Fanfiction: Full Metal Alchemist (SPOILERS)

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    WARNING: Yep. I'm posting it like this rather than *.rtf because, well, I felt like it o_O Read this DISCLAIMER below, first, and enjoy ;)

    DISCLAIMER: Full Metal Alchemist is property of Hiromu Arakawa/SquarEnix. I claim no rights to characters except original ones contained herein. This story cannot be taken as original concept/cannon to FMA created by SE. It's merely my idea of adding closure to the story's end as of the movie The Conquerer of Shambala. I found leaving no closure for Winry out in the cold very dissatisfying, so this is to clear up a few loose threads. This is written as a movie rather than a full season/chapter addition. On that note, SPOILERS >_>;


    Full Metal Alchemist:
    Fate, Alchemy, and Bridges

    The following are desensitized, edited miliary reports... Thick, black lines riddle the reports where sensitive material lies. The first has the black lines, primarily, scattered whereas the second has them, for the most part, clumped at the end. For ease of reading, black lines have been removed and flow restored.

    Report...General Roy Mustang, The Flame Alchemist
    Submitted by...Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye
    Concerning...Gate, Homunculi, Fuhrer King Bradley

    Due to the efforts of both General Roy Mustang and Full Metal, it was discovered that Fuhrer King Bradley was dead long before flames engulfed his mansion. This is possible because of the Forbidden Alchemy, Human Alchemy. Edward Elric, also known as The Full Metal Alchemist, discovered the existence of puppets, known as Homunculi, due to his research into both Human Alchemy and the Philosopher's Stone. The imposter thought to be Fuhrer King Bradley was actually the Homunculus Pride.

    General Roy Mustang is a hero! He should be immediately reinstated into the military! He has served -this- state with loyalty and dedication, even when Pride ordered war against the non-enemy tribe of Ishbal! He suffered deep, irreversible psychological scarring, and I witnessed it every single day I served under him. I witnessed it every time he sent the Elric brothers into situations he -knew- served the State! They are not traitors. They are the reason this State still exists!

    The third subject of this report is the Gate. It is believed that the Gate is a portal between two worlds. According to Edward Elric, Full Metal, the world connected through the Gate is one of divergent technology. It is a world where Alchemy never developed. It is a world where machines have been given flight. It is a world where what Alchemists are capable of is considered myth and magic. Flame has indicated that he destroyed our side of the gate and left it to the Elrics to destroy the other. It is impossible to know if Edward and Alphonse have been successful. Flame indicates that his task was completed.

    The level of infiltration within the military is absolutely scary. Not only was the Fuhrer a Homunculus, but his secretary was one known as Sloth. They were controlled by a one Dante, a woman believed to have lived for four-hundred years. Under her command were also Homunculi known as Lust, Gluttony, Envy, and Wrath. One known as Greed also appears to have been under the command of Dante, but such rumors cannot be confirmed.

    Lior and Ishbal, both, were victims of the greedy ambitions of Dante and the Homunculi.



    Report...General Roy Mustang, The Flame Alchemist
    Submitted by...Consulate
    Concerning...Reinstatement

    After reviewing Lieutenant Hawkeye's suggestion, it is our opinion that former General Roy Mustang should be reinstated as State Alchemist Flame. It is also our opinion that The Flame Alchemist has displayed a level of loyalty and dedication most befitting the new Fuhrer. We call for the immediate recall and promotion of General Roy Mustang to the rank of Fuhrer Roy Mustang. We also demand research into returning Edward and Alphonse Elric to this world. We cannot lose such heroes from this world. We have also heard rumors that the world beyond the Gate is one seeming much turmoil. We have also heard rumors that Uranium, a forbidden element, has been transported there. We fear what this element may do in the world and the repercussions in ours.​



    ...............End Transmission



    Central. Ishbal. Lior. The list could go on, but all celebrate Roy Mustang, The Flame Alchemist's return as, not only a military officer, but Fuhrer! He still wears the eye-patch, a permanent reminder and scar of his battle with King Bradley, the Elrics' fight against the Homunculi, and his inability to recognize the ambitions of the fake Fuhrer before losing those kids. He still hasn't forgiven himself for destroying the Gate before finding a way to get Edward and Alphonse back to this side. He, most of all, hated to face Winry again. After he killed both her parents, now he's lost Full Metal and his brother.

    Still. He wears a smile and waves to the crowds gathered around. He isn't surprised to see Rose among the crowd, waving the hand of her son, but seeing Winry there brings true surprise to his face. Hawkeye and Armstrong smile as they see her. They are happy to see a true smile on her face, hope shining in her eyes, even after all this. She hasn't let go of hope. She hasn't let go of the possibility that her Ed will return to her and bring Al along with him. Mustang's smile turns into that smirk he's so famous for, and a few girls in the audience swoon...giving Hawkeye a headache. She so wants to shoot somebody right now! Still. She blushes as she eyes Mustang in the rear-view of the motorcade. She'd enjoy remaining his secretary.

    Ishbal has enjoyed a steady peace with Central and the Alchemists. They have differing belief systems, but they have rediscovered coexistence. The Ishbal tribesmen have even begun re-accepting those exiled for practicing the “devil's artâ€, Alchemy. There's still a long road ahead, but, at least with Roy Mustang at the helm, there's room to stretch. The Ishbal leader grew to like the curious Full Metal. The Ishbal people even began to accept him as a brother, even if he was an Alchemist. Roy Mustang became a common thread, so there are Ishbal tribesman within even this audience in Central.

    Once the Fuhrer Introduction Parade is over, Mustang finds time to relax before the celebratory feast, in the alley near the building where it is to take place. There's somebody he needs to talk to. Rockbell. A name he has feared since killing two doctors in Ishbal by that name is one that he must now seek. He comes to a halt, however, as she comes running towards him, all grins as she waves her right arm in the air in eager greetings. “Uh...? Hello Winry...†Roy uneasily states. Her wide grin quickly disperses quite a bit of his anxiety as he breaths a sigh of relief.

    “Hello Roy!†Winry's obviously comfortable in using the new Fuhrer's familiar name. As she comes to a halt, she interlaces the fingers of each of her hands behind her back and leans forward, slightly. It's apparent to any watching, like Lieutenant Hawkeye in the shadows, that the young Rockbell is not nearly as uncertain of why she feels she respects Mustang as she once was. As she continues, even he begins to see that. “I know they're alive, and I know they have a great deal of respect for you. That's why they gave you such a difficult task.â€

    Mustang smirks as he watches the young woman show her wisdom and maturity. It's no wonder Full Metal is so enamored with her. “Yeah. It's hard to believe they're on the other side with no way to return.†Winry shakes her head with a smile and eyes closed. “No... They'll be back.†She sounds so confident, so sure. There's no doubt, no question in her eyes. Knowing her, knowing her connection to the boys, even Mustang must admit that her hope is contagious. Hawkeye, even without being able to see Winry's eyes, can feel the light radiating from them.

    With a sigh, Mustang lowers his head and rolls his shoulders in surrender. “You're strong, Winry.†Then Hawkeye reveals herself with a light clearing of her throat. She comes up behind Mustang and places a hand on his right shoulder. “Somebody has to be, for those boys. They need her, and you, to be strong for them!†With a chuckles, Mustang places his left hand on her right, now rested on his shoulder. This brings flush to her cheeks; though, she looks away to hide some of it. “You're right. They'll find a way.â€

    Winry smiles widely as she turns around, on her heels, and begins walking away...leaving Mustang and Hawkeye alone, in silence as she enters the building. They are surprised enough at her departure that they remain still for several, long moments. After several moments of silence, they realize that they are still standing there...alone...Mustang's hand on Hawkeye's on his shoulder... Faces flush with crimson, Mustang clears his throat as he moves both hands to straighten his suit before taking a few steps forward. He curses, inwardly, at how well Winry just played them. However, he smirks as he sighs and looks over his shoulder at Hawkeye. “Coming?†is his simple question as he continues towards the celebration feast. “Yes, sir!†she calls as she follows.

    Inside, Sheska bumrushes Winry only to hug her dear friend. Winry blinks at the warm embrace her friend has to offer. “Oh Sheska, has it really been that long?†The eccentric librarian pulls away with tears in her eyes and nods with a “Yes!†Winry giggles as she takes the girl by the hand and rushes a buffet table. “Well then! Let's eat!†Sheska is relieved to see her friend in such an eager mood, not worrying over the fate of the Elric brothers. About the time that the girls are beginning to fill their respective plates with various buffet items, Mustang and Hawkeye enter with a wide, loud swing of the entrance doors. The female Lieutenant follows closely behind the new Fuhrer. Both Winry and Sheska smile as they enter, and the room erupts in applause.

    The feast and festivities start with the approach of leaders from various nations, neighboring the State. Ishbal's leader also approaches, along with leaders of various areas within the State. Mustang's smile betrays his interest in peace. Hawkeye keeps a watch out for any guests who may think Flame not up to the task or his ideals to be too peaceful, in other words...assassins. She won't let anything happen to Fuhrer Roy Mustang, Flame Alchemist!


    Chapter 1
    The Other Side of the Gate

    A boy with his blond hair tied in a ponytail, no older than ten or eleven years old, lays on a bed with his right leg crossed over his left knee, raised in the air. There's light music playing in the background, classical Beethoven, and the boy's right foot sways with the beat. It's apparent that a radio's putting out the tune. The window in the room is wide open, showing a lovely view of Paris, specifically the Eiffel Tower. “Al!†The sudden outburst from downstairs brings the boy, Alphonse, out of his daydream. He rolls over on the bed and looks towards the stairs as Edward's, whom Al now looks like a younger version of, head emerges from the horizon created by the stair coming up to the floor. “What is it, Ed?â€

    “It's time to go.†With a smile, Ed points downstairs with his thumb over his shoulder. “Noa's ready to leave, too.†Al smiles and nods his head as he jumps out of bed. It's time to leave Paris. There were no leads on the element they've been tracking down. They have no idea where that alchemist has gotten to, but they both know they have to get the Uranium before the war starts. Adolf Hitler, Fuhrer of the Third Reich, is already starting the second stage of his plan from behind bars. “How much longer do you think we have, brother?â€

    Ed heaves a sigh at his little brother's question. They'd seen the results of this next war through the eyes of the Gate. He still wishes he didn't have to destroy the Gate. He wants to see Winry, Den, Granny, Riza, Sheska, Rose, Ross, Breda, Havoc, Farman, Fuery, Armstrong, and even Mustang. He still has a score to settle with Psiren. The thoughts of all the friends they'd made and adventures they'd had finally brings a smile to his face as he answers. “I'd say a few more years, still.†Ed seems about ready to continue before he hears Noa, 'yelling' up the stairs, hurrying them along. “You two coming?â€

    Ed lets out a laugh as he turns around and starts heading downstairs, indicating for Al to follow. “Come on, Al! We mustn't keep the lady waiting. You know how Gypsies are.†Ed gives Al a wink as exactly what he expected to happen, well, happens! He's whapped over the head by a gingerly insulted Noa. Of course, it was mock insult at Ed's meaningless statement. She eyes him, nonetheless, as Al emerges from upstairs, shaking his head with his right hand over it. “You just have to keep the sarcastic tongue, do you brother?†They all have a good laugh, at that, before making their way outside the house.

    The scene outside is a busy one, even for a late afternoon in Paris. There's a military parade today, a show of power. Perhaps it has something to do with the first World War. The Elrics know it was only the first, and they know the second is coming soon. They just can't say anything. They can't go around predicting the future. Al allows himself a moment to bask in the sun as Ed looks at the French military ride through town. He lets out a huff at this. “Reminds me of Bradley's showmanship.†which, of course, Ed still hates. Noa, meanwhile, procures transportation out of the city and to their next destination.

    “You know, brother. We've been traveling for a few months to get here to Paris... Why go back to Germany, now?†Even as his face still is directed towards the sun, Al makes sure to ask the question that's been bugging his mind. “Because, Al, that's where rockets and jets have already been built, successful or not.†Ed looks at his younger brother as he straightens a few stray strands of hair. “I picked up a lead on some military stuff going on here in France, but these guys are too concerned with showing off and putting up a front to be housing the guy we're looking for.â€

    Al quirks his brow at this. “That may be true, brother, but every country on this planet would love to get their hands on his research.†Ed is about to respond, but he's interrupted by Noa...again. “Ed! Al! It's time to go.†Passersby warily eye Noa and the Gypsies in the transport she just came from, even Ed and Al when they notice those two are traveling with. Al sighs as he notices this. “It's the same story wherever we go... It's like we're Ishbalans walking through Central...†Though disheartened, Ed smiles as he pats his brother on the back. “Aw! Don't looks so glum! Gypsy or Ishbal, they're great people.†Al smiles with a simple, “You're right!â€

    “Hurry!†yells Noa as the Gypsies start to grow as anxious as the driver. Ed and Al's eyes go wide, a bit surprised, as they look at each other, embarrassed. They are in a hurry, and they're just wasting time chit-chatting. “Coming!†they both call as they rush the transport. They hop in just as the driver hits the gas...and they're off towards Germany, once more. It'll be a long, several days in fact, drive north, but it'll be wroth it. The instant they are out of Paris, the Gypsies begin to sing and, in limited fashion, dance.

    However, amongst the revelry, a dark shadow looms overhead. Just over the clouds, a consciousness is keeping tabs on the Elrics. One they had thought dead, consumed in an alchemic reaction, still lurks...a resentment that will not die with them in this world. Edward looks to the sky as he feels something... To him, it feels...dark...and it smells of blood. One word is whispered, barely escaping his lips. “Hohenheim?†“Brother? Did you say something?†Al looks to his brother with concern. He heard a noise, but he couldn't make out what was said. “It's nothing, Al...†Even as Ed says this, he seems distracted. He looks to the sky, as if trying to see past the cloudy cover.
     
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    bamthedoc King Endymion

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    Chapter 2
    Life Goes On

    The skies over Central are calm, blue, and sunny. It almost seems like nothing could disrupt this peaceful day. The introduction ceremonies quickly break into talks. Ishbal's leader talks to Mustang, behind closed doors, to represent his people and their pleas. Meanwhile... Winry and Sheska walk the streets of Central, and they happen across the construction site for the new Central Library. Perhaps is was Sheska's own desire to see it, but it seems more like happenchance even to her. They stop in front of it and just stare. Winry smiles and turns to her friend. “Why did you keep your job with the State?â€

    Sheska blinks out of her trance to look at the blond mechanic. “Huh?†Winry giggles as she indicates the library with a slight nod of her head. “You were a librarian first, right? Why keep your job with the State?†Sheska heaves a sigh as her shoulder droops. “Hughes... At first...it was my way of avenging him, to help Full Metal gather information around his death and find those responsible... Now...†Sheska's mood brightens, slightly, as she looks up to the bright sky. “I stay because of his family he left behind! Gracia and Elycia!†Winry smiles and nods, and both look back to the library. The scaffolding looks quite solid as the building continues its slow, steady growth...

    Sheska's eyes slowly take on a dreamy look, thoughts of the books this new Central Library would b e filled with filling her head. Winry knows that eccentric look and gives a nervous chuckle. She sighs, however, as she turns to begin walking; Sheska immediately following or not. However, a shadow quickly passing overhead takes her attention to the sky where she sees something she'd never thought to see again... One of those winged machines flies overhead, and she feels an ominous foreboding. It's as if she could feel that neither Edward nor Alphonse had returned to this side of the gate. Quietly she whispers, “Edward...please come back.†Sheska's still enthralled with the unfinished library, so she hasn't noticed a thing.

    Chapter 3
    Sightings

    “I think that can be arranged.†Mustang generously tells a grateful Ishbal representative. They shake hands, and the purple-eyed man has but one thing to say. “Thank-you.†Though he was called the “Hero of Ishbalâ€, the representative seems genuinely pleased to be dealing with the Flame Alchemist. Mustang just seems pleased to have the whole mess behind him and the State. Just as his mouth is opening to say something else, Hawkeye bursts through the door with wide-eyes. “Unknown forces have just...LANDED!†Being nowhere near the ocean, this brings a look of surprise to both Mustang and his Ishbal guest.

    “Wha...?†Mustang looks at Hawkeye, a bit dumbfounded. “Pardon me, sir. I have something to deal with.†The Ishbal representative nods as he invites the new Fuhrer to leave. Mustang smirks as he understands, perfectly. The talks can wait, and he rushes out, lead by Hawkeye. When they exit the building, they come to a halt seeing Winry and Sheska waiting for them there. They both look worried, and Mustang generally knows what that means. They are perceptive, and that worries him. He heaves a sigh. “I take it you two saw the...unknown forces?†Winry nods before Sheska blurts out... “They were some...mechanical things! Like...what came out of the Gate!†To this, Hawkeye and Mustang take a step aback. They were barely able to drive flying craft the last time, and it took Full Metal and Al to do that!

    “What's going on, Flame?†Hawkeye eyes Mustang thinking back to the incident not too long ago. It's been months, but that scrap heap of armor is still fresh in everybody's mind. He sighs as he tries to come up with an answer. “I don't know, Hawkeye. I just...don't know.†“Uh...Roy?†Winry waits for Mustang to look at her before continuing. “They landed, and some people started getting out. They haven't attacked...maybe it's diplomatic?†Mustang gets a nervous look on his face. “I hope you're right, Ms. Rockbell... I hope you're right.†Heaving a sigh, he straightens his uniform and begins to walk in the direction the three ladies indicated the flying machines had landed. Hawkeye and Sheska follow him, but he makes sure to have some MP officers keep Winry from following. He almost has to chuckle. She'll find a way to follow if she really wants to.

    Chapter 4
    Dangerous Dance

    The Gypsies Ed and Al are traveling with make it through checkpoints easily enough, especially after they started traveling with a circuses. Several Gypsies get on and off along the way, some staying to perform at various circuses or to make some money in street performances. Ed, Al, and Noa are the only three staying on a pretty straight track, even if they do have to hop from one transport to another from time to time. “We should be reaching Germany in a few hours.†Noa sounds confident in telling the brothers this, but she is slightly discouraged when she sees Ed so lost in thought that he didn't even hear her. When Al sees her looking, he can only shrug in response. He has no idea what's going on.

    “I wonder how...Winry's doing?†Ed speaks absentmindedly as he looks into the sky, blocking the sun from his face with his right arm. The automail, covered in synthetic skin, just reminds him of his mechanic. She's the only one who ever made automail he could appreciate, and her repairs were top-notch. This one he's wearing wasn't even on par with the worst, certified automail mechanic because of the clashing technology of this world. “I'm sure she's fine, brother. She probably misses you, though.†Ed blinks as his attention is drawn away from his daydream. He looks at Al with a confused look on his face. “She hasn't seen you in quite some time, brother.†Ed sighs at Al's latest response.

    “You know we can't go back, Al.†Ed seems to know this as if it were absolute fact. Noa sighs and looks down. She wanted to go to their world too, but her look betrays something else. There is a light glint of jealousy in her eyes, but she remains silent. She'd let the brothers talk. “You're wrong, brother!†Al almost slams his fists into the bed of the transport. “I know you, brother! You'll find a way back!†“Al... Don't you think he feels bad enough?†Noa looks surprised that she said anything, especially as she covers her mouth with her hands. Ed sighs as he figures he may as well answer the accusations. “No. He's right, Noa. I'm just letting him down, but I really don't know how we're going to get ba...â€

    Ed is interrupted as their transportation is slammed by something. Barely able to grasp something as the truck begins to role, he looks to see if Al and Noa are safe. He can't even give a sigh of relief as up becomes down, and they are all forced to let go as they come hard onto the ground. The transport, however, doesn't stop and barrels down a nearby slope. Ed rubs the back of his head as he tries to recover, but, as he opens his eyes, shock takes front stage on his face. He blinks, as if disbelieving his eyes. “You?!â€

    Al and Noa are at a loss for words. Noa had seen the creature before, but Al hadn't seen him like this. “Who is it, brother?†After a short pause, Al rethinks not asking his next question and goes ahead. “What is it?†The creature, a long, sinuous dragon, rears back his head as he lets out a loud laugh. “I am Envy, dear brother Alphonse.†Though the creature speaks, its mouth barely moves up and down. Ed looks angry as he grasps some grass. “Impossible! I saw you consumed in that alchemy reaction!†Envy almost has to laugh. “You have me wrong, dear brother. It was Hohenheim whom was the components in that reaction. Besides, the Gate didn't hold up its end of the bargain.†Ed looks surprised as he looks up at Envy, slight tears beading from his eyes. “Wha...What bargain?â€

    Envy lets out a throaty laugh. “I never wanted to see you again. I never wanted you back in this world. If the Gate would do that, I would return willingly.†Ed sighs. “That's too bad, Envy. I destroyed this side of the gate, and I can promise you that Roy destroyed the other.†Envy, once more, erupts in laughter, and Ed is flustered by this. Does this Homunculus really want to just get on his nerves?! About to respond, Ed is surprised as Al does instead. “What's so funny?! It's really hurting brother that he can't get back!†Envy stops laughing as he looks at the two, Ed and Al. “Isn't it obvious? I'm still here.â€

    “So what?!†Ed is about ready to see if he can pull this dragon's throat out! He stands up and brandishes his automail, balling his right hand into a fist. “So...that means that the Gate is still usable.†These words are enough to send shock and surprise to both Ed and Al's faces. Noa looks at the brothers and realizes that they'd be doing whatever they could to return to the other side. “Brother! That means...†Al is stopped short as Ed nearly yells. “No! We have to stop the Uranium first!†It's becoming more obvious that Envy is finding this whole thing hilarious as he, once more, begins laughing. “You think it's that simple? The Gate is the link between our worlds. Who knows who created it? Energy flows through it to keep things balanced. Souls flow through it and are created within it to keep time flowing forward.â€

    “Wait...†Ed's anger seems to have subsided. He's now more astonished than anything else. “You're saying...no force can destroy the Gate? It's...some sort of bridge between our two worlds... It's the ultimate expression of Equivalent Exchange?†If dragons could smirk, that's what Envy would be doing right now. “Precisely, brother. Without it, the worlds would become extremely unbalanced and...life would end.†Ed sighs as he accepts what quite possibly could be called defeat. “I need to find the Alchemist who brought Uranium to this world.†“No. You need to leave before I decide to eat you and not be so generous as to eat you!†Envy seems serious, but Ed simply becomes angered again. “What are you, a fool?! That is a Forbidden Element for a reason!â€

    “Brother...†Al tries to calm his brother, but all he gets is an angry look. Ed sighs and rubs the bridge of his nose with his left hand. “I'm sorry, Al.†Envy just laughs, and that brings the ire of both brothers. Noa's just confused. “What are you talking about?†Envy stops laughing as he looks straight at her, now explaining exactly what the brothers want to hear...need to hear. “Uranium was brought here by an Alchemist driven mad by his own ambitions. Ed wants to stop it because of the damage he has already seen, thanks to the Gate, that it will cause. What they don't realize is that...that much energy coming from Human Transmutation causes a great deal of change.â€

    Ed looks at Envy curiously. His attention is now caught. “What do you mean?†Envy turns his full attention to Ed. “Several Forbidden Elements are now naturally occurring, including Uranium.†Al's eyes go wide. “No!†is the only response he can give as he realizes the potential harm that could have. Envy continues to focus his attention on Ed, even as he answers the unspoken question. “Equivalent Exchange, the absolute law of your world, is about to be made into scientific theory here! That is what causes those massive explosions, the mushroom-shaped clouds, you saw in the vision the Gate gave you.†Ed slams a fist into the ground, cursing. “You're trying to say that we can't stop it...aren't you?†Envy grins, if that's even possible, as he comes to know the situation. “Exactly. The person your hunting no longer exists. His knowledge melded with another in this world. He's not evil. He's not mad. He simply wants to help this world, and his aid will end the coming war...even if he regrets it.â€

    Ed sighs. “I still need to find him first! I have to stop it...somehow...†Al looks at Ed with a saddened expression. The desire to stop the Forbidden Element from making its way any further into this world is the whole reason he came back here in the first place, with every intention of leaving Winry and Al behind. Ed isn't trying to be a hero... He's just trying to do what is right. “You can't stop his dream, Envy!†Al suddenly yelling out startles both Ed and Noa, and they look at him. Envy slowly turns his attention to the younger brother. “I didn't stop it. That Alchemist's greed did He no longer exists because he wanted war in your world, and his ambitions will now end war in this one.†Ed looks at Envy confused. That's the second time he mentioned that. “End? How can killing so many end the war?†Envy looks at Ed, and there is a proud air surrounding him...like he's smirking. “Wouldn't you like to know?
     
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    Magikarp BattleForums Senior Member

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    I don't think anyone wants to read Full Metal Alchemist fanfiction.
     
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    cnbrood BattleForums Junior Member

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    eee...maybe it's a good story.but for me,it's too difficult to read.I need to consult a dictionary
     
  5. bamthedoc

    bamthedoc King Endymion

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    Leviathan: Shove off ;) You never know who might like a good story, and I know plenty of FMA fans.

    cnbrood: I understand. I think Mandrin would be your native tongue?
     
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    Arkillo The best of both worlds

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    Eh, FMA was pretty much done after the movie and series...:-/
     
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    Great thus far. You still working on this?
     
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    bamthedoc King Endymion

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    Unfortunately, two things happened in rapid succession that caused me to lose a great deal of story (thus time). Those two events were somebody hacking the forums so that a lot of data was lost and my 60 GB hard drive going corrupt. I had up to about Chapter 7 or 9 posted on BattleForums, and I was all the way to Chapter 10 or 11 in the document saved on the hard drive. If BattleForums hadn't have been mutilated, I would have been at a more recoverable spot. If my hard drive hadn't gone the way of the dodo, I would be able to repost what was lost.

    I have to try to make it up before I can post any more ;_;

    To answer the question though... I am trying.
    As well as a new, more accurate Sailor Moon fanfiction :ninja:
     
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    x42bn6 Retired Staff

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    Now why on Earth would you use these "stable" forums as storage?*
     
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    bamthedoc King Endymion

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    I wasn't. I was saying if the either had happened individually; I'd have been fine.
     
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    Alright. I was just curious. It was great story up to where you stopped. :) That's some very unfortunate circumstances. >.<
     
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    bamthedoc King Endymion

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    A note is absolutely required before reading this next part! The actual series and subsequent movie never gave a specific time frame reference. That said, any reference to well-known historical figures is based on implication and hypothetical information. As the DISCLAIMER warns, none of this can be taken as Full Metal Alchemist cannon. It is not meant to be, and in fact new characters that are MY property will be receiving introductions starting from here.

    Now that you've read this, the coming chapters and some previous will make more sense (especially starting in a chapter included in the next installment).
     
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    Chapter 5
    The Landing​

    Keeping out of sight from behind a boulder and dried-out, old tree with Hawkeye and Sheska, Mustang heaves a drawn out sigh as he shuffles his hands in his pockets. The material of his gloves reassures him of both his status and reputation. On the other hand, Sheska is nervously jittery. She can’t believe how easily he was able to get away from town without an escort. Hawkeye may be here, but she doesn’t seem as so sure of that as support. While Sheska’s lost in thought, Mustang breaks the silence. “That one over there looks like the commander.†A nod of his head indicates the man he’s talking about. What strikes the girls is how similar he looks to a certain alchemist that complains about being called short. That would be Edward Elric. This man looks like a taller version of the boy. Except he’s wearing a green uniform with yellow highlights and his hair is more silver in color.

    Hawkeye takes a closer look at the troops as they are being ordered around. “It’s a clear military structure, sir.†Mustang nods. “Yeah. I don’t like it.†Then Sheska has something to say as she points out a short, rounded-out man in proper suit and tie. He looks civilian. “He seems out of place.†Hawkeye quickly grabs her and pulls her back into a safe hiding spot. “Ssh. We don’t want to be noticed.†Mustang smirks and chuckles. “Not yet at least.†As he says that though, the civilian-looking gentleman and commander exchange a few words and look to where they’re hiding. The three of them quickly try to conceal themselves better using the vantage place they’d chosen. “Do you think they spotted us, sir?†Hawkeye gives Mustang a concerned glance, and she notices him nod his head.

    As the gentleman and commander move towards the three of them, the civilian looking one puts on a pair of shades, effectively blocking his eyes from view. The commander speaks up, in a coarse, war-torn voice. “You can come out. We were expecting some onlookers, and we have no hostile intentions.†Hawkeye then hears and sees exactly what she’d expect and fear, Mustang and his usual, quick tongue. He comes into clear view, hands in pocket, in an almost mocking manner. “Is that so?†He pauses. “…and with such an interesting advance force? Might I know the name of the man I have the pleasure of speaking with.â€

    The fact that the request was made as a blunt statement brings a smirk to the commander’s face as he hears his own soldiers rush with weapons ready. When they see a sign from their commander to stand down, they reluctantly do so. Mustang notes that not a single one hesitated for more than an instant. That confirms that he’s definitely talking to the top brass of this outfit. That’s when he hears the commander speak up again. “I would be General Spartan Isovar, also Reagent of Corsair.†Before Mustang can respond, Isovar continues. “You appear to be Lieutenant Colonel Roy Mustang, Flame Alchemist of the Alchemy State, and Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye, his personal liaison and assistant. Let me introduce you to my personal liaison and assistant…†He pauses as he indicates the civilian gentlemen. “…Lucifer.â€

    Chapter 6
    Cruel Fate​

    Ed wears a scowl as his fists hit the table he, Al, and Noa are sitting at. That brings additional attention to them from the already wary tavern patrons. Not exactly wanting the attention, the two try nervously to calm him down. “We still have some time to think, brother.†Noa pauses, feeling the scornful eyes from those around them. She can’t find the strength to speak as she slowly closes her eyes and sighs. “Yeah right!†Ed’s outburst brings her out of her trance. “If he thinks we’re going to scare that easily, he’s got another thing coming!†“Edward?†He gives Noa a questioning look as she calls him. “What if he’s right?â€

    Ed just blinks and stares at her for a moment, dumbfounded. “Wh…?†He stumbles for the right words. “What are you talking about?!†As Noa’s about to respond, the table reverberates with the obvious thumb of a fist against it. Ed, Al, and Noa look up to see the tavern owner standing there, fist still on the table with a slip under it. He’s wearing a scowl as he plainly looks at Noa. “I think it’s time for you to leave. Now pay your tab and get out!†“What for?!†As Al stands abruptly to reprimand the proprietor, he sees Ed stick his arm out as a sign to stop. “It’s okay, Al. We’ll leave. Noa.†She looks at him with a surprised blink. “Could you pay the man?†The proprietor gives a growl. “The Gypsy’s money’s no good here!†Ed smirks. “I guess it’s okay then. You see…†He pauses as he glowers at the man. “It’s my money, and she’s so kind to keep track of it for me.â€

    It was an obvious lie, but the tavern owner was put in a spot where he had to take the money. Of course, Ed has the biggest smirk on his face as he leaves the tavern with Al and Noa. “Now why’d you go and do that, brother?†Ed’s smirk turns into a frown as a scowl takes his face. He shuffles his feet as the three of them walk away. He kicks up some dust as he answers the question. “I just hate seeing faces like that. Her money’s as good as ours.†Noa smiles. “Thanks Ed.†Al sighs and shrugs. “You just don’t ever change, brother. What if you just made things worse and a scuffle broke out?†To this, Ed has the perfect answer and that witty smirk on his face. “I’d just have to punch all their teeth out and squash them like bugs!†To this, he also makes childish faces and gestures almost like he was imitating what he just said. This gives both Al and Noa a chance to cheer up, even if a little, and giggle.

    As they are walking down the street with no destination in particular, they happen upon a Church. The structure appears old and worn, and an obvious replacement is under construction down the road. They can see inside. “It’s strange, Al.†This of course gets his attention, and Ed just continues. “I won’t pretend I was ever religious, but at least I understand one thing. That Cross at that Alter wasn’t supposed to represent this.†Noa smiles and bows her head. “No, Ed. It doesn’t. I think…it confuses people. ‘How are we supposed to love?’ I think people ask when their lives have hardships.†She looks at the brothers with a sad smile. “After the War, this country just deteriorated, and the people looked for somebody to blame.â€

    Ed scratches the back of his head. He hadn’t meant to depress Noa. They’re in Germany now, though. There are constantly contemptuous glares coming her way. Even the brothers couldn’t escape that gaze. “Yeah… I guess that Adolf person isn’t exactly helping morale around here, either.†Ed knows that person all too well thanks to the Gate. “I just think people need to look forward to the bright future!†Noa suddenly looks up with slight astonishment towards him. Ed continues as his fist clench. “I may not understand why Envy says that forbidden element will end the terrible things that are about to happen, but I do know war just brings more death and hardship.â€

    Noa smiles and takes Ed’s tightly clenched hands into her own. He looks at her a bit surprised. “I think Envy’s right.†Ed and Al blink in surprise, and Ed draws his hands back as he just stares at her. “What are you talking about?!†Then he notices the tears that are welling in her eyes even as she wears a gentle, genuine smile. “I think it’s the way humans are. We can’t quite understand, but we try our best. Even if it’s the wrong path, shouldn’t we at least try it?†Ed is left speechless. He has no idea where this is coming from. As he tries to muster something to say, he hears Al in an outburst. “Are you saying it’s okay for this to happen?†Noa shakes her head. “No. I just think that if we are to head into a bright future we need to stumble along ourselves…â€

    Ed’s mouth is agape as Al is taken back. “Noa…†Ed clenches his fists again before releasing them in something like surrender. “Are you sure about this?†Noa wipes her eyes with a shake of her head and a serene smile. “No.†He smirks as he looks her in the eyes. “You know we can’t take you with us.†She nods her head. “I think I’d like to see this world’s bright future.†He shrugs in a seeming nonchalant manner. “We’d be leaving you to a cruel fate.†She nods again. “The world is about to change, so ‘fate’ might just catch its sails on a new wind.†Al just stares at them with a rather classic, confused expression on his face. The “Huh?†might even be read in his eyes.

    Chapter 7
    The Island State​

    Sheska has a confused look on her face as she sees Mustang chuckle and smirk. It’s seeing Hawkeye roll her eyes that has her worrying all the more. Mustang removes his right hand from its pocket and holds his arm in the air in an insulting manner. That half-shrug of his gives a smug appearance as his smirk broadens. “I’d say you had me at a disadvantage…†He pauses for a moment to glance Isovar and Lucifer’s expressions. It’s the plump gentleman who unexpectedly speaks up though. His tone is low, not quite masculine and not quite feminine which gives it a slight annoying tinge despite not being whiney. “It seems my information was wrong, Isovar.â€

    Lucifer has the full attention of Mustang, his entourage, and Isovar just before the shuffle of startled feet against the sandy earth has everybody, including Isovar’s soldiers, looking in the same direction. As the soldiers raise their weapons, Mustang sighs and looks down slightly amused. He has only one thought as he looks back up, and he states it aloud. “That girl always finds the right time to make some mischief.†He turns to Isovar. “If your mission really is diplomatic, don’t raise your weapons on civilians!†Lucifer has an expectant smirk on his face as he points. “It’s her! That’s Winry Rockbell!†Isovar seems pleased to hear this information. “Then he should be nearby?â€

    Winry just blinks in bewilderment. She’d been identified by some stranger…just after nearly slipping. That had revealed she was coming, and she’s still recovering from the loss of balance. “Who…? Who are you?†Isovar and Lucifer begin to move towards her, but Mustang and Hawkeye step in front of them to block their path to her. Mustang even has his gloved, right hand raised ready to snap his finger at a moment’s notice. Hawkeye has her gun trained on Isovar. With their commander threatened, the soldiers don’t know if they should raise their weapons or not. It’s obvious Mustang doesn’t much approve their approach towards Winry, especially as anger enters his tone. “What do you think you’re doing?â€

    Isovar doesn’t hesitate to raise his arm in a gesture for his men to stand down. That’s when Lucifer tilts his shades down to take a better look at the group. What’s seen in those eyes brings shock to Mustang, Hawkeye, and Sheska and fright to Winry. Hawkeye even re-aims to center on that accursed eye. There’s only one thing for Mustang to exclaim as he carefully considers his options. “A homunculus?!†The symbol of the serpent eating its own tail is clearly evident in Lucifer’s right eye. “Ah.†The calm response from Isovar might be the most unnerving thing to the group. “I see you’ve dealt with his kind.†He pauses for a moment as he looks down to his companion. “I find it interesting I heard nothing of this.â€

    Lucifer takes another step forward, and Mustang purses his forefinger and thumb together with a bit more force. Lucifer sounds confident as he responds to the seemingly accusatory Isovar. “How else do you think I’d have known about Edward Elric, the Full Metal Alchemist, from our small, island nation?†“Edward?†comes the bemused stammer from Mustang. When Lucifer takes yet another step, he snaps his fingers and sends flames hurtling towards the homunculus. Winry looks from Lucifer, who seemed too easily engulfed in flames,towards the strange aircraft. It’s almost like something makes sense to her. “’island nation’? It makes some sense…â€

    What Winry sees in the aircraft astonishes her and brings that curious glint to her eyes that even the Elric brothers feared. These craft are made of technology completely different from anything available in the State. Unlike what came through the gate, these aircraft appear capable of vertical flight, most likely for taking off and landing. That would make sense for an island nation. The limited space they have available plus reliance on watercraft would have pushed development in such a direction. The design isn’t the most aerodynamic in the world, so these things probably were a pain to fly. In essence, the pilot would have to be strong and well trained.
     
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    Chapter 8
    Chasm

    “Psst!†Ed and Al nearly jump as they hear a voice coming from inside the Church. Ed even readies himself to fight, not entirely sure what’s about to happen, as the brothers and Noa look…to see a young man, no older than twenty-three or four, waving them to come in. “I’m sorry to startle you, but I want a word with you.†Ed throws his right hand across his body in a sign of protest as he states exactly what was on his mind and in his body language. “Why should we trust you?!†The man smiles. “You were just talking about the difficulty of the human condition, the Lord, and you’re with somebody Mein Kampf is slowly making an enemy of the state.â€

    Noa can only blink. That was the most direct way she’d ever heard anybody talk about Adolf Hitler’s ‘great’ masterpiece. The man looks directly at her. He has no malice in her eyes, and that calms her fears…if only slightly. “My name’s Benjamin Heizendorf. Please come with me. It’s not safe to speak where eavesdropping might come back to pinch us.†With that, Benjamin continues waving them in as he disappears into the shadows within the Church. Noa is the first to move forward, only to be jolted back as Ed grasps her wrist. “What do you think you’re doing? We know nothing about him.†Noa smiles as she looks at him to answer. “I can see that he understands our questions better than we do ourselves. I think we can trust him…since his eyes were soft towards me.â€

    That strikes Ed. Noa seems much more at ease now. She was so nervous within the tavern from the eyes in the tavern that she could barely muster the courage to speak. He’d almost forgotten since she’d calmed down since then. He releases her arm as he stuffs his hands in his pockets and gives a malcontent sigh. His body language speaks surrender before his voice follows suite. “Yeah. Fine. This place is supposed to be a Sanctuary too, right?†Al just kind of watches with a mild confusion on his face. He silently whispers to himself as he follows Ed and Noa into the Church. “These two are intent on leaving me confused today…â€

    Ed gets more and more frustrated as he’s led deeper into the Church. Benjamin is leading them to a place where, obviously, they can all talk in private, but it seems too much for him. “Hey! Where, exactly, are you leading us?!†He even stops, leans his right side forward while stamping the same foot and waving said arm all in protest. Benjamin continues forward as he speaks, and neither Noa nor Al stop for the tirade. “They say the walls have ears.†Ed’s lips arch in anger. “They also say the Lord sees all!†He thinks himself pretty witty with that one as he folds his arms over his chest. Benjamin doesn’t seem to think so as he responds. “That the Lord sees this doesn’t concern me. It’s that those blindly loyal to the Fuhrer of Mein Kampf hear what I’m about to say.â€

    Ed’s mouth moves as if he’s about to make another response before he sighs and slouches his back in utter defeat. He kicks up some dust as he continues following. “If I’m hearing this right, you hate this highly regarded book as much as we do. Am I right?†Benjamin smiles and nods as he comes to a stop and opens a door to what appears to be a Cardinal or other Church official’s office. “That would be correct, and this would be our destination.†The Elric brothers and Noa marvel at what they see as they enter. It’s definitely an office, and it’s filled with books, scrolls, and artifacts. Al is the first to comment. “What is this place?†Benjamin smiles with a reminiscent sigh as he closes the door behind them. “It used to be my office.†They all gawk at him as he walks around the desk and takes a seat.

    “Ever since this Church was condemned, it’s become my Sanctuary. I can converse privately with the Lord…and seek salvation for those Mein Kampf puts in jeopardy.†Though initially surprised to hear that this ‘used to be’ Benjamin’s office, what Ed hears him say makes the whole thing make a lot of sense. He smirks and shrugs in his seemingly conceited way as he makes his response. “So I’m to believe that you were removed from your office because you don’t want to go along with Adolf Hitler’s plans?†Benjamin gives them a smile before lighting a candle to give the dimly lit room some much needed light. “The fact that I was removed and this Church condemned is proof enough of the Third Reich’s ever increasing influence. If things keep going the way they are, Hitler will be Fuhrer…and war will come.â€

    Ed curses under his breath before steadily cursing louder and louder until he yells his profanity. “You’re okay with that?!†Benjamin isn’t surprised by the outburst. He’d read that impatience earlier on. “No sane person is ever okay with war. If it’s to come, one might just call it a trial from the Lord. No… I suppose that’s wrong, too. What I mean to say is that there’s nothing I can do to stop it, but I’ll do my best to alleviate some pain.†Ed just looks at him confused as he stammers a response. “Wh…? What do you…mean?†Benjamin opens a drawer and pulls out several sheets of paper. “I’d like you to introduce yourself, first.†Before either of the brothers can respond, Noa steps forward and politely bows. “Dear Benjamin, I am Noa. These are my friends, Edward and Alphonse Elric. Though, they’re fine with Ed and Al.†Before Benjamin can respond to the introduction as he obviously wants to, Noa continues with something that brings that brings shock to the Elric brothers and drops Benjamin’s jaw in confusion. “You won’t be needing those papers for these two. They already have transportation out of this deplorable mess.â€

    For several long moments, Benjamin stares at Noa not knowing exactly how to respond. Instead, he coughs as he tries to gather his wits to at least form a response. “I see… Then why wouldn’t you have the same?†The Elric brothers nearly seize up as they wonder how Noa will respond, especially as she speaks before they can say or do anything. “That’s a long and complicated story I’m not even sure I believe.†Benjamin heaves a sigh as he looks between the three in front of him. He can’t quite figure out what’s going on, but it seems there’s some piece of information they are unwilling…or unable to share. He finally relents on pursuing that information and continues with what the papers are. “Seeing as Edward and Alphonse are safe, I’ll just prepare one set then. You see. I’ve come across some very valuable papers here…to safely transport any individual I see as endangered to the United States. It’s a rough journey across the Atlantic, but I figure it’s safer where Einstein wants to save lives than here where Hitler wishes them ruined.â€

    Ed shakes his head. “As Noa said, you can just call use Ed and Al. That naming etiquette you have isn’t important to us.†Benjamin has to chuckle at that response. “It doesn’t appear you were raised in this country.†“Wait!†comes a sudden response from Al. He has a somewhat frantic look on his face. “What do you mean by that?†He pauses as he thinks of the best way of phrasing his questions. He can’t come up with any ways to properly voice them, so he just leaves them very open ended. “United States? Einstein? Atlantic?†Ed closes his eyes as he pinches the bridge of his nose. “Oh yeah… I never explained that to you… Did I, Al?†Benjamin has a rather perplexed look on his face as he looks at Noa. “I can see why you might not be able to explain things to me…†He gets up as he pulls down a scroll from the ceiling. What is revealed as it uncurls is a map of the world, and Al immediately makes out ‘United States’ and ‘Atlantic’ connected to ‘of America’ and ‘Ocean’ respectively. There’s obvious awe on the younger Elric’s face as he sees a map of this world, in its entirety, for the first time. The first thing he notices is how small ‘Europe’ actually is… The entire scope is so different than he’d imagined that only one word comes to mind. “Amazing…â€

    Chapter 9
    A Time; Farewell

    “Are those two really going to be okay?†Benjamin asks as he picks a book, with gold-trimmed pages, and sits behind his desk once more. Noa smiles and nods as she keeps her eyes closed. “They’ve got somewhere they really have to be, and that place…isn’t with us.†“’us’?†he asks rather confused. She just nods with an affirmative noise. “I said it was a difficult story; didn’t I?†Benjamin chuckles as he rubs his right thumb across the title of the book he just picked up, The Bible. “I imagine it’s going to be hard for you.†He looks across the room to see that her eyes are still closed. He looks at her clasped hands. With the ambient light, it could be said that Noa looks like a praying Angel.

    The sky is blue as Ed rushes out ahead, kicking a pebble as he looks for the easiest route out of town. He doesn’t even bother looking behind him as Al rushes up trying to plea for some sense of what’s going through his brother’s head. “Ed! Brother? Are you sure it’s okay to just leave Noa like this?†Ed says nothing and continues forward. Al has no choice but to follow. As the sky turns orange and dusk begins to settle, they come to the edge of town. It’s then that Ed stops and turns to look at Al. “You heard what I said.†The late reply only frustrates the younger Elric. “What do you mean, brother?! What you told Noa…?†“Shut up, Al!â€

    There’s a long, deafening silence. With his shoulders drooped and head bowed, Al looks like he’s about to cry. Ed can’t look at him, not after that outburst. The gentle breeze reminds the elder why they left the Church and Noa in such a hurry. “Listen… Al. We need to find Envy.†He starts to turn, so they can continue. He’s interrupted by jagged words coming from Al. “I… I lost…four years of my life…brother…†There’s a pause, and Ed can see stains on the ground below Al, tear stains. “…but don’t…you think…I’d understand? Don’t you think…I’d know how you feel? I… I want to see…Winry, too! I want…to see all…our friends.†Ed can only stare blankly. “Al…†“No, brother!†Al suddenly looks up, flinging his right arm out as he looks at Ed with a frustrated, possibly defiant face. “Didn’t you say we had a mission to stop the Forbidden Element?!â€

    “It must be hard on you.†Benjamin’s voice gently rings out in the low light of what was once his office. This causes Noa to look at him with a slightly confused look. “Did you love him?†His simple question brings a simple consequence. Her eyes go wide as her face blushes wildly. “Is there a reason you won’t even fight to go with him?†She tries to smile, despite the painful question. She quickly finds an object, an old and dusty table, and focuses on it. A tear wells in her eye. “I can’t…†To this, Benjamin gives a bemused look before asking her another question. “’can’t’? …or won’t?†Noa looks up in surprise; though, there’s nothing in particular she’s focused on. It’s more like staring into blank space.

    Ed balls his automail fist. “I can’t understand…†Al’s defiant look fades, and it might appear his frustration is melting away. Ed just continues. “I’d given up hope on returning to our world. I never thought I’d see everyone…or Winry again. That’s why I focused on finding that mad Alchemist. I wanted to stop his ambitions.†“Brother…†Al stumbles. His eyes are now filled with confusion. What can he say? Ed smiles and shakes his head. “People change, Al.†He pauses for a moment as he looks to the sky and covers his eyes to view the scenery of the setting sun. “I hate to admit it…but what if Envy was right? What if he was saying that the tragedy causes people to take a look at themselves…and see their potential?†As if on cue, the sky around them darkens and a heavy wind swirls around them.

    When Noa finally turns her gaze to Benjamin, he’s surprised to see a tear rolling down her cheek. He’s further stunned to see that meet with the tip of a serene smile. “I…†She pauses as she takes a reassuring breath. “…think it’s a little of both.†He scratches his chin at this comment before taking in a heavy breath. “Well then… Care to tell me that story? The story of those two boys?†He smiles as he sets The Bible back on his desk and leans forward while resting his head in his hands and elbows on said desk. “I might come to understand how both ‘can’t’ and ‘won’t’ can be true.†Noa smiles before taking a seat. She begins with two very simple reasons. “I ‘can’t’ because where they go is beyond where I can follow. I ‘won’t’ because there is somebody else more important to him than I am…†She pauses and heaves a heavy sigh. Then Noa begins telling Benjamin what she knows of the Elric brothers and the other side of the Gate.

    Under the orange-red sky, Envy looks at the Elric brothers. The thought of crushing them in his coils easily coming to mind, but that wouldn’t satisfy the compromise between him and the Gate. “You humans make me sick! It took you this long to decide the obvious?†Their only reply is to give the dragon-shaped homunculus a scowl. Envy’s reply is a simple, slow chuckle which easily shows all his fangs. “I see. Then I’ll be generous enough to give you a ride…so I won’t ever see you again!â€

    Chapter 10
    The Belly of the Beast

    Isovar is all smiles, and that unnerves Mustang. Hawkeye immediately takes aim and fires two rounds into the now moving mass of flames. Even as Lucifer, engulfed in the blaze, comes to a stop, the flames die down. Sheska and Winry are shocked to see the result. The homunculus is not only alive but unharmed. His clothes are badly burned, but they appear to actually be regenerating. It’s as if the clothes are a part of his body. Then Mustang gives Isovar an angry scowl and an even angrier voice. “How many red stones did you feed him?!†Isovar brings his hand to his chest, right above his head, in mock insult. “You think we’d willingly feed him human lives?†The look on Mustang’s face is absolutely priceless. He’s speechless, and his face seems to scream that he just lost a battle of wits.

    Lucifer looks rather glum as he shakes his shades off his hand. They’d been completely melted in the roast. “Homunculus Flambé…†He looks at Mustang with a smile. “I haven’t had need for any of those for a long time.†When he looks at Winry, Mustang and Hawkeye respond by taking aim at the homunculus once more, no matter how futile it seemed. Instead of advancing again, Lucifer holds his hands up in mock surrender. “I have no intention of harming her. I just want to know where Full Metal is. We came all the way out here to meet him, after all.†Isovar coughs as a sign for him to go silent, which is caught and responded to promptly. Then the commander adds to what’s been said. “He helped us for that sole purpose, but we’d hoped to set up trade and even technology exchange.â€

    Mustang gives an exasperated sigh, and his face looks rather infuriated. With a growl, he nods over his shoulder to Hawkeye. A bit bewildered, she places her gun in its holster as she watches him place his hands in their respective pockets. “Maybe you should tell them about the boys, Winry. After all, you know more about them than anybody.†Winry blinks as she’s brought back to reality. It all seemed so surreal. She hasn’t quite taken it all in yet, and it doesn’t help that there is some amazing technology just waiting to be taken apart! She shakes her head as she replays what Mustang just told her. “Uh… Right.†She tre, but she can only bow her head as she replies. “Ed… Al. They’re not back... They haven’t returned just yet.â€

    “’yet’?†Lucifer carefully inquires. Winry only nods. His eyes glaze over as he turns to Isovar. “We came so far…†The commander can only chuckle. “She speaks as if she’s waiting for them and yearns for their return. She’s expecting them, in other words.†Lucifer’s mood immediately shifts and he throws his arms in the air. “Huzzah!†He pauses as he straightens out. “In the meantime, perhaps the Regent and Fuhrer would like to talk?†Mustang looks as if he has a headache as he shakes his head. “What now?†Isovar wears a wide grin as he has but one thing to say. “Why diplomacy and trade, of course.†He pauses as he turns to Lucifer. “While Mustang and I talk, why don’t you take the three ladies on a tour of CSA Jezebella?†Mustang, Hawkeye, Sheska, and Winry of course give Isovar a curious look. He only points to one of the smaller craft. “That dainty beauty right there would be Jezebella. I named her after my darling daughter.†Lucifer smiles and bows as if leading them to follow. “Wanna see the hull? ‘tis what you might call the belly.â€
     
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    I didn't know you were still writing this. :-/*
     
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    The above quote has been edited to delete the unnecessary parts ;) I ran across an AMV that gave me sudden inspiration. What can I say?