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Transcripts for chapter 3: (Courtesy of Broken ChouChou)

CHAPTER 3: The Mining Town


Page 1:
SFX: GWOOO
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SFX: KLATA, KLATA, KLATA, KLATA, KLATA
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Al: ”Looks like we’re the only ones on board.”
SFX: KLATA, KLATA, KLATA
Ed: “I’ve heard the rumors, but I didn’t know it was THIS bad…”
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Ed: “Guess this isn’t exactly tourist country…”


Page 2:
Ed: “”The town on the Eastern Border”.”
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Ed: “The Youswell coal mines.”


Page 3:
SFX: GASHUNK, GASHUNK, GASHUNK
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Ed: “So this is where we get coal…”
SFX: KLATA, KLATA, KLATA
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Ed: “”The wild frontier”, eh? I always thought a place like this would be a little more lively.”
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Al: “Everyone seems a little tired…”


Page 4:
SFX: BONK
Khayal: “Oops! Sorry ‘bout that.”
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Ed: “Why you little…”
Khayal: “*HEY!!”
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Khayal: “You’re from our of town, right?” “On a trip?”
Ed: “Uh…”
Khayal: “Where you from?”
Ed: “Well…”
Khayal: “Need a meal?”
Ed: “Hold on…”
Khayal: A place to stay?”
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Khayal (bold): “Dad! We got customers!”
Ed: “Listen when people talk to you!”
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Halling: “Huh? What’s that, Khayal?”
Khayal: “Customers! A piggy bank!”
Ed: “What do you mean “piggy bank”!?”
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SFX: GRIN
Halling: “You don’t say!”


Page 5:
Halling: “Sorry about the dust.” “The mines don’t pay much, so we run this inn to get by.”
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Bearded man: “What’re you talkin’ ‘bout, chief!?” “YOUR problem is, you’re a soft touch! Always
giving what you make to the poor!”
Man: “That’s why your old lady’s always crying!”
Halling: “Keep it down, you!”
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Halling: “If you got a problem with how I spend my money, then hurry up and pay me for what
you owe for the booze!”
SFX: WA HA HA HA HA
Wife: ”So, there’s two of you… you want one night’s stay and two meals each?”
Ed: “How much?”
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Halling: “What… afraid you can’t afford it?”
SFX: SMIRK
Ed: “Don’t worry, I brought enough.”
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Halling (bold): “200 thousand!”
SFX: SLAM


Page 6:
Ed: “200 thousand?! What a rip off!!” Background: “You’re off by one decimal point!”
Halling: “I SAID you might not be able to afford it.”
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Halling: “We don’t get too many tourists, so when they come we try to make sure they leave us
all their money.”
Ed: “You gotta be kidding me! We’ll go somewhere else!”
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Halling (bold): “There’s no escape, piggy bank!”
Khayal: “Forget about it. The prices are the same everywhere else.”
SFX: CLUTCH
SFX: EEEE
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Ed: “We really don’t have enough…”
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Ed: “I guess the only thing we can do is use alchemy to turn pebbles into gold!”
Al: “You know it’s forbidden by the State Alchemy Laws to make gold!”
SFX: PSST, PSST, PSST, PSS, PSST, PSST, PSST
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Ed: ”If we don’t get caught… we won’t get caught.” Capitals, not bold: “HEH HEH HEH HEH”
Al: (bold): “You’re evil!!”
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Khayal (bold): Dad! This guy’s an alchemist!!”


Page 7:
SFX: CLAP!
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SFX: BASHOOM
Khayal: "Aagh!"
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SFX: WHOAA!!
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Crowd: “Wow” “It looks brand new!” “This is great! Our first customer in ages and he’s an
ALCHEMIST!”


Page 8:
Halling: “I used to dabble a little myself.” “But I didn’t really have the talent, so I gave up
studying.”
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Halling: “I’ll give you a special alchemist’s friendship discount.” Background: “Plus the amount I owe you for fixing the pickaxe.”
Ed: “Sounds good!”
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Halling: “All together, that’s a 50 % discount! 100 THOUSAND!”
Ed (bold) That’s still a lot!”
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Halling: “By the way, I didn’t catch your name.”
Ed: “Oh yeah…?”
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Ed: “Edward Elric.”
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SFX: SWIPE
SFX: CLANK


Page 9:
Halling: “You’re Elric the alchemist…”
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Halling (bold): “The State Alchemist?”
SFX: BLINK
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Ed: “… Well, sort of…”
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SFX: SWIPE


Page 10:
Ed: “Hey, what’s the big deal?!”
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Crowd: “*GET LOST!”
SFX: WHACK
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Ed: “Hey!! We’re paying customers!!”
Halling: “Bleah! We don’t have food or lodgings for dogs of the military!!”
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Al: “Um, I’m a civilian. I’m not a “State” anything.”
Halling: “Oh, that’s fine then! Come in!”
SFX: AAGH
Ed: “*YOU TRAITOR!!”
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People: “Man, just when I thought we had a paying guest…” “What a let down…”
SFX: CLOP, CLOP, CLOP


Page 11:
Al: “State Alchemist’s aren’t too popular here, are they?”
Khayal: “Of course. Everyone around here hates soldiers.” “This town’s under the authority of Lieutenant Yoki, but all he cares about is making money.”
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Man with bandana: “I hear he spends it all on bribes to his superiors back in Central City.”
Man: “He even bought his way to being a Lieutenant.”
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Man with pipe: “Used to be je just owned the coal mines, but he got greedy about movin’ up.”
Al: “Huh? So this place is…”
Man with ponytail: “Yup, this is Yoki’s private property.”
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Man at desk: “That rat owns everything in this town! We don’t get paid enough to get by!”
Bald man: “Even if we complain to someone higher up on the chain, Yoki bribes them all, so
THEY won’t help!”
Khayal: “See? It sucks, huh?”
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Halling: “And then there’s the State Alchemists.”


Page 12:
Halling: “”Alchemists work for the people.”” “That’s the slogan of the alchemists… the source of
their pride.”
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Halling: “I know they get a lot in exchange… But I can’t forgive people who sell their soul to the
Military State.”
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SFX: GRROWWWLLL
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Ed: “I’m hungry…”
SFX: GWRRRMM
Ed: “Damn you, Al… Have you lost your humanity so soon?!
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SFX: SWISH


Page 13:
Al: “I snuck out with the food they gave me.”
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Ed: “*DEAR BROTHER!”
Al: “Sheesh, you’re so predictable.”
SFX: CLANK!
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Ed: “Hmm… These corrupt official types are everywhere, huh?”
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Al: “I guess thanks to this guy they don’t even get enough food supplies.”
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Ed: “… I see.”


Page 14:
Ed: “That Lieutenant Yoki is causing us a lot of trouble.” “I mean, military personnel like us
aren’t very popular to begin with.”
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Ed: “When I became a State Alchemist I knew I’d get a certain amount of flack… “… But I never
knew they would hate me this much.”
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Al: “…” “Maybe I should get certified as a State Alchemist too.”
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Ed: “It’s not worth it! One person sitting on this bed of needles is enough!”
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Ed: “”Dogs of the military”, huh?” “I don’t know how to respond to that.”


Page 15:
Al: “Not only that, but we broke the laws of alchemy and now we’re stuck with these bodies…”
Ed (?): “I wonder what our teacher would say if she ever found out…”
SFX: SIGH…
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Ed & Al: “*SHE…” “*SHE’D KILL US…!!”
SFX: SHIVER, SHIVER, SHIVER
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Voice (Yoki): “Out of the way! We’re coming in!”
SFX: CLOP, CLOP


Page 16:
Yoki: “This place looks filthy as usual, Halling.”
SFX: CLOP
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Halling: “… Well, well, Lieutenant. What brings you to a shabby little place like this?”
Yoki: “Enough small talk.”
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Yoki: “I hear you’re late on your taxes.” “I know you’re not the only deadbeat in this town, but
don’t expect me to just ignore you.”
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Halling: “I’m very sorry, but we’re barely getting by as it is…”
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Yoki: “Hmph… I see you can still afford to sell alcohol…”


Page 17:
Yoki: “I guess this means I can lower your salaries a bit more?”
Men: “Wha--!?”
Khayal: “Why you…!!”
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Khayal: “You better be joking!”
SFX: WHAP
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Soldier: “You little brat!” “Sir, allow me…!”
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SFX: BASH
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Halling: “Khayal!!”
SFX: BAM
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Yoki: “I won’t hold back just because he’s a child.”
SFX: SHINK


Page 18:
Yoki: “Let this be a warning.”
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Halling: “!!”’
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SFX: KLANG
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Soldier: “What?!” “It broke?...?!”
SFX: SNAP


Page 19:
Yoki: “Wh… Where did this kid come from!?”
SFX: Huh? Huh?
SFX: OOOOOH
SFX: AAAH
SFX: SLURPP
Ed: “Just a kid passing through.”
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Yoki: “This is none of your business! Stay out!”
Ed: “Well, I heard that the Lieutenant was gonna be here…”
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Ed: “… So I decided to say hello.”
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Yoki: “… Eh? What’s this?”
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Yoki: “A gold watch with the President’s crest and the hexagram!!”
SFX: GAH!
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Soldier: “Lieutenant, who IS this brat…? “Ow.”
SFX: BONK
Yoki: “*YOU IDIOT!”


Page 20:
Yoki: “Don’t you know what a State Alchemist is?! They work directly for the President!”
SFX: PSST, PSST, PSST, PSST, PSST, PSST
Soldier: ”You’re serious? Not THAT little runt!?”
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Yoki: “This is my chance…”
SFX: PSST
Soldier: “Huh?”
SFX: PSST, PSST
SFX: HMPH
Ed, background: “I thought I heard “runt”…”
Yoki: ”If I make an impression here, I might be able to make some connections at Central!”
SFX: PSST, PSST
Soldier: “WOW, you’re really on top of things Lieutenant!”
SFX: PSST, PSST
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Yoki: “I’m sorry if my subordinates were impolite.”
SFX: SLITHER
Yoki: “My name is Yoki, and I’m in charge of this town.”
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Yoki: “It must be fate that we met here!” “There’s no need for you to stay in this pig-pen!”
Khayal, background: “What do you mean pig-pen!?
Yoki: “Even though we’re far from the city, we have some LOVELY rooms back at my house!”
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Ed: “Well, I guess that would be all right…” “… Because the owner here is too CHEAP to let me
stay.”
SFX: HMPH!


Page 21:
Yoki: “Listen here, you lowlifes. I’m going to make you pay every penny of the taxes that you
owe me!”
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Yoki: “I’ll be back!”
SFX: SLAM
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Khayal: “AAGGGH! That makes me so MAD!”
Al: “Um… Mad at who?”
Men (bold): “Both of them!!”
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Yoki: “There’s no need to stand on ceremony. Eat, eat!”
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Ed: “You seem to eat very well.” “Although the town as a whole seems less fortunate.”
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Yoki: “Well, I’m embarrassed to say that it takes us a long time to collect taxes.”


Page 22:
Yoki: “Plus there are many thugs like the ones you saw earlier…” “.. Aha ha ha. It’s all very
embarrassing.”
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Ed: “The people pay you taxes because you own the rights to this place. That’s how it works,
isn’t it?”
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Yoki: “Absolutely. You see matters rather clearly, sir Edward.”
Ed: “Of course. It’s the same as alchemy. The way of this world is “equivalent exchange.”” “You
can’t have rights without civic duty.”
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Yoki: “True, true. Yes, well spoken.”
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Yoki: “So, that means you’ll also accept THIS as the way of the world…?”
SFX: Jingle


Page 23:
Yoki: “Sir Edward, as a State Alchemist I imagine you mist have some influence with those
higher up.”
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Yoki: “Please accept a token of my gratitude…”
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Ed: “This is…” “… What some would call a “bribe”, is it not?”
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Yoki: “It’s “gratitude.””
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Yoki: “I don’t want to spend the rest of my life as a petty official in this country town.” “I’m sure
we understand each other?”


Page 24:
Yoki: “Well then… please have a good night’s sleep.”
Ed: “Thank you.”
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Soldier: “Lieutenant Yoki…”
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Soldier: “This isn’t the first time we’ve had problems with Halling’s inn. Every night there’s a
bunch of loudmouths there, talking about stirring up trouble.”
Yoki: “Hmph. They’ve always been rather rebellious, haven’t they?” “What a bother.”
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Yoki: “*BURN IT DOWN.”


Page 25:
SFX: CLANG, CLANG, CLANG, CLANG, CLANG
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Man with glasses: “How awful…”
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Man with glasses/Khayal (?): “Last night I saw some of Yoki’s underlings hanging out around
the inn…”


Page 26:
Man with glasses/Khayal(?): “Damn it… what a dirty thing to do…”
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Khayal: “… The reason dad tried to learn alchemy was because he wanted to save this town…”
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Khayal: “Hey, Ed. You’re good enough to create gold, right?” “Can’t you just whip up some gold
to help my dad… And this town…!?”
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Ed: “No.”
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Khayal: “Come on…” “… It’s not like it’s gonna cost you anything!”


Page 27:
Ed: “The foundation of alchemy is “equivalent exchange.”” “Why should I give you free money?”
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Khayal: “Why you…”
SFX: SCRATCH
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Khayal (bold): “You scumbag! You call yourself an alchemist?”
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Ed: “Alchemists work for the people…” “… Right?”


Page 28:
Ed: “If I gave you money now, it’d just end up as taxes in Yoki’s vault.” “I don’t feel like being
used by all of you just to get by.”
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Ed: “If you’re that desperate, then leave town and find another job.”
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Halling: “Kid, I know you can’t understand, but…”
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Halling (bold): “… The mines are our homes…” “… And our graves.”


Page 29:
Al: “Hey, big brother! Hold on!”
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Al: “Are you really going to abandon those people…?”
Ed: “*Al.”
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Ed: “How much culm do you think is here?”
Al: “Huh?” “One ton… maybe two tons?”
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Ed: “Okay, I’m gonna do something slightly illegal now so you just look the other way for a
second.”
SFX: HUP
Al: “Huh!?”
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Al: “… You want me to be an accomplice?”
Ed: “What, you won’t?”
SFX: CLAP


Page 30:
Al: “You’re gonna do it even if I say no, right?”
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SFX: BASHOOM
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Ed: “Aaah… If we don’t get caught, we won’t get caught.”
Al: “Man, oh man… Aren’t you supposed to set an example for me…?”


Page 31:
Yoki: “…” “… Uh…”
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SFX: ta-DA
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Ed: ”Now… I’d like you to sell me all the rights to the coal mines.”
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Soldiers: “Wow…” “Is this real gold?”
Ed: “It’s not enough?”
Yoki: “Please don’t be absurd!!”


Page 32:
Yoki: “With this much gold I can say GOODBYE to this miserable post…!” “I’ll bribe the higher-
ranking officials at Central, and then…”
SFX: WEE HEE HEE
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Yoki: “And also… Um… If you don’t mind…”
SFX: GLANCE
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Ed: “Oh yes! Of course I’ll put in a good word to my superiors.”
SFX: GRIN
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Yoki: “Oh thank you, THANK you! My DEAR alchemist!”
SFX: GRIP!!
SFX: HA HA HA
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Ed: ”But making gold is illegal, so…” ”… In order not to get caught, I would appreciate it if you
would write a document saying, ”The rights were peacefully transferred, free of charge”…”
Yoki: "Oh, I wouldn't mind at all! Well then, let's do the paperwork right away!"
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Yoki: “My, you really are a sly one, Mr. Alchemist, sir!”
SFX: HO HO HO
SFX: HEE HEE HEE
Ed: “No, no, not compared to you, Lieutenant.”
Al, background: “Seems like they’re enjoying it…”


Page 33:
Khayal: “Why NOT, dad!!?”
SFX: SLAM
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Khayal: “Why can’t we do it?!”
Halling: “Because I said so.” “I won’t allow a raid.”
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Man: “Even if you’re against it chief. I’m still going.”
Man 2: “Yeah, I’ve had enough.”
Man 3: “Even if we fail, I’m gonna punch that rotten Yoki in the face at least once!”
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Halling: “No! I can’t allow all of you to become criminals!”
Khayal: “But…!!”


Page 34:
Ed: “HI EVERYBODY! What a lot of gloomy faces! YOU’RE looking cheerful today!”
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Khayal: “… What are YOU doing here?”
Ed: “Hey hey. Should you be speaking like that to the new proprietor of this joint?”
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Man 3: “What the hell are y…?”
SFX: SLAP
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Man 3: “What´s this…?”
Ed: “Ownership papers. They confer on the holder the rights to mining, sales, distribution and
all subsidiary business in this town.”


Page 35:
Man 3: “How did you get this…?” “HEYY! And it’s been signed over to EDWARD ELRIC!?”
Khayal and Halling: “*WHAT!!?”
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Ed: “*CORRECT! SO FROM THIS MOMENT ON…”
SFX: TA-DA
Ed: “*… THIS COAL MINE BELONGS TO ME!!”
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SFX: NO WAY!!
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Ed: “Believe it. But we’re just a couple of vagabonds going from place to place.”
Al: “These documents will just be in the way… So…”


Page 36:
Halling: “You want to sell it to us?” “How much?”
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SFX: SMIRK
Ed: “What… afraid you can’t afford it?”
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Ed: “If you want something, you have to pay the price.”
SFX: GRR
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Ed: “After all, this deed is printed on high quality goatskin parchment, stamped with a gold seal.”
SFX: FWAP
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Ed: “Not only that, but in a spectacular feat of craftsmanship, the deposit box is inlaid with
powdered jade.” “Hmm… This is the work of a true ARTIST.” “And HEY! The key is made of real
SILVER!”
SFX: BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
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Ed: “Well, this is just a layman’s opinion… But taking all this into account…”


Page 37:
Ed: “… How about the price of one night’s stay and two meals for two at your place?” “Would
that be fair, chief?”
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Khayal: “Oh… the equivalent exchange…”
--------------------------
Halling: “Ha ha…” “Ha ha ha ha! You’re right, that IS expensive!!”
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Halling: “*I’LL BUY IT!!”
Ed: “**SOLD!!”
SFX: BANG


Page 38:
Yoki: “Mr. Alchemist, sir, what is the MEANING of this!!?”
SFX: SLAM
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Ed: “Well, well, Lieutenant.” “I just sold the deed to the mine to the chief here.”
Yoki: “*WHAAAT!!?”
--------------------------
Yoki: “No, but that’s not what I’m here for! The gold bars you gave me have all turned to
ROCK!” “Can you please explain that!?”
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Al: “… When did you change it back?”
Ed: “Right before I left.”’
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Ed: “I don’t know anything about any “gold bars”.”
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Yoki: “Please don’t act dumb!” “We exchanged the pile of gold for the ownership documents!
This is FRAUD!”
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Ed: “Huh? The deed was given to me free of charge.” “See, you signed it! It says so right here.”
Yoki: “**WHAT!?”


Page 39:
Yoki: “This deal is null and void!” “You two! Take those documents from them! NOW!”
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Yoki: “Huh?”
SFX: LOOM
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Beaded man: “It’s not right to try and take someone’s property by force.”
Man with bandana: “Abusing your power, eh?”
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Yoki: “Sh… Shut up. Out of my waym you scum!” “If you don’t want to get hurt you better…”
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Bearded man (bold): “Lieutenant… It’s not good to underestimate the strength of coalminers-“
SFX: CRACK CRACK


Page 40:
SFX: WHAM
SFX: BAM
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SFX: BONK
Yoki: “EEK!”
SFX: PLONK
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Ed: “Oh, Lieutenant…?”
SFX: EEYAA!


Page 41:
SFX: SMILE
Ed: “I’ll be sure to tell the higher-ups about your CORRUPTION and INCOMPETENCE too.”
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Ed: “So please look forward to it.”
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SFX: SLUMP
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Crowd: “*ALL RAAIIIGHT!”
SFX: WHOO HOO
Crowd: “’*WE DID IT! BRING OUT THE BOOZE!”


Page 42:
Khayal: “Dad…”
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Khayal: “… Ed hadn’t sold his soul after all.”
Bearded man, background: “Drink up!”
Ed, background: “Don’t give alcohol to minors!”
Crowd, background: “You can’t get big unless you drink!!”, “WHAT!? When I was you guys’ age…”
Halling: “Yeah, I guess you’re right.”
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SFX: SHNORRRRR
Ed: “I can’t eat another bite…”
SFX: … OOOH
SFX: TSK TSK
Al: “You’re sleeping with your stomach out again!” “Sheesh, Ed! You’re so sloppy!”




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