A Cat's Story

Chapter Fourteen

"Don't worry Fullmetal, we'll stop them!." Roy said, a stubborn determination clear in his onyx eyes. Roy glanced over to Hawkeye and met her eyes briefly then looked to Havoc.

"Do we have any ideas on how to change FullMetal back to normal size...er, well, normal for him anyway." Roy frowned, his shaggy black hair falling in his face.

"I'm not small!, you people are just outrageously huge!." Edward hissed, his golden eyes like molten lava, ready to melt anything in its path.

"Brother, calm down!. I'm sure he didn't mean anything by that." Alphonse tried to reason, he tapped his metal fingers together, causing an annoying ringing sound to flutter throughout the office. He nervously glanced between his furious older brother and his commanding officer as if waiting for a cat fight, literally.

Edward snapped his attention over to Alphonse and narrowed his glare. "Calm down?" Edward stood from his sitting position and trotted to the table's edge.

"Calm down, that's what you tell me! After he has the nerve to tease me after all of this, after what I've just told you about their plans! How can I be calm?!" Edward yelled, he jumped down from the table and landed roughly on his paws. He started stumbling forward towards the door.

"Where are you going Brother? You're hurt!" Alphonse fretted, his full attention on his injured brother.

Edward turned his head and looked over his shoulder. "If you all won't do anything to stop this than I will. Hurt or not!" He turned his head back towards the door and took another step before swaying and falling to the floor with a hiss.

"Brother!" Alphonse ran over to Edward and knelt down, hovering his large hands over his brother's body as if scared to touch him.

Edward pushed himself up onto a laying position and looked away from Alphonse's worried gaze.

"I'm fine." Edward muttered, pain obvious in his voice. His eyes were having a hard time staying open, he felt as though he'd been drugged, which he supposed he had been.

"No you're not! We need to get you some help. You're hurt and I'm not going to let you ignore this!" Alphonse told him as he reached to pick him up. He carefully avoided Edward's paw that was wildly battering at Alphonse's metal hands in an ill attempt to make him stop touching him.

"Hold still!" Alphonse commanded Edward, which only made him struggle more to escape his grasp.

Alphonse gave off an exasperated sigh and moved his hands away from his brother. "Why won't you just let me help you for once!" Alphonse shouted, much to everyone's surprise.

Edward opened and closed his mouth as he tried to form words, finally he manged to mutter. "Fine." Edward looked away with embarrassment, his head drooping with exhaustion.

"Good." Alphonse scooped his brother up and held him close to his cold metal body, hoping he wasn't hurting Edward. It wasn't easy knowing the amount of pressure to apply without hurting someone.

Alphonse looked to Roy, "Do you know where I could take him to get help?" Alphonse looked to the bundle halfway asleep in his arms. Edward must be more hurt than he's letting on.

Roy nodded, "Yes, I know a vet here in town."

Alphonse turned to leave but stopped when Roy walked up to him and placed a hand on his shoulder. "Wait, can I...um...take him?. I just think it'd be best because well, er..." Roy looked at the giant suit of armor and frowned.

Alphonse sighed and nodded his head sadly, "I understand, people would think it's kinda odd a giant suit of armor walking in a tiny orange kitten.." Alphonse looked at the now asleep ball of fur in his arms then carefully moved Edward to Roy's warm arms.

"Okay everyone listen up! While Roy takes Edward to see a vet, we'll be here trying to figure out a way to change him back to normal form." Hawkeye spoke up as Roy gave her grateful smile then proceeded out the office door, closing it carefully with the heel of his boot.

"You sure do get yourself into a lot of trouble, FullMetal." Roy spoke softly to the kitten curled up in his arms, his little breaths coming in troubled paces.

Roy frowned at that and sped up his pace a little. He walked down the stairs of the building and out the door, heading for his car parked on the street.

He opened the door to the car, careful not to move Edward too much. He climbed into the car and rested Edward on the seat of the passenger side. He pulled off his blue coat and tucked it around Edward's small form.

He started the car and started driving to the vet. They finally arrived and Roy climbed out, he slid his hands under Edward's body and pulled him into his warm embrace, holding him closely.

He walked up to the door of the small building and went inside. It wasn't much to look at, just boring walls of light brown and a front desk, next to that was a door leading to the place he needed to be. He walked to the front desk.

A mousy girl with glasses and brown hair tied into a pony-tail greeted him. "Hello, what can I help you with?" She smiled at him.

"My...uh..cat, got..hit?." Roy stuttered for an explanation for the state of the cat. "Yeah, he got hit by a car and I need to have him checked out." Roy explained.

"Oh dear! Come with me." She waved him along through the door leading to the small examination rooms and guided him inside one.

"Just put your cat on the table there and I'll go get the vet. Wait here." With that, she closed the door and left Roy alone.

He gently rested Edward on the table, tucking the coat more snugly around him.

Edward's eyes cracked open and he blinked a few times before opening them fully. His pupils shrank as the light hit his golden eyes.

He peered around the room, his eyes widening in panic. He tried to climb to his paws but failed and fell back onto his stomach.

"FullMetal, just stay there. You're gonna hurt yourself even more than you already are." Roy spoke.

Edward flinched and slowly turned his horrified gaze to Roy. "You're here?, where's Al?" He scowled.

"He told me to take you here since he can't feel how hard he's squeezing you. He didn't want to hurt you more than you already are." Roy explained as he folded his arms against his chest and gazed at the closed door.

"I didn't ask you to take me!." Edward hissed, "Wait a second, does that mean you carried me here?...Damn it!" He closed his eyes in shame.

Just then the door opened and the doctor walked in. She smiled at Roy then looked to Edward. She walked farther into the room and closed the door, her blonde hair was flowing over her shoulders as he walked over to Roy and looked down at the clip-board in her hand. "Hello, what seems to be the problem here?" She asked with a kind smile.

"My cat got hit by a car and I was just making sure the little guy is okay." Roy looked over at Edward when he said "little Guy" and smirked at him.

Edward only gave a little growl and looked away.

"Okay, well lets see then." She walked over to Edward and watched him for a moment, making him very uncomfortable. She wrote something down on the clip-board then she reached for him and it took all of his will power not to scratch her away.

She felt over his body feeling for anything out of place, she let go after a few minutes and nodded.

"I think he's broken his front leg and a few ribs as well but I can't tell for sure until we get him under an X Ray." She explained to Roy who only nodded knowingly.

She smiled to Edward and ruffled his fur on his head. He hissed and jerked away from her, cradling his injured paw against his chest as if it was his life line.

"Oh, a feisty little guy, isn't he?" She laughed to Roy who joined her in her laughter.

"That he is." Roy agreed with a smile as he watched Edward look around the tall table he's on trying to find a way down without hurting himself.

Roy folded his arms against his chest and shook his head at Edward's stubbornness, couldn't the kid just let somebody help him for once?.

"Lets get him to the X Ray machine and see just how much damage was done to his cute little fluffy body. I sure hope you caught the guy who hit him!" She shook her head in disgust. "How can anyone just hit an animal and run?. It's wrong!."

Roy nodded his head, "Yes it is. But I guess some people are too afraid to admit to their mistakes and take responsibility for them." He unfolded his arms and let them dangle at his side.

"Anyways, we better get those X Rays done. It looks like your cat is becoming annoyed at us." She giggled at Edward who only glared back at her.

"His name's Edward." Roy glanced back to her as he walked over to the table next to Edward and placed his hands on his body, ready to pick him up.

"Of course, you can also call him Mr. Tiny Paws, he really loves that!" Roy smirked down to Edward, Roy roughly petted Edward and laughed.

Edward glared up at him then as Roy's hand came closer to his face, he took a bite from his hand.

"Ouch!, damn cat!" Roy jerked his hand back and started rubbing it with a sour look on his face.

"Come here!" Roy reached down and picked Edward up, ignoring his protests. Roy held him close to his chest to stop Edward's failing around.

"Where's the X Ray machine?" Roy asked once he got a good enough hold on Edward and he grabbed up his coat.

"Right this way." She waved them out the door and proceeded down a hall and to a door on the left that led into a room. "Set him on that table there." She told Roy as she walked out of the room for a moment.

Roy shifted his gaze to Edward who was huffing in anger. "What's your problem, anyways?" Roy asked as he gently sat Edward down on the table and stood back.

Edward whipped his head around and glared at Roy. "What's my problem?. How about you standing there flirting with that woman while I was pretty much the bait in which you were using to reel her into your grasp!" Edward puffed.

Roy put on a look of shock, "Me?, flirting with her?" Roy laughed and shook his head. "No, I'm not interested in her." He told Edward as he shuffled to get his coat on.

"Oh that's right. You want Hawkeye, sorry 'bout that. I forgot." Edward turned his head away in a mocking nature.

Roy brought his hands up and wildly waved them around with a look of sheer panic on his face. "That's not true!" He insisted.

Edward puffed out a breath of air and rolled his eyes. "Surrrre...whatever." He lifted a paw tentatively and slowly turned it only to pause when pain flowed through his paw.

The door opened and the doctor came back in with a smile on her face. "Sorry about that, I needed to set the computers up for the X Ray." She walked farther into the room and stopped at Edward.

"Okay, does Edward have any metal body parts that I should know about?" The doctor looked up from her clip-broad and stared at Roy waiting for an answer.

Roy looked baffled, he looked from Edward to the doctor trying to decide if the metal was still in his body or not.

"Uh, I...don't think so." Roy rubbed the back of his neck. "Does it matter?" He asked.

"Not really, it won't hurt him or anything if that's what you're asking. It would just interfere with the X Ray." She explained.

"Alright, please help hold Edward down while I get a picture of him." She waved Roy over and had him place his hands at certain spots on Edward's body to keep him from moving.

"Be back in a moment." With that, the doctor left into another room and took the pictures.

She came back into the room with a grim look on her face. "Looks like I was right. Tough little cat you have there though, I haven't heard him complaining at all." She walked over to Edward and gently petted his head.

"Come with me and I'll patch him up for you." She told Roy as she headed to the door and opened it, she stood in the door frame waiting for them.

Roy once again picked Edward up and followed the doctor out and down the hall into the same room where they started.

"Set him there and I'll get the bandages." She gestured to the table.

Roy sat Edward down on it and stepped back, letting the doctor have the space around Edward.

She pulled out a roll of bandages and started her work of wrapping Edward's paw and chest.

Finally, she finished and stepped back to admire her work. "Alright, I'm done here. Just take it easy for the next month or so, okay?" The doctor smiled to Roy who nodded and picked Edward up and walked out the door to the waiting room.

"See, that wasn't so bad." Roy insisted to Edward who only squirmed in his arms and avoided Roy's gaze.

"Yeah right.." Edward mumbled halfheartedly then rested his head against Roy's shoulder in defeat, he let out a long sigh and blearily watched his surroundings as Roy walked out the Vet's office and to the car.

"I'm gonna set you down in the passengers seat, okay?" Roy asked gently, as if he was speaking to a wild animal, much to Edward's annoyance.

"Whatever." Edward rolled his eyes and relaxed as Roy set him down in the passenger seat then climbed in behind him.

"You okay?" Roy glanced over at him with concern in his onyx eyes, he started the car and let it sit in idle for a moment.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Just take me home.." Edward answered with a blank voice as he stared out the window as they pulled out of the parking lot and into the street.

"If you say so." Roy let it drop and continued driving towards the Military's Dorms.

They sat in an uncomfortable silence, both just staring out the window.

Finally, after what seamed like forever, Roy spoke. "Well, we're here. I'll help you out." Roy stepped out of the car and walked around to the passenger side door and pulled it open.

"Ready? Alphonse should be home by now. I'd imagine he's probably waiting for you." Roy tried to lighten the mood a bit but it didn't work.

"Yeah, sure. Whatever." Edward huffed, he avoided Roy's eyes as Roy picked him up once again and held him close to his chest as they walked to the Dorms.

"Are you feeling okay with those bandages?." Roy asked as they made their way up the stair case towards Edward's dorm.

"Yeah, they feel alright." Edward answered and shifted his paw around to test the bandages.

"We're here." Roy said as he came to the door and knocked, a loud shuffling sound followed after the knock.

"Coming!" Alphonse called from inside, then the door opened and Alphonse stood there.

"Brother! How are you feeling?" He asked with concern lacing his voice.

"I'm fine!. Now make Mustang put me down!" Edward hissed as he pushed himself away from Roy's embrace and towards Al.

"Brother, you are not walking on your own!" Alphonse told him then reached and took Edward from Roy and held him close.

"Thank you for helping us." Alphonse thanked Roy in a sweet and grateful voice, Edward just rolled his eyes and looked away.

"It was no problem Alphonse. If you two ever need anything, I'm here for you. I will figure out a way to change you back into a human, I promise." Roy promised then turned and waved.

"I need to get going, I can't keep that promise if I don't start looking for the answer. I'll see you boys later. Oh, and FullMetal, take it easy." Roy started walking with a small smile on his face as he heard the two boys arguing behind him, he shook his head and tucked his hands into his pockets then continued walking.

"I swear FullMetal, I will help you." Roy promised.


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