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Before

#02—Hero

"An emperor," his mother once told him, "has no time to be a hero."

#26—Ice

Lan Fan pretends not to see him practice an icy, imperial glare.

#04—Box

She will not let herself smile while watching him spar against invisible opponents before his formal training.

#34—Formal

For a young prince, there is no fun in formality.

#16—Cover

A guard's mask covers many things, but not everything.

#42—Talk

He talks, and talks, and talks, and talks, and talks...and she listens.

#20—Talent

Putting up with him, Ling laughs, is truly her talent.

#27—Fall

She will not catch him, she tells herself, because he will not fall.

#19—Candle

With her standing guard, Ling can blow out the candle and fear no darkness.

Amestris

#35—Fever

To give one's self up to another's dreams and desires is to burn with their fever.

#24—Strength

He fights, and she fights, and together they are strength upon strength.

#15—Silk

He would not trade armor for silk.

#33—World

At this moment, in these streets, Ling's world is that which his sword can reach, that which he holds in his arms.

#05—Run

There is no shame in running; survival has its own glory.

#46—Gravity

She pushes herself up from his back, trying, she hopes, to ease her weight on his shoulder.

#08—Cold

Lan Fan's weight suddenly shifts, and he goes cold.

#21—Silence

Ling calls her name, fears only silence.

#14—Music

Her ragged breathing more than music.

#09—Red

Lan Fan looks to her left and sees nothing but Young Master's ruined jacket, ruined and red.

#30—Body

She has just enough blood to blush a little when Young Master is sent outside so the doctor can cut off her shirt.

#07—Wings

One year, she thinks as she looks at her useless body in Dr. Knox's mirror and wishes time had wings.

#10—Drink

"It's a bitter drink sometimes," the lieutenant tells her as they drive away from the fight.

#23—Fire

To her, the Philosopher's Stone is blood and fire: his fire, her blood.

#06—Hurricane

To him, the Philosopher's Stone is power and pure energy, a storm of possibility.

#01—Ring

Alphonse explains further, but at this moment, there is nothing but the message in Lan Fan's hand, the ringing in her ears.

#17—Promise

They are bound not by a guard's oath or a prince's declaration, but a promise between two young people.

Greed

#43—Search

Neither knew the searching would be easier than the finding.

#18—Dream

In her dreams, he strides through the palace, grand as any king, though in the next moment, he melts away.

#41—Wait

They disregard their own wait as they struggle toward each other.

#03—Memory

He keeps the memory of her to himself, as much as he can in a place like this.

#50—Breathe

"Does she breathe for you?" Greed asks.

#37—Lies

Greed may not tell lies, but Ling will if he has to.

#13—View

He watches Greed watch her.

#12—Temptation

"Why not?" asks Greed.

#47—Highway

"If there was no high road, no honor, no reason for restraint," Greed continues, "what would you do?"

#31—Sacred

There are promises he will not let Greed break.

#48—Unknown

She sees his familiar face, but does not know his eyes.

#29—Dance

Whatever Greed says, she will not follow his lead.

#28—Forgotten

The prince and his guard share a childhood memory that is neither spoken of, nor forgotten.

#45—Eclipse

By the set of his shoulders, the rhythm of his breathing, she can tell who has eclipsed whom in Young Master's body.

#22—Journey

She raises her face, determined that this journey will not end with a homunculus' grin.

And then...

#25—Mask

And then, and then, Ling takes off her mask.

#39—Overwhelmed

She does not know how to answer when he asks what she wants.

#44—Hope

There are things she does not hope, even if they are offered freely to her.

#49—Lock

They discover cages long locked with unspoken words and unshared smiles.

#40—Whisper

And although, what passes between them is only a whisper, it is nothing less than breath upon breath.

Immortality

#38—Forever

Now, he has forever, but she does not.

#36—Laugh

He doesn't think he laughs enough for both of them.

#32—Farewells

He will not think of the farewell he must one day say to her.

#11—Midnight.

And one midnight, the emperor looks up to see there is no moon in his sky.