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.
Winry muttered something Scieszka couldn't quite catch, brow furrowed as she leaned in to adjust something on the switchboard.
Okay, his hair wasn't brushed, and it had been a while since he'd gotten a bath, but he didn't think it was anything to blush at.
It was kind of ironic, and kind of inconvenient, that Rush Valley, the capital city of automail, was also hot as hell for half the year.
When dealing with the military, it always paid to look ready for inspection. Neatness counted; passion was suspect.
Unfortunately, Winry's 'own devices' were becoming the death of Pinako's various household devices.
It’s February in Central. There’s nothing better to do.
"We ought to have a toast," Ed says, frowning into the depths of his bottle. "They always do when they're having a drink in someone's memory."
It wasn't easy to imagine how he had been mistaken, because Al could swear that even from a distance, a hanged man looked very different from a tent post.
It was a pleasant thing, warm and innocently tender.
Al should've never told his mother the box was a present for Winry.
Winry was ten when her grandmother commented that she already needed training bras.
But the harsh light of early morning sharpens the hard angles of desperation on Al's face so instead Ed smiles, all teeth, and lies, "Of course."
She accepted the label and its implication without argument, lifting the revolver and sighting along its barrel.
Al waited to say something until Ed's hair brushed his shoulders.
"I remember the flavor too; it was strawberry. It's still his favorite."
She'd barely managed not to wail But it's Yoletide! and prove herself both spoiled brat and country bumpkin.
You'd have to be inhuman not to quake in fear when she stares you down.
"Oh, what would YOU know? said Winry. "You've never looked at a girl in your life."
Winry could not imagine going so far for someone whose name you couldn't even say. She couldn't imagine going so far without allowing yourself to say his name.
"Brother," Alphonse said, voice soft with horror, "I think that Winry's going to kill you."
PR, we need PR, he kept telling himself, but at this point he didn't think he could string more than two sentences together.
“The General,” I answer. “He resigned his rank and got a transfer. They sent him up North. He’s alone there. I couldn’t talk him out of it.”
Al's slightly hollow voice positively echoed with embarrassment but he bravely soldiered on...
As much as he loved his family, Alphonse Elric wouldn't have traded these moments alone for anything.
These days, he loves the movies.
Thank you General Mustang. At least that creep was good for something. Winry still wasn't convinced he was good for Ed.
Winry had never gotten to appreciate the leather pants in her current position as the person who got to unzip them.