Artist/Author/Gift Granter: sonjajade
Request: evil_little_dog - ‘Ed/Winry (+Al, if you wanna include him), Post-108 but prior to Ed leaving - Getting used to Rezembool again’
Disclaimer: Arakawa-sensei owns all, I just play Barbies with her characters.
Notes: I wanted to convey what I always assumed would happen to Ed after they get to the hospital after the Promised Day: nervous breakdown. I have based some of the technical stuff of things I have personally experienced (I actually went through EMDR treatment, and if anyone wants to know more about it, just message me), and with the help of a friend who worked for years in the state run long term mental heath facility, I’ve tried my best to make all of this as true to life as possible.
For the record, I began this prompt request 5 different times before I wrote something I didn’t think sounded stupid and had a good balance between the WAFF and the ‘adjustment’. I put a ton of work into this once it finally got rolling, and I hope that this is what you were hoping for. I’m sorry it’s so incredibly long, but once I got it up and running, I just couldn’t stop it.
Special shoutouts to my betas seatbeltdrivein (who helped me when I derailed on Ed's character at the beginning of this approach) and bay115 (who was nice enough to read this behemoth twice). I could not have completed this without y'alls help.
Title taken from the tagline of Mushi-Shi, fake cut takes you to my journal
WARNING: Really LOOOONNNNNG.
PART 1 HERE if you missed it