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Character/Series: Edward Elric; Fullmetal Alchemist (2003; Pandora's Universe)
Rating: PG
Notes: Written for the [profile] 30screams theme #7 - A Confession
Title: 7 - A Confession
Author: [personal profile] yuuo
Word Count: 1537
Summary: "I don't believe in you."




"I don't believe in you."

The priests had retreated for nightly meal. Rose was with them. The congregation had scattered back to their homes for dinner. Only an altar boy remained, asleep in one of the confessionals.

Behind the altar, Leto's statue looked down at the boy, unmoved by the hateful confession.

"There is no god," Edward continued in his cracked and broken voice from his place on the front pew. "You can't bring back the dead, either."

Leto had no answer, of course. Lifeless statues never did. Gods never did. And Truth offered only cruel mocking.

"I've seen the Truth." Edward's hoarse whispering scraped at this throat and he doubled over with a coughing fit. Too much sand and dust in the city. Too much talking. Edward glared at the false god defiantly. He could swear he saw Truth smiling back at him.

Too many memories and hurts.

He matched the smile on Truth's face, lips curling back over his teeth, more a snarl than a smile. "I'm going to beat you," he hissed. "You haven't won yet, you know."

He heard laughter. He ignored it.

"Because I'm better than you." Edward got to his feet and stalked towards the altar. "So what's the punishment for saying that?"

Leto continued to be silent, but he heard the laughter all the same. "I've almost got the Stone. Then you won't have a choice."

He was tired, he needed sleep. But the Stone was there, right there in the church. Sleep was the last thing on his mind.

Reaching the statue, he placed his hands on the smooth silk cloth covering the length of the altar. "So you'll give me my brother back." His weight sagged against the altar. "I just want my brother back, you sonuvabitch," he whispered, closing his eyes. "Give him back."

The chapel was silent.
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