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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.

Read Part 1, Part 2. Skip to Part 5.


"Hello, Lokitty" Part 3


Loki tried.
Honestly he did.

The Tesseract --
or at least this version of it --
utterly defied him.

"Perhaps I should have made
a more thorough examination of Tony Stark
before heaving him out a window,"
Loki grumbled as he worked.

"Yes, I've had quite similar thoughts
about Schrodinger,"
said the white cat.
"It's an occupational hazard, I think.
I've heard the same from
many of my villain friends."

Loki laughed.
"You know, you're right.
Victor says exactly the same thing
about Mr. Fantastic.
Just between you and me,
I think there's some ... history there."

"Usually is," his ally agreed.
"Here, hold this." He hooked his claws
into the air and pulled out
what looked like a bit of string.

It took Loki three tries to grab hold,
and even then it writhed and burned in his grasp
like a live wire, sparking with power.

Then somebody shot at them,
and Loki dropped the thing,
causing magic to spatter everywhere.

"Alex, watch out," shouted Kay.
"Evil!Schrodinger is back in the compound!"

The Tesseract folded itself away into thin air
as the white cat yowled a protest
and ran out of the room,
abandoning Loki to his fate.

Oh, well.
It wasn't as if Loki
would have done anything different
if their positions had been reversed.

He dodged the gunfire
and fled for his life.
The green grass and scrubland
provided meager cover
but Loki was accustomed
to making do with less.

He was quite proud of his progress
sneaking across the compound
until Bruce abruptly blocked his path.

"Don't make me angry," said Bruce,
warm breeze ruffling his shaggy fur.
"You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

"I am actually aware of that,"
Loki said in a sour tone.
"You made that quite clear
the last time we met."

"I've never seen you before in my life,"
Bruce said. "I'm quite sure I'd remember.
You smell crazy and you look even worse."

"Fine words from someone
who can't even control his own shape,"
Loki shot back. "It's a poor berserker
that loses his grip on himself
off the field of battle."

Bruce flinched and looked away.

That was all the chance Loki needed
to dart past him and escape,
using his long legs to good advantage.

Soon he made his way
back inside the building,
following his magic-sense
to another nexus of power.

The Tesseract had rematerialized.

Loki stared at it in horror.
This time it took the form
of a red-and-green cube
made of some springy cloth.

He poked at it.
Threads of magic
curled away into the air.

Evil!Schrodinger was nowhere to be seen.

Loki would just have to try on his own.
He cast a nice solid shielding spell
and then settled down to meditate
on the proper sequence of runes
to harness the power before him.

Some undetermined time later,
Loki opened his eyes
to a hammering headache
and a small cream cat saying gently,
"Loki, sweetie, you need quantum physics
to understand a tesseract."

* * *

Notes:

Loki's defenestration of Tony Stark appears in The Avengers.

Good!Schrodinger and evil!Schrodinger have kind of an odd relationship. It's what my desertfolk call "best enemies." Among enertainment tropes it touches on Enemy Mine, Worthy Opponent, and Friendly Enemy. Some of this also applies to Loki and Thor, or Loki and the Avengers. Then there's FoeYay, love between enemies, and of course I ship good!Schrodinger/evil!Schrodinger.  Troll romance divides relationships into quadrants, in which hate between two equals is called kismesissitude; this is particularly apt for the early stages of good!Schrodginer/evil!Schrodinger.

Cosmic string is a topological defect of space, sometimes appearing in quantum science fiction -- and science fantasy or fantasy featuring cats. This overlaps the concepts of cat's cradle, a type of string figure game. Learn how to play cat's cradle.

Villains typically flee from danger, abandoning their allies if necessary or even using them as a meat shield. They may not even consider this a form of betrayal, as they never trusted each other in the first place, just working together as long as it was convenient.

Bruce's quote "Don't make me angry" is a classic, which has evolved into the trope You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry. You can see the original television clip online. Yes, I've been a Bruce-and-Hulk fan for ages, enjoying them across many iterations.

Loki's references to meeting Hulk, and Bruce's description of Loki smelling crazy, come from The Avengers.

According to both Norse mythology and Marvel comics, Loki is a shapeshifter.

Berserkers also appear in Norse mythology -- interestingly with the observation that fire and blades don't affect them, but hammers do. They were supposed to get het up in battle, but doing so off the field was frowned upon as it tended to end in wasteful death and destruction.

Loki's powers include a wide range of mystical abilities, but that doesn't necessarily translate into a grasp of quantum physics.


[To be continued in Part 4 ...]

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Date: 2013-12-30 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
I find this interesting. :)

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Date: 2013-12-31 01:30 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Ok.. this could get 'interesting'... teaching Loki quantum physics, possibly not a good idea..

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Date: 2013-12-31 02:12 am (UTC)
thnidu: our cat (Ista)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Cosmic string and worldgating figure together in Diane Duane's Wizardry books, especially the cat-wizard books. I've just found The Big Meow, #3 of the Feline Wizards, and started reading it online.

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