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Chapter 35

"Ed..."

Somethingor someonewas poking Ed in the ribs. He groaned and rolled over onto his side in a weak attempt to avoid the insistent prods.

"Ed." More poking. This time harder.

"Geh." Ed managed to slap the hand away, but still kept his eyes closed. Maybe he could still fall asleep again...

"EDWARD!" A hand grabbed him by the elbow and yanked. His eyes finally flew open just in time to see the room spin around him as he tumbled off of the bed.

"HYAGUH!" Ed's arms flailed as he instinctively tried to grab something to stop, or at least slow, his fall, but he only ended up whacking his hand against the hard frame of the bed. He landed on his side and groaned again, this time in pain, as he face-planted smack onto the ground. After peeling his face off of the floor, he looked up, blinking and scowling, to see Al standing there, a defiant smirk dancing across his lips.

"What the heck, Al?" Ed moaned, crawling to his hands and knees.

"Sorry," Al shrugged, sounding very unapologetic, "but I just wanted to make sure you were okay."

"SO YOU DRAGGED ME OUT OF BED AND THREW ME TO THE FLOOR?!"

"Yeah," he rubbed his chin, gazing at the ceiling thoughtfully, "that probably wasn't the best way to do it..."

"You think?!"

"But Winry said that you were okay already... I just wanted to double check."

Ed flushed and looked around the room, seeing if Winry was still there. It was empty except for him and Al. He stood up, casually brushing off his pants before asking, as steadily as he could, "So, um... where is Winry anyways?"

"You're blushing," Al sniggered.

"A-am not!" Ed gave his brother a shove, looking away. "I was just wondering..."

"Yeah, yeah..." Al suddenly frowned, his brow furrowing. "Are you sure you're okay, Edward? For a while you were looking pretty... bleak, I guess."

Ed stared at his younger brother. He looked so much older and tired than he should. And worried. He looked drop-dead worried.

Ed smiled. "Of course I am!" He reached out to ruffle the younger boy's hair. "Sorry for worrying you there, brother. But I'm fine. Really."

"You sure?"

"Totally," his grin widened.

For a moment, Al's face remained the same. Then, slowly, he smiled. "So..." he said, the same smirk from earlier coming back, "about Winry..."

The blood rushed to Ed's face faster than kids getting out of school. "What?!" He held his hands up, palms out, and shook them violently as though to ward off Al's words. "N-nothing happened! Really! Nothing!"

Al let out a low whistle. "I didn't say anything did, Brother," he winked. "But I think you just did."

Ed huffed. "When did you get so... annoying?"

"I probably got it from you."

"Aw, stuff it," he muttered.

"Don't sulk, Ed," Al ruffled Ed's hair. "I'm just having some fun."

Ed grabbed his hand and removed it from his head. "Don't treat me like a kid!"

"That's what you did to me!"

"Well, yeah, because I'm your older brother! I have rights!"

"Then how come you're so short?"

A vein pulsed on Ed's forehead. "HUH?! DID YOU JUST SAY I'M SHORTER THAN A SQUASHED ANT AND YOU CAN'T SEE ME EVEN WITH A HUNDRED MICROSCOPES?!"

"How on earth did you get that from what I just said?!"

"I'LL FLAY YOU ALIVE!"

"TRY IT!"


Winry was smiling as she started up the stairs. I know what I'm going to do now, she beamed triumphantly. After managing to wriggle herself out of Edward's arms while he was still asleep, even though she wouldn't have minded staying like that for just a bit longer, she had talked about her plan with Pinako for a little bit and, while they didn't even scratch the surface on the details of it all, the aging mechanic had agreed to it and helped think a few more basic things through.

Basic thing number one: Telling Ed.

At first, Winry had wanted it to be a surprise until the last possible moment, but Pinako had convinced her otherwise. In hindsight, Ed probably would have freaked out if he only knew at the last second. And he probably would have tried to make excuses to get out of it. But if he already knew, then Winry could find some way to convince him to go along with it.

She stopped just outside his and Al's room. Frowning, she leaned in, pressing her ear against the door. From what she could tell, it sounded like a bunch of drunk lions were fighting over a piece of meat just inside the door. Taking a deep breath, she grabbed the handle and twisted it, opening the door just enough for her to stick her head in.

"Ed?" She said warily. "Al? What are you two..."

She stared, speechless. The both of them were tangled in a heap on the floor, Al having his older brother in some weird, twisted headlock that included having one of his legs squeezing one of Ed's legs. Ed, meanwhile, had his teeth firmly clamped around Al's arm that wasn't around his neck and was kicking with his free leg as hard as he could.

"Ow!" Al yelled, trying to pry Ed's mouth from his arm. "Stop biting me!"

"Stmhp sqmgphing maph netkh!" Ed growled around the arm in his mouth. (A/N: An internet high-five to anyone who can tell me what he's actually saying because, yes, he is speaking English.)

"Ew! I can feel your spit all over my arm now! Gross!" Al glanced up and froze when he saw Winry standing there, watching them. "Er..."

Ed, however, kept on fighting, oblivious to the fact that they were being watched. Now that Al wasn't paying as much attention to him, Ed was able to squeeze his head out of the headlock after releasing Al's arm. "Ha!" He shouted victoriously. He tried to move away but, because their legs were still intertwined, he stumbled and, grabbing Al around the neck, fell to the floor. Al let out a grunt as Ed's elbow hit Al smack in the stomach, knocking the air out of him.

"Ed..." Al gripped Ed's shoulder, trying to enlighten him to the fact that Winry was present, but Ed just shrugged it off and tried to pin Al to the ground.

Winry let out a small, innocent cough, "Ahem."

Ed looked up and saw her standing there, trying to hide her laughter behind a raised hand. "Oh." His face slowly began to burn bright red as he tried to untangle himself from Al. "Eh... uh..."

"No, no, it's fine," she said, snickering. "Please, don't stop biting Al because of little old me."

"T-that was... he started it!"

"What, are you five now?"

Ed stood up, looking anywhere except for Winry's laughing face and Al's smug face. He cleared his throat. "Anyways... Winry... um... a-about... about last..."

Winry immediately sobered up. "I know, I know... I have something to tell you, too." She glanced at Al. "I have something I have to tell the both of you."


Duh... duh... DUHHHHHH! CLIFFY! Man... I haven't had one of these in a while, huh? Look forward to the next update! XD

Speaking of... *claps hands together and bows* SO SORRY IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO UPDATE! School has been... man... so much homework... and also, I totally forgot where I left off with the last chapter(though I did remember it was awkward and embarrassing for Ed and Winry as well as myself), so I couldn't even scribble down a few sentences in my notebook! D:

BUT HERE IT IS! AT LAST! A CHRISTMAS GIFT TO YOU ALL WHO STILL CARE ABOUT THIS STORY! ^-^

and also... I realized that this was getting way serious and then I remembered that I actually had this in the 'humor' genre... ;-;. wow. Maybe this is a bit lighter...? At least I hope so... Gah! So sorry again! ;_;

I also have good news for you all:

I FINALLY KNOW WHERE THIS STORY IS FRIKKIN GOING! YAHOOOOOOOOOOO!

...35 chapters in... *cough* well... better late than never, right?

I mean, seriously, I was TOTALLY winging it all the way to here. I had no idea what the next sentence would be, much less the next chapter! But now I know! And I might be able to end this before I graduate high school! YEAHHHH!

And also, I would like to give special thanks to those who have stuck with me for all of this story(or maybe just most of it): author12306who has also been an epic friend for the past yearxXEmz223Xx(another good friend), Valdangelo-shipper(again, another good friend...), NorthernMage, FullmetalAlchemist64, fullmetalpassion, Ghibli Ninja, and there are probably loads others! THANK YOU SO FRIKKIN MUCH!

I've lost some reviewers over the past year... and that makes me really sad... BUT PLEASE STICK WITH ME JUST A LITTLE LONGER! ;_;

I have literally cried I have laughed so hard at some of your reviews! I tell my friend at school some of your reviews and she just sits there awkwardly while I laugh my soul out and then goes, 'whatever you say, canagg. *pats head* Whatever you say...' XD

And also thank you who have accepted my weird OJ obsession. *-* Some people don't. And by some, I mean everyone at my school. They won't let me drink any kind of orange drink anymore. ;-;

AND SO, WITH A STOMACH FULL OF POCKY AND ORANGE POP, I SHALL WRITE ON!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS CHAPTER AS I HAVE ENJOYED WRITING IT(although Winry was really mean to me... ;-;)! AND YOU GUYS BETTER THANK AUTHOR12306 FOR CONTINUING TO YELL AT ME TO WRITE THIS EVEN THOUGH I WANT TO GO PLAY A ZOMBIE GAME!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! ^-^