Title: Favorite
Author: Kristen Sharpe
Date: August 10, 2012
Rating: K
Warnings: None
Genre/Continuity: First animeverse.
Disclaimer: "Fullmetal Alchemist" belongs to Hiromu Arakawa, Square ENIX, Studio BONES and various other parties.
Author's Note: I was challenged me to try something Dante-centric because I badly need to practice writing for villains.

It wasn't favoritism, Dante told herself, surveying the ruin of her drawing room. It was familiarity, convenience.

Tantrums and screaming and china ground into the carpet.

Behavior she wouldn't tolerate from the others. But, they brought their own problems.

False promises and fake smiles and need, need, need.

Whereas his goals complimented her own so conveniently. No lies necessary. (At least, not many.) She needed despair, and he delighted in providing it.

So, it simply wasn't time to get rid of her oldest pawn.

The fact that he sometimes wore her only son's face had nothing to do with it.