Crying could be heard coming from down the hall as Raven and Gar's six month old baby girl wailed from her crib. "Gar, I'm going to go check on her." Her husband nodded with a tired smile.

"Take your time Rae," he replied. Raven got up from her bed and headed toward the baby's room, her midnight blue nightdress swaying with each movement. She opened the door and sound instantly intensified. She walked over to the crib and picked up the, violet haired, elf eared, infant and started to shhh it.

"It's ok little one, I'm here," she said soothingly. Raven sat down with the baby in her arms rocking back and forth. That's when Raven remembered a song her mother had sung to her, that is, when she was aloud to see her.

"Come stop your crying

It'll be alright

Just take my hand

Hold it tight"

"I will protect you

From all around you

I will be here

Don't you cry"

This precious little thing in Raven's arms was so special, so beautiful; she would give her own life to protect her baby. Her little Arella. No villian, robot, or...demon would lay a finger on her child. Or they would suffer the most excrutiating torment she could enflict. That was one promise she intended to keep.

"For one so small

You seem so strong

My arms will hold you

Keep you safe and warm"

"This bond between us

Cant be broken

I will be here

Don't you cry"

"Cause you'll be in my heart

Yes, you'll be in my heart"

"From this day on

Now and forever more"

Nothing on this planet, or any other for that matter, could take away the love Raven had for her child. And nothing this baby could ever say or do would change that either. She could yell and say she hated her but Raven would love her anyway. She could betray and hurt her but the love she felt would never die. Even if she did.

"You'll be in my heart

No matter what they say"

"You'll be here in my heart

Always…."

The baby's green eyes had finally drifted shut as she fell into a peaceful slumber. Raven stood back up and placed Arella in her crib and stroked her amethyst hair gently. She turned to walk out of the room but before she exited she looked over her shoulder and whispered softly,

"Always…."