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How to Die - Chapter 10

Title: How to Die
Author: Shell Mel
Rating: PG - 13
Warning: Some violence and near death scenes. Also for Ed's swearing.
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.

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Roy found himself in his office, doing paperwork. Just like every other day. Read a report, sign it off, put it in a pile to be collected by Hawkeye, avoid a bullet in the head, and move on.

“Really, Colonel?” Came a voice.

Roy looked up to see Edward lounging on the couch in his usual cocky, arrogant manner. He frowned. When had he arrived? He didn’t hear the door and it was rare that Edward would make a silent entrance.

“After a long, hard day at the office,” the boy continued. “You dream about being back there? You are pathetic. Even I didn’t peg you as being this boring and unimaginative.”


“Fullmetal,” Roy said, his usual calm demeanour in place. “What are talking about?”

Edward allowed a smirk to appear on his face.

“Come on, Colonel shit head,” the boy said, sounding amused. “You really think you’re at the office? Last I checked there wasn’t much left of your office. Then again, you wouldn’t remember much about that.”

The boy clapped his hands and suddenly, another Roy and Edward appeared. The real Roy frowned at the appearance of their doubts. Okay, if this wasn’t a dream, he was going insane. The doubles were heading for the door. It seemed really familiar.

“What in the wor-“ Roy started before an explosion cut him off, silencing.

A loud clap made the doubles stop in mid flight as they went sent flying back from the door. Roy looked at the boy who was still on the couch.

“At this point,” Edward said, with a smirk on his face. “You become a very useless and very heavy bastard. Seriously, you need to lose some weight. Your fat ass is not easy to drag around.”

“I’m not useless!” Roy growled at the boy as he got up from behind his desk. “And I’m not fat! It’s all muscle. Now tell me what the hell is going on, Fullmetal!”

Ed didn’t seem too fazed by Roy’s little spat. He just grinned, as if enjoying the fact the man was losing his cool.

“Come on, Colonel,” Ed said as he pushed himself into a sitting position on the couch. “I thought you’d like to get a better idea about what happened today. Better then signing paperwork isn’t it?”

“You said this was a dream.” Roy said slowly, frowning. “Which means any possible ideas you give me, would be unrealistic.”

“It is a dream,” Ed said as if wasn’t really that big a deal. “But that doesn’t mean I’m a figment of your imagination.”

Now Roy was really confused. This is a dream, but yet Ed was real? This is just fucked up.

“I don’t understand,” Roy sighed.

Edward looked at him, as if thinking very carefully about what he was going to say.

“Colonel, I’m not sure if I can completely explain what the hell is going on,” Ed said. “But I can give you the knowledge I possess before I got stuck in here. Wherever the hell I did to you yesterday? A piece of myself got attached to you. As annoying as it is.”

“So...” Roy said slowly. “This is just a piece of you? Not all of you?”

“Yeah,” Ed nodded. “The rest of me, is still in my body. I can feel the draw of it from here, lying next to you. You’ve probably felt it to. The fraction calling to the whole as it were. I’ll go back to my body; I’m slowly being pulled back. But until then, I’m stuck here.”

“As if it wasn’t bad enough having you run havoc around my office,” Roy sighed. “You’re running around my head, or I’m going insane.”

“You make it sound like I enjoy being stuck in the head of someone as boring as you,” Ed said in a cheeky manner.

“Well you’re definitely small enough at least,” Roy teased the blond back.

“Watch it, Mustang,” Ed warned him. “Real or not, I’ll kick your ass.”

“Whatever, Fullmetal,” Roy shrugged, figuring that it wouldn’t matter if the kid did if it was a dream.

“Take a seat, Colonel,” Ed motioned to the couch. “Watch my memory of today and then you can decide if you’re crazy or not.”

Roy hesitated before taking the seat. The room moved around them and things continued from where Ed had stopped it. He watched the kid drop him into the corridor below. He wasn’t pleased about that. The scene moved around them, as if it were one of those motion pictures people seemed to enjoy.

He watched, curious. Could these events be real? Did the kid really lug him around half of headquarters, protect him and essentially save his life? Roy didn’t say a word throughout the whole thing. He saw his death through Ed’s eyes and fall into the darkness of Ed’s own death.

He had a better grip on the people who had come after them, but nothing on the idea that a piece of Ed was inside him. His subordinates had told him about the enemy, but seeing it made it easier for him to analyse. Roy still wasn’t sure yet if this was a dream, he was crazy, or what. He would just have to keep it in mind when it came to getting through their current situation.

“Well,” Ed said, breaking the silence as they sat in darkness. “Our times up. I’ll see you tonight.”

Roy frowned and opened his mouth to speak-

When suddenly he found himself waking up.


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3 

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

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