Title: Colours in Your Eyes
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood/manga
Pairings: Edward Elric/Roy Mustang, May Chang/Alphonse Elric, Lan Fan/Ling Yao, Paninya/Winry Rockbell, Gracia Hughes/Maes Hughes
Warnings: Ed's potty mouth, soulmate AU, Xing politics, mentions of homophobia, cultural differences, canon character death (you know which one), age gaps, why are these boys such idiots?
Summary: Everyone is born with the ability to only see the colour of their soulmate's eyes. Only upon touching their soulmate, can people see the rest of the world's colours.
Edward Elric will do whatever it takes to get his brother's body back and ensure he can have his happily ever after with his soulmate, even if it means never finding his own soulmate.
Disclaim Her: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by Arakawa Hiromu and various publishers. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended. Also, the opinions of certain main characters in regards to some cultural practises in no way reflect the author's own opinions.
All direct quotes from the source material are taken from the Viz translation of the manga. The only thing borrowed from Brotherhood is that everyone was transferred to hospital, rather than resting in tents set up on the parade grounds, after the final battle. (&, you know, Roy didn't get his eye-fix right off. He needs to suffer a little, let's be honest. XD)
A/N: I originally had something else planned for the Big Bang, not a soulmate AU, but I was cooling my heels for a few hours and went looking for soulmate ideas, because I kinda wanted to write one, eventually. Found one on a list on silentpeaches' tumblr about seeing in your soulmate's eye colour and it just...sparked a dozen ideas. Was upset later and needed to write something, and this is what ended up being first choice.
I honestly wasn't certain, for a while, that it would be long enough for the Big Bang, and then it exploded and I have no regrets.
EdRoy is the main ship, and they're the only PoV characters, but the other ships all play their own parts in the plot, especially the AlMay.
So, I went snooping through the manga, just to check, and Roy grabbing Ed's shirt-front when they first meet is the closest they get to touching, skin-to-skin. Roy wears gloves a lot, and so does Ed. And Ed's clearly right-handed, so he takes things with his right hand. Which proved to be terrible fic fodder. (Damn these boys.)
My fantastic artists are eirelis and VioVayo! Once they've posted their pieces, I'll link them in the text and put a link to them at the notes at the bottom of the chapter each pic corresponds with. They'll also be linked in the masterpost on tumblr, once that goes up.
Last, but never least, a thousand thanks to my betas, the lovely Hangebokhan and fantastic Ciesste, who spotted the stupidest of my errors and were weirdly polite about it. ;) Thanks again, luvs. ♥ (Any further errors are 100% my own fault, because I always go back through before posting and tweak a couple things.)
There are three parts to this piece, and I'll be posting every other day. For your planning purposes.
You can also read this at Archive of Our Own, Fanfiction.Net, or tumblr.
( Chapter 1 )Chapters:
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