Of Fire and Flowers

Chapter 16

The next morning, Eirnin brought up a glass of water for Riza to drink. He frowned deeply when he saw Roy in bed with her with his arms wrapped around her, but he did not wake them. He didn't want to have to deal with Roy this early in the morning.

As soon as the door swung shut, Roy's eyes snapped open and he climbed out of the bed. Taking the cup of water, he took one sip, and frowned. In a few swift movements, he had moved to the window, pushed it open and dumped the contents of the glass onto the garden below.

As he shut the window, Riza propped herself up and looked at him weirdly.

"What was that all about?" She asked sleepily, rubbing her eyes.

"Drugged." He simply said. Riza nodded.

"Ah, I remember now." She said "Don't eat or drink anything he gives me."

"Exactly." He smiled at her.

"Hey, you know what?" Riza asked, Roy looked up at her.

"What?" He asked. Riza grinned for ear to ear.

"I think we should go up to our place." She said "You know, that field we always went to?"

"I remember perfectly." Roy smiled softly, but then frowned "Though would Eirnin let you go?"

"We'll sneak out." She grinned, laughing at Roy's face "Just kidding. We'll tell him where we're going. He'll have to let me out of the house, he can't keep me locked up forever. Plus people here know us both and stuff, he can't risk me telling on him."

"You talk like a child." Roy noted "You're going to 'tell on him'?"

"Yeah." Riza kept grinning "I'll tell on him and he'll get a time-out."

The two of them got dressed (Riza wore clothes from her wardrobe she had not looked at in years, and Roy had some clean things in his bag. He mentally noted to himself to get the rest of it washed as soon as possible.) and then headed downstairs. Eirnin was sat in the dining room, frowning to himself and eating a bowl of what looked like porridge. He had also made a bowl for Riza.

"Good morning, Aibhlinn." He greeted her, and shot Roy a dirty look. Riza crossed her arms.

"My name is Riza. You know that." She said. Eirnin looked at her sharply.

"Did you get your morning cup of water?" He asked suspiciously. Riza felt Roy put a hand on her back, out of the sight of Eirnin. She nodded.

"I did." She said, lying through her teeth "It tasted very refreshing. Thank you."

"I see." Eirnin pointed to the bowl "Please sit, have some breakfast."

Riza looked at the porridge longingly. It was her favourite breakfast dish right now, especially covered in golden syrup like it was. She was awake of Roy's hand on her back though, and shook her head politely.

"No thank you." She said "I don't really feel like eating. Pregnancy stuff and all that." She smiled. Eirnin glared at Roy.

"I can make you something else?" He said slowly. Riza shook her head again.

"It's fine, really." She smiled "Also, me and Roy are going out for a bit. We'll be back sometime after lunch."

"No!" Eirnin shouted, making Riza flinch. Roy felt it, and in turn felt like doing something to make Eirnin flinch.

"What?" Riza replied "Why not? You can't keep me cooped up in here. The village people will notice."

"The village people stick their noses where they shouldn't." Eirnin huffed "You can go out, but not with him. He's a rotten good-for-nothing on the run from Central."

"I don't care." Riza threw back. Eirnin looked surprised. "I wouldn't care if he was the most rottenest, most good for nothing run away in the whole of the world; We're going out, and there is nothing you can do to stop us."

"I can stop you." He replied darkly "I can stop you from doing anything, if I wish."

Roy could feel Riza shaking slightly.

"Just this once." Riza said, her voice almost pleading "Just this once. Anyway, you called Central, right? Soldiers are probably coming for him right now. Just let us have one more morning together."

"And then you'll be all mine?" Eirnin asked, lust in his eyes. Riza swallowed, and nodded.

"Yes." She replied.

"Fine then." Eirnin smiled "You can spend one morning together. I'll see you both at sunset, hopefully with him in shackles."

Riza wasted no time in getting the hell out of there. Roy followed in hot pursuit. It was only when they were outside Riza let a few tears drip from her eyes.

"Dammit!" She cursed, furiously rubbing the tears from her eyes "Dammit all to hell!"

"Are you damming everything to hell?" Roy tried to cheer her up "Including me? Because if you damn me to hell, I hope you remember you promised to follow me there."

Riza smiled shakily, and hit him gently on the arm.

"Don't you play that card, mister." She said, mock-sternly.

Roy laughed, and threw his arm around her shoulders.

"I promise I won't let anything happen to you." He said "That bastard can taunt you all her likes, but I'll always be here to keep you safe from him."

"But the army-" Riza started. Roy put a finger to her lips.

"I'll hide." He said "I've done my fair share of hiding from things. Like… angry women. Uncles. Paperwork."

"I can vouch for that last one." She laughed. Roy grinned.

"See? We'll be fine. We'll be defiantly fine."

"Do you know who he is?" Riza asked. Roy looked at her.

"He said that he lived in the village. He also said that when you were on your own, he came and looked after you. And that's about it."

"That's true." She said "Both of those. He lived in the village, and went to school with us. His father was a friend of my father, before he became reclusive. Eirnin is two years older than us."

"That man is older than me?" Roy's face fell in mock-horror "I feel so inadequate!"

"Oh, shush." Riza laughed "Anyway, he apparently had a crush on me all the way through school, from when I started. Maybe even before." She blushed a bit "But I was too busy hanging out with you. And I guess he got jealous of you."

"You guess?" Roy asked. Riza rolled her eyes.

"Fine. I know he got jealous of you. Anyway, do you remember that dance?"

"Yes." Roy nodded.

"After I stormed off, Eirnin came to find me. He started asking me what was wrong, and of course I was very tipsy, very out of it, and very confused."

"He didn't… He didn't do anything, did he?" Roy clenched his fist.

"He kissed me." Riza said, her voice small "He kissed me properly. Like a French kiss. And a little groping."

"That bastard." Roy frowned "I think I might have to cut his hands off. He got to cop a feel before me."

"I don't think that is the problem here." Riza grinned at him "I didn't see him much until after you left, when he would come round to check on me every-so-often. Every time he would make his advances clear and tell me he wanted me. I all ways told him no."

"Why?" Roy asked "You were mad at me."

"So?" Riza looked at him "Being mad at you doesn't equal letting another man do whatever he likes with me."

"Fair point." Roy pointed ahead of them "Isn't that where the field is?"

"It is." Riza nodded. They ducked down through a hedge, crossed a small field and then climbed over the gate. Roy held out his hand to help Riza, and she took it gratefully.

"Thank you." She said as she landed on the other side. Roy smiled at her.

"But what I don't get about him." Roy then continued "Is how he got so powerful. Why he did what he did to get you. I'm guessing he is linked to the murders, and the Elric brothers giving us the phoney letter to go up to Briggs."

"I don't know." Riza shook her head "He is very powerful though. We'll have to find it out soon though. To find out a man's weakness, first you need to know his greatest power."

"That's very true." Roy nodded. They didn't have a blanket, so they had to sit on the ground. It hadn't rained in a while though, so the ground was dry.

"Wow, this place never changes." She said, smiling. "So many years have passed, yet this place is still the same."

"I know." Roy locked his eyes with hers, smiling at her "You know, there were many times I sat here and wished I could kiss you. Right here, right under these trees, right in the grass. I wished I could kiss you and hold you and tell you to love me forever. Is that a weird thing to say?"

"I wish you had said it before." Riza added "It would've been nice."

Roy smiled, and put his hand on her cheek, gently caressing it. Riza put her hand up to Roy's cheek, feeling the sharp stubble on his chin.

"You need to shave." She murmured as Roy began to close the space between their lips. Roy chuckled, the sound deep and throaty.

"I know." He said "I know."

Their lips touched, and in a split second they were lost in it. The feeling of electricity pulsing though out their bodies and radiating from their kiss was intense. Roy flung his arms around Riza's neck, lovingly pulling her into him and holding her tight. They continued to kisd for what felt like hours before Riza pulled back and rested her head in the little nook under Roy's chin which seemed to have been carved out just for her.

"I love you." She whispered "I… I remember everything. I love you so much."

Roy leaned back, looking into Riza's eyes. With a cry of happiness, he realized they were no longer green, and now her normal brown.

"Your eyes." He said "Your eyes! They're normal!"

Riza smiled.

"I guess our kiss broke it." She said "Well, isn't that like a fairy-tale?"

"And you can remember now?" Roy asked, taking Riza's hands in his "You can remember what we've been through together?"

"We met aged six." Riza said "And then aged eight we lost each other. We didn't see each other until we were aged 15. Though I then lost you again a few years later. I showed you the secrets on my back, and decided to join the military so I could find you."

Riza shuddered.

"Then there was Ishbal." She said quietly "I can remember all of that."

Roy put his hand on Riza's.

"After that, I became your subordinate. And we did loads of things together, like going out on missions and paperwork and all that sort of thing. Though most of the time you slacked on paperwork."

"I did, I did." Roy nodded, grinning.

"You did a lot of stupid, reckless things." Riza continued "I was always there to pick up the pieces. We met the Elric brothers. There was the time I thought you were dead."

"The time you cried." Roy remember. Riza smiled slightly.

"Who could blame me? I spent ages investing in you so that you could become Führer and abolish the fraternization rule. And you kept me going. Every morning when I woke up, the only reason I did not sit and wallow in my own self-pity was to come and see you. When I thought we were gone, I thought I was alone again."

"I was so angry at you." Roy remembered "That you would give up just because you thought I was dead."

"And you shouted at me in front of Havoc." Riza laughed "I remember that. And when Pride attacked me, you called me up and told me you had bought flowers. Even though I told you I didn't have a vase, you came round anyway and filled my bathtub with water and floated them in there. It was the weirdest thing ever."

"I had forgotten about that." Roy laughed.

"You were pretty drunk." Riza reminded him "Then there was the Promised day."

"The day I thought I would lose you again." Roy added.

"The day that doctor- not that I can even call him a doctor- sliced my neck open." Riza shuddered as she spoke and Roy put his arms around her "And you lost your sight."

"We spent time together in the hospital." Roy told her "You remember that, right?"

"Yes." Riza rolled her eyes "You kept falling out the bed and then getting up and climbing into mine. By accident, I'm sure." Riza laughed.

"You liked it really." Roy laughed with her.

"We spent pretty much every day together today after that, didn't we?" Riza smiled "Even if it was just as commanding officer and subordinate."

"We still got to go out for meals though." Roy added "And there was that one time we went to that dance."

"It was a very fun dance." Riza agreed. She went quiet.

"What's wrong?" Roy asked. Riza shook her head.

"It's nothing." She said "I just… I remembered something I had forgotten."

"Oh?" Roy looked into her eyes.

"Well, it's more something I didn't even know about."

"Tell me about it."

Riza took a deep breath, and began to explain.

It was a dark, rainy night and Roy and Riza had stayed late to finish some paperwork together.

"Are we done, Sir?" Riza asked, looking over to where Roy had given up and was staring out of the window. He started, and turned to her.

"We might as well be." He grinned, and Riza rolled her eyes.

"Sir, we can't go until we're finished. This is all important paperwork that needs to be done to assist with the rebuilding of Ishbal. So please take it seriously."

"I am taking it seriously!" Roy defended himself "But it's gone eight, I'm cold and it's raining outside. Can't we just go home now?"

Riza sighed, but stood up anyway.

"Come on, Sir." She smiled "I guess we can call it a day."

Roy clapped his hands together gleefully, and picked up his coat.

"Hey, Riza." He said, putting his arms through the sleeves and pulling his coat on.

"Yes Sir?"

"Do you want to come to my place for a bit? We don't have work until noon tomorrow, so maybe we could have a few drinks."

"I don't think that's a good idea." Riza replied "I have Black Hayate to look after."

"If you don't come, I'll drink by myself!" Roy replied in a sing-song voice "And you know what happens when I drink by myself!"

Riza knew all too well. She nodded.

"Fine." She replied "A few drinks."

Roy held out his arm, and Riza took it. They walked down the halls to the carpark, and Roy opened the door for Riza. She thanked him and got into the car.

Roy quickly walked around to the right-hand side, and got in the driver's seat.

"Urg, it's raining really heavily." Roy complained.

"You like the rain really." Riza smirked. Roy chuckled. It was one of his guilty pleasures, watching the rain fall. He never told anyone, of course. He would be the laughing-stock of Central. A fire alchemist who is rendered useless in rain actually liking it? Ridiculous.

Well, he never told anyone apart from Riza. But Riza was different. Riza was special.

"Do you want to stop off and get some food first?" Roy asked. Riza nodded.

"Sure. What should we get?"

"Well, if you open the glove compartment there should be a pamphlet for a takeaway restaurant right near the apartment block." Roy took his eyes off the road for a second as Riza rummaged for it.

"Is it this one?" She asked, pulling out a pamphlet that had 'The Jaded Dragon Xingnese' written on it bold. Roy nodded.

"Yup, that's the one. Look at it and take your pick. You can have anything you like."

"Oh, okay." Riza smiled and looked at it. She felt in the mood for something with seafood. Quickly scanning the menu, she found a nice-sounding dish consisting of king prawns, cashew nuts and a sauce.

"I've chosen." Riza said. "What do you want?"

"Something with chicken." Roy replied "Not too spicy, though."

"Okay." Riza looked through the menu, reading off dishes with chicken that were listed as mild. Roy finally chose one just as they pulled up to the takeout.

"I'll be back in a second." Roy said "You wait here."

"Yes, Sir." Riza replied. Roy grinned, and got out the car, he strode over to the building, and stepped inside. Riza could see him through the big glass windows ordering the food, and then sitting down to wait for it. It never took long for Xingnese food to be cooked, and this was the case this time as Roy came back out a few seconds later with the food (Which smelt delicious) and a bag with a few bottles of what sounded like wine in it.

"I said a few drinks, Sir." Riza said, eyeing the bag suspiciously. Roy chuckled.

"It's not for you." He said "It's for me. You're welcome to it, though."

Riza smiled.

"If you say so, Sir."

Roy started up the car, and they drove the last five minutes back to Roy's apartment block. It looked a lot like Riza's, grey, dark and some-what dirty.

Riza took the bag with the food in, and Roy took the bag with the wine in. He led her into the building, and up the stairs to where he lived. He unlocked the door, and held it open for her.

"Here we are." Roy said as Riza walked in "This is home."

"It's really messy in here." Riza said, looking at the dishes on the table and the washing carelessly thrown down on the floor. Roy laughed.

"Well, I guess it is. I'll clean it up sometime."

Riza smiled, and took a seat at the table as Roy got them both plates and cutlery. He set them down on the table, and Riza picked up the container with her food in, and emptied it out onto the plate. She also helped herself to some rice.

"This is really good." She said after taking a mouthful. Roy grinned.

"I'm glad. The Jaded Dragon is the best place I know off. Want to try some of this?"

Riza nodded, and the two of them shared a forkful of their meal with the other. Riza thought the chicken dish was nice, but she definitely preferred the prawns. Roy liked them both equally.

They finished up their meals, and Riza put the plates in the sink as Roy got out two wine glasses and a bottle opener. They sat down on the sofa, and Roy opened up the first bottle, and poured out a drink each.

"This is nice." He said "Just you and me, having a drink together. This is nice."

"Mm." Riza agreed and took a sip. The wine tasted good, slightly bitter but with a hint of something floral.

"So, I never really ask. How are you?" Roy asked, taking a sip of his own glass.

"I'm good." Riza replied "The normal. Fighting crime, being awesome, terrifying everyone."

"You are very scary." Roy laughed. Riza laughed too.

"I guess sometimes I can be a little bit harsh." She agreed "How have you been?"

"Good." He replied "I find it weird how we spend pretty much every day together yet we never have time to really talk to each other."

"That's because you slack so much." Riza didn't have to think "If you finished your work quickly, we could chat."

"I'll have to remember that." He replied, filling Riza's glass up. Riza raised an eyebrow at him.

"Are you trying to get me drunk, Sir?" She asked. Roy grinned.

"I might be." He replied "You're not saying no."

Riza grinned at him, and started to drink.

A few hours and a large amount of drinks later, both Roy and Riza were very, very drunk.

"We should go apple bobbing!" Roy cried out gleefully, his face red.

"Apple bobbing?" Riza replied, struggling to sit upright "It's like, one am! And wet and cold! How are we going to go apple bobbing?"

Roy opened his mouth to reply, but dissolved into laughter. Riza joined in, and the two of them laughed like maniacs together.

"You know." Roy started "I think you look really pretty tonight."

"I think I look pretty all the time." Riza giggled back.

"Well, you do." Roy replied "But tonight you look even more so."

"Are you flirting with me , Sir?" Riza slurred.

"Don't call me sir." Roy replied.

"Sorry." Riza smirked at him like a vixen "Are you flirting with me, Ma'am?"

Roy stared at her dumbstruck for a second, and then started to laugh. Riza put down her wine glass, and moved closer to him so that their legs were touching.

"If you are flirting with me." She blushed, looking down "Then I am totally 'kay with it."

"That's good." Roy put down his glass and touched Riza's cheek "'Cause I am totally flirting with you."

His kissed her at that point, their mouths intermingling. They both tasted of alcohol, sharp, sweet, naughty.

Roy pushed Riza back, and leaned on top of her, not once breaking the kiss. His hands roamed along her body, caressing, grabbing, squeezing. Riza let him.

"Let's go to the bedroom." Riza breathed, breaking their kiss "We can't do this here."

Roy nodded, and picked her up. He carried her through to his bedroom, and laid her down on his bed. Getting each other's clothes off proved a challenge, as both of them were intoxicated and lacking hand-eye co-ordination skills. Somehow they managed it, and flopped down on the bed together.

The next morning, Riza woke up in Roy's bed with a pounding headache. She rolled out of the bed and realized she was only wearing a large t-shirt that had to belong to Roy. Clutching her pounding head, she collected up her clothes and put them back on.

Walking out into the main room, she saw Roy asleep on the couch, snoring loudly and smelling like a mini-bar. Trying to block out the sound of his snores, she quickly wrote a note telling him she would see him later, and went home.

"So what you're telling me." Roy said when Riza had finished "Is that we slept together and there is a great possibility that is actually my child?"

"Yes." Riza looked away "I couldn't remember what had happened because I had been so drunk, but now I can remember it like it was yesterday."

"Urg, I'm so stupid!" Roy said, pinching the bridge of his nose.

"I'm sorry." Riza quickly apologized "I should've known better. I've put you in a situation now."

Roy looked at her, slightly surprised. He suddenly grabbed Riza into a hug, laughing softly.

"You're such a silly girl." He said "Don't be sorry. I should be sorry. But really, I'm just happy that the child is mine."

"I am too." Riza smiled "I finally get to start a family with the man I love."

"Yeah, that's true." Roy stroked her hair, which was still auburn "I wonder what the people at Central will think though?"

"Don't worry about them." Riza said "Technically we left the military the moment they accused you of being a murderer. You can go back, but I'm afraid I will probably have to watch from the side lines. Unless you can get a favour from my grandpa."

"It couldn't help to ask him." Roy grinned.

"Well, first we got to convince them you are not the man that killed all those women. Then we can worry about the rest of it."

"Okay." Roy kissed her forehead "I guess I can go with that."


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