It was beautiful, this pre-industrial world, with its white snows and ever-visible rainbows and the dazzling night sky. But it was also dreadful, seething with ignorance and man-made horrors.

rated:G | GEN | Alt Universe | Honorable Mention | action | angst | drama | 2009 Brave New Worlds, Reprint

Even though she wasn’t an alchemist, alchemy tended to stake a claim on all who were associated with it.

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | pre-series | SP: ch 60 | Riza Hawkeye | Roy Mustang | drama | introspective

There were faces more beautiful, and figures more perfect--he saw them all the time. But none had whatever it was that made him ache for her.

rated:G | M×F | Shambhala | post-series | drama | Dante/Trisha

Open Mike Night at Rush Valley's one and only coffee house attracts a great many of the town's most ridiculous people.

rated:G | M+F S×S | Fullmetal | Ed/Russell | Ed/Winry | humor | Havoc/OC

She paced the wide, marble floor, visited each of the soaring windows, feeling every supple sinew beneath her skin move with the perfection of the young.

rated:K-S | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 35 | Dante | drama | introspective

As it got later, Al could hear the night in the strange world deepen. Nights of terror, here, a country full of dead people.

rated:K-S | S+S | Shambhala | post-series | Alphonse Elric | Ed/Alfons | angst | horror

It made him feel useful, and needed, even if the truth was his help wasn't entirely necessary. It made him feel like someone would miss him when he was gone.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Shambhala | Ed/Alfons | angst | voyeurism

People paid a lot of money to see things like this, she imagined.

rated:M-L-S | M+F S×S | Shambhala | Ed/Alfons | angst | voyeurism

He didn't know exactly what he found so captivating, seeing Edward like this, but he couldn't stop looking.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Shambhala | angst

They were Scientists; this was Nature. They were Modern; God is dead.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Shambhala | Ed/Alfons | angst