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Title: A Bit of Fun 1/4
Fandom: XMFC
Pairing: Charles/Erik, side Hank/Raven
Rating: PG-13 (for kissing, language, some violence)
Length: 1,875 words (this part) / ~8,800 (total)
Prompt: http://1stclass-kink.livejournal.com/7761.html?thread=15005265#t15005265
Summary: Charles is Erik's forever - the man he wants to spend the rest of his life with and can't imagine his future without. So why is he saying that Charles is nothing more that his temporary bit of fun? (Hint: Modern!AU with Mutant!Erik and Human!Charles.)

"You're not wearing your watch," Erik murmurs softly into Charles's ear as the other man puts on his cufflinks.

Charles tilts his head up to smile at him, catching his lips in a soft, sweet kiss.

"Raven said Emma's parties get wild, and I don't want to risk something happening to it," he whispers against Erik's lips. "I wouldn't go without it otherwise."

Erik nods his understanding, leaning down for another quick peck before he steps back. If he doesn't put some distance between them, they are going to be very late - if they even make the party at all. Charles drives him insane with want, with something more than want, and sometimes Erik wonders how he ever got along without him.

*****
One hour later…

"What's your power?" Alex asks Charles, the second general introductions are over, and Erik cannot help his wince at the question. "Do you, like, read minds or something? I think Emma wants another telepath around."

"Oh. Um, I don't have a power," Charles responds, shooting a quick glance at Erik. Erik avoids those blue eyes, staying silent.

"Don't be modest, dude!" Sean butts in. "Hmm... do you bend time? Transform into animals? I know putting up with Erik has to be a power of its own, but what's your secondary mutation?"

Raven strides up to where the four of them are standing, glaring at Erik before slipping a smile onto her face and an arm around her brother's shoulders.

"Charles is super-optimistic, and he can lecture on about genetics for hours," she says, and Charles beams at her. Fuck, why didn't Erik just say something? Diffuse the situation somehow? He shouldn't need his boyfriend's sister to come to the rescue.

"Thanks, Raven," Charles huffs, flushing just a bit. "Um...where's Emma? We've been here for ten minutes now, and I haven't seen the birthday girl yet. I would like to say hello and happy birthday, at least."

"Emma is in the kitchen, ordering the caterers about," Raven laughs a bit, shaking her head and letting her hair ripple all different colors. Charles reaches up with a smile at a rainbow colored section.

"You're control is improving," he compliments. "But to be honest, I prefer your natural color. Very striking."

Raven just slaps at his hand with a smile and pushes him off towards the kitchen and Emma.

"You aren't coming, Erik?" his boyfriend asks, a little frown creasing the skin between his eyes. Erik wants to reach forward to smooth it, but... but the others are watching.

"Go ahead, Charles. I will wish her happy birthday when she comes out to greet her guests like the civilized person she likes to pretend she is," Erik replies, and Charles just shakes his head in response before departing.

Then Hank walks through the door, and Raven is off like a shot - practically teleporting to his side. (If Erik didn't know better, he would think Azazel helped her.) He smirks a bit at the thought, before realizing that Raven's departure has left him alone with Alex and Sean.

"Seriously, man? Seriously?" Sean asks, raising his eyebrows in mock disapproval. "What about that whole - 'humans are inferior scum; they will fear us and hate us' thing you've had going... oh, as long as we've known you? You're dating a normal?"

Erik knows that Sean does not share his ideologies (five of his seven siblings are normals, as are his parents - a very tolerant family on the whole), but the younger man would not miss an opportunity to mock or embarass Erik. Even though he has no room to talk - he brought Moira McTaggert as his date to Alex's birthday party last month.

"Oh, shove off Sean," Alex replies with a smirk. "Erik must just loooooooove Charles so much that his inferiority doesn't matter."

"That, or Raven's brother is just really good in bed," Sean continues, punching Erik playfully in the arm.

"Well, that is the only thing he is good for," he says scathingly - and even as the words come out of his mouth he feels awful, because it is the farthest thing from the truth.

He loves Charles. Compassionate Charles, who embraced Raven's mutation and convinced his parents to adopt a little blue girl. Brilliant Charles, who has a PhD from Oxford and teaches genetics and thinks Erik's mutation is the 'grooviest' thing in the world. Funny Charles, who can make Erik smile even when he's brooding, who sings in the shower and puts Mickey Mouse ears on the chocolate chip pancakes he makes Erik on the mornings after particularly good nights.

But that sinking feeling of guilt in the pit of his stomach doesn't stop him from continuing to run his mouth.

"I wasn't even planning on bringing him here today, but we ran into Emma last night and she put me on the spot. Knew it would embarrass me to have to bring my little bit of normal fun to a party with all our friends. Really, if his mouth wasn't so good at relieving my stress, I would have found a new distraction a long time ago," Erik finishes, and Alex and Sean are looking at him like he's a monster.

Good, maybe that will stop them from mocking him in the future.

"That... that was harsh, man," Sean says faintly, as if he is not sure whether that is the right response, but he needs to say something.

Alex just shakes his head in disgust, and pulls his friend away. Erik is left alone in the middle of the room for a moment, before he pulls himself together enough to go stand with Azazel and Janos.

Hopefully they won't ask about Charles.

*****

Ten minutes later...

"Raven," Azazel greets the shape-shifter with an almost-smile over Erik's shoulder, and Erik turns to ask whether she has seen Charles - really, Emma should at least try not to hog all his boyfriend's time.

He is met with a fist to the face, and the ground rises up to meet him before he can even blink.

"What the fuck?" he growls at the floor, trying to shake off the dizziness while he works his jaw to make sure it isn't broken.

"You better stay down, Lehnsherr," Raven growls right back. "Just your bit of 'normal fun'? A 'distraction'? Is that all my brother is to you? A nice stress reliever because he's good in bed? Why... why the fuck did you have to embarrass him like that in public? Not only do you fucking use him, but you make sure that all our friends need to know it? Why would you... how could you... I trusted you with him, you asshole. I told you... I told you... I have half a mind to get a piece a fucking glass and use it to cut your dick off."

Erik stumbles to his feet, trying to make sense of the situation. How did Raven...?

"What, did Sean and Alex go tattle and take my words out of context?" he smirks, trying to buy himself some time to regain his equilibrium.

"I don't think there is any context that could make your words any less hurtful," Raven spat, and by this point Hank was at her side, frowning at Erik in disapproval. "And no - Sean and Alex didn't tell me. Charles heard you."

The bottom drops out of Erik's world, and he thinks he is going to throw up, and he wishes he can turn back time and every other fucking cliché he can think of. He thinks Raven should probably hit him again - he deserves far more.

"Charles... Charles heard?" he asks, somehow getting the words through the lump in his throat.

There are tears in Raven's eyes at this point, but she doesn't let them fall.

"You stay the fuck away from my brother, Lehnsherr. Or I really will find a piece of glass," she threatens, and then she turns and storms off with Hank trailing in her wake.

"What are you looking at?" Erik spits out, glaring at everyone still staring at him. People quickly look away as metal starts to heat up and twist and...

"You dallied with Raven's brother?" Azazel asks. "That was not top form."

Erik just swallows, unable to come up with a suitable response.

"Charles didn't deserve that," Janos says quietly, and it might as well be a punch from the normally silent man.

Erik doesn't have any response. Because they are only speaking the truth. Or at least, the truth as Erik portrayed it. Because Charles is the furthest thing from a fucking 'dalliance' that Erik has ever had, and of course he didn't deserve Erik's stupid, maliciously hurtful words - even if he never intended Charles to hear them. Because he did, and Erik doesn't have the power to turn back time and unsay them, or to slip into everyone's minds and make them forget that he was ever so stupid.

Because Charles isn't a dalliance. He isn't a bit of fun, or a distraction, or...

Charles is the man that Erik wants to spend the rest of his life with. The man that he wants to wake up to every morning, and go to bed with every night. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, and all that fucking rubbish that he didn't believe in - for that twenty or so year period between when his father had his mother killed for insurance money and when Charles walked into his life.

"You should have said that instead. It would have silenced Alex and Sean far more effectively than your mockery of masculine pride," Emma tells him snidely, striding over to him from the open kitchen door. "You also wouldn't have caused a scene at my birthday party - or maybe you would have. Charles probably would have thrown his arms around you and agreed to marry you if he had heard you say that, but at least it would have been a positive scene."

Erik just swallows, looking at her with wide eyes and wondering just how much she has gleaned from his mind.

"Enough," she replies, looking at him like he is scum on her boots. "I like Charles. He really is as stupidly good as he appears. And for some unfathomable reason, he loved you."

Erik winces at the past tense, wondering what Emma would do if he threw up on her thigh-high white boots. In response, she just glares harder - and then she projects what Charles was feeling as he said his hurried goodbyes to her and tried to escape with some of his dignity intact.

The wave of painhurtshamelovehurtconfusionpainangersorrowlovehurt hits him like an avalanche, and Erik stumbles back a bit under the weight of that emotion.

Charles.

"But he is a normal, after all," Emma says spitefully. "Maybe he deserved to have his heart smashed to pieces for daring to love the great Erik Lehnsherr."

Erik doesn't respond, just pushes by her on his way to the door.

He can't think of a single way to fix this - and he's not even sure he deserves to.

Next part: A Bit of Fun 2/4 )






Date: 2011-09-21 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] synecdoche-and.livejournal.com
I'm a sucker for these kind of hurty stories, this is just my favourit kind of drama :D Can't wait to read more <3

Date: 2011-09-21 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting - I'm glad you like it so far. More will be up soon.

Date: 2011-09-21 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lygtemanden.livejournal.com
God, please more! I'm walking in circles round myself because I must know what happens next ;-)

Thank you for sharing this!

Date: 2011-09-21 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading and commenting! I should have more up soon.

Date: 2011-09-21 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] creeperlove.livejournal.com
OH SWEET HEAVENS! I need to know what happens next! my poor heart is BREAKING! I Love this so far!!

Date: 2011-09-21 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting - I'm glad you like it. I will update soon.

Date: 2011-09-21 07:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] avictoriangirl
Oh, Erik. How could you?! *pets Charles* Hopefully there will be crawling begging-for-forgivess!Erik coming soon? ;)

Date: 2011-09-21 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Erik didn't listen to his conscience, so he got himself in a lot of trouble. And Charles thanks you for the pets, lol.

Thanks for reading. I have the next part written (I just need to edit it), so the groveling!Erik is on its way, lol.

Date: 2011-09-22 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunday-luncheon.livejournal.com
This broke my heart! *cuddles Charles* I love hurt/comfort fics, I do, but enough hurt, I'm ready for the comforting part now. *sniff* Though he made a really bad decision and said some awful things, I really liked your Erik. His horror at what he'd down, the sweet mushy declaration of love that only Emma heard, OH! Even though my sympathies went to Charles first, I really felt like poor Erik deserved a cuddle right then. Looking forward to more of this!

Date: 2011-09-24 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting. I'm glad you're enjoying it so far. Part 2 is now up.

PS - I think you're one of the few readers who sympathized with Erik at all. Nice to see a different perspective.

Date: 2011-09-23 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tea-and-trifles.livejournal.com
I am charmed by this. It's sweet and heart-breaking, two things I love. And there will be four parts! Can't wait!

Date: 2011-09-24 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I just posted Part 2.

Date: 2011-09-23 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ariadnechan.livejournal.com
poor Charles!!
Erik you are a stupid bastard!
and now Charles will develop his mutation for this only!

i'm happy to read some xmen of you

Date: 2011-09-24 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting. It is good to hear from you!

Part 2 is now up.

Date: 2011-09-26 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comp-lady.livejournal.com
Read this on the kink meme and I love it!

As much as I want to (also) punch Erik in the face for what he said I also kinda want to punch Alex and (to slightly lesser extent) Sean in the face because of the mocking? Maybe I'm just weird but I don't understand mocking Erik for that and then being surprised when he lashes out. Standing there and going "Dude, human? Really? What brought on this?" I can understand, that's what my friends would probably do, but we'd leave it at that and then go about the party.

At any rate this is fantastic and heavens knows that Erik deserves the clamoring he has to do to win back Charles' affections.

Date: 2011-09-27 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting.

Sean and Alex are still pretty young and immature, and they wanted to mock Erik for his change in opinion - they couldn't just let it go. Unfortunately, Erik reacted pretty badly...

Date: 2011-09-27 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comp-lady.livejournal.com
Stupid decisions made all around. Erik though, he shoved his foot so far down his throat he was crapping out his shoe.

Date: 2011-09-27 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yenny2206.livejournal.com
I'm such a sucker for these kind of stories. Oh poor Charles. I love how fiercied Raven was in defending her brother. And all of Erik friends letting him what he did was bad.

So freaking good!

Date: 2011-09-28 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting!

Date: 2011-09-28 05:57 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] gwendolynflight.livejournal.com
Ooh, that was like a punch to the gut. Poor Charles! Great beginning!

Date: 2011-09-28 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting. Glad you like it so far!

Date: 2011-12-07 04:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stargazer-abeo.livejournal.com
Gah, no - Charles, my poor Charles!

I loved the movie, and love your writing, and love that you are writing in another fandom that I favorite!

Eric, you idiot, you better fix this!

I haven't read normal!Charles, ever, so this is new and interesting. :)

Date: 2011-12-11 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mslanna.livejournal.com
Okay, I need to be back for the rest of this. Idiot!Erik can be such fun. *snigger* And he's an especially stupid idiot right here.
Well done. :D

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