Rating: This chapter PG/PG-13; overall R
Spoilers: End of the anime, Episode 25 (kinda)
Summary:They all thought he was dead, but suddenly he's back and Roy makes a rather startling revelation.
Previous chapters: Chapter 1
Crossposted to: fma_yaoi steelandsparks fm_alchemist
“Sir?” First Lieutenant Hawkeye waved her hand in front of her superior officer’s eyes. “Sir, I have news about Al’s train…”
Both Roy and Ed were instantly asking her questions but were silenced when the stern woman pulled out her gun. “An unscheduled train arrived today in Lior about noon. There were a number of confused riders, but they were told the train stopped for repairs and that they would be another train ready for them soon. No one has heard from Al in the city.”
“Lior?!” Edward hardly wanted to hear that place mentioned, let alone to have to go there, but this was for his little brother! “Roy, we have to go now!”
“That’s not so easy, Edward.” Roy sighed heavily.
“What do you mean?! Of course it is! You said we could take those cars…” Ed growled at his lover.
“Ever since the near-war there, the military hasn’t been welcome in Lior, and we haven’t touched the place. They’re still terrified of the military and what we might do to them. Major Armstrong has been undercover there for a while, trying to help clean up the mess we made, but it was hard to get him there.” Roy tried to explain calmly, though he knew that Ed would not take it lightly.
“So stay here then! You’re just fucking scared that your face’ll get messed up!” Ed yelled angrily. Rather abruptly he was shoved against the closest wall. “Wha-?!”
“I am not worried about myself, Ed! I’m worried about you!” Roy growled, “If you get hurt, it will be my fault. I couldn’t…” He eased up just a bit, “I couldn’t live with that.” Riza coughed once and Roy turned away from him.
“I won’t get hurt.” Ed mumbled.
“Edward, we realize how much you want to help you’re brother. We’re worried just as much as you are.” Riza said calmly, though in her eyes (thankfully no one was looking) you could tell she was crying inside.
“You just came back, boss. We don’t want you to disappear again.” Havoc chipped in.
“Whatever.” Ed said crossly, not one to like mushy dialogue.
“I never said we wouldn’t help, Alphonse…just that we’re going to have to do a lot of round about stuff to get there without getting ourselves killed.” Roy sighed as he regained his composure. “We won’t be of any help to Al if we’re dead.”
“We’ll have to use disguises. He’s very right, Ed.” Falman offered to the conversation. “And we don’t even know for sure if Al really needs our help.”
“Of course he does!!!” Ed screamed, “He would’ve called if he was okay! He’s thoughtful like that! He knows I worry about him! He wouldn’t purposely not tell me something this important…”
“Please, Ed, you have to calm down. We can’t help him at all if we sit here fighting about this.” Ed shut-up.
Al sighed heavily as he leaned against yet another locked door. This was probably about the 50th door he had tried and his hope that it would be unlocked had become almost 0. Would he ever be able to get out of this seemingly never-ending hallway?!
“Why is it that brother always has these fantastic adventures and all I get are the things that never-end but are boring?” He sighed as he trudged off once again.
Two more locked doors…and…a staircase?!
Al almost sung out his happiness. Quickly he started up the stairs, eager to get out of the never-ending hallway of locked doors.
“How can anyone believe this?!” Ed grumped as he sat across from the ‘married couple’.
“What do you mean, darling?” Ed flinched when that came from Hawkeye’s mouth. Sure they were supposed to be under cover…but did she really have to call him darling?! And why the fuck was HE the child?!
“You’re not old enough to have kids…especially not my age!” Ed growled lowly.
“So you admit that I’m not really old?” Roy asked with his customary smirk.
“I meant mother.”
“Fine…” Roy pouted as Riza gave Ed a polite smile.
“I think that’s the first compliment I’ve received from you, Edward. Thank-you.”
“So, dad, are we there yet?” He said with a wicked grin.
Roy just glared.
“Approximately 2 hours, love.” Ed just shuddered again.
Al had graduated. Now that he had escaped the never-ending hall, he was on the never-ending stairs. And it was making him claustrophobic. He like being trapped in anything for very long. Trapped…like he had been.
When had he been trapped? He thought, as he sat down for yet another rest. Trapped…trapped where? Another voice in his head said, “Why, in the armor of course.”
Armor? What armor? He didn’t remember an armor…and how could he have been trapped in armor? This was making his head hurt…
“I need to get moving again.” He muttered to himself and did just that.
Hughes Maes and Alex Armstrong were waiting for the trio when their train pulled into the station in Lior. Ed had expected Armstrong, but not Hughes. He looked up at Roy, but he was too busy scowling. Ed had insisted on calling him ‘dad’ every five minutes.
“Edward Elric!!!!” The large man said as he squeezed the younger alchemist in a tight hug. “It has been a long time!”
“Nice…to…see…you too…” Ed said as he tried to breath.
“Alex…how nice to see you again.” Riza said, trying to distract the man from his Ed teddy bear.
“Riza, you look lovely as ever.” Armstrong said as he let go of said teddy bear.
“Hughes, we need to get a move on.” Roy snapped. This was nice, but it wasn’t time for niceties. They had to find Al.
“Of course, we have someone waiting to take your stuff to the hotel.” Hughes lead the way outside of the train station as everyone else followed.
Ed’s only thoughts were of his brother and how weird everyone looked without their uniform.