Intense themes with a nightmarish edge or grim outlook.
"It's getting worse," his brother said as he came in the door.
rated:G | GEN | dark
Faith didn't hold much of a place in my life; science was my passion, something I could see, something I could feel, could make sense of.
He was only human though, and he had given into his rage at having to deal with Edward's dysfunction--and now Edward was gone, and it looked more and more like he might not be coming back.
"Listen, bastard... Do you always have to do things the hard way? You never, ever make it easy for me."
Envy forced down the nasty smirk that threatened to overwhelm him.
If Al hadn't known how often the older boy feigned unconsciousness in order to stave off these visits, he might have been fooled.
"...If I...really went insane...I mean, completely lost my mind..." Ed said, carefully, "do you think you'd be able to stop me?"
When the lines didn't matter, when the lungs weren't working in labor of sweet industry worlds, then it was so easy to see where they might be all born of the same blood.
All it took was a push of his hand and the twist of a small brass key to put it out of sight.
...when he presses his hand against the scraped array and wills it to activate, he can't help but send a whispered prayer to it. Please work. Please, please...
If she cries, he may have to kill her. He can't stand that sound any longer.
Death could come to Roy on his time. Appointment first. Lunch, maybe.
There were three ways to identify the Fullmetal Alchemist, wherever he went.
On the first night, he comes to her as her teacher.
We were the naive kings of all we surveyed, lingering on the hilltop as we stared at our kingdom of ash, of ruins, of dust.
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.
He’s killing his brother slowly, but he has already promised to do it quickly; what does it matter?
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.
Edward would speak to him, eventually. Any good dog would, and despite his obstinacy, the child could be trained.
"Have you ever thought about becoming a daddy?" Wrath said.
"I'm sorry Al," he said at last. "For what it's worth, I never meant for this to happen to you."
Screaming or crying would have been appropriate. Edward Elric didn't care about propriety. He was laughing.
Envy was no poet -- one could say that he lacked a poet's soul -- but he did recognize beauty when he saw it.
But Mustang would hold onto his control easily, manipulating the boy to lose more and more of his.
This is the smell of ozone from a lightning strike. This is fear.
Edward doesn't come back the next night, or the next.
Roy had been among the rebels for weeks now, and he'd learned very early on that these men were dangerous, very dangerous.
Neither brother seems willing to speak, but their thoughts dip down into similar wells, dredging up the questions that most haunt them.
"If you are going to keep pets, you are going to have to take care of them."
Sometimes, he prays that the hand will come down and Ed will tell him gently they are done, they are going to quit, end the nightmare before it worsens.
"Mother?" And his voice broke, shattered as he raced to her, arms wrapping around her thin body, embracing the image, the idea. "Mommy!"
Of course, when she was their age she could hardly recite her multiplication tables, much less draw complex alchemical glyphs.
He just carries himself with a certain atmosphere, one that feels like splinters of buildings falling off walls and landing broken or the smell of roasted flesh.
He had lost everything in a heartbeat, on a chance, and deserted his brother, although against his will.
Ed began to understand why some people talked to themselves.
A sin, to mar that innocence of sex, to put physical feelings with intellectual knowledge.
It isn't often that our darkest fantasies get fulfilled.
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.
Mustang fell into a kind of trance whenever he killed with his flames -- snapping his fingers continually, sometimes so fast that both his hands blurred.
A small smile crept along her face--this visage made for mischief--and her tell-tale purple eyes narrowed.
Ed meets his eyes, holds them, and then -- slowly, painfully, but deliberately, traces his free hand in a line across his throat.
"If I do not, I might begin to love you, whom I should hate."
Before this war, he'd never wiped human blood off his automail.
I've never regretted keeping you, Envy.
What kind of stupid creature would walk willingly and calmly to its own violent, brutal death?
Of all the castle's "guests," Roy was the only one not allowed to leave. Ever.