What heights will Ed travel to in order to find Winry?
The cool fall air whistled past the Rockbell home. Pinako swiped leaves back forth on the porch. Den chased the broom.
"Winry, don't you think you should get out of that room?" She smiled. That girl never leaves her room these days. Must be working on something big. She even went out to town to find some books. She studied day and night.
"Winry?" Pinako stopped sweeping. Den cocked his head as his fun ended. "Winry, you alright?" Pinako shoved the broom aside. She made her way up the steps. The door was still closed. A small blue light escaped the openings.
"Winry?" The small woman knocked on the door. The light turned off instantly. "Yes, Gran?" A weak voice answered. "You alright?" The woman heard a soft chuckle. "Yes, fine." Pinako was skeptical. "You sure? Do you want any stew?" She turned the knob on the door. It was locked.
"Really, I'm fine. Just a little tired. I think I'll go to bed. Please don't be too loud." Pinako laughed. "It's two in the afternoon. You sure?"
"Just leave it out for me. I might wake up in a few hours. I'll probably be hungry." Gran nodded. "Just feel better soon." She thought nothing of her granddaughter. She probably stayed up all night making auto mail. She'll be fine in a few hours, just like she said.
"Hey, pipsqueak." Mustang teased. Ed held his tongue. You will get your comeuppance, just you wait, bastard.
"Hit any new leads with the philosopher's stone? Just a dead end?" Ed turned his head away from the arrogant smile sure to come. "Just another impostor." He crossed his arms.
"Colonel, please mind my intrusion." Hawkeye opened the door. She had a distressed face on. Everyone in the room could sense it. "What is it, Lieutenant?" Mustang ignited a report. Al watched it fall from his hand into the ash-tray.
She silently strode over to Mustang. She didn't look at Ed or Al. What's wrong? Did someone die? Ed frowned.
She leaned over and whispered into Roy's ear. His stern face turned into shock. "Why would you tell me this? You should tell who it affects most!" He was outraged. Riza sadly gazed at the two boys.
"What? Did something happen?" Al stood from his seat. Riza swallowed hard. She acquired her professional face once again.
"Fullmetal Alchemist, you have an period of leave for family relations." Edward laughed. "What? Did Winry call and demand I come home again? It's only been a few months." Nobody laughed along with him.
"Edward Elric, we have recently received information that leads us to believe that Winry Rockbell has gone missing." Mustang pushed his phone forward. He breathed in deeply. "You should probably go to the Rockbell's house."
Al fell back into his seat. "Winry's.... Missing?" Rage swelled inside of Edward. "THOSE DAMN HOMUNCULUS! THEY GOT TO HER!" He clenched his fist. Mustang grabbed the phone back. "I can see you can't handle yourself. I'll call for someone to accompany you." Edward pointed to Roy. "I DON'T NEED AN ESCORT! WE'RE GOING NOW, AL!" He slammed the doors open.
"Oh, Elric brothers!" The muscled man was there to meet them. Tears streamed down his cheeks. "You love that girl so much like a sister that you would storm out of an office! It's simply beautiful! I will accompany you two to find her!" Ed didn't have any time to argue.
He stormed down the hall. "Just don't slow us down, we get on the next train. There's no time to pack." Al hurried after his brother.
"Major," Mustang smiled faintly. "Make sure those two don't get killed." The major saluted. "You have my word, colonel!" He waltz down the hall and outside.
The scenery rushed by. Edward Elric wasn't even paying attention. He was busy with his thoughts. Why Winry? What happened to her? Can this train go any faster? He tapped his finger against the window side. Al sat down across him. He was also busy with his thoughts. Armstrong sat next to Ed (Wouldn't have enough room if he sat next to Al.)
"Resembool- 'bout five minutes." Edward almost exploded. Five minutes until he knew whether or not his best friend was alive. "We will be there shortly. Gather your things." Armstrong grabbed a bag from his side.
"I told you we didn't have enough time to pack." Ed stated. The sparkles danced across Armstrong. "The art of quick packing has been passed down my family for generations!" He noted. Edward simply ignored him. He looked out the window once more.
"Now, Ed, I told you a hundred times, my auto-mail is not indestructible!" "Where were you two!? I was worried sick!" "You should really call more often than you do." "Ed, you seem to be getting shorter everyday!"
"Resembool." The train announced. Ed sprinted out of the train, knocking people over. Bags and suit-cases spilled everywhere. He didn't care.
"BROTHER!" Al yelled. He tried to run through the aisles, but he was too big to make any real progress. Armstrong followed slowly behind him.
"GRAN!" Edward shouted. He tore up the pathway. He skidded on the wooden floor and raced up the steps.
"Gran!" She was fumbling with the lock to a door. "Ed? What are you doing here?" Ed shook his head. "Where's Winry!?" Pinako dropped her hands to her side. She looked sadly to the door. "I think she's missing. I can't get open this door, and I can't see her from the outside window." She sighed. "I knew something was wrong.."
The boy clapped his hands as fast as he could. The lock was instantly on the ground. The wooden door slowly opened up. Pinako turned behind her. Armstrong and Ed were coming up the stairs. They peered into the room.
Ed's eyes grew huge. "What happened here?" He ran in. Blood was all across the floor. It was splattered across the walls too. He grabbed a rag and started to wipe it up. There was chalk written on the floor.
"Al.." He dropped the rag. Ed backed away slowly. His younger brother walked in. "Is this what I think it is..?" The metal boy nodded. "It's a human transmutation circle. But why is it here?" Ed dropped to his knees.
"She did it... She did human transmutation.. What reason did she have to do it?"