Chapter 12

"So this whole time, you were doing tasks so you could come back?" Cyborg clarified.

Everyone was sitting in the living room, surrounding Beast Boy as he told them his story of the past month.

"Yeah," Beast Boy confirmed, pulling Raven closer with the arm he had slung around her shoulders. "I just knew it wasn't my time to go, you know? I have too much to live for. My story isn't over yet."

Raven nuzzled her head against his shoulder, a confused, yet content expression on her face.

"You said that the last task was to make me happy. But… how did you complete that task?" Raven asked. "The only time I've truly felt happy this past month is an hour ago, when you showed up."

"Ah, the power of a loophole," Beast Boy grinned. "Here's how it went down:

"I found myself in the black place, and my parents were there again. My mom told me that I had completed the task. At first I though that it was because I had left you, even if it hadn't been my choice at the time. But both my parents said no.

"They told me that I had found the answer to making you happy. That still confused me, so they explained it to me even more. Remember how you said that you would never be happy unless I was alive and with you? Well, that was the answer. The only way to make you happy, would be to come back… alive."

"This is most wonderful!" Starfire repeated for the twelfth time that day.

"Yeah," Cyborg agreed. "There's just one thing I've been wondering about. You've been dead for a month. Should you be a bit… I dunno, decayed yet?"

Beast Boy laughed. "Yeah, I asked about that too. They… remade my body. It was the weirdest sensation in the world. I just kept getting… thicker. Slowly I began to start feeling things. Eventually I was whole again."

"So, does that mean that there's still a dead Beast Boy laying in the cemetery?" Robin asked, face scrunching up a bit at the idea.

"No. I checked that out already. When I got back from the black place, I was in the cemetery. My curiosity got the better of me, so I dug up the coffin and smashed it open. Apart from smelling nasty (I swear it was like something had died in there), it was completely empty." Beast Boy explained.

"Well, this calls for a celebration! We're going to have a breakfast feast!" Robin exclaimed, standing up from the couch. "What do you want, Beast Boy?"

"Tofu eggs and pancakes?" Beast Boy suggested, looking hopefully at Cyborg. He expected huge protests from the half-metal man, so he was a bit surprised when Cyborg jumped up and smiled.

"I'll cook!"

Laughing, Cyborg, Robin and Starfire quickly went into the kitchen, intentionally leaving Beast Boy and Raven alone on the couch.

They sat in peaceful silence for a few minutes, content to just sit in each other's arms. Raven was the first to break the silence.

"So, you said that the third task was the make me happy. Why me?" Raven asked, tightening her arms around his waist.

"Well, that's not really how they phrased it," Beast Boy replied.

"Oh?" Raven raised an eyebrow and sat up a bit so she was looking into his eyes. "How did they phrase it then?"

"The third task was to make the person I love most happy," Beast Boy replied. It wasn't until the words had left his mouth, that he realized he had never technically told her how he felt.

She looked down, a blush spreading across her face. When she raised her eyes again, Beast Boy's face was slightly closer.

Her heart hammered in her chest as she leaned forward, closing the last of the space between them.

"I love you. So much," Beast Boy whispered when they had parted.

"I love you too," Raven replied, pulling him into another kiss.

As they kissed, Beats Boy decided that this was the best feeling he had had since he had come back.

"Breakfast is ready!" Cyborg called from the kitchen table, causing them to pull apart. Both were reluctant to leave the couch.

"I'd rather stay here with you," Beast Boy insisted. Before Raven could reply, his stomach growled.

"Hehe…" Beast Boy laughed, blushing. "Technically, I haven't eaten for a month."

Raven smiled lightly, and stood up, nodded her head towards the kitchen. The three Titans already sitting around the table beckoned for them to come over.

"Come on," She said, pulling him up. "I'm not the only one that missed you. Besides, there's a plate of tofu bacon calling your name."

Beast Boy smiled. "Have I mentioned how much I love you?"

"Actually, no. Come on, you can tell me while we eat," Raven replied, grasping his hand.

"Well," he began as they walked back to the table. "I love you a lot. And I will, for the rest of my life… maybe even longer."


C'est fini! Woo! I have to admit, I really like these last two chapters. But it's over now. I think I might do a prologue later (even if this chapter is probably short enough to be it), I've got ideas for it floating around my little head, and I have a feeling they won't let me rest until I've written them out.

Thanks to everyone who reviewed for any of the chapters! I love you all.

Tammy Tamborine