Disclaimer: Fullmetal Alchemist belongs to Arakawa Hiromu. The song "Smile Like You Mean It" from which I borrowed the title belongs to The Killers.

Notes: I've been meaning to get back into the swing of writing, and these 100 themes helped me do it. I started writing around the beginning of January (maybe a little before), and finished on the second of February. So, without further ado, I present the first of the Royai 100 to you.


"Smile Like You Mean It" by Dailenna

One: Military Personnel

"Ugh! Lieutenant -Colonel Hughes, if you cannot keep your talk of your family to yourself, I will bar you from using the military lines for such banal communication!"

Maes Hughes pouted at the telephone operator, holding himself back from telling her Gracia, his wife, wouldn't have overreacted like that. His eyebrows jumped and face lit up as he realised his situation wasn't so bad. "If you won't listen, I'll just call Colonel Mustang! He'll appreciate hearing about Elycia learning to ride her tricycle!"

The woman watched hopelessly as Hughes set off down the corridor, a spring in his step, wondering whether reminding him of Mustang's outburst last time would just cause him to round back on her, pictures in hand.