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It was just as his body heat was beginning to bring the sheets up to a reasonable temperature that the noise caught his ears- an ugly scraping sound, unnatural and harsh in the silence of early morning hours.

rated:K-L | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | dark | drama


Envy was no poet -- one could say that he lacked a poet's soul -- but he did recognize beauty when he saw it.

rated:M-L | S×S | Fullmetal | TWT | Ed/Envy | bondage | dark | intense


Ed meets his eyes, holds them, and then -- slowly, painfully, but deliberately, traces his free hand in a line across his throat.

rated:M-L | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | dark | drama | gore | squick


There were three ways to identify the Fullmetal Alchemist, wherever he went.

rated:G | S×S | Fullmetal | dark | Al/Ed


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.

rated:K-V | S×S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | angst | dark | drama | Al/Ed | religious themes


Ed began to understand why some people talked to themselves.

rated:M-L-S-V | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 48 | Edward Elric | angst | dark | drama | torture | prisonfic


Roy had been among the rebels for weeks now, and he'd learned very early on that these men were dangerous, very dangerous.

rated:M-S-V | S×S | Fullmetal | TWT | Ed/Roy | action | dark | drama | noncon | Ed/OC


The cheap ink has blurred and run, but Ed's memorized the gist: Riesenbul needs help; come sort things out.

rated:M-L | GEN | Fullmetal | dark | gore | horror


If Al hadn't known how often the older boy feigned unconsciousness in order to stave off these visits, he might have been fooled.

rated:M-L | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | dark | drama | intense | squick


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.

rated:M-S | M×F S×S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | Alfons Heiderich | Edward Elric | Van Hohenheim | age difference | dark | introspective


But Mustang would hold onto his control easily, manipulating the boy to lose more and more of his.

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


All it took was a push of his hand and the twist of a small brass key to put it out of sight.

rated:K-L | S+S S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | dark | drama | Al/Ed


This is the smell of ozone from a lightning strike. This is fear.

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


From saint to sinner, from mother to whore… She was far more beautiful in death than she'd ever been in life.

rated:M-L-S | M×F | Fullmetal | mid-series | dark | horror | pwp | Envy/Sloth


Ed did not want to die without seeing Alphonse again.

rated:M-L-V | S+S | Fullmetal | TWT | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | dark | drama


Of course, when she was their age she could hardly recite her multiplication tables, much less draw complex alchemical glyphs.

rated:G | GEN | dark | drama | introspective


"I'm sorry Al," he said at last. "For what it's worth, I never meant for this to happen to you."

rated:G | S×S | Alt Universe | dark | Al/Ed


He wants to ask who. He wants to ask why.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | dark | death


He had lost everything in a heartbeat, on a chance, and deserted his brother, although against his will.

rated:M-L | S×S | Fullmetal | what-if | angst | crack | dark | drama | slavery | Pinako/Roy


Of all the castle's "guests," Roy was the only one not allowed to leave. Ever.

rated:M-L | M×F | Fullmetal | Roy Mustang | dark | Various | slavery


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


I've never regretted keeping you, Envy.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | bdsm | dark | drama | noncon | sex slavery | squick | tragic | torture | Envy/__


Edward would speak to him, eventually. Any good dog would, and despite his obstinacy, the child could be trained.

rated:M-L-S-V | M×F S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 51 | Iron Smut: CRACK--FEAR | Offsite Award | Dante/Ed | dark | genderswitch | noncon | torture


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

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


It's almost as though Al is the blind one, seeking to memorize his brother's features by touch.

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


"Mother?" And his voice broke, shattered as he raced to her, arms wrapping around her thin body, embracing the image, the idea. "Mommy!"

rated:K-S | M+F S+S | Fullmetal | TWT | angst | dark | Elric Kyoudai | incest


"Listen, bastard... Do you always have to do things the hard way? You never, ever make it easy for me."

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


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.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | SP: ep 51 | dark


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.

rated:M-V | S+S | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: movie | Alfons Heiderich | Edward Elric | dark


He was afraid, so afraid, that something would go wrong, but he couldn't let this go.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | dark


Screaming or crying would have been appropriate. Edward Elric didn't care about propriety. He was laughing.

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


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

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


Edward doesn't come back the next night, or the next.

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


"Stalemate." Envy smirked.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | Ed/Envy | dark | drama


And when the next words followed, barely loud enough to be heard, the General was surprised by the force behind them.

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | post-series | Al/Roy | angst | dark


Neither brother seems willing to speak, but their thoughts dip down into similar wells, dredging up the questions that most haunt them.

rated:K | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | DF: ep 03 | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | blood | dark | drama | ick


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


"Have you ever thought about becoming a daddy?" Wrath said.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | dark | noncon | squick | Ed/Envy/Wrath


If she cries, he may have to kill her. He can't stand that sound any longer.

rated:K | GEN | Fullmetal | DF: ep 01 | The Rage of Swords Arc | Edward Elric | Shou Tucker | angst | dark


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.

rated:K | S+S | Fullmetal | TWT | SP: ep 51 | dark | introspective | Al/Ed


"If I do not, I might begin to love you, whom I should hate."

rated:M-L-S | M×F | Fullmetal | angst | dark | noncon | Archer/Gracia


Envy forced down the nasty smirk that threatened to overwhelm him.

rated:K | S+S | Fullmetal | Ed/Envy | dark | general


A small smile crept along her face--this visage made for mischief--and her tell-tale purple eyes narrowed.

rated:M-L-S | M×F | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 51 | Dante/Envy | dark | drama


Hes killing his brother slowly, but he has already promised to do it quickly; what does it matter?

rated:M-L | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | dark | drama | gore | squick


"...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


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


...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...

rated:M-L-V | S×S | Fullmetal | dark | noncon | Al/Ed


"It's getting worse," his brother said as he came in the door.

rated:G | GEN | dark


A sin, to mar that innocence of sex, to put physical feelings with intellectual knowledge.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | Ed/Envy | dark | drama