Previously. . .
"I'm sorry I didn't get you anything. . .you know. .personally." Gaping down at her, Beastboy chuckled then said,
"What are you, kidding? You gave me you, Raven. Which is better than ten cars!"
Now she noticed that troubled expression cross over his face. "You won't take it back, will you?" Understanding his insecurity, Raven shook her head and replied,
"Beastboy, I just gave you my heart. . .and a part of my soul. Which is something I don't give up easily. You know that."
All through the night Raven remained awake, her mind and heart mixed up over all that had happened between her and Beastboy. So much so, that she found herself getting up before the crack of dawn. Although her intentions were to be alone, she soon discovered that she wasn't. For sitting at the breakfast table, were Aqualad, Bumblebee, and Terra, who looked just as surprised as she was. "Well, hello tea-girl. What's up?"
Used to being called that nickname from the Eastside visit, Raven shook her head. "Nothing much," she replied, giving Bumblebee a mocking glance. "Ummm. Don't you guys believe in sleep?"
"No? Do you?" Letting out a scoff, Raven muttered,
"Hmph. Not recently. . ." Already getting the entire scoop from Cyborg, a huge grin crossed over Bee's face.
"Hmmm. . .I wonder why?" She mocked, as the other two began chuckling under their breaths. Feeling the blood rush to her cheeks, Raven quickly blocked their view by swinging open the kitchen cabinet. As she desperately tried to control her embarrassment, she noticed the huge stack of tea bags in front of her.
"Whoa. . ." She deliberately said, "Somebody sure went overboard on the tea. . ."
"I did. . ." replied a familiar voice. Turning around, Raven watched as Terra approached her from behind. Giving her a sheepish shrug, she replied, "While you were gone I tried it, and liked it so much that I sourta drank it all. So I replaced it for you. . ."
Very appreciative, Raven nodded, "Thanks. . ." she said, grabbing her kettle from off the stove. As she turned for the sink, Terra immediately noticed something different about Ravens appearance. Staring at her forehead, she smiled and said, "Oh, and you're wearing the gem. . .Sweet. . .It looks good on you.
"Yeah. . ." Raven replied, surprised that she noticed so quickly. That's when she remembered the truth, causing her to suddenly feel very awkward. Giving Terra a troubled glance, she set the kettle on the counter and replied,
"Look Terra. . .About yesterday. I know I was hard on you. And I'm sorry-" Putting a hand up in the air, Terra shook her head. "Don't." she cut off. "You didn't know. . .and you don't owe me anything. It's ok."
Giving her a serious gaze, Raven asked, "Then why? That's all I want to know. . ."
Beginning to feel just as uncomfortable as Raven, Terra could only shrug her shoulders.
"Why not? I mean, I put you guys through so much. Especially Beastboy. . ." she muttered, now finding it harder to look Raven in the face. "I really wanted to make amends, but I didn't know how. Until you left, and I saw that puppy-dog look in his eyes." Sighing, Terra shook her head and added, "It was that same look he used to give me. After that. . .It was "Raven, this," and "Raven, that." Although in a daze over what she'd said, Raven watched as Terra looked up at her. Her eyes glistening with tears. "He loves you, ya know."
Touched over the way Terra opened up to her, Raven could feel her chest growing heavier and heavier. Swallowing hard, she whispered, "I know. . ."
Fighting with all she had to stay strong, Terra loudly cleared her throat,
"Anyhow. . .That's why I helped him, you know? I guess I wanted to make up in some kind of way." Deeply moved, Raven found herself looking into her sad gaze.
Giving her a timid smile, she replied, "Believe me, Terra. You have. More than words can say." There for the first time in history, she held her arm out in a friendly manner. Overwhelmed by her gesture, Terra timidly reached forward and took her by the hand. "Thank you. . ." Raven whispered, briefly holding it with affection. "For everything."
Their transitional moment was interrupted when Mas y Menos barged into the kitchen. Zooming at the speed of light, Mas whipped passed Raven, snatching a box of cereal off the counter, while the other one grabbed the milk out of the icebox. While he slammed the door shut, Raven's eyes rolled with annoyance.
"Great. Like they need more sugar to get them hyper. . ."
As Terra chuckled under her breath, Mas chirped out, "Buenos dias, senoras." (Good morning, ladies.) Without even thinking twice about it, Terra chipperly replied,
"Buenos dias, muchachos. Que tiembla?" (Good morning, boys. What's shaking?) Marveling at her with disbelief, Mas stopped dead in his tracks. Slamming the carton of milk down on the counter, he gaped at his brother and replied,
"Oh? Ella entiende el espanole?!" (Oh? She understands Spanish?!) Letting out a chuckle, Terra nodded and replied,
"Well, yeah. . . When you've been around as much as I have, you kinda learn to adapt."
Now she watched as Bee, Aqualad and Speedy looked from themselves back to her.
"Well then maybe you come back and give us a Spanish lesson?" Not sure she heard him correctly, Terra suspiciously marveled at the three of them.
"Come again?" Smiling at her, Bumblebee replied.
"I said. . .that maybe you'd want to come back with us. . .and give Titans East a try."
"You mean. . .you want me to be a part of your team?"
Letting out a chuckle, Aqualad replied, "Well, yeah. I mean. . .you didn't think I got to know you this much. . .just to leave you behind. I was hoping you'd want to come back with us." Hesitating, he gave her a very tender glance then added, "with me. . ."
For a minute, Terra was so surprised that she could only marvel at him in disbelief. Then as it began to occur to her what he actually meant, Terra grew so overwhelmed that she couldn't look him, or the others in the face. As she slowly shook her head, Bee placed a hand on her shoulder. "Look, Terra. I know you feel like you messed up so much, that you don't deserve to have any friends. But nobody deserves to be alone. We really wish you'd consider joining our team. . ." Now the boys got on each a side of her, tugging on the bottom of her shirt.
"Venga en, Senorita Terra. . ." (Come on, Miss Terra.) Mas said, looking up at her.
"Porfa vor?" (Please?) Menos said, giving her a big toothy grin. On the verge of desperation, Terra looked directly at Raven. . .giving her a very serious gaze.
"What do you think I should do?"
Knowing deep down that Terra really sought her advice, Raven was determined not to take advantage of the situation. Yet at the same time, she had to be truthful. "Honestly? If it were me, I'd go for it." She said as Terra continued to think it over. "I think it would do you good to start over in a new place. And you'd be breaking away from everyone." Now she hesitated, then added, "Including Slade. . ." Raven specified, watching as Terra's widened with apprehension.
As the east group looked at each other, Bumblebee nodded then said, "She's got a point. Slade ain't much of a New Yorker, if you catch my drift. He's more of a west coast kind of guy. . ."
For Terra. . .that was all the convincing she needed to hear.
Swallowing down the lump in her throat, she nervously wheedled, "When do we leave?" Right away, Aqualad's eyebrows raised with gratification. "Well, alright!" he shouted.
As the others surrounded Terra with happy back patting, Raven watched as the door slid open, and HER family walked inside, with Robin and Starfire in the lead. They were followed by Beastboy and Cyborg who were casually talking and cutting up. That is until Beastboy noticed her standing there, and stopped dead in his tracks. At first, Cyborg couldn't understand why he'd gotten so quiet. Until he noticed the two of them staring at each other rather awkwardly. Grinning deviously, he cooed, "Well. . .well. . .well. . .If it isn't my little love birds."
Breaking out into a nervous sweat, Raven watched as Beastboy gave Cyborg an annoyed glare. "Will you cut it out!"
Unable to bear the pressure, Raven turned and began to walk out of the kitchen. As she did, she deliberately glanced at Beastboy over her shoulder. . .signaling him to follow her. Silently he done so. . .until the two of them were standing in the front of the Ops room away from the amused crowd. As Raven stared out of the huge bay window, she could see his reflection approaching her from behind. Fighting to keep a cool head, Raven found herself asking, "So. . .Where were you?"
"Oh. . .I went and took the B car for a spin. . ."
"Really?" Raven asked, trying to encourage the subject. "And what did you think?"
"Well. . .it puts the moped to shame. . .that's for sure." He replied, with some enthusiasm. Then gradually his smile disappeared once again. Now inside Raven knew what was coming. "And I would've asked you to come along, but I really didn't think you'd be interested." Actually feeling herself getting defensive, Raven peered at him and muttered,
"You don't know that. . ."
"No. . .But I do know that you didn't show back up at the party, like you said you would. So, I figured what was the point?"
Now confronted with what she was trying to avoid, Raven felt so bad that she could barely look him in the face. Out the corner of her eye she watched as his head slowly began to shake.
"I'm confused, Raven. I mean up until Cyborg and Robin showed up, everything was so wonderful between us. Too wonderful. That's what bothers me. Because the more I thought about it, the more I realized that we never got along that hot in the first place. . .So. . .the thought of everyone seeing us closer. . .might be too hard on you." He whispered, as she slowly began to shake her head. "So. . .if you're ashamed to be seen with me. . .I'll under-" He never had a chance to finish. By then Raven had pressed a hand his lips, now gazing into his eyes.
Before he knew what was happening, she'd leaned forward until she was tenderly kissing him with the same passion as the night before. As Raven pulled away from him, she purposely glanced at the stunned expression on the others faces. Particularly Cyborg, who could only grin and chuckle to himself. Narrowing her eyes with satisfaction, Raven then turned to the now spacey expression on Beastboys face. "Now tell me, Gar. What do you think?"
To have her affectionately mimic his real name was one thing. But to deliberately display her affection in front of everyone delighted him to no end! Inhaling deeply, he sighed and said,
"I think. . .I am so totally in love with you." Although pleased to hear him say that, Raven nodded then whispered,
"Me too. . .So let's get one thing straight. I am not ashamed of you, or us. And I never will be. But this is all new for me. . .and I have a lot of adjusting to do. Especially. . .with my emotions. I want to try and be more open with you. . .but I need you to be patient with me. . .Ok?" The helpless tone in her voice caused him to reach out and take her by the hand.
"Hey, I've waited this long for you. . .I'll wait forever if I have to. . ." Letting out a soft chuckle, Raven shook her head.
"No. . .It won't be that long. But give me a little time. I'll come around. . .you'll see."
Although Beastboy wanted to believe that things were really different between him and Raven. . .He still wasn't quite convinced. Especially after the East group left, and it was just the five of then again. Without Terra. . .As he lie in his top bunk, Beastboy realized how much he was going to miss her. After all, she had been there for over a month. And even though she never did truly fit back into their team, he knew deep down that if it wasn't for her, he never would've found out the truth about how Raven really felt about him. Which was still so hard for him to believe. So much so, that it had him restlessly. tossing and turning in his top bunk until he couldn't stand it anymore. Jumping out of bed he decided that for now, he would just go in the front and watch TV. After all, with Cyborg asleep, this was the only time he'd ever get full control of the remote, or the video game for that matter! As Beastboy walked into Ops room, he froze to the unexpected sight of Raven sitting on the sofa. For a minute, it felt like he was engulfed over another time this had happened to him. A time when he was so vulnerable, heartbroken, and suddenly just as insecure as he was starting to feel right now.
Raven never noticed him standing there, as usual she was too engrossed in her reading. That is, until she felt something fuzzy rub up against the bottom of her leg, causing her to jump.
Startled, she looked down to find herself staring into the eyes of that same green cat, who she remembered so well! For a minute, it was like having a flashback of that special moment between the two of them, causing her to actually chuckle under her breath. Knowing good and well what he wanted, Raven set her book down. Shaking her head, she playfully whispered, "Uh Garfield. . .I really don't think that'll be necessary."
In that instant, he morphed back into human form and grinned down at her. Pleased and relieved all at the same time, he gently muttered, "Good. Then scoot over. . ."
As he went to hold her close, Raven inhaled deeply and closed her eyes. For deep down inside she knew that this was only the beginning, and that from this point on she'd be cuddling with him a whole lot more!
Um. . .Does it still feel like you've fallen off a cliff? *laughs evilly* I sure hope so. . .