Aerrow stood at the table looking down at the map in Piper's book.
"Okay, first of all we need to get into the fortress. If Stork and Ravess can take care of the guards then Junko and Snipe will get us inside..."
It had been a few days since the attack on the Cyclonian fortress and that was when the Cyclonians and the Storm Hawks learned they had the same enemy, Venemon the lord of the forgotten realms. He had attacked both Cyclonia and Atmosia but it was Cyclonis he was interested in. He wanted her to construct a Vorpal Crystal, something so rare that the only documents on it were fairy tales. So, following several arguments and temper tantrums, the Storm Hawks gained a few extra members. Master Cyclonis, the Dark Ace, Ravess and Snipe were all on the Condor helping to defeat Venemon.
Of course, not everyone was aware that two members of the crew were more than happy to be together.
Master Cyclonis and Finn were sat together on the other side of the table. For a long time they had pretended to listen to Aerrow and Piper talking about how they were going to get into Darkos' fortress, occasionally giving each other a flirtatious glance. But now they were completely ignoring the others and just stared into each other's eyes, slightly annoyed that they couldn't really do much more than talk and stare.
"Hey Cy, you thinking what I'm thinking?" Finn asked with his trademark cheesy smile.
"Am I thinking there are too many people here? Oh yes." She replied, sighing slightly. "I don't see why we have to keep hiding. Aerrow and Dark Ace are the only ones who don't know and with us being stuck together they're bound to notice sooner or later."
"Nah, when the Finster wants to keep a secret even Aerrow won't find out about it. Besides, if we go out in the open about it then we'll have the whole side issue. I suppose it's not so bad at the moment because we're all in this together..."
"Isn't that a song?"
"... but once that's over," Finn continued, not wanting to admit to Cyclonis that he watched High School Musical. "We'll be back to square one. I'm a Sky Knight defending the Atmos and you're a super-hot super villain. You won't give up your claim to the Atmos and I sure as hell won't turn evil."
"I could make you."
"If you think you're gonna use one of your crystals to hypnotise me then forget it, Piper's got me well trained up in anti-crystal cure... things."
Cyclonis laughed slightly.
"I wouldn't use a crystal but... I've always wanted to try bondage." She murmured huskily, her hand sliding delicately up Finn's thigh.
"... Cyclonis if you could..." Aerrow looked up.
Cyclonis was her usual well composed self, no trace of emotion at all. Finn however was bright red and really tensed up, like he was trying to hold something back.
"Is, uh, everything alright?"
"Of course Aerrow, why wouldn't it be?" Cyclonis smiled, smirking in her usual fashion and elegantly resting her chin on her hands. "So, where would you like my Cyclonian troops?" She asked sweetly.
Stork shook his head slightly in the background, wondering how long it would take for him to figure out that Finn was dating the dark empress.
He also wondered if Cyclonis would like to hear any more Merbian poetry, she had appeared quite enthralled by it last time.