Almost one year later.
Three solitary figures made their way down the paved pathway. They were dressed warmly as it was unseasonably cold for a late autumn Jump City afternoon. The cloud cover overhead was dark and ominous looking and the threat of a downpour was imminent, not that it deterred the three individuals who picked up the pace and began to walk faster, knowing that time was not on their side.
As they approached their destination a gust of wind blew, sending brown and desiccated leaves flying from the nearby tress, which now stood naked as they had fully shed their foliage. The wind, combined with the humidity and the near freezing temperatures, cut like a knife through the coat the lone male in the trio was wearing, and he shivered while the heavy capes his two companions wore fluttered.
"Are you OK, Gar?" Raven asked him.
"I'm fine, you know me, I hate the cold. Are you ok?"
"Yes, I'm also fine. It's a good thing Raptor has a spare Winter costume I could borrow, I wouldn't want to be standing in my bare legs in this weather.
The Logans almost didn't notice that Raptor had suddenly stopped. Their trek was complete. They watched silently as the blue and black clad demoness gently dropped to her knees in front of a stone marker and delicately traced her index finger over its inscription while she stared at it stoically, betraying no emotion. Beast Boy approached and read the epitaph:
Garfield Mark Logan
Teammate, soul mate, spouse, lover and friend.
I will never forget you.
Beast Boy shivered again, but this time not from the cold. He stepped back and Raven kneeled next to her twin, gently placing a violet rose on the marker. Raptor turned and embraced her. Raven returned the hug and the two twins remained that way for several minutes while Raptor sobbed quietly and Raven consoled her, gently stroking her head. Finally they released each other and before they stood up Raven gently pecked her on the cheek. Raptor quickly regained her composure.
"Thanks for coming, I wasn't sure how I would cope with today, being the anniversary of his death."
Beast Boy also hugged and kissed his friend and former lover. After releasing her he gazed back at the simple marker.
"I have to admit, seeing my name there just makes this feel … weird … you'd think I'd be used to the idea of parallel universes, but this, I don't know how to deal with it …"
He was interrupted as heavy raindrops began to fall and the light drizzle soon became a downpour. Raven raised her arms and a large dome formed over them, shielding them from the rain.
"Let's go home." Raptor murmured as she raised her own arms and teleported them back to Titans Tower.
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The common room was quiet as Terra and the rest of the team were away on a routine mission. The geomancer gave Raptor the day off since it was the anniversary of Garfield's death plus Raven and Beast Boy came to see her. Raptor's teleportation sphere rose out of the floor and vanished, leaving the 3 off duty Titans behind. The rain and wind outside were pounding on the windows and they were glad to be back "home", even if wasn't really home as the common room had a square shaped couch. Beast Boy volunteered to make some tea for the ladies and hustled off into the kitchen.
As Raven had predicted a year earlier, her team was dissolved. Just two weeks after the Logan's sudden wedding Robin changed his hero persona to Nightwing and just a two months later he and Starfire departed to Bludhaven. Cyborg assumed the leadership role in the team and recruited Jinx and Kid Flash, who were now also married, to backfill for the departed Graysons. That arrangement only lasted a single month, and the Wests informed Cyborg that they were returning to Central City.
Other Honorary Titans came and went but after a few weeks it became obvious that no one was going to be able to fill the empty shoes left behind by Nightwing and Starfire. Cyborg and the Logans went on a mountain retreat, where they pondered the future of the team. It was a difficult task, but in the end they came to the only logical conclusion: it was time to pass the Tower and the team name to a new generation of adolescent heroes, which were provided by the Justice League: Cassie Sandsmark (Wonder Girl), Connor Kent (Superboy), Tim Drake (the new Robin), Bart Allen (The new Kid Flash) and M'gann M'orzz (Miss Martian). After a brief training period the new Teen Titans selected Wonder Girl as their leader and the three original Titans moved out of the Tower and left Jump City behind.
Cyborg returned to Metropolis after accepting a job at STAR labs. The Logans took a leisurely 2 month trip in Europe before settling down in Budapest, where Raven opened a store called "Azarathia" and the two hung up the spandex while Beast Boy worked on mastering Hungarian and working on an online college while helping his wife run the store, which involved frequent field trips to strange places where they would procure the strange wares Raven sole in her store.
The superhero retirement didn't last long for them as the European Union central government frequently asked for their assistance, at first only as consultants but that eventually expanded into field missions as the local superheroes weren't quite up to the tasks at times. It didn't help that the Justice League would pilfer the most talented European metahumans either.
It was at this time that they received an invitation from Raptor to visit during the anniversary of Garfield's death. It was also the first time in almost 4 months since they set foot in Titans Tower, even if it was the Tower that Terra's team lived in.
Beast Boy returned with the tea, plus a hot chocolate he made for himself, along with some cookies. He placed the tray on the coffee table and sat down next to his wife, who thanked him for his thoughtfulness.
"So, how are you guys doing? Still in blissful wedlock, I hope."
"We are, it's hard to believe that it's been almost year." Raven replied between sips of her tea.
"It's even harder to believe that you aren't Titans anymore. At least you haven't given up the hero business."
"It hasn't been for a lack of trying. Gar thought that if we charged them for our help the EU would find someone else."
"Fat chance." He added. "When we told them that we were raising our fee to 10 million Euros per mission, they didn't even bat an eye. We've been so busy that we had to close the store, there's no time to run it."
"You're charging to do super hero work?" Raptor asked in mock disgust. "Why didn't I ever think of that?"
Raven rolled her eyes.
"We all know that while they don't charge to serve on missions, the Titans get generous stipends from the city, state and federal government. The bills don't pay themselves after all."
"Oh Raven, you're so easy to get all worked up … I've missed that."
"We missed you too, sister."
Beast Boy snickered, as he loved watching the two Ravens bicker with each other.
"So what's new in your world?" He asked.
Raptor sat back, with a mildly pleased smile on her face.
"As you already know, we helped our version of Titans East get off the ground. They are the same guys as your Titans East, and of course they are older, the same age as your guys are now."
"It's about time you guys spread some Titans goodness around the world."
"That we did Gar, but there's more …"
She paused as her smile widened.
"I've started to date one of them."
"Really? Sister, that's wonderful! Who is it?"
"Is it Bumblebee?" Beast Boy snickered.
Raptor shook her head as she continued to smile.
"Gar, Gar if anyone should know that I don't swing that way, it's you."
"Aw, you're no fun, so who is it?"
"Please say it's not Speedy, I can't stand him." Raven retorted.
"It's not Speedy."
"One of the twins then?" Beast Boy asked. "Hold old are they now, 16?"
"17, she corrected him. I know, they're still jail bait … but there are two of them!" Raptor replied with a hint of mischief in her voice. "Isn't that just … yummy!"
The changeling's eyes widened.
"Dude! That is so wrong, on so many levels! You can't be serious!"
Raptor burst out laughing,
"Oh Gar, you're so gullible!"
She continued laughing,
"It's not them; they already have girlfriends, anyway."
A big smile appeared on Raven usually emotionless face.
"So it's Aqualad, isn't it?"
"It is." Raptor grinned. "So what do you think?"
Beast Boy crossed his arms.
"Raven thinks he's handsome." He snorted.
"He is handsome … and so are you … my jealous mate."
Beast Boy wasn't having any of it.
"He's a stuck up pretty boy … and what's worse … he knows he is."
"That's not true Gar." Raven replied.
"Oh come on Rae, when we first met him you and Star got all googly eyed over him, he looked so smug."
"Can you blame him?" Raptor smirked. "He is a hunk."
Beast Boy got up and stomped off to the kitchen.
"Oh Gar, come back! I was just teasing you!" The scar faced sorceress called out.
"I'm gonna make more hot chocolate!" He shouted back from the kitchen.
"Wow, I guess I hit a nerve. Uh Raven … I asked Garth to come by later to meet you guys … maybe I should call that off."
"Don't, Gar needs to get over Aqualad … don't worry … I'll have a chat with him later."
"You mean while you bang him …"
"Whoever said that the way to a man's heart was through his stomach … doesn't know anything about men."
Raven frowned at her twin.
"Must it always be about sex with you?"
"So was I wrong about that? Or will you guys really just take a nap later?"
"Sure it is, sister."
Raven sighed, while shaking her head.
"Well, dear sister, since you are so obsessed with sex, I have a surprise for you."
"Yes, a surprise, and no, we didn't bring you any kinky underwear from Victoria's Secret."
"I still can't believe we don't have that here … it's so unfair."
"I'm sure it is. Anyway, Gar gave me permission to tell you myself, so I will."
"You asked him for permission? I'm disappointed, Raven!"
"Could you please be serious, for just a moment? This is … important."
Raptor immediately became serious.
"Alright sister, what is this big surprise you want to give me?"
Raven took Raptor's right hand and placed it on her abdomen.
"Reach out with your empathic senses." Raven instructed her.
Raptor closed her eyes and focused. She then jerked back, and was slack jawed.
"Raven! I thought it was impossible!"
"So did we. The scientists at STAR labs say that we basically hit the jackpot. It turns out that Gar's sperm can morph its genetic structure if it's incompatible with the ova. The thing is that it happens randomly so the chances of matching my DNA structure are infinitesimally small. The probability of a random match was 1 in 100 million."
Raptor caught her breath.
"So … so you really are pregnant? You're not joking?"
"You sensed the baby, it's not a joke."
Raptor turned to the kitchen and yelled.
"GAR! Forget about that hot chocolate and get your ass over here, you green stud! I want to kiss you!"
The three began to celebrate, and were joined by Terra and the rest of the Titans when they returned upon completing their mission.
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And that's all folks!
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As for or what comes next, I think I wiil get back to 8 Years later and finish it.