OK, first of all... I AM SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SOOOOOOO SORRY THAT THIS TOOK SO LONG. I'M AN AWFUL PERSON AND I DESERVE TO SPEND ETERNITY IN GLUTTONY'S FAILED-GATE STOMACH.

I swear to God I had started this chapter a LONG time ago, but then I lost the paper that I had it written on. So this morning, I started looking for it because I had an idea of where it was. So after tearing through the papers on my dining room table, I found it. I was, however, disappointed to remember that I only had three paragraphs written. Sooo... I hurried up to finished it this morning.

Again, REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY SORRY about this. I really fell out of obsession with FMA, and I kept telling myself I'd get to it, like I tell myself I'll get to a lot of things but I never do. I'm hoping this will be the first step in my procrastination rehabilitation.

... Ok, well, I meant that to be serious and self-deprecating, but I think those last two words made it funnier than it actually is.

This is a bit more of a serious chapter, especially toward the end. So excuse the lightness on comedy, lol.

Let me offer up a very sincere and heartfelt apology by THANKING everyone who's reviewed so far, and it's a lot:

Darkness Revolution, Megan May, Saphire Moon Maiden, neoko-chan, darkbite220, CelticKawaii, . , malfunction, owl7498, con, Black Jinx, kid-kun, Adelphe of the Twilight, lillambdragon, run4life, Fan, Spot'sGalFrom1899, PancakeRave, hauarie, Bumblebeecamaro38, MaryLynetteluvswriting, Ume Kanda, gabrielsangel23, FMAlover555 i really like that

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And a special thanks to Black Rose, WHO HAS NEVER GIVEN UP ON ANNOYING ME INTO UPDATING. I always felt bad whenever I saw a review from you begging me to update, and now I SHALL FINALLY MAKE IT UP TO YOU.

Oh, yes, and please do stop holding your reviews hostage. :D

Also, PLEASE READ THIS PART. RIGHT HERE. I recently played a game called Sacra Terra: Angelic Night. It's a hidden object game, and it's very heavy on plot which I LOVE. It actually deals with you vanquishing the spirits of the Seven Deadly Sins... which I immediately associated with the Homunculi, lol. That was what got me playing. And even though their depictions in the game are nothing like the Homunculi here, it was a great game. (Pssst, in the game Lust is a guy and he's SOOOO HOT, even though they don't really interact with you... I WOULD TAP THAT SHIRTLESS MAN WHORE.) I highly recommend it, and I got it from a free site, so if you're ever bored and looking for a game to play... THIS ONE. Just... JUST THIS ONE.

So, it's not very long, and I'm not quite sure when I'll be able to update again, but... I hope you all enjoy what I've got. :)


"Cannot believe I'm even here," Hershey muttered, arms crossed.

Envy had left her to go behind some door, warning her not to move or he'd slit her throat. She assumed that meant only no running-away-or-trying-to-do-so movements. He didn't want her not to blink or breathe, did he? Then some lady who Wrath called "Mommy" had come and took the kid. He hugged her before he left, but she was lonely now. When was Envy going to be back? She wanted to annoy him and call him Enchilada some more. This was so boring.

"Hey, never seen you before. You just get here, hon? Who brought you?"

Wait wait wait. That wasn't Envy's voice. This voice actually sounded... considerably... well, not nice, but just not... Envy. She looked over and raised her eyebrow at the guy who'd just sat down beside her. He had dark hair, cropped up into a short style, and round sunglasses over his eyes. And he was grinning at her, revealing pointed, shark-like teeth. "Um... hi."

He chuckled, bringing his shades down a little so she could see his eyes. They were lavender, like Envy's. "Hi. So, how long ago did you get here?"

She rubbed her arm, looking down. The way he was looking at her made her a little nervous, though she suspected he was probably the least of her worries. "Um... like... less than an hour ago. What time is it?"

"Oh, I don't know." He shrugged. "Kinda late. So who was your escort?" he asked, using one hand to put the last word in air quotes.

She pushed some of her hair back, blowing out a breath. "Envy and Wrath."

"Oh yeah, they... they went out tonight." She felt his hand on her shoulder, and she froze a little. She couldn't think of anything to do, and he started playing with her hair. "Where'd they find you, huh? Kidnap you from a beauty pageant?"

Wow. She was pretty sure her face was on fire now. "U-Uh, no. I was working a booth at the State Alchemists' Fair. I provided most of the food."

"Yeah? So you're an alchemist. Huh!" He reached down and took one of her hands, turning it over and resting it on his. As he did, she saw the flash of some tattoo on the back of his hand. He must have caught her trying to get a better look, because he smirked at her. "Were you looking at this?" He held up the hand it was on, and she could see it clearly now. It was red, the image of a serpent eating its own tail. "You wanna know what it is?"

She couldn't say anything, just stare at it and nod lamely.

"It's called Ouroboros. All Homunculi have them, different places on their bodies." He let his hand fall, and pressed his palm to hers. "It symbolizes death and rebirth - circle of life."

She looked down, trying to look at it again, but he didn't display it a second time. "Which one are you?"

"Hmm?" He glanced up without moving his head. "What's that?"

She shook her head, turning to look at the door Envy had disappeared through. "If there's Envy and Wrath... and they mentioned Sloth and Gluttony..." She got the feeling this guy was actually Lust, the way he acted, but she didn't know for sure. "Then what sin are you?"

"Oh." His grin got wider, and his eyes drooped half-closed. "Where are my manners? I guess I never introduced myself." He coiled his hand around hers, and brought it up to his face, brushing his lips over her fingers. "Name's Greed. Nice to meet you. While we're on the topic..." He lowered her hand - and his - back down into her lap. "What pretty name matches that pretty face?"

She blinked. "Um, uh... Hera. But my friends call me Hershey... and Wrath's been calling me Kiss-chan."

"Heh." He leaned closer, until their noses were almost touching. "Kids, huh?"

"Um, yeah..." Okay, what was he doing? Was he going to-?

All of a sudden, before he could even do anything - which she guessed she could count as a blessing - someone grabbed her by the shoulder and yanked her away. "What the hell do you think you're doing, huh?!" A quick assessment of the voice, coupled with a glance that way, revealed it to be Envy. Well, why was she not surprised?

He moved his hand down to her upper arm and squeezed tightly, forcing her closer. "I told you not to move! What, do you not care or are you just that stupid?!"

She tried to squirm out of his grip. She was thankful that he'd managed to pull her away before Greed had done anything, but at the moment his touch was anything but gentle. "E-Enchilada! Let me go, you're hurting me!"

"Shut up, you're being punished, and stop calling me that!" He stepped in front of her, not moving his hand, then snarled at Greed. "And you! Don't you have anything better to do?"

"Oh, what?" The other Homunculus crossed his arms over his muscled chest. "Just because I'm Greed, I gotta be working all the time? Please! What about you?" He pushed his sunglasses up, frowning. "You're Envy. I bet you really must be considering setting Hera's hair on fire right now, huh? Just to ruin it 'cause you don't have it." His look shifted to Hershey. "Come on, sweet cheeks, that's the kind of thing he does. You're not exactly safe where you are."

Envy hissed. "What are you trying to do, Greed? Recruit her just because you want her? News flash, you don't get everything you want." He turned around and began dragging her down the hall.

"Tell that to yourself sometime!" Greed shouted, his voice following them.

"Let go of me, damn it!" She shoved her fingers under his and finally wrenched his hand off, though the damage was already done; she'd probably have a bruise. "What is your problem?"

"My problem, you stupid human, is that I told you not to move! And what do you go and do? You move!" He reached for her again.

She was smarter than that this time, and moved as fast as she could out of the way. "It wasn't my fault!" she defended. "He just came and sat beside me and started talking to me! I wasn't doing anything, he just grabbed my hand and - and started - I don't even know what he was going to do!"

"What, are you an idiot? He was trying to kiss you." While she was distracted, his hand shot out and wrapped around her wrist. "He tries to do that to every girl that ever comes in here! If Lust didn't have more brains than breasts, they'd be together! Look, he only wants you because he wants to have more friends than anybody else. He doesn't really care about you."

She glared, but decided that struggling was useless and just walked behind him. That stupid grip of his, he was going to bruise her everywhere if he kept it up. "Oh, so I'm supposed to believe that you care, huh?"

He snorted, "Yeah, well, I never said that. But you belong to me, you understand? My stuff is my stuff, and Greed needs to keep his grabby little hands off."

"What about your grabby little hands? He made some good points, you're possessive!"

He stopped short, causing her to bump into his back. "What do you expect? I'm Envy." He opened a door. "I would think that'd clue you in to some things. Nobody else is gonna get what I have, and I'm a jealous person."

"Pfft, yeah, by your name-"

"Shut up! Your voice is annoying!" He grabbed her by both arms and pushed her into the room, probably making something crack in the process. "You stay in there till I come get you!"

She landed on the floor, banging her head on the dusty bed. When she looked up again from rubbing her head, Envy had slammed the door closed. A lock clicked, and then there were footsteps leading away from the door.

Her eyes widened, and her lip trembled, but she refused to let the tears spill down her cheeks, no matter how much she wanted to cry. She threw her hands over her face, trying to hold back any sobs.

"Why... do I always get the nuts...?"


WAAAAAH poor Hershey. Well, at least I didn't really leave you with a cliffie this time!

Again, SORRYYYYYYYYYYY. Like I said, I'm not sure if another update is in the new future, but at least I hope you guys like this one.

Be sure to leave a review, and THANKS FOR READING EVEN THOUGH I'M A TERRIBLE PERSON. ^^