Sat, Jun. 11th, 2005, 11:16 pm
ototo_aru: Dreams of Horror
Al watched the portal fade then he got outside
using the window and went over beside Ed. He didn't
know what to do, he couldn't just give him a stone. But, if
it would save his life.... No, he couldn't, he wasn't going
to..... it would be wrong... but..
His chest was caved in, and he was struggling to
get any air that he could, which wasn't doing any good.
The broken bones had punctured a hole in both lungs, and
it was like trying to inflate a busted balloon: it wasn't going
"Nii-san...." Al gripped the vial tightly. There
wasn't much time left, nor was there any other choice.
Finally he just shakely brought the vial infront of him,
finding the smallest one inside it and pulling it out. Maybe if
it was a small one, it won't be as bad. Just to be on the
safe side, be tried to snap only a peice of it, which wasn't
working too well....
She was a bit shaken. Everything that just
happened was a bit unreal... Hell more like completely
impossible. She looked at Winry, who was still standing by
the window. She didn't know weather to see if Al was
alright, or remain in the same spot. She decided it would
be best to make sure Al was fine, and then go from there...
He was going to have a lot of explaining to do later.
He couldn’t get any air, and everything was completely
pitch black…he felt like he was drowning. His brain and
body were screaming for air, but he couldn’t give it any...
Seconds were turning into an eternity as his body struggled
to try and save itself.
Al finally gave up on trying to break the stone in
two. Appearently they were much more harder than they
looked. Maybe he really was going to have to feed it to
him, no matter how much Al refused to do it. He gripped
the stone tightly, until he felt some sort of strange glow
from it, "... huh?" He looked down at his hand. Sure
enough, the small red stone was in fact glowing. Then it hit
him.. these things were a Philosopher's Stone. Maybe not
as powerful as the official one, but it still could do things
that many couldn't. Maybe he didn't have to feed it to Ed
afterall. If a complete stone could bring an entire body
back as they said, then a smaller one should be able to
atleast cure one. Al held the glowing stone just a few
inches above Ed's chest, then waited to see what it was
capable of. Soon he noticed that Ed was starting to
A hand reached out of thin air and smacked
Al on the back of the head "No trying to get around it... I
AM watching you, you know...." the voice faded.
"-?!" Al was startled and jumped a bit, dropping
the stone which stopped glowing after he did. So,
Ignorance was watching him. And yet, Al didn't matter. He
looked down at Ed, who was starting to breathe more
normally now atleast. Al picked up the stone and just
continued. No matter what, he wasn't going to sit here and
watch all of this happen the way it was planned. He was
doomed to the Gate no matter what he did anyway. He
was better off making a sacrifice like that somewhat useful
rather than a complete waste.
Ed's chest was returning to normal, and so
was is breathing. His eyelids fluttered a few times, but he
didn't wake up.
Pinako made her way to the other bed and crawled onto
it, looking out of the window along with Winry "Aru are
you alri.. Is that Edo!?" she said as the light she had seen at
a glance faded.
Al sighed, putting the stone down on the grass
and didn't look up towards the window, "hai.. it is..."
Pinako needed to get to the bottom of all of
this, but first the injured needed to be brought in from
outside before the sun went down. "Aru wait right there
and Winry and I will come help you bring those two
inside... And then you need to explain what's going on..."
she ducked back inside and made her way through the
house, followed by Winry.
Al finally looked up at them and gave a silent nod
before they left. He placed the stone back into the vial and
then hid it behind his back, being that Al had no pockets to
put it in. He glanced over at Envy who hadn't moved an
inch even after all of this. Shortly after Al heard the two
starting to make thier way over to the side of the house
where they were at.
Ed still wasn’t stirring, even when he was
picked up and carried inside by Winry and Pinako, and
placed onto one of the beds in the guest room. After they
had returned outside and brought in Envy, Pinako gave Al
a stern look "Aru... Do I really want to know what all of
He looked down to cover his face, "I told you
everything I know already. This is all completely new to
me as well..." Al paused for a second until going on,
She sighed "Aru... Just don't think you have
to keep this from us ok? We're family too and we do
worry about the both of you... If you have a problem, or
need help, ask..." She took Winry by the hand and led her
out of the room.
How could they help? How can anyone help
them? Al looked at the vial again now unsure what to do
with it. There was a drawer in a corner of the room,
maybe he could hide it in there for now. If Ed was to see
him with it, well, he didn't know how he'll react. Or even to
the deal he just made..Why was everything just like a
downward spiral? It just kept getting worse, and the only
direction was to just keep getting lower with no chance of
making it back out. Almost like a drain.
Suddenly that image flashed back into his mind, causing Al
to go back in shock. This time there was actually sound
that followed with it. Al tried to block it out and kneeled to
the floor, but it didn't shut it off. Eventually Al fainted once
again with a thud. Why.. Why was he tortured with this?
What this a warning of what would happen...?
He started to stir a little bit, but not really
Where ever Al was right now, it was dark. It
sounded like he was running and the footsteps where
echoing as though it was a very large, hallow building.
Finally he skidded to a hault and saw someone up ahead.
It was distorted and had it's back turned from him, but he
could see who it was quite well, his brother. Al approched
slightly closer to him, then suddenly backed far away.
There was a extremely high level of fear coming from him,
as though something wasn't right at all. The red marks
were very visible to him, almost like they were lit up and
shining even though he had his black overshirt on and
should have covered most of it. And there.. the right arm,
transformed into a blade, with steams of blood running
down it, all of it collecting at the tip before dripping to the
ground and splashing into a small puddle it made. Like the
marks it also looked like it was glowing, almost reminded
him of the stones. The ground that Ed was standing on
seemed to have been also strained red as well. Something
had happened, something awful....... Something that didn't
even seem human anymore......
He started to come to, his eyelids fluttering
open. He was confused and really disoriented, not really
noticing at first he was back in the bedroom. He just stared
straight upwards, the ceiling going in and out of focus
through half-lidded eyes.
Al shot up again, not really sure where he
anymore. If whenever it was still that dream or he was out
of it. That time.. it seemed to real than before..
Ed yawned widely, rubbing his eyes with his
His eyes went a bit wider after hearing him,
almost wanting to let out a yell. He pushed himself away
from where ever it was from only to crash into a wall and
banged his head against it.
"Huh....?" Ed turned his head on the bed
towards the sound, spotting Al sitting there with wide eyes.
He started to sit up "Aru? What's wrong?"
Al still wasn't sure if which was real or not right
now. And after witnessing that, he wanted to stay as far
away from Ed as possible just to be safer, "just... st-stay
back..! .. Don't touch me!"
Ed raised an eyebrow and just sat there
propped up on an elbow "Aru...?"
He didn't say anything much after that, waiting to
catch his breath again.
He sat up all the way, his feet dangling over
the edge of the bed "Something wrong...?"
Al waited a bit before talking, somewhat slow to
prevent himself from panicing again, "you.. you did
something really horrible Nii-san.."
"Say what!?" He sook his head as if he
hadn't heard him right "What do you mean I did something
He hestitated before going on, "it.. I don't really
know what it was exactly.... But..... people were killed....
lots of them..." Al lowered his head and still remembered it
all. "I.. I was asking why you did it, but you didn't say
anything.. It was like.. you didn't reconized me at all, you
didn't know who I was." He was beginning a cry a bit after
the last part. "I kept trying to call out to you, but got
nothing back... Finally, you came after me.... and.... and..."
Al had just brust after that. He remembered how Ed had
ran after him, with Al trying to stop him the best he could.
Telling him who he was, begging him to stop, but nothing
was reaching to him.. and then the last thing was the sound
of the blade cutting through the air and then craving directly
into his skin, leaving trails of blood behind and that flown
infront of Al's face. "You.... you were going to kill me....
"Wait wait wait.. I was going to k-kill you!?"
He didn't know what the hell Al was talking about, thought
he was now fully awake and realizing something was
seriously wrong... "T-that makes no sense Aru! You sure
it's nothing more than just a really bad dream?"
"I don't know.." Al tensed up next to the wall, "I
saw it before.. and it just looks too real... so I don't
".... But I haven't done anything like what
you're describing Aru..."
"I know... but.. what if... what if it does actually
"..." Ed looked away, he didn't know how to
answer that question....
"....... those stones...." Al finally spoke out. "I
think... they have something to with this. I'm not sure why
but.. I think they are going something bad to you.."
"I could have told you that.... Wait... Why
are you bringing those up?" he looked up, a questionable
look written all over his face
He looked up towards where he hid the vial.
Should he really tell them about that? Though, it was
probably best that Ed knew the full situtation before
jumping to a decision, ".... I have them still..."
He looked back up "Still have what?"
"The stones Ignorance wanted to give you. They
are still here.." he didn't want to look up at him, feeling too
ashamed, "and if you don't take them.... I have to go back
in the Gate..."
His eyes went wide "NANI!?! Oh that
bastard!" He hit a fist on the bed
Al wrinced back a bit after hearing him yell. "...
Don't do it.. please.. I don't want to see other people
getting hurt because of this... I'm doomed to returned back
there anyways, it doesn't mattler what you do..." he finally
actually shouted at him, "So stop hurting yourself for no
"Aru.. I... I will not let you go back there!!"
He stood up, his fist balled up "So quit saying that you are
because I won't let it happen!!"
"....!" Al had tensed up more, having his arms
folded and resting on his knees. He didn't say a word.
"Aru.. I.... Gomen..." he looked off to the
side and slumped back onto the bed, letting out a
frustrated sigh "I won't let you go back to that place.."
"..." he just lifted his head up a bit to look around,
still staying quiet.
He stared at the floor "So what now?"
He looked up "Aru... What do you want me
He still didn't respond at first, then just buried his
head again ".. I don't know.."
Ed noticed the slow reaction and rasied an
eyebrow, standing up "Aru... Are you alright?" he said
softly as he made his way over to his brother
Al glanced up again, then noticing that Ed was
coming closer. Somehow a bit of light refected off of the
right arm, making him flinch back away but hitting the wall
again but not as hard as before.
He stopped and just stood there "Aru..." he
He just sat there, leaning against the wall for
support. He shook his head to get the image out.. Al
shouldn't be this afraid of him.. but...
He turned back towards the window and
climbed on the bed "I'm going for a walk..." It was better
that he slip out this way rather than walking through the
house causing more problems from his presence being
"Huh? Hey wait!" Al reached out to stop him
feeling something was his fault... then again... maybe it
Ed stopped, one foot on the windowsill, and
looked back at Al "Aru... I'm just causing more problems
for you by being around you at the moment... You're
seriously freaked out..."
"I-it's okay.. I'm fine now.. really" he smiled a bit
though it wasn't all that real.
He sighed and sat on the windowsill, arms
crossed and resting ontop of his knees "Aru.. You're not
fine... I can tell.."
Al dropped the expression a bit since it didn't
seem like it was going to work. "But.. it's probably not safe
for you out there.."
He looked away "Is any place actually safe
anymore? No matter where I go, he's going to find me..."
he sighed "Aru... I don't know what to do..."
Al tried to stand up while using the wall to help,
"I'm not sure what to do either. So you're not alone in
that... Demo.." he looked off to the side, "I hate seeing you
hurt like that.. and we are still together for now.."
Ed nodded "That part is true... But if we
don't do what he says, it'll end up more than just the way
current situation is..." he sighed and ran his fingers through
"But if we do what he says, then it might lead to
something even worse.." he sounded really worried
"We're stuck between the proverbial rock
and a hard place on this... On the one hand, if we do as he
says, you stay safe, but the outcome may be worse... On
the other hand, we don't do as he says, he takes you back
into Limbo and more than likely force those things down
my throat... So no matter what we choose to do, it'll end
up the same in the end..." He paused and then sighed, not
looking at his brother "Aru... We might as well do as he
says because I doubt he'll let it go otherwise... He already
threatened to shove them down my throat by force...
Wait..." He thought for a moment and looked up "While I
was passed out, what happened between you and him? I
barely remember you speaking to him before I blacked
"I..." he didn't want to look at him, how was Ed going to
react if he told him that he gave himself up? ".... He didn't make
the agreement... I did...... I had to think of something to make him
stop.. I had to do something to make him gain something out of no
matter what would happen.. which was to give myself up.." Al
paused, thinking about what he actually done, "gomen.. Nii-san.."
He didn't say anything, instead of him helping his
brother, he was only making it worse... much, MUCH worse...
"I-I can't believe you.... You actually went and did something so
very STUPID as to get yourself bound to the Gate even further!!
He wouldn't have killed me!! They need me for some... plan that
the gate seems to be concocting with someone else!! ARU NO
BAKA!!!" He was shaking with rage, but he didn't look up. How
could his brother be as stupid as that to allow himself to be pulled
further into debt...
Al didn't say a word at all.. it was exactly what he
thought he was going to say. He just slumped down to the ground
again. What he did was wrong, he knew that. No matter how
much he tried to help, it seemed like all he got in return was guilt,
shouts, and failures..
He turned and climbed out of the window without a
word... He seriously needed a walk right now, otherwise he was
liable to blow up even further.
Al just sulked on the floor, ".... what have I done...?" He
lifted his head again where the drawer was, containing the vial..
had he really done the right thing?