My Alchemic Romance 5
Chapter 5 : Coffee Shop Chaos
Charlotte awoke to the scent of citrus mint, a red jacket draped over the top of her. Alphonse, who was sitting on the wooden floor, nudged his brother. He currently had his messy blonde head buried in a book. "She's awake." Edward folded down the page and closed his book. His blonde hair was down, touching his mid-back. "Morning. Sleep well?" She shifted around, patting down her frazzled hair. She picked up Edward's jacket and offered it up to him. "This is yours I think." "Keep it, It's no problem. Really." Charlotte threw off the ivory sheets, draping the fresh-smelling coat around her. "Thanks. I didn't have a coat..." her eyes were half-lidded, making her irises appear larger than usual. "I'm gonna go to my room. Thanks you guys." Alphonse waved as she closed the door. "Ed, we have to call Winry." He was busy braiding his straw-colored hair "That's right. Listen, i'll go talk to Charlotte about yesterday. You can call Winry." Al put down his book for the first time that morning, without even marking a page. "Putting Winry on the back burner now?" The older brother looped his belt through each hole around the top of his black jeans. "Al, She's not our biggest worry." he paused to pull on his over-sized boots "The girl next door is. And as much as I hate bowing down to the military, I like to help people in need." he sheathed his hands within his gloves and turned the now-attached door knob. "Right now, Charlotte needs us"
Edward turned the knob on Charlottes door. To his surprise, it was open. He invited himself in with a shout of "It's Edward!" the apartment wasn't as clear as his was. Her's had carpeting, while his had wood paneling, theirs was pretty empty since they didn't spend much time there anyway, while her's was decorated with fine vases and candles. "Oh. I'm coming!" Charlotte stepped out or the bathroom, her hair was still wet from her recent shower. It was down now, much like edward's only curly. She wore tan cargo pants and a light blue camisole, the jacket was strewn out across the bed, the hooded side face-up. "Hey." She tried to make small talk, it's a tad awkward to wake up to find a boy who had given you his jacket the day before and is sitting on your bed. "Where's Alphonse?" she scratched her arm and gave him a quizzical look. "H-he's calling Winry." she nodded her head "And I thought we could try to figure out your past over some coffee." Charlotte couldn't help but smile, she couldn't remember the last time she had been alone with a boy. She couldn't remember anything. She walked to the window and drew back the shades "It's raining again." She sighed and closed the curtain. For once, Edward wanted to hug that poor girl, he hadn't felt so bad for a girl before. "That's okay. Just wear the jacket." she just stared at it as she sat down in the bed adjacent to him. "What about you? You'll get sick." he stood up first and put his hands in his pockets. "I'm taking care of you remember? I can always transmute a new one." the dirty-blonde girl kicked the floor with her sneaker-clad foot. "C'mon." she looked up to find a gloved hand, offering it's help. She just looked up at him with dead eyes reading : "Remember...?" "Oh, yeah." he withdrew his hand and got the door for her instead.
Hughes, being a blabber-mouth, told the entire staff at Central about Edward and Charlotte, he invited them to help him spy on the duo. "Why not give them their space?" Riza asked, standing attentively by Mustang. "Why should we?" he giggled a childish giggle "They make it so clear!" behind Maes was Havoc, Breda, and Farman. All supporting his idea. "Only," Mustang said said dead serious "If you report it back to me!" Riza sighed and silently acquiesced.
The pair of teens walked through the halls of central in awkward silence, glancing at each other once in a great while. "Hey! It's you two again....alone." Hughes leapt from a random corridor waving his hands. They just continued to walk, meeting up with the rest of the "Spy Team" "I think maybe we should go to the cafe outside of Central." Charlotte offered innocently. Edward didn't say anything, just nodded and led her outside of Central.
"Lust?" A large man looked up at the lovely woman looming over him. "Yes, Gluttony?" he stuck his fingers in his mouth, drool rolling down his chin. "Who's that girl with the Elric brother?" Lust continued to walk, both figures draped in brown sheets. "Probably his girlfriend. That Winry girl. " He pulled on the bottom of her sheet, head rotated around so his eyes could follow the pair. "No. She's got curly hair. And his coat." Lust smiled to herself "I will let envy know about this mystery girl." She turned to watch Edward get the door for the new girl. "huh."
"I'll pay, Roy gave me some money recently for anything I may need.." Charlotte retch in her pocket and searched for a few dollars. Edward grabbed her hand, "I work for the Military, I only have to flash my watch and I'm golden." His hand lingered there for a moment, his face becoming red. Charlotte noticed his embarrassment and tried to levitate the stress of the situation. "Literally." she took the hand that wasn't buried in her pocket and flicked his strand of hair protruding from his head. "...ha...haa" he chuckled nervously, removing his clammy hands from hers and rubbing his neck. "May I help you?"A woman at the counter asked, chomping on her gum at a vicious pace. "Black coffee, and....." he turned to Charlotte "Mocha." the woman yelled the orders back to her co-workers and turned back to Edward and Charlotte. "So.." she blew a bubble and popped it loudly. "The Fullmetal Alchemist has a new flame eh?" Edward scowled at the woman. "It's not like that!" Her eyes danced, like flames licking at the air. Curiosity flooding her violet orbs. She placed the coffee on the counter. He carried both, Charlotte still silent, with no objection to the recent smart aleck comment. "Bye now, Edward." he looked back over his wet shoulder, her voice had drastically changed, now beginning raspy and dry. "Excuse me?" She giggled and waved "Bye!" her voice returning to it's usual friendly tone. Charlotte looked back at the suspicious boy "Whats wrong?" he mumbled, never looking away from the cashier. "nothin'" they wandered toward a table, Charlotte, was bumped by a boy about her height, spilling her coffee down her tank. He gasped. "I'm so sorry!" he picked up the cup . He had deep blue eyes, with blonde hair, which was very well kept. "Look, I-I can buy you a new one...." "That wont be necessary" .Ed walked back to help the coffee-sopped teen, his eyes traveling up and down her torso, the shirt now see-through. The taller boy noticed also, sparking the attention of Charlotte, who pulled her coat closed. He cleared his throat. "I spilled it on you, it's only fair that I buy you a new one." he looked to Edward, the short blonde scowling again. "Is she with you?" "Well...we aren't together, I'm just helping her out." The taller male gave Charlotte a sly smile. "She doesn't look like she needs ANY help at all." Said girl blushed ferociously, crossing her sleeved arms. "She's perfectly fine now. Aside from my clumsiness. Sorry" he took her hand. "Here, let me-" Edward grabbed her free hand "How 'bout not?" and dragged her out of the café, leaving his drink on a random table.