State of Amestris: Running Out Bradley PT 3 Ax

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“y is it u feel the need 2 piss me off?” Bradley growls as he tries again 2 kill me and I nimbily avoid.

“well because I'm like u.” I reply, rolling under his next slash.

“how so?!” he replies, stabbing straight down at me.

“imma lowlife.” I say simply as I grab the sword with my automail arm and move out of the way. The thin layer of skin cuts and heals over quickly when I let go. “tho in ur case ur livin' the highlife.”

“u think i'm a lowlife?!” he tries again 2 slash me and this time I land on the sword with my automail leg and balance perfectly. He glares at me and moves the sword. I jump down.

“tell me tru, Bradly. We've been doing this 4 over an hour and i'm wondering...2 u, every1 is a pawn in ur game...aren't they....? even the humunculii r no more then 2 get what u want...even if u claim it's 4 ur Father or's all 4 u, isn't it?”

“so...u figured it out hu?”

After this I was fairly sure tht this man was not good 4 king...and how he got there I won't kno. I guess he was just put there...and I wonder if there's anything he actually cares about...i doubt it...they've never lost a war...we as a country need a brand new start...the 1 tht we have this mornin' is no good...

We reach the room where Sloth is destroying things.... “was told....kill blond girl and muscle boy...what a pain.” he groans, looking over as we walk in. “other girls....not who I want....”

“aw, how sad...” I reply

“we want u....” Cylon adds.

“what u mean...?” he looks confused. We walk closer and he tries 2 grab us. We jump over him and I land on his shoulders where he can't reach me very well...Cylon throws the Aquosea Stone 2 me and I put it on his shoulder where it sinks in. “ugh...can't reach annoying child...what a pain...”

“CHILD!!!???” I growl, glaring at him.

“reminds me boy...”


“cuz u...sorda act like him...” Cylon replies.

“I DO NOT!!”


I open my mouth 2 object but then sigh. “fine, I c ur point....”

“ommigod...she's facing reality....”

“DON'T PUSH IT!!” I snap, pulling the Philosopher's Stone from Sloth and his tattoo turns blue.

“what is....feeling...?” he looks around, confused, as I jump from his shoulders.

“it's called freedom...” Cylon replies.


“ok, let's say it like's called u don't have 2 do everything ur Father and Dante tell u 2 anymore...u can do what u wish.”

“'s tht thing from Brigs!!” Olivier gets wide-eyed as she catches up.

“Name...Sloth...” he mutters, looking at her. “blond girl...suppose 2 kill...told 2...but I don't want's a pain...” he plops himself on the floor. “1st told 2 dig hole then suppose 2 kill brother and sister...what a pain....only get orders....” he looks at me. “u said I don't have 2 follow orders anymore...rite?” I nod. He smiles. “good...i help u now instead. Feels...less painful now....what u do?”

“switched stones.” I hold up his Philosopher's Stone and he stares, confused.

“but....should die without it...I'm still alive...”

“we've traded ur red stone with a different 1.” Cylon replies.

“wait...” Alex looks at me. “is tht a...”

“Philosopher's Stone? Yes.” I nod. “the Humunculii live off these things but...we've found another way...”

“feels...better...less pain...” Sloth sighs happily. “like this stone better...”

“with ur new freedom u can also call urself something else as well.” Cylon smiles.

“new name?” he questions, looking around. “i....donno....” he stays silent 4 a while. “Ax....i like Ax...”

I open my mouth 2 say something like “tht's not a rll name” but Cylon covers my mouth b4 I can.

“tht's a great name.” Cylon smiles, moving her hand. “right?” she glares at me with a “u better say yes” type of look and I sigh.

“yeah...” I smile warmly.

“ok, so we've got a massive Humunculus on our side...” Olivier sighs. “what now...?”

“what now?” Cylon asks. “good question....what now...?” she looks at me, befuddled. I facepalm and pull out a walky talky.

“Mustang, central military base secure. Phase 3 can now begin.” I say, holding the button.

“Roger tht. What about the smaller bases? When Bradley returns we don't want any uprisings.” he replies.

“Mustang, i'm fairly sure none of them will do anything after hearing Mortel's story.” Olivier replies. “if they do, leave it 2 me.”

“I'll do tht, Major-General Armstrong. I take it ur brother made it there alright...”

“I'm here, Mustang.” Alex replies b4 his sister can make a bad remark. “I'm more worried about the massive thing seems 2 have traded 2 our side but...”

“Alex....have u no faith in us?” Cylon asks innocently. Mustang laughs.

“i take it u traded Sloth's stone then?” Mustang asks.

“it's....Ax Now...” Ax replies b4 1 of us can.

“then tht's a yes. Good.”

“it wasn't very hard.” Cylon replies.

“because following orders is a pain....” Ax sighs.

“then b glad ur not in the military.” Mustang laughs.

“should we tell him?” Alex asks Olivier softly so the thing wouldn't pick it up as me and mustang talked about what was 2 happen next.

“well he'll find out eventually.” Olivier looks from me 2 the walky talky and bak. “but I think he wouldn't believe it unless he saw it...”

“ very tru...” Alex replies. “he is tht type of person...”

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