CHAPTER 9: THE PAST
Disclaimer: These events take place during the movie The Avengers.
I sat down after I saw that Thor and the man wearing Iron begin to fight. My plan is working better than I imagined. It is only a matter of time now. Emily sat down next to me. I turned to face her, and noticed she was staring at me. I could tell by her expression she had a lot on her mind. “What?” My voice was harsher than I meant it to be. She heard too much, again. First with the Other, now with my brother. Emily smiled at me. My heart skipped a beat. No one has smiled at me like in that way.
“I think I get it now.”
“What is it that you get?”
“Why you came to Earth. Took Erik and the others, why you took me.” She paused for a few moments. For some reason I was hanging on her every word. She rarely talked, but on the occasions she would, I was surprised on how intuitive she was. “Possibly even some, not all, of your reasons for doing everything.”
I chuckled. “Do enlighten your king.”
She raised her eyebrow. “I never said I would call you that.”
“Oh, but you will kneel, just like the rest. Once I take over your precious Earth.”
“I only kneel when it is for pleasure, not because I am commanded to.” Her eyes never left mine. I find that rather tempting. Perhaps after my conquest of the Earth, I found my next one already.
“I can make you kneel after all?”
She was now looking at the battle. “In your dreams, Reindeer Games.”
“I am a king, not whatever that Iron oaf called me.”
“Fine, King Reindeer Games.” She turned to face me again. Her smile lit up her face. Her eyes sparkled. A hint of mischief in them. Perhaps I will let this slide if it brings such a pleasant reaction. I smiled back at her.
“Well at least you called me king. I will forgive you, this time. Do not make it a habit though, Emily.”
“Why thank you, Loki. Your kindness will not go unnoticed.” I was not expecting this playfulness from her. I rather enjoyed this side of her.
“There is something I do require.”
“Oh, what would that be?”
I looked at her, portraying all my seriousness. She needed to know that I mean every word. After a few moments she sat up straighter. Good, the message is getting across. “Once I claim Earth as my own, I will need a queen. One who I can depend on and trust.” A crash came from the distance, the fight seemed to be ending. I was running out of time but needed to know the truth. “Why did you follow me and try to stop me from hitting that old man?”
She looked down at her hands before speaking. “I had to get the scepter from you so I could rescue my friends. I was worried that you were going to kill that old man, I couldn’t wait any longer, and had to at least try to stop you.”
“I could have killed you.”
“I would rather die defending what I believe in, rather than living as a coward doing nothing.” She looked back up at me. “Guess that rules me out as your queen.”
“On the contrary, that is what makes you it.”
Thor, Tony, and Steve all were on the cliff now. Tony called the jet down to pick us up. Steve helped me up while Tony and Thor grabbed Loki. They dragged him back to our ride.
During the rest of our journey, I kept thinking about what Loki said to me. “On the contrary, that is what makes you it.” Why would he say that to me? I was going against him. He had to be trying to trick me.
On the other hand, he went through so much in his past from what I gathered during his and Thor’s conversation. Also, from what I heard from the Other, that is what Loki told me he was called. There is so much going on that I still don’t fully understand. I need some more time to talk to him. He seems different when he isn’t near the scepter. I figured it was affecting him, and now I knew for certain.
After we all arrived at the helicarrier, Loki was met with armored guards. He was escorted to a cell. I followed behind, knowing that Director Fury would be on the other end of the escort. As we were walking by, I noticed Loki looking at a man through a glass wall. His expression changed to a smile. He is planning something with that one, I thought. After the guards put him in the cell, they left. Director Fury was standing next to the control panel and the everyone else left. Only Loki, the director, and I remained in the room.
The cell was huge, clear walls so you could see inside. Fury began to speak to Loki, probably not even realizing I was still here. “In case it’s unclear, if you try to escape, you so much as scratch that glass…” he pressed a button on the console and a hole just below the cage opened. “It’s 30,000 feet straight down in a steal trap. You get how that works? Ant…” he gestured at Loki, “and boot.” He pointed back at the machine. I could tell that Nick was still rather angry at their last encounter. I could see why, he was shot by Clint and nearly died from when Loki hit the helicopter he was on. When he closed the opening, I looked at the pad and figured out which button it was that operated it.
Loki made a slight chuckle before speaking. “It’s an impressive cage. Not built, I think, for me.”
“Built for something a lot stronger than you.”
“Oh, I’ve heard. The mindless beast, makes play he’s still a man. How desperate are you, that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?”
“How desperate am I? You threaten my world with war. You steal a force you can’t hope to control. You talk about peach and you kill ‘cause it’s fun.” I looked away for a moment as Nick kept speaking. I couldn’t put my finger on it. He didn’t kill anyone in New Mexico, he only went for Thor. He walked right past me and let me live. Why has he changed now? Was it because of his fall into the abyss, or something else? “You have made me VERY desperate. You might not be glad that you did.”
“Ooh.” The single word was so soft and drawn out. I reverted my gaze back to him. I was studying the panel, not sure why, but I wanted to figure out how to work the rest of the buttons. “It burns you to have come so close. To have the Tesseract, to have power, unlimited power. And for what? A warm light for all mankind to share. And then to be reminded what real power is.”
Fury started to walk away. “Well, let me know if ‘real power’ wants a magazine or something.” After a moment he paused by the entrance. “Ms. Nelson, a word.” I started and followed him out of the room, glancing back at Loki as I exited.
After walking a good distance away from the room, Director Fury stopped and looked at me. I swallowed hard as soon as I saw his stern expression. “Where is Loki’s base?”
“I wish I knew, but he concealed it from me.”
“Why hasn’t he used his mind control on you?”
I took a deep breath before answering. “He knows I won’t leave while he has Erik and Clint. Erik is like a father to me, and Clint is a good friend.” I look down at my hands before looking the director in the eyes. “There is something I need to show you.” I used my powers and conjured a sudden gust of wind. “Loki knows about my ability. He saw me use it in New Mexico when he sent the destroyer. Now S.H.I.E.L.D. knows too.”
Nick smiled at me. “Welcome to S.H.I.E.L.D. Recruit Nelson.” He extended his right arm. I took it and shook his hand.
“Thanks, I guess.” I smiled at him. “I need to talk to him. It is the only way I can use the scepter to help the others.”
“In due time Ms. Nelson.”
I nodded and continued walking with him to the control room.
These fools have played right into my trap. It is only a matter of time before they destroy each other. I will rule this world. They will all kneel and recognize me as their one true king. Now to convince Emily to become my queen.
As we walked into the control room, I heard Stark say something about a huge green rage monster. What is that about?
Director Fury walked into the room and immediately joined the conversation. “Dr. Banner is only here to track the cube. I was hoping you might join him.” He was addressing Tony. So, the man Loki was staring at earlier is called Dr. Banner.
Steve spoke up, “Let’s start with that stick of his. It may be magical, but it works an awful lot like a Hydra weapon.”
I look over at Steve, puzzled. What is Hydra, and what type of weapons do they use? The more I hear, the more confused I become. There is so much I didn’t know about the world until I met Loki.
“I don’t know about that, but it is powered by the cube. And I’d like to know how Loki used it to turn two of the sharpest men I know into his personal flying monkeys.”
“Shall we play doctor?” Tony asked Banner.
Banner led Tony out of the control room.
While everyone else was distracted, I left the room. I headed back toward Loki’s cell. I needed answers, and I couldn’t wait any longer.
READ CHAPTER 10: MASTER PLAN (JUNE 15TH, 2019)