A/N: I know I should be updating my other stories first, but I don't like how they're turning out, and may delete them, as they were written literally years ago. x.x'' I have finally found the time to continue writing my stories though, so this one won't be abandoned.
Chapter 1: Bitter Beginnings
"How long really is forever?" Asked Raven, as she held onto the body in her lap.
"D-don't leave me... please..." She pleaded, allowing a tear to roll down her cheek.
"Raven, wake up," chimed a voice that seemed to appear out of thin air. Raven jerked her head around and observed the snowy scene around, but saw no one other than the feminine body that lie before her.
"WAKE. UP," the voice said much louder and persistant, causing the ground to shake.
"Wake up!" Raven sat upward immediately and glared at her bedroom door. She looked over at her alarm clock and noticed it was 10:30 A.M. She had overslept for the second day in a row, with no explanation other than odd dreams. She rubbed her eyes at the sight of the bright sun blaring in her room.
"Dude, c'mon, we need you for a mission Rae!" Shouted none other than Beast Boy at the goth's door. She let out a sigh and jumped out of bed, quickly dressing herself in a fresh black leotard and cape. When she opened her bedroom door, she smacked Beast Boy across the back of his head before teleporting to the meeting room. He sat there for a moment then morphed into a cheetah to run down the hall.
In the living room, Robin, Starfire, and Cyborg were gathered around the main computer, and when Raven entered the room, she noticed a circular flashing icon resembling a clock on the screen. She noticed Starfire narrow her eyes at the sight of it.
"He's back," she said, her voice hinting a bit of annoyance. Robin put an arm around his girlfriend's shoulder, and Starfire calmed down. The trio turned around to see Raven watching with Beast Boy stumbling in the room behind her, panting heavily.
"Warp is at Best Buy, not sure why," said Cyborg as he crossed his arms and thought about the villain's intentions.
"Did he not turn into a baby when we opened a can of the whoop ass on him last time?" asked Starfire. The boys had to hold in their laughter while Raven just raised an eyebrow. "What? Did I say something wrong?" She asked, blushing.
Robin shook his head and cleared his throat. "Let's get going team," he said, and with that, everyone left the room.
-*At Best Buy...*-
Warp was shooting what looked to be a shrink ray at various objects in the store, from televisions to laptop cases before picking them up and placing them in a small backpack. Suddenly, the Titans appeared before him, stopping him in his tracks.
"Ah yes, the Teen Titans again, it has been quite a while since I've seen you all last," said Warp, mainly directing his words at Starfire.
"You are not welcome here!" She shouted, voice full of fury. Robin placed a hand on her shoulder and she eased up again, not averting her eyes from the villain and really trying her best not to blow his head off with star bolts.
"I'd love to stay and chat with all of you again, but I really must be going. And to ensure you don't stop my plan again..." Warp pulled a gadget resembling a watch out of his backpack. He pointed it towards the Titans and pressed one of the buttons on the side of it. Bright blue wavy rays flew out in all directions, slowing down time a little more with each ray.
"Azerath Metrion... Zin...thos..." Uttered Raven as time stood still. Warp laughed and created another time portal with a device on his belt. Raven's words caused black energy to envelop her and freed her from being frozen in time. She flew as fast as she could through the portal with him, colliding with him andpushing them both through. The portal suddenly snapped closed before the other Titans could reach it.
"No..." Said Starfire, tears forming in her eyes. Robin walked up to her and gave her a hug.
"She's Raven, she'll make it out just fine Star," He assured her. She just shook her head.
"You do not understand, the Raven I knew in the future when Warp sent me there was... not right," she weeped. Robin raised an eyebrow.
"You never did tell us what happened to her Star," said Cyborg, speaking up for the first time. "What was up with her?"
"She was..." Starfire choked on tears before continuing. "the insane." Robin and Cyborg's eyes widened.
"What do you mean?" Asked Robin.
"She was crazy Robin. She did not believe I was there when I really was. I fear what might happen to her if she is alone and stuck there for too long."
"She's Rae, Star, she'll find a way back," said Cyborg.
Robin looked around the store. "Where's Beast Boy?" He asked, the other Titans shrugged and began the search for their green friend.
Warp let out a sigh as he struggled with Raven. "Ever get the feeling of Deja Vu Warp?" She sneered, while throwing black bolts of energy at the villain. They were flying through the space-time continuum to their destination time.
"No matter how hard I try, you always manage to capture me," Warp sulked and pressed a button on his Time Suit. They stopped floating in the space-time continuum and landed in a grassy field in the middle of no where.
"Where are we?" Demanded Raven, placing dark tendrils around Warp's legs so he couldn't escape. Her eyes began to glow red. Despite the victory over her father years ago, she still required keeping her emotions under control.
"Relax, we're only nineteen years in the past."
Warp looked over at Raven, who was now fuming with anger. "Only nineteen years? Take me home this instant!" She shouted, on the verge of losing control of her emotions.
He only laughed, before suddenly disappearing. Raven's eyes widened, and she frantically looked all around the area where he had been standing seconds ago. With no success, she let out a sigh and observed the scene. She was in an empty field of grass and dirt. No trees, no civilization, nothing.
A fly flew in her face and she swatted at it, missing each hit. "Get the fuck out of my face. Azerath, Metrion Zin-"
"Raven stop! It's me!" The fly morphed into none other than the green hero before her.
Why did I have to get trapped in the past with him? She asked herself, not expecting an answer.
Hey Rae, it won't be all bad! C'mon, admit he's funny! Chimed in her happy emotion. Raven winced.
Shut it, pinky. We're stuck nineteen years in the past with the possibly most useless Titan around. And no, his jokes aren't funny. Raven told her.
Don't be such a bitch, jeez. Said Rude. She belched and walked off.
I'm afraid she's right. Besides, the most useless Titan is Kole. Everyone knows THAT. Said intellect. Raven sighed.
Beast Boy nervously looked into Raven's blank, unimpressed eyes, waiting for a response. She simply responded by slapping him across the face again. Beast Boy angrily grabbed her wrist immediately after she did so, slightly scaring her.
"Look, ever since we went to Tokyo, you have done nothing but hit me, and I'm not putting up with it any more, so please, stop," he said in a tone that made Raven shudder. She didn't show any emotion, but simply nodded before turning around and walking in the opposite direction. "Where are you going?" He demanded.
"We are nineteen years in the past Beast Boy. We need to find a way out of here before it's too late. Oh, and don't touch anything or talk to anyone. One tiny change now could drastically affect the future, so don't touch-" Raven turned around, knowing she was being ignored. She looked around and saw Beast Boy flirting with a nearby blonde that was lying down in the sun. She narrowed her eyes.
"Sooo is it hot out here? Or is it just you?" He said, and winked at her. The girl giggled. Beast Boy felt himself being lifted off the ground and jerked his head around at Raven. She used her dark energy to pull him over to her.
"Did you not just hear what I said?" She hissed, her voice slightly demonic.
"Yeah, yeah, don't talk to anyone, done deal," he said, rolling his eyes.
Raven simply rolled her eyes back at him, grabbed his arm, and pulled him off. They walked in one direction for what seemed like an hour until they reached the outskirts of a city alley. The sun was on the verge of sinking below the horizon, and they had yet to find shelter.
"Dude, I think we're in Gotham!"
"Nineteen years in the past, hopefully the crime isn't as bad now as it gets in the future," said Raven, hopeful. The sun was set now, and the stars began to pop out of the darkness.
"Nice to see there isn't as much light pollution yet either," said Beast Boy, looking admirably up into the sky. A window above them creaked open, and a violet haired teenager jumped out of it, and fell onto Beast Boy. She looked down at him and stood up, backing away in fear. There was a wall behind her, at least ten feet tall. "It's okay, we're not going to hurt you," said Beast Boy in the most comforting voice Raven had heard him speak.
Raven narrowed her eyes at the teenager, then at Beast Boy. She pulled him aside and whispered in his ear. "What did I tell you? No contact, what-so-ever!"
"We're heroes Rae, besides, it's just one girl, what's that going to hurt?"
Raven sighed. She supposed nothing would be changed, as long as they didn't get too involved.
Y'know, Raven, she looks vaguely familiar, Intellect quickly added.
I may be an idiot, but I agree. Said Rude.
I-I don't think we can trust her... Mumbled Timid.
Let her go, she's just a window jumping idiot, she probably stole something and tried to bail. Roared Anger.
Shut up Anger, no one wants you around here anyway. Brave demanded. Raven saw Anger and Brave, face to face, ready to go at it.
All of you, shut up! Would it hurt to be helpful every once in a while? Said Raven, finally shutting out her emotions.
Raven slowly nodded at Beast Boy and turned around to face the hopelessly confused teen.
"Look, we're not going to hurt you, what's the matter?" she asked, making a slow step towards the teen.
The teen took a step back. "I-I have my dad's g-gun, so don't pull anything..." She stammered, pulling out a pistol. The Titans put their arms in the air, and revealed completely weaponless bodies. The teen withdrew her weapon and slowly approached the two.
"I g-gotta get outta here, you don't realize what h-he's gonna do to me if he finds out th-that I've left, so please..."
"Who are you talking about?" Asked Beast Boy, taking a step toward her as well.
"My father... He's d-drunk again and I need to get-" She was cut off by the sounds of furniture being thrown around in the room above.
"Where the hell are you, you 'lil bitch?" Screamed a man's voice at the top of his lungs. Raven looked at Beast Boy, and he nodded at her. Raven suddenly threw her cloak over the top of both of them and morphed into a black raven, flying around the streets until she found an abandoned shop. She dropped the two on the ground gently and morphed back into her half human, half demon self.
"Wh-what happened?" Demanded the teen, drawing her pistol again at Raven. "Are you two... super heroes?"
Raven took a moment to observe the teen in the moonlit room.
Raven, she does look a lot like you. Said Intellect.
I told you our hair style was out of date! Sheesh, they had it nearly twenty years ago... Noted Rude.
I thought I told you all to shut up. Said Raven. Her emotions observed rage growing larger before she was towering amongst the rest. Her emotions stopped talking all at once.
"We aren't... from around here you might say..." Beast Boy said nervously, looking over at Raven. "What's your name, if you don't mind me asking?"
The teen looked at the ground, as if there was nothing else to lose. "My name is Angela. Angela Roth."
Raven's face grew more pale than the full moon outside.