erik-lamesherr asked: An angsty and possibly painful fic prompt (inspired by a text post I can't seem to find right now) in celebration of you reaching 1K! <3 Charles/Erik tearily singing to a dying Erik/Charles in their arms.. Living character gets overwhelmed with sadness and grief, so the dying character continues singing in order to console the other.
D: I reject that reality and substitute my own.
Erik is in the middle of running his sword through his opponent, steel blade slipping fatally in between ribs with a wet crunch of bone, when he hears it. The battle is loud and raging all around him, the screams and cries of other men backed by the heavy thuds and crashes of metal on metal, but the sound cuts straight through all of it, an arrow piercing directly into his heart like a bullseye.
It’s somewhere between a choked-off cry and breathy gasp, high and pained with a tinge of shocked surprise. Erik whirls around, his gaze slicing through the chaos of battle and landing on Charles, just in time to watch his enemy yank his sword back out of Charles’ stomach, Charles’ entire body jerking with the motion, giving another helpless, involuntary whimper, swaying in slow motion.
When he falls, Erik’s entire world goes crashing down with him.
Erik sees red.