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stargate, DanielJackson

Week 22, Title: What a wicked thing to do

Posted on 2014.09.25 at 22:19
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This is fanfiction for Thor: The Dark World.

Holding the moniker of God of Lies and Mischief is rather inconvenient for someone who is the God of Lies and Mischief. People already expect his deceit. Loki takes it as a challenge. After all it’s no fun fooling those who never see it coming.

Loki wants to be in shadow but needs to be seen.

From the moment his not-brother (brother) Thor offers to release him from his cell his mind is spinning plans for escaping/beating Thor/winning. Unheeded by ham-fisted allies, he can apply more finesse to his stratagems. Of course he’s also entirely focused on avenging their mother, but his mind is more than capable of running many paths at once.

(He doesn’t think about his last words to her, doesn’t think about how she was the only one who truly understood him and how his parting words to her were a denial that she was his mother.)

He laughs at Thor’s friends as they warn him against betrayal with sharp knives against his throat, loud and brash, as if his own machinations would ever be so obvious.

(He doesn’t think about the monster staring in at his cell and the steps ahead playing out in his mind’s eye as he didn’t blink. He doesn’t think about how he could’ve, fairly easily, convinced the monster to set him free. Doesn’t think about how if he was free he could’ve saved her.)


They travel to the world of the Dark Elves, seeking out the monster.

Everything quickly falls apart. A weapon flies in Jane's direction. Loki braces to save her, knowing he will possibly be swept into oblivion. It’s to service his plans, to force the idea of his loyalty to Thor. He knows his brother will fly in and save him. And it happens just as he predicts with his not-brother knocking him out of the sky.

(He doesn’t think on how mother died saving Jane, doesn’t think on the unimportance of mortals, doesn’t think on how if Jane dies now mother’s death will be rendered moot.)


As he watches Thor fight the monster, Loki knows which of his many plans he must choose. It is quite literally a two-faced plan, but Loki has always been a creature of many faces. He splits the weapon into pieces, creates an illusion making it bigger, drives the only real part through the monster and lets it stab him with the unreal part in turn.

(He doesn’t think about giving the monster direction, as little impact on reality as he knows it would’ve had, he doesn’t think about the possibility of said direction leading the monster into his mother’s path.)

He’s killed the monster that killed their mother. It brings only a bitter moment of delight.

Loki looks into the grey above him. Odd that a grey sky should hold such beauty, he feels a kinship with it. Some may think it’s grey feigning as silver, he knows they’d be wrong.

(He regrets none of what he’s done. It was his right, doing what many before had done and knowing he could do it better. He only regrets what it wrought.)

One doesn’t become God of Lies by merely allowing blood gushing from his body to sell the story, he puts on a performance, changes his shape, becomes a version of Loki who is dying.

It’s real for Loki, despite knowing it’s not, his emotions spin in a haphazard fashion. The feel of it all is wrong. He’s faced with too many questions of himself, truths and lies intertwined so close that he’s forgotten the point.

Thor embraces him and Loki feels something inside fissure. Even as the workings of his inner tactician had machinated exactly this, in reality he never expected it. Thor is his enemy, he’s glad of their positions, thrilled to have fooled him so, to have him so certain once more of Loki’s redemption. He is also saddened. One thousand years of love and friendship and brotherhood is not easily snuffed out. Not even by a millennium of unfairness and bitterness.

(He doesn’t think about how Thor has also just lost his mother, who died saving Thor’s love, and will now also be faced with the guilt of his brother dying to save him too.)

Truths slip from his lips unbidden.

(Sorry, sorry, sorry.)

Thor thinks he’s dead.

(He doesn’t wonder what mother would think.)

Loki wants to be in shadow but needs to be seen. He takes the throne wearing Odin’s face, it seems a worthy compromise.


crisp_sobriety at 2014-09-26 01:48 (UTC) (Link)
One thing I love about fanfiction is how it allows for such introspection. Character-pieces are one of my favourite forms of fanfic, and you pulled it off beautifully. Very well done!
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-26 05:23 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, so glad you liked it :)
mamas_minion at 2014-09-26 23:37 (UTC) (Link)
It's nice getting a peek into Loki's head

Edited at 2014-09-26 11:37 pm (UTC)
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-27 06:48 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you :)
A Karmic Sandbox
karmasoup at 2014-09-27 03:25 (UTC) (Link)
I remember thinking the ending of that was so appropriate for Loki, having seen through his deception, and even feeling for him for that exact position that you described here... I know he won't be long satisfied to have everything he's ever wanted if he has to do it as someone else. He needs to be able to pull the mask of and tell everyone, "Ha! I fooled you!" Good character summary here.
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-27 06:49 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you :).

Oh yeah, I definitely think Loki's going to put things in place to assure his position and then pull that mask off as soon as he can.
theun4givables at 2014-09-27 14:29 (UTC) (Link)
This is fanfic done right. I'm not as familiar with the 'verse as I would like to be, but what little I know of Loki, I love. And you did a good job representing him, here, I think.
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-27 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, glad you liked my representation of Loki :)
rayaso at 2014-09-27 16:35 (UTC) (Link)
I have always liked tricksters like Loki. Your first sentence was especially good, and I enjoyed your whole story.
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-27 16:43 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, glad you liked that line, it was one of my favourites too :)
bleodswean at 2014-09-27 17:30 (UTC) (Link)
Ah! I, too, considered Loki! Great choice for a response to the prompt! I'm not reading this as fanfic as I still haven't seen the movie. But it works superbly in the overal Marvel!Canon of Loki and Thor. I particularly LOVED your use of "fissure" as a verb.
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-27 17:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, so glad you liked it :)
alycewilson at 2014-09-28 23:32 (UTC) (Link)
Interesting to take a peek inside Loki's mind.
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-29 05:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, glad you liked it :)
Laura, aka "Ro Arwen"
roina_arwen at 2014-09-29 02:11 (UTC) (Link)
Love the insights into Loki's brain, very well done.

Have you seen a New Zealand show called The Almighty Johnsons? I think you might like it. :)
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-29 05:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, glad you liked my insights :).

I haven't seen it, I'll check it out :).
tatdatcm at 2014-09-29 02:35 (UTC) (Link)
Nice glimpse into Loki's head. I like the line "Loki wants to be in shadow but needs to be seen" and that you began and ended the piece with it.
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-29 05:30 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, glad you liked that line, I felt it summed Loki up well :)
cheshire23 at 2014-09-29 03:50 (UTC) (Link)
One thousand years of love and friendship and brotherhood is not easily snuffed out. Not even by a millennium of unfairness and bitterness.

That really tugged at me.
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-29 05:30 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, glad that line had an impact :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
halfshellvenus at 2014-09-29 18:25 (UTC) (Link)
Loki wants to be in shadow but needs to be seen.
This is such a wonderful summary of any version of Loki. He's a disruptor and a sneak, but he's also vain.

swirlsofblue at 2014-09-29 18:29 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, glad you liked that line :).

Yeah, I was trying to find some words to convey that dual part of his nature, I'm pleased it worked.
talon at 2014-09-29 23:49 (UTC) (Link)
This was a super interesting piece, giving us a picture of someone that we rarely get to hear the thoughts of. Fascinating take on the prompt!
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-30 05:29 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you :)
meridian_rose at 2014-09-30 07:59 (UTC) (Link)
So perfectly in character. Love the "doesn't think" denial moments. So many great lines, like "After all it’s no fun fooling those who never see it coming." Great ending :)
swirlsofblue at 2014-09-30 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, glad you liked my characterisations :)
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