Sacrifice

I Miss You

(Edward's POV)

“What do you mean gone?” I asked quickly. She was in the other room asleep not half an hour ago.

“She’s gone. Missing. Poof.” Winry said. I ran over to the sofa. Sure enough, Alex wasn’t there. Neither was her suitcase.

“Dang it!” I shouted, running back to Al and Winry.

Winry sat down. “This is all my fault…” She said, biting her lip. “If I hadn’t hit her, or said I hated her…”

Alphonse shook his head. “No. It’s ours. We shouldn’t have brought her here on such short notice.” He told her.

“We can talk about this later.” I said, running to grab my suitcase. “We have to find her!”

The front door flew open. A very familiar Flame Alchemist walked inside the house. “You’re not going anywhere.” He said, glaring at me.

I shouted in surprise and ran back towards Al and Winry.

“What the heck are YOU doing here?!?” I yelled at Mustang. He looked at me.

“We’re looking for someone. I believe that Resembool locals spotted you with her.” He said calmly.

“Her?” I asked.

“You probably know her as Alexandra Hagane.” Mustang pulled a picture out of his pocket.

Holy crap. The Flame Alchemist held a picture of Alex in his hands.

“We’ve been harboring a FUGITIVE?” Alphonse shrieked.

Mustang shook his head. “No. Alex isn’t in trouble. We just need to find her.” He said.

“Why? I’m not moving until I get a reasonable explanation.” I told him stubbornly.

He glared at me. “Alex didn’t contact Central this morning.”

I shrugged. “So what?”

“She always contacts Central.” The Flame Alchemist put away Alex’s picture.

“Why the heck would she do that?” I asked.

“Listen, Edward. If she wants to tell you why, she can. You can ask her about me when we find her.” He responded. “Where is she?”

Al looked at the ground. “She ran away.” He said quietly.

“She WHAT?!?” Mustang was not happy.

“It was my fault! I hit her with a wrench and said that I hated her!” Winry cried.

The Flame Alchemist softened. “That doesn’t matter. We need to find her.” He said.

The phone rang. Winry ran to pick it up. “Hello?”

We crowded around her. Is it Alex? After a few seconds, she handed the phone to Mustang.

“It’s for you.” She said.

He held the phone up to his ear. “Hello?” He paused. “Alex?”

I tried to grab the phone, but Alphonse held me back.

“Where are you?” The Flame Alchemist asked. Another pause. “Fine. When you get to Rush Valley, stay there. I’m coming, okay?” Silence. “Alright. I’ll see you in a while.” He hung up the phone.

“What’d she say? What’d she say?” I asked.

“She tried to contact me at Central, but I wasn’t there. Lieutenant Hawkeye told her that I was with you two. So she called me and told me that she’s on a train bound for Rush Valley.” Mustang said.

“Let’s go.” I grabbed my suitcase. As I headed for the door, Al held me back again.

“Should we come?” He asked.

“Of COURSE we’re coming! She’s our friend!” I yelled.

The Flame Alchemist rolled his eyes. “Fine. Yes, you can…”

I was out the door with my suitcase before he could finish his statement.

“I’M COMING, ALEX!” I shouted, earning quite a few dirty looks from people that I passed. I hightailed it to the Resembool train station as fast as I could.

I reached the station only a few seconds earlier than Al and Mustang. We bought tickets and boarded the next train that was headed to Rush Valley, which luckily happened to be leaving in five minutes. The second we sat down in our seats, the train pulled out of the Resembool station.

“How did you two meet Alex?” Mustang asked us.

“I kind of knocked her over in the Rush Valley train station.” Alphonse said. “Then she said that she liked alchemy, so I invited her to sit with us on the train. She seemed kind of lonely.”

“How did you meet her?” I decided to turn the question around on its asker.

“If Alex wants to tell you, she can.” The Flame Alchemist responded.

I sighed. I was going to have a bunch of things to ask Alex if Mustang didn’t stop avoiding my questions. “Can you at least tell me if she’s been in trouble with you guys?” I asked.

He shook his head. “She hasn’t done anything wrong. And no, that’s not how I met her.” He told me.

“Fine.” I took that as an acceptable answer. I was going to have to grill Alex for information when I found her. After I finished chewing her out for worrying me so much. Holy crap, I was beginning to sound like my brother.

“I just can’t believe that you two met each other.” The Flame Alchemist said.

“What’s so crazy about it? Was she trying to avoid us?” I asked. Words could not describe how badly I wanted to squeeze answers out of him.

“I can’t answer that.” Mustang looked out the window.

His reply wasn’t a yes, so that was good. But it wasn’t a no either. It was more of a maybe. So it was entirely possible that Alex knew about me and for some reason, tried to stay away from me. But that opened up more questions. First, why would she try to avoid me? And second, why would she stay with us if she wanted to avoid us? I sighed. While I was confused at the time, I hoped that Alex would enlighten me on her relationship with the Flame Alchemist. And every other question that I had about her that was driving me insane, including do you have a crush on me (I probably wasn’t going to ask her that, but HOLY CRAP, I wanted to know more than anything how she felt about me) and why the heck did you run away? Well, I was pretty sure that I knew the answer to that, but hey, I was worried about her. Why, I didn’t know. The girl had survived years alone. But for some reason, I didn’t want her to be alone anymore. I wanted her to be with us. I wanted her to be with… Well… Me.

I blushed without knowing why. Alphonse noticed.

“What’re you thinking about, Ed?” He asked smugly.

I turned to him. “Nothing.”

“Sure.” He left the topic of my red face alone, though. Good thing he did, too. I wouldn’t have known what to do if he had kept talking about it.

I looked out the window, trying to shove the thoughts about Alex out of my mind. Funny how you didn’t realize how much you care about someone until they’re gone. Granted, she wasn’t gone forever, but I still missed her a lot.

I shook my head. Why the heck was Alex the only thing I could think about? She hadn’t even been gone for an hour! I jammed my hands into my pockets, upset. The stone that she had given me brushed my hand.

My eyes widened as I grasped the stone tightly. “Dang… It…” I whispered as a tear fell onto my cloak. Thankfully, nobody noticed. I decided that the only thing that I needed then was sleep. My emotions were getting the best of me, and I couldn’t allow that to happen. For Alex’s and my sake. I needed to get control of myself. Hopefully getting some rest would help.

So I wrapped myself in my cloak, pulling up my hood to hide under. Good thing too. I could feel more hot tears stream down my face. Grasping Alex’s stone tightly, I closed my eyes and finally fell into a soothing slumber.

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