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Internalized reminiscence by a character on a series of events.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Even so, you still are a manipulative bastard.

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


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


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


They were not used to being alone and when they were together they were not.

rated:M-L | S×S | Fullmetal | Al/Envy | drama | introspective


See him move, see him train, see him jump into that air and swing his leg in a complete arch before he lands heavily to the ground in a perfect execution of Sensei's teachings.

rated:K-S | S×S | Fullmetal | post-series | general | introspective | Al/Ed


Roy could order her to stay home and rest, but he couldn't keep her from cleaning.

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


Rubbing at a fading reminder of one such lesson on his left biceps, he hopes she appreciates what a formidable champion she’s gained.

rated:G | GEN | Shambhala | post-series | general | introspective | Elric Kyoudai


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


It was such a beautiful way to die.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | Sloth | drama | introspective | redux


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

rated:G | S×S | Shambhala | 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


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

rated:G | S×S | introspective | Al/Ed


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

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


His arms weren't big enough to encompass all of himself, and Edward always got the pieces that he couldn't reach.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | pre-series | general | introspective | Elric Kyoudai


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


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


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


She laughs readily, but no one else, he's sure, has ever seen the double-takes with which she greets his successful deadpan strikes.

rated:G | M×F | Fullmetal | introspective | Izumi/Sig


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


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


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


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


The question "Why learn?" always stops him; he cannot imagine not wanting to learn.

rated:G | GEN | Mangaverse | 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


Like other little girls, she wanted to be an actress, the heroine in her own perfect fairytale.

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


Winry muttered something Scieszka couldn't quite catch, brow furrowed as she leaned in to adjust something on the switchboard.

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | mid-series | SP: ep 50 | Czeska | Winry Rockbell | introspective | redux | sweet


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


"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


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


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


She feels like an intruder, eyes watching her from empty rooms, and every stair is a memory she dares not to disturb.

rated:M-L-V | GEN | angst | introspective


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


"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


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

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


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


You hide it well behind your bluster and your sulks, but the workings of your mind are at once cunningly devious and ruthlessly simple.

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


She could remember his voice, husky with tortured emotion, screaming a name, the name "Edward Elric..."

rated:G | GEN | Fullmetal | post-series | DF: ep 15 | Alicia Hughes | 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


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


Very few alchemists believed in God, but all of them believed in books.

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