FYI- I think this is the moment when Erik realises he loves Charles:
Like, you can see hints before that, but it’s always in the
things that Erik doesn’t say.
Erik stays when Charles asks him to, but he never acknowledges it.
Erik looks at Charles like he’s something precious, but he never voices it.
And in that moment at the mansion, Erik is so so vulnerable after letting Charles into his mind, and instead of Charles using that exposure as an opportunity to manipulate Erik- as I’m sure countless others have done in the past- Charles gives Erik a gift, and tells him:
In response Erik still doesn’t vocalise his feelings, but there- in that tiny little clench of his jaw- is everything.
For someone who has spent years considering himself as nothing more than a monster, to be told he’s more than the broken man Shaw has twisted him into is so powerful.
Who couldn’t love Charles in that moment?