After some tedious paper work the three Titans made their way into the hospital to see Raven. She was lying lifelessly in the bed, tubes coming out of every part of her. She wasn't even breathing on her own anymore. Starfire began crying immediately. Cyborg remembered what it was like to be in her situation. And it wasn't fun. Robin's heart sank.
They sat beside her for a while. This was it. This was the end. Her brain was dying from all it had been put through. Beast Boy must have been too late. They just hoped he would get out in time. Before she… passed.
"I wish for Raven to be well again," said Starfire through her tears.
"I… I don't think she's going to be well again, Star," said Robin bringing her into a hug.
"Man, I hope BB's okay in there," said Cyborg checking all of her monitors.
"What will happen if he does not come out of Raven's mind when she…" said Starfire, unable to finish the sentence.
"He may become stuck in there," said Cyborg. "Raven said that it could happen when we first went in."
"We can only hope," said Robin.
Suddenly all of the monitors began to race and beep quickly. Starfire gasped and Robin jumped up. Cyborg checked everything and he looked scared.
"Cyborg, what's happening?" asked Robin.
Before Cyborg could answer, all the monitors stopped their beeping. Except for one beep that drew on and on. It was her heart monitor… and it was flat line. Starfire turned away and wept. Robin sat down in the chair and rested his head in his hands; his elbows were on his knees. Cyborg hung his head and closed the monitors that were in his arm. The sound of the beep echoed through the room.
"I guess that's it," said Cyborg sadly.
Robin slowly stood up and placed his arm around the sobbing Starfire. "Come on, let's go. We still have to see if Beast Boy got out in time."
They took one last look at Raven and sighed. She finally looked at peace. They turned around and headed out of the door.
Beast Boy flew out of the mirror and landed on the kitchen floor. He really needed to work on the landings, his back was bruised enough. He slowly got up and looked around. He was back in the tower and the mirror was on the table. Had it worked? Was Raven okay? He whipped out his communicator to see if the others had defeated the Hive Five.
Beep… beep… beep…
They couldn't believe what they were hearing. It took all of their courage to turn their heads around once more and glance into the room. All the monitors were working… normally. Her heart, her brain activity, oxygen, it was all working. It was all alive.
"No… way," said Cyborg, saying what they all were thinking. Just then they heard a small jingle from Robin's belt. Robin took out his communicator and opened it up.
Beast Boy waited nervously for Robin to pick up his communicator. He figured that they might still be fighting the Hive Five. Suddenly Robin's face appeared.
"Uh, hey Robin."
"You got out! He got out," Robin called to the others. "Are you okay? What happened?"
"I'm not sure. We'll have to check on Raven."
"We're with her right now."
"You are? How is she? I'll be right there."
"Okay, but we're at the hospital."
"What! Why are you at the hospital?"
"Just get down here!"
"Okay, I'm on my way." Beast Boy closed his communicator and headed off for Jump City Hospital as fast as he could. He didn't know why Raven would be at the hospital. His heart hoped for the best but his mind could only think of the worst.
He ran part the doctors and nurses and ran to the desk asking where Raven was. The nurse gave him the room number and he ran as fast as he could. He arrived at the room and saw his three friends inside and a couple doctors. He opened the door and saw her lying in the bed.
"What happened to her?" asked Beast Boy fearing the answer.
"Beast Boy!" said Starfire happily. "You have done it!" She wrapped her arms around him and squeezed as tight as she could.
"Star… please… stop… can't… breath," said Beast Boy. She released him and he almost fell to the floor. He slowly got to his feet and asked, "I did it?"
"We think you might have," said Robin with a smile.
"I've never seen anything like this," said the doctor stunned. "Everything's fine. Her vitals, her brain, everything! I… I can't believe it."
"Why's she here in the first place?" asked Beast Boy.
"She was dying, man," said Cyborg. "Actually, to be honest, she did die. Her heart stopped, her breathing stopped, her brain activity, everything."
Beast Boy felt sick for a moment and his knees go weak. "She… she died?"
"Yeah, but she seems fine now," said another doctor. With that the doctors did one last check and then left the Titans be. She was breathing on her own now and so there were far fewer tubes in her than before.
"I… I can't believe she actually died," said Beast Boy sitting in a chair next to her bed.
"Yean, but you saved her BB," said Cyborg.
"He's right, Beast Boy," said Robin. "You did it."
Beast Boy felt proud, but still sad. He wouldn't be happy until Raven woke up. He needed to know if he really had done it. If he had actually gotten rid of the voice. He looked up at her and saw her squint her closed eyes. For a moment his heart stopped. Then she started to stiffly move her head. Beast Boy jumped out of his chair and moved closer to her. Then slowly her eyes fluttered and opened.
The lights around her were bright and it hurt her eyes. She was confused. She wasn't sure where she was or was standing next to her. All she remembered was plunging into darkness and then the sound of someone's voice bringing her back. A familiar voice that had wrapped around her and drew her back from the abyss. Slowly her eyes focused and she saw who was standing over her. It was him. The owner of the voice.
"Beast… Beast Boy?" she asked; her voice raspy and weak.
"Hi Raven." He couldn't think of anything else to say.
The other Titans gathered around her bed and she slowly recognized each of them. Each had a smile on their face, and even tears.
"How ya feelin?" asked Cyborg trying to put up a strong front.
Raven thought for a moment. How did she feel? "Good. I feel… good."
"That's nice to hear," said Robin.
"Oh Raven I am most happy to see you alive," said Starfire leaning in to hug her. Raven looked at her frightened, knowing how strong Starfires hugs could be. The boys held her back.
"I think she's a little too weak for hugs right now," said Robin quickly.
"Oh, I am sorry," said Starfire. "But Raven, it is wonderful to see you awake."
Raven was allowed the next evening. She missed the tower and wanted to go home so badly. Unfortunately, Robin was right about her being weak. She was very weak and could barely stand. She had refused to eat while she was in the institution and had lost a lot of weight. She had been thin before, but now she was down right skinny. Beast Boy noticed the change right away when he picked her up and helped her to her room.
After a "Welcome Home" party and a song and dance of happiness performed by Starfire, Raven was finally allowed to go to sleep in her own bed. But she did not fall asleep right away. She lay there for a while, thinking about everything that had happened.
Beast Boy lingered outside of her door, wanting to go in. He wanted to be alone with her, to talk to her. He went to knock on her door.
He hadn't even knocked and he heard her voice call his name. It startled him, but at the same time sent a spark through him. God he loved hearing her say his name. He opened the door and poked his head inside.
"How'd you know I was out there?" he asked.
"Lucky guess," said Raven with a small smile. "I would really like to talk to you."
Beast Boy entered and closed the door behind him. He sat down in the chair that still sat next to her bed. The chair he had sat in when she was plunging into madness. His heart began to race, and he didn't know why. Raven sat up and patted her bed, letting him know that she wanted him to get on the bed. He slowly got up and crawled on to it.
"Beast Boy, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all you did for me," she said sincerely.
"Hey, what was I gonna do?" said Beast Boy with a smile. "You needed a friend and I'm a friend."
"You have no idea what you did for me," said Raven feeling tears welling up into her eyes.
"So… what was it like?" asked Beast Boy hesitantly.
"Hell," said Raven simply. "Pure and simple hell. I was so scared. I truly felt like the world was against me. It was such a horrible feeling. But something you said really hit home for me. You said that in my heart I knew that the voice was lying. And you were completely right. It was like I was in the backseat and the voice was driving. I had no say in anything I did or said. And as the voice took full control I felt like I was falling into darkness. And then, for a moment, I felt everything end. The darkness took me. And then there was a light."
"You saw "the light"?" asked Beast Boy shocked.
"No," said Raven with a smile. "Beast Boy, you were the light. You brought me back. I heard your voice calling for me. I heard you arguing with the voice in my mind. That's what saved me. You're what saved me. You kept your promise. If it wasn't for you I would have died."
Beast Boy could feel himself tear up as Raven cried in front of him. Her violet eyes streaming. He had thought that he would never see those eyes again. But there they were, right in front of him, beaming. The spark was back behind them. The wisdom. The beauty.
"Well, technically you did die," said Beast Boy looking away from her. He had started to blush and he really didn't want her to see.
She grabbed his face and pulled it back to look at her. "That's not the point! The point is that you saved my life. You didn't give up on me." She wrapped her arms around him and brought him into a hug. "Thank you. Thank you so much."
Beast Boy grabbed her and held her as tight as he could. He noticed how small she had really gotten. She was crying on his shoulder and holding him tighter than ever.
"I would do anything for you Raven," said Beast Boy softly.
Raven released her grip on him and lifted her face to his. She cupped his face and started to kiss him with all of the passion she could sum up into her being. Beast Boy was shocked for a moment, but quickly closed his eyes and kissed her back with just as much passion.
'Oh God I love kissing her,' thought Beast Boy.
'I love kissing you,' said Ravens voice inside of his head. He loved hearing her voice inside of his head. But just her voice. None other.
(And No Flames!)