things that I once again need immediately:
- [strangled screaming because so many possibilities] Erik is a soldier or general of some sort- maybe he’s with some of his fellow soldiers on a night off. they’re out in the city and happen upon a strip club/brothel/ect. and they’re all thoroughly entertained and it’s lighthearted fun and distraction, and then Erik sees Charles and it’s game over. He’s got this unreal blue eyes and these lips that just- there’s no way they’re naturally that red okay (spoiler alert: he’s totally wearing lipstick, but when Erik nips and licks it off of him later his lips are just as obscenely and frustratingly red). maybe Erik happens to be back home on leave for a few weeks and as soon as he lands he goes to his favorite diner in town. when he gets there, he’s greeted warmly by the entire staff- they’ve missed him and they’re glad that he’s back safely. A man with long, wind-tousled hair sitting in the corner booth catches his eye. The man looks up briefly from the papers scattered across his table to speak with the waitress and Erik is just stunned. The way that his ridiculous eyes seem to light up when he speaks, and the fact that his lips get incredibly redder as he nips at them in concentration when he goes back to his papers- it’s all just intriguing and soon enough the man catches him staring and they end up at the same table. Erik assumes the guy has to be a model of some sort- or maybe something slightly less dignified that you’d have to be just as beautiful for- but when he inquires the man of his employment, he- Charles, he learns- is a professor and before he knows it, Erik has dates the rest of his time at home and someone to write to when he’s deployed again a week earlier than expected. Idk guys you tell me.
- maybe Erik holds a very important position in the government that deals with mutant affairs, and Charles is a prominent social figure, passionate about mutant rights that just so happens to dress like a homeless person, despite his net worth (which is in the billions). The government often has clashes with the young professor, especially the events he hosts at his enormous estate. Erik and some others in his department are extended an invite to one of his events, and Erik would rather get his teeth pulled than spend a night in some rich socialite’s mansion, attempting to not make the government he’s representing look bad. Before he realizes what’s happening, he’s engaged in conversation with Professor Xavier and finds that agrees with most of the stances the young man holds one the matters they discuss- give or take a few points. His opinions on Charles’ efforts and the amount of time and money, both personal and that gained in fundraisers, puts towards mutant causes changes in a single night and he finds himself torn between what he now knows of the man and what his superiors want him to think. or maybe Charles regularly attends protests against a particular company that deals with medical advances in mutant affairs- a company that Erik just happens to be the head of. Charles doesn’t use his name, his power or his money as a means of furthering the protests, and most people don’t recognize him during the events- with the way that he’s dressed and the addition of facial hair he’s donning these days, it’s not difficult to overlook him. Soon Charles is basically the leader of these protests, secretly using his money and connections to better organize their efforts, and within weeks Erik and the rest of the company can no longer ignore them. Erik invites the man up to have a chat and is startled when he sees the man up close, immediately recognizing him as the Charles Xavier, the genetics professor that has discovered so many of the important building blocks that his company uses in their developments- and suddenly the passion behind the protests makes perfect sense.
- maybe the renowned Professor Xavier has finally agreed to do an interview photo shoot for TIME magazine, after much poking and prodding from his sister. Raven had promised Emma that should would do whatever it took to get Charles to agree to it- in turn, getting Emma the in as a lowly photographer for the magazine she desperately needed. The moment that Emma received the news, getting a call from the higher-ups to confirm that she had indeed booked the professor, she immediately called Erik- basically her brother at this point- telling him that he was being dragged along to the session and had no choice in the matter. She had known for years that Erik would have given pretty much anything for a chance to discuss genetics and literature with the professor, no matter how vehemently he attempted to hide his interest in the young man. Erik does show up to the photo shoot, walking in about half way through, catching Charles mid-pose. They may or may not spend the remained of his photo shoot catching each other staring (spoiler alert: they totally do) and Erik may or may not be very easily persuaded into conducting the interview himself (spoiler alert: we all know he jumped at the chance). Emma ends up getting a promotion at work and Erik ends up very quickly transferring his professorship from LaGuardia Community College- the initial reaction from Charles being 'you're one of the most intelligent, opinionated, passionate intellects I have ever come across and the universities haven't snatched you up yet?' - to Columbia within a few months. Professors Xavier and Lehnsherr may or may not end up being the university’s new ‘it couple’ - despite the ‘Emma we’re totally not dating, we’ve talked about this’ and ‘Raven don’t be daft. The notion of someone like Erik having an interest in me is just ridiculous’ protests that have both sister rolling their eyes.