A mix for a lonely girl and a grieving man who found each other in desperate times.
— Edgar Allan Poe
This is my lot, he realized as he undressed, from now until the end of my days.
Ep. 1 Fullmetal Alchemist - Ep. 64 Journey’s End
literature meme ▪(1/10 prose) ▪ Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury.
“It was a pleasure to burn”
No like Bradley and Ling
the craziest parallels. Ready?
+ Bradley was the 12th soldier to be injected with the philosopher stone. Ling is the 12th son of the emperor.
+ Bradley was the first to survive the injection of the philosopher stone (turning him into Wrath). Ling was the only other person to survive a philosopher stone’s injection (turning him into Greed)
+ Despite being homunculi, they are both human based (originally human).
+ Both have wills and desires of their own. (Bradley chose who he wanted to marry and also his own death. Greed was born within Ling’s body, and yet Ling’s soul wasn’t smothered and even occasionally switching places with Greed—like in moments of great concern).
+ Both homunculi die peacefully (and the only ones).
+ Both were raised to be warriors.
+ Both fight to protect.
Man i’m sure there is way more, but those are the ones I can think of on top of my head.
But I think what’s most important the one thing that makes them different from the other. Bradley is KING Bradley. He is already a King, or Emperor in Ling’s case. Ling isn’t. His goal is to save his people and rise to the top. Ling meets Bradley and sees the King he doesn’t want to be, but what I think Greed/Ling finds so frightening about Wrath/King Bradley is that he is everything Ling seeks to be an Emperor. Strong. Determined. Charismatic. Ambitious. Caring. Of course Ling is horrified that someone with these characteristics is strong, determined, charismatic, ambitious, and caring for the wrong team and all the wrong reasons.
Jokes on you Ling/Greed because you pretty much are Wrath/Bradley. Lols.
I found it really weird at first that Scar was the one to due in Wrath/Bradley and not Ling/Greed (it makes perfect sense though and I’m glad it was done this way. Scar sought revenge for Ishbal by killing of state alchemists, but the real terrorist was Amestris or the state military, and what better to find closure by killing the leader, the face of Amestris and the state military?) but then I concluded by Ling/Greed killing Wrath/Bradley is equivalent to suicide. Being a king is not easy. You WILL face many of your sins. You WILL commit many sins. Ling judging Bradley for what he’s done, is naive (of course he has every right to because, you know, Bradley executed MASS genocide. Bradley is in the wrong, but Ling’s is quick to make assumptions of what a King really is, when he himself has no right to make such assumptions being a fifteen year old and a total punk). He doesn’t realize that by him becoming Emperor he will face decisions that have no right answers. He himself will commit sins (THUS THE IRONY IS THAT LING (FUTURE EMPEROR) A HUMAN WELCOMES GREED WITH OPEN ARMS AND KING BRADLEY IS ALSO WRATH).
So they don’t kill one another, but they also don’t ever see eye to eye. THere is no moment of understanding. In fact, their relationship grows worse. They grow to hate the other so much, even with Greed in control, there is no sympathy/empathy because as Kings, they cannot accept what they have/will become. They must remain strong and holdfast to their resolves. By showing sympathy toward one another and their choices is not a sign of weakness, it’s a way of admitting that they are/will not be the King they want to be. And Bradley gets that. There are no true kings in this world. Perfection.
“Men can build a lot higher than this. In Oldtown there’s a tower taller than the Wall.” He could tell she did not believe him. If I could show her Winterfell, give her a flower from the glass gardens, feast her in the Great Hall, and show her the stone kings on their thrones. We could bathe in the hot pools, and love beneath the heart tree while the old gods watched over us.