! ! WARNING ! !
Okay, ready for the warning? Here it is. This chapter is gonna suck. Wanna know why? Because it is incomplete. No, I'm not giving up on this story, but I have a big ol' long story to tell you after you finish reading all this, okay? So go ahead and read what I have for you so far, but please be sure to read the (unbelievably long) author's note at the end, okay? Thank you. (I'm sorry!)
Disclaimer: I do not own Teen Titans.
Chapter Fourteen [incomplete]
"Carmandie's? You're going to Carmandie's? You're letting him take you to Carmandie's?" Raven turned and glared at the man lying on her couch, watching her put on makeup.
"Yes. Is there a problem with that?" she snapped.
Dick shrugged, "Well, I mean… Isn't that a little fancy and… expensive for a first date?"
"It's not a date!"
Dick scoffed, "Right, right. I think you mentioned that earlier." He turned on the TV and ignored the dirty looks Raven kept throwing at him.
"Besides, it's not like it was his idea. I wanted to go to Carmandie's." Dick sat up at that.
Raven set down her brush and sighed, "I don't know… How often do I get to go to places like that? I guess… I just wanted to be a little…"
"Selfish for once?" Raven's silence was enough of an answer, he supposed. Dick sighed.
"I'm still not so sure this is a good idea." Raven looked at him, honestly curious, "I'm just saying."
"What are you saying, exactly?" Raven asked, her tone carrying a hint of annoyance.
"It seems like he's going through a lot of trouble to please you… and well, Roy doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to relationships." Dick opened his mouth to continue, but Raven cut him off.
"All right, Dick? Before you start going off on things you don't understand, let me explain it to you. This is not a date. This is payment. Roy feels like he owes me, and I'm making the most of it. So sue me." Dick watched her closely and didn't say anything else until she was about to leave.
"You look nice." He remarked, walking her to the door.
"Thank you. And thanks for watching Sabbath tonight." The feline stretched lazily on the couch next to where Dick had been sitting.
"No problem. Oh, and if he tries getting into your pants, don't hesitate to call me, I'll be right over to-"
"Kick his ass, I know. I've got you on speed dial." Raven chuckled and gave Dick one last hug before hurrying down to her car. Roy was supposed to meet her at the restaurant because… well, it just seemed easier… and less date-like.
Speaking of Roy, he was already at the restaurant, arguing with the hostess that he did, indeed, have a reservation. "Look, lady. I called here. Two weeks ago. I spoke with Margot. Margot. About this reservation. I set it for today at eight o'clock. There has to be something there with the name Harper on it."
The hostess glared hard at Roy, sick of him and sick of the line that was complaining behind him. She checked, for the third time, to see if there was a reservation for Harper. "Damn Margot and her ridiculous handwriting." she muttered under her breath. Roy didn't care if Margot had poor penmanship, he needed to get into this restaurant, whether "Becky" liked it or not. And he would. One way or another, he would. It was his promise to Rachel.
With a final huff, Becky turned the book toward Roy and glared, pointing to a scribble. "Does that look like Harper to you?" She barked and Roy wrinkled his nose. All that was legible was H and er… So sure, why not.
"Yeah, as a matter of fact, it does." Becky slammed the book closed, hate never leaving her eyes.
"Is your date here?" She asked, her tone snooty as she looked around Roy, satisfied that he seemed alone.
"No, she's on her way."
"Sorry, can't let you in if your date's not present. Next!"
"Says who?" Roy held his hand up to the young couple behind him. Since when was this a rule?
Becky sneered, "Mister Harper, please don't make me call security." Roy was about to tell this woman off, when his "date" finally arrived.
"Jeez, Roy. You're not even in the restaurant and they're already threatening to call security on you." Rachel chuckled when Roy glared at her, anger rolling off him in waves. She smirked lightly.
"There, Becky! This is my date, she's here. Let us in." Becky looked murderous as she almost spat, "Right this way."
Rachel wondered what exactly had conspired before she arrived to put these two in such foul moods. It was making her skin crawl.
After Becky sat Rachel and Roy down at a booth, she spoke up, "So… what exactly did you do to piss that lady off, anyway?" Roy sighed exasperatedly and shook his head.
"You're lucky I'm doing this for you."
"Payment." Rachel waggled her finger in his face, picking up the menu and giving it a once over. She got a sly look in her eye that made Roy feel wary. While still eying her he picked up the menu, and gave it a quick glance. Then nearly collapsed. He knew the prices were high, but he didn't know they were that high! Roy quietly sighed, looks like he and Lian would be living on a serious budget for the next couple weeks till his next paycheck rolled in…
"So, Roy. What will you be having?"
Author's Note: So, this part right here was easy enough to write. But then life happened, and it's gonna be a long story and I'm sorry for it, but I kinda have to explain it to you anyway.
So, I uploaded chapter 13 almost 6 months ago. I was shocked when I realized how long it's actually been (I'm sorry). I have an excuse, but it's pretty weak. Ok. Here goes. For a long while, my life was hectic. I was in danger of getting kicked out of school because my grades were bad, and the teachers thought I didn't care. It felt like everybody was trying to make me just give up and had no hope in me and it made me super depressed, (Sorry if this sounds like a sob story). But I'm a proud person, and I don't normally let what others say bother me. But this just absolutely broke me.
Eventually I got over the depression and went into the pissed off stage. I don't know why I let it hit me so hard, and I got mad for actually forgetting who I was, for even considering dropping out. And it frustrated me that all these people were trying to force it on me. So I got my old stubborn attitude back, walked into the school, salvaged whatever I could. I ended up passing. But I still left the school. But that's okay. I'm attending a new school that is freaking AMAZING. I LOVE my new counselor, he is the most amazing counselor in the world, and 5/6 of my teachers are awesome.
I worked all summer in my grandpa's bakery (it was pretty dang cool, but uber repetitive), which left very little time for recreational activities. Eventually September rolls around and I think, Man, I haven't worked on my stories lately, have I? So I get to working on a few of them, while keeping my grades up at my new school, and actually having a decent social life. And guess what. My computer goes stupid and totally crashes. We need to update the system. So my step-dad calls the day of this special updating (to windows 7) to ask if there's anything I'd like to save from the old files (I'm not at home). I think for a bit, and remember all of my awesome pictures I've collected but figure I can find them later and tell him to go ahead… I had just about completely forgotten about my stories until a week later when I try to work on them. All of the outlines for my stories… are gone. I'm really upset with myself for that. I remember most of what was supposed to happen in Twenty Twenty, and that's not really the problem, but… just the fact that… All of my work… Sigh.
So, here's the problem folks: I'm mostly just stuck on chapter 14. I have an idea how I want the chapter to end, and I already have the beginning worked out (what you just read), but I can't think of how I want the actual date to go (yes, they were on a date in case you had forgotten because it's been so long). So… what I'm looking for, what I'm asking for is… ideas. What do you think should happen on the date. How much romance should there be, how much humor, what kind of humor, is there anything in particular you'd like to see? If I use your idea, I'll be sure to credit you and dedicate the chapter to you if you'd like. But, guys… seriously. I NEED input on this. In the past when I asked for input, I would only get like one or two people sharing their actual thoughts on the matter. PLEASE GIVE ME FEEDBACK. Send me a message if you don't want to leave a review, I don't care. I would REALLY HATE to give you guys a shitty chapter after how long I've made you wait and all the build up for it. Okay? Sorry for my rant. I hope you can understand at least a little, I understand if you're upset with me. I really do feel bad for it. I don't like it when other authors make me wait forever for the next update, and I hate that I've done that to you guys. I'm sorry.
Thank you so much for reading.
P.S. When I actually do finish the chapter, I'll replace this one. Obviously. I feel like an idiot for feeling like I needed to establish that.