Ahhh, there’s nothing better than curling up in your blankets and reading a nice happy fanfic of your OTP before bed. But what’s this? You don’t have hours to waste on a long one and you want to read a good completed story before going to sleep? Well don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Here’s my Ao3 for those interested and here’s my first fic rec list.
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(1k - 5k words) For those who stayed up late and need their nightly shot of gay fanfics…
Axis On A Tilt by Clocks
In which Erik takes long motorcycle rides and tries to pretend he is not in love with his best friend, who is getting married.
(change the pace and just go slow) by cm (mumblemutter)
A series of three short one-shots that take place over the many years Charles and Erik have
loved known each other.
i am a beggar always by Black_Betty
In which there are flowers and rainstorms and broken hearts and happy endings.
If You Say the Word, I Could Stay with You by Black_Betty
Erik has a well thought out plan of attack when it comes to marriage proposals.
Of course, the best-laid plans…
never been so alone; never been so alive (la douleur exquise) by afrocurl
Erik’s wedding was meant to be an ending and then it wasn’t. Then it was a beginning of something else entirely.
Resolutions by Black_Betty
Charles ends the year with honesty and courage and by finally telling his best friend how he feels about him.
Or he would have, if Erik had bothered to show up.
Simple and Uncomplicated by Pookaseraph
Erik and Charles had been fuck buddies for some, but when Charles is in an accident he figured their relationship would be over. Erik’s visit to his bedside in the hospital changes his assumptions even as he has trouble believing Erik is sincere.
Walking After Midnight (Searching For You) by TurtleTotem
Charles likes to talk walks around his apartment complex late at night when he gets caught up with homework and over stressed. Also, maybe, because he likes to lurk a little bit on the insomniac from A32 who sits on his patio/blacony at odd hours with headphones and a cigarette. One day he’ll muster up the courage to talk to him - preferably during daylight.
(5k - 15k words) For those who have a bit more time…
A (More) Modern Olympia by Black_Betty
Erik is a burglar who breaks into a house he assumed would be vacant for the night. He creeps into the house and enters a bedroom, only to find a very naked Charles in bed. Charles wakes up from the noise and finds a burglar staring back at him…
Assassination (It’s Not For Everyone) by silverdawn89
In which there are guns, mayhem, cold-blooded torture, more guns, explosions, girls (and boys) in leather, even more guns, knives, chess, and just for a change, a fuckload of guns. Or to put it another way: assassin AU!
Humane Society by smilebackwards
Once Erik finally allows himself to decide that Charles is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread, he spends the next week being incredibly bitter that he’s Charles’ cat and not his boyfriend.
Not So Much the Teacup by thehoyden
“Charles is basically the bride whisperer. It’s like he can read their minds.” (wedding planner AU)
The Internet is for… by firstlightofeos
Of all the things Erik expected to find on tumblr, his newest porn obsession was not one of them.
The Opposite of People by kaydeefalls
In retrospect, it probably didn’t help that the first time Charles met Erik Lehnsherr, the man was up a ladder in well-worn, close-fitting jeans. Modern!nonpowered!AU where they all work in the theatre, Shaw is still a bastard, and Charles is doing his best to get this damn show open with his sanity (relatively) intact.
Took Me By Surprise and Then by thehoyden
After the second surgery in New York, Charles doesn’t anticipate anyone keeping vigil by his bedside — and certainly not Tony Stark.
Walling in or Walling Out by stlkrchck
Erik stifles a sigh. Of course this is Mr. C. F. Xavier. Of course.
For the prompt: Charles and Raven are throwing a holiday party. Erik is the grumpy neighbor who is annoyed by how loud they are being. So he goes to complain, and Charles makes it up to him.
(15k - 25k words) For those who had a bad day and just need a good, fairly long fanfic before bed and still get some sleep…
Building Bridges by ximeria
When Erik met Charles, it wasn’t love at first sight. It wasn’t love at second sight either. Actually, it takes a hell of a lot of looking before Erik is ready to admit that maybe, just maybe, the guy’s alright.
Excellent Judgment by cimorene
"Your friends go to school while dating," says Charles thoughtfully.
"Lots of people do that, Charles. You’re just a workaholic who owns a speed-dating business."
Charles waves that away. “Speed-dating doesn’t take up any time at all. Once per month. Moira spends more time than that watching Clint Eastwood movies.”
Raven sighs. “Everybody dates. You used to date!”
"That wasn’t dating, Raven, that was drinking," explains Charles.
in the moonlight, on a joy ride by scarlettblush
Librarian AU. Charles is the young librarian and Erik is the college student who is completely besotted with him.
Mutually Beneficial Transaction by Pookaseraph
In his sophomore year at Columbia University, Erik, feeling slowly strangled by his mounting college debt, places an add on a sugar daddies website. He doesn’t know exactly what to expect from it, but when he’s contacted by a man named Charles who seems less creepy than the other people who have responded to his profile, he decides to give it a shot. Charles is nothing like what he expected, and Erik finds himself slowly falling in love with his sugar daddy while trying to find out exactly what caused this amazing guy to buy his emotional and sexual intimacy when he clearly deserves so much more than that.
This is actually 40k words but it’s so worth staying up to read.
Sprich Mit Mir | Talk To Me by papercutperfect
When Charles meets Erik on a midnight train to London, it’s like all of his Christmases and birthdays have come at once – until Erik opens his mouth, and reveals he cannot speak a word of English.
It isn’t easy to pursue a relationship with someone you need to play Pictionary with just to chat to, but with a little help from Charles’ telepathy, the two language-barrier lovers are determined to make it work.
Favourite One-shot Authors
ikeracity | Black_Betty | pocky_slash | smilebackwards | scarlettblush | Pookaseraph