A train was traveling across a vast land, producing burnt smoke into the air.
This daily routine was, however, interrupted by a sudden flash, as if marking an opening to the upcoming drama. Rays of light shone in the mid air beside the locomotive.
Revealed after the light, Alex was almost blown away by the strong airflow of the operating train. Fortunately, his spontaneous reaction had saved his life just by grabbing a lattice window.
Alex: Look what I got myself into. But this is nothing compared to my unbending will!
Alex flexed all muscles to tear his garments to threads, showing off the bulging physique. Under the sunlight, these muscles were shiny as well-polished gems.
Alex: Look! Feel the power of a State Alchemist!
Gritting his teeth, Alex bulged all-body muscles to go against the wind, eventually climbing into the train via the window in one piece.
As soon as he got in, two familiar voices were sent to the ears. Alex saw Edward, a short red-cloak boy, and Alphonse, a giant steel armor ahead.
Alex: Hey, aren’t you the Elric Brothers? What a wonderful encounter. By the way, where is this place?
Edward: I’ve been wondering too. If I got a chance to dig out who’s behind all this, I would definitely take good care of this dude...Hehehehe!
Alphonse: Brother, you look nasty!
Alex: Hahaha! Same old you huh.
Edward: Alright, let’s find out what’s happening here.
While Edward is taking the lead to investigate the next car, a man and a woman, both in military attires, showed up right in front of them. The man wore a confident smile as he met Edward.
Roy: Hi, Ed...why the awful face?
Alex: Colonel Mustang, First Lieutenant Hawkeye! You two were taken to this train too? Who’s behind the scenes——
A little innocent girl came out behind Riza, clasping her own hands. She looked at everyone with her beady eyes and said:
Roy began to rub his fingers while Edward was also ready to strike anytime. Although they were immediately pulled away by Alphonse and Riza, the two were still cursing at each other.
During the mess, Alex bent to talk to the little girl gently.
Alex: What’s your name little one? And where are your parents?
Doya: Doya. My parents are gone…
Alex: Wait, your body is disappearing!
Doya: ...Time is running out. Saviors from the other world, please stop that man’s conspiracy!
Alex: The other world? What do you mean...This is another world?
Edward: I think so! That’s why I felt different when using alchemy by then. It felt like using another power to trigger it.
Doya: This is the power we called “Elements” in this world.
Riza: ...But is it even possible? The other world thing is way beyond common sense.
Alphonse: Well I’ve had this beyond-common-sense body...so I’m not that shocked anyway.
Doya: So you believe me?
Roy: Sigh...I guess we don’t have a choice. But why us?
Doya: A researcher named Copernicus discovered the existence of the other world. To understand its truth, he’s planning to use this train to break through the barrier between these two worlds.
Doya: The places we passed are all affluent in elements. Copernicus gathers this elemental power through the train. When the strength reaches to the top, it can break the barriers between the two worlds.
Doya: But this will also make our worlds collapse. So please stop this train before dusk. I beg you——
Before finishing her words, Doya had already disappeared, leaving everyone in a trance.
Alphonse: She’s gone…
Riza: Looks like she was not physically here. It was some sort of afterimage of her consciousness...
Roy: What next?
Edward: Let’s go to the power room——
???: Intruders. Get’em!
Alex: We’re running out of time. You guys go first. Leave them to me.
A few guards drew their blades against Alex, who let out a roar before punching into the ground. Countless stone spikes were produced to pin all the guards to the ceiling.
Guard A: What, what kind of witchcraft is this!
Guard B: You’re...demon’s minion, aren’t you?
Alex: This is not witchcraft! This is an artistic alchemy which has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!
Guard C: You bulky bustard——ARRR!
Alex: Humph! I won’t let anyone insult my art. Stay down will you...Em?
Suddenly, a sweet flower fragrance was sent into the car. Unaware, Alex breathed in and was hit by dizziness instantly.
Alex: “My head is spinning...And I can’t move...just like being poisoned…”
???: Didn’t expect to take longer than I thought to put you to sleep. You’re strong.
Accompanied by several armed guards, a graceful figure, with her arms crossed, bent her knee before Alex.
Marie Curie: I’m Marie Curie, bronze scientist of Lomond Manor. At the order of Copernicus the headmaster, you’re arrested.
Alex: I’m not...done yet!
Alex pulled out all of his strength to get up. However, heavy drowsiness had taken his power away. Then he stumbled on the ground.
Marie Curie: You’ve been drugged by potent elements. Stop the meaningless struggle——
Bang! Marie’s words were interrupted by a huge noise——Alex banged his head on the wall, hard enough to create a huge whole. Blood had covered all his face.
Marie Curie: Are you insane? Banged yourself like this!
Alex: No, but it makes me sane now!
Alex used pain to get rid of the drug potency and caught the time to fight back. Stamping his foot, he sprinted as fast as an arrow and defeated all the guards with straight punches. Marie Curie was the only one left.