by Meredith Bronwen Mallory (garnettrees)
Disclaimer: X-Men, all associated characters and imagery are all property of Marvel Comics. I make no money by writing this, and intend no disrespect.
Trigger Warnings: Captivity, dub-con, obsession, depictions of battle (mostly with fantasy elements), unauthorized medical procedures (non-graphic)
Additional Warnings: author's questionable world building
Summary: "Once, when all the world was green and young, there lived two very different little boys..."
Now these boys have grown, thrust onto a political battlefield filled with long-held grudges and secret motives. Charles has spent the majority of his adult life studying and teaching the finer points of spell casting.
Erik... Erik fights for what is his.
A/N: First off, I have to thank you guys for your forbearance-- both regarding the errors in the last chapter, and the length of time between posts. RL had my slowly digesting in its dark and sour intestines, but I've effected a (probably temporary ;-0) escape! I owe particular gratitude to JenniferC77, LitGrrl20, and everyone else who pointed out the mistakes last time around. This version has been proofread, I promise. Any remaining errors are solely the fault of the author, who is so anal she can't stop tinkering with things until the very. last. second.
Also, huge, huge thanks go to JKMo-- you gave me some excellent food for thought, and it has made this a better story.
Actually, everyone who's been kind enough to comment has helped immensely. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my story and, if I could trouble you just a bit more to comment, I would… do the crazy Russian dance with Azazel! (*grins at JKMo*) That's what I would do! ^_~
TW: For safety's sake, I have a broad definition of dub-con-- Charles is not in a position to give informed consent about anything right now. He actually hasn't been for a while, as my delightfully perceptive readers have noticed. So, warning for unauthorized soul-bonding, unauthorized medical procedures (past), and the Elves generally being a fucked up lot. Also for Erik being zealous, handsy, and quite prepared to rain fire down on anyone who even looks at Charles the wrong way.
We'll throw in a warning for non-linear narrative, 'cause I'm like that.
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