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Intense psychological themes and/or interpersonal conflict.


He recalled lifting it cautiously up to his nose, and then back away from the stinging, spicy herbs along with the smouldering scent of tobacco.

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


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


A spark of interest lifted his pale eyebrows, and he set down his fork.

rated:G | GEN | Shambhala | Alfons Heiderich | drama


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


"Stop that," he snapped, flicking the tap on. "Change into something a little more appropriate. You're not him, brother."

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | action | angst | drama | humor | Al/Ed


“Envy,” she murmured in her brother’s ear. “I need a favor.”

rated:M-L-S-V | M×F S×S | Brotherhood | mid-series | breathplay | drama | kink | Havoc/Lust | Envy/__


Roy could've sworn First Lieutenants existed only to invent torture methods for Colonels, but he wasn't about to say that one out loud.

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | mid-series | Roy Mustang | drama | politics


Ed tilted his head down, looked up under Greed's bangs — and there, he saw a familiar, shaky grin.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Mangaverse | mid-series | SP: ch 1-84 | Darius | Greed | Heinkel | drama | humor | Ed/Ling | 2010 Best New Voices, Neophyte


There were good things about having Mustang around, least of which was when one forgot their matches.

rated:K | S+S | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 49 | Havoc/Roy | drama | fetishism


Twelve drabbles to make up a year.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


And when you held your breath, where did you keep it, in your lungs or your mouth or your throat?

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


There was a terrible vulnerability to Roy when his cover slipped, and it made Ed uncomfortable.

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | mid-series | Ed/Roy | angst | drama | 2004 First Kiss, Non-Het


His vision was misted...almost comfortingly so. His hands were slathered in salve and bound with gentle gauze.

rated:M-L-V | S×S | Fullmetal | Maes/Roy | angst | drama


His desire for everything and everyone meant subversively that anything the alchemist blew to high hell was his: possession by association.

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | drama | redux | Greed/Kimblee


For an instant, a look passed between them, and Alphonse could almost imagine that he saw his own emotions reflected within the eyes of his brother.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | all-series | drama | Al/Ed


Here, in this place where eyes were all but useless, hearing could be confounded with the sensation of touch.

rated:M-L-S-V | S×S | Shambhala | post-series | Ed/Envy | bitter | drama | gore | noncon | squick


They were good boys, and smart, and she trusted them to stay mostly out of trouble. Mostly.

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | pre-series | Den | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Trisha Elric | drama


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


"If you hadn't messed in the mud to get the cat," he pointed out, "your hands wouldn't be so cold. Give me your other."

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


The creature tilted its head, eyeing the two men to the side of her, and slid off its precarious perch.

rated:K-S | S×S | Fullmetal | angst | death | drama | horror | Al/Ed


"When you put it that way--" Roy conceded. "But it does seem improbable. You promised me a murderer, but are you so sure that it was no accident?"

rated:G | S+S | Alt Universe | Maes Hughes | Roy Mustang | drama | mystery


How do you find someone who barely existed in this world now that they're gone?

rated:G | S+S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | angst | drama | Al/Ed


But he kept going back. She knew, and confronted him at one time.

rated:M-L | S×S | Fullmetal | angst | drama


It wasn't supposed to happen like this; no, not like this.

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


"...That is an order, Fullmetal, and I will have you court-martialed if you refuse."

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | drama | humor


Ed had confessed that he had no idea how the relationships had started.

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


Zinnsoldat, they named it, the Tin Soldier, in reference to their former service and in acknowledgement of their current uselessness.

rated:M-L | M×F S×S | Alt Universe | alt-timeline | 1st Place (juried); 2nd Place (popular) | Havoc/Roy | Maes/Roy | Riza/Roy | drama | 2009 Brave New Worlds, Reprint | Havoc/Lust


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


I could sleep here, soundly, knowing that I followed in his footsteps, lay in the same beds, held the same forks and glasses, and spoke with the same people he had protected.

rated:G | GEN | Shambhala | post-series | SP: ep 51 | Alphonse Elric | bitter | drama


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


It was inconceivable to think that this could ever be called beautiful...but the same could have been said for her once, couldn't it?

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 40 | Lust/Sloth | drama | tentacles


"When I walked in on you in the bath, Edward, I wasn't expecting Al to be there too."

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 04, 06+ | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | drama | humor


He could ask so many things at this point. About sex, Ed, himself...

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | Al/Roy | drama


For now, he has mastered one world, two worlds; they have mastered him as well, and he is tired.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | Edward Elric | angst | drama | introspective


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


It was getting kind of depressing, though, by the time the color red alone would make him wonder about the child; the flash of a cardinal, a sprig of bright berries, the gaudiness of nighttime tavern lights, and the scarlet lipstick of bar women.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | angst | drama


Theirs is a strange relationship--they know so little about each other--but somehow it's okay, as though knowledge would throw a spanner in the works.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Shambhala | post-series | Ed/Alfons | action | drama | sweet


He closed his fist around her sash and curled into himself, trying to keep his thoughts away from dark things.

rated:K-V | M+F | Mangaverse | pre-series | Fu | Lan Fan | Ling Yao | angst | drama | UST


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


He doesn't love Scar. The idea is ridiculous, but they are all they have left, each other's bodies rocks against the tide of strangeness, unfamiliarity.

rated:G | S+S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | Ed/Scar | drama | introspective


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


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


The Colonel should, by all that is logical in the world, be less intimidating out of his uniform.

rated:M-L | S+S | Fullmetal | mid-series | Ed/Roy | drama


Here, all is one, one is all, but everything is also nothing.

rated:M-L | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Nina Tucker | blood | 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


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


Envy would never let him forget that the price of pride was destruction, and that those who infringed upon God's domain were damned.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Shambhala | age difference | bondage | drama | noncon | squick | Ed/Envy/Hohenheim


If killers and empty assassin armor hadn't frightened him, half a foot of park bench shouldn't leave him feeling so useless and pathetic.

rated:K | S+S | Fullmetal | Ed/Roy | drama | romance


To her, the Philosopher's Stone is blood and fire: his fire, her blood.

rated:K | M+F | Mangaverse | mid-series | SP: ch 54 | LanFan/Ling | angst | drama | introspective


For in equivalent trade, everything has value and therefore everything can be taken away.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | SP: ep 49 | Edward Elric | drama | redux