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Emotional suffering.


I, the stray dog of the desert, who sloped long and pale, slashed to ribbons, across the moonlight sands on my journey to God.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Scar | angst | drama | introspective


He was just moving to light the stove, casting about for a match to begin the flames that would cook their dinner, when the voice drifted in from the other room.

rated:K | S+S | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 51 | angst | drama | Al/Ed


This is far more effective, Roy thinks grimly, than any threat of physical violence against his own self.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | sidestory: | Greed/Roy | angst


He knew, as he had never known before, his own body; the strength and flexibility in every limb, every joint, every bone.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | action | angst | death


The creature tilted its head, eyeing the two men to the side of her, and slid off its precarious perch.

rated:K-S | S×S | Fullmetal | angst | death | drama | horror | Al/Ed


"That angel hated God's second born. He was jealous. Why was he so easy to cast aside and walk away from?"

rated:M-L-V | S+S | Fullmetal | Ed/Envy | angst | death


"He misses me," came the quiet whisper, a hope that maybe this madness would end, that maybe, maybe, he could be released, that he could go home.

rated:M-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | DF: ep 51 | Al/Roy | angst | drama


They say that a wizard lives in the log cabin, on the other side of the dark woods and the silver river.

rated:M-L-S-V | S×S | Fullmetal | angst | fluff | Al/Ed | ref. torture


But you never thought of it as a handicap, did you, as something just the same as being blind or deaf.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


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.

rated:G | M+F | Fullmetal | angst | Izumi/Sig


Dante took the seat next to the bed, and handed a mug of tea to Trisha.

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | Dante | Trisha Elric | angst


What kind of stupid creature would walk willingly and calmly to its own violent, brutal death?

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Alphonse Elric | Wrath | angst | dark


Ling. Ambitious, greedy Ling. He deserved what he got.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Mangaverse | angst | Ed/Ling


Winry had scraped a promise out of Ed.

rated:M-L | S×S | Fullmetal | Ed/Roy | Ed/Winry | angst | drama


Occasionally, after a bad sand storm, a bone would work its way up to the surface; bare and bleached, like the sticks he used to pretend were swords.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Scar | angst


"Oh, he's probably just studying too hard to notice you knocking," Winly said at first.

rated:G | M+F | Fullmetal | Al/Winry | angst | drama


Always on Al's face was that soft, sad expression, paralleled by the fierce unyieldingness on Ed's.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | Izumi Curtis | angst | drama | Elric Kyoudai


But when the acting commander of the Intelligence branch, the man who controlled her widow's pension, requested and required this service... well... well.

rated:G | M+F | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 25 | angst | Archer/Gracia


Death could come to Roy on his time. Appointment first. Lunch, maybe.

rated:K-V | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Roy Mustang | Scar | angst | dark | drama | introspective


It was, and he hated to admit it, an intriguing proposal. Ed wondered who the General had leaned on to get it written in just such a way to make his alchemic blood tingle.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | Al/Riza | Ed/Roy | angst | drama | humor


Sometimes, he really wished that sleeping dogs would have been left alone...

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | mid-series | Ed/Winry | angst | drama | 2004 First Kiss, Het


"...If I...really went insane...I mean, completely lost my mind..." Ed said, carefully, "do you think you'd be able to stop me?"

rated:M-L-V | S×S | Fullmetal | Ed/Roy | angst | dark


They'd been on the run so long, Ed had long since lost track of the last time he'd slept in a bed instead of in an abandoned barn, or under a hedge.

rated:M-L-S-V | S×S | Mangaverse | post-series | SP: ch 70 | Ed/Roy | angst | drama


Your eyes stared up at me, wide and questioning, in a response not fit for such a young child.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 25 | Maes Hughes | angst | drama | introspective


The easiest way to destroy an enemy is to destroy those he depends upon.

rated:M-L-S-V | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | Archer/Havoc | angst | bdsm | noncon


The color red was a distraction. The color red was him. Him--Mustang's own constant distraction, the waving red banner amidst the dull color that painted his everyday life.

rated:M-S | S×S | Mangaverse | mid-series | Edward Elric | angst | dark | Roy/__ | 2010 Best New Voices, Neophyte


PR, we need PR, he kept telling himself, but at this point he didn't think he could string more than two sentences together.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | alt-timeline | Roy Mustang | Winry Rockbell | angst


"As you can see," she said to Mr. Elric, wryly, "Appreciate them while they're at this age, because they turn into teenagers in the blink of an eye."

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


Riza looks straight ahead. "Personally, I found during my time in Ishbal that nothing stops a career faster than a bullet between the eyes."

rated:K-S-V | M+F S×S | Mangaverse | TWT | Ed/Roy | Riza/Roy | angst | introspective


He hates the military. Maybe he doesn't. Roy and straight-line thinking aren't on speaking terms anymore, though he likes to pretend.

rated:M-S | M×F | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 15 | Riza/Roy | angst | drama


Al thought of Martel, of Nina. He didn't want to be a chimera.

rated:M-L | GEN | Mangaverse | angst | dark | genderswitch | noncon


"Beautiful," he purred again, a smile curling the edges of his lips, and Roy shivered despite the heat.

rated:K-V | S+S | angst | drama | Kimblee/Roy


It hurt, somehow, to know that there was no one now who could see past the mask if he didn't want them to.

rated:M-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 25 | DF: ep 28 | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | action | angst | drama | mystery


On Ed's thirtieth birthday, he attends a memorial that some of the military officers are holding for Ed.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst


Yet there are still nights that he wakes up to find his hand clutched by a seated Al, who laughs his hollow laugh and asks if he's okay, even though he does not remember screaming.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Edward Elric | angst | drama | introspective


"Don't go to sleep," he murmurs into Ed's hair, and thinks of their mother, long ago, telling a story about spinning straw into gold.

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | post-series | Roy Mustang | angst | Elric Kyoudai
prequel: Gloriana |


He'd meant to say something but Ed had been so determined, so anxious to be useful, to create something.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama | Elric Kyoudai


But he kept going back. She knew, and confronted him at one time.

rated:M-L | S×S | Fullmetal | angst | drama


This new life was staggering - more so, the feel of Alphonse's shoulder, warm and flesh beneath his cheek as the train lurched out of the station.

rated:M-L-S | GEN, S+S S×S | Fullmetal | all-series | angst | drama | general | sweet | Al/Ed


Winly was touched, really, that even after two years without seeing one another, Ed still wrote her letters.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


"I know," Ed replies, and grins. "I mean, I can totally see why. Nobody else kisses the way I do."

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | angst | Al/Ed


He reminds Alfons of himself, in a way, back after he'd been first diagnosed with his illness; when he used to get up and stare at his face in the washbasin mirror every day and think, I am too young for this.

rated:G | S+S | Shambhala | Ed/Alfons | angst | fluff


Now the eyes were dull, the gold frosted, and bitter lines caged his mouth.

rated:M-S | S×S | Fullmetal | TWT | SP: ep 05-07 | Ed/Roy | angst | hurt-comfort | pwp


"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."

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Edward Elric | Winry Rockbell | angst | humor


His ruse works; Ed dismisses him - with a harsh, impatient rejoinder that he isn't finished yet - and devotes his attention to his brother.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | angst | drama | romance | sweet | Al/Ed


"How is it possible for you to be so like him?" she whispered, nuzzling against his throat.

rated:K-S-V | M+F | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 50 | Dante/Ed | angst | drama | ref. noncon | Dante/Hohenheim


"I'm not thirteen," Al said, as if reading his mind.

rated:G | S×S | Fullmetal | Al/Roy | age difference | angst


"Don't worry," Greed had whispered. "I'll take care of your little death."

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 15 | Ed/Greed | angst | sex alchemy


Fear kept Al's metal arms at his sides, shaking slightly with each of Edward's pained moans.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | angst | drama | redux