"Next stop, Resembool!"
Finally… Edward yawned and stretched his arms above his matter how much he had traveled over the years, he never got used to how uncomfortable train rides was never enough room to spread out comfortably and the long ride did nothing but make his sore limbs worse. He couldn't wait to lie down in his bed. Their bed.
He kicked his legs out for a stretch and his automail leg made an awful creaking sound. "Damn it," he muttered. His automail leg was the reason he was coming back home sooner than expected. Well, one of the reasons. Winry was going to kill him when she saw the state of it but he hoped his surprise of coming home early was enough to save him.
He peered out the window to get a glimpse of his hometown but it was no use, it was too dark to see anything. Usually he would never take the night train but he didn't want to wait any longer than he had to to see Winry.
It had only been a few months since he left for his trip but it had felt like an eternity. Of course he was grateful to be able to travel and learn what the west had to offer, but he'd be lying if he said he didn't miss home. If he said he didn't miss Winry.
His heart began to beat louder at the thought of her. His fiancee. Their last conversation had played over and over again in his head over the last few months and it still gave him butterflies. He couldn't believe she said yes to him. After all the years of knowing each other - growing up, his mother's death, losing Al's body, the Promise Day, to getting Al's body back. They had been through so much and now they could finally settle down together. Be together and maybe start a family.
The train pulled into the Resembool station and came to a hard stop, nearly knocking Edward to the ground. He grumbled as he grabbed his bag and exited the train. He was the only passenger who got off and he watched as the train blew its whistle and continued on its way. Finally some peace and quiet.
Edward took a deep breath and headed towards the house. It wasn't far from the station but each creaky step drove him crazy. "Damn leg." He couldn't wait for it to be fixed, no matter the consequences. It was funny, he even missed Winry yelling at him.
It wasn't long before he saw the old house peak above the hill. Home… he thought to himself. Our home. The lights were off but the house was lit up in the bright moonlight. It was odd for Winry to already be in bed at this hour. She had a habit of staying up late working on her automail.
Edward walked up the steps to the front door and fished the house key out of his pocket. He took a deep breath to calm his nerves before unlocking the door and stepping inside, the familiar smell of home hitting him.
"Winry?" He turned the corner and his eyes lit up at what he saw. Winry was slumped against her work desk with her head in her hands, her back slowly rising up and down as she snored softly. Her blonde hair was tied up and she was still wearing her work clothes. He smiled at how cute she looked and walked towards her as quietly as he could, not wanting to wake her up.
He crouched down and gently brushed a piece of hair out of Winry's face. She was fast asleep but had a slight smile on her face. She must be having a nice dream he thought as he ran his thumb across her cheek. He didn't want to disturb her but there was no way she was comfortable on a desk covered in tools and automail. He stood up and began to gently shake her. "Winry, wake up…" That when he saw them.
His heart leapt into his throat and he pulled his hand away from Winry's shoulder. Luckily she was still fast asleep. He breathed a sigh of relief and turned back to what was on the desk. He reached his shaky hand out and grabbed two automail rings and brought them underneath the lamp to inspect them.
He couldn't believe what he was seeing. They were the most gorgeous rings he had even seen: a dark dark silver matte band and a shiny white silver band with an empty slot for a jewel. All hand made by the best automail mechanic in the world.
To his surprise a tear ran down his cheek. He quickly wiped it away and put the rings back on the desk. He couldn't believe she had made the rings for them, but then again she was Winry Rockbell and she could make anything. He was thoroughly impressed to say the least.
"Edward?" Winry stirred awake and rubbed her tired eyes as she sat up and looked at him. The right side of her face had a wrench imprint as she had fallen asleep on it and he couldn't help but laugh. "What are you laughing at?" she pouted.
He crouched back down and cupped her cheek. "You're incredible," he whispered.
Her eyes widened as she realized what and who she was looking at. She sat up so fast she nearly knocked everything off the desk. "Edward? What are you doing here?" she asked, flustered.
He laughed. "Surprise."
She pounced and wrapped her arms around him tightly, nuzzling her head in the crook of his neck. He hugged her back and closed her eyes - oh how he missed this. Unfortunately it didn't last long. Winry pulled away and squinted her eyes. "Wait, what are you doing here? You broke your automail, didn't you?"
Busted. Edward awkwardly rubbed the back of his neck and gritted his teeth together. "Well… you see, Winry… There was an accident and-"
"Edward Elric, don't you lie to me," she said sternly, throwing her hands on her hips.
He sighed and hung his head in defeat knowing there was no way to get out of this. And lying would only make things worse. He swallowed his pride and told the truth. "I uh, broke it getting out of the tub," he admitted. Her eyes widened and she slapped her forehead in disbelief. Here it comes he thought.
"Edward… Are you serious? I told you to be careful, and what do you do? Ruin my perfect automail!"
"I know, I'm sorry."
"I can't believe you… Wait, what?" She looked at him curiously, shocked that he had apologized right away, Usually the two would argue for a bit.
"I said I'm sorry," he repeated, looking away, "I didn't mean to break your automail. It was an accident."
She smiled at the honestly. "You dummy." She pulled him back into a hug and placed a soft kiss on his forehead. "I missed you" she whispered.
He hugged her tightly and whispered "I missed you too, Winry," in her ear before planting a soft kiss on her lips. She kissed him back and pulled him up to his feet. He didn't want this to end but he knew how tired they were. He pulled away and smiled.
"Come on, let's go to bed."
He picked her up despite her protests and carried her up the stairs to their bedroom. He turned around as she stripped out of her work clothes into her pajamas, blushing at the thought. He did the same and they crawled into bed, inches away from touching each other.
They laid in opposite directions for a few moments, her staring out the window while he stared at the door. After a while he finally turned over and grabbed her waist, pulling her body closer to his. He buried his face in the back of her neck and planted a soft kiss.
It didn't take long before she fell back asleep. Edward ran his fingers down her shoulder to her waist and wrapped his hand around her stomach, hugging her from behind.
"I can't wait to marry you," he whispered before closing his eyes.
He fell asleep hugging the woman he loved. The woman who would one day be his wife and mother to their children. He couldn't wait.