Fuhrer Roy Mustang sauntered into the military cafeteria, having just received word that Edward Elric was there. Roy spotted him eating his food and reading a book at the same time. The boy simply didn't know the meaning of hiatus. Even after the Promise Day, he hadn't taken a day off. His loyalty and assiduous nature was admirable, but everybody needed a break. Even the precocious Fullmetal Alchemist.
So he had devised a plan. And he was confident to see it through.
Casually, Roy sat across from Ed, feeling like he was being ignored. On purpose. Roy knew all too well that Ed usually blocked out the rest of the world whenever he read. But not when somebody greeted him. "Edward? Ed? Hey, Fullmetal!"
"What?!" Edward had reached his limit. He slammed his book down on the table and gave Roy an annoyed look.
Being concise would be too insubstantial, Roy figured. Small talk deemed to be the best option so he said. "I just wanted to show my gratitude for completing my paperwork. I really appreciate it."
"And I would appreciate it if you would do your own work. This country can't afford a lackadaisical Fuhrer."
"Taking charge of damage control is not lackadaisical."
"'Cuz it's such a challenge to order people around, right?"
"I don't appreciate the sarcasm, Edward. It's not my fault that you barely see your girlfriend." Roy remarked.
Ed cocked his head to the left and spit out his drink.
"Perhaps you should take a vacation." Roy suggested, handing Ed a napkin which was snatched from his hand.
Ed wiped his mouth, blushing. "What girlfriend?"
"Miss Winry Rockbell, of course. Who else would I be referring to?"
"She's not my girlfriend…"
It looked to Roy like Ed was deep in denial. Way too deep for goading to achieve his goal. Only trickery would work at this point. So he spun a tale that was more of a white lie than anything. "I guess that would explain why Lin was hugging her." Roy cupped his chin as if reminiscing.
"Come again?" Ed grounded out, squeezing his cup with enough force to send liquid spilling onto the table.
"I saw them in front of HQ. Lin had his hands all over her. It led me to the assumption that they were dating."
In response, Ed sent his tray flying off the table before stomping off. Roy smirked as he heard yells coming from the outside. There was nothing like provocation to get a belligerent Ed to fight for his woman. It was only a matter of time before he confessed his true feelings. That's why Roy was all for this plan: to give Edward the time he needed to make that possible.