Piper sat at her desk, working on the crystals the team had recently taken from the Cyclonians. It had been an exasperating mission-Finn didn't do his part correctly, Radaar almost got

left behind, Junko was tempted by sweets and got captured. But they were back on the Condor, and no one got hurt. Of course, now it was Piper's job to find out what the crystals did.

The crystals were not all one color. Some were red, others purple, a few yellow. Piper fingered one emerald green one.

"The same color as Aerrow's eyes." She murmured. Her cheeks grew warm at the thought of her handsome team leader.

She shook her head, clearing the distracting thoughts.

"This is ridiculous! I can't even look at anything anymore without thinking off Aerrow! Omething is definitely wrong with me?"

Her door slid open. "What's wrong with you?" A familiar voice asked.

Piper looked toward the door, a big grin on her face. "Aerrow!"

The redhead flashed her his signature grin. "What are you doing all cooped up in here?"

Piper raised an eyebrow. "Well, unlike the rest of you, I actually work from time to time-"

He held up his hands in mocck surrender. "What I meant was, why don't you bring that stuff out to where we are? I get worried about you, leaving you in this stuffy room all day."

"Sorry Aerrow. But I need the quiet. I need to pay attention to detail.

He ran his hand through his hair. "Fine. Then I'll just have to stay where you are."


He walked over to her bed and laid down on his back, his hands resting under his head. "Don't worry. You'll never even know I'm here."

'Not likely' Piper thought.

She tried to concentrate, she really did. But it was hard to work, knowing that Aerrow was laying on her bed, watching her. She snuck a peek at him . He hadn't moved an inch, but his

eyes were closed, and his chest rose and fell with every breath.

She rested her cheek on her hand. By the look on his face when he slept, you would never guess what an energetic, lethal guy he could be. Piper didn't know how long she stayed like

that, watching him. She was so lost in thought that she didn't realize it when Aerrow opened his eyes.

"Am I really that fascinating?"

Piper jolted out of her daze.

He was grinning at her.

She quickly turned away from him, occupying herself with moving crystals in random patterns. She looked toward the bed out of the corner of her eye. Aerrow wasn't there.

A hand shot out from behind her and grabbed Piper's wrist, spinning her out of her chair. When she stopped, she was face-to-face with Aerrow, her hands on his chest, and his encircled

around her waist.

"A-Aerrow?" Piper stammered. "Come on. Let me go! Stop messing around!"

"What's wrong?"

"I need to get back to work!"

He sighed, exasperated. "Can't you stop working for one day and spend some time with me?"

'B-but I-"

She was silenced as lips covered hers. Her eyes opened wide, but fluttered closed as her hands slid up to cling to his neck. Aerrow's arms tightened around her, squeezing her close.

Piper's lips parted briefly, and Aerrow took the advantage to deepen the kiss.

When they finished, Piper was out of breath, and she had to lean against him for support. He reached down and scooped her up in his arms, carrying her to the bed where he laid her

down. He lay down next to her, and fingered her midnight blue hair, twirling it around his finger.

"I love you." He whispered.

She said nothing, just trying to take in the wonderful situation. She opened her eyes, and gazed into his eyes, the ones that were the same color as that-

"Crystals!" She jumped up, climbing over him to get to her desk. "Sorry Aerrow. I have to get back to work."

He stared at her, unbelieving. But then he started to laugh.

"Some things never change." He said.