Loki and His Pet

Loki Takes a Hostage

Loki was beginning to panic. He was trapped by his own indecision. She recognized me. Loki thought, watching carefully. I know she did. Her eyes registered something but then she seemed to dismiss the thought all together. Loki heard Thor rumbling through the building. Dangerously close now. Loki had begun to think of a new plan. he had dwindling options and he still couldn't think of where else to go.

He dashed at the girl.

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Suddenly the man was behind me, holding my arms tightly to my torso. Maybe he was a murderer like on the television. I struggled as every warning my mother gave me came flooding back.

I was going to die.

I mustered a belated yelp as he pulled me close to his body and forced my arms closer to my ribs.

/

Mortals have such tiny stature. Loki thought, distracted for a moment. She hardly reached his collarbone. But that wouldn't really matter. As long as Loki was in control of her fate, the Avengers wouldn't dare harm him and put the mortal at risk. She just had to behave for a few moments while he thought of the rest of the plan.

/

I saw the Avengers come rushing into the last room of the gallery and I just knew I was going to be another horror story on the news.

I blinked and suddenly we were out on the street. A jumble of people was mulling about in front of the gallery and bellows were audible from inside the building. The tall man started running with me dragging behind. I have never been athletic and he was already bigger and faster than I. I felt rather like a misbehaving child dragged off by their mother.

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Damn this mortal. Why won't she move faster? Loki thought. He could hear the rush of sound as the iron armored man approached. Loki knew that there was no way he could outrun his pursuers. He turned and pulled the girl up to his chest.

/

The man stopped and he wrenched me around so that I had my back pressed against his unusually chill torso. His forearm was wrapped tightly around my throat and was pulling me up to stand on my toes. I was already gasping from the sprint but found myself fighting even harder for air now.

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What is he doing? Thor wondered. It was unlike Loki to rely on anyone else for protection. Especially someone he felt was beneath him. Perhaps Loki was just trying to make another point to Thor. Loki seemed to enjoy making his brother feel for the humans. Thor knew they all had to be careful not to anger Loki and put the young girl's life at further risk.

/

Shit. Shit. Shit. My mother had never told me what to do if I was attacked and held hostage while the people I could probably trust stood mere feet away from me. Shit. Shit. Shit. Then something came flying at me and I panicked even harder.

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"This was not something I expected." muttered Loki under his breath. The man of iron had flung a projectile at him even though he currently held a hostage. When the projectile materialized into a set of thick-cuffed manacles, he was unsure of what to do next. Especially when he realized that only his right wrist was encased in metal.

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"What the hell?" I managed to croak. What ever had come flying at us had hit my arm. I was almost sure that it had taken off my hand because a good portion of my forearm felt suddenly cold. I waited for the pain but there was none. Nervously, I moved my hand from its position trying to pull the man's arm away from my windpipe. What I saw seemed to surprise me just as much as it surprised him because he loosened his grip a little.

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"Well, that didn't work quite like I planned." Muttered Tony after watching the effects of his newest invention. He would have to tweak his work so that instead of the nearest appendage, the cuffs would lock onto the target's biosignature. He was so lost in thought that he almost didn't see Loki turn and run again.

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Loki was only mildly panicked. At least that's what he told himself. He needed time to find a spell to release the manacles, but he did not have time right now. He tried to teleport but felt his magic simply swallowed up by the manacles. So he ran.

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I wasn't sure what had just happened. I suddenly felt so tired. And then we were running again. We didn't make it far before I collapsed.

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Damned child! She simply fell down and a moment later, all of the Avengers were upon them. Loki yanked violently on the manacles and brought the girl to a standing position. Pulling back on her hair so that she yelped brought a small amount of pleasure. Loki tried to materialize a knife to slit her throat or cut off her hand. He laughed at the potential chaos he could cause. The Avengers would have a jolly time explaining a missing appendage to the press. When the blade failed to appear in his grasp, Loki was taken aback. the small amount of magic he had stockpiled was quickly dwindling and he seemed unable to gather enough up for a quick spell.

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Why was I so tired? I wanted nothing more than to crumple up and sleep. But I was still standing. Why was I still standing? Oh yes, because the man was pulling on me and holding me up. Oh well. I thought absently. I felt myself blacking out. That meant sleep and I eagerly accepted the invitation.


...

Waking up sucks. I thought to myself. I was having the strangest dream. I must have thrown off my covers because I was freezing. I planned to pull my covers over me and slip right back to sleep. When I opened my eyes I immediately gave up the hope of sleeping anytime in the near future. I was lying on the hard floor of a concrete room. Handcuffed to the tormentor from my dream.



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