tee hee. I'm on a role!

Don't own FMA or HP

As the Hogwarts Express pulled up to the station Edward, Roy, and Riza immediately seperated from the group, moving past the crowds to grab a carraige alone. So far te crowds didn't appear hostile but they were pushing luck by this point. They stayed silent as they neared the castle, the tingling in Edwards mechanical joints telling him exactly when they stepped foot on school ground. As they exited Edward cautiously patted one of the threstrals on the nose, earning a happy snort. They then made their way to the head tables after dropping off their luggage. The tables were just starting to fill up as they had managed to make it in the first group.

At the table McGonagall and Sprout greeted them joyously, well for McGonagall it was really just a smile, "It's not often we get the same alchemy teacher in a row. Let alone a more capable one. How was your summer?" Professor Sprout asked cheerfully.

Roy shrugged "It was unusually quiet." he said.

Professor McGonagall smiled ever so slightly at that before looking at Edward "And you've seen the papers, right?" she asked.

Edward nodded, scowling "Yeah but at least here I'll be free from the Ministry." he said in annoyance.

At that McGonagall's eyes flashed "Don't be so sure of that." she said, looking towards the end of the table where a toad looking woman in pink sat.

"Defense Against the Dark Arts?" Riza guessed.

Sprout nodded, looking annoyed "And Senior undersecretary to the Minister." she said distastefully.

Edward flinched at that. Even here was influenced. Forget Moldywarts, the ministry was doing far more damage! At least in Amestris they didn't have to worry about threats inside the military! Except for Envy that is. But soon they would deal with him. Edward just knew it. And now that he thought about it Ling was still in Amestris. For one brief moment Edward wondered if Ling was still doing okay. He hadn't seen him for a while. He shook it off, looking at Umbridge calculatingly. He couldn't help but wonder if any of the twins joke products would help out. If he could irritate her that would be loads more fun than irritating Mustang. New blood. At that he couldn't help but grin predatorily.

Seeing that Riza frowned before exchanging a look with Roy "I think Edward has found a 'mouse' to play with." she said in amusement.

Edward grinned even more at that "Don't worry. You'd approve mom." he teased.

Riza just seemed a little more concerned before she noticed Edward glance briefly at Umbridge and she couldn't help but smile, relaxing "If you get in trouble don't count on me to bail you out. You know my rules, if you do anything stupid enough to get sent to jail you are on your own." she said casually.

Edward chuckled "I'm not thinking dangerous. Not even going to use alchemy, I swear." he promised.

"I know. That's what worries me." Riza said in amusement.

break

Dinner went fairly smoothly. The sorting hat had a very interesting song and for the most part everyone focused on eating the food on their plates. Occasionally Edward caught sight of angry glares from the students but less than he thought. However with Professor Incompetent he figured it would change soon. Finally though the feast was over and Dumbledore was making his annual school announcements. Most of it he had heard from last year. But suddenly Edward was jolted out of his reverie when Professor Incompetent cleared her throat, interuppting Dumbledore's speech.

He looked at her with narrowed eyes as Dumbledore sat down, watching her attentively as she walked up in front of all of the students. "Thank You Headmaster, for those kind words of welcome." she said sweetly. Her voice was high pitched and more than a little girly.

Immediately Edward shivered in disgust, a strong rush of extreme dislike coming over him. "Well, it is lovely to be back at Hogwarts, I must say!" she said cheerfully. Edward immediately made gagging sounds, though keeping it quiet enough that she couldn't hear.

"And to see such happy little faces looking back at me!" she said happily. Small note on Edwards part, hers was the only happy face. In fact everyone seemed either taken aback or very annoyed at being treated like five year olds. Even the Slytherins were looking up with mild glares of annoyance.

"I am very much looking forward to getting to know you all, and I'm sure we'll be very good friends!" she finished her little 'greeting'. At this there was some sniggers and whisperes.

But then Umbridge cleared her throat, immediately shifting to an all buisiness no nosense posture "The Ministry of Magic has always considered the education of young witches and wizards to be of vital importance. The rare gifts with which you were born may come to nothing if not nurtured and honed by careful instruction. The ancient skills unique to the Wizarding community must be passed down through the generations lest we lose them forever. The treasure trove of magical knowledge amassed by our ancestors must be guarded, replenished, and polished by those who have been called to the noble profession of teaching. Unlike some teachers who are here more for sport." she said distastefully, shooting a distastful eye back at Roy who kept his face calm and collected though Ed could see by the slight trembling of his hand he was furious. Seeing that as well Riza gentely placed her hand on his trembling one, calming him considerably.

"Every headmaster and headmistress of Hogwarts has brought something new to the weighty task of governing this historic school, and that is as it should be, for without progress there will be stagnation and decay. There again, progress for progress's sake must be discouraged, for our tried and tested traditions often require no tinkering. A balance, then, between old and new, between permanence and change, between tradition and innovation, between the fit and unfit, must be made." she said, once more looking back at Roy scathingly.

Once more Edward turned his attention towards his superior officer, making sure he wasn't going to barbeque their newest Defense teacher. Granted it would be hilarious but not do their reputation any good. Roy still looked ticked but was doing a fabulous job at hiding it. Edward figured it had to be because Riza was there.

"Because some changes will be for the better, while others will come, in the fullness of time, to be recognized as errors of judgment. Meanwhile, some habits will be retained, and rightly so, whereas others, outmoded and outworn, must be...abandoned." she said, once more shooting a look back at Roy. "Let us move forward, then, into a new era of openness, effectiveness, and accountability, intent on preserving what ought to be preserved, perfecting what needs to be perfected, and pruning wherever we find that ought to be prohibited." she said, shooting an evil smile at Roy as she took her seat, earning a few scattered claps. With that Dumbledore had just a few more words to say before dismissing them.

Roy stood up before immediately Madam Pomfrey came over with a small smile "Sorry you had to hear all that. Personally I'm glad to see you've returned. Your family is really quite charming." she said softly.

She then looked at Edward "How have those nightmares been?" she asked.

Edward grinned up at her "Non-existent. I was finally able to battle all of my demons over the summer." he said with a grin.

Professor Sprout grinned at that, turning to Riza "He's a lot happier than he was at the beginning of last year." she observed.

Riza nodded "Yes. He recently found out that one of his close friends he had thought died is apparently still alive and out traveling in our home country. Edward has been a lot happier since finding that out." she said in relief.

Pomona sighed in relief at that "I'm glad. You have a wonderful son and he seems like he's already had such a rough life. I wish him the very best of luck in life, and to you and Roy as well. Have you had your wedding yet?" she asked.

Riza shook her head "We were thinking about asking Dumbledore if we could do it here." she said.

Pomona grinned "How delightful. You will have to tell me all about it later." she said.

Riza nodded at that before looking over at Roy and Edward "Come on you two, we have classes tomorrow. We should get some sleep." she called sternly, leaving no room for argument.

Roy and Edward looked over at her before nodded "Yeah. Let's go get some rest."

break

Their quarters looked as untouched as the day they left them. And to their surprise the owl for Winry was sitting on a new perch by the window, a letter tied neatly to it's leg. Edward grinned as he hurried over, untieing the letter as he pet the owl.

Dear Edward,

Thanks so much for the owl! He's amazing. I decided to call him Machwing. And I promise I will keep in touch with you if you keep in touch with me. So how is Hogwarts? Everyone doing okay after last year? I hope you aren't getting yourself into trouble. Tell Riza to keep a close watch on you. I know you to well. Also, please be careful with your automail! I know you get tired of me saying this but I'm serious. That isn't easy to replace you know. And be careful this year. But anyways have you heard back from Al at all? Has he found any other way to contact you? (Which by the way you should totally learn how he does that. You gotta admit it would be useful!) Unfortunately I have to cut this short. Grandma needs my help with a new automail design. I hope to hear back soon, you hear?

Winry

Edward smiled as he grabbed a piece of parchment from his bag along with a quill.

Winry,

I'm glad you like him. Machwing huh? So even your owl is named after mechanics in a way. You were always the mechanic geek. But in a way I think that's what I always liked about you. Hogwart's is good. Everyone thinks Harry's lying about last year though and apparently I'm a 'half werewolf menace to society'. Not sure on the students take yet but it is slightly worrisome. As for the mind communication, I don't know if Al could teach me that from a distance. And his sessions aren't long enough to learn it. But I will ask him, okay? Anyways I have to head off for the night. I hope to hear from you soon.

Edward

Edward grinned as he tied the letter to the newly dubbed Machwings foot before sending him off.

He then glanced back at Roy and Riza "So, how likely is it she'll cut off the alchemy program?" he asked.

Roy scowled "She can try. I've asked Dumbledore and nobody has learned alchemy in these classes in centuries since Nicolas Flamel. I have five people capable of becoming alchemists. If I can start them on alchemy then she can say nothing against it because I'm going back to the age old traditions. You heard her earlier. 'Ancient skills to the wizarding community must be passed down through the generations lest we lose them forever.' I'm reviving an old skill that could help save hundreds of lives. And help makes peoples lives so much easier. There is medical alchemy for one and although I am not very proficient in that area I could still learn it myself and teach the basics of it. And you could use it to help rebuild things, change one object to another, and...there are just so many infinite possibilities for alchemy. I just need my advanced class to show her what they've got. And I've got them first thing in the morning. I'm going to make it clear that they need to try hard or there won't be any class, let alone the advanced." he said in determination.

Riza smiled at that "I'm glad you are a bit more enthusiastic this year. I think her speech may have brought out the best in you." she pointed out.

Roy scoffed "Don't be fooled. She's a politician. But so am I. Right now...this is my kind of playing field and this chess match has barely begun."