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Accessory After The Fact

Title: Accessory After the Fact
Rating: Gen
Fandom: Journey Into Mystery/ Thor(comics)
Summary: Loki knows there aren't many people in Asgard who appreciate his mischief the way it was meant to be appreciated. But maybe if he can find just one...

Author's note: So, I've been reading Journey Into Mystery, and now I can write nothing but kid!Loki. I'll try and keep the fic deluge as low-key as possible (no pun intended)





Hildy watched the running boy out of well practised instinct. As many siblings as she had, it paid to watch running people. Out of self preservation, or to gain blackmail material, it was all good.

And Hildy's father was Volstagg the Voluminous, close companion of Asgard's protector, so she could hardly miss who this particular running boy was. She recognised the severe cowl-and-crown under the hood - Loki. The trickster that her father was so afraid of was younger than Hildy now, and he was running for his life. Hildy ran after him.

The young trickster threw himself over a low wall in the courtyard, and Hildy quickly seated herself nonchalantly against a pillar just in time to see what Loki was running from. She could see Loki slam himself into the shadow of the wall, and she was close enough to see the gleeful grin on his face as a small mob of... people... chased him into the yard.

They were dressed oddly, for Asgard. She was almost positive that Hogun hadn't intended to dress entirely in shades of pink and green that morning. And not only did they look strange, they sounded strange too. Hildy listened uncomprehending for five seconds before realising that they were singing. Very angry songs, but they were singing them.

"Young Hildy!" sang a woman as she noticed their audience. "Surely you have seen the direction that intolerable creature ran?"

Hildy got the distinct feeling that laughing and telling her she was off tune was a bad idea. In the shadow, her gaze brushed Loki's for a fraction of a second. "Who, Loki? He went that way. He was running pretty fast."

"Then we shall run faster!" belted Hogun in a surprisingly tuneful baritone. And they were off. Hildy crossed over to the wall and sat dangling her feet.

"You know, pink's his colour," she remarked, looking down. Loki was nowhere to be seen. "Don't hide! That was awesome!"

A second's silence, and Loki stepped out from behind a column, already half out of his distinctive cowl and hood. His hair was a mess. "Do you really think so?"

Hildy laughed "Who knew Grim Hogun could sing like that?"

"Anyone who's been dragged on camping trips with him and my brother," grimaced Loki. A warbling from the sky made him lift his head and a large black and white bird swooped down, late to the game. Loki lifted his hand, and the bird pecked half heartedly at it as it swept past to land on Loki's shoulder. It leaned its beaky face in as though to whisper in the boy's ear, but Loki waved it away. "What of Lorelei? I would have thought she might be able to hold a tune!"

The bird looked every bit as though it was sulking. Hildy laughed again. "I think her clothes were too loud for her to hear her own voice! You could tell she was trying though. That's why I love the feel of this piece, it feels like you get so much emotion from between the lines."

A grin of pure astonishment broke across the trickster's face. "Are you-- Are you critiquing my mischief? You know I'm the god of this stuff, right?" He looked delighted.

"There's always room for improvement." Hildy jumped down from the wall and tilted her head to observe him. "Come on. Break me out of Asgard, and take me to Broxton. I'll show you how it's done." Loki raised one eyebrow, but the astonished smile still echoed on his lips. "The mortal children call it ghosting. You find an adult, and copy their every move - and see how long you can do it without getting caught."

Loki exchanged a look with his bird. "That seems somewhat puerile."

"My record is two hours."

A snort of laughter escaped before Loki could stop it, and Hildy looked smug. "I could beat that," he said.

"Money on it?"

"I'll have to change my clothes..."

"We can pose as mortals!"

"I'll have to convince your father I haven't kidnapped you..."

"Parental disapproval's the best part!"

"Meet you at the parapet in ten minutes?"

"Meet me in five," Hildy corrected, grinning. "You'd better live up to your reputation, trickster!"



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marbleglove
Apr. 18th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Excellent. I don't know anything about Journey Into Mystery but wee!Loki is adorable and Hildy is a wonderful POV character.
lunik_the_bard
Apr. 18th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend JiM as the most adorable version of Loki you'll ever see. I know his competition is this guy, this lady and this guy, but...

Wai-wai-wait, I mean this guy

Little Loki is cuter, is what I mean. Look at that adorable little asshole!
marbleglove
Apr. 18th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
Hee. That's quite a range of portrayals. But yup, little Loki is way cuter than the others even if he is just as destructive.
lunik_the_bard
Apr. 19th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
The point is that he's trying this time around. He's a good guy! Mischief, not malice.

So maybe his methods of saving the world have unforeseen consequences, and maybe he's already mortgaged out his soul to various terrifying supernatural forces and doesn't seem to think twice before doing it again... He's trying.
marbleglove
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
That's a good distinction: It's not so much where he is on the good-evil continuum, it's which direction he's facing.

Edited at 2012-04-19 03:09 am (UTC)
lunik_the_bard
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:29 am (UTC)
Especially since, as long as he's acting in the heroes' favour, we get to see his devious schemes actually pay off! He doesn't have to get foiled all the time when he's trying to save the world - and I do enjoy some well intentioned sneakiness.

Even if I worry about how easily he makes promises to dangerous people - because even though he was just saying things to get what he needed you know he's going to keep every last promise. I really want NotEvil!Loki to stay!
marbleglove
Apr. 20th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
He doesn't have to get foiled all the time when he's trying to save the world

He gets to be competent as well as tricky. I do like competence. I definitely support there being more mischievious!Loki rather than evil!Loki.
dhampyresa
Apr. 19th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
You know, if I had known I was going to get awesome fic out of it, I would have hooked you up with JiM much sooner.
lunik_the_bard
Apr. 19th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
This is just how I react to being given awesome comics! Also, by plotting out fic in which kid!Loki is the sole survivor of the zombie apocalypse...

Also also? Hildy meets Leah. They gang up on Loki with worrying efficiency.
dhampyresa
Apr. 20th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
My devilish plan is being terribly effective /evil laugh

Sole survivor? Surely Leah gets out of it alive. Ish. Whatever, you know what I mean. (Kid!Loki is so ficcable, it's awesome. I just wish he didn't invite himself into fics he has no business being in.)

I would love to read that, they would be the BFF-est of BFFs.
lunik_the_bard
Apr. 20th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
I love your devilish plan CX

You'd think Leah would escape unscathed, wouldn't you? Yeah. I'm getting around that giant gaping plot hole by... ignoring... it... XD

Actually, I'm writing Loki as seriously traumatised by the whole experience, like through weird disconnected narrative. So it makes sense that he wouldn't actually think about whatever happened to Leah, and that gives me an excuse to, you know... not know what happened to her. I'm strongly hinting that something terrible happened to all the psychopomps/shepherds of the dead, so if this fic actually coalesces into something post-able, hopefully it'll work okay.
dhampyresa
Apr. 20th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
Well, you could have the terrible thing that happened to the psychopomps be, idk, Doom wanting to be immortal and tring to eliminate the psychopomp in charge of his soul. Except it backfires and takes out all of them and since there's no one to usher souls to the otherworld(s, the dead bodies are still animated, but since they're dead they have no higher cognitive functions. You'd get rid of Leah and have (explainable-ish) zombies.

Or something, idk. I would read that I feel like I always says that.
lunik_the_bard
Apr. 20th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
That would be a totally marvel compliant zombie apocalypse! I can see that being an awesome canon-wide crossover.

I like my zombie apocalypse to come without explanation, though - it just happens and it's terrifying and inexplicable and the story is on the little human scale and the little humans never get answers they just get torn to bits by shambling corpses... Essentially, I have Loki get scared enough to just bail. I love the Loki in the comics, how badass he is and all, but I want to tip the balance between awesome trickster god Loki and Loki the little kid who has no superpowers or magic. I figure zombies are scary enough. (Especially post-Nightmare arc - cadaver Thor, the Disir, etc)
dhampyresa
Apr. 20th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
I messed up my html, sorry.

That makes sense. Marvel zombies didn't have any explanation either, iirc.

Oh, before I forget (again), Kieron Gillen has a tumblr and a blog, and so does Stephanie Hans who makes the covers.

Edited at 2012-04-20 09:08 pm (UTC)
lunik_the_bard
Apr. 20th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
Reading Kieron Gillen's blog, when--

EVERYTHING BURNS

What is this? Wh- what is happening? The Aesir-Vanir war in Marvel canon? omg.

omg, omg. Which side is Loki going to be on? The Vanir have him by the short hairs! Also, they're the only people (aside from Thor and sort-of Volstagg) who ever treated him like he was worth a damn! Oh, Loki!

Well, now I have feels.

(ETA, then again, cover art shows Surtur is involved in the storyline. Could be the whole 'blackmail' thing is over before it starts...)

Edited at 2012-04-20 09:24 pm (UTC)
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lunik_the_bard
Apr. 20th, 2012 09:22 am (UTC)
He makes my heart rainbows :D

And then he does something frighteningly devious and jaw-droppingly awesome and I worship at the altar of Kieron Gillen.
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