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Intense psychological themes and/or interpersonal conflict.


He underestimates the little things, like how long it will take him to put his socks on in the morning, and she comes up the stairs when breakfast is long since over to find him crouched over a torn stocking, blinking back furious tears...

rated:M | M+F M×F | Fullmetal | all-series | SP: ep 51 | Ed/Winry | angst | drama | humor


And of course, he does not believe in God anyway, and scorns the idea of predestination.

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


Humans were fools, and alchemists were the worst of the lot.

rated:M-L-S | M×F | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 40 | Ed/Lust | drama | dubcon


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

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


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 name. His name on wet, bloody lips. Edward turned his face away, his lips in the long, dark hair.

rated:M-S-V | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 51 | Van Hohenheim | Ed/Envy | angst | drama | Elric Kyoudai


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


"Just who're you calling..." Edward's voice stuttered to a halt as he saw where the man was pointing. "...short?"

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | Gundam Wing | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | action | drama | 354th FG HQ


"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


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


He thought, for a fleeting instant, that he ought to feel some kind of guilt—but he couldn’t muster any.

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


Any girl would be driven insane if she was the youngest child and the only girl in a family of six children.

rated:K-V | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | Riza Hawkeye | drama | humor


It wasn't easy to imagine how he had been mistaken, because Al could swear that even from a distance, a hanged man looked very different from a tent post.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | DF: ep 17 | 2006 Action-Adventure | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | Winry Rockbell | action | angst | drama


He runs out of ink halfway through the page, and with a quiet sigh dips his finger in the inkwell...

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


Some of the stuff he was asked to investigate was truly stupid shit. A bakery, for instance.

rated:K-L | S+S | Fullmetal | mid-series | DF: ep 24 | Ed/Roy | crack | drama | humor | Psiren


I didn't understand that, didn't comprehend why being clean for going into the earth was a good thing until much later...

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


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


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


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 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


What he remembered of ice cream, more than the taste, was how messy it had always been.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Edward Elric | Riza Hawkeye | angst | 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


What things Envy learns of his master's nature, of his future and his past alike, are those things which he has divined on his own, and nothing more.

rated:K-V | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | SP: ep 51 | 2006 Action-Adventure | Envy | angst | drama


Al loved the way his brother's face turned inward, his golden eyes unfocusing and a little smile coming to his face...

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


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


Bravado. Make them regret they ever talked to you.

rated:M-L-V | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 40 | Edward Elric | angst | drama | prisonfic


As always, there was a spark of hope in the younger Elric's expression, and it dug its claws into him as it had every day for the past eight months.

rated:M-L-S-V | S×S | Fullmetal | angst | drama | intense | Al/Ed


Once he was a child, a human child.

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


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


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

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


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


"Now, this will make a good design for the new uniforms."

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


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


No public place was safe, a park, a grocery store, the laundromat. Archer would turn his head and there Greed would be, acting casual.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 48 | drama | love-hate | genderbender | Archer/Greed


She reached into her pocket and pulled out her tobac tin, more to annoy her visitor than anything else.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Dante | Pinako Rockbell | drama


But you never thought of it as a handicap, did you, as something just the same as being blind or deaf.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | angst | drama


Staring, he couldn't tell the difference aside the eyes, aside from the cloudy sunlight of his hair, just a whisper darker than his beloved's.

rated:M-L-S | S×S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: ep51 | Al/Roy | bitter | drama


Tonight it is a comforting chatter, in a strange way, that takes Lan Fan's mind away from Young Master's perhaps impossible goal.

rated:G | M+F | Mangaverse | pre-series | LanFan/Ling | drama


According to Hughes, Major Mustang was close to promotion and as his subordinate, it was her prerogative to try and help him to reach the next rung of the ladder.

rated:K | GEN | Mangaverse | pre-series | Riza Hawkeye | Roy Mustang | Riza/Roy | drama | introspective


Faith didn't hold much of a place in my life; science was my passion, something I could see, something I could feel, could make sense of.

rated:K-V | S×S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | angst | dark | drama | Al/Ed | religious themes


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


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'd meant to say something but Ed had been so determined, so anxious to be useful, to create something.

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


"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


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 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


The feel of hands on his shoulders woke him, one metal and one flesh, and it was the chill in human fingers that told him how cold the night had grown while he slept.

rated:K-L | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | drama | general | sweet


For instance, Havoc knew that Hawkeye was not fond of gunmanship.

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


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

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