Chapter 8

A/N: Alright well! I'm glad everyone liked the last chapter... I thought it was nice for people to understand the hardships and rewards of being a hero. This Chapter however was a little hard for me too right. A little BEast Bopy and Aqualad... (Sorry if it isn't enough D:)

Oh And Zeta Marz: I know it is a Sonic cannon. However, I called it a 'Purple Cannon' To remind readers that Cyborg is Purple. Not Blue. And his cannon shoots purple, not blue.

Anyways! I think I'm happy about how I made Titans East. Tell me what you think in REVIEWS! :D

Enjoy :)

"What is your destination?"

"The main room please." Raven pinched the bridge of her nose. She was getting a headache and the high pitched squeal Cyborg calls the 'Elevator VI' was not making it ANY better.

"That destination is not correct. Please state your destination." Raven squinted her eyes in frustration. Ever since Beast Boy had left, she felt her temper become very short.

"Level 10 Please." She hissed this time, the elevator doors shut and it started to go up. Raven leaned heavily against the wall of the elevator and ran her hand through her purple hair.

She was dressed in a pair of yoga pants, with a white zip up hoodie. A pair of black socks.

She was NOT in the mood to see anybody today.

"Level 10, main room of Titans tower." The elevator doors swung open, and Raven was met face to face with Aqualad.

"Oh, Hey Raven." Aqualad smiled. Raven blushed as she looked up into his deep black eyes. His hair had grown, and was no longer slicked back but hanging loosely around his face. He was taller than she was by a good foot and a half, he was in his blue and black uniform.

"What are you doing here?" She asked, completely awe struck. It had been some time since she seen him.

"Well, Actually I was on my way to see you. Just to say hi, but Nightwing had called us to fill in for a couple of days so… here we are." Aqualad smiled, and blushed himself.

"Can I walk you to the living room?" He offered. Raven just nodded. As the two started to walk down the hall, Raven instantly felt… gross. Her hair was not in its usual beauty, she hadn't even brushed it. Her make-up was smeared over her eyes, she had forgotten to take it off last night. Not to mention her choice of clothes…

"So… How have you been lately?" His voice was deep, and husky. Much like Nightwing's voice.

"Oh, I've been Uhm… I've been alright. Nightwing has kept us up a lot lately and I've only had a day of real sleep."

"Why only a day?" Raven's mind turned. She couldn't tell him that she slept in the same bed with Beast boy… that might… scare him off or something.

"I've been in the med bay for awhile.
She shrugged. It wasn't a lie, just not the whole truth.

"Oh really? How come?"
"Exhaustion." The doors to the main room slid open. The afternoon sun greeted the two as they walked down the few steps.

Starfire was chatting away with Bumble bee, who by the way had become as beautiful as Starfire.

Her black hair was no longer in two puffy buns, but instead was straightened and laid shoulder length. She wore a black and yellow stripped dress with thigh high leather boots. Her almost clear wings caught the sunlight sparkled like diamonds.

"Hey Rae!" Bee waved happily. Raven waved back, giving her friend a warm smile. Starfire was in black yoga pants along with a large black pull over.

Raven has never seen her so… dark before.

Off to the side Raven could see Mas Y Menos staring at the Tameranian beauty. The two boys were almost 5'7 and looked to be about 16 years old. They still wore their matching white and red suits, with tuffs of red hair sticking out from underneath their hoods. They too greeted Raven.

"Well, look who finally decided to come out of hiding." Nightwing's voice pulled Raven away from the others. He was leaning against the counter top, his arms crossed over his chest. He wore his suit as always. Speedy was sitting on top of the counter, examining his bow closely. He kept his hair bright orange and short, he seemed to be the only one who looked the same.

"I see it didn't take you long to get her out here." Speedy said. Aqualad scoffed

"She was already on her way here, I ran into her in the elevator." Speedy rolled his masked eyes

"Right." Raven looked between the two boys. She was lost. And it seemed Nightwing was also

"Have you seen Cyborg or Beast Boy?" Nightwing asked. Raven blushed at the mention of His name.

"I believe they went to go to the car shop for whatever reason." Raven shrugged, she hoped to Azar that Nightwing didn't notice the slight pink to her cheeks.

But he noticed everything. He raised an eyebrow, but decided to ask about it later.

"Well, hopefully they get back soon. Bee wants to see Cy pretty damn bad." He gestured towards the two girls still talked. Ravens eyes followed, and she found Bee struggling to keep a smile on her face while Starfire talked about whatever. Raven decided to save the girl.

Leaving the small group of boys, she came up next to Bee and Star

"Hey Bumble Bee, where's Kid Flash and Jynx?" Raven asked

"Oh, Kid took Jynx to the movies I think. Said something about 'they needed some time alone' I won't blame them either. They've been separated for awhile" Bumble bee shrugged

"Why have they been 'the separated'?" Starfire cocked her head

"Well, Brother Blood popped up in Steel City again, and it took weeks to finally catch him. Mind you our team was split up most of the time. This is the first time we've all been in the same room together." Her plump red lips pulled back into a sad smile.

"Well, thanks for coming over and watching Jump for awhile. I'm sorry you didn't get any days to relax before you came." Raven shrugged.

"Don't worry about it, we were happy to help. Besides, the twins couldn't wait to see Starfire again." The Tameranian blushed and shot a glance at the two boys drooling over her

"At least they give me some attention. After our fight with Slade Nightwing and I have been having some of 'the problems' It is difficult." Starfire sighed.

"What happened?" Raven asked her best friend. Starfire shook her head and closed her eyes tightly. Bumble Bee rested a hand on Stars shoulder, her face filled with concern.

But The Tameranian shook her hand off and took in a deep breath.

"If you do not mind, I must go to my room for a few. It was most wondrous to see you again Bumble bee, and I wish the best for you and Cyborg." Without another glance or word, Starfire turned her heel and rushed out the main room. Leaving both Bee and Raven gawking at the door.

"What's her deal?" Bumble bee snapped. Raven rubbed her temples. Her Headache was growing worse.

"I'll go talk to her. But please, make yourself at home." Bee gave Raven a quick hug, and the Empath disappeared behind the door. She stepped into the Elevator

"What is your destination?"

"Level 5." Raven snapped. The elevator doors closed, and descended the few floors before finally speaking again

"Level 5 Habitat 2, Central Computer system, conference room." The doors slid open, and Raven stalked out. She past Nightwings room and kept going straight ignoring the adjacent halls leading to the other places.

Finally, she came to a stop in front of Starfires room. She could hear soft sobbing from inside. With a deep breath, she tapped her knuckled against the titanium door.

"Go away please!"

"Star, it's me, Raven. Let me in I need to speak with you." There was a shuffling sound as if someone was getting out of bed. A few seconds later the door slid back to reveal Starfires tear struck face. It was a heartbreaking sight, too see such sadness and despair on a normally beautiful and joyous face.

Raven pulled Starfire into a hug, the Tameranian instantly started to sob onto the Empath's shoulders.

Raven felt Starfires emotions hit her like tidal waves, and no matter how much her mind strained to block it out she refused to let go of her best friend. Starfire had been there for her many times before…

It was another night at Titans tower. The group of friends were sitting down getting ready to watch a movie.

Wicked scary 3.

"You're not going to freak out on us again are you?" Asked Beast boy. Raven sunk deeper into her hood. She was dreading that question.

"Yeah because I REALLY don't want to go through that shit again." Cyborg groaned. His purple components glowed brightly in the dark room.

"I'm sorry my powers 'freaked out' I'm sorry I'm a creep!" Raven snapped. She was having a rough week, she had been teased relentlessly and it was beginning to get to her. Earlier that week, after saving the lives of the city again, a group of 'fans' called her a "Freaky Gothic Hag who hated everything happy." They had asked Robin why she was even on the team, and that she should just be locked up anyways.

Of course, it was the whole team who snapped back at that idiot person. Starfire being the one to yell the most.

It has been the same that whole week. She shook her head and leapt up from the couch.

"I'm going to my room to be 'creepy' enjoy your movie." Her tone was a hiss, but she phased from the room and reappeared in her own.

It was only a few minutes later that a knock came on her door

"Go away!" She snapped

"Friend Raven, I wish to check on you. I am worried, and I am here for the talking if you ever need me." Raven stared at the door, Starfire was always such a sweet girl, she never deserved Raven's attitude.

She did need someone to speak too.

The door slid open, and Starfire slowly walked in.

"Are you 'the alright'?" Raven sighed and sat on her bed

"No Star, I'm not okay…" She felt tears threaten to leak from her eyes.

Yet she didn't fully begin to cry until she felt a pair of strong warm arms wrap around her body. Starfire pulled her tightly against her, and Raven began to sob.

And it went like that, Raven crying, and Starfire just stroking her hair and shushing her, for at least 30 minutes. It was then, that they have been best friends since.

And it was now that Starfire needed Raven the most.

"Tell me what happened Star." Raven whispered. The Tameranian pulled her head back and sighed, tears still streaming from her large green eyes.

"When you have injured yourself due to Nightwings orders, I had gotten very mad and threatened Friend Nightwing. When I came to my senses, I could only see the horror and betrayal in his eyes that it had broken my heart. I cannot face him again…. Not yet. We have not talked about what had happened." Raven rubbed Star's back

"I understand why you were upset; I would be too if our places were switched. However this needs to stop, I hate seeing you so upset and you need to talk to Nightwing about what had happened. You and I both know it." Starfire sniffled, and then nodded.

"I shall do so tonight. When everyone is asleep. I guess I was afraid because we have not been the 'girlfriend boyfriend' for a earth year. I am afraid of rejection." Raven gave a half smile. Oh how she could relate.

"Aren't we all?" Star laughed, and her demeanor changed. Instead of sorrow, Raven felt contentment rolling off the Tameranian.

"Come on, let's go back upstairs." Raven slid her hand in Starfires, and the two walked in silence to the elevator.

Hand in hand, they walked back into the main room to find Beast Boy and Cyborg mingling with the others. The smell of pine hit Raven like a brick over the head.

"Looks like they're back." Raven said in her monotone. She was both happy and annoyed to see Beast boy. Her cheeks flushed

"The Aqualad is coming to speak with you." Starfire whispered in Raven's ear.

Sure enough, there he was.

"Hey, where did you go?" He asked. Starfire squeezed Raven's hand once, before she floated away from the two and joined Nightwing and Speedy.

"Oh, I just had to talk to Starfire for a little while." She was flattered that he was looking for her. Raven's eyes looked past Aqualad, and met a pair of emerald ones.

Beast Boy was staring at the two, a certain look in his eyes that made Raven shiver. But not from pleasure, from fear for the man speaking to her.

"So Uhm, Raven I was wondering that maybe… Well, I was wondering that maybe sometime this week you and I can go-"

"Hey Aqualad." Beast Boy was at their side, Raven blinked. Aqualad rolled his black eyes but he turned to the green man anyways

"Hey Beast boy." That sounded forced.

"What are you two doing?" Beast Boy narrowed his eyes at Aqualad. Raven could swear there was a silent warning underneath that question.

"Just talking to Raven, in private." Aqualad hissed. Azure eyes flicked between the two boys.

"Oh well, I'm sure it isn't that important. It can wait because I need to talk to Raven. Right now." Emerald eyes locked with Azure. Raven was generally confused, and given the emotions flowing from these two boys she was even… More confused.

Beast Boy was feeling the urge to protect, like something of his was being threatened… Aqualad however… was challenging him. Why though?

A green hand grabbed hers, and pulled her away from the tall beauty. Beast Boy dragged her outside of the main room and into the hallway. His grip was tight on her wrist as he dragged her to a stop in front of him.

"What the hell are you doing?" He growled. No, ACTUALLY growled. The rumbling in his chest made Raven pause. Instantly, she felt her anger flare

"No, What the hell are YOU doing?!" She jerked her wrist away from his grip, glaring daggers at the changeling.

"Obviously protecting you! You know what it is Aqualad wants right?" Beast Boy's pupils dilated as he took a step towards Raven. She took a step back

"What do you mean what he wants? We were just talking." Raven snapped. She was confused, and growing angrier by the second.

"Don't play coy, you were sending signals all over the place." He took another step forward, Raven took a step back. She was greeted with the cool wall.

"What signals? Beast Boy, I have no idea what you're talking about. And since WHEN do you care who I talk to!?" Her small fists curled into balls. Beast Boys faced softened then, and the primal sense that was once in the air was gone. His pupils returned, and he looked straight into Raven's Azure ones

"Wait… You… Oh Shit, I'm sorry Rae…" Beast boy rubbed the back of his neck.

"My Name is Raven." She snapped. Beast Boy was taken aback. That was the first time in YEARS that Raven had corrected him on that manner.

"Look, I don't know what the Fuck is wrong with you, but you need to back off. You can't tell me who to talk to. Or who to see." She was still lost, but her shoved Beast boy hard in the chest and walked back into the Main room. Aqualad was smiling at her.

She forced a smile back.

"What was it you were saying?" She asked politely.

"Oh well, Uhm. I was wondering if maybe sometime this week you could…" The Door behind her opened, and the scent of Pine filled her nose. Beast Boy walked past her, but stopped next to Starfire. His green eyes staring at Raven.

"Go out with me?" Aqualad finished. Raven didn't look at Aqualad, she was looking straight at Beast boy. She saw his eyes widen, anticipating her answer.

"Yes Aqualad, I would love to go out on a date with you." Her eyes never left his, Beast Boys emerald eyes widened into saucers, and hurt clouded his face. She smirked to herself.

Now he'll know better. A Dark voice spoke in her mind. Yet she didn't pay it any heed.

"Oh wow really? Great! So… Friday?" This time, Raven looked at Aqualad

"Friday sounds wonderful."