Ahem…beware, this is the first chapter that kinda sorta deserves the T rating. Nothing really graphic, just a little bit of…uh…interaction between Roy and Riza. Also, a little hinted EdxWinry. Thanks to heart of flame (He's only going to get more confused XD), Keitorin (yeah, I know these are short, I can't seem to write anything very long), Tsunade-chan (More royai is good. Very good. If you do write some, let me know, and I'll review it XD), emilychristinad (I updated! And I'm glad that you like it) and once again, az4ever, who's probably going to kill me again for thanking her, but I gotta tell the people that you help me out a lot. More than a lot, actually. I can't thank you enough for putting up with the strange questions and my laziness.

Riza wouldn't tell him what the doctor had told her, beyond saying that she was sure he'd be feeling better soon. While that was a rather unsatisfactory answer, he didn't pressure her, sensing that there was no way she'd say any more about it. They didn't say anything for a while, until Roy spoke.

"I just need…a little time to… sort things out a little…I…I'm not sure what's real anymore…I need to know that you are still here…"

This time, he approached her from the front, his hands quickly undoing the buttons on the front of her uniform. His lips pressed lightly against her cheek, then moved down to her neck. Riza found herself relaxing in his arms, and even enjoying the sensation, until a part of her snapped out of this bliss and realized just exactly what was going on.

"C-Colonel…I don't think we should be doing this…It's not…appropriate." Common sense told her to step away before Roy got even more carried away. But she didn't want to let go of him. She didn't want to lose what might be her only chance to ever have him hold her the way she'd always wanted him to. I want this so much…but if someone finds out about this, we'd both be lucky to get away with a demotion… Most likely, they'd discharge us both…and there's no way we'd ever be able to keep this a secret for long.

"Colonel, please…we can't…"

He paused only for a moment, to whisper a single word, his mouth next to her ear.


She tried to pull back a little, wanting to see his eyes, but he seemed to sense her intentions, and kissed her fully on the lips. It was the last thing she'd expected, and despite the nagging knowledge that what they were doing was wrong, she couldn't bring herself to break the kiss.

Eastern Train Station

Edward and Alphonse Elric got off the train slowly, Ed grumbling the whole time about being called back to the Eastern HQ.

"It's not like we can really do anything here anyway. The Lieutenant said that Scar had disappeared, and that they hadn't had any success in trying to track him down…So why did we have to come back?"

There was a patient, long-suffering sigh from the metal suit of armor. "Because she said that something happened to Colonel Mustang, remember? And that she was worried about him, and she wanted us to see if it was something related to alchemy."

"But why couldn't she just let some other alchemist to look him over? It's not like we get along or anything."

"I don't know…I'm sure she has her reasons. It's not like her to make us go through all this trouble for nothing."

Ed looked up at his younger brother. "Yeah, I guess you're right…Come on, let's get this over with. The sooner we see him, the sooner we can get back to looking for the Philosopher's Stone." He fished a piece of paper out of his trouser pocket.

"She said he'd be at this address. It must be where he lives. I guess they thought that the whatever-it-is that he has was bad enough for him to not be working for a little while."

About twenty minutes later, they'd managed to find the Colonel's apartment, and were staring at the door apprehensively.

"Should we knock or something?" asked Al nervously.

"Yeah, I guess." Ed raised his auto-mail right arm and knocked on the door. There was no answer. The brothers waited a couple of minutes and then Ed knocked again.

"Maybe he's not home?" Al tipped his head to the side quizzically.

"Nah. I'm sure I heard someone talking in there." He paused for a moment. "Well, she did say that we were supposed to come. If he doesn't want to open the door, then we'll just have to open it for him!" That being said, he grabbed the doorknob. The two brothers peered in, then, seeing Roy and Riza, who were, at the moment, too interested in each other to notice the visitors, both quickly pulled the door shut.

"What the hell do they think they're doing?" Ed whispered to Al. "I thought relationships were forbidden in the military!"

"I thought so too…but maybe they just…" Al trailed off, his metal face red.

"Just what? They should at least bother to lock the door!"

"But that time you and Winry were making out, you forgot to lock the door-"


"Keep it down, brother, or they'll know we're here!"

Ed groaned and flopped down on the floor. "So what do we do now? I don't think it'd be a particularly good idea to try and interrupt them. So we're stuck."

Al sighed again. "I guess we'll just have to come back later, brother."

The Next Day

The Elric brothers had agreed to show up at the Colonel's apartment and act like nothing had happened. They'd decided that it was better to do their best to forget the whole scene. It was still something of a shock, though, to enter the apartment and see Hawkeye there as well. This time, she was fully dressed in her military uniform, and she looked no different than she usually did, but Ed noticed that she blushed a little whenever she looked at Roy.

"So what's wrong with him?" Ed didn't think that Roy looked particularly unwell.

"He's been…a little confused. He doesn't seem to remember certain things, or he remembers them differently. The doctor said that it was caused by a blow to the head, but…I'm not sure, but is it possible that Scar could have done something with his alchemy?"

Ed looked over at Al. "Maybe…"

"Did you see or feel anything strange when Scar attacked you?" Al sounded concerned.

Slowly, Roy nodded. "Well, I'm not sure if it means anything, but I thought I saw a gate, with lots of eyes carved on it."

The Full Metal Alchemist was shocked. "Are you sure? Completely?"

"Yes. I'm certain. There were bodies on the side as well."

Once again, Ed looked at his brother. Their eyes met, and they both nodded.

"I think I know what happened. You've heard the stories about a gate between the two worlds, right? A portal that can allow someone to go to a parallel universe?"

Roy nodded.

"But they're not just stories," continued Ed. "It's true. And somehow, you've managed to cross that door. You are the Roy Mustang of the world that exists alongside of this one."

Oh, um, yeah, I said in the last chapter that I'd tell you who the kiddies' nurse is based on. She's actually Kohaku from the series Wish. Wish is a 4-part manga done by CLAMP about angels and demons and stuff…If you've heard of her, congratulations, you know about what seems to be a rather obscure manga. If not then, well…go read it XD Please review! More reviews means more updates XD

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