Rating: This chapter PG/PG-13; overall R
Pairings: RoyxEd and sorta Al/Riza
Spoilers: End of the anime, Episode 25 (kinda)
Summary: Ed’s back and with a new man by his side…Roy! Together they must help Al…but maybe Al should be helping them?
Previous chapters: Chapter 1
Crossposted to: fma_yaoi steelandsparks fm_alchemist
When Al next woke up, he had time to realize only two things before pain rushed to his body and he passed out again. One was that he wasn’t on the never-ending stairs. Instead he seemed to be back in the room where the monster had beat him and now he was attached to the wall. The second thing was that he wasn’t alone in the room. There was someone else hanging on the opposite wall. But before Al could even try to make out who it was, he was out again.
“Al! No! Wake-up!” Ed screamed at his little brother, but when the younger Elric’s body went limp again, Ed just hung his head. He’d been trying to wake his brother up for an hour at the least. Ever since he’d woken up there himself.
No more than three hours ago, Ed had been safe inside the hotel room where Roy had left him, wondering how Al was doing. But then Envy had come in, acting like Roy. How could Ed believe for even a second that that monster had been the man he loved?!
Bam! Ed continued to slam his head back against the wall until he could feel the warm blood run down his neck. He had fallen right into Envy’s trap. He had betrayed his lover. He’d promised he wouldn’t get hurt….
But before Ed could fight back, Envy had slammed his head against his knee, knocking him out. Al had needed his older brother, needed him more than ever, and Ed was too incompetent to even run away from his captor.
Before Ed could continue to bash his head in, the door to the plain white room opened with a small creak. Ed didn’t need to look up to know who it was. But when he did, the homunculus had a disgusting smirk on his face that made Ed more infuriated that he could ever remember being.
“Bashing your pretty head in won’t help you now,” A soft, sinister chuckled came from him, “Not even your precious Colonel can help you now.” On the word Colonel, he changed to look like Roy and Ed nearly threw up.
“Don’t use his face, you fucker!!” Ed screamed, straining hard against his chains.
“But Edward…don’t you miss me?” Roy/Envy asked in Roy’s voice. It was the soft tone that Ed remembered from when they had been in bed together.
“S-shut-up! You’re not him!” Ed strained against the chains again, “You’re nothing like him. You’re a monster!”
“But Ed…” Roy/Envy’s hand gently ran over Ed’s battered and bruised face, “You can’t mean that.” Ed wanted to turn away, or to bite the thing’s hand…but it was Roy.
No…it looked like Roy. Ed snarled, but stopped when he heard someone else moving. Chains.
“General?” A weak voice from the other side of the room made Roy/Envy turn, “Are you here to save us?”
Al couldn’t remember how he’d gotten where he was or why his Brother or the general were there, but he could remember everything else. He could remember losing his mother, trying to bring her back, losing his body…the Gate. Everything. Including the pain. He must have been brought back when Ed was thrown in here. But why was the Colo-no General now, Al corrected himself as he remembered both lives, why was he here?
“Al! You’re ok?” Ed asked worriedly, straining to see his brother past Roy/Envy’s head. For a second, he had forgotten where he was and who was standing in front of him.
“Yea, I think so. But we are in need of a long talk…after we get out of here.” Al eyed the General. From Al’s second life, he knew about Lior and it’s non-military policies. So why was the General in his uniform? Then he remembered the monster. No, it had been Envy who had beaten him. “What’re you doing acting like the General?!”
“I’m so glad you remember me now, mini-pipsqueak.” Envy taunted as he changed back to the palm-tree haired form.
“Leave Al alone! Your issue is with me, not him! So leave him the fuck outta it!”
Envy turned back towards Ed, “I bet you haven’t told him a thing about Germany.” Ed’s eyes grew in fear. “He doesn’t know about your family there, does he? About how you replaced him.”
“What?” Al looked hurt. And it made Ed hurt more.
“Don’t! He doesn’t need to know about that! It’s not important!” Ed stammered out as confidently as he could.
“But I think he does. You loved her, didn’t you? And your brother-in-law? Who just happened to be named Alfonse?” Envy taunted him, grinning all the while, “About how you replaced him?”
“NO! I never replaced him!!!” Ed screamed, the tears escaping his eyes before he realized it.
“Yes you did. You replaced him. You forgot about your own brother!”
“NO!” The anguish gushed from Ed’s lips in a horrible scream. “I never forgot Al. I love my brother!”
“Al deserves better than you. You forgot him. Replaced him. Hated him. Hated your life.”
“No…no…” Ed muttered, tears running freely down his cheeks.
“Yes. You deserve to die.”
“Brother!” Al yelled, interrupting Envy’s own little torture, “Don’t listen to him! I know you would never forget me!”
Ed looked across at his brother, tears still running from surprised eyes, “Al…”
“Don’t listen to him, Brother…I remember. I remember everything now.”