- jouissance – by hauntologie – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
When the gun touched against Erik’s forehead, Charles felt his mind flare, sharp and hot like the metal was conducting electricity, passing sensation from Erik’s brain into Charles’s. He knew it was nothing of the sort, knew that his powers didn’t work that way, but the intensity of it nearly floored him. It felt like an endless now, perfect, self-contained and annihilating…
- sophia_sol: Ficlet: A Physics Carol:
Schrodinger’s cat was dead, to begin with.
- jedusaur: Why porn is simultaneously the entire point of fandom and not the point of fandom at all:
I’d like you to think back to college, if you’ve been there, and consider these questions: How many times did you see a flyer or e-mail announcement about some talk or extracurricular seminar that sounded nifty, and then miss it because you just didn’t feel like putting on shoes and walking over to the auditorium? And how many times did you see a flyer or e-mail announcement about some talk or extracurricular seminar that sounded nifty and also promised free pizza, and end up putting on your damn shoes and tromping across campus because dude, free pizza?
Because everybody likes pizza. And even if you knew you’d probably be glad that you went anyway, even if the topic of discussion was something you were interested in and the effort would almost certainly pay off… if there’s pizza, then you know for sure that if you don’t end up enjoying yourself, then at least you still get pizza.
26 Jan: meta
- Cant – by sabinelagrande – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
“Give us a bijou buvare, my love,” Charles says, holding out one of the tumblers from the set he keeps on his credenza; Erik stops, standing in the shadows outside the door, because watching and listening is suddenly more interesting than joining them.
She laughs. “If you’re talking like that, then you’ve had enough,” she says, but she takes it from him, pouring a little liquor into it.
“I have to be so serious all the time,” he complains. “I just want to cackle.”
- astrogirl2: Five Times the Doctor Encountered a Planet Express Employee:
- Sacrament – by Yahtzee – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men – All Media Types, X-Men (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]:
From the author’s summary:
It’s still the early 1960s. Charles grew up devoutly religious, went to seminary and took orders.
And for the few years he’s been a priest, he’s been a good one. He coordinates volunteering and assistance for several charities in New York City, where his parish is, and doesn’t mind the life of poverty he leads …
Then he meets Erik Lehnsherr, the devout Jew and Holocaust survivor who runs that other charity, who is so fiercely protective of his charges that it moves Charles’ heart …
Charles has powers – he just doesn’t know it.
[You might assume this is fetish fuel, but no. It’s a tender, thoughtful story of love and faith. Bittersweet but not tragic. -L]
- James McAvoy with Sloths:
[Aw, cuddly! -L]
19 Jan: none
- After the War, Before the War – by kindkit – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
From one camp to another, that’s liberation. In this camp Erik still has a number, but he’s not tortured. There are no crematoria. He’s called a displaced person, not a filthy Jew.
- harriet_spy: Okay, one *tiny* post-X3 fic:
[Untitled, dated 2006-05-27]
He wakes in the night with the sudden, absolute conviction that he is still on a different train, and has been all this time, his life nothing but a child’s futile dreams of escape and power. He can’t move, but after an agonizingly slow moment, he recognizes the feel of the pillow under his head, the plasticky Amtrak blankets. Charles, he thinks, reaching out automatically, Charles…But there is no answer. The world is silent, and will be from now on.
He opens his eyes, and Pyro is leaning against the door, watching him, passing lights throwing his face in and out of shadow. This is something Erik had always taken care not to let him see.
- alara_r: You know, I just realized something.:
Don’t get me wrong, I still totally love the movie to death. But I just realized that the lack of female characters in X-Men First Class is UTTER BULLSHIT.
See, I was thinking, but there aren’t that many female characters who are of the right age to have joined a team when Xavier and Magneto were in their early 30’s. Mystique and Emma Frost, right? And they’re covered.
Well, bullshit. Firstly, Destiny is Mystique’s age. …
18 Jan: x-men
- thedogstar: Author + Stories:
Part 1 – a list of highly acclaimed authors, all who have written 3+ XMFC fics
Part 2 – If you were only going to read fifteen fics in this fandom, here are the ones you should read…
[Sort of a literary canon. -L]
- more first than sun, more last than star – by Etirabys – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
[Author’s Summary: A war ends, and Queen Raven calls her best knight for one final request. She wants him to bring back her brother, who the Snow Queen took as tribute so many years ago. Getting him back is just half the battle, Erik will find.]
“By one reckoning, I’ve kept him eleventy years,” the Snow Queen says. “And by another I’ve kept him for three. And by another, a thousand. Isn’t that what you say, you humans- that your heart keeps the time. But we have no hearts, Knight.”
“Charles did,” Erik says steadily. A hush falls in the hall, as if he’s said something unimaginably filthy. “Where did you put it?”
The Snow Queen looks at Charles, who rises to his feet as if he’d been prompted. Steady. Graceful. Inhuman.
There is nothing at all in his eyes when he looks at Erik, and replies:
“I tore it out myself.”
[An uncomfortable and haunting fairy tale. Mind the warnings. -L]
- Sitz! – by Unforgotten – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]:
[The Brotherhood decide to turn Erik into a Doberman. This story vaults into awesomesauce when the Scrabble tiles appear. -L]
- kindkit: The Death of Arthur:
This is the first lesson of Moise’s new life: invisibility doesn’t need a mutation. Getting old will do it. Being harmless–neutered, normal, nothing–will do it.
Of all the dead people he’s been, Magneto is the deadest of all.
- We Discovered The Clitoris In 2009? Heyyy, Wait A Minute… | The Mary Sue:
16 Jan: none
- Michael Fassbender: Slipping quietly into global stardom – Films – ShortList Magazine:
At this point — just so we’re 100 per cent clear — it’s pertinent to mention that there’s nothing untoward going on. When we started the interview, Fassbender was in his chair, in a conventional sitting position. Then, with no warning, he slowly moved forward and slid on to the floor. But instead of repositioning himself on the couch, he’s still happily kneeling on the carpet and talking enthusiastically…
16 Jan: none
- The Emperor’s Man – by Philomytha – fandom Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]:
“How can you even… oh, I don’t care. If you can make it stop… I Request and Require you to make it quiet here, Miles,” Gregor finished. “Please,” he added.
“Yes, Sire,” Miles said, beginning to bubble over with excitement. “I won’t fail you, Sire.”
He dashed out of the bedroom. Lord Vorthalia the Bold had travelled day and night across Barrayar, fighting bandits and monsters, to find a rare medicine to cure his Emperor from a deadly sickness. Miles had loved that episode. And now it was his turn to save the Emperor.
- Late Night Conversation [X-men fic by listerinezero, on AO3]:
Author’s Summary: Marie runs into Professor Lehnsherr in the kitchen one night during her first week as a student at the Xavier Institute.
[Plot-free snippet. Nothing hurts. -L]
- baker street tinies « Antemortem Arts | Fine Art & Custom Paintings:
S is for Sherlock who died of ennui.
- Wear Sunlight – by Etirabys – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Being Charles’ dirty little secret definitely had its perks.
[Erik gave up on the mutant rights movement and now lives in a villa in France as Charles’s kept man. Charles is a super-hot dominant bottom. (This is not a BDSM AU.) I was skeptical at first–surely the characterization would fail–but am happy to report I was wrong. Also, I love this take on mutant politics. More porn than plot. -L]
- I Ain’t Scared of Lightning – by kaydeefalls – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]:
“I don’t need your help,” Erik said harshly, as though saying it aloud would make it so.
“Perhaps I need yours.” Charles caught Erik’s wrist, his eyes intent on Erik’s. “Shaw has someone very dear to me,” he said in a low tone. “You’re not the only one playing for keeps, Erik.”
[Intriguing, but I want more. -L]
- 72 Hours – by unveiled – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
[Magneto evaluates the school as a possible home for several children. Absolutely do read the sequel, linked at the bottom. -L]
Erik took the ultimatum as well as can be expected: badly. Charles watched the tectonic plates of Erik’s face shifting, rearranging his handsome countenance into the very personification of rage. Spoons rattled against saucers, the fire grate moaned in its hearth. Once upon a time, Charles thought, he would’ve tried to assuage Erik’s anger, persuade Erik to come around to his point of view with carefully-honed words.
Not now, possibly not again for a long time, not since he failed when it mattered most.
- Still Life with Cookies – by stlkrchck – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
[Erik gets stalked by a model who keeps giving him cookies. This story is as sweet and ridiculous as you’d expect. -L]
- ratcreature: a brief intro to swearing in German:
However, please keep in mind that for fiction this can’t replace language betas, and personally I think that in many cases actually the better choice is not to litter your story with foreign language fragments to begin with.
08 Jan: none
- Little Birds – by winterhill – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Charles was delighted to show Erik his nests the following day. It was sickening. Charles the magic dove looked after a colony of sparrows that lived right where the humans could get them; they begged for scraps from humans […]
“So pigeons,” said Darwin. “You’re going to do what, exactly, with the pigeons?”
[Charming. Fable, not crack. -L]
- Charles & Raven’s Drunk Kitchen – by Cesare – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011), My Drunk Kitchen [Archive of Our Own]:
Charles wobbled over to the oven and looked inside. “No pie,” he said sadly.
“That’s my contribution,” Raven said. “I need to sit down.”
“No! Raven, you have to help. I don’t know how to use American stoves anymore. Are the degrees in Fahrenheit?” Charles grabbed her shoulders and looked at her intently. “Are we in Fahrenheit right now?”
“They’re just numbers, Charles!” said Raven. “We’ll just set the oven to the number it says in the recipe.”
“We don’t have a recipe.”
“Oh my God,” said Raven, “we’re going to die.”
- Always Starts the Same, with a Boy and a Girl – by lightgetsin – fandom White Collar [Archive of Our Own]:
Author’s Summary: Summer, 1998. Neal Caffrey robs the gallery where Elizabeth O’Dell is working late, and comes away with a lot more than art. Agent Burke has no idea what’s about to hit him.
Most of the heist wasn’t on film. They clearly knew exactly where the cameras were, which still needed an explanation. There was half an hour of them mingling downstairs; Caffrey’s hand rested low on her back, and they launched a double blue-eyed charm offensive at everyone who came within range. Then Elizabeth excused herself to the ladies’ room, Caffrey went to fetch her a fresh glass of champagne, and they vanished for seventeen-and-a-half minutes, just long enough to get by the motion detectors, the alarms, and the guards.
They met up in a second-floor reception room. Did they not know about that camera, or did they just not care?
- flummery: the making of Handlebars:
…one of the more nerve-wracking things about vidding this was that for once we couldn’t actually do all of our capturing up front: fourth season was airing as we vidded. In fact, the schedule was so tight that we don’t have any clips of the very final episode in there because it aired after our Vividcon deadline. We’ve never vidded a show that live before; usually we have at least a month of completed footage for the season before a deadline, so we can make considered choices. For Handlebars, though, after we clipped through the first two seasons and got caught up to live, every flipping weekend we’d vid for a while, watch the new ep, capture off the new ep, and vid more.
So as we went along, there were spots left empty that we just crossed our fingers and hoped we’d get footage for, and other spots that were solid that we wound up ripping apart because we liked newer footage better. Seriously nerve-wracking – we still had a couple of empty spots going into the deadline weekend, hoping for footage from the penultimate ep while scrambling for emergency backup existing footage just in case.
- squee!Book (beta):
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07 Jan: none
- ristrettoette: The Rest (X-Men: First Class, 1/1):
Erik sleeps on Charles’ sofa, and soon in Charles’ bed. This is what happens when someone saves you from drowning. He hasn’t anywhere to go, any life to return to. “Erik, what on earth did you do before I found you?” Charles says.He finds it difficult to explain, not least of all in a foreign language. He wasn’t Erik. He was an arrow then. […]
He doesn’t speak German anymore, if he can help it. Everything he wants to say, he says in English. He made the decision a long time ago. English is like a second layer of skin, separating him from the force of the words.
- metisket: beautiful ideas:
Author’s Note: So it cracks me up that the entire plot is pretty much Mike Stamford’s fault, and yet he manages to completely dodge the fallout. SIR, I SALUTE YOU.
- see with clear eyes – by stickmarionette – fandom Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]:
Charles was getting very good – it had been the work of a moment to understand Howard’s internal filing system, and then finding what he’d been looking for became a matter of yanking the right strings.
[I want more. -L]
- A Promise – by dairyme – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
She supposed this was a kind of acceptance. But it was a cold, lonely kind, joined to these people by what she was and not, perhaps, by who she was, though it was only now that she was beginning to suspect the two were separate things.
He was never Erik here. Most of the others didn’t know better, but even Angel, who had known him by his proper name, only ever called him Magneto. Raven didn’t call him anything at all.
- A Veritable Menagerie – by lonelywalker – fandom Ladyhawke (1985) [Archive of Our Own]:
Navarre plants a gloved hand across his mouth. “We’ve missed you. Isabeau has been worried.” He hesitates for barely a moment. “I have been worried. So no more, understand? You’ll stay with us, and sleep in a real bed. Now, when did you last eat?”
Many things have changed in the days since sun and moon shone brightly together, and God has not set foot in Aquila for months.
- Replay – by Unforgotten – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]:
Author’s Summary: After Magneto of an X2-ish future succeeds in the unthinkable, Charles sends his consciousness back to 1962 to guide Erik away from the path that will lead to the genocide of the human race forty years hence.
Charles knows that Erik has always loved him, and intends to use this knowledge + sex to seduce Erik away from his ideals in his youth.
There’s no way this well-thought-out, sensible, debugged and 100% bulletproof plan can possibly go wrong.
- Approval – by Sanj – fandom Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]:
“The jig is up, Lord Mark,” the Emperor said quietly. “We know you’re ready.”
- penknife: Closer:
Jean wishes sometimes that she could just have sex with Scott without having him in her head.
[Short and to the point.]