((last post for now.. and damn this one's a doosy o.o))
He stormed off from the house, heading directly
down the hill towards the same path he had used before when he
wanted to think... And right now all he really wanted to do was
cool his head in the pool of water at the base of the waterfall. He
was FURIOUS that Al would do something so stupid as to allow
himself to be tricked into giving himself back up to the Gate when
he was trying his damnedest to keep that very thing from
happening... He would have to go back and talk to his brother
later when he was calmed down, but for the moment, he needed
to be as far away from Al as he could get on foot, and be able to
return later the same way.
Finally after awhile Al made his way over to the drawer,
opening it and taking the vial out to look at. The stones inside still
had an interesting shine to them. He gripped it more tightly,
wanting to just break it so that it would all go away. He wasn't
going to allow it, no matter the cost. Whatever they were planning,
he was going to make sure it would never happen. And yet, the
outcome was inevitable.
More images of the dream came back, as though it was just
haunting him into doing something he was going to forever regret.
That person he saw was nothing more than a monster now.. a
cold, heartless monster. And those stones were probably just a
small step away from creating it. Those gentle eyes he used to see,
were going to become cold, nearly lifeless and dead to the world.
Al couldn't stand it any longer. He had to stop it. But nothing was
going to work.. nothing. He was only helpless, useless. Unless...
Al knew his brother was going to forever hate him after this, but he
didn't care. Everything spelled out some sort of awful fate for him
at this point. He transmuted the stones into a fine red liquid and
brought it up closer to himself, removing the top. Whatever they
had in plan for his brother, they were now going to have to do the
same to him..........
He stumbled back to where the beds were, feeling completely sick
inside. It took him awhile to realise what he had done, what sort of
fate he had just bound himself to. Eventually he fell halfway onto
Ed's bed and halfway on the floor. The vial had rolled it's way
away from him ........ it was now empty......
There was a twang of pain and his skin felt like it
was on fire. Ed stumbled a few steps, catching himself on a nearby
tree, the sound of rushing water filling his ears. He had to get to the
water... His body felt like it was burning both on the inside and on
the outside, causing him to stumble forward in a half-run towards
the sound, finding that it was a lot closer than he had realized and
he stepped right off the bank and fell into the pool of water, hot
bubbles welling up all around him as the cold water tried to take
away the bite of the fire. His feet touched bottom and he pushed
upwards, reaching for air, his automail and clothing weighing him
down. His face barely broke the surface as he lurched forward,
trying to move towards the bank... to get some sort of foothold...
he needed to keep his head above the water, or he was likely to
There was a growl, and fingers twisted into Al's hair, yanking his
body upwards, dangling above the floor. He narrowed his eyes
and held Al's face directly in front of his "Well, well, well... You
seem to REALLY want to go back to the Gate for good..."
"....." he couldn't say anything back, or move for that
matter. Only stare back with halfclosed eyes.
"You do know that the human body can't handle that
right? You're better off dead.. Which once that works it's way
through your system... You will be dead within the next hour or
two... So It'll be nice to collect you, because you'll be ending up in
Limbo with me..." He smirked and dropped Al on the floor "Oh
and by the way..." he squatted down next to Al, whispering in his
ear "You do know that here is quite a nice supply of those in the
Gate, so you basically just killed yourself for no reason..." he
chuckled and stood back up "Enjoy the next 2 hours because you
won't be around after that to enjoy anything else... Oh but wait... It
acts like a neurotoxin as well...." he laughed and shook his head
"Guess you won't be doing much to enjoy it after all..." he reached
over and grabbed Envy "Guess I should go get Escape out of the
drink before he drowns himself because of you..." he stepped
through a newly opened portal "See you in 2 hours..." floated back
out before the portal closed.
"....." no matter how hard he tried he still wasn't able to
move. His eyes was starting to shut more as it begun to take it's
course, "............ Nii-san..........."
He was struggling to get to the riverbank, but only
found himself being pulled further into the torrent. His skin was still
burning despite the water, and he was now having to deal with the
pain from that and the fact his lungs were burning, and starting to
get filled with water. Just as his head went under for another round
of 'drown Edo', something gripped him by the braid and dragged
him upwards, his body being tossed onto the grass. he landed with
a thud and was already coughing up water as he was trying to get
air into his lungs in it's place.
"I can't leave you alone for 5 minutes before you or your brother
goes and does something to further my enjoyment..." he shook his
head and dropped Envy on the ground in a heap. He strolled over
to Ed, and squatted down next to him "I see you still haven't taken
your medicine chibi hinadori.... And I shall rectify that shortly. But
for the moment, you need to play the role of babysitter and watch
your mindless friend over there... I have some other matters to
attend to..." He stood up and was about to leave when Ed finally
spoke "W-what do you mean I have to play babysitter!?" He
paused "Well lets just say the current person I left in charge went
and did something really stupid, and just give their life up in
forfeit..." he smirked and didn't even give Ed a chance to ask
anything as he stepped into a portal, leaving Ed to finish his
undrowning session and Envy to just lay there.
Al just remained there, both feeling dead on the outside
and inside as time ticked on..... why did he do it? This wasn't what
he planned at all. He kept hearing a different voice inside him,
constantly asking what happened, why did he do, why wasn't he
moving at all.... It was the other soul, the rightful one.. He was
merely 'loaning' this body to him, and all he did was wreck it....
what sort of right did Al have? At this point, he was well off being
dead, but now he was taking someone else with him, someone
who had no choice in the matter at all.
Right now, all that Al wanted now was just to die.
He coughed up more water as Ignorance left...
Current person in charge? Stupid? Oh no... "Aru!!" he forced
his burning body to get up, grabbing Envy, and slinging him over
his shoulder, wincing as the marks under his still drenched clothes
were pressed into. At least Envy was rather light, and he started
making his way back to the house, trying to keep himself upright
as he ran as best he could with the load and the pain.
... why did you do it? ...... he wasn't able to send any
thoughts back. All he wanted was to be left alone. Al didn't say
anything for awhile, noticing that he was only giving up now. If you
don't fight back you'll... ...... it wasn't like he was able to fight
back anyway. He was tired of trying. But if he died, they both
would. He didn't want to take someone else with him, but it wasn't
like he was able to control that.. and right now he didn't feel like
wanting to live right now. Eventually even that voice faded as Al
drifted off more into whatever whatever state he was, away from
anything that would be considered living now.
He trudged the way back to the house, trying his
best to hurry. Whatever Al had done in his absence just made his
life forfeit according to Ignorance. He spotted the house up on top
of the hill, and he worked his way to the window of the guest
room, which was perched on the corner of the house. The sun had
already gone down by the time he reached the window, and he
shoved Envy through it, hoisting himself up and onto the bed. The
room was dark, and he couldn't see Al anywhere in the very dim
light of twilight "Aru? You here?"
"......" Al was laying lifeless where ever Ignorance had
dropped him. The vial remained on top of the bed next to him,
empty though some tiny leftover droplets remained.
He saw the empty vial, and his eyes went wide
"Aru... you didn't...." he picked up the vial with a shaky hand,
shaking his head at the same time "Aru.... what have you done...."
He wasn't able to hear anything at all. Every second was
important to him now, and yet there wasn't anything he could do.
He didn't know what to do, he didn't even know if
Al was even there. Actually he was rather floored as he sat there,
looking at the empty vial, noticing a small bead of red liquid in the
very bottom. He didn't know what had happened to Al, and his
brain wasn't wanting to catch up to his body. He was trying to
make himself move, to go turn on the light in the room, to see if
maybe Ignorance had left Al behind... but he couldn't make his
body do anything... All he could do was stair at the vial in his
shaky, unsteady hand.
Al had completely givened up, accepting this new void he
was in. It was ironic to him, all he ever desired since being in the
Gate was the feeling of actually being wanted, cared for even. And
now all he wanted to be once again alone and forgottened. It seemed
like here he wasn't able to hurt anyone, or even himself.
He finally was able to slide to the edge of the bed,
his feet not touching the hard wood floor, but something soft... He
looked down, to where his feet were resting and spotted the
outline of a body. His voice was shaky as he moved his feet and
reached down, his hand shaking Al's shoulder "..a-a-aru.... s-say
something.... anything... o-negai...."
He was still alive, to say the least. But didn't move at all.
He crawled off the bed and got onto the floor. He
kneeled next to his brother, shaking his shoulder again "...aru...
o-negai.... say something...."
He cradled Al's head in his arms, tears starting to
run down his cheeks as he pressed his forehead to his brother’s as
he spoke in a whisper "Aru... no baka... Why did you have to go
do a dumb thing like this... I'm going to end up losing you for
good, and I don't know how to fix it...."
Al felt a small bit of warmth that suddenly went away,
startling him a bit actually. He perked up a bit and was able to
look around but unable to see anything. Finally Al sulked again, he
knew what it was from. ........ Nii-san....
He cleared his throat as he perched on the end of
the bed "You both are apt to do some really dumb things aren't
you?" He didn't look up "Go away... This is all your damn fault!"
"Aww is that anyway to talk to someone who might be able to cut
you a deal to keep him from dying? Though I would MUCH
rather prefer he end up in Limbo where he belongs... But I highly
doubt you'll be very cooperative... So I'm here to cut you a deal...
a Touka Koukan..." He narrowed his eyes, but didn't look up
"Whenever you say that, it never turns out the way it should..." He
chuckled and smirked "You act like it's all my fault..." "Because it
IS all your damn fault!!" "Well if you want to be that way, I can
just let him die... Seeing as he's right at the end of the very short
rope he was holding onto already..." he stepped off of the bed and
stood up, a portal opening up to allow him to exit. "...w-wait..."
Ignorance paused "What the hell do I have to pay? I know you
already have something in mind... what is it?" He grinned
sadistically in the dark "Oh... Just the fact he's now going to have
to pay for being stupid.... Meaning you know the little family that
you joined... It might get another member..."
Al wasn't sure what was going on, but it seemed like
something was happening outside where he was at. Although, it
seemed like after every second he was losing more and more of
himself and wouldn't last much longer.
He sat there, silent for a few moments, lifting his
head and looking down at the lifeless form of his brother in his
arms. Things just seemed to be getting more and more screwed up
as the seconds ticked on "You like to seriously screw with us don't
you?" "First off, I'm doing as I was told to do by my employer...
Secondly, I wasn't the idiot that turned the Philosopher's Stone
into a beverage... So he is going to reap what he has sewn.. Plus
there isn't a way to get the stone out even if he was to live... Which
he has about 2 minutes left of that.. So you might want to make
your choice real quick..."
Al's breathing got a bit worse. Obviously there wasn't
alot of time left.
He sighed... Al was going to hate him for the answer
he was about to give, but it had to be done "Fine... But under one
condition..." He chuckled "You really aren't in a position to make
any demands chibi hinadori, but fine, indulge my curiosity..." He
turned and glared at Ignorance "We stay together.." He shrugged
"Fine whatever... Though I can not guarantee the Gate won't split
you up.." "It's either that, or no deal.. And I'll make sure you don't
have me either..." He raised an eyebrow "Hey I'm giving you a
general warning... And you might want to say yes because his
heart's about to freeze up..." "Fine whatever, just do something!"
The black, wraith-like hands reached up through the floor, sinking
claws into Al's flesh, dragging him down into the floor. He
watched as Ed hung on, trying to fight them off "Let him go you
dolt... You said yes, and he has to go into Limbo for me to do
anything... Now if you want to go with him, be my guest..." He
grabbed Envy and tossed him through another portal as Both Al
and Ed were dragged down into the void that had opened below
them. After they had passed through, he sunk into the floor, a grin
on his face "Oh what idiots these humans really are..."
Al still hadn't moved much as he was pulled into Limbo.
Now floating in the darkness someplace at the mercy of what was
He stepped between Ed and Al, pulling them apart
and leaving Ed to hanging there in the emptiness "Now don't give
me that look..... you're just in the way at the moment..." He held a
hand over Al's now outstretched body, the second one held
underneath "Let's see where it begins and where it ends..." All he
could do was watch, not sure as to what the hell he was talking
about, or what was going on. He moved his hands until they were
right over the lower back and the large intestine "Well found the
start of it, meaning the end should be about..." he took a finger and
placed it right above the left eye "....here... And I'd be right..." right
under his finger the skin started to bubble as red liquid oozed to
the surface and started to burn into the shape of the Ouroboros
"Welp now he needs a name.. Hmmm..." He thought for a few
moments, looking over at Ed, and grinning... "I think I have one
that may work.. Anguish... it's minor, but oh how it packs a punch..."
Al winced a bit as the mark burned it's way on him, but
still didn't awake up at all.
"Hmmm... Well you two are free to go back to that
little hole you call a home at the moment... But mind you, you
WILL be eating the stones... All three of you.. And before you
ask, you should already know Envy has to eat them.. Otherwise
he will be more than just a walking Palmtree.... he'll be a vegetable
that responds like a doll..." He laughed as Ed, Al, and Envy all
were dragged out of Limbo by the wraith hands. You seriously
should have just delt with it rather than letting them do your
job Ignorance... "Oh just hush... You know it'll work out better in
the end anyway... Now Escape will be more willing to do what we
want, and Anguish will be a trump card..." He smirked You had
best be ready to clean up the mess... I'm not going to be the
one who has to care for your 'pets' when you get bored....
"You know me well enough by now I break my toys before I ever
get bored with them..." he grinned sadistically before fading out