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Intense psychological themes and/or interpersonal conflict.


So, he says, and his voice cuts through the sound of battle outside in the streets. "What's it going to be?"

rated:G-V | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | SP: ep 15-17; ep 20-23 | Zolf J. Kimblee | drama


The first time was not a night of magic or fireworks, not something dreams were made of, not something that either of them planned on repeating again.

rated:M-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 51 | DF: movie | angst | drama | Al/Ed | alcohol | incest


The boys grow older, wiser and closer, and their mother watches them do so and is proud.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | drama


It was easy enough to start a fire, with the appropriate array and dry wood.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | angst | drama


What do you know, he wanted to scream, what do you know about my brother, what hes gone through and how far hes — weve — come?

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | drama | general


But he still flinched away from that metal skin, and held his own burning automail arm a little further from his body in hopes that he would not bump against it.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Edward Elric | angst | drama


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/__


But the harsh light of early morning sharpens the hard angles of desperation on Al's face so instead Ed smiles, all teeth, and lies, "Of course."

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Pinako Rockbell | Winry Rockbell | drama


High school and sexuality are hard enough to deal with, without adding high explosives to the mix.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Alt Universe | alt-timeline | drama | dubcon | humor | 2009 Brave New Worlds, Reprint | Archer/Kimblee


At night, curled shivering on the layers of musty damp leaves under the glimmering stars, Ed lay silently and thought of unspeakable unknowns...

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Edward Elric | drama


"You can't do that! This is a shounen series!" he hissed.

rated:M-S | S×S | Fullmetal | TWT | Ed/Roy | drama | humor | meta


"And search for free porn." Havoc pointed out.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Maes Hughes | drama | humor | 354th FG HQ


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


Faith, he'd thought, was something he'd learned as a child, squirming on the hard wooden pews.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Van Hohenheim | drama | introspective


Left to itself, my body won't heal.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Alphonse Elric | drama


"You. Boy by the window who's been doodling all the way through. What would be the result of this equation?"

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | drama | general | humor


It was so easy to forget how uneven alchemy made a fight. No ordinary guy ever had a chance.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Heymans Breda | action | drama


Some of the details he needed, of course, they wouldn't have; no non-alchemist would know. And most of the details they had, he didn't want.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | drama | general


He tilted his jaw and the kid struck the match, lit it, lifted it to his cigarette.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | drama


"That would have killed you, you idiot! You wouldn't be destroyed, or erased, or whatever. You would be killed! I would have murdered you!"

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 40 | angst | drama | Elric Kyoudai


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

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


The last thing she remembers of him was his voice begging a stranger to keep her safe. Begging for her useless life.

rated:K | M+F | Mangaverse | post-series | SP: ch 54 | LanFan/Ling | drama | Greed/LanFan


When he comes to, the blue light of the alchemical reaction is fading, and the air is thick with smoke.

rated:M-L | M×F | Fullmetal | drama | intense


Roy Mustang was shipped back home last week. Neat as a parcel of vegetables with the stamp upside-down on the crate.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | Maes Hughes | Roy Mustang | angst | drama


There is only the Now, with Them, although They have not come for a long time.

rated:M-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | DF: ep 05 | angst | drama | torture


Once he was a child, a human child.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | SP: ep 50 | drama


Winry had scraped a promise out of Ed.

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


He grabbed the nearest inmate by the front of his shirt and hauled him up. "Where is he!?" he roared.

rated:M-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama | prisonfic


"Those are very nice gloves," Pinako observed when Edward came back.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | drama


An alchemical reaction of the most ancient kind: sitting down to eat as though filling the stomach could replace the gap in one's heart.

rated:K-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 25 | DF: ep 30 | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | action | angst | drama | intense | ref. noncon | 354th FG HQ


Even so, you still are a manipulative bastard.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 15 | Roy Mustang | angst | drama | introspective


But he glanced behind himself for Winly, and it was a terrible, bittersweet thing.

rated:G | M+F | Fullmetal | Edward Elric | angst | drama | romance


But at least there was softness beneath the fear, and the eyes apologized to her for her pain, even when the lips did not.

rated:M-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | Believable Sue/Crossover Contest | Offsite Award | drama


A collection of 100 word ficlets.

rated:M-L | GEN, M×F S×S | Fullmetal | all-series | Ed/Roy | Ed/Winry | angst | drama | fluff | gore | humor | pwp | Al/Ed | Izumi/Sig


He couldn't understand this world, this obsession with his son in the negative.

rated:G | GEN | Shambhala | SP: movie | Van Hohenheim | drama | introspective


I really don't like this body, he thought sadly; if he'd had a face to pout with, he would have.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | angst | drama | redux | Elric Kyoudai


Twelve drabbles to make up a year.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


"I was your mother once," Dante told him with an air of great drunken magnanimity one evening.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Dante | drama | alcohol


And if she listened carefully enough, she could hear Edward reading in a low voice to a gurgling Alphonse.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Trisha Elric | angst | drama


"They raise the dead. They make creatures to fight in the war. This is Edward! This is your son. You have to see that!"

rated:M-L-V | M+F | Alt Universe | alt-timeline | Ed/Winry | drama | horror | 2009 Brave New Worlds, Reprint


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


He was a version of his brother if he'd grown up, but fainter, as though he'd been diluted in the bright light of the Gate.

rated:G | S+S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | 2006 Action-Adventure | Van Hohenheim | Ed/Alfons | action | drama


He hadn't asked Hughes to follow him to this place.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | Maes Hughes | Roy Mustang | drama | alcohol | 2006 New Pairing


"You're a lightweight," Roy said dryly, and smiled at the face Ed pulled. "That's enough for tonight, I think."

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | Al/Winry | Ed/Roy | drama | humor


You'd have to be inhuman not to quake in fear when she stares you down.

rated:K-V | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep15-20 | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Izumi Curtis | Winry Rockbell | angst | drama | redux


I was talking with Al one day. And I was explaining how a long-term relationship is like a religion. They both have similar hallmarks...

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Mangaverse | post-series | Alphonse Elric | Ed/Roy | drama | introspective | romance | 2010 Best New Voices, Neophyte


Around when the hour of nine rolls up to the door, fat as a bellied barfly, Roy has already taken his jacket off the hook and has gone outside to walk.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Riza Hawkeye | Roy Mustang | angst | drama


The blow cracked Ed's cheekbone, an audible noise in the quiet room, and he felt and tasted the blood that filled his mouth.

rated:M-S-V | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | Ed/Envy | bdsm | drama | noncon | pwp | psychological