The thing that always gets to me about this is how incredibly intimate that line is on Erik’s part. The intimacy makes sense on Charles’s side - unforgotten and I just had a twitter conversation earlier in the week about one of my favorite tropes, which is how Charles fell in love instantly, not even at first sight, but first touch of Erik’s mind (the realization that that beautiful mind is also super hot wetsuit dude is just a bonus) - so Charles is already full in, but Erik isn’t. He doesn’t know this guy, and the rest of the scene he’s angry and frustrated and obsessed with Shaw. So this moment is just, yeah, so INTERESTING.
(Also related to that conversation: discussion of mostly likely first time for them to have done it. I generally default to road trip, because I find it easier to believe for Erik after the “What do you know about me?” “Everything” scene. But I can totally believe any time - right away, road trip, mansion, not until after post-beach - in the right story, and I really have not read enough stories where it does happen right away. Definitely a niche that needs more filling.)
♥ to all the above.
Me, every time I see this gifset, I just imagine Erik going his whole life thinking he’s a unique and terrifying monster, and then suddenly there’s a voice in his head that’s forcefully entreating him to live and save himself, and he surfaces to see this:
…this gorgeous, gifted, confident man telling him with every certainty, you’re not alone.
I can easily see them sleeping together right away. I can see Erik taking hold of Charles and touching him at first not so much with intent to get him into bed, but just to prove that he’s real.