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Title: The Boy with the Blue Eyes
Author: nekosmuse
Artist: I had the distinct pleasure of pinch hitting for the ever lovely Pallorsomnium. She is as wonderful as she is talented and I'm so glad we got to work on this story together. The original prompt is here and the Art Masterpost is here.
Pairing: Charles/Erik
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 37K

Summary:

We do not breach the void, his mother said, when he was a boy and new to such things.

We do not breach the void, the Elders said, when he was an adolescent, weak though he thought himself strong.

We do not breach the void, his father said, when he had reached the flush of manhood, stout and brave and unafraid.

But Erik cares not for their words. He has spent a lifetime staring into the void, into the startlingly blue eyes of the boy on the other side.

We do not breach the void, the songs say, but Erik doesn't listen.

Thanks: A million thanks go to my many betas, for helping me shape this story into something coherent. Thank you to listerinezero, ilykujk, afrocurl and madneto for your insightful comments and nitpicks. This story is stronger for them.

Written for the X-Men Reverse Bang

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