Pairing: None <-- Though if you really want and really look you could find Hei/Ed
Summary: Ed never did take him up on that offer...
Warning: Refers to religion (If you get offended easily) and Character Death (But what Heiderich story doesn't have death XD)
Status: Short Drabble Thing
Edward stared at the young blond German, Alphonse Heiderich. He had seen the young man in a suit before, but it had always been an old, patched-up one he wore when he needed to attend meetings, or appear in public. This one was not old, it looked to be kept it good condition, no patches or holes, what-so-ever. He wore the nicest shoes he owned, and had a tie Snugly wrappedaround his neck. His hair was neatly combed and parted, and face bright from being washed with cold sink water. He looked... very handsome.
Ed gently set down his book, "Why are you so dressed up?" he asked.
Alphonse looked away from the small mirror they had by the front door. His hands were gripping his tie as he tried to straighten it up, "Why it’s Sunday, Ed. Time to go to church." He said with a smile, before returning to the mirror to brush some hair off his suit.
"Church?" Ed questioned. The name was foreign to him, and sounded weird on his lips. Since he had never really gone to church, or thought about it, there had been no reason to say it.
"Yes, church." Alphonse huffed, "You know, a place were you give praise for what you have..."
"To God?" Ed cut him off, his own golden eyes narrowing in slits at the mention of God.
"Who else?" Alphonse chuckled. Satisfied with how he looked, he turned away from the mirror and to Edward. "Do you wanna come?"
Ed stared at him a moment, in disbelief at the offer the young man was making, before making a ugly grunting sound and turning back to his book, "No way!" he snapped, "I'm an atheist"
"A-Atheistic!" Alphonse stuttered over the words, turning them over in his mouth with dislike and shock. There was a awkward silence between the two for a moment, Heiderich was digesting this new information about his research partner. He twiddled his thumbs for a moment, and then asked, "So...You don't believe in God?"
"No, I don't see how anyone can believe in someone who always takes, takes, takes. And what do you get in return? Uh, tell me Al, your country is at war right now. If there was a God, he wouldn't let that happen, would he!" A simple remark from Ed had turned into a firm belief, and all Alphonse Heiderich could do at that moment was stare as Ed sighed and ran his prosthetic hand threw his golden bangs.
The prosthetic limbs were probably why Ed hated God so much. Heiderich concluded, He resented God for taking something as precious as an arm and leg in... Didn’t Ed say he had lost them in a war
Heiderich took a deep breath. "I-I know it sounds strange, but God has given me a lot, as well as taken a lot away," he started. Ed didn't blow up at him, so he continued, "We're at War, yes, but God will help us end it. I’ve just gotta pray for it. Everyone needs something to believe in, Ed. Without faith, we're really nothing."
Ed seemed to be thinking those words over. Good.
"I have a lot of things to thank God for..." he reminded the smaller man, "for one thing, giving me a steady job in such hard times. For another... giving me a great partner that will definitely help me reach my goal!" Ed turned to look at him, and Heiderich smiled and turned to the door. "If you ever want to come to church with me, I'll be happy to bring you," He stated.
He opened the door, and looked out into the busy streets of Munich, Germany. Al took a deep breath before stepping out, and closing the door behind him.
Ed never did take him up on that offer.
When his brother told him they were going to a town called Munich, Alphonse Elric really didn't know or care why. But out of all the reasons (shopping, buying a house, a good library, sight seeing) going to a Church definitely wasn't what came to mind, but there they were.
His brother, Edward, was kneeling in a pew, head low in deep prayer. Earlier he had inserted a One Mark coin in a tin box just to light a candle.
All the while, Alphonse stood at the entrance not really knowing what to do. He hadn't been in a church, ever. Instead he pondered about why his brother was in a church in the first place. Slowly his mind wandered as he wondered when Ed could be done and they could leave.
A moment after that thought crossed his mind, Ed stood up. A priest had just walked in the room, and he made his way over to the elderly man. Al watched as Edward told the man something, with eyes sad and a mouth which was stuttering over words that Alphonse couldn't hear. When Ed was done, the priest smiled and rested a hand on his brother's shoulder, telling him something that made Edward relax a little.
With a smile and a wave good-bye, Ed returned to the entrance of the church and walked out. Alphonse trotted out beside him. "Brother, what was that about?" He questioned.
Ed stopped and looked at Al, giving his brother a warm smile before ruffling his dirty blond hair, "Nothing, Al. Don't worry about it. The Priest said that he was in a better place now." and with that, Ed turned and continued walking down the streets of Munich, his confused brother at his side.