While I usually like to keep to the whole Teen Titans theme, this idea popped into my mind not too long ago and I just had to take it. In this alternate universe the characters do not have any super powers but they still are involved with a crime mystery with bits of BB/Rae and Rob/Star thrown in. I hope you enjoy reading it as it was fun writing it.
I do not own Teen Titans.
Characters and the Names they Go By:
Raven/Rachel Roth -Raven
Gar Logan -Beast Boy
Victor Stone -Cyborg
Richard Grayson - Robin
Kori Anderson- Starfire
Chapter 1 (Rainy Days)
Rain fell down in torrents, dripping off trees and window panes. After all the endless hot summer days, Raven could almost feel grateful for this storm that had ruined her plans. So instead of spending her Sunday visiting her favorite bookshop, she resigned herself to sipping hot tea and staring outside her window.
The herbal tea was the perfect temperature and for a moment she relished this peaceful moment. Her chair was comfortable and for once she did not have to rush to work or some other errand. She hated all the commotion that weekdays brought. It was always rush, rush, rush. It was nice to have a moment where she felt free from any particular worry that dared show its face in her life.
The storm got stronger as the minutes wore on. A bright flash of lightning lit up the room, followed by a loud boom of thunder. Wind blew the trees fiercely and for a small moment, miss independent Raven wished she did not live alone in her spacious house.
"Don't be stupid Raven." She scolded herself. "It's just a storm, not a big deal."
Still, she could not help but feel a bit jumpy when the telephone started to ring in the next room. It rang three times before Raven finally put down her mug of tea and answered it.
"Hello?" she asked tentatively.
"Hey Raven!" Victor Stone's voice rang out from the other end. "What do you think of this storm? Pretty impressive, don't you think?"
Raven rolled her eyes. "Yes, I know it's raining outside Victor, you don't have to tell me that."
Victor laughed on the other end. "I know you know. I was just making conversation. I also know that you get jumpy during times like this. I'm mostly just calling to see how you're doing."
"I'm doing all right." Raven sighed. "Aside from needing new books to read, I'm as okay as I'll ever be. Still though, don't worry so much. You're my friend not my babysitter."
If Victor was offended, he did not sound like it. Instead he continued to just talk about all sorts of random Victor stuff. Like the latest upgrades for his new car, or his work at the mechanic shop downtown. It was all just small talk really, and Raven knew it. She could tell he was hiding something but she was too polite to say anything about it.
Finally after a few moments, he asked. "Hey Raven, I've been wondering, you haven't heard from Kori lately, have you?
Raven sat up with a start. "Kori? Kori Anderson from high school? I haven't spoken with her in years. Last time I heard from her, she was making it big in Gotham. That she was in charge of a fashion show or something."
"Yeah, that Kori. You know, one of our best buds back in the day? I've been trying to keep in touch with her but lately she's been acting a little weird." Victor explained. "First she was gushing to me about this strange guy who kept walking her home, like she had a crush on him. Then next thing I know, she's calling me up at odd hours of the night crying to me how he is hitting her till she's black and blue. I don't like it Raven. I don't like it at all."
Raven was silent for a moment. "No, I haven't heard from her but to be honest I'm not surprised. You'd think she keep in touch with me since I moved to Jump City! I mean I wasn't expecting her to call me every day but still weren't we best friends in high school? And what about when I had to deal that jerk I used to date? She actually defended him! I swear that girl is too nice for her own good." Raven said bitterly.
"Rae, I know you and her had a fight but that's no reason to be so cold to her. Kori has never been as strong willed as you. She really is a sweet girl, naive but sweet."
Raven was silent for a moment. Finally she said "Yeah, I suppose you're right. I'll make sure to call her up soon to see what's up. I'll keep you informed okay?"
Victor sighed. "Alright Raven, I appreciate it. Maybe I'm just overreacting, who knows?"
"It's no problem Victor. I care about Kori too. I'll talk to you later, okay?" Raven said. She hung up the phone and began to stumble towards her bedroom.
Lightning flashed brightly, temporarily illuminating the dark blue room. With twilight long since passed, it took her awhile to find the light switch to reveal her own personal space. Unlike other parts of her nearly empty house, this one was complete with various sized bookshelves and all sorts of exotic figurines upon their shelves. An old favorite of hers, the statue of a raven, peered down menacingly from the highest shelf and her window's drapes hung open lazily with a view of the rain outside.
She wandered over towards her bed, ignoring the books that lay just waiting to be read. Even without new reading material, Raven almost never broke her habit of reading a book before bedtime. Instead, she just collapsed under her bed covers with a huff, not bothering to change into something more comfortable. Her mind was still whirling, thinking about the things Victor had just said moments before. It just did not make any sense.
Kori always seemed to have the perfect life. She never cried, not during school and certainly not any other time she knew her. If anything, the girl could be almost annoyingly happy 24/7, with all her admirers surrounding her. So much that it had irritated her at times! But that wasn't what Victor said. If her old friend was right, then this could mean she was in a lot of trouble.
Raven sighed sleepily, rubbing her head in confusion. It was all too much to think about this late at night. Raven was deeply concerned, but what could she do when it was already past midnight? She yawned and closed her eyes for a moment, slowly drifting off to sleep. Well, at least Raven was until the sound of her chime-like doorbell awakened her from her drowsy state.
Growling under her breath, Raven sat up in her bed and stared at the clock. The bright red letters said 2:00 am. Who in the world would be at the door this late? Muttering curses under her breath, she stumbled down the hallway and peered groggily through the window of her door.
What she saw made her gasp with disbelief. A young woman with tangled red hair, stood in the doorway, soaking wet to the skin. The girl knocked on the door urgently, and Raven noticed purplish bruises all along her face and her clothes were in tatters. It took her only a second, but when she looked a little closer she realized the truth. This poor woman was Kori Anderson...her old friend from high school.
"Friend Rachel? Are you in there? Please open this door...please..." Kori begged.