I know, I know, where the hell have I been? Truth be told, I lost interest in the story and I didn't want to destroy it by having it be only have hearted. So I think I might be able to finish it. Here goes.

Promise Me

"Take me instead." The entity that had taken over Robin's body looked back at the demon vessel of the sand. The Akatsuki laid on the ground, unconscious, as Jiraiya and Gai tied them up.

"That is not possible." She shook her head. "The one known as Robin has already created a contract with me."

"Then make one with me!" The strange woman closed her eyes and walked over to Gaara. Opening them once more, she stared down at the redhead and shook her head again. "Why not!" Gaara demanded.

"It is not as simple as taking your life instead of hers. It is Uzumaki Robin's wish that you live. That you no longer are in danger."

"It was also her wish for Gaara to be happy, no?" Everyone looked back to see Yoko helping Setsuko out of the maze. Kakashi's eyes widened when he saw the blood on his wife's neck.

"What happened?"

"Ai slit her throat. Sakura, please heal Setsuko-sama's throat. She does not have much more chakra." Sakura nodded and began the seals to heal. Once through with the complex hand seals, blue chakra was visible around her hands. She placed them over the gash in Setsuko's neck and watched as the wound healed. Yoko turned back to the woman. "What will it take for Robin to be saved?"

"Robin can not be saved. She has given her soul for-"

"Then take mine!" Gaara cut her off, making her turn to him again.

"That would defy her dying wish." She closed her strange eyes once more and tilted her head to the side. Her pale lips were in a frown as she spoke again. "I am truly saddened by all that has happened. I understand that Uzumaki Robin finally achieved her goal. She did not want to be left behind. That is why she took such a dangerous mission. But you must remember, she loved you." Opening her eyes once more, she gazed down at Gaara. "But she has given her life to summon me. My duty is to fulfill her final wish. Which I have done. The Akatsuki is no longer a threat. Now I must leave."

"Please!" Gaara grabbed onto her arm. "Please, don't take her from me." The woman gently removed his hand from her arm.

"Gaara . . . you must remember that I cannot deviate from my duty."

"There has to be a way around this." Yoko pleaded as she looked at the unique woman. "The Forbidden Scrolls always have some kind of loophole. Isn't there one in this summoning?" Once more she closed her weird eyes and shook her head.

"I'm afraid not. The summoning requires a life."

". . . . there is so much death in the air . . ." Everyone looked back to Setsuko as she spoke. "Is there not enough death here? If you truly understand, then you know that Robin wants Gaara to be happy and safe. How can he do that when Robin is dead and gone." The woman sighed.

"Uindo Bensha . . . the wind has no matter in this affair."

"That is for me to decide alone." Setsuko snapped as she stood up.

"No, I decide whether or not-"

"I know the summoning. You are both evil and good. But you must stay balanced. You can neither side with one person or another. You do not decide. You merely do what it takes to stay balanced." The woman pressed her lips into a thin line in thought. She took a minute before she spoke again.

"What would you have me do, Uindo Bensha? The summoning requires a life." Setsuko gently shook her head.

"No. It requires a soul. Take your pick. There are thousands here."

"It does not work like that and you know it. They have to be willing and a Uzumaki summoner. It was a Uzumaki summoner that summoned me, it is a Uzumaki summoner's soul I need." The woman would have said more but stopped. She nodded her head. "Very well. That will suffice." She fell to the ground, leaving confused shinobi staring at her. Smoke covered her body and when it faded away, Robin laid on the ground.

"ROBIN!" Gaara cried and rushed to her side. Sakura hurried over to her and checked the girl.

"She's breathing. Everything seems fine." Sakura explained. Yoko knelt beside Robin and placed her hand over the girl.

"She still has her soul . . . but why?" Yoko muttered to herself. Sand surrounded Robin and lifted her up into Gaara's arms. He held her close to him. "She summoned that . . . . woman. She shouldn't be alive. How?" Asking herself this, Yoko stood up and pondered the answer.

"I don't care how. All I know is that I won't make the same mistake twice." Gaara whispered quietly to Robin.


Uzumaki Robin had been put in the hospital in the Leaf. The Akatsuki had be tried and executed a week after she had been omitted. And in that time, nearly everyone she knew had sent flowers to her bedside and Gaara of the Desert did not leave her side.

"Gaara . . ." Temari entered the room and looked down at Robin.

"She still hasn't woken up." Gaara mumbled to his sister as she sat beside him.

"Oh." Silence filled the air and was only disturbed by the beeping from the heart monitor. "I think I saw Yoko leaving."

"Yeah . . . she was here for a little bit."

"Has she figured out what happened?" Gaara shook his head.

"No . . . I really don't care. All I know is that I get a second chance."

". . . . why hasn't she woken up yet?" It took several minutes before Gaara answered his older sister.

". . . . they say . . . that she used up too much chakra . . . that she was sleep deprived . . . . and that she had been using her bloodlimit too much. Tsunade-sama came by . . . she confirmed this and . . . she said it was up to Robin's desire to wake up." Gaara reached out and brushed away some hair out of her face. She looked so peaceful. Her hair had been pulled out of the braid and flowed out like gentle, blonde waves.

". . . oh." Temari looked around the room at all the flowers. "Looks like Ino's shop is making a big profit." Gaara nodded absently as he watched Robin, never taking his eyes off of her. He wanted to be there, watching her when she woke up. "Looks like almost every kind of flower is here."

"She allergic to dandelions. I made sure that none were brought in here." Temari looked at him surprised.

"How do you know that?" Gaara smiled bitterly as he remembered.

"One day, Robin was walking with me and she started to sneeze. After looking around, she spotted some dandelions and told me that she was allergic."

". . . oh." Temari stood up. "I'll leave you be." Gaara nodded and listened to his sister walk away and close the hospital door. He waited several minutes before speaking, once more brushing some hair away from her delicate face.

"Can you her me?" Nothing. Not the slightest movement other than the rise and fall of her chest. The only answer he had was the constant beep of the heart monitor. "I know . . . . I know that you wanted to try and keep up . . . . but . . . . did you really have to do that?"

Beep. Beep. Beep.

". . . . but then again . . . . I didn't leave you with much of a choice. It was either do something drastic or get left behind, I guess." Gaara smiled weakly down at her. Her chest rose and fell steadily.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

". . . . I'm sorry I doubted you. I had thought you actually turned traitor. But you were faithful. You put yourself in so much danger just to get me out of it."

Beep. Beep. Beep.

"But . . . . please . . . . don't give up. Tsunade-sama said . . . ."

Beep. Beep. Beep.

". . . . she said . . . . you might just give up. That most of this was up to you. Up to whether or not you wanted to live." Gaara squeezed his eyes shut. He couldn't stand to think of losing her again when he had been so close to getting her back.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

"Please Robin. Please. I promise that I won't leave you behind ever again. I promise. I can't lose you again." Gaara looked up at her with tears in his eyes. " . . . I just want a happy ending, for once. I don't think I can do this without you. Please. Wake up."

Beep. Beep. Beep.