Getting together was the easy part... it's staying together that will be a challenge. Especially with Slade up to no good.
All You Needed
Chapter 1: I Promise
Darkness was surrounding him. He liked it this way. It made him feel sinister and evil. And he was. Half his face hidden in the shadows while the other half looked up at the screen before him. He shook his head as if disappointed at what he saw before deepening the frown on his lips.

"Robin," he began. "Look at you... so happy with your lady. It's like you have forgotten about me..."

Behind him a being was struggling to escape the machine that held her down. Slade moved his eyes away from the screen to look at her. She stopped as she tried to pry her hands out of the claws that held her at her wrists.

"My dear," Slade began in a low voice. "How long will you continue to fight? You know you can't win!"

"Let me go," she growled in anger.

"Let you go?" he repeated as he turned his body fully to her. "You are much to valuable to me there than free."

"What do you want with me?" she asked, almost frighten, but trying not to sound intimidated.

"You will soon see," he answered, vaguely.

"Screw that!" she shouted. "Tell me, now!"

"My dear," he began once more. "I did not go through the trouble of building that machine and kidnapping you in the middle of the night just to listen to you!"

"Then, let me go," she repeated, her voice sounding threatening.

Slade shook his head and pushed a button on the panel close by. Suddenly, something that resembled a piece of tape, but much thicker appeared and pasted itself on the girl's lips. "If this is the only way to keep you quiet," he began. "Then so be it."

She struggled once more, hoping to pry herself out of the grip of the claws. Damn you! she thought, wishing in some way that Slade could hear her.

"Don't worry," he began once more before turning around to bring his gaze back to the screen. "My dear, Raven..."
2 weeks earlier...
"Rise and shine!" Beast boy's voice shouted through the kitchen. "Breakfast is ready!"

Raven made a face. "Would you mind not shouting like that?" she asked.

"What? Time of the month?" Beast boy asked as he sat down next to her. "It's not usual for you to yell at me this early in the morning..."

Raven turned to him. "Think of it as my gift to you."

"I'm charmed," he replied as he leaned in for a kiss.

"Geez, don't you guys ever take a break?" a voice asked from behind the two.

"Thanks, Cy," Beast boy muttered as his half human walked up behind them and smile. "And, yes! We do!"

Raven shook her head. "Yes, when I hit him or send him into another dimension for a few hours."

"That explains where you were a couple of days ago when I brought that new game," Cyborg replied with a smile as he took a seat at the table. He looked down and made a look of disgust at what he saw. "Oh, man! Tofu?!"

"Hey, hey, hey!" Beast boy began in defense. "Tofu is full of protein!"

"It's full of crap, is what it is!" Cyborg retorted. "Dude, you know I don't eat tofu!"

"Well, if you had got up when he did, you could have made your own breakfast," Raven shot back in his defense.

"Hmm, you're luck you have your girlfriend here to protect you," Cyborg muttered to Beast boy.

Beast boy made a look as he pointed to himself with his thumb. "I don't need Raven to protect me! I'd do fine all on my own!"

"Yeah right," Raven muttered under her breath. "You turn into a mouse and hide in the wall every time I bring out the milk..."

"Could you blame me?" Beast boy asked. "Milk, ew!"

"How well could you do on your own when you can't even face 'real milk'?" Raven asked as she raised a eyebrow.

Beast boy crossed his arms over his chest and frowned. "If I took things seriously I could even beat you. If I wanted to."

"Like you lost to Cyborg that one time?" Raven asked with a smile.

"Hey!" Beast boy shouted. "That was no my fault!"

Cyborg shook his head and went over to the microwave. As the couple continued to fight, he occupied himself by making pop corn. Just as he took out the fresh pop corn, Robin and Starfire walked holding hands. The two stopped and gazed at the sight of Raven and Beast boy arguing and Cyborg watching with a bowl of pop corn.

"What's going on?" Robin asked in a rather distant manner.

"Friends, why do you fight?" Starfire asked in concern as she brought her full attention to the couple.

"You are so wrong!" Beast boy shouted in defense. "If I took that game seriously, he would have been eating my dust!"

"But, you didn't take it seriously!" Raven pointed out as she stood up to face Beast boy. "Like everything else..."

"I do so take things seriously!" Beast boy replied, calming down a little.

Robin and Starfire turned to Cyborg with questioning looks on their faces. Sensing that he was being watched, Cyborg turned and quickly went up to defend himself. "Hey, don't look at me! I didn't start this!"

Robin shook his head. "I thought by getting them together, it would bring some peace between them..."

"Name one thing that you take seriously," Raven said as she placed her hands on her hips. "And, then I'll drop this entire subject."

"I take you seriously," Beast boy began almost instantly. "If I didn't then we wouldn't be fighting about this."

Raven paused and took in what he said. Seeming pleased, she sat herself back down and motioned him to follow. "Then, let's eat."

The other three titans stood around with stunned looks on their faces. "Wonderful!" Starfire shouted in happiness. "They have worked out their differences."

"Hey, you guys going to eat?" Beast boy asked as he took his attention away from Raven to look at the others. "You know that Raven can be sort of a pig."

"Don't start," Raven muttered with a irritated look on her face. "Please..."

Beast boy turned to Raven and kissed her cheek. "Just kidding, Babe!" he replied with a wink.

Robin and Starfire just stood and looked at each other. Shrugging, they sat down across from the couple and began a conversation between themselves. Cyborg stared on for a moment before smiling and shaking his head. Without a second thought on his mind, he sat down to join them.


After breakfast, Raven had quickly retreated to her room. Not long did Beast boy come to her door and knocked softly. Without hesitation, Raven opened the door and let him in. It was a ritual they had. Raven would meditate for hours while Beast boy sat around reading her books or sleeping.

"Hey Rae," Beast boy greeted with a grin on his lips.

"You know, you can just walk in here whenever you want," Raven began as she shut the door. "You don't have to knock."

Beast boy chuckled. "Risk getting in trouble with you? Yeah right..."

She shrugged at his comment. "I've had a weird feeling lately..."

"Oh, no!" he shouted as he watched his arms out in front of him. "Don't start with that mystery routine!"

Raven shook her head in disappointment and sighed. "Beast boy," she began. "I'm being serious!"

He stopped and watched as she walked over to her bed and sat down. "The other day while meditating... I got a really disturbing image..."

The green boy watched as she moved her gaze away from him and to the floor. Silently, he walked over to the bed and sat beside her. "Raven, you don't have to tell me if you don't have to," he began, trying to sound supporting. "Even though... I want to know what the image was."

The pacifist shook her head. "Thank you," she muttered in a low voice. "But, I have to get this off my chest..."


"I saw you dying," she said softly.

Beast boy made a face. He could only stare at Raven for a moment or two before shaking his head. "Raven, are you sure that wasn't just your imagination running away from you?"

She shook her head in response. "I'm positive," she replied in a dry voice. "I would never think that of you... how could I?"

Beast boy looked away from her for a moment. I can't be dying now, can I? he wondered. I wonder if we were in a fight. I can't just ask her...

"I'm actually afraid," she replied, trying to look like she had no emotions. It was hard for her, because all she was feeling was fear and she couldn't help, but express it.

He watched as her expression changed from blank to disturbed. Slowly, he reached out to her and wrapped his long arms around her slim figure. He buried his face into her hair as she pressed against him for support. He felt her tense up suddenly before relaxing in his embrace. One of his hands slowly stroked her hair as the other held her at the waist.

"Hey, it's ok," he told her in a soothing voice. "Nothing is going to happen to me, Raven."

"Do you promise?" she replied in a muffled voice.

His eyes searched the air before him. "Yeah," he trailed off. "I promise."
*** End of Chapter ***
~~~ After Notes ~~~
I hope it's a good start for this story. Sorry, but I'm making this up as I go. ;p. Also, I'm sorry if it was such a short chapter and that it took me so long to type out. Recently, a classmate of mine had committed suicide which put a pause on my entire life for a few days. But, things are coming back together and I'm doing better.

Personally, I think this story sucks and I won't blame you for thinking the same thing. Oh well. I tried.
Alan Wells
'86 - '04

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