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Daemon AU: When he was a child, Erik was forced to split from his daemon. It’s only when he meets Charles that he thinks he might have finally found someone who he could safely leave her with. Missing scenes from canon and a few re-written scenes, plus what happened after. Somewhat loose interpretation of Pullman’s ideas.
Was originally for this prompt, but grew way beyond the bounds of it: Schmidt has recently acquired another metal blade with a too-sharp edge, a blade of intercision, after Erik destroyed the last one (but too late). Erik and his daemon decide to separate on their own terms, rather than Schmidt's. No barren wastelands, no area daemons can't cross -- it's just their willpower against the world.
Warnings: child abuse, violence, homophobia, animal cruelty, supporting character deaths (as in canon)