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28 September 2010 @ 01:25 pm
[Fullmetal Alchemist] Love--It Quietly Speaks Its Own Language - Ling/Ed  
Title: Love—It Quietly Speaks Its Own Language
Author: Kagome
Series: Brotherhood
Word Count: I honestly didn’t bother with this lol.
Rating: PG-13
Characters: (Greed!)Ling/Ed (yes, Greed 2.0 makes appearances).
Summary: They balance one another – yin and yang – they say nothing when they say everything; they say everything when they say nothing at all.
Warnings: language, some naughtiness.
Notes: I think I have done these things for nearly every fandom I am active in. >.>; This is one of those fifty sentence things—this time, it’s fifty sentences about Ling and Ed. XD Credit goes to 1sentenceorder for the themeset used (I used Delta for this one).

Love—It Quietly Speaks Its Own Language

01. Air

“Do you know that when you breathe, you’re inhaling about fifteen different gasses?” Ed asks excitedly, frowning intensely when that stupid (incredible) squinty-eyed bastard calls him a nerd and leans over to kiss him, which causes Ed to forget all about the importance of those fifteen different gasses—just for a moment or two (or three).

02. Apples

“Greed doesn’t like apples,” Ling informs Ed as the blonde throws him one that is red and shiny and looks positively delicious; he then proceeds to share a wicked little grin with his companion and eats the offered fruit anyway, much to the displeasure of the homunculus sharing his body.

03. Beginning

Ed’s not sure how it all began between them, except only he is: it all started with those slanted eyes and that dopey grin and those long arms wrapped securely around his waist, and Ed hasn’t looked back since then—hasn’t wanted to.

04. Bugs

Ling does not consider himself a coward by any means (he’s clashed swords with the Fuhrer of Amestris, for crying out loud), though he does feel a bit deflated when Ed squashes a strange-looking beetle for him when he refuses to do so, insisting that he had servants back in Xing who happily took care of that particular problem all the time.

05. Coffee

Their opinions differ on coffee: Ed needs it to function and Ling doesn’t care for it; so when Ed stumbles out of his tent all bleary-eyed to find that Ling has already brewed a pot of coffee and is offering a cup to him with a soft smile, Ed is a little surprised, and more than a little grateful.

06. Dark

Ling sometimes probes the darker corners of his mind (it’s Greed’s influence, he thinks) and he doesn’t often like what he finds there: when he gets lost in the darkness, Ed’s sharp tongue and gentle hands always find a way to bring him back to the light.

07. Despair

Ed knows quite well at this point what despair feels like, and he admits to himself that he feels little pangs of it in those moments when he glances at Ling and realize that it isn’t Ling at all.

08. Doors

Ed speaks of ‘doors’ and ‘gates’ and ‘the Truth’ from time to time, and Ling can’t pretend that he understands it all, but there’s an aura of palpable grief that radiates around the young alchemist when he mentions these topics, and all Ling wants to do during these moments is pull Ed close and tell him that, for him (if it were possible), Ling would leave all doors open.

09. Drink

It is Greed who drinks Ed under the table, but it is Ling who comes to him in the morning with a tall glass of water for the dehydration, a small cup of coffee for the necessary caffeine, and an aspirin for the fucking splitting headache.

10. Duty

Ling loves spending time with Ed not only because it’s amazingly easy and strangely exciting to push Ed’s buttons, but also – mostly – because when Ed does things for him, Ling knows it has absolutely nothing to do with ‘duty’.

11. Earth

Sometimes, Ed feels like their world spins a little too fast (too much is happening, too much has already happened), but in moments like this (when he and Ling are wrapped up in one another and everything is temporarily – but blissfully – silent), time slows down just long enough for him to remember to breathe and to have no regrets.

12. End

Ling knows that this thing between Ed and himself won’t – can’t – last forever—it’s going to end sometime, because he cannot remain here and he knows better than to ask Ed to join him in Xing, but when Ed’s fingers twine with his own, he likes to try to fool himself into thinking that this can become as permanent as the mountains of his home country.

13. Fall

Ed looks at Ling’s silly face and realizes with a start that he hadn’t known he was falling until it was too late—it’s happened now, and there’s nothing to grab onto on the way down.

14. Fire

Everywhere Ed touches, he ignites small fires all along Ling’s skin, and his mouth on Ling’s neck leaves trails of molten lava in its wake—if this is what it feels like to be consumed by flames, Ling is quite content to burn.

15. Flexible

“You’re quite flexible,” Ling comments, and Ed – his legs thrown over Ling’s shoulders – blushes darkly, not bothering to comment on the strange positions that Ling seems to be able to contort himself into when they’re in the middle of… things.

16. Flying

‘Flying’ and ‘falling’ are two completely different things, Ling knows, but each time Ed flashes him that cheeky little grin, he is capable of believing that the two actions are – in actuality – synonymous.

17. Food

Ed firmly believes that Ling could eat an individual out of house and home, but he doesn’t mind so much anymore when the prince flashes him those pitiful ‘feed me’ eyes of his—he simply hands over half of whatever he’s got without argument.

18. Foot

Honestly, considering how much Ling likes to tease Ed, he’s fairly surprised that he hasn’t gotten an automail foot to the face by this point.

19. Grave

Ed dreams only once of standing before Ling’s grave and he wakes up in a cold sweat (because Ling is fucking immortal now, he’s not supposed to die)—he’s only able to be comforted when Ling pulls him into his arms so that he can hear the steady thump-thump of his heart.

20. Green

“It’s green,” Greed grumbles, while Ed screams at him that it’s supposed to be green since it’s pea soup, but once again, Ling goes hungry all thanks to Greed’s finicky tastes.

21. Head

“I can’t see over your damn head,” Ed gripes, and Ling smiles at him before stepping to the side, while Ed wonders if it’s possible that Ling has grown even taller.

22. Hollow

Ling sometimes thinks about how different it will be when he’s back in Xing – without Ed – and these thoughts leave him feeling surprisingly cold and empty.

23. Honor

Ling often speaks of his ‘honor’ and his duty to protect his people, and Ed can’t help but wonder where (or if) personal happiness fits in amongst those things.

24. Hope

Hope, Ling has realized (mostly thanks to the blonde currently nestled as close to him as he can possibly get), is a two-sided blade, both dangerous and impossibly warm--he’s also grown to realize that he’ll risk the danger of it any day, for this.

25. Light

It’s daylight already and Ling is stirring beside him, but Ed is content to remain perfectly still for now—until he realizes with no small amount of discontentment that he is waking up to Greed this morning instead of Ling, and he nearly trips over his own feet in his scramble to get out of the damn tent.

26. Lost

“You don’t know where we’re going,” Ed says tersely, earning a growl from Greed, and Ling internally chuckles at the homunculus’ expense—Greed has indeed gotten them lost, but if he’d give Ling half the chance, Ling could get them on the right path again (and he suspects that Greed knows this; it’s why the homunculus is so pissed off).

27. Metal

“Sorry,” Ed apologizes quickly, jerking away once he manages to detangle Ling’s hair from where it got snagged in his automail; Ling doesn’t let him get very far, though.

28. New

Ling doesn’t quite understand why Ed always gives him this look (like Ling can’t be trusted or something) when Ling suggests that they try something new.

29. Old

“You won’t have to worry about getting old anymore,” Ed says to Ling (rather absentmindedly), and he struggles to keep the sadness out of his voice (he fails).

30. Peace

Ling looks forward to the end of all of the fighting as much as any other (mostly) sane individual would, but he knows that peace will come with its own sacrifices, and he isn’t quite sure that he’s willing to give this up anytime soon.

31. Poison

Ed realizes belatedly that it’s no longer Ling he’s kissing but Greed (the bastard, worming his way into control at the most inopportune of moments), and he jerks away as if he’s just gotten poison on his tongue and his lips—Greed wasn’t invited, but he doesn’t seem at all fazed by Ed’s reaction.

32. Pretty

“You’re very pretty when you’re all flustered,” Ling says matter-of-factly before swiftly dodging the heavy, muddy boot that Ed throws at him—honestly, the blond just doesn’t know how to take a compliment.

33. Rain

“Come out here with me,” Ling insists as he splashes in mud puddles like a little kid, and even though Ed is reluctant to leave the warmth and dryness of his tent, he does so anyway, simply because he has a horrible time trying to say ‘no’ to that damned adorable face that Ling makes.

34. Regret

Ling knows nothing of ‘regret’ right now, but he fears that he might, one of these days (when Ed has long since been buried and his own world continues on into empty eternity).

35. Roses

“I’m not a silly, naïve girl that you can try to woo,” Ed growls as Ling offers him a single red rose, but he takes it all the same, surprising the both of them in the process.

36. Secret

Ling doesn’t exactly keep his feelings for Ed a secret, and even though Ed will sometimes complain about it, Ling believes that Ed really doesn’t mind so much at all.

37. Snakes

“If you were to get bitten by a snake, I’d suck the poison out for you,” Ling says cheerfully, but all Ed can manage is a dubious look—aimed in Ling’s direction, of course.

38. Snow

“We don’t get much of this back home,” Ling informs Ed, watching with a mixture of curiosity and fascination as the snowflakes fall.

39. Solid

Ling is as stubborn as Ed himself on most days, his will solid, unyielding—and on most days, it is actually Ed who winds up caving in.

40. Spring

Ling could have easily dodged Ed’s ‘surprise attack’ (which was really no surprise at all) if he so chose, but they end up tumbling onto Ed’s sleeping bag together in a mess of tangled hair and half-strewn clothes and spilled-over laughter instead.

41. Stable

On some days, Ed is off-kilter and flitting from one emotion to the next, anything but stable—it is on these days, he finds, that he needs Ling the most.

42. Strange

Ling knows that his relationship with Ed is more than a little strange—it doesn’t fit within the category of ‘normal’ at all… but then again, in Ling’s opinion, ‘normal’ is quite boring.

43. Summer

Ed can’t help but feel the tiniest ray of hope when Ling tells him, “I’ll have to show you what Xing looks like in the summer.”

44. Taboo

“Isn’t doing… you know… stuff… with other guys kinda taboo where you’re from?” Ed asks (probably more out of curiosity than anything else), and Ling grins at the blush gracing the blonde’s cheeks, leaning down and kissing him softly—and at this point, an answer isn’t really required.

45. Ugly

“That is one hell of an ugly shirt,” Ed says flatly, gesturing towards the offending material currently covering Ling’s chest (not that Ling can really be blamed—it was Greed who picked it out).

46. War

Ling isn’t an idiot: he knows that they are in the middle of a war and that Ed is mortal; he just refuses to believe the worst-case scenario could ever happen (maybe it’s the optimist in him).

47. Water

“The water’s fine,” Ling purrs invitingly, and Ed blames his sudden bout of dizziness on the heat of the water as opposed to the heat of Ling’s gaze.

48. Welcome

Sometimes – only sometimes – Ling lets his mind drift into dangerous places, like scenarios in which Ed is always, always there to welcome him home.

49. Winter

It’s the middle of winter and it feels like it’s forty below out here, but Ed has to admit that Ling’s smoldering kisses and wandering hands are a damn good distraction from the cold.

50. Wood

Ling knows that Ed could go back to the relative warmth of his tent – it only takes one person to gather firewood after all – but Ed chooses instead to stay, and they gather firewood together in a tender, comfortable silence that speaks volumes.

Current Mood: tiredtired
laura: FMA: ling/edseatbeltdrivein on September 28th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
I love these! But 09. Drink is definitely my favorite, because someone bringing you water and coffee and painkillers when you have a hangover and then staying to listen to you bitch? That's a special kind of love.
Kagome: FMA - OMFGkagome_angel on September 29th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
For some reason, it's always the little things that wind up being the sweetest and most memorable. :)

I'm so glad you liked these. Thank you for reading and commenting!
Bay Alexison: Izumi vs. Ursaringbay115 on September 28th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
All of these are lovely. I think you hit their personalities spot on even with each of the themes one sentence long. This is my favorite:

17. Food

Ed firmly believes that Ling could eat an individual out of house and home, but he doesn’t mind so much anymore when the prince flashes him those pitiful ‘feed me’ eyes of his—he simply hands over half of whatever he’s got without argument.

Oh gawds, imagining Ling with those eyes is simply cute. In a fanfic of mine I'm so going to describe his eyes like that when he gets hungry. XD
Kagome: FMA - Sunsetkagome_angel on September 29th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Thank you so very much. ^_^ And hee, I would never be able to resist that pitiful 'feed me' look of his. Ed is nowhere near immune to it, either, though I imagine that he wishes he could be. XD
Anakoiki_teru on September 28th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
(have not had the chance to read these yet, will do so at work tonight. but your icon caught my attention and I know they're not doing what I think they're doing but it looks like they're being naughty >_>) /five years old
Kagome: FMA - see you againkagome_angel on September 29th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Do take your time, hon. :) I am very interested in your opinion, though. XD

*laughs* I love that icon so much.
enemy to sleep: Lingenemytosleep on September 28th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
I loved these little snippets of the two of them. :D
Kagome: FMA - No Boundarieskagome_angel on September 29th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
I'm glad that you did. :D Thank you!
bob_fishbob_fish on September 28th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
:D :D :D

It's late at night and I'm too sleepy to offer a coherent review but I loved these. For some reason, I liked Ed squashing bugs for Ling the best.
Kagome: FMA - Vertically challengedkagome_angel on September 29th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I am glad you liked them. :D

(Ling proves that he can be a total wussy at times. *LOL*)
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Kagome: FMA - Ed Winkkagome_angel on September 29th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. :)

I'm glad you like that one--it's one of my favorites. XD
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Kagome: FMA - No Boundarieskagome_angel on September 29th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Yaaay, thank you~! ^__________^
A Severe Lack of Pinwheelsvwl on September 29th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)

Kagome: FMA - Welcome Homekagome_angel on October 3rd, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)

A Severe Lack of Pinwheelsvwl on October 3rd, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
Kagome: FMA - Ling no understandkagome_angel on October 7th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
A Severe Lack of Pinwheelsvwl on October 8th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Kagome: Death Note - We did it and you know itkagome_angel on October 8th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
A Severe Lack of Pinwheelsvwl on October 8th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Kagome: FMA - Sunsetkagome_angel on October 23rd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed. :D