Can you rec the 10 must read Erik/Charles fics? either canon or AU is fine, but pls no top!Charles included!
Oooh nooooo this is so hard for me, but I will do my best. To clarify, these are my must reads, and I’m a hopeless romantic who lives for pining and happy endings, so please keep that in mind!
(In no particular order…)
Our House, In The Middle Of Our Street by Clocks (E, 50k)
Charles is a social worker who fosters troubled kids, and one day he meets Erik, an ex-convict, who reluctantly agrees to stay for only a while, but ends up staying for good and helping Charles to raise the kids. Awkward parenting ensues.
Ending’s Comment: Funny, cute, a bit heart-wrenching, plus sexy handyman Erik. This is a great romantic comedy that I’ve gone back to a few times. I especially love Erik’s relationship with the kids.
Anarchy In The U.K. by Yahtzee (E, 160k)
“Good God, Erik thought. The Prince of Wales is gay.”
Charles lives in the unceasing glare of the public spotlight, yet keeps his sexual orientation a closely held secret, afraid he could lose his throne and force his deeply troubled younger sister into a role that would crush her. Erik, journalist and world traveler, has been a loner most of his life; he has little patience for closet cases. But a chance meeting in Kenya brings these two opposites together and sets in motion a love affair that will challenge the British monarchy – and their most deeply held beliefs about who they are, and who they should be.
Ending’s Comment: This is my go-to Cherik fic to reread even though it’s massively long - it never feels like it’s long enough. Spot-on characterization, amazingly detailed, and so realistic that I’m always a little confused when I realize that Charles is not in fact the Prince of Wales. Also great fleshing out of side characters.
The Better Men by TurtleTotem (T, 70k)
“I do believe the two of you were in the same year as boys, were you not?” Headmaster Shaw said. “Charles is the most competent deputy any headmaster could ask for, Erik, and he’s been doing this for years…” He trailed off, as if finally noticing something odd in the way his Potions and Divination masters were staring at each other.
“Of course,” Charles said quickly, his voice only a little hoarse, and stuck out his hand. “Welcome back to Hogwarts, Erik.”
Ending’s Comment: While I’ve only ever been a casual Harry Potter fan, this fic was a dream come true. I love the ex-boyfriend trope when it’s done well, plus this had a great amount of intrigue to go with the painful longing I so adore.
Curve Fitting by kianspo (M, 24k)
The weird thing is, Charles always introduces Raven as his sister, but he never calls Erik his brother. Erik would be bothered, except he prefers not to think of Charles as his brother, either. He can’t figure it out for four years, and then suddenly he can. Or. A non-powered AU in which Sharon Xavier never remarries, and Charles ‘adopts’ not only Raven, but Erik too.
Ending’s Comment: This fic makes my heart hurt every time I read it, but it’s the best kind of hurt, so I keep going back to it! This is the kind of pining I live for. Narrator Erik is at once utterly funny and completely sad.
White Nights by spicedpiano, tahariel (E, 194k)
Duke Erik Lehnsherr of Ironhold needs an omega to carry on his line, and Earl Charles Xavier of Westchester needs an alpha to give him the political leverage he needs in order to make his sister Queen. An arranged marriage brings them together, but Erik’s lust for war and Charles’ hidden agenda threaten to tear them apart. In the frozen Northlands of Ironhold life is hard and cold, and both Charles and Erik must give up their pretense and see each other as they really are: perfect for each other, if only they’ll acknowledge it.
Ending’s Comment: So before I joined the Cherik fandom, I didn’t really like omegaverse, but this fic is perfect and completely opened my eyes. Arranged marriage, pining, political intrigue, and badass Charles? Hot damn, it’s everything I’ve ever wanted.
Space Jam by Pangea (E, 57k)
Prince Charles Xavier is Deputy Commander of the TEF Heartsteel and the newest mission they’ve been assigned starts out less than desirable and quickly goes downhill from there. It’s alright, though, he’ll cope.It doesn’t help, though, that he’s in unrequited love with his best friend and Commander of the Heartsteel, War-Prince Erik Lehnsherr.
Ending’s Comment: At once hilarious and totally heartfelt, this fic was one of the very first Cherik fics I ever read. I love this Charles, and I love their oblivious pining and SPACE! Also, bonus Deadpool.
X Marks the Spot by thehoyden (E, 20k)
The year is 1962, and Charles Xavier is a professor of archaeology who knows how his students feel, whether he wants to or not. He spends his spare time researching a mythical artifact, but he knows better than anyone that X never, ever marks the spot.
Ending’s Comment: A bit of a whirlwind Indiana Jones-like adventure complete with intrigue and hot sex. What’s not to like?
Impulse Decisions by listerinezero (E, 41k)
Erik wakes up in Las Vegas with a hell of a hangover, a telepath in his bed, and a ring on his finger. Now what?
Ending’s Comment: Two words: FAKE MARRIED. I love watching them pine away.
Replay by Unforgotten (M, 13k)
After Magneto of an X2-ish future succeeds in the unthinkable, Charles sends his consciousness back to 1962 to guide Erik away from the path that will lead to the genocide of the human race forty years hence.Charles knows that Erik has always loved him, and intends to use this knowledge + sex to seduce Erik away from his ideals in his youth.There’s no way this well-thought-out, sensible, debugged and 100% bulletproof plan can possibly go wrong.
Ending’s Comment: The time-travel fix-it of my dreams. It’s laugh out loud funny while also pulling the heartstrings. Both Charles and Erik are super endearing in this one.
A Curious Carriage of Crystal and Cold by Etharei (E, 114k)
Charles, a miner from a poor village in the countryside, saves the life of Erik Lehnsherr, scion of a successful business family and the richest man on the planet Eisen. Charles is a telepath and somewhat anxious about it, while Erik abstains from relationships because the lights flicker and doors open and electronics vibrate when he gets too excited. Also featuring a long-suffering sister, a foul-mouthed bodyguard, and a best friend with a heart that is definitely not gold.
Ending’s Comment: Unbelievably good world-building, an intriguing plot, and Erik unable to have sex without breaking stuff. Bless. Also space! Space is awesome!
Ok, so I got this far and then I realized… there are still at least 10 more I’d like to rec, and most of them are “less known” fics which I don’t see as often on rec lists, so I will be back with a part 2 with some slightly more rare fics!
(Also, check out my bookmarks on AO3!)