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Tue, Jun. 14th, 2005, 12:25 am
ototo_aru: Anguish

Al was placed back where he was before the hands took him into Limbo. He still wasn't fully awake yet but was slowly beginning to come back around.

Ed landed on the bed and bounced off onto the floor, and Envy was dumped onto the floor at the foot of the bed. He landed with a hard thud on the wooden floor "Itaiiii..."

Al groaned a bit but hardly moved at all. It seemed like he was aching all over.

Ed just laid there for a few moments, his face resting sideways on the cool wooden floor. He was letting his mind catch up with what had happened. As soon as he heard Al's voice, he snapped back to reality and started to get up. Maybe it had all be just a dream... a really BAD dream... He could hope for that much.... As he turned to look at his brother, the idea of it being a dream got stomped into the ground as soon as he spotted the Ouroboros above Al's left eye

"...." he winced a bit but still didn't wake up.

He crawled over to Al and shook him a little "Aru..."

".....?" he opened an eye slightly but could hardly see.

He noticed Al's eyes open slightly "Aru how do you feel?"

"....." he didn't say anything for a long time. It was like he was still dead, but not. Finally he tried to speak out, but it could come out in a somewhat monotone voice, "...... why am I... still here....?"
"Still here? What do you mean still here?"

He didn't know what to say, somehow it was hard for him to talk right now anyway, ".. I..."

Ed sighed "Aru do you think you might be able to sit up?"

"..." Al didn't say anything at all, only was able to stare at nothing in particular with nearly lifeless eyes.

Ed sat up and scooped his arms under Al, lifting him off of the floor as he stood, moving him onto the bed "Well at least we can make you comfortable until you start to speak more.." He sighed and finally noticed Envy laying on the floor at the foot of the bed "Guess I shouldn't leave you on the floor either..." He walked over and picked Envy up in much the same manner, carrying him over to the currently unoccupied bed, and laid him upon it "Well it seems at the moment I'm the only one who's actually conscious..."

Even though Al was technically alive, he surely didn't feel like it inside. And it didn't seem like there was much to do to change it, ".... Nii-san..... I..."

He looked over at Al, not really sure what to say at the moment "..hai?"

"I...." he repeated but didn't say anything for a long time. Finally a tear fell from his eye, "....... I wanted to die....."

"...." He didn't know what to say. All he could do was stand there and cast his eyes down to the floor

".. I hate... living like this... All I do is mess up..." he paused for awhile, ".... everyone gets hurt.. because of me.... and even myself.."

"Aru..." he sighed and finally sat on the edge of the bed next to Al "...gomen..."

"..... he was perfect... wasn't he? I bet.... I bet he wouldn't have done something.. as stupid as this...." Al winced again from the burning.

"...Far from it actually... He's human same as you and me... well.." he paused for a moment "...you know what I mean... But no, he's not perfect.. he's as flawed as the rest of us...." he chuckled slightly "And trust me... he's done his fair share of stupid things in the past...."

"....." if he could move his head he would have turned it to the side. "... I got.. turned into the same thing you are now... didn't I?"


"...." so, what he actually hoping for worked, and yet, now he wasn't at all pleased with it. "Was I... given a different name.. too?"
He sighed "...hai..."

He didn't say anything for awhile. He was having a hard time staying awake now, and his vision was giving out. "I bet.... the name... fits me better than....... Alphonse...."

"Aru... That's not true.. I highly doubt the name fits you at all...."

Al was out cold now, laying quietly in the bed.

"I.... Aru?" He turned to look, nothing Al's head now rested to the side, his eyes closed. He reached over and ruffled Al's hair "Sleep well..." he pulled his hand away, his eyes staring at the Ouroboros now branded into Al's skin We keep making the right choices at the wrong times don't we?