Tue, Jun. 14th, 2005, 12:50 am
grifstar: Switching of Souls
A few minutes went by, finally Al stirred a bit
but only stopped after feeling a sharp pain, "Itaii...."
He paused for a second... Wait... That
voice sounds different... "Aru...?"
He eyes went a little wide after hearing the
voice. And on top of that... he was now able to feel
pain.. which meant..... Al tried to sit up but was aching
too much, "N-Nii-san?!"
Maybe his ears were playing tricks on him.
He put a hand on Al's shoulder, making him lay back
down "Don't over-do it... You need to rest..."
Al still couldn't believe it, by some reason he
was now in control. Though this did bring up debate
where the other one went. Maybe they had just switched
places for the time being, if that was even possible. He
laid back down with Ed's help, "Nii-san, i-it's me!"
"Aru...!?" his eyes went wide
"H-hai," he said sounding excited and yet
akward by it at the same time, "I don't know how it all
really happened, but hai."
"W-wait.... But if you're here then..." He
was happy to finally get to talk to his brother, but what
happened to the other Al?
Al knew what he ment, "I don't know.. we can
only hope that maybe we just switched places for the
time being," he sighed and looked away, "though he
seemed just torn apart.. I wasn't sure how to really
help him either.. hopefully he didn't try something
else too rashly," he put a hand over the mark to stop the
"Aru.. It's not that I'm not happy you're
back... I wouldn't mind if stayed that way, but then what
would happen to him? This is all really screwed up..." he
let out a frustrated sigh and reached out his automail
hand, smiling slightly "Here... At least I can be of some
Al turned red as he felt the back of Ed's hand
against his head, cooling the mark off slightly. It wasn't
something that he had ever expected to feel,
"a-arigato.." He went back onto the question Ed asked,
"I wish I knew. Though for me it was basically being
someplace kinda dark, and unknown to what was
sort of going on... kind of what sleeping is.. and yet I
was still awake."
"Sounds somewhat like what Ryu said he
went through... Though he was stuck with Ignorance in
Limbo...." he sighed. He would have to get to try and get
Ryu out of that place somehow... It was right for him to
be stuck alone back in that hell. "Ano.. Let me know
when to turn my hand... It won't work for long, but it
should help some..."
"Uh, hai.." Al said back. "Ignorance..." that
name sounded familiar, then he remembered, "oh that's
right, he's that agent of the Gate, right?"
He shifted his gaze to the open window
Al looked up at him and then sighed and faced
the other direction. There on the other bed he saw
someone else and then was really surprised, "i-is that
Ed glanced back at Al, and then to the
other bed where Envy had been placed "Hai... But at the
moment he's like a living doll... Ignorance did something
to him, and now he doesn't do anything by lay there..."
His gaze went back to looking out the window "You've
missed quite a bit..." he turned his hand over, figuring it
was about time, because from what he remembered from
the other day, it wouldn't have taken long for the metal to
absorb the heat from the mark.
"It seems like I have.." he looked down at
himself, "I been able to look into his thoughts and
memories though of what has happened. So I do
know some of the things that have been going on...."
after awhile he trailed off to a different topic, "it feels
weird though... having a body again.."
He chuckled softly "Be me when I found
you... well him... Bah... You are him and he's you in a
way... Anyway.. It was completely weird finding you not
in the armor... Speaking of which..." he turned and
looked at Al "What happened? How come you ran off in
the middle of the night? And you took my suitcase...
".... huh?" Al blinked a few times, then backed
away a little feeling embarrassed, "w-when did that
He pulled his hand back, the metal very
warm to the touch "Don't tell me... You don't remember
Al shook his head, "the last thing I remember
was just having my soul rejected. Then the next thing
I knew was.. well.. being here."
Ed sighed, well that was going to remain a
mystery for a while, and he would have to track down
the answer and his missing suitcase whenever they finally
got back to Central. "So the last few weeks are pretty
much a blank for you then...?"
"Hai.. it would seem so.." he sighed.
"Need me to fill in any of the details?"
"Hm?" he looked back up, "hai.. if you don't
"What do you want to know? Or should I
say what do you know that you need me to clarify?" he
folded his hands and leaned forward some, resting his
forearms on top of his thighs, still looking over at Al.
"Umm... hmm.." he sat there and thought about
it. So far he knew quite a bit about the other Al, or
atleast what he was like. But now would be a good time
to learn what else was going around him, "well, I guess
what happened when I 'ran away' first of all. Because
I don't even remember that."
"After I found you...him.. dammit... This is
really hard to talk about when I'm now dealing with two
of you.." He laughed a little "Instead of one brother, I
now have two..." he sighed and smiled, looking down at
the floor "I went a week without sleep trying to find you,
and ended up finding your 10 year old self in a disserted
warehouse on the west side of Central..." Ed went on
from there, telling Al everything that had been happening
up until he had woken up, which took several hours.
Al just sat there and listened, waiting for Ed to
finish. "Seems like it's all a lot more complicated than
I thought it was.." he winced again and covered the
"Hai... It's quite complicated.." He looked
over at Al, and saw him covering the Ouroboros again.
he stood up "I'll go get an ice pack..."
"Uh, hai.." he kept a hand over it. Never
thought I would get one of these... he sort of laughed
at that thought. Though aside from the pain, he didn't
mind it at all. Atleast it wasn't as bad as living in
something else where most of your senses were cut off.
Not to mention not having to rely on an array anymore
had many ups too. After awhile he heard the door creak
open, then saw someone peek though. At first he thought
it was his brother again, but then realising it was someone
else. It was someone he remembered quite well
however, "Winry?" He watched her quickly shutting the
door again and heard her walking off. He was slightly
confused what that was all about, it wasn't something that
she would normally do...