Gen, no pairings or warnings. Al-centric.
The absence of a presence, the presence of someone who, while forever present at his desk, back to the world, was truly absent inside when he held his sons close and when he fell asleep next to the woman he loved. The man whose subsequent absence made itself present in everything his mother again did, every time something hard and dark flitted across his brother's eyes nowyouseeitnowyoudon't...
Cross-posted to fma_fiction, hagaren_manga, and fma_gen.