I'm baaaaaaack... and cannot apologize enough for leaving this story in the cold... you all waited patiently so here it is. The newest chapter!

Review Time!

Joker Oak: So very true to your first review :) very poetic as well. To your second review, the guy is in jail hopefully getting raped and having to face the pain he dealt out to others. I love your quote by the way, I never watched Card Captor Sakura, but your words made me feel really good and I thank you for that.

Alice Nyte: Who could ever kill someone as sweet and cute as Fletcher? I could totally see him as a brony though XD

AlchemyFreak0218: Well I didn't give up but I did put the story off for an unforgivable amount of time :( sorry about that. To be honest, the first story that I read by you was My Perfect Murder Children :D I was hooked onto that one big time!

Wolpy: Your senses are correct :D thank you so much for your kind words :) really, thanAnd and stay awesome dude!

KirbyRevolution105: Devious you say? XD Let's see what I can manage...

Mixed Kit10: Who doesn't find insane!Ed interesting xD I find him to be psychotically hot.

CC-R2000: Thank you so much :D

Hanah: I'm fine, thanks for your concern :) and... I didn't come back soon but I came back... so that's a start.

Kor0roxGuardian: Roy said that because in his mind, Ed is a criminal. Thanks dude :3

Shadow Heart Hawk-eye: This happened last year but I still want to keep the notes up for people to know that they should care for someone even just a little... although I did take it off my story Nightmare Before the Night.

mylittlehollow: You forgot to add cross-dresser XD reading your second review, I felt so happy. I'm glad that there are people like you (and other readers) that care so much for people you may or may not know. Thank you so much :)

AngelaAngel: Sorry I took forever to update :( but I really am glad that you love this story so much \^.^/ may your life be filled with epic amazingness and cupcakes! Lotso cupcakes!


Chapter 23: Story Time

When Hohenheim and Roy walked back into the office, they saw Lieutenant Hawkeye carrying the same book that was inside of Mustang. She looked to him and said, "I was about to read this book."

Roy nodded in understanding, "Read on."

Riza nodded and began:

In a land far away, a boy lived in disgrace and humiliation

The boy was shunned by his village and driven out to live in the forest.

The boy cried and cried. "Oh why! Oh why! Why must I suffer!" The boy cried to the Midnight Moon.

The Midnight Moon looked down at the boy. It didn't care for the boy either…

Something had heard the boy's cries and confronted him

And thus the boy encountered the Monster.

The Monster stared at the boy, stared at him with interest

"Was it it you want? Was is it you want best?"

The boy smiled and pointed to his heart

"I want friends! Someone to share my pain at my part."

The Monster granted his wish and gave him two ears

"Two friends for them to hear! Two friends for you to hold dear."

The boy smiled. Hearing his friends, he laughed and gleed

But something was missing, his heart continued to bleed

"I want revenge," said the boy, "to all who bullied me set fire to their houses!"

So the Monster did, and watched, as chaos arouses

The boy laughed with his new friends, hearing their pleasure

"Only truth remains! I don't care if I'm not what I once were!"

The Monster smirked at the boy, "What more do you want? Surely, that is not all?"

"I can give you fortune, fame, a castle with your name on the wall!"

The boy grinned, "That is what I want. A name," he exclaimed.

"A name that sets me above all others that is not the same!"

The Monster granted his wish and stifled a chuckle

As the boy bounced around, laughing as sweet as honeysuckle

"A name! A name! I am no longer just a boy. Nor the boy!"

"I am -! A name given for my deepest and dearest joy!"

"That is all? What more do you want?" The Monster asked with greed in his voice.

"I am all powerful, you know? Speak your wish, make your choice!"

- thought, he thought long and hard, until it came to him

The wish he wanted most of all.

"I want to be the Monster! All powerful and strong!"

"I'll be higher than the King of Kings! No one will ever think me wrong!"

"Dear boy," spoke the Monster, "that wish I cannot grant because that wish is you."

- was confused. What did he mean? Then he looked to himself and, horrified, found it was true

"I'm higher than the King of Kings! More valuable than a religion's God!"

- spoke and he spoke high. His life, his purpose was as clear as a fraud

"Monster, grant me one more wish! For a wish I command!"

"Give me the rest of my friends! Give them to me as my final demand!"

So - was given a nose, arms, legs, and hair. With his wish granted, he was whole

"Thank you, Monster. Your wishes are blessings and you've played your role..."

The Monster cackled, "Nothing more to do, but wait for you soon."

"We'll meet again and when that times comes. Be prepared for you'll be dancing to my tune."

The boy nodded and walked into the world, revealing his wholeness in the sun

People praised his looks as the boy made his sorrowful bet and won

The Monster had long since left the world, all traces of him gone

The Boy no longer cared. He really didn't as he bled out to his perfect dawn...

"What the hell kind of book was that?" Breda asked, hysterical.

"Apparently," Riza mused as she closed the book, "a children's book. The same one that was in your body, sir." She stared at Roy with concern as her superior held his hand out and asked to see the accursed book. Riza gave the book to Roy and watched as he flipped through it, Hohenheim looking from over his shoulders as they both observed the pictures of the demented children's book.

Hohenheim gasped. "This book..."

"You know of it?" Roy asked.

"No. Not this copy, but during my Project Phoenix days we gave our test subjects books, specifically children's books, for them to read."

Roy raised an eyebrow. "Why? Why children's books anyways?"

"Well, since our subjects had lost the majority of their memories and therefore their very personalities and lives. We thought it would be good, for the sake of progress, to give the subjects children's books that had characters that were similar to themselves. In a way, it allowed them to keep small aspects of themselves but also molded them into new people."

"But who's book is this?" Fury asked, concern dripping from his face.

Roy thought this through. The obvious choice would be Edward but... what if that was what Ed wanted him to think?

Roy sighed and pinched the bridge between his eyes. Ed was really starting to piss Roy off now. Releasing the pent up tension inside of him, Roy said without thinking, "It has to be Ed's..."

"Yet, the character doesn't relate to him," Riza spoke up.

"The Boy or the Monster?" Al suddenly had all eyes on him. He glared down at the floor and groaned. "Colonel Mustsng, can you read it again please?"

Roy thought about this and nodded. "Of course:

In a land far away, a boy lived in disgrace and humiliation

The boy was shunned by his village and driven out to live in the forest.

The boy cried and cried. "Oh why! Oh why! Why must I suffer!" The boy cried to the Midnight Moon.

The Midnight Moon looked down at the boy. It didn't care for the boy either…

Something had heard the boy's cries and confronted him

And thus the boy encountered the Monster.

The Monster stared at the boy, stared at him with interest

"Was it it you want? Was is it you want best?"

The boy smiled and pointed to his heart

"I want friends! Someone to share my pain at my part."

The Monster granted his wish and gave him two ears

"Two friends for them to hear! Two friends for you to hold dear."

The boy smiled. Hearing his friends, he laughed and gleed

But something was missing, his heart continued to bleed

"I want revenge," said the boy, "to all who bullied me set fire to their houses!"

So the Monster did, and watched, as chaos arouses

The boy laughed with his new friends, hearing their pleasure

"Only truth remains! I don't care if I'm not what I once were!"

"Right there!" Al suddenly said, catching everyone by surprise. "When the boy asked for the destruction of everyone who terrorized him... isn't that the same as Ed wanting to kill off all of the scientists who made him this way?"

Immediately, a spark ignited in the room.

"Yes..." Hohenheim murmured. "Or it could be him burning down the hospital..."

"The boy said he is not what he once was..." Falmon muttered.

"Maybe he meant that... for Edward... there was no turning back now..." Fury stated.

"Now that does sound a little like Brother," Al said, "maybe the book does have a connection with him..."

Suddenly, a soldier burst through the doors of the colonel's office and saluted him. "Sir! Have you heard the news?"

Roy, taken by surprise, stammered, "What is it, soldier?"

Dropping his salute, the soldier smiled brightly and exclaimed, "Everyone's talking about it! The Fullmetal Alchemist is back!"

Roy pretended to be shocked, the same went for everyone. "He's back? How do you know?"

"A unit down at Central Train Station saw him! With a girl no less!"

"A girl? What did she look like?"

"Beautiful from what I've heard," the soldier smirked, "they both headed out on a train to East City!"

"Th-that's great. Thank you for informing me," Roy said as he dismissed the soldier. The man left.

"So now everyone knows that Edward is alive and back from his 'kidnapping'..." Breda muttered. "This'll be hard..."

"But no one knows what he did to Central Hospital..." Armstrong said.

"And if someone finds out, there will be a panic." Riza added.

Suddenly, Roy dropped the book as he realized something terrible. While his subordinates were talking amongst themselves, Roy had been re-reading the story to himself over and over again.

"Mustang?" Hohenheim mused, concerned. "What's wrong?"

"Trigham."

"Nash Trigham?"

"No... no..." Roy said a bit more boldly as his eyes deadened. "His sons. Russell and Fletcher Trigham. Ed's after them!"

Al immediately spoke up. "We have to help them! We have to go now!"

Roy desperately controlled the panic that rose inside of him as he thought of a new idea. "This is the perfect opportunity to get what information we need. Sergeants Breda, Fury, and Falmon, I want you all to go to Lior-"

"Why Lior, sir?" Fury asked.

"That's where the original Grand Event had taken place," Hohenheim filled in, "I believe, if I remember correctly, that the Grand Event to place in an old estate... it was at the edge of Lior."

"Is there a name we can look for?" Breda asked.

Hohenheim thought about this and rubbed his chin. "It starts with an 'S'..."

"Thank you for your advice," Falmon deadpinned.

"Anyways," Roy interjected, "Lieutenant Havoc and Armstrong, you both come with me to East City to rescue the Trigham brothers and secure Edward."

"Yes sir!" Havoc and Armstrong both said.

"Al, Lieutenant Hawkeye, and Hohenheim, I need you all to stay here and research more information on both Grand Events... and try to decipher exactly what this twisted book entails..."

"Yes sir," Riza said. Al didn't say anything but his eyes darted away from Roy's as he mumbled something under his breath. Hohenheim seemed to notice this and sighed.

"Alright then," Roy said, grabbing his coat and quickly shoved it on. "Depart."


"It's funny, Russell, it's really funny how you suspected the issue but didn't do a thing about it," Edward's voice caressed through the air as he stared blankly down at the restrained and naked Russell. His eyes seemed to bore into the teenager with pregnant concern.

Around Russell was a transmutation circle Ed had drawn himself, but this one was obviously different from all the rest that Ed had made.

The older Elric smirked as he bent down, on his knees, and clapped his hands. "It won't hurt much, Russell, at least, not compared to what Phoenix is doing to Fletcher."

Russell unleashed a muffled cry from behind the tape that covered his mouth.

"Don't worry about anything. I'm a doctor," Edward gave Russell a crooked smile as his hands inched closer to the circle. Russell's eyes grew bigger with terror.

"And don't worry about the tape. You'll be screaming so much, it'll fly right out of the circle."

Ed brought his hands down on the circle and watched it glow a malicious red as Russell screamed in pain.


Sorry if its choppy... need to get back into the edge of things before I write long chapters again :D anyways, thank you all for reading! But a SPECIAL thanks for all of you who kept faith in this story and waited for an update... you all make me so happy!

Stay amazing out there!