*I'm back! Here's the sequel to my last story. I must warn any new readers: if you haven't read my first story, then you will not know some of the characters in this story. I'll summarize who they are, but if you really want any background info, you'll have to read my other story. Also, in my other story Rae and BB become a couple. This takes place two years later. I think that's all I have to say, besides I hope you enjoy!

Azarath Metrion Zinthos

Azarath Metrion Zinthos

Azarath Metrion Zinthos

Flashes of dark energy and cries of pain echoed around her.

Azarath Metrion Zinthos

Azarath Metrion Zinthos

The faces of loved ones, friends, in agony.

Azarath Metrion Zinthos

Misery, sobbing, shrieking, blazing fire everywhere.

Azarath Metrion Zin-

Flickering, dark abysses, moaning, weeping, cold, dark, scorching flames, cold of endless night, everything wrapping around her, suffocating, growing louder and louder and louder, until-

Raven hit the floor with a thud, knocked out of her meditation. She picked herself up just as Beast Boy walked out onto the roof to join her.

"Are you alright, Rae? The lights are flickering."

Raven sighed. "That vision. I can't figure out what it means."

Beast Boy stepped behind her and placed a comforting hand on her shoulder. Nothing happened. It had been two years since the two of them had become a couple, and he could finally touch her without warning with nothing exploding. Alone, she allowed him to go as far as kiss her, although she had to concentrate very hard to control her emotions, and usually it ended up in a disaster anyway. In front of the other Titans was another story. At first, anytime Beast Boy came near her, Raven became embarrassed and furniture would flip and lights would burst. Now, they had just gotten to where they could hold hands in front of them...for a short time.

But now they were alone, and Beast Boy knelt down next to her, wrapping an arm around her shoulders. Raven leaned into him, seeking refuge from the dark vision that had been haunting her for several weeks.

"I have to figure it out," she said. "It's messing with my emotions. It has to be connected to me somehow."

"Are you sure it's not your father?" Beast Boy asked for about the hundredth time.

"I'm sure. This isn't demonic, it's..." she trailed off, unable to explain, then groaned in frustration.

He pulled her in closer. "You'll figure it out, Rae."


"You will."

Raven stared off into the distant sky.

"You know what you need?" the changeling asked suddenly. "A vacation."

She rolled her eyes. "A vacation. You know we can't. Don't you remember what happened last time we tried to have a getaway?"

Beast Boy recalled the weekend beach trip he had planned especially for Raven. They had barely flown an hour before they were called back to the city, needed to help stop Mad Mod. "Well then," he said, wrapping both arms around her tightly, "we'll just have to imagine one."


"Close your eyes."

"Beast Boy-"

"Just play along."

Raven smiled. "Fine." She closed her eyes and focused on the sound of his breathing.

"Where do you want to go?" he asked, closing his eyes as well.

"This is stupid."

"The beach it is!"

Raven laughed lightly.

"Stop! You'll ruin the spell."


"Sure! Right now we're being transported to the beach. Imagine it. Imagine us on the beach. Can you see it?"

Raven let out a sigh and imagined the scene for him. She imagined the beautiful, white, sandy beaches she read about in books. She imagined clear, effervescent water, blue and green, rolling in with small waves.

"Can you see it?" he asked again.

"Yes," she whispered.

"What are we doing?"

Raven smiled. "Well, I'm reading a book by the water's edge."

"I can see you," he responded. "Old torn book. Bare feet stuck in the sand." He let out a low whistle. "You look pretty good in a swim suit."

Opening her eyes to roll them, she punched him in the gut. "You have to ruin everything, don't you?"

Beast Boy laughed, rubbing his abdomen. "Ouch. Oh come on, I'm sorry. Come on, we'll try again."

She closed her eyes again, settling back into his arms. "What are you doing?" she asked.

"Me? Well, I'm strutting in front of you, hoping you'll look up from your book just once to check out the beach god gracing you with his presence."

"I'm not looking up from my book."

"I know."

Raven laughed. "So, now what?"

"Well, I sneak up behind you and snatch your book away."

"That's a horrible idea."

"I know, what was I thinking? Now I'm running away from you, and you're chasing after me to get your book back. Just as you're about to catch me, I turn around and pick you up by the waist, throwing your book aside, and carry you into the water. Now you're shoving me down under the water. I splash you and you splash me back, and next thing you know, you tackle me into the sand on the edge of the beach."

Raven watched the scene play out in her head, very much aware that most of it wouldn't happen that way exactly, but it was nice to imagine.

Beast Boy continued, "And now we're lying on the beach, and you look up at me and say, 'Oh, Beast Boy, you're such an attractive, charming, funny man. How did I ever get so lucky?'"

Raven looked at him to see his lovely green eyes smiling down at her. She cocked an eyebrow. "In your dreams."

"Every night," he said, wiggling his eyebrows, trying to contain his laughter. "Alright, if you're not happy with that, how about this. I look down at you and say..." Beast Boy sat up straighter so that he could face Raven and look her straight in the eyes. "You are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen...and one of the best things that ever happened to me. I love you."

She looked deep into those beautiful green eyes she adored so much, feeling his love wrap around her like a warm blanket. He was so close to her. Even after two years, every time he drew close to her, every time he said "I love you", butterflies swarmed her stomach. "And then what happens?" she whispered.

He grinned at her, leaning in. Their lips met, gently. One of Raven's hands strayed to his cheek. After about ten seconds she pulled away and smiled at him. He was coming back in for a second kiss, and Raven was actually about to allow it, when something black flashed across the sky.

The couple looked up, startled, searching. It happened again, a long, quick flash of darkness. Though the sighting was brief, Raven felt that the shape was familiar to her. Once more, the darkness flashed before them, this time directly onto the roof in front of them. They stared in shock at what they soon realized was a body, lying face down, sprawled out in front of them.

Raven looked at the body. It was a man, and something about his form was familiar. The navy blue hair on his head shifted slightly in the wind and it hit her suddenly who was before her. She jumped to her feet to rush to his side.