January 15th, 2016

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These Bridges We've Built by alishatorn (Rating)

Title: These Bridges We've Built
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Pairing: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles XavierAzazel (X-Men)/Mystique
Categories: Romance, Post-Canon, Kid!Fic
Length: Long [22776 words]
Warnings: none

Author/Artist/Creator on LJ: alishatorn
Author/Artist/Creator Website: alishatorn's AO3

Summary: Illustrated. Four years after the events of X-Men: First Class, Charles Xavier finds his X-Men on the losing side of their continuing battle with Erik’s Brotherhood. Azazel and Mystique have a child in secret and, unwilling to raise Kurt in the midst of Erik's war, they give him up to Charles to raise at his school for the gifted. He agrees to do so, on the condition that they visit their son regularly. This leads to tenuous contact between the Brotherhood and the X-Men outside of the battlefield for the first time in years, and both Xavier and Magneto realize that the lines dividing them are not as clear-cut as they previously thought.

Review: It's one of my favortie fics for this fandom and just beautifully written.
This fic is all kinds of amazing and it's an illustrated Big Bang story and the illustrations are wonderful (also done by the author) and meld into the story very nicely.

Baby!Kurt is a so cute and his babysitter also makes for a nice addition for the school household and a nice addition for Charles life. The interactions with Raven are among my favorite bits. I really like the way she's portrayed here, as a thoughtful loving mother who follows her convictions, but loves her son and makes the decision that's best for her child even if that can't be easy.

And then there is Charles and his anger at how things ended with Erik and about four years passing and all the bad things between them growing. Also Erik's conflicted feelings are a treat. He's fighting for his cause in the way he thinks it's necessary, but he also has regrets.

The interactions between the children and the brotherhood are all wonderfully written and there is the whole thing about Destiny that is just wonderfully done and uses her gift to artfully play with comic canon allusions.

These Bridges We've Built