Chapter Four

DISCLAIMER: I own nothing, except the cat I DO own and I own Eve and My good friend (the editor) owns Amaya (No Mary sues, I swear) . Everything else belongs to the talking cow, aka HA (However you spell her name)

RATED: MA (For violence, language, and sexuality. (Not sure about lemons yet :/))

Elizabeth held her breath as the carriage came to a halt in front of the castle gates, and she peeked out the window. There was a small group of people including Roy waiting for her, and she couldn't help but be nervous. A wave of nausea rolled over her, and she leaned back, covering her mouth and nose with her gloved right hand. "Don't be nervous, don't be nervous." She whispered to herself as the carriage door opened and she moved to get out slowly. Her golden curls bounced as she gathered part of her dress in one hand and took the hand of the coachman with her other hand.

She smiled carefully at the coachman and thanked him quietly for his help as she smoothed out her traveling gown and touched both hands to her hat lightly to make sure she looked alright. She looked up and smiled softly, her cool demeanor emanating around herself.

"Hello. My name is Elizabeth." She said coolly, looking around at them all. She waited as they all just kind of stared at her, she faltered a little before she began again.

"It's so wonderful to meet all of you, Roy has told me so much about all of you, and I feel as if I have known you my whole life…" she said, trying again to get everyone to speak.

"Don't mind them, Elizabeth my darling; they are just struck by your beauty." Roy said, coming forward to greet her with a kiss on the cheek that made her blush. She smiled up at him, and embraced him lightly.

"I apologize, my name is Maes Hughes, and I am the Duke of the Western Lands. And this is my wife, Gracia." Maes introduced himself, and tugged his wife to his side as he introduced her too. Gracia offered Elizabeth a small smile, and shook her hand lightly.

"And this is Edward and Alphonse Elric, two very prominent members of our Knights Circle, very good at what they do…" Roy said, pointing towards the brothers, one who seemed not to care, and the other with a grin on his face.

Elizabeth gave them a smile as Roy continued to introduce her to everyone else. There were four other men, Vato Falman, Kain Fuery, Jean Havoc, and Heymans Breda, who all served as knights and as political advisors to the King and the Prince himself. There were supposedly three more, who were supposed to be her ladies-in-waiting, but they were too busy getting her room and things in order to come and meet her with the others.

Then it started, Elizabeth was led into the castle where she was given a small tour, and shown where everyone's rooms were when they stayed at the castle, and where the throne room/ ballroom was, and also the library was. She felt a bit overwhelmed as everyone followed her and Roy around, eager to see what she was like. After a while, she felt her calm demeanor slipping. She made an excuse that she was weary from her short trip; and left to the rooms that were assigned to her.

She leaned against the door after she locked it, and shut her eyes, refusing to let the tears slip out. She heard a small whimper and a pitiful meow come from her bed, where her kitten and puppy now sat, staring at her curiously. She smiled, walking over to them, and sitting beside them on the bed. She tucked her legs underneath her, and took them into her lap, cuddling them as they made their respective noises.

"My sweet darling Peaches, and my cute little Black Hayate. You are both such wonderful gifts. I won't feel so alone in this castle with you here…" she whispered quietly, wiping a tear off her cheek. She let out a small sigh, causing the kitten to give her a strange look and puff her tail a bit, which in turn made Elizabeth laugh.

She just felt so much like an alien in this place, and the castle was so big, everyone so….friendly she supposed was the right word to describe Roy's friends. She was sure that with time, she would accept them as her friends too, and perhaps even trust them as much as Roy did. She placed her pets back on the bed, and walked over to the balcony windows, opening them to let the fresh air in. Her room was much bigger her in the castle than it had been at her home, and everything was just so much more…royal. She laughed at herself for not being able to think of a better word.

The bed was huge, with curtains all the way around it, rich satin sheets and pillow cases (in the color blue), and a big blue blanket. There was a vanity with all of her hair things, brushes, and make up set up. She poked through the jewelry boxes and saw that all her jewelry had been placed in them carefully. Now that she thought about it, all of her things had been unpacked very neatly and put in all the places she would have put them. Whoever had unpacked her suitcases was very good.

Elizabeth changed her clothes and combed her hair as dinner time neared. She put on her burgundy dinner gown, and pinned her hair up carefully into a perfect chignon, and carefully put her earring in, along with a small necklace around her neck. She let out a deep sigh and put her head up in the air. She would let them all think what they wanted to, but she was going to be herself, and she was going to the best that she could be, at everything.

Dinner was uneventful, she was quiet unless someone spoke to her, and she ate her food at a moderate pace, and was polite to the servants. Roy gave her a couple of reassuring smiles when he thought it was appropriate. Everyone was very nice to her, asked about her life at the estate, and what she thought about the castle so far. She was diplomatic about her answers, and remembered to use her manners.

"Everyone likes you, you know. You're so quiet and comfortable to be around."

"I hope they do. I start learning everything tomorrow. Don't tell anyone, but I'm nervous."

"You will do fine, you are smart."

Elizabeth smiled as she sat down on the garden bench and looked wistfully towards the mountain range. Roy sat beside her, and followed her gaze.

"What are you staring at, Elizabeth?"

" Doesn't the purple sky look beautiful over those mountains? I wonder what it would be like to climb them…"

"Probably very cold…but I'm sure it would be something exhilarating…"

"Roy…I hate to admit this…but I am scared. I don't like being scared either. My father has always said that I am strong, independent girl with a good head on her shoulders. So I hope that you don't expect me to be subservient or anything like that when we get married." Elizabeth looked away from the mountains as she spoke, and tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.

"I don't expect you to be anyone other than who you will become, or who you currently are, Elizabeth." Roy replied softly, touching her cheek with his hand, and smiling at her. She smiled and looked down at the skirt of her gown, picking at it nervously.

"You know…since we are going to be married, we should probably have sort of like…names for each other." Roy stated, a thoughtful look coming to his face. Elizabeth raised an eyebrow as he said this and let out a small chuckle.

"Like nicknames? I like calling you Roy, so I don't believe I could come up with anything besides 'your highness…" Elizabeth said, standing up to go back inside. Roy jumped up beside her, smirking, and pulled her close to him, causing her to let out a small squeak.

"Riza, I will call you Riza. I want to be the only person that calls you that." Roy murmured softly, caressing her cheek with his free hand. She let out a small laugh, and her eyelashes fluttered.

"You will be the only person that calls me, Riza. It's a beautiful nickname. Better than Liza or Eliza…and Beth too. I don't like those…" Riza said quietly, looking back up into his eyes.

He gazed into her eyes for a moment before he slowly lowered his lips onto hers, savoring the feeling of her lips against his. Riza froze, unsure of what to do. She'd never been kissed before, but she knew that what it was doing to her now was something extraordinary.

She suddenly found herself kissing him back, her arms wrapped around his neck as he wrapped his around her waist. It was hard to explain the feeling she felt as she kissed him. Her head spun, she couldn't think, but she could feel. Her lips burned as his kiss became more urgent, and she felt her fingers curl up as she felt the desire flood her body. The feelings she was experiencing were so new to her, she didn't have time to comprehend anything as Roy pulled away.

"I'm sorry…not that I kissed you, but for getting so carried away." Roy said quickly, running a hand through his messy hair.

"I'm not sorry. That was my first kiss, and it was absolutely flawless." Riza replied softly, her amber eyes wide, and her heart still pounding from the sudden onslaught of passion. She let out a small sigh and put her hands over her face as the desire she had felt hit her so hard during the kiss quickly left her. Her head was still spinning, and she yearned to feel his kiss again.

"That was very good for your first time. I think I've fallen for you even more now, Riza." Roy chuckled, escorting her back into the castle and up to her room.

Riza was quiet as her the head of her ladies-in-waiting, Amaya Mitsu, brushed her long golden locks. She was reliving the kiss she had shared with Roy earlier in her head over and over. Of course she had had the "talk" with her mother long ago, so she was not oblivious to what happened when kisses got progressively more passionate. She took a deep breath as Amaya braided her hair loosely for bed. Already in her night gown, Riza stood up and smiled at her.

"Thank you. I feel like it won't be such a hard adjustment with you around." Riza told her, going to her bed and making herself comfortable next to Black Hayate and Peaches, who both snuggled up to her immediately. Amaya smiled, and bowed before she spoke.

"It won't be hard, I promise. They'll just teach you the basics, the etiquette that is expected of a queen, and they'll probably raid your wardrobe and give you a whole new one. They're going to be giving you more baubles and jewelry and what have you, more than you know what to do with. Especially after the marriage. You don't have anything to worry about; you know mostly everything already anyways." Amaya told her kindly, a smile on her face as she walked out the door.

"Ah so you kissed her? How magical!" Maes laughed as Roy told him what had happened. Roy scowled and took a swig of his brandy. He refused to start treating Riza like one of 'those' women. She deserved to have a nice courtship, and to have her virginity taken the right way, on her wedding night. But god help him…she was so gorgeous, so pure and that kiss had really done him in.

"She's starting to become like a drug addiction. She is the most amazing, smart, god Maes, that girl, no; no…that woman is everything." Roy said, drowning down the rest of his brandy and letting out a huge sigh. Maes shook his head with a knowing grin.

"You're in love with her, Roy. There's no going back now, you're becoming obsessed." Maes told him, sipping at his own glass of brandy.

"I suppose it's a good thing I'm marrying her then. I don't know how I will be able to contain myself…She's an exceedingly gorgeous woman. And she's not even fully grown yet…" Roy let out a moan at the last part and covered his face with his hands. Maes rolled his eyes.

"You can be so small-minded some times. Is that all you think about, sex?" he asked his friend. Roy cast him a glance before going towards the door.

"No. She's smart, and independent. I like how strong-minded she is. And she is so kind to everything and everybody. I just happen to be a very sexual person, so what?" Roy defended himself, opening the door.

"Just checking, my friend, just checking…" Maes chuckled, shaking his head.

A/N: Sorry it took so long to get this chapter finished and edited! I appreciate all of you for taking the time to review! I am going to be referring to Riza and Riza from now on, since Roy has deemed her so, however everyone else will refer to her still as Elizabeth. I hope you are all enjoying the story so far, and I'll have chapter 5 our ASAP. It's gonna be good! (Actually that was my note way back when, I've been a little backlogged lately, but not to worry, I am getting these chapters edited as quick as possible, and I am almost done with Chapter 7! So please keep reviewing and thank you all for being so patient!)