shell_mel (shell_mel) wrote in fm_alchemist,

How to Die - Chapter 17

Title: How to Die
Author: Shell Mel
Rating: P G - 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 thought 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.

WARNING! *Spoilers* This is pretty much just a script of a part of Episode 50. I don't take credit for it. Just a bit of a recap. Another chapter will be up shortly to make up for it.

Chapter 17

Roy looked at Edward, unsure for a moment. This is what he had been waiting for all night. His answers. No, their answers. The boy’s gaze had softened slightly. No longer accusing or angry. Edward opened the door and invited Roy to step inside.

Calmly, Roy dusted himself off before walking through the door.

“Figures,” Roy commented. “You would practically make me wait all night before we finally got to the point.”

“Watch it, Mustang.” Edward said with a chuckle. “Don’t make me put my foot up your ass.”

Edward followed him, shutting the door behind them. They were in complete darkness. Nothing could be seen or heard. Roy couldn’t even see Edward.

“Fullmetal?” He called out into the darkness.

“I’m here, Mustang.” Came Edward’s voice. “Just give it a moment.”

Suddenly there was a bright blue light before them. A transmutation circle glowed in the darkness. In the circle lay a suit of armour. Alphonse. It must be him. Slowly, the rest of the room lit up as well. They appeared to be in an opera house. More figures were revealed. Two women in fancy, frilly dresses. One was holding a baby. A child with two limbs missing lay on the floor sobbing. Another with long green hair was sneering not too far away. Another large figure was drooling everywhere and seemed to have a manic look about him. Homunculi. Edward had told him about these creatures. Wrath, Envy and Gluttony.

“I’ve only just managed to get back to Dante’s hideout,” Edward said as he stood next to Mustang. “I don’t really remember getting back here too well. The rest of the story before this I could probably tell you about when I’m awake, but I don’t think it would hold any real clues for us. This is when the ball starts to roll.”

Just then Ed burst into the room. His automail hand wasn’t covered and didn’t seem to have its usual shine to it. His red coat was missing, leaving the boy in just his leather pants and black jacket. The boy didn’t seem hurt or anything for the moment. Roy wasn’t sure if that would be any reassurance considering who was still in the room.

“Brother?” Alphonse called from the circle.

“Al!” Ed yelled back, looking happy to see his brother still in one piece.

“That was quite an amazing feat, Edward.” Came a familiar voice.

Roy and the past Edward both stared at Doctor Marcoh, who seemed to have come out of nowhere. Roy was confused. He hadn’t been here earlier, had he?

“Doctor Marcoh?” Ed questioned, sounding confused. “I never did know where you went?”

Suddenly there was a bright light and Maes stood where Marcoh once was.

Edward looked as pissed as Roy felt. How dare that piece of filth use that form. Roy left a hand on his shoulder. Roy knew Ed was trying to bring him some sort of comfort, but he wasn’t sure if it helped. Not when he missed Maes so much.

“Sure you did, Ed.” The fake Maes said. “After all, you were the one that found the old dog and just waved goodbye as he went into the Furher’s custody. Now that was a great idea. The poor man ended up in that thing’s stomach.”

Maes motioned to Gluttony, who was looking hungrier than ever. Ed had a look of guilt flash over his face. The kid had never been into killing, or liking the idea that someone died indirectly due to his actions.

“He wouldn’t have died if you hadn’t of tracked him down,” Maes continued, laying the guilt on thickly.”

Ed turned sharply to look back at Maes, his teeth bared as his angry increased.

“Of course you were bad luck for a lot of us,” Maes said as he pulled out his signature throwing knives. “Weren’t you?”

Maes threw the knives towards Ed, his precision just as good as the man Envy was pretending to be. It was probably only Ed’s own highly honed reflexes that helped him dodge in time. Though it seemed Maes wasn’t ready to let the verbal assault drop yet.

“I would still be with my wife and adorable little girl if I hadn’t met you,” Maes sneered. “It must be tough fighting against a friend you’ve already killed once.”

Maes ran towards Ed, knives at the ready. Maes slashed quickly at Ed, but Ed was quicker dropping to the ground and rolling away from his attacker. Ed was quick to turn back to face his opponent who wasted no time in coming after the boy, slashing again. Ed ducked again and again as the attacks came, working his way behind his opponent.

Once Ed was behind the fake he grasped Maes wrist, turning it behind his back. Then with his automail arm against Maes neck, he forced his opponent off balance enough to make Maes drop his weapon. As Maes grabbed his automail arm, Ed kicked out his leg, bringing his opponent down to his height.

Roy had seen Edward fight many times in his assessments, but this went beyond those. This was a real fight and Ed was proving he was well and truly a lethal weapon with or without his alchemy.

“Is that all you’ve got?” Ed snarled.

“Release me,” Maes gasped.

“Impersonations?” Ed demanded. “With guilt trips attached?”

“Damn you,” Maes whispered.

“You’ll have to do better than that!” Ed told him. “You’re still a homunculus under that face. Have you forgotten what I did to your friend Sloth? I killed her while she was wearing the face of my own mother!”

“Really?” Maes said, as his morphed into what Roy could guess was Edward’s mother. “That must have been very hard for you.”

The woman Envy turned into was obviously the homunculus version of Edward’s mother, given the dress and style they all seemed to wear. Her head had twisted round to face Ed and suddenly elbowed him in the stomach with her free arm, forcing him back from her. She chuckled as she slowly stood up, changing back into the form Envy seemed to prefer.

“So not as tough as you think?” Envy mocked him.

Edward clapped his hands for the first time in this fight.

“I would reconsider the use of alchemy if I were you,” claimed one of the women.

Edward glanced at Alphonse.

“And you think I’m going to listen to you?” Edward challenged her.

“Go ahead and use it if you want,” Envy dared him. “It’s not like I care what happens to your brother.”

“The philosopher stone is already been activated,” the woman explained. “If transmutations occur near him, who know what could happen.”
Edward looked torn. He was fighting a difficult fight and now his abilities were limited with this insight. Alphonse was just as distressed by the news. During this moment Envy had taken the time to get very close to Edward, so when he spoke, he was practically talking face to face with the blond.

“Let’s find out,” Envy sneered as he shoved his knee into Edward’s stomach.

The force of the blow lifted Edward off the ground and back a few paces. The boy tried to right himself, while countering with a punch but the creature easily ducked under it and sent a jab into Ed’s ribs. Then while Edward was still recovering from that blow, a spin quick from Envy sent Edward to the ground.

Ed was quick to recover, rolling away before getting back onto his feet to run back into the fight.

“You’re going to pay for that!” Ed yelled as he threw another punch.

Once again, Envy dodge the attack and continued to dodge Edwards advances as he danced around the room.

“Keep trying, Ed.” The creature mocked him, as he back flipped away, before jumping high into the air.

Roy watched as the creature twirled in a graceful acrobatic display. Envy wasn’t just mocking Ed verbally, but with his physical prowess.

“I’m much stronger then you,” Envy stated.

Wrath grabbed Envy’s foot when he landed. Envy automatically turned to assault Wrath, having no regard for his own kind. Edward took the chance to tackle Envy to the ground. They rolled and rolled together but in the end, Ed was on top, struggling to hold Envy down. Ed started to punch Envy in the face. After the first hit, he changed his face into Sloth’s.

“Don’t hurt me, Edward.” His mother pleaded.

“Don’t fuck with me!” Ed yelled at the demon as he threw another punch.

Sloth changed to Doctor Marcoh.

“Edward please stop it!” The man cried.

Edward back handed him without a second thought. The face then became Maes once more.

“Calm down,” It said almost gently, only to be hit again.

Suddenly Roy’s own face was there. Though Roy almost laughed. Like his face would stop Fullmetal!

“Give up, kid.” His voice said. “You don’t have what it takes to kill me.”

“I don’t think you could have picked an easier target!” Ed grinned, as he threw yet another punch. “Show me what you really look like! Instead of being a coward, whose only real power is to hide behind other people’s faces!”

Punch after punch was thrown, Envy’s face had returned to his own. And yet he was smiling. Or grinning really, manically.

“Do you really want to see?” Envy sneered.

“Stop jerking me around!” Edward yelled as he pulled back for another punch.

“You asked for it!” Envy said as he changed once again before the punch hit.

Only the punch never hit. Edward looked so upset by what lay before them. Roy himself was a little confused.

“What’s wrong?” Asked a new voice from Envy. “I thought you wanted to see.”

The creature now looked similar to Edward. Similar to Hohenheim. Edward was shaking, very much so.

“You’re his son…” Edward whispered.

“Envy was the very first Homunculi,” the woman explained. “Created by Hohenheim, almost four hundred years ago as a result of the failed human transmutation of our son who had died prematurely of mercy poisoning. I suppose you could say that Envy was once your brother.”

“But then he abandoned me,” Envy said softly. “Started fresh with his perfect wife and kids. Needless to say, I never did like being replaced.”

Suddenly, without warning, Envy’s hand changed into a metal blade and impaled itself through Edward’s torso, coming right out the other side. Roy felt ill watching it, imagining how he what watched for the most part of Edward being shot just a few days ago.

Blood dripped from Edward’s mouth as he slid off Envy’s blade as the creature got up. The boy lay motionless on the ground. Blood seeping from his body, forming a red pool around him.

The room around them began to fade. Alphonse call for his brother could be heard. As could the other woman who had just spoken for the first time. Her screams for Edward rang loudly and echoed around them as they returned to the darkness.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16

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