Central City Murders

Chapter Two

Roy woke to the moonlight filtering in through the blinds of the window. How early was it? He didn't even think his alarm had gone off yet. He sighed and rolled over onto his side to look at the clock which read 5:30 in the morning. "Err, why me?" He moaned to himself, "Why can't I just sleep through the night?" It was hopeless, once he was awake there was no going back to sleep.

He sat up in bed and ran a hand through his messy hair. He might as well get up, he decided. He felt like he pulled a muscle somewhere in his back and his feet hurt from standing on them for so long in the last few days for the murder cases. With a yawn, he stretched his arms out and started shuffling his feet to the bathroom to get a good look at himself.

He flicked the light on and frowned when he saw what greeted him in the mirror. "I'm starting to get bags under my eyes? Since when does that happen?" He asked in disbelief. He filled the sink with water and splashed his face a few times trying to wake himself up when he heard the phone ringing down stairs. "Who could that possibly be?" He grumbled as he walked to where the phone hung downstairs and picked it up at its final ring.

"Hello?" Roy's tired voice said into the phone.

"Hey Roy, it's Maes. I think we may have found a clue to the murder cases." He said in an excited tone of voice.

"What do you mean? What clue?" Roy asked, all feelings of tiredness now faded and gone. "Do you need me to come down to the station?" He asked quickly before the other man could interrupt him.

"Yeah, come down as soon as you can. Also, the higher ups just named this case the The Shadow. Catchy, isn't it?" Maes joked to him. "In all seriousness though, do try your best to get here as soon as you can, Buddy. Talk to you soon." Maes said before he hung up the phone.

Roy set the phone back onto its holder. "The Shadow, huh? Guess it fits. Hopefully this clue will narrow down just who this "Shadow" really is." Roy said out loud.

A noise alerted Roy to someone in the house. Instantly, he was on high alert. His fingers aimed in a snapping position, ready to fry whoever was stupid enough to intrude in his house. "Who's there? Show yourself now or you're going to get hurt." Roy stated as he scanned the kitchen for the intruder.

"It's just me!" Ed came around the corner with his hands held high and his golden eyes wide in fright.

"Oh kid, "Roy sighed, "You scared me." He said as he lowered his gloved hand. "Don't sneak up on me like that!. You could have gotten hurt." He eyed the boy. "What are you doing up at this hour anyways?" He asked as he took his gloves off and stuffed them into his pocket.

"I heard you get up and was curious what you were doing." Ed looked down, "I'm sorry..." He muttered to the floor as he slowly lowered his hands. He looked up into Roy's face, "Who's The Shadow anyways?" He asked.

"Clearly you overheard something you shouldn't have but if you must know, he's a cold blooded killer. My team and I are trying to hunt him down and put a stop to all of the killing." He explained.

Ed's eyes went even bigger at the mention of a murderer. "How many has he killed?" He asked after a moment.

Roy considered not telling the boy anymore then he had to but he figured it wouldn't hurt to tell him. Maybe then the kid would stay off the streets.

"He's killed at least twenty people we know of but we're still investigating about ten other cases that we suspect The Shadow killed." He noticed the fear on the boy's face and how he became tense. "Don't worry about it, okay? No one would be dumb enough to bother you while you're here." Roy tried to calm the child.

"But what about tomorrow? I won't be staying here then and I'll be out in the streets..." Ed looked up at Roy as if pleading him to answer his question.

Roy really wanted the kid to leave his house by tomorrow morning but did he really have the nerves to just throw the boy into the streets where a killer roams? Sadly, even he wasn't that heartless. Although it would be so much easier if he were heartless sometimes.

"No I'm not kicking you out into the streets. You can stay here until we find this killer and put a stop to him." Roy soothed his nerves. "Shouldn't you be getting back to bed?" He asked.

Ed frowned slightly, "I'm not tired that's why I got up in the first place." He said, "But I really didn't mean to spy on you though." He looked at the floor.

"It's okay, you didn't hear any classified information on the case. Just don't do it again, alright?" Roy said with a small smile as he looked down on the boy.

Ed seemed to consider what Roy had said then looked up at him with a grin. "Alright, deal!" He looked around, "So, got anything to eat?" He asked.

Roy looked at him in disbelief, "You're hungry again?" He asked in shock.

"Well the last meal we had was hours ago and I'm hungry again." He folded his arms across his chest. " I am a growing boy, you should know." He stated matter of factly.

"I very much doubt you're growing much. You're pretty tiny for your age, you know." Roy looked down at him as Ed's face became red.

Ed balled his fists at his sides and, to make matters worse, he had to look up to see Roy's face which didn't calm him at all. "I am not a tiny little kid! Take that back, old man!" He screeched nearly at the top of his lungs.

Roy didn't know what to say. He had been fine a minute ago and now the boy was having a raging fit. "Easy, easy! I didn't mean anything by it." Roy held up his hands in surrender. He had better things to do than argue with a child.

"I have work today." Roy decided to change the subject, "I hope you'll be okay without me?" He asked Ed.

Ed frowned at the mention of being alone but soon nodded. "I'll be okay, just leave me some food." He grinned.

Roy shook his head and rolled his eyes. "Fine, just don't destroy my house."

"Aw, you really think I'd be capable of doing that?" Ed looked up at him with innocent eyes and grinned.

"You have to remember, I don't know you hardly at all. I am putting a lot of trust into you not to destroy anything or get into any trouble. I expect you to respect my wishes."

Ed gave a toothy smile. "You sound like you're dying and letting me know what you want before you take your last breath!" He laughed.

Roy smiled. "Alright, alright. I get it, you think I'm old..." He joked. "Well, there's sandwich makings in the fridge and cupboards. Make yourself at home." Roy said as he headed back up to his room to change into his formal clothes.

Ed watched him retreat up the stairs and he frowned. What was he going to do here all alone for who knows how long?

Soon, Roy came trotting down the stairs and towards the door. "I'll be back as soon as I can. I may even bring some food home if you'd like." He smirked as he grabbed up his coat and slipped it on.

"Oh yeah! That's sounds so good!" Edward smiled brightly at the suggestion of food. His golden eyes danced with delight at the thought of digging into the sweet take out.

"While I'm out, you can take a shower and you can borrow some of my clothes while you wash the ones you have on." Roy frowned down at him. "You're a mess."

Ed scowled at that and folded his arms. "You don't look very good either, you know." Ed grumbled.

"Yeah, sure I don't." Roy laughed, "That's what all the women say to me." He smirked.

"Weirdo..." Edward scowled at Roy with narrowed golden eyes.

Whatever. See you soon kid." Roy laughed and went out the door, leaving Ed to his own.

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