warm and fuzzy, gentle, sweet, maybe a bit of sap.
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.
"Don't worry about it," he says bossily. "I know what to do. Give me the book--don't close it--ah, thanks."
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.
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.
Edward was like on a dog on a too-short leash, so close to the bone but unable to taste it.
Alphonse had thought that he must have the bravest brother in the world.
It doesnít disappoint, never does; Ed is standing on the corner when the car arrives, all sharp moody edges and obtrusively coloured blue shorts.
The sunrise is spectacular, and it is the first that Edward has been awake to see in years.
The desire to go wandering again, to never settle down... it worried Alphonse.
Roy had arched an eyebrow, cleared his throat. "Can I ask what it is about my hand that merits such an intense examination?"
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.
It is somewhat odd that two brothers can be so different, yet so close.
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.
His tone was all weary patience, as though explaining to a child why candy was out of the question until after dinner.
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.
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 wanted to be able to do something like that; tangle limbs and lips and know what it was like to not have a responsibility.
Wasn't young love grand, perfect as crystal, flawless as the summer overtures?
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.
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.
"Tall girls need not apply," Hughes read aloud, without even the trace of a smirk.
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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.
Edward had come into his life, taken over his life; and sometimes Roy wondered what was left of it for him.
Anything, she reflected, is worth seeing you so genuinely happy.
Roy could order her to stay home and rest, but he couldn't keep her from cleaning.
"Get out of the kitchen, brother," he snarled, waving the spatula threateningly. "I'm still cooking, damnit."
Usually when he wanted something he just took the steps he knew were necessary to getting it.
There were people here who did not run screaming when he whipped out a photo. Or five.
You're the only person on earth who will ever be able to read this message.
Winry muttered something Scieszka couldn't quite catch, brow furrowed as she leaned in to adjust something on the switchboard.
Itís February in Central. Thereís nothing better to do.
It was sure to be a disaster.
It was a lousy day, depressing and the color of the sky on his way home reminded Ed of the color of the Gate and he just felt helpless and sorry and lonely and bad.
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 ruse works; Ed dismisses him - with a harsh, impatient rejoinder that he isn't finished yet - and devotes his attention to his brother.
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.
"It's cheating," he declared at last, "To pick a fight while I ache."
"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 had been confused by the birthday present she received from Gracia, this year.
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.
It was a big world out there, full of more possibilities than either of them could dream of.
On Thursdays, Riza Hawkeye usually skipped the morning work and went to the office at noon.
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.
It was so terribly painful, really, the way he would smile when he was about to cry.
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.
Between Ed's commanding presence and the fact that Al had been an impressively large suit of spiked armor, it had been hard to get to know him much.