Title: Our Lights Yet Shine
Series: The Shortest Day
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood/manga
Warnings: Spoilers, loneliness, warzones
Summary: A companion piece to Candles to Light Your Way: How Team Greedling, Team Mustang, Lan Fan and Fu, and the group in Liore celebrate the last winter solstice before the possible end of the world.
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.
The poem is The Shortest Day, by Susan Cooper, and doesn't belong to me. (It has become nearly synonymous with the season, for me, and I've started thinking of this series by the poem's title, so I couldn't not include it.)
A/N: Last year, I had the urge to write something about the FMA characters celebrating the winter solstice following personal losses. This summer, it occurred to me that I'd rather like to do a fic covering everyone's final solstice before the Promised Day (except Roy and Gracia, since they were in CtLYW), and anotherfmafan gave me an excellent excuse to do so, with her Days of Yore event on LJ.
I wanted to get this piece done for Yule, but I procrastinated by watching Daredevil, and then my mum took the whole week off (we celebrate the solstice), so writing time was a bit scarce. Still, at least I got this done for the chat? ^^;
Team Mustang is kind of grouped together, despite being spread out, because it made more sense to me to break them into one group. Also, their experiences are all rather short, comparatively. Sorry/not sorry?
I'd intended to include a couple of other groups – Alex and Olivier, Scar and Marcoh, May and Envy – but I was struggling a bit with a couple of them, and coming up on my deadline, so I scrapped them. Maybe next year. ^^; (Oh, Merlin, did I just suggest I would write another piece to this set? *flops*)
For Lan Fan and Fu's section, if you're reading on AO3, tumblr, or LJ, you should be able to hover over the hanzi and a transliteration and a translation will pop up. (It's not for everything, just proper titles and the food. And the greeting. I did not use it for their given names, mostly because I was having a terrible time finding something for Lan Fan. If someone has hanzi for her, please feel free to share.) For those reading on FFN and dA, I left it in English, so feel free to disregard. :P
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Candles to Light Your Way