But when the acting commander of the Intelligence branch, the man who controlled her widow's pension, requested and required this service... well... well.
They would have had a bitter bitchfight had both suddenly not stopped and realized it was all Roy's fault.
"Do we still have cucumbers? Or I guess I could transmute a mold, do you need this dining chair?"
"So, we're one gunshot from a civil war. If someone from Hakuro's faction fired that shot, for whatever reason ..."
rated:K-L-V | M+F S+S | Mangaverse | post-series | SP: ch 1-108 | DF: ch 105 | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | mystery | 354th FG HQ | UST | 2010 Best New Voices, Neophyte | Havoc/Rebecca
"You finally took my advice and settled down! Not quite what I had in mind, of course, but I'm so happy for you!"
He had believed, until that moment, that he had moved beyond carnal wants and human feelings.
It’s February in Central. There’s nothing better to do.
Sometimes, when he lay awake and undisturbed for many hours, he almost thought he had even succeeded.
"Just remind me, even if the alternative is to sleep on a ice cube, NEVER to share a bed with you again.
They wouldn't be leaving until well after sunset, trusting Al to guide them through the dense thicket of sassafras and witch hazel to the road.
"No one shuns their duty in Xing," she said, firmly and leaving no room to brook argument, the way her elders had always passed the maxim to her.
When he received no immediate response, he drew back and let her go, and the aching vulnerability on his face made her blink in surprise.
People paid a lot of money to see things like this, she imagined.
Instead of being the result of too many hours in the rain; though, this fever seemed to be caused by Winry.
"Tall girls need not apply," Hughes read aloud, without even the trace of a smirk.
rated:K | M+F S+S | Fullmetal | mid-series | First Place, Het & Non-Het | Green Lion Winner | Riza Hawkeye | Roy Mustang | angst | humor | sweet | Elric Kyoudai | 354th FG HQ | 2004 First Kiss, Non-Het
"How is it possible for you to be so like him?" she whispered, nuzzling against his throat.
But he glanced behind himself for Winly, and it was a terrible, bittersweet thing.
"Mother?" And his voice broke, shattered as he raced to her, arms wrapping around her thin body, embracing the image, the idea. "Mommy!"
He would have killed, before a nonexistent God and Winry, to be that goddamn spatula.
Water fills her ears without stopping them, just as grief does her mind, and she drums her fingers on the wooden slats in time to the litany of her failure.
He was also certain that if he gave in and laughed, Edward would hang up and never speak to him again.
She preferred mechanical work for just that reason; at least you knew with relative certainty what automail was going to do when you did something to it.
What part of 'this is my house' are you having problems with, Fullmetal?"
After all, Edward needed her help in catching the syndicate known as 'Soldiers'.
It made only a semblance of sense, but she understood that the whole truth would be revealed when Ed could be led from this graveyard of the years he had lost.
In that moment, nature feels alive around her, resisting her, and every small victory of every small breath confirms that she’s alive, too.
He underestimates the little things, like how long it will take him to put his socks on in the morning, and she comes up the stairs when breakfast is long since over to find him crouched over a torn stocking, blinking back furious tears...
It is a photograph that brings them together, and that's as it should be.
She would notice when that body's pulse went up around her, the flush of cheeks, and the way the eyes followed her curves.
But they were no longer young, and they no longer lived together, and Al wouldn't embarrass his brother in front of their hosts by trying to take care of him.
You could attribute it to teenage rebellion, if you liked, or to homunculus-hormones, which could be quite fierce, or heck, maybe she was just living up to her name.
"Oh, he's probably just studying too hard to notice you knocking," Winly said at first.
"YOU HAVE JUST INTERRUPTED AN IMPORTANT TRIP. IF YOU WISH TO NOT BE BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE, YOU BETTER ABANDON THE TRAIN RIGHT NOW!"
He has lots of women like her, who would like to be his anchor, and too many of them confuse that for throwing themselves head first into the ocean.
She looked the wire over for a minute, noting where the insulation had been stripped away for retuning, then tugged it gently, careful not to pull too hard.
Sometimes it was easy to forget she was a conscript. Other times, it was impossible.
Greed reached out for whatever proved she was undeniably, unrepentantly alive.
The last thing she remembers of him was his voice begging a stranger to keep her safe. Begging for her useless life.
There's nothing wrong with his legs, at least — a sidestep to the right and two paces back and he'd be out the door, if it weren't shut.
Riza looks straight ahead. "Personally, I found during my time in Ishbal that nothing stops a career faster than a bullet between the eyes."
"I know how things work, sir," the boy continued, laying the watch across his lap.
It was well known around Central headquarters that Roy Mustang was lusting after the visiting Major-General.
"My neighbors would start saying things behind my back if I took home a suit of armor."
"Oh, what would YOU know? said Winry. "You've never looked at a girl in your life."
Al knew better than anyone that Ed, if he put his mind to it, could do anything, and a little thing like missing limbs wasn't going to stop him.
Both Edward and Winry were on hand day and night, looking for anything they could do to ease his way.
It was the truth, but it sounded lame upon Edward's lips; the way her eyes hooded, she seemed to think so, anyway.
When Havoc came back from lunch, he wondered why Hawkeye was picking up scattered papers with a small and warm smile on her face.
"You are so dead, bastard," Ed said, still in that dreamy tone, and took a step forwards.
It didn't fool Al one bit when his brother tried to sneak into their dorm room long after curfew, but that didn't stop Ed from trying.