|||||Mulan- Make a man out of you||]|
Title: Singing Through the Static Part 9 Forgotten
Summary: Leda discovers her secret past while Cairo attempts to make contact with her crush. And is Kyra really the evil girl that everyone believes her to be?
Rating: PG13 Some mild swearing
Cairo strolled casually through the halls of Central. She was trying to summon the courage to go perform her interview with Edward. She breathed deeply and tried to force her mind into a calm, relaxing place, but to no avail. Her nerves were tingling and her heart was thundering. She couldn't figure out why this short kid she barely knew had this effect on her.
Finally, standing outside the door to the room where he was recovering, she closed her eyes, and before she could change her mind, she knocked.
She strained her ears for an answer.
"Yeah?" She heard Ed call from inside.
"It's..." Her voice squeaked, so she cleared her throat and tried again. "It's Cairo. May I come in?" She asked, wringing her hands together.
"Sure." He said gruffly.
Cairo took one last deep breath and opened the door. Her hands quaked as she approached the bed where Ed was lying.
"Hi." Al waved to her from the other side of the room.
"Hi, Al." She waved back. She struggled to speak past the lump in her throat. She hated that she was so nervous around this boy. "How's...how's your arm?" She asked, her voice quivering.
Ed rotated his shoulder around a few times. "Doesn't hurt." He answered.
"Well...that's good." She rubbed the back of her neck, trying to come up with something witty to say.
"Yes, that's very good." A disembodied voice chuckled.
All eyes turned in the direction of the voice. Ed and Al gasped. Cairo could only stare. She assumed the girl sitting on the window ledge was Kyra. The blue hair was sort of a give away. Although she should have been scared for her very life, the only thought Cairo had that second was, She ruined my interview!
Kyra's eyes bore into Cairo's.
"Cairo. Long time, no see." She scolded lightly.
Cairo continued to stare.
"What? No hug?" Kyra pouted.
Ed looked from one to the other of them. "What the Hell is going on?" He shouted to no one in particular.
Al turned to address Cairo. "Do you know her?" He wanted her to say no. How could Cairo know Kyra? How could she ever be involved with someone like her?
Cairo shook her head. "No. I've never seen her before." She told them both.
Kyra laughed deep in her throat. "Ah, Cairo. You and Leda don't remember...but you will." She laughed one more time before she disappeared out the window she had entered through.
"Okay, that laugh is starting to get on my nerves." Ed said.
Cairo's head was spinning. Kyra's words were still hanging in the air between the three of them.
You don't remember...But you will.
"Where's Leda? She might know something about this." Ed took charge as best he could. They couldn't sit around waiting for Kyra to appear again. They had to find her themselves and figure out what was happening. Figure out how Cairo and Leda were involved in this.
"I think she went to the mess hall." Cairo replied, worried. What had that girl meant? How did she know Cairo? It was all so puzzling.
"Let's go." Ed said, flipping the blankets off his body. He got to his feet, only slightly off balance.
Ed led the way through Central, Al and Cairo at his heels.
Leda thought it was a little too quiet. The mess hall was completely deserted, except for herself. She crossed her arms over her chest and approached the counter.
Wasn't there anyone here who could get her something to eat?
She sighed inwardly. She'd have to go out to eat now.
She turned to leave, deeply disappointed, but there was someone blocking her path.
"Kyra..." She breathed the name.
"Leda." The girl smiled. "Going somewhere?" She tilted her head to one side, questioning.
Leda didn't know how to answer so she just stuck to the truth. "I was...going to get something for dinner." She responded nervously. After what this girl had done to Edward, someone she knew, Leda was terrified of having a confrontation with her.
Kyra raised an eyebrow. "Dinner, huh? Cairo going with you?" She sounded angry.
Leda's eyes grew wide. "How do you know Cairo?" Leda's heart began to pound against her ribs. What if Kyra had hurt her?
"The same way I knew you. We all go way back." She hissed.
Leda shook her head, confused. "I...I don't understand. I've never met you before." She said, her thoughts swimming.
"Oh, of course you have." Kyra started walking closer. "You just don't remember." She told Leda.
"I think I'd remember if I'd met you before." Leda was growing angry also. She was sick of Kyra's stupid games.
Kyra's eyes narrowed and turned a stormy gray. "Don't get an attitude with me..." She seethed.
"Or what?" Leda spat. She was an alchemist also. She was certain she could defend herself at least until someone heard all the commotion and came to rescue her.
Kyra took a deep breath and smiled. "Friends shouldn't fight. Don't you agree?"
Leda snorted. "We're not friends."
"Perhaps not now, but once upon a time..." She clicked her tongue.
"Stop!" Leda shouted. "I don't know who you are! I've never met you! We've never been friends!"
"Oh really?" Kyra quirked her eyebrow. "Then where did I get this?" She held out her palm toward Leda. In the middle was a silver necklace. Leda took a cautious step forward and tried to look at it. "Go ahead and pick it up." Kyra said. Leda didn't move another step. She was too nervous. "Okay, I'll read the inscription to you." Kyra picked up the necklace and turned over the heart pendant that dangled from it. "My darling Leda," She intoned. "I will love you always and forever. Love Mommy."
Leda's eyes began to fill with tears. "Where did you get that?" She sobbed.
"Now do you believe me?" Kyra smirked.
"You having that locket doesn't prove anything!" Leda screamed. "You could have stolen it!"
"You're right, I guess. I could have stolen it." She sighed. "But since I didn't, I'll tell you how I did acquire your precious locket." Kyra sneered. "Are you ready?"
Leda only nodded.
"Alright then." Kyra perched herself on a tabletop. "Once upon a time..." She paused to laugh a little. "There were four girls who were the best of friends. Do you know the fourth girls' name?"
"Her name was Desiree. One day, Desiree got terribly ill and died. The three friends were devastated. They just couldn't bare the pain so they decided to do something about it." Kyra spun the tale like she'd done it many times before. "They took Desiree's body deep into the forest where no one would find them. Can you guess what they drew in the dirt?"
Leda did know the answer to this one. "A transmutation circle."
"Still such a bright girl." Kyra applauded. "They planned to do a human transmutation. Of course the naive girls ignored alchemy's first law and guess what happened?"
Leda wasn't sure, but she thought she saw a tear roll down Kyra's cheek.
"They were taken to the other side. To the Gate." Her eyes grew unfocused and she tilted her head; remembering. "It was so dark."
This time Leda definitely saw a tear glistening on the end of Kyra's nose.
"The girls were forced to make an equivalent exchange for their friend's body. Two of the girls lost parts of their brain; parts of their memories. The third girl lost...Well, take a look." Kyra hopped down from the table and started rolling up both of her pant-legs.
Leda gasped in horror. Both of the girl's legs were automail.
"But..." Leda sputtered.
"Afterward..." Kyra just continued her story. "The two girls who had lost their memory just wandered off. They were so disoriented that they didn't see the other girl, or even the thing they had created. I had to crawl with no legs into town before I bled to death. As I was making my way out of our little clearing, I found the locket. My friend's locket. Your locket." She said, eyes downcast. "I didn't know where you and Cairo had disappeared to. I was completely alone. My other friends...They turned on me." She snapped her eyes back up to meet Leda's. "I believe you know them. Edward and Alphonse?"
"Ed and Al? They...You guys were..." Leda tried to make sense of everything.
"That's right, Sweetie." Kyra said harshly. "The three of us did that transmutation together but I was the only one to get punished for it." Kyra cried.
"The only one to get punished?!" Leda exploded. "We lost all our memories!" She cried back.
"You're lucky that you did!" Kyra countered. "You went on...Somehow, I'm not sure how, but you two went on like you were. You walked out of those woods that night and into new lives. You became State Alchemists. What did I become? Shunned. An outlaw."
"So?" Leda started to sob again. "That wasn't who we were! We can't remember who we used to be! I can't remember you or...Desiree." She sighed.
"You didn't have to tell your family, your friends what happened. You didn't have all the people you'd ever counted on, all the people you loved, turn on you. You didn't loose two limbs!" She screamed.
Leda closed her eyes, a few tears slipping past her eyelids and running down her face. "You're right." She stiffed. "I'm so sorry, Kyra." She said sincerely.
Kyra didn't say anything else. She turned on her heel and left the mess hall.
Leda stood and watched her go, more confused than ever. Tears continued to streak their way down her cheeks. She'd just received way too much information to process. She needed air. She needed to get out. She needed...a strong drink.
Ed, Al, and Cairo burst through the swinging mess doors, panting. The looked around frantically for Leda.
"She's not here." Cairo said, running her hands through her hair nervously.
"Maybe she's in her dorm." Al suggested.
The three of them rushed to the dorms and nearly broke down Leda's door.
"Leda?" Ed shouted into the room.
"Leda!" Cairo was on the verge of tears. What if Kyra had done something to her? What if she was hurt somewhere? "What do we do?" Cairo asked, pacing.
"Mustang." Ed replied. "Let's go."
Roy rubbed his temples. After his meeting with King Bradley he felt drained. He needed some time to slack off.
But that time would not be granted. As soon as the thought entered his brain, his door burst open and in ran Ed, Al, and Cairo.
"Roy!" Cairo ran up to his desk. "Leda's missing!"
Roy stood up quickly, talking and moving at the same time. "What do you mean she's missing?" He yelled.
"She said she was going to the mess. Kyra showed up...She talked to us for awhile...Maybe she did something to Leda!" Cairo explained.
"Wait, slow down. Let me see if I got this right. Kyra appeared and talked to you, Al, and Ed? Then she left?"
"Yes! God, don't you listen?! Then we went to find Leda and she's not anywhere!"
Roy blew out a breath. "Alright. Let's not say anything to anyone else. We don't want to cause a panic. We'll find both Leda and Kyra." He assured them.
The four of them, all grim-faced, left Central HQ and began to ask civilians if they'd seen anyone with blue hair recently.