Sacrifice

Preparations

(Alphonse's POV)

I leaned against Alex’s bed, and Nya jumped on my lap. After circling around a few times, she laid down. I stroked her back and she started purring.

“Nya is adorable. I’ve never met a cat so nice.” I told Alex, scratching Nya behind her ear.

She nodded. “Yeah, She’s a real cinnamon roll. I love her so much.” She popped a chocolate into her mouth. “Hey, you want to give her a treat?”

“Sure!” I replied. Edward grabbed a few more chips and sat next to me, petting the kitten.

Alex walked over to her suitcase, opened it, and pulled out a little bag. “They’re little pieces of bacon. She loves them.” She opened the bag rather noisily and handed it to me. Nya heard the bag open and sat up, looking at me expectantly.

“Try throwing one in the air.” Alex said, sitting next to Ed.

I did, and Nya jumped up and caught the morsel in her mouth. In midair.

Ed clapped as the kitten laid down on my lap. “Sweet!”

Alex laughed. “You want to try, Edward?” She asked.

My brother nodded. “Your cat’s super awesome. Did you train her to jump like that?”

“No. I found out that she could do that about a week ago. I was sitting on the floor eating beef jerky, and I threw a piece into the air so I could try and catch it in my mouth. It was quite funny, actually.” Alex took a bacon treat and scooted away from the bed. Nya watched her carefully.

Alex threw the bacon bit high in the air and opened her mouth. Nya ran and jumped over her, catching the treat. She landed in Alex’s lap.

Edward and I laughed. Alex took a bow and walked over to us.

“Here.” She gave Ed a morsel. He threw it, and just like before, Nya jumped up and caught it.

“Good girl, Nya.” My brother said. The kitten walked over to him and sat on his lap. He stroked her gently.

“What do you boys want to do?” Alex asked, munching on a chip.

Edward shrugged. “I don’t know. Whatever you want, I guess.” He told her.

“I should probably go to a store and get some food. It’s like…” Alex looked at her pocket watch. “Four. I should make dinner.” She said.

I looked at her. “You cook?”

Alex nodded. “Yeah. Salty cookie dough isn’t the only thing that I know how to make.” She laughed. “Alright. What do you want for dinner?”

“Whatever you can make.” Ed responded, smiling.

“I’ve got a recipe for pasta…” Alex said, eyes sparkling. “Do you mind if I go to the store really quickly?” She asked.

My brother looked at her. “I’m coming with you.” He told her. “You kind of got kidnapped earlier, remember?”

Alex glanced at the ground. “I’m not normally that careless. But if you want to come with me, you can.” She said quietly.

Edward stood up. “Just think of me as your personal bodyguard.” He said, winking at Alex.

She blushed. “If you insist…” She smiled at Ed.

I smirked. Things were heating up between them, I just knew it. I made a mental note to find a way to further their relationship. Set up a dinner, maybe? I didn’t know.

“Well, we’d better get going. You want to come too, Al?” Alex asked, standing up.

“It’s okay. I think I’ll stay here with the colonel.” I wanted to give the two some alone time. Maybe that would help them bond some more.

Alex nodded. “Alright. You can take Nya to your room, if you want. She really seems to like you.” She said.

I stood up. “Really?”

She laughed. “Absolutely.”

Nya walked over to me, and I picked her up. The kitten started nuzzling against my arm.

“Cinnamon roll Nya.” Alex said, kissing her on the head.

We walked outside, and I waved goodbye to her and Edward. As I watched them leave, I noticed that Ed had gently taken Alex’s hand. I squealed and practically skipped into my room.

“You’re in an awfully good mood.” Colonel Mustang pointed out, looking at me curiously.

I nodded. “Do you ever see two people together and think that they would make a great couple?” I asked.

“Not that I can recall. Why?”

“I want Alex and my brother to get together.” I sighed.

The colonel laughed. “That might happen sooner than you think.” He said.

I looked at him determinedly. “We should do something.”

“Like what?” Colonel Mustang was paying full attention now.

“I don’t know. Set up a date or something?” I glanced at Nya, who had fallen asleep on my lap.

The colonel shook his head. “Maybe we should let things go about on their own. It might not be a good idea to speed things up too quickly.”

I sighed. “What’s the worst that could happen? Come on! They’re both gone. We could do something now! Please?” I pleaded.

Colonel Mustang hesitated. “Fine. But if they retaliate, you’re taking the blame.” He said.

“Yes!” I stood up and started tidying up the room.

The colonel slowly got to his feet and helped me. We put our suitcases in the closet, we made the bed, and just cleaned up in general. I transmuted a nice stone table and dragged it into our room, earning quite a few curious looks from bystanders.

“Aren’t you going a bit overboard?” Colonel Mustang asked as I positioned the table.

“I don’t think so. This needs to be perfect. It’s my brother’s first date!” I said.

The colonel laughed. “I wouldn’t call it that. Let’s just say it’s a nice dinner that only Alex and Edward are going to be participating in.” He told me.

“Isn’t that technically a date?” I asked, relatively annoyed.

“Never mind that. We need to get out of here. I bet they’re…” Colonel Mustang was interrupted by a knock on the door.

“Hello, guys? You in here?” It was Alex.

I started waving my arms around frantically. The colonel sighed and pushed me outside so I was standing face to face with the girl.

“Yes?” I tried to keep my voice as calm as possible.

“Oh. Hey, Al. I just wanted to say that we’re home. Ed wanted to help me make dinner, so he’s going to be at my place for a while. Is that okay with you?” Alex asked.

I nodded. “Yeah, totally! Colonel Mustang and I are going to be leaving soon anyways. We’ll probably be back around midnight.” I said. Hopefully the colonel wouldn’t kill me for making plans without him knowing.

Alex smiled. “Alright! Edward and I will probably be done in about an hour.” She told me.

“Great! See you then!” I waved as she skipped away to help my brother.

I ran back into my room. “They’ll be done in about an hour. And we’re going to be out and about until midnight.” I said, bracing myself for the yelling that was sure to come next.

Instead of chewing me out, Colonel Mustang just shook his head and frowned. “If I didn’t entirely want to give your brother and Alex some time alone, I would be extremely mad about your making plans without my consent.”

“We’ve got to get working!” I told him, trying to hide the relief in my voice.

We put a vase of flowers in the center of the table and added quite a few more final touches. The place looked absolutely magical.

“How’s that?” The colonel asked, lighting the two candles that I had placed on the table.

I clapped my hands happily. “Perfect! This is going to be amazing!” I told him.

The colonel nodded. “We’d better get going. They’re due to come at any moment now.” He said.

“Yeah. Let’s get out of here.” I brushed some dust off of the table and started to walk outside. Colonel Mustang followed me.

I opened the door and ran smack dab into Edward. Alex, who was behind him, had oven mitts on and was carrying a pot.

“Oh. Hey.” My brother said.

I waved. “Hi. Here. Why don’t you eat in our room, guys?” I offered enthusiastically.

Alex looked at Ed. “Are you okay with that?” She asked him.

He nodded slowly and looked at me. “Why are you so excited? Did you do something to our room?” He glared at me.

“Nope! Absolutely not! Here, how about you guys go inside?” I opened the door, revealing our newly renovated room.

The two laid eyes on the scene. The stone table with the flowers and candles was standing there in all of its beauty.

Alex gasped, then turned bright red and smiled. My brother, however, took one look at the room, blushed, and glared at me.

“WHAT THE HECK, ALPHONSE?!?” He shouted. I laughed and ran away. The colonel hurried after me.

“Colonel Mustang was behind this too?” Alex called.

“Please don’t kill me!” The colonel cried.

I laughed again and ran outside the hotel, leaving Edward and Alex alone. Hopefully things would escalate while we were gone.

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