Title: Safeguard
Author: Kristen Sharpe
Date: November 8, 2010
Rating: K
Warnings: None.
Disclaimer: "Fullmetal Alchemist" belongs to Hiromu Arakawa, Square ENIX, Studio BONES and various other parties.
Author's Note: Having covered Ed's early meetings with Mustang's crew, I wanted to go back and do the same for Al. However, I think Ed still stole the show. Ties directly to my earlier drabble "Fisticuffs" and is set around the same time.

It was impossible not to notice the seven foot tall suit of armor clattering behind Edward Elric. In fact, most people noticed Alphonse Elric long before even considering his less imposing sibling.

And, 2nd Lieutenant Jean Havoc figured he fell solidly into the category of most people. The day he met the Elrics, he had assumed the armored figure was the kid Mustang wanted him to evaluate. Until Ed stalked up to him, demanding to know if he was, "that Havoc guy the Colonel mentioned."

In retrospect, Alphonse was too big for twelve. He was much too big for eleven.

Assuming he filled out that armor. Which Havoc didn't. It sounded awfully empty in there.

No, after catching the pair fresh from the rain with Ed half inside Al's armor, fussing like Havoc's Aunt Mathilde and using someone's uniform jacket as a makeshift towel, he came to another theory.

And, it made him glad that his older brother had considered his duty done when he taught him how to throw a punch.

Because Edward Elric, besides being a mean little cuss with a terrific right hook, was obviously freakishly over-protective if he made his little brother run around in that.