Title: Breathe

Author: S J Smith

Words: 200

Rating: Language says Teen

Summary: Her breath catches and….

Warnings: Manga chapter 104 spoilers. 2nd person point of view. Edward/Winry implications.


Your breath catches and you straighten. It's like…something tugs at you, a quick, silent warning. The hair on the back of your neck stands up the way it does, sometimes, before a storm.

Outside, the sun is being eaten away by a shadow and soon, it will be swallowed whole. You won't allow yourself to think of portents or omens – you're the daughter of doctors and a mechanic. You don't believe in that sort of thing even when you know for a fact there are monsters…but you've seen the monsters become men, too.

There is no difference, you think, between fairy tale and truth, picking up your socket wrench, but for now, you have work to –

…do….

Oh, it hurts it hurts dammit, can't get my breath, what is happening? What is -

Your heart squeezes inside your chest and your lungs labor to draw in air. Somewhere, your grandmother shouts and your dog barks and there are other voices but…

…you can't catch your breath and…

…you're falling to the floor…

...and…

…you promised…

Dammit it hurts it hurts!

…you'd wait, one last time…

…and your breath catches…

"Ed…"

…You promised - !

…no more sad tears.