((Got like another month worth of writing to post ><))
Location: The Guestroom
Characters: Edward and Alphonse (plus veggie!Envy who does nothing)
Summary: Ed and Al take the time to talk about what each other knows so far
Ed snuck to the kitchen, trying to keep out
of sight of either Pinako or Winry. He found an empty ice
bag under the sink and filled it with ice from the freezer
before returning to the guestroom, screwing the top on
tight. He paused at the end of the lit hallway as he saw
Winry peek into the guestroom, shutting the door just as
quickly, and walking off towards the workshop in the
back of the house. He slunk to the door, opened it
quietly, and shutting after he slipped in. He stood there
for a few moments, letting his eyes adjust to the darkness
before making his way back over to the bed Al was on,
and holding the icepack out to him "Here..."
"Arigato.." Al took the icepack and placed it
over his head. He then looked back at the door, "ano.. is
something wrong with Winry?"
Ed sat back down on the bed "Um.. Not
sure... I've kind of missed out on some things while I was
locked in Limbo..."
"Something doesn't seem right about her
though.." he continued to look at the door, then he finally
glanced over at the other bed, "looks like I REALLY
missed out of alot of things..."
He looked towards the door as well "Well
if something IS wrong with her, I kind of missed what
Al sighed, it seemed like once they had one
issue taken cared of, something else had to come around
and throw everything off balance again.
He turned his glance back to the window,
watching a cloud cross over the waxing moon. He should
have been tired by now, but for some reason, he was
wide awake as if he'd already slept.
"There's also been that dream he's been
having lately... do you think.. it might mean
"I don't know... but I hope not..."
He stared off to the wall though not looking at
anything particular, "it seems really real to him... and I
don't know how to help him with it.... what if it really
Ed sighed "Let's just hope for now it's
nothing more than just a bad dream..."
"Hai..." he tried sitting up more, bringing his
knees up and laying his arms on them but still holding the
icepack in place.
"So I take it you're able to talk to him?"
"Hm?" he looked back up at Ed, "hai.. well..
sort of.." He glanced back at the wall, "being that we
been basically sharing the same mind I can look into
everything that he knows and has seen. Same for
thoughts as well.. though.. I try not to do it often. But
if he is unconscious then sometimes I can directly
'talk' to him too.."
He finally turned and looked at Al
Al looked back, slightly takened back by his
reaction, "uh h-hai."
"Hmmm..." he turned and looked back out
the window again, watching the clouds starting to gather
Al sighed again, "I feel really bad for him
though.. I mean, he's been alone for all of this time...
his entire life actually."
"Wait... His whole life?" He looked back at
Al, eyebrow raised "You mean he never had a body until
"Well when you think about it. If he is part of
me, then until the point we splited up he really never
had an actual life of his own.." he paused for a second,
"even if he does share some part of my soul, other
than that we aren't really the same."
"True... Which means with you two sharing
one body, only one gets to actually 'have' a life while the
other is a standby... Not what I would call a Touka
Koukan..." he looked away again
"Hai..." he turned his head to the opposite
direction, "demo, what can we do about it? Somehow
send one of us into a soulless body?... What sort of
price would we have to pay just to achive that?"
Ed sighed "I'm not asking either of you to
do that... Plus if it was soulless, it would be a dead
body.... And we already know about trying to revive the
"Hai.. that's what started this whole thing...."
"I..." he sighed "... gomen Aru..."
"Iie.." Al sighed, "there's no need to start that
Al already knew where this was going, and
everytime it seemed like the same thing over and over.
"Nii-san, there's not much to be sorry about. Nothing
else, it was just both of our faults, okay?"
"Uh hai..." he sighed, this would only end
up in a circle of 'It's my fault, no it's my fault' and they
really didn't need to be doing that right now.. "How are
"Not sure.." he took off the ice pack for a few
seconds, feeling fine. Although shortly after the burning
pain came back and he place it back on his forehead,
"still there... it's going to take awhile getting used to
"Hai.. but at least it's only the one spot..."
he looked down at the floor, his hands folded
"Yeah.." he laid back down on the bed to see if
maybe it would have relieve the pain a little.
"It'll more than likely burn for a while...
Took about a day for it to settle down for me... And then
I had to deal with the marks.." They were still bothering
him, but at least they didn't hurt like earlier.
He looked to the side again, just thinking.
He watched at the clouds began to gather
overhead, blocking the moonlight and draping the room
in total darkness "I think it may snow tonight..."
He perked up a little, enough to sit up again and
look out where the window us, "Yeah, looks like it."
He chuckled "Feels like it too..."
Al smiled, "hai, it does..."
"Maybe I should turn on the light..." he
turned and started to stand up
He watched as Ed left off into the darkness,
listening to his steps. Then he heard a flick and was
blinded by a bright light.
He shut his eyes as the light blinded him,
having to cover his eyes with a hand to see his way back
to the bed
After awhile he adjusted to the light and took
his hand away. It's been so long that he had to exprience
that. Usually changes in light didn't bother him as much
before during his time inside the armor.
Ed made his way back to the bed, and
sitting back down in about the same spot as before, his
clothes now completely dry from the dunking earlier that
Al tried to sit up more straight. Though the
Ouroboros stung a bit more when he moved again.
He stuck out a hand to Al to help him sit
up "Don't over do it ok?"
"Uh, hai," Al slightly stared him then blinked a
"Huh? Oh, no.. it's nothing."
He rasied an eyebrow "You sure? If
something is borthering you, let me know.."
"No, I'm fine," he took the icepack again, this
time it seemed like the burning had left for awhile.
"Alright..." he looked over at Envy, who was
in the same position as he had been placed "It's kind of
weird being less than 5 feet from him and not having to fear
for my life... Or yours for that matter..."
"I know.." he slowly looked over the side of the
bed and saw Envy, who wasn't moving much at all right
now. "How long has he been like this anyway?"
"I'm guessing since some time this morning
after Ignorance did whatever he did to him... He pulled
something out of Envy's head and threw it into Limbo, and
he's been that way ever since..."
"Hmmm..." he looked at Envy curiously, "I
wonder what he did to him.."
Ed shrugged "All I know is I was going to be
sick... If I could have... He reached into Envy's head and
pulled out what looked like a round, white object..."
Al just sat there, rather puzzled. What could
have he done to him? "Has he responded to anything
"He only says 'yes of course' if you ask him a
question... Otherwise he doesn't respond..."
"Hmm.... I wonder..."
"Wonder?" He looked back at Al
"Well, if he took something out of him, what if
it was soul.. it would maybe explain why Envy is like
this now.. but why?"
"I don't know.... Ignorance said something
about it being his personality..."
Al continued to think about it, "well.. it's only
just an idea.."
"Hai hai I know... But for some reason
Ignorance hinted about something dealing with the red
stones he supposedly wants all 3 of us to eat...." he
shuddered as he thought about what they were, and he
was NOT going to eat them if he could help it. "Something
about Envy no longer being like that..."
Al didn't say anything and just kept staring at
All of a sudden he remembered the book
he had been carrying. He reached under his coat, fishing
around for the book that was still tucked away in the
back of his pants... The book had gotten drenched just as
he had, and it was still damp as he pulled it out. He
hoped that the ink hadn't been ruined, but as he opened a
few pages that were stuck together, everything that had
been written or drawn was now no longer legible. If this
book was like this, this meant his was as well
"...Dammit...!" he threw the book to the floor and tried to
find his in his pocket, but he came up empty-handed.
"Nani..." He stood up and started looking for his nikki,
looking in the pockets of his coat, and even the pockets
of his pants. He couldn't find it anywhere, and the last
place he saw it was when he was up in the tree. He
remembered putting the book back in his coat, but now it
was nowhere to be found. Maybe it fell out of his coat
and landed on the floor of the room, or maybe he
dropped it at the base of the tree... There was no telling
where it went... He got down on the floor and started to
look under the beds.
Al watched him search around the room without
the slightest clue why, "ano.. what's wrong?"
He had his head stuck under the bed that
Envy was laying on "My nikki.... It's missing..."
"I-it's missing?" his eyes widen a little, "uh,
well.. when did you last use it?"
He sat up, kneeling on the floor "The tree
that we used to go play at when we were little... The one
near that waterfall.... I could have sworn I put it back in
my pocket..." He stood back up and pulled off his coat,
turning it upside down and shaking it. A wallet, two
pencils, and some other things fell onto the floor, but the
book was no where to be found "Where the hell is it...."
"M-maybe you just left it there by accident.."
he slowly looked back up at Ed, suddenly glancing at a
bright red mark that was across the back of his neck.
He sighed "Maybe.... I should go back and
"Uh, maybe I should go with you then," Al
tried to sit up more, there was a little bit of pain when he
did but managed to ignore it.
Ed turned and looked at Al "You'd do
better to just rest right now..."
"Demo, it would be easier to find if there was
two of us.."
He walked over to the bed, and put a foot
on it as he pushed the window open, letting in a very cold
draft that smelled of snow. "Aru, I..." There was going to
be no winning this one "....fine..."