Title: Half of Mine
Prompt Table: Beta
Rating: T (for brief language, violence, and suggestive scenes)
Summary: "For the last time, I am not sleeping with my mechanic!" (50 sentences of Ed/Winry)
Warnings: SPOILERS for the end of the manga/Brotherhood, blatant usage of canon pairings, abuse of helpless punctuation
Disclaimer: Fullmetal Alchemist and all associated characters, settings, etc., belong to Hiromu Arakawa-san. The only profit I make from this work of fiction is my own satisfaction and, possibly, the enjoyment of others.
Author's Notes: Written for the livejournal community 1sentence, wherein an author receives a table of 50 prompts and then has to write one sentence per prompt. The first chapter used the "alpha" prompt table from 1sentence; this chapter uses the "beta" prompt table. If you didn't expect to see a second chapter to this fic – well, neither did I. If you're wondering whether there'll be more chapters – honestly, I don't know. Maybe? And if you don't understand #50, you need to reread the first chapter. :)
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1 – Walking
Later, neither of them would think of the first four times he tried and fell on his new leg; they'd only remember the fifth time, when he made it from his bedside to her waiting arms.
2 – Waltz
"When I grow up, I'm never dancing with a girl again," he grumbled, one sweaty hand clasping Winry's as his mother called out the beats.
3 – Wishes
Ed refuses to acknowledge his twelfth birthday, and they all follow his lead; but alone in her room that night, Winry closes her eyes and wishes for him.
4 – Wonder
"A boy?" he repeats, voice quavering as she holds the blanket-wrapped form close.
5 – Worry
"Geez, you're as bad as Al," he complains, looking away; she bites her lip and turns her wrench with one sharp twist.
6 – Whimsy
"I could make our rings from automail!" she enthuses, ignoring the way he blanches.
7 – Waste/Wasteland
"No, Ed," she lies without hesitation, "I can't remember the eclipse at all."
8 – Whiskey and rum
"Two shots of the Cretan whiskey, and you can leave the bottle," she instructs the bartender, then turns and frowns at his gaping mouth: "Oh, did you want anything, Ed?"
9 – War
Ed says, "They'll be back soon," and Al offers her a hug, but Winry still feels a shiver of dread as she watches her parents walk away.
10 – Weddings
"About time Hawkeye made an honest man of you, bastard," Ed sneers and is whisked away for a dance with Winry before an outraged Roy can reply.
11 – Birthday
"Happy sixteenth, Ed, wherever you are," Winry murmurs, leaning into Al's armored frame despite the cold of Briggs.
12 – Blessing
"Boy, I've been expecting this since you were three years old," Pinako says, unimpressed; before Ed can give a sigh of relief, she adds, "but don't think I won't use my buzz saw on you if you hurt my granddaughter."
13 – Bias
Maybe it's just that she looks so much like Winry, but Ed swears that his daughter is the most beautiful toddler in the world.
14 – Burning
Every morning, Winry wakes to the scent of smoke, and remembers anew that the Elrics are gone.
15 – Breathing
"I won't make her cry again," Ed grits through the lightning-sharp pain, and forces himself to breathe.
16 – Breaking
"It's not like I did it on purpose!" Ed howls, dodging a hail of washers.
17 – Belief
Winry curses as she drops the heavy plating on her foot and swallows back tears; she won't allow herself to break the promise he made her.
18 – Balloon
When Ed looks at her like that, she imagines her heart could float away on the next breeze.
19 – Balcony
He climbs up to her window one night, just to see if he can, and is briefly rewarded by the sight of Winry in nothing but a towel before she spots him; he later thinks that the resulting head trauma had definitely been worth it.
20 – Bane
Winry rolls her eyes when he grouses that he'd rather face all of the homunculi at once than force down another swallow of his abhorred milk.
21 – Quiet
Winry checks his bandages again, fighting down nausea at the sight of such a pale and still Ed.
22 – Quirks
Ed knows Winry's favorite color, animal, and bolt size, how she likes her coffee and her tea, and that she gets a crease between her eyebrows when she's concentrating that makes his stomach flip over.
23 – Question
Ed trembles as he drops to one knee, but Winry is laughing: "Stupid – I already told you yes."
24 – Quarrel
Pinako doesn't look up from her diagrams and Al calmly turns a page in his book even as the shouted complaints from the workroom turn into shrieks of indignation.
25 – Quitting
"Do you regret it?" Winry asks, and they both glance over to where Al is finishing up his breakfast and joking with Pinako; "Not a moment," Ed replies, and drops his watch into the envelope addressed to Brigadier General Mustang, Eastern Command.
26 – Jump
Winry never bothers to explain to him how other customers have to wait a week or more while he gripes about three days wasted in sheep country.
27 – Jester
The entire way home, Al takes every chance he can to ask his brother what he intends to do about Winry; when Ed finally replies that she'll just have to live with him having only one automail limb, Al bites back enough laughter to make his sides ache.
28 – Jousting
Ed spars with Al until he's sweaty and breathless, never noticing the solemn blue eyes watching them from a distance.
29 – Jewel
Winry gasps in surprise over the sapphire earrings, but her delighted squeals are reserved for the brand-new toolset Ed had to order special from Central.
30 – Just
In a perfect world, Ed knows, Winry would never have to entrust her safety to her parents' killer; but then, in a perfect world, they would never have been murdered at all.
31 – Smirk
After leaving her breathless with one kiss, Ed looks so pleased with himself that Winry kisses him again – but only to get that smug grin off his face.
32 – Sorrow
Some pains, Winry reflects when she finds him standing over the two headstones, simply don't go away.
33 – Stupidity
Ed feigns deafness whenever Al reminds his brother that Winry had, after all, rejected his proposal years ago.
34 – Serenade
Ed wakes to the sounds of a dog's bark, his brother's laugh, and the distant sound of a drill from the basement; he relaxes at the realization that he's home.
35 – Sarcasm
"Like I'd want to marry a crazy gearhead like you, anyway!" Ed shouted; Winry stuck her nose in the air as she flounced back home, and he scowled and kicked at the ground.
36 – Sordid
Winry grins, feral and pleased, as he flings back his head with a choked-off gasp.
37 – Soliloquy
As always, Winry's reminders for him to do his daily maintenance are met with a shrug and a grunt; I might as well be talking to myself, she thinks, sighing.
38 – Sojourn
"I wish we could stay with Winry and Granny longer," Al remarks, tinny voice echoing in his helmet; Ed stares out the train's window and doesn't respond.
39 – Share
Michael had always enjoyed flirting with his pretty blonde mechanic, until he came in to find her working on a boy with golden eyes who glared at him so fiercely he decided to come back the next day.
40 – Solitary
Sometimes Al wonders if all of the shouted arguments are just an act to clear the room.
41 – Nowhere
"So where are you this week?" Winry's words crackle over the crappy connection; Ed glances around at the tall buildings, bright lights, and loud streets of Creta's capital city, and replies honestly: "Nowhere special."
42 – Neutral
Al backs away when two heated voices demand his opinion: "Oh, no, I am not getting involved with this!"
43 – Nuance
Winry's heart pounds when the look in Ed's eyes flashes from anger to hunger, grateful no one else would ever notice the change.
44 – Near
She looks a question at him when he pulls her closer: "You were too far," he explains, and doesn't meet her eyes.
45 – Natural
"For heaven's sake, Ed, it's just a diaper!" she snaps when he turns green.
46 – Horizon
She smiles as she watches the train disappear from sight; for once, she doesn't fear that he won't return.
47 – Valiant
Even amidst the pain, rage, and grief that threaten to drown her, a small part of her mind wonders at the way he'd fearlessly – recklessly – stupidly – jumped between her and the outstretched hand of a serial killer.
48 – Virtuous
"Don't worry," he grins, brandishing his new arm, "I definitely won't break this one!"
49 – Victory
His first coherent thought amidst the tumultuous exclamations as they both step from the Gate is that he can't wait to tell Winry.
50 – Defeat
"Fine," Ed screeches, just wanting them to be quiet, "I am sleeping with my mechanic – happy?"
THE END (?)