Author's Note: So sorry this one took so long. Getting back into the school grind took longer than I expected. But I hope you enjoy anyway! I do not own Teen Titans in anyway
Things Change Again and Again
"Uh, Raven?" Beast Boy questioned. He was trailing behind the purple haired girl as she lead them through the city streets. They hadn't spoken in several moments. "What's at the park?"
"Fireworks," Raven responded, not bothering to turn around. Beast Boy gave the back of her head a confused look. He had never pegged Raven as the fireworks type, but then again, there was a lot he didn't know about Raven.
"Fireworks?" he asked, quickening his pace to keep up with her.
"Every Friday of the summer, when it gets dark, there's a fireworks show in the park," Raven abruptly turned a corner, but still Beast Boy followed, watching the flow of her cape as she walked.
Beast Boy was still unclear on why they were going. "And are you a regular at these shows?"
"No," Raven said, turning another corner, revealing a large open park. "I've only been a few times. But I can see them from my room every week."
"Oh," Beast Boy followed her past a large group of people, past the children running around the playground despite the lack of sunlight, through a cluster of trees, and up to a picnic spot up on the hill. "So you like fireworks?"
"Please stop asking questions," she shot a glance at Beast Boy before settling onto the grass in a lotus position. Beast Boy shrugged and took a seat next to her. He looked up and saw that they had a clear view of the sky, clearly the spot where the fireworks would be displayed. He looked around them, but saw that they were the only two on the hill; everyone else was setting up lawn chairs on or around the playground. Beast Boy couldn't figure out why they would sit there when the hill had such a great view and was so secluded.
He looked over to Raven, who merely looked up at the sky, anticipating the show. He got a feeling that Raven had been here more than a few times, and that the only reason no one else was on the hill was because they didn't know about the clearing. The more he looked around, the more it looked like the perfect spot for Raven: secluded, quiet, serene, calming. It was right up her alley.
Beast Boy was overwhelmed with guilt. He had been such a jerk to Raven, and in return, she was letting him into a part of her life. She was taking him into a place she normally went alone. Raven was opening up to him. Beast Boy felt horrible.
"Raven, I-" Raven held up a hand, not taking her eyes off the sky.
"Beast Boy, the show is about to start. Please stop talking." She put her hand down in her lap. Beast Boy still wanted to talk to her, tell her how sorry he was, tell her that he was wrong to yell at her, tell her he really does like her and doesn't want to see her hurt. But before he could say anything else, a loud boom erupted and Raven's face was illuminated in blue light.
Beast Boy looked to the sky to see a blue firework begin to fade as a red one took its place. The children below in the playground broke out into cries of excitement and their parents called them over to sit with them. The show started like any other; there were bursts of color, some heart shaped blasts, some smiley face blasts, and eruptions of golden shimmers. Beast Boy's eyes grew wide as the yellow embers turned to red as they exploded, and the red embers turned to yellow. The last time he could remember watching fireworks was the night at the pier with the other Titans, when he gave Raven that giant chicken. He wondered if she even remembered that night.
"Beast Boy?" He turned to look, but found Raven still staring intently at the sky. "Beast Boy I'm sorry." He could see her mouth moving, but it was hard to believe it was Raven talking. He wanted to say something, but sensed he should let her talk. "I know...I know that you try really hard to be my friend. And I know that I don't appreciate it. But I've always thought of us as friends. Since the first day we met, I knew you were nice. But...I thought you didn't like me." Beast Boy was now giving his full attention to Raven, staring at her closely, but she still looked at the sky. "Then you entered my mirror, and I knew we were friends. But you should know from that experience that I don't do emotions. It's too dangerous. But don't think I didn't see all your effort. And then...Malchior..." Raven moved her hands to her sides, leaning back on them, still watching the fireworks. He looked down to see her right hand was inches from his own and he couldn't help but feel nervous, knowing how powerful she is.
"Beast Boy," he looked back up to see Raven also looking at her hand. "Do you want to know why I really came out with you tonight?"
Beast Boy felt paralyzed. All he could manage was a nod. He saw Raven take a deep breath. "I have been thinking about you a lot lately. You've changed a lot over this past year and I couldn't help but notice that. But, unfortunately, because I have been thinking about you so much, it has caused a lapse in control of my powers. And I thought that if I came out with you tonight I would be able to shake my thoughts of you by reminding myself how annoying you are." Beast Boy's shoulders fell in disappointment. "But, that isn't the case." Beast Boy's shoulders rose again with a smile. "I guess you could say...I think I'm developing feelings for you."
For moment, Beast Boy thought he felt his heart physically stop. It was amazing how before he had felt his whole world stop just an hour or so before because Raven had stomped on his feelings, but now his world had stopped again because she was returning his feelings. He could barely breathe and his head swirled with excitement. He was so happy he could have jumped at Raven, kissing her, tangling his fingers in her hair and pushing her into the grass. But he knew better than to do that. And he also knew Raven wasn't finished.
"Beast Boy, you have to understand what I am. I can't just let my emotions run free. I can't just give in and accept that I...like you. It's much more complicated than that. It's going to take a lot of time and concentration to build the strength to have any romantic feelings for anyone. That is why there couldn't be anything between us. Not because I don't think you're funny, and kind, and...cute. But because I am not strong enough to be close to anyone in that way. It would put you and others in danger and I can't risk that. That's why I wanted to push you away. I never wanted to hurt you. I understand what happened with Terra was difficult for you and I didn't mean to bring up those memories. I never wanted to 'crush your feelings', I just wanted to crush mine."
"Raven..." Beast Boy tried to wrap an arm around her, but she shifted away. Beast Boy returned his hand to where it was. "You're one of the strongest people I know. You're so brave and confident, and c'mon, it takes a pretty strong girl to take down her demon father and save the world." Raven returned her gaze back to the fireworks show. "Raven, I think you're beautiful. And I know it took me a long time to realize it, but I think you and I could actually work. You're the only person I know who...who knows what it's like to be like me." For the first time since they arrived at the park, Raven looked at Beast Boy. There he saw the look again, the softer and gentler look in Raven's eyes. He smiled at her. "I know it's scary, but sometimes you have to take risks in life. I know you don't do emotions well, Raven. And I know it would take a lot of work, but I still think you'd be a pretty awesome girlfriend. So, what do you say?" Raven blinked.
"I...what are you asking me?" she narrowed her eyes in her usual suspicious way.
Beast Boy nervously cleared his throat. Despite now knowing that Raven liked him back didn't make asking her any easier. "Will you be my girlfriend?"
Raven blushed and looked away. "Beast Boy..." He braced himself for rejection. "We...we would have to take things slow. I would need time to adjust and strengthen my control over my powers."
Beast Boy's eyes grew wide from excitement. "Is that a yes?" Raven shot him a glare, but he knew what her answer meant. "Slow. I can do slow," Beast Boy said leaning back onto his hands. He felt a sudden burst of confidence and blurted out, "Besides, a girl like you is worth the wait."
Raven blushed furiously and pulled her hood up to hide it. "Shut it, you're going to miss the finale." And with that Raven began watching the show again. Beast Boy looked down to see her hand still resting near him, casually taunting him. Beast Boy looked from Raven to her hand and back again and decided now was as good a time as any to make a move. Slowly, he moved his hand closer to Raven's. Closer and closer he moved until his fingers met hers. She showed no sign of anger nor did she jump into an attack. So he gently slid fingers in between hers. Her hand was warm like before, but now he felt the soft skin of her palm and the gentle frame of her fingers. He had held her hand plenty of times before, but this time was different. Now it actually meant something.
"What are you doing?" Raven asked, not bothering to look at him.
"Watching the end of the fireworks with my girlfriend," Beast Boy responded with a smile. He heard Raven groan, but still, she did not take her hand from his. The two Titans sat together in the grass, holding hands and enjoying the eruption of fireworks before them in content silence.
Beast Boy and Raven walked down the hallway to the main room of the Tower. After the fireworks show had ended, the teammates had silently walked through the city, hand in hand, before finally flying back to the tower. Beast Boy had seen the nervousness in Raven's eyes, seeing as she wasn't accustomed to any display of emotion in public, let alone letting it be known that she was on a date with Beast Boy. And even though they were now safely in their home, Beast Boy still wasn't sure if Raven would want any of the other Titans to know. So now was as good a time as any to ask.
"So Raven?" Beast Boy said, stopping her so they could talk. "Can I ask you something?"
Raven looked at him suspiciously. "You just did but go ahead."
"So, like, are we going to tell the rest of the team about us? Or is it going to be like a secret between us?"
Raven thought for a moment, raising a hand to her chin. Beast Boy watched her curiously, wondering why it would take so long to answer a simple yes or no question. Finally a small grin spread across Raven's face. "I have an idea."
Raven and Beast Boy walked into the main room of the Tower where Robin and Cyborg were playing video games on the couch and Starfire stood in the kitchen, waiting eagerly by the oven. But when the main doors slid open, everyone's head turned. Raven maintained her usual passive face, while Beast Boy just looked bored.
"Well what do we have here?" Cyborg grinned. "Could it be two Titans returning from a romantic dinner? Or two Titans who just had the 'best night of their lives'?" Raven and Beast Boy's faces showed no change. They lazily glanced at each other, shrugged, and headed in different directions. Raven wandered over to the kitchen to brew some tea, and Beast Boy headed to the couch with the other guys.
"Oh Raven!" Starfire gushed at her friend. "How was your evening? Was it as glorious as you hoped?"
Raven placed her kettle on the stove. "It was fun," she replied in a monotone.
From across the room Robin and Cyborg eyed her suspiciously from behind the couch and instantly turned to Beast Boy.
"Alright, BB. What'd ya do to Raven to make her say she had...'fun'?" Cyborg leaned intently towards Beast Boy.
Beast Boy shrugged lazily. "Just had fun with her I guess." He kept his eyes on the screen. "You guys gonna play?"
Robin's eyes narrowed. "Come on, Beast Boy. Just tell us what you did on your date."
Beast Boy looked at his two friends in boredom. "Just got some pizza and went to the park. No big deal."
Starfire eyed Raven questionably. "So you and friend Beast Boy did exactly what?"
"Just got some pizza," Raven said, keeping her eyes on her kettle.
"Oh please Raven! You promised the relaying of details! What happened on the date that was so 'fun' as you said?" Starfire began to plead.
Raven turned to her friend, arms crossed. "We ordered a pizza, scared the waiter, went to the park, and came back here."
Robin and Cyborg slowly turned to Beast Boy, having eavesdropped on the girls' conversation yet again.
"The park?" Robin questioned. "What happened at the park?"
"Yeah, man. Did ya get all lovey-dovey in the moonlight?" Cyborg made taunting kisses faces at Beast Boy, who remained un-phased.
"We went to the park, chilled, talked a little bit. Nothing special." Beast Boy put his feet on the table, leaning back into the couch. "Now, are you going to play?"
Robin and Cyborg exchanged a glance. "So you're not going to tell us anything? Not even what you guys talked about?" Robin was getting impatient.
"Nope." Beast Boy never took his eyes off the screen.
"Secret keeping snot colored little brat. Probably didn't even talk to her the whole date," Cyborg grumbled as he hit the start button and began playing Robin in Ultimate Combat.
Somewhere amidst the slapping and punching sounds, the sounds of Raven's hot water coming to a boil filled the living room. She calmly turned the stove off and poured herself a cup of herbal tea, before sitting down next to Beast Boy on the couch. All the other Titans turned to look at them, but there seemed to be no difference between the two team mates.
Starfire also walked over to the couch and sat down next to Robin. "I do not understand," she whispered to her masked boyfriend. "I thought the Beast Boy had feelings for Raven. Why has nothing happened?"
"I don't know, Star. I guess some people just don't click like you think they would." And with that the Titans all sat on their couch together watching Robin and Cyborg try to become the Ultimate Combat Champion.
After a while, Raven put her tea cup down on the table with a rather audible clank. "Well, I suppose I'm off to bed."
"Okay, sounds good," Robin said, pushing his controller with so much force his body twisted.
"Sleep tight, Rae!" Cyborg said, sticking out his tongue with concentration.
Just as Starfire got up to give her friend a hug good night, she noticed something odd. Starfire stopped dead in her tracks and nudged Robin. Robin looked up at Starfire and followed her gaze to the other two Titans at the other end of the couch. Robin's mouth dropped open, and he nudged Cyborg, pointing a shaking finger at Beast Boy and Raven. When Cyborg saw them, his one human eye grew wide with shock.
Beast Boy and Raven both had their eyes on the screen, sitting casually together, except for one thing. They were holding hands. Just then Raven looked their way.
"What's the matter with you guys?" she asked, acting as if nothing was new. No one responded, so Raven just rolled her eyes and stood up, not letting go of Beast Boy's hand. "Come on, Beast Boy. I think it's customary to walk your girlfriend to her door after a date."
Beast Boy gave the rest of the team a sly smile and said, "Enjoy your game, dudes." Then the two Titans walked out of the room hand in hand, leaving Robin, Cyborg, and Starfire all in a stunned silence.
"Dude!" Beast Boy laughed as he walked with Raven down the hallway to her room. "That was totally awesome! Did you see Cy's face?"
"Beast Boy, it wasn't that funny," Raven commented in her typical monotone, but she had a small smile on her face, proud of her ability to make her partner laugh.
"Come on, Rae, that was a pretty great prank." Beast Boy wiggled an eyebrow at her. Raven just hid her smile by pulling up her hood. The two walked in silence for a little while, until Beast Boy put his arm around Raven's waist, pulling her to his side. She shot him a look.
"Beast Boy..." she said, annoyance dripping from her voice.
"I know, I know," he grinned at her. "Slow."
Finally they reached Raven's room. Raven reached for the keypad, but instead she turned back to come face to face with Beast Boy. She could feel her mind telling her to just say goodnight and retreat into her room, but for once, she just wanted to spend a moment enjoying how things were for the moment.
"Tonight was fun," she said to Beast Boy, looking him straight in the eye. "We should do it again."
Beast Boy smiled. "Yeah, except next time we'll go somewhere where the waiters won't cause such a scene." Raven let out just a soft chuckle, but Beast Boy would take what he could get.
The two stood there together in silence, not breaking eye contact. Raven began to grow nervous, second guessing her idea to stay out in the hall. She should have just ended the night on the good note of her little joke. But now it was too late. Raven tried her best to keep her cool, but she could feel her palms growing sweaty, trying to think of a good excuse to leave.
Just as Raven was going to say something, Beast Boy slowly leaned into her, and landed a kiss on her cheek. His lips, although they only lingered for a second, felt soft and warm on her skin. Raven felt a blush creep on her face, but Beast Boy simply grinned and placed his hands on her shoulders.
"I told you I could do slow." Beast Boy cocked an eyebrow at Raven, who rolled her eyes, the blush diminishing from her face. "I'll see you in the morning, Rae. Sleep tight." And with that, Beast Boy walked down the hall towards his own room.
Raven watched his back as he left, and just as he was about to turn the corner she softly said, "Thank you, Beast Boy."
From his profile, Raven saw Beast Boy smile and look down at his shoes. "You're welcome Raven."
Author's Note: And that's the end of this story! Let me know if you would like more stories following this story line, like their first kiss, another date, them saying "I love you" or whatever. I would love to write more!