Sacrifice

Close Call

(Alex’s POV)

“Here. Sit down, Alex.” Edward said, motioning to a chair sitting by a desk.

I took a seat. “Thank you.”

Ed grinned. “No problem. Hey, what do you want to do now?” He asked, sitting down on his bed.

“I don’t know. Whatever you guys want.” I looked at him, trying to keep my face from turning bright red. There was something about Edward’s room that made me feel a bit warm. I just didn’t know what it was.

“Hey, Alex. Do you think you could help us make a heating table? Yours looked super cool. Not to mention that Ed really liked its warmth.” Alphonse said.

“Absolutely! I love making things! Okay. Let’s see… We’re going to need a wooden table and cast-iron.” I told him.

Edward nodded. “This is going to be awesome! All right. I’m pretty sure that there’s a general store around here that sells both of those.”

“Oh, yeah. I know what place you’re talking about. Let’s go!” I said, standing up.

We walked out of the bedroom. Alphonse closed the door and the three of us headed outside of Headquarters.

Alphonse pointed down the street. “It’s that way.” He said.

“Yep.” Ed nodded, and we ventured down the street.

“Hey, guys? Just out of curiosity, what color do you want the blanket covering the table to be?” I asked after a few minutes.

“I personally liked the way the white blanket looked. How about you, Ed?” Al asked.

He nodded. “Yeah. I guess a white one, like yours.”

I smiled. “In that case, we don’t have to buy one. I have an extra one in my room.”

After a few more minutes, we reached the general store. Immediately we were greeted by the store manager.

“Hey there. Are you three looking for anything in particular?” He asked us, grinning.

“Yes, actually. Do you have a cast iron pot and a wooden table?” Edward wondered.

The manager nodded. “Uh huh. This way.” He led us through the store until we reached a selection of pots.

“All right. Which one would you recommend, Alex?” Al asked me.

“That one looks good. I like the handle on top.” I said, pointing to one that looked a bit like a cauldron.

The man handed the pot to Edward. “And now, for the table.”

He showed us a few tables. I looked at the brothers.

“It needs to be a little thinner and closer to the ground than a normal table. That way, the heat will reach the top of the table.” I told them.

“Okay. How about that one?” Edward asked, pointing to a little wooden table.

I nodded. “Yep. Looks good.”

Alphonse picked it up easily. “Okay. Where do we pay?”

The manager led us to the front of the store. “Here. That’ll be 2,000 cenz. You guys came during a huge sale. Lucky for you.” He said.

“Okay.” I started to pull out my wallet.

Edward put down the pot and grabbed my hand. “No. You’ve reached your limit. Buying us food was one thing. Buying us a table is something else entirely.” He said. “You’re not spending any more money on us.”

“… Fine.” Pouting, I put away my money.

Ed paid the man, and after thanking him, we walked out of the store.

“Our table is going to be so cool! Thanks for helping us, Alex.” Al said.

“Yeah. Thanks a lot!” Edward added.

I smiled at them. “Don’t mention it. I’m just glad that…”

All of the sudden, a loud boom rang out and something hit me hard on the chest. I fell backwards.

“Oh, geez. Ow…” I looked down. My shirt had a hole in it, and the fabric around the hole was stained red.

“What is it, Alex?” Ed turned around and looked at me. His eyes went wide. “You’re bleeding! What the heck happened? Al! AL!” He ran over to me.

Alphonse set down the table and hurried next to his brother. “Did she get… Is that a…”

Edward nodded hurriedly. “I’m pretty sure it is.” He turned to me. “Okay, Alex. Al’s going to pick you up, and we’re going to carry you home.”

“That hurt…” I said, closing my eyes.

“No, Alex. Open your eyes. OPEN YOUR…”

I didn’t hear anything after that.

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