DISCLAIMER: I'm only doing this once, so please pay attention.
I DO NOT OWN BEAST BOY, RAVEN, ANY OF THE OTHER TITANS, JUMP CITY OR ANYTHING ELSE WORTH ACTUAL MONEY. THEY ALL BELONG TO DC (AND THEIR RESPECTIVE CREATORS) AND I'M JUST BORROWING THEM FOR THE PURPOSES OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT. DO NOT SUE. I MEAN THEM NO HARM.
Hello. So, yeah, I'm back. I know, no epilogue to Titans Together yet (it's in progress, I promise), but hopefully this will help a bit.
Due to a few reviews, I've realized that a lot of build-up is made to Beast Boy and Raven getting together, but after that it all gets rather vague..."they lived happily ever after" is just assumed. And while part of me is completely happy to leave it at that, the other part of me wants to keep going. So I shall.
These chapters are going to be disconnected one-shots of their lives. I don't have many right now and I'm not putting them up in any kind of sequential order. Just as they come to me. I may give a short note of explanation or inspiration at the beginning or end of the scene, but that's about all you're going to get.
Request for you: I get writer's block something fierce, so I'll be happy to take requests/prompts/thoughts. You can throw me a prompt for a scene. Or a word. Or a song. Fan art. A Holiday. A vague, flimsy, image you had in a dream. Whatever. And I'll try to see what I come up with. If I don't write your scene, it's not because I didn't want to, it's because I wasn't creative enough to think of a way to do it. Or it was way out of character for my versions of these two. So, Fanfictioners, give me your best shot. I may strike out, but I'll try my best.
Thanks to my reviewers, who made me want to keep going in this fandom.
"I wish you didn't have to go," Beast Boy said.
Raven looked up from her packing, pushing her hair out of her face. "I'll only be gone until Friday."
"That's three nights without you," he pointed out.
Raven smiled gently. "I know."
"First three nights we've spent apart since we got home."
"I know that, too."
"We won't even be able to talk. The stupid convent is in the middle of stupid Nowheresville and won't have reception. Three nights without talking to you."
Beast Boy sighed, looking up at the ceiling of their room, formerly Raven's room. It was still a little darker than his room had been, but they had made some compromises. There was a small t.v. in there now. His collection of movies and video games had their own shelves. His three comic book boxes were lined up neatly in the cabinet beneath the t.v. stand. It was theirs. And now she was leaving him alone.
He wasn't usually this clingy. There were days were they were busy and they didn't see much of each other. Days where all the villains decided to move as one and they were split up across the city. Days where she'd make trips to Steel City or he'd head out east and give the Titans there a hand. But the things he had started to rely on were his night with her. They'd go to bed together, every night without fail, even if it meant her teleporting to his side somewhere. He'd be able to go to sleep touching her, knowing that she was there, safe and healthy. And when she'd wake up, even though she got up before him most days, he always woke up enough to feel her brush a kiss across his mouth before she left their bed. He needed that security of their nights and mornings.
Still, he couldn't help but smile when Raven sat next to him on the bed, running her fingers up his arm. "Beast Boy," she said quietly, "You know I have to go."
"Why can't I go with you?" he asked, knowing the answer.
She knew that he knew as well, but humored him anyway. "With Cyborg in Steel City and me gone, you're needed here. And you know that I have to go because someone needs to assess if my kids are ready to join the Titans on the official roster."
He smiled at the 'my'. "I'm sure Melvin will be. Though I'm not sure about the other two."
"That's why I have to go."
He grabbed her wrist and pulled her down against him. She didn't resist, smiling as she curled into him. He repeated his earlier statement. "I still wish you didn't have to go."
"Three nights, Beast Boy," she whispered, pressing a kiss against his neck. "I'll be back Friday morning. I promise. It won't be that long.
Turns out three nights was very long. The first night he didn't even make the attempt to sleep. He sat on the floor, reading comics and watching television until the sun rose. Every time he thought about bed, he just got this hole in his chest that something was missing. The second night he at least sat on the bed, dozing through some awful horror movies. Raven would have loved to comment on the ridiculousness of them. Despite knowing she wouldn't be able to call, his communicator had been at his side the entire night. Just in case. Rob and Star knew not to comment and just gave him comforting smiles when they passed him. The third night she was gone, he made an honest attempt to sleep, only because he was utterly exhausted. He fell into their bed, stretching over all of it to try and fill up the void that he could still feel.
Beast Boy was sleeping on his side, dozing more than anything. Despite the yawns and the heaviness of his eyes, every time he'd be just about to nod off he'd scare himself awake. Right at the moment of sleep, he'd get this panicked thought that Raven should be there and she wasn't and something might have happened to her and he'd flinch, scaring himself into alertness. Then his exhausted brain would remember and he'd start to nod off again. He sighed, shifting a little.
An arm wrapped around his chest from behind, though he didn't jump or flinch. He must have smelled her, subconsciously knowing that it was her before his mind noticed. Either way, he knew she was home. He rolled onto his back, shifting so she was settled against his chest the way she should be. He looked her over; the bags beneath her eyes let him know just how she had managed to get here so early.
"Hi," she whispered. Despite the shadows under her eyes, they were still bright.
"What time is it?" he asked her, playing with her hair.
"Hmm, about two. Friday morning, just like I promised."
He smiled, "How're your kids?"
Raven shifted against him, putting her head down so he couldn't see her face. "Fine."
He knew that tone, without even needing to look into her head. "They're fine?"
Beast Boy sighed and rubbed his eyes with his free hand. "You may as well tell me now."
"…it should probably wait until morning," Raven told him.
Oh, like that would work. "Rae."
"They're all ready to be on a team. They've been cooped up for too long and they're just going to get themselves into trouble," Raven said, her fingers roaming aimlessly over his chest. It was distracting, but not distracting enough.
"When I spoke to Robin, he pointed out that they may be ready to be moving up, but not to join the Titans. Not yet," she sounded calm, but he knew that there was something more she wasn't saying.
"Reasonable," Beast Boy answered.
"Mhmm. Robin said that they would benefit for some training for a year or two before joining an official team."
"They do need training," she said.
"And you are one of the most accomplished Titans."
"You've led teams and missions before. Very successfully."
"So I volunteered us to train them."
Beast Boy sighed. "Rae…this isn't a good idea."
She tilted her chin up to look him in the eye. He knew that determined look. It didn't bode well for him. "You're the bravest man I know. You know how to talk to people. You know how to teach them. You know how to keep Titans alive. Who better than you?"
"I've never taught anyone anything," he pointed out.
"You taught Starfire about Earth. You taught Robin not to be so uptight. Cyborg thought he was a monster until you showed him otherwise. They know their powers, Beast Boy. They don't know how to be a team."
He wouldn't be deterred by logic. "I can't teach them. I couldn't teach you anything and they'll be more like you than anyone else! You're the only adult they look up to!"
She smiled, "You taught me a whole bunch, Beast Boy. But yeah, they'll be a challenge."
Her grin was infectious and he couldn't help but smile back down at her. "You are gonna owe me so big, you don't even know."
Raven propped herself up on her elbows and hovered over him, her hair falling over her shoulder to brush his chest. "I'm sure I'll think of some way to repay you."
If he wasn't won over before, he sure as hell was now. He let his hands rest on her hips, half convinced to take her up on the offer now. But the shadows under her eyes reminded him that they had all the time in the world.
He eased her off of him, wrapping his arms around her as she settled into her usual position against him. She obliged, relaxing as easily as if she was made to fit him. They didn't speak and Beast Boy was almost completely asleep before he felt the hum of Raven's voice.
"Besides, I think you'll be great with my kids."
I always thought Raven was great with those kids. I think it'd be kind of a huge step for her to share them with Beast Boy. It's like introducing your kids to a new boyfriend. You only do it when you're serious about the guy. And Beast Boy knows that. :)
I hope it's okay for the first one. Thought I'd start out with something light.
Thanks for reading!