For a few seconds, Rose and Logan stood together, only the sound of their heavy breathing to be heard. The gunshots had faded away into the distance. Slade's body remained on the ground. He still moved, but the threat was over – at least for the moment.
Logan slowly stood back on his feet, lifting his weight from Rose's own tired body.
"You okay?" the Titan asked.
The girl smiled. "Okay," she echoed. "You?"
"No more holes in me than usual," Garfield said, before adding, "well – except for the one that fuck put in me."
Almost as if on cue, he handed the revolver back to the girl. "Here," he said, belatedly, "I think this is yours."
Rose took the gun back, and gave it the once-over. "Uh, yeah it is," she muttered. "Forgot I had this."
"Good thing you did," Logan said, calmly. Looking back at her, he sighed. "You wanna finish this?"
Slowly, the girl nodded. "I need to," she said.
Slade gasped for air as he clumsily reached for the control. If he could activate it, all the bravado would be for naught. The Titans would die just the same. Just a little further…
He grunted in pain as Rose's foot came down hard on his arm. Looking back up through his fractured mask, he watched his daughter calmly check her machine gun.
"You know something, Dad?" the girl said, rotating her neck. "You really fucked me. You turned me into a vigilante killer. You taught me that violence is the only way to solve my problems."
The girl sighed before continuing. "But you never once told me you loved me, or that I mattered to you in a way that was more than platonic. You never let me choose the life I wanted – and now that's coming back to haunt you. You see, I can never unlearn the things I know, or unsee the things I've seen…but I can use them to better the world – instead of destroying. Tell you the truth, Dad…I'm a fickle kinda girl, and I have something to say…"
Slade's eye widened as Rose, his own flesh and blood, pointed the barrel of her MP-5 down at his face. No rest for the wicked…until they close their eyes for good…
Rose's face showed no emotion as her finger relaxed on the trigger. Almost as if in a trance, the girl dropped the gun to the rooftop. The killer inside Ravager was gone. Ending her father's life had extinguished the flame.
As the girl stood in silence, Logan looked over at the Teen Titans still trapped behind the barrier. Like rats in a cage. Time to break them out…
"Excuse me while I whip this out," he said as he pulled one of Rose's katanas back from the scabbard. With no hesitation, he sent the blade through the door of the power outlet, shorting out the entire building – and killing the energy field.
"That oughta do it," the Titan said as he turned back to face his friends.
Shit…looks like I beat the odds after all. Titans are safe, Slade's dead, and I'm still here…
Okay, maybe not so sure on that last one. I stumble back against the wall. Not feeling too hot. Hell of a way to go: stuck on this rooftop with all these guys. Granted, they're my friends, but if I'm gonna go, I just wished that I could see her one more time…
Aqualad turned his head just in time to see the arrival of the last remaining Titans. It was a beautiful sight to behold.
"Raven!" he said as the girl landed with Kole in tow. "I can't believe you're okay!"
"I'll live, if that's what you're getting at," the sorceress said, embracing the young hero. "And don't think I forgot what you did to me when we tangled earlier today," she added with a smirk.
"Shit…" Lad said. That's when they heard it.
The Titans turned en masse. Logan was leaned up against the wall of the power outlet, the color quickly draining from his face. Despite it all, he still managed a smirk. "Get a little help here?"
Raven's hand went to her mouth. He looked horrible…well, not as bad as when they had brought him back from the H.I.V.E. burned to a crisp, but it still looked back. Moving quickly, her eyes took in the damaged Rose as well. The girl almost seemed to read the sorceress's mind.
"I'll be okay for the moment," she said, holding a hand up. "Take care of BB."
"No, no," the green man said, waving his hand. "Take your time. Rest a spell. Just dying on my feet over here."
Despite his injuries, Raven couldn't help but smirk as she made her way up to Logan. "Quit whining, you big baby," she said, teasingly as she placed her hands on his wound. "You think you're the only one who's ever been shot?"
I feel the warmth of Raven's hands as her powers go to work. Hmm…kinda nice. Been quite some time since someone's put their hands on me that's not been trying to kill me. Adrenaline's dropping, blood pressure's back up, brain's working…sorta. Back to the start.
Logan let out a sigh of relief as Raven's hands slowly moved away from his gut. "Looks like I owe you one," he said, clearing his throat.
Raven shook her head. "You saved me already back at the H.I.V.E.," she said, quietly. "I'd say we're even."
The green man smiled. "You still hate me?" he said.
The sorceress returned the smile. "Like I said – I'll get over it," she said.
My arms encircle Raven. Not like she's stopping it. The fairytale ending coming true…about fucking time. That's when I hear words I never expected coming from a mouth I didn't think was capable of uttering them…
Logan's eyes snapped back open. Quickly, he broke off the embrace, staring into Raven's eyes with a look of astonishment. Had she really just said that – and loud enough for the rest of the Titans to overhear?
Rose cover her mouth to stifle the laughter. The other Titans glanced at one another, amused looks on their faces.
"Awkward," Bumblebee muttered. Realizing what she said, Raven's pale face started burning.
"Too soon?" she asked.
Logan shook his head in disbelief. "I'll talk to the guys, you take care of Rose," he said, embarrassed. "I swear, Rae, the things that come out of your mouth…"
As I walked past Raven, I paused for a second. My lips went up to her ear, and I whispered something that made her face even redder…
"Wow," Rose said as Raven checked over the slices Slade had put in her back, "and here I thought BB was the master of bad timing and smooth moves."
Raven looked at the girl disapprovingly. Unfortunately for her, she also remembered something Rose had done earlier in the day. Time for a little payback.
"Oh really?" she said, calmly – right before she jabbed a finger into one of Rose's open wounds!
"OW!" the Titan said, arching up as pain washed over her being. "That hurt!"
"No shit," the sorceress said, smirking. "What about this?" she added, driving another finger into one of the girl's injured thigh.
"OOOWW!" Rose shouted, her voice a combination of a cry and a laugh. She knew exactly what this was all about. "Quit, you bitch!"
"Oh, I'm a bitch now, eh?" Raven said, smiling. She'd heal Rose…eventually. For now, she'd see just how long she could fuck with her. Fitting enough – the sorceress had been fucked with enough that day. Might as well spread the joy…
As Raven and Rose continued trading jabs, Robin grinned as Logan approached him and the other Titans.
"Well, the hero returns," he said, appreciatively. "Thanks for saving our butts, BB."
"Oh, I wouldn't be too thankful," the shape shifter said, crossing his arms over his chest. "I think I might've just put us out of a job."
The Titans laughed.
"Hell, we could always use some extra help in Steel City," Bumblebee said, smirking.
"Yea, but don't embarrass us if you show up," Aqualad added, playfully. "We don't need our people thinking we brought in the B Team to help save the day."
"Fuck you," Logan said, grinning. The outburst set off another wave of laughter.
"So," Robin said as the team regain composure, "why don't we head back to the Tower and order up a dozen pizzas or so? My treat?"
"No, man," Logan said., shaking his head. "This one's on me."
Starfire raised an eyebrow. "Are you certain, Beast Boy?" she asked. "You are the hero of the day, after all."
"Yet, but I got a huge damn tab to pay back after all the shit that's happened," the green man said. "No better time than to start now."
"I'll get to calculating that tab when we get back to the Tower," Robin said with a smile. "Might be willing to pay it down a bit given what's gone on today."
Logan chuckled. "What's that gonna do?" he said, playfully. "Knock off a few bucks?"
The Titans took in the slowly setting sun as Raven and Rose joined the group, finally done with their little tirade.
"Well, guess it's time we got back," Raven said. "Gonna be a hell of a walk."
"No prob," Cyborg said, beaming. "I'll just send a signal to the Tower and get the Cy-car out here. Might be a bit of a tight squeeze, but…"
Well, guess I oughta come clean…
Rose and Raven looked at Logan with smirks on their faces as the Titan let out a sigh.
"Yeah, about that," he said, scratching his head. "Look, it's kinda a long story. You guys got a while?"
The hero smiled. "'Cause I got all the time in the world," he finished.
My mane is Garfield Logan. Today…today I did a whole buncha shit. The one thing I didn't do, though, is the one thing everyone I know was certain I was gonna do…
Today…I didn't die. Came close. Came real fuckin' close, but not today…
Life's getting back to normal. Gotta say, the last three months have been a crazy winding road from Hell – but I'm still here. More than can be said for many of the motherfuckers who crossed my path. Still, I'm a Titan, and the man they call Logan's finally got a chance to rest. Good to see things are coming back to…
What? Just a sec…
"Yeah, Rae? Okay. Be right there. Yeah, I'm coming! Just keep your pants off!"
Okay…where was I? Oh yeah…
I've survived a path that would crush most people in their tracks. But I'm not most people. I'm Beast Boy of the Teen Titans…and I wouldn't give that up for anything in the world…
Well, maybe one thing…but I don't need to. I already have her.
Can't say my life's been any peachy-keen and shit, but looking at the way things are, you gotta be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In the end, just like Fred Durst and the LP say…
You gotta have faith…