Disclaimer: I don't own Teen Titans or the song 'To the Moon and Back' by Savage Garden, just the plot to this fanfic.

A/N: Greetings, everyone. Yeah, I thought up another fanfic that I think everyone will enjoy. After watching 'Birthmark' I just got inspired to do this and three other fanfics that I'm hoping I'll be able to do. This story like the other ones I thought up will take place just after 'Birthmark' and that's all I'm gonna say for this one, you'll just have to read and see where how it plays out…lol!


Running Away

There was a knock at her door at the same time as all the other days. Soon, the others would come and knock on her door, wanting to know if she was all right, too. And like every night before this one, she wouldn't answer them, just sat, with her knees pulled up to her chest on her bed, staring at the door until they all would give up and go away. She'd never move or make a noise, until she was sure they had all gone to bed. Then she would go about doing her own things, like getting some food, herbal tea, or mediating. But lately, even those things didn't really matter to her anymore. It started to show, too.

Her usual pale skin looked paler and her frame began to look very frail and skinny. She didn't care, all she wanted was to fade away and never been seen again…but every night she wanted nothing more than to answer her friends when they came to her door. But she couldn't, she had to have nothing to do with them anymore…and it was all his fault. He came and reminded her of her doomed fate and the rest of the world's. Every time she looked at her hands, she saw the cursed marks he put on her.

No, she couldn't blame everything on him. It would have come to pass, even if he didn't come back and put these marks on her. All he did was speed it up and showed she couldn't run away anymore. There was no hope for her or the world, the only thing she can do now is try to protect them as long as she can…from herself. Even if that meant spending the rest of her time by herself with no one around, just her and the looming shadow of her father that's always been over her.

The very thought of her father brought on that burning hatred in her, leaving behind a void of sorrow that always consumed her afterwards. She couldn't live like this anymore, she had to do something and there was only one way to end her pain and protect everything she cared for. She wiped away the flowing tears that have been rolling down her red cheeks. She levitated off the bed and over to her dresser. She took out a notepad and wrote…

'You will all be safe this way, it's all I can do for you…I'm sorry.'

Then she put the pen down next to the note. She looked into the mirror hanging over her dresser, staring at the hollow eyed and thin girl that she had changed into over these last few days. She snarled at her reflection and the glass shattered. She picked up one of the largest shards and rolled up her right sleeve, revealing thin scars decorating her pale skin. She placed the edge of the shard at her wrist and started cutting the skin.

"You'll all be better off if I was no longer around…" Raven mourned, and continued her bloody work. New tears began to fall from her eyes, mixing in with the crimson pool under her.


Robin stood at her door like he had been doing every night, when Raven started locking herself in her room. Every time he stood at her door, knocking on it, calling her name, he'd hope that she would answer him, but she never made a sound. The only sign he had that he knew she was still in her room was that some of the food would be gone, and her kettle she used for her herbal tea would still be warm by the time he got up. One time he caught her fleeing back into her room when he got home late one night from his patrol. He tried to talk to her then, but she never said a word to him then either. The others would come and tell him to try again tomorrow, but he wouldn't listen to them. He just had a feeling he had to be close to Raven, even if she locked him out from her. He'd be the first one to come to her door and knock, and he'd be the last one to leave. Starfire would come and check on him, telling him he needed to get some rest, but he always tell her he would later.

Again, he heard nothing from her tonight, but something was bothering him. Something about tonight felt wrong, and he was determined to try and get Raven to come out. He hoped that it was just his usual paranoia that he got when it came to the safety of his teammates. But this time it wasn't just his paranoia, something else was telling him that something was amiss. He knocked harder on Raven's door, calling her name, but still nothing. He couldn't make this feeling go away, it was starting to tug at his chest as it made the pit of his stomach feel very nervous.

"Raven!" Robin said, almost shouting. "Please, Raven! Come on out, whatever is troubling you, I'm sure I-ur, we can help you with it!"

Still, nothing, only the empty silence that greeted him every night. He sighed and was ready to give up again, but then that's when he heard the familiar sound of glass breaking. His head jerked back up to her door.

"Raven! Raven, what's wrong!" Robin shouted.

He knew she wasn't going to answer him, but the tugging feeling in his chest pulled so hard, that he thought his heart was going to erupt out of his chest. He couldn't stand it anymore. Yes, this was an invasion of her room, but he had to do something before whatever she was doing was too late. He pulled out a small device from his utility belt and placed it on the door. He hit a button and the device hacked into the door's electrical lock and unlocked it. After it blinked—telling him the door was now unlocked—he took it off the door and opened it. When he stepped in the room, he immediately scanned it for danger, but what he saw made his blood run cold. He saw Raven by a ruined mirror with a large shard in her hand and cutting herself. Panic rushed to his heart, and he ran to her, taking the shard out of her bleeding hand without cutting her up as best he could. He pulled her away from the shards and applied pressure on the cuts on her wrist to stop the bleeding.

He looked at her shamed face. "What were you thinking?"

"Get out of my room, leave me alone…" Raven said in a weak monotone voice.

"No, I'm not going to leave you like this, not when you're bleeding all over the place," Robin stated firmly.

He took out his small First-Aid kit and started treating the nasty cuts on her wrist. She tried to pull her arm away from him, but he glared at her and held her arm tightly. Once he cleaned the wounds, he placed a tourniquet around her wrist. Only then did he let go of her arm. She yanked it away from him, glaring coldly at him, but she couldn't keep up that glare as more tears started to pour down her face. She looked away from him, so he couldn't see her weeping face. Robin looked back at the shards on the floor and saw the note on the dresser. He walked over to it and picked it up after brushing a few small pieces of glass off it. He quickly read the note and his eyes widened behind his mask. He came back over to Raven and held the note up to her.

"You weren't seriously thinking of killing yourself, were you?" Robin asked, he knew the answer already from everything he saw, but he wanted to hear it from her.

"It would have been better for everyone if you just left me alone," Raven replied, not meeting his face.

"No, none of us would have been better off! Killing yourself wouldn't solve anything, Raven," Robin said.

She turned her face to him, glaring at him with angry eyes. "How the hell would you know anything? You can't understand the pain I'm feeling right now. There's no way for you to even guess how much I hate my life and how every day I can't stand myself or what I am!" Raven yelled at him, her windows shattered and almost everything in her room rose up and was tossed around. "Every time I look at myself, I see the perpetual doom that has been following me since I was born! I don't want to live like this anymore, I never asked for any of this…"

She collapsed to her knees, holding herself in her arms and started crying. Robin kneeled down to her and reached out to hold her, but he knew she didn't like to be touched. He let his arms drop back down to his sides.

"Just leave me alone and let me die in peace," Raven pleaded.

"I'm not going to leave you…never," Robin replied.

"Why? Why can't you just let me do the whole world a favor and end my rotten existence," Raven asked.

"Because I know what it's like to hate yourself and want to stop it…" Robin said.

"How?" Raven snapped, getting angry again.

Robin looked at her with a blank, expressionless face, and then he pulled off his gloves and brought his forearms up to her to see. Raven gasped as she looked at his arms. Both his arms were covered in scars, each one looking nastier than the first. For the longest time, she thought Robin just liked to wear his gloves most of the time. She never saw him with without them, just like his mask, but never would she have guessed he was actually hiding such horrible scars.

"Robin…" she spoke softly, looking up at his expressionless face.

"I did these when I was forced to be Slade's apprentice," Robin said in a empty voice. "He made me do so many terrible things that I could never forgive myself. It haunted me so much that I started cutting myself for each wrong I committed. And when Slade forced me to fight all of you, I started making the cuts deeper. I almost killed myself…but Slade always had an eye on me and got to me before I could." Robin's blank face filled with pure anger. "All he could say was how weak I was for wanting to kill myself, the damn bastard. Every moment I was with him…"

Raven slowly reached out and touched the scars on his left arm. The moment her fingers brushed the soft scar tissue, she had a flash in her mind of when Robin was Slade's apprentice and was cutting himself up. The choking sadness she felt from that memory matched the pain she was feeling, if not more. She pulled her hand away to stop the images and looked up at Robin.

"I had no idea you went through so much pain…" Raven said. "How-how can you bare it?"

"I don't give up, that's how. All of you need me just as I need all of you," Robin replied, putting his gloves back on. "There's always another way, Raven. I proved that to myself when I was free of Slade's influence. Please, don't believe that killing yourself will solve it all, it would pain us all if you left us like that."

Raven stared into the white of his masks with emotional eyes; she could not hold them back anymore. She flung her arms around him and held onto him tightly, crying again on his neck. He held her and let her cry, until she was done. When she was done crying, not only was his shoulder soaking wet, but also her room was in shambles from her powers.

"I don't know what to do, Robin. I don't want this prophecy to come true!" Raven whimpered. "I just wanted to have a normal life, that's why I ran away from Azarath, I've been running all my life, and now all I want to do again is run away, I'm so pathetic."

"No, we're not pathetic, Raven," Robin said in a calm and soft voice. "You did what you thought you had to do to protect everyone, but ending your life isn't the answer."

"Then what can I do?" Raven asked sobbingly. "Slade is going to come back and force me to face my destiny. There's nothing left for me to do."

She buried her face in the corner of his neck, just glad not to be alone anymore. Robin held her closer to him and pondered what could be done. He knew they'd never have a chance again against Slade, he was too strong now. He gathered as much that Raven didn't want any of them to get hurt over this, that's why she tried to commit suicide. He thought up ways to try and stop Slade, but most of them involved contacting the Justice League, and he didn't want Raven to be seen as a potential threat by the League if he told them the problem.

No, he wasn't going to let Raven go through that, even if she still remained a Titan, the other superheroes would always treat her like bomb ready to go off. Funny, how they would when he knew half of them were already being treated that way. Yeah, he had to come up with something on his own. Calling Batman was out of the question. He didn't want his mentor to be mixed up in all of this; he had enough on his plate to handle with Gotham. What could he do then? Well, whatever he could think of, he'd better do it soon, because there's no telling when Slade will come back, or if Raven would try to kill herself again.

The very thought of her doing what she did again had him feel very cold inside. The more he thought about it the more depressed he found himself if Raven ever died. He wasn't going to let that happen, no matter what he had to do. He was going to do whatever he had to do to make her feel safe. But again, he found himself wondering how? The only way to do that was if maybe she went into hiding…Wait, that's it!

"Raven, I think I have a solution," Robin said.

Raven looked up at him with watery eyes. "What is it?"

"We run away!" Robin exclaimed.

"Run away…but what good will that do us if we do that?" Raven asked, then looking at Robin awkwardly. "And why would you say 'we'? This is my problem, not yours."

"I'm not going to let anything happen to you, Raven," Robin said, blushing slightly. "And now whoever's behind this had involved Slade. If they're going to use him to get to you, then your problem is now mine."

"No, I don't want to get you deeper than you already are," Raven said, pulling away from him slightly.

"I don't care, I want to," Robin said.

"But why…?" Raven asked.

"B-because I want to keep you safe," Robin said, feeling his stomach flutter around. His face heated up a bit as he said each word. "Raven, remember the bond I said we had?"

"…Yes," Raven replied.

"It let me know something wasn't right when you tried to kill yourself," Robin said. "I…I was scared to lose you, and I care for you, Raven. I don't want to see you in so much pain like I was."

Raven's pain and sorrow instantly went away as he uttered those words to her. She looked at his face, staring into the whiteness of his mask to see if he truly meant everything he said. Of course, with that mask of his, she couldn't really see what emotions were going through his eyes. But she could feel what was going on behind that mask, being an empath. He wasn't protecting his trained mind as he used to around her. She saw the determination he said he had to protect her. And if she wasn't mistaken, she also felt another emotion swimming around in him. But before she could seek it out, Robin's mental barriers shot up automatically when he sensed her going through his mind.

"Raven, I'm not pretending here. I do want to keep you safe from Slade and whatever he's trying to do," Robin said.

Raven gave him a ghost of a smile. "I believe you, Robin…but what about the others? We can't just up and leave them."

"We'll leave with the first chance we get. For right now, we've got to make preparations," Robin said. "We've got to decide where we're gonna go and what we'll be doing there once we get there."

"You're right," Raven agreed. "But you know the others are going to want to find us."

Robin gave her that confident, cocky smile of his. "Leave everything to me; I'll make sure everything works out. But for now, I think you need some food, you don't look so well."

Raven suppressed a giggle, but let herself smile an inch more. "Has anyone ever told you, you're too nosy about other people's business?" Raven said, giving him a teasing glance.

"If I wasn't, then I'd never be the good detective that I am," Robin replied with a smirk.

Robin helped her up to her feet, but he didn't want to let go of her just yet. Raven didn't seem to mind being held. She only stood there looking a little bit happier than she had been for the last few days. But he reluctantly let go of her and nodded his head to the door.

"Let me go make you some food," Robin said, walking off to the door, but he felt Raven's hand touch his arm.

"…Robin," Raven said in a warm, soft tone.

"Yeah, Raven?" Robin asked.

"Thank you…" Raven replied. "Thank you for being there when I needed someone."

Robin replied with a warm smile. "I'm just glad I was there to help you."

Raven's cheeks blushed, but she lowered her head, so he wouldn't see it. Then her stomach suddenly let out a loud rumble that made her blush deeper. "Uhhh…"

"Come out to the kitchen with me, I'll make you a meal that'll put Cyborg's cooking to shame," Robin said.

She nodded and followed him to the hallway and to the kitchen. When they entered it, he told her to go seat at the table while he started cooking her food. She did and went over to the table and watched Robin as he pulled out some pots and pans and some ingredients for what looked like teriyaki chicken. How did he know what was her favorite? Well, he was the Boy Wonder, after all. It's not surprising he'd figure out something like that. But this left her wondering what else he might have noticed from her. She was very protective of keeping people out of her affairs, but she didn't have the same grudge when it was Robin that saw her other side, the side she kept hiding from everybody else.

She toyed with this strange feeling about Robin while he was cooking some rice and chopping up the vegetables and the chicken. After that, he poured the chopped vegetables and chicken in the pan and poured some seasoning and teriyaki sauce in it with it. Then he took out Raven's kettle and started making her some herbal tea, hoping he was doing it the right way for her.

When all the food was done and the tea, too. Robin fixed her a plate and brought it over to her. He set the food before her and a cup of her herbal tea. She looked at the food, and then up to Robin, who was smiling at her.

"Dig in!" Robin said.

Raven's cheeks redden a little, and she picked up the fork and began eating. She was amazed at how good the food tasted. The food tickled her taste buds to no end. Of course, this probably was just the result of not eating very much, so any food she might have eaten now would have tasted great, but she was still grateful that Robin made it for her.

"Thank you again, Robin," Raven said.

"You're welcome," Robin said, smiling a bit more.

After she ate most of the food, she looked at Robin seriously. "Umm, Robin, there's something I want to know," Raven said.

"Sure, what is it?" Robin asked.

"Why...why would you want to just give up everything here and help me?" Raven asked.

Robin leaned back in his chair, crossing his arms over his chest. "I don't plan to give up everything, Raven. We're not going to just go away and never see the others ever again." Robin replied. "If this prophecy is like every other kind, then it has to take place at a certain time or place. If we hide out long enough we can just wait it out until it's too late for the prophecy to ever come to pass. Then we can come back and be with the others once we're sure it's all over."

"But I don't know when or how the prophecy will happen," Raven said. "We don't know how long it might be before we can come back…"

"Then we'll find out how it will happen, I've got a 'friend' that will help us there," Robin said. He way he said "friend" sounded like he wasn't really sure if that was the right word to use.

"And who is this 'friend'?" Raven asked.

"Just a guy who's helped Batman with some of his more supernatural cases. He's an expert in the occult and demonology. If anyone knows about prophecies, he is sure to know," Robin replied. "I'll go and talk to him tomorrow."

"Are you sure he'll help you?" Raven asked worriedly. "Won't he tell Batman about all this…?"

"Not really, he's pretty good at keeping secrets…very good at that," Robin said, looking like he suddenly got a chill. "Anyway, I'm not going to tell him about what we're going to do, just if he knows anything about your prophecy."

Raven let go of the breath she had been holding. "Okay…But you know I still can't believe we're going to do this, you mostly of all."

"What's so surprising about me?" Robin asked.

"Well, won't you miss Starfire, I know you two are pretty close," Raven commented, adverting her eyes from him.

"Yes…Starfire and I are close friends, but that's really all we are," Robin said, even knowing the deeper feelings the alien girl had for him. He looked down solemnly. "It'll hurt her, I know, but I can't return the same feelings she wants from me…"

"Why's that?" Raven asked.

"Because I don't think I can be anything more than a friend to her," Robin replied. "There are just some things I can't reveal to her, too many things…"

Raven returned her eyes to him. His face looked lost in old memories, painful ones at that. The way his jaw clinched and the how his shoulders hunched over was enough for her to tell he had a troubled life growing up. Of course, she already seen some of the horrors he's had to deal with…

"I understand, Robin, you don't have to say anymore," Raven said quietly.

Robin remained silent, but he nodded his head slightly. He uncrossed his arms and rested his elbows on the table, resting his chin on his folded fingers. "Raven, don't think leaving with you will bother me. I want you to know that I want to always be there when you need someone." Robin said with such deep emotions, more so than even she's ever heard from him.

Raven fought to keep her face from turning deep red. She looked at the Boy Wonder with soft eyes. Never in her life has anyone wished to give her the support and kindness she longed for, even back on Azarath. It was one of the other reasons she fled her home. She couldn't stand the look of doom everyone in her temple used to give her whenever they saw her. Always she felt their fear of her for what she was. They never tried to make her feel like one of them…never. Just someone to keep an eye on incase she ever started going wild, like how someone would with a wild animal, even if it was tamed.

But Robin, he was different from anyone she ever met, he cared for her, that much she was sure of. He even was willing to leave the Titans, not for some show of heroism, but because he wanted to be right there with her wherever she went. This brought on a new question to her. Why would he do all this for her? Could it be that he might care more for her more than as a friend? No, it was too soon to tell…but thinking about it made her feel warm inside.

"When do you think we can leave…?" Raven asked. The corner of her mouth rose up in a warm smile.

"I'm guessing three days," Robin replied. "Tomorrow will give me a chance to get some information. Then the day after, we spend as much time as we can with the others one more time. And on the third day we pack up what we will need and we'll leave when everyone is asleep."

"But where will we go?" Raven wondered.

"Hmm, somewhere where we won't be spotted easily, someplace that we can hide easily if we ever are found," Robin said, thinking of all the possible places they could go. "I think I might know the perfect place."

"Where?" Raven asked.

"Los Angeles, it's big, wide and has enough places for us to hide in, and if, you know, your powers accidentally go off, people will blame them on the earthquakes." Robin said.

"All right," Raven agreed. "I guess that's as good as any place to head for unless we find a better place along the way."

"I'm sure Los Angeles will be just right," Robin said. "I know a few places where we can live for a while, until we can come back."

"That sounds good," Raven said.

Robin nodded and went back to the kitchen and cleaned up, putting what was left of the food in plastic containers for later. Raven came in and helped him clean the dishes. He instantly noticed a great change in her. She was more relaxed and calm, not the depressing, fragile girl she was when he found her. If he knew their plan would make her feel this way, he'd have suggested it when she first locked herself up. It made him feel very warm inside that he was able to make her feel this way, it filled him with another feeling that he wasn't sure of.

He quickly pushed it aside, thinking that it probably was just his overworking imagination playing tricks on him…but still, it was tempting to muse over. He always wanted to get to know Raven better, maybe deep down running away with her was his way of really getting to know the real her, the one she kept under lock and key under her emotionless facade. He mused over the reasons why he was so anxious to do this as he cleaned the dishes. Raven came over and started putting the clean dishes away.

When Robin placed a clean plate down, Raven reached out to pick it up, but her hand touched his. They both looked up at each other with an awkward look on their faces. The feel of her hand sent an electrical warmth up his arm, making him feel slightly puzzled. Raven was the first to move her hand away, but she could still feel the strong hand she felt under his glove. The warm feeling inside her increased to where her whole body was prickling with warmth. The water in the sink suddenly glowed black and erupted up, splashing them both with the soapy water.

Robin stood mute for a minute, and then he looked at Raven, who was blushing from what her powers just did. Robin wiped the water off his face with the back of his hand and started laughing. A moment later, Raven started laughing lightly, hiding her laughter behind her hands. They soon calmed down and Robin gave Raven a towel to dry herself off, then grabbed one for himself. They quickly dried themselves and put the rest of the clean dishes away.

Robin looked at the clock. "Whoa, it's getting late. We better go some rest, we're going to be busy the next three days."

"Yeah, it is getting pretty late," Raven added. "Good night, Robin."

"Night, Raven…Oh, wait," Robin said quickly.

Raven turned back to him. "Yes?"

"Are you going to be all right by yourself alone tonight?" Robin asked worriedly.

To his utter shock, Raven gave him a warm smile. "I'll be alright. Actually, I think I'll be fine form now on…as long as your there with me."

Robin returned the smile. "You can always count on that, Raven."

Raven levitated off her feet and floated over to him and embraced him in a affectionate hug. Before he could react, she let go of him.

"Night, Robin," Raven said warmly, and then flew off to her room.

When she got there she closed the door behind her, but she didn't lock it this time. She levitated to the center of her room, looking at the mess her powers made. She quickly used her powers to put everything back to where it was. Her powers instantly repaired the broken glass all over the floor back into her windows and mirror. All her books were put back in order on her shelf, and her furniture up righted itself. Once her room was back to normal, she floated over to her bed and sat down on it. She was feeling too excited to go to bed just yet. So, she decided to go ahead and start packing things she might need. As she started packing her things, she turned on her radio for some background noise. She didn't want to be left alone with silence; that would make her start thinking about depressive thoughts again. A familiar song by Savage Garden started playing on the radio and she thought it fit the mood as she worked on gathering her things.

She's taking her time making up the reasons
To justify all the hurt inside
Guess she knows from the smiles and the look in their eyes
Everyone's got a theory about the bitter one
They're saying, "Mama never loved her much"
And, "Daddy never keeps in touch"
That's why she shies away from human affection"
But somewhere in a private place
She packs her bags for outer space
And now she's waiting for the right kind of pilot to come
And she'll say to him
She's sayin'

I would fly to the moon and back if you'll be...
If you'll be my baby
I've Got a ticket for a world where we belong
So would you be my baby?

When this verse played out, Robin popped in her head. She smiled warmly as she listened a bit more closely to the song.

She can't remember a time when she felt needed
If love was red then she was color blind
All her friends, well they've been tried for treason
And crimes that were never defined
She's saying, "Love is like a barren place,
And reaching out for human faith
It's like a journey I just don't have a map for"
So baby's gonna take a dive and
Push the shift to overdrive
Send a signal that she's hanging
All her hopes on the stars
What a pleasant dream
She's sayin'

I would fly to the moon and back if you'll be...
If you'll be my baby
I've Got a ticket for a world where we belong
So would you be my baby?

Hold on…Hold on.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

The more the song played; the more she thought of Robin and how she felt about him. Could it be that she was beginning to feel something more for the Boy Wonder? Nah, that was impossible, or was it? It would explain a few things to her, mainly why Robin would want to go with her…He would leave everything here, just to be with her, how many men in the world would do that for someone. Especially, someone like her, who believed she wasn't worth it. Even thinking that he might have those feelings filled the void that was deep inside her.

Mama never loved her much
And, Daddy never keeps in touch
That's why she shies away from human affection
But somewhere in a private place
She packs her bags for outer space
And now she's waiting for the right kind of pilot to come
And she'll say to him
She's sayin'

I would fly to the moon and back if you'll be...
If you'll be my baby

I've Got a ticket for a world where we belong
So would you be my baby?

I've Got a ticket for a world where we belong
So would you be my baby?

Yeah

By the time the song ended, Raven had finished packing her bag. Lastly, she put her mystical mirror inside her bag after gazing at her reflection one more time before sticking it in her bag. She hid the bag inside her closet. She knew she needed more things, but it made her feel better to at least have one bag ready. She went to her bed and laid down, resting her head on a pillow. She didn't bother pulling the sheets over her, she just wrapped her cloak around her. She quickly fell asleep, and for the first time, she didn't dream of fire or death. Instead, she dreamt about running in a grassy field under a moonlit night with Robin running alongside her, just running to be free…free….


A/N: What do you guys think? Please R&R for me, if you know me then you know I've got some interesting ideas for this story. Wicked laughter Keep reading to find out to see what's gonna to happen with our two favorite love birds.