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03 December 2007 @ 11:41 pm
Alphonse Elric - #4 - Hand me Downs  
Title; Red Coat
Author; azure15
Fandom; Fullmetal Alchemist
Character/Pairing; Alphonse Elric
Word Count; 673
Warnings; MAJOR spoilers for the end of series & the FMA movie
Summary; Set three years after the end of the series, just before the FMA movie.
Prompt; #4 Hand me downs



The sun was only just starting to stain the horizon, Al glanced out of the window with a shiver; the elaborate pink and red hues streaking the sky signalled that today was going to be just as cold as the night had been. He scooped his hair back from his face with both hands, gathering the dark blond strands into a long ponytail as he watched the dawn. Holding his hair in place with just one hand, after ensuring not a single strand was out of place, he took the blue band from between his teeth, reaching back to secure his hair in place as he turned from the window.

A kitten mewled at his feet, nuzzling it's tiny head against his ankles. Al grinned, crouching down to pet the scruffy creature gently. "You need to stay inside, kitty," he explained, looking saddened at the thought of leaving the little thing behind, but knowing that it would be for the best, "Winry-chan will take care of you." The kitten seemed to understand, nuzzling against Al's palm with a soft meow. Standing back up, the blond stepped over the cat, walking towards the door.

And stopped. Hesitating only briefly before reaching out for the bright red coat hung on the back of the door. Pulling it on, he closed his eyes, wanting to pretend for just a moment that it was warm from having just been worn, that he could even smell the scent of it's previous owner. It had been three years since his brother had last worn his coat, but each time he pulled it on, Al was positive he could still feel some of Ed's warmth in the thick material.

He smiled sadly, drawing the coat closer about himself, his fingers tightening into the folds of the material. Hot tears threatened to fall at the memory of his missing brother, Al screwed his eyes up to fight against them. He had already shed many tears over Ed, and he knew if the older blond was here, he'd tease him mercilessly over the fact.

Al used the fraying sleeve of the coat to wipe away the evidence of any tears, unclenching his fingers to allow the coat to fall back into it's natural flow from his narrow shoulders. The heaviness of the coat on his shoulders was comforting, a small smile ghosting his lips as he lowered his hand again. If he closed his eyes, the weight almost felt like his brother's hand on his shoulder. If he used his imagination, he could almost feel Ed's breath on the back of his neck.

Al's fragile smile grew as he tucked his hands up into the sleeves of the coat, the sensation of his own fingers against his skin jolting him out of the daydream that was so easy to slip into. He kept his eyes closed a moment longer, wanting to believe that his brother was just a step behind him. That if he just turned around, Ed would be there, grin in place.

It was the kitten that bought him back to his senses, Al opened his eyes to watch the furry creature nuzzle against his legs again, weaving between them in the elegant way that only a cat could. It mewled again, looking up at him with large, golden eyes. Al's heart went out to it, he leant down to scoop it up, bringing the kitten close to his face as he nuzzled his cheek to the soft fur. It purred now that it had his full attention again, Al laughed weakly as his fingers explored through the sandy coloured fur.

".. maybe you can come with me for a little bit," he slipped the kitten into one of the deep pockets, pulling back the lip of the fabric to let the kitten poke it's head out. He suddenly fought the desire to laugh, smiling to himself as he reached for the door handle.

"Niisan is going to kill me when he sees all the cat hairs on his coat..."
 
 
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C-chan: heartsbox_of_doom on December 4th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Aaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww <3
ღ annie: FMA [Al box]azure15 on December 4th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank you! ~ Al is just naturally d'awww...
aprilechidna5 on December 4th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Aw, sad but very cute at the same time. And the last line made me giggle. <3
ღ annie: FMA [Ed Spaz]azure15 on December 4th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks ~

Heh, you can just see Ed being all 'yay, I found Al again!' then amongst the injustice of his kid brother being taller than him despite a FOUR year age gap, being all '...WHY are there cat hairs in here?!'
aprilechidna5 on December 4th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
XD I'm never going to get that image out of my head. NOT THAT THAT'S BAD. Hehe, aw poor Ed.

This has reminded me I need to rewatch FMA so much...
gordafaridgordafarid on December 4th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
beautiful written story! <333
ღ annie: FMA [Hughes is love <3]azure15 on December 4th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

Aww.. your icon is cuuute ~
Bonnie lass: FMA/Ed&Al/Cuddlessleepdebtfairy on December 5th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
This was the sweetest thing ever. Wonderful imagery and use of Al's imagination. :3
ღ annie: FMA  [Ed & Al brothers]azure15 on December 5th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! ~ I wanted to expand on the whole 'Al imagining Ed right behind him' but it was taking it away from the erm.. original purpose of this piece.

If I can stop being lazy, I want to try and write a fuller fic focusing on it.

And eeee ~ Cute icon!

musica_mundana on December 6th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
I really, really loved this. Simple, and beautiful, and just sad enough. Nice job. ♥
ღ annie: FMA [Al smile :) ]azure15 on December 19th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you~ :D

I meant to reply earlier *head desk* Ugh.. I fail at this.