Notes: I sensed a kind of closeness between Raven &
Beast Boy when she healed him in the first episode. Of course, by the next one, she was insulting him like Cyborg
would, so maybe Im exaggerating
Summary: Beast Boy tries to impress Raven. Emphasis on tries.
Broody and the Beast (Boy)
A Teen Titans Fanfic by
Nate Grey 1: Friendly Advice
Raven, contrary to popular belief, did not wake up every
morning at six.
Her body, however, was in the habit of being attended to at
certain times, and often went about making itself presentable without her
knowledge. More than once shed woken
up to find herself spitting out mouthwash or getting dressed.
None of that was out of the ordinary to Raven. She detested alarm clocks, and since her
body was perfectly willing and able to get up on time without her being
conscious, there was no reason for her to own one.
Of course, that did not apply to her fellow Titans, all of
whom, save Robin, needed exceptionally loud alarm clocks to get moving. Usually, it was one of these that finally
snapped Raven awake, or the inevitable shoving match between Cyborg and Beast
Boy over who got the bathroom first.
She honestly didnt know why they bothered: Cyborg always eventually
wrestled whatever form Beast Boy was in to the ground, and upon rising to
celebrate his victory, found the door slamming shut in his face as Robin
claimed the bathroom first.
Thankfully, Starfire was not at all stingy when it came to
sharing the girls bathroom. She was,
in Ravens opinion, sometimes a bit TOO willing to share her supposed private
time. Apparently, it was common
practice on her home planet for girls that were friends to share absolutely
everything. This had become a problem
very quickly, as Raven had no desire to share toothbrushes with someone that
delighted in serving and eating fuzzy food.
But after several weeks (and even more new toothbrushes), she had
finally drilled into Starfires head that some personal items were not to be
shared (especially not clothes).
Robin and Cyborg managed to keep straight faces as Beast Boy
told them his idea.
Only when he was done did they roll on the floor with
laughter. It was only polite.
Beast Boy frowned when they werent done five minutes later. Its not THAT funny.
Cyborg caught his breath enough to managed speech. Youyoure going tohahagive Raven heha
Valentine inehehehin July! He
collapsed and began pounding the floor with his fist as loud guffaws flew from
Robin shook his head, finally gaining at least some of his
composure. You do realize shell
probably ignore you just for bad timing alone, right?
She wont. My plan
is PERFECT, Beast Boy insisted with a toothy grin.
So youre going to wait outside her door with chocolates
and flowers until she comes out, and then youll turn into something soft and
Yeah! Great plan,
Robin sighed. Cy,
you handle this one.
Cyborg began counting off Beast Boys mistakes on his large fingers. First, Raven doesnt eat chocolatenot even
dark chocolate. Second, she wont take
just ANY flowers. Third, she does NOT
do soft and cuddly.
Beast Boys grin faded.
You guys gotta help me! he cried, falling to his knees and clasping
his hands together.
You cant think of this as merely getting a girl to like
you, Robin began, but Beast Boy cut him off.
HEY! Raven already
DOES like me!
Robin and Cyborg shared patient smiles with each other
before reaching over to pat Beast Boys back.
Suuuuure she does
Beast Boy glared at them, but remained silent.
Anyway, this is RAVEN were talking about. Shes not like most girls. You have to approach thislike hunting!
Cyborg blinked. Say
Its like hunting.
Ravens the deer, and youre the hunter, BB.
Beast Boy blinked.
Are you saying I have to SHOOT Raven to get her to like me?
Well, itd keep her from running away, Cyborg murmured
You cant take it so literally, Robin said. I said its LIKE hunting. You have to study her, know how she thinks,
be prepared for anything she might try to get away.
Shes NOT trying to get away! Beast Boy shouted. I told you, she LIKES me!
Robin gave him that same smile again. Did she tell you that?
Then how do you know?
Umthat one time, she healed me
Robin looked surprised.
Raven can heal?
Yeah! I didnt even
have to ask, she just did it on her own!
I dont know, man, Cyborg said. Are you sure she did that because she likes you? I mean, if Starfire knew how to heal, shed
do it, too.
Beast Boy gave him a flat look. But Starfire would try to heal people that werent hurt.
Hey, were talking about Raven, Robin said, trying to change
the subject. I dont think thats
enough to go on, BB. Theres one way to
know for sure if she likes you.
Beast Boy asked excitedly.
Ask her to do something with yousomething SHED like, not
shooting spitballs at Cyborg.
Cyborg rolled his eyes.
Theres all kinds of things.
Meditation, poetry readings, going on long walks at night He paused and frowned. On second thought, I think thats all of
Beast Boy deflated.
ButI dont really like any of those things
You like Raven, dont you? Cyborg asked.
Then sacrifices must be made, Robin replied solemnly. You have to ask yourself something. Is being with Raven worth having no fun at
this seemed a lot more promising BEFORE I talked to you
guys, Beast Boy sighed.
Always glad to help! Cyborg laughed, slapping him on the
Starfire brightened as she spotted Raven leaving the kitchen
with a cup of tea. Raven! How good to see you!
Raven stopped, considered ignoring her completely, and then
sighed, knowing it was impossible.
Hi, she muttered.
If Starfire was at all affected by the less than
enthusiastic greeting, she didnt show it.
Tell me! Did you enjoy your
Raven arched an eyebrow. What gifts?
did not Beast Boy give you the gifts?
Again, WHAT gifts? Raven asked, beginning to get annoyed.
Starfire blinked in confusion. I do not understand.
Beast Boy said that all the gifts were for you, and he was right outside
your door. How could you NOT have
Raven quickly put two and two together and sighed. He mustve caught my body in Ignore Mode.
Starfire stared at her.
Raven rolled her eyes.
My body automatically takes certain routes to avoid everyone in the
Buthe was right outside your door
Then I probably just phased through the floor and went
right under him.
Butdidnt you WANT the gifts, Raven? Are you not pleased that Beast Boy chose to
present his affections for you in material form?
Raven closed her eyes.
Somehow, I doubt I would be.
But I guess SOMEONE should go get him, or hell just stand there all
day She finished her tea, handed the
cup to Starfire, and drifted into the hallway.
Starfire beamed after her.
Be sure to say thank you!
Beast Boy was indeed waiting right outside Ravens
door. In fact, he had fallen asleep, so
his head was actually on Ravens door, and he was drooling a bit.
She took that all in, sighed, and moved to wake him. Then she stopped to examine the gifts.
In his left hand was a red, suspiciously heart-shaped box
that gave off a scent not unlike apple pie.
In his right was an elegant black rose in a tiny vase.
Raven ignored the box and carefully slipped the rose from
his fingers. She gave it a delicate
sniff, smiled faintly, and decided that Beast Boy had definitely gotten some
help with these gifts.
Carefully, so as not to wake him, she moved Beast Boys head
so that he was propped up against the wall, and then entered her room. When she came back out, he was still there,
snoring and drooling. Shaking her head,
she gave him a gentle poke in the ribs.
His reply was a very loud snort.
Making a face, Raven poked a little harder. Beast Boy.
With a vein beginning to bulge on her forehead, she shoved
Beast Boy cried out and just barely managed to stay upright
as he slammed into the wall.
GYAAAH! What! Oh, RavenRAVEN! Ium He looked down at
his hands, and, finding the rose gone, shrank into a mouse and tried to hide
himself behind the heart box.
Raven bent down and picked up the mouse, cupping it in both
her hands. Lose something?
No, it squeaked.
Why do you ask?
No reason. She
stood up and began to walk into her room.
UmRaven? the mouse squeaked. You can put me down now.
Hmm, was her uninterested reply.
You shouldve done a bird, she said at last. Ilike birds.
The mouse instantly became a large, green parrot that
perched on her arm.
NOT those birds, Raven said at once, before the parrot
could open its beak. Something
The parrot turned into, predictably, a raven.
picked up a small camera from her desk and snapped a picture, causing the raven
to caw in surprise as the flash momentarily blinded it.
Hey! Watch it with
that thing! the raven complained.
The next time you decided to go gift shopping, Raven said,
go alone, and get me one of these.
She held out the picture.
The raven transformed back into Beast Boy and took the
picture. Why couldnt you have just
told me that from the start?
Why couldnt you have just told me that you liked me?
Beast Boy turned bright red. Getting the bird, he muttered, heading for the door.
Beast Boy, she called as he reached the door.
Yeah? he asked, looking over his shoulder.
Raven gave him a slight smile. Nice try.
He grinned as the door slid shut behind him. YES!
I KNEW SHE LIKED ME! He
leaped up and clicked his heels together before racing off.
Raven shook her head and turned back to her rose. Very nice try, she whispered, holding it
up to her nose again.
The End. (for now)
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