Worst Case Scenario

Chapter 1: Plots

"This has gone on for far too long" began L-6. "Why do we continue to allow these children to impede our plans?"

"I agree" said L-5. "They have interfered far too much already. If we have the capacity, why haven't we dealt with them?"

"But they're so much fun to play with!" exclaimed L-7. Although it was hard to tell with their faces obscured on the telescreens, several of the others gave him puzzled looks.

"Now, now" spoke L-4, her voice commanding the attention of the others. "If we destroy one team, Batman will simply send another. It would not be worth the effort of compromising them until the optimal moment."

"Until now" continued L-1, speaking for the first time. "Our plan is almost complete. If we now crush Batman's little pets underfoot, it will distract him further from the final objective. The plan has been sent to all of you as we speak."

There was a minute of silence from everyone except 7 (who was still snickering) as they read the files.

"I don't like it" said L-5. "It's too complicated. We don't we attack them at their own base? Level the compound? Engage them directly?"

"You should be familiar with the skills of one of them, and you haven't fought them as a team" said L-3. "Any plan of direct confrontation runs the risk of escape, or even defeat, as unlikely as it may seem."

"The only way to defeat heroes is to break their spirit" said L-1. "I know this from experience. Destroy them from the inside, make them doubt each other. Break their will and they are finished, no matter the physical result."

"L-7" spoke L-2. "Is everything prepared as we discussed?"

"What? Oh, that. Yeah. It's ready. All we need is magic girl and we'll be in tip-top shape." This was followed by more snickering.

"And Subject TAB-07?" asked L-1.

"Ready and prepared, thanks to our friend Parasite's... activities in Geneva" said L-3. "L-6 is present at Gemini Base now and will ensure that the portal does not... get out of hand. Am I correct, 6?"

"Yes, yes! Of course the portal shall remain stable! What idiot to you think is running this place?"

"Then I shall contact the required personnel" said L-2."I believe that both mercenaries will be happy to do the job for half their normal rates, and the others will enjoy some fresh air, courtesy of our friend, Dr. Strange."

"3, 4," continued L-1, "it is time to put your... inside sources to work."

"Everyone. Do as we have planned and we cannot fail" said L-3. "This meeting is adjourned."

There was a slight crackling sound as each of the members shut down their video feeds.

L-7 was the last to cut out, save L-1 himself, of course. 7 was still snickering. "This is going to be great fun!" he muttered to himself. "First I'll set them on fire, then I'll put out the fire and electrocute them..."

L-1 rubbed the bridge of his nose, half wishing they had simply put the Joker as L-7. At least he had an excuse for being annoying.

He leaned back in his chair as he too shut down the link. It was time to show this "team" the Light.

Author's Note: Hey, everyone! Just writing another YJ fanfic to go with the 6,000 other ones on this site. On a technical note, this story takes place after the episode "Performance" but before "Usual Suspects," of which it is an AU. This is my version of how I was thinking the season was going to end, seeing as half of the team was blackmailed, brainwashed or otherwise compromised. And as a disclaimer, I solemnly swear that this plot was created before Usual Suspects, and entirely based on information available before then. Except the inclusion of Rocket, just because I like her.

Please enjoy, review, etc!

Translation guide to the Light (spoilers!):

L-1: Vandal Savage

L-2: Ra's al Ghul

L-3: Lex Luthor

L-4: Queen Bee

L-5: Ocean Master

L-6: The Brain

L-7: Klarion the Witch Boy