Series: brotherhood. Legend!verse part 2
Pairing: Roy/Ed, Al/Mei
Summary: Rumors are stirring just like Ed's boredom, and the world begins to change. "You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
Notes: I've got three more chapters planned out. They all come in about 1k each. So as I thought this fic may be only 13k-15k. (so it's ending in a few weeks) But, hopefully this chapter explains some more things and gives you a hint of what's to come. This takes place over the course of a few months. I highly doubted you wanted to see Edward dancing through fields of gold.
Tamin plucked at the grass as Edward bathed in the large tub filled with water that she’d heated with her magic. The chill air forced him to get out rather quickly and dress in his warm clothes. Tamin smiled as he reappeared from around the screen she’d set up for his privacy.
“So,” she said as she folded her arms across her chest, “how do you feel?”
“Revived? A bit confused mostly. What exactly did you do to me?”
She licked her lips and raised her palms in supplication. “I’m not sure. I saw – felt – that you were missing something so I drew it back. I’m a healer, sometimes only the healed knows what was wrong.”
“How does that even work?”
“It is an ancient practice, one I’m not too familiar with. My training is limited. Why don’t you test it?”
Ed sat with his legs crossed and he stared into the sky. “Test it?”
“Yes? Your alchemy? Do you need chalk to draw an array?”
“No. I…didn’t really need to draw an array.”
He pressed his palms together and then…
The ground buckled and heaved and Tamin shrieked as she grabbed for support at the ground. It dipped and churned, dirt flew and grass was swallowed by a chasm that snapped closed and begin to rise up and then it stopped.
Edward stared at his hands and then at Tamin.
“What was that?” she asked. “It acted nothing like your alchemy!”
Ed’s hands shook. “It wasn’t…I was only trying to build a small decorative piece out of the earth!”
Tamin was shaking so hard her teeth clacked together. “Your alchemy, it’s horrifying!”
Ed gritted his teeth. “It’s not normally like this. As I’ve said, when you gave it back you did something to it.”
“I did something to it? How could I have done something to it?”
“Don’t you have to be thinking something to bring it back correctly?”
“Did you not hear me? It’s more complicated than that. I can draw back what was lost, but even I may not know what was lost.”
Ed shoved his hands through his hair. “Well, it came back wrong. There was far more power there than I’ve ever felt before.”
“Maybe it was always there but I unlocked it when I brought it back?”
“I suppose it’s possible; when I think about it every time you visit that place you can gain something from it. I suppose when your magic visited it brought back a little extra oomph with it.”
Tamin smiled. “There’s always a reasonable explanation for you scientists isn’t there? You don’t simply see the magic of the world.”
“I believe in love, isn’t that unscientific and magical?”
The girl laughed, “I suppose it is. Do you miss her?”
Ed let his eyes flick from the sky to the ground. “Him. Do I miss him? Yes. Very much. Every moment I’m away from him my heart feels like it’s going to break even though it’s not physically possible. I love him.” Ed pulled his knees to his chest and hunched over them.
“That’s wonderful, to feel so much for one person, but don’t you think about others?”
“It’s…for me…I couldn’t, there’s nothing that could compare. He is my world.”
She met Ed’s eyes and she smiled. She touched the back of his hand. “Before you go, let me show you my world. The world I once lived in.”
Ed took her hand as she drew him up from the ground.
They wandered through the wilderness and she taught him her people’s ways. How they hunted, what they ate, some of their language, their hopes, desires, their past and their present. And Ed listened. He absorbed, he took notes, and he partook.
Tamin could talk endlessly about the various living things out here like the trees and flowers to bushes and weeds. She knew them all as intimately as Ed knew his scientific materials.
“There are herbs to heal the wounded and to heal the sick. There are also herbs that can make you sick if you’re not careful. But antidotes to poison can be made out of the bark of that tree and those leaves…” She pointed and picked and showed.
Her world, Ed thought, really was one of magic. There was little that was truly scientific about it.
“There’s something,” she paused, “that I think you should know.”
Ed looked down at her with curiosity.
She squeezed her hands together tightly. “My people –not all but some - …they despise you Amestrians. They say there is the old story of the massacre of those called ‘witches’ but also of a stolen item. It was a few years ago, and an…archeologist I think it was, came out here and took something.” Her eyes darted down. “He was strange though, not right. Anyways, it was a talisman of great magical significance. But it was locked up for a reason. It could stop people from performing magic and probably your alchemy. If you can, do you think you can locate it for me?”
“I could try, but Tamin, that’s not a piece that will easily be found. It’s a black market piece and most likely will be sold for a high price if it hasn’t been sold already.”
“I understand, but can you at least try?”
“Yes, but I can’t make any promises.” Besides, Roy would kill me if I did. “What does it look like?”
“It’s silver and small, there are no precious stones on it. It’s circular and a tree is in the center and the branches twine up in patterns to touch the frame and the roots twine down to touch the bottom. It’s intricate. It’s also got some symbols around the outside. They’re in an ancient script.”
“Here,” she said, “I’ll draw a picture.” She took Ed’s notebook from his hands and sketched the image quickly.
Ed’s eyes widened briefly but he tried not to show his surprise. “It’s interesting. I’ve seen something like it before.”
She didn’t say anything but continued to walk and Edward followed. “What else can you tell me about your people?”
She shook her head. “You have more than enough to go back and write your book, right?”
“Then go, go and find me my talisman. We’ve been wandering out here for a month already. Go, go and find me my talisman.”
Over the past few weeks Edward had done some research on the talisman. He’d called Roy to ask about it and the other man had been delighted to hear from him. Roy had called back a few days later with a couple of tips on where he might want to go. Roy warned him that this talisman was illegal so he’d best keep himself in check.
Ed had promised.
So here he sat on the train, opposite of the man who currently held the talisman. The man was old and refined. He held himself upright with dignity. He watched Edward through hooded eyes and Ed watched him back just as carefully.
“What,” the man asked, “Do you want with this?” he held the talisman up in the air.
“My friend claims it belongs to her,” Ed told him stiffly. “Well, young man, perhaps you should have thought better of asking me about it. This isn’t just anything you know. It’s powers are great, and I want to use them.”
“Let me tell you a little secret, Edward Elric, soon you will all burn as they did. Heretics and liars! You Amestrians are the scum of the earth, and you shall perish in the flames of purity.”
The man stood, letting his cloak fall about his frame. “If I were you I’d gather your little army up in preparation for the biggest war mankind will ever see.”
Ed half stood in anger as the man left the cabin. Flames of purity…burn as they did?
And all of a sudden it made sense and Edward felt sick to his stomach.
He needed to talk to Al.