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(Note: 40 degrees Celsius is 104 Fahrenheit.)
Roy entered the room nearly an hour after Riza fell asleep. He had taken a nap on the couch to prepare himself for the night. If what the doctor told him about the medication's side effects did happen, Riza had a difficult night ahead of her.
"The side effects she'll probably have are unpleasant dreams, fever, and maybe hallucinations as well. However, if her fever gets over 40 degrees, you should bring her back to the hospital, so try to keep it below that number."
Roy doubted he was going to get any sleep tonight, but that didn't matter much at the moment. Riza always took care of him, whether it was doing his paperwork for him at times (But mostly making sure he actually did it.), or simply making sure he was alright if he got sick. She was the one who comforted him after Hughes's death. She was always there when he needed her. Hell, she was laying on this bed because she protected him, like she always does, when he wasn't even worth it.
"What did I ever do to deserve a woman like you, Riza?"
He sat on the edge of the bed and looked at her. She was sleeping quite soundly. "She looks so cute when she sleeps. I don't want to wake her, but I have to."
He gently began shaking her. "Riza? Riza? Wake up, it's time for your medicine."
She moaned sleepily, before she opened her eyes and looked at him, slightly confused. "Roy?"
"You have to take your medicine, Riza."
"Oh. Right. Yeah."
Sitting up, she took the pills and washed them down with water. Roy just noticed that her cheeks were flushed and the fact that she was sweating. He placed his hand on her forehead, only to pull it back immediately. "Not good, you're burning up."
"Hold on a moment."
He opened the drawer near the bed and fumbled in it for a minute, before pulling out a thermometer.
"Riza, I need to take your temperature, alright? Looks like those side effects had already started."
She complied, and he put the thermometer into her mouth. He pulled it out a few minutes later and looked at the numbers. "38.9. Alright, why don't you lay down and I'll bring some washcloths." She nodded and he left the room, returning minutes later with a bowl of ice-cold water and washcloths. In those few minutes she seemed to be getting worse. He soaked one of the cloths with cold water and placed it on her forehead. Sitting on the edge of the bed, he took her hand into his.
"How are you feeling?"
He frowned a bit, feeling this unnatural heat. He had to keep her temperature down. He took the now warm cloth off her forehead and replaced it with another cold one. Nearly an hour later, while Riza was half-asleep, he noticed that the water had grown warmer than it should be, so he took the bowl and left the room. He returned after changing the water, only to hear Riza muttering something. He became immediately worried and rushed to her.
"No…where…I don't want…"
"Oh no. She's hallucinating."
He put her hand on her forehead, but he drew it back quickly. "Dammit! When did her temperature become so high?"
Quickly grabbing the thermometer, he tried to talk to her, but she didn't seem to be aware of anything around her. When he took her temperature and looked at the numbers, he gasped.
"39.5? Dammit. I must get it down quickly."
Pulling up the sleeves of her shirt, he put more cold cloths over her arms. She continued to talk, and he tried to comfort her, but she was so delirious to the point that she wasn't aware of his presence. It broke his heart to see her so weak and vulnerable.
Over the next few hours, he stayed by her side, stroking her hair and watching over her, changing her cloths, monitoring for any changes. Gradually, her hallucinations ceased and her face wasn't flushed anymore. It was near dawn when her temperature finally returned to normal. Roy sighed in relief, and smiled down at the sleeping woman in front of him. Black Hayate brushed against his leg, and Roy just noticed that the little dog was there the whole time too. He patted the pup's head, before leaning back in a chair and sleeping immediately.
He awoke some time later to the sound of soft whimpers. He glanced over to Riza, to realize that she was having a nightmare. And by the looks of it, it was a bad one.
He gently shook her. "Riza, wake up! Riza!"
Her eyes snapped open and she gasped. "R-Roy. I-I couldn't save you." She suddenly began to cry, and he carefully held her in his arms. "Y-You died. I couldn't save you…"
Never in his life did Roy expect to see Riza Hawkeye cry. Yet there she was, sobbing in his chest, over him.
"Shh. It's alright. It was just a dream. I'm right here. I'm not going anywhere."
When she stopped crying, he didn't let her go. He held her close and, to his surprise, she let him.
"Riza…" She looked up at him.
He couldn't keep it in, not anymore.
He had to tell her.
It was now or never.
"That night, at Bradley's mansion..I..I thought I was going to lose you. I thought I had lost you. If you died that night, Riza, then I would have died too. I can't live without you. You're the reason I keep on living." He swallowed. "I love you, Riza Hawkeye."
He said it.
He actually said it.
And now would be the moment where she'll probably reject him.
He closed his eyes and waited.
Riza kept looking at Roy. She couldn't believe what she just heard. He loved her. He really loved her! She wasn't dreaming for sure, this was too beautiful to even be a dream.
He opened his eyes to see her smiling happily at him.
"That night, I prayed that I wasn't too late to save you. Then I prayed for one last chance to tell you how I truly felt. Roy, I can't imagine my life without you." She reached out and began stroking his cheek.
"I love you too, Roy."
He looked into her Amber eyes, and she looked into his onyx ones. Before they knew it, they were slowly drawing closer, lost in each other's eyes. When he was about to close the small space between them, she murmured. "Roy, you know we can't.."
"Well." He began playing with her hair. "I've heard a rumor. A rumor that's got a high chance of being true. Since there's a new Fuhrer, some laws will change." She stared at him, eyes wide.
He smirked. "Including the Fraternization laws."
Riza was speechless for a second, before throwing her arms around Roy's neck and kissing him fully on the mouth. He gently braced her back and, returning the kiss, pulled her closer to him. When they finally broke apart, he leaned his back on the headboard and adjusted Riza's position in his arms so that her head was resting against his chest. She turned her head to look at him, smiling softly. He began caressing her cheek. "I've been waiting for you for so long." He murmured to her.
"And I've waited since the day you asked me to watch your back."
He smiled at her, before saying: "Well, I guess waiting only makes things more valuable. And more beautiful."
He lay down on the bed, and she snuggled into his firm chest.
"I love you, Roy." She mumbled into his shirt.
"I love you too, Riza. So much." Kissing the top of her head, he held her even closer to him as they both drifted to sleep, tucked in each other's embrace.
Just outside the window, a pale, white figure grinned widely.
"It's about time those two got together!" The ghost of Maes Hughes said happily. "I wonder when they're going to get married!"
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