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Fullmetal Alchemist - Prologue

A lesson without pain is meaningless.

“Al! Alphonse!”

Lights and shadows flicker together against cold stone walls in a terrible dance, flashing around a young boy on his hands and knees; blond hair clinging to his tearstained face, teeth clenched, palms pressed to a fading chalked diagram on the floor...

“Damn it!” he shouts, his voice hoarse and desperate. “Alphonse! Stay with me!”

He inches forward in a helpless, limping crawl, choking on pain and smoke and sizzling air…

One cannot gain anything without sacrificing something in return.

“Mom…someone…oh god...” The boy sobs out unintelligible words, cursing, praying, pleading, unaware that he is crying out to someone he doesn’t believe in. “N-no...god, no...they took him! How did this shouldn't h-have..."

The words melt into a scream as he reaches back with a trembling hand and feels the bloody stump where his left leg used to be.

No one answers the cries, for there is no one left to hear them.
Okay, I know some of you are either wondering "What the heck is Project FMA?", "I already know this part! Why's it called a 'sneak peek', and why'd I waste my time reading it?" or maybe even "What the heck is Fullmetal Alchemist??"

Project FMA is a collaborative effort by some of us on to "novelize" the original Fullmetal Alchemist other words, taking the manga story and adapting it into a normal novel. Because, let's face it - it's an epic story, and it would make an AWESOME scifi novel. :D

It wouldn't be officially published, of course, and we wouldn't be selling it at all; it would just be posted online where people could read and enjoy it. What you just saw here is the Prologue for the "novel". And yes, I wrote it. :D But I didn't make the signature banner; that lovely thing was made by Aribelle, the wonderful gal who first got this project going. :)

Now here's where YOU come in - this project is still pretty small, and we need more people to pitch in. SO, if you consider yourself an ace in writing, or if you're good at proofreading and editing - and you like the sound of this project - please go here: [link]

Introduce yourself and let us know what you'd like to help out with! We could use all the help we can get! =) Or, if you haven't read the original manga and simply feel interested in following the novelization, that's great too! What the point of writing it if no one's gonna read it? ;p

I personally think this project is a great idea, because I LOVE the FMA manga and I'd love to introduce my family to it...but they don't like reading comic books or mangas. We're more of the bookworm type. So I think this is the perfect way to get them into the awesome, original story, as well as others like them. What do you think? :)

And if you liked this, I might post up a bigger sneak peek sometime later. We'll see how things turn out. In the mean time, check out the link and spread the word around! :D
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PwnedByPineapple Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hrm, I've just come across this, and though I seem to be pretty late, is it still going on? Of course, nothing can top the manga, but I've often wanted to read FMA as a novel, just because I thought it would turn out absolutely gorgeous. I would be glad to offer my writing skills (however small they are xD), so if it's still going on, let me know. :D

Awesome prologue, BTW.
Dearheart42 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student Writer
Oh, and thank you! I'm glad you liked the prologue! :D
Dearheart42 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student Writer
Yes, Project FMA is still very much alive. It's been "asleep" for a while (we kind of got ahead of ourselves in the excitement and didn't have a lot of structure at first), but things have just recently started up again. We're regrouping and reorganizing everything, and hopefully within the next month, we can start for real!

And it'd be AWESOME to have your help! We're painfully low on writers at the moment, so anything you have to offer would be wonderful! (Technically I'm not supposed to be doing any recruiting or promoting right now...but since you're only one person and someone I know, I think it's alright.)

Here's where we're at right now: [link]

We're taking this baby steps at a time, so we probably won't get to the actual writing for a bit. But if you're still interested in helping out, go ahead and join the boards and throw in your own two cents. At the moment, we're trying to decide whether to stay where we are or move to a website I made for the project.
PwnedByPineapple Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, if it doesn't start for a while, that'd be perfect, because I'll probably be busy for the next couple of weeks or so.

And you're not really recruiting, since I asked you first, so I think you're in the clear. :D

(I also looked at the website you made, and it's really pretty. :D)
xx-Rushton-lover-xx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Oh, MY God, i never say those words unless i am untterly lost for words and i am, i love this, you are such a great writer. I would give this a 100 out of 5! :):):):):):):):):):)
theevilblackrose Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The beginning so far is amazing. I would DEFINITELY read this novel. It's a wonderful idea.

Please do sell the novel in Mumbai, India... I'll make sure I buy it by hook or by crook. XD
soccercom001 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
what a great idea!!! ive read FMA and turning it into a novel would be really cool! ...but how are you going to expess ed's dramatic expression in word form? lol... this beginning part is very captivating!! ^_^
Dearheart42 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Student Writer
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like this idea!

Haha, yeah. It's gonna be interesting, trying to put Ed's crazy short rants into words on paper... :D That's one of the many challenges we'll be taking on in this project. Arakawa's wacky, cartoonish sense of humor is great in visual form, but in words? Ehh... XD

What we've all agreed to do is bring the humor down to earth a bit and make it more of the subtle, snappy, clever kind of humor that's fun to read. Like my Edward vs. Edward fic, for example. I originally made it into a cartoon and the visuals were REALLY crazy and awesome...but then I turned it into a story, and it was still deliciously humorous...but in a different way. See what I'm getting at? :D (And no, that wasn't an under-handed attempt at self advertising! Really!) ;P

Anywho...sorry for rambling, lol. I'm really just stalling homework right now... xD
soccercom001 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
haha yeah but its still going to be funny no matter if he's in words or pictures! lol ed. i get it...
i read your edward vs edward and i see what your getting at and i think it will be GREAT!!
This is amazingly written.

I love the suspense and thrill of it.
You've captured this moment from FMA

I cannot wait to see more in time!
Dearheart42 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student Writer
Yay!! *dances* You have no idea how happy that compliment just made me, lol. I'm not the best at writing suspenseful or dark or violent stuff (at least, that's not where I feel confident), so I'm really, really glad to hear I did this moment some justice. It's a relief to hear that, especially from a big FMA fan like you. :D Thanks so much!

And yes, I'll definitely post up another "sneak peek" when I can, and once we start officially posting the chapters up I'll let you know! :D Thanks again for the support! You're awesome! :hug:
I'm so glad that I could make you happy!
Really, though, it's so great!
And I am a big fan of FMA so I wouldn't write
what I did unless I thought it was beyond
I really am excited that something like this is going
FMA has such an amazing storyline and could make
a phenomenal book!

I'll really be looking forward for more, so yes, please
keep me notified!

P.S. You really are an AMAZING writer!
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