Edward looked at his surroundings. It felt sickeningly familiar. Despite the peaceful exterior of the house he stood in front, he couldn't shake the feeling something horrible had happened.
"Wanna play with us big brother?" a small voice asked. Ed turned and looked at the little girl and her large white dog.
"Sure," he smiled warmly.
"Chase me!" she giggled. Alexander barked loudly and followed her. Edward ran after her but the harder he ran, the further she got. He began to feel like he was running in water. The blue sky and green grass began to blur and change to dark wooden walls and blood smeared floor. Nina tripped over and Alexander had run so far ahead that Ed couldn't see him anymore. He dared to walk a bit closer but was suddenly cemented to the spot.
"I'm hurt, big brother," the voice was distorted. She turned around. She was no longer the sweet four-year-old girl but a cruel blend of Nina and Alexander.
"I'm hurt, big brother," she repeated. The chimera trotted over to Edward and nuzzled him with her nose. He could hear Tucker's maniacal laughter. He turned but couldn't see the evil man anywhere.
"I told you Ed, we're exactly the same!"
"Daddy?" Edward's attention was brought back to the chimera. He wished he hadn't looked. He felt his heart leap out his chest. This was no longer a mix of Nina. This chimera's hair was blond.
"Daddy?" it asked again.
Edward woke up screaming.
"It's alright Ed," Winry's gentle voice soothed. She held her trembling husband in her arms. Tears cascaded down Edward's face and his heart hammered in his chest.
"I couldn't save her," he whimpered.
"Shh, it's okay now," Winry said, running her fingers through his long golden hair.
"Daddy?" a child's voice asked. His now five-year-old son and four-year-old daughter entered the room hand in hand. "We heard you screaming." Ed smiled at his children.
"Daddy's fine, he just had a bad dream. Come here," he beckoned. The children climbed on the bed between their mother and father. Edward hugged them tightly.
"I'm not like him," he whispered. "I will never be like Shou Tucker." Ed looked at his beautiful wife and thought about what a lucky man he was. He would never throw this away for a state title.