warm and fuzzy, gentle, sweet, maybe a bit of sap.
"That's what you said last time. And the time before that. And," he added, dragging the feather upward with maddening slowness, "The time before that."
Winry muttered something Scieszka couldn't quite catch, brow furrowed as she leaned in to adjust something on the switchboard.
There was a lot to be said for experimentation, Ed thought later, when Al was curled up in his arms as Winry fussed in the bathroom.
He had never dared to dream that things could get better, astounded as he'd been by the way air tasted spilling over his tongue...
When Havoc came back from lunch, he wondered why Hawkeye was picking up scattered papers with a small and warm smile on her face.
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.
He even dragged out his Best Manners for the occasion, the ones his mother had taught him so long ago.
You're the only person on earth who will ever be able to read this message.
The desire to go wandering again, to never settle down... it worried Alphonse.
There were precious few memories remaining, now, dimmed with the passage of time and the years that heíd spent lacking a flesh body, but he kept them close to him all the same.
He wanted to be able to do something like that; tangle limbs and lips and know what it was like to not have a responsibility.
Too many more nights of excuses are going to drive him from appropriately celibate to stark raving mad.
His friend is blushing, ashamed to be seen in such a condition - and this is not new, either, this is not new at all.
Anything, she reflected, is worth seeing you so genuinely happy.
"I want to bring father back for her," Al had whispered the week before Christmas fell.
This new life was staggering - more so, the feel of Alphonse's shoulder, warm and flesh beneath his cheek as the train lurched out of the station.
He looks like he wants to scold Ed for swearing, but is afraid to; at the thought, Ed forces his expression to soften, and gives his little brother a wan smile.
It was so, so much easier just to go hungry than to try their hands at something she'd done so well.
It was a pleasant thing, warm and innocently tender.
"Oh, what would YOU know? said Winry. "You've never looked at a girl in your life."
"Oh, hello, brother." Alphonse flashed the smaller boy a smile, startled but pleased. "I didnít hear you come outside."
Al can see his handwriting -- which closely resembles the marks a tap-dancing spider might make if it fell in an ink pot first.
It was sure to be a disaster.
"Don't worry about it," he says bossily. "I know what to do. Give me the book--don't close it--ah, thanks."
More than once already, Edward had regretted turning down the offer of a ride home, despite the fact that the little house he shared with Alphonse was nowhere near where Havoc lived.
His tone was all weary patience, as though explaining to a child why candy was out of the question until after dinner.
Edward had come into his life, taken over his life; and sometimes Roy wondered what was left of it for him.
It is snowing in earnest by the time the fire has begun to burn low, but neither boy wants to move to add more wood.
Theirs is a strange relationship--they know so little about each other--but somehow it's okay, as though knowledge would throw a spanner in the works.
There were people here who did not run screaming when he whipped out a photo. Or five.
The water streamed clear and icy through his fingers- and all at once he straightened, laughing, to flick the last few drops into his brotherís face.
Wasn't young love grand, perfect as crystal, flawless as the summer overtures?
"Tall girls need not apply," Hughes read aloud, without even the trace of a smirk.
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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.
The sunrise is spectacular, and it is the first that Edward has been awake to see in years.
It was a big world out there, full of more possibilities than either of them could dream of.
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.
Winry had been confused by the birthday present she received from Gracia, this year.
Alphonse had thought that he must have the bravest brother in the world.
Roy had arched an eyebrow, cleared his throat. "Can I ask what it is about my hand that merits such an intense examination?"
That was unacceptable. Anger was to be expected; disgust was not allowed.
It is to such a morning that Alphonse wakes up, light pouring in through the blinds and over the bed sheets.
Tenderly, Ed's flesh fingers threaded into hair that he had created — short and bronze-gold, the same downy texture that he'd recalled from childhood.
Roy could order her to stay home and rest, but he couldn't keep her from cleaning.
It doesnít disappoint, never does; Ed is standing on the corner when the car arrives, all sharp moody edges and obtrusively coloured blue shorts.
"Get out of the kitchen, brother," he snarled, waving the spatula threateningly. "I'm still cooking, damnit."
It was only after the sheer sensation had abated — only when he felt on solid enough ground to focus on the subtleties of life once more — that the habit began to catch his attention.
Usually when he wanted something he just took the steps he knew were necessary to getting it.
There is no way Alfons knows what he does to him.