An April Fools Day Surprise

Disclaimer: I own Akira. That's it.

AN: This takes place between Episodes 6 and 7 of Mushi-Hime, and was written last April 1. I totally forgot to upload it, though. Sorry for the wait.

"I've got a present for you, Akira. Wanna see it?"

"Yeah, Roy. . . AWWW! He's so small!"

"He'll get bigger, trust me."

"Can. . .can I touch him?"

"I'm sure he'd like that very much."

"Are you sure? I wouldn't want to disturb him."

"Go ahead. He'll react well to a little attention. I had to ignore him today because I was so busy rescuing you."

"EEK! He moved!"

"He does that."

"I wasn't expecting that. Hey! He's awake now."

"Yup. He definitely looks happy to see you."

"Can I pet him some more, Roy?"

"Sure, hun. He's yours now."

Hughes grinned wildly as he listened through the door. It was about time.

"Hey Roy," he called as he opened the heavy oak hatch. "Way to go, man! You finally did it! I can't believe it took you this long to get. . ." He stared at the bouncing fur-ball by his leg. "a puppy?"

Akira giggled, picking up the tan little mutt. "Yeah. What did you think, silly?"

He blushed awkwardly. "Uh. . .anyways, what's it's name? Picked one out yet?"

She beamed. "Sure. I think I'm going to call him Maes." She stared into the puppy's eyes, crooning at it. "You like that name, don't you? Little Maesy."

Hughes frowned. "I feel like I should be insulted somehow."

Roy slapped him on the back. "Why, Maes? After all, you're the biggest supporter of the little guy, right? It's only fitting we name him after you."

Before he could reply, their attention was drawn to the door by a gruff feminine cough.

Riza Hawkeye glared at the three cadets, her braided pigtails neatly framing her shoulders.

"Excuse me, but pets aren't allowed in the dorms, remember?"

Akira grinned. "But he's not a pet. He's Roy's roommate. Isn't that right, Maes?"

The bundle of fur barked in agreement, licking her cheek happily.