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Master Cherik Fic Rec List

I've read just about every Cherik-related fic I can get my hands on in any community I can find. I'm terribly picky though, so despite the hundreds I've read, only about 50 70 have made it into my bookmarks. I love sharing these with Cherik-converted friends, so I thought I would share them with you as well. Most of them have probably already graced this community, but deserve all the extra attention they can get.

All of the fics take place during or after the canon movie timeline. Sorry, AUs are not my thing at all. Fics that I especially ~love~ are marked with stars :).

UPDATED JUNE 28 2012. :D

Roadtrips and Russia fics

***And Miles to Go Before I Sleep one of the most in-character XMFC fics I’ve ever read. Erik and Charles and how they relate to each other and come to know and befriend (and it’s lightly implied) fall for each other pre-beach.

***Say Yes and I Believe Him Erik and Charles play chess while Charles slowly gets high. Conversations and more ensue. NC-17. I really like this one because it feels tremendously in-character and I like the anecdotes, which also feel in character. I also like that the author establishes that Charles is quite straight, because way too many fics out there paint him as closeted and I disagree with that assessment.

***I’ll Be Your Water A moment between Charles and Erik in a hotel room. Short and sweet and powerful.

***A Measure of Peace Erik has bad nightmares. Charles helps him deal with them. NC-17

***I Can’t Leave Him On the plane back from Russia, Charles is thoroughly disturbed by Shaw’s ideal future. Erik tries to calm him down.
***Three Truths They've not slept together yet.

***the sea, the sea The sea, and falling in love, and the beginning of the end.

Leave All Worries Behind You On a night during their roadtrip, Erik falls into Charles' dream and everything changes.

Celestial Navigation Erik and Charles recruit in New York City.

A Few Drinks Charles and Erik *ahem* enjoy each others’ company after they recruit Angel.

Alchemy of Blood and Pain During the road trip, Charles and Erik strike the right balance

Scenes from a Love Affair Erik and Charles recruit in Mexico, and fall in love along the way

Response Erik realizes almost immediately that Charles is in love with him. He decides to use this to his advantage.

Reckless Charles and Erik have an argument after Russia.

Set Fire to the Rain A night of drinking in Erik's hotel room leads to more.

There is a Light That Never Goes Out (UNFINISHED) Charles and Erik roadtripping, and the UST that comes with it. If you are the author of this story pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease finish it!! D:

This Land is Mine But I’ll Let You Rule Roadtrip fic. Mostly friendship fic between Erik/Charles.

Nowhere but Here Roadtrip. Charles gets sick along the way and Erik looks after him.

Break a Silver Lining A rainy day in a motel room.

Mansion fics

~NEW~***The Attempt - Erik is in love with Charles, but Charles is only heterosexual. But for Erik, maybe Charles can try to be in love with him.

***1962 and The October Ordeal - Erik and Charles sit in the dim light and drink scotch, silently, together. Lovely atmosphere, lovely characterization and progression of things.

***Waltz - A harmless jibe turns into a very serious, tension-filled dance between Charles and Erik. I just.. I can't with this fic, it's incredible and so in-character. I wish it had a second chapter but also I love that it doesn't.

***Nuclear Winter Erik and Charles visit a gentleman’s club on the night before the battle. This fic to me is one of the most canon I’ve read. It really addresses the UST and fits so nicely into the movie that I seriously cannot envision it not being a part of it.

***Two Worlds A brilliantly thought-out, well-written argument between Erik and Charles that really makes you think about the characters and their driving forces.

***Iolaus Charles is in love with Erik, but hasn't told him, and time is running out before the world ends. I LOVE this fic. Even the original character is absolutely fascinating and really helps move the plot along rather than just being a Gary Stu.

***If This Isn’t a Kingdom Charles teaches Erik how to dance. NC-17

***It Goes Unsaid The incredible, incredible sequel to A Measure of Peace (listed under Roadtrips).

Chlorophyll Erik and Charles take a walk on an autumn day

I Will Wait Forever The tension is perpetual.

Freedom Hangs Like Heaven He's the most beautiful thing Erik has ever seen, and he isn't enough.

A Beginning It's been a long time coming.

Nourish Erik, and how only when he’s touched does he realize how much he wants to be.

Know You've Been Wrong, But it Won't Be Long After reading Erik's mind and a game of chess, Charles gets a little tipsy and makes a bold move

Tides Erik kisses Charles in the rain.

Wisteria How Erik sees and wants Charles.

He Kisses Charles Charles is kind of freaking out the night before the battle. Erik knows a way to calm him.

Shelter Erik likes it rough. Charles likes it slow and sweet. They try to balance it out. Smutty, but not JUST about the sex. NC-17

Saudade Erik has feelings for Charles but begins to wonder if they’re emotions manipulated into existence by Charles… a bit OOC but I like it anyway.

Metal and Flesh Erik feels the metal, and feels Charles’ heart. Sweet :)

Perfection Moments between Erik and Charles in the mansion and their build up to something more.

Apple Seeds This fic is… fascinating. It feels a little OOC but it doesn’t matter so much because it’s strange and dark and interesting. Charles and Erik’s complicated romantic relationship. Bittersweet.

The Show Must Go On On the morning of the beach battle, Charles has premonitions of what’s going to happen but is powerless to stop them. Heartbreaking ;__;

Ascension Companion piece to The Show Must Go On, Erik’s perspective of that final day. Also heartwrenching. Whyyy do you do this to me fanfic authors? ;__;

I Stand and I Wait for the Touch of Your Hand Erik helps Charles in the attic and the discovery of an old gramaphone leads to something more.

Given Back, But Not To Keep Erik helps Charles hone his abilities. VERY NC17 but a nice take on how scary Charles’ powers are.

Leitmotiv Erik reflects on what Charles means to him. A bit out-of-character on Erik’s part but still good. NC-17.

I Cry to You Charles sneaks in on Erik’s dream and is surprised at what he finds.

Nickel Content Erik gets drunk and reflects on the coin. Sad :(

Untitled XMFC Fic Erik tries to adjust to life at the mansion, and what it means for his future.

Beginning to End
Fics that span from the beginning-ish of the movie timeline to the end-ish (and beyond).

***How Deep the Bullet Lies
Charles slowly realizes what Erik means to him. Starts at the roadtrip
and goes to post-beach. One of the best-written fics I’ve read.

Charles and Erik, what they were to each other, how they found out, and
what they still are to each other. The only fic to ever give me a lump
in my throat.

***An Effigy to Be Disgraced When Erik asks what Charles knows about him, Charles replies “Everything”.

***Definitions of Love Erik is pretty sure he knows what Charles means to him. Erik is wrong.

Eternal summer shall not fade - Erik falls in love.

Replay - Present-day Charles sends his consciousness back to 1962 to try and fix things. Sequel to this is here.

To See For the First Time (Opened up my eyes) - Charles and Erik, growing to trust, befriend, and (eventually) love each other but with arguments that slowly divide them. This author hasn't updated since the spring and it's KILLING ME because it's so well written. Please flood her inbox with tearful pleas to continue this great story!!!

The Deeds that Define Us Erik and Charles, how they circle each other and come together in various points in time.

Wait to Watch the Fire Erik and Charles’ sweet and destructive relationship, how it unfolds, and how it comes apart.

Inertia Charles and Erik and how they're drawn to each other over the timeline of the film and afterwards.

Inevitable Erik through Charles’ eyes.

Wave Drowning, in so many ways both good and bad.

Perfectly Imperfect Charles reflects on why he fell for Erik instead of Moira.


***Smashed Glass Glittering Everywhere Like Stars Snippets between Erik and Charles, before, during, and after the
timelines of the movies. It’s a beautiful, haunting three parter. Part 2 and Part 3 also.

O Wake Me In My House in the Mud - "Sex is the only game where a draw is better than a win."

Good is Good, Great is Better - Erik thinks Charles only sees the good in people. Charles knows Erik only sees the good in him.

On the Surface of Grapes How Charles and Erik touch each other physically and emotionally

I Want You By My Side Drabbles.

More Drabbles.

5 times Erik made Charles blush, and 1 time it was the other way around.

The Mismeasure of Man Moments between Charles and Erik over time.


***'Til it Bleeds Daylight - On the eve of something big, Erik visits Charles again. They talk and argue and lay it all bare.

***A River in Winter Charles is not so forgiving.

That Was Yesterday You're the worst thing that has ever happened to me, Charles thinks with little wonder.

Open Erik comes to him at night.

Point Zero Absence can only make the heart grow fonder, Charles and Erik learn that as the point between rage and serenity becomes an old wound that doesn't heal with time.

and admit that the waters around you have grown - After a devastating blow to the Brotherhood, Erik returns to the mansion. But for how long?

To Drown in Nostalgia - Charles' visits to Erik's mind makes everything better and so much more complicated. NC-17

The old familiar sting - "They pretend everything’s the same and fight anyway; they forget not to smile and that they aren’t supposed to joke. They meet each other’s eyes but won’t reach out, they shatter like glass and forget how to put each other back together, but Erik never stops coming, and Charles would never forgive him if he did." Erik and Charles, after Cuba.

Paper Lanterns - Erik and Charles visit in their minds.

Better Men - Erik visits Charles in the hospital.

la vie elle-même est l'unique secret - Charles after the beach.

My Prescriptions, Your Condolences - Charles unraveling in memories after the beach.

Is a Holy Unmercenary - MAJORLY fixit fic, Erik never leaves and Charles is slowly regaining sensation in his legs.

Derail the Calm and Consistent - Erik and Charles and their tense meetings after Cuba.

nd these, from atoms - (Ongoing!)Five years after Cuba, Erik and Charles suddenly find themselves trapped in a mineshaft. They have to work together to find a way out.

Untitled Fic - A cool shore a hundred miles and a hundred memories from the one in Cuba.

Alekhine’s Defense Post-Cuba, Erik and Charles play chess in the park. Sweet and sad.

Call Me By His Name Erik visits Charles one night post-beach. Very bittersweet. NC-17

Vexed and Glorious Erik and Charles meet after the beach. Tempers flare.

For Those Who Wake Erik visits Charles one night post-beach and while Charles is asleep, tells him everything he could never say

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang This is as close to AU as I get. It’s the end of the world and Charles is pretty dark in this.

While the World Burns A fic based on my art of the same name.

While the World Burns II Another fic based on my art

While the World Burns III And another

Made of Metal Aaand another, because people are way too awesome ;__;

Other Characters' Perspectives

Stuck in the Middle of it All
Charles/Erik from Moira’s perspective. NOT a cockblock fic.

And I Would, If I Could Snippets of characters post-beach. Sad. :(

I Need to Know How to Live My Life As It’s Meant to Be All the characters cope with their situations post-beach.

Be Strong, Be Weak Another fic about the kids coping post-beach.

Doomed to Repeat After the beach, Raven sneaks back into the mansion disguised as Charles. She hasn't realized that Charles can't walk anymore.

Guilty Pleasure Fics (NC-17)
Plotless Cherik smut ;P

***The Pen(is) Mightier
Charles always keeps a metal-plated pen on him. Erik is well aware. Hilarious and fun :)

***Potentials - During a midnight lightning storm, Erik realizes just how far his power extends. NC-17, Fix-it AU (Erik doesn't leave on the beach)

***Heated from the Inside - Erik and Charles explore some of the interesting "benefits" of Erik's powers.

Pollen Charles and Erik get sprayed by a mysterious pollen that makes them incredibly horny :P

Quick Study Invisible sex

Slick Erik catches Charles in the shower

Fear Death by Water another pollen fic, though much shorter



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Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah I've heard about that magical time of year for you yanks ;) You get like 100 days off? maybe 101? ;) JK. Enjoy!
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Nov. 22nd, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
thank you!!! i`m new in this fandom (8 so i want to begin our acquaintance with the best fics)))

Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the fandom! You've come to the right place! But be warned, when you start with the "best" fics, you set your own bar pretty high. That's probably why I have so few recommendations.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks, a rec list like that is exactly what I was looking for. :)
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad! I've noticed this community is big on AUs which is fine (just not my thing) so I was like hmmm I wonder if anyone is interested in a purely canon rec list...
Nov. 22nd, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you for the multitude of recs of my work. I so appreciate it! <333333333
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)

.....I mean, uh, *calms down* it's not like I noticed you wrote like 5 of these fics on here or anything. *tries to act all cool >__>*

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Nov. 22nd, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
This is really awesome. Thank you for doing this!
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
No problem, it was my pleasure. And to be honest my reasons aren't entirely selfless, I liked the idea of having them all in a big clickable list organized by timeline. Makes it much easier than having them just in one big unorganized list. Plus this way I get to share! :D
(no subject) - stephantom - Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 22nd, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
*Does a little dance*

Well. There goes ANY HOPE I had of doing work this afternoon. XD (I'll try and not be miffed that I'm not on here!...*DEVOURRRR*) Thanks for doing this!
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
Aww double sorry! But I hope you enjoy the ones you read on this list ^_^
Nov. 23rd, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the rec! :D
Nov. 23rd, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
You're welcome! The invisi-sex is a hard one to pull off. So good job :D

........................puns totally intended. :B
Nov. 23rd, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
thank you very much for the rec, and for the list!

*looks forward to lots of reading*
Nov. 23rd, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
I think I already wrote a long gushy comment for it--yep, I definitely did, so I won't do a repeat of that but suffice to say there is a reason it has three stars next to it. Sometimes when I'm in a need-Cherik mood I cut straight to the part of fics where the pair end up together but with Iolaus (and a small few others) I JUST CAN'T DO THAT. I have to read everything from beginning to end simply because it's so good. That Mentalisty thing with Erik and the bookcase gets me every damn time and almost makes me angry that his cold reading skills aren't included in everything written for XMFC ever.

Done gushing now, I swear. I just wanted to say you're awesome and I hope you keep writing :)
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Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
;_; Thank you for the rec! I was pretty sure no one read that one. XD So many good fics here!
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
WHAAAAAAAAAAT. I love that one. I love the tension, and the shame and guilt that follows. And it's just well written in general. :D

And the pervy side of me wishes you would write more of their "accidental" encounters, or maybe one where they drop the pretense and just go for it.

doooo ittttt.... doooooooooooooooooooooooooo itttttttt <--your conscience, I swear!
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Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES. I'M SO GLAD I FOUND THIS BEFORE THANKSGIVING. (Not sure if you're American, but I love Thanksgiving and) This year I'm having it not at home, meaning it will be a train wreck. I'm so glad I have these fics to read on my iPod and make it through the awkward. :D.
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Yeah actually in hindsight this seems to have been good timing! I'm Canadian and we have Thanksgiving in mid-October but it is nowhere near the big deal it is in the States. My friend in NY and I were just discussing it actually. Like saying Happy Thanksgiving seems to be as common in the US as saying Merry Christmas but in Canada no one really says it unless it actually is Thanksgiving. It's just not that big a deal, especially because it's a common tradition here to have turkey, stuffing, yams, all that stuff for Christmas dinner anyway. :)

I'm glad you have something to make it through the awkward tho! That's always important. :D
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Nov. 23rd, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
Yaaay! More recs! What a pity we don't have thanksgiving here in my country! But al least we have some holidays the second week of December, so I'll come back and supply myself with more Cherik! <333 Thanks!!
Nov. 23rd, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
Well there ya go! Hope you enjoy the fics during your time off (if you can wait that long, I know that when i come across a good fic it's hard to wait to read it!)
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
First of all, thanks so much for the list! :) I thought there were no good fics out there anymore that I hadn't read yet D:
But there's actually a lot which I don't know, thanks so much! :D

and second.......
oh dear, THANKS SO MUCH for reccing Inevitable! Q_Q
I never expected that!
Nov. 23rd, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
Haha you're welcome. I only rec the stuff I've gone back and read again and again, and yours was on the list. Also I LOVE your icon/pic. I saw it on DA when it was first posted and faved it immediately. It's just so gorgeous. :)

Happy reading!
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Nov. 23rd, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
No prob, I love NC... it may not be a love story but it's so well written. It was also close to my immediate reaction when I first saw the movie. I actually though Schmitt was going to lean over and whisper in Erik's ear, "it's plastic". He just seemed awful enough to do that. But then on a forum one day someone pointed out how, despite being able to move or melt all the OTHER metal in the room the coin remained motionless, was probably because coins are made with cheap materials and are something like 4-5% magnetic metal. And then like I came across your fic a few months later and was like THIS THIS THIS.

So yeah, this. Excellent, excellent work. Also a drunk Erik! And not one of those goofy cliched out of character Eriks who uses drunkeness to use Charles' "groovy mutation" pickup lines on Charles himself. A legit bleak/angry drunk Erik. Really brilliant :)

I'm glad that there are fics on here you haven't read yet. I was worried that most of them had been read before, that this list was full of titles as well-read as Carpe Brewski or Paper Monsters or something. But I was wrong, and now all these lovely authors can get some well-deserved extra exposure :)
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Nov. 23rd, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
This totally encouraged me to go back and read "Nickel Content" and "Vexed and Glorious." ♥
Nov. 23rd, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yay! Both awesome, awesome fics.

Speaking of, I love your drabbles. :)
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Nov. 24th, 2011 08:32 am (UTC)
I am so excited to see this compilation list. thanks!
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