14. Covered Eyes

A/N: Takes place during Roy's apprenticeship.

"Riza?"

I looked up over the edge of my book. "Yes?"

Roy looked a bit nervous, a bit unsure as to how to go about whatever it was, and not even sure if he should. "I, er, have a present for you."

"For me?"

"It is your birthday, right?" he asked, looking as though he'd just realized he'd made a huge mistake.

"Oh! Yes, thank you. I just wasn't expecting…" I stood and tried to think of something else to say, but failing that, I said, "Thank you," again.

Roy started towards me, stopping in front of me with his hands behind his back. "Um, I couldn't find anything suitable to wrap it with, so close your eyes. Please," he added quickly.

I stared at him for a moment. Roy hadn't done anything to make me suspicious of him, but I knew enough girls with brothers to know that this was asking for trouble.

"I promise it's not alive or slimy. I think—hope—you'll like it. But I'd like for it to be some sort of surprise," he explained, looking and sounding earnest as only an honest person can.

I sighed and closed my eyes, holding out my hands. I felt Roy place a book in them, and before I could open my eyes, I also felt his lips brush my cheek.

This stunned me so much that I didn't even open my eyes for a moment. When I did, Roy was gone.

I looked down at the book. It was one that I'd been looking at the last few times I had been in town with Roy, running errands. He'd paid attention…

Absently, I touched the spot where he'd kissed me, and, unable to help myself, I smiled.

A/N: Song: "For You I Will (Confidence)" by Teddy Geiger. It's such a sweet song! –(melts into a puddle of ooze as she listens to it for the 18 billionth time)-