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Study Break
Tag: 616Steve | During Curses and Cures
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#1
They were in Steve's world. Which was also Wanda and Tony's world, if not the same time. But Wanda's teacher. Agatha, was still alive (she had totally been the lady sorceress with the cat, too) and had been fairly willing to help them by teaching Christian what he needed to know.

Thank God for small miracles and endless wonders.

They hadn't told Agatha everything; like that she was dead in Wanda’s current time, or that Christian was from a completely different universe, or at least, they hadn't yet.

Most of Christian's time was spent with the older magician, learning from her and practicing what he learned but even Christian, so willing to work hard, needed a break every now and then to relax and process everything that he had learned so far. So today, Agatha had told him they both needed to take time away from their work, leaving Christian in a world he didn't exactly know with nothing to focus on.

What did he do? Chris went looking for his friend, of course. “Steve.” he called to the super soldier brightly, a Large smile spreading across his face. “So I have the day off... Do you have some time?" That the smaller man was hoping for a positive answer was evident in the bright smile and wide eyes he turned on Steve.
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#2
Steve was home, at least sort of. It was still hard to think of this new world as home. Still he enjoyed walking the streets of Brooklyn, and looking at the familiar old buildings. Still that got rather lonely with nobody to reminisce with.

That is why when Christian comes to him, smiling brightly, and announces that he has the day off, Steve is eager to show him around town.

"Of course. I was just about to get some lunch. Care to join me?" Steve asks, "I know a great little diner."

The diner has been around since the early 30s, and Steve has memories of eating there with his Ma on the rare occasion that they had extra money.
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#3
There was a part of Christian, a large part even, that wished that he could easily open up a portal and take Steve home, to his real time, to let him live out the life he dreamed of, to save Bucky Barnes from the train, from Hydra, to bring him home to his family… But Chris knew that couldn’t happen, and there was another part of him, a small but loud part, that was glad that they couldn’t, that they shouldn’t do exactly that. Because history had to play out a certain way, and playing god with the timeline would change more than just Steve’s and Bucky’s lives. It could destroy the entire world they stood in right now. It could ruin the lives of countless people. Chris wished he could say that those very altruistic reasons were the only ones he had for being glad that they couldn’t bring Steve to his home time period, but he couldn’t. No, Chris selfishly wanted Steve to stay because he liked having the bigger man around. Because Steve was his friend, and he didn’t want him to leave. Selfish reasons…

Still, all of that aside, Christian was happy about being here, now. He had Wanda and Steve for moral support, Wanda and Agatha for magical support, and Agatha was teaching him a whole lot more than just how to help Castiel with his curse. Wanda said she could get them back to more or less around when they’d left, within a few days, and Christian believed her, so… why not learn as much as he could? He worked hard, both to learn as much as he could absorb and to impress Agatha so she’d teach him even more.

But even the hardest working student needed breaks from studying, and Agatha had told Chris to take the day away from magical learning. The best option for having a bit of fun and relaxing was to find Steve or Wanda, and as much as Christian liked Wanda, her abilities (and her history) were just a touch...unsettling to the young magician. So he sought out Steve.

Lunch? “Sure, I can definitely eat.” A little diner, of course Steve would be taking him somewhere like that, and Chris grinned, “Sounds good. I just hope they have good pie.” No one’s pie could compare to Belle’s, but some places could come close, and Chris missed pie. Chris followed Steve to the diner, “I feel a little bit guilty for being so happy about having earned a break… But if Wanda can bring us back to almost when we left, then hopefully it won’t make too much difference, having a day off. Right?”
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#4
Christian had been working so hard the past few days, and Steve had watched as he pushed himself to work even harder. While Steve understood the value of hard work, he also understood the toll it took on the body when one worked without rest. Ma had practically worked herself to the grave, taking days off from work only when she was too weak to stand. Watching him made Steve worry that Christian was overworking himself. So when Christian seeks him out on his rare day off, and better yet, agrees to have lunch with him Steve feels himself relax slightly. He's going to make this the most relaxing stress free day possible.

"Some of the best pie in Brooklyn, assuming they haven't changed the old recipe," Steve grins.

They get to the diner and Steve holds the door open for Christian and thinks about what Christian said.

"Don't feel guilty. Even during the war people got furloughs from the front line. Nobody can work at 100% capacity 100% of the time." Steve says as they take their seats in a corner booth, far away from the lunch time rush.
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Christian had always been a hard worker, putting everything he had into his studies, into his work, into his magic, and into his creations. He was perfectly capable of falling into a book or project and not coming up until his stomach demanded food, or his eyes couldn’t stay open any longer, and then finally he’d take a break. He’d never made himself sick, though. He’d never felt weak the way Steve was thinking. Still, he didn’t like to stop, not when it was something important like this was.

But Wanda could bring them back to roughly the same time as they’d left, just a couple of days. Castiel would be okay for a few days, Christian knew that. He knew that Castiel wouldn’t want him to overwork himself. So when Agatha had told him to take the day off, to rest and recover and enjoy the day, Christian hadn’t argued, he’d simple nodded and smiled and left to go find Steve and see if the man wanted to do something or just spend some time together.

“I love pie.” Chris grinned widely at Steve’s assurance, “Belle, my sister, she makes the best pie ever. She could open a bakery, you know? But she’s away on a quest with some of her friends, to help a lady make things right in her world.” He paused, and then laughed, “Sort of like we are right now! Only she can’t come back to just a couple of days from when she left, so I miss her a little bit.” Christian spoke with the quiet acknowledgement of someone who knew the world (and other worlds) was a dangerous place, but had faith that he’d see his loved one again.

Chris beamed Steve another smile when he held the door open, slipping into the diner and taking a look around. It was a lovely little place, exactly the sort of diner that he could imagine Steve coming to, actually. “Well, no, of course not. But I’m… I feel like I’m gaining a whole lot here, studying under Agatha, more than just how to cure Castiel’s curse… And I’m… I’m happy. I like learning, studying magic. I guess mostly I just think that this is supposed to be serious work, not just me getting to learn things I find interesting or useful for myself.”
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#6
"A quest?" Steve asks with interest, "Is she a superhero too?"
Steve gives Christian a sympathetic smile. He knows what it's like to miss someone who's off fighting for the forces of good. It's never easy to be left on the home front.

"I think you're allowed to enjoy yourself. This is an amazing opportunity for you." Steve says. "Besides I find that I learn better when I'm interested in the material. What is she teaching you now?"
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Christian started out nodding, and then quickly began to shake his head. “She went on a quest with a group of other people. But no, she’s not a superhero. She’s just…” He paused, trying to find the right words, “Very brave.” His sister was special, she was brave and true, and she knew how to take care of people. Christian hoped she was okay. He prayed for her safety every night, along with the rest of the people he cared the most about.

Allowed to enjoy himself. Christian considered Steve’s words before nodding slowly. Yes, he was enjoying learning, and he was happy to be able to improve enough that maybe he really would be able to help Castiel get rid of his curse. And maybe Steve was right; it was fine to be happy about it. He could be allowed to enjoy his improvement, even if he wasn’t doing it for himself.

“Well, right now we’re focusing on how to hold onto a spell, how to keep one going for longer, and how to better control magical energy expenditure when I’m making things. I should be able to make things last longer now, on purpose. When I made Jonah, I wasn’t sure what I had done, how I did it. Now I do. I’m learning a lot of things I didn’t know before… New ways to use my magic. It’s… A lot.” He glanced down at the table where they sat for a moment before looking back up for Steve, "Thank you. For coming. I wasn't sure I could face doing this by myself."
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#8
"sometimes being brave is all it takes to be a superhero," Steve says. He can think of several soldiers he served with who were superheroes in their own right, even if they never got the proper recognition for their heroism.

Steve listens to Christian talk with interest. He's seen magic used, by both sides, during the war. Usually it was to kill or destroy as much as possible. It was a welcome change to hear about all the good things magic can do as well.

"Yes, you could have. You're amazing," Steve says sincerely
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Chris gave Steve a smile at his words, and nodded slowly, just a small nod, but it was a show of agreement, “Belle might not have super abilities, but she’s a hero to me. Growing up, she was… Everything.” He sighed, then shrugged, “I was smaller than most of the kids my age, and I was quiet. Belle, even after she was adopted, she was my best friend, my sister, maybe not by blood, but in all of the important ways, you know? Now she’s off on this quest, and I worry about her.” He hadn’t stopped sending healing and strengthening energy and magic into the figurine he’d made for her, hoping that it would help her even just a little bit wherever she was now.

Talking about the magic he was learning helped. It was both a reminder of what he was doing here, what his goal was; to help Castiel, and it was almost like studying. Talking about it made him remember what he’d learned, and thus reinforced those lessons. Christian had spoken with Agatha about the ideas he had on how to perhaps end the curse on Castiel, and some of those ideas seemed to hold water with the more experienced magic user. First, though, Christian had to study and learn before he’d be skilled enough to do what would be necessary to see any of those ideas through. It was exciting, to know he was learning, and learning quickly, and frightening to realize how little he actually did know.

Amazing? Christian blinked at the statement. His uncertainty about just how amazing he was was clear on his face. “It’s… A lot. And it’s scary, Steve. Miss Zatana, when she found me and told me about magic in the first place, helped me, but she told me it was a long, difficult thing, to learn magic. And I’m learning so much here, so quickly… I…” How could you tell a hero, one of your heroes, and friends, that what you could do sort of terrified you? What would Steve think? “It’s a lot of responsibility…”
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"she sounds like my pal Arnie. He kept me out of a lot of trouble growing up," Steve says, "does she have magic like you?"

Christian gives him a doubtful look and Steve wishes he knew what to say to convince him that he is amazing. He just doesn't know how to put something so obvious into words.

 “It’s a lot of responsibility…”

Steve wants to laugh, but he doesn't want Christian to think he's laughing at him, so instead he settles on a fond smile.

"Of course being a hero is a lot of responsibility, but I wouldn't trust anybody with the responsibility, who didn't fully appreciate that fact...and I definitely trust you." Steve says.
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Steve compared Belle to his friend growing up, and Christian grinned. “Belle is amazing in a whole lot of ways,” he agreed with Steve about that, “But magic is somewhat uncommon in our world, I think. I’m a bit new to it, kind of, so I’m not sure, but no, Belle doesn’t use magic.” He smiled fondly and even proudly when he considered his sister, “She doesn’t need it.”

Christian viewed himself as a lot of things, but amazing wasn’t one of them. He disliked being labeled most of the time, being told ‘this is who and what you are’ bothered him, primarily because people used words like ‘small’ and ‘weak’ to describe him fairly often. But amazing? Chris fidgeted and blushed and just couldn’t wrap his head around it. Competent, he did think he was competent. But that was nothing all that special; lots of people were capable.

It was a lot of responsibility. It was almost daunting, how much there was to learn, to know, to keep track of, to be responsible for. Magic was powerful, and Christian was small. But Steve’s smiling at him like that, and Chris blinked and looked down at the table even as his cheeks grew warm. Sometimes he hated how often he blushed. “I’m not a hero.” Chris looked back up at Steve, blinking, “I’m not like you or Iron Man or Safi.” Maybe his eyes were just a tiny bit watery, because… A hero? Not him. He was just a PA at Lexcorp who could plan one hell of a party. There was nothing heroic about him. He couldn’t even bring himself to hit someone, even in his own defense!
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"how long have you been doing magic?" Steve asks curiously. He realizes he doesn't know much about Christian's world or life, "Is your magic like Wanda's?"

Christian's cheeks take on a pink glow. Steve doesn't mean to embarrass his friend; he just doesn't understand how anyone can see what Christian can do and not come to the conclusion that Christian is amazing. It was more than just his skill in magic, it was how good and kind he was. Steve had seen a lot of people who had incredible powers, but used them in the worst possible ways.

Steve frowns, were those tears in Christian's eyes?

"You jumped into another universe to learn advanced magic so you could save the life of one person. If that's not heroic, than I don't know what is," Steve says, "you don't have to be like me or Iron Man, or Safi. There is more than one way to be a hero."
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