Author: Shell Mel
Rating: P G - 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 thought 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.
Edward did not hull himself over to the couch and collapse like Roy was predicting he would. Instead he went to the window. He was looking it up and down while Roy, Hawkeye and Havoc were conducting a more thorough search of the inner office for things that might not belong. Fury was looking for bugs, while they looked for what could possibly be a bigger danger then an overheard conversation. Roy had already ruled out the idea of having Edward create a surge. Maybe tomorrow would be better for that type of power if the smaller alchemist’s energy levels improve.
Roy frowned as Edward pulled back the curtains. Not a safe idea at all.
“Close those,” Roy ordered. “Last thing I need is a sniper shot through that window.”
Edward ignored him. Instead he knocked on the window with his flesh hand.
“Fullmetal,” Roy said louder this time. “Are you even listening?”
“Kind of,” Ed said quietly, as if deep in thought.
Edward removed his glove and ran his flesh hand over the surface of the glass. Roy wasn’t willing to put up with this right now. He stomped over to the boy.
“If you aren’t going to listen,” Roy said as he grabbed Ed by the arm and dragged him away from the window. “And at least take an active interest in your life, and then tell me why I even allowed you to come?”
“Hands off!” Edward snarled as he ripped his arm away. “I’m checking the glass. Do you even remember what I did to the glass when you first got this office?”
Roy frowned as he tried to remember.
“You added arrays,” Roy recalled. “And changed the composition of the glass.”
“Exactly,” Ed said as he went back to the window. “I want to be sure they are still there. If they aren’t, then I’ll put them back.”
“No you won’t,” Roy said firmly. “You’ll be walking me through it.”
Ed frowned at him as he went back to his inspection. Roy tried to ignore him, but he found himself worrying. If the glass was new, and something happened while Ed was inspecting it? The scenarios played over and over in his head. The sort where Ed died and stayed that way. Then there were the sort where he turned into the closest thing Roy could think of with God like power. Neither were something he wanted. He sighed with relief when Ed went away from the window.
“It’s ours,” Ed informed them as he leaned against the desk. “Seems to have withstood the attack without any damage.”
“Good,” Roy replied. “Now sit on the couch before you fall down.”
Ed grunted at him, but didn’t argue. Instead he did as he was told. Though he took it a step further and laid down. He had his back to the room and faced the back of the couch.
Roy left him alone. Instead he continued his efforts with the search. After the room was declared clean of bugs and Fury disposed of the ones they found, he went to help Falman with setting up their area. Roy, Hawkeye and Havoc finished up their own search for anything suspicious as Breda came back with food. Edward perked up right away.
Most of the food was for Edward’s benefit and a nice snack for the rest of the team. The meal had Edward looking much better then he previously had. He was even dealing with his own paper work. Though, he did do it from the comfort of the couch.
Silence soon came over the office. All that could be heard was the sound of writing as they carried on with their work. There was a day’s worth of paperwork to catch up on for each of them.
The door to the outer office opened, breaking the silence. Everyone looked up to see Major General Bennet come into the office. Everyone in the outer office was quick to get up and salute the higher ranking man, including Roy from the inner office. Ed however was less respectful. He looked up from his work for a moment before returning to it. This was not unusual for the alchemist. He was disrespectful in every meaning of the word toward everyone in the military that held the ranking system as something important.
Major General Bennet was a larger man with a solid build. His brown hair was sleeked back neatly and a set of spectacles over his blue eyes. He was stationed in the West city, but considering the attack, it wasn’t surprising to see the man here in Central. It wasn’t even unusual to see the Major General in the company of Mustang whenever he was in Central. The man was a supporter for their cause after all.
Bennet looked down at Edward. He seemed to be analysing the boy. Edward frowned up at Bennet, feeling the older man staring at him. The Major General opened his mouth to speak, his eyes still on Edward.
“Bennet,” Roy greeted the man, drawing his attention. “What brings you here?”
“That bloody mess the other day,” Bennet grimaced, as he looked up at Roy. “Apparently the Hakuro is getting jumpy and is looking to count his sheep. He’s recalled all the higher ranks and is going to reassign them. Though, the Queen of the North has respectfully declined his invitation.”
Roy snorted at this. Of course Hakuro was jumpy. If it was his plot he had to react appropriately as if it was a real attack. If it wasn’t his plot, then he’s probably just scared now. Though, Olivia ‘respectfully’ declining anything seemed a little farfetched. She probably told him where he could shove it.
“It’s good to see you anyway,” Roy held out his hand to the man. “Perhaps we could catch up when we knock off today?”
“It would make my trip,” Bennet grinned as he went to take Roy’s hand.
“Hey!” Edward suddenly interrupted, pushing Roy aside slightly as he came barrelling off the couch. “Don’t tell me you forgot. Bennet, you said we’d go toe to toe for old time’s sake.”
Bennet frowned at the younger alchemist.
“Forgive me, Elric,” Bennet amended as he went to shake Ed’s hand instead. “Must have slipped my mind.”
Ed growled as Bennet almost took his hand. Instead, the blond’s automail hand shot out to grab the man by the wrist and suddenly flipped Bennet off his feet, over Ed’s shoulder, and onto the floor face down. The motion was so fluid Roy was taken back with the surprise of all.
“Fullmetal!” He yelled, as he grabbed hold of the blond. “What do you think you are doing?
“He’s a fake,” Edward spat as he twisted the man’s arm behind his back. “Since when have you ever heard Bennet even acknowledge I’m talking to him, let alone address me? He normally pretends I’m not there and talks to you the whole time.”
Roy frowned. It was true, but there was no denying the fact that Bennet’s appearance was perfect and very much so him. Every feature seemed to be in its normal place. The voice was perfect. The only thing that seemed out of place was what Edward had already pointed out; the fact he acknowledged Edward’s existence and spoke to him.
“Could you hurry up and get some help in here?” Ed snapped at Roy. “Or are you just going to stare at this piece of shit?”
Edward’s breathing was not its usual calm pace, but instead he was panting from that small effort already. He was sitting on the imposture, using the advantage of his automail’s weight to keep him immobile.
“Just focus on keeping him out of trouble,” Roy sighed as he called into the other room. “Hawkeye! Get in here!”
In that moment, the impostor seemed to have gained enough of an advantage to turn the tables on Edward.