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: Serial Killer!AU (further details within)
Summary: Charles Xavier has survived abuse, the murder of his parents, and the car-cash that almost cost the lives of both himself and his cousin, Tony Stark. Now almost eighteen, Charles is distinguishing himself in the Behavioral Psychology department at MIT, determined to make his name into a symbol of what he is and what he knows, not merely of what's happened to him. His world has entered a predictable pattern, until a prison break and childhood promise converge to remind him that no man may dictate his own future, and the seeds that persist most strongly often start out slow.
This story is dedicated to Carly, who suggested The Kill's "Future Starts Slow" in relation to The Singer, Not The Song. It was perfect, but it also inspired this story, too.
[ The Future Starts Slow 2/? @ AO3 ]