Eastern Headquarters. The weather had been miserable
all day.Roy Mustang sighed as he shuffled through the pile of papers
on his desk, which was turning out to be too large. Rain spattered the
window panes behind him, reflecting his groggy mood. He had only
just been caught by Lieutenant Hawkeye napping when he was
supposed to be signing papers, again. Actually, for the third time.
Hawkeye scolded him, saying she was surprised he had made it so
far up the ranks. He smirked slightly. Riza was the only one who
diciplined her superior on a daily basis, and yet was his most loyal
It was she who walked in now, holding a clipboard in one arm.
He had only finished his second paper.
"How is your work going, sir?"
Roy frowned in such a way that she needed no other answer.
"That much fun, hmm, sir?"
"If it wasn't raining I could go outside and practice my alchemy.
But, no, I'm stuck doing this." Roy slouched in his chair.
"Paperwork is another necessary requirement if you want a higher
"I know." Roy stared at her, imagining sweeping her up and kissing her.
"Well, sir, plan for more action later this week, at least. The
President is coming out soon to test the officers. As ranking officer, it's
your responsibility to make sure we are all well trained for action." she
said, breaking the silence and cutting off Roy's fantasies.
"Oh, great. I get to try to get a group of smartasses and wimps how
to be field officers," he said, signing off another paper and tossing it aside.
The rain beat down harder outside, drumming on the windows.
"They're good men, sir, they just need a little guidance."
"A little guidance, my foot. They'd probably knock each other
"Way to have faith in your men, sir. I told them to meet you in the
training courtyard tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully you will be able
to give them the training they need so they won't be 'knocking each
other out'," she said, with a of hardness in her voice that suggested that
if he didn't come, she'd reprimand him herself, let alone his superiors.
The prospect of facing her seemed almost scarier.
"Yes, yes, I'll be there," he said, avoiding her eyes.
"I'm sure you will. I will see you later, Colonel." She left the room,
leaving him to think up some sort of training regime for his group. Riza's
head popped back around the edge of his office door.
"By the way, those papers are due in ten minutes."
Hawkeye left then smiling as she heard Roy cursing and furiously
signing papers. Not for the first time.
To be continued. All respects to Hiromu Arakawa