Later that evening, the creature that escaped the military train darted back and forth down alleys and streets to avoid being seen. It didn't plan to stick around forever; it had to keep moving or it would get captured. It looked for a long time to find another suitable form of transportation. When it ran out into the street, it didn't notice a huge truck coming toward it. At the last second, someone grabbed it before it got hit. He looked down at whatever animal he thought it was.
"Hey, what are you anyway? Some type of dog?"
The creature passed out, probably from shock. The Good Samaritan quickly took the "dog" to the nearest animal hospital.
The next morning, the creature woke up to find itself in a kennel. It growled as it paced the enclosure. Another cage was the last place it wanted to be. Then, it heard voices coming from the next room.
"Hello," said Winry.
"Hi there, Winry! What brings you and Elicia here today," exclaimed the clerk.
Winry had taken Elicia to Risembool's animal shelter to pick out a new friend.
"Well, we were thinking about a dog. Something that can defend itself; something sturdy."
"Like a lobster," yelled Elicia.
Winry rolled her eyes. "Elicia, do we have a lobster door? No, we have a dog door. Therefore, we're getting a dog."
Unbeknownst to them, the creature managed to sneak out and tried to make a run for it. However, it sensed that something was wrong. Then, one, two, three bullets wiped by it and it ducked behind a rock. It then picked up some scents. A few it didn't recognize but there was one that it knew for sure.
"Havoc," it squeaked out.
"Dang! I can't believe I missed," hissed Havoc.
"Well, if you would have let Ms. Riza fire we would have it," hissed Sheska back.
Havoc, Fuery, Sheska and Breda were hiding in some bushes nearby when they heard a strange looking "dog" was brought to the shelter.
"Why isn't Councilwoman Riza here anyway," asked Fuery.
"She doesn't know that we're here," said Breda.
"WHAT," cried Sheska who was immediately shushed by the others. "I have to notify her immediately!"
"Don't! Not yet! If anyone's gonna get credit for this it's me," said Havoc.
"I figured you wouldn't want any more publicity considering certain events," said a stern voice behind the group.
They turned to see Riza standing with her arms crossed.
"Ms. Riza," cried Sheska as she stood up. "I am so sorry for not reporting to you! I was dragged out here against my will!"
"Enough. I'll only overlook this if from here on out, I take all the shots. Is that clear, Havoc?"
Meanwhile, the creature managed to sneak back into the shelter, thinking the cage sounded better than getting shot. Back at the front, the clerk motioned for Elicia to walk around the kennel till she found one. As Elicia left, someone else walked in. A young man with a blond braid and black clothes and boots. Winry recognized him immediately.
"Hey Winry! What are you doing here?"
"Getting a dog for Elicia."
"Still having problems making friends," he asked with concern.
"Yeah, I'm hoping a dog would help. So why are you here?"
"Oh, I saved a dog from almost getting run over last night and I heard he was brought here."
"Oh yes, thank you young man. I hadn't seen it since it was dropped off though. I'm sure he's ok now."
Meanwhile, Elicia continued to walk around looking at the other dogs trying to find the right one. She finally came to the creature and she was mesmerized by it. It was so strange and weird looking; she loved it.
"Hi," she said with a smile.
The creature looked at her; for some reason it smiled back and squeaked out a "hi" as well.
"Do you want to come home with me?"
It thought about it for a minute. If it pretended to be a pet; it could be safe from the military long enough to run away later, so it nodded its head and followed Elicia back to the front.
"Oh yes, all of our dogs are adoptable," said the clerk to Winry and Ed. Then, they noticed the creature next to Elicia. "Except that one!"
Winry quickly grabbed Elicia and Ed stood protectively in front of them while the clerk grabbed the creature.
"What is that thing," exclaimed Winry.
"A dog, I think," said the clerk.
"Wait, was that what I saved last night," cried Ed.
"You saved that," cried Winry.
"It was dark! I didn’t get a good look at it," said Ed.
"I like him," said Elicia enthusiastically. "Come here boy!"
The creature started to walk toward Elicia while still in the clerk’s arms. Winry quickly dodged the creature as Ed did his best to hold it back.
“Wouldn’t you rather have a different dog,” asked Ed.
“There’s better dogs back in the kennel,” said the clerk.
“Not better than him! He can talk! Say hello!”
“Dogs can’t talk,” said the clerk.
“But he did.”
“Does it have to be this one,” said Winry.
The creature sniffed and then picked his nose and ate whatever it pulled out. This disgusted everyone else but not Elicia.
“Yes, he’s good. I can tell.”
After everyone got up, the creature scampered his way to a window to see if he could spot Havoc. Ed and Winry were talking to the clerk while Elicia went to see what the creature was trying to look at.
“So what’s gonna be his name,” asked Ed.
“Cross,” said Elicia with determination.
“But that’s not a real name,” the clerk began. But Ed and Winry shook their heads to get the clerk to not finish that sentence. “In, Central; but here it’s a good name. Cross it is. There’s a two dollar license fee as well.”
“I got this Winry,” said Ed as he pulled two dollars out.
“Oh, Ed you don’t you have to.”
“It’s fine,” he said with a kind smile that made Winry blush.
“Hey! I wanna buy him,” yelled Elicia while pulling Ed’s pants leg. “Hey, Ed?”
“Can I borrow two dollars?”
Ed then gave Elicia the money who then turned and gave it back to him to pay the clerk.
“He’s all yours,” said the clerk as she stamped the certificate.
Back outside, Fuery was using thermal binoculars.
“He’s inside; there’s about…three adults and one child. I think the best thing to do is to lure it out and separate it from them.”
“How are we gonna do that,” asked Sheska.
“Shhhh! Will you be quiet! He’s listening for us,” said Havoc in a hushed tone.
A few moments passed by till Sheska spoke up again.
“How good is its hearing?”
She was promptly shushed by Fuery placing his hand over her mouth. Soon, they noticed the creature walk out. This was Riza’s chance to strike; she lined up her shot.
“Why won’t he run,” Havoc wondered.
Suddenly, the creature made a barking noise. Elicia bounded toward it; Sheska’s eyes went wide and leapt toward Riza.
Sheska had knocked Riza’s rifle up toward the sky.
“YOU ALMOST HIT A CHILD!”
“Will you be quiet,” hissed Breda.
“I think I know not to shoot a civilian,” said Riza giving her a stern look.
“I’m sorry I panicked,” said Sheska as she hung her head in shame.
Meanwhile, Ed, Winry and the clerk went to see what all the noise was about. When they saw nothing, the clerk scolded it.
“Bad dog, barking at nothing.”
“Well, I guess we better get going,” said Winry.
“I’ll see you later then,” said Ed.
They went their separate ways while Riza and the others planned their next move.
“It will be harder to capture it now,” said Riza.
“I say we split up. One group does surveillance while the rest of us figure out a way to prevent it from escaping,” said Breda.
“Why do we need to keep it from escaping,” asked Sheska.
“He means keep it from leaving this town,” said Fuery.
“He’s right. If it somehow manages to leave Risembol, who knows where it will go. Sheska, you are with me. The rest of you, find a way to capture that thing,” ordered Riza.
“But, we’re in uniform! People are gonna know who we are,” said Sheska.
“That’s why we wear regular clothes,” said Riza exasperated.
Meanwhile, even further away; the same man with the scar on his face and another were listening in.
“What do you think we should do now,” said a gray haired man.
“Let them do all the dirty work. And when the time is right, we grab it and make for Xing.”
“With Riza though, that might be hard to do.”
“Let’s hope some kind of distraction will come along,” said the scared faced man.