Title: Break a Promise
Series: Fullmetal Alchemist
AU: Sceptre of Flamel
Word Count: 300
The kid who answered the door was at least thirteen, scruffy blond hair worn a touch longer than was fashionable, and a perfected sullen expression that made Edward think he must practice scowling in the mirror every morning. “Yeah?” the kid growled, and Edward blinked, startled. Had he even come to the right house?
But the eyes, the shade of the hair - Edward held out his hand, about waist-height, and said incredulously, “Thomas?"
The boy eyed him even more suspiciously. "Yeah?"
There was no way this could be Thomas, Thomas was five years old and a bundle of bright, if slightly demonic, energy. Had it really been six YEARS? This was the first marker of actual time passed that Edward had seen, and suddenly he felt terrifically queasy. "Is - is your father in?"
"Thom, who is at the door?” The voice was familiar, thankfully, and Edward sighed in relief when Alphonse came to the door behind his son. Al, at least, looked mostly the same - older, of course, more lines on his face but still familiar. “Th-” Alphonse stopped, and stared at Edward.
Edward didn’t look different, he knew. He pulled down the hood of his cloak and grinned shakily at his little brother, who had gone pale as a sheet. “Hey, Al,” he said. “Guess I’ve been gone a while, huh?"
"Brother,” Alphonse said.
“I don’t suppose you’ve seen Roy?” Edward asked, and averted his eyes. Alphonse pushed past the captivated Thomas and grabbed a very surprised Edward by the front of his tunic, slamming him against the wall.
“Six YEARS,” Alphonse roared, and the kid winced. “Six years you’ve been gone, and you come looking for ROY? What about us? We’ve been worried SICK - Mustang was out of his mind, where have you been?!”