“Where is Our Gravity?” (FMA/HG AU)

Hello! This is another one shot in @pahndah and I’s Hunger Games AU. These are assorted drabbles and one shots that aren’t necessarily posted in chronological order. This one takes place at some point after the first installment. (In the Mockingjay timeline). <3

There’s a certain energy wafting through the compound’s rec room that makes Ed feel as if he’s stepped through a portal. He can’t say it’s reminiscent to the still purgatory characteristic of the Victor’s Village back home, but there’s a similar timelessness. It’s easy to forget what awaits them aboveground, or even on the other side of the door. While one lacked gravity, the other is comforting – to whatever degree that’s possible during times like these.

Alphonse, clad in 13’s gray garb, sits across a small table from Riza Hawkeye playing chess. She shivers in the oversized sweater that swallows her, though, Ed has already grown accustomed to her perpetual tremors. After chewing on her bottom lip for a thoughtful few seconds, she moves her piece and takes Al’s knight.

“Wow,” says Al as she rolls the small white horse between her fingers. He smiles at her. “You’re really good at this.”

“I played a lot to pass the time back home,” Riza says, setting the piece down. Her eyes fix on the board while she speaks. From what Ed’s seen, she doesn’t make eye contact with anyone who isn’t Roy, and even so, that’s fleeting. “My grandfather taught me how. It’s…easy. I like being able to concentrate on menial things.”

Ed isn’t certain whether or not to approach them until his brother lifts his eyes and gives him an encouraging smile. There’s a free seat at their table, so he pulls it out and sits down.

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What do you mean this isn’t canon? Anti-Fraternization law? What are you talking about? Basically, Al and Mei are back from Xing, and Ed volunteered to take them to Roy’s office for some Xing-related business.

AHH, finally finished this! Wanted to post this last July 7 as a gift for myself but nope. Many thanks to @pahndah who’s been so patient with me on the anatomy ;u; as well as my FMA trash bbs @swordbreaker and @thecoolandspicyotaku for helping me with the ranking of Riza and Roy! (who’s already a Colonel and a General, respectively. I also hope you notice the uniform exchange) I know nothing, as in nothing, about the Military, so v many thanks to you two! (all uniform mistakes are mine!)


Anime aesthetics: Team Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. Here at Central Headquarters, there was a band of brave soldiers, all willing to make that sacrifice in the name of peace. This is a tale of love and courage. A tale of the Flame Alchemist, Colonel Mustang, and his loyal team.