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17 December 2010 @ 12:15 am
12 Days of Drabbles! Day 5 - "The Perfect Fit"  
Okay, so this one's less like a drabble and more like a full length fanfic, but I don't care. It wanted to be written to completion, and so I obliged.

Day 5 - "Ring"
Title: The Perfect Fit
Rating: PG-13
Series: Manga/Brotherhood
Word Count: 1,193
Characters: Ed/Winry
Summary: Ed struggles to pick out the perfect ring for Winry.

Edward Elric didn’t know how to do this sort of thing.

He knew how to turn a carbon compound as soft as graphite into something as hard as diamond in seconds. He knew how to disarm with a single kick. He knew how to glare hard enough to stare down Mustang when he was at his most stubborn.

But he didn’t know how to do all this mushy stuff.

He knew how he felt—if wanting to punch any guy who so much as looked at Winry was any indication—but expressing it was a totally different thing.

He eventually got the hang of it. Sort of. Compliment her—tell her how she looked nice even if he thought her hair could do with a wash after she got grease and oil in it after an automail all-nighter.

Buy her gifts—he tried flowers and chocolates, but those sort of things made everyone ask embarrassing questions. Besides, she wasn’t really into that sort of thing, anyway. Usually, he settled for a new pair of earrings, and occasionally a new wrench or tool or something whenever she mentioned she needed it.

Hold her/touch her/ki-kiss her—harder than it looked. Especially since he was far too embarrassed to do anything more than hug her every so often at first. Eventually she had to resort to making the first move. He found that maybe physical intimacy was kind of nice after all. He was still too embarrassed to do much in public, but behind closed doors, he liked learning the finer points of a close relationship.

And then there came this.

When he explained to Al what had happened that day on the train platform as he visited him in Xing, he was hit with the realization that this might not be as easy as he thought. “That’s great, brother!” Al smiled as his face grew redder. “What kind of ring did you get her?”


Al stared at him in disbelief. “You didn’t…you didn’t get her a ring?”

“Why would I?”

Al gave a slow, unbelieving sigh. “Didn’t you…didn’t you ask her to marry you?”

What?! “I…did I? I didn’t—!”

“That’s what she’s going to think. That’s what I thought. Why did you say that if you weren’t—?”

Ed racked his brains. He asked her to give one half of her life so it could be seen…maybe…what he really wanted was…uhhhh…

Ed didn’t think it was possible, but he was sure his face was as red as his old coat right now.

Fortunately, Al came to the rescue. “Well, maybe you should do the thing again, just to make sure. Also, you need to get her a ring. And you’d better hope she still takes you after the mess you made of things.”

“I didn’t make a mess—!”

Al gave him a look. “What guy proposes using alchemy theory, anyway?”

He had a point there. Even if Ed hadn’t been sure what exactly he had been proposing at the time.

He knew he had to man up and fix the problem, so when he got back to Amestris, he stopped in a jewelry store in East City, hoping there was no one around to recognize him. He didn’t think he could deal with that at an embarrassing moment like this.

He shuffled around to the diamond rings, wishing the lady would stop smiling at him like that. Thank God she didn’t say anything; he might’ve run out of the store without buying anything if she had. (Maybe she was used to nervous guys like him?)

As he looked at the rings, he noticed something odd about them. The diamonds were set really high on the band, and something like that might get in the way when Winry was working. She could take it off, but knowing her it might get mixed up with the bolts and end up hammered on to some poor sucker’s arm.

“Um…” he looked up at the woman who kept smiling all this time. She needed to stop doing that. “Do you have any that aren’t so…high?”

“What do you mean?” she asked. “The diamonds are set high in the band to reflect the light, you know.”

“I know, but…she—” Ed felt his face flush up at that. “She works, so it might get in the way…you think you could maybe put it in the band, like those over there?” He pointed at a sapphire ring on the other side of the case, where the gem was set completely into the band and (hopefully) easy to have underneath a set of gloves.

The woman had to laugh. “Thoughtful, aren’t you? Come back in a week and we’ll have it ready.”

Ed was sure it wasn’t the summer heat that made him sweat like this. “Are you all right?” Winry asked, as he sat down at the table. “You’re usually never this tired after your trips.”

“Y—yeah…” He had waited until Granny was asleep, but if he waited too long, Winry would want to go to bed too. Damn those conductors for making his train late!

“Do you have a fever? Your face is red…” She came close to him, and he found he had to look away.

“I’m—fine!” Just do it, Elric! Just put it on the table and…

She rolled her eyes. “I’ll get you some water.” As she went to the refrigerator, Ed (heart pounding, fingers shaking, sweat rolling down his forehead), grabbed the little velvet box out of his pocket and gently set it on the table.

He couldn’t look at it. It was like the box was mocking him.

Stupid box.

He heard her turn back and come over to him—but she didn’t get a chance to pour the pitcher as she noticed the box. “Ed?” she breathed, eyes wide.

He said nothing, trying very hard to look at the wood of the table. “I got that…for you.” Damn it! Why was he still blushing! He should just be a man and—

Her fingers were trembling as well as she picked it up—slowly opened it—and gasped. “Ed?” She said in a tiny voice, and, panicked, he had to look back at her now.

Did she hate it? What if she wanted one of those fancy huge rings? He knew he shouldn’t have done this, he should have got one of the normal ones—“Its—I got it that way because you still fix automail! I thought maybe—it would fit under gloves so you wouldn’t have to take it off and—I just thought—Damn it, shit, I knew I should’ve—”

But he didn’t say anything more as she launched herself at him—the chair fell over with a loud clatter that probably woke Granny and he smacked his head hard on the kitchen floor, but then she was on him—kissing him—happy tears falling from her eyes to his cheeks and then Ed didn’t care.

Maybe he didn’t know how to do all this mushy stuff.

But for once, he thought he had done something right.

Day 4 - Carrion Crows
Day 3 - Mother Hen
Day 2 - Lovebirds
Day 1 - Even the Bird Hates It
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random_karen: Ed has sweet dreamsrandom_karen on December 17th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
Aww, this was really cute!
Kit: Edwininulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Drakyndra,  Evil Master of Fandom: FMA: Ed/Winry Proposaldrakyndra on December 17th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
D'aww, Ed.

And it figures that Winry would love this sort of thing. It might not be flashy and dramatic, but it's thoughtful and considers Winry's needs and that's always appreciated.
Kit: Edwin2inulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
Any girl would love it if her guy put this much thought into it. <3

(Winry's ring was actually based of my mom's--she is a medical lab tech and has to wear rubber gloves when she's on duty. She had to help my dad pick it out, but they got it so the ring can stay on underneath the gloves.)

Edited at 2010-12-17 05:45 am (UTC)
roynriza4everroynriza4ever on December 17th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
awwww ed and winry are too cute!!! especially ed in all his clueless glory XD
Kit: Edwin2inulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
I hope Ed would get it eventually. XD

Thanks for reading!
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Kit: Edwininulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
Barking at the windevil_little_dog on December 17th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Very, very sweet.
Kit: Edwininulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for readng!
Susiesapphyre_kikyo on December 17th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
*squee* UBER cuteness! And Ed was just PERFECT.
Kit: Edwininulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
evilchuckles on December 17th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, this made me feel all warm and fuzzy and I needed that! I love Ed in this. He's so him

Oh and

“What guy proposes using alchemy theory, anyway?”

Al...sweetheart, you know Ed better than that!
Kit: Edwin2inulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
I think its more Al just can't believe Ed did it--and in that goofy way. XD

Thanks for reading!
seaweed_fmaseaweed_fma on December 17th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
That was awful cute.

funny enough, I have that kind of wedding ring, with 10 little diamonds set into the band, almost more like a men's band, for the same reason. Well, I'm not a mechanic but I work with my hands a lot and am pretty klutzy, so it is for the best. :)
Kit: Edwin2inulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!

It seems a lot more practical, IMO. If I ever get married I want to get one just like that, mostly because I don't LIKE rings with stones set up too high. They just get in the way. :/
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Kit: Edo-kuninulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
The mood theme was made by someone else, I have a link to them in my profile, so you'll have to ask them if you can use it.

Thanks for reading!
Bay Alexison: Golden time loversbay115 on December 17th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Hehe, this is lovely. Really love how you have Ed be thoughtful like that. I also prefer those kind of rings for the same reason you don't the ones with the stones set too high. XD
Kit: Edwininulovinkit on December 17th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Though Ed doesn't think so, he is pretty thoughtful about the whole thing. Though the poor boy doesn't understand why. XD

Thanks for reading!
bookworm_faithbookworm_faith on December 17th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Oh Ed, he's so totally useless at ~feelings~

This was lovely!
Kit: Edwininulovinkit on December 18th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Heh, hopefully Ed will get better eventually! Thanks for reading!
alchemyotaku75: Ed/Win pat on the headhaganeneko on December 18th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
This is so quintessentially Ed; you've kept him in perfect characer! Of course he's incapable of expressing his feelings verbally--he is, after all, Ed. XD

Very sweet and heartwarming!
Kit: Edwin2inulovinkit on December 18th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
I think the best part of it all is Ed doesn't even know WHY Winry's so happy about it--just that something that he did made her happy. XD Though give them a few more minutes making out on that floor, and he's not going to care either way. XD

Thanks for reading!
Gflvr73goldfishlover73 on December 19th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
OMG That was so cute!
stupid box XD
aim828: Boot FMAaim828 on December 20th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, that was so cute! I love flustered Ed :P Thank you for writing this!
cornerofmadnesscornerofmadness on December 22nd, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
aw that's sweet
Yuuki Hikari: Ed Smirkyuukihikari on December 25th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
D'aaawwww XD Ed you're such a relationship klutz, but you totally muddled your way around this one. That was really sweet. Much love!