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Rule Number 23

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"Congratulations, Lieutenant Colonel." Maes dropped the bottle of wine on Roy's desk. "Heard the news?" he asked the office in general.

Roy's new subordinates grumbled, clearly still annoyed about the newly sanctioned "Mustang's Regime" office rules.

"Kind of hard to miss it, Major." Roy pointed to the balloon bouquet.

"Tasteful, huh?" Maes winked. "How about I take you to dinner tonight?"

Roy smiled, nodded. A free dinner was never a bad way to celebrate.

"Eight-ish?" Maes leaned over. "Wear something alluring," he mock-whispered.

As Maes strode out, Roy snapped, "Addendum. Rule number twenty-three: No chuckling at your commanding officer's expense."