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Aug. 30th, 2012

levitatethis

Not Set In Stone (Challenge 37 - Future)

Title: Not Set In Stone
Prompt: Challenge 37 - Future
Rated: PG
Word Count: 100
Characters: Erik, Irene (Destiny), implied Erik/Charles
Summary: With regards to the future there's one thing Erik wants to be absolutely sure about.
Warning: Nothing
A/N: And with this I am officially caught up with all the prompts. Whew! It's not only been fun but a much needed kick to my writer's block.



Thirty minutes into their conversation—delving into the precariousness of various futures—and there’s one question left that Erik’s been unsure about asking.

“Will Charles be there, with me?”

“Yes, but that may not mean what you think,” Irene clarifies. “Remember, there are many possibilities. I see him with you but cannot say if he’s by your side or working in opposition—that depends on what you do, what he does.”

“Free will and fate rolled into one,” Erik muses, thoughts drifting to the disturbing notion of Charles as his enemy. That won’t happen, not if he can help it.


Aug. 29th, 2012

levitatethis

An Abstraction (Challenge 36 - Hobbies)

Title: An Abstraction
Prompt: Challenge 36 - Hobbies
Rated: PG
Word Count: 100
Characters: Charles/Erik
Summary: Charles stumbles upon something personal of Erik's
Warning: Nothing



Charles stumbles upon Erik’s portfolio.

Curiosity piqued—

Drawings—Shaw, nameless others—peer back. Charles shuffles the papers, surprised at seeing images of the kids, including a beautiful portrait of Raven in her natural form smiling bright.

There’s also one of him—contemplative with inviting eyes; a small, ghostly smile pressed beneath an inquisitive index finger. This drawing isn’t warm, it’s intimate.

With care he puts the portfolio back. He may not actively read Erik’s mind but this is like peering inside. It’s overwhelming and honest and meant to be private.

He’ll keep this secret until he or Erik breaks first.


Aug. 28th, 2012

levitatethis

Untangled (Challenge 35 - Teamwork)

Title: Untangled
Prompt: Challenge 35 - Teamwork
Rated: PG
Word Count: 100
Characters: Erik/Charles, rest of team
Summary: A team building exercise starts off on the wrong foot but eventually takes a turn for the better -- aka the one where Charles tries for positive reinforcement and Erik learns to put another person's feelings first.
Warning: Nothing



There’s a lot of exasperated grumbling initially but Charles perseveres with encouragement, guiding the kids and Erik to untwist their tangled arms without letting go.

It’s a game he learned at camp and what begins as a mess of people awkwardly crawling around each other becomes clearer as they slowly (laughingly) uncurl into one large, solid circle.

“Fantastic,” Charles declares. “When we work together towards a common goal we can overcome many obstacles.”

“I’m sure Shaw will be shaking in his boots,” Erik deadpans.

Disappointment must show on Charles’ face because Erik suddenly looks apologetic, offering up, “It’s a start.”


Aug. 27th, 2012

levitatethis

Lost Cause (Challenge 34 - Denial)

Title: Lost Cause
Prompt: Challenge 35 - Denial
Rated: PG
Word Count: 100
Characters: Erik/Charles
Summary: Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to do.
Warning: Nothing
A/N:  This is an AU (think Atonement-type verse).


Charles times his walk to breakfast to “accidentally” bump into Erik despite the awkwardness of the last year.

They’d been friends (surprisingly) since the Lehnsherrs started working at the Xavier estate but something’s changed recently.

Today he intends to pull Erik back into the close fold no one else ever breached.

All it would take is one word, one smile, but self doubt trips Charles’ tongue. Fearing rejection and being laughed at by the one person who has come to matter so much, he ends up brushing by Erik with barely a glance.

Some days Charles hates himself the most.


Aug. 24th, 2012

levitatethis

Something To Talk About (Challenge 33 - Ceremony)

Title: Something To Talk About
Prompt: Challenge 33 - Ceremony
Rated: PG
Word Count: 100
Characters: Erik/Charles (as Magneto/Professor X), third party pov
Summary: A gossip columnist reports on one of the biggest events of the year and a potential hook-up that will have everyone talking.
Warning: Nothing



“…for those curious gawkers I can tell you that the world’s foremost leaders in mutant rights – Professor Charles Xavier and the mysterious Magneto – were amongst the invitees and had tongues wagging over a potential verbal throw down at some point.

Instead they worked opposite sides of the room but I heard that at some point they both disappeared. When they rejoined the party not only did Magneto stay close by Xavier’s side but the professor was flushed and smiling.

So the question everyone is asking is, ‘Are those old rumours actually true?’

All I can say is, where there’s smoke…”


Aug. 23rd, 2012

levitatethis

Twice Removed (Challenge 32 - Power)

Title: Twice Removed
Prompt: Challenge 32 - Power
Rated: PG
Word Count: 100
Characters: Moira, Charles, Erik
Summary: Moira is constantly fighting an uphill battle to prove herself. She hates it.
Warning: Nothing


Moira always seems to be on the outside.

The CIA boys club sees her as a nuisance with nice legs and she’s too human to truly grasp the growing mutant awakening Charles and Erik are leading.

Frustration comes in knowing she’s damn good at her job. She also knows she could contribute something good with the mutant team. Although Charles seems welcoming, Lehnsherr regards her as a threat to mutant safety (grudgingly putting up with her for Charles’ sake).

She’s capable of so much more than the box she’s been placed in—if only she can find the way out.


Aug. 22nd, 2012

levitatethis

Half Empty, Half Full (Challenge 31 - Technology)

Title: Half Empty, Half Full
Prompt: Challenge 31 - Technology
Rated: PG
Word Count: 100
Characters: Erik/Charles
Summary: Erik is not amused when their rental car breaks down again. Charles takes a different view.
Warning: Nothing
A/N: Bad German is the fault of me and me alone...and Google.


Their rental car breaks down again.

Charles’ irritation at their setback is tempered by how oddly endearing he finds Erik at his wits end, slamming the hood down angrily.

“Verdammt auto!”

Charles emits calm. “With practice I bet you would be able to float this sorry excuse for an automobile.”

Erik rolls his eyes. “What a wonderfully pedestrian use of my mutation.” Tapping fingers to his temple he continues, “You could help with a call for assistance.”

“Or we could take a walk.” Charles tugs Erik’s coat sleeve. “Fresh air, good company…”

He smiles when he hears Erik eventually follow.






Aug. 21st, 2012

levitatethis

Unrestrained (Challenge 30 - Levity)

Title: Unrestrained
Prompt: Challenge 30 - Levity
Rated: PG
Word Count: 100
Characters: Charles/Erik, Moira, Raven, Sean (implied others)
Summary: In troubling times a bit of fun goes a long way.
Warning: Nothing


Music blaring; Charles laughs, spinning Moira around the makeshift dance floor, narrowly missing Sean doing a stationary shuffle.

The impromptu party was Raven’s idea after weeks of intense training and stress over the dark political situation. Initially Charles wasn’t sure (and Erik’s flat expression didn’t help) but the kids insistence set the wheels in motion.

Over Moira’s shoulder he catches Erik’s eye. Flushed and grinning, Charles calls out but Erik raises his drink as a polite brush off. Not one for rejection, Charles says, “You don’t know what you’re missing!”

Erik’s eyes sparkle as he replies, “I prefer the view.”


Aug. 20th, 2012

levitatethis

A History of the World (Challenge 29 - Post-Canon)

Title: A History of the World
Prompt: Challenge 29 - Post-Canon
Rated: PG
Word Count: 100
Characters: Erik/Charles
Summary: Beginnings are arbitrary. In retrospect they can be attributed to any specific moment in time depending on context. Erik and Charles begin where others assume an ending: Post-Cuba.
Warning: Nothing


~Prologue~

The war came but not the one they were expecting.

Three years in and it was still mutant versus mutant. Humans remained a distant threat, a future hurdle or obstacle to eventually be broached.

Just not today.

Nothing like the first time after the beach when raw emotions ate at every hurt in every breath; better than the fifth time when bitter sarcasm was sorrowful, now there was playfulness in the banter, their eyes dancing to a familiar, welcoming tune.

The helmet gleamed and the wheelchair cut strong lines and they knew it had all been leading to now.



Aug. 17th, 2012

levitatethis

A Shot In The Dark (Challenge 28 - AU)

Title: A Shot In The Dark
Prompt: Challenge 28 - AU
Rated: PG
Word Count: 100
Characters: Erik/Charles
Summary: Erik is a hitman hired to carry out a straightforward job. At least that's what he thinks.
Warning: Nothing



He’s memorized the file.

The pertinent information: Charles Francis Xavier, witness.

Simple job.

At the second floor landing he’s suddenly paralyzed as a gun muzzle is pressed to the back of his head. Xavier steps from behind and deftly confiscates Erik’s weapon.

“It’s lovely to finally meet you, Mr. Lehnsherr. Cat caught your tongue?” Xavier smirks at Erik’s silence.

Erik scowls, Xavier laughs.

“I’m going to release you. Please don’t try anything funny. My place is on the top floor.”

Able to move again Erik stands tall.

Xavier leans in. “You and I have so much to talk about. Tea?”



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