Warnings: Set after the series, so possible spoilers.
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Fandom: Full Metal Alchemist
Pairing: Suggested Elricest
Summary: *Set between the series and movie* A year and a half after Ed's disappearance, Al is lonely.
It had been almost a year since Edward had disappeared. Al was sitting on small hill, Den lying next to him in the cool grass. His eyes were gazing in the direction of the sunset, not really absorbing the beauty of the colored sky. He felt as he had every day since his brother left: alone, empty, and lost. No matter whom he was around or what he was doing, there was a cold lump in his heart that only one person could remove: Edward.
spent countless evenings like this, climbing the small hill to wait for dusk.
It was nice and quiet, and he could spend the time reflecting on the stories
people had told him about his brother and the memories from their childhood
days. Sometimes he would take along a notebook, and fill its pages with new
information someone had disclosed about him and his brother. The notebook read
like a story in no particular order, the pages filled with emotion and the
margins filled with thoughts and what-ifs. If he hadn’t learned anything new
that day, he would just flip through the pages and smile, picturing the life
that had vanished along with his Niisan.
particular evening, the treasured notebook sat beside him, the pen resting
carefully on top. He wasn’t in the mood for writing, it hurt too much. Today
was Edward’s birthday, but Al was celebrating it alone. It seems like no one
else remembered, or perhaps they were pretending not to so Al wouldn’t get
upset. They did that a lot; no one talked about Edward around Al unless he
asked. He couldn’t understand why, he wasn’t a child. What could have happened
that they didn’t think he could handle?
person that seemed willing to share her memories was Winry. She was always
thrilled to talk about Edward, and it seemed that no one knew him better than
her. She and Al would laugh together about Edward’s antics, and cry together
when they were missing him. Today, however, even she had avoided the subject of
his older sibling.
He was just
dwelling on the last of Edward’s birthdays he could remember, a small smile
playing on his lips, when soft footsteps approached from behind him. Den turned
and issued a light ‘woof’ in welcome. Winry. Al shifted to look at the tall
blonde as she sat down beside him, stretching her legs out in front of her and
leaning back on her hands. She smiled and gave him a small nod in greeting. Her
eyes fell to the notebook.
nothing.” No one had ever seen the notebook except for him, and he didn’t feel
comfortable sharing it with anybody, not even Winry. He flinched at the wounded
expression on her face, and quickly changed the subject. “What are you doing
towards the sinking sun. “I figured you’d want some company today. It is
Edward’s birthday, right?” She smiled sadly.
down at the worn notebook in his hands. “Yeah, it is. No one else seems to care
that much.” He sighed.
that they don’t care, Alphonse. They just don’t want to cause you any more pain
than you’re already in.”
Edward could never be painful,” he snapped. “he’s my brother!”
“And he was
my best friend! You aren’t the only one who misses him, you know,” she huffed.
“I know that. I wish I could find him… Bring him home. Even if I never remember
the years I lost, just having him around would be enough.” He shook his head in
frustration. “It isn’t fair, everyone has so much to look back on and I only
have scattered memories from when we were children.” He covered his face with
his hands, letting the notebook rest in his lap.
tenderly took him into her arms and pulled him close. “He’ll come home, Al.
Don’t give up, okay? He wouldn’t want you to be sad. I’m positive that wherever
he is, he’s trying just as hard to get back to you. Edward won’t rest until
he’s back with you. You guys always were inseparable.” A fond smile lit up her
up at her, eyes shining. “You really think he’s trying to find me?” He had been
hoping that very thing all along, but to hear someone else say it caused help
to swell in his chest.
nodded firmly. “Absolutely.” She stood up, extending a hand. Smiling warmly, Al
took it and stood as well. He tucked the notebook safely inside his brother’s
red coat, walking home with Winry and Den. The last rays of sunlight vanished
from the sky, stars beginning to peak through the blue. He looked up at them,
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