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19 December 2007 @ 01:45 pm
Alphonse Elric - #46 - Sky Blue Pink  
Title; Colour Blind
Author; azure15
Fandom; Fullmetal Alchemist
Character/Pairing; Alphonse Elric
Warnings; Wee bit angsty~ No spoilers, really. Armour!Al
Prompt; #46 -Sky Blue Pink
Word Count; 595

It was getting hard to see. Al lowered his head, the soft glowing eyes staring out from the visor of his helmet. The early morning was bitterly cold, not that he could feel it, frost had started to spread out over his leg. Al moved a large hand to trace the delicate pattern, a soft sound of disappointment leaving him as the ice broke beneath his touch. He wasn't even allowed the satisfaction of feeling the sharp cold beneath his fingertips. The armour clanking, Al leant back against the tree, his eyes looking to the horizon, where the sun had started to rise.

It should have been beautiful. A mixture of pink and yellow hues darting across a promising blue sky, staining the frosted ground underneath with a warm, orangey glow. Al sighed, the quiet sound seeming that much louder in the hollowed confines of his body. The colours were there, but they just weren't right. They were too pale. The brilliant blue of the sky was only just distinguishable from the pink clouds spread across it, the sharp white frost wasn't so different from the withered grass just poking out underneath. If he really concentrated, he could tell the colours apart, but if he let his mind wander, then everything just seemed to fade to grey.

By all rights, he shouldn't be able to see. He couldn't touch, he couldn't taste, and he couldn't smell. There was no physical reason for him to be allowed to see and hear, his current body was just a shell. Al raked his thick, leather fingers through the crisp grass, shatters of frost clinging to them. He was happy that he could at least see his brother, and even hear his almost constant ranting. The colours may have been faded, but in order to see Edward's reassuring smiles and grins, he didn't need them at all. Al clenched his fingers about the brittle grass, the stalks snapping off into the palm of his hand.

"Al?" The armour looked up at hearing his name, accompanied with the crunching of boots against the frozen ground, "Al? C'mon, I know you're here. It's not THAT easy to hide seven feet of armour," peering around the side of the tree, Ed grinned brightly at his little brother, "What're you doing all the way out here? You'll freez-... ahh." It was complete instinct, and Al knew it; he forced a soft laugh.

"I'm.. not cold, niisan," Al stood up slowly, the leather creaking at his sides as the frost fell from it, "Are.. are we going now?" The smaller blond nodded, stretching both arms up behind his head as he threw a glance to the horizon. The pretty pinks and yellows had long since faded against the bright sunshine.

"Yup. We'll be able to catch the next train, and be in Central in time for lunch," he grinned widely at the thought, even when he was still full from the hurried breakfast, "Hey.. uhh.. Al," he glanced over at his shoulder to the armour, his grin fading into a more genuine smile, "I'll get you your body back real soon. So I'll have a reason to be mad at you for being out in the freezing cold. Okay?"

Al glanced down at his brother, looking into the eyes that should have been bright gold, but were just a faded brown in his eyes. He looked lower to the confident, reassuring smile, one that could easily surpass the vividest colours of Al's imagination. If he could, Al would have smiled back.

".. okay, niisan."
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Naruhodou Ryuuichi - Objection! (Metamorphosis Jazz Band)
Fish Eye no Mikofenm on December 19th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Awwwww... poor Alphonse...
ღ annie: FMA [Al box]azure15 on December 19th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
Al gets it so rough angst wise. I watched a video on YouTube that showed all of the sad parts in series, so it gave me inspiration to write angsty!armour!Al for a change. Poor thing, I'll have to make my next one utter fluff for him.
☇ ⁕ ☆ ᴀᴘᴘᴙιᴠᴏιsᴇ ∽ нᴀʏʟᴇʏ ∿ 。: [FMA] Elricest -- Hold On Tightlavaliere on December 19th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
A simple idea, yet beautifully expressed. I love how you turned the idea of colors--something we all see (unless colorblind)--into something for which Al longs. And in such a well done manner!

Very cute, very sweet, and very well written. ♥!
ღ annie: FMA [Al smile :) ]azure15 on December 19th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Ahh, thank you very much! I always thought it strange how a soul in a suit of armour had the ability of sight, so I wanted to toy with the idea of just how much or how little Al can actually see. I figured that the senses the poor kid had wouldn't be a patch on the ones he had in his actual body.

Thank you again! :D That means a lot coming from someone who has insane talents in fandom.
☇ ⁕ ☆ ᴀᴘᴘᴙιᴠᴏιsᴇ ∽ нᴀʏʟᴇʏ ∿ 。: [FMA] Elricest -- Just to be closelavaliere on December 19th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
insane talents, my ass *blushes* ^^;;

It is a very intriguing concept, for sure, since theoretically Al should not be able to have any senses what-so-ever. Even the concept of "sighing" would be impossible, since he has no lungs from which he can expel air. It makes one wonder how he can speak at all, having no vocal chords to use either. But you expressed these concepts (albeit on a more simple scale, making for a nice, light reading) very well! I hope to read more from you soon. :)
ღ annie: FMA [Ed & Al brothers]azure15 on December 19th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
Pft! Talent is there indeedy~

Al even cries at least once whilst in the armour, or rather, he makes the sobbing sounds. It could have been something to do with Ed attaching Al's soul to the armour via the blood seal, maybe he was the one who made it possible for him to speak, hear and see. But that touch was impossible because of the body in question. Either way, it's fun to explore!

Thank you again! Al is just too cute to not write about ~

aprilechidna5 on December 19th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh my god your icon is so cute

Aww, that was so sad. Really beautifully so. I love how you word things, and you have Al down so perfectly it's kind of awesome =D Just... love.
ღ annie: FMA [Al anim]azure15 on December 19th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Eee, I know! I saw it and was like 'omgsqueeee!'

Aww, thank you! Hearing that really meant a lot, I adore Al, I'm really glad I can do him justice. It's just too easy to write angst when poor Al is involved. He'll get a fluffy drabble one of these days.

Thank you again ~
C-chan: heartsbox_of_doom on December 19th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
I would like to second fenm's awwwwwww-ing.

*hugs Alphonse*
ღ annie: FMA [Al smile :) ]azure15 on December 19th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
He does need hugs! Poor Al.. he's just so easy to angst when he's stuck in that armour. D:
esteltinuviel on December 20th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
"By all rights, he shouldn't be able to see. He couldn't touch, he couldn't taste, and he couldn't smell. There was no physical reason for him to be allowed to see and hear, his current body was just a shell."

Exactly XD I've always wondered how that worked, but FMA in Amestris bends most of the laws of physics anyway (at least they obey Newton!).

Short, but really direct and bittersweet. I enjoyed reading this.
ღ annie: FMA [Al smile :) ]azure15 on December 20th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
That's true! I always assumed it was something that Ed did when attaching Al's soul to the armour. That, and the writers couldn't be cruel enough to just have Al stuck in a silent, cold armoury world D:

Thank you!~ Hopefully with more of these shorter attempts, I can kick myself into writing something longer.
Proud owner of the eighth circle of hell.: Bloodsealhimura_arimikoe on December 20th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
Al is such a great fountain of possible angst, and he hardly does at all in the series. Good thing we give him proper time for it in fanfic.
ღ annie: FMA [Al's got back]azure15 on December 20th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
I know. Poor Al hardly gets any angst time in the series. I guess since it's sort of from his 'point of view' that he wouldn't be as selfish enough as to put his own angst forwards. Ahh he's such a sweetheart.

Al is getting fluffy time next time. Well.. I'll try to give him fluffy time.
♥ caitlin: Red Al from Erincaitlinneko on December 21st, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Absolutely loved it <3
It had this...soft, light feeling to it, you know? Like...a muted grey sort of feeling? XD
Either way, it was beautifully done, and it is an interesting concept to explore.
Congrats, as we shower Alphonse with hugs, even if he can't feel them (but he can feel the love~ 8D).
ღ annie: FMA [Al smile :) ]azure15 on December 21st, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you :D

I'm glad that you got that, I was sorta kinda trying to pull the writing that way, as a nod to what Al can see. All muted greys.

Ahh thank you again! And poor Al, he'll always appreciate the hugs, even if he has to pretend he can feel them.
♥ caitlin: Smile from Erincaitlinneko on December 21st, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I thought that the feeling of the writing went very well with the theme and point of it. That was very well done~

*nodnod* And so we must give him lots. Even after he gets his body back and is squishy no longer needs to angst. :3
Hewene: sleepy edsayhello on December 21st, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!! Poor Al! And yet, he does have his niisan, so not all is angst. Lovely descriptions.

ღ annie: FMA [Ed & Al brothers]azure15 on December 21st, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
He does have his niisan! Armour!Al can't be sad for too long with his Ed around :D

And thank you! ~
chaoticlivichaoticlivi on December 23rd, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)

That's true, I haven't thought all that carefully about how it must really feel to be bound to a piece of armor and lose most of one's senses.

I guess the answering of that question goes down to defining the "soul." The soul has two senses, but not the other three? Or what? I'm not asking you or saying you should answer that in this piece, just letting you know your work provoked thought. ^^
ღ annie: FMA [Manga Al Cuuute]azure15 on December 23rd, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
Heh, thanks~

That's what I ended up going into myself when writing this. I've always wondered just how Al could see, hear, and speak , but he can't touch or taste. I suppose touch is the one that is most impossible, as his body is basically plates of steel and bits of leather. I don't think there's any way to make those able to feel touch. As for taste, one, he has no ahh.. 'mouth' to speak of, plus, he has no need for it. He can't and he doesn't need to eat. Smell would be covered by that too.

But I suppose it would be even more depressing if poor Al couldn't even hear or see his brother as well as being trapped in a hulking suit of armour.
Amanda Rose: Gaaabe.uhmandarose on December 24th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Awww. I really, really loved it. ♥

That's such an interesting concept; I never even considered that he might not have impeccable vision in the armor. Poor Al. ;-;