"Lieutenant Hawkeye, I strip you of your right to be away from me. Understand?!" Roy Mustang, in his unusual selfish mood, shouted at the golden-haired woman unconscious on the bed. "This is all your fault. Who the heck told you to engage the enemy alone?!"

"Whoa, easy there, Mustang. Riza is just asleep. She'll be fine after a couple of days." Lieutenant Havoc went beside Roy and put his hand on his trembling shoulder. "You'll want to save your voice till the time she wakes up. Just be grateful she saved your life."

Roy took one more painful look at his injured partner. Her long blonde hair was scattered all over her upper body, her skin was waxy and pale, it reminded him of a doll's and her lips were dry and cracked. In the middle of her collarbone lines was a long, jagged scar. It curved like a j across her chest. It was brown from Roy's fire; he had burned the wound close to prevent her from losing too much blood. She looked peaceful in her slumber, but Roy was still mad at her. 'What an idiotic adjutant this is.'

"If she hadn't disobeyed my orders, she wouldn't end up like this!" His hands balled into fists. Roy bit his lower lip so hard it bled in no time. Havoc looked at him with a smile.

"Are you sure that's the only reason why you're angry?"

Roy grumbled, prying his mind for better reasons to satisfy his lieutenant. "I-I've just lost a very fine officer by my side."

"Okay, if that's how you put it." Said Havoc as he opened the door and left the room. Roy took a deep breath before sitting down on a chair beside Riza's bed. He counted each slow breath Riza took. He listened at the voices from outside, trying to figure out who they belonged to. With each passing minute, Roy failed to realize that he was also losing consciousness.

Riza..

Something shifted beside him.

"You really are the most muddleheaded man I've ever met. You should at least take into consideration that if I let you get hurt, I'll be hurting more."

So we both are pretty selfish, huh?

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And so the Colonel slept with his hand upon Riza's.

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Disclaimer: i Do Not Own FMA.

This is a thank-you fic for my very first BR

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