25 5 / 2012
Title: Seeing Sense (WIP)
Prompt: Charles is a telepath, the strongest one ever recorded, but he’s also different from most other telepaths like Emma. Charles telepathy/mutation is more then just his ‘power’, it literally lets him communicate like a regular person. He’s actually a bit like Helen Keller. The only ‘senses’ he has without his power is ‘touch, taste and smell. His telepathy literally allows him to see the world and interact with people, his telepathy being his eyes, voice, and hearing. No one knows save for Charles’ now very dead parents, not even Raven knew.
So at some point the Brotherhood catches/kidnaps Charles and slaps a repression-collar on him, just to be safe since not all their members have a handy helmet while their keeping him prisoner. Erik and/or Raven come in with some food and try and talk to the oddly quite Charles, but up when he doesn’t speak or even look at them, just sitting there or moving around the room, running his hands across the walls of his cell seeming lost in thought. Its only after the third time to visit that Erik realizes and realizes that something is very wrong. Emma is called in after both Erik and Raven are starting to really freak out.
After it becomes clear what is wrong and the ‘truth’ of Charles’ powers come to light, Erik promptly rips off the suppression-collar. He then sits down and holds Charles watching as Charles’ senses slowly return and is once again ‘seeing and hearing’ him, a new understanding between them.
Why Everyone Should Read It: Oh god. Is “because I said so a reason?” It fills the important part of the prompt. We get to see Charles not only without his telepathy, but also without sight or hearing. In Emma’s place the author has put in Riptide, who is the only sensical person in the Brotherhood. The descriptions of the sensory deprivation from Charles point of view are enough to suck you into his dark, quiet, lonely world. And the descriptions of how he appears from the outside are brilliant as well. And it keeps hinting at Charles having a less than stellar childhood.
This has been added to stories that I check everyday. And I hope that everyone that reads it enjoys it as much as I have.