~ Birds of a feather ~
~ Bookmark my memories ~
Beastboy sighed contently, the pains and aches in his heart, though still reminding him of their presence with haunting memories and lingering words, were ebbing away as he lay, a small, fluffy kitten, in Raven’s lap. He stretched and greeted her hand with a nudge of his furry forehead as she absent-mindedly stroked his green tinted fur in a rhythmic, soothing way while she read her newest book, a gift from Beastboy on her birthday, “A Collection of Edgar Allen Poe.” The morning was nearly silent; the birds not yet awake to sing their cheery songs of sun, but it bothered not the green changeling or the lavender-haired sorceress. Raven could have cared less for sound, though, unbeknownst to her, she read in rhythm to Beastboy’s soft, rumbling purrs and Beastboy was practically deaf to the world as he rested for the first time since Terra’s sacrifice. Beastboy lazily watched the waves of aquamarine crash gently upon the rocks of Titan’s Tower tiny beach and spray up in white foam before dying out. He shifted slightly as the sun glared into his eyes. Reluctant to move, Beastboy let out a small mew. He knew that the sun was probably right to give him the little reminder, though not so rudely. Titan’s Tower would be buzzing with its other three residences in about an hour and he, nor did he think Raven, would wish to explain, if this scene was witnessed by the others, why they both were out together. Although he loved and trusted his friend’s, he knew Raven and he would be the talk of the tower because of some misunderstanding. He arched his back in a stretch and lightly leaped down onto the ground near Raven. She looked up as she felt a slight chill where Beastboy rested moments before, then turned to see the shape shifter expertly change back into his nearly human, green-skinned form. With a slight shake of her head to dismiss her reading daze, she snapped the book gently shut upon her index finger to hold her place. She didn’t want to damage her gift by lazily dog-earring her page and a bookmark was not to be found.
“Guess we should get some sleep inside before every one else wakes up, eh?” Beastboy asked, not really asking to question, but to break the silence. He masked a yawn with a gloved hand and glanced up at Raven as she ceased her levitation and touched back down upon the rock.
“Didn’t get enough? It seems that we’ve been out here some time now…” Raven sighed as she glanced at the brightening sun.
“Yeah…guess we were out for awhile, but I wasn’t sleeping.” He grinned sheepishly, a single fang showing itself. Bringing a hand up to the back of his head, he grazed his ruffled hair. “Who would want to?”
“What do you mean?” Raven questioned, slightly curious.
“Eh…I don’t know…just…thanks Rae. I know you originally came out her for peace, quiet, tranquility and all that good stuff, but I’m glad you talked to me. I felt a little more at ease with you around than I have been since…you know…I see why you meditate now…uh, well…I knew and uh…but…Whatever. Again, thanks.” Beastboy chuckled weakly with his goofy smile. Raven could feel the rush of crimson slowly reach her tombstone gray cheeks and, not sure if it was visible yet, flipped the hood of her cape up to shadow her face.
“No problem…any of the other Titans would have done the same thing.” Raven nodded and levitated a few inches from the ground again. “I suppose sleep will be good for you. We should head back.” Beastboy nodded in agreement, shifted gracefully into a sparrow of olive and forest green, flew two times around Raven’s outstretched hand and then took off towards Titan’s Tower, more specifically, his room window. Raven made a move to withdraw her hand back into the folds of her cloak, but paused as a forest green feather tickled her finger. She watched the feather dance like a marionette, the wind its puppet master, and gently cupped her hands beneath it, catching it. Twirling the feather between her index finger and thumb, she brought her gift up with her other hand and tucked the feather snuggly in her book to keep her place. Allowing herself a soft smile, Raven too headed back to Titan’s Tower.