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28 December 2005 @ 02:42 pm
Title: The Armor
Author: pewter_alyssum
Rating: G
Summary: Two curious little boys finally get a chance to examine the armor in Father's study.



“Whoever wore this must’ve been really tall.” Ed’s slightly congested voice sounded awestruck, and Al had to agree with him.


The suits of armor had always been in their father’s study, but they’d never really looked at them. Al had always been too focused on trying to please him, while Ed tended to look at the floor and project sullen displeasure at being ignored. Father never left the door open for very long, either.


But Father wasn’t here just now, and they had the study to themselves. Suddenly, being confined to the house to recover from colds wasn’t such a bad thing.


Al sniffed. “Winry should see this, her parents being automail mechanics and all. She’d want to see how all the plates fit together.” He tilted his head back, trying to see past the jutting chest plate and into the eyeholes of the helmet.


Ed plopped down next to a huge metal foot and blew his nose. “Wouldn’t it be awesome to wear this? Except for that stupid spike on the forehead, that makes it look too much like some dumb unicorn or something. But anyone looking at you would think you were invincible, and they’d practically be right.” Ed’s golden eyes were fierce as he envisioned himself as a warrior, crushing any annoyance with one stomp of his foot.


Al rolled his eyes—Brother could be so ridiculous sometimes—and stepped closer to gingerly finger a glove hanging limply from one arm.




The younger boy leaped back with a start and peered fearfully into the helmet’s terrifying face. Was it alive? Did he hear it move? Why wasn’t Brother moving, he must have heard…oh.


Grinning, Ed tapped the huge shin plate again. Ting. The sound echoed through the steel. “See, it’s not going to hurt you or anything. It’s just a big tin can.”


Before Al could splutter that he was not afraid of some silly old armor, Ed had already forgotten about it, too busy trying to figure out how the knees were supposed to bend. He squinted curiously into the knee joint.


“I wonder if it’s hard to walk in this.” His voice sounded strange and metallic, echoing all through the armor. He laughed, a strangely tinny sound, and patted the floor next to him. “Come on, Brother, you try it! It makes you sound bigger.”


Al shook his head. “No, Brother. I bet the inside smells funny.” Besides, it kind of scared him, but he’d never say that to Brother.


“It smells like metal, silly, what do you expect? Come here, try it; it makes you sound ten feet tall.”


Al grinned, relieved at a chance to revenge himself. Brother was so easy to tease when he left himself open like that. With a sly tone in he voice, he said quietly, “But you’re the only one who’d really appreciate that, since you’re probably never going to grow that much anyway.”


As Ed launched himself at Al, the younger boy reflected that maybe he shouldn’t have needled his brother. Then again, Al thought as he flipped Ed flat on his back, had he not distracted Ed, he probably would have been roped into climbing into it or something, and then they really would’ve been in hot water.  


He refused to acknowledge that the armor’s empty eyes terrified him.




If you see any errors, places that should be fixed, tell me! I try to catch all the screwups, but I do miss some occasionally and love to be corrected. Thanks, and enjoy yourself!

P.S. Again, the icon's a joke. I love jokes. If you know any, I'd love to hear them.

redrose999redrose999 on December 28th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
Very cute
I have two boys, and I'll tell you, you have Ed and Al as children pinned. I felt like I was listening in on my sons conspiring to do something driven by curiosity. Something in some place they've told not to do and go... Boys are like that you know...

Very fun!

pewter_alyssum on December 28th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Very cute
Thank you! You're one hundred percent right; if there is something a little boy can screw up, they'll figure it out in the time it takes to leave the room for 'just a minute.' As for realism, I had lots of material to draw from. Even though I'm a girl, my brother and I used to get in all sorts of trouble in the name of couriousity.
Danil_envyxedward_l on December 28th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
awww I love it! ^^ It's so cute, and like redrose said, you REALLY know how to write younger Ed and Al. ^^

They're all amazed by the armor, what irony that Al ends up in the armor ;_;

Very cute. A+ ^_^
pewter_alyssum on December 28th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! It's sad that I write little boys better than little girls, considering my gender, but I think I was contaminated by one too many Calvin & Hobbes comic strips whenI was younger.

And yes, the irony was definitely intentional. With FMA, irony is like a requirement.
Danil_envyxedward_l on December 28th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Of course O_O

Fullmetal Alchemist without it's symbolic twists is like....uh....>_>

A burger with no meat? *SHOT*

I can't think of metaphors or cliches....soo....yeah! Good job! XD
C-chanbox_of_doom on December 28th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
Yay for Calvin and Hobbes.

*has the sudden mental image of Al being trapped in a tiger plushie...*

pewter_alyssum on December 28th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)


That is just so incredibly WRONG, especially since Hobbes is always hitting on the babysitter.
C-chanbox_of_doom on December 28th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Right height difference!

*is shot*

*by Ed*

*with Riza's borrowed gun*
pewter_alyssum on December 28th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
*dies one thousand and one times over* Somebody really needs to make some icons of that!
C-chan: superhyperultrachibibox_of_doom on December 28th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
*giggles* I would if I knew how... I really would...

good hallowe'en costumes for them if nothing else...
C-chan: heartsbox_of_doom on December 28th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
Aww... *hugs the chibi Elrics*

I don't blame Al at being scared... though it makes for great irony. I love it. ^_^
pewter_alyssum on December 28th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I thought that if I were a little kid, I would be scared shitless of the armor. Plus it does make for great irony, like you said.

May I ask what the hell Yugi is hugging in your icon, or will I be permanently scarred?
C-chan: superhyperultrachibibox_of_doom on December 28th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
A heart.

I think it's a balloon or a pillow... >.>

*muchly didn't make it*
pewter_alyssum on December 28th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
Now it looks like a heart. I...was not looking at it right. Kinda looked like Yugi was visited by the breast fairy or something.
C-chan: superhyperultrachibibox_of_doom on December 28th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)

That reminds me of:

Yuugi: Basketball... goood.... (first volume of the manga = love)

But yeah...

Yay for anime/manga series about really short guys?

*is killed by both Yuugi and Ed simultaneously*

The Eminent Sage and Junkie: memorytheladyfeylene on December 29th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
Aw, I really liked that! I've always imagined Ed as the sort of kid who's into everything - the kind that just has to see how things work and poke sticks into holes and pry things apart to see what's inside. You got that down perfectly in this, and I love Al's timidness and the way he teases Ed.

And I adore the icon! ;)
pewter_alyssum on December 29th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
Ever since I saw that picture of the Elrics working in their Dad's study under the eye of the armor, I've always had this mental image of Ed tapping on one of the legs and wondering aloud what it would be like to wear it. If I could draw manga well, I could, but I'm useless at it, and thus must live by fan fiction alone. .( <---Cyclops frownie, very sad.
lady_althea: hahahalady_althea on December 29th, 2005 07:30 am (UTC)
oh, how adorable ^^ another good fic. *sigh* It's nice to read all nice ones.
pewter_alyssum on December 29th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
My fic? Good? Nice?

I think my writer's block just cleared up. Thank you!

By the way: I have ALWAYS loved that icon.
sweet_tian on December 29th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
Yep you almost got everything right but just one thing... wasn't Winry's parents doctors not automail mechanics? >.<;; Sorry but I just couldn't help but noticing >.< But overall young Elrics are soooo CUTE!!! Good fic!~!!
pewter_alyssum on December 29th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
I wasn't entirely sure on that, either, so I guessed. Automail mechanics are doctors, I think; they've just specialized in reattatching limbs. Kinda like how a neurosurgeon is still a doctor, they just stick to working on the brain. They saw the need for doctors of any kind in Ishbal and decided to take their medical knowledge where it would help the most.