Hello my duckies! Thank you so much for all the reviews! Actually, two of my favorite RobRae writers reviewed (how exciting is that?)
Well, a HUGE shoutout to WoNdY Alice and mojoboy31.
And you know, the usual: I do not own the Teen Titans, if I did there would be a season 6. But I do own a character by the name of Iris that appeared in this chapter. *wink*
I got onto my motorcycle while Raven had a questionable look at me.
"Ya coming?" I asked.
Raven just shrugged and nodded. She climbed onto my motorcycle after me. I may or may not have planned this... I smiled deviously to myself.
"You know, if you don't wanna fall off you're gonna have to hold on tight," I smirked. I started to zoom off into the the Californian-summer night, with the stars above us and the city still awake.
Raven hesitantly wrapped her arms around my waist, and quickly tightened it as I increased our speed.
"I am so going to regret this," I heard her mutter. I just chuckled.
3rd Person POV
The two birds were flying through the night on Robin's motorcycle. It was quite a beautiful scene with two dark figures on a motorcycle, speeding through the streets of California with the twinkling stars above them. As they sped on, Raven couldn't help but snuggle her head into Robin's right shoulder. Though her bony chin was quite sharp against his shoulder bone, he couldn't help but grin and feel happy.
"Where are we going?" Raven tried to yell over the wind.
"You're just gonna have to find out for yourself," Raven could just picture Robin smirking cockily, and indeed he was. She sighed in frustration but somewhat satisfied that she could tell Robin was smirking, even though she wasn't looking. Should I read the little twerp's mind? No, that's an invasion of privacy. Besides, even though Robin and my mind are connected, he has a block on me and only could let me in when he wants to or is vulnerable. She thought.
Hey Robin. She said in her mind to Robin.
Yeah? He replied.
Where are we going?
Of course he didn't reply. Raven growled; she hates surprises! I mean, everyone should know that by now. When it was her birthday that marked the end of the world, Raven was not only mad when Beast Boy threw a party for her, she was also extremely surprised. Which of course caused several things to explode later on, creating quite the mess.
Deep in thought, Robin startled her when he asked, "Well, are we going or not?" Then, she realized that they were already parked and weren't traveling... and her arms were still wrapped around Robin. Raven unwrapped her arms and blushed when she realized that she was holding on pretty tightly.
Robin chuckled to himself and thought: Mission 1 completed- Getting Raven to get on a motorcycle with me... with her arms around my waist.
In her surroundings, they were just downtown. With shops, stores, and cafés on both sides of the street, providing light from the glass windows. After looking around, Raven finally settled her eyes on the Love Birds' Café. She smirked, how ironic. But still, she was quite excited, considering it was one of the best poetry-reading cafés around. Its door was a deep magenta with a complementing midnight blue that matched Raven's dress and usual attire. She looked at the glass window, covered in many ads and advertisements. Though it was dimly lit from the inside, one of them still caught her eye: an advertisement for the event that was happening tonight. It read, "Shakespeare vs. Poe! 2 Guest Stars..." but the rest was blurred out, due to the recent rain.
She turned towards Robin, eyes with disbelief. "You have the money to pay for this? On a show night?"
"C'mon Rae, get with the program, we're heroes for Christ's sake," Robin joked. Among those words, Raven could sense something deeper in meaning but she chose not to pry.
They entered through the double doors, breathing in the strong aroma of freshly brewed coffee and tea. The café was bustling with people, all chattering among themselves and anxious to see the night show. It was dimly lit with only the candles on each table to brighten things up. Each table was only equipped to one or two chairs, since people who came were usually single or a couple due to the name of the café. After they took a seat right in front of the small stage, a waitress came over to take their order.
"Is it always so crowded here?" Raven asked.
"Nope, just some guest stars I guess," The waitress replied in a New York accent while chewing on bubble gum.
"Oh, okay then. I'd like a chamomile tea,"
"I'll order a Bengal Spice tea," Robin winked at the waitress, she purred in return. Get it? Bengal spice, Bengal Tiger? haha. no. Raven coughed, a bit disgusted at the earlier exchange between him and the waitress. "You drink tea?" She raised an eyebrow.
"I drink excessive amounts of coffee every morning, kind of like how you drink your tea." Robin joked. Raven rolled her eyes.
"At least I'm not addicted to tea," Now this brought Robin to laughter. A sudden shriek captured their attention which made the two birds turn around.
"OH EM GEEE! Raven! I can't beeeeLIEVE you are actually HERE!" A girl with short white hair fangirled. Raven turned to her and raised an eyebrow, "Iris? That fangirl from Jump?" Iris gasped and clutched her heart, as if it gave her heart pains, "You remember my name?!"
Robin started chuckling, then it was violent chuckling that turned to laughter, then to laughter where it got hard to breathe. "You have a fangirl?" He kept on laughing, cackling in fact.
Raven scowled and narrowed her eyes. "This girl's been following me around for a while now," Then, something caught both the bids' eyes: Iris' shirt. Raven's eyes widened while she tried to chant her mantra to close the girl's sweater around her shirt. But Robin was faster, in a flash he took off Iris' sweater which showed off the shirt she was wearing: a shirt that read, "Raven the poet, best reader in California!"
"You're famous for your poetry reading?" Robin started cracking up again, throwing his head back.
"Yup! Raven is amazing! The fanclub loves to hear her poetry and her recitings. I just-"
Raven grumbled and cut her off. "Shut up bird brain." Using her powers, she lifted Iris' sweater out of his hands back to Iris. But once more, Robin grabbed the sweater.
"Hey! Slow down Raven! I didn't get to see the back of this fanshirt yet," Raven turned bright red as he mentioned it.
"Uh, Robin, I don't think that's a good idea."
Robin looked at the back of Iris' shirt: it was shipping the pairing "RobRae". He chuckled nervously, "Hehee, we even have a couple nickname," He tried to joke to calm down Raven.
"OMG like yes, I totally ship you and Raven, BEST COUPLE EVER. You don't realize how perfect and cute you are together. We even have RobRae mugs and pins in the fanclub- and of COURSE a million things with Rae's face on it! I even have a pair of und-" Iris rambled on.
"Don't call me Rae." Raven mumbled and cut off Iris again. "SO, what brings you here Iris?" She tried to lead the conversation around anything RobRae related.
"Oh, so I saw the advertisements EVERYWHERE. And I just couldn't resist! You know? Even though the Love Birds' Café is SO expensive and like-"
"Wait, what advertisements?"
"Oh, you know the ones about Shakespeare vs. Poe and how you're starring?!" With each word the volume of her voice went to a fangirl shriek. Raven slowly turned towards Robin.
"Robin..." She said dangerously.
"Yeah Raerae?" Robin replied just as dangerously but not quite as serious.
"Do you have anything to do with this?"
"Maybe... Yep... Oh and you're signed up under Edgar Allen Poe's side." He said cheekily.
Raven huffed. That explains the whole crowd. Her angry fuming was brought to an interruption as the host of the café announced, "Tonight we have the wonderful event of Shakespeare vs. Poe; who will win? We are starting off with some Poe, recited by one of our guest stars: poet, best reciter in the state of Cali, best selling author, and the mightiest Titan: Raven!" Loud roars of cheers and applause were heard throughout the café.
"Best selling author?" Robin turned to Raven, his face threatening to burst into fits of laughter again.
"Don't ask." She walked lightly but purposely towards the stage and took a seat in the stool.
"Hey guys, so apparently I'm reciting some Poe tonight but was notified in such a short time period," Raven said into the microphone, sending a glare towards Robin's direction. "so I'm just going to recite an easy one: Alone. It's also the first poem I have ever recited. How's that?"
The crowd roared in agreement. Raven took a deep breath and started to recite:
"From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone."
Raven's voice expertly and perfectly recited Poe's poem, Robin couldn't help but see all the connections between this poem and literally, Raven's life story. He turned to Iris in awe. "Is she always like this when she recites?"
"What do you mean?"
"So calm, so beautiful,"
"Do you hear yourself lover boy? You just called her beautiful in front of a HUGE RobRae shipper who's in charge of over 50 fanclubs and has access to them 24/7," At that Robin turned a deep shade of red and began stuttering.
"Oh shut your pie-hole. I'm just kidding, I would never do that to Raven's future fiance." Robin calmed down but then his head jerked up. "WAIT WHAT?!" The surrounding crowd around them all turned to Robin and hushed him; they continued to listen to Raven.
"Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
When the rest of Heaven was blue
Of a demon in my view."
"Wow," was all Robin could say.
"Well that's Raven's second most famous reciting, lover boy. Now how are you going to beat that?" Iris challenged.
"What did you just say?"
"Welllll, since I heard that Raven was reciting and I'm and HUGE RobRae shipper I kind of maybe signed you up to recite too." Iris replied nonchalantly.
"How did you know Raven and I were even going to be here?!" Iris chuckled nervously at that question.
Multiple people were dressed in an all-too-familiar-indigo clothing and all were stealthily walking around, following something. Following what? Raven of course. They all held binoculars and reported into a walkie talkie that led back to their "leader": Iris, who furiously took notes on everything they observed.
Raven reading. *person with binoculars in the background*
Raven drinking tea. *person with suction cups on the window*
Raven talking to Robin. *person recording from an air duct in the wall*
"Hehee. That's classified Rae fan club information," Iris quickly said.
Raven walked back towards the table back towards a very confused and shocked Boy Wonder. She raised an eyebrow, but Robin never saw it to reply.
"And next up, reading some Shakespeare, our second guest star: spandex-wearing heart throb of the city, trained by Batman himself, the one and only Robin! Oh, and literature background, I have no idea."
All the girls were yelling frantically and were turning their heads to look for him.
Now, Raven raised her eyebrows so high, you would think they were floating above her head.
"What." That's all she said, rather bluntly.
"That's pretty much my reaction too when I found out that I had to recite tonight." Robin replied in a daze sending a short glare at Iris who only smiled and waved back in return.
I do not own the poem Alone by Edgar Allen Poe, I just didn't want to say that in the beginning to spoil anything. Don't you guys think that Alone describes Raven's prophecy so accurately?
Feel free to review and tell me what you think, correct me in any grammar issues, or have any ideas to pitch in to inspire me! Since I edited this to make it... bigger, better, stronger, power... :P you guys probably already reviewed before, so just tell me what you think by PMing me!
Also, how do you guys have a line break that has nothing on it? thanks. I somehow did it but I have no clue how I did it... :3
~Over and OUT, moonie