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Intense psychological themes and/or interpersonal conflict.


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


Humans are so greedy, the Truth had told him in his dreams; and for all his airs and graces, he is no exception.

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | angst | drama | sap | Al/Ed


Twelve drabbles to make up a year.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


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


"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


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


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

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


With no warning at all, something changed in the air between them, and the fight turned dirty.

rated:M-L-S-V | S×S | Mangaverse | post-series | DF: ch 107 | drama | Al/Ed | 2010 Best New Voices, Adept


"It's different when it's Mom," Ed said with a scowl, but he looked at Al's face, and he softened a little.

rated:G | S+S | Fullmetal | angst | drama


It was beautiful, this pre-industrial world, with its white snows and ever-visible rainbows and the dazzling night sky. But it was also dreadful, seething with ignorance and man-made horrors.

rated:G | GEN | Alt Universe | Honorable Mention | action | angst | drama | 2009 Brave New Worlds, Reprint


It seemed, the man thought, that Ed was a lot like the sun -- warm, comforting -- and at a distance.

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


A pure and virtuous soul was nothing short of surprising.

rated:G | M×F | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 50 | Dante/Envy | 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


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

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


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

rated:G | GEN | Alphonse Elric | 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


But it was through the hands that you cooked, and with a false hand Ed found that the cooking didn't come as easily anymore, didn't taste quite like Mother's.

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


"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


"Oh, he's probably just studying too hard to notice you knocking," Winly said at first.

rated:G | M+F | Fullmetal | Al/Winry | angst | drama


It didn't really sink in when you saw the thing, all clumsy dangling wood and leather straps, like the arm of a marionette in a kids' puppet show.

rated:M-L | GEN | Shambhala | Edward Elric | 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


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

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


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

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | drama


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


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


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


Gone was the helpless, kicked-puppy look from those purple eyes.

rated:K | S+S | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 40 | Envy | Wrath | drama | 2004 First Kiss, Het


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


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


It was, and he hated to admit it, an intriguing proposal. Ed wondered who the General had leaned on to get it written in just such a way to make his alchemic blood tingle.

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


"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


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


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


Among them he walks, the man whose name only God remembers.

rated:M-L | S+S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | Envy/Scar | drama


Who was waiting for him? He tried to remember, but his mind wasn't working quite right at the moment.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | DF: ep 30 | Alphonse Elric | angst | drama | 2004 First Kiss, Gen


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


Predator-sleek and supple like a malignant-looking trickster, blurring the lines between human and inhuman, male and female, dead and alive.

rated:M-L-S-V | S×S | Fullmetal | drama | noncon | Ed/Hohenheim


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


"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


"Come on," he snorted. "As if I could say no to Al AND Winly looking at me like that."

rated:G | M×F S×S | Fullmetal | Al/Winry | Ed/Roy | 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


"Stalemate." Envy smirked.

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


After all, Edward needed her help in catching the syndicate known as 'Soldiers'.

rated:G | M+F | Alt Universe | alt-timeline | Al/Winry | action | drama | 2009 Brave New Worlds, Reprint


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


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

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


Trisha looked up in surprise to see her guest in the open doorway, barely casting a shadow in the sunlight that streamed in around her.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Pinako Rockbell | Trisha Elric | drama


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


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