A/N: This story was inspired by I'm Sorry by HomicidalLunatic and Fade From View by s8trgrlhinata. The first story I liked but the second story...not so much because Jason Todd just appears out of nowhere and I don't know how Bart realizes his original bad future has been replaced with a different bad future without actually traveling forward through time and seeing it for himself. The title was inspired by the similar sounding title for a 1985 Superman comic book story and a 2004 Justice League Unlimited episode, For the Man Who Has Everything. Also, I tried to do some research on electrocution, psychiatry, and psychology to make this more realistic but I'm not sure how accurate the medical knowledge in this story is.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own Young Justice, the Young Justice wikia, and DC comics.
He hoped that the Team, especially Batgirl and Robin, would listen and understand why he kept his plan a secret just like M'gaan who was given an explanation during her time onboard the Manta-Sub. He was dead wrong.
"She fried Kaldur's mind, got kidnapped, and almost died. They would've all been exposed and killed because you didn't trust us? What kind of leader doesn't trust his own Team?!"
"I can't believe I actually used to look up to you as a role model."
"All I wanted was to live a normal life with Artemis! Why did you have to ruin it?! I wish we never became best friends!"
"How could you let me think my best friend was dead?!"
"He let me get captured and experimented just for the sake of the mission and you supporting him?!"
"You're just like Batman! Only the mission, not other people's safety matter! Oh and speaking of Batman, just wait until he hears about this when he gets back!"
"Nuh uh! I don't want to hear it!"
"GUYS, STOP! If you don't want an explanation that's fine but we to plan out how to infiltrate the summit in Santa Prisca and clear the Justice League's name."
He didn't blame the Team, especially Wally, for their anger because he wondered what would happened if M'gaan, Artemis, and Kaldur really did die. He wouldn't be welcome at their funerals. Wally would flip out more than he did during that time in the Hall of Justice after the Cave was blown up and possibly beat him to a bloody pulp. The memory of Wally pushing him into a chair came back to haunt him because to Nigtwing, Wally expressed little concern about his best friend's welfare. Nightwing felt hurt, thinking that his own best friend cared more about his girlfriend than the person in the same room as him who had to rely on her and another teammate for information while making sure they were safe. Nightwing didn't blame Zatanna for slapping him since they broken up on good terms back then but now the good mutual feelings between them were gone. He didn't blame Conner and La'gaan for wanting to literally rip him apart. After all, despite being ex-lovers to M'gaan, the 2 guys still had feelings for her. He didn't blame anyone for still fuming even after the battle in Santa Prisca. M'gaan thought about forcibly putting them into a mindscape but she couldn't bring herself to do so because she was worried about what Superboy would think. She wanted the two of them to be together again and didn't want to risk losing that chance. The Team did manage to put their anger aside when they planned out how to infiltrate the summit as well as during the fight in Santa Prisca but continued to be mad at their leader after it was over.
In the Watchtower, Aqualad pleaded with Red Tornado, Aquaman, and Green Arrow not to punish Nightwing for the deception. Only Green Arrow opposed to Nightwing going unpunished for his actions because of all the heartbreak he had been through involving Artemis, Red Arrow, and Arsenal.
"Green Arrow, please. I understand your feelings towards Nightwing but Artemis wouldn't want you to be like this. If you won't do this for me, at least do this for her," pleaded Aqualad. Green Arrow sighed and reluctantly agreed. He and Nightwing shook hands as a sign of forgiveness. However, the handshake did little to comfort Nightwing. Aqualad sighed in relief as he avoided confrontation with the 4 League members, unlike with the Team.
After disabling an MFD with Green Beetle, Nightwing was in the Watchtower with several others as Luthor instructed Impulse and Flash to try to siphon off excess energy from the MFD in Arctic using their speed trails. When Artemis questioned whether that would work, Kid Flash head already left via zeta tube. The 3 speedsters try contribute as much kinetic energy as they can. Meanwhile, Blue Beetle, Superboy, M'gaan, Artemis, Kaldur, and Nightwing were on their way to the Arctic in the Bio-Ship. Nightwing felt that deep down, the Team hated him so much that they no longer wanted him and feared what Batman would think when he returned to Earth. He feared being kicked off the Team and out of the manor. In his mind, a few potential scenes were playing out. The first potential scene that he imagined was Bruce Wayne throwing luggage out the front door of Wayne Manor before slamming it in front of Dick's face when he tried to run back in. The next potential scene was Wally yelling out, "I wished you had died with your whole family!" at him before walking away with Artemis who could only look back in shame. The final scene was his own funeral with only M'gaan, Artemis and Kaldur looking at Nightwing's grave. They had previously tried to take some of the blame off but he refused telling them that "leaders must take responsibility for their actions. The whole plan was my idea anyway and you two (pointing to Artemis and Kaldur) simply agreed to it." Nightwing thought to himself that as long as the Team was alive, he could dealing with them hating...at least that's what he thought. He tried to push the fear of rejection and abandonment aside but he could feel it growing.
They arrive and come out to see the energy is decreasing. Then Nightwing hears Blue Beetle say something about 'cease' in an exasperated tone after exclaiming yes. Nightwing had a a bad feeling that he knew something terrible was about to happen. Before anyone could do anything, Nightwing instantly charges towards the scene without thinking. The others chase after him but the snow being kicked up by the vortex was obstructing their view. Just as the final lightning strike was about to hit Kid Flash, he manages to push Kid Flash out of the way just in time but at a terrible price. Nightwing screams in pain as he's electrocuted before falling into the snow which cools his severe burns. The vortex finally disappears and the others help the panting speedsters stand up.
"What the hell just-" Kid Flash suddenly saw a lifeless black figure lying in the snow.
"NO!" yelled Kid Flash as he quickly ran over to him at normal speed because contributing kinetic energy made him tired. He kneeled down on the ground near his body.
"Wally...You're ok," whispered Nightwing in pain.
"Dude, please don't die on me!" he said desperately as the others quickly surrounded them. They were too stunned to speak. Wally could feel Nightwing's body go limp, making him fear the worse until Blue Beetle yelled out,"GUYS! GUYS! My scarab did a physiology scan. Nightwing is in a coma and is barely alive. he needs immediate medical attention.
"I can hear a heartbeat but it was growing weak," said Conner worryingly. M'gaan carefully levitated Nightwing's limp body back to the bioship while Kaldur uses his water bearers to cool Nightwing's burns. M'gaan quickly flew the bio-ship as fast as she could back to the Watchtower.
The several Leaguers have returned to Happy Harbor only find Mount Justice destroyed.
"Are we too late?" asked Superman.
"Look," said Batman who pointed to the sky. They are welcomed by Kaldur, M'gaan, and Artemis in the Super-Cycle. They weren't surprised to see Kaldur because M'gaan had already gave them some of the basic details about the deception when she and Superboy tried to sway the court's opinion. However they weren't told of Artemis's fake death, Miss Martian's kidnapping, and the destruction of the Cave.
"Aqualad, what happened?" asked Batman.
"Fear not. The crisis has been averted but at a terrible cost..." replied Kaldur.