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This poem is a Marvelverse crossover with Schrodinger's Heroes, and ties in with the Schrodinger's Hulk  fiction series listed on the crossover page. It was partly inspired by some prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman during the October 1, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. I'm dividing the poem into parts because, yes, it's the size of a story; I do that sometimes.

Skip to Part 3, Part 4Part 5.


"Hello, Lokitty" Part 1


Loki was bored.
He was stupendously,
epically bored.

He had lost count
of how long he had been
in prison this time,
largely because he was
busy trying to reassemble his magic.

It was urgent that he succeed
in freeing himself
before the Chitauri
managed to track him down.
They would not be happy
about the loss of the Tesseract.

A white cat slipped into his cell,
seeming not to notice
the stone walls and magical wards.

"Now how did you do that?"
Loki wondered aloud,
regarding the possible ally.
Cats were sometimes master
of stranger mysteries.

"I go where I want,"
the cat replied.

"That's quite a gift," said Loki,
who was a sorcerer himself.
"What brings you here?"

"Take my paw, Loki,
and I will bring you to the Tesseract,"
the cat offered.

Loki took his paw.

The cell ceased to contain them.

Loki and the cat
walked the branches of
Yggdrasil the World Tree,
high in the solar winds
where the Bifrost had never gone.

It was terrible and beautiful.
Loki could not help remembering
how he had once fallen
through the empty spaces
that reached all around them.

Yet the branch beneath his feet
remained solid, and the white cat
shone like a beacon ahead of him.
For once in his life, Loki followed willingly.

"Why are you doing this?"
Loki said.

"Let's say I share your interest
in the Tesseract," said the cat.
"There may be some small difficulty
in liberating it from its current location."

"Isn't there always," Loki said,
trying and failing not to think of Thor.
"Let me guess: evil twin?"

"Good twin, actually," said the cat.
"I myself am the evil one of us,
although it's a matter of quantum mechanics
rather than concurrent birth."

"Won't this be fun,"
Loki drawled.

Presently they came to a world,
and within the world, a desert.
After some thought, Loki recognized it
as Midgard, but not the Midgard that he knew.
Somehow they had come to a different one.

"Welcome to Texas, watch your step,"
the cat said to Loki as they settled
into the soft red-gold sand.

The air was hot and dry.
The landscape was full of warm colors --
tawny or chocolate rocks,
yellow and orange wildflowers --
cooled only by green grass and trees.
It looked nothing like the frozen realm of Jotunheim.

Loki liked Texas.

Texas did not like Loki.

Guess who has the bigger bag of cats.

Meanwhile, in a compound not far away,
Bruce Banner was experiencing a probability failure.
This was the only way the poor scientist's brain
could define what seemed to be happening to him.

Specifically, he had turned into a cat:
quite a large and handsome cat,
with shaggy brown fur striped in black,
wide triangular ears with tufts at the tip,
and a magnificent flume of tail.

"Will you look at that," Ash said casually,
"Bruce is a Maine Coon."

Bruce stalked forward,
lashing his long splendid tail.

He placed himself nose-to-nose with Alex,
whose fault this doubtless was,
and leaned into her.

Alex was, at the moment,
not a tall blonde woman
and a very capable fellow scientist
but a cream-furred and rather small cat
who had somehow managed to blow up reality --
again -- without so much as a puff of smoke.

"Alex ... turn me back,"
Bruce said to her. "NOW."

* * *

Notes:

Lolcats are the funny cat pictures with captions on them. LOL_HEROES is a set of such images for Schrodinger's Heroes.

The Chitauri and Loki's imprisonment are motifs from The Avengers, and Loki's home dimension. Alex and the team are native to the local dimension. Bruce has actually come from a third, having diverged from canon just after his lab accident in Hulk and sought refuge with a scientist friend.

Evil Twin is a famous trope, and that's how good!Schrodinger and evil!Schrodinger often refer to each other. Technically they're more of a Doppelganger, along the lines of Mirror Self and Alternate Universe.

The references to Loki's fall, his visit to Midgard, and Jotunheim all come from the movie Thor.

Bruce Banner: "I don't think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy's brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him."
-- The Avengers

Maine Coon is a breed of large sturdy cat known for their gentle and intelligent nature.


[To be continued in Part 2 ...]

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Date: 2013-12-25 08:48 am (UTC)
sylvaine: Dark-haired person with black eyes & white pupils. (Default)
From: [personal profile] sylvaine
Hee. This is fun; I'm looking forward to the next installment!

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Date: 2013-12-25 12:00 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Ok, I started smiling before I started reading, and my grin is now hitting Cheshire cat proportions... thank you very, very much for this!

Thank You!

Date: 2013-12-25 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tresta
Thanks, Ysabet. I read this story, then followed to the Schrodinger's Heroes page; I had that marked to read but had NO idea it involved a cat! I am very excited to read it now. I love cats. =^^= My own little one is snoozing in my lap right now.

Loki could be very catlike, I think. Plus the whole "bag of cats" quotation from the Avengers movie; I am glad you put that in your notes.

Loki liked Texas.

I loved this. That's my own part of the world and Texas/Oklahoma sometimes get a bad rap from others in the US.

I think I have said, but I am another one that found your Avengers work on A03 and followed to Dreamwidth so I could read all the comments/discussion, too. I have read all the Love series several times now, and with Hide and Seek I re-read often as you posted. Now I look forward to another read-through.

I am also someone who came upon your original work through your fanfic. I really enjoy your Love Is for Children Series and hope for a lot more there. I also appreciate your consistency in posting three times a week. I watch for the new material and have worked out what time it appears. :-)

I would love to see you write Sherlock; do you enjoy the new BBC Sherlock or are you familiar with it? I think I remember you saying you don't have television reception though. What about Firefly/Serenity? The 2005 movie Serenity is one you might have seen. Have you ever considered writing in that Fandom? The crew of Serenity are another created family much like the Avengers and I think you would be brilliant with it.

Hope this post isn't too long, I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying all you do.
Edited (To add comment) Date: 2013-12-25 08:30 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2013-12-25 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
It's MCU!Loki who tried to steal the tesseract, and comics!Loki who's been imprisoned repeatedly. MCU!Loki might end up having been imprisoned repeatedly, but as of the timing of this piece (which seems to be immediately post-Avengers and pre-TDW), that shouldn't be the case. Am I missing something here?

Re: No...

Date: 2013-12-27 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
MCU!Loki seems very straight-laced to me, though. I can buy that he hadn't done anything worthy of imprisonment before. In fact, I don't buy that MCU!Loki has made all that much trouble in the past, because he seems to find it reasonable that the people around him should treat him as a responsible and not evil person. And if you're casting some other version of Loki in the role he played in The Avengers, that affects how I would interpret his motives.

Cat!Bruce

Date: 2013-12-25 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Having an 11-year-old half Maine Coon cat who looks and acts primarily MC, I am very fond of the breed. I also love the way you portray Bruce. IMHO combining the two is a win/win. This is draggon_flye from Lj, just traveling and can't log in.

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Date: 2013-12-27 01:15 pm (UTC)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (Default)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig
Kitty!

Err. Saving more coherent commentary for the next installation.

Kitty!!!

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Date: 2013-12-27 01:16 pm (UTC)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (Default)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig
(also: particularly fond of Maine Coon kitties. I had one myself for a couple decades - Abadiah Moonchild (I was 13, okay? ;-))

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Date: 2013-12-28 05:58 am (UTC)
thnidu: our cat (Ista)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Hee! Σ¦•≺3

I may have sent you this link before: Leslie Fish describes work in cat breeding, together with TALES OF MRRRP THE MAGNIFICENT, the bold and brilliant top tom of the household:
  • MRRRP THE MAGNIFICENT AND THE RE-INVENTION OF THE LEVER
    As seen by Leslie Fish
  • MRRRP THE MAGNIFICENT AND THE GREAT BLUEJAY MASSACRE
    As recounted by Leslie Fish, who had to clean up the mess.
  • Mrrrp vs. the Scotties...
    As reported by Leslie Fish


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