"Oh, c'mon, like that's news," she pointed out with a faint scoff of a laugh, turning to walk with him toward the outside where the others were waiting. "Don't act all surprised, you're the one who keeps making jokes about having a fiery grandchild with wings."
"It would be kinda cool though, wouldn't it?" he chuckled, slinging an arm around her shoulders and tugging her close as they made their way outside. He dropped a kiss against her brow, before they reached the others, so he wouldn't embarrass her in front of her friends.
She laughed, hugging into his side. "I don't think Mom would be too pleased about a grandbaby she couldn't cuddle into infinity because it was on fire constantly," she answered cheerfully as they stepped outside. Her eyes found Lucas, sharing her smile with him in reassurance.
"Oh, great," Tony declared, rolling his eyes. "Nothing I say now is going to be listened to, is it? Poppa Bear folded under big eyes."
Johnny laughed with Fliss again. "Well, she wouldn't be too happy if he set the drapes on fire," he teased back, not realizing that he'd used the masculine pronoun to describe his future grandchild. "Let's just see what they can do before we jump to conclusions, Tony," he told his brother-in-law, understanding and sharing his concerns.
What they could do turned out to be a singular blending of the elements that even made Tony stagger at one point. As the tremors died away, the flames died, the wind and rain subsided, Ironman was pouting.
"Fine, they can come," he said petulantly. "Just not in charge of anything."
Sue shook her head behind his back. "That's a decision we need to come to together, and soon," she pointed out. "We have a lot of prep and travel before we make the hit at dawn."
Though Steve was often consider the team leader, the team had always been a democracy. Everyone had a say in everything that affected the team, but when the time came to give orders in battle, Steve often stepped up as leader. It was no different today, though with Johnny already giving his blessing, he didn't think anyone else - with the possible exception of Tony - would challenge that. "So, we put it to a vote," he suggested, glancing momentarily at Alyona. If anyone knew the teens' true intentions, it was her, but he didn't want to make a point of asking.
The Sokovian telepath nodded imperceptibly. While, yes, they were young, and the youngest of them was a little too excited about being a superhero, she didn't think they would be a liability in the field. They knew the risks and the consequences of failure.
That was all Steve needed to know. He, too, remembered being that age and wanting desperately to be able to stand up and fight for his country and for what was right. That was long before he'd ever heard of Hydra, but it was the same thing. "Everyone in favor, raise a hand," he said.
Alyona's hand was the first to rise, followed swiftly by Natasha and Sue, and surprisingly, Bruce Banner shortly afterward. Tony's hand stayed resolutely by his side, but they knew he'd abide by whatever decision was made; Reed Richards was frowning at his wife, his own hands tucked into his pockets as they waited for the full count to be decided.
Johnny's hand went up, followed by Steve's. Nicholai mirrored Alyona, trusting her judgement. Barton was the one of the few among them who was also a father, and from the look on his face, he had debated back and forth. "If it's okay with Johnny, it's okay with me," he voiced his opinion, as he, too, raised his hand, which only left Thor, who also raised his hand, impressed by what he'd seen them do. Like Tony, Sam was on the fence, but in the end, he almost always sided with Steve, and today was no different.
"Looks like the ayes have it," Tony conceded graciously, turning to eye the four newest members of the Avengers sternly. "No taking risks, no being a hero. Obey orders even when you don't like them. Got it?"
Fliss rolled her eyes, glancing to the others. She knew Tony was just worried about them, but she wasn't sure the other three got that just yet.
"Got it!" Matt exclaimed, the first to agree. Yes, he was excited to be part of this, but he hadn't forgotten everything Rufus had taught them, and the fact that this wasn't about him.
Lucas merely nodded, his hand reaching for that of Fliss.
"Don't worry. I'll make sure nothing goes wrong," Zach assured them. After all, this wasn't his first rodeo, so to speak.
"We've got it, Uncle Tony," Fliss agreed, smiling in the hope that it might make him cool off a little.
Nat glanced between the group in amusement. "Okay, well, we've got a couple of hours before the debriefing gets started and the plan is laid out," the redhead declared. "You four, come with me. Time enough to learn how to take a punch and get out of a chokehold."
Zach didn't really need much training, but his place was with his teammates, so he made no argument.
"Are we gonna wrestle?" Matt asked with a grin at the redhead. Yes, he had a girlfriend, but he couldn't help but flirt a little.
"Down boy," Johnny told him, stopping him momentarily with a hand against his chest. "She's old enough to be your mother."
"Thanks, Flame Boy." Nat laughed, gesturing for the small group to come with her. "To answer the question ... we are not going to wrestle. I am going to beat you up until you work out how to make it stop long enough to run away."
Falling into step behind them, Rufus snorted with laughter. At least the Black Widow was honest.
"Anytime, Red," Johnny replied with a grin. He was half-tempted to go watch, but figured things would go better if he wasn't there. Matt could still be heard mildly complaining as Nat led the small group away.
"So, who's going with them?" Johnny asked, looking expectantly toward Steve and Tony.
Tony frowned, wanting to volunteer himself but knowing that he couldn't be trusted to keep from interfering in anything they did. He glanced at Steve thoughtfully. "We still have to divvy up who is going where," he pointed out. "Without them, it's twelve of us to split between nine locations."
"And we will, but I think we need to bring Croft in on this before we make any final decisions," Steve pointed out.
"They will need clearance," Alyona agreed quietly.
Sue glanced around at the adult team, and decided they needed a Mom voice. "So Steve, Tony, Johnny, go and see Croft, get the kids what they need," she said. "We should get a meal sorted so everyone's fed and rested for the journey tonight."
"Sounds like a plan," Thor agreed. "I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm going to go watch Natasha kick ass," he said, coining a phrase he'd obviously picked up on Earth.
"Hate to say it, but I'm with Sue. Let's go rustle up some food, girlfriend. You can come, too, if you want," Clint offered with a nod to Reed. "But try not to get in the way."