Raven felt at peace. In her dreams, she floated inside her head, finally enjoying the solitude that came with the fact that she no longer had to share the space. She could hear herself think, she could feel her emotions running about inside her, moving, struggling to be let out like before. The best part was that they were all her, there were no intruders… except for one she didn't dislike. She smiled gently, letting out a sigh as warmth filled her, spreading from her cheek to the rest of her body. She shivered, feeling goose bumps all over her skin and her smile widened. It wasn't long before her lips tingled and she let out a happy purr at the sensation. How long had it been since she'd felt this pleased?
Someone was calling her, but she feared that if she opened her eyes, the sensations would be gone. At least in her dreams, she wanted to let herself enjoy what she couldn't in real life. But who was that calling her?
She knew that voice. No longer could she resist, since the compliment had made her feel warmer than before, and her eyes fluttered open. She was in her bedroom, she noticed; her eyes trying to adjust to the lack of light and she was no longer dreaming. But the warmth, the call, the compliment hadn't been part of the dream. She stared up at two bright green eyes as sleep left her and she blinked again, finally waking up fully.
"Gar?" She whispered and he smiled down at her sheepishly, removing his hand from her cheek. "What are you doing in my bedroom?" He blushed, leaning back and letting her sit up on her bed.
"Um… Sorry. I know you don't- ah, like it when I come here, but… well, I sort of have a surprise for you." Gar smiled sheepishly at her and she raised an eyebrow and he suddenly felt even more nervous. "It's nothing big. Just… you know. Something. I was thinking, um… maybe you'll want to join me?" She stared at him for a moment and he realized what it must had sounded like, so he blushed deeply, "No! Not like that! Just- well… Just-" He sighed, "Come with me?" She stared again and he was sure she was going to refuse, "Please?" She gave one of her tiny smiles at his whiny tone and he let out the breath he was holding.
Raven pulled off the sheets that covered her, throwing her legs to the side of the bed as he stepped back, giving her some space, but then blushed deeply.
"You, um… You might want to grab a cloak or something. It's rather cold out there." He smiled sheepishly, turning to leave her room. "I'll wait for you outside." She blinked at him as he moved to leave her alone and then looked down, as she noticed what she'd been wearing. A cotton light blue sleeveless shirt and matching pants that seemed too big for her. She almost laughed as she noticed why he'd blushed, shaking her head, considering her normal outfit showed far more skin than her pajamas and she moved to do just as he'd told her. By the time she was out, she looked like she always did, completely covered by her usual cloak.
"Ready, milady?" He asked as soon as he saw her, grinning and bowing deeply, moving to take a hand. He kissed said hand and smiled sheepishly at her as he straightened his back. She raised an eyebrow as he offered his arm and she grabbed it, rolling her eyes as his grin grew wider.
"Where are we going?" She wondered, as he looked far happier than normal.
"Like I said, it's nothing special, but… well, I'm not sure if you've been keeping track, but it's been a week since we- you know." He blushed slightly and she felt his happiness through his arm. "And, well, I was thinking since I missed your birthday and all, which I totally regret, that we could… um… celebrate a bit. Just the two of us."
They reached the door to the roof and Beast Boy moved to open the door. Her eyes widened at the sight. This late, the city was barely illuminated, allowing them so see the stars reflecting on the bay, the water moving gently. On the floor, there was a blanket and, on top of that, a pot with a couple of mugs, and she could smell the faint scent of jasmine tea. She felt his nervousness and she turned as he stared at her, noticing just now she'd been quiet for too long.
"Do you like it?" he asked shyly and she gave him a tiny smile.
"I do. It's perfect." He grinned widely and grabbed her hand, pulling her toward the blanket.
"Best part is we sort of have the tower for ourselves, since Robin and Star are still in Gotham and-" his expression turned mischievous, "I made sure Cyborg would sleep through the night." She raised an eyebrow.
"What did you do?" He shrugged,
"Just changed the timer in his sleeping mode. Nothing major." She shook her head as she sat next to him on the blanket. He grinned, moving to serve the tea. "I hope I didn't it mess up. I read tonight was the perfect night to star gaze since, you know, no moon or whatever." He leaned closer, giving her a cup of warm tea. "Maybe we'll get to see a shooting star? Make a wish and all that." She grabbed the mug and raised an eyebrow.
"Seems unlikely. The city's lights will probably keep us from seeing them." His ears dropped slightly.
"Oh…" And she felt bad for crushing his attempt at romance, so she added,
"But we've been lucky lately, so perhaps we'll manage to see one." He grinned, leaning down to kiss her cheek. She almost smiled at his slight blush since both were still getting used to the relationship.
"I don't need one anyway." He said, staring into her eyes, "I already have everything I want." She stared at him for a moment before letting out a snort. "Oh come on! That was WAY romantic!" He grinned sheepishly and she shook her head in amusement. She blew at her tea, increasing the amount of steam coming from it. It was a cold night and the reminder made her shiver. "Cold?" She turned, noticing he'd been staring at her and she shook her head.
"I'm fine." He grinned, obviously having anticipated the answer.
"Well I'm here, you know? Furry and all." He moved closer, "I could hold you and make you feel hot." She raised an eyebrow and he blushed, "And that totally came out wrong." He cleared his throat, "Warm is what I meant." He looked away in embarrassment, inwardly kicking himself for once again speaking before thinking. But then he felt her hand on his and he let out a shaky breath.
The two spent the time staring up at the sky. Sometimes Beast Boy would try to appear smart and point out at some stars, mention the constellations, which he mostly got wrong and he would pout every time she corrected him.
"Oh come on!" He was saying lightly, "How is THAT a Pegasus?" She almost smiled.
"Well, you're watching it upside down." The two were now laying on the blanket, staring up at the sky as Raven raised an arm, her index finger moving as if it was drawing. "See those four stars that make a square? That's the body." He frowned, as he still didn't see it.
"I see the square. I don't see a Pegasus." She rolled her eyes.
"You just need to use your imagination. See that other star? That's the front leg. And those two? The head." His lips pursed.
"Those Greeks must've been high when they came up with that stuff. That's obviously a platypus!" She chuckled and he grinned widely, feeling incredibly proud at the fact that he made her laugh. He turned to look at her face and smiled gently. "I like your laugh."
Her eyes widened as she too turned to him, staring back in silence. Those were the exact same words Jason had told her before he left and she sighed, thinking how they actually fit the man in front of her much better than they had the thief. Funny too how the two shared the same eye colour, yet seemed so different when they stared at her. Jason would never be able to get rid of that coldness, whereas Garfield only showed warmth. She raised a hand and placed it on Garfield's cheek and he closed his eyes, fully content to be touched. It made her smile gently.
"You're like a kitten." She pointed out, as she moved her hand in a soft caress and his head moved along. He grinned as he opened his eyes.
"Maybe I'm like a cat, trying to catch the raven." She rolled her eyes at his bad pun, but he kept grinning and wiggling his eyebrows.
"The line is 'canary'." He shrugged, moving closer, his arms sneaking inside her cloak to rest his hands on her waist.
"I prefer ravens." He said before leaning down and kissed her. Raven kissed him back, sighing against his lips, trying to hold back and control her emotions. In her head, she repeated her mantra, trying not to break anything. He groaned against her lips as soon as he realized she was still wearing her pajamas under the cloak and he pulled her closer.
Azarath, Metrion, Zinthos…
Gar's hands went around her and he tentatively licked her lower lip. This time nothing exploded and he smiled against her lips. She opened her mouth and he kissed her deeply, letting a small growl escape from the back of his throat.
Azarath, Metrion, Zinthos. Azarath, Metrion, Zin- AH!
His hands sneaked behind her back, slowly raising her top and she felt his hands against her bare skin. Not for long though, because a sudden crash made him pull away suddenly, almost pushing her as he jumped.
"HOT! HOT!" He complained, sitting up as his arms waved. Raven sat up too, completely breathless and surprised. His slight touch had made her lose control once again and she noticed her powers had made the pot holding the hot tea, explode behind him and splash his back with its contents. "I'M MELTING!"
"Calm down." She hurried, feeling embarrassed that she'd once again ruined a moment between the two. Her hands started to glow and he turned, sighing in relief as she placed her healing touch on his back. This sucked. He pouted, knowing he'd pushed things too far, and he hit his forehead with one hand constantly.
"Idiot, idiot, idiot!" He was muttering under his breath and she sighed as she felt his pain and embarrassment through his back.
"I'm sorry." She muttered behind, struggling to come up with something else to say, "It was my fault." And he sighed at her guilty tone.
"It's okay. I'm fine." She was quiet for a moment and then shook her head, even if he couldn't see her. "I shouldn't have…" He blushed as he couldn't come up with the words, but then he felt her head against his back and his eyes widened in surprise. "Rae?"
"I'm sorry we can't have a normal relationship." He wasn't an empath, but he could sense she was sad as well, despite her monotone.
"Hey, who says I want that? Normal is overrated anyway." He said lightly, smiling up at the stars. Her hands dropped from his back when she was done healing him, leaning back and he turned to smile at her. Despite her emotionless face, her eyes were down and he could tell she was still bothered by it. So he grabbed her hands, smiling gently. "We'll just have to take baby steps, Rae." After all, before he hadn't been able to make out with her last time and now they'd lasted longer. She peered at him shyly through her eyelashes, still feeling self-conscious.
"Are you sure you're willing to do that?" He shrugged lightly, as if it didn't bother him at all, though he knew it was going to take a lot of self-control to be with Raven.
"You're worth it." She raised an eyebrow, about to point out how corny the line was, but she saw in his eyes that he was serious and she smiled gently. For a moment there, the two stared into each others eyes, but of course he had to ruin it. "Now, wasn't that the most romantic line you've ever heard?" He added with a grin and she rolled her eyes. "You have the best boyfriend ever, or what?" She stared at him, as it seemed he hadn't realized what he'd just said.
"Boyfriend?" She repeated and he blushed deeply.
"Did I say 'boyfriend'?" He asked sheepishly and she smiled.
"Mhm." She answered, looking amused. He gulped, and then cleared his throat.
"Well, you- ah. I mean, we- we feel the same way, right? So I thought that you- ah, might be, you know…"
"Your girlfriend?" She helped and he looked down awkwardly.
"Well, yeah." He said awkwardly and she stared again. Being under her scrutinizing gaze only served to make him feel even more embarrassed.
"Okay." He almost couldn't believe it as he blinked at her. She was wearing her usual stoic face, so he was unsure on how to react.
"Really?" His voice came out far too high and he blushed again. But then she smiled her usual tiny, almost undetectable smile and he returned it sheepishly.
"Really." He grinned widely, letting out a breath.
"Awesome!" And she couldn't help but smile back at his enthusiasm. She would've giggled, but it truly wasn't her style. Instead, she grabbed his hands and caressed the gloved skin with her thumbs.
"Then it's settled." He blinked, raising an eyebrow. 'Settled'. Only Raven would make getting in a relationship sound as if she was signing a contract. And maybe for her it was, considering how independent the empath was. Man, and all he wanted to do was hug her tightly and never let go, but he knew she wouldn't appreciate that. He stared at her as she licked her lower lip and his eyelids dropped halfway as he stared at her dazedly. Oh, what the hell? He pulled at her hands, suddenly catching her with his arms and squeezing her gently. "Garfield?" He smiled to himself, closing his eyes and nuzzling her neck. He just loved it when she used his name.
"You smell so good…" He moaned against her as he moved to nuzzle her neck, taking a deep breath. Gar smiled to himself as he heard her muttering against his ear, her breath tickling him.
"Azarath, Metrion, Zinthos… Azarath, Metrion, Zinthos."
He placed a kiss on her neck and he felt the skin move under his lips as she gulped. She tastes so good… and he licked the skin.
And just like before, the two mugs placed next to them exploded, covering both with now cold tea. Garfield leaned back, blinking at her in surprise as she blushed deeply, staring right back with wide eyes. This was going to be much harder than he first thought. He laughed, finding humour in their situation and the fact that tea was dripping from her chin, and he could feel his own hair wet and plastered against his forehead. She glared at him, obviously not finding it funny and feeling sheepish as he laughed. How had she managed to make the tea jump high enough to get both of them wet was beyond him. Gar grinned as she tried to blow her damp hair out of her face, but couldn't get it to move, and he removed it himself with one caress, still grinning. Even all covered in tea and glaring, wearing oversized nightclothes and hiding under a cloak, she managed to look beautiful. Yes, it would be difficult, but it would be so worth it. And he leaned down to kiss her again.
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