Series: Brotherhood/the manga
Word Count: 250
Characters: (Greed!)Ling, Lan Fan, Yu
Summary: They each have their own reasons for fighting, but she gives them a better one.
Warnings: angst, some language, spoilers regarding Yu’s fate.
Notes: Somewhere deep down, you know Greed has to be just a bit of a sap. Won first place at fma_fic_contest for prompt 83: Tear.
Greed has his reasons for fighting, and all of them revolve around what he wants. He wants fame; he wants money; he wants power; he wants his own goddamn life; he wants everything.
The prince – hypocrite that he is – constantly informs Greed that he has to have ‘a better reason’ aside from pure selfishness. Greed doesn’t hesitate to remind Ling as to why he decided to get himself into this mess in the first place: You want to be emperor, don’t you? You want power, so don’t talk to me like your reasons are purely noble when they aren’t, kid.
Their world tilts on its axis and all other reasons are forgotten, however, when her blood drips onto Ling’s – their – face.
“It’s too late,” she whispers, and both of them realize at the same moment exactly what she means: her grandfather is dead.
A single tear follows the words, landing on the droplets of blood and smearing them.
She has never shed a tear before in my presence, Ling informs Greed, and Greed feels the would-be-emperor’s anger and sorrow like a distant echo—a backdrop to Greed’s own fury. Her pain awakens something within the both of them, and it spreads like wildfire, quick and deadly.
Yu is gone, and Lan Fan is hurting.
“Y’think this is a ‘better reason’, kid?” Greed snarls, rage over Lan Fan’s tears and Yu’s death running like viscous liquid through his veins.
Ling’s own tears spill over, and that is answer enough for Greed.