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Absent- Part 20

Short part.  Sorry.  :(

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“I’m not going to let this happen.”  Riza said and squeezed her eyes shut as she pressed her face against Roy’s cooling cheek.   Without her he had been happy…but she wasn’t prepared for this; For him to so easily fall victim to an enemy, for the boys to be lying in pieces in the street. For them she would find a way out of this.   Sirens were getting closer and she was forced to bring her goodbye to a close, something she had no idea how to do.   How did she turn her back on him and walk away, even if he was beyond help.


“We need to leave now.”  


At least she had the other version of herself who  had known loss, who  processed it all with detachment.   A few kisses to saw goodbye and finally a hand reaching into his pocket to take out his watch.  Roy would have understood this, she didn’t feel like she was some scavenger picking the valuables of bodies on a battlefield.   He would have been demanding she take what she needed and carry on, that voice in her head made it easier to do what she had to do.   She laid the watch on his chest and reached into his coat, hands slipping against his shoulder and finally fingers working the button on his epulet.  Then she slid of his rank designation and retracted her hand.  She added it to the collection on his chest and took off the other one.  If they were going to Central and needed to get in the library then she would need to be much higher ranking than a mere Lieutenant.   She was focused now, focused on getting the hell out of this nightmare and making sure this reality never came to fruition.


“Out of time!” They were ready and not a moment too soon as the sirens got closer and to avoid being seen she had to pull the heartbroken woman off her knees and drag her into store to avoid being seen.   The dog followed without being told.


Military vehicles arrived on scene and Riza could see Roy’s team was the first to arrive.   Fuery probably heard it on the radio and they all knew where Roy liked to have lunch.   Reports of a kid fighting someone with alchemy, that would send them all running out the door without questioning it further.   Her heart shattered again as she watched the team get out of the car and look at the utter destruction in the streets.  Of course the eye was immediately drawn to a red cloak draped over a small body in the middle of it.  


“That guy….he was at the warehouse when I came in on the freight train.”  The other Riza said.   “I thought he was going to lock me up for hopping that train but he just wanted a light….and he asked me out.”


Havoc.   Riza knew exactly which one she was talking about.  He would go to smoke by the old warehouses next to the depot, the warehouses that were the start of all this.   It was funny to think he would ask her out, but somewhere deep down she knew he had never pushed beyond friendship because he knew how close she was to Roy.   She watched the cigarette drop from his mouth as he realized Ed wasn’t moving.   Fuery and Falman were already in tears, running to Ed and Breda was checking the perimeter.   Checking for their commander.   The time to leave was now.   “We need to leave East City immediately.   Protocol will be to lock down the area and monitor all transportation outlets so the enemy doesn’t escape.  The call will go out to Central, Roy’s best friend is in military intelligence.  He’s been hunting Scar.   When he gets here, he’ll be on our trail quickly.   The missing watch and epaulets may escape notice until then, but Hughes will see it plain as day.”


“The next train is leaving at…”


“No train.   They’ll be searching trains.”  Riza said and held out her hands. She looked at the stars and watch.  “This is our ticket into Central.  Nobody will stop us.   I can get a car from headquarters. We’ll drive.”


“That wastes a lot of time.”  


“So will being detained by the military for questioning.  Remember that I don’t exist in personnel records and you hold the answers to the most powerful form of alchemy this world has ever seen.” Riza replied and walked towards the back of the store.   The shop keep had fled, probably upstairs to the apartment above.   They left through the back entrance without being noticed.   She pushed past her loss because she had to go back to being an officer t get them out of this.  “Trust me on military protocol and I’ll trust you with everything I have already learned about this coin.  Maybe we need this car ride to figure all this out.”


“First we have to go to the bookseller. I need to verify that is where the book went.”


“Central Library will certainly have more books than you can imagine on the subject.” Riza said.  “But we’ll stop at the bookstore first.  Where is it?”

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