Riza began to walk away from the cottage, looking back at it every few seconds until it was merely a speck in the distance. She couldn't believe it. The reason she had been looking back was to make sure it was still there, to prove to herself that it wasn't a dream. There was no way, even after all these years. Sure they were close, but as friends. Weren't they? Maybe all this time, Roy had thought she was just trying to be professional. All these years and he'd never acted on it? Now she understood. He thought they were both just being patient. He'd known all along and she hadn't realised. She loved him every bit as much as he loved her, and she needed to make it up to him.

She made her way to her date's house and knocked on the door. He opened it and welcomed her inside, but she declined his offer. "I'm sorry, but I've just realised there is someone that I mean a lot to, I cant go with you tonight." She finished, hoping he would understand her.

"Actually, I know exactly who you are talking about, I know that man quite well." He replied.

"How?" she asked, not quite sure who this guy was.

"He's an annoying bastard who always calls me 'shrimp'" he replied, hopping off the stilts he was on and taking his mask off. "But he's also madly in love with you and Hughes and Louis have ways of 'convincing' people to help. Well, I'd let you stay, but I think there's someone waiting for you, am I right?"

"Yes, goodbye." And with that, she handed him the umbrella and made her way back to the cottage.

When she arrived, she saw Roy sitting in an old looking rocking chair, apparently sulking at the fact she wasn't there. As soon as he heard her footsteps, he looked up and his eyes brightened. He stood up and walked over to her. "Why did you come back?" he asked, sadness showing in his eyes at the fact she had left.

"Because I had something more important right here" she said plainly, and he pulled her into a loving hug.

Inside, Maes was watching with a box of tissues, sitting next to his wife and daughter. All he could manage to say was, "I told you so!" at the top of his voice. This didn't go unheard by Roy, who looked at Riza with a loving smile and said, "What on earth would we do without him?"

A/N: thank you to silver sniper of night for this idea! i've loved writing this story, and though i didn't get as many reviews as i might have wanted, I'm really proud of it, thank you to all my reviewers and thanks for reading!