Pairing: Roy Mustang/Riza Hawkeye, Winry Rockbell/O.C., Winry Rockbell/Edward Elric, Maes Hughes/Gracia Hughes
Fic Title: Sorrow's Dark Array
Author: D. M. Evans/cornerofmadness
Link: FFN: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4068421/1/Sorrows_Dark_Array
Genre: Heartbreak/Romance, Angst, Moving on After an Injury
Why This Must Be Read: cornerofmadness, first of all, takes Roy out to even further extremes than in the first animated series. He has to deal with his former enemies, the Ishbalans, whom he decimated in the previous war, he's doing his best to help Winry Rockbell recover from the loss of the Elric brothers, including helping her find a new boyfriend, he's getting married to Riza, and then, a few catastrophic things happen, like him nearly dying from a bomb, a family that goes on and on and on, and the return of the Elric brothers, along with someone literally brought back from the dead.
cornerofmadness does amazingly well with her huge cast of characters, including her O.C.'s, who are all very well-rounded. There is also a prequel to this story, The Source of Sorrow, and she's currently working on a third story in the trilogy.
"You're right, the leg looks fine," Winry said, Roy's stump resting on her thigh. "I'll get that new foot ready for you. Doc wanted me to check out your shoulder and see how it's healing." Letting his leg fall off to the side, Winry leaned forward between his legs. "Get your shirt off. We have to be sure you're in prime shape. We have a wedding coming up." She grinned at him.
"Told you I was all better. I think you just like keeping me hostage on this bed," Roy laughed, pointing toward the hall. "Your senile old dog is barking at the wind again."
"I hear her. I'll worry about Den, you worry about getting out of your clothes."
"Bet you say that to all the guys." He laughed and she swatted him.
"Brat. I can't wait for the wedding," she said, the implicit 'and for Riza to take full possession of you' left unsaid.
"You're getting married," a voice so thready and filled with hurt Winry barely recognized it. It was an impossible voice, one that could no longer exist. Even as she spun around, nearly whacking Roy somewhere sensitive in the process, Winry thought it couldn't be. She would never hear that voice again.
All the strength ran out of her and Winry caught herself, the heel of her hand digging into Roy's belly, making him grunt. Standing there in the doorway, older now and looking so horribly tired, was Edward Elric and right behind him, as always, was Alphonse. Winry thought she had to be dreaming until Roy moved under her, twisting so he, too, had a view of the door. "Edward? Al? How… Roy, you said…" Winry couldn't get more words out.
Roy disentangled himself from her, pulling himself up against the headboard. "I didn't do this, Winry." Shock rang loudly in his words. "I didn't bring them across."