It took three more matches and a shouting match loud enough to rattle the rocks above their heads to confirm everyone's identities. "This is unbelievable," Alphonse said, shaking his head. "How did something like this happen?"
"Maybe we're all dead," that was the female Ed, whose proper name was apparently Edana.
"We're not dead," Edward's Alphonse insisted, his familiar, echoing voice a comfort to a very discombobulated Edward. "If we were dead... we would be ourselves again."
There was a muttering agreement from the others.
"If we're not dead," that was the female Alphonse, named Alanza, "then we will be soon if we don't figure out a way out of this cave."
"Well, some of us would be," that was the other Edward. It chilled Edward to his core to hear his voice echoing and tinny ... it was him in that armor behind Alphonse.
Alphonse rapped on his brother's armor. "That's not nice, 'niisan," he remonstrated idly.
"Nice or not, it's the truth." Edward glanced around at the group of them. "We'll run out of matches soon, so we should conserve them." He saw nods of assent from the others. Edana glanced up, at the low ceiling in their cave. "At least we won't run out of breathable air for a little while," she nodded at the large stones mish-mashed together. There were gaps and cracks in them that left air through.
"So how do we get out of here?" Edward's Alphonse asked, as the match burned out.
Edward heard the human Alphonse scrabbling on the dirt and stone floor. "What are you doing?" he asked, curious.
"We could try to go down," Alphonse said.
"And go where?" Edana asked. "The tunnel I was in was a pretty straight shot. We didn't go up or down at all."
Alphonse stopped scrabbling. "Point."
"We only have to go deep enough underground to get under the rocks blocking us in," Alanza said.
"That's if the cave-in only affected our area and didn't take out the rest of the tunnel," Edward said darkly.
"One way to find out," the other Edward said, sounding about as optimistic as Edward himself felt.
"Transmuting the rock might disrupt the rest of the rocks, though," Edana pointed out. "I... really don't want any more rocks dumped on my head, it hurts enough as it is."
"The rocks don't hurt us," the other Edward said, with a hollow sound following the statement. Edward imagined he was rapping his chest. "If the three of us stand over you three, you should be safe."
"As long as our blood seals aren't damaged," Alphonse said.
"Shall we try it?" the other Alphonse asked.
"Better to die by cave-in than starvation," Edana said grimly.
Alphonse lit a match so they could all shuffle into position without stepping on each other. The three alchemists huddled into a circle, with the three suits of armor standing over them as best they could.
Alphonse dropped the match and it fizzled out. "Ready?" he asked.
"Let's do this," Edana said, as Edward answered "If you are."
There was a second of silence, and Edward sensed that Edana was looking at him. Wow, this was weird.
Then, as one, the three clapped and slammed their hands onto the stone floor.
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