A/N: Oh god...it's over. I cannot believe it! "The inspection" was my first ever fanfic and its going to feel so so strange to close of the sequel.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this fiction! It has been such a joy to write, and I hope you have all enjoyed reading it. Please enjoy the final chapter!
"Roy, this is ridiculous, I can walk!" Riza hissed, causing her commanding officer to grin happily.
"Let me out." Riza commanded as they made their way towards the exit. Roy shook his head, the grin still firmly in place.
"Not until we get to the car. Riza, the doctor said you should relax as much as possible, which means you are going to stay in the wheel chair until we get to the car." Riza growled slightly, but ceased in her protests. Roy was enjoying this far too much. But in truth, she was still exceptionally weak. She wasn't even sure if she could have made it out of the hospital without collapsing. That would have been far more embarrassing than her current situation.
Riza's recovery had gone well. So well in fact that she was able to leave the hospital only a week after the incident with Jessica. Of course, the doctor had recommended that she stay a little longer, but she was adamant in her refusal. So grudgingly she had been released, only after having promised that she would take it easy for the mean time and not return to her military duties for a further week. Both factors Roy had jumped upon instantly. Her leave of absence, to her shock, was perfectly documented within a few hours. He had also insisted that she convalesce at his apartment, something she wasn't going to argue with. Over the past week, he had barely left her side, and the few times that he had it took all of Maes' skills to remove him. While his constant presence would have normally frustrated her no end, it was different now. It was almost as if something had clicked in her mind. She needed him. Although it had only been for a short time, she had lost him, and realised the ache that had been left there. She would be damned if she would try to push him away once more. There was also another reason. Occasionally, flashes of the attack would come back to her, especially at night. She knew it wouldn't last forever, that it was simply something that was due to the aftermath of the incident. But having Roy sleep with his arms around her stopped the brunt of it from affecting her. However, in the back of her mind, she was still worried. Although everything had returned to what it had been like before the argument, they still had not spoken about that night.
"Riza?" Riza looked over at Roy as he drove towards his apartment. She smiled slightly at the concerned look on his face.
"I'm fine." She reassured him. Roy frowned and reached over, taking her hand in his. Riza squeezed it back, but quickly dropped it, causing him to smile. He had long ago learnt that Riza took driving exceptionally seriously. He was to have his full attention on the road at all times when she was in the car.
"Roy?" Mustang turned his attention to his live, who was currently staring out of the window. He frowned. Riza almost always made eye contact when speaking to someone. Anxiety tugged at his heart as he responded.
"Yes Riza?" Riza inhaled deeply before speaking.
"I think we need to talk when we get back." She whispered, closing her eyes slightly as she did so. There was silence for a moment.
"Yes, I believe we do." Roy's voice was a quiet as her own as he spoke the words. They continued the short journey in silence, each absorbed in their own thoughts.
Riza didn't protest as Roy lifted her from the car and carried her bridal style into the house. Although the morning was barely over, she felt exhausted. The stress of the release forms and getting out of the hospital had left her feeling incredibly fatigued. As soon as they were in the apartment, Roy walked straight into the bedroom and lowered her gently onto the bed. He stared at her for a moment before kissing her softly on her head. Riza smiled at the sweet gesture.
"You hungry?" Roy asked, playing with a strand of her hair. Riza shook her head.
"No. Roy, can we talk?" Roy froze, fear shining brightly in his eyes. However he nodded slowly before moving on to the bed next to her. He carefully removed his hands from her hair, causing Riza to frown slightly at the loss of contact. Silence fell over them once more as each collected their thoughts.
"I'm sorry." Roy turned his head and stared at Riza in shock. Riza kept her eyes glued to the ceiling as she continued her apology.
"I shouldn't have accused you of cheating. I know you wouldn't do that to me. I was angry, I didn't mean it. I know that doesn't make it better, but it's the only thing I can say." Roy raised himself on his elbows and moved over to her.
"I should be apologising Riza." He whispered, reaching out and tracing the outline of her face as he spoke.
"I was over stepping my boundaries. I know that you don't like to be coddled." Riza smiled at him, before reaching up and knotting her fingers in his hair. Roy smirked and leaned down, kissing her lovingly. He pulled away and moved to the side, draping an arm across her.
"I guess we both said things we didn't mean." He said. Riza smiled.
"Yes. We are far too similar." Roy laughed, but it was cut short as a thought flew to mind.
"Why didn't you tell me about the messages in the flowers?" He asked seriously. Riza hesitated before answering.
"I thought they were threats to you. With everything that was going on, the last thing that you needed was the stress of that on your mind." Roy stared at her in horror. How could she have put her own safety on the line for his sake?
"Riza, why did you think they were threatening me?" He wondered aloud.
"It made more sense than someone threatening me. Well, in my mind it did." Roy sighed heavily before burying his head in the crook of her neck.
"Riza, I wish you would have told me." He whispered.
"I'm sorry." Roy looked up, leaned in and met her lips in a kiss.
"It's alright love, as long as you're okay. But you need to trust me more. You need to let me in." Riza nodded.
"I know that. It's just...difficult. No one's ever been as close to me as you are now. It's an adjustment. One that I am more than willing to make. It will just take time." Roy smiled widely.
"We have all the time in the world." He replied. Riza smiled, but it swiftly turned into a yawn. Roy chuckled and settled down on the bed, pulling Riza into his arms.
"Sleep now Riza."
"Mmm." She replied, snuggling closer in his embrace. She was feeling drained, both mentally and physically, but she needed to ask one more question before she allowed herself to slumber.
"What were you and Maes fighting about that night at the office?" Riza felt Roy's arms stiffen around her, and she immediately sat up straight. Roy groaned and sat up with her, avoiding her gaze.
"Roy?" she questioned worriedly. Roy sighed and slid off the bed. After a silence that felt endless, he raised his head and looked at her. She was amazed to find that he looked nervous
"This was not the way I wanted to do this, but it seems that traditional rules go out of the window where our relationship is concerned." Riza stared at him in confusion. What on earth was he talking about? Before she knew what was happening, Roy bent down on one knee before her. Riza curiously leaned over the side of the bed, looking for whatever it was that he was picking up from the floor. Oddly there was nothing there.
"Roy, what are you..." Her breath caught as she shifted her eyes towards her lover. A small velvet box was opened before her. A silver ring was enclosed within it, a square cut diamond placed upon the centre, twinkling in the sunlight. She forgot how to breathe.
"I should probably have prepared a speech, or at least say something incredibly romantic to you. But I think we both know I'll just ruin it. So I'll just say this. I love you, Riza Hawkeye, more than I
ever believed it was possible to love someone. You love me for the idiot that I am and despite how badly I mess up you still stand by me. There is no one on this earth that I would rather spend the rest of my days with, no one else who I would want to make happy for the rest of her life. Riza, will you marry me?" Riza gulped, and dropped her eyes. Roy felt his heart drop at the gesture. It had been too soon; after all they had barely been in a relationship for six months. Marriage had seemed like a good idea, but maybe...
"Yes." Roy's head snapped up. Riza smiled at him, tears coursing down her face. She couldn't believe this was happening to her! Never in her wildest dreams had she imagined that this wonderful man could ever want her as much as she wanted him. Roy picked up the ring and slowly slid it on to her finger. They both stared in awe at it for a second. Then Roy reached out, cupping Riza's face in his hands before leaning down and kissing her passionately.
"I love you." He whispered as they broke away.
"I love you too." Riza whispered back, the tears still falling. She couldn't believe she was crying so much! It was pathetic, but right now, she didn't care. Roy smiled and wrapped his arms around her, pulling her back down on to the bed.
"Sleep now, Riza Mustang." He whispered. Riza laughed softly.
"You're jumping the gun there." She replied. Roy smirked and kissed the side of her neck.
"Maybe. But it's well over due." Riza smiled softly to herself as she allowed sleep to overtake her. Yes, she supposed, in a way, this was all well overdue.
A/N: So what did you think? Let me know with a final review!
For my royai fans, my newest fic "Serendipity" will be up shortly. I cannot wait to start working on my new pieces (I have two that will definitely be posted). I just need to balance everything around my uni work. Lol.
Once again, thank you for all the support. It means the world to me! Love to you all!
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