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21 April 2010 @ 10:36 pm
Ficlet - Fatherhood  
Author – cornerofmadness
Disclaimer – not mine, no profit made
Rating – PG
Characters – Hohenheim, Edward
Series – Manga
Time line/Spoilers – no spoilers, set the day of Ed’s birth
Warnings –cranky babies?
Summary – Hohenheim isn’t sure he’s cut out for fatherhood
Word count - 248
Author’s Note - written for fma_fic_contest This was yet another that wanted to be at least 100 words longer. Sigh. thanks to evil_little_dog for the beta

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Trisha dozed, utterly worn out. Hohenheim swore childbirth still remained one of the most frightening things he had ever seen. So many thoughts had tumbled through his mind during her labor. Would Trisha die? Would the baby? What would he do if the worst happened? What would he do if everyone was fine?

Hohenheim tried to hide his fear over impending fatherhood from Trisha. She knew what he was, why he was afraid, and she had done her best to ease those fears. He wasn’t human, not any more. What would his son be?

Edward began to fuss in his cradle. Pinako had gone home, leaving only him to deal with it. Hohenheim carried his son into the other room. He ran a finger over Edward’s cheek. The baby’s skin felt soft and tender under his finger. Edward’s face scrunched up, turning red before his toothless maw opened, a huge wail echoing out.

Hohenheim cradled his son to his chest, trying to soothe him. Something warm and wet ran between his fingers, sticking his shirt to his skin. Horrified, he shifted Edward away from him. Urine leaked out of the boy’s diaper. He took Ed into the nursery. Surely he could clean and rediaper the boy without having to wake Trisha or summon Pinako.

Taking the cotton diaper off, Hohenheim cleaned Edward up then leaned down, kissing the boy’s brow. “Welcome to the world, son. This is going to be an adventure.”

Current Mood: crankycranky
Current Music: My Skin - Natalie Merchant
Poppy Maremynotebookentry on April 22nd, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Bad Ed! Bad! You just came into the world and pissed on your papa!! >:O Jeez even his intolerance for his stems from birth. O.o

But I think it's cute. The little mental image of a toothless Ed was both cute as it was funny.


cornerofmadnesscornerofmadness on April 22nd, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: D'awww....
babies tend to do that in my experience and I'm very glad you liked it.
thank you
The Binary Alchemist: nekkid edbinaryalchemist on April 22nd, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Ed's first reaction to Hoho was to scream in his face and piss on him....yeah...that's our Ed, all right!--wonderful!
cornerofmadnesscornerofmadness on April 22nd, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
thank you very much. I suspect Ed was always a handful
The Binary Alchemistbinaryalchemist on April 22nd, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Considering the way he used to beat the crap out of Alphonse (manga gaiden--can't remember which volume) about the only person who could really handle Ed was Trisha...and later Izumi
cornerofmadnesscornerofmadness on April 22nd, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
hmm did i see that one? I think so. Yes, Ed needs a strong strong hand to keep him in line. Al's too nice