January 2, 2013
"You ready for some b-ball?!"
"Be right there, Cy!"
"Get your ass down here, gel head!"
"I'm going, I'm going!"
"Raven? Raven?!" The teen wonder ran through the corridors towards the kitchen, his hands cupped around his mouth as he shouted for his friend. Her odd comportment had riddled him with questions he needed to ask.
"C'mon, Raven! I just want to talk!" He made a sharp turn around a corner, only to find himself crashing into someone. He fell on his behind, but quickly jumped back up.
"Man, Rob. Watch where you're goin' next time, will ya?" The resident mechanic rubbed his head and slowly rose into an erect position.
"Sorry, Cy. I was just looking for Raven. Have you seen her?"
"Yeah, I sorta figured you were by all the shouting. But nope, I haven't. You're outta luck, bird boy. What do ya want with her anyway?"
"Does it really matter to you?" Robin was already walking past him. He loathed his nicknames, and usually gave anyone who used one the cold shoulder, unless they had valuable information, something Cyborg didn't have at the moment.
"Jeez, man. I was just trying to help. If you want breakfast, it'll be ready in 20 minutes." The metal man continued forward, deciding to take the long route to the kitchen to avoid the grumpy team leader. He didn't want him on his case so early in the morning.
*Raven, please. I know you can hear me. I can feel it.* The masked teen gave up calling her vocally, and opted to use their bond to communicate.
*Meet me down at Beast Boy's Cliff in 5. Don't be late, I won't wait around.* Robin smiled inwardly. Beast Boy tended to always go to a particular cliff-like area of Titan's Island whenever he was pensive or simply in a bad mood. So much, in fact, that everyone started calling it his cliff. The name stuck.
He sprinted to the nearest elevator and repeatedly pressed the down button. He tapped his foot impatiently until the doors opened, but once they closed and he was descending, he began to tap once more.
The wind was harsh on the shoreline, and Raven's lavender hair whipped in her face time and time again. She wished for a hairband, but knowing there was no easy was to obtain one, was forced to simply deal with the annoyance. She was a jumbled mess, but she knew she had to compose herself before Robin arrived, if not she would spill everything. She wiped away the tears with the back of her sleeve and took a deep breath. She wouldn't break. She couldn't break.
Should she tell him he could be the father? Should she tell him Beast Boy could be the father? Should she lie about the whole thing? Should she be completely honest with him? She didn't know. She really didn't know.
"Hey. Are you alright?" She felt a gloved hand grip her shoulder. She turned around, and as soon as she saw his concerned expression, she went into yet another fit of sobs. She cried for everything she hadn't been able to cry about for the past 13 years, ever since her powers were at full strength. She wept onto his caped shoulder, her wails drowned out by the thrashing thermals. Robin rubbed her back in a soothing manner, not knowing what else to do. He looked around to spot any dark energy wreaking havoc, but came up short.
"Sh sh sh, it'll be alright." Robin knew he shouldn't pry when she was so broken, and instead waited until she recuperated. They stood there in each other's embrace on the cliff until Raven's internal storm abated and she pulled away.
"I'm, I'm sorry you had to see that." The mist from the crashing waves made her hair stringy and clumped, and she tucked her lumpy locks behind her ears.
"It's okay. We all have our dark moments. Don't sweat it." He squeezed her now shivering body. "Are you cold?"
"Very, now that you mention it. I didn't know it was going to be cold today. I forgot to put on my winter uniform."
"Yeah, me too. How about we go inside, change, and make our respective favorite hot drinks? Then we'll talk."
"Sounds nice, but no. After all that I'll lose the courage to tell you."
"Okay then. Let's at least move back so we won't get wet."
"M'kay." The sorceress sat a few meters back on the edge, patting the area next to her and looking at her companion. He took the seat next to her.
"I'll just come out and say it. There really is no easy way to say this anyway."
"Does it have something to do with your father?"
"No, well, sort of. You see, he, um, he communicated with me last night."
"What?! What did he say?!"
"That, well, you see, here's the funny part. I'm kind of, sort of, I don't know…"
"Raven." Robin's tone was that of a reprimanding dad.
"And it's his fault."
"He impregnated you?! That bastard!"
"No, no. He caused someone else to get me pregnant. It's an optional prophecy of sorts, something demon parents can place on their hybrid children."
"You're pregnant." The acrobat's voice was barely audible over the roar of the mighty sea.
"Yeah, yeah I am. Oh Azar, Robin. What am I going to do?" Her voice cracked, and she started to weep, but her sobs were dry. The boy wonder put one arm around her and squeezed her shuddering shoulder lightly.
"It's not your fault, is it?" The question was intended to make her feel better, but it ended up being more for prying purposes. He hoped she wouldn't catch on.
"Then? You can't change it, but you can try and get the most out of it. Don't let it change everything."
"But it does change everything, Robin! It does! I didn't even sleep with anyone and I'm suffering the consequences of a whore! I just turned 18; I'm still basically a teenager! Barely of legal age! It doesn't matter that I almost ended the world, it doesn't matter that every day I risk my ass to save everyone else's! I'm too young to be a mother! And even if I was old enough, I wouldn't want to become one like this! I'm not sure I'd want to be one at all! In case you haven't gotten the memo, a child changes everything." Raven's rant left her out of breath and panting.
"Gee, Raven. I just never realized-"
"Never realized what? I don't even know who the father is for Azar's sake! It's a big damn deal! And I know you're not going to say it, but I know you're thinking about the child. Specifically, how to dispose of it simply because it's a quarter demon and unstable. But you won't be able to do that. You wanna know why?"
Raven was becoming aggressive, and while Robin saw no hint of black energy in her eyes, he expected it to be only a matter of time. He knew he was walking on eggshells. "Because you don't want to give up on it like everyone did to you?"
"Well, besides that. Because, quite simply, there's a fifty percent chance you're the father." Raven held on to some fleeting confidence that came along with her wave of rage, and used it to confess.
"Come again?" The masked teen whipped his face to look directly at her. His brows were furrowed and his eyes were as large as saucers.
"You could be the father."
"No. No, that can't be. It can't! How could you possibly know?!"
The purple-haired girl blushed. "Well, I read it in a book. The night of conception I, well, had a very, um, vivid dream about you. And someone else…"
"Was this on your birthday?"
"Because I, hehe, had a dream about you, too. The weird part was that I seemed to be, well, sharing you. With Beast Boy of all people."
"Funny you should mention that…" Raven trailed off, hoping the junior detective could figure out what she was implying.
"No. Fucking. Way!"
"It was no conscious choice of mine, Robin. None of this was. I am as much to blame as either of you are."
"So, he could be the father too?" He scrunched his eyebrows and Raven could feel his hard gaze, even if his eyes were covered by his mask.
"Yes. I honestly have no idea how that's going to work. The book only speaks of monogamous intercourse in the dream, not polyandry. There's no antecedent, so we're on our own."
"What more did the book say?"
"Not much. There aren't many cases, and much fewer reported cases, so information is limited. It's not too important, as the spawn aren't anything extraordinary. Just run of the mill demons."
"Like demons are soooo normal." Robin rolled his eyes in a playful manner.
Raven elbowed his gut. "Oh hush. You live with one."
"I never said my life was normal, now did I? I mean, I got a girl knocked up without even sleeping with her. If that's normal, then society's screwed."
"You might've gotten a girl knocked up. I don't know who the father is yet, though Beast Boy and you are the only two candidates."
"Tomato, tomoto. Same thing." The mood was successfully lightened by the teen wonder. It didn't take much. They were both looking for an escape from the somber atmosphere.
"Let's head back inside. The others might start to wonder where we are." The enchantress levitated off the cold concrete and sped toward the stairwell, suddenly aware of her icy cold surroundings. Robin got on his feet and quickly ran after her. Once they reached the highest level of the tower they both went their separate ways, not wanting to be seen together coming from the team's favorite talking spot. It seemed that most all important one-on-one conversations occurred there, and it'd be too obvious. They didn't want anyone's suspicions raised.
Out of the shadows stepped a single silhouette. Their face held a shocked expression, which turned into a sinister smirk. They waited a few minutes for the coast to be clear, and then went down the stairwell, thinking of how to manipulate this situation.
Long time no update, huh? Sorry guys! I just got thrown into a triangle myself, one I didn't want or expect with two best friends. But it's over and now that I have a stable relationship with a great guy, I've been able to get my head back in the game. So enjoy this update, and expect more soon, and lengthier ones too. Read and Review if you wish. And no IStillDon'tHaveANameForThis section today, but I promise one next chapter. Toodles! ~EBWHW43