I know i don't usually update until weekends, but since I'm SO nice (and i have about six chapters waiting to be uploaded) I'm going to put up this one on a thursday morning. and then another one on the weekend. If something doesn't make sense, tell me and I'll change something to explain it.

R&R, CC appriaciated, flamers are okay but not requested.


Chapter 9


Edward opened his eyes. He was back in mustang's office.

"You had a nightmare or something?"

Kai was perched on the desk, looking down on him.

"Wouldn't you like to know?" Edward retorted.

Kai shrugged and stood up (on the desk), and turned to face the colonel.

"So what are we gonna do now?"

Mustang sighed and looked over his shoulder at Kai.

"I don't know, maybe you could jump off a cliff."

Kai looked hurt.

"Are you inferring that I'm useless? I don't take after you sir. And why are you twitching? And why the fingers pressed so tightly together?"

Mustang looked just about ready to kill Kai as Ed rocked back on the floor trying to contain his laughter.

"Sir, you do not have the authority to incinerate military personnel unless otherwise instructed by those of a higher rank and Sergent Reed, get off the desk"

Mustang lowered his hand and glanced over his shoulder. A blond woman in military stood in the doorway.

"Hiya Riza." Kai called cheerily.

"Sergent, off the desk."

"Yes ma'am."

Kai dropped down to the floor as mustang muttered curses under his breath.

"Edward, you and your friends can leave now."

Edward rolled his eyes and stalked out of the room with Kai in tow and Al close behind.

He knew better than to mess with Hawkeye.

They were eating dinner in a hotel when Kai decided to start a conversation.

"What was it that you dreamed about Ed?"

Ed flinched at the memory of the watery tentacles slithering up and down his leg.


Kai grinned triumphantly and punched the air.

"If you say it's nothing then it's obviously something that you don't want to tell us."

Edward glared at him.

"Shut up."

"You're not denying it."

Edward yawned.

"I'm going to bed."

Kai grinned up at him.

"I'll make sure to be there when you wake up."

Ed went pale.

"Couldn't al do it?"


Edward woke with a thumping headache.

He went through the apartment to the kitchen and sat at the table. Kai was wearing a floral apron and had begun cooking eggs.

"How are you little man?"

Edwards shoe cart wheeled across the room toward Kai and whizzed past his ear.

"Oh sorry Ed. Didn't realise how sensitive you are."

The second shoe connected with his shoulder.

"Owie! How could you do that Ed?!? You're so mean!"

Edward grabbed the eggs and ignored Kai.

"We're leaving today." Edward said with a mouthfull of egg.

Kai sighed

"I guess you want me to pack?"


"No fair."

"Life's not fair. Get used to it. And anyway, you punched me."

"It was all in the name of science squirt!" Kai defended, brandishing a spatula like a weapon.

The silver watch soared across the room and landed just between his eyes, sending him crashing to the kitchen floor.

"So where are we going again?"

"A small town Near the southern border."


Ed, Kai and havoc were in the car and travelling toward the cult village. Edward was not looking forward to their destination.

"There! On the horizon! Is that it Havoc?"

Kai was leaning forward in his seat as he struggled to make out the hazy shapes of buildings on the horizon.

Havoc chuckled as he saw Eds look of repulsion in the rear view mirror.

"Yup, that's it alright."

As they drew closer, Jean began to slow down. Eventually, they stopped altogether.

"End of the line guys."

"But we're not there yet." Edward didn't really want to speed up the journey, but the car was much more comfortable than the dirt road.

"You think they'd take kindly to someone who openly mocks their religion?"

Edwards face wore an expression of genuine confusion.


Kai sighed and turned to Ed.

"What are cars made out of?" he asked in the most condescending manner he could possibly manage.


"I'll be in the last town we passed and I'll come a get you in four days. Meet me here."

The two got out of the car and waved goodbye to havoc as he drove off.

Edward turned to the road and his face fell.

"Do we really have to walk?"



As they got closer to the town, they began to see the land turning into agricultural areas. Edward glanced around at the women and men ploughing the fields.

"How do they till the land with out metal?"

Edward asked.

Kai followed his gaze to the farmers and waved cheerily at a young girl who returned the gesture shyly.

"Same way the prehistoric people did. Stone and wood. It's not that hard you know."

Edward thought of a world where metal didn't exist. He failed miserably.

"What about carriages. What do they use for the hinges and joinery?"

Edward said, trying to understand how this place worked.

"They don't have carriages. They just use horses. Or walk."

Edward didn't remember seeing any horses since entering the town, but as they drew closer to the centre, small houses and horse riders began to appear. Edward notices that the metal parts on the stirrups, saddle, and bridle had been removed or replaced with wood.

Kai looked longingly at the horses.

"Hey Ed"


"Let's get some horses."


Ed looked up at kai but he had already made his way to a near bye stable and was negotiating the purchase of two older mares that were reasonably cheap but looked strong enough to hold an average person.

"Kai, I don't-"

"Don't worry, I'll pay for it."

Kai took the two horses and led them away from the stableman.

"Okay, this one's yours." He said, handing the reins of a grey speckled horse to the blond.

Kai mounted his brown mare easily and looked down at Ed.

"What're you waiting for?"

Ed looked uncomfortable.

"I can't ride."


"I can't ride okay?!?"

Ed was glancing furtively around at passers by. Kai simply looked at him.

"Of course you can ride Ed; you just have to learn-"

"I-I can't."

"Why not?"

Ed murmured something unintelligible.



Ed yelled, causing half the street to look up suddenly and walk quickly away.

After his outburst, Edward flushed and averted his eyes.

Kai dismounted and walked round to Ed.

"I'll help you."

Kai assisted the boy as he struggled to lift himself onto the saddle. Once he was safely seated, the older boy adjusted the length of the stirrups and reigns before stepping back and surveying his work.

"How's that?" he asked proudly.

Edward was clinging to the mane of his horse.

" . . ."


The blond sat on his horses back without moving.

"So high . . ."

Kai sighed and mounted his horse. He wrapped his right hand around the reins and grabbed Ed's reins with his left.

They proceeded through the town in this manner until they reached the square where Kai booked them in at a motel. For a moment, Kai thought Edward was asleep, but on closer inspection, He was found to be clinging to the neck of his horse and had buried his face in the animal's mane.

Kai sighed and brought the two horses to the stables where he pulled Ed off the horse and put them in their stalls.

Once they were inside Ed put his suitcase in his room.

"I'm going to sleep."

He announced, still shaky after the horse ride.

"Okay, I'm going out for another hour or so, just to try and pick up some leads."

Kai walked out as Edward went to bed, dreading the splitting headache that was bound to ensue.