Ch 4

And one chapter, one! (Finally!)

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The « Mustang team » was now heading to the train station in a military car. All the member had agree that the boy must want to run fare away before they could put a hand on him. The problem was: Edward was pretty a good "hide-and-seek" player.

Arriving to the station, Roy and Riza reached the desk, and woke the lady sleeping behind it.

-"W-what?" She said, as she emerged from her sleep.

-"Excuse us, Madam, but we are looking for somebody. Riza said, stepping in front of Roy. She could feel that her future husband was too angry to speak politely. "It's a blond boy, with golden eyes and a red coat."

-"Oh you know, I've seen plenty of boys this morning and I have no memory of faces." Her voice was shaking. The presence of four distressed soldiers must have frightened her.

-"I'm sure you remember him all right, Madam. He is travelling all by himself and his language is quite… insulting!" Riza added.

-"Ah… Him. Now I remember! This ungrateful little brat nearly knocks my head against my desk when I ask him: "Aren't you too young to travel by yourself, sweetheart?" And such a bad language for a child…"

And seeing hope on the soldiers face, she added:

-"He took a ticket for Youswell."

All colours were now drained out of Riza's face.

-"R-Roy? Youswell is the last stop before Xing!" She said, gripping her fiancé's arm. "We won't make it in time!"

Tears began to fall down her cheeks. Roy had rarely seen her so utterly chocked before.

-"Hum, hum?" The toad like lady said to attract their attention, "Your little boy run away, didn't he?"

Roy simply nodded at her. She seemed quite interested and touched by their story.

-"You don't have to worry madam!" She said to Riza. "I'll take care of this tiny problem! His train took off ten minutes ago, and I can call the next station to delay its departure. Just get in your car and ride strait to the east.

-"Thank you so much, madam!" Riza cried, as she grabbed Roy's arm and headed up to the military car.

While they drove, Roy took the occasion to talk a bit with his fiancée. He really wanted to see if she was ok after her outburst in the station.

-"Oh, don't worry love. It was all an act." She replied. "Didn't you see? Our uniforms terrified that woman. I wanted to touch her, so she would help us."

-"But you weren't worried about Ed? Mustang asked, remembering his own fear.

-"Indeed. But I would go to Xing or even Drackma to find Ed."

Roy sighed, relieved.

-"There is the Riza I know." He said, kissing her.

Three gasps were heard from the front sit.

-"Huh, Bosses? We are reaching the place." Havoc warned.

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'Ten minutes already that this stupid train stopped!' Ed thought.

Our fuming little guy was ready to start one of his infamous tantrum when a movement drawn his attention. A large group of ticket inspectors was heading to the locomotive.

-"Maybe they've got a problem with the engine," The boy muttered for himself, "I can be some help."

He got up and headed out of his coach.

-"There he is!" Someone yelled.

Ed looked in the direction, and realized that soldiers were also on the quay. The boy shivered when he recognized Mustang and his 'personal army'. Before he could register what he was doing, he was running as fast as he could. He runs, zigzagging between peoples, and going into some unknown streets.

'I'm dead meat! No! My butt is dead meat!' He thought.

-"ED! STOP!" A female voice cried… Lieutenant Hawkeye!

He heard more voices yelling his name. He continued to run until he arrived in a dead end.

-"OH, FU…!"

Ed turned around. The Mustang Team was blocking the street, and Mustang himself was walking slowly to him.

-"Edward?" The general said gently. "You don't have to worry, son. We just want to discus the situation before you do something you could regret."

-"Son? I-I'm not your son!" Ed lisped loudly.

-"I know Ed. But could you please come back with us? Alphonse is worried sick about you, you know."

Ed quickly analyzed the situation. He could easily defeat the others, but Mustang –the flame alchemist- was way stronger. Ed known he just had one solution. He quickly clapped his hands together and applied them on the five-meter high wall behind him. A bright blue light escaped from his hands. It took him six seconds in total, to open the wall, walk on the other side and rebuilt it. Then he began to run again… until he bumped into somebody.

Riza looked down at him, her gun pointed at his chest. Slowly, she lowered her weapon. Edward was stunned: he'd never seen Riza shows some compassion. The boy was so shocked that he didn't hear the wall being broken behind him. He was brought back to reality when two strong arms lifted him up.

Mustang was now trying to hold the impetuous child. Ed was kicking and screaming so wildly that the general had to yelled:

-"EDWARD! Stop it or I'll smack you right here!"

Ed just stopped his squirming and looked around him. The kid felt his cheeks reddened at the childish punishment. The din had attracted peoples and all were now staring in his direction.

-"Good!" Mustang continued, seeing that Ed was calming himself. Then he turned to his subordinates and future wife. "Could you let us talk in private?"

Everybody nodded and began to leave. Roy, always holding Ed, sat himself on a bench. He sat the boy right against him and looked at him in the eyes.

-"Y-you're not s-spanking me?" Ed stuttered. He had expected to be turn over Mustang's knee for a very painful experience.

-"No Ed, not now. And don't say you weren't expected it!"

At this statement, Ed kept his gaze on the floor.

-"Maybe…" Ed said, "In fact, I was hoping you'll never find me."

-"Ed, I think we talked yesterday, didn't we? Did you really think we could just let you go like that? We care too much!"

Then, and only then, Ed began to feel very stupid and childish. He was rejecting the only persons who were showing him affection. His brother, Riza and even Mustang were trying to construct something he didn't have in years: a family. Roy saw the sad look on the boy's face. Without thinking, he wrapped his arms around the small frame. They stayed like that for a few minutes.

-You said you weren't gonna spank me now." Ed said, sighing. "So, when will you do it?"

Roy looked at him, surprised, and replied:

-"We will see at bedtime…"

-"Alright, I…" Ed reluctantly said.

He suddenly stopped in mid sentence and looked up at Mustang.

-"Wait! You said 'bedtime'! We're going to live in your house, starting tonight? And… wait a minute… I don't have a bedtime! You Colonel Bastard!" He finished yelling.

-"You know Ed, if I were you I would stop being disrespectful. Otherwise, you could find yourself over my lap for some painful smacks. To answer your question, yes you will stay with Riza and I." Roy said quite calmly. "And at last, you do have a bedtime, because you are grounded."

Ed was now looking like a fish out of water. He tried to say something and finally spoke quietly:

-"How should I call you, then? Because I don't think that 'Colonel Bastard' is really respectful."

-" 'Roy'! I think it's a good start." Roy answered without hesitation.

-"Ok…"

They both got up and began to follow the other soldiers. Soon Riza joined them. Without any warning, Edward pulled her into a great hug. First, she looked stuns, but she did hug him back.

-"I've never understood that you cared for me before today." Ed said, while he relaxed in her embrace. "I've seen it when you decided not to shoot me."

Riza replied by holding the boy tighter. When she finally let go of him, Mustang gave her a small kiss on the lips.

-"So, you didn't shoot him? You wouldn't even do the same with me! You show favouritism!" He said with humour.

-"Don't be jealous love. You perfectly know that a mother can't shoot her child. The husband however…" She said cheekily.

-"Yeah, right…" Mustang sighed.

-"Hum. Can we go now? I really want to see Al." A small asked.

The two adults looked at their young charge.

-"Of course we are!" They said together. They both put an arm around Edward's shoulders and walked him to their car.

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Alphonse was running. He was tired of waiting, so he just went after his brother by himself. He finally reached HQ's entrance. He quickly looked behind to see if he was followed… and bumped into somebody. He leafed his head up, ready to apologize, until he recognized Mustang.

-"Alphonse? What are you doing alone?"

-"I-I… hum…"

-"Oh let him be, Boss! I'm sure he saw us coming and wanted to see his brother. Isn't it Al?" Havoc said.

-"Y-Yeah, yes, that's it! Exactly!" Alphonse replied, trying to sound convincing. "So, where is Ed?"

Edward went out of the soldier's group and quickly hugged his little brother. He knew something was off with Al, but he'd preferred to keep his thought for himself.

-"I'm sorry, I didn't want to worry you Al!" He said, as he holds his brother tightly.

-"It's ok… but please, give a chance to this family." Al whispered in Ed's ear.

-"Sure, bro…"

-"All right, now we can all head back to the office." Mustang instructed.

-"I think I'll wait in your car!" Alphonse quickly cut off.

All stared at the boy like he had gone crazy.

-"Don't be silly Alphonse. It's not even 1 PM. I think we all need to talk over a nice lunch, so you come with us." Roy said, as he scooped a struggling Al up in his arms.

They finally reached the office door, opened it… To reveal Fuery completely tied up to his desk chair.

As he saw them, the small man yelled:

-"Quick, you must find Alphonse! He is gone!"

TBC

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