June 5th, 2012


Fic: The third who walks always beside you 1/18

Title The third who walks always beside you 1/18 (prologue)
Fandom X-Men: First Class
Pairings Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier/Gabrielle Haller, in all possible combinations.
Beta cicero_drayon and speak_me_fair
World count of chapter 3027
Word count of entire fic approx. 94 000
Rating/warnings NC-17. Sexual situations, mental illness, professional misconduct, period homophobia, ableism and racism as well as casual misogyny, discussion of genocide and sexual abuse.
Disclaimer Marvels owns it, not I.
Summary After a chance meeting, the recently reunited mutant school-master and leader of the Brotherhood both become fascinated by Gabrielle Haller, a human who has demons of her own to fight. As Erik finds himself pulled between his mutant identity and his human heritage, Charles wrestles with his own ethical code and his continuing attraction to his friend. The innocent distraction between the three of them rapidly grows more complicated and, ultimately, altogether more sinister.
Author's notes In the comics, Gabrielle Haller is an Israeli diplomat and lawyer, who in her youth had an affair with Xavier. Also,in an alternative universe she marries Magneto. As I was keen to both adapt Gaby to the First Class ‘verse and write fic with the three of them together, I decided to do both at once. I’ve tried to write this fic so that no previous knowledge of the character is necessary. In case you are interested, this meta post posted a while back might be useful.
This is the prologue, but expect chapter two by tomorrow.
The title of this fic is from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, specifically lines 359-365:

Who is the third who walks always beside you?

When I count, there are only you and I together
But when I look ahead up the white road
There is always another one walking beside you
Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded

I do not know whether a man or a woman
-But who is that on the other side of you?

Later, Charles felt that it should have been more dramatic.