(AN:) Hey, guys :] Simmy here again! :D There's not really much to say today for this new story besides the fact that Soul of a Raven showed me this song and an idea popped in my head XD

So, anyways, enjoy this new story that the dedication goes fully to my first nonblood sister Soul of a Raven! Love you so much :D

Disclaimer: I do not own the Teen Titans, Love the Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna, or A Little Bit Stronger by Sara Evans.


Raven's eyes opened up, reveling to the world once again her amethyst colored eyes. The first thing she did was place a pale hand on her forehead. It was another night of crying over Malchior, the first boy who she fell in love with and of course the first boy who broke her heart. Beast Boy helped ease the pain away by always being by her side, but ever since he left the Teen Titans to go visit his friends back in Africa, Raven had to deal with the pain alone.

It wasn't like something for Raven to sit with someone and talk about her feelings or what she thought at the moment, but there was something about the Changeling that made her open up to him in a second. With all the days that went by, they became so close that Beast Boy wasn't afraid to call her his best friend. And, of course, with a little thought and a talk with Knowledge, her emotion with the yellow cape, she accepted the fact that Beast Boy was her best friend too.

It was sad that he had left for almost three months. The two would always share letters back and forth; replying as soon as they could and it wasn't until Beast Boy's last letter when he said Raven needed to come visit him, Raven didn't reply back yet. In the card he gave her was a two way ticket to Africa and she had until tomorrow morning to figure out if she was going or not.

Raven sat up on her circle bed, stretching her arms out. She heard her back crack a little and it made her think of the times Beast Boy would turn into a cat to stretch out better. She turned her head to look at her black alarm clock and in purple numbers read 2:54 P.M.

"Woke up late today and I could still feel the sting of pain," Raven sang, slumping her shoulders. She overslept once again and the others didn't bother to wake her up. It was probably another slow day. She missed thinking about having some peace and quiet before Beast Boy woke up, but since she didn't have to; it wasn't the same for her to get up at 6 like usual.

Raven sighed, throwing the covers off of the bottom half of her body and throwing her legs covered in her black and blue plaid bottoms over into her blue fuzzy slippers waiting right beside her bed. She then grabbed her blue cape to put over her pajamas and walked out to the single bathroom the five of them shared.

"But I brushed my teeth anyway," Raven sighed, pushing down on the toothpaste tube and spread it across her toothbrush.

After brushing her teeth and washing her face, Raven walked back to her room to grab her normal citizen clothes instead of the holographic ring.

"Got dress through the mess and," Raven continued to sing as she sat on her circle bed tying her shoelaces.

She got up and walked over to her closet, looking at herself at the wall mirror. Seeing she frown and remembering what Beast Boy used to say about just giving the world a small smile and did so.

Today, Raven just stuck with light blue jeans, black high tops with blue shoelaces and a blue sweatshirt with an ice cream cone with a smile on its face.

"Put a smile on my face," Raven tried, but it scared her a little so she put her frown back on. "I got a little bit stronger." She shrugged at herself and walked towards her door.

"Hey there, Sleepy Head," Bumblebee greeted when she saw the Azarathean's door swished open and out she came.

"Afternoon greetings, friend Raven!" Starfire said after, giving Raven a small wave.

"Good afternoon," Raven said, pushing her hands into her sweatshirt pocket. "Anything happen while I was gone?"

"Oh, you know, just another one of Robin's lectures, Speedy complaining and Starfire's confusing talks," Bumblebee listed from the top of her head.

"You get used to that," Raven said, smiling at Starfire as she giggled a little. "I'm heading out so make sure you tell Robin. I got my communicator on me so don't be afraid to call."

"Did you decide on what to do?" Starfire asked.

"Not yet," Raven sighed. "I'm hoping the outside air will help me think better."

"Raven," Bumblebee softly said, walking over to hold both of her hands to look closely at her. "You know him way better than me, but I'm positive that he wants to see you more than anything. He misses you; you can see it in his face when he calls the whole team." Raven's eyebrows raised and frown dropped lower. "I'm sure he would be the happiest man on Earth by just seeing you in person once again."

"Thanks, Bumblebee," Raven said, removing her hands from the life size bee, "but I just want to think this all over on my own."

Raven gave the two a smile before walking passed them over to the elevator down two doors from her bedroom, pressing the button with the printed G over it to take her to the garage.

"Do you think she will be all right?" Starfire asked after the elevator doors closed.

"I hope so Starfire," Bumblebee said. "I hope so. I just really think just by seeing Beast Boy she'll feel much better, but I guess that's just my opinion."

"You are not alone on that one," Starfire assured, placing a delicate hand on Bumblebee's arm. "I believe in that too, but it all depends on what Raven's final decision is."

Raven stepped out into the garage and grabbed the first paired of keys on the key holder over Cyborg's tool table. Without a second glance, Raven raced to the green B-Car Cyborg and Beast Boy worked on together. Beast Boy's car was the same as the regular T-Car, except it was green and other types of gadgets. Beast Boy wanted Raven to look after it, and that's what she did; take it out every day when she missed him the most.

"Riding in the car to the store and I try to soothe all the hurt," Raven continued as soon as she put the car in drive. She drove out of the garage and over the ocean to reach the city streets and turned on the radio.

Just gunna stand there and watch me burn? Well, that's alright because I like the way it hurts. Just gunna stand there and hear me cry? Well, that's alright because I love the way you lie. I love the way you lie.

"There's a song on the radio- stupid song made me think of you." As soon as Raven stopped at the first red light, she smacked the radio button to turn it off. "I listened to it for a minute, but then I changed it." She wiped her face with a hand. "I'm getting a little bit stronger….just a little bit stronger."

The red light turned green and Raven continued her way farther downtown to park into the Jump City Mall main parking lot. She found one towards the back and it was better for Raven for she loved to take some time and walk. Raven got out of her car, shut the door and pressed the button on the keys to lock the car before placing it in her jean pockets.

"And I'm not hoping we can work it out," Raven continued to sing to herself as she walked along the side of the parking lot as she made her way to the building ahead of her. "I'm done with how I feel spinning my wheels letting you drag my heart around."

Raven opened the door for herself and kept it open for the mother who came up behind her with a stroller.

"Thank you, Dear," The mother said, her face showing that she hated opening the doors on her own while she had her baby with her. Raven just smiled and nodded her head as the mother passed by her to go where she needed to go in the mall.

As the mother walked away, Raven couldn't help but think about the moment she thought Malchior was the perfect man for her and when she got his real body out of the book, they might have gotten married on day. If Malchior never just used her, would she have become a mother too?

"And I'm not thinking you could ever change," Raven shook her head, not wanting to think about the future with Malchior. "I know my heart will never be the same, but I'm telling myself I'll be okay even on my weakest day. I get a little bit stronger."

She shoved her hands into her sweatshirt's middle double pocket and took a deep sign, blowing her strands up in the air and back down before walking to the elevator and going to the second floor where the main stores were.

'And I'm not thinking you could ever change,' Raven sang inside of her head, knowing other people might look at her funny if she said it out loud now. 'I know my heart will never be the same,' She looked down at the moving stairs, 'But I'm telling myself I'll be okay even on my weakest day. I get a little bit stronger.'

Raven stepped off of the escalator and just walked down through the huge building without stepping into a store yet. She looked ahead of herself, making sure she wouldn't bump into the happy friends, families, and couples around her shopping themselves.

It doesn't happen overnight
But you turn around and three month's gone by
and you realize you haven't cried
I'm not giving you an hour, or a second
or another minute longer
I'm busy getting stronger

As she watched the citizen walk passed her, giving her a friendly smile or wave, even some of the teenagers came to take a picture of Raven or ask for her autograph, seeing them all happy made Raven happy herself.

And I'm not hoping we could work it out
I'm done with how I feel
Spinning my wheels
letting you drag my heart around
And I'm not thinking you could ever change

It was at that moment, Raven knew what she had to do. The teenagers and adults around her were only happy because they moved on with whatever was bad in their lives before and found someone who they knew would keep them happy. Raven knew as a fact that Beast Boy was the person who would keep her happy, even if that meant she had to try with all her might to forget about Malchior.

Crying about him was done; there would be no more tears, no more heartache, and no more thinking about him. All she would do is go to Africa, find Beast Boy, and live with him for a month before they came back to Jump City together.

I know my heart will never be the same
But I'm telling myself I'll be okay
even on my weakest day
I get a little bit stronger
Just a little bit stronger

Raven quickly ran out of the mall and towards Beast Boy's car, taking the keys out of her pocket to unlock the car and put it into the ignition slot. This made her super excited now that she was positive on what to do. It even started to make her happy again on the inside.

Getting along without you baby
better off without you baby
how does it feel without me baby
I'm getting stronger without you baby

"Hey, Raven, you thought about what you're going to do?" Robin called over his shoulder when he turned his head back to looking at the television.

"Yes," Raven took a deep breath in, walking to the middle of the room. When she reached the middle, everyone was looking at her for she had the biggest smile on her face they haven't seen in a while.

And I'm not hoping we could work it out
I'm done with how I feel
Spinning my wheels
letting you drag my heart around
And I'm not thinking you could ever change

"So, what's it going to be?" Bumblebee asked, she and Starfire starting to float slowly up in the air from the excitement.

Raven took another breath in, lifting her arms up to her side and placing them back down at her sides again before saying, "I'm going to Africa and having Jinx and Kid Flash fill in so Bumblebee can go back to the Titans East."

I know my heart will never be the same
But I'm telling myself I'll be okay
even on my weakest day

"Wonderful!" Starfire yelled, clapping her head.

"Alright, Raven!" Robin said, jumping over the couch to give his daughter a hug.

"Booyah!" Cyborg yelled, pumping a fist in the air along with his girlfriend, "That's what I'm talking about! My green best friend is going to be so happy!"

As the others were talking over one another, expressing their excitement, Raven couldn't help but keep the smile on her face as she watched her family. She knew at that moment, she made a great decision.

I get a little bit stronger
Just a little bit stronger

"What are you still doing standing there, Raven?" Robin asked, shaking Raven awake from her day dream. "You got to get ready and pack before tomorrow comes."

"Right," Raven whispered, slowly shaking her head. "I'll get right on that."

Ready or not Beast Boy, here Raven comes.