Word Count: 4,143
Rating: R for mild sex
Characters/Pairings: Ed/Winry, Pinako, Gracia Hughes, an OC
Summary: Winry finds out she’s pregnant and is unsure how ready she is being a mother.
Notes:Written for lalikaa at fma_ladyfest. The prompt I went for is Winry's first pregnancy: When is it, how did it happen, and how does she feel? She looks happy in that ending photograph for sure, but how ready did she feel to have kids?
I had to make a couple changes to the story when info of Ed and Winry from FMA Chronicles came around. BABIES. *_* Also, first time trying out Winry’s POV, so I hope I did this prompt justice! Thanks for sonjajade for the great betaing and advice on how to make Winry’s pregnancy more realistic. Also thanks to lalikaa for the prompt and the mods at ladyfest for running the community!
On one mid-summer night, Winry wasn’t able to get any shuteye while Ed had been sound asleep. A lot was on her mind, and for good reason, too.
They weren’t even married for a year and already Ed had another trip planned, this one to Creta, again, for five months—his train is leaving early the next morning, hence why she and Ed were already in bed. Winry knew her husband still had that wanderlust inside him and wasn’t going to stop anytime soon, but always hated it when he was away. Winry heaved a heavy sigh.
You’re going to be gone for a while…
She lost her train of thought when she heard Ed stirred from his sleep. She turned over her shoulder, seeing Ed look at her with blinking eyes.
“Winry, are you all right?” Ed said, still sounding sleepy.
Winry stayed silent for a moment and stared at his eyes. She could tell he was deeply worried about her despite having just woken up.
“I’m sad that you’ll be leaving again,” Winry finally said in a low voice. “I know I should’ve gotten used to this since you’ve left many times before, but this will be the longest time you’ll be away.”
Ed gazed at her sadly. “I have to be there for that long as this newly discovered research will take a while to get through.”
The both of them became quiet, only the sound of crickets could be heard. Thinking about Ed leaving again made Winry feel her heart filled with heaviness. She tried to fight back tears.
“I’m going to miss you,” she said.
Winry lifted her head to gaze at Ed’s golden eyes again, remembering them. She was always fascinated how his eyes sparkled with youth, but tonight they showed hurt.
Without a second thought, Winry suddenly cupped Ed’s cheeks with her hands and pressed her lips onto his. She thought Ed would be shocked over this, but instead he gripped her shoulders and their tongues slid against one another.
It wasn’t long until Ed was tugging at Winry’s nightgown, so she held up her arms for him to pull the clothing off. Winry moaned when Ed then greedily sucked her neck, leaving what felt like a burn mark there, and had a hand caressed her breast. She was going to miss Ed’s tenderness whenever they were in bed. Tonight wasn’t planned to be like this, but it would be a while until Ed would come back and she didn’t want him to let her go. Ed stopped and gazed at her with deep intensity.
“You’ll wait for me, right?”
“Of course I will, like I always have,” Winry said and closed the distance between them with a long kiss.
As Ed gently laid Winry down and kissed her stomach, she let out another moan and had her fingernails dug onto his back. His fingers slipped into her panties and between her legs and that was when she wasn’t able to think anymore.
A little over a month had passed since Ed left for Creta. Winry had been busy with clients that rushed to her place, so time flew by fast for her. Lately, she felt more tired than before. This was odd for her because usually she was very energetic when fixing automail and had dealt with more customers than this. There were then the few times she was suddenly overcome with huge nausea and raced into the bathroom as if there was no tomorrow. Due to her not feeling well, Winry had to cancel some of her appointments and rest.
One day while she was in the bathroom once more, her grandmother came inside to check up on her.
“You said you’ve been feeling tired for a while, right?” Granny asked with a worried look.
After Winry finished vomiting, she stood up, rinsed her mouth and face at the sink and looked at her grandmother with tired eyes. “Yeah,” she said. “Several days, I think.”
“And when was your last period?”
Winry blushed. Hearing that from her grandmother was very unsettling. “Well…I’m supposed to have my period this week, but it hasn’t come yet.”
“I see.” Granny narrowed her eyes at Winry and crossed her arms. “I think I know the reason why you’re not feeling well. I bet you’re pregnant.”
A stunned look crossed Winry’s features and she turned pale. Pregnant? The last time she and Ed slept together was the night before he left for...Oh. That would explain everything.
Still shocked over this, Winry said slowly, “Are you sure?”
“I’m certain.” Granny bobbed her head a little. “However, you should go to the clinic to make sure.”
Winry nodded, not going to argue with her grandmother on that.
The next afternoon Winry took the day off from work to go to the clinic not far from her house. It was the only one in Resembool, so she knew the doctor very well and respected him very much. When the doctor arrived at Winry’s room, he welcomed her with a huge smile.
“Why hello, Winry! It’s been a while since you last visited me.”
Winry forced a smile. “Hi, Doctor Sanders, and yes it has.”
“Indeed,” Doctor Sanders said while looking through the files he was holding. “So, you’re here because you haven’t been feeling well?”
“I’ve been really tired for several days and then yesterday I became nauseous. Granny believes I could be pregnant since I told her my period hasn’t come yet.”
The doctor skimmed through the papers again, looking at the results of the urine test the nurse had administered, and then beamed at Winry. “Well, Pinako is right. You are indeed pregnant.”
Winry’s face was frozen in a fearful kind of awe. She and Ed… they’d made a life. They were going to have a baby. She was hoping her grandmother was wrong, but that wasn’t the case. Doctor Sanders asked if she was alright, if she needed a moment to herself to digest the news, but she looked up and smiled, thanking him for assuring her she wasn’t coming down with some kind of flu. He advised her to get as much rest as she could, to fight the nausea with gingersnaps and ginger ale, and to see him again in a month’s time.
After the clinic visit was over, Winry walked slowly back home. The confirmation of her pregnancy was stuck in her mind.
Me, a mother.
Raising children was something Winry and Ed didn’t want to do until much later. She wanted to focus on becoming a better automail mechanic while he had been busy with traveling and research. They were also very young, the both of them twenty years old; having a child now would be too soon.
We’re not ready to be parents, yet.
Winry wanted to laugh at that. For goodness sake, they still lived with Granny! A new addition to the house would mean a room for the baby to sleep in, buying toys for him or her to play with, another mouth to feed. And the money? She and Ed could probably be able to support their child if they watched their budget, but there were times they would barely make it, even with her and Granny working. She had a lot of discussing to do with Ed.
Realization then hit her…how she was going to tell Ed the news?
News of Winry’s pregnancy spread like wildfire. Everybody in Resembool found out about it; they congratulated her and sent their well wishes for the baby. Winry would beam and said thanks, but each time she wanted to cry over this new development.
Another month passed by. Winry was still working, but her mind would wander off over the baby. Thoughts of how she and Ed would support the child troubled her once more. There was then her doubting if she would make a good mother. Would she be able to love and take care of the baby properly? What if she made reckless mistakes that could ruin his or her life? At one point Winry considered writing a letter to Ed telling him to come home immediately for a family emergency, but was against it due to her not wanting to disturb while Ed was working and to get her mind sorted out first.
One day after Winry was finished with work, she went inside her room to crash into her bed and stared at the ceiling. She was like that for a long time until there was a knock at the door.
“Winry, it’s Granny! May I come in?”
Instantly, Winry got up. She then said, “Sure.”
The door opened and Granny entered the room, wearing a concerned expression on her face.
“Have you let Ed know yet of your pregnancy?”
Winry shook her head. “Not yet. I decided to wait until he gets back.”
“Well, by the time Ed comes home he’ll notice the bump showing on your stomach already,” Granny said, chuckling.
“True. But I don’t want to distract him from his work.”
The two women fell silent. For some reason Winry felt uncomfortable over the quietness.
“You know, Winry,” Pinako suddenly said, “if you need some motherly advice, I’m here for you.” A tiny smile appeared on her lips.
“Thanks, Granny, I’ll keep that in mind.” Winry looked at her grandmother and smiled in gratitude. “It would be nice, though, to also talk to another mother for some help.”
“How about that Gracia lady? I’m sure she won’t mind.”
Winry’s eyes widened in realization, feeling silly for not thinking that earlier. Of course, she could always talk to Mrs. Hughes about her pregnancy. She would pay her a visit.
The train ride to Central took two days. As soon as Winry reached there, she set off going to Ms. Hughes’s house, which wasn’t too far from the train station. Anxious thoughts plagued her mind while she was walking.
Was this a good idea talking to Ms. Hughes about this in person? Winry worried what Gracia would think of her being a mother at such a young age, but like she told Granny, she needed some advice from another mother. They were close friends, anyway; everything should be fine.
When Winry made it to Mrs. Hughes’s house, she took a deep breath and knocked on the door. She waited for a moment until Mrs. Hughes answered, looking at her in shock.
“Winry? This is a pleasant surprise,” the older woman said, smiling. “What brings you here?”
“There’s something important I want to talk to you about. May I come in?”
A blank look appeared on Mrs. Hughes’ face for a short while before her expression softened. “Sure.”
Mrs. Hughes gestured her hand for Winry to come in and led the young automail mechanic to the living room. They sat down on the couch, facing one another. The mechanic noticed a particular someone wasn't in the room.
“She's at a friend’s house for a sleepover." Mrs. Hughes said simply. “Anyways, what is that you want to talk about?”
Winry fell silent, still somewhat nervous about this visit—a part of her was still afraid something might go wrong with this conversation. She again reminded herself that Mrs. Hughes wasn’t the kind of person to judge someone harshly. Before Winry spoke, an uneasy smile pulled on her lips.
"I just found out not too long ago that I'm pregnant."
"Oh, congratulations!" Mrs. Hughes exclaimed, grinning. "Does Ed know yet?"
"That's the thing. I don't know how to tell him… He’s away in Creta and won't be back for another couple of months." Winry stared down at her twiddling fingers. "In fact, I'm not sure if I'm ready to be a parent."
Both women turned quiet. Winry gazed at Mrs. Hughes's face, wondering what she was thinking. It was most likely the widower struggled to say some comforting words to her. Winry was then taken back when Mrs. Hughes giggled.
"Maes and I weren't sure if we're ready to be parents when I was pregnant with Elicia. At the time he got promoted to Major, his career was beginning to take off and I was working at a bookstore that was really booming. We wanted children, but thought it wasn't the right time to have one yet. As time passed, though, I got excited about becoming a mother and Maes..." Mrs. Hughes stopped to chuckle. "Well, he grew to loving the idea of being a father."
"But how relaxed were you two over the idea of being parents?"
"We were extremely nervous at first, but then calmed about it. I guess it has to do with us telling one another to take care of the child as best as we can and to enjoy every moment of it."
Winry still frowned. That was easier said than done. "I wish I could have that mindset."
"Don't worry, you will soon," Mrs. Hughes said with an understanding smile.
"I hope so." Winry smiled back. She still had some doubts, but trusted Mrs. Hughes's word on that. "That still raises the question over how I should break the news to Ed."
"That I can't tell you. You’ll have to figure that out on your own, though I'm sure though he'll react joyfully to the news."
Again, Winry found herself trusting Mrs. Hughes. Her smile flashed a little brighter.
"I want to thank you for being patient with me over this talk. Again, sorry for the sudden visit."
"No problem, I don't mind at all. If you need any motherly advice, don't hesitate to call or visit."
"Don't worry, I will.”
Surprisingly, the weeks flew by quickly for Winry. She thought it would feel like forever until Ed returned from Creta, but that wasn’t the case. So far she was holding off well with her pregnancy. The ginger ale and gingersnaps that Doctor Sanders recommended for Winry to fight off the morning sickness worked wonders, so she was grateful of that. Because of her condition, Winry was taking it easier while working, not taking in many customers for the time being. She also had been reading some of her late parents’ baby books to prepare herself for the pregnancy and when after the baby was born.
Every couple of weeks Winry had been getting letters and phone calls from Ed with him telling her how his long trip went. Save for a few times he had bumped into some holes during the research, everything seemed fine, which was good. There was one letter in which he mentioned about going to a fishing trip and caught a shark.
Man, you should’ve been there, Winry! This was the first time I’d been on a fishing trip that sharks were something you could actually catch, so I was really nervous about this. We had been waiting to catch one for three days and when a shark finally took the bait, I freaked out when we pulled him in! There was a celebration at the bar as soon as everyone made it back to shore. Oh, I have a picture of the shark to send in with this letter so that you don’t think I’m just telling a fish story.
Winry almost didn’t believe that shark tale until she saw the picture of Ed and his friends with the caught shark—she laughed at that for a while. After Winry finished reading the letter, she instantly replied back saying congratulations on the catch and that she couldn’t wait until he comes back home. When she wrote the last line, she blushed.
I have a big surprise for you. And no, I can’t write it in this letter. You have to see it for yourself.
There were only three people at the train station when it was time for Winry to pick up Ed from there. While waiting, she sat down and had a hand rested on her growing stomach. Her eyes stared above, the black clouds slowly covering the sky; it was a good thing she brought an umbrella with her today, then.
How will Ed react to the news?
Her mind froze in fright each time she tried to think that. She already had an idea over how she would tell him—to not reveal the surprise yet, Winry wore her late mother’s overcoat that looked a little big on her. There were a few possibilities over how Ed would feel about this, but Winry was afraid one of them would be anger. Then again, there were only some instances where Ed had a bad temper, so she shouldn’t worry too much.
Her thoughts were interrupted when a train whistle blew, announcing Ed’s arrival. She whipped her head to the direction of the noise and saw the locomotive making its way into the station. Winry took a deep breath.
Here’s goes nothing. You can do this, Winry.
After standing up, Winry put on a smiling face and waited in anticipation for her husband to get off the train. The train stopped, and Ed stepped out shortly after. He grinned at her and held his hands up high.
“It’s great to be home, again.”
Winry didn’t hesitate to give him a tight embrace, which he returned. There was a brief moment of silence between the two. A rush of emotions flooded Winry for she was happy to see Ed again. She took a whiff of him and thought he smelled of old books and salt water and mud all into one.
“Welcome back,” she whispered.
“Thank you,” Ed said before kissing her and pulling out from their embrace. “So, in that last letter you mentioned a surprise?”
She knew Ed would ask that. Winry nodded and had her lips drew a smile. “You have to wait until we get home.”
Ed made a face. “Ah, come on! You can’t tell me now?”
“No, not yet.” Winry tried not to giggle, but failed. He was always cute when he was like that.
The walk back home took around an hour, the longest one in Winry’s life. She found it harder to breathe with each step she took. Ed had been talking about his last few days at Creta, so Winry assumed she did a good job of not showing the nervousness on her face.
About a mile before they reached the house, the skies opened up in a gentle shower. Winry opened the umbrella and the both of them huddled under it and continued on through the raindrops. Thankfully the crummy weather didn’t dampen their conversation.
“Granny is away at Rush Valley to get some new parts, so she won’t be back for a couple of days,” Winry said as the house came into view.
A sly smile stretched Ed’s features. “So we have some time to ourselves?” He planted a kiss on her neck and had a hand resting on her shoulder.
Winry flushed a little. She had an idea that he would say that and didn’t mind. That blush faded instantly, though, when she responded, “Yes, but don’t get too excited, yet. Remember, there’s something important I need to show you.”
“Oh, right.” Ed let out an embarrassed laugh. “Almost forgot about that.”
Winry just smiled, an uneasy feeling sinking through her chest. She found it hard to keep her wits about this.
Showers turned to true rain when the couple made it inside the house. After Winry had put the umbrella away, Ed took his coat off and settled down on the couch, watching as Winry seemed to pace and fidget around the room. Winry wanted to just tell him that she was pregnant and have it done with, but each second made it tougher for her to do so. This news would change both of their lives forever.
“Now that we’re here, what’s the big surprise?” Ed asked, the first one to break the silence.
Winry mentally took a deep breath and was about to open her mouth, but Ed interrupted her.
“Wait, don’t tell me. It’s an apple pie, right?”
“Well, no.” Winry wasn’t sure whether to laugh or not. It was a given Ed loved her apple pies a lot, so she should’ve expected that. The comment was enough however that it forced her to stop pacing around the room like a caged tiger.
Edward had a disappointed look on his face. “Aw, I was looking forward to it.” He then blinked. “Hold on, why are you still wearing your coat? It’s warm inside!”
Damn. Winry hoped Ed wouldn’t notice it. Either way, she needed to get this out of her system. She smiled slightly and said, “Actually…”
Winry slowly unbuttoned her coat and revealed to Ed her growing belly. She took a good glimpse of Ed, who looked absolutely shocked and speechless.
“Winry, are you pregnant?” Ed finally said after not being silent for a short while.
“Yeah,” Winry said as she nodded, her voice laced with apprehension and nerves. “I’m close to around five months, now.”
The young woman saw Ed’s eyes trailed down to her stomach, his gaze looking as if this was a dream. She wondered what was running on Ed’s mind, but assumed he was still digesting this news. Even to this day, Winry admitted she too couldn’t believe that they were having this child.
“When did you find out about this?” Ed asked in a soft voice.
“About a month after you left. I was so surprised and so worried and scared about a lot of things…”
Ed raised an eyebrow at her. “Like what?”
“Like how we’ll feed the baby, clothe it, where it will sleep…pretty much everything, I guess.”
Winry looked at Ed’s face again and this time he seemed just as baffled about this as she was. They were quiet for quite a while. One question burned Winry’s mind.
“Ed…how do you feel about this?”
Ed didn’t turn his gaze toward Winry, which made her feel nervous. Her worst fears came true, or so she thought.
Is he angry at me for this? Oh gods, he is, he is, he is, he is…
All of a sudden, Ed laughed, which rang through the whole room. Winry froze and her eyes flew wide, wondering if there was something wrong with her husband.
“Ed, are you all right?”
“I’m more than all right.” Ed’s lips slowly broaden to a grin. “In fact, I’m thrilled!”
Winry was dumbstruck upon hearing that, her mouth left slightly open. At least he wasn’t mad, that was for sure. “You…you are? But how are we going to be able to take care of it? Aren’t you scared of being a father?”
“Of course!” Ed said immediately. “But we’ll be able to figure those things out soon.”
Ed kissed Winry on the lips and pulled her closer to him, then wrapped his arms around her. Winry squeaked and turned tense when he did all that in swift motion, but then relaxed and smiled. That didn’t last long, however, when something else popped up in her mind.
“Wait, how about you traveling? I know you’re not the kind of person that wants to settle down.”
“I’ve seen enough of the world. I think I can stay home for a little while now.”
Again, Winry became dumbstruck. That was rash of him to decide that minutes after she announced her pregnancy. “Ed, you don’t have to do that because of the child.”
“Yes, I do. I want to be there for the baby. I want to see their first steps, hear their first words, teach them their first alchemy technique…I don’t want to miss anything.”
A tear rolled down on Winry’s cheek. Already he was looking forward to being a father and it made her glad he wanted to be there for their child.
“And you won’t.” She spun around to touch his cheeks and stole his mouth for a brief kiss.
“You’ll make a great mother, Winry,” Ed said after they had their lips parted from one another.
Hearing that caught Winry by surprise. Even after they got married, rarely Ed said something sweet like that. Each time he did, though, she loved it.
“You think so?”
Ed nodded and then said, “Hell, yes.”
Winry was overcome with relief, and she pulled Ed down for a longer, deeper kiss, one that would eventually lead them upstairs and into their bed for the first time in months. She was very happy that Ed thought she would make a great mother. Winry was still frightened over this new change, but wouldn’t be alone in this. Ed was going to be with her every step of the way and all would be fine in the end. For the first time since she’d found out, she could finally relax and enjoy this special time in her life.