Take many hours of speculation, condense them into one fic, and this is what you get.
Title: Fate Accompli
Rating: PG-13 (mostly for swearing)
Genre: Gen, AU-continuation
Spoilers: General manga spoilers
Summary: Nearly ten years have passed, and Al still isn't restored. Half-mad with guilt and cut off from everybody, Edward pours all his energy, in a desperate last-ditch attempt, into the only solution he has found, before what seems like inevitable death can claim him.
"Al, I've had a life expectancy of about three days for over four years now, and you don't see me acting like a ninny over it, do you?"