leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: New Year, New Beginning
Fandom/Pairing: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: Romance
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,442
Summary: Sequel to A Christmas Carol. On New Year's Eve, Charles reflects on the events of the previous days. For the new year, there's only one more thing he asks of Erik.
A/N: Many thanks to my beta reader yourareunearthlything. And a happy New Year to all of you!

New Year, New Beginning )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: A Christmas Carol (4/4)
Fandom/Pairing: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: Drama/Romance
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 4,070
Summary: Around Christmas 1962, Erik gets a nightly visit by a strange woman with extraordinary abilities who claims to be the Ghost of Christmas – Past, Present and Future. Despite his objections – after all, such things only exist in stories – she takes him on a journey to re-discover himself.
A/N: I will be posting one chapter every day, ending on Christmas Eve.
Many thanks to my two beta readers yourareunearthlything and sonicshotguns, and also merci beaucoup to gabrielmanga who helped me with some French lines in the first chapter (translations at the bottom).

Chapter 4 )
leandraholmes: (Erik manpain)
Title: A Christmas Carol (3/4)
Fandom/Pairing: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: Drama/Romance
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 5,638
Summary: Around Christmas 1962, Erik gets a nightly visit by a strange woman with extraordinary abilities who claims to be the Ghost of Christmas – Past, Present and Future. Despite his objections – after all, such things only exist in stories – she takes him on a journey to re-discover himself.
A/N: I will be posting one chapter every day, ending on Christmas Eve.
Many thanks to my two beta readers yourareunearthlything and sonicshotguns, and also merci beaucoup to gabrielmanga who helped me with some French lines in the first chapter (translations at the bottom).
Please also go back to the last chapter and check the part after Hank explains his theory. I made a few additions there after a very constructive discussion with [livejournal.com profile] speak_me_fair. There was a bit of a lack of reaction from Erik, and I made according changes.
Regarding constructive cricism, I have something more to say, but after the cut...

Chapter 3 )
leandraholmes: (Erik manpain)
Title: A Christmas Carol (2/4)
Fandom/Pairing: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: Drama/Romance
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 4,521
Summary: Around Christmas 1962, Erik gets a nightly visit by a strange woman with extraordinary abilities who claims to be the Ghost of Christmas – Past, Present and Future. Despite his objections – after all, such things only exist in stories – she takes him on a journey to re-discover himself.
A/N: I will be posting one chapter every day, ending on Christmas Eve.
Many thanks to my two beta readers yourareunearthlything and sonicshotguns, and also merci beaucoup to gabrielmanga who helped me with some French lines in the first chapter (translations at the bottom).

Chapter 2 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: A Christmas Carol (1/4)
Fandom/Pairing: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: Drama/Romance
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 4,864
Summary: Around Christmas 1962, Erik gets a nightly visit by a strange woman with extraordinary abilities who claims to be the Ghost of Christmas – Past, Present and Future. Despite his objections – after all, such things only exist in stories – she takes him on a journey to re-discover himself.
A/N: I will be posting one chapter every day, ending on Christmas Eve.
Many thanks to my two beta readers yourareunearthlything and sonicshotguns, and also merci beaucoup to gabrielmanga who helped me with some French lines in the first chapter (translations at the bottom).

Chapter 1 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
So, since I'm already pondering about the sequel (but it WILL take quite some time until I can start; as I've said I've got something with [livejournal.com profile] narya86 to finish first - a fixit fic, movie verse) I'm interested in what you all who have read Beneath the Surface would like to see.

So let's have a poll, because we all love ticky boxes ^^

[Poll #1790087]

There's a reason why Hank's not included here *cough* You'll see ;) Eventually.

Is there anything else you'd like to see?
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface - Epilogue, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 2070
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. Well, sorry again for the epic delay. As I've said, I've been a little busy lately. This is really it now; I'm quite sad about that fact myself (maybe I've also been subconsciously putting this off because I didn't want it to end).
I said I might write a vignette or two here and there though. So if there's anything in particular that you'd like to see or learn about their future go ahead and prompt me. I'm also still thinking about that sequel, but I've got a few other stories to finish first - for example the one I'm writing with [livejournal.com profile] narya86.
Anyway, again thank you all SO much for the wonderful feedback. I hope you'll enjoy this last little installment :)


10 Months Later )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (17/17), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: R for language and mention of inhumane crimes.
Word Count: 6729
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. Sooo. This is it ^^ Well, not quite as there's an epilogue following (busy day at work yesterday so I couldn't finish it, and today is my friend's [livejournal.com profile] narya86's birthday, so I'll be at hers until tomorrow... but you probably won't have to wait very long.

Let me just say that it's been such an amazing journey, both while writing this fic and exploring the story and this world with the characters, and also with all of you who have given me so much amazing feedback. I'm quite sure I wouldn't have finished an over 100 k word fic in such a short time without you. You often were the right kick in the butt that I needed to continue ^^ So thank you all so, so much.

And now, without further ado...


Chapter 17 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (16/17), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: R for language and mention of inhumane crimes.
Word Count: 8533
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. Penultimate of the three showdown installments. And I'm almost done writing it ^^ Just three more scenes. I hope you're still enjoying it (and that the suspense isn't killing you). If all goes well I'll have the whole thing, including epilogue, finished by Saturday.


(image made by my lovely alpha reader [livejournal.com profile] narya86)
Read more... )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (15/~17), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: R for language and mention of inhumane crimes.
Word Count: 7739
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. Oookay, the showdown of doom is gonna be longer than I expected. 17 chapters all in all, I suppose.
As you know, I've had some troubles with this. It's still not completed but I decided I could safely post the first bit of it. Bit... being almost 8 k words with around twice as much still following. *cough* Well. Thank you all for your patience, your input and your lovely comments. Not making any promises, but I expect I should have the whole thing done by the weekend. So I'll possibly post another chapter in 2 days and the final one on the weekend. And then the epilogue which will be set 19 years later with Erik and Charles, and Raven and Irene bringing their kids to King's Cross and... wait, wrong franchise ^^

Chapter 15 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
I'm sorry guys, but I just realized I won't be able to post the next chapter as quickly as I've been posting the others. The showdown is quite complicated, and I want to have it finished completely before I start posting parts of it. I think it's going to be two chapters, but posting half of it tomorrow and the second half a few days later won't work. It might turn out that I need to change a detail here and there which I may only realize toward the end.

So please be patient a little longer. I will try my utmost to get this son of a bitch of a showdown finished over the weekend ;) If I succeed, the epilogue will be posted next Tuesday ^^

Furthermore, I would like to invite you all to reply to this post with the following:

1. Is there anything you're missing in the story, like a character that hasn't gotten enough scenes/dialogue or an aspect I didn't cover yet which you'd like to see?

2. Is there anything you didn't completely understand?

Another reader recently asked me how Erik thinks when he's a shark, which I haven't explained sufficiently, I suppose. Well, the answer is that he does still think like more or less a human, but his instincts are much more animalistic (in regards of danger, food etc). After his parents' death, he never transformed into his human form again, so he became more of a shark, starting to think more like an animal than a human. You may remember that he didn't talk much in the first few chapters and slowly had to get used to everything again. But now that he's been among humans for a while he's adjusted to that again, is probably more in balance with his human and shark side than before.

3. Would you like to read a sequel/vignette? What would you like to see? And would you be interested in reading a sequel that has a second main pairing which would be m/f?

4. Any pairings you'd like to see mentioned?

Or anything else you can come up with/want to know etc. Please don't be shy to also point out mistakes, plot holes, etc etc. I'd be more than happy to hear your input.

And last but not least a HUGE thank you for all the lovely comments so far. They have very often made my day, and without them I would not have continued writing this fic so diligently. So again: THANK YOU!!! ♥
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (14/~16), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: R for language and mention of inhumane crimes.
Word Count: 5736
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. Yes, um, it's going to be 16 chapters at least. And an epilogue ^^ As you noticed in the last chapter, Darwin had a brief cameo. I'm afraid that's all it's going to be, though. The idea presented itself to me quite spontaneously.
Furthermore, I'd like to ask you all something. The story has been only Charles' POV with one, now two scenes Erik's POV so far. I've been outlining the showdown and realized it will be difficult to stick to those two POVs only if I want to show everything that's happening. How would you feel about this sudden change in the showdown, if, let's say Sean or Moira would get a scene from their point of view?

Chapter 14 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (13/~15), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 5519
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. so, we're getting close to the showdown now ^^ I'm not sure if it's going to be two more chapters after this one or even three. Oh, and there's going to be an epilogue, too.

Chapter 13 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (12/~15), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 7247
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. To make up for my late update now a pretty swift one. I had quite a run after the last chapter ^^ Thank you all so much for your lovely comments.

Chapter 12 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (11/~14), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 7709
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Warning: There's one minor little thing I might need to warn for, though it's in no way triggery or anything. Due to it being spoilery though, please scroll to the end of the chapter and see the warning in the additional AN.
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. Sorry for the really late update this time. I was having a few busy days at work, and then a 3-day migraine killed all my creativity. I hope the rather epic length of this chapter can make up for the tardiness, however ;) The next chapter should follow swiftly again, though after that things will get a bit tricky and require intense planning. I'm not 100% sure I can stick to my 3-day rule beyond that point, but I will try my best.


Chapter 11 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (10/~14), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: PG-13, possibly up to NC-17 later.
Word Count: 5567
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. Sorry for the belated update. I promised Monday, but I was feeling kinda meh after the wedding. Not much sleep and all that (I had a blast though and even caught the bouquet ^^).
Also, forgive me for mostly making up the inner layout of the Myrtle Beach Aquarium. They don't have a very specific floor plan on their website, so I sort of went with a version of what I could put together from the info and from what I saw at Sea Life, London. Oh, and, yes, Sand Tiger sharks really DO that ^^ (though here in the video is the final result... I should upload the others too)


Chapter 10 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (9/~14), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: PG-13, possibly up to NC-17 later.
Word Count: 5539
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. Thank you guys a MILLION for the amazing feedback to the last chapter. You were so motivating that I managed to finish the next one before I have to leave for that wedding tomorrow. And the next chapter is even already started. Wow, seriously, I've never been more motivated before.
And did you see? [livejournal.com profile] raver_sprite drew me another fanart. Yay!


Chapter 9 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (8/?), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: PG-13/mild R for this chapter, possibly up to NC-17 later.
Word Count: 4127
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. Again thank you all so much for the lovely feedback. I'm loving all the input and questions, as well as the constructive criticism. I'm going to a wedding this weekend, so I'm not sure I'll be able to finish another chapter before that. I'll try my best, but it's possible I'll only update sometime early next week.

Chapter 8 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (7/?), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: R for this chapter, possibly up to NC-17 later.
Word Count: 5535
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Warnings: Major angst in this chapter, mention of torture and violence.
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. Again thank you all so much for the lovely feedback. I'm loving all the input and questions, as well as the constructive criticism.

Chapter 7 )
leandraholmes: (Charles Eric Kiss)
Title: Beneath the Surface (6/?), Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, Charles/Erik
Genre: AU; Drama/Romance
Rating: PG-13 for this chapter, possibly up to NC-17 later.
Word Count: 4339
Summary: Charles is a young marine biologist and activist that, one day, makes the find of his lifetime. Inspired by this fanart
Author's Note: Still un-beta'ed. And sorry, I've been horrible with replying to all the lovely feedback you've given me. I'll promise to reply more in the future again, but I've been very busy lately.

The lovely [livejournal.com profile] raver_sprite made a gorgeous fanart to a scene in Chapter 2. You should all go and take a look if you haven't yet. I was so, so extremely flattered and touched!!! ♥

Furthermore, I dedicate this chapter to [livejournal.com profile] shadadukal who reminded me of a little detail that prompted the main idea for this one. Not gonna say anything so I won't spoil you others ^^

So, if any of you also have ideas or see something I've missed or haven't considered (or if you find any stupid typos or other errors) please go ahead and tell me. I won't bite... as Erik may do :D

Chapter 6 )
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