Epilogue : My turn next?

I always have to do a double take when I walk through the door holding a bag of groceries and placing them on the counter. Because there on the fridge is a white piece of paper with a few drawn stick figures, with incredibly big heads I might add. Sometimes, I expect to come home and see mom, with her brown hair pulled to the side and brother wearing a pout because he got into something he wasn't suppose to.

I kept thinking it was a dream. No one stays happy long in THIS family.

But it did happen. Winry had a healthy baby girl. With eyes as blue as the ocean and hair as golden as the sun. Beautiful she may be, but her temper rivals brothers in every way possible. Her love for machinery and alchemy only at the age of five is a wonder and Winry and my brother encourage her every second of every day. I wonder what she will be like as a young woman... if maybe she will eventually have a sibling of her own and venture out on a journey like we did. But those are things I do not wish upon her or anyone else. Brother got a job working under Colonel-I mean Brigidiar General Mustang compiling his research on the red water, philosophers stone and homoculi. He needs my help from time to time and I am more than willing to offer it. Somethings should never be forgotten. I on the other hand have kept up with my profession in the medical field. I have been told I would make an excellent doctor in Central, but I decline. Being in a small town, and near my family is good enough for me.

And life stayed that way for a longtime... too long...

It wasn't until I was at the market one day that I realized that I had been living for everyone else. Everything I did was for my family and others that I cared about. I needed to do something for me and me alone. And as I had that thought I was bumped into by someone. So I looked up from the apple I was looking at in my hands and came face to face with a woman about my age, brown hair and the brightest green eyes. And then suddenly it wasn't about them anymore. It was about what I wanted out of life. Which was a wife, kids... a family of my own. I noticed then that she had dropped her things and I crouched to help her and I received the most beautiful smile I have either seen. So I swallowed the lump in my throat and I asked her if she would like to get some coffee and... but that is another story for another day...

Epilogue 2 : Suddenly I see

I have changed. It took a longtime...and many things to do it. But I have changed. I am no longer the adolescent punk I use to be. Surprisingly I have learned to keep my temper in check. Well, not exactly, but I don't get mad about stupid trivial things anymore... well.. okay that was another lie too.. I am still a little sensitive about my height. Hell you would be too if you found out that your daughter at the age of five was as tall as a seven year old should be. I grumbled a lot that day. But it was then that I realized how stupid it all was. So I laughed. I laughed so hard I saw stars and tears rolled down my cheeks. Of course Winry over reacted and thought I was hurt. And she slapped me when she found out I was just laughing, well, playfully of course.

Winry changed too. Her hair got short and she got... what word should I use? Womanly? Older? But those azure eyes of hers stayed true. She cut those long locks to be her above her shoulders. I was no longer able to twirl it between my fingers at night anymore. But rather now am able to run my hands through it all and gently massage her scalp. So basically I traded one wonderful thing for another... and I am satisfied with that.

Within those few days it was then I saw it. This is how life is suppose to be. Here, with my family.

So now I am sitting on the porch and we have our feet propped up on the railing. Winry is tucked next to me with her head laid on my shoulder. The stars are exceptionally beautiful and I wonder why I never noticed them before, probably too busy getting my brother out of that dark prison. My face goes dark and I shake my head to rid myself of those morbid thoughts. They should be acknowledged and remembered, not reminisced about it. But some things should never be forgotten.

This is all I ever wanted. Something I never thought I would eve have --

But my thoughts are interupted. "So.. is this it...?" She asks sleepily. I grin then and she cranes her neck up to see my face.

"Didn't you know Winry?' I smile at her bewildered expression. "Happy doesn't have an ending..."

After a moment she smiles sweetly at me and I can't help but kiss her.

This isn't it... it's only the beginning.

Dedication:

"There are a lot of things we humans don't understand... And when it comes to love, that's when we're most confused." - MatrixHacker204

To my dear friend Whitney... who has been up and down so many times I can't even count.

You are worth more than she ever made you believe you were.

Love,

Erin

AN : Be sure to look out for Things I'll Never Say - Drabbles + the sequal Things Said