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15 August 2004 @ 11:14 pm
semi-funny fic: The Other Side  
Ah, well, this is the last of my even remotely funny stuff for now. >_>;; Hope you enjoy. And hope you don't mind if I start sending you angsty stuff, instead.

Because Lord knows Hagane no Renkinjitsu needs more angst! =D

Inspiration for this fic comes from girl_starfish's fic "The Bright Side" (warning -- episode 25 spoilers.) and the fourth closing sequence.

Title: The Other Side
Fandom: Full Metal Alchemist
Spoilers: Major spoilers, up to episode 42. [edit] Gyah! I left the spoiler warning in but didn't put which episode! >.<;;
Warning: Angst, irreverence, humor.
Rating: PG-13

"I shouldn't be here," Scar kept saying. In fact, he had been wandering in circles, saying the same things over and over, ever since he showed up.

"Yet here you are, all the same," Hughes said dryly, and exchanged a look with Trisha.

"I've turned away from the path of God. I have committed many sins. I should be facing my judgment right now, not..." The man turned around to face his new companions, confused distress writ large over his face. His red eyes dropped to regard Nina, playing happily on the floor, and widened. "I shouldn't be here!"

"What makes you think that you haven't already faced your judgment, and this is it?" Hughes asked reasonably. "Were you maybe expecting an announcement? Trumpets?"

"I... no! This is... wrong!" Scar sounded terribly confused. He stared at his hands, and turned them over, as though searching for marks that weren't there. "I deserve... punishment. I have committed many sins..."

"We already know that, Scar-san," Trisha told him kindly.

"You know? How can you know?!"

"Some things... are visible... from a long way off," Hughes said carefully. "And why shouldn't we pay attention, when our loved ones are involved?"

"You saved my son Alphonse's life," Trisha told him seriously. "And you have helped both him and Edward several times in the path, when you could have hurt them instead. Why should I bear you a grudge for that?"

Scar backed away, as though he could avoid her words. "But I have turned away from the true path -- I have killed -- many people, I have --"

"Neee," Nina spoke up suddenly, and she was clinging to Scar's leg, peering up into his face. He froze as still as a statue, as though afraid she would tear off his leg if he moved a muscle. "Are you going to stay here with us, Mister?"

The Ishvar man looked from one to another, as though searching for some trace of condemnation. "I don't understand," he exclaimed, pulling away. "I should be judged... I should be... I absolutely belong in Hell."

Hughes gripped the man's shoulder, hard enough to restrain him. "Take it from one who knows, Mr. Ishvarian," he said. "Hell is what you make of it. As is Heaven."

The scarred man stared at him, still plainly lost and dazed. Hughes pushed him down, until he was sitting, and not so likely to bolt.

"And on that note," Hughes said happily. "I have lots of pictures I need to show you of my beautiful daughter Alicia. Aren't you lucky? I've already shown them all to Elric-san and Nina-chan, but now that you're here, I can start all the way from the beginning!"

"Uh?" Scar blinked, as Hughes whipped out a huge black photo album from thin air.

"Don't go away! We've got lots of time, and... Ah! Remember this one, Nina? Here's Alicia at the beach, making sandcastles! And her second birthday party; I took lots of pictures from that. This one has Ed and Al in it, right, Elric-san? Oh, and... Hey! You aren't going anywhere! I have to show you Alicia when she was in training pants! Oh, she can make anything look like a designer brand-name, can't she?"

Some judgments aren't easy to understand, and even harder to accept. But in the end, those are the ones that matter the most.

Current Music: Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Ve: maho_kiwi - kimbreedana_fields on August 15th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
"Are you going to stay here with us, Mister?"

That was so cute! Especially when it was him who killed her!

I love Scar ^^ and Maes! It was a great ficclet! :D
mikkeneko on August 15th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
That was so cute! Especially when it was him who killed her!

Er... yes. Cute. 9_9;;

Glad to see I'm not the only one with a kinda twisted sense of humor.
Vedana_fields on August 15th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC)
I always think that everything is cute. That's why I refuse to eat animal shaped food, like crakers ^^'''''
腹蛇: Ew puke (screen by darkkairachan)youkofujima on August 15th, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC)
*snorts* Sadly, though I don't think I should have laughed, I was chuckling through this fic. XD so cute. X3
mikkeneko on August 15th, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
Hey, why not laugh? ;) If we can't laugh at all the dead people, we'll cry instead, and that would suck.
girl_starfishgirl_starfish on August 15th, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
Dude. I didn't see that coming. ^_^ Nice work.
mikkeneko on August 15th, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
Well, the fourth closing has them all grouped together (under the category of "Important Dead People," I presume) so it was just a matter of connecting that with your idea of baby pictures in the afterlife. ;)
Elihice: hi alelihice on August 15th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC)
"Major spoilers, up to episode "

Up to episode what? I want to know if I can read this.
mikkeneko on August 15th, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry! Don't know how that happened. -_-; Up to episode 42.
Elihiceelihice on August 15th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC)
Aww.. well, I'll just bookmark this until spoon finishes with ep 42..
Elihice: hi alelihice on August 20th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
Finally, I read it. I love it.
oysterverse on August 15th, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC)
::cries on you more::

::kills you ded::
mikkeneko on August 15th, 2004 11:02 pm (UTC)
Oi, oi, I can't write any more fic if I'm dead.

Or was that the point?
oysterverse on August 16th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
snarkymonkey on August 15th, 2004 11:00 pm (UTC)
Ah, the humor was a nice touch. Good ol' Hughes. Perfect for easing the pain of anything . . . with obsessive fatherhood. *grins*

Nice work.
mikkeneko on August 15th, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
Hughes makes anything better. :3
TIPtip_not_tippy on August 16th, 2004 12:08 am (UTC)
Luff to teh Scarman. He really needs teh luff. And luff to teh Hughes (my favorite side chara next to Roy and Hawkeye). And MUCH luff to you for writing this fic. ^_^
mikkeneko on August 16th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was nicer to Scar in this than I ever thought I'd be, but I guess I felt I didn't want anything too bad to him to happen in the end.
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mikkeneko on August 16th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
Well, being dead isn't all peaches and cream, you know. ;)