"We need the X-Men." I state confidently.
"No." John protests. "No way."
"We can't do this alone." I argue.
"Yes, we can!" He retorts like a child.
"Listen to me!" I demand, taking hold of his shirt and pulling him towards me. "This is your shit, Pyro. You put us in this situation. And, so far, you've done a bang up job of getting us out of it. We need the X-Men. This is about more than just my messed up relationship now."
"I refuse to work with him." He shoves me.
"I'm sure he won't be thrilled at the idea either." I growl.
"We can do this without them, Ardor." He hisses, flicking his lighter between his fingers.
"We are getting the X-Men." I ignite my right hand. "Now!"
"Woah!" Voltage steps in between us. "Okay, can we not fry each other please? I kind of need you two."
"Tell her this is a stupid idea." He orders.
"Tell him he's being irritating and stubborn!" I retort.
"Can you both stop acting like children?" She eyes us both intimidatingly. "I don't know what went on between you two, but you need to get over it now!"
"Sorry." I sigh.
"She's right, Pyro. We need the X-Men." I poke my tongue out at him at her words.
"Seriously?" John raises his eyebrows.
"Yup." I resist smiling at his irritation.
"Whatever." He releases an exasperated sigh. "I'll put up with your douchey ex if the deal still stands."
"The deal about us running off together if you stop the bomb?" I step around Voltage, so that my face is just inches away from John's. "Honey, in case you haven't noticed, you're not stopping the bomb."
"Fine, do this without me." He smirks.
"Okay, deal. Shut up." I snap.
"Better start packing, sweetcheeks."
"I said shut up." I warn.
"Whatever you say, sweetcheeks." He repeats the irritating nickname, before kissing me on the cheek.
"I say that I love Scott Summers." That wipes the smug smile from his lips. "Now let's go!"
"Marvel Girl!" I call as we approach the X-Men. "Can we talk?"
"Where did you go? One minute we were talking, the next-"
"Yeah, sorry. Pyro decided to get caught by the cops." I shoot him a look.
"Cyclops isn't going to be happy if he sees these two here." She states.
"I know. But the bomb..." I take a deep breath. "The bomb can't be stopped. We need to get everyone out of there right now, or they're all going to die."
"What?" She hisses, turning to check if the other X-Men are within hearing distance.
"Essentially, Pyro is a dick who's doomed us all." This gets his attention.
"Shut up." I order. He does.
"What? So, this place is going down no matter what we do?" Jean tries to make sense of the situation.
"Yes." I answer simply.
"Okay, we need to go now then!" I can't help but admire her leadership skills. "Come on."
"Woah!" Bobby exclaims when he notices us.
"Okay, what's going on?" Warren asks, obviously confused by my choice of teammates.
"Marvel Girl, what are they doing here?" Scott demands.
"The bomb can't be shut off, Cyclops. We were wrong." Jean explains quickly. "We need to evacuate the building."
"Wait, how do they all know about the bomb?" John asks in my mind.
"Not now, John." I reply. I'm not going to grass Voltage up for potentially saving hundreds of lives.
"It's a bomb, there's got to be a way to shut it off!" Scott becomes noticeably irritated.
"There's not." John states strongly.
"Hey, fire boy! Stay out of this, yeah?" Scott snaps before turning his attention back to Jean. "You said it was a basic bomb."
"That's what the anonymous tip off said."
"Anonymous tip off?" John questions. I ignore him.
"We need to get into the building, Cyclops." I speak up. Scott looks at me and there is a moment of silence when I am sure that our eyes meet, even though his visor obstructs my view.
"No, the X-Men do. You don't need to be anywhere but prison." He turns and begins to walk away. I take hold of his arm.
"You can't do this without us." I whisper. "Just like we can't do it without you."
"We can. Just watch us, Ardor." He turns away again.
"Alright then." I yell. "Good luck shutting off the alarms without Voltage." He stops and I notice Voltage smirk proudly beside me. He storms back to us quickly.
"Fine!" He agrees. "But everyone follows my orders. Understood?"
"Yes, sir." Voltage replies in a seductively tone. I elbow her on the arm. "Hey!"
"No way!" John protests. "I'm not taking orders from someone who can't even control their own mutation."
"Shut up, John." I order telepathically.
"Okay." Scott shrugs. "You're out. Come on, girls."
"Hey! You can't do that!" John argues.
"I think he just did, cutie." I smirk, before turning to follow Jean and Voltage, who trail Scott closely.
"Whatever." He murmurs behind me.
"Angel, Iceman!" Warren and Bobby come jogging over at Scott's voice. "Change of plan. We need to evacuate the building. Ardor and Voltage will be assisting us, but only for today."
"Wait. Am I missing something here?" Bobby furrows his brow behind his mask.
"All you need to know is that we need to get everyone out of that building, as soon as possible." Scott's firm tone is insanely attractive. "Here's the plan..."