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20 June 2012 @ 09:56 pm
How to Die - Prologue  
Title: How to Die
Author: Shell Mel
Rating: PG - 13
Warning: Some violence and near death scenes
Spoilers: Spoilers for episode 22 and end of anime series.
Characters: Edward Elric, Roy Mustang
Summary: AU Edward never though much about the incident back in lab 5 with the red water. He doesn't really remember it that much. He's seventeen now, repaying his debt by helping Mustang reach the top now Al finally has his body again. But what happens when he and Mustang become targets for assassination?
Author Notes: Alternative ending to Anime series. Prologue is based in episode 22, while the rest is a year after the series.



“I don’t need your help!” Edward yelled at Scar.

“Maybe not,” Scar told him. “But your younger brother needs you.”

Ed growled quietly. Hating the fact that Scar was right. Damn it!

“Let’s go!” He stated, turning away from Scar and heading for his brother.

“Oh no!” Lust stated. “You aren’t leaving until you finished what you started!”

Ed paid her no attention. He ran. He ran right into the red water. As soon as his foot made contact with the substance, a strange sensation overcame him. Searing pain raced through him far worse then automail surgery. He could feel himself cry out in pain as the sensation increased. It was overcoming him. His control over his body leaving him as his hand suddenly came up, transforming into a harpoon. It was aimed at Lust but only managed to hit the wall behind her.

Spikes appeared out of the ground around him, flying off in different directions. He was no longer aware of what was really going on around him. Deaf to the voices and blind to see who might be hit by his transmutations. Power surged through him, causing an unending source of pain. Alchemic sparks flicked across his body. His breathing was laboured and pained. When would it end?

Suddenly, he felt warm arms enclose around him. He had no idea why, but it felt comforting, nice... Like he was safe and everything was going to be okay. The sensation started to fade and along with it, his energy. The last thing he remembered was the feeling of those arms around him as he fell into darkness. 



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amethyst_konekoamethyst_koneko on June 21st, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
hmm. I'm curious to see how Ed being exposed to red water ends up with him and Roy being the target for assassins. :)

That last paragraph reminds me of something I've wondered about since I saw it. Perhaps it's another one of those plot holes FMA is supposedly famous for. :) How did a simple hug from Ross overcome the power of all that red water? There has to be more to it than that but hell if I can figure it out. :/
shell_mel: Insaneshell_mel on June 21st, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
This scene has bugged me since I first watched the series. I always wondered why there were no effects after his exposure to the red water. It couldn't have dissipated after one hug from a soldier he only meet a few days before hand. The red water didn't just disappear into nothing and it didn't really reappear after Ed absorbed it.

I suppose all us fans can do is speculate and take advantage of the plot hole with our stories. :D

Thanks for reading. :)
nochick_ficsnochick_fics on June 23rd, 2012 06:21 am (UTC)
Huh. You know, I never gave that any thought but yeah. WTF?

I think I've just learned to overlook the plot holes. And you're totally right, it gives us a chance to run with them and 'fill them in' with our own theories. ;-)
shell_mel: Cuteshell_mel on June 23rd, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
When I first watched it, I was so excited, wondering where the writers might take this. Could it lead to the boys getting their bodies back? Or the defeat of Dante and the sins? So every episode I waited and waited for it, but it never came. Probably the main reason this little plot bunny came to mind. XD

But yes! Fanfic writers unite under the appearance of plot holes! ^_^