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Ficlet: In the Best Possible Taste

Title: In the Best Possible Taste
Characters: Ed/Winry
Rating: PG for nerds enthusing over gross medical pictures
Word count: 470
Prompt: evil_little_dog, Winry/Ed - A (happy) future with you

"And Mr Garfiel said we could have this couch he's replacing, it's only two years old and it's really nice."

"Not pink, right? Or, like, gold?"

"No, it's blue velvet, it's nice, don't spill stuff on it." Winry flipped carefully through the pile of old prints stacked outside the bookseller. She was trying not to notice Ed tearing through his own pile - hopefully not literally tearing. "Hey, this one's pretty neat!" She held up a medical illustration of an automail leg from what looked to be somewhere in the mid-nineteenth century: chunky and solid with no ankle joint, its parts labelled in copperplate.

"Wow." Ed leaned in. "1860," he said, pointing at the bookseller's pencilled label. "This must have been what they looked like when Granny was just starting out. Crazy."

"Can we put it on the wall in the living room?" asked Winry, bouncing on her heels a bit.

Ed threw an arm around her waist and grinned. "Sure! We could have, like a theme. Look at this!" He brandished a crumbling old illustration of a human skull, part of it removed to show an inaccurately labelled map of the brain.

Winry peered for a second. "Uh, wow."


"That's not a cross-section. This is a record of an operation, the surgeon actually cut a hole that size in the patient's skull to remove - something, lemme look some more."

"That's even better!" Now it was Ed's turn to bounce. His cheek brushed scratchily against Winry's as he leaned in, fighting her to get his look at the gory details.

"Okay, so - looks like it was some patient with a head injury, and the surgeon experimented with slicing out - oh, huh. Well, I'm not an expert or anything, but I expect that killed him."

"Deadly, crappy nineteenth-century brain surgery," said Ed, clearly entranced. "That really sucks! We should put it on the wall next to the old-school leg. We can put them both over the girly couch!"

Winry resisted the urge to pinch the bridge of her nose. "Don't you think some of our guests might be kind of freaked out if they have to look at some dead guy's hacked-up brain every time they come round?"

"Who?" Ed seemed genuinely confused. "All your friends are automail nerds, they talk about amputations while they're eating pizza. They will recognise this picture for the awesomeness that it is."

"Yeah, but. What if, theoretically, we had a friend who was a normal person and thought it was odd that we have pictures of brain surgery on our wall?"

"Normal person," said Ed thoughtfully, clearly chewing over the concept. Truth be told, it was a little foreign to Winry too. "Huh. I guess that could happen. Okay, can we hang it in the bedroom?"


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 19th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
Love it!

Sounds like Abby's (from NCIS) collection of MRIs... including "Shotgun Shattered Backbone".
Dec. 19th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
OMG, Abby sounds fun. Dr H used to have a model of a human heart, which I loved and which got sadly lost after being used as a prop in a hospital Christmas revue.
Dec. 19th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with Ed, that's a pretty cool picture.
Dec. 19th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
I would love to have gross old Victorian medical pictures all over my wall, a la Dr House.
Dec. 20th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I like Ed's idea of a theme, seriously.

One of my friends used to develop for the sheriff, and made copies of some of the photos of trauma wounds for skulls (x-rays). She was going to hang them in her bathroom, or something, I can't remember now.
Dec. 20th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Wow, confidentiality nightmare (Dr H gets nervous every time I see a patient x-ray) but that would have been a cool bathroom decor.
Dec. 20th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Well, yes. I think one of us pointed that out to her, too, which made her blink a few times. She had an interesting view on certain laws, confidentiality being one of them.
Dec. 20th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
This is too funny. haha.. ."Normal person... huh..." *snicker*
Dec. 20th, 2011 08:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed.
Dec. 27th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
"Normal person," said Ed thoughtfully, clearly chewing over the concept. Truth be told, it was a little foreign to Winry too.

Oh, that's so them. Love it.
Dec. 27th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
They're such nerds. *squishes them*
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