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This is super fluffy future!fic/kid!fic. No context necessary. (I think? They're dodgy professors by this point and have kids.) This arose from talking to [livejournal.com profile] stlkrchck about Charles hiding dinosaurs in the lawn for their kids to discover while Wanda and Pietro are going through a dinosaur phase.

Erik stands in the kitchen washing dishes, pointedly ignoring the irritated whirring of the coffee machine, while Charles traipses around outside destroying their lawn. He has been at it the past hour, armed with a trowel and several plastic dinosaurs, moving in and out of Erik’s line of vision, leaving some very distinct unearthed patches amidst the grass. Finished with the last pan, Erik places it on the drying rack and goes outside to stage an intervention.

“Charles,” Erik says, just loud enough to get Charles’ attention.

He looks over, smiles brightly at Erik in a way that has not diminished over the years--really, has heightened, more than anything--, and still makes his heart beat faster. “Hello, darling,” Charles says, standing up, wiping the dirt off his hands onto his grass-stained khakis.

Erik sighs, leans over to confiscate the trowel before Charles can stop him. “You do need to leave some of the lawn intact.”

“It is intact--I’ve just … redistributed some of the grass,” Charles says.

“And left behind plastic toys in your wake,” Erik says, unimpressed.

“Dinosaurs,” Charles corrects. “There are now several sites from which Wanda and Pietro can excavate.”

“You are spoiling them terribly,” Erik says.

“They looked so disappointed when all they found in the garden were half-grown carrots,” Charles says.

“This is setting unrealistic expectations for the future,” Erik says.

Charles quirks an eyebrow. “And the astronaut-pirate ship was all about setting reasonable expectations,” he says.

“That was different,” Erik says, comfortably dismissive, since he’s aware he's just as bad as Charles, but at least Erik’s endeavors don’t mangle the lawn--usually.

Charles rolls his eyes, but he hasn’t stopped smiling. “May I have my trowel back?”

No,” Erik says. “You don’t even have any dinosaurs left.”

“I’m adding in some red herrings to make the discoveries all the more exciting,” Charles says. “I’d like to finish in time to get cleaned up before we should pick them up from Raven’s.”

“Oh, well then--” Erik says sarcastically. “Absolutely not.”

“Now things will just be too easy,” Charles says, heaving an exaggerated sigh that Erik knows Charles learned from Raven.

“But our lawn will be fine,” Erik says.

Charles’ expression does something complicated, and he steps closer into Erik’s space. He’s ready to hold the trowel out of reach, but instead of making a grab for it Charles rests his hands on Erik’s chest and kisses him, slow and sweet. Erik hooks an arm around Charles’ waist, kissing him back, and when they part Charles is grinning at him.

“What was that for?” Erik asks quietly, curious but definitely not complaining--he has become fluent in Charles-speak, but sometimes Charles-logic still takes a moment to catch up with.

“We have a lawn. Together,” Charles says.

Erik gives him an evaluating look. “We also have kids. Is this just occurring to you now?”

“No, no, no--of course not, but--all of this is ours,” Charles says, emphasizing the point, and that Erik understands perfectly.

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Date: 2012-01-19 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stlkrchck.livejournal.com
YAY!!!!!!!!!!

I continue to love this so much. Particularly the end, as their relationship still has the power to overwhelm them both.

So lovely :)

(Also, Eggbert's cameo, as I've mentioned, is A++, and Erik's astronaut-pirate ship sounds incredible.)

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Date: 2012-01-19 10:28 pm (UTC)
ext_11663: by flyingmachine on LJ (Default)
From: [identity profile] chiasmus.livejournal.com
:D :D I'm so glad you approve!!

I just like to imagine that throughout the decades, the one thing that doesn't change is how crazily and impossibly in love they are with each other.

(I had to! I couldn't have Erik in the kitchen without giving Eggbert an appearance. He would never forgive me, I feel. Erik's astronaut-pirate ship will have to get its own story one day, in the future. :D)

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Date: 2012-01-19 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stlkrchck.livejournal.com
I totally approve!

Aww, yes it is. Charles and Erik FOREVER! (They're so sweet. I love it. They'll always be silly grad students arguing over offices at heart.)

Also, I'm so, so sorry, but I had to do this. Please forgive me?
Erik wouldn't say that he starts work when Charles leaves for a class trip that he's chaperoning into the city to see the Roman frescoes at the museum, but he's well aware that he only wouldn't say it because Charles would be angry. It's not his fault that Charles apparently decided that it would be acceptable to leave him at home with two overexcitable terrors (they take after Charles that day) with slight colds that keep them out of nursery school. Or that Charles takes exception with Erik's ways of keeping the kids from causing trouble. "It doesn't count if you leave them so hyper they can't sleep," he always says. Erik doesn't understand what the problem is.

Cartoons will only keep them interested for so long, so Erik escapes into the backyard (he keeps the door open so that he can look in on them every few minutes and make helpful suggestions like, "Wanda, stop pulling on Pietro's hair," and "Pietro, you're not allowed to eat the remote control") to start work.

Thankfully, he's finished in time to catch the last five minutes of Mighty Mouse with them, which means he'll be able to keep them from getting bored and destroying another room of the house. Their study may never recover.

"Outside," he says, flicking off the remote. "Chop, chop, let's go."

There's an enormous pile of things in the backyard. "Papa, what's this?" Wanda asks.

"Bearie," Pietro says, pointing. "'S Bearie."

"Yes, it is," Erik says, pulling on his eyepatch. "I'm the Dread Pirate Roberts, and I stole Bearie! Oh no!"

"That's silly," Wanda says, hands on her hips. Her blond hair gleams in the sun. "We'll be able to catch you easily."

"No, you can't! I'm an astronaut pirate ship! You'll never catch me!" He zooms off around the backyard. The children scream with laughter and run circles around him, trying to catch him.

Erik wakes up that evening to Charles leaning over him. "I put them to bed," he says quietly. "When I came home, you were all asleep on the couch."

"They were tired," Erik says with a yawn.

"So I hear," Charles says. He lifts Erik's eyepatch up and rubs their noses together gently. "Astronaut pirate ship?"

"Mmm," Erik says. "Want to see if you can catch me?"

Charles kisses him, slow and deep and sweet as hell. "I already did," he says when he pulls back.

Erik can't argue with him.
Edited Date: 2012-01-19 10:48 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-01-19 11:03 pm (UTC)
ext_11663: by flyingmachine on LJ (Default)
From: [identity profile] chiasmus.livejournal.com
OH MY GOD ALL OF MY SMILES. ♥♥♥

(in other words, I don't mind at all, and I just want like, all of the words for everything)
Edited Date: 2012-01-19 11:04 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-01-19 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stlkrchck.livejournal.com
THANK YOU!

I hope you don't mind that I posted about it (http://stlkrchck.livejournal.com/6203.html). :)

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Date: 2012-01-19 11:14 pm (UTC)
ext_11663: by flyingmachine on LJ (Default)
From: [identity profile] chiasmus.livejournal.com
I am fine with that! :D I will unlock this post. ♥

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Date: 2012-01-19 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stlkrchck.livejournal.com
Ww, hon, so sorry! Do you want me to f-lock it? I just love what you wrote so much :)

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Date: 2012-01-20 12:15 am (UTC)
ext_11663: by flyingmachine on LJ (Default)
From: [identity profile] chiasmus.livejournal.com
Oh, no, that's fine! I just think my default setting is to post Friends Only, but I don't mind at all. I am glad you liked it that much. :)
Edited Date: 2012-01-20 12:21 am (UTC)

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Date: 2012-01-20 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrkinch.livejournal.com
Both completely adorable! After a hard day of XMFC angst there's nothing so wonderful as fluffy, adorable domestic!fic to soothe my soul.

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Date: 2012-01-20 07:07 pm (UTC)
ext_11663: by flyingmachine on LJ (Default)
From: [identity profile] chiasmus.livejournal.com
Thank you. :) domestic!fluff is my total weak spot in this fandom that always makes me happy.

serenading, as promised

Date: 2012-05-22 12:25 am (UTC)
ext_11663: by flyingmachine on LJ ((xfc) chess)
From: [identity profile] chiasmus.livejournal.com
fly me to the moon
and let me play among the stars
let me see what spring is like
on Jupiter and Mars
in other words~ hold my hand~

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Date: 2012-01-19 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] disbelief11.livejournal.com
I'm so glad today seems to be fluffy love day, as I have a penchant for that. Oh! They have kids and a lawn together and spoil the kids rotten...*happy sigh*

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Date: 2012-01-19 10:58 pm (UTC)
ext_11663: by flyingmachine on LJ ((xfc) good times)
From: [identity profile] chiasmus.livejournal.com
I just always want like, all of the fluff. They do! There is so much spoiling going on between them and awesome aunt Raven. :D

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Date: 2012-01-20 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] afrocurl.livejournal.com
Aww, can I just hug them both?

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Date: 2012-01-20 01:36 am (UTC)
ext_11663: by flyingmachine on LJ (Default)
From: [identity profile] chiasmus.livejournal.com
As long as you don't mind grousing from Erik. :D

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Date: 2012-01-20 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] afrocurl.livejournal.com
Not at all. I've already decided that I want to befriend another friend's iteration of Erik because her version needs LOTS of love.

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Date: 2012-01-20 07:10 pm (UTC)
ext_11663: by flyingmachine on LJ ((xfc) erik - good parenting)
From: [identity profile] chiasmus.livejournal.com
Aw, I think most of my AU Eriks get lots of love, because I think he needs it. (Well, so do my Charleses, if I think about it.)

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Date: 2012-01-20 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_profiterole_/
It's so adoraaa~ble! <3

And then Erik realised that Charles had taken advantage of the kiss to steal the trowel... XD

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Date: 2012-01-20 07:11 pm (UTC)
ext_11663: by flyingmachine on LJ (Default)
From: [identity profile] chiasmus.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Yeah, pretty much; Charles knows the best way to distract Erik. :D

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