I'm so sorry! SORRY IT'S SO LATE! Dx Anyway, hope you enjoy this final chapter of 'Trust Me', I had loads of fun writing it! Thanks for all the fave, reviews and alerts! And a big thanks to those who stuck with me all this time! Now, on with the story! Finally... :)

I don't own Fullmetal Alchemist, but if I did, I think I would die of excitement and then not own it anymore... x'D


Ch. 12 - Epilogue

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Ed smiled as he saw his son's eyes close, finally giving into sleep. Unlike his sister, who had fallen asleep much more quickly, the young boy was stubborn and refused to take a nap unless his father read him a book about alchemy. Edward gave into his demands, but before he was done reading the first page of one of his old books on alchemy, Eddie had fallen asleep. He got up from the chair next to the small bed and left the room silently, trying to not wake the sleeping children.

Once in the kitchen, he found her washing some dishes. He took a moment to observe her from where he stood, arms crossed over his chest. He enjoyed gazing at her and he was sure he would never get tired of doing so, she was very beautiful after all. She didn't notice his presence until she felt him come up from behind and place his arms around her waist. She let a smile escape her lips as he let his chin rest on her shoulder, but continued with the dishes, refusing to loose focus from the task at hand.

"Winry," he said in a lazy tone. "Let's go outside for a while. Just you and me, yeah?"

"Ed, I have to finish washing these dishes and I still have some automail parts I need to get done, I don't have time to go outside," she said, slightly aggravated. "And what about the kids?"

"I already put 'em to sleep, they'll be fine. Plus, we'll be right in front of the house, nothing can go wrong." He kissed her cheek and made his way down to her neck, sending small shivers throughout her body.

His method of persuasion made her debate on the idea. "I do want to go, but…"

"But what?" he urged her to continue.

"Well, there's just a lot of things I have to do."

"Come on, Winry, please?" he whined as he tightened his hold on her. "Let's go outside a bit, I promise I'll finish the dishes once we come back."

She smiled and turned around to face him, glad to have a one chore less to take care of. "Alright, but remember, you promised," she said as she gave him a small kiss.

"Yeah, yeah. Let's go!" He took her hand in his and led her outside.

They sat under a grand tree that was only a few yards away from the house, the shade it offered helped keep them cool and relaxed. Ed, once again, encircled his arms around her waist and let his head rest on her hair, breathing her in with every passing moment. She hid her face in his neck and placed one arm around his torso as the other held onto one of his arms. At that moment, everything seemed to be perfect, both of them simply enjoying each other's company during an early summer day.

It was Ed who broke the peaceful silence. "Years ago, I wasn't sure if being this happy would even be possible," said the golden eyed man as he stared off into the distance.

"You mean, back when you were in your journey with Al?"

"Yeah," he said softly. "Back then I was only focused on getting Al's body back and stopping the homunculi, no matter what it took." He gave her a small smile as he spoke again. "To be honest, I never planned on what I would do after I got Al's body back."

She returned the smile with one of her own. "That's understandable, you probably had too much on your mind with everything that was going on."

"Actually," he cut in and took a deep breath to steady himself. "The reason why I didn't plan ahead was because… because I wasn't sure if I'd even return once I restored Al into his original body…" He whispered the last part of his confession while looking into two wide sky blue eyes. At the moment, he was afraid that perhaps it would be too much for her to hear.

She composed herself enough to speak even though his words still resounded very clearly in her mind. "But you did come back, Ed. And now, that's all that matters," she said as she buried her face in his chest, holding him tightly.

He returned the gesture, holding her more firmly than before. He let out a sigh of relief when he didn't see any tears roll down her cheeks. Ed was sure he wouldn't be able to take it if he made her cry again. "Yeah. Now, we have our own family, Winry," he whispered into her hair, deciding to play it safe for now. "I never thought having a family would be this-this... great! Thanks, Win."

She smiled sweetly at him while she shifted on his lap to get a better look at his face. "I'm glad to hear you say that, Ed." She touched his face lovingly and played with a few strands of his golden hair, but Ed could still see the uneasiness in her eyes. "And no problem, although, it wasn't all me. You helped too."

"I guess I did, huh?" he sneered and chuckled. He met her gaze and refused to look away as he leaned in slowly. He pressed his warm lips against hers in a soft kiss, a reassuring kiss. "I'm not going anywhere, Win," he assured her once they parted for a moment, resting his forehead against hers. "I promise."

She looked up to meet his golden eyes like the sun that shone above them and sent a small smile his way. She caressed his face, relishing in the feel of his skin under her palm before pulling him down as their lips met again. "Thanks, Edward," she said between breaths and felt him smile against her lips.

"We should go back inside now," she said after a while, getting off his lap and onto her knees. "The kids are gonna probably wake up soon and they'll be hungry."

"Nah," was his lazy response. "Let's not." He wrapped his arms around her, stole a quick kiss and dragged her down with him as he decided to lay on the grass.

"Edward!" she squeaked in surprise. He gave her a toothy grin as she stared at him and every hint of anger on her face was replaced with amusement. "You just don't know when to quit, huh?" she told him as she propped herself up on his chest and gazed down at him.

"No," he smiled and rolled over so that he could be on top, his comfortable weight on her as his lips consumed hers again. "I love you." Edward gazed at two clear oceans of blue as he took her hand in his, entwining his fingers with hers.

"I love you, too, Ed." Smiling, she looked at their interwoven hands and the silver band on her finger, it matched the band on his own ring finger. "Forever," she said softly, as her eyes focused back on his. He gave her a content smile and leaned in-

"Mommy! Daddy!" came the voices of a little boy and girl standing at the front door of the house.

Winry laughed at the disappointment in Ed's face. Their time was up. At least, for now, it was. He gave her his best pout trying to look hurt, but she knew him too well to buy it. "We'll continue this conversation later tonight," she said with a hint of mischievousness in her voice before placing a quick kiss on his lips and lightly pushing him off her against his protests.

In the end, he got up first and lend her a hand while the two children ran to meet their parents. Ed couldn't help but smirk as Eddie and Sammy tugged on the bottom of his trousers. "See, Winry, they like their daddy best! Isn't that right?" he asked a pair of golden eyes and a pair of blue eyes that looked up at him curiously.

"They just want you to carry them and swing 'em around, Ed," she snickered.

He gave her a look that clearly said he didn't care. The golden haired man picked up his son and daughter, one in each arm. "Woah, you two are starting to get heavy!" he told them as they laughed.

"Spin us around, Daddy!" Eddie pleaded.

"Yeah, spin! Spin!" chimed in Sammy.

Winry decided to add her own two cenzs. "You should do that, Daddy," she said, mockingly. "Keep them entertained while I go make something to eat." She turned to the smiling kids in Ed's arms and said, in a stern tone, "Samantha, Edward, make sure your dad doesn't go hurting himself again." They giggled and nodded in response.

"Hey! I'm right here, ya know!" he whined and she nodded at his comment. "For the record, it was only a little sprain, I've had worse."

Winry smiled at the three of them and gave each of the kids a small kiss on the cheek. She ruffled their golden and wheat blond hair lovingly, sparing Ed only a glance before she began walking towards the house.

"What about me?" Ed asked, hurt. He thought he deserved a kiss too.

"You'll get yours tonight." And with a smirk, Winry walked inside. He found himself smirking as well but it only lasted mere seconds. "By the way, you still have to do the dishes!" he heard her yell from the door. "Did you honestly think I'd forget?"

Ed let out an exasperated sigh, "Why did I have to open my big mouth?"

In his arms, Eddie and Sammy simply giggled at their dad's reaction.


x3 -The End-


A/N - SORRY! ITS SO LATE! AGAIN! I blame life, school and procrastination. The last two weeks have flown by, lots of things have happening in between, but now, tomorrow will finally be the last day of school and then I can welcome summer vacation at last! I'm going to Mexico on Friday and although I won't have much access to a computer over there, I'll still be writing. Hopefully, I'll come back with brand new ideas and exciting stories!

Thanks again to everyone for everything and I hope to see ya'll soon! xD

- SHF