A/N: So the title choice should be made clear after reading this chapter. I'll post most of the rest in a couple days, but until then, why not tell me what you think?


The team waited impatiently in front of the small infirmary room. All of them, in some form, nervous and worried.

Superboy had not woken up. Not when Robin performed emergency first aid on him, not when the team had regrouped and tried to wake him together, not even when the Justice League arrived and took him to safety.

"Ahh—what's taking them so long!" Wally voiced loudly, he was sitting down in one of the chairs they'd pulled into the hallway, tapping his foot impatiently.

"Would you be quiet!" Artemis hissed at him. She'd been leaning against the wall parallel to the door, waiting just like the others. "And stop moving! You're giving me a headache."

"I can't help it, I'm nervous!" The speedster hissed back, now drumming his fingers against the arm of the chair.

"So am I, but that doesn't—"

"We are all nervous." Kaldur had cut in, stopping the soon to be argument. "But bickering amongst ourselves will get us no where." His outward appearance portrayed a calm and collected leader, but inside he was just as worried and scared as them.

The statement had silenced the two, but left a heavy atmosphere in its wake.

The team returned to waiting and wondering, all of them conjuring their own worst case scenario in their heads.

"…Do you think he'll be okay…once they finish." Megan's voice was so quiet they almost didn't hear her.

The Martian sat on the floor directly in front of the door, her knees drawn up to her chest and her arms wrapped tightly around them.

Robin and Kaldur stood on either side of her. They shared a look before the Boy Wonder voiced a false opinion.

"Of course he will. He just needs time to recuperate and get better." His voice was soft and gentle.

M'gann gave a weak smile that didn't reach her eyes and returned to her own thoughts. The others did as well after hearing their teammate speak, all of them but Robin imagining the best case scenario now.

Robin only sighed softly. He knew better. He knew better than to be hopeful, than to say everything was 'okay' when it so clearly was not.

He knew what Superboy had been stuck with and he knew that there was no way to save him now. If the clone wasn't dead by the time Batman emerged from the small room, then he would die shortly after.

But even knowing this, he couldn't bring himself to break the hopes of his friends.

Let them hope before they find out the truth.

"Hey…remember that time—"Wally had begun to speak but was cut off by the 'Swish' sound of the door opening.

The team jumped to their feet, Wally and Megan really, as Black Canary emerged from the room. She looked exhausted and sad.

Making eye contact with each of them, she turned to walk down the hall, away from the room.

"They'll be out shortly to explain." Was all she said as she turned the corner and disappeared from sight.

Robin felt his heart constrict painfully, he knew what they were going to explain.

Megan slumped back down to the ground and resumed her previous position. Wally and Artemis followed her example. Kaldur sighed before moving to an empty chair, leaving Robin to stand alone.

"Why couldn't she explain?" M'gann hadn't bothered to look up when she asked the question and no one bothered to answer.

There was more silence as they were left to their own thoughts and fears.

It seemed like hours had passed before they finally heard the 'Swish' again.

The team looked up just as Superman walked out. He stared at them for a brief second, his whole being screamed exhaustion, the bags under his eyes and his slightly labored breathing only added to his tired form. Not sparing a second glance at them, he continued to walk down the hall and out of sight.

They looked to each other hoping to find an answer as to why the Man of Steel, Superboy's dad, just walked away from them and in that condition; worry washed over them, there wasn't much that made the Man of Steel look so worn.

The 'Swish' of the door caught their attention.

Standing before the now closed infirmary door was Batman.

They all stood as he looked down the hall once, and then turned back to them.

He wasn't surprised to see that Superman hadn't stayed around.

He took in the sight of each teen and their physical state, since they hadn't stopped to recuperate in any form since the mission's end, and mentally checked off which one's could emotionally handle the news about their friend and which one's couldn't.

His eyes landed on Miss Martian. She would take it the worst, he hadn't even told them yet and she already looked like she was going to cry. Despite this, he decided she could handle it.

Making his decision, he got straight to the point.

"He's in a coma."

He watched them go through an array of different emotions, letting the information sink in.

"Coma?" Kaldur had voiced quietly.

Batman only nodded.

"O-okay so that's not good, but it's not the worst case scenario either, right?" Wally spoke; his question was directed at his team. "I mean all we have to do is wait for him to wake up, then things can get back to normal." He sounded hopeful and in turn gave hope to his teammates.

"It's not that simple."

As easily as Wally's hope appeared, it vanished.

"W-what do y-you mean." Megan's voice was barely above a whisper, but even then she couldn't keep it from cracking.

Artemis moved to her friend's side, placing a reassuring hand on her shoulder as Batman spoke again.

"He's suffering from Kryptonite poisoning. It's in his blood." He finished.

"W-will h-he be o-okay?" M'gann was voicing their questions, despite her unsteady disposition.

Batman was quiet before he added.

"Only time will tell…but I wouldn't get your hopes up. He is part Kryptonian, this could be fatal."

At his answer Megan crumbled to the floor, crying into Artemis' shirt as the archer held her and tried to calm her down. Kaldur and Wally went to her side as well, whispering reassuring words, but that didn't stop her tears.

Robin only watched. He knew this was coming, but that didn't make it any less hard to hear.

He made eye contact with Batman as the Dark Knight began to leave.

"It would best if you got her out of here." He said quietly before disappearing down the hall.

Nodding to himself, Robin told Kaldur, who was closest to him. Agreeing with the Boy Wonder, the team helped walk Megan to her room, where Artemis stayed with her.

As they left the Martian's room, her sobbing had only gotten louder.

Walking away so they couldn't hear the distraught cries, neither of the boys said anything.

Lost in their own thoughts and drowning in their fears and worries, they all split up and headed in different directions. Places where they could think just a little more clearly.

Robin to the teleporter, back to Gotham.

Kid Flash outside, a run to clear his head.

Kaldur out the back entrance, towards the shore.

As each of them neared their destination only one thought came to their minds.

This can't be happening.


Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep.

The rhythmic beeping of the heart monitor, slow and even. Muffled voices he can't quite hear.

"…Kryptonite poisoning…in his blood…"voice familiar.

More mumbling.

"…only time will tell ….fatal." Batman.

Crying. Megan?

Hushed whispers and soft retreating footsteps.

Then, nothing.


A/N: Next chapter to come soon! I just wanna see some reviews before then. Anyways the italicized portion of this story was the only reason I wrote it, so I hope you'll like what's coming up.