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It didn't really sink in when you saw the thing, all clumsy dangling wood and leather straps, like the arm of a marionette in a kids' puppet show.

rated:M-L | GEN | Shambhala | Edward Elric | angst | drama | introspective


Brother likes to pretend that he doesn't care what goes on in the military unless it directly affects him. Or, you know, directly offends him. One or the other.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | humor | 354th FG HQ


Of course, when she was their age she could hardly recite her multiplication tables, much less draw complex alchemical glyphs.

rated:G | GEN | dark | drama | introspective


If there was something Al still deeply enjoyed about his illness, it was seeing Ed play a sort of housewife.

rated:G | GEN | sap | Elric Kyoudai


It was a lousy day, depressing and the color of the sky on his way home reminded Ed of the color of the Gate and he just felt helpless and sorry and lonely and bad.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | Edward Elric | angst | sweet


“Um, you must’ve learned that from Colonel Bastard.  You’d better not be flashing that at the nurses.  Or at me, ever, ever again.”

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | post-series | DF: ch 107 | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Jean Havoc | humor


Light was what brought shadow into being; they were cast by its brightness and thrived in its absence...

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Van Hohenheim | drama


In the winter months the ground was too hard to dig ditches, so instead they chipped rocks.

rated:M-L-S-V | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | crack | intense | romance | prisonfic


"We'll have you patched up in no time." Edward announced, slicing the leather into short, precise strips. It was irrational, but somehow Alphonse hated those words.

rated:K | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | general | introspective | Elric Kyoudai


Death overtook Hohenheim unexpectedly on the road to knowledge.

rated:G | GEN | Shambhala | Van Hohenheim


Envy mused that this was what it sounded like when a spirit broke, a large pop of a fictitious heart, the snapsnapsnap of each rib cage.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | SP: ep 40 | angst


It was a short letter, very succinct, to the point, like all official military correspondences were.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Maes Hughes | Riza Hawkeye | drama


"You report here every Monday at eight o'clock in the morning, on the dot, and call me every other day. You fail to report or call, and your ass is grass."

rated:M-L | GEN | Fullmetal | angst


She accepted the label and its implication without argument, lifting the revolver and sighting along its barrel.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 36 | Riza Hawkeye | Winry Rockbell | angst | drama


Send your letters to our own Agony Aunt, Samantha!

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | fluff | humor


He mostly trusted his brother to be able to put a nearly-three-year-old to bed by himself, but...Al should probably check, just to be sure.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Alicia Hughes | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | humor


Could be anything... could have anything... and there was a pride, a greed in the words as they had dripped from those tainted, twisted lips.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | SP: ep 40 | angst


For the first time, he suddenly understood that there was worse than death.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Van Hohenheim


Every line in his chest and back was defined; he hardly seemed to have any body fat at all.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Edward Elric


"Damn well better be--I bought 'em two days ago and I'm not keeling over yet. Got any dry ones on you?"

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Jean Havoc | Maes Hughes | drama | 354th FG HQ


"This one's for you, Al." Edward swore, raised the glass to his lips, and braced for the impact.

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | mid-series | angst | fluff | Elric Kyoudai


I could sleep here, soundly, knowing that I followed in his footsteps, lay in the same beds, held the same forks and glasses, and spoke with the same people he had protected.

rated:G | GEN | Shambhala | post-series | SP: ep 51 | Alphonse Elric | bitter | drama


...but he must take a moment to compose himself, all the same, before he can look through the small window.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst


That was the problem with girls these days... they just didn't know how to deal with a little pain.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Edward Elric | OC | Pinako Rockbell | humor


A man can do terrible things in the name of his uniform--his leader, his service, his country. Then he spends the rest of his life going crazy or chasing penance.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | July/August FullserviceFMA Contest | Offsite Award | Winry Rockbell | drama


"Ah, Alphonse-kun, I was wondering when you would wake up."

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | fluff


"I'm told by Mr. Mason that you resisted being fed, and he had you punished for that."

rated:M-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | prisonfic


She knew the instant she opened the door and saw their blank faces.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 25 | Gracia Hughes | drama


Al waited to say something until Ed's hair brushed his shoulders.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Winry Rockbell | angst | drama


While the Chief practices his best vengeful face and looks up the recipe for a fake corpse in some freaky alchemy cookbook, Breda and the rest of Team Mustang get to deal with the really annoying bits of this operation.

rated:K-L | GEN | Mangaverse | mid-series | SP: up to ch 41 | Barry the Chopper | Heymans Breda | Jean Havoc | Lan Fan | Ling Yao | Maria Ross | Roy Mustang | 354th FG HQ


"Well... Brother does that, every so often. He really should think before he tries to attack people."

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Roy Mustang | humor | Elric Kyoudai


Brother wasn't the only one hiding his fears; I was so afraid everything I knew was a lie -- that our brotherhood was a lie.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 24 | Edward Elric | introspective | redux | 2010 Best New Voices, Neophyte


Al's slightly hollow voice positively echoed with embarrassment but he bravely soldiered on...

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Grand Prize at AnimeFest2004 | Offsite Award | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Pinako Rockbell | Winry Rockbell


"She loved him," Ed said. Crack, snap. Another flower joined the pile.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


The gate follows him everywhere. He hates it.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | dark


He staggered to a halt, abruptly terrified of pressing onwards through the mist, and tried not to cry.

rated:G | GEN | sap | Elric Kyoudai


The Colonel narrowly saved himself the disgrace of fumbling for Edward's name (Id? Alex? Eowan?) by resorting, once again, to his title.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | humor


He decided, then, quite firmly, that he wasn't ever going to drink coffee again, with anybody. It was too risky.

rated:G-S | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | Edward Elric | Maes Hughes | Riza Hawkeye | Roy Mustang | humor


The pretenses stopped midway through the second cigarette.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Jean Havoc | Zolf J. Kimblee | drama


Anything, she reflected, is worth seeing you so genuinely happy.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | fluff | sweet


Neither brother seems willing to speak, but their thoughts dip down into similar wells, dredging up the questions that most haunt them.

rated:K | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | DF: ep 03 | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | blood | dark | drama | ick


"Stupid bullies," Ed grumbled, limping for a few steps before he remembered that he wasn't supposed to be feeling it. "Call me a girl, will they?"

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | fluff | humor


...Edward saw red - but he took a couple of deep breaths before answering. He knew a real kicker now, thanks to Hawkeye.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | humor


Words entrance her: the workaday prose of school texts as much as the skylark flights of lyric or the measured music of story.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Czeska


He thought, for a fleeting instant, that he ought to feel some kind of guilt—but he couldn’t muster any.

rated:M-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama | torture | prisonfic


He gave, and he gave, and he gave, and he could only hope that it was enough.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Van Hohenheim | introspective


Nurses in white smocks bustle about a tiny nurses's station, and he is intercepted by one of the younger ones, a new girl he doesn't recognize.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | angst | Elric Kyoudai


He didn't know why they would do this to him, why they would stare with sad eyes and sad lips, with mouths turned down for the frowns that came.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | SP: ep 51 | dark


Car broke down again, couple kilometers out of the city, so they had to walk for a while, until Alfons couldn't speak for the coughing.

rated:G | GEN | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | Alfons Heiderich | Edward Elric | angst | introspective