OK so... this stemmed from a couple of specials on the Seven Deadly Sins that I watched on the History Channel. I watched the first couple, "Envy" and "Greed" (coincidentally, two of my fave characters...), on the TV, and then "Pride" on the internets. So, um... I feel kinda smart after that. You know, from understanding the natures of the sins better. I have gained a DEEPER BOND with our Homunculi... except Pride cuz I dun like him that much. XD Why? I dunno... cuz pride is like the absolute worst sin.
BUT ANYWAY. As I watched "Envy", it explained that this monk dude wrote down 8 temptations to man... basically, the sins, except there was no envy and instead, there was apathy and sadness in place of sloth. Then Pope Gregory the Great condensed the list into seven because he felt that seven was a holy number. He combined apathy and sadness into sloth, which made room for envy. So, if we want to get technical, THERE WERE 8 DEADLY SINS/TEMPTATIONS BEFORE ENVY AND SLOTH CAME ALONG.
... Kay, mini history lesson over.
So that's where I got this idea from. Except that I changed "sadness" to "anguish" because come on, "Sadness" as a sin? It sounds pathetic, and even I'm not that torturous. I may call Ed short on an hourly basis, I may dress up Envy in a hula skirt and coconut bra, but I WILL NOT name a Sin "Sadness". Yeah. "Anguish", on the other hand, has more negative connotations. Apathy, if you don't know, is basically just... not feeling anything. The reason why Apathy in my story feels? Well... all shall be revealed in good time.
Oh yeah, and disclaimerrrrrr: Don't own FMA. Wish I did, but I don't. If I did, Envy's outfit would be even MORE revealing. *kukukuku* I only own Apathy and Anguish, and the plotline... well, kind of. It starts off at FMA Brotherhood episode 25 when they're in Gluttony's tummeh. AND YOU SHALL SEE ALL IN DUE TIME, MY PRETTIES.
... Um, please enjoy then and I hope you benefited from my author's note explaining things... read on k thanks bye! XD ^^
"Ed, do you hear that?"
"What is it, Ling?"
"There's definitely someone there..." His eyebrows furrowed. "Two someones, actually. Both female... by the sound of their footsteps."
As if on cue, two young women stepped out from the shadows. One appeared to be about their own age, around eighteen or so; she had deep red hair that went to her shoulders, coupled with blue eyes. A black trench coat wrapped around her body, making it impossible to tell how strong she was. The other looked maybe eight, at least ten years younger; she had blonde hair, but it was far darker than Ed's, almost a demonic shade, and her eyes were blue as well. Her outfit, though, was a simple, dark red dress that went past her knees but not near her ankles.
The woman made a "pfft" noise, hiking her notebook up in her arms. "Well, well, what do we have here, my dear Anguish? One State Alchemist and his pal, the bumbling princely stooge." She flicked her hair. "A shrimp and a royal dumbass aren't going to get us out of here. Nobody is..."
"WHO ARE YOU CALLING SO SHORT HE'S KING OF THE LEPRECHAUNS BY BEING THE TINIEST?"
The smaller one, Anguish, ran to hide behind the elder. "A-Apathy!"
"Ed, calm down." Ling commented. "I think you're scaring the little one."
"Put the lid on the simmer pot, alchemist," the taller one, obviously Apathy, sighed, walking up the steps to where they were. "We're not as sinful as the Homunculi you've already met. If you want to get technical about things, we're not really even sins anymore."
"Then what are you?" Ed demanded, having calmed down a little. "Are you even Homunculi? You don't look like them..."
"We are." Apathy glanced nonchalantly into the cauldron, noticing the empty ladle. "Ohh. You had food and you didn't share?"
"We didn't know you were here," Ling retorted, leading her away after she had put her notebook down. "Besides, dear, we boiled his boot. It may have been pretty filling, but I've had more appetizing things."
"Did you wanna starve?" Ed fired back. "You were the one who was going on about being hungry!"
"Regardless," Apathy cut in, kicking the remains of the shoe stew aside, "I wouldn't suppose either of you has any chocolate on you? Even a little piece?"
Ed and Ling gave her a blank look, before Ed pointed at Ling. "He would've eaten it by now, even if we had any."
Apathy's hopeful face fell. "No? Oh well, quite a shame, dears." She blew a bubble gum bubble, then popped it. "I've been chewing the same piece of gum for almost a century. Too bad then."
"You still haven't given us much information," Ed spoke up, having to fight back the bile in his throat. "You're Homunculi, fine. But how do we know you're not in league with Envy and Lust and the rest?"
"Ohhhh, Envy?" Apathy fluttered her eyelashes before making that "pfft" sound again. "Is he here? He's going to pay for what he did to us..."
"What exactly did he do?" Ling asked, raising an eyebrow as Anguish had begun to timidly examine him.
"Are you serious? Nobody told you? I figured Envy would brag about it to anyone who wasn't deaf. He's the reason we're in here."
Ed looked around for somewhere the two girls could have gotten in. "How long have you been in this place?"
Apathy shrugged. "Eh, I've lost count."
"Of the... days?"
She smirked. "Years, my dear boy."
"Y-You mean... then there's no way out?"
She blew her bangs back. "If there is, we haven't been able to find it. And how long have we been here? You're not getting out, you're stuck with us, and it's a good thing we like company because Anguish thinks that otherwise you look really tasty."
Anguish, who was currently chewing on Ling's white jacket, was swept up into Ling's arms. "We don't have to worry about her turning carnivore on us, do we, Apathy?"
"Hey, she's a big girl now. I don't have as much authority over her as I used to." She shifted her weight, placing a hand on her hip. "Oh, you mean her gumming on anything she can? She's just constantly teething, I swear."
Ling placed his finger into Anguish's mouth, and she began to chew on that as well. "But she's got all her teeth."
"She still sucks her thumb too. Let her gum your fingers, she doesn't actually bite enough to hurt. I ought to know, she's taken her tiny chompers to my wrists more than once."
"So you two... don't have any ties to Envy?" Ed inquired, just for clarification.
"Only the ones I'd like to strangle him with, hon. The only relationship I have with him that I sometimes... repair things for him."
"Oh yes. In fact, if I ever see him again, he's due for me to clean his clock, fix his wagon, and tan his pale-ass, pansy hide!"
Ling rubbed his cheek against Anguish's hair as she chewed on each of his fingers. I recognize that look, that tone, he thought sadly, glancing down at the child Homunculus. That's a broken heart... err, Philosopher's Stone, as it were. Whatever Envy did to her, he sure didn't do it in a battle... not to make her this bitter...
"Did you know there were originally eight of us?" Apathy remarked. "Envy ruined everything."
"You say that," Ed agreed, obviously seeing the same pain in her that Ling saw, "but I have a feeling your reason isn't as straightforward as you want us to think. Apathy... it's not just because you're here that you resent Envy, is it?"
She exhaled. "Envy and I have a very long-standing, very complicated relationship that doesn't concern you, alchemist."
Ling suddenly jerked his head to another direction, the same as where Apathy and Anguish had come from. "Hmm?"
Ed looked the same way, as did the Homunculi. "What's wrong?"
"There's something else out there..." Ling replied.
"And this time it reeks of transvestite," Apathy scoffed, making a disgusted face. It was the first time her expression had changed, besides a smirk and then returning to her default, blasé face.
"No way..." Ling held Anguish tighter. "Is that...?"
From the shadows came Envy, green hair spiked up, his tight, scant outfit glistening with blood and sweat, and looking thoroughly pissed. "I thought so. I shoulda known it'd be you guys." His violet eyes flickered to look at the other two. "And you?" He snarled. "Boy, my day just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it?"
Apathy gave a contemptuous snort, then spit her gum at Envy. "Long time no see, you jealous little asshole. Miss me?" Her smirk came back, as she ventured into the liquid toward him. "I mean, how are you getting along without me? How ya been?"
A slap resounded throughout the vast darkness after Apathy moved to "greet" Envy. She now lie on her hands and knees in the bloody ocean, her cheek bearing a small red mark in the shape of Envy's palm. "... Well, I see not much about you has changed, Envy." She got to her feet, coughing and rubbing her cheek. "Wow, that one actually had some hate behind it. Been learning to focus your feelings?"
"Shut the hell up, bitch! I don't need your mouth making things worse."
"Well, you didn't seem to mind when you were sucking the hell out of it a century ago!"
"That was all your fault! I didn't care! Why do you try so hard to look for emotions in me that you know aren't there?"
"Because! Because...!" She crossed her arms. "Because you don't need to know why! All you need to know is that I - we -" She gestured to Anguish. "Thought you were different! But apparently we aren't a very good judge of character!"
"We have no character, Apathy! Why don't you go back to hell or something? I'm sure they miss you!"
"I'll see you there!" She plopped down on the ground, drooped her eyelids, and stuck her tongue out at Envy. "See how long you can put up with this," she taunted around her tongue.
Ling looked from Envy to Apathy, then back to the scantily clad Homunculus, as Anguish found another of his fingers to teethe on. "That's definitely Envy."
OOH HOO NO DUR, LING.
... Sorry, had to get that out of my system. That's what I thought when I saw da episode... XD
Anyway, I'm sorry if it seems a little rushed. Like how familiar Ed and Ling are getting with Apathy and Anguish? I didn't notice till I was reading over it... but don't worry, they still don't trust Apathy that much. Ling comes off as more trusting to me, simply because he hasn't gone through all the shit that Ed has. They don't trust her completely, but Ling trusts her a little more than Ed does.
Once again, I own nothing but the Diet Pepsi and ranch-flavored sunflower seeds I'm eating...
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