*So, I thought I'd add an epilogue just to tie some loose ends together...mostly just because I wanted to write about BB and Rae after they were a couple^^ Anywho, hope you like!
Arella jumped up at the knock on the door. She had been waiting weeks to hear about Raven, and had almost given up hope. She knew the Titans would let her know when they found anything out, but she was beginning to think they never would find out what happened to her. She ran to the door and flung it open, expecting the worse.
The changeling she had expected. But when she saw her daughter standing there, whole and well and…smiling…she could not breathe for a moment. In shock, she stared at the pair, standing close together, genuine smiles on their faces. "Rachel!" she finally cried, and threw her arms around her.
Raven hesitated, but then hugged her mother back. "Hello, Mother."
Arella was crying tears of joy, hugging her daughter tighter than she had ever dared before. "I'm so glad you're alright," she said. She pulled away, looking deep into her eyes. "Renee!" she called. "Renee, come quickly!"
Wren stumbled into the room, looking bewildered. "What is it-" She stopped short when she saw her big sister standing in the door. "Raven!" She ran full speed to her sister who knelt down to catch the little girl in her arms.
Beast Boy watched Raven hold tight to the child. Every time he looked at her, he felt stronger for her. He didn't think it was possible, but it was true. He watched the family hug and cry and laugh together. They moved the party to the little kitchen table and Raven told her story. The little family, once a broken mess, now seemed connected in a way Beast Boy never thought possible. They sat together for hours, talking and laughing. Beast Boy was welcomed by both Wren and Arella. He took no part in the conversation, except to add to Raven's story, but he felt like he was part of the family.
When the time came to say their goodbyes, Wren gave Beast Boy a big hug as Raven hugged her mother.
"See ya, small stuff," Beast Boy said, ruffling her hair.
Wren giggled and then turned to her sister. Raven knelt next to her as the girl's eyes filled with tears.
"What's the matter?" she asked gently.
"I just got you back," the child pouted. "And now you're leaving again."
"I'll be back to visit," Raven said, then looking up at her mother, "If that's alright."
"Of course," Arella said, tears in her eyes as well.
Raven smiled and looked back down at Wren. "I'll come visit. And maybe you can stay at the T Tower sometime."
Wren sniffled and nodded, clinging to her sister's hands.
"Hey," Raven said, tilting the girl's chin up. "We won't be as far apart as you think. We're sisters, Wren. We'll always be close."
Wren flung herself onto Raven and squeezed her tightly. Raven hugged her back and patted her head. They took their leave, turning to wave one last time.
Together, Beast Boy and Raven walked through the streets of the town the half-demon had once called home. Beast Boy cautiously took her hand in his, but she did not object. They had practiced enough that she was used to controlling how she felt when they held hands. Nothing too horrible would happen. Villagers were peeping out of their windows and doorways at them, much like they did in Raven's head.
"Do they recognize you?" Beast Boy asked.
"Of course," Raven answered, smiling faintly. It did not upset her any more that they were so scared of her. In fact, it almost amused her.
They walked to the outskirts of town where Raven could transport them without drawing too much attention. Before she did, however, she took a look around. Azarath. It had once been her home. It had been where she began to learn to control her emotions and powers. But, here, they had always told her she would not be able to really live, or laugh, or love. She looked at Beast Boy. He was her new home. He helped her work at controlling her emotions. He told her that she could do anything, feel anything, that she wanted, because he believed in her.
"Are you ok?" he asked.
She smiled. "Yes."
The changeling grinned. "I actually believe you."
She laughed and they looked at each other, just enjoying being together. Beast Boy leaned forward carefully and kissed her on the forehead. It sent a jolt, like lightening, through her body. The rocks and pebbles around them rose into the air and then shot back to the ground. It was the first time his lips had ever touched her, and though she knew she shouldn't, she could not help herself. She pulled him toward her and kissed him on the lips. Beast Boy did not try to pull away, though he knew just as well what it meant. Around them, windows were shattering, lights were exploding, sparks were flying, and the pavement was cracking. When they pulled away, they surveyed the damage they had done to the nearby buildings. The villagers peeped out, glaring at Raven.
She laughed once. "Whoops," she said lightly.
Beast Boy grinned. "It was worth it."