"She lives with me in a house where I'm freeloading." Mayu said, "She has horns, just like you do." Nana stared at Mayu, horror crossing her face. "And you were together on those stairs back then, right?"
Alphonse stared, "What's wrong, Nana?"
"Is that some sort of lie?" Mayu shook her head no. That's got to be a lie! Nana thought, There's no way she's nearby, I don't feel her presence! "I want to meet her! Bring me to her now!" Nana demanded.
"Calm down, Nana, we'll take you." Al said kindly. He extended a hand out to her. "I'll lead the way." Nana took his hand hesitantly and the three walked towards the Kaede Inn. When they arrived, Nana simply stood there, staring at the building.
"Is this it?" she asked. Mayu nodded in response. Realizing Lucy's presence couldn't be felt, she started walking towards the building.
Al walked in ahead of them and stepped in, "Sorry for coming home so late."
Kouta stood up, "Where were you all this time?" Mayu and Nana then stepped in after. Upon seeing Nana's horns, Kouta freaked out a bit, "Why do you have horns?"
Ed quickly pealed him off of the poor girl. "We thought she should meet Nyu, so we brought her with us." Mayu said.
"Oh... I see... one moment, I'll get her." He turned and called for her, "Hey, Nyu! Someone's here to see you!" He left a moment and did a quick look-see. "Funny, she was here a moment ago."
"It's okay, I have to go back soon anyway."
Kouta looked at her, "Hey, why don't you tell us a little about yourself?" He needed to know why she had the same trait as Nyu, why she had horns too. "Where are you from? Do horned people live there?"
"It's okay, I'm going back now."
Yuka grabbed his shoulder, "Kouta, you shouldn't keep her like this." Suddenly Nyu burst out of a closet, screaming her own name.
Nana froze, staring at her, reliving when Lucy ripped her limbs off and suddenly attacked her.
"Nana!" Al cried out. All Nana was thinking of was protecting the others, protecting her two newly made friends. She didn't hear Alphonse, not in the rage she was in. Al could see Nana using her extra limbs to attack, as he had seen her use them to move the false limbs. Nana continued to attack, still. He raced out in attempt to stop her, grabbing her and holding her back as Nyu slowly stood up.
Nana was trembling. Al couldn't tell if it was fear or rage. Nyu softly whimpered and called out for Kouta. "Hey, why aren't you counter attacking!" She slugged her with a free vector.
Kouta stalked out and slapped Nana without hesitation. "Wh-Why did you hit me all of a sudden!"
"I should be asking the same thing! Just what the hell are you doing, trying to hurt Nyu!" He said coldly.
Nyu was out cold, Yuka and Ed trying to wake her up. "Kouta, I'm so sorry...!" Mayu sobbed, "I didn't think she'd do that, I'm so sorry!"
Nana freaked out, "Why...! Why are you protecting Lucy! She's the evil one! Not me!" Nozomi had come down from upstairs where she has been practicing and had started comforting Mayu. Tears started falling from the young Diclonious's face. "Why...? I'm not evil...at all... I'm not evil, yet..."
Kouta gazed at her coldly, "Get out of here. Right now. And don't come back." Nana spun around and ran away.
"Hey, Nyu! Wake up!"
Everyone rushed over. "What's wrong?" Ed asked.
"She won't wake up! She's losing it" Yuka cried.
"Come on, Nyu, hold on." Ed picked her up as Kouta said that and ran into the house and into one of the bedrooms. Everyone scurried around to do what they could to help. Nozomi and Yuka stayed by Nyu's side, Ed went to get a bowl of water and some washcloths, Kouta and Al helped getting Nyu into bed. Mayu had ran out after Nana.
Everything was quiet for a few minutes in the Kaede Inn. As everyone settled down, Edward sat with Yuka, watching over Nyu, since Nozomi had gone home. Kouta walked in to check in on her when she started coming to. "Kouta..."
A strange aura started coming off of her that Ed didnt' like, though Kotua was overjoyed to see her awake.
My memories have been retriggered again... Nyu, now Lucy thought. She sprang up and started to walk away. "Where are you going?" Ed asked.
"To chastise a stupid girl."
Kouta refused to let her do this, grabbed her shoulder and threw her back onto the bed, "Don't be stupid! You need to rest properly when you're ill!"
Yuka stood up, "I'll go get some medicine." She looked at Lucy, "Nyu, no more sexual stuff."
Lucy, gazed up at Kouta, her childhood friend, and Edward, who was now giving her a cold look like all those people from her childhood.
Lucy listened as a nurse who had been helping take care of her spoke to one of the attendants of the orphanage. Everyone there thought she was a beast - a monster. So, she decided to leave for a bit, to visit her dog, the only thing she could call a friend. Tripping and collapsing in their usual 'meeting spot' the poor thing ran up to her and barked playfully. "Hey... you don't mind me worrying about you, right?" I asked it. A lick on the cheek was all I got as a response. I was so miserable at that age, I felt myself crying, "I'm used to it... so I'm not that alone... I'm not so... alone..."
~The real world~
Lucy jolted awake, not realizing she had fallen asleep. Ed had left and it was just her and Kouta now. "Did you come to? You seemed to be having nightmares..." He felt her forehead, "Your fever's not going down!" Kouta soaked a washcloth with the water Ed had brought and placed it on her forehead, "Stop worrying me so much, stupid." She reached out and grabbed his hand. "What happened today, you're being overly sweet." He said. "Although you've been hugging everyone..."
It can't be... I shouldn't have said it aloud! Lucy thought. Maybe.. when my memories triggered I've been saying what I shouldn't say.. even if I don't want to? Maybe... without my memory Kouta and that other me can be close friends again. Like back then... years and years of dreaming about these feelings. To her horror, Lucy could feel herself crying. I'm better at gaining happiness... when I'm not myself. She sat up, clutching her head, forcing herself to become Nyu again.
"Nyu, are you alright?"
"Nyu...?" Nyu now whimpered.
"What's the matter, you looked like you were in pain just now." Suddenly she started bawling, wrapping her arms around him and crying his name, "Woah! This is outta the blue! And you had just settled down too!" He rubbed her back, "Stop worrying so much, it's alright, I'll be right beside you."
"Ike!" She randomly cried out, letting him go. He stared, baffled. "Ike! Ike! Ike! Ike! Like! Kouta... I like.. Kouta, I love!" She wrapped her arms around him again.
Yuka was around the corner, watching. Kouta slowly wrapped his other arm around her lovingly and held her close. Yuka felt as though she was going to cry.
"So you're jealous of a girl who can't even speak most words correctly half of the time when she's with your cousin?" Ed asked her. She jumped, not realizing he was there.
She opened her mouth to snap at him and he put a finger to her lips, "Yell at me outside, I don't want you to interrupt this." He grabbed her wrist and pulled her away from the room.
They walked outside for a bit, both completely silent. "Why did you pull me away from there?" Yuka asked.
"It was upsetting you to see that..." Ed said. "It's not good to bottle up things like this, so I want you to let it all out on me."
Edward stopped walking and stared at her, "You really like Kouta... you love him even... yet his love is falling towards some girl he found naked on a beach. It's been hurting you, right? You're trying your hardest not to cry, but that's not going to help. Is it? I want you to cry on me so that Kouta won't have to see it. I know that's why you bottle it up."
Yuka stared at him for a moment then dug her face into his chest and started crying. Ed wrapped protective arms around her and held her like that, rubbing her back gently as she sobbed. She looked up at him after a while, "I'm going to leave the inn..."
Ed looked at her, "Why?"
"I've been fooling myself all this time, thinking that there's hope that I'd end up with him... It took me this long to realize that he likes Nyu more than me... I need to stop pretending that I'll be with him someday... Please Edward... Tell him I said goodbye.."
"What?" Kouta's voice asked. He was standing right behind them. "Why are you two out here so late at night?" Ed hadn't realized how long they had been walking.
"Let's go back you two." he said.
Yuka looked away, "Stop wasting your sympathy on me... you can leave me behind now..."
"Now listen, you." He slapped her.
Ed simply stood silently watching. "I never thought I'd be hitting a girl twice in one day. When you disappeared this late at night..." The Fullmetal Alchemist was surprised to see him crying. "Did you ever think about how worried I'd be? Whatever, go back home, how can I leave you behind and return now?"
"Kouta..." She hugged him. "I think I can go on dreaming for a bit longer now..."