Old Friends, New Challenges - Part 1BEAST BOY AND RAVEN
Old Friends, New Challenges
The front door of the Titans' Tower burst open and Beast Boy emerged, carrying a video cassette in one hand. He waited for a few moments, then he turned and peered back through the open doorway.
"Come on, Rae!" he called. "I want to get going!"
"I'm just coming," Raven's voice replied from somewhere inside the tower.
"Hurry up, slowpoke," Beast Boy teased, "they'll be waiting for us."
Beast Boy jumped slightly as Raven suddenly appeared in the doorway. She fixed him with a wry smile.
"They won't be waiting for us, Beast Boy, because we're about to travel back in time," she said. "We can leave whenever we want and arrive at the exact time we choose."
"Not like going to Whitby, then," Beast Boy grinned.
"Not at all like going to Whitby," Raven agreed.
"Have you brought George?" Beast Boy asked.
"Yeah, he's just coming," said Raven, turning around to beckon down the corridor. "I keep mea
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UK TV Channels: BBC1, BBC2
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UK TV Channel: BBC1
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UK TV Channel: ITV1
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