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 18: Sweet Aftermath

For the first couple of days there was only the silence between Cyborg and Starfire in the huge tower that they called home. Quietly, Cyborg sat at the kitchen table, absorbed in his own thoughts of the fight and what was going to happen. In the same manner, Starfire was at the stove, attempting to brew up some sadness pudding.

"How are they?" Cyborg asked in a dull voice. He didn't bother to look up at her as he kept his eyes glued to his food.

Starfire let out a long sigh. "Robin is up and moving about," she explained. "He is resting now. Beast boy has awoken as well."

Cyborg scanned his plate of food as if searching for something. With a fearful look in his eyes, he looked up at Starfire. "And, Raven? How is she?"

Starfire let the bowl she held fall. Closing her eyes and forcing back tears, she shook her head. "Robin can not determine her condition..." she paused with a heavy heart. "She is in bad shape..."

Beast boy opened the door to Raven's bedroom. Carefully, he walked in and looked around. Hesitantly, he stopped and looked on at the bed. "Raven..." he muttered out with tears forming in his eyes.

Not wanting to waste much time, he carefully made his way to the side of her bed and knelt down. His eyes searched her face. She had been unconscious for four days and her condition was not improving. Taking her lifeless hand into his own, he placed it on his cheek and sobbed.

"Don't leave me," he begged in a low whisper.

He stopped as he felt a hand fall on his shoulder. Looking up, he found Robin standing behind him. Despite both their injuries, they managed to go on. Kneeling down beside him, Robin gazed at Raven.

"I tried," he began with a attempt. "I don't know what to say..."

"Is she going to die?" Beast boy asked, not looking up at him.

Robin looked over at his green team mate. A look of remorse filled his features. Beast boy gazed back up for a moment and took note of his expression. Pressing the question further, Beast boy stood up and turned to his leader. Robin sighed and stood up as well.

"I don't know," he began. "She hasn't shown sign of recovery..."

The green boy looked on in shock. Feeling his legs lose the strength to hold him up, he sat down on the floor besides Raven's bed. "What...?" he began, unsure of how to express himself. "What does that mean?"

Robin looked away, unable to take the painful look in his friend's eyes. "It means that I'm not sure if she is ever going to wake up or not," he explained in the calmest voice he could muster.

Tears floated from Beast boy's eyes and traveled down his cheeks. "No," he began, before looking up at Raven, who laid in her bed. "She can't just never wake up! She's Raven!"

"Damn it," Robin shouted as he clenched his fists. "This is my fault! I shouldn't have pushed her into that fight! I'm sorry," he began as he let his hands fall to his sides. "I'm sorry..."

Knowing there wasn't anymore he could do for him, Robin turned and quietly made his way out of the dark room. Beast boy was half glad that he left. He wanted to be left alone with Raven and his thoughts. Calming down a little from his sobbing, he gazed out at the window.

The sun was setting in the far horizon. This was Raven's favorite time of day. Standing up and watching the sun set with a blank look on his face.

Turning his head to look over at the sleeping figure in the bed, he frowned. Leaving his position in front of the window, he made his way towards her bed. Sitting down on the soft mattress, he traced her face with his eyes. Taking the blanket from her, he lifted it up and slipped in beside her.

He wrapped the blanket around himself and her. He nuzzled his face into her neck and sighed. Breathing in her scent and smiling as he wrapped his arms around her body.

"Rae..." he breathed out as he placed his head on her shoulder and gazed at her lifeless face. Sniffling, he placed his ear near her chest and listened. Soft and slow, but still there was a pulse. "You're here," he began. "You have to come back to me..."

He couldn't figure out how long he laid there by her. It could have been for hours or even days. Felt like years in his mind. Eventually, he fell asleep beside her.

Robin sighed as he rubbed his neck. Entering the kitchen, he found Starfire at the table with a bowl of pudding in front of her. Smiling a little, he made his way to her.

"How's it going?" he asked, trying to lighten the mood with a friendly gesture.

He could tell by the look in her eyes that it hadn't worked. Sighing a little, he sat down beside her and wrapped his arm around her waist.

"It is not fair," she complained as she leaned in to rest her head on his shoulder. "Neither Raven or Beast boy deserve this pain."

"I know," Robin breathed out as he placed a kiss on her forehead. "It isn't fair, but we've done all we can."

"How is Beast boy?" she suddenly asked as she looked up at him from her position.

Robin sighed and shook his head. "Time will tell," he muttered as he rested his head on her head. "Time will tell..."

"Robin!" Cyborg's voice interrupted their discussion.

The two turned just in time to see Cyborg running into the kitchen. A look of desperation in his eyes. "Come quick!" he told him as he turned and left the kitchen.

Robin looked down at Starfire. "Do you think it has something to do with Raven?" he asked, uncertain.

"Let us go!" Starfire shouted as she quickly pulled away from him.

The two ran from the kitchen and into the other room to find Cyborg standing in front of the computer. Robin walked up beside him and gazed over at the computers. There on the screen was a blinking light, indicating a incoming call.

"You are not going to believe this," Cyborg whispered as he clicked on the light.

The three Titans moved back as the large screen flashed black before painting the face of their nightmares. Slade looked down at them with a cocky look in his eyes.

"Hello Robin," he greeted.

"How?!" Robin shouted back, not accepting the welcome. "We left you for dead!"

"How are you doing?" Slade asked, ignoring his statement. "How is Raven?"

"How dare you contact us," Starfire interrupted with a angry look in her eyes. "And, how dare you speak the name of my friend!"

Cyborg gave the tyrant a dirty look. "What the hell do you want, anyway?" he asked, suddenly. "Do you think you've done enough?"

"Truthfully?" Slade began with a chuckle. "I haven't even started..."

Robin shook his head and turned around. "Disconnect it, Cy," he suddenly ordered. "I don't want to hear this anymore."

Just as Cyborg was going to respond, Slade spoke up. "Don't you want to hear how I survived?" he asked, catching their attention. "Wouldn't you?"

Robin turned his head to look at the older enemy. "Didn't I ask?" he asked in a rather angry tone.

"When I stole the equipment from Aqualad's precious home I decided to use it for more than just creating Raven's clone," Slade began with a smile. "I created a copy of myself."

Robin smirked and turned back around. "That equipment was safely returned," he replied out of nowhere. "How many copies did you make before we took it from you?"

"Wouldn't you like to know?" Slade asked, just as the connection failed, leaving them with a blank screen.

"Figures," Cyborg sighed out as he sat in the chair. "Just when we think it's over, he shows up to prove us wrong..."

"Let us forget him for now," Starfire suggested as she placed her hands together and eyed Robin. "And, let us focus on Raven's well being..."

Robin slammed his fist into the computer screen. "Damn him," he muttered before he stood straight up and walked out of the room with out another word said.

Morning soon arrived, blessing the dark room, that was occupied by Raven and Beast boy, with light. Groaning a little from the rude awakening from the sun, Beast boy shut his eyes tightly before carefully opening them to adjust to the new light. Yawning, he looked down to find Raven where he had left her, still lifeless and sleeping.

He sat up and stretched before laying back down beside her. Much to his surprise, his stomach began to call out for food. Not wanting to leave her alone, he frowned. Shaking his head a little, he leaned over and planted a kiss on her forehead and swore he would return.

Climbing out of bed, he stretched a little more before heading out of the room.

Robin yawned as he sat up a little and stretched. He looked down to find Starfire's head in his lap, sleeping contentedly. Smiling a little, he ran his fingers through her hair. He watched as she slowly a woke to greet him. Turning a little to face him, she sat up and kissed him on the cheek.

"Good morning," she replied in a low voice. "Is that how they say on Earth?"

Chuckling a little by her uncertain attitude, he hugged her and kissed her hair. "Yes, you've got it," he replied, hoping his phrase would not confuse her.

"What up, ya'll?" Cyborg asked as he walked in with his arms in the air. "Nice sleep, I see..." he replied in a cocky manner as he noticed their position on the couch.

Robin looked down at Starfire. A deep red color filled both their cheeks. The alien girl modestly smiled and pulled herself away from him to stand up. Robin stood up soon after and stretched a little.

"How is Raven's recovery progressing?" Starfire asked with a serious look on her face.

"She still hasn't woken up," a new voice explained.

The three Titans turned to find Beast boy coming down the steps and entering the living room to join them. Robin frowned and shook his head.

"This is horrible," he began as he crossed his arms over his chest. "Slade has gone too far this time. Next time I see him, he will pay!"

Beast boy lifted a eyebrow. "What do you mean by 'next time', Rob?" he asked with a uncertain look.

"Apparently, Slade never died," Robin sighed out as he looked over at his team mate. "It was his clone we were fight all a long."

The green boy shook his head and sighed. "So, Raven risked her life for nothing," he muttered. "Only to destroy her clone and Slade's clone... was it really worth it?"

Starfire gave her friend a sympathetic look. "For Raven?" she asked for a moment. "It was..."

Beast boy looked away and nodded in sadness. Taking a few steps towards the couch, he sniffled. "I just wish she would wake up..." he began in a low voice.

Silence filled the room. Beast boy looked down when his team mates failed to reply. His eyes filled with tears, but he instantly was caught off guard by Starfire, who had inhaled, sharply as if in shock. Looking up, he found his team mates looking on in shock with small smiles filling the corners of their lips.

Curiously, he turned around and stopped in shock. Frozen and with his mouth wide open, he watched as Raven, slowly made her way down the steps. Looking up with a weak smile, she eyed her team mates.

"Hey," she managed, weakly.

Beast boy had no time to react. Starfire, Cyborg, and Robin were already by her side, giving her hugs and welcoming her back. He looked in a dazed look, still wondering if he was dreaming or not.

"I am elated!" Starfire shouted as she gave Raven a tight hug. "You have awakened, at last!"

Robin gave Raven a pat on the back. "Welcome back," he whispered with a smile.

Raven smiled back and carefully returned Starfire's hug. "Thank you, everyone," she replied, before looking over at Beast boy. Silence filled the room as Starfire moved away from the empathy. Studying her look, Starfire smiled, knowingly and moved beside Robin.

"Come on," Cyborg softly whispered. "Let's leave them alone," he suggested as he pushed Robin and Starfire towards the door.
"Ooh, this is so romantic!" Starfire squealed as she moved out of the room. "I wish to stay and watch!"

"Come on, Star," Robin laughed out. "Let's go make some of that happiness pudding," he offered as he followed her out the door with a smile on his lips.

Cyborg stopped in front of the open door, glancing down at Raven, who was still staring at a frozen Beast boy. "I'm glad it all worked out, Rae," he muttered with a smile. Without saying anything else and not wanting to ruin their moment, he turned and left the room.

Raven sighed as the last of her friends left the room, leaving her with the one person she wanted to be with. "I thought you were dead for a moment," Raven began with a sheepish look. "I was so afraid that I lost you... that I lost control over myself..."

Beast boy looked down for a moment. Sniffling and laughing at the same time, causing Raven to give him a questioning look. In a instant, he was by her side, crying and laughing at the same time.

"I thought I lost you!" he shouted in remorse as he fell to his knees and wrapped his arms around her waist, burying his face in her stomach. "When I woke up and saw you in your bed... I couldn't believe that my strong Raven could look so fragile!"

Raven looked down in a calm and serenely way. Smiling a little, she fell to the ground while he still kept a hold on her. All she could do was let him sob into her cloak while she smoothed down his hair with a hand.

"I am sorry if I made you worry," Raven began in a low voice.

"It's all right," Beast boy began as he pulled away. Rubbing the tears from his eyes, he looked up at her and smiled. "So, you're really here... finally..."

"How long was I out?" Raven felt the urge to ask.

"Couple of days," Beast boy began, recovering from his sobbing. Sitting up, he leaned against the back of the couch, extending out his arms to beckon for her to join him.

Smiling a little, she moved over and fell into his embrace. Placing her head on his shoulder, she felt his arms snake their way around her waist, keeping her place with him.

"Slade is still alive," Beast boy suddenly said as he rested his head over hers.

"I'm not surprised," Raven sighed out. "That's Slade for you."

"I'm sorry," he began with a dazed look.

Raven pulled away and gave him a look of confusion. "For what?" she asked.

"I'm sorry that you had to go through all that," Beast boy began with a sad look on his face. "You shouldn't have had to. You dreams, kidnapping, and your clone... that's all so hectic.. I don't even know how I got through it all."

"But, we did," Raven began as she placed a hand on his cheek. "And, here we are. Together and in one peace."

"Yea, but-" he stopped when she placed a finger, gently on his lips.

"You're the one who got me through it all," Raven began with a smile.

"And, it was you, who helped me through everything, too," Beast boy began with a smile that matched her own.

"And, you know why?" Raven asked as she scooted closer to him with a gentle look in her eyes. He shook his head, lost for words. "Because, the thought of being back with you was all I needed to get through. And, I was all you needed to survive... right?"

He nodded his head with a smile still on his green lips. Leaning in, he kissed her gently before bringing her into a hug. "So, what now?" he asked while in their embrace.

Raven thought for a moment. With a smirk on her lips, she pulled away from him. "It'll come to us," she told him before bringing him into another tight hug.


After Notes

What a trip!

First off, I would like to thank all the people, who reviewed this story. Thank you all! You had such nice things to say. I started Like Lovers Do back in the beginning of the school year and I had no idea it'd be so successful. Then I decided to do this story and I was planning on only making it 7 chapters long, but it just kept going and going. So, this is where it has to end. At least for now.

There is some good news. A week from now or so I will be posting my new Raven and Beast boy story. It is called 'Taking Over Me' and it has a lot more angst and drama in it than Like Lovers Do and All You Needed. I'm up to Chapter 3 on that story, but I am editing the first chapter right now.

I am also working very hard on a Tenchi Muyo story. Which will definitely be a Ryoko/Tenchi romance.

You can check my web site out for any updates on my stories and drawings or to even drop me a

Thank you, everyone once again for the reviews and reading this story. It's so sad to see this come to a end. It's like the end of a era or something. But, like all great things... it must come to a end. Thanks, once again.

Peace and god bless!

Demon of the Night