When Erik returned to his room to check on Charles, he immediately
realized something was wrong. The room was dark and Charles wasn't
awake, like Erik had expected. He couldn't even see Charles. All he
saw when he entered was a shapeless heap under the covers. The heap
didn't move when Erik opened the door, which concerned him.
"Charles?" he whispered, slowly approaching the bed.
Erik went closer and repeated Charles' name, but he didn't receive
any reaction now either. Then he carefully placed his hand on the
heap and said the telepath's name again, though louder this time.
Charles suddenly woke up and jerked when he felt the hand that
touched him. Shocked, he believed it was Sabretooth who had come
back and gave a terrified, reflexive cry. No, please
But it wasn't Sabretooth. It was Erik. Charles stared at his friend
with glassy eyes, and it took him a few seconds to realize who he
was looking at.
Charles' reaction shocked Erik. "Charles?" he asked carefully. "What
is it? It's just me
When Charles finally lifted his head and exposed his throat, Erik
could see the strangulation marks and scratches Sabretooth had
caused him, and he got terrified.
"Charles! What happened?" he cried out, grabbing Charles by the
shoulders and looking into his frightened eyes. "Charles how
Erik passed his finger over the ugly bruises and fresh scratches
around Charles' neck. There was no doubt. Those marks had been
caused recently, and only one person was guilty. Charles didn't have
to say anything to make Erik understand.
"It was Sabretooth, wasn't it?" he asked seriously and did
everything to remain calm, although he felt like exploding. "He has
done this, Charles. He's hurt you. Talk to me then!"
At first Charles was too scared to say anything. He had Sabretooth's
threat fresh in his memory. //If you even breathe about this to
Mags, I'll come back and kill you!// Those had been his exact words,
and Charles did not doubt he meant it. But Erik was no idiot, of
course, and saw the connection at once.
Erik's anger passed on to pity. He understood how shocked his old
friend was, and anger would not make him open up.
"Now tell me," he said mildly. "Whatever it is, I want you to tell
me. He's been here, hasn't he? Tell me, Charles."
Erik cupped Charles' jaw in his hand, and forced him to eye contact.
Charles nodded slowly. It was no use denying it. Erik already knew.
"What did he do? Has he hurt you more?"
Charles nodded again. "Yes. Lower," he whispered hoarsely. His
throat still hurt when he tried to speak.
An awful thought passed through Erik's head. Had the beast raped
Charles? He gently pulled the covers down and saw the scratch on
Charles' penis. It was about half an inch long and no longer
bleeding, but still looked nasty enough.
"Charles, did he rape you?" Erik asked straight out.
Erik's hold of Charles' shoulders tightened. "Can you promise me
Erik was pleased with the answer. Probably it was true, since there
had been much more blood after a rape. Now Charles only had a few
dry stains on his upper thighs and around his neck. He didn't seem
seriously injured, but he was deeply shocked.
"What did he do to you? Tell me, Erik tried mildly. "He won't hurt
you again. I can promise you that."
But Charles didn't want to tell Erik what Sabretooth had done. He
didn't want to think about that monster at all. When Erik repeated
his question Charles began to break. He started sobbing and brought
one hand to his face to hide his tears.
"I don't want to talk about it
" he sobbed. "I don't even want to
think about it
Please Erik, don't ask it of me
"No, I understand," Erik admitted and gently pulled Charles into his
arms. "You don't have to talk about it. It's okay, my darling
can't hurt you now. Don't think about him."
At last Charles stopped crying. He leaned back against his pillows
and felt Erik's cool hand on his forehead for a while. It felt good,
and he wanted to ask Erik not to leave him alone.
Erik cleaned Charles' wounds and smeared some antiseptic ointment on
them. That was all he could do. The wounds weren't serious, yet he
still offered to bandage them, but Charles didn't want any bandages,
especially around his penis.
"Thank you, I feel much better now
" Charles whispered when Erik had
tended to him.
Erik kissed his old friend's forehead.
"I'm glad he didn't injure you worse. But I do promise you he will
not get away with this. I will deal with the beast at once."
"No!" Charles exclaimed, grabbing Erik's arm. "Stay here with me!
You can't leave me alone! Please?"
"Alright, I'll stay for now," Erik said soothingly. "Just relax,
Charles. I'm here now. You can relax."
Erik crawled down, fully dressed, in the bed and pulled Charles into
his arms. He soothingly stroked the telepath's bald head and rocked
him tenderly. Charles was no longer crying, but his breathing was
still ragged and he was feeling very doddering. With terror he
remembered Sabretooth's broad, malicious grin, and how his huge hand
had closed around his throat and stopped him from breathing. At that
moment Charles had been convinced that he would die.
But he didn't. He was safe now, with Erik. Erik wouldn't let anyone
"Charles?" Erik asked a while later. He was still holding Charles in
his arms, and his hand in his own. He was stroking his old friend's
knuckles with his thumb to get him calm, since he knew Charles had
always loved that feeling. Charles' hands were still shaking, which
meant he was scared and nervous.
"Was Raven here earlier this day?"
"Yes, she came with my breakfast. Why?"
"In the morning? Before Sabretooth hurt you?"
"And she hasn't been here after that?"
I don't know," Charles confessed. "I think I passed out after
"You don't have to talk about it," promised Erik. "I understand. But
I am pretty sure now. He was planning it. Everyone was acting weird
when we were having breakfast this morning. No one has told him
where you were. I believe he's tried to force Raven to tell him."
"And you think she did?"
"No, I believe he was spying on her when she came here earlier."
Erik felt like a complete moron for not telling Mystique to lock the
door. He should have known Sabretooth would try something like this.
Very well, it won't happen again, Erik decided. From now on the door
to his room would always be locked, and when he was done with that
"No, please, Erik, don't tell him that I
"Charles," Erik said resolutely. "Now you listen to me. This isn't
like you. I understand that he threatened you, but you have to
believe me when I say he won't come near you again."
Charles wanted to believe Erik, but he dared not. He felt so exposed
and helpless without his telepathy, which had been his strength and
only defence all his life. What was he now? A totally helpless,
wheelchair-bound old man who was completely dependent on others for
his survival? That was a pretty accurate description. There had been
moments when he'd hated and cursed his telepathy, but now he
realized he couldn't live without his gift.
"Charles," Erik said softly, pulling his hand over Charles' arm. "I
must go and confront Sabretooth. Now at once."
Charles opened his mouth to object, but Erik interrupted him.
"There is nothing you can say or do to stop me. Let me go now."
Erik disentangled from Charles and got out of bed. He corrected his
wrinkled outfit and brushed his thick hair back.
"Please, don't go," Charles begged. "You'll only make it worse!"
Erik sighed. "I don't think so. He has to pay for this. Only an
idiot would think I wouldn't notice what he'd done. Be calm,
Charles. He won't touch you again."
"Please, let me call my students," Charles whispered from the bed.
"Not yet, old friend. Be patient," Erik said seriously, and then
left the room. This time he made sure to lock the door, which would
protect Charles from the murderous lunatic also known as Sabretooth.
Sabretooth had gone to the gym to work out. He was full of
suppressed fury and frustration, and needed a way to relieve
himself. It was either this or tearing somebody apart.
The blond giant was wearing a tight tank top which clearly
emphasized his massive ribcage, and black slacks. His long, coarse
hair hung loose around his face, and in moments like this, it almost
resembled a lion mane. Sometimes Victor Creed suspected that he
would have been much more comfortable amongst lions or other wild
animals than humans. He was a wild animal staring out of his rumpled
mane more than a man.
While he was doing presses he thought about Xavier. He started to
regret he didn't rape the old man anyway. He would have deserved it,
and maybe he'd even liked it, little faggot that he was.
Suddenly his weight froze in midair as though some invisible force
had grabbed it. Sabretooth tried to pull the weight down, but it
wouldn't budge. Momentarily confused he turned his head to see what
was going on.
Magneto was standing at the door to the gym. Of course he was
controlling the weight with the help of magnetism.
Sabretooth frowned irritably, although he felt thrill of alarm in
the pit of his stomach. Xavier had told him, of course. Sabretooth
knew he would. And now Mags was here to punish him.
He was usually not afraid of the old queen, but unfortunately there
was a lot of metal in this room for him to control.
"Creed, can we exchange a few words?" Erik asked in an icy voice.
"Let go of my weight!" Sabretooth snarled back.
"As you wish."
Erik withdrew the magnetic field which kept the weight up, and
Sabretooth wasn't prepared for it, so the weight almost came down on
his chest. With a feral roar the huge mutant threw the weight to the
floor, where it landed with a deafening bang. Erik didn't even
Sabretooth bounced off the bench and shot the elder man a menacing
look from his black eyes. He was almost ready to slit the old man's
"You," Erik began, "have done something you shouldn't have. I guess
we both know what I'm referring to."
His voice was stern and his eyes filled with cold anger. Yet he
remained completely calm. Most of all he had wanted to bury
Sabretooth amongst all the weight, but coldly decided not to
overreact. He was a civilised man, not a feral animal like some
"Do you mean the old cripple in your room?" Sabretooth
grinned. "Yeah, we
met a while ago. Perhaps I was a bit rough with
him. Never mind, shit happens."
Erik clenched his teeth. "Charles is my friend, and you have hurt
him. You're not doing it again, not as long as I'm around. If I had
as little self-control as you have, I would kill you for what you
Sabretooth started jeering loudly and audaciously.
"You? Kill me? Are ya kidding, Mags? I would slash your throat
before you could do anything! I wouldn't threaten me if I were you,
Mags. Maybe you want the same treatment as your crippled lover?"
Slowly the blond giant started approaching Erik. Erik didn't like
it. He could handle Sabretooth from a distance, but if he let him
come too close he got dangerous. Erik knew what incredible reflexes
the large man possessed, and in a close combat Erik would be
chanceless. But he decided not to back or show any fear. Sabretooth
was like a predator; if you showed fear it could provoke an attack
Erik's heart rate increased, and he wondered if Sabretooth could
hear or feel it. It was also possible that Sabretooth's enhanced
senses allowed him to smell fear. Erik wasn't sure, but he wasn't
going to back away.
The giant stopped about two feet from Erik. Sabretooth was more than
a head taller and twice as heavy. He looked both imposing and
"What do you want from me, Mags?" the feral mutant asked. "You want
an "apology"?" he leered.
Erik tilted his head so that his pale blue eyes met Sabretooth's
black ones. "No," he said slowly and clearly. "That is not what I
want from you. I won't let you ever come near Charles again. I want
you to get out of this house. It was a mistake to let you come back
in the first place. Go and live with the beasts in the forest. It's
obvious that you belong there."
A low-pitched growl started to form in Sabretooth's throat. Small
wrinkles appeared around his eyes and his facial muscles flexed when
he clenched his teeth. He took one step forward and almost pressed
Erik against his massive chest. Erik finally backed not to be pushed
over by the giant, but discovered that the only thing behind him was
Sabretooth bent down until they were almost in eye level with each
other. Then he brought his face close to Erik's, and whispered in
"Do you think I care what you want, old man? Do you think I'll obey
an old fruit like you? Never. You've held me back long enough now,
and I'll put an end to it."
"Move away!" Erik hissed in reply and put his palms against
"Or else?" the giant mocked.
"You will regret it. I promise you that."
"You're really scaring me, Mags. Can't you see how I'm shaking?"
"Get out of here," Erik said. "There is no place for you here. Go!
Erik tried to push Sabretooth away, or at least make him move a
little, but Sabretooth grabbed Erik's wrists and pinned him against
the wall. He was looking menacing and feral, displaying his fangs
like a predator, sniffing his prey.
"You're getting saucy, old man!" he growled in Erik's face. "I don't
like that! Maybe the same treatment I gave your friend a few hours
ago would do you good!"
Erik was now too enraged to feel any fear. He knew he couldn't break
free only by physical strength, but he always had his power to his
The weight Sabretooth did presses with before started hovering
behind his back, like many other metallic objects in the gym.
"Release me at once, or the weight behind you will crash into your
back," he said furiously.
Sabretooth's facial expression became insecure. He couldn't *see*
any weights, but the familiar buzzing of Erik's powers actually
"Would you do that?" he asked sceptically.
Sabretooth's eyes narrowed, and he hesitantly released his hold of
Erik's wrists, although he didn't move out of his way.
Erik never let the hovering weights out of his sight, making sure he
was ready to fling them at the giant in case he tried anything.
"Back away," Magneto ordered.
Sabretooth backed approximately one foot, and Erik grasped the
opportunity and slid away from him. Now he felt relatively safe
again. Perhaps Sabretooth still respected him after all, although he
tried hard to prove he did not.
"I hope I was clear enough," Erik said. "Get out of my house. I
don't want to see you anymore. If you ever put your foot in this
house again, I won't be this forgiving."
"Do as he says, Creed," suddenly another voice said from the
doorway. It was Mystique. She entered the gym and stood beside Erik
to confirm his words.
"You're done here. It'll be best for everyone if you leave,
Mystique put her arm around Erik's shoulders, and was prepared to
defend him in case Sabretooth had a fit and attacked them. She
suspected that something serious might have happened, since Erik had
finally decided that Sabretooth didn't fit in among them.
Sabretooth was staring at them both; an elder, grey-haired man and a
blue-skinned woman with red slicked-back hair and yellow eyes. They
were his former team-mates, but not anymore. Now they were only two
mutants, maybe even his enemies, like everyone else.
"You want me to go away?" he asked them.
"Yes. And don't bother coming back," Erik replied coldly.
"Believe me, I won't! You really think I'll let an old faggot and a
blue whore control my life? You've done it long enough, but now it's
"Get out of my house!" Erik cried. He no longer cared to sound calm
and eloquent. The only thing he wanted now was to see Sabretooth
" the large man muttered and rushed out of the gym.
Finally Erik could relax and release the weights. He sighed deeply
when he was alone with Mystique, and brought his hands to his
temples, rubbing his aching head with his fingertips. Soon he felt
Mystique's light hand against his back, and realized she tried to
"What happened?" Mystique asked concerned. "He didn't hurt you, did
Erik shook his head. "No
"Then what happened?"
Erik raised his head and met Mystique's questioning eyes.
He hurt Charles," he slowly explained. "Didn't you know? Please
Raven, tell me that you didn't tell him where to find Charles?"
"No, of course not!" Mystique exclaimed. "You know I'd never do
anything like that! When did it happen? I had no idea," she said
honestly. "Is he OK?"
"He's not seriously injured physically, but he's in shock,
frightened and mentally instable. And I don't blame him. It must
have been a terrible experience."
"I am sorry," Mystique said. "You made the right choice, sending him
away. We can't keep him here. He's become uncontrollable."
"I know. I blame myself for the mistake to let him come back."
Mystique regarded Erik seriously. "He hurt me too," she explained.
Erik gasped. So it *was* true! Then what he feared had really
happened. Now Erik realized why everyone acted so strangely around
the breakfast table this morning.
"What did he do?" he asked.
"Look," Mystique replied and showed Erik her forearms. The scratches
were beginning to heal, and the bruises weren't visible, considering
her blue skin, but the marks his claws had left were still obvious.
" Erik said, taking her hands in his own. "I am so sorry
"Yesterday he tried to force me to tell where Xavier was. I refused,
and then he grabbed me and pressed me up against the pantry. For a
moment I was really worried, but he stopped when John came in."
"Hurt John? No. At least I think he didn't," Mystique said. "But now
you know. I didn't tell him Xavier was in your room, Erik. I swear."
"I believe you," Erik replied. "He must have spied on you today when
you brought Charles his breakfast. There is no other possibility. It
is my fault too. I should have told you to keep the door locked."
"Do you think he'll leave without trouble?"
"I hope so," Erik replied gravely. "I really hope so."
Mystique pulled Erik into her arms and let him rest his head against
her shoulder. He gratefully leaned against her with almost all his
weight, knowing she was strong and could take it. Erik had had so
much to do and fix lately, and really needed someone to lean on.
" whispered Mystique, stroking the elder man's grey
hair. "You're completely smashed
Are you alright?"
"Yes, I'm just
tired," Erik confessed. "I'll be alright."
"Would you like me to take care of you?" Mystique whispered in his
ear. "We can go to my chamber for a while. I think you'd like that."
Erik sighed again. No, sex was not what he wanted now. Not with
"No, Raven. Not now," he replied and disentangled from her.
"I can be a man if you wish," Mystique offered. "I know you prefer
men. You won't notice any difference."
Erik wasn't sure what to say. This was really a dilemma. He didn't
want to use Raven that way, knowing very well that she did it only
to please him. He also knew she didn't like anal sex, and he always
felt like such a bastard for doing that to her.
"No, I have to go back to Charles," Erik claimed. "Thank you for the
offer, but not right now."
"Alright, I see
" Mystique sighed, trying to hide her