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fic: Close

Title: Close
Author: fengirl88
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Pairing: Erik/Charles
Rating: R
Warnings: none
Wordcount: ~850
Disclaimer: These characters are not mine.
Summary: "I hope you know what you're doing," Charles says, eyeing the razor hovering level with his face.
A/N: written as a fill for the [community profile] kink_bingo square "shaving/depilation". Thanks to ginbitch for beta brilliance, as always, and to kate_lear and thimpressionist for cheering me on.
This one is for warriorbot: welcome to the party!


“I hope you know what you're doing,” Charles says, eyeing the razor hovering level with his face.

Erik grins wolfishly. “Trust me.”

With my life, Charles says in his mind.

The razor clatters to the floor. Charles winces.

“You broke my concentration,” Erik says, reproachful.

“I don't know why I let you talk me into this,” Charles says uneasily.

“You're the one who keeps saying we must challenge ourselves,” Erik teases him. “Or is this not what you had in mind?”

He bends his head and kisses Charles, a slow delicious kiss that pulls at something deep inside him.

“You know I can't think when you do that,” Charles protests. The blood's pounding in his ears and he feels breathless, held in the brightness of Erik's gaze.

“I like seeing you lose control,” Erik says, with a wicked grin that makes Charles's cock throb in anticipation.


“Mm,” Erik says thoughtfully. “Well, this isn't getting you shaved, is it? Let's see what we can do. Sit still and tell that busy mind of yours to be quiet, OK?”

“OK,” Charles says. He can't work out if closing his eyes would help or if that would just make it worse.

“Lather,” Erik says, snapping his fingers.

The shining metal bowl jumps from the dressing-table into Erik's left hand. He holds the brush in his right hand, turning it in the foaming soap.

“Pity there's no metal on this,” he says. “Maybe another time.”

If you don't cut my throat this time, Charles thinks.

“Calm your mind, my friend,” Erik says ironically.

He's a fine one to talk. Charles can feel the hum of Erik's excitement and right now he really wishes he couldn't.

Mostly wishes he couldn't. Part of him – the reckless stupid part Erik seems to have unleashed – is hell bent on sending all the blood in his body rushing to his cock.

Erik begins wielding the brush, stroking the lather over Charles's chin, his upper lip, his jawline. The brush passes just below Charles's earlobe, and he shudders.

“Sorry,” Erik says, and his lips twitch with amusement. “I didn't mean to tickle you.”

“You didn't,” Charles says tightly. He's fairly sure Erik knows that's not what his reaction meant.

“I can't kiss you when you're covered in soap,” Erik says, as if Charles is doing this on purpose to distract him.

“Erik – ”

“All right,” Erik says, not smiling any more. He puts down the bowl and stretches out his hand.

The cutthroat razor comes up from the floor, opens itself and comes to rest against Charles's cheek. Erik moves his hand slowly, gently, tracing an outline in the air that follows the line of Charles's face.

Charles feels the blade stroking down to his jaw, pressing slightly. Feels the air against his bared skin as the razor lifts and returns for a second swathe.

He tries not to imagine what it would be like to be shaved by Erik in the ordinary way. Ordinary probably isn't the right word for it. The thought of Erik standing close to him, touching his face, leaning over him, the scent of him filling Charles's nostrils, is almost too much.

The razor jerks away quickly.


No, he's OK. Well, as OK as anyone can be who's being shaved with a cutthroat razor wielded by the magnetic powers of his crazy lover. And who's crazy enough himself to have an erection because of that.

He is in such trouble.

“Could you stop thinking about sex?” Erik says. “It's hard to concentrate and I don't want to nick you.”

Charles tries to make his mind go blank, or at least just concentrate on breathing. The razor glides gently up over his throat, hesitates over the curves of his chin and jaw, but keeps drawing its lines through the lather, careful and slow. Last of all, the blade strokes at his top lip, the small movements making him feel more exposed and vulnerable than ever.

“There,” Erik says, as the razor comes to rest on the dressing-table again. “That wasn't so bad, was it?”

Charles isn't sure he can speak yet.

Erik wipes the last traces of lather away with the towel. His hands are hot against Charles's neck – for all his apparent calm it seems as if he's been affected by this too. He clicks his fingers for the bottle of cologne, unscrews the metal cap and tips some of the liquid into the palm of one hand, then the other. He puts his hands on Charles's face, cupping and stroking him.

Charles thinks he'll probably never smell that particular sharp citrusy smell again without getting hard, or without the ghost of Erik's own scent being mingled with it, leather and coffee and something else he can't quite pin down. He inhales blissfully, rubbing his smooth-shaven face against Erik's hands and pressing a soft kiss into each palm in turn.

Erik makes a noise in his throat, something between a growl and a sigh.

“Will I do?” Charles asks, looking up at him.

He doesn't need to read Erik's mind to know the answer; it's written all over him.

“Oh yes,” Erik says thickly. “You'll do.”

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( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 27th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
*guh* shaving with a straight-edge razor is one of my favorite types of fics. this one was delicious. thanks for sharing <3
Aug. 27th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - glad you liked it! I couldn't resist the combination of these two and that prompt square...
Aug. 27th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
GUH. This is made of detail and hotosity!
Aug. 28th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
thank you very much - I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm having a lot of fun writing these two.
Aug. 28th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
...I'd make a coherent comment, but all I've got so far is HNNNNNNGH. Great work, this is SO HOT.
Aug. 28th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
thank you so much - delighted to get a HNNNNNNGH! I'm very glad you enjoyed it.
Aug. 28th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Mmmm look at you, giving me new kinks. So yummy! I love the build-up and just how affected they both are. I think it's only fair that there be a sequel- you can't just leave them like that, right?
Aug. 28th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
always happy to add another one to your impressive list! *grins*

thank you very much!

I seem to be writing one-offs rather than sequels at the moment but there should be more E/C soon...
Aug. 28th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)

My goodness me O____O that was utterly delicious and has given me a shiney new kink I never even knew I had.

Aug. 28th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
thank you very much for the comment and the inspiring gif! I feel I should know where it comes from but I don't. very nice indeed... I'm very glad you enjoyed this so much. *beams*
Aug. 28th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
Hehe, it's from Wanted :3

Inspiring, you say!? 8D Does that mean you're going to write more awesomeness?

I shall make THIS FACE

until you do

Aug. 28th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
thank you! there will definitely be another kink_bingo fic with the two of them - for some reason this pairing seems to go very well with that challenge...


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Aug. 28th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
*beams with pride*

thank you! I'm so glad you liked this - and I hope you enjoy the film as and when you see it. very pleased that you liked all those details, and especially the palm kisses.

I am sure you would like unovis's Sherlock/Lestrade shaving fic Hot Shave... definitely one to check out if you like this trope!

Aug. 28th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Dear God this is good!

I am thanking the Gods of kink bingo so frickin much for giving you that line. Memming like a wild thing.
Aug. 28th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)

thank you very much - and thank you for your lovely beta suggestions! *hugs*

these two are just made for kink_bingo, what can I tell you?
Aug. 28th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Good Lord. Somehow this manages to be funny (I loved their banter over the razor!) and sexy and tender, all at once. Lovely.
Aug. 28th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! *squees happily*

so glad you liked this. couldn't resist the combination of the prompt and the pairing - they are so much fun!
Aug. 28th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
Aaah. Ah this was brilliant. I love straight razors. A little too much, actually. Men with straight razors or rolling cigarettes; two greatest things to watch in the known world (according to me.)

Very sexy.
Aug. 28th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - I'm glad you enjoyed it! Erik using his powers to shave Charles seemed like the ideal way to fill that particular prompt square...
Aug. 30th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
Ngggf shaving!kink, yessssss. Especially when Erik is doing all that wielding hnnnngg. SO HOT.
Aug. 30th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
thank you very much - Erik's powers seemed like a very good basis for a shaving kink fic, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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