Chapter Four

Winry's Kiss and Al's Confession

Edward sat in a private compartment with Winry and Alphonse on a train that was heading back to Resembool. Edward was upset by the fact that he wasn't allowed to retire from the military like the three of them wanted him to. This is the second time King Bradley, the President of their country Amestris, had threatened Winry. Edward thought that once they had restored their bodies that he could leave the military behind him. But he was wrong. Now when the country goes to war, he will be called to aid his country and there's nothing that he or anybody else could do.

Luckily, for the three of them, Colonel Roy Mustang let Edward live out in Resembool with his younger brother and Winry. The Colonel said in exchange for doing this for Edward, that if he needed any help on anything that he would temporally pull Edward away from his happy life in order to do his duty as a State Alchemist without any complaints. Edward sighed and looked out the window. Even though he didn't want to admit it, the Colonel did help him and Alphonse out a lot.

"Ed", came Winry's voice. "Ed, are you ok?"

"Fine", muttered Edward.

"You don't look fine, Brother", pointed out Alphonse. Edward hated the fact that Alphonse was so observant.

"Of course I'm fine! Why wouldn't I be fine?! I get to keep my job as a state alchemist! It's great to know that I will stay a dog of the military! Oh, and not to mention that Truth b#& didn't give me back my arm and leg!"

"Ed…", whined Winry.

"What?!"

"Please try to forget about it… There may not be another war for years-"

"A war isn't the problem, Winry! It's the fact that I'm a dog's dog! I have to do everything that that stupid Colonel says! And there might be a war, but it won't be between us and another country, but between a handful of people and the military with the help from the homunculi! I don't know what to do!"

"Please, Brother, try not to worry about it. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. The important thing right now is that we are together again! All three of us, as a family."

"A family, huh? Now that has a nice ring to it."

"Hey, Ed", said Winry. "Do you ever think about getting married and starting your own family?"

Edward rested his hand on his fist and looked back out the window. "Nah, not really. I mean who needs to start another one when I got you two! And plus I don't want to get married or have kids if I'm stuck in the military. If I died that would break the hearts of my wife and kids not to mention you two."

"But what if you weren't still in the military, Ed?"

"Nope. I told you before, I'm too much like my dad. I'll probably ditch my family like he did with us. And plus I'm too restless to settle down. No, I'm satisfied with you guys."

"Oh, ok…" Edward turned to Winry. Winry quickly looked at her thighs.

"What's wrong, Winry-"

"I have to get some air." Winry quickly stood up and walked out the door, slamming it behind her.

"Brother! Look what you did", snapped Alphonse.

"What'd I do", asked Edward, shocked that he was getting blamed for something.

"Never mind! I'm going to go talk to her."

"No, I'll go… I'm the one that supposedly hurt her… I'll go talk to her."

"No, I said that I would!"

"Al!" Edward and Alphonse stood up and glared at each other. "Look, you said so yourself! I hurt her, let me fix the damage that I caused!"

"Do you even know how you hurt her?!" Edward didn't answer. He didn't really know why Winry had left. He had to retaliate back at Alphonse for being right.

"Do you know?!"

"Yes, I do, Ed! Winry cares about you! You saying stuff like not wanting to get married and have kids and saying crap like being like dad hurts her! You're not like him, Ed! You may look like him and you may be a genius like him, but you would never ditch your family!"

"Al…"

"Winry and I both want you to be happy! And we both want to see you stop putting yourself down! Now, I'm going to go talk to Winry!" Alphonse turned to leave but Edward grabbed him and threw him onto the seat.

"No, Al. I'll go talk to her." Edward left the compartment, slamming the door behind him. Edward looked from the left side of the car to the right side of the car. Winry wasn't in their car. Edward went right to get to the end of the train. Edward looked out the window to find Winry leaning on the railing. He quietly opened the door and closed it behind him. Winry looked back at the sound of the noise but looked back at the scenery that they were leaving behind. "May I join you, Winry."

"I don't care", muttered Winry. Edward stood next to her and leaned against the railing. He looked up at her. Winry turned away before he could see all of her face, but what he did see made him mentally kick himself. Winry was crying,

"Winry, I'm sorry", he said. "It's that I think that I don't disserve to be happy like you and Al do! I'm satisfied with Al being back in his body and the three of us together. I don't need to fall in love, let alone disserve someone's love."

"YOU JUST DON'T GET IT!!" Winry turned around and grabbed the collar of his clothes and shook him. "IF ANYONE HERE DISSERVSE TO BE HAPPY, EDWARD, IT'S YOU!! YOU'VE BEEN HURTING AND BLAIMING YOURSELF FOR ELEVEN YEARS!! IT'S OVER, ED!! YOU GUYS ARE BACK TO NORMAL!! YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT IT!!"

Winry rested her head against Edward's chest not letting go of his clothes. She began to cry. Edward looked down at her. He wrapped his arms around her and let her cry. Winry straitened herself up and wrapped her arms around his neck and rested her head on his shoulder. She began to cry even harder and Edward felt his heart jerk. He hated to see Winry cry. He liked her better when she smiled. He closed his eyes and held her tightly.

A few minutes had passed, Edward was beginning to wonder if Winry would even let go of him. Winry had stopped crying a while ago, but she refused to let go of him. Edward opened his eyes, reading himself for separation. That's when Edward felt it. Edward's eyes opened wider. What he felt was something that he had never felt before in his life. Lips pressed against his neck. Winry's lips. Winry was kissing his neck! "Winry, what are you doing", whispered Edward.

Winry didn't answer. Edward wanted to push her off, but his body was frozen. His face blushed from the fact that his childhood friend was kissing his neck. "Winry…" She kept kissing his neck. Winry soon moved up his neck and onto his face. "Winry, please… Why are you doing this? Tell me…"Winry was now at his mouth but stayed a few centimeters away from him. Edward felt her breath brush up against his lips. He slowly opened his eyes and found Winry's pretty blue eyes. Tears were flowing out of her eyes.

"Ed…" whispered Winry. "I can't help it…"

"What are you talking about?!"

"I'm sorry… I can't help it… when I'm around you…"

Winry leaned in and kissed Edward. Edward's face went even redder than before. Edward watched Winry as she pulled away from him, her face red from blushing too. She covered her mouth with her hands in realization of what she had done. Edward blinked and then saw Winry turning to leave, yelling, "I'M SO SORRY, ED!!"

She ran into the car, leaving Edward to think about what had just happened. Edward's senses came back to him and he ran after her. He stopped at their compartment to find Alphonse had stuck his head out. He was glaring at Edward. "Ed! What did you do now", snapped Alphonse.

"It's not I what did to her", replied Edward, his face still red from the kiss. He waved his hands in front of his face. "It's what Winry did to me!"

"What's that supposed mean?!"

"Al! She- Oh, just forget it!"

Edward ran past Alphonse and continued down the train car and into the next one. Winry wasn't anywhere. Edward stopped and sat down on an empty seat to rest for a second. Edward stood up a minute later. He was all the way at the front of the train. Edward looked around the last car and spotted her sitting in the last seat of the car. She held her head in her hands. She was still crying.

Edward quietly waked up to Winry and sat down across from her. He sighed through his nose, giving her a sign that he was there. Winry immediately looked up at him, tears rolling down her face. She looked as if she were scared by the sight of him and wanted to run away. Edward closed his eyes and sighed again. "Look, Winry… I'm not mad at you like you might think", said Edward. He opened his eyes and gave her a serious face. "Just taken aback, that's all. And I don't know what to think and I don't know what you want me to think. But I wished you hadn't ran away like that because now Alphonse thinks I hurt you again and now we don't exactly have privacy to talk freely about this."

"Are you mad", asked Winry.

"I told you that I wasn't", Edward was now smiling at her. "Actually, I'm sort of glad. That may have been my first kiss, but I'm happy it was you that gave it to me. I rather get my first kiss from a close friend then some person I just met."

"Ed…"

"And I think that that'll be the only and last kiss I will ever receive…"

"Ed…"

"So, thanks…"

"Ed… You're welcome, Ed…"

"So, now that that's said, let's go back. Al's probably worried about you…"

"Al? Oh yeah…"

Edward stood up and held out his hand for Winry to take it. Winry hesitated and then slowly reached out to grab his hand. Edward pulled Winry to her feet and they walked back to their compartment together, hand in hand.

As soon as the door opened, Alphonse bombarded Edward with questions. But Edward answered only one. "What did you do to make Winry cry?!"

"Like I said before, I didn't do anything", answered Edward.

"It's what I did, Al", Winry finished for Edward. "You see I-I kissed Ed, Al… And I ran away because I thought that Ed would be mad at me… But he wasn't… so don't be mad him…"

"See, I told you", said Edward in an angry tone. He glared at Alphonse.

"You kissed…" Alphonse's finger went from Winry to Edward. He looked disappointed. "Ed…"

"What's that supposed to mean, Al", asked Edward who was getting more and more angry.

"Oh, nothing… Never mind, Brother…"

"You know what? I think that you've been acting weird ever since we left Central. Is something wrong, Al?" Alphonse's face went red and he began to wave his hand madly in front of his face.

"NO! NO! NOTHING'S WRONG!! HONEST BROTHER", Alphonse yelled.

"Al, if there's one thing I like about you, it's that you're a bad lair and that I can always tell when you're lying. Now tell me what's wrong!"

"Ok… But…" Alphonse starred at Winry and blushed again.

"But what?!" Edward looked in the direction that Alphonse was looking in and got the picture. He turned to Winry. "Sorry, Winry, but Al wants it to be between the two of us. You know man to man."

"Oh… right", muttered Winry. And she slowly walked out of the room. "I'll go to the bathroom…"

Winry closed the door behind her. Edward sighed and sat down in his spot on the seat. Alphonse sat across from him and looked down at the floor in the space in between his legs. "Ok, Al! Spill it! What's so bad that you have to make Winry leave?!"

"Well… you see… the thing is", Alphonse muttered. "Do get mad at me when I say this…"

"Why would I get mad at you Al? Don't be daft!" Edward rested his head on his fist and grinned at Alphonse.

"Ok… You see the thing is… I l-love Winry…"

Edward's eyes widened. He moved his head away from his fist and starred at Alphonse with a look of confusion. Alphonse looked up at him and then looked away, his face very red. "Al… Why would I get mad at you because of that", asked Edward.

"You love her too, don't you, Ed", asked Alphonse looking back at Edward. Edward's face went red immediately at this.

"What makes you think that?! I only like Winry as a friend! Nothing more, nothing less!"

"So you don't love her, Ed?"

"Nope!" Edward laughed as he scratched the back of his head. Edward calmed down a bit and looked seriously at Alphonse. "Look, if you love Winry, Al, you should go after her."

"You think so?!"

"Yeah…"

"But she kissed you, Brother…"

"So?! It was a small simple kiss. Nothing more. Now, if you don't mind, I'll go get Winry, ok?" Edward stood up as he said this. He left the room and walked to the bathroom two-train cars away from the one they were on. Edward stopped outside the girl's bathroom and waited for Winry to go out.

So, Al loves Winry", thought Edward as he waited for Winry. That explains a lot. Like why he got so mad me when I hurt Winry or like when he saw Winry crying. And he must've gotten jealous when he heard that Winry kissed me. But I do feel bad. I lied. I said I wasn't mad or jealous, but I am. I don't know why but I am. Why did it piss me off when Al confessed his love for Winry to me?

Edward raised his hand and lightly grabbed the earring Winry had given him the day before. I know that I should be happy for Al, but… I can't. Winry… I wish I could tell you about this, but it has to be Al to tell you how he feels about you…

Winry came out of the bathroom at that moment and she gasped when she saw Edward waiting for her. "Sorry", said Edward while trying to sound calm. "I didn't scare you, did I?"

"Yeah, a little, Ed", said Winry. "Don't worry about it, Ed. What's a matter?"

"I just came to get you, that's all."

"Oh, do you like your earring?" Edward's eyes opened wide as he realized that he was still holding on to the earring. He quickly let go of his earring and scratched the back of his head.

"Yeah, I guess I do", laughed Edward. "I must say when you first gave it to me I didn't like it, but now… Well, let's just say that I've grown somewhat attached to it… So attached to it that I was sad when I gave it back to you." Edward grinned at Winry.

"I'm glad that you like it, Ed", said Winry in a quiet voice. "It makes me happy when I see you wearing it…"

"Great! Let's go back…"

"'Kay!"

I don't know why Al's confession pissed me off so badly, but when Winry smiles like she did just now, I'm sure that I will find out soon enough.