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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


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

rated:G | S×S | Alt Universe | dark


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/__


"...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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ed did not want to die without seeing Alphonse again.

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


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

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


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

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | dark | death


"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


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


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

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


"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


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


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


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


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

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | 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


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


"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


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


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

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


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


The gate follows him everywhere. He hates it.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | dark


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


...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


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


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

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


"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


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


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


"Stalemate." Envy smirked.

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


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


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

rated:G | GEN | dark


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


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


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

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


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