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Emotional suffering.


His vision was misted...almost comfortingly so. His hands were slathered in salve and bound with gentle gauze.

rated:M-L-V | S×S | Fullmetal | Maes/Roy | angst | drama


What he remembered of ice cream, more than the taste, was how messy it had always been.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Edward Elric | Riza Hawkeye | angst | 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


The gate follows him everywhere. He hates it.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | dark


And if he did forget mom's face, what would be next? Her voice? Her smile? The color of her eyes?

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


He remembered finding himself asking why the Fullmetal Alchemist would be the one to patch his own clothes.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | angst | drama


I really don't like this body, he thought sadly; if he'd had a face to pout with, he would have.

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


He had to force himself to remember that he hadn't even known what Alphonse had been like in the flesh, but he was fairly certain that he hadn't been a polished and polite doppelganger of his older brother.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 51 | Al/Roy | 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


He closed his fist around her sash and curled into himself, trying to keep his thoughts away from dark things.

rated:K-V | M+F | Mangaverse | pre-series | Fu | Lan Fan | Ling Yao | angst | drama | UST


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


"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


But we the people of Ishvar endure, by the grace and mercy of Ishvarra we endure, and so long as we live we will remember.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst


There is grass growing on the cinders, ivy covers the old stones.

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


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


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


But he's traveled like this before, and the hope that it won't end in failure a second time is, at this moment, enough.

rated:G | S+S | Shambhala | post-series | angst | Al/Ed


Al thought, grimly, that he was getting rather good at this.

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | angst | blood


For a few minutes they sat in silence, looking out over the sun-dazzled water. There didn't seem to be much to say.

rated:K | S+S | Fullmetal | post-series | April Fools' fic | angst | crack | Elric Kyoudai


"You'll be up against the wall before you know it, Mustang, right where you belong, eating the bullets of a firing squad for breakfast."

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | TWT | Roy Mustang | action | angst | politics


"Are you saying," Al inquired, slowly, "that you never believed that I didn't blame you?"

rated:M-L-S | S×S | angst | drama | fluff | Al/Ed


Half the apple pie was still on a cracked plate on the windowsill, covered with a bowl so it didn't go stale before tomorrow, because it was all he had in the house.

rated:M-L | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 25 | Maes/Roy | angst


Roy wondered how far Alphonse would go to prove his point.

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 51 | Al/Roy | angst | romance


He always put his tongue in his cheek when he fired his weapon, and bit down when he grimaced at the aftermath.

rated:G | S×S | Fullmetal | Maes/Riza | angst


Could I burn like that - would the lick of flames on my skin wipe me clean?

rated:M-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 40 | Roy Mustang | angst | drama


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


He had never dared to dream that things could get better, astounded as he'd been by the way air tasted spilling over his tongue...

rated:K-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | angst | sweet | Al/Ed


He runs out of ink halfway through the page, and with a quiet sigh dips his finger in the inkwell...

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


There was uncertainty in those eyes, and wounded pride, but there was no less passion, and therefore, Roy was no less terrified.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | Ed/Roy | age difference | angst | autoeroticism | intense


"Your arm," said Al, smiling apologetically. "It's kind of heavy."

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


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


"Stop that," he snapped, flicking the tap on. "Change into something a little more appropriate. You're not him, brother."

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | action | angst | drama | humor | Al/Ed


Before this war, he'd never wiped human blood off his automail.

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


An alchemical reaction of the most ancient kind: sitting down to eat as though filling the stomach could replace the gap in one's heart.

rated:K-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 25 | DF: ep 30 | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | action | angst | drama | intense | ref. noncon | 354th FG HQ


Every day, every damn day, Ed misses his brother.

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | angst | Al/Ed


Al loved the way his brother's face turned inward, his golden eyes unfocusing and a little smile coming to his face...

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


It's important that a little light always comes in, even if it's only enough to see shadows and outlines, and not words at all.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | Kalika Maxwell | angst | Al/Ed


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


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


Heaven is this: a short, crisp October day, the clear sky a great bowl above them, the amber valley a chalice below.

rated:K | S+S | Alt Universe | post-series | SP: movie | angst | fluff | Al/Ed/Alfons


"All this whiny, pathetic, 'no-one-understands-me' bullshit was suppose to be over in my teens," he told the bottle angrily, "I'm suppose to be an adult now."

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Shambhala | post-series | Ed/Alfons | angst | religious themes


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


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


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


If it didn't rain so often, Ed thought, he might feel a little more like he could make plans.

rated:M-L-S | S+S | Fullmetal | angst | drama | Al/Ed


"I am not now, nor have I ever been your priority."

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


What things Envy learns of his master's nature, of his future and his past alike, are those things which he has divined on his own, and nothing more.

rated:K-V | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | SP: ep 51 | 2006 Action-Adventure | Envy | angst | drama


He wanted Hughes to know how many lines he had crossed in his lifetime.

rated:M-L-V | S+S | Fullmetal | angst | introspective


This was always my favorite part of the day, when I could observe the wicked gleams of a glare I wasn't meant to see.

rated:M-S-V | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | Alphonse Elric | Lust | Ed/Envy | angst | dark | noncon | humiliation


And after all, no amount of rain can wash the blood away.

rated:G | GEN | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | angst | introspective | redux