Author: Shell Mel
Rating: PG - 13
Warning: Some violence and near death scenes. Also for Ed's swearing.
Spoilers: Spoilers for episode 22 and end of anime series.
Characters: Edward Elric, Roy Mustang
Summary: AU Edward never though much about the incident back in lab 5 with the red water. He doesn't really remember it that much. He's seventeen now, repaying his debt by helping Mustang reach the top now Al finally has his body again. But what happens when he and Mustang become targets for assassination?
Author Notes: Alternative ending to Anime series. Prologue is based in episode 22, while the rest is a year after the series.
Everyone was waiting outside the bedroom now, awaiting news on how Edward was doing. Roy had been forced back down to the bathroom at gunpoint by Hawkeye. The woman was not pleased at his dramatic entrance. She had clothes for him, and ordered him to shower without disturbing anyone else. Despite her annoyance, she did seem slightly pleased and confused as to the miracle healing of his eye.
Now he was clean, he was waiting with everyone else for news on Edward. Most were staring at him, but they forced themselves to turn away every now and again. It seemed forever until the doctor finally came out.
“Doctor,” Armstrong said. “How is Edward?”
“Resting,” the doctor said, glaring at Roy. “Who is the boy’s guardian?”
“I’m his commanding officer,” Roy said volunteered. “I’m probably the closest he has to a guardian right now.”
The doctor seemed to hesitate, causing Roy to frown. He looked out for Edward for five years now, he had always done what he thought was right by the kid. He couldn’t be doing that bad a job considering everything.
“Young Edward,” the doctor continued finally. “Is feverish, extremely so. Add extreme fatigue and dehydration, as well as the start of malnutrition and that leaves us with a very serious situation. When was the last time he ate or had anything to drink?”
“This morning,” Havoc said, frowning. “He ate a full breakfast. Bacon, eggs, sausages, pancakes, toast and two bottles of juice. He had enough to feed the whole squad.”
The doctor frowned.
“Well whatever he had,” the doctor said slowly. “It’s no longer in his body. Whether he expelled it himself or involuntary, it doesn’t matter. I’ve left an IV drip to insert after he’s been cleaned up. To try and help him, but there isn’t a lot I can do for him here. Just try and get him to take as much food and drink as you can. Slowly and in small portions. Protein shakes would be best to get him started. This way his body won’t reject it.”
They all nodded, some already heading in to check on the boy. Whatever Edward had done, it was clearly taking its toll on him. Roy felt bad. He’d been so focused on himself, he hadn’t really thought that Edward would have to pay so dearly. He should have though. Equivalent exchange, though it didn’t seem fair somehow. They got their lifes’ and his eye in exchange for? A sick alchemist. Something wasn’t right with this, ignoring the fact it was impossible anyway.
“Now where is my next patient?” The doctor asked.
Roy stepped forward. The doctor nodded and led him to the next bedroom where they could have some privacy. The examination didn’t take long. After all, he felt fine. Better then fine really. He felt better than he had in years. There was a buzz in his system. Perhaps a side effect of whatever Edward had done to him. The doctor gave him a bill of clean health before he returned to the others.
He came back to find only maids in the room, changing the sheets for a clean set. Frowning, Roy made his way downstairs in order to try and find someone. Most of team were in the rather large dining room.
“Where’s Fullmetal?” He asked his team.
“Havoc’s trying to get him cleaned up,” Hawkeye explained. “General, did the doctor say anything?”
“No,” He said. “Apparently I’m fit, healthy and very much so alive.”
“Then we’ll have to make sure you stay that way,” Hawkeye continued. “With today’s attack many officers have been lost, mostly high ranking officials. No one has yet to claim responsibility for the attacks. Both you and Edward are on their list, so we’ll have to organise a safe hiding spot for you.”
“Lieutenant,” Roy interrupted. “Forgive me, but I don’t think hiding will help. We are in the middle of a possible government shift. Hakuro is feeling the pressure from people within the military as well as from the people. If I disappear now, all our hard work will be for nothing.”
“Sir,” Hawkeye’s tone become hard. “This attack may very well be over this change. Most of the officers dead were in support of it. With you being the primary, everything would stop with you.”
“Then why have Fullmetal as the secondary?” Roy countered.
“Edward,” Hawkeye paused, considering her words. “He has a lot of weight with the people, as well as in the military. In some ways he surpasses the support you have. It is his support that is driving people, making them believe. If you had not survived, he could have still possible made it work. Same as if he hadn’t survived, but you did. The dead target could have been the martyr to spur this on.”
The room was quiet for a moment. Was this really all about the change of government? What else could it be? Nothing else but this was happening that was so dramatic.
“Even so,” Roy said, determined. “Running will only give them what they want. We could draw them out better if we pretend nothing happened. Hopefully, Fullmetal won’t take too long to recover...”
He wondered how the boy was doing.
“We’ve decided,” Hawkeye picked up again. “You two will be together most of the time. This house is secure, but we’ll be putting up a guard. It would be easier if you shared a room. The more we can focus on the two of you together, the better our defence will be.”
Roy nodded, not fazed by the idea. Edward might not like it when he was well enough to care.
“Have we heard anything yet as to why Headquarters was so empty yet?” Roy inquired.
“I’ve managed to contact a few friends,” Hawkeye answer. “They had orders to attend a training exercise just outside of the city.”
The idea that soldiers were taken away from Headquarters on purpose, leaving only those they wanted dead behind seemed to confirm the idea that the higher ups were involved in this. Though was Hakuro involved? Very possible. However, could someone simply be trying to remove obstacles for their own path to Fuhrer-ship? Or to simply get on the Fuhrer’s good side? The possibilities were endless, but Roy was sure clues would come with the next attempt. Maybe this time they could get someone alive and get their answers. If Fullmetal could contain himself that is.
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