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Fic: Close Proximity

Title: Close Proximity
Characters: Ed/Winry
Word Count: 419
Rating: G for UST
Summary: Even Winry's mind wanders sometimes.
Notes: Set during Chapter 71 of the manga. From evil_little_dog's prompt "Ed and Winry, snowy days".

What had possessed her to pick out that skirt? Winry rubbed her gloves over her freezing cold knees. Her winter wardrobe had nearly all been in Resembool, pointless in the mild, sunny winters of Rush Valley. So when she'd got the call to travel to Briggs and save Ed from his own idiocy, she'd had to hastily shop, borrow and cobble together a winter wardrobe. She'd done pretty well at it too, right up until the point where she'd apparently got so accustomed to Rush Valley that she'd forgotten that a miniskirt and tights aren't the best match for sub-zero temperatures.

Mr Garfiel's advice that the outfit was "boy-bait" was perhaps not, in retrospect, the best. There was nothing bait-y about trying awkwardly to pull your coat further down your butt while crammed into a car seat right next to the boy you liked.

Not that she'd caught Ed so much as looking at her legs. Although, there had been that weird little freak-out while she'd been fitting his new arm, what had that all been about? For a moment, she'd wondered if he was - well, trying to get himself under control. Or was she imagining it? Who knew how his big dorky brain worked, anyway?

Winry sighed to herself and glanced at Ed. He was looking straight ahead into the white-out through the car's front window. He exhaled, and the lines of his throat bobbed. Winry focused vaguely on the little laryngeal bump. How long had that been there? It made sense, she guessed. His voice was deeper and his chest broader every time she saw him. The skin of his neck was so tan next to the white fur lining his hood … Winry blinked. Why the hell was she even thinking this stuff at a time like this? They were going out into horrible danger together, in the company of a man they couldn't trust one bit. This was no time to be covertly staring at necks. Winry looked down at her poor, cold knees, and schooled her face.

She risked a glance up at Ed, and - caught his eye? She had just enough time for a brief glimpse of the uncharacteristically soft, almost dopey expression on his face, before he zipped his head around far too fast to face front.

"Hey, is that a bear?" he said, pointing enthusiastically at an object in the middle distance.

"No, brother, it's a rock." How she could always tell when Al was smirking, she never knew.


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 3rd, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oh bless their little adorablenesses. And I love smirky Al and helpful Garfiel.
Dec. 4th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! Garfiel is helpful, sort of.
Dec. 5th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
The word 'helpful' needs air-quotes whenever it refers to Garfiel. :-)
Dec. 4th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
This is far too cute!
Dec. 4th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Dec. 4th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Heehee, Ed's so not covert or subtle at all. Also Winry's head sounds a lot like mine, I tend to zone out and examine attractive people.
Dec. 4th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
I know, and they're in the middle of major plot as well. Although they do both get pretty distracted in the periodic table scene the previous chapter.
Dec. 4th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
ooooo! So very sweet! Thank you so much for my drabblesque!
Dec. 4th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
Aw, this was sweet and weighty and fun. Garfiel's "boy bait" comment is win.
Dec. 4th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! Garfiel is so helpful.
Dec. 4th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
aw this is sweet
Dec. 14th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I seem to have forgotten to reply, whoops.
Dec. 5th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
LOL boy bait, oh dear XD. That was cute.
Dec. 14th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (late reply is late)
Dec. 6th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
I love this. Especially with Garfeil wedged in there. He's so fun. Ed's reaction to being caught gazing softly at her was also very fun.
Dec. 14th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like Garfiel, he is fun. And I like Ed when he flails. I think he always thinks he just about gets away with it, too, when he so hasn't.

(late reply is late)
Dec. 22nd, 2010 07:14 am (UTC)
This is so fun! Haha, Winry, you are not very smooth. Luckily it's not hard to be more smooth than Ed. XD

How is Al's one line so amazing? :D
Dec. 22nd, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! People often forget Winry can be not very smooth because they're comparing her with Ed's spectacular, spit-taking non-smoothness. I love that 108 proposal scene where it's like they're both competing to see who can be the biggest goober. *hugs them*

Al is amazing, that's why. He's been thirty since the age of eleven. And he's evil. Possibly not as evil as your dark Allen icon, but he could give it a good try.
Jan. 6th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
this fic is sweet ^_^ I love how ya have him trying to change the subject when he gets caught looking at her lol
Jan. 6th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Ed is a big dork.
Jan. 6th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
heheheh yes...but a lovable dork though ^_^
May. 30th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
LOL, Ed you're too obvious hun XD Al knows all LOL
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