I Own Nothing.
"She might be cold," Beast Boy said, hopping off of his bed with his blanket and comforter. He couldn't sleep without seeing her in his head, and at this point, any excuse would do. He took a deep breath and reached into his bedside drawer, pulling out a pair of green pajama pants. He opened the door and slowly walked out into the dark hallway. He walked up to the couch and looked over the back. "Where is she?" he said to himself, moving past the empty couch. He looked out of the large window overlooking the sandy shore of the island and bright skyline of Jump City at night. He looked down toward the shore, seeing her sitting on the sand and skipping stones across the water. Beast Boy rushed into the elevator, repeatedly pressing the button labeled "G". Beast Boy took another deep breath. "Can't this metal tin can go any faster?"
The double doors opened and Beast Boy rushed through with his comforter and blanket. "Terra!" he called out, running up to her.
He stepped in his blanket, tripping him and sliding him through sand. Terra looked behind her and blushed, giggling.
Beast Boy scrambled to his feet and kept running. He quickly threw his blanket and comforter over Terra's lap. "Come back inside," he said, "it's cold out here."
Terra grinned. "You're so sweet," she said, "but I was hoping one of you would come out. I need to talk to you."
Beast Boy started to sweat as Terra's grin faded into a small frown. Say something witty! Beast Boy sat down. "Sure." Beast Boy's inner self majorly face-palmed.
"I might-" Terra stopped herself. "I have to leave Jump City."
Beast Boy's heart broke. "Why?" he said, trying not to sound more in despair than he was already.
Terra looked at the ground, away from the Titan. "I just have to. I don't want to burden you guys."
"Just stay for a little while," Beast Boy said, seeing the bruises on her lower legs. "You're not fit to go out again. Everyone likes you too; I like you."
Terra's eyes widened. She looked at Beast Boy. "Please; I cannot stay."
"Can you try to stay here for a week?" Beast Boy asked. "I can give you a personal tour of the city."
Terra thought it over. "Yes," she said, making butterflies swirl around in Beast Boy's stomach. "But there is something I need to tell you first."
"What is it?"
"I have a problem," she said, grabbing his hand. "Promise not to tell."
Beast Boy's heart almost stopped. "I promise."
Terra flicked her finger upward, lifting a large rock out of the sand. She calmly moved her hand toward the water, whipping the rock three hundred feet across the water. "I can't completely control my powers."
Beast Boy nodded with a sincere expression on his face. "No one will hear it from me," Beast Boy said. "Just hang back when we're fighting baddies."
Terra grinned again. "Thank you, Beast Boy." She stood up with Beast Boy's blankets, wrapping them around herself.
"For the blankets or for the you-know-what?" Beast Boy said, genuinely confused.
Terra laughed. "Let's go back inside. It's midnight and I'm tired."
Beast Boy followed Terra inside, unaware of the eyes watching them. More particularly, they were watching her.
"Good morning everybody!" Cyborg shouted through Gohan's door, scaring the Saiyan awake.
Gohan rolled on his side and looked at the clock. "Five o'clock? Why so early?" He hopped out of bed and into a pair of red pajama pants with a black string tie in the front. Bleary-eyed, Gohan walked out of the room, joining the other Titans and Terra in the living room.
The early morning sun blinded them, making for a not very happy team of supers. Cyborg held up a calendar. "We have 150 days until we have to meet up with Gohan's old crew. Let's be sure to impress them when we meet them."
"I guess the obstacle course ready," Robin said.
"Follow me." Cyborg led the Titans into the elevator and took them down to the basement level. The doors opened, revealing a long, cold, hallway leading into a large, open room with nothing but an elevate+d surface three feet above the hard floor. Large, bright lights illuminated the cold, empty room.
"Where is the obstacle course?" Robin asked.
"I did my homework on the Budokai Tenaichi," Cyborg said. "I've set up a replica of the stage we'll be fighting on once we make it past the preliminaries."
"Wait," Terra said. "What is the Budokai Tenkaichi?"
"Thousands of martial artists from all over the world come to Papaya Island to fight in a tournament to prove who is the best, and the first prize depends on who is funding or hosting the event," Gohan said. "My father won the twenty third tournament under similar circumstances as ours."
"What did your father win?" Terra asked.
"Earth's safety," Gohan said.
"What's happening this time?" Terra asked.
Gohan told Terra of The Master and what he wanted. "We're entering the tournament to stop him."
"And as a bonus," Beast Boy said, "a whole butt-load of moolah."
"Count me in," Terra said. "I'll help you defeat him."
"It's not your fight," Raven said, glaring at her. "You don't need to help."
"So you're staying with us?" Beast Boy asked.
"Yes," she said, making Beast Boy's heart beat through his chest.
"I've developed drones with AI to spar against us in the ring," Cyborg said, pressing a green button on the side of the stage. A tall, humanoid robot made of white, padded steel rose from the center of the stage. "I've modeled them after a couple villains we've faced in the past and beefed them up. They'll know all of our fighting strengths and weaknesses after the first round."
"What are the rules of this tournament?" Starfire asked.
"Don't touch the ground outside of the ring. If you stay knocked down for ten seconds inside the ring, you lose." Gohan hopped up on the square ring first. "Let me have a go at it."
"I say Terra should get the first match," Robin said, softly pushing her toward the edge of the ring.
"I agree," Cyborg said. "Let's see what she's got."
Gohan nodded. He pulled Terra onto the ring. "Show us your metal."
Terra managed a fake grin and affirmative nod. She looked at Beast Boy. "Don't attack," Beast Boy mouthed.
Terra nodded, turning toward the center of the stage. Cyborg pressed a red button, making the AI drone charge.
Terra rolled out of the way and whipped around, sending a kick into the drone's back. The drone fell out of the ring and onto the ground. Cyborg pressed a blue button, shutting him down. "You're quick, Terra!" Cyborg said, clapping for her with the rest of the Titans, except Raven who was still cold and wary toward the teenage ground-shaker.
"Congrats, Terra!" Beast Boy said.
"Let me show you how it is done," Raven said, hopping up on stage. "Cyborg, turn the drone on."
Cyborg nodded and pressed the red button again. The drone hopped to its feet and climbed back on stage. The aura around Raven turned black. She raised her hand, lifting the drone into the air. "Wow," Terra said, staring at the Titan in awe.
Raven slammed the drone to the ground. The drone rolled to its feet and threw a punch. Raven leaned to the left, dodging the punch and flipping the drone over her shoulder. She grabbed the drone by the hands and spun around in a circle, whipping the drone out of the ring. "Way to go, Raven!" Robin exclaimed, leading the applause of Raven's excellent performance.
Terra looked at the ground, feeling her happiness of the moment slip away. "It's alright," Beast Boy said, patting her on the back. "You did great."
Gohan smirked. "Now it's my-" The red alarm started to sound. "Oh well," he said, feeling disappointed.
The Teen Titans rushed out of the stage replica room. Beast Boy and Terra stayed behind and out of earshot of the other Titans. "Don't worry about Raven," Beast Boy said. "It takes a while for her to get used to new people." Beast Boy chuckled. "In fact, I think she's still getting used to me."
Terra blushed. "Beast Boy," she said.
"What is it?"
She threw her arms around him. "Thank you. Thank you for being so kind to me."
Beast Boy blushed. "Don't sweat it-"
"You've been the nicest anyone has been to me since I ran away," she said, pulling him tighter to her.
"Ran away from what?" Beast Boy asked.
"Come on Beast Boy and Terra! With the haste!" Starfire called from the end of the hallway.
"We should go," Terra said, running toward the elevator with Beast Boy.
"Who is it?" Gohan asked.
Robin pulled up a live feed of all surveillance cameras installed around Jump City on the back wall of the elevator. "One second..." He sifted through the large number of cameras. "Here it is." He expanded the camera filming the small explosion just outside the jewelry store.
"Mumbo Jumbo? The H.I.V.E weirdos?" Gohan said.
Robin's eyes narrowed as the culprit stepped out of the smoke. "No way!"
Gohan looked at the screen and clenched his fists as the tall, muscular man in the black jumpsuit and black and orange mask stared into the surveillance camera. "Slade."
Terra squeezed Beast Boy's hand. "What's wrong?" Beast Boy asked.
Terra realized that her nerves were getting to her. "Oh, nothing."
Raven rolled her eyes. Have the integrity to tell him the truth.
They rushed out of the tower and into bright, cold, early morning Jump City, still dressed in their pajamas. "Slade!" Gohan shouted, spiking his aura as he reached the front of the demolished jewelry store.
"Pajamas?" Slade said, charging from behind him. "Am I your first run? I'm honored."
Gohan whipped around, clashing with his foe in a flurry of fast fists and feet. "Sorry, Robin!" Gohan said. "Slade wouldn't let me wait for the order!"
Robin just grunted in aggravation. "Teen Titans: Go!"
Starfire joined Gohan in the battle against Slade while the other four engaged the mini-army of Slade drones. "Hide!" Beast Boy told Terra, morphing into a large, green Dragon and flying into the air.
Terra swallowed her pride and hid behind the office building opposite to the jewelry store. Starfire shot several star bolts at the blur winning the battle and flew around the corner of the office building. She pushed Terra out of the way as Slade punched Gohan through the building, knocking him into her. "Sorry!" Gohan exclaimed, tumbling to the ground and on top of Starfire. The two heroes hopped to their feet, both catching a punch from Slade.
"Terra! Hit him with a rock!" Gohan said, slowly losing the edge against Slade in every passing moment.
Terra knew what Beast Boy had said, but she also knew what she had to do. Her aura spiked as the ground around her trembled. She threw a punch into the air, chucking small rocks at the side of Slade's body. "Terra! You need to please use more power, please!" Starfire said, straining against the Titans' biggest nemesis. "Do what you did with the scorpion!"
Terra swallowed hard. She raised both her arms and pushed forward, letting out a battle cry as the entire street in front of her was lifted high above her head.
Gohan's eyes widened and looked over, seeing the rock equivalent to a two-story building being thrown at them. Slade tossed them the jewels and fazed out, leaving the Titans to be crushed by the rock head-on.
Gohan and Starfire fell the ground, motionless under the rock. Gohan's vision went blurry as Terra's fuzzy figure ran over to them. "I'm sorry!" she said, Gohan barely being able to hear her due to his own heartbeat pounding in his ears. "I'm so sorry!" Terra tried lifting the rocks. "I can't- I'll get help! Just hold on!" She ran through the hole in the office building.
She ran right into Slade. "You knew this was a trap," he said, "and you thought you could escape it as long as your pathetic little friends backed you up." He wagged his index finger at her. "I thought you would have known better."
"What are you talking about?" Terra said, collapsing the second floor of the building on them and covering the holes Gohan made.
"If we can talk like civilized people, I'd be glad to show you," Slade said.
A yellow aura spiked around Terra. "Do you mind if I talk with my hands?"
She whipped large pieces of fallen cement and rock at the masked man. Slade effortlessly dodged them all, chuckling as he did so. "Impressive. The wall never stood a chance."
"Why are you here?" Terra shouted, trying another volley of rocks.
Slade fazed out, reappearing behind her. "I'm here to help, and I knew that staging a robbery would draw you out."
"I don't need your help," Terra snapped.
"You can't control your powers," Slade said. "You are like a rock," he continued, pulling out a rock from his pocket. "Rough around the edges." He started to squeeze the rock, crushing it in his hand. "But with my teachings, you will shine."
"Like I said before," Terra said, "I don't need your help."
"What happens when your friends find out?" Slade said. "Beast Boy can't keep his mouth shut forever."
"No," Terra said. "He promised."
Slade laughed. "You gullible fool! You honestly believe that he's telling you the truth!"
Terra's eyes started to glow yellow. The building started to shake as rocks started to swirl around her. No matter how much she tried suppressing it, the violent tugging in her stomach would not go away.
"Keep it together!" she told herself. "Keep control!"
"From all of the natural disasters you've caused, you're still acting like you had control in the first place." Slade held out his hand. "Join me. Be my apprentice. I will unlock the doors to unimaginable power."
Terra's aura exploded as the building came tumbling down. The entire city block started to shake. "Where are Starfire and Gohan?" Raven asked.
"I don't know," Robin said, fending off a large group of drones by himself. "The last time I saw them, they went through the office building with Slade."
"Things must be really getting serious," Cyborg said, firing through several drones running with jewels lining their pockets.
"It's not them," Beast Boy growled in his wolf form. "It's Terra." Beast Boy reverted to his human form and ran into the tornado of rocks Terra had caused. He saw Terra levitating above the ground, her eyes glowing bright yellow. "Terra!" he called out.
Terra's eyes stopped glowing momentarily. "Help me!" she said with hot, angry tears rolling down her cheeks. She had lost control; hopefully, the other Titans couldn't see it.
Beast Boy grabbed her hands, ignoring the hundreds of tiny, jagged pieces of rock cutting and stabbing him. He pulled her out of the rocky tornado. The rocks fell to the ground. Terra held Beast Boy close to her, crying her eyes out. "It's alright," he said.
"Gohan and Starfire!" she choked out. "I-"
"Get it off of them!" Robin shouted, pulling the rocks off of Gohan and Starfire.
"What did you do?" Raven shouted at the crying girl. "You could have killed them!"
"It was an accident!" Terra said. "I didn't mean to-"
Raven glared at her. "Not meaning to won't fix-"
"Raven," Starfire said, weakly getting up with Gohan unconscious on her shoulders. "It's alright. She was only trying to help."
Gohan awoke on the Titans' couch with his head propped up on a pillow and bandages on his chest, stomach, and head. He wondered who took off his shirt and put it back on. "Look who's awake," Beast Boy said, sitting next to Terra.
Gohan looked out the window, seeing the setting sun fall over the city. "I was out that long?"
"Yeah," Terra said. "Starfire collapsed as soon as she made it to the tower. I didn't mean to hit you, I was just trying to hit Slade."
Gohan stood up, pulling the bandages off his head. "It's fine. It was my fault for letting him go." Gohan grinned. "Just remind me to never tick you off."
Terra laughed. "Will do."
"I'm going to go see how Starfire is doing." Gohan walked down the hallway, leaving Beast Boy and Terra alone.
"What did I tell you?" Beast Boy said. "My lips are sealed."
Gohan knocked on Starfire's door. "Starfire?" he said.
"One minute, please!" Starfire said, slowly emerging from her room in a bright yellow rain coat and hat and a thick, green scarf covering her neck. Large, black, rain boots covered her feet and green oven mitts covered her hands. She seemed slightly taller than she was earlier that morning, now only an inch shorter than the half-Saiyan. "Hello, Gohan! You are better?"
"Yes. That's what I wanted to ask you."
"I am fine," Starfire said, slowly shrinking back into her room. "I am perfectly alright."
"What's going on, Starfire?" Gohan asked. "And why are you dressed like that?"
"I am going through a fashion change," Starfire said. "It should take four Earth months before I can go back to wearing my old clothes!"
"Alright then," Gohan said, backing away from the door. "I'm just going to leave that alone," he said to himself, finding the other Titans.
Over the course of the next week, Gohan started to notice a pattern with Terra. After the seventh set of bandages, he decided he would say something this evening. He felt the same way she did when he was getting used to his own powers. He knew what to do about her control, and he knew a teacher that could make her a formidable fighter. "What's this about?" Terra said, feeling nervous as the Teen Titans surrounded her in the living room.
"Since you've been a help to us in taking down evil," Robin said, pulling out a shiny Titan communicator from behind his back, "we all decided that you deserve to officially be one of us."
Terra's jaw hit the floor. "Me? A Titan? You guys must be joking!"
"Do we look like we're joking?" Robin said, handing her the communicator.
Terra reluctantly took the communicator. "I don't know about this. Give me a-"
"Can we show her now?" Starfire said excitedly, hopping up and down.
"You're going to love this," Beast Boy said, grabbing Terra by the hand and leading her into the hallway where all of the rooms were located.
"Where are we going?" Terra said, barely being able to keep up.
Beast Boy led her to the end of the hall. "I'll let you open the door."
Terra looked at the door labeled "Terra's room" and opened it. She gasped as she walked inside, looking up at the ceiling designed like a starry night sky. A large bed next to a closet and other furnishings filled the room, along with a flat screen television in the corner of the room. "This is amazing!" she said. "I can't thank you guys enough!"
"So you'll stay?" Beast Boy asked.
"Heck yes!" Terra shouted, wrapping her arms around the green shape-shifter.
"That's not all," Gohan said.
"What could possibly be better than this?" Terra asked.
"Well," Gohan said, "I can't really top that." Gohan rushed into his room, quickly returning with a pair of brown moccasins and an outfit consisting of purple pants and vest.
"What is this?" Terra said, nearly gagging at the moccasins.
"My teacher, Piccolo, taught me to control my powers," Gohan said. His smile faded as the color drained out of Terra's face. "He'll definitely help you learn how to control yours."
Terra started to shake. "You- how did you-"
"What's wrong?" Gohan asked, seeing Beast Boy nearly faint.
"Beast Boy," Raven said, watching Beast Boy stumble over to the wall. "Are you alright?"
Terra dropped her communicator. She growled in anger and faced Beast Boy. "You told them, didn't you?"
"No!" Beast Boy stammered. "No! Of course I didn't; I promise!"
"He was right!" Terra shouted. "You lied to me!"
"Who was right?" Beast Boy asked, chasing Terra down the hallway. "Terra! Wait!"
Terra opened the window and hopped out, surfing through the air on a levitating chunk of rock. "Don't come after me," she snarled, flying out of sight.
Beast Boy dropped to his knees. "Please," he said quietly. "Come back."
"Beast Boy," Gohan said, "I didn't mean to do this. I figured it out on my own."
Beast Boy looked at him. Gohan felt even worse when he realized that Beast Boy's face wasn't angry. Beast Boy's face was sad. He didn't cry; his expression was empty and his voice was a whisper. "I couldn't even say goodbye."
Raven put her hand on Beast Boy's shoulder, trying to console her green friend without letting her anger at Terra show. "She'll be back," a tiny voice inside the back of her head said. "Don't let your guard down."
Well, that escalated quickly.