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Tobu Ishi
A FMA smuff one-shot by Tobu Ishi

"Does it hurt?"

Ed blinked, startled out of the doze he'd started to slip into, and glanced down at the girl who knelt next to him. Winry's screwdriver had paused in its exploration of the docking port bolted into the flesh of his leg, and she was looking up at him with large, curious blue eyes.

"What?" he said, disoriented at the interruption of his nap. "Does what hurt?"

Winry set down the screwdriver and blew a strand of blond hair out of her eyes. "Your automail," she said, pointing at the wires trailing from the half-dissected port. "I've always wondered. The wires can translate nervous impulses into movement, but can they go the other way? Send sensory information to the brain, like real nerves? I mean, I know the docking is painful, but what about once it's on?"

Ed frowned. "You mean like when it gets damaged?" he asked, then winced, remembering why he was here. Winry didn't react to the reminder by grabbing for a wrench, though, but simply nodded, so he went on. "Well...sort of, I guess. It's--hey," he interrupted himself. "You're a mechanic. Don't you already know all this?"

She shrugged. "It's not usually an issue. Granny says it varies from person to person, and some of it's just phantom limb sensation anyway." She hesitated, fiddling with the ends of her ponytail where it draped over her shoulder. "I...wanted to know if...well, if yours ever does. So I would know if I was...hurting you. When I do repairs." She was staring at the floor.

How long has /that/ question been eating at her? Ed wondered, noticing his old friend's uncertain frown with surprise. "Does it really matter?" he asked. "I mean, as long as I don't jerk around and screw it up-"

"So it does hurt?" Winry said, sounding slightly alarmed.

"What? No!" he cried. She relaxed a bit, but still watched him for an answer. Ed sighed, and ran his hand through his hair in a gesture of exasperation. "Not really. It's just...I don't know. The metal doesn't feel anything, obviously."

"Well, obviously," Winry agreed. "But the wiring?"

He thought about it. "I get...hmm. Little zaps, sometimes, when you hit the wires too hard, poking around in there. More of a tickle, I guess." He laughed sheepishly. "Now, getting it blown apart is another story, but even that only lasts as long as the wires do. As soon as they're gone..." He made a tossing-away gesture with his one hand and shrugged expressively.

Winry nodded, filing away the knowledge for future reference. "Gotcha," she said, and leaned over to gently pick up one of the trailing wires at random. "So, this is okay?" she asked, making sure.

"No problem," Ed said, with a careless grin. "Don't even feel it."

She looked the wire over for a minute, noting where the insulation had been stripped away for retuning, then tugged it gently, careful not to pull too hard. Ed flinched slightly, and she stopped. "And that hurt," she said decisively.

"Just a tickle," Ed insisted, shifting nonchalantly in his chair. "No big deal."

"Sure," Winry said, rolling her eyes. He could be such a stupid stoic sometimes. She contemplated the wire for another second, curiously, then rolled it lightly between her finger and thumb for a few turns.

Ed shot bolt upright in his chair. "Hey!" he yelped, his eyes wide with alarm. "You...don't...hey!"

"What?" Winry asked, giving him an odd look. "That wasn't near as rough as last time. What's wrong?" She rubbed the wire again, puzzled, and Ed let out a strangled squeak.

"Don't /do/ that!" he gritted between his teeth, and grabbed the wire out of her hands. Winry noticed that his cheeks were flushed vividly pink.

"Ed?" she said, wondering if he was all right. She'd never seen him blush that hard before...

Ducking his head, Ed gathered up his various trailing bits and pieces in one hand and stood, edging past her on one foot. "I...have to go to the bathroom," he sputtered, still bright-cheeked, and hopped awkwardly out of the room.

"Ed, what on earth?!" Winry yelled after him. "Don't fall!" she added as the door slammed shut, and winced at the thought of unprotected automail tumbling down the stairs. Not to mention unprotected Ed. What on earth was wrong with the boy? She'd only--

A thought struck her, and Winry's mouth fell open in a tiny 'o'. Snapping her jaw shut, she went to the door of the door of the workroom and shouted downstairs, "Granny?"

"What is it?" Pinako shouted back, stirring dinner in the kitchen.

"Refresh my memory!" Winry yelled. "Which nerves do the yellow wires usually connect to?"

"Posterior femoral cutaneous!" Pinako responded promptly. "And sometimes the pudendal! Why? Whose automail are we discussing?"

Upstairs, her granddaughter had suddenly burst into hysterical laughter. Pinako harrumphed to herself. Whatever that girl had gotten up to, she wanted no part of it.

"Nobody's, Granny!" Winry called, still giggling. Going back to the chair Ed had occupied, she picked up her screwdriver and looked it over, smothering the occasional hiccup of mirth. Good lord. Posterior femoral and pudendal. Right up through the leg to She was half mortified, of course...but on the other hand...

No. She would never infringe on Ed's trust like that. She was his mechanic, after all, and they had a professional relationship to maintain.

She would just store the information, she decided. For future reference.

Just in case.

A satisfied little smile playing around the corners of her lips, Winry sat down and waited. He would come back sooner or later, once he'd calmed down.

Upstairs, Ed leaned against the bathroom door and slid wearily to the floor, hand over his face, doing his best to think of unsexy things. Beige wallpaper. Cold showers. Mustang's smirk...yep, that did it.

After his breathing was normal again, he dropped his hand and stared at the stump of his automail, sitting innocently attached to his leg as usual.

"Well, great," he muttered. Did she do that on purpose? Probably not, he decided after a moment. Winry wasn't like that. Thank god nothing down there had reacted noticably, or he would probably have a wrench embedded in his skull right then.

It just wasn't fair, he thought irritably. She was already his mechanic, and his oldest friend outside of Al, and...and prettier every year, he added reluctantly. And now, to find out that on top of all that, she could play his nervous system like a piano...on a slow tango, no less...

Making a disgusted face, he got his foot under him and stood with the help of the doorknob. He was going to have to go get her to seal this thing up sooner or later. Might as well be now. And after all, he didn't really expect her to try that again. They were both way too young for this.

And besides, he didn't want her to, anyway.

At least...not where Al might find out.

*jumps up and down and loves you*

Tobu Ishi can you do no wrong. Another well written, amusing piece of fanfiction to brighten my day. People skirt around the fact that Ed is a teenage boy...he surely must have certain 'feelings' every so often. I can just picture Winrys smirk as she figures it out. However, it things had reacted down 'there', I wonder how she would've coped then.
Oh and well researched. Good to see technical language being used.
i love's it!
wootness.. this is one good one indeed ^^
Good times.
omigod, tobu-san you've done it again! that was awesome! the 'unsexy thoughts' had me rolling.

ufufufu...ah, but imagining roiroi smirking has just the *opposite* effect on this one... XD

wonderful job, that was too cute. the slow tango line was classic. *applauds*
'Just in case'

ed's secret agent
Just in case what? ......Unsexy thoughts... XD XD XD
Wonder what would have happened if he thought of sexy thoughts....
Yes, I have that kind of imagination. [ XD ]

I didn't get what those technichal terms meant until today...
[ read it yesterday on ]

@Koneko chan - It's true. She was touching "something from down under".

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My response
Oh My... This had be laughing out loud like you wouldn't believe! laugh.gif I'm so envious of your writing talents! All your stories are incredibly well down and written flawlessly. And this story is no different!

GREAT JOB! happy.gif
Kou the Lightning Alchemist
geez, you got me wondering what'll happen next o.O
Le Monkey
that is absolutley great...

Any mnore coming???
Tobu Ishi
Yep, more fics coming. Not sequels to this one, though. It's a one-shot; a short (usually fluffy, humorous, or angsty) story that stands on its own. happy.gif
Yay, a promise of more to come. Its wonderful to read such well written works of fiction.
Mustang's smirk...yep, that did it.

that did it for me 2. laugh.gif laugh.gif
ed's secret agent
Yo Tobu! I know this is a one shot but... Can you make an alternate version of this story where something down there reacts and Winry sees it? Please?
Call it Wired2 or something... [PLEASE??????]

No sequel!? No fair!!

Okay, sweetie, you HAVE to do something like this again, but make it like a full-blown Ed/Winry romance or something....maybe a little smut for your more perverted fans.... biggrin.gif

Beautifully written. I have said this before and I shall say it again...I BOW to your mad writing skillz!!!
Le Monkey
yeah, It no fair that a fic as good as this has no sequel....

Awww, Go on, PLEASE!!!!
I can just picture you lot as a group of puppies begging for attention.

And that is so cute.
Hey, you know you want it to! tongue.gif
ed's secret agent
C'mon! Can't you write my alternate version idea? PLEASE????!!!
Tobu Ishi Well, you guys, I /do/ have a lot of other fics on this board. Four, I think it was at last count. You can always have a look at those while I'm working on my next piece!

(And if automail_otaku has her way, there might be a bit of EdWin smut from my hand getting posted here one of these days. It won't be a sequel to this, but I'm hoping you all will like it anyway. <3 )
w00t! Smut!!! And good smut, too!!

<---such a perv.... biggrin.gif
Le Monkey
yay, Lil edo X win.... YAY!!!
QUOTE(Tobu Ishi @ Mar 3 2005, 03:12 AM)  Well, you guys, I /do/ have a lot of other fics on this board.  Four, I think it was at last count.  You can always have a look at those while I'm working on my next piece!

(And if automail_otaku has her way, there might be a bit of EdWin smut from my hand getting posted here one of these days.  It won't be a sequel to this, but I'm hoping you all will like it anyway.  <3 )

I already have tongue.gif

Smut is it? That could be interesting.
Phyco girl
Read this a while ago and noticed that I didn't post on it! It was really great and I hope that you do have a little smut in your next story *evil grin*

@shardy: We already know, with all due respect, that you shardy are a perv. *nod nod*
Lol this story was hilarous. Ed better guard the yellow wire with his life now that he knows what it does.
Bunny Hooded Bombchu
Ooh! Ooh! I've read this on! It was flippin' sweet then, and it's even more flippin' sweet now!
*giggles immaturely* Yes i am the same as some of the other people who have already replied to this. I love humour stories and this one was very well researched, but I'm trying to think of what Winry would have doen if things had reacted noticably, shes got a mean temper on her when she puts her mind to it. Anyways I hope to see more of these fics from you soon. smile.gif
Another gem! Great job...
*starts laughing*
'unsexy thoughts'? Good luck with that one Ed......That was wayyyy awsome! The yellow wire......gotta remember that incase they ever come up with michanical legs like that......I'm sooo naughty.....XD It was a great story. Hope you write more one shot's for WinryxEd. You do a darn good job!
QUOTE(ed's secret agent @ Feb 15 2005, 05:51 PM)
Just in case what?     ......Unsexy thoughts... XD XD XD
Wonder what would have happened if he thought of sexy thoughts....
Yes, I have that kind of imagination. [ XD ]

I didn't get what those technichal terms meant until today...
[ read it yesterday on ]

@Koneko chan - It's true. She was  touching "something from down under".

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lol i have that kind of imagination as well. Great story tongue.gif
Hahaha xD That was amazing!
Random Person
OMG...LMFAO! Very good!
OMG!! That was hilarious!! You write very well, and I hope to see more. biggrin.gif
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