Here we are! The beginning of my first Modern AU. This is, for the most part, an original idea, and I hope to one day modify and publish it as an original work. I'm uploading a version to FFn as sort of a beta-run.

Captain Lyon Salazar of the Plegian Army was finally coming home to his wife, Eirika. The five-year war between Plegia and Ylisse was brutal, resulting in the assassinations of leaders on both sides, but it was over. The Plegian officer had been honorably discharged and guaranteed a pension, however abysmal.

The moment the veteran walked through the door, his wife's eyes lit up like the sun on Midsummer's Day.

"Lyon!" Eirika cheered, rushed over to her husband, kissed him, and wrapped him in her arms for a rather long moment, "I was so worried about you! So many people died in the war and I was afraid you might have been one of them! I couldn't even read the newspapers I was so scared!"

"I'm fine, honey, I'm fine. The war was terrible, but at least it's over. I've been honorably discharged, and now I'm ready to move on," the veteran smiled.

"Can it wait? Now that you're back, I have a few plans of my own I'd like to go over with you," Eirika smirked seductively.

"I think it can," Lyon responded in kind, "what exactly do you have in mind?"

"Follow me and I'll show you!" Eirika took her husband's hand and guided him to their bedroom to celebrate his return.

The next morning, Eirika woke up to find her husband already wide awake, clothed in his military dress uniform.

"Honey, what's going on?" she asked, got out from under the bedsheets and went to her dresser to pick out her clothes for the day.

"I scheduled an interview with RAI's security director, Henry Gould. From what I've heard, the executives over there often take subordinates under their wings, teach them everything they know and name them their successors. If they take a liking to me, I could potentially become so wealthy we could have whatever we want, whenever we want it!"

"That's really wishful thinking, Lyon."

"What makes you say that? My military experience should make me most desirable!"

"N-no, I'm not saying you can't get into the company… I just feel that becoming an executive is a very lofty goal, and I don't want you to be disappointed if you never get there."

"I understand, but I have to try; I won't get anywhere if I don't."

"And I will support you to whatever end," Eirika smiled and kissed her husband.

Suddenly, the phone rang. Lyon looked at the Caller ID and saw that it was Ephraim Rosenberg, the Police Commissioner and Eirika's older brother.


"Lyon? Is that you? I didn't know you were home!"

"Just got back last night, Eph. I would have called you, but… well… your sister had other ideas."

"I really don't need to hear about what you and Eirika do when the two of you are alone."

"I understand… guess I'd feel the same if I were in your position. So, what's up?"

"Got a call from Ike Green yesterday."

"You mean the new kid at the Ylissean Intelligence Bureau?"

"Yeah, that's the one. He said his father was really excited about something – but wouldn't say why – and he hoped I would know."

"Do you?"

"No, and neither does Titania, even though she's Director Green's adjutant."

"If you ask me, he's probably planning another bust on Remming Industries… for the hundredth time. You'd think he'd give up after so many attempts; I mean, he's never even gotten authorization."

"Well, I've heard that there's a new ADA named Zelgius who's kind of a white knight; maybe he can convince one of the judges to sign a warrant."

"God, I hope not. Frederick Remming is a dangerous man, and I'd hate to see something happen to the Director."

"So would I; Greil's a very close friend of mine."

"Well, it was nice to hear from you, but I have a job interview to go to and I really don't want to be late."

"An interview? Already?"

"Army pensions are terrible; I need more money if I'm going to support a family. Although, I admit I was surprised at how quickly they responded; I only applied a few days ago."

"That is strange. In any case, I don't want to hold you, so I'll let you go; can I have a word with my sister?"

"Sure thing. See you around, Eph."

"Yeah, see you." As soon as Ephraim finished his sentence, Lyon handed the phone to Eirika, who greeted her brother warmly. Knowing their conversations tended to go on for at least half an hour, the veteran simply smiled, mouthed goodbye to his wife and left for RAI's headquarters.

Well, that's the first prologue. Author's Notes can be found on my blog, the link for which is on my profile page.