Sacrifice

A First Time For Everything

(Edward's POV)

I really wanted to kill Alphonse and Mustang for a few seconds, but I took one look at Alex and realized they had given me the very thing that I wanted most: An opportunity. So instead of chasing my brother and his accomplice, I stood there and stared at the room in total confusion. For once in my life, I had no idea what to do next.

Thankfully, Alex broke the silence. “Your brother and the colonel must have put a lot of time into this.” She said quietly.

“I… Yes. It would appear that way, wouldn’t it?” I took a cautious step inside my newly renovated hotel room.

Alex nodded. “They must have worked hard.”

I took a deep breath and turned around to face the girl. “It… Really would be a shame for all of their hard work to go to waste.” I told her.

She nodded quickly and looked at the ground shyly. “I agree. We should probably do what they want us to do, right? So they don’t feel insulted.”

That was a good start. “Right. So… Shall we?” I asked, extending my arm to her.

Alex turned bright red. For a moment, I was worried that I had been too sudden. But after a few seconds, she slowly reached out and returned the embrace. “I’m down with that.” She said, smiling softly.

I smiled in return, and we walked over to the table together. Alex set the pasta next to the flower vase.

“I’m really impressed. Alphonse thought of everything. The candles, the flowers, the table, the rose petals on the ground…” She blushed.

“Yeah. My brother is a bit… Creative. I just can’t believe that Mustang allowed him to do this. I certainly wasn’t expecting him to help Al.” I told Alex.

The girl nodded. “Me neither. It’s not really like him.”

“You want some sparkling cider?” I asked, reaching for a bottle that was in the center of the table. Al really had thought of everything.

Alex nodded. “Sure. Your brother definitely went all out on this…” She said.

“That he did. I’m in shock.” I agreed, filling her glass and handing it back to her.

“Thanks.” She waited for me to fill my own, and when I had, she raised her drink. “A toast to the Fullmetal Alchemist for quite possibly saving my life earlier today.” She announced, smiling at me.

I smiled, following suit. “A toast to Alex for making my life a heck of a lot more wonderful with that kiss.”

She blushed. Our glasses connected with a satisfying clink and we both took a sip of cider.

“That was wonderful. Now, how about some pasta?” She asked, opening the pot.

“Sure, sounds good. That smells delicious, by the way.” I smiled.

Alex went a bit pink. “Really? Thank you. It was my mother’s recipe.” She spooned some spaghetti into the single dish that was on the table. “Oh… There’s only one bowl. I’ll get another one.” She said, standing up.

I touched her hand. “Wait. If Alphonse only wanted one plate here, I bet he had a reason for it.” I told her quietly.

She nodded. “You’re right… We should do what they want us to do, huh? Well, I guess that means we’re sharing a bowl.” She said softly.

“I… I guess we are.” I moved Alex’s chair next to mine.

“Thank God he gave us both sets of silverware.” She laughed, sitting next to me. “I wouldn’t know what to do otherwise.”

I grinned. “Even I have my limits.”

She giggled again. The sound of her laugh was beautiful: Kind of like little bells jingling.

Slowly, I picked up my fork and took a bite of pasta. Immediately I was hit by the savory flavor of the sauce.

Alex’s eyes widened. “Is it alright? Does it taste good? I might have used too much salt…” She started rambling.

I shook my head. “No, Alex. It tastes absolutely awesome.” I said, taking another forkful.

She blushed. “You helped make it.” She ate a bite of spaghetti. “That’s why it’s so wonderful.”

“I doubt it. Alex, you are the most talented girl that I have ever met. You could make this with your eyes closed.” I told her.

“It would definitely taste better if you helped me. I like hanging out with you.” Alex said.

“Same here. You’re super fun to be around.” I smiled at her.

“Thanks. So are you.” Alex blushed.

We both took another bite of pasta. However, after I had eaten the rest of the spoonful, I noticed that a single noodle was longer than the others. After following it for a few seconds, I realized too late that Alex was eating the same piece of pasta. Before I knew it, her lips were upon mine.

For a few moments, we just sat there kissing, looking into each other’s eyes, our faces a matching shade of bright red. Finally, Alex pulled away, looking at the ground shyly.

“Well then. I… Uh… I guess we know why Al wanted us to share a bowl.” I rubbed my neck.

Alex giggled nervously and smiled a little bit.

“Um… More cider?” I asked her, picking up the bottle.

She nodded, handing me her glass. As I filled it up, I started to wonder if I had made her uncomfortable with that kiss.

“Listen, Alex, about that… Um… You know… I’m sorry if it was…” I tried to apologize.

The girl looked at me. “Edward Elric, that was the most beautiful thing that ever happened to me. Don’t apologize. I… enjoyed it.” She said, smiling softly.

I looked at the ground, trying to hide my relief. “You liked the kiss?”

The girl nodded. “Absolutely. It was wonderful.”

“Oh, good. I was just worried, because, you know… I wasn’t really ready that time.” I laughed.

Alex smiled. “Huh, that’s funny… Neither was I. I wish I could do that over. So you wouldn’t think of me as a horrible kisser, you know.” She said.

I grinned mischievously. “Does that mean we could try again?”

She blushed. “We probably should. After all, Alphonse and Colonel Mustang went to all of this hard work for us. I think that they’re expecting something to happen.”

“I bet they want us to make it as cool as possible. You know my brother… Always the hopeless romantic.” I looked at the ground.

“Yeah. Al would probably want our real first kiss to be super awesome.” Alex bit her lip and looked up at me.

I nodded seriously. “The more intense, the better.”

Alex got out of her chair. “In order to make the kiss legit, I think we have to be standing up.”

“Yeah. And aren’t I supposed to… Um… Hug your waist or something like that?” I walked over to her.

She turned a bit pink. “Yep. I’m pretty sure that my arms wrap around your neck. Here.” Alex slowly slid her arms around me and looked up at my eyes. “Now you try.”

The feeling of her skin against mine started to get me a little excited. “Like this?” I asked, carefully wrapping my arms around her waist.

Alex nodded. “Perfect.”

“Okay, now what?” I looked at the ground.

“You know what comes next.” She laughed, kissing me.

My eyes widened and I turned bright red. But after a moment, I relaxed and deepened the kiss. This was the moment I had been waiting for.

We pulled away a few seconds later, and Alex’s hands slid into mine. She looked up at me, smiling.

“Your brother’s going to be super proud of us.” She said softly.

I wanted to tell her that I was super proud of us. However, for some reason, I couldn’t get the words out. “For sure.” I nodded.

Alex giggled. “Alright. What now?” She asked, sitting down on the floor. “I’ve never really done this before.”

“I’m pretty sure that Alphonse said that he would be coming back at around midnight. We have like…” I checked my pocket watch. “Four hours to kill.”

She shrugged. “I’m down for whatever. Unless you want me to leave earlier, of course. If you’re tired or anything.”

“It’s fine. You can leave whenever you want. I’ve been having an awesome time.” I told her. Suddenly, I thought of something. “Hey, remember those little stone cats you had at Winry’s?”

“Yeah, why?” Alex looked at me curiously.

“Did you make those?” I sat down next to her.

The girl nodded. “Yeah. It’s how I pay for train tickets, food, lodging, and stuff like that.” She said.

“Oh. Cool. That jade you gave me was super awesome.” I smiled.

Alex blushed. “I’m glad you liked it. Hey, do you think your brother would mind if I used a little bit of his table for something?” She asked.

I shook my head. “I doubt it. Go right ahead.”

She stood up and walked over to the table. When she clapped her hands together and touched the table, a tiny chunk of stone fell away. The girl then transmuted the stone into an amulet engraved with the symbol on my jacket with a tiny hole near the top of the stone.

“Oooh. Nice.” I said, looking at the stone she had made. It looked like a smaller version of the jade she had given me, except for the little hole.

“Thanks.” Alex smiled and slid the sleeve of her shirt down, revealing her automail shoulder.

“Um…” I blushed a little.

She laughed and clapped her hands once more. Then Alex touched her automail, making an extremely fine metal chain. After gently taking the chain off of her shoulder, she fed it through the hole in her stone.

“Oh. A necklace.” I said as she fastened the chain with the stone pendant around her neck.

Alex nodded. “Yep. I rarely use my automail for alchemy, though. One time I tried to make a knife out of my shoulder, and the automail thinned out too much. My mechanic was not happy.” She laughed.

So did I. “Sometimes I make my arm into a blade when I need to protect myself.” I told her.

“Really? Cool!” She said, smiling.

We talked for a while longer, not aware of the passing time. Finally, Alex started to get a bit droopy-eyed.

“You look tired. Do you want me to walk you back to your room?” I asked, putting my hand on her shoulder.

She nodded slowly and stood up. “Sorry.”

I shook my head and got to my feet. “No, Alex, you’re fine. It’s pretty late.”

She got her dishes off of the table and headed over to me. We walked out of my room and stopped at her door.

Alex smiled at me. “Alright, Ed. Thanks for the awesome dinner. Have a good night.” She said, giving me a quick kiss on the cheek and walking inside her room.

“Night, Alex.” I said.

As she closed her door, I turned a bit red from the kiss she had given me. Not a bad way to end a first (sort of) date, was it?

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