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His brother seemed to like it when the leather left marks, a residual token of ownership, even when the collar (by job-dictated necessity) had to be removed.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | Ed/Roy | age difference | dark | kink | Al/Ed


"If you are going to keep pets, you are going to have to take care of them."

rated:G | S×S | Alt Universe | 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


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.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 30 | Dante | dark | introspective | redux | Elric Kyoudai


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


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


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


It isn't often that our darkest fantasies get fulfilled.

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


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

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | dark


On the first night, he comes to her as her teacher.

rated:M-L | M×F | Fullmetal | Izumi Curtis | dark | noncon


Ed did not want to die without seeing Alphonse again.

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


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


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


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


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/__


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


"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


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


"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


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

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


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


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


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


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


"Stalemate." Envy smirked.

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


"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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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.

rated:G-V | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | Riza Hawkeye | Roy Mustang | action | dark | drama | introspective


"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


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


...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


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


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

rated:M-L-S | 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


The gate follows him everywhere. He hates it.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | dark


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


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


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

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


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


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.

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


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