With everyone reeling after the fight between Ed and Greed, Lust can't shake two questions from her mind. Where did she come from? And where will she go when she is dead? As if to answer, she sees a familiar man in a crowd. Years ago, she helped him use alchemy to combat a strange plague that was turning villagers into stone. And his mere presence produces unexplainable memories of a former life.
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|At a bar, Lust and Gluttony meet with Envy, where Lust informs him of Greed's death. Envy isn't concerned since their master can make a new one and mentions the current Wrath is with Sloth. When Lust questions about the meaning of where their lives will go, Envy responds as he kills the bar owner, who mentions the restaurant is closing soon, that they are alive now and not going anywhere and lets Gluttony eat the owner's body. As Lust recalls asking herself this once before, a car crash occurs outside which injures a man, but a person named Lujon appears and uses an incomplete Philosopher's Stone stone to treat him as Lust walks into the crowd. After being thanked, Lujon notices Lust and the two recognize each other. Meanwhile, Edward, Alphonse, and Winry travel south in a cart, hoping to catch up with the Ishvalan refugee camp so Ed can acquire information about the Philosopher's Stone since it is the only lead they have. Hearing a woman scream, Ed comes to her aid, quickly beating up the men attacking her for calling him short. Lujon meets with Lust at the bar, wondering how she has been since it had been two years when he had seen her and also why she disappeared. While Lust feigns ignorance, Lujon can remember what she taught him and left his village to find a new stone since the disease he treated with the stone back then had resurfaced. With the stone he has having grown weaker, Lujon asks that Lust aid him again.
It is revealed that two years ago, Lust met Lujon when she and Glutony came across a carriage damaged from a mudslide and met an injured woman named Lydia, the same woman Ed rescued in the present, is trying to get some herbs for her village, when the rescue workers including Lujon came to help. Lujon berates Lydia for her foolishness, and reveals of a mysterious fossilizing disease sweeping across their town. In the present, Lydia reveals to the Elrics and Winry of how she is trying to find Lujon and mentions he is likely trying to acquire a new Philosopher's Stone to cure their village of their epidemic disease. In the past, Lujon was treating Lydia, when some villagers arrive to have him cure a boy named Anji, whose body was starting to turn to stone due to the disease. Lujon attempted to treat him with alchemy, which failed and killed Anji. As Lydia is also suffering from the disease, Lust watches as Lujon cries in despair and remembers a memory of Scar's brother trying to save his lover's life. Recognizing his treatment method, Lust decides to help Lujon perfect his alchemy so it can save the townsfolk. In the present, Scar, who is alone in the desert, desecrates a grave to pick up a locket. As he travels with Lust and Gluttony in the present, Lujon admits his real reason on leaving his village to see Lust again, which she admits of seeing him again due to the memories she had there two years ago. As the Elrics and Winry take Lydia back to her village, she admits that Lujon dumped her. In the past, Lust helped Lujon find the right books to read. As Lydia watches them, Lust experiences another memory relating to Scar's brother and his fiancee.
After spending a large amount of time studying and drawing the correct transmutation circle, Lust gave Lujon the stone and then attacked a bird so Lujon could use the circle and the stone to save it and thanks Lust, unaware that the bird died after traveling a short distance. In the present, Lust gives Lujon a new stone and Lust then remembers Lydia confronting her in the past about taking Lujon away from her, whom Lydia mentions that she'll marry him once her disease is gone. As Lydia took Lust's comment as a joke, the disease takes hold of her. It was in the past that Lujon was able to use the power of the stone to save Lydia and the villagers. Unknown to them, Envy was the one who created the disease and this is part of the Homunculi's plan to have Lujon stop the disease which will only be temporary and then take that power away to force Lujon to make a Philosopher's Stone out of despair. On his wedding day, Lujon admitted his love to Lust, causing another memory relapse relating to Scar's brother. When Lydia saw them, Lust encouraged Lujon to go after her. In the present, Lujon and Lust arrive at the village, allowing Lujon to save the villagers again. That night, Lujon admits how much he loves Lust, forcing Lust to kill him to make up for her small mistake, now seeing him as worthless. Without the power of the stone, the village is in an uproar as the villagers succumb to the disease.
The next day, the Elrics and Winry see the carnage of the village as Lydia moves on ahead looking for Lujon. By the time that the Elrics and Winry catch up with her, Lydia had also succumbed to the disease and died in Lujon's arms. While Ed is furious with the sight, Lust and Gluttony head out by carriage. Lust is clearly bothered by something.
- This episode reveals more of the connection that Lust has to the lover of Scar's brother, whom she is modeled after due to sharing her memories. The secret of the locket that Scar picked up from the lover's grave will be revealed five episodes later in Episode 40.
- This is the first episode in which we see Lust (or any homunculus) dealing with flashbacks of past lives. It arguably marks the beginning of Lust's change as a character that leads to her eventual betrayal of both her comrades and her master.
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