Disclaimer: NCIS belongs to Bellasario, et al. Fullmetal Alchemist belongs to Arikawa Hiromu.
Universes: NCIS, original recipe (it feels so weird to say that...), early season two and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa.
Betas: cornerofmadness, tiggpwns, adoxerella
Notes: I came up with this
PROLOGUE This couldn't be real. It couldn't, but here were Shannon and Kelly, whole -- solid, not reduced to bloody little...dear God...
PART ONE The blood drained from Ed's face and he slumped forward, staring at his hands. He didn't say anything and Al watched him miserably, knowing they both felt the same.
PART TWO Agent Gibbs was sitting across from her, bent over in his chair, his hands clenching his previously meticulous hair, tears falling onto the table beneath him, his breaths deep, long, shuddering.
PART THREE Then it was over, as quickly as it had started, and Gibbs was gasping for breath, slumping forward onto the table as tears matching his own stared back at him.
Notes: Let's just say the national languages of Amestris are equivalents of German, English (which would actually explain the locations of Ed and Al's analogs on the Earth side of the Gate...), and in the case of the Ishvalans, a hybrid of Hebrew and possibly Hindi or even a dead language like Sumerian or Phrygian, but most, particularly the children, were forced (after the now-reversed decree of annexation of Ishval into Amestris) to learn English and German by order of Führer King Bradley.
PART FOUR "...Mustang?" Edward said weakly, an infuriated look slamming onto his face a moment later. "You...you...I KNEW! I KNEW IT! AL, GET OVER HERE FOR A MINUTE!"
Note to everyone not cornerofmadness: I like Kate and Tony, I really, really do -- but their behavior toward McGee at times is completely uncalled for and entirely unprofessional. It's despicable to me and I grabbed an opportunity where I saw one.
PART FIVE The ache of separation is gone but we're useful only in giving direction. It's the price we paid.
PART SIX "Go get Ed and Al settled, Jethro," Gracia soothed, a watery smile on her face as she shooed the three of them forward. "We'll be right here when you and Al get back."
NEW! PART SEVEN Al looked down at his own body and shivered. "I never knew that. Ed...I don't know what he knows. Mom was normal, but Dad...I don't know if we're human and can die. I don't know anything anymore."
x-posted to ncisfanfic and my journal