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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, Part 3.


"Hello, Lokitty" Part 4


Loki missed Eric Selvig
with a sudden, bitter pang.
Surely he would have known
what to do with this benighted device.
He had made the other one
sit up and dance.

It was humiliating
that Loki had to flee again,
leaving the Tesseract
temporarily in the possession
of an adversary.

No sooner did he turn his back
to make a judicious retreat, though,
than he felt reality unravel again
as the Tesseract phased away.

As Loki ran through the compound,
he wondered glumly if
he would be able to hold onto the Tesseract
even if he managed to get his hands on it.
He was starting to suspect not.

The man out of time had teased him
about that on their interminable plane ride,
saying that he'd seen the thing
melt somebody once.

Well, that much power
could certainly do as it pleased.

Loki slunk through the brush,
gritting his teeth as some kind of
spiky seedpod pricked its way
right through his leather pants.

Texas still didn't like him.
He began to understand
the warning he'd been given.

Loki could hear the opposing team
yelling at each other as he crept past them.
They were disturbingly more organized
than the Avengers had been.

Finally Loki felt the squeeze and punch
of power coalescing onto the material plane.
He followed it through the long halls of the building.

The Tesseract was cloth again,
this time blue with ridiculous red trim.
Hastily Loki cast his spell
and began trying to reconstruct
the rune sequence that he had
been working on earlier.

Reality faded away,
and then back as he finalized
the bindrune at the end of the set.
There remained only the minor effort
of carving and casting ...

From inside the Tesseract,
Loki heard the sound of
a Phase Two gun activating
as alter!Dusty took aim.

This time, he would not bear
the humiliation of defeat!

Loki punched her in the face
and grabbed the gun.

The dark-masked beige cat
tried to claw his arm off.

Loki howled and waved his arm
frantically to shake her off.
She took a substantial amount
of skin with her when she went.

Naturally that was when
the Tesseract dematerialized.

Loki swore in seventeen different languages.
He looked at the empty space,
and then at the gun in his hand.

Blood dripped down his pale skin
as he trudged out of the room.

Alter!Bruce was lying on the couch
in the next room, utterly unfazed
by the appearance of Loki.

"I see you have a gun,"
said the brown-striped cat.
"I have a Nobel Prize and a Hulk."

* * *

Notes:

The Avengers contains references to Loki and Selvig, Steve teasing Loki, the Phase Two guns, and having a Hulk.

Sharp seedpods are a staple of many Texan plants, including the spectacular devil's claw.

Runes are used in Norse magic and spirituality. They are simple in concept, subtle and powerful in application.

On rare occasions, cats can be aggressive. There are tips for discouraging your cat from attacking you. Those are probably all invalidated if you are trying to take over the world at the time.


[To be concluded in Part 5 ...]

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Date: 2014-01-02 11:14 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Oh dear.. I'm beginning to feel a degree of sympathy for Loki. I've had days when just nothing seemed to go right as well.

Kind of half expect him to throw himself onto a sofa and declare that he's had enough!

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2014-01-02 11:22 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Mayhap the crew could talk a little sense into him then... although canonically Loki is known to have fits of despair [actually, he reads as bipolar in the eddas], so I wouldn't have said giving up and sulking was beyond the bounds of possibility.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2014-01-03 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
*jumps in* Would you care to elaborate on your bipolar!myth!Loki reading?

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2014-01-03 07:45 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
That's the third time I've heard that opinion about the mythology (that Loki reliably saves the day and gets shit on anyway), and while I can agree that myth!Loki is a woobie, I've always read him as a jerkass woobie who gives as good as he gets, and I'm pretty sure myth!Baldr and myth!Idunn would agree with that assessment.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2014-01-03 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
The only way that scenario makes sense is if Baldr was secretly abusing Loki and no one else with any power at all (so maybe Hoth, and probably mortals, too, except that it couldn't be mortals or they'd record a less complimentary myth about him).

Hmm. Have you ever gone any farther with that line of reasoning?

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2014-01-03 06:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
Has MCU!Loki had it that rough, though? Comics!Loki, sure, and myth!Loki just suffers one calamity after another (I can't think of a single story where he gains anything, even when he wins), but I think the evidence is a bit scant for MCU!Loki.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2014-01-03 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
I don't agree with most of your points. (It's possible I've missed some part of canon that proves you right, but I think I know why you're arguing most of these and simply read the scenes differently. Please correct me if I'm wrong about that.)

Odin took a Jotun infant, yes, but do we know he had no idea how to properly care for a Jotun? And do we know he didn't find out? It's possible, but not certain, and you're claiming with unjustified certainty that Loki's potential political use was a primary motive for Odin, taking at face value what he says about intending to use Loki to bring about peace while apparently disbelieving him when he says those plans no longer matter. The latter is the more interesting comment, to me. Why don't they matter? Is that a recent development? Or were those plans abandoned long ago, and Loki's been nothing but a fosterling for centuries? We don't know, and we don't know what Odin would have done if his plans had been workable but threatened Loki's wellbeing.

Your second point, I agree with entirely and would not dispute in the least. Your third point, too, although we never see Odin specifically reinforce anti-Jotun sentiment. When kiddie!Thor wants to commit genocide, Odin says that's a bad idea (though his reasoning has nothing to do with it being a bad thing to kill people, or Jotnar being people). When Thor invades Jotunheim, Odin tries to salvage the truce and banishes Thor. Nonetheless, he could at least have had a talk with Loki about it at some point. Even a few comments to the effect that Asgardian beliefs about the Jotnar were caricatures of them would have helped.

What makes you say Odin clearly favored Thor? And what makes you say Thor's friends picked on Loki?

I never interpreted Odin's "no, Loki" as a rejection of Loki, though Loki clearly interpreted it as such. Nor was Loki doing what Odin had done and taught.

Why did you consider that quote a dead giveaway? I wouldn't have been able to tell from those scenes. (To me, it's the trickster figure proclaiming that freedom is a lie that cinches it.)

You know, Loki also dropped Thor out of a plane, stabbed him, and sicced the Destroyer on him, so.

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