Chapter 43 'Duped'
"Well isn't this a sweet reunion," Slade stated. Raven knew for sure that he was grinning under that mask.
The green boy on screen boosted himself up and looked into the camera, it was as if he was staring right at her. "Don't listen to him Raven, whatever he says don't listen! Get out of there!"
"What are you going to do to him?" Raven snapped turning away from the screen and staring at the villain with an emotionless expression. She knew Slade wasn't dumb, obviously he could tell she was worried for Beast Boy's safety but the less emotion she showed the better.
Slade chuckled before once again beginning his pacing. "I'm not going to do anything to him," he said smoothly. "That is…as long as you agree to take his place."
Raven took in a deep breath before looking back to the changeling on screen. He would be so angry at her for doing such a thing, but when she considered the consequences there was a better chance that he could kill Beast Boy off than her. With her powers she could easily keep healing herself longer than he could and once the others found her she would be saved. It all seemed logical to her.
"Okay," she agreed in her monotone.
"Perfect," Slade purred as he pushed yet another button on his remote.
"No! Raven get out of there!" She could hear the shapeshifter screaming as she continued to glare at Slade, wondering what was going to happen next.
In one swift motion she was thrown against the wall by an unseen force. Slade really had thought of everything when it came to planning his revenge this time. Once her restraints were tightly bound to her wrists Raven glanced back at the screen to see the green teen staring back with a pained expression on his features.
"I'm sorry Beast Boy, I had to," She said in a soft tone.
"Oh, but did you really?" Slade asked pacing in front of her.
"You're not going to hurt him Slade, we had a deal!" The half demon growled.
"Ah, yes but there was one thing you didn't think to question," Slade said with an amused tone of voice. "Is that the real Beast Boy? Someone seems to have let her mind play tricks on her…haven't you?" He asked.
Raven's eyes widened. It could easily be a ruse for him to hurt the changeling more but then again…this was Slade and he could have easily tried to manipulate her feelings seeing how he did know of her and Beast Boy's new relationship.
"You didn't…" she began slowly trying to use her powers to get her out of her restraints.
"I didn't what? Plant a decoy to set you over the edge and get you to put yourself in harm's way to save him? You tell me," Slade stated as he pressed another button on his controller and the Beast Boy on screen once again got zapped.
"Leave. Him. Alone," Raven hissed.
"It's amazing how much you care about him Raven, and here I thought you were incapable of emotions," Slade teased.
"Azarath Metrion Zinthos!" The dark girl screamed hoping to knock Slade so far off the ground that the controller fell from his hand. At least without that he was no longer in charge.
What shocked Raven the most was that…nothing had happened. She hadn't even managed to escape the restraints. She looked around confused until she heard a laugh coming in the direction of the villain.
"It's amusing to me how you think you can break away from those chains to easily. You see I planned for all of this. I knew Robin would attack you and you would be forced to defend yourself, thus removing him. I knew once you saw Beast Boy in pain you would immediately volunteer to take his place. All I had to do was make sure my computers could match his image to his voice and I could make him say whatever I wanted. Of course if he would have told you to stay you would have known he wasn't the original, but when I made him sound like he was more concerned for you…well…you bought it didn't you?" Slade asked watching her expression become very dark. "So of course I had to study your powers enough to find restraints to hold you. Once you're dead and your device is activated I can get you and your leader to wipe out the rest of your team. And judging by your injury there it shouldn't be too much longer."
Raven's eyes widened, she'd completely forgot that she had been hurt. This whole thing with Beast Boy had thrown her off and come to think about it she could barely even feel the pain anymore. That wasn't good, this meant her body was getting numb, numbness lead to blacking out and if she blacked out she'd surely wake up as one of Slade's robot titans.
"I was surprised at the fact you didn't attempt to heal yourself while you still could. Although I suppose your mind was elsewhere, before you go I'm sure you'll be happy to know that your Beast Boy is alive and well fending off villains and my titan army with the rest of your team as we speak."
"You tricked me," she said in her monotone. "He was never in any real danger."
"On the contrary," Slade began. "Who do you think I'm going to program to destroy the changeling?"
"No…" Raven whispered as she pulled at her restraints a few times hoping if she just tried a little harder she could break free.
"Oh don't worry Raven, you'll be able to see exactly what you're doing to him. After all, I wouldn't want you to miss the look on his face."
She could feel the lightheaded feeling take over. She couldn't believe how naïve she'd been to think that Beast Boy was in any real danger. And now just because she'd used her heart instead of her head to think this one time it was all going to be over.
Allowing herself to shed a single tear Raven hung her head in shame. The last thing she heard was the sound of sliding across the floor and a shout of Slade's name before everything went black.
The four titans stared down at the pile of villains that lay unconscious in front of them. It seemed wrong to kill them off now knowing they were merely pawns in Slade's game as well.
"That little twerp better be right about this," Bumblebee said as she brushed herself off.
Luckily they'd all managed to get by with only a few scrapes and bruises from this fight.
"Yeah but did you hear what he said?" Cyborg asked. "The others are still alive…and they're coming after us."
"Oh I do not wish to destroy our friends!" Starfire exclaimed looking worried.
"Dude, there's gotta be a way to change them back!" Beast Boy yelled as he looked around at each of his friends. None of them showed any sign of knowing what to do.
"Perhaps boyfriend Robin and friend Raven have found Slade and-."
"Dude something's coming!" Beast Boy yelled cutting off the Tameranian princess as he pointed to the shadow reflecting off the wall. He was in fact correct, whoever it was, was coming towards them.
"Get ready!" Cyborg yelled as the four quickly formed a battle stance.
"On the count of three," Bumblebee whispered. "One….two…thr-."
"Friend Jinx!" Starfire yelled as the pink haired girl came into view. "You are unharmed!"
Jinx looked around frantically at her teammates standing before her. "You guys need to run, he can't be far behind. It was a miracle I got away," she said in between breaths.
"Uh…who are you talking about?" Cyborg asked raising a brow at the pink haired girl.
Jinx rolled her eyes. "Kid Flash is alive, as well as the rest of the titans and villains we thought died, but Slade turned them evil and now they're trying to hunt us down!"
"How did you escape Kid Flash? I mean couldn't he have tracked you down in two seconds if he wanted to?" Beast Boy asked confused.
"I ditched him around one of the corners, he didn't turn in time and…that's not the point! He should be here soon. You guys need to go!" Jinx snapped.
Bumblebee laughed at this comment as she glanced at the pile of villains on the ground before them. "You have got to be kidding. You don't think we could take one lone attack after we just defeated all of them?" She asked.
"You don't get it!" Jinx exclaimed. "They are programmed not to stop until they are killed, if you kill them this time there is no bringing them back to life. The only person with the controls is Slade and seeing how he's already turned Robin into one of those things I don't think this is going to end any time soon," she explained quickly.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa hold up…Slade did what to Robin?" Cyborg asked in shock.
"After the games, when Robin was here Slade installed something into him to turn him against us at the flick of a switch but I have no idea who he's programmed him against. Slade seemed to know our every move so I just thought…"Jinx began slowly.
"That he'd program him to go after Raven," Bumblebee finished.
Starfire gasped at this comment. "Robin would not do such a thing," she declared.
"But he's not Robin," Jinx stated. "Trust me I just saw what it does to them. There's no willpower left."
"Then we need to stop him before he can start!" Beast Boy exclaimed his expression growing less cheerful with each word spoke.
"What about Kid Flash and the rest of the titans?" Bumblebee asked.
"You guys stay here, I'll go," Beast Boy stated.
"B, you can't just go chasing after Slade alone," Cyborg said narrowing his eyes at his friend. "Who knows what he's got up his sleeve. He could turn you into one of his titan minions next."
Beast Boy balled his fists as he looked up at his best friend with a hard glare. Cyborg had only seen the changeling this upset a few times in all the years they had spent being a team. It didn't happen often, and when it did the mechanical man knew he meant business.
"I'm not going to let him hurt her," Beast Boy growled.
"Friend Cyborg is right, you should not go alone," Starfire said as she placed a firm hand on his shoulder.
"Starfire…I don't think now's the best time to argue-."
Starfire smiled up at the half human hybrid. "I am not doing the arguing because I believe that friend Beast Boy should go…but I will do the going with him," she stated.
At this comment the green teen's expression softened and he quickly looked over to the redhead. "No, Star I promised Robin that-."
"I do not care what you have promised Robin," Starfire said. "If he is under the control of Slade your promise is no longer valid, correct?"
"I understand that Robin may no longer be himself but perhaps I can get through to him once again, please, you must allow me to try," Starfire said calmly.
Beast Boy let out a sigh just as a whoosh of yellow and red came shooting through the room. The five heroes paused and looked at the lone figure with glowing red eyes that was once their friend and teammate.
"Whoa," Cyborg uttered. "Guys, what are we supposed to do with him?"
All was silent as the speedster stared down the enchantress as she balled her fists getting ready to attack if necessary.
"Hold him off, come on Star let's go!" Beast Boy yelled grabbing hold of the Tameranian and practically pulling her out of the room.
"You do not mind me doing the tagging along?" Starfire asked.
"Trust me," Beast Boy began, "If Robin's anything like that I'm going to need you."
So who do you think comes to Raven's rescue guys? I'm taking bets, winner gets a cookie…okay well not really cause I can't mail a cookie but you get the point. None the less I'm curious about what you guys think is going to happen next.
Also, I hope I did Raven justice here. It's kind of hard to depict how she would act in such a circumstance, but I sort of based the way she acted off of 'The End' when she sacrificed herself and seeing how she didn't have too much of an issue doing so then I assumed she wouldn't think twice about doing such a thing for someone she cared about. Meh, made sense in my head, hope it does to you guys.