Fandom: FMA (anime version)
Character(s): Ed, Alfons Heiderich
Pairing(s): None (sorry, Ed/Hei fans!)
Rating: PG-13 (for language and anti-religious diatribe)
Word Count: ~6500
Warnings: End-of-series spoilers.
A/N: My entry for the Green Lion 2006, sponsored by the Scimitar Smile archive; I'm pleased and not a little overwhelmed to report it won both Best Overall 'Fic from the judges and Best Short 'Fic in the Readers' Choice poll. That said, this version is slightly different from the contest entry -- I cleaned up a few typos and grammatical errors and some idiotic word-repetitions. All sentence-level stuff. Since this is another Munich 'fic, I include a few notes at the end of the story to explain unfamiliar foreign-language phrases and cultural matters. Please be advised that the views of religion expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of the author, who simply possesses sufficient imagination to run several blocks in the shoes of a very unhappy atheist. That's why they call it "creative writing". Crossposted from nebroadwe to Höllenbeck (i.e. fm_alchemist, fullservicefma, fma_gen, fma_writers, fma_fiction, and heiderich_love).
Dedication: For all members of the Acoustic Mayhem, past and present, for they too understand the power of good liturgical music.
"This is all we have -- " Ed's arms swept out, taking in the street and the buildings, the grass and the trees and the sky -- "the world and our own minds to understand it! That's all!" Isn't that enough?