I am in the lab when JARVIS' voice breaks through the otherwise silent Tower. "Master Stark, Director Fury is here to see the Avengers," the AI informs me. I sigh.
"What the hell does that old one-eyed killjoy want now?" I grumble.
"I do not know sir, but I suggest you hurry. He does not seem happy."
"Yeah, what else is new?" Despite my words, I do stand up and exit the lab. I have no desire to have the Director's wrath aimed at me.
When I make my way into the gathering area, everyone turns and glares at me. "Nice of you to finally come," Steve says, glaring at me. Fury shoots me a look, but doesn't make a comment. When I am finally seated, after grabbing a scotch, of course, the Director begins to talk.
"I am unsure if you are aware of this, but recently, S. H. I. E. L. D. has been enduring someone's idea of fun. Do any of you here know who has been pulling these childish pranks against us?" Fury asks, glaring at me. I put my hands up in surrender.
"Why is everyone looking at me? I didn't do anything! I swear on my arc reactor that I had nothing to do with the happenings at S. H. I. E. L. D.!" Everybody continues to glare at me, unconvinced. Finally, Thor speaks up.
"It may be my brother. He is notorious back in Asgard for his pranks," Thor offers. Everyone considers the notion, some nodding. Fury doesn't look any less angry though.
"Damn it! I wanted to punish someone!" Fury swears angrily. "Nobody can change all of the S. H. I. E. L. D. emblems to those of Hydra and get away with it!" I snicker, not bothering to disguise the sound.
"You're seriously this bent up over some graffiti?" Fury growls, literally growls, and storms out of the Tower. I turn to the rest of the Avengers once he's gone. "Well, that went well," I remark. Steve stands up angrily.
"Defacing someone's property, especially with an enemy's emblem is a serious issue!" I snort.
"Keep telling yourself that, Captain Virginity. While you're out stopping vandals, I'll be out saving the city from a real danger." With that, I turn on my heel and head back down to the lab. When I open the door to my lab, I find that I am not alone. Loki is sitting on one of the lab tables, idly examining my prototype for a new suit. I glare at him angrily. "Was it you that changed S. H. I. E. L. D's emblems?" I demand. Loki nods.
"Indeed, it was. I am sorry that you took the blame for that. Then again, it's not my fault that you made a reputation for yourself as a prankster. It was only logical for the rest of your team to assume that it was you that was pranking S. H. I. E. L. D. ," Loki concludes.
"Shut it, Mr. Spock. I don't wanna hear about it."
"Who is this Mr. Spock you speak of? I have not hear of him before." I wave him away.
"Just, never mind. The point is, you about got Fury's anger pinned on me. I wouldn't mind so much if I actually did it, but I didn't!" I stop talking, realizing that I am rambling. Loki extends his hand to me.
"What if you were involved next time?" I consider his outstretched hand.
"You mean to say that we would be partners in pranks?" Loki nods.
"Essentially, yes. Do you, or do you not wish to become my pranking partner?" I quickly think the deal over, then extend my hand and place it in his.
"You have a deal." Both Loki and I clasp hands and shake on it, sealing the deal.
"Now, what should we do first?" I consider the question carefully, before coming up with an answer. I'm not considered a genius for nothing!
"I say that we get the rest of the Avengers back for their false assumptions. S. H. I. E. L. D. was recently pranked, so we should give them some time to cool down," I reason. Loki nods.
"What do you have in mind?"
"I'm thinking that we should come up with something that we can do to all of the team members, barring myself, of course. Is your magic available for the occasion?" Loki smirks.
"Of course! You didn't think that I went around hand painting the Hydra emblem over the S. H. I. E. L. D. emblems, now did you?" I shrug.
"Guess I never really thought of that. Would you be willing to use your magic on the rest of the Avengers?" Loki rolls his eyes. "Right, stupid question. Now, do you have any ideas?" Loki ponders my question for a few minutes.
"We should probably start small, and then slowly work our way up to bigger and more drastic pranks. That being said, we need ideas." We both sit in silence for a little while, before a brilliant idea comes to my mind.
"JARVIS, do a search for pranks on a group of people. Filter through and find the best ones. Then, I want you to report them to me. Do not tell anyone else what you are doing or what we are planning."
"Yes, sir. Beginning my search now." I sit back in my chair and relax. Loki continues to sit on the table, legs crossed, eyes closed. I imitate him, waiting for the perfect prank to cross my mind. Unfortunately, none of the pranks are good enough. Finally, JARVIS speaks again. He lists off several pranks, waiting for either Loki or I to approve or deny it. At last, both Loki and I agree on one. An evil smirk crosses my face. This is gonna be good.