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[Full Metal Alchemist] Teach Your Children (draft)
Dedicated to Sakki, who got me started on the series.


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It's odd, but Hawkeye has always been the motherly one. She believes in tough love, but it's love all the same.

Every one of the men under Colonel Mustang's immediate command has at some time or another made the comparison in their own mind, and reached the realization - the reason that Mustang commands such loyalty is that he treats them like family, genuinely like family, not like people wish families would treat them. It means that he will scold them and send them to bed without dinner when necessary, that he will tease them for their annoying habits and be horrifyingly sarcastic at them on a regular basis, but also that, when it comes down to it, he will do anything to protect them.

Hawkeye will back him up on it.

The analogy is perhaps best of all for Edward and Alphonse; they are, after all, the youngest. With everyone else she's a mother by nature; those two, she took on deliberately. After the death of Nina - an incident that haunted her for weeks, but that haunted Edward for years - she had taken them home, with the excuse that they could hardly go back to Tucker's house, could they? and she didn't live on the base, so she had a bigger house than anyone but Hughes, didn't she? and Hughes had a new daughter to look after and didn't need the trouble of houseguests. So they came home with her, just for a little bit. She made Edward a cup of cocoa and found some extra blankets and saw to it he did get to bed. He slept without dreams. She'd drugged the cocoa. Tough love.

Somehow they never got around to moving out again. When she moved to East City, following Mustang, she bought a bigger house there than one person really needed, and although the brothers were assigned a room in the barracks, they used it rarely.

Hawkeye is motherly, even though she's anything but feminine. Her co-workers treate her like one of the boys, and invite her out for drinks, but she always stays sober enough to beat them at darts, and walk them safely home. Colonel Mustang doesn't drink, but Hawkeye will take him out anyway, sometimes. Occasionally she's taken him home afterwards. They make love like an old married couple, and there's never been a pretence of romance. Romance, for Mustang, is an act put on for the benifit of important men's cute secretaries. Romance, for Hawkeye, is something she's been too old for since she was twelve and outgrew her pink party dress.

They'll never speak the words, of course, but they do love each other. They're family.

The brothers became part of the family very quickly. As much as Mustang layered on the sarcasm when he was talking to Edward, his loyalty had extended to the boy almost at once. Hawkeye had known when he came back to Central City, three days later than her from a side-trip to Riesenburg, and told her what he had seen there. Mustang makes decisions quickly and well. It is part of what makes him such a good officer. He had made a decision then, even if he had not known it himself. Alphonse was quiet, helpful, and occasionally enigmatic; he was also instantly likeable. Edward, however, kept himself to himself, and burned with the fire of an ambition tinged with mania; he drew people to him, like cult leaders drew people to themselves, with the light of something not quite earthly. It would have taken a sharp eye indeed to see the child inside him.

Hawkeye has very sharp eyes. So does Mustang. And family is important.

Alphonse didn't seem suprised when she brought Black Hayate home, although everyone else had seemed quite suprised when she offered. Alphonse was almost as good at understanding people as she was. She hoped he was good at understanding canines as well. At least there were plenty of people to help her take care of the puppy; even if he couldn't live in the office, there was no reason he couldn't stay there during the day sometimes. Perhaps once she had him housebroken. She was quite looking forward to the challenge of raising a puppy. Besides, once Edward had gotten over his shock he'd had the sweetest smile she could remeber from him on his face, and Hawkeye knew the value of a genuine smile. Edward had very few of them, and tehy had always been for his brother alone. Perhaps if he began to think of Black Hayate as the family dog, he'd begin to realize that Alphonse wasn't the only one who wanted to see him smile.

Hawkeye had realized early that she wasn't cut out for marriage, or having children. She's grateful to have realized this, and found a better path for her ambitions. Still, the paths of her life are the paths of a wife and mother; her ambitions are tied to Mustang, and her days are taken up with his work. Their family surrounds them, and it's a better family than most women dream of.

She makes a wonderful mother, after all.

Oh holy mother of god, drugged cocoa. You're going to turn me into a Hawkeye fan.

See? See? I should have been in bed 20 minutes ago. Instead, I had to go looking for FMA fic, which led me to looking for FMA fic communities on LJ, and then I check my friends page one more time and poof! FMA fic from you! It's DESTINED, I tell you. FMA will be my downfall, my bane, That Which Shall Suck Out My Brain And Eat It With Happy Munchy Noises.

Oh lord, this fandom is going to kill me.

But honestly, very very nice. I think that my swiftly-coalescing Roy muse might be sort of like yours. There's so many different ways you can interpret him that it's hard to decide on one...

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*snort* That Which Shall Suck Out My Brain And Eat It With Happy Munchy Noises. Nice description. XD I think that should be our motto...

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I'd put it on one of those "My Fandom Is..." icons, but I definitely don't think it'd fit.... ;)

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Oh holy mother of god, drugged cocoa. You're going to turn me into a Hawkeye fan.

See? See? I should have been in bed 20 minutes ago. [...] FMA will be my downfall, my bane, That Which Shall Suck Out My Brain And Eat It With Happy Munchy Noises.

Oh lord, this fandom is going to kill me.


I second that *all*.

FMA eats me, slowly but steady. When it reaches my bones, it'll crack them and happily slurp up the marrow until they're completely dry ¬¬;;;
And it frees creative energies of which I didn't know I had them (this week's count: 21 icons, one wallpaper, one fic - as opposed to 50 icons (in the last six months), no wallpapers, no fics whatsoever in the last three and a half years. Erp) x_X;
AND I've overslept three times this week already ><;

That's lovely. *hugs* Ah, yes .... the imagery is terrific, and I'm quite taken with the idea that Ed and Al live in Hawkeye's house. Of course, you're right; they are a family, the whole of Mustang's upper command (we can only imagine how many officers fall under him besides Havoc, Hawkeye, et al). And you make me hurt for Ed and Al all over again. ;__; All the imagery is lovely.

It would have taken a sharp eye indeed to see the child inside him.

Hawkeye has very sharp eyes.


I loved that whole part, but then I love the idea of Edward's very mania being what makes him such an attractive person.

That said, the wording and sentence structures seem kind of awkward; sometimes it's hard to tell whether you mean to be in present or past tense. The juxtapositioning of the sentences are also jarring in many cases, but since you say this is a draft, I'll assume you know this is the case. ^^;;

~~Vikki

That. Was Splendid.

Utterly splendid.

I really love the way you've characterized Hawkeye - it's dead on and just so very HER, and works perfectly. It's also really nice to see that female characters can be lovers and mothers and still kick ass....and even more wonderful to see fic written that actually writes them that way...

If you don't mind, I think I shall have to friendify your journal, so that I can be sure to read more of your stuff...

I'll say it again, I want to be Hawkeye when I grow up. ;-;

Oh my goodness, that rocked. <3 I love the idea of Hawkeye being a mother figure for Ed and Al and you did it so well.

*dissolves into gibbering goo* So beautiful!!! I think the only thing I might have changed would be to put it all in past-tense. The shifts from past to present were a bit jarring for me. But then again, I do have a degree in English. XD

Also, you have a little typo: "Edward had very few of them, and tehy had always been for his brother alone."

Other than that, wonderful fic!!

Very nice!! Quite an interesting idea. Also neat how you can actualy add in the detail of Ed and Al living in her house and it doesn't interfere with any canon I know so far ^__^ It's good to see some fics dealing with Hawkeye and Roy

What a great perspective! I like all the details you brought in from the series, and the way they build up to form a picture that I wouldn't have expected, but now that I see it seems perfectly natural.

...dammit, I just get done saying I'm not interested in FMA fic, and then I find this.

...I'm not interested. Really at all. But when short and sweet, so perfectly in char and so how I see it - down to the Roy/Hawkeye 'there's love and there's sex but they're not really the same' - and so Hawkeye (much love to Liza)...I can't resist. Just wonderful. Thank you.

All the mechanical bits have been said already, so on to content. I think you really hit on something with the idea that Hawkeye is acting traditional wife/mother roles in an extremely un-traditional way. I really liked the mention of she and Roy as... hm... having an understanding. One thing I would recommend for revisions, though, is to make that part of their relationship more explicitly distinct from their at-work relationship. If they're lovers like that, I think it's something that wouldn't... leak over or appear at all when they're at work because at-work is a wholly professional mindset for both of them. Does that makes sense?

I liked this a lot; will you post the revised version?

Was sent here via citrous_tea.

Let's just leave it at *wibbles like everyone else* and the fact that you've created a wonderful concept here. Creative, new... and something beautiful. :) This is so very Hawkeye and she's one of my favourite characters in FMA so... thank you. :)


I <3 you! :D You've turned me into a Hawkeye fan in the blink of an eye! She's so wonderfully written in your fic. I mean, she's very much in character and there's not a loose thread. I love the Roy-Riza angle and it makes a whole lot of sense... THe Elric kids rock too under Hawkeye's guidance~! You rock! :D