It was a bright sunny afternoon in Reole. Rose Thomas couldn't help but think about how far the city had come since the days of Cornello. She was on her way home from work, when suddenly she was pulled into a nearby alley. Before she could scream she felt a person's lips locking with her own. She opened her eyes and saw that it was Nick Ripley, the Masked Alchemist.


Not long after Reole was visited by the Elric brothers, the city erupted into a civil war between Cornello's followers, and those that had deserted the order. This compounded with Rose's own grief at the knowledge that Cornello's promises had been false, and that she was never going to see her boyfriend ever again. She wanted to end it all, but couldn't find the courage to do so. Since she was unable to take her own life, she resolved to let nature do it for her, so she walked naked into the eastern desert that separated Amestris from Xing. She kept walking until she passed out. When she woke up she found herself in the custody of the infamous bounty hunter known as the Masked Alchemist. Not willing to let her just throw her life away, the Masked Alchemist dragged her across the desert and into Xing while he pursued a fugitive that turned out to be a human chimera. During that time Rose figured the Masked Alchemist to be a bitter middle-aged man, but during the fight with the chimera he lost his mask, and it turned out that he wasn't much older than she was. Along the way Rose had time to reflect on all the things in life she still wanted to do, if not for Nick she wouldn't have lived to do those things, that combined with his surprisingly good looks was probably why she had sex with him when he was escorting her back to Reole. Ever since then he always dropped by once in a while o he and Rose could fool around, but he usually gave her a bit more warning than this."

"Sorry, but we don't have much time, and I couldn't wait for you to get home. We're going to have to do it right here."


Before Rose could protest, he kissed her hard on the mouth. It had been some time since their last "session", and so she began to melt in his arms, then she felt one of his hands reaching into her shirt and the other reaching up under her skirt. Her heart started racing and every single nerve of her body was burning with energy.

"No! We can't do this here."

"Why not?"

"Someone might see us."


Whenever Rose and Nick fooled around it was always behind closed doors, they had never done anything like this.

"I don't want to be seen by anyone but you."

"But you're easily the most beautiful woman in town, and I kinda want to show off."

Rose almost screamed as she felt his fingers dig deeper into her, but he muffled it with another kiss.

"If you don't want us to be discovered you should try and keep it down."

He lifted up her shirt and began to suckle on her breasts. Being an experience bounty hunter, Nick knew how to read people, and he could tell that despite her protests Rose was actually enjoying this.

"Oh my god… I'm really going to be seen."

Without warning Nick lifted Rose off the ground, held her up against the wall, and she felt him inside of her. It could be that it had been nearly a month since the last time, or maybe it was because she was terrified of getting caught, but for some reason it felt better than usual.

"I really wish I wasn't so pressed for time."

He thrust himself deeper and deeper inside of her until they both collapsed to the ground from pleasure.

"You sick perverted pig…" said Rose still smiling with her face vividly pink "If you're going to do something like that to a girl you should at least buy her dinner first."

"I'd love to, but unfortunately I need to leave for another assignment."

"What, the last bounty wasn't big enough for you?"

"You know I don't do this for the money."

"I don't want you to go…"

"I promise I'll make it up to you. When I get back I'll take you to dinner and a show."

He gave her one last kiss and was off.

Rose walked the rest of the way home with her face all pink and looking positively euphoric. One person she passed along the way home asked if she had a fever, and another asked her if she had been drinking. Not too long ago she wanted to die, but on days like this she was glad to be alive. She had never done things like this with her late boyfriend, and no matter how fast things seemed to be happening with Nick, somehow that night at the hotel on the way back to Reole from Central just felt so right.

"He was the first man to see me naked… which is really my fault to begin with… If I hadn't been in that desert I might've never met him."

When Rose got home she found a bouquet of flowers waiting for her with a card attached.

Sorry I couldn't stay longer.

(To be continued)