X-Men: First Class
♥♥ Nine Eleven Ten by Subtilior WiP
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, Dystopia Beauty & the Beast AU, powers, dark epic, violence, dubcon, noncon, kidnapping, imprisonment. Years later, Charles would remember that day. Sometimes he would wonder if he could have changed anything; other times he would despair over what he had since become. But he would always hold the image in his mind: Raven, laughing, and his thoughts flying alongside her on strong wings, silver-gold through the winter air. Once upon a time.
Notes: I would seriously rec the shit out of across all rainbows and all unicorns except it's the opposite of fluff and happiness. Major triggers for violence, torture, noncon and dubcon. The noncon is non-penetrative (as of yet) but that doesn't make it any less horrifying. But I'm a sucker for world building and holy shit Subtilior did all that and more. The depth she goes into envisioning telepathy is nothing short of amazing. This is how I imagine Beauty & the Beast would've really gone down if there were powers and wars and crazy cray cray everywhere.
♥ The changeling; or, The biography of Charles Xavier by aesc WiP
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, Jane Eyre AU, powers, steampunk. In 1834, the changeling Charles Xavier, friendless and dispossessed of his fortune, arrives at Ironhill Hall to tutor the two young children of the mysterious, cranky Mr. Lehnsherr. Or, the one where XMFC meets Jane Eyre meets steampunk.
Notes: Read above.
Protégé by FicByFaith
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, one-sided Alex/Charles, pining, hurt/comfort, angsty. The first time it happens is out of bare necessity, nothing more. He's been back at the mansion for weeks and Charles still hasn’t come close to getting used to his legs. Or should he say the lack thereof. He’s been working with his own mind, trying to train himself the way he’d trained the children, make it so that he can live his life on his own terms again but it’s a slow process. An uphill battle with lead weights strapped to the limbs that work, dead, empty air engulfing the ones that don’t.
Notes: the voices aren't quite right for me but the feelings! The feelings are strong with this one. It's lovely.
♥ MCIS: First Case by Pookaseraph
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, NCIS fusion, kidnapping, powers. Erik Lehnsherr considers himself a great MCIS agent, and he puts up with a lot from his boss - Moira MacTaggart - in the name of solving crimes against mutants, but he's not so sure about this new empath, Charles Xavier. Their first case together will test Erik's patience, but doubtless be the beginning of a brilliant friendship.
Notes: Great world-building and characterization. Amazing idea and well thought out. There's suspense, there's slow build-up (YES), there's everyone you love and everyone you hate and all this great stuff in between. What's great is that this piece is finished but the author plans on writing more. I AM FULL OF SUPPORT FOR THIS.
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, Inception AU, no powers, violence, death, angst, epic. Erik is an extractor, Alex is his point man. They're assembling a team to go after the most dangerous mind in dreamsharing: Sebastian Shaw. But unless Alex and the team can keep him in check, Erik's desire for vengeance might just rip the whole job apart around them -- and then there's the shade that haunts his dreams...
Notes: Be ready for intense feelings. Holy shit, the feelings. Great world-building and characterization and intense build-up and twists and ideas and...! While I note 'no powers,' the author does a great job fusing their canonical powers into dream skills/assets. Go forth. READ.
Nerves series by
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, abusive childhood, mentions of non-con of a minor. Based on a prompt from the kink meme: Charles had an abusive childhood (like in the comics, but worse) and when he finally got away, he repressed everything behind mental walls, to the point he doesn't really remember anything about it. After the events of the movie, his mental state deteriorates, and those walls come down.
Notes: There's something quiet about this. I'm reading it in soft tones, almost a whisper and there's an eerie quality that resonates extremely well with the subject matter.
Linger by waldorph
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, pining, non-con body modification. Erik had been warned, to be fair. The realtor was very explicit that the last seventeen tenants had run from the premises screaming about the Exorcist or The Ring or some other terrible horror show.
The Eldest of the Gods by
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, historical AU, no powers. It's 1928, and sixteen-year-old Charles Xavier is intrigued by the new boy joining him at Eton College. He's thrilled to realize that they may be alike in more ways than one, but there's more standing between them than he can possibly guess.
♥ If I let you catch me by Lunik
Synopsis: implied Thor/Loki, UST. So it goes like this -- Loki angers the gods, and then he runs. There is only one man in all the realms who can catch him with the wind at his heels. Naturally, he and Thor are the best of friends.
Notes: So fucking beautiful. I don't know the past the rough basics of Norse mythology and even then... very little. This felt... parts of it were lyrical and parts of it were abso-fucking-lutely brutal.
♥ Meet me inside by wakeneve
Synopsis: John/Sherlock, prison AU, violence, hurt/comfort. John and Sherlock meet in prison. John becomes Sherlock's prison-wife.
Notes: Bear with me! This sounds terrible (like Underground Hotel, agh) but it's not like that. There's no non-con. There is dubiously dubcon. It's... almost contractual sex. The why's of their sentence is part tv-canon and part-genius. The characterization is so spot-on... I need more of this in my life. Ungf.
♥ How Not to Fly series by toomuchplor
Synopsis: Rodney/John, kid-fic, angst, fluff, minor character death.
Death and life, hope and hopelessness, aren't just for the Pegasus galaxy. Eventually, inevitably, it's going to happen on Earth. John and Rodney, loss and family and what it means to be home.
Notes: No m-preg and "Death of a minor canon character in a way integral to the plot; deals with bereavement and loss suffered by a major character. No major characters die in this story, however." This is a great story about loss and children and family and moving forward and everything amazing in life. Grab a tissue and be ready to cry both sad and happy tears.
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