Gray never knew that the smiling blond girl he ran into in the street would forever change his life.

Gray adjusted his hat on his head to keep the sunlight out of his eyes. As he walked, he looked straight down as usual, avoiding eye contact with any passerby. For this reason some people of Mineral Town thought that he was selfish and rude, but most others disagreed. To them he was merely shy and preferred to be alone. Only 2 people in town were close to him; his grandfather Saibara, and his best friend and roommate, Cliff.

He wasn't paying attention, and presumably neither was the girl. They ran straight into each other, banging their heads. Gray was lucky; his hat had absorbed much of the blow. The girl wasn't so lucky.

"Owwww..." she moaned, clutching her head. "Oh, I'm so sorry!"

"My fault..." Gray mumbled, still looking down. "I wasn't paying attention..."

"Let me see your bruise," she said. She tilted Gray's head up with a finger, and for the first time the boy saw her face. Her concerned blue eyes darted behind surprisingly long blonde hair and an ugly purple bruise was forming on the left side of her forehead. With a quick movement of her fingers, she removed his hat and placed it on the ground. She parted Gray's messy orange bangs and peered at the injury. "Ooh, that doesn't look good. Do you have a doctor in this town?"

"Yeah, we have a doctor," Gray nodded. "You need to see him too. That bruise is nasty."

Claire gingerly placed her fingers on her forehead and winced. "Maybe you're right. Where is his office?"

"The Clinic's by the Supermarket. Want me to walk with you? I know right where it's at," Gray offered as he stood up. He held out his hand.

"Thank you," Claire grinned. She took his hand and stood up, but was immediately very dizzy. She stumbled and fell into Gray. "Sorry..." she mumbled. "I can't help it..."

"It's alright," Gray told as he attempted to support her. "Just don't pass out. You probably have a slight concussion." Together they walked past the Poultry Farm, through the Square, and past the church. Claire stumbled a few times, but managed to stay on her feet thanks to Gray's support.

As they entered the Clinic, Gray called out, "Hey! Is there anyone in here?"A tall man with black hair emerged from behind a curtain.

"Gray? What are you doing in here? Did you cut yourself at the forge again?"

Gray shook his head. "No, Alex. We ran into each other. Literally. She's dizzy and keeps stumbling."

Alex shook his head. "Bring her in here and sit her down in a chair immediately." Still holding on the Claire's shoulders, Gray managed to drag her into the room and sit her on the hospital bed. Alex parted her hair and checked the bruise. "Tell me if this hurts," he instructed, barely pressing on the bruise.

"OW!" Claire yelped. Alex nodded and scribbled something down on his clipboard. He left the room for a few moments and came back with a tube of medicine and a roll of bandages. With extreme care, he rubbed the salve on the bruise and lightly bandaged it.

"There. You should be alright now. If you're still dizzy tomorrow, come see me." He now turned to Gray.

"N-no, I'm fine," Gray assured him. "She got the worst of it. I'm not dizzy or nauseous or anything."

Alex nodded. "If you get to feeling bad, see me or Elli immediately."

"She gonna be alright?"

"I'll be fine!" Claire said.

"Alright, then," Gray shrugged. Without another word he turned on his heel and walked out of the room.When Claire had heard the door shut, she looked at Alex.

"Is he always like that?"

"It's just the way he is." Alex said with a hint of sadness. Claire blushed. Something told her the Gray that had helped her wasn't one that Mineral Town usually saw.

So how was it? I know it was a little short, but things will get longer later. This is just the first chapter of the fic, so if you like it be sure to bookmark it and come back! Being on Christmas break I'll have plenty of time to write, but seeing as Christmas is fast approaching and I'm going to be gone for a few days afterwards, I'll try and get in as much as I can.

And yes, I know Alex is not the name of the doctor in MFoMT, but that's just what I'm used to calling him.

-Sweet Dreamer