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Author: SeaweedOtter
Title: Bedtime (New Beginnings- Chapter 2)
Theme & #: #34- Rituals
Genres: Humor
Warnings: None, just a Roy/Maes academy fic!
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist
Pairing: Roy Mustang x Maes Hughes (eventual pairing)
Rating: PG
Summary: Roy had always had various rituals that he did throughout the day, until his roommate messed it all up.

Author's note: The 55 fics are a story arc, starting at the academy. Also, #1 and #2 before aren't a part of the story, they were written before.

Read all of the stories HERE!!

The first night that he had spent in his dorm room was- unusual to say the least. Besides the fact that he was in an unfamiliar place with an unfamiliar person, his whole routine had been broken up.

He was a man who had always thrived on routines, getting up at the same time, doing the same things in the same order to get ready for the day, then going through a similar routine to end the day before he went to bed. He was afraid that the academy was going to change that somewhat, but there was another factor that would change it even more that he hadn't been aware of.

His roommate, Maes Hughes.

His first full day at the academy started fairly familiarly. He was the first one to wake up, so he wrapped a towel low around his hips- over his loose t-shirt and boxers, grabbed his shower kit, and headed for the bathroom.

What he hadn't realized what that they shared a bathroom with the two people in the room next to them.

Thankfully, the room was already steamy and the shower curtain was opaque, so he didn't see anything. He just quickly and quietly apologized and went back to his room, shaking.

"You alright there, buddy?" Roy yelped at the noise and dropped his shower kit, almost dropping his towel as well.

"Uh, yeah. I just didn't realize that.. er.. other used the shower too."

Maes yawned and stretched, sitting up in bed. He had no shirt on, and Roy quickly found an excuse to turn a different direction so he wouldn't have to see his shirtless roommate. He already felt uncomfortable enough almost seeing another man naked in the shower. The last thing that he wanted to see at the moment was his half-naked roommate.

"Yeah, at least it's only 4 to a bathroom here. I heard that some of the older dorms that other freshmen are subjected to only have one big communal bathroom at the end of each hallway. Too much naked flesh for me." Despite the comment at the end, Maes seemed to take the idea with much less revulsion that he did, judging by his tone of voice. Roy shrugged it off, not really caring to think more about that idea.

"Well, I need to get in the shower. They better not take all day." Roy grumbled, pulling off his towel and quickly putting on a pair of old sweatpants. Maes may be his roommate, but he still didn't feel right walking around in his boxers.

"I take pretty quick showers anyways. I don't care if I go last." Maes shrugged and stood up, stretching fully and walking over to the little sink in the part of the room that was supposed to be a kitchen, but fell way short. There was only a sink, a few drawers, and a tiny icebox that couldn't fit more than one or two items in it. He splashed water on his face, dried himself off, and put on his glasses, pushing them up on his nose.

"I hope you don't think badly of me about yesterday. I didn't mean to force you to help me move if you really were that tired. You could have just said no. I get that all the time. Mostly from girls."

Roy remembered for a second about that offhanded comment the man had made a few minutes earlier. 'This man is just more and more confusing.' He thought. "Oh it's alright. I hated to say no. I thought you might think I was a jerk or something. It wasn't bad, really."

"Well, are you?"

Roy looked at him, confused. "Am I what?"

"A jerk."

He thought for a second. No one had ever asked his own opinion about that. "Well some people think alchemists in general are arrogant jerks, so I have been called one, but no, I don't think I ever considered myself one. But then again, I think I am biased. I may not be the right person to ask."

Maes broke out in a big smile. He walked over and clapped his roommate on the back. "Just what I wanted to hear. You are aware that you are too close to the situation to make a non-biased judgment. A true jerk would have just said no and let that be the end of it. Therefore, I have to conclude that you, Roy, are not a jerk."

Roy rolled his eyes and smiled, jerking forward a little from Maes' back slap. 'He is strong. I have to make sure I don't pick a fight with him, at least not without my gloves." He thought to himself. "Well, that is good to hear I guess. I don't want to get off on the wrong foot with you, since we will be seeing each other for quite a while."

"True." Maes replied walking back to his bunk and sitting down with a creak of the springs. "I always strive to make friends, not enemies. I hope we can be friends, Roy."

Roy shrugged and stood up. "I don't see why we couldn't." He smiled. "But I heard the water stop. I am gonna head in there before the other person steals it. That one shower was long enough. Who knows how long the other guy would be?"

"Okay, have fun." Maes called as Roy knocked on the door, then walked in. Roy shot Maes a weird look, then closed the door behind him. "What an odd thing to say." he mumbled. But he shrugged it off and locked the bathroom doors, so there wouldn't be a repeat of what he did, and stripped, turned on the water until it was almost unbearably warm, and stepped in.

"Ahhh." His shoulders relaxed as the hot water cascaded over him. This was his favorite part of his normal morning ritual. He wasn't sure why, but ever since he was a kid he loved taking very hot showers. It relaxed him and his troubles seem to bleed away down the drain while he was there.

Usually, he would try to take as long of a shower as he could, until the hot water was almost all used up. He knew that would have to change at school, but what he lacked in quantity, he made up for in quality, making the most of every minute that he had.

A loud pounding on the door from the other bedroom took him out of his almost hypnotic state. He quickly finished washing himself and turned the water off. He got dressed as fast as he could and unlocked the doors, then headed back for his room.

"Feel better?" Maes asked as soon as he closed the door behind him.

"Yeah, not too bad. Sorry you missed it, the other guy was knocking, trying to get me out of there I guess."

"Not a problem. I will get in, in a bit.

"Okay." Roy walked over to his bed and sat down, toweling his hair, trying to keep to as much of the tattered remains of his morning routine as he could.


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May. 21st, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Bleah, I hate sharing showers! It was bad enough with my brothers and sister, but with strangers? Yuck. Really nice chapter! I like the way the relationship is building!
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