint correction closed the distance even further. Fear was evident in Verde's eyes as he turned as if in slow motion to watch the approach of the oncoming vehicle.
The Earth itself erupted around Verde, sucking him down into a dark pit. Verde wondered if this was what dying was like. So many hours spent waiting for the end to come; for a way to end the pain he was living in, without actually having to commit any act himself.
The lack of pain was confusing at first, before he decided that without a body there would be no need for pain. The darkness surrounding him made perfect sense as he watched what he imagined the journey of death was like.
The first proof that he wasn't dead was the sensation of pain returning to his body; followed shortly by the sky opening up above him. He could make out two faces. The first to come into clear view was that of the child he had been hanging around with over the past few weeks. Her elation at his existence was written all over her face. The second face was both strange and familiar.
The older woman reached down, grabbing him by the shoulders and pulling him out of whatever hole he had been in. It had been a long time since he had tried to think like a real person. Normally, he would have just given into the animalistic side and reacted, but something about the way she was cradling him to her chest gave him pause. It was that pause that seemed to jump start parts of his brain that he had long since believed dormant.
The drive home was extremely quiet. Sam sat in the back seat holding onto Verde with everything she had, while her mother took furtive glances in the rear view mirror. Once at home Sam and Verde followed her mother into the house.
"Mom, does this mean we get to keep Verde?" Sam asked looking up at her mother expectantly.
"Well, I am not sure Sammy. We'll just have to wait and see how things work out. Why don't you go upstairs and get ready for bed, and I will make sure that...Verde is comfortable." Sam nodded her head and rushed upstairs to comply with her mother's wishes.
Her mother watched as she ran up the stairs, and as soon as she was sure she heard the bathroom door shut she turned to the gray/green dog currently laying on her couch. Taking a seat across the room, she folded her hands into her lap and watched as Verde made himself comfortable on the couch. Once seated the two just stared at the other and an awkward silence descended upon the living room.
"Okay, stop staring at me and sit on the couch like a real person," Sam's mother yelled after ten minutes of think silence. "This is seriously starting to get on my nerves. I know who you really are, so just stop pretending and talk to me. I've been waiting for this day for six years."
Verde seemed to just stare back in confusion. Fearing that she was making a mistake though she took it a bit further; praying that she had all of this right. "Please Garfield, I've been waiting for years to see you again," she looked up from her lap. Verde's head was cocked to the side, believing she might be getting somewhere she pushed harder; confessing the one thing she had been hiding from the very beginning.
"Please BB, it's me Terra," She breathed out the last piece allowing her gaze to once again fall to her lap. It was hopeless she knew. He really wasn't Beast Boy, this was just her mind playing a crazy trick on her. She should have known better than to think her daughter would stumble upon her lost love in another form. It was called wishful thinking and it was something she should have been over a long time ago.
Terra was so caught up in her own thoughts that she failed to hear the couch cushions give as Garfield stood. He was very shaky on two legs, after living on four for the last several years. Slowly, he made his way over to Terra's huddled form. His hands shook so violently that he wasn't sure he would be able to make them obey his commands.
Carefully, he touched her shoulder. The physical contact was enough to send Terra sitting upright like a bolt of lighting. Garfield's hand hovered in the air where he shoulder had been moments ago. Fear was foremost in his mind. Fear that she would reject the dirty form he held. Fear that he couldn't be who and what she wanted him to be. It had been so long since he was forced to think like a real person that the sheer onslaught of memories and emotions were overwhelming.
The first to hit him was her scent. How he could have missed it the first time he was around her or how he could miss her smell on the little girl was mind boggling. So many days, turned to weeks, turned to months, turned to years, had he searched for that smell only to miss it when he finally came across its path.
"BB," the words spoken so softly he was sure he had imagined them, tore him from his thoughts. "Tell me I'm not dreaming," Terra pleaded reaching out and intertwining her hand with his. The physical contact seemed to still the nervousness that continued to course through his mind and body.
"Terra?" He choked out, his throat no longer accustomed to producing actual words.
Terra stood, reaching out and wrapping her arms tightly around Garfield's neck as she buried her face into his chest. The tears came without warning, quickly soaking through the torn jumpsuit he wore. A sad reminder of better times. That was however the furthest thing from his mind. The shaking woman currently clutching him as if her life depended on it seemed to shatter the outlook he had held onto for so very long.
Arms limp with physical and emotional strain he wrapped her up in a mutual hug, before turning and pulling her back onto the couch. "I can't believe you're here," he whispered into her hair. The color was all wrong, but the scent was just as he had remembered it all those years ago.
Terra lifted her head slowly from his chest, before leaning in and kissing him gently. It took but a moment for Garfield to return the action; pushing forward until she was laying back on the couch with him supporting his weight above her. Her hands tangled themselves into his hair as his, arm not supporting his weight, delicately traced her face.
"Mom, I'm do...," came Sam's voice from the landing on the stairwell.
Both adults sat up quickly, embarrassment flooding their cheeks and turning them a bright red. Terra was the first to recover herself, standing and making her way over to her daughter, who was currently standing there shock evident on her face.
"Sam honey, I want to introduce you to a very close friend of your mommies. This is Garfield," Terra gently shook her daughter breaking her from her trance. Sam seemed to think about it for a moment smiling at the awkward gentleman still sitting on the couch.
"Mommy, what happened to Verde," she asked more concerned with finding her dog than the stranger sitting in her living room.
Terra glanced from Sam to Garfield and then back again; unsure of how to answer that particular question. Garfield was the one to speak, his voice slightly better than before. "We let him outside, how about I go get him for you," Garfield stood making his way to where he assumed the backdoor would be. Terra smiled at his quick thinking. Only a moment after he disappeared through the doors to the kitchen did Verde come prancing back through into living room.
"Now, you realize Sam that it is almost time for you to go to bed," Terra commented after watching her daughter and Garfield (Verde) play a goofy game of fetch; often resulting in her holding her sides to contain the laughter. It warmed her heart to know that he could still act like a goof-ball, there for a while she was afraid that he had lost it.
Her thoughts were interrupted by Sam's sequel of laughter as Garfield (Verde) pounced licking her face. "Okay you two time is up. Sam you need to get to bed," Terra stated standing up and holding out her hand for Sam, who took it without much complaint.
"Mom, can Verde sleep with me tonight," Sam asked hopefully.
"Uhm, not tonight honey," Terra gently spoke as her and Sam disappeared up the stairs.
When she returned she found Garfield nearly asleep on the couch. Quietly, she walked over before sitting down next to him. Without thinking he reached out pulling her flush against his side. "I'm glad I found you," Terra whispered against his shoulder. "But I do think you should probably take a shower," she commented the smile evident in her voice.
"Yeah, I missed you T," Garfield spoke, his nerves once again getting the better of him.
Sensing the change Terra sat up pulling away. "Garfield, there is something that I really need to tell you."
Garfield could feel the bottom of his stomach drop. He had allowed himself for a moment to believe that he was going to get his dream, and here is was getting ready to crash around his feet again. "I already know," he said standing up, looking down at Terra.
"You do?" she asked the confusion written across her face.
"Yeah, I get it. I guess I'll see you around hopefully," Garfield worked to keep his voice steady as he made his way toward the front door.
"Where are you going?" Terra asked standing up from the couch and making her way as quickly as possible over to Garfield's side.
"Leaving, I guess."
"Why would you do that? Are you trying to tell me that you don't care anymore; that I've hurt you too many times?" Terra asked, pleading with her eyes for Garfield to deny the thoughts that had been coursing through her since the first moment he confirmed her suspension.
"Weren't you just about to tell me to leave?" Turning from the door he faced Terra, both wearing twin masks of confusion.
"No, I was going to tell you that Sam is our daughter," Terra stated plainly, her head tilted to one side as if trying to figure out why he would have thought she wanted him to leave.
Garfield was confused, of course Sam was Terra's daughter. Why, he thought, would she think that was some kind of important news? His lack of understanding apparently shown brightly on his face.
"BB, I said that Sam is OUR daughter, as in you're the father," she whispered reaching up and gently touching his face bringing it so she could look into his eyes as he processed the revelation.
Garfield's mind raced, trying to comprehend what he was being told, and how it could be true. Like a bright flash in the night sky it hit him. A memory long ago forced into the realm of dreams drifted across his consciousness. It was the night of the farewell conference and party for the Titan's as a whole. He had slunk off to his room in an effort to be free of the festivities, only wanting to have the one thing he was perpetually denied.
He had fallen asleep on his bed, tossing and turning from a horrendous dream where Slade was still alive and Terra his apprentice. He was preparing to tackle the vile man, when a hand gently shook him awake. There standing in his room was the love of his life. They had spent a wonderful night together, but when he had awoken the following morning there was no trace that she had ever been there. Not even the computer logs showed where she had entered through the window that night. He had long since imagined that his overactive mind had played a horrible trick on him, and that it had all been a dream.
The blank look upon his face while he relived those moments again caused Terra to believe he was preparing to reject both her and Sam. A fate she had long since imagined would be hers for all the crimes she had committed, not to mention the emotional pain she had caused Garfield over the years. Summoning her courage she spoke softly, bring her fears into the open. "BB, I know you are probably too upset at me for what I have done, but before you leave...can you at least get to know Sam. You know, before you go?" She asked her face doing a poor job of hiding the fear and pain.
"Why would I leave?" Garfield asked allowing a small smile to grace his features, before he leaned in kissing Terra gently on the lips. "I've always wanted to have kids with you, you know, as in plural. So we many have to get started," he smiled when she gently slapped him across the shoulder.
"Same old BB," Terra commented steering them both toward the couch. "So, you're okay with it?" She asked hesitantly.
His answer was a simple kiss, pulling back enough to look her in the eyes. "I love ya T, and I love our daughter. I can't wait to finally meet her for real..."
A/N: Well, I hope that made everyone smile. I know there are a few of you waiting for the other ending, but after close discussion with the various party members in my mind we decided against posting it outright. C, you of course will get the ending you wanted so badly. How could I deny you. I will look to start work on my other unfinished Titan's stories. Thanks for reading.