A rather short chapter, but that's okay. I still hope you enjoy.
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Garfield couldn't sleep. All he could do was watch Raven, and take comfort in the fact that she was breathing.
But after a few hours of doing nothing, he knew he needed to get out.
Once he got out of the bed, he gave his girlfriend (and that's, still, with a question mark at the end) a small kiss and then left the room.
Upon entering the living room, he found Robin, sitting at a computer, with his head in his hands. His eyes were closed, his breathing even. He was clearly trying to calm himself down.
"Robin?" Garfield asked, breaking the silence as he took the chair next to him and sat down. His voice wasn't as friendly as it usually was. "What are you doing here?"
"Trying to track him," the titans' leader replied. He immediately sensed that something was wrong with his teammate. "What's wrong, Beast Boy?"
The changeling looked up. "Raven opened up to me a few hours ago," he started saying, locking gazes with Robin. "She told me that when Slade attacked us that day, in our own home, he had meant to take you, not her. She suffered so much instead of you, took all the hits, even if it was all accidental." His eyes suddenly turned cold. "I don't know if I can ever forgive you for that."
"Beast Boy, I know how hard this is. For Raven, for you, and for the rest of the team. I had no idea that this was Slade's original plan. If I had known-"
"But you didn't." Garfield's tone was now much harsher than it was. Robin could clearly see the anger written all over his face. "And that is why Raven had to live with what she did."
"I can't tell the future … Garfield."
"Don't you dare call me that," Beast Boy snarled. "She is the only one who can call me that." He was slowly losing his patience, and he didn't know if he was relieved or happy about it.
Their argument was suddenly interrupted when they heard a heartrending scream.
The two of them looked at each other with wide eyes. "Raven," they said in unison, rushing to their friend's room.
The poor woman was writhing on her bed, not even realizing the pain that she was putting herself in. It was clear she was having a nightmare.
But what was most surprising was the fact that everything around her was, either, surrounded by her own magic, or floating. It seemed she could only use her powers when she wasn't in control.
Out of the blue, her body tensed, as if someone was hitting her. She whimpered, curling into a tight ball. Everything that had once been flying now fell to the ground. "Stop!" she cried, blocking her face with her hands. "Please!"
Garfield had enough. He ran over to her and fell on his knees, taking her hands in his own. "Rae, it's just a nightmare," he tried to tell her, hoping she would wake up. "It isn't real. Please, just open your eyes for me. Slade can't hurt you anymore … He can't ever get near you. Wake up, Raven, come on."
The girl screamed again, her eyes finally opening. Without even thinking, she lunged into Garfield's arms, not caring about her wounds. She began to tremble, the tears falling freely down her pale face. "S-Slade," she whispered. She kept on repeating his name, leaning her head against Beast Boy's chest.
"He's not here, Rae," the man said, running his fingers through her hair and kissing the top of her head. "It was just an illusion your mind made. Everything's okay, you're safe."
Raven shook her head. "He won't let me be," she muttered, her voice barely heard.
While Beast Boy was trying to calm Raven down, Robin had ran into the kitchen and filled up a glass of water. He quickly returned to his other teammates, but was stopped by Cyborg and Starfire, who were standing in front of Raven's closed door.
"What happened," Cyborg asked. "I heard screams."
"I, too, heard 'the screams'," Starfire agreed, wrapping her arms around herself as she began to get an idea.
Cyborg's eyes widened. "Raven's having nightmares," he stated. "Slade is haunting her."
Robin didn't even get a chance to nod because the door suddenly opened, and Garfield, with Raven in her arms, walked out and made his way into the lounge. He gently placed her on the couch and gave her the TV remote. He then walked back to his other teammates, refusing to meet Robin's gaze.
"She didn't wanna sleep anymore," he explained to Cyborg and Starfire only. "I don't blame her. I'm just afraid that she won't be able to sleep at all after this."
All of a sudden, they heard a familiar voice say, "Hello Raven … Teen Titans." They heard a soft whimper, and when they turned around, they saw Slade on the screen, a small smirk on his face.
Garfield quickly walked over to Raven, who seemed to be frozen in place, her eyes wide and tear filled. He sat down beside her and pulled her against him, wrapping his protective arms around her, as if trying to shield her from this monster.
"Aw, how sweet," Slade remarked. "Beast Boy, trying to protect her from me. I hope you know that is never going to happen."
"Oh yeah? Watch me," Garfield replied, his voice cold.
"Silly Beast Boy," Slade said. "You will never be strong enough to protect her."
From behind, the other titans saw that Garfield was getting angry.
"What do you want, Slade?" Robin asked, walking up to the TV.
"I'm glad you asked, Robin," Slade answered. "I have grown my little army while Raven was my prisoner. They are on their way to Titans Tower right now, as we speak. I would suggest you get out of here, because without Raven, you are nothing, and she still doesn't have her powers, if I am correct."
It was then that they all heard a small shriek.
It was Starfire, who was looking out the window. "He is the telling of the truth," she said. "His robots are nearing."
"Tick tock, Robin," Slade said. "If you don't leave soon you will never survive. I wish you the best of luck. Oh, and Raven … it was good seeing you again."
The screen went blank then, and the titans all let out a sigh of relief.
Garfield looked down at Raven, who had buried her head in the crook of his neck and was sobbing quietly. "He's gone now, Raven, it's okay."
The woman didn't reply.
"There's no time for that, BB," Cyborg said, walking over to the two of them. "Grab your emergency bags, and then let's all meet on the roof. I'll have the T Ship ready."
The titans all nodded, and then began getting ready.
In less than a few minutes, they all met at the roof, and were about to get in the T Ship … but then they were surrounded by Slade's army.
"Oh, no," Starfire whispered, looking at all the robots.
"We're going to have to fight," Robin said. He turned to the green titan, jerking his head at the woman in his arms. "Beast Boy … protect her at all costs."
"N-no…" Raven suddenly spoke. She looked at Garfield, who realized that she wanted to be put down. He watched as she closed her eyes and began to whisper, "Azarath Metrion Zinthos." She let go of Garfield's hand, repeating the chant over and over again.
The robots had begun to charge at them, and the other titans began to get worried.
Suddenly, Raven cried out, "Azarath Metrion Zinthos!" A dark circle appeared below them and they fell through it. They all realized that Raven had used her magic.
But when the magic let them go, they immediately plunged into freezing cold water.
Garfield instantly began searching for Raven, his heart breaking slightly when he saw her sinking down to the bottom of the ocean, her eyes closed and her mouth open in a silent scream. He swam to her, grabbing her hand and pulling her to the surface.
He gasped for air, cold tremors taking hold of his body. He searched for his other teammates and saw them all swimming towards … the Titans East Tower? He smiled slightly, realizing that Raven had tried to teleport them there so they could be somewhat safe. He whispered a small 'thank you,' into her ear and then followed the others.
When they finally made it, they trudged over to the entrance, ringing their doorbell.
It was Bumble Bee that answered the door. And when she did, she couldn't help but exclaim, "Oh, my God!"