Edited to Add: WHAT is wrong with JF that it rejects my html? This is getting REALLY BLOODY ANNOYING.
This post was made for <lj user=painless_j>, but because I subscribe to the theory that it's better to do a thing once and well, it contains ALL of my Roy/Ed recs, including those I know J has already read, the better to serve as my own personal bookshelf and a rec list for others.
Warnings, disclaimers, notes, and other miscellany:
I should perhaps warn that many of these are AU-from-the-movie, because the movie breaks my stupid little heart and I prefer to pretend it doesn't exist.
I have not read every fic by every author; ergo, that I have recced one thing by Author X but not another may mean that I liked the former and not the latter, or that I simply haven't read the latter, and thus have no opinion.
Edward Elric, in canon, is 12-16 years old. This means that in a lot of fic, Edward is 12-16 whilst Having Feelings For someone. I do not warn for underage-ness unless Ed's in the lower half of that range.
Other miscellaneous quirks:
* I detest fangirl-Japanese, and won't rec fics where everyone is "Taisa" and "nii-san" and "Edward-kun"; likewise I hit Back immediately upon encountering "Edo" and "Aru", so if there are any really brilliant fics out there that use these, they will not be recced here.
* I'm dreadful at summaries, so I just tried to keep them short; please don't put too much weight on them.
* I have tried to warn for the timeline status of things, but reserve the right to have goofed up in places.
* I have included Al/Roy/Ed in this Roy/Ed post.
* I do not use the "name order conventions" common in anime fandoms; "Roy/Ed" does not imply any particular sexual role for each character.
* I hope you enjoy it! I am amazed at how much I found once I started digging through my folders... :D
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<u>Let the recs begin!</u>
<a href="http://sarunotoki.livejournal.com/1952.html">Nuclear Blanket</a> by sarunotoki: nonmovie; Edward returns to Amnestris, and Roy makes a realisation.
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAsituation.htm">Situation Normal</a> by Coyo: nonmovie; Edward Elric, alchemical genius, can't figure out why everybody is acting so strange when he's around.
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAcontact.htm">Contact</a> by Coyo: Ed never seems to stop moving; when he does, he finds something unexpected.
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAhold.htm">Hold</a> by Coyo: shameless snuggling with smut!
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAcode.htm">Code</a> by Coyo: preslash; AU; but I love it for the intensity of the understanding that Ed gradually develops, and the intricacies of alchemy that convey it.
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAcradle.htm">Cradle and All</a> by Coyo: short; AU, but I find this subtly darker military quite believable; and Roy's actions and reactions, too.
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAgrowth.htm">Growth</a> by Coyo: Ed doesn't notice things until they're right under his nose.
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAcinders.htm"> Cinders</a> by Coyo: nonmovie; <i>Roy would never have good memories of this hill, but Ed had half a lifetime that said differently.</i> Ed goes home, with Roy.
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAheart.htm">Hearts and Hands</a> by Coyo: Ed/Roy/Al; nonmovie; Ed can't be held, but Al and Roy can live with that.
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAsymbolic.htm">Symbolic</a> by Coyo: nonmovie; short, but I think that "Ed and Al speak Alchemist at each other" is a kink of mine, and then there's the fact that I laughed more in this short piece than I have at many a longer one; the humour is wonderful.
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAsettling.htm">Settling</a> by Coyo: nonmovie; Al and Ed are complete opposites, but Roy and Al are more similar than an outsider might expect. Al's subtly maneuvering Ed is incredibly cute.
<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAtrade.htm">Trade</a> by Coyo: AU -- colonel!Ed and Stoneseeking!Roy; all I can say about this fic is that it sets my GUH!meter on overload. If I am a very, very good serpent, maybe one day Coyo will write more of it one day...
<b>The Altered States Arc</b> (<a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAaltered01.htm">Albedo</a>, <a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAaltered02.htm">Citrinitas</a>, <a href="http://ciceqi.slashcity.com/FMAaltered03.htm">Rubedo</a>, <b>Nigredo</b>) by Coyo: WIP; nonmovie; Ed and Roy think they've figured out a better way to make a Stone, but there are some bumps along the road to discovery. Incredibly hot sex, great Al, and I love that the political consequences and military infighting are dealt with as well as the relationship.
<a href="http://impishclawmarks.livejournal.com/2141.html">Morning In</a> by Dragonimp: PWP, really, and this is something of a "conditional rec" -- there are a few very small things that irritate me (mostly word choices -- I despise "teen"), and I'm not sure I quite believe in an Edward this emotionally open, but in other parts Ed is well-characterised, and it's nice to have a bit of notaslut!Mustang sometimes.
<a href="http://community.livejournal.com/prolific_geeks/33554.html">Half Empty</a> by Cepheid: the author calls this "WTF Pretentious Roy/Ed", but I love the interweaving of alchemy (remember that "Ed and <strike>Al</strike> anyone talk Alchemist at each other" kink?) and history, the way it's so much part of their language and their worldviews; and the hints at the political realities of the setting, and the way it affects Ed, and Roy.
<a href="http://harukami.hanashika.com/fanfic/FMA/oneshot/fullmetal.html">Fullmetal</a> by Haru: short; automail kink! Mmmm.
<a href="http://harukami.hanashika.com/fanfic/FMA/oneshot/circles.html">Circles</a> by Haru: short; alchemy, sex, life -- they all move in circles.
<a href="http://harukami.hanashika.com/fanfic/FMA/oneshot/ashortrein.html">A Short Rein</a> by Haru: short; nonmovie; the appeal of submission depends on whether one has chosen it.
<a href="http://harukami.hanashika.com/fanfic/FMA/oneshot/godsandheroes.html">Gods and Heroes</a> by Haru: short; <i>Al had put his foot down and refused to let Ed sell himself any further. Ed had snapped that he wasn't opposed to it, which was the closest he'd ever come to a confession. It was only typical that it had been made to Al in front of Roy rather than any other way.</i> Ed and Roy discuss deities, pederasty, and devotion.
<a href="http://harukami.hanashika.com/fanfic/FMA/oneshot/orbit.html">Orbit</a> by Haru: short; <i>Fullmetal walks a knife's edge between burn-out and despair, either of which could destroy him. Roy will spot him where he can</I>. I love the quiet sort of love Roy demonstrates, and his mix of determination and resignation.
<a href="http://harukami.hanashika.com/fanfic/FMA/oneshot/dates.html">Dates</a> by Haru: short; Roy's calendar used to be defined by his women; now it's defined by Fullmetal.
<a href="http://sea-priest3ss.livejournal.com/10730.html#cutid1">Old Soldiers Never Die</a> by SeaPriestess: nonmovie; old heroes may fade, but Roy doesn't forget; it's his private penance.
<a href="http://rainjoyswriting.livejournal.com/64666.html">Ink</a> by Rainjoy: movie-compliant; Ed initiates a correspondence across space and time. I love this fic <i>so much</I>; some of the letters break my heart, and the sheer stubborn love in the face of its hopelessless awes me, and is made even better by the ending.
<a href="http://rainjoyswriting.livejournal.com/28976.html">The Line of Symmetry</a> by Rainjoy: Ed's genius gets him into the most amazing scrapes, but getting stranded with an alternate version of himself -- all because of one stupid experimental array -- is more than he knows how to cope with.
<a href="http://rainjoyswriting.livejournal.com/33193.html">Padam, Padam</a> by Rainjoy: movie-compliant(ish); Ed/alter!Roy; Ed meets someone who isn't Roy, and they understand each other, maybe too well. Impossibly beautiful prose, amazing emotional impact, and wonderful characters; Rainjoy is an expert at breaking my heart.
<a href="http://rainjoyswriting.livejournal.com/25786.html">Untitled fic</a> by Rainjoy: nonmovie; Roy doesn't realise he loves Edward until after Edward vanished, but he can't give up.
<b>Pieces</b> (<a href="http://rainjoyswriting.livejournal.com/37976.html#cutid1">Part One</a>, <a href="http://rainjoyswriting.livejournal.com/38334.html#cutid1">Part Two</a>, <a href="http://rainjoyswriting.livejournal.com/38743.html">Part Three</a>) by Rainjoy: nonmovie; Ed does something phenomenally stupid, and Roy does something equally stupid in the attempt to bail him out. (Ed/OMC, Ed/Roy)
<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=rainjoyswriting&keyword=Through+The+Dark&filter=all">Through the Dark</a> by Rainjoy: Ed's fearlessness backfires, and he acquires a different kind of learning while recovering.
<a href="http://sutlers.livejournal.com/21348.html">Ab Hinc</a> by Sutlers: Al/Roy/Ed; short; nonmovie; a strange kind of arrangement. I love Sutlers's language; so beautiful and so infused with emotion.
<a href="http://add.xepher.net/fma/quietlies.html">Quiet Lies the Hearth</a> by Sutlers: nonmovie; Domestic bliss, Ed and Roy style.
<a href="http://add.xepher.net/fma/horehound.html">Horehound Drops</a> by Sutlers: Al/Roy/Ed; nonmovie; in sickness and in health, but a little outside help can be useful.
<a href="http://add.xepher.net/fma/gatherus.html">Gather Us With Dawn</a> by Sutlers: short; nonmovie; a quiet morning, a good morning.
<a href="http://add.xepher.net/fma/iceupon.html">Ice Upon the Water</a> by Sutlers: short; Winter in Amnestris brings inadequate heating, snow, and Edward Elric.
<a href="http://sutlers.livejournal.com/8487.html">With Hinged Knees and Steady Hands</a> by Sutlers: short; "In which Roy could have died and Ed was very angry with him."
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_dana_tpot.php?title=The%20Physics%20of%20This&author=dana&list=01_dana">The Physics of This</a> by Dana: <i>He wondered what Al would do. He thought vaguely about running away to call and ask.</I> Sometimes the simplest actions are the hardest, and sometimes the hardest things are worth it.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_dana_sun.php?title=Sunday&author=dana&list=01_dana">Sunday</a> by Dana: nonmovie; Roy decides that they need to do something pleasant. A rec with a Really Minor Caveat, i.e. that I think Amnestris is landlocked, but one can always suppose they hopped a train somewhere that isn't. :D
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_dana_wax.php?title=Wax&author=dana&list=01_dana">Wax</a> by Dana: "Rest, Fullmetal" -- the hardest order Ed's received yet.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_dana_sama.php?title=Samadhi&author=dana&list=01_dana">Samadhi</a> by Dana: formatting error (all dashes appear to be ?s); Surprise sex in the library... except Ed disclaims the "surprise" part.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_cryoge_gs.php?author=cryogenia&list=01_cryoge&title=%20Graceful%20Slide">Graceful Slide</a> by Cryogenia: hot morning shower-sex, with insight.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_devi_noes.php?title=Noesis&author=demidevi&list=01_devi">Noesis</a> by Demidevi: while not exactly a canon Ed, I nonetheless find him strangely believable and endearing; and I love the ways in which alchemy alters alchemists.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_girlst_mlc.php?title=Must%20Like%20Cats&author=girl_starfish&list=01_girlst">Must Like Cats</a> by Girl Starfish: Roy/Ed, Al/Roy/Ed (if you want to see it); Elrics do everything together. And they approach <i>every</i> difficulty like it's an alchemical experiment.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_kaltia_coha.php?author=kaltia&list=01_kaltia&title=Cohabitation">Cohabitation" by Kaltia: Al/Roy/Ed; short; humour; There is one disadvantage to living with Alphonse Elric.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_lykoma_check.php?title=Check&author=Lykomancer&list=01_lykoma">Check</a> by Lykomancer: nonmovie; Ed doesn't know what to do about <i>feelings</I>, but he knows all about planning ahead.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_lykoma_ewa.php?title=Each%20Wins%20All&author=Lykomancer&list=01_lykoma">Each Wins All</a> by Lykomancer: Ed has a proposition for Roy. No, not <I>that</i> kind of proposition! Even if he's blushing.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_lykoma_aftermath.php?title=Aftermath&author=Lykomancer&list=01_lykoma">Aftermath</a> by Lykomancer: Roy debates with himself, after it's too late to change anything; Ed is wiser than that.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_mirabe_troi.php?title=The%20Rituals%20of%20Infinity&author=mirabella&list=01_mirabe">The Rituals of Infinity</a> by Mirabella: Al/Roy/Ed UST; AU/nonmovie; A newly-restored Al finds that human bodies have really inconvenient reactions. This is actually in the middle of a multi-part series; the first fic is "Stormbringer" and it (with all its sequels) can be found <a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01_mirabe.php">here</a>.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_mirabe_5trh.php?title=Five%20Times%20Riza%20Hawkeye%20Threatened%20to%20Shoot%20Someone,%20and%20Meant%20It&author=mirabella&list=01_mirabe">Five Times Riza Hawkeye Threatened To Shoot Someone, and Meant It</a> by Mirabella: I love outside perspectives on relationships, and I love Hawkeye; what, therefore, is not to love? :D
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_mikken_lf.php?title=Little%20Failings&author=Mikkeneko&list=01_mikken">Little Failings</a> by Mikkeniko: seven sequential drabbles, two alchemists, one word never spoken.
The Untitled War Arc (<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_quagga_et.php?author=quagga&list=01_quagga&title=Ed's%20%20%20Turn">Ed's Turn</a>, <a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_quagga_heat.php?author=quagga&list=01_quagga&title=Heat">Heat</a>, <a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_quagga_resp.php?author=quagga&list=01_quagga&title=Respite">Respite</a>, <a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_quagga_savi.php?author=quagga&list=01_quagga&title=Saviour">Saviour</a>, <a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_quagga_face.php?author=quagga&list=01_quagga&title=Faceless">Faceless</a>, <a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_quagga_endl.php?author=quagga&list=01_quagga&title=Endless">Endless</a>) by The Quagga: nonmovie; future AU; dark; Edward Elric, State Alchemist, finds himself on the front lines when war erupts between Amnestris and Drachma. This series feels like an alternate WW2; gritty and dark, but the desperate bond between Ed and Roy shines.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_vikki_ls.php?title=Literary%20%20%20Space&author=Vikki&list=01_vikki">Literary Space</a> by Vikki: short; Ed is only ever to be found in one place, when he's in Central City.
<a href="http://www.scimitarsmile.com/alchemy/01fiction/01_vikki_iab.php?title=In%20a%20Bed&author=Vikki&list=01_vikki">In a Bed</a> by Vikki: short; a small moment of peace.
<a href="http://whitecat.hanashika.com/writings/d-pen_is.htm">The Pen Is</a> by Whitecat: short; Ed and Roy, crosswords and compromises.
<a href="http://whitecat.hanashika.com/writings/andhome.htm">And Home Once More</a> by Whitecat: nonmovie; preslash; Ed is recalled to Central City when Roy becomes Fuhrer, and isn't sure what he thinks about it. I love the subtle tensions drawn between Ed and Roy -- Ed is, well, not completely unaware of them, but obviously doesn't understand their roots or their strength.
<a href="http://whitecat.hanashika.com/writings/onthisnight.html">On This Night</a> by Whitecat: fatherhood, even at one remove, makes Ed a little introspective.
<a href="http://whitecat.hanashika.com/writings/seasonal.htm">Seasonal</a> by Whitecat: nonmovie; AU from ending; It takes time to grow up, even for Edward Elric, but Roy is patient.
<a href=" ">Housewarming</a> by Whitecat and Harukami: nonmovie; Now that Ed is a little less busy, he has to face a <I>really</i> tough assignment: the annual State Alchemist dress party.
<a href="http://whitecat.hanashika.com/writings/cicatrice.html">Cicatrice</a> by Whitecat: Ed has scars, and Roy has scars, but the way they each regard them is a little different.
<a href="http://whitecat.hanashika.com/writings/whatremains.html">What Remains</a> by Whitecat: AU after Hughes; Two old heroes visit the grave of a friend.
<a href="http://nekokoban.livejournal.com/12492.html">Knowledge</a> by Nekokoban: AU for Hughes; established relationship; Roy is complicated, Ed is confident. I love this adult, confident Ed; it's the kind of ending I want him to have. :D
<a href="http://community.livejournal.com/prolific_geeks/31222.html">Coffee</a> by Cephied: What does Ed see in Roy?
<a href="http://community.livejournal.com/prolific_geeks/35981.html">A Cup of Truth</a> by Cephied: Truth can heal, truth can hurt. I love the amazingly artless writing of this, and the last line shatters me.
<a href=" ">Thread</a> by Rainjoy: postmovie/AU; Ed may be in trouble, so Al calls in Roy, who arrives in not quite the nick of time.
<a href="http://rainjoyswriting.livejournal.com/35324.html">Untitled</a> by Rainjoy: Roy tries to give Ed advice on courting Winry; Ed isn't interested.
<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=rainjoyswriting&keyword=69+Love+Stories&filter=all">69 Love Stories</a> by Rainjoy: sixty-nine drabbles inspired by the Magnetic Fields' "69 Love Songs". 43, 42, 69, 6 & 45, 63 & 39 & 35, 20, and 62 are favourites, but they're <I>all</I> worth reading. Yes, even the mpreg. <---Not a sentence I ever thought would come out of my mouth!
<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=rainjoyswriting&keyword=Closer&filter=all">Closer</a> by Rainjoy: WIP; nonmovie; AU; This is the only WIP I am going to rec -- I generally don't consider things recommendable until they're finished, but I think that 70+ chapters is a significant story in itself, and I trust the author <i>to</I> finish it eventually.
<a href="http://community.livejournal.com/caveat__lector/6850.html">Cat's Eye</a> by Demidevi: Ed tries to save a kitten, and Roy tries to save Ed, and neither goes quite as planned. Another "rec with caveats" -- there are a few grammatical errors, and multiple epithets, and blond-with-e; and I'm not sure I quite buy into an Ed who's this ready with his tears in front of Mustang, but but she gets Kimberly's surname right and overall I enjoyed it.
<a href="http://harukami.hanashika.com/fanfic/FMA/cross/thesuicideking.html">The Suicide King</a> by Haru: crossover (Vagrant Story); in which Sydney is mystical and ironic, and Edward doesn't find a stone.
<u>Not Exactly Recs</u>:
<a href="http://community.livejournal.com/steelandsparks/355307.html"> A bunch of stuff I haven't read most of yet</a>.
Next post: recs for other pairings; gen fic; character-centric fic.