Talking about domestic fic earlier made me want a road trip story that’s basically the opposite of my usual favorite road trip stories, much as I love them (the ones where Charles stays out of Erik’s head and the guys mutually pine for each other.)
I want the one where Erik says, okay, I said you should know to stay out of my head, but that was a strained moment. Now that we’re going to work together… go ahead, use your telepathy, let’s see how this goes.
And since Charles is always sensing him and occasionally reading his mind, Erik wakes up and the coffee’s already made, the bathroom’s always free when he wants a shower, and whenever they take a new hotel room, he doesn’t have to explain which bed he’d rather have or why, Charles just takes the other one every time.
When Charles is on a long phone call with Raven, Erik goes to an archive to track down more former Nazis, and it’s raining heavily when he gets out. He arrives back at the hotel to find Charles waiting for him in the parking lot with an umbrella over his head and another one in his hand and a towel slung over his shoulder, because Charles sensed Erik coming.
And at night when Erik’s nightmares start, Charles wakes him up and holds him, and knows not to say anything else about it.
Despite the attraction between them, Erik isn’t ready for more, and Charles senses that too and holds off on making a move, just offering his friendship and trying to be there for Erik and playing chess with him and trying to get him to like tea, because it’s gentler on the stomach than coffee.
And of course, ultimately this all means that on the beach, Erik never puts the helmet on, because by now he’s so used to Charles’s telepathy that he would never think to shut it out. And they live happily ever after, running the school together for decades to come.
BUT NO WRITING ANYTHING ELSE TIL REMIX IS DONE.