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    Written for the following prompt: Charles knows everything about Erik, knows how obsessive and self-destructive he is, how Erik would do anything, give anything, in his quest for vengeance against Shaw. But he also knows that Erik loves him in ways that aren't exactly platonic.

    I'd like to see a completely straight!Charles, out of pure love and care of Erik, initiate a romantic relationship with him. It can be because he wishes to give Erik something positive in his life or because he thinks it might help change Erik's mind about Shaw, the reason is up to author. Also, while Charles finds intimacy with Erik strange and awkward, he does enjoy the new, non-romantic layers that have developed in their relationship.

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    I have to admit, the division of romantic and sexual desire was a new concept to me (I guess this is what happens when you stay out of academia for a few years) but to my knowledge, this is what appears to be going on.... Charles is presented in this story as heterosexual but (due in part to his telepathy) either biromantic or panromantic. Meanwhile, Magneto is presented bisexual and homoromantic (I think I've got that right, using the labels is a bit tricky).

    The result is one heck of a story. The central tension between these two revolves not only around their famously moderate versus separatist views re: mutant civil rights, but around negotiating the amount of physical and mental space they're sharing with one another. As the reader gets drawn into the idea that if Charles can just admit he's not entirely straight or start having gay desire instead of only feeling it vicariously the reader gets pulled into an expectation that is both initially confirmed and then entirely turned on its head during the climax of the story. As Charles tries to navigate around his hang-ups around homosexual acts because he loves Magneto, and manages to do so by dipping into the surface layers of his thoughts to get the erotic stimulation he needs, the reader is presented with a very weird but touching sort of gradually building romance where they expect Charles to suddenly be gay one day... but that is not exactly what happens. Charles is a telepath, it's who he is and it is his kink, and it goes above and beyond his sexual or romantic orientation, as we see in the final chapter.

    The climax of the story was (to me, anyway) both unexpected and gut-wrenching, because I thought this story would just be all about Charles' limits, but it is truly Magneto's limits in the end that are tested and revealed, as it becomes clear that sex is not the only form of intimacy for Charles, and that full-on immersive telepathic connection is actually a place where Charles could be considered ravenously pansexual and panromantic. Or something that goes beyond love or sex, like there's some strange third category of intimacy for Charles that he absolutely hungers for, and it terrifies the ever-living crap out of his partner.

    Overall, the story was well-written and paced... didn't drag anywhere, nothing felt unnecessary. Am bookmarking as an example of a brilliantly written love story that navigates sexual and romantic identity as separate.

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