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22 February 2004 @ 08:03 pm
Fic: At A Cost (gen)  
The thought that started this story was more or less What if everything ends well? What if Ed and Al are restored, and the nasty ruler types are cleared out of the way so Roy can take over? Here's the start of the answer that occurred to me.

Gen, Angst, Fluff, AU (denial of character death).

At A Cost

Despite all conditioned reflex to the contrary, this is not UST and will never become either yaoi or het.
Mad Maudlinginzai on February 22nd, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)
What a fantastic start. I adore Roy's "two more safe" and how he's keeping so much on his shoulders. Will Ed and/or Al come back? It sounds like Edward, at least, might be needed. How far in the future is this? Regardless, it seems like you've spot on characterization, and the interaction between the Hughes and Roy was perfect. *looks forward to the next part*
Branch: getting my waybranchandroot on February 22nd, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
Will Ed and/or Al come back?

*grins* Oh, heck, yeah. Ed and I are still in negotiation for how long a vacation he gets, but he's definitely coming back, snarky as ever.

I'm working on the assumption that the series proper will wind up some time during Ed's sixteenth year, and this is set just after whenever the end happens.

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!
Mad Maudlinginzai on February 22nd, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC)
Bon! I live for the moment Ed-kun realizes he was manipulated and his reaction thereto.
Shukishuki_ai on February 22nd, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love your stories, and this one is no exception! The characterizations are perfect and I really like where the story is heading...I can't wait for more! ^__^ I also loved this line:
"Saint Gracia, patron of... really stupid men who thought they could save the world. Pray for us." That's awesome! Keep up the wonderful work!
Branchbranchandroot on February 23rd, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! Sleep-deprived!Roy was a lot of fun to write. He gets very... honest.
Pilukita on February 22nd, 2004 07:48 pm (UTC)
oh... nice start, I liked the other stories you put up, so I guess this one won't be any differance. Adore your workaholic!Roy, and I don't mind if the story isn't UST, it would just be a change from the rest of you FMA work.

AU (denial of character death)

*gives raven an evil look* You're not trying to tell us about how the series will end are you?
Branchbranchandroot on February 23rd, 2004 07:04 am (UTC)
No, no, wouldn't dream of it! Just pointing out that I'm not going to pay attention if/when any of them die, because they're all too much fun to play with... *whistles innocently*

*grins* The characters are all giving me grief for not letting them resolve their interpersonal tension the easy way, but that's their tough luck. Doing the same thing for too long gets boring.

Glad you like it!
kryspanserbj0rne on February 22nd, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
ooh... i really like (especially how *blank* is alive ^_^) hell, i love all your fics, heh. the characterization is great, roy's in particular (he would work himself to death... -_-;)

i'm really interested to see ed/al's pov... looking forward to more! ^^
Branchbranchandroot on February 23rd, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! The next major bit for this arc will definitely be Ed's pov; not sure *which* bit will make it to the keyboard first, but it'll be one of Ed's.
White Asterwhite_aster on February 22nd, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
^___^ I liked this a lot. I'm also a fond, fond fan of the "Roy becomes Fuhrer" idea.
Branchbranchandroot on February 23rd, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. He deserves it... in so many different ways.

White Asterwhite_aster on February 23rd, 2004 08:52 am (UTC)
:) I just keep hoping that the show doesn't take an angsty turn for the worse and end up pitting Ed against Roy for some reason.

And yeah, I've got a little half-scripted bunny over here of a post-shakedown Roy and Ed. Once I get this Fruits Basket bunny off my desk (sap + Ed = :snooore:), I'm hoping to finish that up....