CHAPTER 8: STUTTGART, GERMANY
Disclaimer: These events take place during the movie The Avengers.
Loki and I walked to the lab part of the hideout. Erik, his eyes still glowed a deep blue, looked happy to see him. I hated seeing him like this, being under someone’s control. I will figure out how to break this spell. If only I could get a hold of Loki’s staff?
“What did it show you, Agent Barton?” Loki asked Clint.
I was surprised he agreed with my reasoning to use our names, so we knew which one he was talking to. “My next target.”
Target? Looks like whatever he needed to open the portal was finally found.
“Tell me what you need.” Loki looked ready to act.
“I need a distraction.” Clint opened his bow. “And an eyeball.”
After careful planning we headed to Stuttgart, Germany. That was were a rare material called Iridium was located. Loki told me to stay with Agent Barton and act as a lookout so he could get the material. However, I had my own idea in mind. I had to get the scepter so I could reverse the mind control he had on my friends.
Clint’s group went to the roof, Loki went into the building. I followed him and tried to blend with the crowd.
Loki walked in and hit one of the men with his staff. Then he grabbed another one and slammed him on a table in the middle of the room. He pulled out some sort of technology I didn’t recognize and drilled out his eye with it. Everyone screamed and fled the building. I was horrified. What sort of lunatic did things like this? I left the building with the crowd. I was scared. I should have stayed with Clint after all. Outside of the building I saw a pole near the entrance. I made my way to there and waited for Loki to exit the building. There was no use in running, not if I wanted to help anyone. I had to face my fears, like my mother taught me. I leaned on the pole.
He walked out of the building wearing some sort of armor. The helmet had horns on it. It looked simular to what I saw Thor wear in New Mexico after he held his hammer, just green, not red.
Tons of people were running away all around me. Loki, not even looking at me, spoke “I thought I told you to stay with Barton?”
I stood straighter, no longer leaning on the pole. “And miss all the action?” I smiled at him.
He smirked and kept walking. I followed a short distance behind. He blasted a police car with his scepter. How am I going to get a hold of it?
He projected himself around a crowd of people and commanded them to kneel before him. The stone glowed and I nearly fell to my knees. It took every ounce of strength not to. This is not a joke. I must be very careful.
He began to make a long-winded speech about humans needing to be ruled. As if! I tuned him out until I saw an old man slowly stand up.
“Not to men like you.” The old man said.
A huge smile played on Loki’s face. “There are no men like me.”
“There are always men like you.”
Loki slowly raised his staff while he spoke. “Look to your elder, people. Let him be an example.”
“No!” I screamed and reached for the scepter as the blast came from the jewel. He shrugged me away. I looked to where the man was and saw he was saved by another man. Captain America had arrived. I couldn’t stop the huge grin on my face. Just maybe, I could get the scepter with his help. I can save my friends. Save Erik, the closest person to a father I have known.
Loki blasted at a jet that had a female voice coming over the PA system. Captain America threw his shield. The fight began. “Everyone, get out of here.” I started helping everyone get to safety. Once they were gone, I ran back to the fight. Just as I did, Iron Man came flying in and blasted Loki.
“Make a move, Reindeer Games…” Tony said.
To my surprise, Loki changed back into his normal outfit and surrendered. This must be a trick? I just know it. I need to go with them. Not only to get the staff, but to keep an eye on him.
After a lot of convincing, and Steve Rogers vouching for me because I helped the people escape, they let me join them on the jet back to base. They also wanted me to debrief Director Fury on what I knew about the base the others were at.
I was sitting across from Loki on the jet. The occasional glances he made at me were like daggers piercing flesh. I refused to look away. I looked at him nearly the same way. I was pissed! Everyone is still under his control. I am not any closer to the scepter since they opted it to be transported on a different vehicle from Loki. I understood their reasoning, it just wasn’t helpful. During our flight, lightning sounded outside. Loki looked around. I slowly stood up. Something didn’t feel right. There was a sudden thud on the roof. I raised my hands ready to use my abilities. I was hoping not to let S.H.I.E.L.D. find out about them, but I was not letting Loki out of my sights.
Stark opened the back of the jet and Thor came inside. He hit Stark and grabbed Loki. I flung myself on Thor’s back and we propelled out of the jet. I held on as tight as I could. I AM AN IDIOT! I kept screaming in my head. Thor landed on a mountain ledge, Loki was thrown down and I fell and landed on my back. Pain shot through me. I could barely breathe.
“Where is the Tesseract?” Thor was pissed.
Loki laughed. “I missed you too.”
“Do I look to be in a gaming mood?”
“Oh, you should thank me. With the Bifrost gone, how much dark energy did the Allfather have to muster to conquer you here, your precious Earth?” I slowly stood up while Loki was speaking. My breathing was back to normal, but the pain was still present.
Thor let his hammer go. “I thought you dead.”
“Did you mourn?”
“We all did. Our father…”
Loki interrupted, “YOUR father!” He started to walk toward me. “He DID tell you my true parentage, did he not?”
“We were raised together, we played together, we fought together. Do you remember none of that?”
Loki stopped just before he reached me and turned to face Thor. “I remember a shadow, living in the shade of your greatness. I remember you tossing me into an abyss, I was and should be king!”
So that is what happened. No wonder he is so messed up. Or at least part of the reason.
“So, you take the world I love as recompense for your imagined slights? No, the Earth is under MY protection, Loki.”
Loki laughed. “And you’re doing a marvelous job with that! The humans slaughter each other in droves, while you ideally threat. I mean to rule them. And why should I not?”
“You think yourself above them?”
“Then you miss the truth of ruling, brother. A throne would suit you ill.”
He pushed Thor aside and began to walk back up the cliff. “I’ve seen worlds you’ve never known about! I have grown, Odin’s Son, in my exile! I have seen the true power of the Tesseract, and when I wield it…”
Thor interrupted Loki. “Who showed you this power? Who controls the would-be-king?”
“I AM a king!” Loki screamed.
Thor grabbed Loki’s shoulders, I was preparing to jump on his back again. I didn’t want to be stranded on a cliff in the middle of nowhere. “Not here! You give up the Tesseract! You give up this pointless dream!” His voice softened “You come home.”
“I don’t have it.” As Loki said this, Thor called his hammer back to him. “You need the cube to bring me home, but I’ve sent it off, I know not where.”
“You listen well, brother. I…” but before he could finish a rush of wind flew past and Thor was no longer in front of us. Iron Man tackled him in mid-flight. They flew past us further down the mountain.
“I’m listening.” Loki said to the air.
I started to laugh. I covered my mouth to try to stifle it, but that moment was priceless.