Hello, fellow Teen Titans fanatics! This is my second story, and it's the sequel to my first story, entitled "The Battles Within". If you haven't read that one, I definitely suggest you go read that one first!

I'm gonna say this: this story does kinda start out slow, but PLEASE give it a chance. You'll find that the story starts to develop nicely in the next few chapters.

The first chapter starts about five weeks after "The Battles Within" ends. Hope you like it! :)

"Wake up, sleepy-head!" the sorceress sang.

Beast Boy's eyes popped open as the morning sun shone through the window and onto his eyes. He groaned and quickly closed his eyes again and turned his head away from the window, so that the rays didn't burn his retinas. His head fell off of something and landed on the familiar hot-pink bed sheets.

He heard a light chuckle from above him, and he re-opened his eyes and lifted up his head. His eyes met those of his beautiful Raven, whose lap his head had been resting on. He couldn't help but flash his standard goofy smile at her still-giddy face.

"What time did I fall asleep?" he inquired, rubbing his eyes.

"About thirty minutes before I did," she replied softly, still flashing her pearly whites. Her smile, now that she had good reason to reveal it on a regular basis, continued to grow wider as time progressed.

"What time is it?" he wondered out loud.

"Iunno," Raven said lazily. "About 10:30, maybe?"

"Huh, didn't think I was that tired," Beast Boy groaned. "I didn't even realize I zonked out."

"You talk in your sleep, did you know that?" Raven chortled, completely changing the subject.

Caught off-guard, Beast Boy shook his head rapidly in disbelief and stared at Raven, his face twisting with embarrassment.

"Do I really?" he asked, now extremely nervous. Even though they'd been together for more than a month now, he still felt somewhat insecure around her.

"Don't worry, I think it's cute," Raven assured him, her eyes sparkling in the sunlight, which only lit the bed through the small gap between the curtains. The rest of the room was still cast in darkness.

"What do I talk about?" Beast Boy wondered, the worry disappearing from his face as he relaxed.

"I'm not gonna tell you," she sang mockingly. "Then you'll stop doing it, and it won't be as much fun to watch you sleep!"

"Oh, you're gonna tell me, all right!" Beast Boy said slyly, lunging himself at her and playfully rolling on top of her, pinning her to the bed as they laughed.

"Easy, BB!" Raven warned him, still chuckling slightly. "There's a baby in there, remember?"

"Of course, Rae, I know," he said, letting his gaze fall upon her stomach.

He loved how she started calling him "BB" when they were alone together. It took him a while to get used to it, considering the only form of Raven that ever called him "BB" before now was Happy when he and Cyborg were sucked through Raven's mirror-portal into Nevermore.

But the main thing about Raven that he still hadn't fully gotten used to was her new-found personality.

She was still the dark, mysterious Titan he had fallen in love with in the past. And when they were around the team, she was still pretty much her usual self: dry monotone and even drier sarcasm.

The only indication of their pairing that was evident to the other Titans was the fact that Raven had significantly cut back on her snide remarks and put-downs toward Beast Boy, along with the occasional hand-holding and smiles.

But when they were alone together, she simply seemed like a girl who was...normal. She had begun to show him the positive end of the spectrum of human emotion when they were alone together - joy, love, and lust.

Still going over his thoughts, he eased his grip on her and started to roll himself off of her.

"That doesn't mean you can't be on top of me, goofball!" she cooed, and she grabbed him before he rolled all the way off of her, rolled him back on top of her, and pulled him into a passionate kiss.

Even though they'd had dozens of moments like this in the past month, Beast Boy still got butterflies in his stomach whenever Raven kissed him. He could taste the passion in her lips, and inside, he felt his love for her grow ever stronger with each moment spent with her in his arms.

"It just means you can't be so rough," she said seductively after their lips broke away from the kiss. She winked at him, and pulled him back in for another smooch.

"Yeah," Beast Boy said, trying to shove in his sentence between breaths. "That's… too… bad… 'cuz… I… know… how… you… like… it… rough."

Raven giggled and continued sliding her tongue against his. After a few more minutes of tonsil hockey, Beast Boy finally broke away and rolled over onto the bed next to her.

"How'd I get so lucky to have a guy like you?" Raven asked him, turning her head so she could gaze into those crystal-clear emerald eyes of his.

"Luck had nothing to do with it," he declared proudly. "Your beauty and personality did the work for you." He started to lean in for another kiss, when the first word of his reply rang a bell in his head.

"OH, SHIT!" he screamed.

"What's the matter?" Raven's facial expression instantly became one of concern.

"Luck!" Beast Boy shouted. He noticed the confusion on Raven's face. "Andrew Luck! The football game!" he explained. "The Colts/Ravens wild card game! It started at 10:00!"

Beast Boy launched himself off her bed and ran toward the door, but skidded to a stop after only two steps.

He turned back and looked at his love, and he sighed happily. "Ya know what? Forget about it. You're the only Raven I need to watch today," he added with a smile.

She smiled and shook her head softly.

"No, go ahead, it's okay," she told him. She shifted her legs beneath herself, and sat Indian style on her bed. "You've been spending every day with me this week, and I appreciate it. But you should hang out with Cyborg and Robin, too."

Her smile reassured him, and he couldn't resist the natural impulse to smile back.

He ran over to her, leaned over the bed and kissed her forehead, then her nose, and then her tender lips.

"Thanks, Rae," he whispered. "I love you!" and he took off, the smile still glued to his face.

Raven put her hand on her lips as he sprinted out the door, still feeling his warm, inviting lips on hers.

She still saw fireworks inside her head every time he kissed her, even just with the little ones, like he'd just given her.

She liked how Beast Boy suddenly had gotten interested in football. He'd always liked it, but recently he began a sudden obsession with the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens in particular. It seemed as if everyone in Jump City knew the reason why he became a fan of the Ravens, not that it was a well-kept secret. He'd even custom-ordered a Ravens jersey with the name "Raven" on the back, above a big number 1, and he wore it every Sunday since he got it.

Raven chuckled at the thought of him screaming at the TV acting like he knew the ins and outs of the game. She'd watched a little bit of a game with him the week before, and she observed him screaming at the players, coaches and referees through the TV, only to have Cyborg rebuke him each time with an explanation that would evoke angry grumbling from the green Titan.

She'd never tell him, but she loved when Beast Boy would try to explain the game to her as it happened, and then have Cyborg correct every one of Beast Boy's explanations with a smirk.

She even caught herself watching ESPN from time to time when she was alone in the Tower, to try to educate herself regarding the rules of the game and the goings-on of the football world. She couldn't wait to break out some of her knowledge to impress (or show up) Beast Boy.

Raven sighed happily and leaned backward, landing on her back. Her head hit the pillow with a soft thud, and mere moments later, she drifted off to sleep. A smile remained on her gentle, gray face.

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"I…I'm…" she couldn't force the words out. She knew she had to tell him, no matter how much she didn't want to, no matter how much she wished it wasn't true, for fear of driving him away.

"Yeah?" Beast Boy's face was one of seriousness and anxiety, but also excitement.

"I'm…" she gazed into his eyes, hoping what she was about to say wouldn't make him stand up and leave.


Silence filled her room, with Beast Boy's face drained of any emotion. He simply stared at her, with oddly dull, calculating eyes.

Her heart slowly began sinking with every passing second. She allowed her head to droop downward, and she began looking at the floor.

"I completely understand if you want to leave," she said sadly. "I wouldn't blame yo—"

Raven was interrupted as she felt hands lift her head up, followed swiftly by a pair of green lips pressing against hers. She gasped, but quickly sank into Beast Boy's kiss, her heart rising again and melting in the passion of it all.

Beast Boy broke off the kiss, took a step back, still holding her waist, and stared into her eyes with his emerald orbs, which once again glowed brilliantly.

"I would never leave you," he stated simply. "It took me years to get enough courage to tell you how I feel about you. Did you really think I'd let you go that easily?"

Raven's eyes flashed, and she beamed at him with a smile that rivaled Starfire's.

"Oh, BB!" she exclaimed, and threw herself onto him, wrapping her arms and legs around him and burying her face into his as their tongues danced.

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Raven lay unconscious on her bed, clutching her giant stuffed chicken, and she sighed a small, contented sigh. The smile re-emerged on her lips, and she shifted in her sleep, hugging the chicken tighter.


End of chapter 1!

(Keep in mind, Jump City is on the Pacific coast of the U.S., so the football game would have started at 1:00 EST, which would be 10:00 PST)