Hey all. Here's the chapter you have ll been waiting for, the epilogue. Sad moment. Anyway, once again many thanks to happiest for betaing this for me, and to you all for putting up with the wait. I hope you all enjoy this. I had fun writing it.
Al started to reach his hand out to his brother, then hesitated and pulled it back. "So, you and Roy are no longer in danger, right Ed?"
"I'm not, but your brother is until he tells me what the Hell is going on and what he did to Riza!" Roy growled and turned towards Edward; a fire burning in his eyes and a look of rage across his face.
"Roy, I suggest you relax before you say something that you will regret later, remember, you were warned that not everything is as it appears," Hawkeye stated as she holstered her gun and started walking over to Roy and stopped a few feet in front of him.
Roy turned his gaze on her. He lost some of his fury as he gazed into her red eyes. "How can you defend him after what he did to you?"
Chuckling, Riza reached up and touched her eyes before putting her hand by her mouth and touched her teeth before showing Roy her hand.
In her hand he saw two red, flimsy pieces of plastic and a set of fangs that look real to the naked eye. "It was all an act Roy, I'm still human."
A confused look passed over Splendora's face before she spoke the question that had been running through her mind all along. "If you're still human, why is your heart beat so soft and slow?"
"Easy, I gave her just enough of my blood to slow her heart beat enough to make Lysander think she was changing, but not enough to change her. It will return to normal in a few hours. I had to find a way to freak out Lysander and Riza offered to help me; we concocted this plan to force his hand."
"Ok Ed," Roy said with less anger in his voice, "what is this evidence that you had against Lysander. Start explaining.
"Well, there have been small past accidents, but this time around it started with the warnings that Roy received to stay away from me. There are only a handful of people who know we exist, much less that I was meeting with the Führer. Since only Splendora and Lysander knew I had planned to meet with him, I knew it had to be one of those two.
"The second clue came with the vampire attacking Roy. There was no way he should have been able to break out of our dungeon, and that's what it seemed he did. Then the incident with Havoc, which I already explained, then there was the vampire hunter attack where Lysander was supposed to be taking over the patrols; and then there was-"
"Alright Ed, we get it. There was plenty of proof against Lysander, but I still have one question. If you knew that the barrier around Havoc's mind was Lysander's doing, why didn't you tell Roy your suspicions or break it yourself?"
"I couldn't, not without absolute proof that Roy wasn't in on it; and in order to do that, I needed an honest reaction in how he dealt with Lysander and myself, and how he reacted to Riza. I couldn't break the barrier myself without him knowing that I knew that he was plotting something. All of his plans were distracting me from ruling, so I needed him to make his move instead of driving him into hiding again."
Roy, Havoc and Al all blinked at Ed's explanation while Ed wiped his hand clean on his pants.
"If I may make a suggestion, since it's rounding on three o'clock in the morning, how about we head home and get some sleep and sort the rest of this out this afternoon?" Havoc asked.
"Good idea Havoc; Ed and Al can stay at my place for the night, and then since it's the weekend, we can all have lunch and figure this out. How does that sound?"
"Sounds good to me. Splendora, can you go back to headquarters and get all the files together on the higher ranking vampires in the area? We can look those over tomorrow when you bring them over."
Splendora bowed with her right hand over her heart before excusing herself and headed back to headquarters.
"Hey Jean, can you escort me home? I've had a rather trying few days and would like some company."
Havoc grinned and bowed in a regal way before offering his black coat to her. "I would be honored. Maybe a cup of coffee would help also."
Everyone walked out of the warehouse together and headed to the two respected houses.
Upon reaching Riza's house, Jean opened the door and motioned for Riza to enter first. Walking into the kitchen, she headed towards the coffee pot and turned it on. The only noise to break the silence that blanketed the room was the sound of the coffee pot percolating. Once it was done, she poured the coffee into two cups and sat down across from him after placing one in front of him.
"Riza, I want to apologize for putting you in danger. I could make excuses for what happened, but I won't, there are no excuses. When I thought that Ed had changed you into a vampire, it broke my heart. I know-"
Reaching over, she placed her right hand over top of his folded one and interrupted what he was about to say. "Jean, what happened was not your fault. You were being controlled. We all know that you would never turn against Roy willingly. Stop blaming yourself. Edward never gave up faith in us and Roy; he would never turn any of us against our will. I told him all that Lysander had revealed to me and having him think I was a vampire was the only way to go."
Jean sighed and stood up, taking his coffee cup over to the sink and placing it in there before resting his hands against the edge and leaned forward.
"Riza, you don't understand. I thought you had been taken away from me, and to know that I was the cause would have killed me."
He turned back around to find Riza standing behind him, slightly surprised at how silently she moved. Gazing in her eyes, he saw nothing of pain, accusations or anger, only an emotion that he had never seen in her eyes before.
"Riza, don't shoot me for saying this, but I love you."
Havoc closed his eyes, prepared to hear the firing of a gun at any moment, but they were shocked open when he felt a hand touching his face gently.
"Don't you ever shut up," Riza stated before she leaned forward and kissed Jean. He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her up against his chest. Lips mashed and hands roved. Moans were pulled from both as they stumbled their way towards the bedroom and slammed the door behind them.
At Mustang's house, Al had excused himself and headed up to the room he had previously occupied after making Ed promise that he would still be there when he woke up.
Sitting on the couch, Edward and Roy watched as Al made his way up the stairs. After he disappeared from view, both of them sighed and looked at each other.
"Ed, this is hard for me to say, so please listen. I'm sorry I didn't fully believe that you weren't the one out to kill me. I had all the facts right in front of me, and I knew I had to suspect you until we had positive proof one way or another, but deep down, a part of me knew it wasn't you….That didn't make much sense did it?"
Edward shook his head, smiling all the while. "I know what you meant. I didn't give you a lot of reasons to believe it wasn't me; especially since this all came after I accidently attacked you."
Roy shook his head and opened his mouth, denial on his lips, but the words were stopped by two metal fingers on his lips.
"I know what you are about to say, and I'm still partial responsible. If we do not take responsibility for our actions, we are no better than the evil we try to destroy."
A twitch developed at the corner of Roy's lip, his attempt at not smiling at what Edward had just said. "I never know you were also a philosopher along with an alchemic genius and a vampire."
"Well, had to pick up a hobby since I'm going to live longer than most."
Ed coughed to break the sudden awkward silence and looked away from Roy. "Sorry, shouldn't have said that."
Roy smiled and chuckled a little. "Well Ed, looks like you'll be able to make fun of me being an old man for years to come."
Ed smiled and leaned back against the couch, staring off into space. "I still haven't thanked your for not char broiling me when your first saw me tonight. Thanks you."
"No need to thank me, I've switched to questions first then snapping."
Another silent moment filled the air while Roy and Ed sat there, enjoying the calming presence of the other.
"Well Roy, I think we both ought to be heading to bed. It's been a long night and you don't need to be passing out on your way upstairs."
With a nod, Roy forced himself off the couch and followed Edward upstairs. Roy stopped at his door and grabbed Ed's wrist before he walked too far ahead.
"Ed, instead of you staying with Al tonight, why don't you stay with me?"
Edward turned his head slightly, looking down the hallway at the door to the room where Al was sleeping before looking back at Roy and nodding.
"Roy, do you know what you're asking?"
Nodding his head, he wrapped an arm around Ed's waist and pulled him close. "I do, but are you sure you know?"
Ed didn't answer, instead he reached his arms up and wrapped them around Roy's neck and pulled his head down, lips close but not touching. "I do."
He tilted his head back slightly and their lips touched. A tongue flicked against Edward's lips, teasing the vampire. With a growl, Ed freed one of his hands and brought it down so he could reach behind Roy and opened the door. Pushing them both through, he shut the door behind him and the door shut without a sound, only the clicking of the door locking could be heard in the silent hallway.
A few hours later, Roy opened his eyes and gazed at the blond who was curled up against him. He felt happiness rise in his chest that he had Edward with him again, followed by a piercing stab of sadness due to what Edward had said the night before, implying that he was going to live centuries past everyone else.
Roy stroked Edward's cheek, careful not to pull him out of his trance-like state. "I finally have you back; I'll never let you go again."
Edward moved his head slightly so Roy's hand was pressed more firmly against his cheek. Opening his eyes, he gazed into Roy's obsidian ones and smiled. "Hmm, you won't lose me. Now that I'm back you would have a fight on your hands to get rid of me."
Roy pulled Edward closer to him and laid a chaste kiss on his lips before pulling away and smiling.
"Now, we should get up and get a hold of Jean and Riza and then we can all meet over here."
As Roy walked into the bathroom, Edward called out from the bed, "make sure you cover that new bite, I don't need Al thinking I lost control again."
Roy laughed and shut the door behind him.
A few hours later, Jean and Riza sat around the kitchen table with Splendora, Ed, Roy and Al.
"Here are the files on all the higher ranking and powerful vampires in the area, I also brought all the information we have on Lysander's known contacts."
As Edward and Splendora searched through all the files, Roy and his two team members searched through theirs for any sign of supernatural interference.
"Hey Al, what are you doing over there?"
Looking up from the notebook he was writing in, Al turned it around so Ed could see what he was working on.
"I'm just doodling Alchemy circles, trying to see if there is something that can help."
"Ed, the only sign of supernatural activity that we could find was that 'wolf' attack and Hakuro's slip into insanity. I don't believe you need to worry about the higher ranking officers."
Ed nodded while grabbing a piece of paper and started writing.
"That's good, it limits the number of people I have to kill and cuts down on the cover up you need to do. I've got a list of vampires, shifters and whatnot that I need to check out. It will take at least a few weeks of traveling, but it needs to be done."
Roy nodded and noticed that Havoc and Riza kept glancing between himself, Edward and each other, and then back to Roy.
"Do I have toothpaste or something on my face?"
Riza coughed and pointed to his neck. "You have a hickey."
Al looked up from his list and started snickering. His gaze shifted to look at Havoc and his snicker turned into full blown laughter.
"What's so funny Al?"
"You have a hickey too Havoc!"
Havoc blushed and adjusted the collar on his jacket to hide the bruise on his neck.
"Anyway, when do you plan to leave Edward?" Riza asked as she straightened the pile of papers in front of her.
"I should leave tonight. The sooner I take care of all Lysander's cohorts, the sooner we can all relax."
Al looked at Roy and saw the slight frown on his face. He felt sorry for Roy, just being able to express how he felt about Ed then Ed having to leave him for an unknown amount of time, it had to be heart breaking.
The hours wore on as the five friends sat and discussed minor things not relating to anything military or supernatural. As the sun started setting, Havoc stood up and stretched. Everyone heard a few vertebrae cracking in the process.
"Well Riza, I think we should be going. Thanks for having us over Roy, and you take care of yourself Ed."
"You take care too, I don't want to come back and find out Riza shot you for something stupid," Edward laughed while waving to them from the door way as they left.
"You do realize they just want to go home and-"
"Al, watch your mouth!"
"What Ed, it's not like I haven't heard you say the same thing."
"Haven't you ever heard of the phrase 'do as I say, not as I do'?"
"Of course I have, I just choose not to do as you say."
Roy rolled his eyes and smiled as he listened to the two brothers bicker over something so inconsequential. It truly proved that time, distance and a change in species did not matter in the long run between brothers.
Once they had stopped arguing and Al had made Ed promise to keep in touch during his hunt, Al went to bed to give the two lovers a chance to say goodbye.
"Make sure you come back in one piece; I had to deal with Al when he thought he lost you the first time, I don't want to have to console his devastated heart again."
"Don't worry Roy, I'll come back. I'll be back before you know it. Keep Al occupied for me till then, you know how he worries."
Roy nodded and smiled at Edward. Leaning down, he kissed Ed deeply before pulling away. "I will. Good luck. If you need any help, just call and I'll be there."
Edward nodded and strolled out the door and vanished in the night, never looking back. Roy smiled sadly as he watched out the window for as long as he could until he knew his blond lover was long gone.
"I'll be waiting."
I hope you all enjoyed this and liked how I set it up for a sequel. I just have to finishing planning and plotting, then I can start on it. I'll continue putting out oneshots and that in the meantime so you all will know I'm still writing.
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