“We take a dance class together and our next routine calls for partnerwork, and we got put togeth-STop standing on my foot!” AU
“We live in adjacent apartments and our bedrooms are on opposite sides of a very thin wall and one night I heard you crying and talked to you through the wall” AU
“We live in adjacent apartments and one day I accidentally knocked a hole in the wall and into your living room I’m really sorry oh my god you’re naked” AU
“We’re both cosplayers and we somehow always manage to meet each other at cons dressed as a popular ship and people want photos of us in compromising positions and oops now we’re kissing” AU
“We sat next to each other during a really sad film and now we’re sharing tissues silently whilst we cry at the cinema” AU
“You and I both got arrested for holding up traffic to let a duck with ducklings cross the road and now we’re in the same holding cell” AU
“I was on my balcony playing music and you were walking past and stopped to listen because it’s your favourite band too” AU
“We bonded on the train through our mutual exasperation at another spiderman reboot” AU
“I work at a fruit store and you come in at almost every day and rearrange stuff on the shelves then leave, and we let you because it gives us something to do but today you made the apples spell” call me"“ AU
"I just came out of surgery and I’m convinced you’re my partner but you’re the just the long suffering (and super hot) trainee nurse” AU
I’m so sorry this took so long! Happy Valentine’s Day to ikeracity and everyone who loves Cherik <3 (Also, smitten!Erik is my favorite type of Erik, so thanks for prompting it!)
Modern AU in which Charles asks Erik to help him pick out clothes for a date.
“What about this one?” Charles asks, holding up a blue cardigan. It looks expensive, and knowing Charles, it no doubt is, but it’s definitely neither fresh nor cool.
“Where are you going again?” Erik asks. He doesn’t want to be here doing this, but Charles asked, and frankly, Erik’s incapable of saying no to Charles. He’s not proud of it, but he’s man enough to admit it.
“ABC Kitchen,” Charles replies, and Erik manages to hold back his wince. His favorite restaurant. He’s actually glad he didn’t hear that when Charles had first called and asked him for this favor. His mind had been too busy shutting down from angry despair to process what Charles had said after his initial request.
“So you can be casual. No need for a suit or something stuffy like a cardigan,” he says. He’s proud. That came out perfectly condescendingly normal.
Charles makes a face, his mouth twisting and nose wrinkling. “Cardigans are not stuffy. They’re all-purpose garments.”
Erik bites back the smile threatening to break out. “It’s a date, Charles. You should wear something cool. Something with a bit of sex appeal.”
Summary: Soulmates AU where the mark is the first words said to the person’s soulmate, and the location is the first place they touch.
Erik was decidedly unhappy. His friends had been teasing him for an hour now, and he wasn’t certain it would ever truly stop. It was likely to be an ongoing joke. And it had all started because the group had insisted on skinny dipping.
It had been two hours since the trio had seen his soulmark, and Erik had decided that he would fair better sitting off to the side, away from them. Of course, Emma wasn’t about to allow his brooding to continue for too long. She insisted that it was bad for his skin.
“Don’t say it,” Erik warned.
Emma was silent for another ten seconds. Erik had actually counted down to a T. “At least they compliment you.” Hooting laughter at overhearing the remark resounded over the otherwise silent lake.
THIS FIC IS AMAZING EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS. shame on me for having read it only now. and from my fave authors. Gosh you two can’t be more awesome than this
anyway. I was planning on drawing the shut-up-Charles scene since the beginning, but when I get to the later chapter, I can’t help but to draw the close-your-eyes-Charles scene. so yeah here have some urgent before-after situation drawing
(because I have been in the x-men: first class fandom for four months now, and I am still amazed by the consistently high quality of all its fanworks, especially the fic! we have so many talented writers in this fandom, it’s wonderful. so, here is a list of my personal favorites.)
(note: please heed author’s warnings/tags before reading, some fics are lighthearted and some are definitely not.)
[M, 17k, mpreg] Erik and Charles were only together once before doubt and fear ground their romance to a halt. But once was apparently all it took. Now Charles is dealing with a pretty crappy secondary mutation, a brand new career teaching mini-mutants and a stubbornly overprotective Erik. This is the story of how Charles and Erik got from Point A to Point B and what they collected along the way.
[M, 19k] Erik manages the small store his late parents left behind and his days bleed together in a tiresome monotony until he touches the hand of loyal customer Charles Xavier. They tip-toe around each other as they struggle with mutant rights and the resurgence of gang violence in the neighborhood.
Erik has served Shaw, ruler of the desert kingdom Genosha, for years as one of his Elite Knights. His life of unquestioning obedience changes when he meets a man in the strangest of circumstances who is not at all what he seems. (~31k words)
Comments: So this fic is very, very special to me: it’s the second cherik fic I’ve ever read (very first one was Paper Monsters, also by Clocks), and this is The One that got me into cherik in the first place. The cultural fusion, adventure, great writing, and the slow, sweet and very real build-up between Charles and Erik completely sold it for me. It’s just a gorgeous fic, and more than worth re-reads.
So something endingthemes said to me on an earlier post gave me a plot bunny and I had to write it for her.
So here, have a Cherik family Halloween ficlet~
(Thank you to the lovely endingthemes for cleaning up her gift ficlet for me, urg. You’re a sweetheart!)
Erik likes holidays.
Ok, maybe ‘like’ is a strong word. He doesn’t hate holidays. He occasionally finds them pleasant, especially since he started dating Charles a few years ago.
He probably should thank him for that. Instead he says, “Charles, I’m going to throw your wheelchair out the window if you don’t put the makeup down.”
See, while Erik is not opposed to holidays, he absolutely loathes Halloween. Can’t stand it. The kids are too loud, the parents are too rude, the streets are too chaotic and if you don’t put a sign on your door you’re expected to have candy. However, if you do put a sign on your door, suburban white moms in perfectly styled bobs write letters of complaint to unknown people in local government who send you a letter about ‘community’ and other such bullshit.
“They’re not bobs, dear.” Charles hums from his spot next to the bed, sifting around in the makeup bag.
“What?” He knows that Charles was eavesdropping, but sometimes he likes to make Charles work to have a normal conversation.
what are the saddest cherik fics you know?? i feel like crying tonight
I’m sorry this is a late response. Most of these fics have unhappy or tragic endings, and as such proceed with caution! I’m also the world’s biggest wuss and get emotional easily, but I’m pretty sure these are sad enough to bring a tear to anyone’s eye. *rolls up sleeves*
White Noise by Tawabids (T, 16k) Charles, like the consort Scheherazade of Persian myth, must keep the king of Genosha occupied with stories every night or be hanged for treason. Ending’s Comment: Written in a very unusual style, so it’s not for everyone, but this will tear your heart out. It’s set in an a/o universe and honestly left me devastated for days. Tawabids has a lot of bittersweet fics, but this one huuuuurts.
the fisher king’s son by spikeface (E, 8k) Charles is a merman. Ending’s Comment: The writing is beautiful in this. It’s almost like reading a poem. This fic will devastate you, so use caution. Charles is a merman and Erik is Erik, and things go well… until they don’t.
Robbers by americanpsycho (E, 29k) The Bureau of Investigation are after Public Enemy Number Two, bank robber Erik Lehnsherr. Charles Xavier is fiancé to Special Agent Moira MacTaggart. A closet homosexual, Charles visits the Manhattan pansy club scene and meets Max Eisenhardt. Only as time goes on, Max Eisenhardt turns out to be Erik Lehnsherr. Public Enemy Number Two. Charles learns exactly what happens when you accidentally fall in love with a male bank robber in 1930s America. Ending’s Comment: Beautifully done and tragic as hell. The characterization is spot on and the ending had me crying all over myself for a good hour.
The Attempt by Yahtzee (E, 16k) Written for this prompt: Charles knows everything about Erik, knows how obsessive and self-destructive he is, how Erik would do anything, give anything, in his quest for vengeance against Shaw. But he also knows that Erik loves him in ways that aren’t exactly platonic. I’d like to see a completely straight!Charles, out of pure love and care of Erik, initiate a romantic relationship with him. It can be because he wishes to give Erik something positive in his life or because he thinks it might help change Erik’s mind about Shaw, the reason is up to author. Also, while Charles finds intimacy with Erik strange and awkward, he does enjoy the new, non-romantic layers that have developed in their relationship. Ending’s Comment: Owwwww. Owwww. This one hurts because it feels very real. It’s a story about different kinds of love, and how sometimes, one of them isn’t enough.
Ritual Self-Torture by TurtleTotem (T, 144k) Shaw is King, Charles is his royal consort and Erik is a Knight/Lord. Shaw is sterile but his kingdom can’t find out, so he asks Erik to impregnate Charles.He doesn’t know Erik and Charles are in love. Ending’s Comment: Unlike the other stories on here, this one has a happy ending and I’ve managed to reread it, but I cried on and off throughout. The emotion is intense and it covers years of love and suffering.
Us by Pangea (M, 75k) “Charles,” Erik says, and if his voice hits a pleading note then who can really blame him, “Charles, it’s me.”It takes several longer moments before Charles musters up the strength to answer, breath stuttering horribly as he tries to breathe. He’s shaking, entire body trembling.“Erik,” Charles says, his voice cracking, “Erik, I want to die.” Ending’s Comment: What is happiness? This fic made me forget. I made the horrible mistake of reading this fic in public, and I’m pretty sure the man stuck on the train next to me thought I was having a break down or being dumped. Erik’s wish for Charles to agree with him comes true in the worst possible way.
By Faint Indirections by kianspo (M, 24k) Erik is in his ~50s, and lonely and bitter. He survived the Holocaust and was only ~14 when the war ended; and even ~40 years later, living in a country that helped to end WW2 and the Third Reich, homosexuality is still a taboo topic. Then one day, he stumbles over Charles, who is young(early 20s) and bright and smart and cheeky and full of energy and beautiful. And moving in the same street where Erik lives. Ending’s Comment: I made it through he main fic with no tears, but I dare anyone to get through the sequel/epilogue without crying. Just emotionally devastating, yet not an unhappy ending at all.
We Should Scream by treasuredleisure (M, 26k) He sees Erik smile gingerly. The same lips descend on David’s head of hair in a quiet kiss. He gives Charles a brief pat on his back before he disappears behind the hallway wall. For reasons unbeknownst to him, he drops a kiss on his son’s head – in exactly the same place where Erik’s lips had been. Ending’s Comment: This fic sneaks up on you and then rips your heart out and stomps all over it while smiling happily. There’s no good guy or bad guy here. It’s just all damn painful and unfair.
A Deeper Season by etirabys (E, 36k) (etirabys’ XMFC fic is no longer on ao3 but has been uploaded in mobi and epub by Cesare) (nonmutant AU) Charles Xavier- rich, introverted, and academic- begins his senior year of high school in 1962. Erik Lehnsherr, despite his own efforts, is the first person to properly reach out to him. Both are astonished to find a human being on the other side. Ending’s Comment: Spectacularly written and packed with emotional punches to the gut. I was in tears every time I thought about it for nearly two weeks, and even now it makes me a bit frowny.
Everyday Love in Stockholm by tahariel (E, 132k) Magneto is the ruler of the posthuman world.His only secret? Charles Xavier, the human he’s kept locked in his bedroom ever since his right-hand woman, Mystique, came to him pleading for mercy for her stepbrother, who accepted her mutant form and protected her as a child. The human he started fucking after Mystique was killed in battle, despite the guilt he feels at contaminating even this last promise to the woman who was integral to his life’s work and happiness. Ending’s Comment: I don’t think I’ve ever simultaneously hated and yet felt so bad for a character as I do when it comes to Erik in this fic… Just, ugh! Ends in a semi-hopeful spot, but… stockholm syndrome, so who knows what’s hopeful? : /
my fav thing in fic is when the pining couple have finally spit it out & at last they can touch without excuses, can hug without there having to be a near death incident to spur it forward, can touch with such gentleness and press soft kisses on bare skin & they cant keep their hands to themselves. give me simply breathing on the others neck as they hold onto one another, hands intertwined in public, hands carding through the others hair, fingers grazing arms and cheekbones while the other sleeps, soft kisses upon waking; give me tooth rotting teary eyed fluff
Modern Powered Space AU based on The Fifth Element
Summary: Army Pilot Erik Lehnsherr is just trying to enjoy his day off when a mostly naked person crashes through the roof of his car. Even more alarming, the strange falling naked person–who goes by Charles Xavier when he’s not speaking an ancient dead language–brings tidings of the apparent potential end of the world, and begs Erik to help him put a stop to it.
Well. His mother has been nagging at him to go out and meet new people.
cherik prompt: awkward dorky charles attempting to seduce erik
Ok, so I actually got this prompt like… 3+ months ago… *sweats* I am so sorry, anon, but hey, look! I finally managed to write it! I hope you don’t mind that there’s a lot of awkward…
“Hello,” Charles greets Erik at the door with his usual shy smile, dressed in what Erik likes to think of as dork gear, complete with old man cardigan and pens in his front pocket. It really shouldn’t be endearing, but Erik can grudgingly admit it suits him. “Thanks for coming so quickly.”
Erik shrugs it off. “It’s not exactly a long way.” Which is true, considering that Charles lives two floors up from Erik.
Charles opens the door wide, motioning for Erik to come in, and though Erik’s been here four times in the last month, he’s still always a bit taken aback by the sheer size of the penthouse apartment Charles lives in. Erik lives on a floor that contains ten apartments, and Charles is only twenty-two and owns the entire top floor. There’s really no comparing their lives. It’s fitting then that Erik’s here in the capacity he is.
“What’s broken this time?” he asks, and Charles averts his gaze.
“The sink in the kitchen isn’t working.”
That’s the second time this month, and Erik frowns, but decides not to say anything. Charles seems to be waiting for something, perhaps admonishment, but Erik’s not here to give that. This is a part time job for him, a handyman for the building, and it gives him a steep discount on rent.
Charles is the one who eventually breaks the awkward silence. “Uh, well, to the kitchen then.”
What do you expect: “it’s gonna be a wonderful story of original turning points, romantic but not too much, full of action and smut, and nice gay couples who get trough problems thanks to their powerful love, they’re gonna meet on the Moon, have their first kiss on Tour Eiffel, adopt twelve children, live in Disney castle and blablabla *insert extraordinary projects*“
How it actually is: They fuck a lot and then somebody dies. The End.
tirsynni said: Charles very calm about being sick on the epic roadtrip and Erik freaking out over every sneeze and cough. :D
[this turned into a 10 page fucking behemoth so~~ thanks again for the prompt!]
Erik first noticed something was off when Charles was five minutes late coming down to breakfast. They’d agreed to meet at the diner across the street from their motel at eight-thirty, giving Erik a chance to shower after his habitual morning run and Charles a chance to go over the list of mutants from the Cerebro print-out before presenting his game plan to Erik. It was a routine they’d easily fallen into during the first few days of their trip and now, almost three weeks in, it made Erik more anxious than he would like to admit to find a sudden hitch.
He checked his watch for the third time in as many minutes, clenching his jaw tight as he wondered whether or not he should abandon his seat and go knock on Charles’ door to make sure he hadn’t overslept. But just then, he felt the metal frame of the door move as it was pushed open and the bell above it jangled and there, standing in the doorway, smiling apologetically at Erik was Charles. As he skirted around the other tables with less of his boundless morning energy than usual, Erik noticed the uncharacteristic dark circles underneath Charles eyes like bruises and some of the tension that had begun to ease from his shoulders with Charles’ arrival returned.
“Sorry I’m late,” Charles said, his voice more scratchy with sleep than normal. “Didn’t sleep very well last night and it took me a bit longer to sort through the data with a fuzzy head.”