I’ll begin with what I know.
Almost three years ago, I pulled out my phone while still in bed, and began writing. I had written many stories over the years; some for school projects, and some for personal fascination. But a novel length fanfic? That was a feat I never thought I’d make.
Fast forward two-and-a-half years later, and I jotted down the last chapter of my Fullmetal Alchemist story, Leave A Scar. I finally finished it, transitioning between life and a meta-reality.
I just gave life to yet another book-child, and I absolutely loved what I created.
In the beginning, the story was simple: take FMA, focusing just on Ed and Al traveling, and add some steamy scenes between Ed and my original female character.
But the more I wrote, the more developed my story became. Add in Ed being hunted down by Homunculi, add in a strange red-lightning power that bypasses Equivlent Exchange, and add in a personal narration by my darkest character yet.
Add in all that, and Leave A Scar had become something more than just an adventure. It’s a story about loss, depression, love, and heartbreak.
Look After You by the Fray was the first song I attached to Leave A Scar, seeing the connection well before the story was fully developed.
There’s one line that truly sinks into my soul, a stake that cures any doubt I’ve had about the fic.
“There now, steady love, so few come and don’t go
Will you won’t you, be the one I always know?”
My main character, whose name remains hidden from the reader for like 97% of the story, has a relationship with Ed that teeters between intimate friendship and FWB. When things start breaking down, she takes on the weight. Physically and mentally, she is Ed’s support, and thus their relationship grows.
I’ve recently entered the story in Wattpad’s biggest contest, The Watty’s. I’m not expecting much, but if you have the time, check it out?