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16 December 2010 @ 02:44 pm
12 Days of Drabbles! Day 4 - "Carrion Crows"  
What is with all the birds in this song? Did the guy who wrote it have an avian fetish or something?

And a little genre shift here; this one's a bit more serious than the rest.


Day 4 - "Colly Birds"
Title: Carrion Crows
Rating: PG-13
Series: Manga/Brotherhood
Word Count: 316
Characters: Roy, Hughes
Summary: Roy muses about the crows during the Ishbal war.


Roy looked up at the fire-red Ishbal sky—dusky and dim from the smoke of burning ruins. They hardly ever saw the sun anymore through all this thick smoke; just a reddish sky and the black dots of crows.

The crows were everywhere; perched on buildings, waddling on the ground, flying high in the sky; feeding on the dead. There were too many dead, Ishbalan and Amesterian alike, to be carried away quickly enough before the crows came in.

After a few days of this, you got used to it; you could get used to anything here. But you could always tell new recruits by the way they covered their mouths and fought down nausea upon seeing the bloated, rotting bodies, picked apart at the flesh.

More crows circled overhead, and Hughes pointed up and remarked, “Must be heading toward the 5th district—I heard they did that one today.”

Roy nodded. “Seems like the only ones profiting from this are the crows.”

“Well, they are smarter than the rest of us,” shrugged Hughes. “We’re fighting a war against an entire race. They hate us because of who we are. And look at that!” He looked up at the birds again. “They don’t care. They eat both of us, Amesterian and Ishbalan alike.”

“What, are you some kind of philosopher now?” Roy shrugged, turning away from the sight.

Hughes only gave a smile. “Nah. It’s just something to think about, is all.”

It was something to think about. The next day as Roy put on his gloves to go into the city and do his duty, he couldn’t help but think it. As he snapped his fingers and sent countless Ishbalans to their deaths, he couldn’t help wonder the same.

Both Amesterian and Ishbalan alike were eaten by the crows. No matter what happened on the battlefield, in death, they were equals.

Day 3 - Mother Hen
Day 2 - Lovebirds
Day 1 - Even the Bird Hates It
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Bay Alexison: Can you hear me?bay115 on December 17th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Dang. It's easy to picture the crows have that ominous appearance during the war, but ironic none of the readers thought that. You made the Ishval war more intense than it was, but this is a thought provoking read.

On a different note, yes I think the writer of this Christmas song has a bird fetish, lol.
Kit: Royaiinulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!

I thought the Ishval war was pretty damn intense anyway. It shouldn't even be called a "war". It was more like genocide.
Bay Alexison: Golden time loversbay115 on December 17th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's definitely a genocide and that's what makes it very crazy. I have family members, including my parents, that had gone through the horrors of genocide in the 70s. Don't know if you have heard of a small Asian country called Cambodia, but my parents came from there and the country went through really hard times as one of their own people wanted mass genocide. Not as catastrophic as WWII, but still.
Kit: Zerozaku angstinulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've heard of the Cambodian genocide. I never choose to study it,(except for a brief overview in my modern asian history class) mostly because its too depressing for me to want to study further. I know it was awful and that must have been terrible for them go to through. :(
cornerofmadnesscornerofmadness on December 18th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
ooo nice and dark. i liked this one
Kit: FullMetalinulovinkit on December 18th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
I kind of enjoy the dark fanfics more than I enjoy the lighthearted ones...angst is just plain fun to write

Thanks for reading!
cornerofmadnesscornerofmadness on December 19th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
I agree
Yuuki Hikari: Riku All My Fearsyuukihikari on December 25th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
That was a very profound use of the birds for this verse of the song. The birds are quite indiscriminant... very nice!