Title: Singing Through the Static Part 7 Never More
Summary: Are Cairo and Leda keeping a deadly secret or do they truly not remember their scarred past? And what will Kyra do when she's rejected by the one she loves?
Disclaimer: Same as always...
Rating: Uh...R? Violence...and...more violence...
Feedback: WEE! *shrug*
Roy watched Leda and Cairo leave the mess hall, all the while regretting all that had happened in the last day. Not only between he and Leda, but also between he and Cairo. They had been friends for a long time and shouldn't be arguing like they were.
He shook his head, physically thrashing the negative thoughts out of his mind. He looked down at Ed, who had the most confused frown on his face.
"Looks like a lot's been happening while we were away." Ed commented.
"You have no idea." Roy sighed.
Al stepped forward, the sound of his armor vibrating throughout the room. "Who were those girls?" He asked the Colonel.
Roy glanced up at Alphonse. "I have work to do, boys. Ed, why don't you write up your report...you can leave it on my desk when you're finished." With that, he left the two brothers in the mess hall alone.
Edward's frown deepened. "He seems more irate than usual." He observed.
"What do you think is wrong?" Al wondered.
"I'm not sure, Al." Ed replied.
Alphonse shrugged his big, metal shoulders. "Maybe the Lieutenant Colonel would know."
"Yeah..." Ed thought. "We'll find out later. I have to do my report for Mustang and then I guess an interview?"
Ed and Al were getting ready to exit through the mess doors when I familiar face entered. Her hair cascaded wildly about her shoulders and her eyes shone like ice underneath the lights.
"Hello, Edward." She greeted. "Alphonse."
Ed could only stare. It had been so long. He hadn't seen her since...
"What? No hug for your lover?" She stuck out her bottom lip.
"Kyra?" Alphonse questioned. "What are you doing in Central?"
"Looking up my two favorite boys." She said, like it was obvious; her reasons for being here.
Edward finally found a few words. "Get out." He hissed.
"Brother-" Al started.
"What, Al? You gonna tell me to be nice to her? Why should I?" He asked through gritted teeth.
"Now, now, Edward, is that any way to treat your lover?" Kyra continued to pout.
"Stop saying that! We're not..." He flushed slightly.
"Not what?" She stalked closer to him, swaying her hips as she did.
"We're not...together anymore." He said, backing away at the same time she moved closer.
Kyra's face grew slightly angry. Her brows furrowed and her nose wrinkled. "And whose fault is that, Edward?" She spat.
Ed wasn't going to take the bait. True, he had been the one to end it, but for good reason. "You know whose fault it is!" He shouted. "You know what you did was wrong!"
"Oh, I see..." She fumed. "What I did was wrong, but what you and Al did was right."
"That's different! We were kids!" He argued.
"It that how you justify it, Edward?" She smirked. "You really think we're all that different?"
"I know we are." He seethed.
"Stay out of this, Al!"
"My, my, Edward. What I temper you have..." Kyra teased.
"All the better to set you straight with." He retorted.
"Set me straight?" She cocked an eyebrow. "I'm not crooked, Edward."
"Yes you are." He took another step back and to his right, in front of Al.
"What's the matter, Lover? Afraid I'll hurt you baby brother?" She laughed deep in her throat.
"It wouldn't be the first time." Ed's mouth was set in a grim line, his teeth clenched.
Kyra stopped laughing. "I have no quarrel with Alphonse. This is between you and I, Lover." She pointed a finger at his chest as she spoke.
"Fine. Then, let's take this outside." Ed proposed, still trying to shield Al with his much shorter frame.
"No way." She snarled. "I know you're the military's lap dog now. One word and they'd be all over me."
Ed sighed. He knew he wasn't about to fool Kyra into anything. She was too smart. "What is it you want?"
"I'm surprised you even have to ask." She smiled. "The only reason I would show my face here...Is for you." She said seriously.
Ed was confused. She wanted something from him, but what? "I don't understand..." He shook his head.
"I want you to come with me, Edward." She finally got to her point.
Ed's jaw dropped. "Go with you...?" He asked, spinning from her request. Did she really think that after all that had happened, after all she'd done, he'd want to have anything to do with her?
"What do you say, Edward?" She continued to stalk closer, her eyes hooded; seductive.
Ed gave a harsh bark of laughter. "I don't think so, Kyra." He turned for an instant to address his brother. "Come on, Al, we're leaving." Ed started to walk past Kyra, determined to get away from her crazy requests.
Kyra became infuriated. Nobody walked away from her, especially him. "You're not going anywhere, Edward!"
"Ed, watch out!" Alphonse shouted.
Ed barely had time to react. He was only half turned when something struck him in the chest and knocked him to the floor.
"Brother!" Al didn't know what to do. He approached Kyra and attempted to strike her, but she was too fast. Before his eyes, Kyra's arm transmuted into a giant gleaming sword of ice. She swung at Alphonse, knocking his helmet off.
"You know, Al, that empty armor never ceases to amaze me..." She chuckled.
"Leave him alone! He has nothing to do with this!" Ed was back on his feet, and more pissed off than before.
"Of course he doesn't, but hurting him hurts you too, Lover." She hissed as she struck at Al's armor again, this time putting a dent in his abdomen.
"That's it! You asked for it!" Ed clapped his palms together and pressed them into the tile floor. Using alchemy, he sent stone spikes erupting from the floor, straight toward Kyra.
She laughed, jumping and avoiding the makeshift weapons easily. When she landed, she sent something not unlike an icicle spiraling toward Edward's body.
He was quick, but not quick enough. The icy spike was propelled right through his bicep.
"AHH!" He screamed in pain, blood already starting to run down his arm and drip on the white tiles.
"Ed!" Al fumbled around the floor for his helmet. "Ed, what's happening?!"
It was at that very moment that Mustang swept through the swinging doors. "Ed, I almost forgot-" He stopped mid-stride, his eyes taking in the scene played out before him. "Okay, Edward, I thought I told you about the policy regarding transmuting our floors..."
"Colonel?!" Ed cried desperately.
Roy didn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out who the enemy was at the moment. He planted his feet in a fighting stance and raised his right hand. His lips turned up into a slight smile before he snapped his fingers. Flames danced through the air, quickly snaking their way toward the girl.
Kyra's face also hosted a grin. She pressed her palms together, and out of nowhere, a thick wall of glistening ice formed around her.
Roy's flames struck the fortress and diminished.
"What the-" He exclaimed.
Al had finally retrieved his empty helmet and placed in atop the rest of the armor. He ran to his brother's side and inspected his injuries.
"Ed! Your arm!" He cried.
"Kind of noticed...that...already...Al." Ed tried to make a joke. He hissed in pain as Al tentatively reached out to touch his arm.
"We need to get you to a doctor! You're losing a lot of blood." Al said, looking toward the Colonel for help, but Roy was too involved in the current battle to notice either Ed or Al.
He snapped his fingers again, sending flames around the icy wall, trying to make it melt, or at least weaken. He could hear the strange girl's laughs from inside the structure.
"It'll take more than that to phase me." She taunted.
"Oh yeah? Well, then I'll just have to try harder." Edward's voice rang throughout the room.
Roy hadn't heard Ed move up beside him. He glanced quickly at the boy, noticed his arm, and knew he had to end this quickly.
At the same time that Ed clapped his hands, preparing for another attack, Roy snapped his fingers. Together, Roy's flames and Ed's soaring stone spikes sent Kyra's shield crashing to the ground.
For a second, Ed thought he'd killed the girl, but then he saw her rise from the demolished mound of ice.
"Not bad." She smirked. She brushed pieces of crushed ice off her shoulder and shirt before she looked up and addressed them again. "You know I'm not a fool, Edward. I have no intention of taking you both on." She started to turn away. "But this isn't finished, Lover. I'm going to hit you where it hurts the most." She pressed her palms together again, her escape route already in her mind.
"Don't let her get away!" Ed yelled. He ran forward, attempting to attack her again, but she was already gone.
"Where'd she go?" Al asked.
Ed pointed to the wall, where a huge, gaping hole now was.
"She froze the pipes, see?" He pointed to the water lines running through the mess and into the ceiling near the wall. "It caused them to explode, making her an exit door." He growled.
"Do you know who that was?" Roy demanded.
"Yes, Sir. She's an old...aquaintance...of ours." Edward explained.
"Come on boys, we have to get Edward's arm taken care of. Then, we have to put out a full alert on that girl." He said, already ushering the two brothers out the door.
Leda and Cairo heard the commotion in the library. They stopped their reading and looked up at each other.
"What's going on?" Leda strained her ears, trying to overhear some of the shouts from outside the library doors.
Cairo shrugged. "Beats me." She flipped her book closed and rose from her seat. "Let's go find out." She suggested.
Leda nodded and stood up also.
The duo was headed toward the doors when Lieutenant Havoc burst through, gasping. He threw them a half-hearted salute before he spoke. "Miss Maverick, Miss Lucas, I'll have to ask you to come with me. Colonel Mustang's orders." He informed them.
"What's happening?" Cairo asked, her eyebrows drawn together in confusion.
"Just please, come with me." He told them again.
Cairo and Leda glanced at each other, shrugged, and then followed Havoc back into one of the main corridors.
Military personal were rushing about, creating complete chaos in the hallways.
Havoc lead them to an unmarked door and opened it, gesturing for them to enter. The girls did what they were told and walked through the open doorway and into a small, nondescript room.
Leda's breath caught when she saw Roy sitting in a chair near the back of the room.
In the center, on what looked like a hospital bed, was one of the boys she'd seen in the cafeteria. His right arm was bandaged tightly and she could still see blood seeping through it.
She wanted to know what the Hell was going on.
Cairo stalked over to Roy, hands on her hips. "Aren't you going to say something?" She spat at him.
"What would you like me to say?" He asked, smugly.
"Don't get cute. Tell us what's going on." She huffed, her eyes narrowed.
Leda just stayed by the now closed door. Lieutenant Havoc had left; she guessed to perform more errands for the Colonel.
Her eyes wandered around the simply furbished room, landing on the boy who was wearing the massive suit of armor. His name started with an A, she thought. She couldn't quite remember the introductions made in the mess; she had been trying not to listen to Roy speak. The boy on the bed, his name was Edward. He looked pale and weak lying there. His eyes were slightly unfocused, from the blood loss, she supposed. His hair had come loose from its braid and lay in disarray on his fluffy, white pillow.
"There's nothing to be alarmed about." Roy said calmly. "We're on alert for a certain friend of Edward and Al's." He finished, still lounging in the chair.
Alphonse, that was his name! Leda said to herself.
"Friend? Ya right." Edward scoffed from his bed.
Al walked over to his older brother's side. "Ed, you shouldn't talk. Just rest." He ordered quietly.
"What do you mean, on alert?!" Cairo squeaked.
Roy chuckled. "We're just stationing guards around Central to prevent her return." He told them. "And also placing guards on the boys, since they seem to be the ones she's after." He stood up, crossing the room to stare down at Ed.
"We don't need any guards!" Ed shouted, irritated with the Colonel.
"Don't worry, Edward, I haven't assigned Armstrong." Roy teased. "I have two even better alchemists at my disposal." He said.
"Who?" Cairo was curious.
"You two." He glanced at Cairo, then Leda, and back to Cairo.
"You want Leda and I to guard these two?" She asked incredulously.
"Yes." He replied simply.
Leda's heart fluttered wildly. Roy thought she was a good alchemist?
Roy walked toward the door, noticed Leda scurrying out of the way, and felt a pang of remorse. He shouldn't have kissed the girl and then not said anything. He'd just left her in her room to figure it all out for herself. He didn't know how she could figure anything out at all, when he, himself, hadn't figured out what any of it meant, either.
He stopped at the doorway and turned around. "You're to be on the lookout for a fifteen year old girl, blue hair, blue eyes, taller than Edward." He paused to laugh at Ed's reaction.
"I AM NOT SHORTER THAN HER!"
"Name of Kyra Crow." He finished, then walked out the door, closing it securely behind him.
Leda waited a few seconds before she turned to gape at Cairo.
"Blue hair?" Her eyes grew wide. "It's the girl I met in town!" Leda confirmed.
"Kyra Crow...That name still sounds familiar..." Cairo was puzzled. She turned to look at the broken Edward. "Why is she after you?" She inquired.
"It's...complicated." Edward said. He and Al grew quiet, obviously not wanting to share anything else at the moment.
"Well, it looks like we might be here for awhile." Cairo cracked a smile. "Anyone up for a game of I spy?" She laughed.
Leda shook her head, giggling. "Alright...I spy..." She glanced around the room. "I spy something...yellow." She said, arms crossed on her chest.
Al tentatively spoke up. "Ed's hair?" He guessed.
"Oh my God, Al, you're good at this!" Leda laughed. She had indeed been thinking of Edward's hair.
"Hey!" Ed yelled.
Roy looked around his office at his subordinates. He addressed Lieutenants Havoc, Hawkeye, Breda, and Fuery all at once.
"I want that room under careful surveillance. No one enters or exits without my consent." He ordered. "We have two guests and the Elric brothers in there, so let's not have any slip ups, understood?"
"YES, SIR!" They all answered at once.
"Good. You all know your assignments then...dismissed." He said, waving them out of his office.