Days of Future Past
Hank / Charles
This is so gorgeous and so unbearably sad. I wonder if this is the moment when Charles finally breaks down completely, after Alex departs for Vietnam? The last of his teachers to go, leaving just him and Hank now in that big empty house?
Does Hank let Charles go off alone for hours, knowing his former mentor needed the time to process his loss? And then when Charles doesn’t come out of his room after one, five, eight hours he finally goes in to check on him? And he finds Charles curled up on the bed under a blanket, empty liquor bottles strewn all over the floor and doesn’t quite know what to do? Because Hank is good at figures and equations but he’s never been good with emotions - that’s always been the Professor’s forte. But he can’t just leave Charles, who is laying there without a sound, ignoring (or not aware of) the fact Hank is standing there calling his name.
And doesn’t know what to say to Charles to make things better, because it isn’t going to get better, not anytime soon. So the only thing he can think to do is to keep the Professor company and try to help with whatever and however he can…
And when Hank lays down on the bed next to Charles, to offer him comfort the only way he knows how, the other man looks at him, eyes still red and wet and asks “Are you leaving, Hank? You…you don’t have to stay.”
And Hank says, with utmost sincerity and the deepest affection for his friend, “No, Charles. I’m not going anywhere.”