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Internalized reminiscence by a character on a series of events.


She remembers the dreamlike way the pieces seemed to sit on the board—on account of the light, maybe, or perhaps her own faltering memory.

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | Riza Hawkeye | introspective


Two boys, two faces, two fates, alive and dead at the same time, at different times, nothing in common, everything in common, one thing in common: him.

rated:G | S+S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | Ed/Alfons | angst | introspective


The metal in his mouth tastes cool and tangy and yummy but he can't eat because he has to find Lust.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 51 | Gluttony | drama | introspective


She moves the king again, to its last optional safe square and murmurs, "I'll admit this is not how I envisioned my first night on the battlefield."

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


The taste of arsenic is golden, addictive, even it does pave the road to hell.

rated:G | S×S | Shambhala | Ed/Alfons | angst | introspective


Car broke down again, couple kilometers out of the city, so they had to walk for a while, until Alfons couldn't speak for the coughing.

rated:G | GEN | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | Alfons Heiderich | Edward Elric | angst | introspective


"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


There was one thing that Edward had missed above all others.

rated:K | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | Edward Elric | general | introspective


He has lots of women like her, who would like to be his anchor, and too many of them confuse that for throwing themselves head first into the ocean.

rated:G | M+F | Fullmetal | pre-series | introspective | sweet | Hohenheim/Trisha


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


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

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


We were the naive kings of all we surveyed, lingering on the hilltop as we stared at our kingdom of ash, of ruins, of dust.

rated:K | S+S | Fullmetal | TWT | SP: ep 51 | dark | introspective | Al/Ed


It is what people say to him because they cannot think of any other way to relate to him, this boy who has the heavy title of 'Full Metal Alchemist'.

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


Sometimes Roy would just hold him for an hour or more, late at night, blind comfort.

rated:K-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | SP: ep 51 | Al/Roy | general | introspective


There is immortality deep within us that has nothing to do with corruptible flesh and earthly demise.

rated:G | S×S | introspective | Al/Ed


When dealing with the military, it always paid to look ready for inspection. Neatness counted; passion was suspect.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Alphonse Elric | Winry Rockbell | introspective


Yet there are still nights that he wakes up to find his hand clutched by a seated Al, who laughs his hollow laugh and asks if he's okay, even though he does not remember screaming.

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


He gave, and he gave, and he gave, and he could only hope that it was enough.

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


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


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


He has seen the desert. Seen her scorched and scarred beneath his steady hands. Stepped in her tattered remains, tasted her ashes with every breath.

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


He couldn't understand this world, this obsession with his son in the negative.

rated:G | GEN | Shambhala | SP: movie | Van Hohenheim | drama | introspective


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


Life, the Fullmetal Alchemist decided viciously, wasn't fair.

rated:K-S | S+S | Fullmetal | Ed/Roy | drama | introspective


She clung to him so tightly that his skin was white under her fingertips.

rated:M-L-S | M×F | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 40 | Rosé/Scar | angst | introspective | pwp


"We'll have you patched up in no time." Edward announced, slicing the leather into short, precise strips. It was irrational, but somehow Alphonse hated those words.

rated:K | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | general | introspective | Elric Kyoudai


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


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


The human body (or rather, the nearly-human homunculus body) is really an incredible thing.

rated:M-S | S×S | Fullmetal | mid-series | Lust | Sloth | introspective


And after all, no amount of rain can wash the blood away.

rated:G | GEN | Edward Elric | Roy Mustang | angst | introspective | redux


Grandfathers should want different things for their grandchildren, shouldn't they?

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | SP: ch 60 | Cdr Grumman | Riza Hawkeye | introspective


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


Lust had memories.  They were strange, confusing, painful.  But she thought maybe she remembered love.  Also hate.  They seemed, from her perspective, very much alike.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Lust | Sloth | Wrath | introspective | parenthood


Roy Mustang often looked back on his wedding night, recalling what he had thought about his subordinates; even now, they were his family, his safety, his friends.

rated:G | M×F | Fullmetal | post-series | Riza/Roy | introspective | sweet


The brush began its march through the sunbeam locks, from crown to tail, and Riza pressed her lips to them. "Until then."

rated:K-S | S×S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: ep 51 | Riza/Winry | introspective | sap | waff


Impress, they had told him. Make us see why we should choose you as one of our own.

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | pre-series | Roy Mustang | drama | introspective


Alphonse had thought that he must have the bravest brother in the world.

rated:K | S+S | Fullmetal | all-series | Alphonse Elric | Edward Elric | fluff | introspective | sweet


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


There are things he cannot allow Greed to do.

rated:G | S+S | Mangaverse | mid-series | SP: ch 54 | Greed | LanFan/Ling | general | introspective


Alfons is a scientific man, and Edward is his paradox.

rated:G | S+S | Shambhala | Ed/Alfons | introspective


Mustang is possessed, maybe, but not with the feverish intensity that will someday be the trademark of the Full Metal Alchemist.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | introspective


I know what I feel, I know what I think, and I don't need to chickenscratch the shit down and have the risk of it falling into the wrong hands.

rated:G | S+S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | introspective | sweet | Al/Ed


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

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


Death could come to Roy on his time. Appointment first. Lunch, maybe.

rated:K-V | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | Roy Mustang | Scar | angst | dark | drama | introspective


The feeling came more naturally than anything he'd known.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Envy | general | introspective


When the lines didn't matter, when the lungs weren't working in labor of sweet industry worlds, then it was so easy to see where they might be all born of the same blood.

rated:M-S | M×F S×S | Shambhala | post-series | SP: movie | Alfons Heiderich | Edward Elric | Van Hohenheim | age difference | dark | introspective


...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


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


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