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Intense psychological themes and/or interpersonal conflict.


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


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

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


The hand under Edward's intact leg shifted, and the fingers snapped. A wave of heat danced across his skin, and he shivered in fear as the failed experiment died.

| S×S | uncensored | Ed/Roy | drama | noncon | sex slavery


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


Light was what brought shadow into being; they were cast by its brightness and thrived in its absence...

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


There were whispers behind him, words exchanged in a frantic flurry of hisses and low notes.

rated:K | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | Havoc/Roy | drama | humor | Ed/Havoc


"Then I'm gonna rule the world, too," Maes replied, because he and Roy always did everything together.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Maes Hughes | Roy Mustang | 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


"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


He didn't play anymore, not with reports to file, books to read, notes to scratch out.

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


After all, one didn't have a high ranking officer fall into one's lap every day, and Greed was not one to squander someone with that much potential.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 40 | Frank Archer | Greed | drama | redux


Even so, you still are a manipulative bastard.

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


It is her drive that makes Winry love her. It is the fact that her love doesn't weaken her.

rated:M-L | S×S | Fullmetal | Riza/Winry | drama


It was a shame to mark the boy's pretty face so, but considering his abilities, prudent.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Alt Universe | Alphonse Elric | Ling Yao | drama | slavery | Al/Ling


"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


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

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


...it was something you had. And if it's something you had, it's something I want.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Mangaverse | Ling/Roy | angst | 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


Even though she wasn’t an alchemist, alchemy tended to stake a claim on all who were associated with it.

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | pre-series | SP: ch 60 | Riza Hawkeye | Roy Mustang | drama | introspective


Once he was a child, a human child.

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


Every statement directed at me now seemed to be prefaced with "you bastard." I didn't mind; it was as good a name as any other.

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


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


Ed tosses four sausages at once into his mouth and swallows almost without chewing, shooting Al a smug, triumphant grin.

rated:M-L | S+S | Fullmetal | post-series | drama | squick | Al/Ed


She would notice when that body's pulse went up around her, the flush of cheeks, and the way the eyes followed her curves.

rated:G | M+F | Fullmetal | Alphonse Elric | angst | drama


"Fuck, I have a gang," Ed breathed in horror, about to take a seat.

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


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


The thought that Elric might be hanging around, watching him like yesterday, was just too creepy to contemplate.

rated:M-L-S | GEN S×S | Fullmetal | 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


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


Ed started to worry that Al was sulking when the cat's neck snapped under Al's hands.

rated:M-L | S×S | Fullmetal | drama


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


Are you listening to me, Lieutenant Hawkeye?

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 25 | drama | redux | 354th FG HQ


Once you promised me that you would dance on my grave. I'm keeping you to that promise, you know.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | DF: ep 12 | Roy Mustang | death | drama


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


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

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


"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


The boy's brother stretches out a flesh-and-blood hand towards her, and at that moment she hates him, hates them all.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 45 | Lust | drama


He's been after her since the day they met. He'd been a newly-made Major and, at the time, the youngest State Alchemist ever. She'd been a Colonel going on Brigadier General.

rated:M-L-S | M×F | Brotherhood | pre-series | Olivia/Roy | bondage | drama | pwp | 2010 Best New Voices, Adept


It wasn't a nightmare; nightmares leave him shaking and sweating, but now he's oddly calm.

rated:G | GEN | Alphonse Elric | drama


Winry could not imagine going so far for someone whose name you couldn't even say. She couldn't imagine going so far without allowing yourself to say his name.

rated:G | M+F | Mangaverse | mid-series | SP: ch 47 | Lan Fan | Winry Rockbell | angst | drama | redux


She paced the wide, marble floor, visited each of the soaring windows, feeling every supple sinew beneath her skin move with the perfection of the young.

rated:K-S | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 35 | Dante | drama | introspective


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


Could I burn like that - would the lick of flames on my skin wipe me clean?

rated:M-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 40 | Roy Mustang | angst | drama


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


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

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | drama


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


He can still feel in his cheeks the faint scratch of beard against skin when his father kissed him there.

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


Because he had said one year; and dammit, he meant it.

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


What was it like, Father mine, to die and to be resurrected again?

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


I'm lying through implication, but the kid won't know that, and after all the stuff I've done, lying has gotta be my pettiest sin.

rated:M-L-S-V | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | Ed/Envy/Greed | drama | noncon