|The Next Generation
Author: Moemoepl PM
It's been 60 years since Edward Elric defeated Father.Now alchemist are no longer around and the remaining have to hide their alchemy.Vienna Wood discovers alchemy from a book her grandmother gave her and becomes interested in alchemy's most dangerous secrets, but she doesn't know what she's really risking in her dangerous work. Full summary inside!Rated: Fiction T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Edward E. & Roy M. - Chapters: 4 - Words: 12,694 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 11-13-12 - Published: 06-02-12 - id: 8175044
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Nina Elric H
"What do you mean he failed?" I ask.
"I mean his perfect vision for Amestris to be a democracy fell apart right in front of him." He replies sadly.
"Could you tell me the story? I really would like to know the truth so maybe I can fix a little bit." I say.
"Oh Tasha, it's going to take much more than fixing to bring back alchemy. I doubt it will ever come back."
I see the sorrow in his golden eyes. Why is he so sad about alchemists? Could he be one? Or could he have helped the Fullmetal Alchemist try to make Amestris a democracy? Who exactly is Mr. Edward Elric?
"About 30 years ago," he began, "The Fullmetal Alchemist rounded up most of state alchemists and other amateur alchemists in order to approach Fuhrer Roy Mustang. The Fullmetal Alchemist wasn't technically an alchemist anymore. He lost his alchemy 30 years prior during the coup de ta. Anyways, he confronted the Fuhrer and Mustang immediately agreed to help him."
"Well that's good right? He had the Fuhrer's support, so he should've succeeded!" I say loudly. Mr. Elric sighs and lets his eyes wander to the floor.
"No Tasha. That was the worst decision he could've ever made." He says coldly.
"Oh ok. Please continue, Mr. Elric." I say
"Once he had the Fuhrer's support, the Fullmetal Alchemist, the Fuhrer, and the other alchemists confronted the high council. At that time, Amestris established a council made up of the best leaders and politicians to help the Fuhrer make decisions. But, the council was actually made to take power away from the Fuhrer."
"What?" I exclaim, "They can't do that! They can't take power away from the leader of Amestris!"
"The government can do anything Tasha, never forget that. Anyways, Fullmetal confronted the council and they immediately denied his plan. Fullmetal and the other alchemists decided that they would have to fight for the democracy. The army of alchemists invaded Central Command the following month."
"What happened after that? Was it a full-out war?" I ask.
"No, it was a massacre. Almost all of the alchemists were killed by the soldiers at Central Command. Among the dead alchemists were famous ones such as Alex Louis Armstrong, The Strong Arm Alchemist. Many non-alchemists were killed and injured as well. The Fuhrer's wife, Riza Hawkeye, was shot in the back and barley escaped paralysis. Another woman named Olivier Mira Armstrong received brutal bullet wounds to her legs and they had to be replaced with automail. After the failed invasion, the council passed a law banning alchemy in Amestris and anyone who practiced alchemy would be sentenced to death. They also issued arrest warrants for the Fullmetal Alchemist and Fuhrer Mustang. They both went into hiding with their families and no one knows where they are today. The remaining alchemists in Amestris either were killed, left the country, or went into hiding. Since then, alchemy has been extinct and is considered a mythical art."
I sit there in complete shock. This is what really happened to alchemy? I thought it just died off. Mr. Elric was right to tell me the truth because now I can try to bring it back, but how? Most of the alchemists are gone and who would have the guts to teach me about alchemy? Maybe Mr. Elric knows of an alchemist hiding in Central!
"Mr. Elric, are there any alchemists hiding in Central?"
"Yes Tasha." He sighs, "There was once a state alchemist named Elizabeth Wilder, better known as the Root Alchemist, used to live in Central with her daughter, Loretta, and her granddaughter, Vienna. But she passed away 8 years ago. There may be another alchemist hiding in Central, but you'll have to find him on your own."
"Thank you Mr. Elric for telling me so much. I guess I should be going home before my mom gets too worried."
"Alright Tasha and remember not to tell a single soul about what I just told you." He says sternly.
"Yes Mr. Elric. I stop by tomorrow when I get home. Goodbye." I say quietly before shutting the door.
I walk back to my apartment in a daze. How could Mr. Elric know so much? And did he say that the Root Alchemist had a granddaughter named Vienna? Maybe it could be a different Vienna, but as far as I know there is only one Vienna in Central. And that was Vienna Wood, my best friend. I need to look further into this. Good thing tomorrow is Friday because I can investigate at the National Central Library all weekend. Maybe I'll be able to shed some light on the mystery of alchemy.
I open the door of my apartment and step inside. My mother, Rosette, is in our small kitchen making a big pot roast. I take off my school shoes and sit quietly of the brown, leather couch. I pull a thick red blanket over my leg and find a good book to read. I open the book and try to clear my mind of my conversation with Mr. Elric.
"Are you gonna sit around all evening or are you gonna help your mother with your dinner?" My mother says sternly. She has obviously had a bad day at work.
"I'm going to help my mother with my dinner." I say quietly.
"Good, now get up of that couch and come boil these vegetables I just chopped."
I get from my spot on the couch and quickly fill a pot with water and put of the warm stove. I throw the pile of sliced vegetables in the water once I hear the water bubble.
"What's all this food for mom? Is someone coming over?" I ask
"Sort of. Your father got a promotion at work and your brother just got accepted into a big military academy that will take him once he graduates high school. So, I invited your father's family over to celebrate their accomplishments." My mother says proudly.
"Really? That's great! When are we going to have a celebration for me?"
"We'll have a party for you when you accomplish something you work very hard on. Now go get change into something nice." She says sweetly.
I hurry off to my room to change. I am so happy for my father and older brother. My father, Don, is a second lieutenant now first lieutenant in the military and my older brother, Raymond, is a junior in high school and he wants to be just like my father. He has applied to many military schools even though he has one more year of high school left. I've never understood why he wants to go into the military so badly. Maybe it's his desire to be like my father. My mother hates the fact that her child is going into the military. Now she'll be pressuring me more than ever to choose a different career.
I quickly change out of my school uniform and into a black dress that reaches my knees, black heels, and a silver necklace that my aunt gave me. I go into my bathroom and braid my hair into a fishtail braid and put a thin layer of eye liner on. I come out of my room and find all of my father's family in our small apartment. I see my father talking to his brothers and my brother talking to my cousins. My father sees me and runs over to me.
"There's my girl!" He exclaims as he hugs me.
"Congratulations on your promotion Daddy!" I say happily.
"Oh Tasha, if it wasn't for you, your mother, and Raymond, I wouldn't be getting this promotion. Now go and congratulate your brother too."
I walk over to my older brother and my cousins. "Congratulations Raymond!" I say.
"Thank Tash! Maybe someday you'll be accepted into the same academy I'm going into."
"You know as well as I do that Mama does not want me to go into the military! She'll throw me out on the streets!" I shout.
"Ah you take Mama too seriously. Now go enjoy my party!" He says with pride.
"It's yours and Daddy's party. Don't forget that." I say.
After we eat the dinner my mother made and listening to my father's stories from the military, my family leaves and my mother send me and my brother of to bed. I change into thin pajamas and I climb into my warm bed. Tomorrow officially begins my new mission. And that is to bring alchemy back to Amestris. I'll bring alchemy back and everything will be back to normal. I close my eyes and let my new dream take into sleep.
After I eat dinner, I excuse myself from the table and lie to my mother that I'm going to go take a shower. I turn on the shower so my mother doesn't get suspicious and I find the book that my grandmother gave me. I turn to the page that had the basic transmutation circle on it. I find a piece of chalk in one of my drawers and I draw the circle of the floor. I look underneath the circle in the book and see a set of instructions titled The Steps of Alchemy. I read them slowly.
the makeup of an object
I guess these are the steps I must follow in order to preform alchemy. There is also something about the Law of Equivalent Exchange. It says "In order to obtain or create something, something of equal value must be lost or destroyed." I really don't understand that at all so I ignore it. In order to preform alchemy, I'll need something to start with. I search through all my drawers until I find an old aluminum soda can. I place the can in the middle of the circle and sit down on the floor. I take a deep breath and think of what I want the can to be. I got it! I think. I place my hand on the circle and a whitish blue light starts to come up from the circle. In about a minute, the can has been turned into a small, aluminum horse. I am so over-filled with joy that I start jumping in the air shouting "It worked! It worked!"
I did it! I did alchemy! A lost art that was thought to be extinct! Wait till my mom sees this! Wait till Tasha sees this! They will be so amazed by this! But I have a better idea. I'll keep practicing and show them my alchemy when I get really good or better yet I'll do something that was thought to be impossible even with alchemy. I quickly flip through the book to try and find something impossible. I see three possibilities. Making something called a homunculus, making something called a Philosopher's Stone, and bringing the dead back to life. I'll need to look over this a bit more. I dive through my bookshelf to try and find more books on alchemy. Sadly, I find nothing, but a thought comes into my head. My grandmother probably gave more alchemy books to my mother. She probably has them hidden in her room somewhere! I get up to go look for them, but soon realize that it is 9:30 at night and I should probably get to bed. I turn of the shower after realizing it was still on and I climb into my bed and immediately fall asleep.
Edward Elric's P.O.V
I feel a strange pulse wake me from my sleep. This pulse is so familiar. I quickly realize that it is the strange art known as alchemy. But that's impossible. The only alchemists left in Central are Roy Mustang and myself and no one would be foolish enough to try alchemy. Where would they even get the knowledge. The council destroyed all alchemy related books and I know Mustang isn't stupid enough to teach his children, grandchildren, or anyone alchemy. It can't be Tasha. She barley knows anything about alchemy. What if it's Loretta or Vienna, the Root Alchemist's daughter and granddaughter, but Elizabeth wouldn't leave anything behind for them. Then again, she did have hope that someone would bring alchemy back to Amestris and she wanted her granddaughter to have some knowledge of alchemy. But that doesn't mean she would teach it to her! What the hell is going on?
Ring Ring, Ring Ring calls the phone. I reach over and pick it up.
"Hello." I say shakily.
"Ed, is that you?"Says the voice.
"Alphonse? Where are you? I thought you left for Xing with Mai after alchemy was outlawed!" I exclaim.
"I did, but I just came back to Resembool a few months ago. I would've called sooner, but it took me awhile to find out where you were."
"I understand Al, but what was the real reason you called?" I ask
"I sensed alchemy in central and I thought that you would know who it was. Is it Mustang or Elizabeth?"
"No Al. Mustang would never use alchemy now and I hate to tell you, but Elizabeth died 8 years ago."
"No, not Elizabeth." Al whimpers. It's hard to believe that my brother ,who is now 74 years old, is still the same 14 year old kid on the inside. "Is Loretta ok? I heard she had a daughter. Is she ok too?"
"Loretta and her daughter are fine, Al. Don't worry about her. We just need to focus on this alchemy problem."
"Right right, who do think would be able to find the steps to preform alchemy after the council destroyed all alchemy related material?" He asks
"I don't know. I have a theory that Elizabeth probably left behind some of her alchemy books for Loretta and her granddaughter, but I think Loretta would've hidden them from her daughter."
"You never know Ed. Maybe Loretta wanted her daughter to know about alchemy."
"But I think she wouldn't want her to know how to practice it." I say quietly.
"What do we do now Ed? Until we find out who this new alchemist is, we have no way of stopping them before they go too far." He says
"I'll tell you what Al. You and Mai could come to Central and we'll meet up so that we can discuss this further. " I say
"What about my children and grandchildren who are here with me? I can just leave them!"
"Bring them too! I know a girl that lives down the hall from me that can watch your younger grandchildren and entertain your older grandchildren. And I'm sure her parents can entertain your children." I say confidently.
"What about Mustang?"
"I'm sure Mustang sensed in too and I'll get into contact with him soon. Now go pack your things and get out here as soon as possible!"
"Right Brother!" Al exclaims.
The line goes dead and I hang up the phone. After 30 years, alchemy is finally making a reappearance. Things are finally about to get interesting.
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