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Intense psychological themes and/or interpersonal conflict.


That day, Ed had pulled his hair out of a braid and tied it up into a neat ponytail.

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


On the day the Fuhrer died, it snowed.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 51 | angst | drama


Were Riza to choose, she would be the shield rather than the sword.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Riza Hawkeye | drama


The voice hit Ed like a blow, and drove the breath from his lungs. "Where are you?" he shouted. "Where are you?"

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | drama | humor


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

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | drama


Winry had scraped a promise out of Ed.

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


I, the stray dog of the desert, who sloped long and pale, slashed to ribbons, across the moonlight sands on my journey to God.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Scar | angst | drama | introspective


"Damn well better be--I bought 'em two days ago and I'm not keeling over yet. Got any dry ones on you?"

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Jean Havoc | Maes Hughes | drama | 354th FG HQ


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


"Now, Earth-type world, yes? Spoken language identified as late pre-Galactic English."

rated:M-L | GEN | Alt Universe | TWT | First Place (popular); Second Place (juried) | Green Lion Winner | Alfons Heiderich | Edward Elric | crack | drama | fusion | introspective | 2009 Brave New Worlds, Original


They are his signposts and self-inscriptions, cordoning off the book as his own, as something he possesses.

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


He's seen quite enough of the military hospital in Central, and much as he likes the nurses, he was still glad when he thought they were through with it.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | DF: ep 50 | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | drama


He remembered finding himself asking why the Fullmetal Alchemist would be the one to patch his own clothes.

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


He lifted his eyes to Ed's, returned Ed's even, blank gaze. "Brothers," he said. "That's what we are."

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | drama


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


"You just can't get enough punishment, can you, you little masochist?"

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Ed/Envy | drama | dubcon | intense


He had only meant to pass through the town; it wasn't like much would have changed anyway.

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


If he would permit himself to be honest, Alphonse would admit to Roy that he hates the rain, too.

rated:M-L | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | Al/Roy | angst | drama | Al/Ed


He made the slip-up not whilst in the throes of passion, but rather, sitting quite peacefully at the kitchen table, watching the slender blond cook.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 51 | Al/Roy | Ed/Roy | age difference | angst | drama


She accepted the label and its implication without argument, lifting the revolver and sighting along its barrel.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 36 | Riza Hawkeye | Winry Rockbell | angst | drama


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


Winly was touched, really, that even after two years without seeing one another, Ed still wrote her letters.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


Ed's arms swept out, taking in the street and the buildings, the grass and the trees and the sky -- "the world and our own minds to understand it! That's all!" Isn't that enough?

rated:M-L | GEN | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | Best Overall Story | 2006 Action-Adventure | Green Lion Winner | Alfons Heiderich | Edward Elric | drama


He would come to understand later that what she meant was, I’m stronger than you.

rated:M-S | M×F | Fullmetal | post-series | Ed/Izumi | bitter | drama | intense


He felt ten years old and small, pressed against a door that wouldn't open for a very long time.

rated:G | S+S | Shambhala | drama | fluff


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


Sometimes, he really wished that sleeping dogs would have been left alone...

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


Always on Al's face was that soft, sad expression, paralleled by the fierce unyieldingness on Ed's.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | Izumi Curtis | angst | drama | Elric Kyoudai


"Brother," he whispers into the soft warmth of Ed's skin, "Is mom going to get better?"

rated:G | GEN | drama | Elric Kyoudai


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


When night fell in Ishvar, night vision or no vision, flares or no flares, there was nothing you wanted to do less than draw attention to yourself.

rated:M-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | Jean Havoc | action | drama | gore


The first time your mother asked you what you wanted to be, you answered, 'King of the whole world!'

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | drama


"How old are you?" The answer was on the wanted posters, of course, but he wanted to check.

rated:M-L | S×S | Alt Universe | action | drama | Various


He had started to wonder if it was Edward or himself that was farther out of reach at the moment.

rated:K-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: movie | Al/Roy | age difference | bitter | drama | introspective


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


...the two men drank Roy's good whiskey, clinked glasses and Maes exclaimed that It was about damn time.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 25 | Maes Hughes | Roy Mustang | angst | drama | introspective


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

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


Sometimes, when he lay awake and undisturbed for many hours, he almost thought he had even succeeded.

rated:G | M+F | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 50 | Riza/Roy | angst | drama


Ed glared at him, and Al sighed. Maybe today wouldn't be a good day for Edward after all.

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


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


Alchemy, the science of turning lead into gold, was never about actual, physical transmutation.

rated:M-L-S-V | S×S | Fullmetal | blood | bondage | drama | fetishism | noncon


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


"I'm not being forced out of another home. They won't be here long, and it's not like they'll be looking for us."

rated:K | M+F S×S | Fullmetal | Riza/Roy | action | drama | Al/Ed


Your eyes stared up at me, wide and questioning, in a response not fit for such a young child.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 25 | Maes Hughes | angst | drama | introspective


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


Sometimes they race to see who can get to Winry's house faster.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Edward Elric | 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


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


Ed knew a lot about building reputations.

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