Setting: Fullmetal Alchemist, mangaverse, post-series so potential spoilers right up to current manga chapters. Getting jossed as we speak, likely to be AU by manga's end.
Characters: Roy/Ed (UST and subtext), Havoc/Rebecca Catalina, Al, Hawkeye, ensemble.
Warnings: R for sweary mouths and a bit of violence.
Word count: 7610
Summary: a year on from the Promised Day. As Mustang's faction struggles for power with Hakuro's, the Amestrian Army is one gunshot away from a civil war. Now someone may have fired that shot.
Notes: Illustrated fic is illustrated (by me). As ever, thanks for rocking beta-age of both fic and illos to enemytosleep. Thanks also to cornerofmadness for info on big guns.
Chapter One: the Way to a Man's Heart
Chapter Two: What Would Maes Hughes Do?
Chapter Three: Too Much Information
Chapter Four: Sleeping Dogs
Chapter Five: The Buddy System
Chapter Six: Spare the Excuses
Rebecca Catalina arrives home one Friday evening to find her roommate, aspiring politician Katie Flowers, dying of gunshot wounds in the bathtub. Riza finds a banned alchemy book among Katie's possessions, dealing with the lost Xerxean art of takwin. When a retired State Alchemist with a lot of blood on his hands, Henry Katzenklavier, comes sniffing after Katie's book, Mustang and his team suspect political motivations behind Katie's murder. Are Hakuro's old guardists mixed up with taboo alchemy? And was Katie killed for investigating them? Meanwhile, threats to the team escalate: Riza is injured in the shoulder after an assassination attempt. Havoc discovers that the assassination attempts, and Katie's murder, are the work of the Luttenberger gang, apparently hired to protect Katzenklavier secrets. Ed discovers that Al has been secretly planning to join up as a State Alchemist just as Ed is about to resign his commission. And Al discovers the purpose of takwin: the creation of a Homunculus.
Chapter Seven: Go Time
Cross-posted to the usual places, I'm afraid.