Chapter 9 (Final Chapter)
"When did you get back?" he asked, still shocked. Raven opened her mouth to answer, but was surprised to feel his arms cling around her neck, "Raven!"
She awkwardly put a hand on his back, "Yeah. Hi. I'm back. Can you let me go?"
"Huh? Oh, yeah!" He released her, but the cheesy grin stayed plastered to his face. Raven leaned on his door frame, arms crossed against her chest. Beast Boy looked nervous, she noted. It made Raven want to smirk. They had been...around each other for a while, but she could still make him nervous. Then again, he could make her laugh; not that she would ever admit it. So it was a fitting balance.
"Can I come in?" she asked, fighting to keep her voice on her usual tone.
Beast Boy nodded quickly, "Yeah!" He stepped aside and Raven passed through, the grey door sliding shut behind her.
Raven stepped out of Beast Boy's room some time later, trying to be stealthy about her exit. She rounded the corner and raced to her own bedroom. Her door closed behind her and she breathed a sigh of relief. Another day without being caught.
Raven's attention was soon turned to her brother standing in her room. "Listen, there isn't much time."
"Alaris? How did you get here?" Raven's senses were on high alert. How did she not know Alaris was in the tower? Then again, she was a bit...distracted.
"Long story. Listen, they're going to have me executed for treason or whatnot. Also," he placed a book on Raven's nightstand, "This is from our mother to us when we were children. Keep it safe."
Raven just stared at him, "Why are you being executed?" She stepped towards him and gave him her fiercest hug possible. Tears pricked at the back of her eyes, but none fell.
His arms slithered around her waist, "I wish not to say. It would only upset you more."
"Please. I can handle it."
He hesitated. "For not immediately killing you." Alaris looked down at the ground, "Hey, it isn't your fault, okay?" Raven nodded against his shoulder, but said nothing. It wasn't like her to be this out-of-character, but she felt immensely guilty. It was herfault; this entire thing was her fault.
"I'm so sorry."
Alaris started to say something, but his ears perked up, "Someone's coming. This is goodbye. Be good for me." He pulled a locket out of his shirt, murmured something, and disappeared in a swirl of blue light.
"Raven, it's Robin. Is someone in there?"
Raven said nothing, only stared out her window for the longest time. She looked out at the harbor, watching the water lap against the rocks.
"Raven," Starfire said, "Open the door please."
Starfire's voice forced Raven out of her reverie and she glided to the door. The metal slid back two inches, "Hm?"
"Is there someone in there? We heard voices." Robin and Starfire stood there, looking concerned.
"No, just me." Raven heard something nap behind her and she took a deep breath, "Just me."
Arella stared out her large and ornate window, hand on the cool glass. She resented the monks for their decision to only use her daughter when she was needed, but what could she do? She was a simple woman with an extraordinary daughter. They would not give her a second thought now that Raven was banished.
"Ms. Arella." She turned to see a small female servant, "You have a visitor."
"Send them in," Arella said softly, looking back at the window. In the reflection of the glass, she saw Monk Bradsto's weathered face. "What do you want?"
"I wanted to apologize for this entire fiasco," he said, rubbing his hands together and blowing into them to keep out the chill of the room. "I know that you are against the monks and the council working together. As am I."
"You're the only virtuous monk at this point. It's upsetting you had to give my daughter her harsh verdict."
"I understand," he said, "I also find her punishment overwhelming. Many monks didn't want to do this to her, but the majority did. I am sorry. I was against it, I assure you."
Arella turned to face him, "It does not matter anymore. She's gone. Why are you here?"
He sighed, "I'm sorry to have to give you more disappointing news, Arella."
"What happened?" she asked through clenched teeth, "I swear to Azar-"
"Please," Monk Bradsto raised a hand, "I am here to inform you that Alaris was killed an hour ago." Arella's hand flew to her mouth in shock, but she didn't cry. "It was a tragic accident. He and some other soldiers were on the outskirts of the city when they were ambushed by some radical Azarathians. They were also reprimanded and the other soldiers have sworn statements."
"I see," Arella's voice cracked, "Please leave."
Monk Bradsto bowed his head and left Arella to her misery. Now she was practically childless.
A few days passed after Raven got the disheartening news. She currently sat on the roof, meditating. The past few days had been rather hectic since she had found out about her brother's impending doom. Rage's power had been skyrocketing, blowing completely out of proportion.
Raven was aware of Starfire walking towards her. "Raven, I request time to speak with you, if it is convenient."
"Of course," Raven murmured. She folded her hands in her lap and looked at her friend attentively.
"I just wanted to ask you if you're alright. You have not come out of your room for many days, and no one has seen you about. In fact, I believe this is the first time you have been out of your room since in which we sat, correct?"
"Uh...you mean Saturday?"
"I'm fine. Just wrestling with some emotions," she said softly, "You would know about that."
Starfire cleared her throat, "Yes, I do."
"I'm glad we were able to switch back."
Starfire smiled, thinking of the first time this had happened, "Again."
AN: CHEESY ENDING, but yes, that's the ending.
Thanks for sticking with me through the story! I'm sorry for that DESPICABLE ending, I really am.
I really enjoyed writing this... *clears throat* Remember, if you hated TTG! today, stick to fanfiction.
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