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Title: Crazy!Ed verse (link goes to In Defiance of Reason)

Author: [personal profile] metisket[personal profile] metisket 

Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist (the manga)

Warnings: Violence, fairly dark themes, spoilers for all of the manga (although comprehensible to someone only familiar with the first anime). Not nearly as dark as it could have been.

Summary: So. In response to the question, "What would it look like if Edward Elric were as crazy as Allen Walker?" I said, well. CLEARLY I MUST WRITE THAT FIC.

It's a mad AU. And I don't think Ed would handle being crazy with anything like Allen's grace. Besides which, it's possible that I wrote him even crazier.

Commentary: This is perhaps the best FMA fic I've ever read. Ed is terrifyingly and wonderfully insane, while still remaining true to his canon self. He refuses to drink milk, helps people, and probably rescues small animals from wells; he also murders large numbers of people in gruesome and painful ways.

This is also quite possibly the best Roy-and-Hughes fic you'll ever find -- mostly Hughes, since he's the usual viewpoint character, but the portrayal of their friendship is fantastic. Roy is just the right amount of I'm-going-to-save-the-country and oh-fuck-I-screwed-up, and Hughes is brilliantly, frenetically cheery and clever. He goes around investigating and trying to fix Ed and leaving the alchemists alone for appropriate spans of time to do their thing and plotting war and giving everyone hugs. If you ever thought you even kind of liked Hughes, this is the fic for you, and here is a line to prove it:

Also, Maes wished he had a picture of Roy’s face right now, because if he did, he would treasure it forever and preserve it among the Elicia pictures and show it to absolutely everyone.

(Incidentally, the plot isn't just 'canon with bits of crazy!ed tacked on'. Things are different -- but not too different.)
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