So...... while I didn't exactly die or anything, it has been a little while since I've updated. Sorry. Life, choices, and volunteering happened.

But, I'm back and shall start updating my stories and posting new once as inspiration (Read: Guilt) hits me.




As the team started walking out of the hanger, Piper sent Finn a pointed look, glancing at him then to the Sky Knight, who was already walking towards the hanger door, his shoulders set in their usual proud stance.

Swallowing nervously, the blonde nodded at the girl, shifting his eyes back to Aerrow. Radarr chattered quietly in his ear, his claws gently gripping in reassurance. He followed the red headed youth out of the hanger, catching up to briefly lay a hand on his shoulder.

"Hey Aerrow? When you get the chance, I need to talk to you about something," Said Finn, his voice betraying his nerves.

Aerrow paused, letting the females of the team continue by as he turned his face towards Finn. "No problem man. I have a few things I want to check around the ship, then I'll track you down and we can talk Ok?"

Resisting the urge to swallow nervously again, the blonde nodded. Radarr squawked in his ear, still resting upon his shoulders.

Aerrow looked at the monbit with a grin. "Hey Radarr! It's good to see you and Finn have been taking good care of each other."

Chattering, Radarr nodded, gesturing with his paws. Finn chuckled weakly, a sudden weight of heavy guilt appearing in his stomach.

Trying to change the subject, Finn asked, "So how did things go with the Sky Council?"

Aerrow rolled his eyes, grumbling, "It was a waste of time. After all we've done, they still refuse to take us seriously, even with Starling with us, they still want to treat us like a bunch of kids!"

"Are you kidding me? The Sky Council still refuses to admit we're the best team ever?!" Finn exclaimed, stomping angrily. Radarr chattered angrily as well, shaking a fist.

Aerrow's mood only darkened as he crossed his arms, his face in an angry expression. "That's not even the worst of it Finn."

"Tell me."

"It's because of Stork and Junko," he sighed, shoulders slumping as he looked at his friend. "Because those two aren't human, and aren't on their home terras."

Finn's jaw dropped open as he stared at the Sky Knight. "So you're saying because Junko is a wallop and 'cause Stork is a merb, the Council won't let us have an official title?! What does Starling say about this?"

Aerrow shrugged a shoulder, his face looking suddenly aged. "She doesn't know. They spoke to me privately the night we left."

"Wow..." The blonde shook his head, his own shoulders dropping. "So we aren't going to be getting support from the Council, are we?"

The Sky Knight shook his head, "No. Unless we lose Junko and Stork and replace them with humans, the Council basically told me to take a long walk off a short cliff."

"You don't plan on telling any of the others this do you?" Finn asked, glancing down the now empty hallway.

"No. None of them are going to find out what I was told." A hint of spirit appeared in his eyes as he met Finn's once again. "In fact, as far as I'm concerned, the Storm Hawks are done waiting for the approval of the Council!"

Finn grinned fiercely, "That's the spirit Aerrow! We can kick butt with or without anyone's' approval!"

"Exactly!" Aerrow said, nodding his head firmly. "Even if we have to take on Cyclonia alone, we are not backing down!"

Finn nodded mutely, though he wanted to point out that as good as the Storm Hawks were, they wouldn't stand a chance alone against the forces of Cyclonia. He said nothing though, just watched as Aerrow gave him a grin then strode away down the hallway with all the confidence in the world.