The cloudless night was a perfect one for a display of fireworks. The air was cool with a slight breeze, and the roof of Central Headquarters provided an unobstructed view and also a chance to look out over the city.
Shifting slightly on the blanket they’d laid on the hard concrete, Roy leaned in and gave Ed a light kiss on the cheek before sliding his arm around the teen’s shoulders and pulling him close. Ed snuggled into him, then looked up with a half grin on his face. His large golden eyes shone with anticipation and excitement.
While fireworks weren’t exactly new and spectacular to Roy, he’d decided to go along with Ed’s desire to watch them. Apparently Rizembool rarely had the opportunity to have fireworks, given how rural the town was and also how much it cost to bring in fireworks and the people authorized by the fuhrer to light them.
Giving Ed a return smile, Roy leaned down and kissed him lightly on the lips. “You sure you don’t want to blow this off and create our own ‘fireworks’?” Roy asked suggestively.
“What? Too old to stay up after this is over?” Ed teased, then squealed with laughter when Roy gave a low and playful growl while pushing him down on the blanket and nibbling at his neck. One of his hands began to move down Ed’s body when something cold and wet was poured on top of them.
Spluttering, Roy sat up quickly and looked up to see Elysia Hughes standing beside them with a large—and now very empty—cup. She had a big grin on her face as she said in the innocent tone that only a child of her age could pull off convincingly, “Mommy said that you and Ed were getting too hot and needed to cool off! Are you cooled off now?”
He glanced around at the blankets set out around him by some of his fellow co-workers and subordinates. Hawkeye was giving him a ‘you had it coming’ look, while Fuery was looking down and trying to suppress a smile. Havoc and Breda were snickering openly, while Falman wasn’t paying any attention to the situation at all. Bringing his gaze to the Hughes family blanket, Roy could see that Maes was sporting a smirk, while Gracia had her arms folded and was fixing him with an un-amused stare.
“Quite cooled off...” Roy murmured, glancing back at Elysia. She gave him a happy and satisfied smile, then scampered off back to her parents. Looking back at Gracia, Roy mouthed, ‘sorry’, then gave a heavy sigh and turned back to face Ed.
The teen, who had somehow avoided most of the water, laughed lightly and said quietly, “Maybe we should wait to start our own ‘fireworks’ until we’re alone?”
“Obviously,” Roy answered flatly. He’d forgotten about his promise to Gracia to keep the environment ‘family friendly’.
Ed was about to say something else when the fireworks began and his attention was diverted. The teen’s eyes filled with wonder and amazement; and, instead of looking at the fireworks, Roy watched Ed’s every movement and expression. There was something very genuine about Ed that attracted Roy to him. He wasn’t sure if he would ever be able to put it into words, but perhaps he didn’t need to.
Putting his arm back around Ed, Roy moved close and turned his attention to where Ed was pointing to a particular bloom of sparkles and colors and let himself be drawn into Ed’s delight and innocent wonder.