Fri, Jun. 10th, 2005, 06:05 am
ototo_aru: Keeping a Secret
"Huh?" he thought about it, looking down at
Envy, "do yo think that'll work?"
He shrugged "Better than leaving him out here
and letting Pinako or Winry find him later..." he went
over to Envy and poked him "I know you only can
answer with that same phrase, but I need you to try and
Al waited there for a reply back, but there
wasn't any. "I guess we're gonna have to carry him
Ed sighed "Might as well help me then..."
he rolled Envy onto his back and reached his hands
under Envy's arms "Aru take his feet and we'll see if we
can get him to the bedroom window..."
"Uh, hai," he went to the other side and grabbed
him by the legs, lifting him up. Luckly it didn't seem like
Envy was very heavy to begin with, let alone with the two
of them carring him making it lighter.
Ed walked backwards, looking over his
shoulder as they made their way around the side of the
house, him keeping an eye out for Winry or Pinako. He
paused just before the workshop window, listening to
make sure that no one would suddenly stick their head
out to see what was going on. After a few moments of
hearing the grinder going, he made sure he was as close
to the wall as he could get, and ducked right under the
window. The less Pinako and Winry knew about all of
this, the better it would be for the both of them.
Al ducked as well after getting near the
window, at the same time trying to keep up with the
same speed as Ed. After they got far away enough from
the window where the noise was no longer present he
quietly whispered to him, "do you think they might have
Ed shook his head and kept his voice
down as they rounded the side of the house "I don't think
so... If they had, the grinder would have stopped.."
"I guess you're right...." he followed him as they
circled the house, eventually finding the window they
wanted without having something interrupting them or
"Aru I need you to go inside and open the
window for me... I'll try to lift him up to you so we can
get him in quicker... Ano... I have a question..."
"Hai," Al was about to leave until he heard the
last part, "um.. what is it?"
"Do they know that I was gone?"
"Err... hai..." he looked towards the side, then
just stared at the ground to hide his face. "They.. I told
"Oh... Well I guess I can't be seen either
then..." he sighed "Well just go open the window for me,
and don't say anything if you get stopped..."
He just nodded back and went back around the
house untill finding the front porch, then got inside.
Luckly there wasn't anyone near the front end, most
likely Pinako was still inside the workshop. As for Winry,
he wasn't sure, but hopefully someplace far. He got into
the guestroom without much trouble. As Al was about to
get to the window he heard a soft yet somewhat loud
bark behind him that made him jump. Then turning
around to see that it was only Den. He felt more relieved
and sighed, patting the dog on the head. Obiviously he
was lonely and wanted some attention, though now
wasn't a good time for it. The dog didn't stay around for
very long and soon just left the room. Afterwards Al got
to the window, unhooked a latch that kept it locked in
place, then silently lifted the window up.
He looked up to see that the window had
been opened up and Saw Al poke his head out. Just as
he was about to lift Envy up, he heard Pinako's voice
float through the open window, causing him to pause in
mid-lift Dammit... Not now... "Aru something the
matter? I heard Den and thought something might be
Al's eyes went a little wide after hearing her,
and watched Ed beginning to duck under the window
with Envy to prevent from being seen. He turned around
and tried to look as casual as possible. "I-Iie, nothing's
wrong.. Den just seemed a bit lonely and was following
She raised an eyebrow "You sure? You
look a little pale..." she walked over to the bed he was
leaning on and put the back of her hand to his forehead
"You don't seem warm..."
Al jerked back away from the hand, though
there wasn't much space for him to go to, "hai, I'm fine..."
She raised an eyebrow again at the
reaction "Well if you say so... I don't want you getting
sick again with everything that's been going on... Well
Dinner will be ready in about an hour, so I'll come get
you when the table's ready.." She turned to walk back
out of the room, Den following her this time.
Al quietly shut the door a little ways then sighed.
He then went back over to the window and peeked out
of it using a soft tone, "that was close, are you okay?"
Ed had Envy slung over a shoulder, just
looking up "Yeah..." he started to pass Envy up with not
He managed to pull Envy through the window
then temporaily setting him on the bed next to him. Then
Al went back for Ed, though getting him up was going to
be more tricky.
He put both hands on the windowsill and
hoisted himself up with no problems, climbing into the
window without any help, and putting both feet on the
bed "So now what?" he looked at Al, and then down at
Envy, who was about as lifeless as a doll at the moment.
"Not sure.." Al sighed and then glanced down at
Envy, "I doubt we can hide him for long, eventually they'll
figure out about all of this and..."
"Meaning.. We can't stay here much longer
unless we want to get them involved..." he let out a
frustrated sigh "This also means you can't tell them that
I'm here either... Being that they think I'm gone now... It
would just end up being weird in the worst possible
"I know, but.. where should we go from here? I
don't know how long Ignorance is going to let you stay
here, and I doubt there's much I can do to extend it.
Even if I could it'll still be limited and soon enough that
time would come again anyways.."
Ed shook his head "I don't know... That's
the whole thing about it... No matter where we go, he's
going to find me... I just don't want to get anybody else
invloved in this whole mess..."
"There's gotta be something... something to
change it's mind. A reconsideration. Anything," Al hung
his head down, "what else would it take to make the
He gave Al a stern look "Aru... Just stop
this please... You're not going back to the Gate, and
that's final... And you can deny that all you want, but I
know you keep thinking it..."
"But.." he didn't bother to look up, still just
staring at the wood floor.
Ed sighed "Aru, I would rather it be like
this than see you go back there... At least this way I
know that whatever debt we seemed to still owe the
Gate has been paid... And you'll be safe from it..."
"But...." Al curled up slightly while sit just sitting
on the bed, shutting his eyes tightly, "... it hurts... knowing
that you're in there... it just hurts.."
He reached out from where he still sat on
the windowsill and put his left hand on top of Al's head
"But at least I know you're not..." he smiled into the
"Aru... I'm still going to keep my promise
to make it back to you... No matter what happens, I'm
going to keep it... May take me a while, but I'll find a
"..." he wasn't sure what to say after that and
just stayed quite like that for a minute or so, suddenly
letting out a yawn.
Ed chuckled "Aru, why not take a nap? I'll
keep an eye on Envy... and I'll hide us if someone
knocks on the door.."
Al rubbed his eye, "... maybe I should take
one.. While you were gone Ignorance came by during the
night. Wasn't able to sleep much ever since then..." He
looked back up at Ed, feeling a bit concerned about him,
"are you sure you'll be fine?"
Ed nodded "Yeah I'm sure..." his hands
were folded, his elbows resting on top of his legs. "If
someone comes, I'll just drag Envy and hide
somewhere... Maybe the closet would be a good spot to
stuff him for awhile..." he laughed softly. He noticed the
look Al was giving him and shook his head, still laughing
"I'm only kidding ok? I'll more than likely just hide him
and myself at the foot of the bed, away from the door..."
"Well.. if that'll work..." he said sounding a bit
confused, then yawned again. He took over the other
bed that Envy wasn't on and laid down, covering
himself.with the blankets. "Good night, Nii-san..." it didn't
take him long to doze off on it afterwards.