1. Military Personnel

Song: "King of Anything" by Sara Barreiles

Takes place during Roy's apprenticeship, early-on.

"So they actually tried to force you?" Roy asked, astonished.

Riza nodded. "Well, first, they tried coaxing me, telling me that if my father became a State Alchemist, my standard of living would improve, and then, when I refused to let them in, they threatened to report my father for neglect and said I'd become a ward of the state."

The furious fifteen year old Riza stood planted firmly on the porch, hands on her hips as she glared up at the two men who had come to the door. "How dare you! Coming here and making those claims—you have no legal hold over my father or myself, nor do you have sufficient grounds for arresting my father for neglect, let alone accusing him of it, and if you don't leave right now, our neighbors will help you leave. We don't take kindly to you around here, so I'd suggest you leave before you have a riot on your hands!"

Riza grinned a bit ruefully. "I don't even know if my neighbors would have backed us up, or if what I said was legally true. I just knew I had to make them go away."

"Wow," Roy murmured, quite impressed. "You're… That's… amazing. I don't know many other people who could stand up like that. It's ironic, though; you'd be a great drill sergeant."

Riza gave him a very sideways look. "Thanks… I think… but I could never be a soldier."

"I probably shouldn't have said that," guessed a very sheepish Roy.

Nodding in a manner that told Roy he was stating the obvious, Riza pointed out, "Well, at least you're honest; another type that doesn't do so well in the military."

Laughing somewhat nervously, Roy suggested, "Yeah, well, maybe things will change some day."

Riza stared at him rather intensely for a moment, and Roy was starting to wonder just how transparent he was when finally, in a contemplative tone, Riza agreed, "I really hope so."

A/N: The song I chose is very much Riza responding to the military people.

So, same song, 2nd verse. I'm crazy enough to go for it, and to update every other day. I actually have 89 of them written right now, but I will go back and edit them as I go if you bring up parts that need it. In any case, I always reply to reviews, so please, don't be shy! Let me know what you think!

Here's to round two! -(raises glass)-