OKAY. I have GOT to gush about this. (WARNING: LOADS OF FANGIRLING AHEAD.
THE EDWIN. OH GOD, THE EDWIN
. It's ABOUT TIME you owned up, Edward! Sure took you long enough... <.<
But THE PROPOSAL. THE HUG. THE BABIES!
I was somewhere between crying, laughing and squealing in fangirly joy at that part. Seriously, I think my inner fangirl just died and went to heaven. I KNEW Ed and Winry would get the happy ending they deserved, I just KNEW IT. What I didn't know was that Arakawa would dish out so much
of it! I'm practically eating it all up with a spoon! I'm rolling in it like catnip! Oooohhhh, the EdWin...so good...nom nom nom...
(Of course, I shouldn't be surprised. Ed IS the main protagonist, and Her Cowness has been dishing out tons of epic Royai goodness in all the other chapters, so it's only fair.) =P
And the best part of it is, there's still plenty of room for speculation, and the proposal scene wasn't shallow or OOC or mushy AT ALL. Only Arakawa could pull off something like that so brilliantly. The whole thing was so perfectly in-character with both of them, and so adorable and sweet without feeling the least bit saccharine-y. Count on our geeky ex-alchemist to compare it to equivalent exchange. (And count on our resident automail freak to totally turn it on it's head.)
how Ed's jaw just hit the floor at Winry's answer, and how she got all flustered, and then he just started laughing and laughing...they're both such dorks.
And THE HUG. I KNEW THERE WOULD BE AN EDWIN HUG. And this is a smaller detail, but I loved the two things Ed said to her during the hug: 1) She made him feel cheered and energized.
2) He'll see her later.
That's almost the whole relationship in a nutshell, right there. Seeing the undertones of their friendship and support for each other throughout the scene was just wonderful. *sighs* EdWin is such a marvelous pairing... <333
The ONLY thing that would've made the scene even more perfect for me is if Al had been with Ed on the train, glanced out the window and saw the whole thing. And then when Ed sits next to him as the train pulls out, Al says, "It's about time." And then Ed elbows him in the ribs and retorts "Shut up! And quit smirking!" "I TOLD you, but nooooo..." "Are you trying
to pick a fight??" "Oh please, we both know I'd win in a heartbeat."
Or something along those lines.
And I still can't get over the epicness of that EdWin/AlMei picture at the end with the babies and the WEDDING RING ON HIS FINGER ALKJFALSDA.HKADFKHJ ED'S A DAD NOW
In my crazy head, the baby Winry's holding is a girl and they've named her "Nina", and Ed the Superdad now specializes in teaching his son alchemy and scaring monsters out from under his daughter's bed. =3 And Winry trains Nina to hit him with wrenches
and does naughty things with the wiring in his automail leg.
(I TOTALLY NEED TO MAKE A FANFIC OUT OF THIS...)
And yes, I'll stop being ridiculous and go to bed now...