This is the end guys, chapter 16. Thank you so much to those of you who've been with me since the beginning, faithfully reviewing most, if not all of the chapters. To those of you who joined on later, your support was greatly appreciated as well. I will not be writing any more FMA fan fiction of any sort after this, so please don't ask.
For the last time, I don't own FMA, or anything related to it. Beth, Zeke, and anything else not from the series or manga is probably mine, so ask before you use. That's an order!
Twelve years later
The chapel was small, and unaccustomed to having so many people inside. It was late evening, and almost everybody present was wearing a nice suit or pressed dress. With the area fairly warmer than most preferred it, several of the men had taken to unbuttoning the top of their collars, despite the reproving looks the women were giving them.
Roy's eyes were transfixed on the back doors as they opened, letting Beth through the doors first as the 19 year old young woman began her walk down the isle. Having graduated from the academy only a few weeks before, she was resplendent in a light blue summer dress and with golden hair exactly like her guardian's. But no one could have outshined the one who followed.
The white dress was simply cut, revealing nothing and yet in its modesty making the wearer appear all the more desirable. Zeke escorted her down the isle, now 22 years old and every inch a man. He was the only one in the military blue, an investigator alchemist that was heading in the right direction for a promotion very soon, and looked very handsome in his dress uniform. Taller than his guardian by at least head, he beamed with pleasure when he handed Riza over to his Uncle Roy and stepped off to the side.
The ceremony itself wasn't long, the vows were simply said and the rings exchanged with a minimal amount of fuss. Nobody's eyes were quite dry when the final 'I do' was spoken, but the cheer that went up when the chaplain told Roy he could kiss his bride shook the rafters of the small building. Proudly escorting his new wife out of the chapel, Roy helped her into the car and drove to the train station while the others followed.
"You'll be careful?" Riza asked several minutes later, now dressed in a traveling suit, as the children prepared to leave with the rest of the military unit for the beach trip without her or Roy for the first time ever.
"We'll be fine," Zeke reassured her in exasperation as he laid a comforting hand on her shoulder, the large appendage easily dwarfing the one she laid over it. "We're not kids anymore, Aunt Riza."
"I still worry," she said with a sigh as she let him kiss her on the cheek. "Have a good time; we'll see you in a week."
"Have fun," Beth told her as the young woman gave her a tight hug. "And thank you for waiting for so long for us."
"It wasn't too hard," Roy chuckled as he draped himself over his new wife's shoulders from behind. "You two spoiled us, a lot, being as good as you are. We're very proud of you both, growing up as you have."
"We just wanted to say congratulations," Gracia said as her and Elysia appeared behind them. "And that we just got the call from Risembol. It's a boy, and Winry is fine."
"How's Kants taking it?" Roy asked with a grin.
"He's very happy, you know he loves his three little girls but he's been wanting a boy for awhile now."
"What did they name him?"
"Edward Alphonse Kants."
"Good, we'll have to go visit them some time. Have a good trip, and we'll see you in a week."
"In a week," Beth replied firmly, almost like she was making a promise. After another round hugs and goodbyes the four left, Zeke slipping his arms casually around his sister's and friend's shoulders, and another couple approached.
"Congratulations, sir, and have a good trip," Havoc said as he shook his superior officer's hand firmly, Maria hugging Riza as he did. "We're very happy, for both you."
"Now you've just gotta work up the nerve to do the same," Roy murmured to the chair-bound man, glancing in Ross's direction meaningfully.
"We're quite happy the way things are now, thank you," Havoc laughed quietly. "But…we'll see. Maybe someday."
"Have fun, and be safe," Maria said as she turned to push Havoc back towards their train. "We'll see you soon."
"Sir?" The newlyweds turned around to find Breda and Fuery behind them, the communications officer holding an envelope out to them. "We'd like to you have this, sir. We took a collection in the office, so you guys could have a nice night on the town on us."
"Falman had to leave, his kid's sick, but he wanted us to congratulate you for him," Breda added with a grin. "Brosh and Marshall too, since they're helping load all of our luggage. Have a safe trip, sir."
"You too," Roy said as he shook both their hands. "And thank you, we really appreciate this."
"Least we could do, sir."
The conductor yelled for the final call and the couple boarded the train together, waving to their friends and family through the window as the large locomotive began to pull out of the station.
"So," Roy said as he fingered the ring on her left hand, the same one she had worn with her dog tags for the last twelve years waiting for their time to come. "Was it worth the wait?"
Riza looked up and smiled, kissing him gently as she settled into his warm embrace. "Every minute of it."
Roy still wasn't particularly fond of trains. The seats were only comfortable when compared with something like the floor unless one could afford the coveted private suites and the food was cheap, tasting like sawdust, or incredibly overpriced and of mediocre quality. The list could go on forever.
But sitting there with his new wife as the sun set and they were sped off towards their honeymoon cabin for a week of wonderful solitude, there was absolutely no other place he would rather be.
A rather short epilogue, yes? I think I got in there what I wanted to, everything else wasn't that important, in my mind at least. Thank you, again, for your many months of support and wonderful reviews. All final review replies are at the bottom, thank you once again, and I hope you enjoyed this as much as I have.
Phoenixofpride : I'm sorry, you reviewed last time right as I updated, so I missed your review. Glad you enjoyed it, thanks a million for the review!
Missysivillan : Thanks for your kind words, any such reviews are welcome even this late in the game. Sorry you couldn't be with us from the beginning, but I hope you enjoyed the story and that the epilogue was found to be most satisfactory.
Momiji-k : That's right, this chapter is twelve years later, I hope it meets all of your expectations and more. And a late review is just as good as the ones that come before. Thank you so much for consistently reviewing the chapters, I would see you name and know I was in for a treat! Your support has not gone unnoticed, thank you for being the kind of reviewer that most authors dream of having.
FFVII : Glad you enjoying, Royai fangirling mode and all. And dog tags are what military people call the metal tags they wear around their necks to identify their bodies in case something happens to them. It's usually returned to the family after a person has died. Roy could carry the ring around his neck, under his clothes, and Riza wouldn't notice until he took it off to give it to her. Thanks for your many, many reviews, I've enjoyed reading them from the very beginning.
OTP : A week between updates, like usual. Thanks for your wonderful support from the start, I really appreciated it. Hoe you enjoyed the epilogue!
SxL : Aww, thank you! Glad this story pleased you so much. It's been a pleasure reading your reviews, thank you for your wonderful support. Hope you enjoyed the epilogue!
The writer of the midnight : A thousand welcomes in return. Glad I could please, thanks for the wonderful review.
blaznXrapture : I can understand having a lot of work, I'm just glad you found time to read it period. I enjoy the subtleties myself, glad they were not lost on you as well. Thank you, for your wonderful compliment. I don't think I'll ever be as big as J.K. Rowling, but one can always dream. And yes, the seventh HP book was everything I could have hoped for, and I never saw Transformers so I can't really say anything there. Thanks for your many great reviews, it's been a pleasure reading your comments.
Bar-Ohki : I thought so. J Thanks for the many reviews, I have truly appreciated them.
Ruki44 : Yep, they're together! Thanks for the many reviews, I have truly appreciated them.
GreyBlue Angel : We all have to do fangirl squeals at times, don't worry about it. I'm glad you enjoyed it a lot, fangirling and all. And let me say I've enjoyed your comments for quite some time, thank you for being a wonderful reviewer for my fic! Hope you enjoy the epilogue!
MoonStarDuchess : Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for the review!
Cheeseycraziness : I have no idea what happened to your name last time. I am so, so sorry. You have no idea how embarrassed I am. I plead tiredness, so please forgive me! I'm glad you enjoyed it regardless, thank you for being a faithful reviewer for many of the chapters. I truly appreciated it.
Causmicfire : Fine, fine, you can have Fuery. And bartenders seem to have interesting lives, they hear the strangest stories all the time. Yeah, that's probably where Zeke ended up, I don't think I specified though. And yay, Roy confronts his feelings! Good for him! As for what Zeke interrupted, I shall leave that to your imagination… I tried to keep Roy and Riza in character before letting things come to a head. Of course Havoc didn't notice the first time, he was 'distracted'. I hope you enjoyed the last installment. Thank you for being a wonderful reviewer, I've enjoyed reading what you leave me every time I post a chapter. Keep it up!
JenovaJuice97 : Yes, they got married, but there will be no sequel. This is a stand alone piece, no other connecting ones to it. Sorry! Hoe you enjoyed it, though, and thanks for the review!
Riza Hawkeye 9 : I try. Thanks for the high praise, I only strive to do the best that I can for the readers. Thanks for the review, hope you enjoyed the last chapter!
Aindel S. Druida : I aim to please! It is kinda bitter sweet, that now it's over and all. But I think it was worth it, in the end. Thanks for the review, hope you enjoy the last chapter!
Garretignasia : I'm glad you're enjoying it. Missing chapters happens, I'm just glad you got caught up. Hope the last installment is satisfactory, and thanks for the review!
-Kai Isolated- : Yeah, me too. I can see why it fit well in the story, but it's still sad. I'm sorry I couldn't get this up before Friday, but I purposely update on days that I have time to. I still hope you can read the short update before long, and good luck on your medical studies! Thanks for the wonderful reviews, and I hope you enjoy the final installment.
Jennlyn78 : Thanks for your reviews, I have most enjoyed them. Glad you enjoyed it, and hope you like the last part just as much.
Anne Packrat : Nope, no children. Riza's pretty old by the time twelve years have passed, and she would have to give up her position protecting Roy if she ever did. And whether Zeke and Elysia ever hook up, well, that's for you guys to decide. Thanks for the awesome reviews, I hope you enjoy this last chapter!
Winged Chunsa : I still like your name. Zeke is a smart kid, alright. And it works out because of it, so good for him! Twelve years is a long engagement, but think of it as they really are living as married people for most of that, they just happen not to be official until Zeke and Beth are old enough. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for your many awesome reviews, I've truly enjoyed them.
Kasumiryumizu : Yeah, there are no little Roy's or Riza's running around in this story, sorry guys! But you're right, they have Beth and Zeke, and those two are all the children they could ever want. And Black Hayate, he's Riza's original baby. Thanks for the review!
Winglessfairy25 : Reading an update before you study for exams? I do that too…hope your exams went well, though! Yeah, it is a long engagement, but when it's worth it it's worth it. It is sad that the end has come, but it's a good ending, and therefore bearable. Thanks for your many wonderful reviews, I have enjoyed them greatly.
Dailenna : I tried to do something no one else was expecting. Making them wait seemed the most unlikely course of all, and letting Zeke figure it all out makes it all the better. Thanks for your many wonderful reviews, I really have enjoyed them, especially the way you pull out details that others gloss over. Don't ever stop that, it makes the author feel that they did better than 'ok' at the end of it all. I hope you enjoy the last chapter, and thanks for the review!
Crystal Mage : Aww, a glomp for Zeke! That's a lot better than all the smacks he was getting at the beginning. Yeah, no more angst, we've really had too much of it. Hope you enjoyed the epilogue, and thanks for your many wonderful words and compliments. It meant a lot to me. J
Rizalicious : Yep, fluff time! And here's more, hope you enjoy it, thanks for the review!
Humor Queen Merc : Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your many words of praise, you are truly a faithful reviewer and I have enjoyed having your input on my fic. Hope you enjoyed the final chapter!
Jacksparrow589 : Um…I love you too…? From tears to laughter, eh? Then I must've done something right! And exactly right, she already said yes, she just had to wait for him to catch up with her. Thanks for the many wonderful compliments, I've truly enjoying having you as a reviewer. Thanks for being such a wonderful support, and I hoe you enjoy the last chapter!
Well my friends, this is the end. Please don't forget to review one last time, I like not to leave loose ends lying around. And thank you so much for being with me for these last five months or so. I've appreciated it more than you can possibly imagine.
Farewell, for now,