Beast Boy laughed, stepping out the door of the student housing, "We'll see you guys next week!"
Raven was still inside, chatting with Terra.
"So, lunch on Wednesday?" Terra asked.
"Sure. Just don't bring Cassie or Natalie." Raven said.
"Believe me, those two are history. Along with Devin." Terra rolled her eyes. "Any guy who screams that high and runs off, leaving me in the dark and alone is so not worth my time."
"He did have a right to be scared." Raven tried.
"Please. He could have at least pretended to have a spine."
Raven smiled, "I'll see you on Wednesday."
Terra waved her out the door. As Raven left, Timotei yelled from the stairs, "Atât timp, erou mic!"
She waved at him, shaking her head.
Beast Boy was waiting for her outside, hand outstretched to her as they began the walk back to the Tower. She took it and they walked in comfortable silence. They could have flown, but it was nice to have a break. It had been a long day.
Early this morning had been Slade's cremation. The Titans had paid for it; none of them wanting any reminder of the enemy left. They had all attended, wanting to be sure that this chapter in their lives was closed. Raven had seen Jericho standing on the edge of the room, unnoticed by the others. She didn't say anything. Robin had enough weighing on his mind without knowing of Jericho's connection to Slade.
Raven sought out Robin before the cremation, knowing he needed to talk about it.
"It's strange." He told her. "It's like a huge weight is gone, but I feel guilty for feeling happy about it. I'm glad he's gone."
"We all are. There's no need to feel guilty. Slade caused a lot of hurt to lots of people. You didn't kill him, you even tried to save him. It's better that he's gone." Raven had told him. She knew she would sleep easier now.
Robin had smiled and thanked her for talking to him. He was different now, too. He still retained his maturity, but he smiled a bit easier now. Especially when he was around Starfire.
They were dating officially now. No one in the entire city, except Robin and Starfire, found it surprising. However, it was still the topic of much gossip. Every time the two would go out, they would eventually be asked questions by every and any magazine in the city. Though Starfire enjoyed talking about their relationship, Robin wasn't so keen. Raven had overheard him asking Cyborg for some holorings.
After the cremation, Beast Boy had taken her to the arcade, though this time, neither one of them wore a disguise. They were stirring up quite the fuss themselves with Jump City's media, though they hadn't come out and announced it to anyone other than their friends. That had been exciting enough as it is.
"You're…together." Cyborg had asked, frowning.
"I mean," Robin said, rubbing the back of his neck, "we knew how Beast Boy felt, but it's still a little weird."
"This is glorious!" Starfire squealed, speeding towards where Beast Boy and Raven were standing, hands interlocked. "We shall go on double dates and enjoy many nights of couple bonding!"
Beast Boy had smothered a laugh at the look on Raven's face. She swallowed her foreboding feeling that she would be dragged to the mall more often by both Starfire and Terra and gave a muttered, "Sure, Starfire."
Terra was back at the student housing, her room all to herself now. Raven was glad that everything was finally settled for her. She deserved to live a normal life. Or, as normal a life as anyone living in Jump City.
Once they had blown Beast Boy's change on Ghosts N' Goblins, they had spent some time in the bookstore. Beast Boy had even picked up an abridged version of one of Raven's favorites, much to her surprise.
"I can read, you know." He had said when she stared at him incredulously.
"I know. I'm just surprised you're spending your money on a real book rather than a comic book." Raven said, paying for her own new novels.
"Comics have good stories, too." He argued.
She thought for a moment. "If you read that, I'll read one of your comics."
Raven nodded and they left the bookstore. "I want to know why you like what you like. It's called making an effort."
"Does this mean you'll play video games with me every once in a while?" He asked, his emerald eyes pleading.
Raven sighed. "Maybe. But I absolutely refuse to play anything with the word 'monkey' in the title."
"Deal." He grinned, taking her hand and kissing her cheek.
Raven flushed and muttered, "Come on. We're going to be late to Mary's."
Sunday night was pasta night at Mary's, and Raven and Beast Boy were making the time to have dinner there. The attachments Raven had formed while she was there hadn't faded with the revealing of her true identity. Timotei still teased her, Mary still mothered her and Terra still joked with her. It was nice, to have these weekly breaks from crime-fighting and hang out with people who were honestly friendly.
Their path home had taken them past a few alleys. Raven took no notice of it until Beast Boy suddenly stopped and froze. His nose lifted slightly and he gave an almost inaudible growl.
Before she could ask him what was wrong, he looked at her, "You trust me?"
Raven frowned, "Of course I do. What's-"
"Be right back." He whispered and suddenly morphed into a fly. He disappeared around the corner, leaving her alone.
Confused, she kept walking down the street. Everything fell into place when a disgustingly familiar voice spoke from the shadowed alley.
"Hey there, beautiful."
Raven nearly laughed as Rick stumbled out from the alley. He was drunk, which wasn't surprising. He stared at her, unable to focus for a moment or two.
"I remember you." He slurred, stepping closer. "You've got the crazy eyes." He laughed, his breath almost noxious. "That boyfriend ever come back?"
Raven knew what Beast Boy had planned. "As a matter of fact, he did." She motioned to someone behind Rick.
Rick turned, finding a large expanse of green skin and teeth at his eye level. He blinked and stepped back. Still unable to see clearly, he took another step back.
The tyrannosaurus rex was suddenly very clear to Rick as it growled.
He squealed, trying to run away. Raven caught him with her energy easily. Beast Boy morphed back into himself, smiling.
"You knew he was there." Raven said to him as he walked back to her side.
"I knew. I figured a little innocent revenge would make you feel pretty good." He grinned at her.
She looked to where Rick hung upside down in mid-air. "It really, really does."
Raven looked at Rick, "Last time we met, I wished I could have you hanging streetlight." She raised him higher, "Let's make that a reality."
After a few minutes and a phone call to the police, Beast Boy and Raven walked away, leaving a suspended Rick behind them. They weren't quite sure how the police were going to get him down, but it didn't really bother them.
They stopped when the reached the water that separated their Tower from the city. They stood there for a few minutes, silent. Beast Boy stepped behind Raven, wrapping his arms around her waist and resting his chin on her shoulder. The sun had long since set, leaving the velvet sky dotted with flares of stars. The moon was heavy and low, framing the Tower almost perfectly.
"Rae?" Beast Boy asked.
"Mhmm?" Her eyes were half-closed, more comfortable than she had ever been before.
"I think I'd like to take you on another first date." Beast Boy said, nuzzling his nose into her neck.
"We had a first date." She answered.
"Yeah, but it didn't end that well. I wanna do-over." His voice was muffled against her skin.
She smiled, knowing he couldn't see it, "All right."
Raven felt him smile. "Still feeling green?" She asked.
"Vibrantly." She answered.
"Good." He turned her around and kissed her thoroughly. It was slow and sweet, promising years to come. When they had finished, he pulled away. "Come on. We've got some video games to play." He grinned that fangy grin she enjoyed so much and morphed into a bird, taking off over the harbor.
Raven smiled and followed the boy she loved back home.
And so ends my very first Fanfic ever. I hope you all enjoyed it. Many, many thanks to my reviewers:
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