Disclaimer: I don't own X-Men or any of the characters unfortunately, but I can still give Charles and Magneto a hug!

A/N: This is set after the end of X-Men: The Last Stand. This is what I wished had happened when Magneto was in the park...

Hope

Magneto sat alone in the park, just staring at the chess board in front of him.

Eric, your name is Eric Lensherr. You are no longer Magneto...

He glanced around at the other men playing chess or cards near him. Their chatter and laughter caused him to wince; it was a cold reminder off all that he had lost in this war...

Charles, my old friend, he thought sadly, you were always there for me but when you needed me most, I sat by and did nothing. That can never be forgiven.

And Mystique... a tear rolled down his cheek as he thought of his long time companion. How I abandoned you! Ironic fate would have it that I am now accursed with the same thing I left you for.

Tears made tracks down his face as he aimlessly moved a piece on the board in front of him.

"I wouldn't move that piece if I were you." a voice commented from behind him, "You'll go straight into the path of the queen." He froze as he recognised the voice of the woman who had believed and supported him when all others fell aside... Mystique. Eric stood up quickly to face her,

"Hello Mystique." he said cautiously, hardly daring to believe she was there.

"My name is Raven now Eric, Raven Darkholme." she corrected him sharply.

"Yes of course...Raven." there was a slight pause as the two friends just watched each other.

"You abandoned me, Eric; you abandoned me after all I had done for you." The pained look in her eyes broke his heart. He would never forgive himself for that day.

"There is nothing I can do to make this up to you. It was a terrible act on my part and I regret it every waking moment." He reached out and tentatively curled his fingers around her own, his eyes showing her his sincerity. She studied him for a moment,

"I've missed you, Eric." She said quietly, her eyes locked with his. He looked at her in surprise.

"You have?" he asked, struggling to keep his voice even, he could barely comprehend why she would even want to talk to him anymore, let alone the fact that she missed him.

"How could I not?" she replied, smiling at his obvious disbelief. He pulled her into a hug,

"I've missed you too," he whispered, his tone laced with regret "More than you can ever know." She said nothing in reply only drawing her arms tighter around him in a silent gesture of forgiveness.
"Where are you staying Eric?" Raven asked as they broke apart. "I should come and visit you sometime." He gestured to the open area of the park.

"Well you already have, my friend." he replied, his eyes fixed on the ground, unable to meet her sympathetic gaze.

"In the park?" She reiterated the surprise quite evident in her voice.

"Yes, well, I got what I deserve I suppose." he commented bitterly. Raven's sudden move to grasp his shoulder, forced him to meet her eyes.

"You do not deserve this Eric, no one does." Eric shook his head morosely.

"No, my dear, I've done unspeakable things, I see it all now."

"Oh, Eric." she murmured softly as he looked away in order to hide the tears which had formed in his eyes. Raven placed her arm around his shoulders and began to lead him out of the park.

"Where are we going?" He asked cautiously, unsure of why she hadn't left him alone to his misery, right now it was all he deserved.

"I'm looking out for you now."

"Why?" he asked, as Raven opened the passenger-side door of her car for him. She paused and looked him straight in the eyes.

"Because, we can still be the future Eric. All you need is hope."