Lookey here, a second part? OMG Faith, you're crazy! Why would anyone want a second part to this story? I mean, it's not like you left a cliffie on the last part or anything...
All right, so I've gotten a few requests for a second part, which was quite fun to write.
It had been a year since the initial experience with the demon haunting their home, and they were all but sure that it was gone; that the sunlight had somehow vanquished it, which still baffled Raven with her expertise in the specific area.
"Dudes, so…do ya wanna like, go to Titans East or something?" Beast Boy looked between them all, sitting close to his now girlfriend of three months.
Raven squeezed his hand, but kept her face blank. "We can't just run away. We don't know if anything will happen, so there's no reason to worry."
Robin nodded, stepping in front of the others with his arms crossed. "Raven's right. We can't be run out of our own home because of something that happened a year ago. I'm sure everything will be fine. Let's just have a quiet Halloween, no parties." He glared at the two boys.
Beast Boy waved a hand at him and leaned back. "Don't worry, a party is the last thing I want. They're bad luck!"
Cyborg nodded. "I'm with B on this one. Better safe than sorry." He looked around, noticing something was off. "Hey, where's Star?"
Robin jolted, suddenly becoming aware of the lack of presence of his girlfriend. He turned toward the door that led to the hallway and began walking over to it, not turning back around as he spoke. "I'll go find here. She's probably in our room." He pushed through the door and hurried down to the room, feeling somewhat frightened against his better judgment. He knew she would be fine, but he always seemed to worry more about her; it was just in his nature when it came to her.
He walked up to their room and typed in the code, sliding into the room right as the door slid open enough to get his body through. "Star?" He turned on the light and glanced around the room until his eyes finally landed on the bump under the covers of the bed. He sighed in relief and went over to it, pulling back the covers to reveal her sleeping face, and wrapped an arm around her with a kiss on her neck. "Babe?"
Starfire sighed and stretched out before turning around in his arms, her eyes slits. "Oh, greetings Robin. What is it?"
He smiled at her and let himself fully fall down on the bed. "Sorry to wake you, just wondered where you were. We're all out in the common room, if you want to join."
She sat up slowly and rubbed her eyes, looking over at the clock. "Oh! I did not realize I had slept for so long. I thank you for waking me up." She smiled at him and flew up off of the bed, stretching out more when her feet touched the ground.
He gave her a lop-sided grin and stood up, stepping over to her to wrap his arms around her from behind. He kissed up her neck and nibbled on her ear, earning a squeal. "I'm guessing you want to come out, then?"
She turned around and wrapped her arms around his neck, smiling brightly. "Very much so." She jumped out of his arms and grabbed his hand, dragging him to the door. "Come! We must hurry."
He chuckled and allowed her to drag him along, figuring any resistance would most likely just end up with a dislocated shoulder. "Slow down Star, my body isn't meant to go this fast."
She squeaked and dropped his hand, and then allowed a small giggle out. "My apologies, Robin." She kept her speed at a more normal pace to stay by Robin's side until they got to the common room.
As the door opened, Cyborg looked up and smiled. "There's our girl. Where were ya?"
She smiled kindly at him and flew over, taking a seat in between Cyborg and Beast Boy. "I was taking the nap. I did not realize I had slept so long."
He patted her on the back. "No big deal. Now, no parties tonight; do we really wanna do anything at all?"
Beast Boy scratched the back of his neck as he looked at the others. "Honestly…I was kinda wondering if we could just act like it was a normal night, ya know? Nothing creepy."
Everyone raised an eyebrow at him, wondering what happened to their Beast Boy.
He raised his hands up in defense. "I know you guys are thinking the same. Don't look at me like that!"
Starfire was the first to speak up. "I believe Beast Boy is having the idea that is good. I would very much like to keep the night 'normal'." She glanced between them all, with her hands in her lap and biting her lip.
Robin sighed and scooted in between Starfire and Beast Boy, pulling Starfire halfway onto his lap. "I guess we'll go with that. Just to ease people's consciences."
Raven shrugged from her spot next to Beast Boy. "Whatever. Doesn't matter to me."
Robin nodded and rubbed his hands together. "Then it's settled. Let's just keep it a normal night, no special tre-"
The lights flickered off, and turned back on seconds later.
Everyone looked at each other, silently freaking out. Robin cleared his throat and sat up more to see all of the Titans. "Probably just a glitch. No big deal."
Beast Boy stood up, looking around warily. "Maybe we could go out or something. Like, ya know, to eat. The pizza place."
Robin sighed and shook his head. "We're not being driven out of our own home. Nothing's going to happen." He looked around at the others. "Right?" He gave them a look saying 'you better say yes or extra training for a month'. When he turned to Starfire, he noticed her staring up at the corner of the ceiling, seemingly transfixed by something. He raised an eyebrow and touched her shoulder. "Star?"
She jumped and turned to him, both eyebrows raised high. "Yes?" Her face looked slightly ashen, but no other emotions played out.
He scratched his head. "Uh, just wondering what you were looking at. You all right?"
She smiled brightly at him and nodded. "Of course." She looked at all of them. "Might I suggest a movie? Not a horror film…perhaps a The Notebook?" She looked at all of them with hopeful eyes, Beast Boy and Cyborg glancing at each other in distaste, Raven impassive but showing a subtle sign of slight disgust, and Robin smiling sweetly as her.
Robin nodded, wrapping an arm around her shoulders. "Sounds like a plan."
Beast Boy groaned. "Duuude, that's a total chick flick? I mean, what will that do to my sexuality?" Raven snorted, and he pouted.
Cyborg raised his eyebrow at the boy for a moment, and then turned to Robin. "Ya know I'm always for a nice romance," he coughed, "but how 'bout something a little more…I dunno, non-gushy?"
Robin looked between them all, his arms crossed, and then down at Starfire's crestfallen face, and cleared his throat. "How about…a double feature? We'll watch The Notebook first, and then you guys can pick one."
Starfire brightened considerably, giving Robin a big smile. "I am not apposed to your decision."
He smiled back at her, and then looked to the other. "Guys?"
The boys looked at each other and shrugged. "Guess that works."
Raven just glanced up. "Fine."
Beast Boy smirked and walked over to Raven, grabbing her hand. "Don't worry babe, I'm sure we'll love the movie."
She raised an eyebrow at him, but decided against a retort. She glanced at Robin. "Let's just start the movie."
He nodded and went over to the television, looking through the DVDs to find Starfire's choice. He turned around swiftly when he heard Starfire gasp, and saw the others staring at her oddly as well. "You all right Star"
She turned to him with wide eyes and nodded. "Y-yes. I am fine." A large, fake smile was plastered on her face.
He narrowed his eyes at her and opened his mouth. "Star, do-"
Bangs sounded throughout the tower. Bangs much like…
"We're all gonna die!" Beast Boy shot up from his spot and began to run around the couch.
Raven grabbed him by the back of his costume and plopped him back down on the couch. "Calm down. We don't need you running around, freaking out right now." She glared at him.
Starfire looked between them all as the four began to speak of methods of fighting or escape, keeping silent. She drew her knees up to her chest and glanced back up at the ceiling, her eyes dragging across the wall until it reached the kitchen, transfixed by the sight before her.
Pots were heard crashing, and plates breaking. The four jumped and looked over at the kitchen and Robin growled. "Fuck! All right Titans, strategize. At this point, we put survival first." He looked over at Starfire, who was still staring into the kitchen. He figured she was just scared because of what had happened the Halloween before. She was the one dragged out by that thing, after all. "Star…" He sighed and sat down next to her, wrapping his arms around her.
She slowly turned to him and conjured up a small, shaky smile, but said nothing. She leaned into him, nuzzling his neck slightly, but her gaze began to drift next to the television, transfixed. She cocked her head slightly, causing her head to brush against his cheek.
He looked down at her, noticing her far-away gaze, and cocked an eyebrow. "Star? What're you looking at?" He glanced up at the empty space next to the television, perplexed.
"Holy shit!" Cyborg jumped slightly when a large crack was put into the TV.
Robin kept his eyes on Starfire. "Star? Do you…" He looked up at the television, and then back down to her. "Do you see something? You'd tell me if you did, right?"
She sat up slightly, his arms still around her, and smiled at him. "Of course, Robin. I apologize if I seem the 'sketchy'."
Everyone stared at her. Robin blinked. "Did…did you just say sketchy?"
Starfire cocked her head to the side and nodded. "Is that not the correct term?"
Suddenly Robin began chuckling, temporarily forgetting his current predicament, finding her usage of slang indescribably cute. He opened his mouth to speak, when the light fixture about them creaked, and then it was falling head-on toward Robin. "Shit!" He pulled Starfire with him onto the floor, rolling as far away as he could before it hit down right where he was not seconds before.
They all stared at it, and Cyborg rubbed the back of his neck. "Heh, I guess I was wrong when I thought the chandelier would make the tower classier…" speaking of the fixture that he had put up earlier that year, claiming that the tower needed 'class'.
Robin pulled Starfire to a sitting position as he looked over at the couch with wide eyes, breathing heavily. He turned to glare at Cyborg. "I told you not to put that thing up." He quickly got up and helped Starfire rise with him, keeping her in his arms protectively, and then looked up at the others with a serious expression. "This time we know better than to split up, and considering last time, trying to look for this thing is pretty much useless."
Beast Boy nodded and clung onto Raven's hand. "Finally you actually listen to me for once!" He shook his head. "Seriously, who's the one that's a TV junkie? Uh, yeah, this guy." He pointed to himself and then grimaced, realizing he just dissed himself.
Robin ignored him, focusing on the task at hand. "All right, as of now we just need to stay in one place and try and keep up as many exits as possible, if necessary. Got it?" When he got nods, he nodded back and then motioned around the room. "Check the doors, and be careful. We know what it's capable of."
Robin sighed and held on tighter to Starfire when she tried to be free of his grip. She looked up at him quizzically and allowed him to pull her down on the couch with him.
He stared at the floor for a while, seemingly thinking something over, and then turned to her with worry written all over his face. "Star, something's going on. You're seeing it, aren't you?"
She studied him for a moment and pulled away from his grasp, bringing her knees up to her chest and nodded, keeping her gaze away from him.
Robin furrowed his brow and scooted closer to her, pulling her to him again and trying to get her to look at him. "Star, please talk to me, or at least say something." He kissed her neck softly as she began to shake slightly. He desperately wanted to ask what she was seeing, but didn't want to force anything on her at the moment. Having to see that thing couldn't be good, and her aura of stoicism confirmed that. Instead he simply pulled her closer, balling her up against him as close as possible. "Say something, Star. Anything. Please." He wouldn't say it aloud, but he was beginning to become scared at her silence.
She glanced up at him through glassy eyes. "It…it does not wish for me to speak of it. Please, do not force me to speak of it." Her voice was barely a whisper, him only hearing because of his extremely close proximity.
He nodded slowly, a frowning working its way onto his face. "All right, Star. Your safety is first priority over that thing."
She took a deep breath and closed her eyes, burying her head in the crook of his neck. "I do not wish to see any longer…"
He nodded and rested his cheek against her head. "I know baby, I know."
Robin lifted his head to look at Cyborg, his brow furrowing when he saw the distress on his face. "What's wrong?" He looked at the other two, the same expressions on their faces. Starfire was still curled up beside him, seemingly unaware of the others.
Cyborg sighed and ran his hands over the top of his head. "The doors. None of them are budging. We're stuck in here, in the common room."
Robin stayed silent for a moment, and then nodded. "Well, we still have the windo-"
The tower locked down, covering the windows with steel.
Robin's expression flattened. "Nevermind." He looked back down at Starfire, wanting to ask if she saw anything, but decided against it as he saw her in the same position as before.
Starfire's head snapped up and it sounded like she was listening to something, her eyes bouncing back and forth blindly. Her eyes then trailed across the room as she seemed to watch something move about. She kept her eyes on the invisible figure until her eyes landed right in front of Robin.
Robin noticed her movements and stayed completely still, almost certain the demon was right in front of him. He tried to keep himself rid of fear, but he could feel it seeping through as he gulped and glanced at her. "Star?"
She didn't answer, just kept her eyes on the same spot. She cocked her head, her eyes beginning to narrow and a growl coming from her throat.
Robin kept his eyes on her, as wide as they could go. When he noticed her own eyes widen with terror he felt his stomach drop, knowing something was coming.
Robin turned to the right to see Beast Boy thrown across the room, crumbling to the ground, unconscious. He watched as Raven ran over to him, trying to wake him up. He was acutely aware of his girlfriend still growling beside him and decided to cling onto her, if not to protect her but also to keep hold of his sanity. "Raven, is he okay?"
She sighed and glanced at him. "He will be. Hit his head."
Robin nodded and looked up at Cyborg, motioning him to sit next to him on the couch. When Cyborg raised an eyebrow, he spoke up. "We all need to stay as close as possible. If anything goes on, we grab whoever's being attacked. We may be able to fight this thing off if we stand together."
Giggling was heard.
Robin and Cyborg looked at each other, and when Robin felt timed shakes underneath him, he realized it was Starfire. "Star? Why are you laughing?" He grabbed onto her arms and sat her up so he could look her straight in the eyes, more than a little freaked out. He swallowed hard when he saw the frightened tears in her eyes, despite the quiet laughter.
"It…it cannot be stopped. We cannot stop it, Robin. It will win. We will not." Her laughter stopped and she began to shake, hiding herself in Robin once again.
All of the Titans, minus Beast Boy, stared at her distressed form. Raven stood up with Beast Boy in her arms, laid him down on the coffee table in front of the couch, and sat on the other side of Starfire. She gently laid a hand on Starfire's arm. "Starfire?"
Starfire stilled completely, almost as if she was a statue. She turned her head slowly and looked Raven directly in the eyes, shining with fear. "I do not wish to see it any longer."
Raven tightened her jaw, the hand on Starfire's arm beginning to shake. The girl's emotions were completely out of whack, and she could see the demon. Of course she could see it. After being dragged away like that last year, no one could know what had actually happened to her. She continued looking at the girl in front of her, but had nothing to say. She didn't know what she could say.
Starfire's eyes casted downward and she buried herself back into Robin, her arms around his neck.
More bangs around the room. Random. Harsh footsteps running, and then dissipating. Starfire whimpered, clutching onto Robin for dear life.
Everyone was still, not sure what to do. Starfire hadn't moved during the ordeal that had just taken place; she had no reason to. All of the sudden her head snapped up, eyes wide in fear and worry. "No!"
Everyone jumped as they watched Beast Boy's throat be torn out, his eyes popping open once, making off gurgling noises. He was thrown across the room again, blood on the floor, and when he hit the wall this time he didn't get back up.
"Beast Boy!" Raven burst off of the couch and flew over to him, turning him over so she could see him. His eyes were glassy and blank. "Fuck." She took a couple calming breaths, but she knew they wouldn't work. She flicked up her hood and turned away from the others.
"Holy fuck." Cyborg looked at the sight before him, wanting to run over there next to Raven, but he couldn't move. Apparently Robin was having the same problem because when he looked over at him, he was poised to run over there, but was frozen on the spot.
Starfire was shaking, clinging to Robin. A small trickle of blood went down Robin's arm where she was gripping a little too hard, but neither seemed to notice.
Raven turned back around, her hood still up as she walked back over to them. "by Azar Starfire, where the hell is that shit of a demon?"
Starfire slowly turned toward her, and then looked around the room. "It…" she lifted up from Robin weakly, her eyes scanning the room. "I do not…" She squeezed her eyes shut and fell back onto Robin.
Robin looked down at her, and then over at Beast Boy. "Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck fuck."
Raven glared at him. "That's all you can say?" She forced herself to calm down further, not wishing for an appearance from her father. That might even be what the demon wants; how much fun it would be to play with a lesser demon. She sighed and sat down on the couch next to Starfire again, her eyes closed and began to float. "Azarath Metrion Zintos." She continued her mantra, blocking the others out.
Cyborg was still in the same spot, staring at the emotionless form of Beast Boy. His friend. Dead.
Starfire untangled herself from Robin and sprung up backing away into the middle of the room. "Leave us alone…" Her voice came out in a whisper, tears streaking down her face. "Do not harm my friends. No more. X'hal, no more." More tears fell.
Robin stood up slowly, almost losing his balance, and grabbed a blanket hanging over the back of the couch and walked over to Beast Boy, carefully covering him with it. He walked over to Starfire and grabbed onto her arm loosely, waiting for her to look at him. "Star, where is it? We need to know."
She shook her head. "I…I cannot. It will hurt all of you if I do."
"It already hurt one of us, Star! What the hell else is it gonna do?" Cyborg had finally moved, and his eyes were focused on the Tamaranean, who winced at his booming voice. He softened slightly and rubbed a hand over his face. "Sorry Star. I didn't mean-"
"It is fine."
Robin swallowed and looked between the three. "We need to get out of here now. There has to be someway." He looked at Cyborg. "You outlined the place. There has to be some other exit."
Cyborg sighed and shook his head. "We checked every single one. I say we don't piss this thing off; it's too fucking powerful, Robin." He glared at him.
Robin's eyes narrowed. "What the hell else are we supposed to do? It killed Beast Boy with no fucking regard! It's a fucking demon; it doesn't give a fuck about what happens."
"Stop!" They startled and turned to Raven, who had just woken from her meditation and was now stopped in front of the two boys, glaring between the two. "Fighting is going to get us nowhere." She huffed and began to walk to the kitchen. "Maybe there's something we can pry one of the doors or windows open with. We need to think logically." The meditation had considerably helped with the pain of her dead boyfriend, though still hitting her like a ton of bricks. She could at least think clear now, though, and first priority was getting out of there before another ended up dead. She began to pull open drawers.
Starfire thrust out of Robin's arms and she cried out to Raven. "No! Raven!"
Raven's head snapped up to her, but was cut by a knife swiping in front of her. She dropped down to the ground as knives began to fly around the room, aiming straight for her. "Azarath Metrion Zinthos!" She tried to keep the knives at bay, but her powers refused to work. Before she had a chance to move once she realized she could do nothing, a knife dug into her calf. "Fuck." She shut her eyes tight.
"Raven!" Robin and Cyborg ran over to her, while Starfire slid down to the floor, hugging her knees to herself as she silently cried.
Robin eased through the knives, and he swore they purposely missed him, and tried to get through to Raven, Cyborg on the other side. "Augh!" Robin suddenly found himself airborne, and then crashed straight into Starfire, rolling on top of her.
Cyborg seemed to have the same problem as he was now thrown across the other side of the room, already fighting to stand back up. He was pushed down again.
The knives were bring thrown again, and then silence.
Starfire looked up at the counter, and noticed blood beginning to pool and seep past the counter. Her eyes were fixed on the spot.
"Fuck." Robin stood up and ran over to the counter, but slowed once he got closer to the side Raven was on. There was no noise; he knew what he was going to see.
"Rob, what's it look like?"
Robin turned to look at Cyborg, and then back at the counter. "I…" He took the final step and looked down. "Jesus Christ." He turned away quickly, the form of knives sticking out of Raven's body every which way burnt into his mind.
Cyborg shook his head and refused to walk over, not wanting to see another dead friend.
Starfire simply stared ahead, rocking back and forth silently, unseeing.
Robin ran over to Starfire and yanked her up to him, forcing her to look at him. "Starfire, where is it?" He spoke through gritted teeth.
Tears formed in her eyes and she shook her head. "I do not know. It will not show me." Tiny sobs began to come from her.
Robin sighed and hugged her to him. He was going to get nowhere.
"A'ight you fucker, you wanna fucking go?" Anger began to surface from Cyborg. He cracked his cybernetic knuckles. "Bring it the fuck on!"
Starfire ran from Robin and grabbed hold of Cyborg, shaking her head vehemently. "No no no no…do not provoke it. No. No." She sat him down, forcing him to stay as she continued to shake her head.
Robin walked over to them, feeling Cyborg's anger, but knowing better than to act on it. He sat down on the right of him and clasped his hand, resting his elbows on his knees, legs spread. He let his head hang and he tried to come up with some sort of plan. Right now we have to listen to her. She probably knows best." His voice was flat and wary.
They were silent for the moment, Starfire seemingly calmer as she sat between them comfortably. "It is not showing itself. I do not know where it is." She looked up at Robin with hopeful eyes. "Perhaps it is gone?"
She knew it was not, and so did they.
An hour had past and nothing had changed. Robin looked over the two tiredly. "Maybe…we should try and get some rest. When this thing wants to be seen again, it'll come. There's nothing else we can do." He glanced down at Starfire, who was already asleep in his arms. She was the most tired out of all of them.
Cyborg shook his head. "Ya'll can. I'm off of a battery; I'll stay up an' wake you in anything happens."
Robin swallowed and nodded once, berating himself for thinking of sleeping, but he was only human, after all. No matter how much he hated it, that's all he was. "All right, thanks." He sighed and slide down the couch more, bringing Starfire up to his chest so they could both rest for comfortably. Soon enough he was asleep, sure to be plagued by nightmares.
Cyborg sighed and looked away from the couple and stood up, going over to one of the covered windows. "How can I get you open…" He set one hand down on the surface of the metal, slowly gliding it against it as he contemplated. "There's gotta be a weak spot in here somewhere." He began to walk and feel the wall at the same time, looking for any little weak spot he could come up with.
After about twenty minutes of this he growled and hit his fists against the metal. "Fuck! Open up, Goddamnit!" He was breathing heavily as he pounded on it, and then he was flung back about a foot as the barriers lifted up, revealing the outdoors. A large smile adorned his face as he stood, but it was quickly replaced with a worried frown. Obviously the demon allowed it to lift, which meant something was about to happen.
He turned in the direction of his two sleeping friends and opened his mouth. "Hey Rob, ge-Agh!" He was suddenly tossed through the glass, heading for the water, until whatever being threw him thrust him down so he'd fall straight for a hard ground.
Starfire sat up quickly, her eyes wide. She heard the crash and was quite surprised that Robin didn't wake up. When her eyes fell upon the broken window, she gasped. "Oh X'hal, please no…" She stood up slowly and walked to the window, stepping over the broken glass – she wouldn't be flying for a while. There was a thump behind her, and she turned before she could look out. She became transfixed on whatever had made the thump, not noticing Robin waking. She began to walk away from the window and followed whatever had caught her attention.
Robin stretched and yawned, then looked around the couch. "Star?" Before he could turn around – where Starfire currently was – he noticed the broken glass. "What the…" He stood and walked slowly over to the open window, much like Starfire had done, but he was able to peer out. "Fuck!" He shut his eyes when he saw his friend splayed out awkwardly on the ground below, circuits and blood mingling together.
If only he had turned around right then, perhaps just to get away from the gory sight. If only his senses weren't temporarily lessoned from the events.
Starfire began walking closer to him, tears cascading down her face. Her body wouldn't stop she couldn't stop it, no matter how hard she tried. She had hold of her conscious, but she couldn't control her movements, and she knew what was the come. The thing was going to force her to kill him, her own boyfriend.
Demons have a sick sense of humor.
Everything was just happening so quickly. It wasn't allowing any time like it did the year before; that had lasted the whole night. This has only lasted a handful of hours. It was out to kill, not to play. It already had its fun and now it was bored.
Robin turned toward her, his eyebrows raised. "Star, I-" His eyes widened, blood spurting from his mouth.
Starfire shook his sobs as her hand slowly dragged a six-inch knife down his body, splitting him open. She wanted to look away so badly, but she thought that maybe she could find a way to take control back.
Not that it mattered anymore.
He dropped to the ground, falling straight into the shards of glass to create more cuts, as parts of his entrails hung out.
She could feel bile rising to her throat, but it refused to give. She knew what was coming next, and she was more than happy to let it happen at this point. It had taken her friends and her love, this nameless demon.
She didn't even try to stop it when it made her slit her throat.
The nightmare was over.
That motherfucker gets things done.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it reading this, while I make my way to the local gay club for my Writing class, which is sure to be a blasty blast.
Oh, and, Read and Review, por favor.