Fandom: FMA (manga version)
Word Count: 250
Warnings: Spoilers for Hohenheim's backstory.
A/N: This was supposed to be crack and then suddenly took a left turn into serious, as Hohenheim struggles to master the secrets of his craft with a snarky homunculus kibitzing from the background. Crossposted from nebroadwe to Höllenbeck (i.e. hagaren_manga, fm_alchemist, fma_gen, fma_writers and fma_fiction). Concrit welcomed with flowers of copper.
Dedication: For kanja177, who could be having a better week.
"Did you calcine the earth properly? Did you invoke the Pure Form as the Mother of Perfect Being? Great gods, boy, you didn't use the last of the white magnesia, did you?"