Hey, people! This is the sequel to (drumroll please) The Dark Side of Love! That's right, Ed and Rei are back in a whole new plot, Better than ever! All the loyal fans out there...I love you! Please, Enjoy this one.
By: Ryuu Katai
Ed was ready.
He was ready to see Rei. She might be mad after he'd dissapeared without a word...for two years. But he'd found the stone, and him and Al were back to normal. He couldn't wait to hold her again. It had been so hard to not send her a letter or a postcard, but he'd had to. He had needed to focus on the stone and nothing but the stone.
"Well, Al? Ready to head back?" He turned to his human-bodied brother, Al was now devastatingly handsome, with brown hair and blue eyes. They had literally had a lot of trouble getting in and out of towns on the way to Central because of the girls that were hanging off his legs.
"Definately." He stretched. "I can't wait to see everyone's faces when they see us!"
"The only one who I care about the reaction of is Rei." Ed smirked. "Now, we board the last train in our journey to Central!
"No, Winry, I still haven't heard from him. Let's face it, he's just not coming back." Rei spoke into the phone, trying to console her now best friend. "I know you still believe, but I for one-"
"Hold on, someone's here. I'll call you back." Rei hung up. Ding-Dong. "I'm coming! Oh, who could that be?" Rei opened the door and-Nearly fainted.
"Hey, Rei! How have you been?" Ed asked. "God, I've missed you. What's going on?"
Rei was speechless. "E...Ed! You...you're here! You're alive! You're-"
"Back to normal?" He showed her his human arm. "My leg too, of course. I'll show you that later. Now, however, I want you to see Al." She looked at the boy standing outside the door and gaped.
"Al? Is that really you?"
"Yup. It's really me." She shook herself.
"You guys really are back! Oh, I've missed you so much!" Rei hugged Ed really tight. "How'd you find my house? I moved out of the dorms..."
"Phone book." Al explained.
"I wanted to ask you something, Rei." Ed said, sticking his hands in his pockets.
"I gotta call Winry! She'll be so happy!" Rei ranted on, completely ignoring him and dialing Winry's number.
"Hey, will you listen to me?"
"Who's here? I heard the doorbell." A young man of about 20 came downstairs. He was tall, with short black hair, hazel eyes, and a tan, wearing an outfit much like Russell would wear. He stopped in front of the boys and blinked. "Who're you?"
"Oh, Elliot, this is Ed. Ed, this is Elliot. Hi, Winry, you'll never believe this..." She moved away and spoke to Winry on the phone.
"Oh, you! I've heard stories about you. Hi, I'm Elliot Dioniwitz."
"Edward Elric, and this is my brother Alphonse." Elliot shook hands with them both. "So, what are you her roommate or something?" Elliot laughed.
"No, I'm her boyfriend." There was a chilly silence.
"Her...boyfriend?" Al asked. Elliot nodded.
"Winry's getting on the next train here! she should be here in about..." She noticed the chilly atmosphere between Ed and Elliot. "...two...um...hours. What's with this?"
"Her...boyfriend." Ed muttered to himself. Then he snapped out of his trance and, overly cheerfully, said: "Well, I just wanted to say Hi! I guess we'll be moving on down the road to the inn, then." He turned around, ready to run.
"W-wait! Winry's going to be here soon! Shouldn't you wait for her?" Elliot asked.
Ed turned to Elliot with a psycho smile. "Send her to the hotel, then." Elliot paled a bit. Rei grabbed Ed's arm before he left.
"Edward Elric! You leave me for two whole years and expect me to be content with just a hug and three seconds of hellos?" She asked in her I'm-being-serious-so-don't-you-dare-leave-now voice, the only thing she'd gotten from her uncle Roy.
Ed sighed. "Fine." He stuck his hands in his pockets again. "Where can we sleep? I'm so tired I almost fell asleep in the doorway."
"Man...I knew it would be different, but a boyfriend?" Ed flopped down on his bed and Al sat down on his.
"Well...you did dissapear without a word. You might have given the impression you didn't like her anymore." Al reasoned.
"Ugh! I knew it! How could I be so DUMB? I dissapear for two years and expect her to...I don't wanna talk about it." Ed rolled over. He stuck one hand in his pocket and pulled out a small box. He opened it and looked at the ring inside.
"I'm sorry, Brother." Al said. "You know I'm a believer of true love, right?"
"So you think she'd be better off with him?" Ed asked, taking the ring out and pressing it in his hand.
"No." Ed looked at his brother in shock. "I think she's better off with you."
"Moved on? Yeah. So what? You got her once. You could get her again. Elliot isn't half the man you are, Brother."
"So what do you suggest I do?"
"Get her to say I Love You to you again. Once she says it, she'll realize it's true." Al poked at a fuzzy thing on the top of the dresser.
"So you're saying I should have her mortally wounded and talk to her while I think she's unconscious...again?"
"No! Jeez, Ed, you can be so thick." Al said, frustrated.
"Well, what do you think? You and I both know I'm no match for that Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome! She'd choose him over me any day!" Ed yelled, his temper rising. He turned back to the window in a huff. "Guess I won't be needing this." He threw the ring over his shoulder carelessly. Al caught it and glared at the back of his brother's head.
"The Ed I know would never give up." He said, pocketing the ring.
"Yeah? Well he left with the automail, Al. You'll never see him again." Ed sighed. "I'm going for a walk."
Ed sat in front of the bell tower, the same one he'd sat in front of when he witnessed Scar kill a messenger who was trying to warn him.
"I must be seeing things." Ed looked up and saw Roy Mustang not too far away. "Is that Edward Elric?"
"Hey, Mustang. Long time no see." Ed replied sadly.
"It IS you! Riza! Hey, Riza! Honey, come look, Ed's back!" He called over his shoulder to the lady who was buying fruits at a nearby stand. When she turned around, Ed saw it was in fact Riza Hawkeye with her hair down.
"Roy, what are you talking about? Are you hallucinating again?" She asked him, pushing the bag of fruit into his arms.
"No, I'm really here." Ed walked over to them and smiled. "Long time no see, Hawkeye." He saluted them both. They saluted back, then roy dropped the bag of fruits and pulled him into a back-breaking hug.
"We thought you were DEAD, Fullmetal! would it have killed you to write a letter or two?"
"Dear, you're going to kill him...He can't breathe..." Riza said, and Mustang released him.
"It's okay, really. So...I'm hearing a few words that make me think you two are dating still." Ed concluded with a smirk.
"Dating? We're engaged!" Roy said, smiling as big as possible. "We're getting married this Saturday."
"Really?" Ed asked, amazed. "You mean, seriously? Can I come?"
"Come? Now that I know you're back, you're gonna be my Best Man!" Roy pounded him on the back.
"Dear, I don't think Havoc is going to take that well." Hawkeye pointed out.
"Oh, he'll understand. So, Fullmetal, have you visited Rei yet? I'm sure she'd be ecstatic to see you."
"Uh...yeah...I have." He said, looking at the ground. "She's got a nice guy, I see."
Hawkeye recognized the tone of voice. It was the I-just-got-my-heart-torn-in-two tone of voice. Roy, however, was oblivious.
"Oh, yeah, Elliot." Roy said. "To be brutally honest, I've never really liked him much. I always thought she'd marry you, especially since the day in the hospital. But after you dissapeared, she kinda..." He shrugged, not knowing how to describe it.
"As far as honesty goes...To be honest, I was going to propose to her today." Mustang looked shocked.
"Really?" Hawkeye elbowed him in the ribs. "Oof!"
"Yeah...I was just about to when HE came downstairs. I don't know...maybe I should've sent her a letter or something. Al says my sudden dissapearance caused her to think I didn't like her anymore."
"Well, that was the first thing she said..." Hawkeye elbowed him again. "Oof!"
"I guess she's happy...that's all that really matters, right?" He said, more to himself than them. "If that's true, though...Then why do I feel like crap?"
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