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Sep. 11th, 2005 | 02:12 pm
posted by: storyinmypocket in pomatoverse

Finally, I write something. It's not much, but it's better than nothing, I hope.

"She came out of the Gate? And she's human? Is that even possible?" He sat with his teacher, on the porch of the house that had belonged to her teacher, and he tried not to laugh. Izumi Curtis didn't joke around when it came to alchemy (or at all, he reflected), but skepticism was in Ed's nature, and the thought of someone from the other side of the Gate was stretching the limits of his belief.

Izumi simply stared at him. "How many people know that the Gate exists, idiot student of mine?"

"So she tried human transmutation, is a bit touched in the head, end of story."

"She's not missing anything external. Anything internal would have to be so inconsequential that it hasn't affected her at all... And she's been here for six months. I would have noticed the loss of anything major.

"She was asking about places that I've never heard of. She speaks the language of my homeland, yet her accent doesn't quite fit any region I know. And it's not a large island." Her tone all but dared him to try and say that he doubted her knowledge of her own home, but Ed wasn't that stupid.

"Could she have learned it somewhere else?" Ed asked.

"She could have, but there would have been no point. Outsiders aren't welcome, and those who leave Hikuni stay gone."

"But there are people who leave?" A good scientist, Ed told himself, checked the facts before jumping to conclusions. It's not like he was trying to explain anything away. Of course not.

"Obviously, since I'm here." Izumi nobly refrained from administering a few wake-up taps to get her student's brain working again. "She could be a halfbreed... With her skin, she could be part Ishbalan, or possibly from Liore. It doesn't explain why she speaks my language fluently enough to pass as a native except for the accent, and barely knew Amestrian when I found her. Or how she got on Jack Island without a boat, and with no one noticing her passing through. Or why she didn't know anything about alchemy." Izumi sighed. "All the evidence points to her being from whatever is on the other side of the Gate. Any other explanation is actually more improbable."

Ed just stared at her, still reluctant to believe.

"You lost two limbs to the Gate. Your brother lost his body. Don't you think this bears investigating?" Izumi tapped out a soft rhythm on the porch steps with one foot. Her patience, never vast, was wearing dangerously thin.

"Right, because the last time something came from the Gate on its own, that went so well." Ed was going too far, and he knew it, but he'd come to find a weapon, not to entertain speculations on people from the other side of the Gate. "And you still haven't answered my question. Do you have any part of your child's body or not?"

He was prepared for her to throw him into the nearest wall, and he wasn't disappointed. Her fists pointed out both the error in his line of questioning and his complete lack of manners for a space of several minutes. When she spoke to him again, bending over his prone form, her voice was unusually quiet.

"Yes... I do."

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+ Yes, Izumi speaks Japanese, because people in Amestris speak English (canon) and have, for the most part, English-sounding names. Izumi has a Japanese-sounding name. Thus, she's from the FMA-equivalent of Japan and speaks Japanese, say I.
+ Hikuni (Izumi's homeland, which I totally made up for the sake of the story) is an island east of Xing, seeing as how as far as I can tell, Xing is supposed to be China, from the names used for people from Xing in the manga. And yes, I'm cheating by including Xing in fic based on anime canon, since I don't know that anyone ever mentions it in the anime. Oh well.
+ Yes, this is after the slaughter in Liore. No, Al is not the Stone. The Homunculi have it. Eventually, there will be backtracking to fill in the blanks and explain this in more detail, but linear time is for the weak and unimaginitive.
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Misa-chan

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from: wunkpower
date: Sep. 12th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Eeee! It started up again! (And a part with Izumi as well. Ed and Al's teacher just deserves love for existing, she's so cool.) It's a good part, at the moment, even if I'm curious what she meant by what she got back from her child... Then again, I could be ditzy today.

The explanation of Hikuni works, for the time being... I guess this means Himiko's to have to learn English, in order to communicate, huh. (I always thought of Amestris being more in tune with Germany though... Mostly due to the Furher thing, than anything else.) I hope you guys keep up the good work! <3

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A Guy Named Goo

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from: aguynamedgoo
date: Sep. 12th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
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I tend to agree, but the fact remains in canon everything is written in English (or Engrish). Even the books, although they all seem to be printed backwards. ^_^; But still, Amestrian = English. Maybe other areas have a German-like language.

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Jaqui

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from: storyinmypocket
date: Sep. 13th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
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What Goo said about the English. Personally, I think Amestris is a combination of England and Germany as far as influences.

And I'm going to assume that Himiko already learned a small amount of English for job purposes in Japan. (You never know who might need something transported.) And she's been there six months, so while not exactly fluent, she'd have learned a great deal more by now, since Izumi's the only person who speaks Japanese, and she's not going to hang around and translate everything for Himiko. Listening to nothing but a foreign language for months would result in picking up a lot of it, especially if you're smart enough to have learned what amounts to advanced chemistry (her perfumes... I don't remember how many she knows how to make, but it's a lot more than the few she carries on her) by the age of twelve.

Not that this will help anyone else from the GB-verse once the plot starts to thicken... Meh heh heh.

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Scarlette

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from: scarlette_eyes
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
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Scarlette

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from: scarlette_eyes
date: Sep. 21st, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
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sry I meant icon communities/livejournals**** hehe silly typos.

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