Intense themes with a nightmarish edge or grim outlook.
Ed did not want to die without seeing Alphonse again.
What kind of stupid creature would walk willingly and calmly to its own violent, brutal death?
"If you are going to keep pets, you are going to have to take care of them."
It isn't often that our darkest fantasies get fulfilled.
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.
...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...
Death could come to Roy on his time. Appointment first. Lunch, maybe.
Ed meets his eyes, holds them, and then -- slowly, painfully, but deliberately, traces his free hand in a line across his throat.
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.
Edward would speak to him, eventually. Any good dog would, and despite his obstinacy, the child could be trained.
"Listen, bastard... Do you always have to do things the hard way? You never, ever make it easy for me."
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.
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.
Of course, when she was their age she could hardly recite her multiplication tables, much less draw complex alchemical glyphs.
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.
"Have you ever thought about becoming a daddy?" Wrath said.
This is the smell of ozone from a lightning strike. This is fear.
"Mother?" And his voice broke, shattered as he raced to her, arms wrapping around her thin body, embracing the image, the idea. "Mommy!"
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.
From saint to sinner, from mother to whoreâ€¦ She was far more beautiful in death than she'd ever been in life.
A sin, to mar that innocence of sex, to put physical feelings with intellectual knowledge.
If she cries, he may have to kill her. He can't stand that sound any longer.
Ed began to understand why some people talked to themselves.
And when the next words followed, barely loud enough to be heard, the General was surprised by the force behind them.
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.
Edward doesn't come back the next night, or the next.
He was afraid, so afraid, that something would go wrong, but he couldn't let this go.
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 do not, I might begin to love you, whom I should hate."
The cheap ink has blurred and run, but Ed's memorized the gist: Riesenbul needs help; come sort things out.
Screaming or crying would have been appropriate. Edward Elric didn't care about propriety. He was laughing.
But Mustang would hold onto his control easily, manipulating the boy to lose more and more of his.
Of all the castle's "guests," Roy was the only one not allowed to leave. Ever.
I've never regretted keeping you, Envy.
Roy had been among the rebels for weeks now, and he'd learned very early on that these men were dangerous, very dangerous.
All it took was a push of his hand and the twist of a small brass key to put it out of sight.
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’s killing his brother slowly, but he has already promised to do it quickly; what does it matter?
Envy was no poet -- one could say that he lacked a poet's soul -- but he did recognize beauty when he saw it.
A small smile crept along her face--this visage made for mischief--and her tell-tale purple eyes narrowed.
"I'm sorry Al," he said at last. "For what it's worth, I never meant for this to happen to you."
There were three ways to identify the Fullmetal Alchemist, wherever he went.
Before this war, he'd never wiped human blood off his automail.
"...If I...really went insane...I mean, completely lost my mind..." Ed said, carefully, "do you think you'd be able to stop me?"
Envy forced down the nasty smirk that threatened to overwhelm him.
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.
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.
It's almost as though Al is the blind one, seeking to memorize his brother's features by touch.