Luna sighed as soon as she heard the door shut behind her. It was a long night, and she was ready to sleep. She had been comforting a crying colt all night, and she should be soaked in tears, but she wasn't. The colt couldn't cry, because he was a hollow suit of armor. No one in Equestria besides his friends and Luna knew this, and the princess intended for it to stay that way. She learned of his blood seal, the hardships he went through, the horrifying sights he saw (her heart nearly shattered at the tale of Nina) and things he's experienced before his 16th birthday.
As she walked down the hall, a chill creeped down her back. She decided getting banished to the moon was better than what he had to go through.
"Princess." A gruff voice breaks the awkward silence that surrounds her.
"Yes?" Her voice is tired, laced with drowsniness.
"Do you want anything to eat before you go to bed?"
A sigh. "Yes, I'll have a daisy sandwich and a glass of apple juice, preferably from Sweet Apple Acres. "
"As you wish." And then he was gone.
She didn't know why she felt this way, and it bothered her to no end. Why was she so worked up over this? What did it mean to her? It felt as if his emotions had transferred over to her. Luna sighed and looked out the window. Only one person to see right now, she thinks.
Edward yawned as he walked through downtown Ponyville. He tuned Pinkie out a minute ago so he could look for Al or Winry.
"....And that's how I was named!" She finishes, turning toward Ed who was now blinking at the party pony with big, gold, confused eyes.
"What?" He yawns again,"I wasn't listening. Sorry."
Pinkie just smiles. "We're heeeerre!" She then bounds inside a large building which vaguely looks like a merry-go-round. She disappears for a minute, then pokes her head back outside. "Come on Slowy McSlowerson, Rarity wants to meet you!"
Rarity... Ed thinks, was that her? Was that the pony that rescued me and Al? Only one way to find out I guess..
He cautisouly climbed the steps, bracing himself for what could be inside. What if Al and Winry were there? What if they were sick, or injured or, or- His blood ran cold. Dead.
"Nah, they wouldn't be dead." He murmurs to himself, quickening his pace. As soon as he set foot inside though, he knew he had the wrong place.
"OH MY HEAVENS!" A voice shrieks from behind him. "What in Equestria happened to your mane?!"
Ed whirls around and comes to face to face with a white unicorn with curled purple hair. Not his unicorn though. He blinks at the horrified unicorn for a few seconds before speaking."Uh..." He truns around again to look in a mirror, and in doing so he cringes.
His usually braided hair was undone and matted to no end. It had turned greasy and was filled with dirt and flour. His coat was scruffy and covered in a bit of dry blood.
"But your legs... I do like that limb you are sporting. It does look a bit like Fleetfoot's prosthetics, only more streamlined and stronger. That doesn't matter, we can get you fixed right up. I do happen to be a prosthetic mechanic you know. My main mechanic is out of town. But I can clean your ports for you no problem."
Edward just gaped at her.
"Close your mouth, that's rude. Now come along, we have many things to do."
"Ah ah ah, that'll be a yes, Miss Rarity."
"Yes Miss Rarity." He finally choked out. He just glared at Pinkie Pie who was laughing it up in the corner as he was dragged away by Rarity.
First he was given a bath by Rarity after he removed his automail. While he wasn't excited about the idea at first, he soon gave in and just relaxed. It felt good to have her massage his head. The last person who did that was his mom. After he got over his nostalgia, she dried him off and cleaned his automail.
"It's time to re-attach your prosthetics Mr. Edward." She looked at him with a sideways glance. "Hmmm... You look like your on the smaller side, more like the size of a filly."
"WHO YOU CALLING SO SHORT YOU CAN'T SEE WITH A MICROSCOPE!!"
Rairty just smiled. "Looks like I'm not going to need to use such a powerful spell."
His ears perked up at this."Spell?"
She looked at him with an are-you-serious face. "You have a horn, Mr. Elric. You should know what I'm talking about."
He sighed and looked at Pinkie who just shrugged."Unfortunately, I don't. I was raised in a sheltered home."
Rarity gave him a pitiful frown. Then her eyes sparkled after a second. "You know, I have a friend who is one of the most powerful unicorns in Equestria. Her power is said to match the Princesses. You should pay her a visit. Miss Sparkle truly is a prodigy."
Sparkle. Sparkle. Sounded familiar.
"Anyway, hold still." She commanded. Edward froze. He watched in awe as Rarity's horn began to glow blue, and looked down to see that he was glowing blue too. Suddenly he heard a loud pop, and he collapsed, asleep.
***** 1 Hour Later *****
"Eh? What happened?" Ed asked, still groggy from his nap.
"i put you under so I could re-attach your automail." Rarity said, giving him a smile.
"Oh." He said, fully awake now. "Wish I had that back in Amestris...." He smiled again. "Well, we did but Winry never let me use it. Said I needed to toughen up." He looked down His automail was connected to his ports, and he felt no pain at all.
Rarity smiled at him before speaking again."Now that your coat is nice and clean, let's fix your hair."
Edward looked at her. "Miss Rarity..."
Rarity's hooves became a blur over his head and when she stopped he had a pin straight mane. "Uhm, Miss Rarity?" "No, no that's not it!" Her hooves flew once again. Now it was curly. "Uh... Miss Rar-" Once again, her hooves morphed his hair into a fro. Edward tried to interrupt her but she was too busy.
Finally, he had enough.
"RAAARRRITY!" He screamed before raising up and clapping his hooves on the ground.
Rarity froze. Then she smiled timidly for a second. "Sorry Mr. Elric, I just got so carried away..."
He smiled. "Try putting it in a braid, and leave my bangs to me."
Two sets of hooves flew through the air, and then, after the dust settled, Rarity squinted to see her final result.
"Marvelous, just marvelous! It suits you so well!" She mused, walking in circles around Ed.
Pinkie bounced over to look. "Wow, you look super duper! And just in time for your party too!"
Ed turned to Rarity. "Thank you so much Rarity. I'll be sure to come back here another day."
She smiled. "I hope you do. It was a pleasure."
And then Pinkie yanked Ed from his spot and dragged him out of the shop, shouting her thanks to Rarity as she left.
Winry watched the trees fly past her as she leaned out the window of the train. She looked ahead and saw Canterlot, and she felt true excitement boiling.
"Winry! If you don't lean back in I swear you're gonna fall out!" Twilight screeched from behind her.
Winry leaned back in, laughing. "Don't worry, I rode trains alot back in Amestris." She smiled sadly. She felt pressure on her shoulder and looked down to see Twilight's hoof resting on her shoulder. "Don't worry, you'll get home soon."
Winry smiled and leaned against the seat and fell asleep. Shit..Twilight thought, Why did I say that? I have no way of knowing if they can get home. A burp brought her out of her mental scolding.
"Twilgiht..." Spike calls, "The Princess wants to see you tomorrow."
Twilight sighed and looked at Spike. "Tell her I can't see her till Thursday. I need two days with the Wonderbolts." Spike nods. "Okay, whatever you say."
Soon all three are asleep, and the train keeps chugging slowly towards Canterlot.
Sorry for le shortness... i promise I'll do better. Errybody's a bit OOC. Sorry. Next Chapter will be Alcentric with hints of Winry and Ed. This one was Edcentric with hints of Winry and Al. The chapter after the next will be Wincentric with hints of Ed and Al. Oh yeah, should i have romance between:
Fluttershy and Al
WInry and Ed
Winry and Al
Ed and Twilight
Ed and Pinkie
Winry and (pick somepony.)
Thans Everypony! R&R, and have a great day.