Last night anax posted the epilogue to his story "By Sightless Lightning" in the elricest community. The story is now complete.
For those of you who do not know what elricest is (and who have not been in various fandoms long enough simply to guess), it is a slash pairing involving the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric. Does the idea of that gross you out? That's okay, it totally squicks me out too. But that doesn't make "By Sightless Lightning" anything less then a phenomenally interesting, heartrending read.
What would happen if Ed was able to return Al to a human body? Will Ed ever be able to return Al to his body? These are questions that ought to have "SPOILER" stamped all over them, but fortunately I can sidestep this issue. anax started writing "By Sightless Lightning" well before the answers to these questions could even be adequately guessed at, and therefore the fic seems to be mostly safe for people to read (although there is a certain significant event that happens sometime after 20 or 30 episodes have been released that is obliquely referenced in the last full chapter). True spoiler purists are advised to wait until they've seen the full series, but I'd rate this story as pretty "safe," even for a newbie.
Although the story may be "safe" from a plot-spoiler POV, "By Sightless Lightning" is completely explicit. I'd easily give it an NC-17 rating for sex, sexual situations, language, adult themes, adult situations, and general squirminess. anax has never been one to write comfortable, easy stories.
So what happens? That would be telling, of course. But if you want to see a speculative response to the questions raised a couple paragraphs up, this is your story. If you have always felt that Ed and Al have had a complex, emotionally intricate relationship, this is your story. If you are a champion of Ed just as himself, this is your story. If you adore angst, this is your story. But if you think Elricest is disgusting and all FMA fanfic to be questionable bastardizations of an already complete story that doesn't need any fan "help" to be better then it is... well, this may also be your story, too. anax is a writer, and a damn fine one at that. If character, suspense, and plot are your bag.... definitely give this story a try.
If you'd like to read "By Sightless Lightning," go to the last chapter here. All of the previous chapters are linked in that post. After you've done that you can finish up with the epilogue, which is posted here. This is a complete story, and as far as I know there is no sequel planned. anax will, of course, continue to write FMA fanfic.
In the interest of full disclosure, I'll mention that anax is a very good friend, and that I've worked to beta this fic from the beginning. But I wouldn't bother pimping this story if I didn't think it surpassed even his usual standards of storytelling. Others who have read the fic are welcome to refute or support my recommendation... this is an open post, and I will not be freezing or deleting any comments, regardless of what is said. I feel quite strongly that people who love FMA should give this story are try, not for my sake or for anax's ego, but because it is really, truly good. See for yourself.