i'm just cackling like, eastern forces passing through resembool come across ed in the marketplace and pretty much every time the first words out of their mouth is "you're so much taller than the stories say"
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I’m imaging like them passing through Resembool and running into Ed thinking he’s just a townie. And Ed’s familiar enough with the Amestrian uniform that he goes to chat them up (half looking for gossip about Roy) not revealing who he is and they just
Soldiers: You know, I heard this is Edward Elric’s home town! Is that true?
Ed: Yeah, it is actually! Heck, I know him–long-time friend! What have you heard about him? :)
Soldiers: Maaan, okay, so did he really pass the State Alchemist exam at 12 years old?
Ed: With flying colors :)
Soldiers: And he–man he met God?
Ed: Three times, actually :)
Soldiers: And–ya know that massive blackout like fifteen years back? When all of Amestris just collapsed?? Apparently it was this evil creature with the power to steal everyone’s souls, a-and Ed Elric saved everyone by beating this creature to a pulp with his bare fists??????
Ed: Well he used some alchemy too :) The fist-fighting was reserved for the end.
Soldiers: Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!! And like, he’s so powerful and did all that and–isn’t he like 4′5″ and can’t reach the top shelves in Central??
Ed: WHAT THE HELL IM LIKE 6 FOOT NOW WHO DO YOU THINK YOURE CALLING A SHORTY SO SMALL HE CANT REACH THE TOP SHELF DO YOU WANT TO FIGHT ME I PUNCHED G O D