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O_O I will say right now that I have NO CLUE how it is I did Greed so damn well. I don't like to toot my own horn but this...I'm shocked at how amazing Greed looks. It even kind of almost looks like a real screenshot of him. I actually was able to get his eye shape, hair, and expression right this time. Normally, I have a big problem with those. Wow...I'm still stunned at how good I did him
And I didn't even use a FMA base either....Huh. Guess it was pure luck. Oh and of course the black things are prison bars. Read the storyline and you'll understand.
I must say though...this work is probably the one work out of any of mine that I'm the most proud of.
*Note* I apologize for any bad arranging of paragraphs, sentences, or misspellings in this. I know that in the past, many of my stories have horrible grammar and the sentences the characters are speaking may be too bunched together. I've been trying to fix and improve that but it may not be working. So if you see issues in the writing of this, I apologize and I do hope you'll still enjoy this, despite its many flaws. I am only human after all so there will be mistakes, so do overlook it.
Okay, finally got the next part done, guys. Remember, this part starts off with a time skip of about three-four months. It starts off in chapter 54 and 55 of the FMA manga. For those who don't know, that chapter is after Envy, Ed, and Ling are spit up by Gluttony and meet Father. Ed and Al have been healed by Father but Ling doesn't trust him so he attacks. Father ends up hurting Ling (adding insult to his previous injuries...literally lol) and has Gluttony hold him down as he pulls out a Philosopher's stone to turn Ling into Greed. Ed and Al can only watch this because they are held by Envy and they cannot move. I am going to paraphrase some of the things being said in that chapter here but it will be the same idea from the manga/anime. I'll also add some of the actual quotes from the manga so I will put a disclaimer saying that all of this, the idea of Ling turning into Greed, and some of what the characters say was not my idea. It was Arakawa's. And just like I did with my Ouran fic, I pulled a D gray man thing in this part of Eme-chan's story XD Be warned. Anyways, so here we go. Starting right as the stone is dropped into Ling Yao's bloodstream... *Storyline*
"Ngh...! Dammit, you bearded bastard-LET LING GO!" Edward Elric screamed as he wrestled to get out from under Envy's giant hand that had him and his brother pinned to the ground.
"You will make for a great vessel for Greed to use as his own." The man known as Father looked down at the now pathetic-excuse-for-a-prince that was trapped by Gluttony's enormous hands.
Father walked over and moved to drop the Philosopher's stone onto the cut that had been under Ling's bandage. Just as the God-like man was about to drop the stone, Edward screamed again, "NOO! DAMMIT-You can't do this! There's someone waiting for him...LET ME GO!" Ed shouted, pulling the gun he had received from Lt. Hawkeye earlier on and aimed the weapon at Envy, "Let him go or else I'll shoot!"
Envy laughed at the alchemist's empty threat, "Foolish boy, you couldn't even scratch me with that thing. Now sit back and watch the fun unfold."
Ed and Al looked back to their Xingese friend, frantically. Ling had his head turned away from the two and Ed was sure he had to be terrified.
Swallowing big and coughing a little blood, Ed called out to Ling, "Ling- Hold on, we'll-"
"Stay out of this, Ed."
The Fullmetal boy's eyes widened when he saw Ling look at him with a devious smirk on his face. Despite his current condition, Ling didn't seem to be afraid at all of what was about to happen to him. In fact, it was almost as if he...welcomed it.
"Ling, What are you...?"
Ling pointed a finger at his friends, his smirk growing in size as he did so, "Don't shoot Ed! This is what I want. SO STAY OUT OF THIS!"
"I think he's lost what was left of his mind, brother..." Alphonse mumbled, looking to his brother in question.
Ed shook his head and clenched his teeth, "Damn him, what the hell is he saying? LING!"
Ed managed to push part of Envy's hand off of him and tried to rise from the ground, "That stone could kill-AGH!" Before Ed could finish his sentence, Envy slammed his hand back onto Ed, most likely re-breaking the ribs that had just been healed by Father in the process.
Ling still held the same expression on his face as Father dropped the stone onto his skin and entered the cut on his cheek,
"Just leave me alone...I know what I'm-AGH!"
"LING!" Both Elrics cried as Ling suddenly began screaming and throwing up blood, repeatedly.
"B-Brother...what's happening to him?" Al cried, seeing that blood was now coming from every part of Ling's body.
Between the screams of the prince, Ed spoke in a shaky voice, "The Philosopher's stone...it...it's...!"
"AGHHHHH!" Ling screamed as he held his stomach causing a river of blood to flow out of his mouth.
The prince fell back to the floor and slowly looked up at Ed and Al through his pain. Just like before, he pointed a finger at both of them and smirked,
"I...I told you...Don't interfere! Just sit tight and wait-" Ling sat up and held where his ribs were, indicating they had just been broken even more; But through the intensity of the pain, Ling continued to speak, "They don't know...who they're dealing with...Prince Ling. YAO-AHHH!" Ling threw up blood again and finally, the fifteen-year old looked up and screamed louder then he ever had, blood flowing down from his eyes as he did so.
"LING!" Ed shouted, terrified by what could happen to his friend if this continued...
Back down in the lower level of Father's home, the same girl sat in the same dark prison cell she had been inhabiting for the past few months. She had grown used to it. She no longer minded the chains that kept her a prisoner of said place; or the crappy food Envy fed her; Hell, she didn't even mind the Homunculi or Father anymore. She just didn't care. She was a monster and she would always consider herself as such. She found this place to be fitting for a thing like her so she had no right or reason to complain about her life as she now knew it.
From inside the cell, the girl stood up and walked till she could go no further, as the prison bars so prevented her from doing so. The teen clasped her hands around the dirty, rusty bars and listened closely to what seemed to be going on on the upper floor of Father's home,
"...Is that...screaming?" Emeara pondered for a moment and then continued to listen to the blood-curdling screams coming from upstairs, "That scream sounds somewhat familiar...why is that?" She asked herself, clenching the prison bars harder with her hands.
Suddenly, the screams finally ceased and everything was quiet. Emeara blinked and waited to see if the screaming would continue. It did not.
"That was weird..." She mumbled, walking back to her bed in the cell and sitting on it, "Why did that scream sound so...familiar to me?" The girl held her head as she thought back to the scream, trying to place the voice with a person's face she knew.
Back up with Ed and the others, Ling had stopped screaming and was now sitting there, his head held down making it impossible for the Elric brothers to see if their friend was alright.
"L-Ling?" Ed called out, fearing the worst.
Ling slowly lifted his head and looked towards Ed but held a confused look on his face,
"What the..." Al whispered, noticing there had been a drastic change in the price's voice. It was...deeper. In fact, it sounded nothing like Ling.
"Ling? Ohhh. You mean the guy I took this body from."
Ed and Al froze when they saw Ling stand up and smirk insanely at the two. This man...he wasn't Ling. Ed could see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice. Something was horribly wrong.
"Who...Who are you?" Ed asked, staring at the Ling imposter.
The man lifted one of his hands, causing the bandages that had been wrapped around it to fall off, revealing nothing other than an oraborus tattoo. The man chuckled evilly as he smiled widely at the boys,
"Well, well. I could get used to this hunk of flesh. Thanks Father! It's good to be back~"
Envy twitched his nose in disgust at his brother, "Forgive me when I say this, Greed, but your new form makes my stomach churn."
The reborn homunculus looked over to Envy and smirked, "Tch. You aren't much to look at yourself, freak."
Al looked to Ed again, tilting his head slightly.
"Brother...Envy just called him Greed. Do you think...?"
Ed nodded, "Yeah...it might be THAT Greed. Hey!" Ed waved a free hand at Greed, attempting to get his attention.
At hearing Ed's voice, Greed turned to the brothers and walked over to kneel down at them, "Who are you guys?" He asked as he shut his eyes, just as Ling did so very often.
Ed rose a brow, puzzled, "Wait...Aren't you THAT Greed? How can you not remember us?"
The Homunculus reopened his eyes, "Say what now?"
"The Greed they're referring to is the one that came before you." Father answered causing Greed to snap his fingers in realization,
"Oh, I get it!" Greed looked back at the boys, frowning, "Sorry but I'm a different Greed from the one you knew."
Ed swallowed big and looked at the living deadly sin in anger, "What did you do to Ling?"
Greed sat there in front the alchemists for a moment before a wide, psychotic grin came to his face.
As Greed focused his blood red eyes onto the boys, Greed chuckled again and answered,
"So Ling was a friend of yours? He was a funny little brat. He accepted me without struggle. However, in the process..." Greed tapped his chest with his hand, "He lost his body for good! The prince's body is mine now!"
Greed stood up and laughed whole-heartily as the Elrics looked at him with fear.
"No..." Alphonse mumbled, sadness showing in his voice.
Ed shut his eyes tight, trying to keep himself from losing his cool right there, "No...No...Ling wouldn't just-HE COULDN'T!" DAMN YOU!" Ed screamed at Greed in fury.
The smirk never once left the Homunculus' face. Father looked to his "son" and tapped his shoulder, "Be aware that we are not to kill these boys."
"Sure thing, Dad!" Greed answered, happily.
Ed, who still refused to believe that his friend was gone, screamed back at Greed, "Ling! LING! ANSWER ME!"
Then, the door leading into the room they were all in suddenly opened. As the door finished opening, it revealed a dead chimera, a tall man with a scar on his face, and a little Xingese girl in whom were all too familiar to Edward and Alphonse Elric...
"Now what's going on up there...? Emeara sat up from her bed and listened to the sound of thumping, pounding, and other loud sounds that was leaking through the ceiling above her head.
After listening to the sounds for a few more minutes, Emeara came to the conclusion there must be fighting going on on the floor above her.
"It's probably nothing..." The girl sighed, laying back on her bed and shutting her eyes. Before long the girl had fallen into a deep slumber and a dream had begun to play in her mind.
She had had many happy dreams since she had become a captive; However, in the end, her dreams all ended the same. With something horrible or some kind of miserable memory that stabbed Emeara's heart many times even after she had awoken. This time was the worst out of all the dreams she ever had.
Emeara stood alone in the darkness with nothing surrounding her but the corpses off all her friends. Ling, Lan Fan, Fu, Edward, Alphonse, Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye Even Naraku and Shen were there. Each of them laid in a circle around her as she held a bloody knife in her hand.
She knew what had happened. She had killed them all, obviously without mercy due to all the blood that was splattered everywhere. Her monster side had finally won; Taken over her completely and killed all her loved ones. But the worst part about it was what the girl's dark side said before the dream ended completely,
"This is what will happen when you regain your memories. You cannot escape it, Emeara. No matter how hard you try. Be warned, girl. You don't have much longer..." And just as had been established, the dream ended like that.
Emeara shot up from her bed, breathing heavily, her eyes wide with anxiety. Soon a memory she had not yet retrieved suddenly flashed in her mind,
"You're going to become a bodyguard for me?" Ling Yao asked a fifteen year old Emeara who now bowed at his feet.
"Yes. It is what I've decided to do to atone for all the sins I have committed. If you will let me, may I?" Emeara asked, looking up at the prince with cold, emotionless eyes.
Ling frowned sadly but looked over to Fu and Lan Fan who sat beside Emeara with the same expression as he, "I...*sigh* If that is what you wish to do, you may."
Emeara faked a smile,
"Thank you, my lord." At that, Emeara stood up and left.
Ling groaned, "Great, now she's calling me by that nickname."
Lan Fan frowned desperately and looked to her grandfather in great concern, "Perhaps this is not in my place to say this but...Grandfather, I don't think Emeara is mentally fit for this job. What if she goes insane and...kills someone who shouldn't be killed?"
Fu looked at his granddaughter and then to Ling to see he had been holding the same worry in his heart. The old man scratched his head and crossed his arms, "Well, that is a possibility but perhaps this will be a good thing for her. Maybe this way she can learn to cope with that dark side of hers. Shen had told me just last month that he was going to see about her taking some martial art classes as well as her usual alchemy training sessions."
The room went silent at hearing Shen's name. Neither of them had spoken of him since a week ago and they usually wouldn't dare to. But, this time, it couldn't be helped.
"...Its hard to believe he's really gone." Ling spoke, under his breath. Lan Fan nodded in agreement as did Fu.
"There is nothing we can do about this now. If we don't accept Emeara into this position, who knows what she will do now that she has lost all that was precious to her. This isn't like Naraku's death when she would just sit at her grave all day. That girl thinks she killed Shen so we must do what we can to help her cope with the pain, in any way she wishes. Do you two understand?"
"Yes Fu." Ling agreed.
"Understood, Grandfather." Lan Fan nodded, rubbing one of her arms uncomfortably.
"Good. Now lets go see about her getting a uniform and mask." Fu said, standing up from the floor.
Emeara coughed heavily as the one flashback ended and another one began. Only the second one took place a few months after the other,
Ling and his bodyguards walked through the desert that would soon lead them to a country west of Xing (NOTE: They are NOT going to Amestris in this. It is another country). Ling figured they would start there to study up on the Philosopher's stone and its powers as that was the very thing the young Yao son needed in order to become Emperor of Xing. Without it, he had no chance of becoming the next leader.
"I'm going to go ahead and scope for any danger." Emeara announced through her mask before she ran ahead of Ling and the others at full speed.
"She learned the basics of being a guard rather quick. Quite impressive if I do say so myself." Fu said, watching the young girl run away from them,
Lan Fan smiled slightly behind her mask at her grandfather, "Well she does know alchemy now so that could be why..."
"Even so, I do hope she'll be careful. I don't want her getting hurt or killed over me. Same goes for you two." Ling spoke, staring at his friends with a sad look on his face.
The two guards simply responded with the usual, "Please do not worry yourself over unworthy people as ourselves, Young lord."
Ling sighed and continued on down the sand road with his guards at his side. An hour passed when they had finally made it to a village that appeared to be abandoned.
"What village is this? I've never seen such a place so empty..." Ling looked around at the many run down buildings that surrounded the town itself.
"Perhaps they are all gathered somewhere for something. Lets see if we can find some water and a place to st-" Before Lan Fan could finish, she felt her foot step on something bulky and wet, "What in the..." Lan Fan looked down causing her eyes to go wide.
Before Ling could ask what it is she stepped on, Lan Fan jumped back away from it and pulled out a kunai in defense.
Seeing that the girl was trembling now, Fu took his place by his granddaughter's side,
"What is it, L-" Fu followed Lan's gaze until it met the pile of dead bodies that lied there by a burnt down building, "Good Heavens..."
Ling stared in horror at the dead bodies lying on the ground and nearly had a heart attack when he suddenly heard Emeara's voice come from behind him, "So you guys finally showed up."
Ling jumped back and looked at Emeara who had taken her mask off and was now staring at them with her usual cold eyes,
"E-Emeara. Sorry we took so long but we..." Ling's voice trailed off as he scanned her body with his eyes.
Ling felt a lump form in his throat and could no longer speak. So instead Lan Fan asked the question, "Is that...blood all over you?"
Emeara looked at her armor that was stained with the crimson color, "Indeed it is. I killed the villagers when I got here."
Fu's eyes widened, "You what?"
Emeara's expression didn't waver, "I killed them. They were a poor village who would try to attack any newcomers here in fear of being taken over by some leader or something. When I got here, they held pitchforks to me. They were a threat so I killed them. Every single one."
Fu, Ling, and Lan Fan couldn't believe what they were hearing. Emeara had killed, from the looks of it, over forty innocent people.
"...I don't understand. Why...? You're a bodyguard for me. If someone threatens me, you hurt them or even kill them but in this case..." Ling looked around at the many corpses he now noticed lying around, "You didn't need to kill all these people, Emeara."
The girl licked some blood from her lips and put her mask back on, "Young lord, these people would have threatened you too if you had come so I simply did what I had to."
Ling looked to Fu and Lan Fan with a scared look and then turned back to Emeara who had started to walk away, "Emeara? Where are you going now?" Ling cried.
Emeara turned back and said, "I'm going to go scope the next town for any threats."
Before anyone could reject, Emeara disappeared.
Ling, Fu, and Lan Fan exchanged looks and felt their stomachs do summer salts from the horror that surrounded them.
Emeara grabbed her head as her breathing sped up as she tried to shake the bad memories away,
"No...Not again. I don't wanna remember something like that...! Stop...stop...stop!"
A few minutes passed and finally, the girl caught her breath. Emeara looked around and then back at the ceiling. The sounds from earlier had stopped.
"How long was I out...?"
"Down this way, moron!"
At hearing Envy's voice coming from down the hallway, Emeara regained her composure and sat on the floor, as far away from the cell bars as she could get. Soon, Envy stood in front of her cell with his usual smirk on his face. Only this time someone was standing behind him.
Emeara squinted her eyes, trying to get a good look at the man. When she saw who it was standing behind Envy, Emeara shot up from the floor and ran towards the end of the cell without thinking,
"LING?" She cried, her eyes wide with surprise.
Envy rolled his eyes and shook his head, "Not quite, girl. This is the new Greed. Father just created him. He did take your friend's body though."
Emeara's expression softened to that of annoyance, "Oh. Wait you...you took Ling's body from him?" Emeara flash-backed to when Ling had tried to stop Envy from kidnapping her a few months ago.
Emeara's expression turned angry and she reached out an arm through the bars and grabbed Greed by his collar, "You bastard! How could you-" Emeara froze. Envy had said GREED. Greed...he was the one that had saved her before from Envy and the others.
Emeara let go of Greed's collar before she bowed in apology at the Homunculus that resembled her childhood friend.
"I'm...sorry. I-" Before she could say anything else, Greed let out a loud laugh,
"Haha, this girl is something else! Where'd Father find her anyways?" Greed smirked as if he were flirting with Emeara and then turned his gaze to the chains that were around the girl's wrists and ankles, "She a prisoner? How come?"
'...Greed acts like he doesn't remember me...' Without even giving it another thought, Emeara looked at Envy, curiously.
The palm-tree haired man picked up on Emeara's question and answered a simple, "Like I said earlier, this Greed was just created. Gluttony told me the old Greed had met you. Well, this one isn't going to remember you cause his memories were surpressed. Get it?" When he saw Emeara look down, a questionable look still on her face, the Homunculus groaned and turned to leave, "Lets go, Greed. There's still a lot Father wants me to show you."
Just as Envy lifted a foot to walk away, Greed yanked on his brother's shoulder. Annoyed by the action, Envy turned back at him, glaring,"What the hell was that for?"
Greed pointed at Emeara, "You didn't answer my question. Why is she locked up?"
The question caused Emeara to look up with slight surprise while Envy just stood still, his expression unchanging for the moment. After a few more seconds, Envy's face slowly changed to that which represented evil intentions and enjoyment,
"She's one of the sacrifices. You know, the ones that Father told you about before we came down here after fighting that Fullmetal pipsqueak and his brother?" Greed nodded and Envy continued, "Yes...that girl, well, lets just say its better for everyone that a beast like her is locked up in a dirty old jail cell like that one there."
Envy eyed Emeara to see if his insult had offended her. As always, it indeed had and had caused her to retreat to the back of her small space she inhabited. The jealous Homunculus chuckled and walked away from the cell, motioning for Greed to follow him. However, the newest addition(or in this case, re-addition) to the homunculi ignored Envy's gesture, moved in the opposite direction, and walked back up to Emeara's prison cell.
Grasping two of the bars with his hands, Greed peered in at Emeara with a frown on his face. Emeara could sense him staring at her but didn't look up as she feared he would laugh at her and her depressed expression she now had on her face. Despite her efforts to hide her face, the man knew better and could see she was upset by his older brother's earlier remark.
Greed blinked and simply muttered, "You don't look that beastly to me..."
Greed's sudden comment caused Emeara to raise her head, startled. "...E-Excuse me?" She asked in a shaky, wondering voice.
"You don't look like beastly to me." He repeated, "In fact, you look like a pretty innocent kid. What is it that humans refer to those like you...Oh yeah. They call you a goody-too-shoes or something right?" Greed stared back at Emeara, neither of them never once breaking their gaze at the other.
After another minute of staring, Emeara looked down, blushing slightly. He may be a Homunculus but at that moment, he did have Ling's face. His appearance had always made Emeara blush if she had stared at it for longer then she really should have. This time was no different. As a matter of fact, she thought Ling looked better when, well, he was a Homunculus. He looked tough and not silly like he usually did with his slit eyes; Something of which Greed had not shown to her once. No, instead of keeping his eyes shut, Greed kept Ling's eyes opened wide, revealing his bright, reddish-pink orbs. The commoner from Xing had never seen such intriguing and memorizing eyes such as Greed's. Emeara had to wonder...Was it the Prince's usual handsome body that made her blush or his new eyes? Not that it mattered in the first place...but...still.
"T-That...is nice of you to say but I..." Emeara could feel her voice trailing off sadly as she thought back to Envy's cruel remark, "He's...right. I do belong in here."
Emeara's lips curled up into a small, sad smile. Greed saw this and rose a brow very highly,
"You belong in here? Look I may be new to this but this is where Homunculi live. I don't get why a HUMAN belongs here."
The girl looked back at him with the smile still on her face, "It's just what I believe, that's all. And I am a beast. Actually, a monster seems more of the appropriate word to use."
The Homunculus frowned his lips into a downward, curious manner, "Like I said...you don't look like a monster to me..."
Emeara chuckled and shook her head, "I am. You just haven't seen the ugly side of me yet."
"Damn," Greed started, shoving hands into his pockets, "You really don't like yourself, huh? Well, I don't really care about what your reasons are for feeling that way or whatever. It's none of my business,"
Greed stepped back and turned his body slightly so he was only looking at her with one eye now, "Keep believing whatever you want. I still don't think you're that monstrous, beastly, or whatever. Later."
As Greed turned to exit, he froze and stepped back followed by slowly turning his head towards the girl again. Sensing something was strange all of a sudden, Emeara frowned at him, "Greed?"
He didn't speak. The Homunculus just stood there, in front of her cell, staring at her behind his bangs that now covered both of his eyes which made it impossible for Emeara to tell, that at that moment, there had been a slight change in the man.
The Song member rose up and walked towards the actual cell exit so she could get a closer look at the man. Once she reached her destination, her green eyes immediately went wide. There had been a change alright. Greed's eyes were no longer the same shape and his expression no longer devious and evil. No, now his eyes had returned to a foreign shape that represented a descendant from Xing along with the fact that his expression had lightened and changed to one of guilt and regret. Greed was no longer standing there before her. Ling Yao was.
"...It can't be...You're...But I thought..." Emeara covered her mouth with a hand and took a step back.
Ling lifted his head so she could see his face without struggle now. It was, without a doubt, him. He may have not had his eyes closed as usual at that moment, but she knew. The Prince held a look of utter remorse on his face as he stared at his friend; In whom, he had not seen in many months.
Feeling that the Homunculus would take back control of his body at any moment, Ling gently touched Emeara's scratched up cheek with a soft hand and spoke in a low tone, "I'm so sorry, Emeara..." was all the Prince could say before veins popped on his face and his eyes changed back to the reddish color, now indicating that Greed had retaken control.
The Homunculus frowned irritably at the girl and snatched his hand away before turning and walking away to the upper part of his home. Emeara felt the cheek that still felt warm from Ling's touch and suddenly felt like crying again. But just like many months before, she could try as hard as she wanted but she could not cry. Not even a tear.
The girl sunk to her knees, not removing the hand from her face once as she thought back to what Ling had said before Greed had taken back control. Her lips twitching in fear, the girl mumbled something before falling completely to the floor in a deep slumber.
Greed, who, not to Emeara's knowledge, stood behind a wall, hiding himself from the girl as he listened to what his avarice inside himself told him about the past, and the poor unfortunate girl that his brothers and father were keeping prisoner.
After hearing everything, Greed peaked around the corner to see Emeara had fallen asleep on the prison floor. The Homunculus looked left and right before sneaking back over to the cell, taking the keys from a worn out table that laid a few feet away from the imprisonment chamber itself, and unlocked the door.
After he had pushed the bar-door to the side, Greed gently picked Emeara up and laid her back onto the small bed that was to the far right of the cell. Pulling a blanket over her petite body, Greed snuck back out of the cell, relocked it, and threw the keys back on the table.
Like before, he shoved his hands into his pockets and finally walked out of the chamber completely. However, it was unclear just who it was at the time, that had just saved Emeara from a long night of sleep on the cold, stone floor.
To be continued...
I wanted to do a play on words with the title of this. Sadly, I couldn't think of a good one and just came up with "Where I belong" which is also the title of a song by Linkin Park. Seems to fit so I used it. Unless someone can come up with a better title involving the word greed, greedy, or avaricious, I'm keeping the current title. Base used was by
Reference used to draw Greed was a pic of him found on Google
FMA and its characters along with the idea of Ling turning into Greed belongs to Hiromu Arakawa
Emeara is mine