(50063 words) by ximeria
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011)
, X-Men (Comicverse)
, X-Men - All Media Types
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Erik Lehnsherr, Charles Xavier, Tony Stark, Raven | Mystique, Alex Summers, Armando Muñoz, Nathaniel Essex, Sebastian Shaw
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Victorian, Alternate Universe - Steampunk, Alternate Universe - Still Have Powers, victorian scientific experimentation, First Time
The year is 1864. While unrest brews in Europe, Charles Xavier is finally able to start his research after spending years trying to find funding. Riding the tailcoats of Charles Darwin, he sets out into the British countryside to find out how much truth there is in folklore, how much of it that can be explained by his own kind, gifted humans with special abilities.
Little does he expect to find new friends, new challenges, a budding attraction both emotionally and physically. Not to mention an enemy with far more nefarious and sinister plans than he could have ever imagined.
Erik Lehnsherr is set with a good business, a manor and grounds, staff and acquaintances he can lean on if needed. However, having tracked down and killed the man who killed his parents, he feels adrift, wondering if this is where he's supposed to end his life; a respectable man with a respectable business.
Dragging a drowning Englishman out of the river starts him down an entirely unforeseen, but not necessarily, unwelcome path.