The Calm Before The Storm

Author: I swear it's taking forever to update these days. But anyways

Mirokou & I have renewed our lease so we are happy. We own nothing except: Grey, Iron Claw, Bullseye, Java, Rose, C-4, Bella, Shade & Codebreaker. All

OCs used with premission of their various owners. And by the way C-4:

blame ur sister for the pairing in the ending scene. Nice work Mirokou.

Several days after the Sigmas' arrival at the Pit, Hi-Tech, Grey, Komakura and Scott watched as Iron Claw and SPUD rolled on the floor in a play fight. T-Rat and H.D. watched from the relative safety of the doorway while Scarlet and Jynx sat on a couch only half paying attention to the boys. Snake Eyes and Rose were in their room with a "do not disturb" sign on the door. Java hadn't left Storm Shadow's side since before their arrival.

Bullseye laughed softly as she shrugged off her trenchcoat. She had officially decided that most of her teammates were idiots. Slipping out of her Sigma Suit to the waist, she entered the weapon's locker. As she did, the hair on the back of her neck prickled. Her eyebrows twitched as she saw that the lock was off of her locker. "Can I help you?" a voice asked. She spun around to face the voice's owner, her laser pistol appearing in her hand as if like magic.

"Who the hell are you? And what is up with your eyes?" she asked.

"Why are you in my locker?" the man asked.

"This is my locker pal." she said, narrowing her eyes.

Storm Shadow opened his eyes for the first time in a week. Carefully sitting up, he saw Java sitting in a chair beside the bed. She'd slumped over in a chair: half laying on the bed, eyes closed, listening to her I-Pod, one ear bud in and the other out. Tears slid down her cheeks as a song played. Tommy picked up the stray ear bud and lifted it to his ear with out disturbing Java.

I found you here, now please just stay for a while

I can move on with you around

I hand you my mortal life, but will it be forever?

I'd do anything for a smile, holding you 'til our time is done

We both know the day will come, but I don't want to leave you

Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost

It's empty and cold without you here, too many people to ache over

Tommy reached over and brushed her hair back. His light touch caused Chris to stir. She sat up, blinking and wiping away tears.

"Tommy? Are you really awake or am I dreaming?" Java whispered.

Storm Shadow smiled, "It's not a dream, Chris. I'm awake." Tears streamed down her face as Java flung herself onto the bed, wrapping her arms around Storm Shadow's neck. "Easy, girl. I'm not fully healed yet." Shifting Java to sit beside him, Tommy held her letting her head rest on his shoulder. "Aishiteru, Christine," he whispered. Snuggling closer, Chris sighed.

"I love you too, Thomas Arishakagi." Storm Shadow smiled as Ivory settled between them purring.

Duke and Hawk stood in the hall and watched the scene. Standing beside them was a young man with sandy brown hair and green eyes.

"I'm glad he's alright. I didn't realize she was his girlfriend," the young man stated.

"I think that just became official, Codebreaker," Hawk responded softly. Duke nodded, noting that Java and Storm Shadow had both fallen asleep again. Glancing up he startled the other two with his outburst.

"What the hell?"

Selen was coming down the hall alternatly laughing with and threating a young man with black hair and cybernetic eyes.

"That's C-4. He's a demolitions/ weapons/ cybernetics guy. Don't ask." Codebreaker explained as the duo headed for the rec room. Duke and Hawk nodded, neither having any intentions of doing just that.

Selen pulled the newest Joe into the rec room. Spirit, Bella, Snake Eyes and Rose had joined the others since she'd last looked in.

"Hey everybody, meet C-4." As Bullseye made the introductions, C-4 scanned his new teammates and was surprised to see a familier face.

"Will?!" Bella gasped, as surprised to see her older brother as he was to see her.

"Bella! What are you doing here?" he asked.

"David and Chris got me in. They needed my help," she stated. C-4 nodded.

Fifteen to twenty minutes later, Codebreaker stuck his head in.

"Hey C-4, I need to talk to you for a minute before I head out." Will nodded, got up and exited the room. The others looked after him.

"Who was that?" Komakura asked.

"That was Codebreaker, our ghost. He's the one who let us know Cobra Commander had sent his Spawn troops after us." Hi-Tech's voice was barely above a whisper.

"He's headed back in. Pray he isn't discovered," Duke said as he and Hawk joined the Sigmas. "By the way, Storm Shadow woke up briefly. He and Java are sleeping now."

In an isolated part of the hanger, Codebreaker and C-4 stood huddled in coversation.

"You have to leave now, Creed? We didn't get much time," C-4 said quietly.

"I know, Will. Sorry but I need to get back before the Commander or the others get suspicious. They think I got a call from my other job and had to leave to deal with a crisis of some sort." C-4 nodded in understanding. Reaching for Creed, Will pulled him into an embrace. Holding him close, Codebreaker whispered, "Does anyone in your family know?"

"Not yet but my sister's on the team so there's a chance she'll find out." Casting a quick glance around to confirm that they were alone, Creed leaned down and kissed Will, who returned it with enthusiasm. The kiss quickly became desperate but was broken all too soon for both young men.

"Good-bye, Will. I'll be back," Codebreaker said as he turned and climbed into his plane.

"You better and you better not get hurt. Or caught," C-4 retorted. But his face gave away his concern as he watched Creed take off for Spawn HQ.

Author: Yay for yaoi. As I said: glasstrees suggested the C-4xCodebreaker.

Mirokou wrote most of this chapter but the ending scene was her first yaoi.

Song's Seize the Day by Avenged Sevenfold. Now off to bed & dreams of deathbats. Gotta work in morning & make deathbat plushies in spare time.