AN- And here we go, a month later. It's all over, guys. Enjoy.
Chapter 14: Epilogue
He was sitting by her bed when she woke, his head bandaged in the same exact fashion. When Robin had woken up, three days prior, he had been frightened to hear that Raven hadn't even begun to heal herself. But now her body finally levitated over the bed, and he watched it for hours until she finally opened her eyes.
"How do you feel?" he asked gently. They still had no idea if the surgery had worked, being that his own episodes of fear had been much less frequent than her own. For all he knew, she would still be afraid of him.
"Better." She smiled sincerely, and he felt a strange sort of twisting in his stomach. "And you?"
"Robin, can I ask you something?"
She looked away for a moment, and he could swear that she was embarrassed.
"I know that when you- well, that it wasn't you before. But you- you were afraid of hurting me, but you didn't attack Starfire…" Her cheeks were red, but her voice was so sincere that he kept himself from chuckling.
"I would never hurt you," he said, "And when I saw how hurt you got from healing us…I hate seeing you in pain, Raven. It scares me. Because….erm. I care about you." Now he was nervous too.
"Well, obviously." Her voice was flat again, and he looked up, startled. "You have to care about us, we're your team. If we're out of commission, we can't protect Jump."
"Raven, that's not what I meant at all."
"It's okay," Raven said, "I get it."
"No, but I-,"
"And how's our little girl doing?" Cyborg boomed as he opened the door, Starfire and Beast Boy following behind him with even bigger grins.
"I'm fine," she answered softly. Cyborg's face fell; he had expected a more jubilant answer, even if it was from Raven, but he quickly resumed his cheeriness.
"So the scan shows that the corrective surgery shrunk your amygdalae eighty percent, all the way back to its normal size. Considering the lack of explosions, Rae, I figure you have all of your emotions sorted out and re-adjusted, right? Hey, is something wrong?" Cyborg asked.
"I told you, I'm fine." She glared at Robin and he shrank from her gaze, confused.
"Alright, if you say so." Cyborg shrugged.
"We are so glad that you are well," Starfire beamed.
"Yeah, dude, it's totally- well, I'm glad you're okay," Beast Boy said sheepishly. "We're all glad, y'know."
"Thanks Beast Boy," she said softly, "I appreciate it." Everyone seemed a bit surprised at this response.
"Hey guys, I know Raven just woke up, but would you mind leaving the two of us alone for a second? I need to talk to her. I'll bring you guys back after we're done." After a moment of hesitation, the three other titans left the room, and even Beast Boy could feel the tension that they were leaving behind.
"Raven. We need to talk."
"There's no point in talking. I misunderstood you, and you want to correct that. It's fine. I understand that my assumption was incorrect. It's over."
"No, that's not it at all. You weren't incorrect."
She seemed shocked. "…What?"
"You're going to make me have to say this, aren't you?" He wanted to laugh at how afraid he was. He looked at her and took a deep breath. "Raven, I was afraid of hurting you the most. I didn't know if it was our bond, or our similarities, or our friendship, but now I do. It's all of those things, and," his voice got softer, "…and more."
He stood, and he moved so his face was right above hers. Her eyes were wide and startled, and she could feel his hot breath on her face; except, this time, she was not afraid. She was excited. "Really. I know I got this wrong the first two times, so will you please let me try again?" He watched her eyes carefully and must have seen the consent in them, because before she even answered, he leaned down and kissed her gently on the lips. When he broke the kiss to see her reaction, he saw that she was smiling.
"So I'm that good, huh?"
She swatted him playfully. "You idiot." She couldn't keep the smile off of her face.
AN- Gah I'm sorry that my epilogues are always cheesy. So it's done, after all of the roadblocks and exams and all of I think both freshman and sophomore year. I already have ideas for new stories as soon as I wrap up the (3?) fics that are still in progress, so you'll be hearing from me again soon. Thanks for reading!