Redemption For The Cold Hearted (A Loki Love Story)
Redemption, that is what Thor had in plan for Loki. They go down to Midguard, and Loki is avoiding everyone at all costs. He hardly speaks, he hardly eats, and he has dark circles around his eyes. Loki is a mess. When the Avengers are faced with a new threat, whom Loki met before when dealing with Thanos, the Avengers reluctantly go to him to help. Just one thing, Loki loves the threat, he loves her.
The Red Bouncy Ball
"Am I cursed?" He asks coldly. "What am I?"
"You're my son." Odin replies calmly.
"What more than that?" Loki sets down the Casket, and turns around, his skin an icy, dark blue and his eyes blood red and anger rising up in him. Loki walks slowly up to Odin. "The casket wasn't the only thing you took from Joutunheim that day, was it?"
"No." Odin says. "In the aftermath of the battle, I went into the temple and I found a baby. Small, for a giants offspring. Abandoned, suffering, left to die. Laufey's son."
"Laufey's son?" Loki replies quietly.
"Yes." Odin says. Loki's mouth opens slightly, taking in the shock.
"Why?" Loki exclaims. "You were knee deep in Joutun blood, why would you take me?"
"You were an innocent child." Odin replies.
"No, you took me for a purpose." Loki says. "What was it?"
Odin looks at Loki, guilt in his eye and a horrible feeling in his stomach.
"Tell me!" Loki screams, hot tears streaming down his cheeks.
"I thought we could unite our kingdoms one day, bring about an alliance. Bring about a permanent peace." Odin says. "Through you."
"What?" Loki mumbles, barley audible.
"But those plans no longer matter."
"So I am no more than another stolen relic? Locked up, here, until you might have use of me?" Loki says, shaking with rage.
"My duty was my words." Odin says quickly.
"You could have told me what I was from the beginning. Why didn't you?" Loki shouts, pain in his eyes.
"You're my son." replies Odin. "I wanted only to protect you from the truth."
"What, because I, I- I am the monster parents tell their children at night?" Loki responds, tears streaming out of his eyes.
"You know it all makes sense now. Why you favored Thor, all these years, because no matter how much you claim to love me, you could never have a Frost Giant sitting on the throne of Asguard!" Loki shouts darkly.
"No-" Odin collapses onto the ground, with Loki standing above him, hot tears on his cheeks.
With an abrupt start, Loki wakes up, sweating. He sighs and sees through the bars of his cell, the moonlight creeping in on him. He gets off the small cot, and paces around the room.
His cell wasn't much. Other than the fact that outside the door there was metal bars and about 6 guards standing and armed. Loki was a high security prisoner. And his magic wouldn't help, because around his wrists were two small cuffs which locked away his magic so he couldn't use it.
"Damn it all to hell." Loki muttered, smacking the grey walls with his pale fist. He ran his fingers through his hair, trying to calm down. It was just a dream. He thought. A dream of one of the most dreadful experiences of his life.
Loki slumped against the wall and grabbed the little red bouncy ball that Thor had given to him because he knew that Loki would be bored and bored-ness could lead to making plots and Thor knew that would be bad.
For about the five-hundredth time in the past week, Loki bounced the ball against the opposite wall, and it would bounce back into his palm. He'd do this hours on end, everyday. He'd been playing with the ball in the same manner for about three months now. He'd been in this cell for six months, and sometimes, with about twenty guards and Thor escorting and they'd lead him outside. Thor would insist and beg to Odin that Loki get some fresh air.
What would happen is that Thor would accompany Loki outside in the small meadow and talk to him. That happened about four times in the past six months, and Loki had not enjoyed it.
The red ball bounced back into his palm, and Loki clutched it for support. A single tear slid down his cheek. That dream, it was horrible. It was a nightmare. Loki stood up once again and looked out the small window out to the moon. He wondered what the Avengers on Earth were doing.
Back on Earth, Tony Stark was facing Clint Barton in a round of 'Who Can Drink The Most in Two Minutes?' and so far, Tony was winning. Clint was slowly turning a nasty shade of green.
"Go Clint! Come on!" Natasha called. Clint finished a cup, only to find another one for him to drink.
"Ten more seconds!" Bruce said, looking at Tony's iStark timer app.
"Five, four, three, two AND TIME!" Bruce shouted. "How many for Tony?"
"Seventeen." Steve said, impressed.
"I'll be right back... Washroom..." Tony said, he was green now. The Avengers could hair a nasty sound coming from the washroom.
"Same here..." Clint said weakly, sprinting to the bathroom.
"Tony won. Clint drank sixteen." Steve said.
"WOOHOO!" Tony yelled, upon hearing the news that he had won.
"You only beat me by one, Stark." Clint said.
"Who cares? I still won!" Tony shouted. Clint glared and sat down. The door opened and JARVIS' cool and calm voice said:
"Director Fury is here to see you." The dark-skinned man with the eyepatch and black clothing entered the room.
"Director Fury!" Steve said warmly. "What a pleasant surprise!"
"We have a problem." Fury said.
"What is it?" Bruce asked, looking up from the iStark.
"Thor just sent me a message. He is going to talk to Loki; he wants Loki to be redeemed. Here. On Earth. With us." Fury said.
"WHAT?!" Clint yelled.
"Thatâ€™s not all of it. We have a threat, associated with Loki's former army, the Chitari. She calls herself Aloren, and she says that she wants the Infinity Gauntlet, or she'll destroy Earth. That is also another reason we want Thor, not Loki, to come back to Earth. And she is also far more powerful than Loki, she has assembled and army more powerful than the Chitari, and she is using a different mean to invade, different than the Tesseract." Fury explained.
The Avengers looked horrified at each other.
"Director, how do you know that Loki isn't behind this, or with this Aloren?" Romanov asked.
"Thor has told me that Loki hasn't had any contact with the outside world except for him and his adopted mother. And that was on rare occasions. He says that Odin has placed a powerful enchantment on Loki, which stops his magic. But it all seems fishy." Fury answered.
The Avengers shrugged.
"I think we've all been bored since the Asguardians left, this ought to be exciting." Stark said.
"Adventure can be fun. But this Adventure will probably be like a rusty rollercoaster going one-hundred miles per hour." Fury replied. Stark shrugged.
"At least it is an Adventure.â€