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Author's Note: This fic came to me after I heard, then saw the video for, the A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera duet "Say Something". It struck something in me and... well, this story is what came of it. If you haven't heard it, it can be found here: Say Something.

Usage of the cover image, entitled "Mission failed" was granted by artist f19850928.

Warning: I never thought I would write one of these, but it turns out I was wrong. Not only is this a sonfic (something I'm not a big fan of) but it is also a Death!Fic.

Disclaimer: Young Justice & Batman, or the song "Say Something", are not mine. Any recognizable content is not mine.


Say something I'm giving up on you

The scream was torn from his throat as he collided feet first with the heated metal. His knees buckled beneath him and he fell to the catwalk that had halted his descent. He lurched to the side, his weight causing the already twisted metal to tilt and his body began to slide toward the edge. Instinctively, his legs hooked around the railing, once again jarring his bruised and broken body from falling into the inferno below.

I'll be the one if you want me to

For the moment, he hung there partially upside down, desperately trying to regain his breath. But the air was scorching his lungs and he was finding it almost impossible to breathe. His arms hung limply below his head, the metal cuffs searing into his flesh of his wrists as the fire below heated them.

Anywhere I would have followed you

He wasn't supposed to be there, not alone in any case. Batman and Robin had been en route from Gotham when things went south. Blockbuster's men had shown up early and had been far too meticulous when they searched the area. They found his surveillance devices and a short time later, they found him. Desmond had been only too eager to express his frustration at the appearance of the vigilante.

Say something I'm giving up on you

His ribs were broken, his nose and cheekbone as well, his back was flaring with pain and his legs were a mass of pins and needles. Being tossed from a helicopter and through the skylight of the now flame-engulfed warehouse had not improved his condition. Sweat trickled down his face and into his blood-caked hair, and who was to say if a few tears slipped from beneath his mask.

And I am feeling so small

He was scared; no point in denying it. But it didn't mean he was ready to... God, he was only nineteen! It wasn't supposed to be like this! This wasn't how it was supposed to end! Not for him! Not when there was still so much he had to say and do.

It was over my head

Something on the floor below him exploded, sending a jet of flames into the air and rocking the building. The catwalk heaved once before it shifted in the air and he was sliding again. He managed to twist his body, crying out at the pain lanced through his back and chest, and grabbed onto the railing with his bound hands.

I know nothing at all

The soles of his boots dangled over the flames, his feet burning inside the heavy leather. His shoulders screamed in protest and he felt something stab at him from inside his chest. His already laboured breathing stuttered and he tasted the blood that bubbled up the back of his throat.

And I will stumble and fall

"You're Batman."


"Were you ever going to tell me?"

"Maybe someday."

"But probably not."

"Probably not."

"... Not cool Bruce."

I'm still learning to love

He'd been so angry after being lied to by the first adult he had trusted since his parents. He hadn't talked to Bruce for an entire week. Not until Bruce had walked into his room and tossed him a padded staff. The man had offered to train him, to teach him how to harness the anger and grief and pain. It hadn't been easy, rebuilding the trust and forging a partnership. It still amazed him that somehow, in all the sparing and lessons and late nights, he had found not only a friend and mentor but a father as well.

Just starting to crawl

Had he ever told Bruce that?

Say something I'm giving up on you

Smoke billowed up around him as a second something exploded beneath him and the temperature rose even higher. It curled around him before finding its escape through the shattered skylight above him. His eyes stung as they followed its path out into the night, though not from the smoke itself. Some part of him had hoped to see a caped figure overhead, but there was no one.

I'm sorry I couldn't get to you

He couldn't remember a time before this that Batman hadn't come for him, hadn't been there when he needed him. From the first moments after his parents fell, to nursing him back to health after being nearly beaten to death by Two-Face. Batman had been his stalwart protector, his rock, his hero.

Anywhere I would have followed you

Is this how Jason felt in those last moments? Beaten and broken, bound and hopeless? Begging for rescue and knowing, deep down, that it wasn't coming? That HE wasn't coming?

Say something I'm giving up on you

Another explosion rocked the warehouse and the catwalk finally gave out and plummeted, taking him with it. He fell, heat rising up around him, only to be stopped by a metal staircase that had twisted in the raging fire and into his path. He cried out as blistering hot metal lanced into his side, ripping and tearing his flesh even as it momentarily saved him.

And I will swallow my pride

He gave up any pretence of strength, his body going limp as blood dripped from his body and sizzled on the metal frame beneath him. Tears flowed freely from beneath his mask as he stared up at the skylight. The still visible, clear night sky seemed to mock him; his one chance of escape even further away now.

You're the one that I loved

It didn't hurt much anymore. His mind felt heavy as he stared at the stars that seemed just a little bit brighter. He felt a light hand on his shoulder, slender and elegant, a woman's touch.

A mother's touch.

And I'm saying good-bye

A calloused, comforting hand cupped the side of his face and he felt himself turning into the touch. A hand that had once caressed a fevered brow, wiped away the tears from childhood hurts and had clasped unfailing to his wrists as he soared through the air.

Say something I'm giving up on you

Smaller hands clasped his tightly between them, promising him that he wasn't alone. Hands that had once held the promise of partners. Of friendship. Of brotherhood. Hands that had been taken away far too soon.

And I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you

The pain was gone. Chased away by the fleeting touches and the hushed whispered that seem to drown out the cracking of the fire around him. The stars were growing brighter and he didn't feel so alone anymore.

And Anywhere I would have followed you

"Rest now, my little Robin..."

"It's almost over, son..."

"You've done good, Dickie-bird..."


Say something I'm giving up on you

A flash of shadow blocked his view of the stars, but somehow the light grew brighter. It blinded him and he felt his eyes drifting closed of their own accord. The three comforting presences solidified around him and he felt his lips turning up in a sad smile at their warm and welcoming faces.

"Sorry... Bruce..."

Say something I'm giving up on you

"Don't speak... Stay awake! No... No, Nightwing! Stay awake! Stay with me! Nightwing! DICK! Dick, stay with me! Dickie Please..."

Say something

So... yea... I went there....
Cry run Bunny Emoji-09 (Cry) [V1] STITCH LLORA 1 
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TsukiMalou Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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lunaandlyra Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is just so emotional..... I'm crying so hard right now. 
BubbleGuppy070203 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
There needs to be a follow up.
Nicolelettef Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Sad Luffy Anime Emoji (Cry) [V4] IT'S SO SAD!!!
(but so good)
ILoveMuskrats Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh the tears won't stop... this was so sad and well written. Good song to use for this. Oh my gosh I think I cried the most at the mentions of Jason and his parents. Good job.
Quanzilla12 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Well, I am speechless. That was very moving. I am holding back tears as I type. I simultaneously love it- for the emotional trauma- and hate it- also for the emotional trauma. Overall A+!
Uzumaki-Dresden Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student General Artist
*cackles maniacally* I LOVES IT!!! Spooky Scary Swiggity Swooty Marionette (Chat Icon TV 
YukkiYu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Cry Simba Nightwing.... No!! Nai Crying Icon 
PrettyLittleStars Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Elsie (Crying) [V1] WHYYYYY!
BubbleGuppy070203 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Nooo! rainbow cry Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon :crying: rvmp rabbitoo sets_012 
Thiarrys Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Why did you have to go....there?!! So sad...took me a while to finish reading it.
Was bad enough with the song in my head.
madztar Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist

violetsonamy777 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Artist
-internal organs explode-
Ghyst Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just had my heart ripped out..
Seriously, you just juiced my soul for tears...

So done... [walks away]
Ehtarai Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I read this while listening to the song, dear God, it makes it sadder! Good job at ripping my heart out! T_T
Ejestrand Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014

I hope you're happy, I were just going to read this before bed and and oh how I shouldn't have done that. Now I'm just a complete and utter mess! I were fairly taking it good but then Dick's contemplation of Jason's Death came and the first moisture started to gather in my eyes, and then at the "You've done good, Dickie-bird..." part I were just frikkin done. So utterly done. And here I am now, bawling my eyes out, how am I suppose to sleep now!? :O
Anonymous-Nerds Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
At least you didn't outright say he was dead...
ObiWanSkywalker178 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014   Writer
I randomly decided to re-read this and man, is it sad!
Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Very nice!
0AnakinSkywalkerGo0 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student Writer
Woah!!! Hey, did you post this on 'cause I'm sure I read it there once.
NinjaTurtleGirl Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist made me cry D:
Gorelotte Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
OII! Q.Q well there be another part for this..?
ILoveMuskrats Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah gosh my tear ducts have broken and now my face is flooding. I'm drowning in my tears. Help...
YOUNGFAN196752 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Cry forever Tears of Joy 
WallyGrayson Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
How do you stop crying after this??
blackdemonqueen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
omg.. why???? Please make it into a semi good ending!
EvilFuzz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014   General Artist
I generally dont like song-fics, but this is up my galley. Ahhh the mention of Jason T_T putting Dickie in his shoes wow. 

FORBlDDEN-VOID Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Filmographer
MelissMySiss Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
So sad :crying: rvmp but so good! I actually congratulate you for making me cry that, in my mind, is a job well done by an author. If you are able to make the reader feel a certain way then you have succeeded. Well done :D 
(But still the tears, all over Really Sad  )
aprilabadie Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
So sad.
SarcasticKades Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Ouch. This was really good. Super painful. But really good. Poor Bruce, that has to be beyond painful to lose someone else.
XxMaskedPuppetxX Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
:iconbegplz: please no... Dickie-bird!!
sithlord12345 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
THE FEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!Really Sad Pikachu Crying Plz 
GlimmeringAngel26 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
omg Nightwing no!!:cries: why?
Kuromi1234 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh god, why? Why did I read this if I knew it was a deathfic, why? Because you're an amazing writer and I love it anyways no matter how much I tear up.
TigerLilyRoar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If it makes you feel any better I bawled like a baby when I was done writing it.... Cry emote 
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