A/N: "Hey author, why'd you come up with such a gruesome story topic to write about?" Well, depending on your opinion, I dreamt about it. Yes, with Edward and Winry in it. Now some of you are probably horrified about what I've dreamt about, or others are curious and delighted that I could think up a whole knew story based on only a few minutes of a dream. Only, the plot followed the similar series (not really), Bitter Virgin. At least in my dream. So now my real-life dream is to write a new story so depressing, that I'm crying when I write it myself… Then when I reread it again later.
So enjoy, cry, laugh (not likely), and hope for a happy ending, in the story of Frozen Heart, Broken Body.
I sighed and looked down at my arm. It was broken again. Mashed up good, all nicely wrapped in a sling. Great.
I ran my working hand through my hair, thinking about possible consequences of my actions. I had gotten into a fight again, and now I'm paying the price, also quite literally.
Colonel decided to keep Alphonse in Central while I went to Risembool. He also ordered me to stay there for a week. What am I going to do for a week?! I get to see Winry, for sure, which is always a good thing, but nothing much really happens. I sighed again and I dug into my pocket and pulled out a little velvet box.
I'm always causing Winry grief and worry; I hate to see her cry. I opened the box, and inside was a necklace with a heart shaped carved stone, with light blue embedded with silver, and a silver chain. I blushed; closing and shoving it back into my pocket.
"Maybe this will spare me her wrench too…" I mumbled to myself.
The train whistle blew, and a conductor's voice suddenly rang out throughout the whole place.
"Next stop, Risembool! I repeat, next stop Risembool! Please gather your things and be prepared to leave the train as soon as it stops." I looked out the window and saw the familiar train stop once again. Once it was at a complete halt, I picked up my suitcase with my working hand, and made my way towards the exit.
Normally it's not too busy at the station, but many people were leaving to get off. Had Risembool gotten more populated since we left last? I stepped onto the usual last step, onto the concrete foundation.
"I'm back," I said out loud to the outdoor conductor.
"It's nice to see you again sir," he spoke happily.
"Good to see you too. How have things been here? How's Winry?" I asked him, smiled, trying to be in a better mood. His cheerful face suddenly turned to a sullen one.
"I don't think it's quite my place to say, sir." I shifted my weight and lifted my eyebrows.
"To say what?" A woman came up to the conductor to ask him a question. He turned to her, replying. Apparently he knew it would be a while, so he looked back at me with dangerous eyes.
"Good day Edward. Be sure to give Miss Rockbell my best regards, would you?" I nodded, and he turned back to the lady.
I made my way from the foundation onto the worn down dirt road.
"What was that about? I wonder what happened?" I saw familiar farms, and familiar faces.
I saw Nellie off to the side, feeding livestock.
"Hey Nellie, what's up!" I yelled out. I'd wave to her, but my arms were… Full or broken.
She turned around, yelling back, "Hey Ed! How are you?" I smiled at her. "I'm… Fine, broken, but fine. You?" She smiled sweetly;
"I'm fine as well." She blushed slightly. "Where's Al?…"
"Oh, he's back in Central for now. Colo- I mean, my boss wanted him to stay there." Her smiled turned into a frown. "But, I'll tell him you said hi though."
Her face lit up once more. "Thanks." I could tell Nellie's liked Al for a long time, though it's not my place anything. Like I'd want to play cupid anyway.
"So have you seen Winry lately? Talked about girly things?" Again, she suddenly had a frown.
"Uh, yes Edward, I've seen her. I actually stayed at her house for a few nights while you were away." I nodded.
"Cool… Well, thanks Nellie, I'll talk to you later." I picked up my suitcase again and started to walk.
"WAIT!" She yelled to me. Turning back around, I had a puzzled face, and went back to her fence.
"What is it?" I asked confused.
"Edward…" She paused, her face grim. "Well… Things aren't what they used to be… Winry will be different, so don't, well, get mad at her, or startle her… Please."
She started to sound like she was begging me to do this. I'm gone for a little while, and this much changes? I looked at Nellie seriously.
"Thanks Nellie. I'll take good care of her." She nodded, still looking stern.
I turned around and continued down the bleak road. I said hi to a few other people, and before I knew it, I was at the familiar yellow house. Somehow, it wasn't as vibrant as it used to be. I shrugged it off, and I walked up the steps, hearing creaks and cracks.
I was about to knock on the door, when I heard Den barking from the opposite side of the door. I knocked anyway.
"Winry? It's Ed. Can you open up the door?" I knocked a third time, and the door opened on it's own. I looked through the crack of the door.
"I'm coming in…," I said in a normal tone. Den peaked his head around the door, and looked at me sadly. He barked, then whimpered.
I put my suitcase down on to the side, and squatted down to pet Den.
"Hey buddy, what's up? Where's Winry or Pinako?" Den released his head from my grasp, and walked to the other room.
I took my coat off and put it over my suitcase. Of course I made sure to take out the box, and put it into my pants pocket. I followed Den's path to the other room, only to find Winry working silently and slowing at her worktable. I didn't say anything at first. I just looked at her.
It had been so long since I'd last seen her; I really wanted to see her face.
She was wearing her normal tank top and work pants, but her shoulders looked awfully pale. I wonder if this was her or the lighting.
Den sat down next to her chair, and whimpered again. She looked at him, and smiled half-heartedly.
"What's wrong?" She spoke softly, but had a slight edge to her voice. She put her hand on his head, petting him slowly.
I took another step towards her. You could faintly hear the pressure of the wood being stepped on, but apparently Winry could hear it more.
She quickly stiffened up, and turned back to her worktable.
She reached out for something, but I couldn't see what it was.
I heard a sniffle and suddenly she stood up with a wrench in her hands. She was about to swing it at me, until she realized who it was.
She dropped it, with her eyes full of tears. Winry fell to the floor.
I rushed over to her side, "Winry? Are you alright? I'm sorry to scare you like that." I soothed her quietly.
She sobbed, and grabbed onto my shirt. She stayed like that for a while, crying quietly.
I put my arm on her back, which she jumped to my movement. It was my human arm too, so she shouldn't have had any reason to be jumpy about it. It wasn't cold or anything of the sorts.
"I'm sorry I didn't call Win… I kinda broke my arm. Sorry…" I whispered to her, trying to talk calmly.
She didn't say anything, only moved closer to me, taking her arms, which were on my chest, and pulled me into a hug. She wasn't crying anymore, but now only had slight hyperventilation.
"Edward… Please stay… Don't go…" She said staggeringly.
"I can only stay for a week. I'm sorry, is that enough time?" Again, she said nothing.
She calmed down, and took one final sniff. She backed away, and took my sling off.
"L-let's see the damage." She rubbed her eyes. I paused before saying anything.
"Aren't you mad?" She shook her head.
"No… I'm not, these things happen…" We were both sitting on the floor, I was cross-legged and she was sitting on her legs, looking at my arm.
A sunbeam crawled across the floor, and eventually lit up the room more.
While Winry was looking at my arm, I looked at her. It wasn't just the lighting.
She really was pale and actually really thin looking. I could slightly see her ribs, and her fingers looked bony as she used her hands to estimate the damage.
"Where's Al?" She stuttered, bringing me out of my thoughts.
"Uh, he's in Central. Colonel wanted him to stay in town so he couldn't get in any trouble. Plus it's less for train tickets." I explained.
"Hm…" was her only response. It was awkwardly silent again.
"Where's Aunt Pinako?" She stopped working, and stood up, going to her worktable.
"…She's dead, Edward. She passed away last year…"
I suddenly felt a great pain in my heart. Now Winry's lost all her blood relatives. Maybe this was what was causing her to look like this. I looked at the floor.
She sighed. "It's fine Ed… She was getting older anyway… I'll be right back." And she left the room.
I pulled out the necklace, looking at it. My mind went back to what Nellie had to say,
Things aren't what they used to be… Winry will be different, so don't, well, get mad at her, or startle her… Please.
End of Chapter 1
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