Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 2 (Reader)You couldn't believe it. You DIDN'T believe it.
"I'm what?" you exclaim. You laugh and try to pretend they were joking. "This is all a hallucination, isn't it? You're just messing with me, right?"
"Not at all," Banner says solemnly. "This is all real, I'm afraid."
You stand there, silent. Disbelief keeps you in place. Superhuman...? Do those kind of people actually exist..?
"...So, I'm a freak," you say finally. "I'm like those guys at the school in Westchester. Those mutants."
"Not exactly," Tony interrupts. "As far as we can tell, your powers don't come from your genetic code. Theirs does."
"Then where does it come from?" you shout frantically. You just want it to make sense. You want it all to make sense, or to go away.
"We don't know yet," Banner answers, raising his arms to try and comfort you. "But what's why I'm here. Tony and I are going to help you figure it out."
"What's wrong with me?" you say, your voice getting higher and your breathing faster. "Why am I different? Why doe
Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 3 (Reader)It has been almost a week since your talk with Natasha. You stand in the laboratory, the funny metal plate on your head. In front of you, Banner hunches over a computer screen with data scrolling across it in different directions and colors.Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 3 (Reader)3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Okay," he says slowly, almost a whisper. You had learned by this time that this near-quiet talking meant he was deep in thought. He continues,"I need you to think of something red."
You do so, and the computer makes a sound. Banner taps a button. "Now think of something blue."
You do so, and the computer makes a deeper sound than the previous one. Banner types in something, then scrolls the mouse.
"What exactly are you testing for?" you ask curiously. The machine beeps and buzzes, and Banner frantically taps the volume.
"Try not to think of anything besides what I tell you," he instructs you. He turns to face you for a second, answering your question. "I'm testing the machine's ability to scan your thoughts. It won't know every single detail, but
Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 6 (Reader)"I have to go there," you scream as you pound upstairs. "That's my home town!"Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 6 (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"We know," Steve says to you, not far ahead of you. He is wearing some kind of blue suit with red and white stripes around the midsection and a star on his chest. His shoes are thick and dark blue, stomping loudly on the polished glass of the stair steps. "That's exactly why you can't go."
"But my parents! My friends!" you exclaim, racing to keep up with the athletic man. How did he do that? It's like someone pressed fast forward on a recording - his speed appalls you. You run after him, following him into a large circular room with a wall made of windows that look over the cityscape. You have never been in here before, and it is impressive, with a stone bar and glass walkway that leads outside. On the walkway, Tony is walking briskly, machines folding out and placing bits of red and gold armor on his body. Steve walks by a table, grabbing a blue mask, where Natasha is loading her guns and Clint is fiddling
Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 1 (Reader)Pain throbs through your brain like someone is shooting your forehead over and over again. You gasp, the sudden pain waking you. You sit up, holding your head in your hands. You hear shooting noises, flashes of blue light dancing through your vision, screams and men in metal fighting, the faces of the creatures, the smell of burnt grass...Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 1 (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A blue bolt of light flashes and you scream, curling away from it. Nothing happens. Slowly, your head comes back to the silence of reality. It was all just a dream...just a strange dream...
You open your eyes. You're lying in a soft white bed, its sheets neatly splayed across you. The room is airy, two floor-to-cieling window panes illuminating the room with rays of golden sunlight. Above you a fan silently whirls and cools the room, and the pale blue walls give you the feeling of being at the beach. Against the far wall stands a white wooden dresser, and next to it, a small bathroom and closet.
This isn't your room. You needed to get out of here. Yo
Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 8 (Part 2) (Reader)You groan as you sit up, rubbing your eyes groggily. What the hell just happened...? Your mind feels like jelly, like a puddle of goo. Everything seems sluggish and heavy. You look around you, your eyes slowly focusing. You're in your room, tucked into your bed. The fan whirls quietly above you, and the sunset paints ribbons of gold and red light across the tan carpet. In the corner, Steve, in a plaid button-down and worn blue jeans, reads a novel with dismal interest.Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 8 (Part 2) (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Steve...?" you ask, your voice slurred. What is wrong with you? Are you drugged or something?
Steve looks up, and instantly straightens. "You're awake," he remarks as he sets his book aside. "I was wondering when you'd wake up."
"What happened...?" you ask, still fighting the dull slowness that your mind is under. Your head begins to pound as you struggle to force your mind into motion. "Ugh, my head..."
"Loki placed a spell on your mind," Steve tells you. "He says it'll help you...recover."
"Recover...?" In an instant,
Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 10 (Reader x Loki)You walk through a park, the sun shining on your skin warmly. A butterfly flies by, its bright orange wings fluttering and reflecting the sun, igniting its form. The grass is soft under your feet, green and lush, the sky a clear blue. You feel a cool breeze blow, tugging at your hair gently and kissing your cheeks. You smile, the serenity of it all making you feel fuzzy inside.Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 10 (Reader x Loki)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As you walk, you come to a small wooded area. The trees, towering above you, whistle and croon for you. You can make out the soft music of birds, the healing atmosphere of the greenery reaching out to you, picking up your feet, the mysterious endlessness of it enchanting you, pulling you in, hypnotizing your soul...
You enter the forest, wandering aimlessly. You feel yourself falling deeper into the forests' spell, the air trickling with energy that wraps around you and soothes you. The birds' melody eventually becomes a solid tune, a hum, a song. You hear words, spoken in a language you can't understand, sung i
Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 5 (Reader)"Okay, now try to read my mind again," Banner says to you, his hand holding a pen to a paper notepad he set in front of him. You concentrate, trying to read his mind.Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 5 (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"...A blue cat?" you say, confused. Banner shakes his head, scribbling down on his notepad. "Not even close...Something is preventing you from using your telepathy willingly."
"You mean besides a headache?" you throw in. Banner doesn't say anything, just smiles. You both are in the lab, Banner trying to help you 'develop' your new mind-reading talent. You still felt awkward and rude, invading the minds of others, but Banner assured you he was alright with you reading his mind. "Nothing can undo what I've already done," he told you, "you're not going to be seeing anything you can't already find on YouTube." It still made you a little edgy, but to know he trusts you comforts you slightly.
"Alright," Banner says after a long scribble of words,"I've seen no progress, but I think I know why."
"Does something have to happen in
Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 11 (Reader)"Try again," Loki instructs you, his fingers twirling a magical serpent between his fingers. He had been helping you with your mind-reading abilities, and so far, it's getting easier. "What am I thinking?"Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 11 (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Correct. What about now?"
"Do not doubt yourself. It is restricting your mind. And now?"
You try to be more confident as you focus on his mind, imagining a channel connecting his and your mind together as he has instructed you. "A...gopher?"
"Walrus. Try again." The snake slinks up his hand to his arm, and he watches it with a bored expression. You huff, then try again, your eyes squinting with concentration.
"Correct. And now?"
A knock at the door makes you both turn and look. Clint Barton, an I [big red heart] NY shirt on, looks at you with a serious expression.
"Fury just called in," he tells Loki, looking over your head. "He wants to speak with all of us. Now."
You look to Loki, c
Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 9 (Reader)So there it is. The truth. The taste of it still shocks you.Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 9 (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Gods..." you say. "Y-You're gods."
"Asgardians," Loki corrected. "Some might know of us as the Aesir."
"YOU. ARE. GODS."
"Stop repeating yourself," Loki sighed. "Yes, we're gods. We cannot die."
"I find that hard to believe," you say shakily.
"Do you?" Loki looked at you, his eyes - those cat-like eyes, a dance of bright green and sky blue - bear down on you as if you're a fugitive. You take a step back.
"Enough," Steve says as he steps in beside you. "Loki, give her a break. Not everyone knows you exist."
Loki scoffs a little, turning back to his dice game.
"You're gods," you say again. You shake your head. Why didn't you make this connection before? "You can perform magic-"
"To some degree," Thor says. "I cannot weave such alchemy like my brother can. He is extremely adept at the art."
You look to Loki. His eyes are downcast, much to your relief. But his pale skin is stretched into a smirk, almost lik
Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 12 (Reader)For all the awesome fighting games you had played, you thought this would be easy. Hehehe, NOT.Fragmented Thoughts - Chapter 12 (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
With an eerie suspicion of Loki's intentions still on your mind, you follow the Black Widow to the gym. You never thought you would need exercise, so you kept away from those floors of the tower for the most part. Now that you and the rest of the team are walking through, you're surprised you haven't yet. The place is incredible. Weight rooms that extend for what seems miles, a giant indoor pool, a row of the most high-tech treadmills you have ever seen, a gymnastics arena, and so many other things you can't figure out the point to, but it's the coolest thing you've seen since Total Recall.
You come to two white doors in an equally white hallway. You feel like you're in some insane asylum, with all this white. Natasha steps towards the doors.
"JARVIS, open the fight simulator, please," she commanded nonchalantly. The doors opened and JARVIS answered with a "yes, ma'am." She stepd through and
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 13 (Part 1) (Reader)"OW! That is enough!"Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 13 (Part 1) (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Hold still! By the gods, you cry like a-"
You burst into giggles as you listen to Thor struggle with Loki's less-than-manageable hair, with Natasha styling yours. The publicity act Nick Fury had "assigned" to you for the evening was a formal event, and everyone who went had to be dressed for the occasion. Which meant Loki had to brush his "mop of hair" as Stark called it. Thor had already brushed his hair into a little ponytail, and he was attempting to do the same with Loki's hair, but the Asgardian was crying like a baby.
You laugh even harder as Natasha reaches over to help Thor, pinning Loki's head still with her hands. It almost seems like they're dealing with a wild animal that has a thorn in its paw, except this wild animal is cursing in a language you aren't familiar with, and the thorn is caught in its hair.
"Hurry, before he curses me with raptor's feet!"
"Du er et beist av en kvinne!"
"Brother, hold your tongue!"
You're practically rolling at t
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 14 (ReaderxLoki)You finally reach the top of the escalator (man, you feel lazy, just using the escalator) and look around. The second floor is easily thirty feet above the first floor, a round circle that wraps the exterior of the rotunda with an outdoor balcony in four directional areas. A bar sits to your left, where you spot Thor and Banner drinking some shots and laughing. You suppose you're too young to walk over, and besides, you had seen both of them drunk before. In a few minutes, you figure either one of them - or both - would get boisterous and loud for you to see them a mile away. You'll see them then. You smile and turn away, heading past the bar to see who else you could find.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 14 (ReaderxLoki)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
You lean over the railing to the ballroom below, hoping to see Steve's navy blue tuxedo. Nowhere in sight, even from here. Oh well, you sigh. Being a seventy-year-old supersoldier phenomenon probably made you busy. Maybe Clint or Natasha are around. You head back, walking slowly, looking at the people, letting your
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 13 (Part 2) (Reader)Okay. This is officially the coolest car you've ever been in.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 13 (Part 2) (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
You turn the dial on the couch-side radio and the music playing behind you changes to something more your style. You smile and turn to Natasha with a grin. She's holding a crystal glass of champagne that she poured from the cooler under the window. Above you, the lights change color, resembling the sparkling stars in rainbow hues. The sofa wraps itself around the interior of the limo, with each seat decorated with its own massager, arm rests, radio and speakers.
"This. Is the coolest. Thing. Ever," you tell Natasha again. Steve, who missed his limo with Stark and joined yours as the last to leave, looks to you and laughs. "You sound like I did when I first rode in one! I couldn't believe my eyes either!"
Natasha smiles at both of you, sipping her champagne. She leans forward. "Now, kid, listen carefully. You have to be respectful to everyone you see, even us. Don't joke around and act like a child. This is as formal as it ge
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 15 (ReaderxLoki)"Lima Oscar, Tango Hotel you're ready for drop off."Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 15 (ReaderxLoki)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The pilot's voice scratches over the speaker system in the back of the carrier. You look up, swallowing your nervousness, and pace around the belly of the plane again, your parachute bag hanging on your back like a turtle's shell.
"Nervous, greenhorn?" Steve jokes at you. He isn't smiling, which means he's trying to stay serious about the mission, but he still cracks a joke or two to lighten the tension.
"Only as much as I can be," you answer as truthfully as you can. You look to the others, who are all in thick felt and leather clothing, their entire bodies wrapped in thick layers of specially designed snow wear. Their eyes, like bugs, are covered in black goggles, to shield the blinding reflection of Antarctica's icy landscape. You, yourself, are wrapped in the same clothing, but like the others, your clothes are colored to designate your identity: An indigo and light blue, with the fur in streaks of white and gray. Tony Stark is i
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 16 (ReaderxLoki)You haven't seen Loki since the awkward situation on the plane after the mission. The rest of the team have acted like this is normal for the god to randomly disappear and never show up. Thor has been the only one to really look for the other god, and sometimes, Thor would return from Loki's room with a frustrated and stressed expression on his face. You always wanted to find him, to apologize, but every time you pass through the hallway and walk to his door, a void of dark, foreboding energy pushes you away, and you're too scared to enter.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 16 (ReaderxLoki)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Finally, on a dreary day, while you're sitting on your bed and writing in a small notebook Tony has given you, you hear a door creak slowly open and footsteps exit into the hallway and away from your room. The steps are quiet, but you can still hear them over the gentle tapping of the rain on the window. Setting your notebook and pencil aside, you go out to see who it is. As you open the door, the ghostly shadow of the stranger leaves the other end
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 17 (ReaderxLoki)"SEAL!"Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 17 (ReaderxLoki)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Dammit! You're not allowed to play this game anymore!"
A circle of laughter fills the air as Clint raises himself up off the floor where he had been making strange wiggling movements. You laugh with a sneer of triumph. Charades is easier for you, now that you can read the mind of the person performing the word and see just what they are attempting to convey. You try not to cheat too much, but the unfair advantage makes you feel more in control. For once you may actually win a game against Stark or Banner, the brains they are.
"Alright, Tony, your turn!" Banner says, smiling smally to the billionaire. Clint moves to sit beside Natasha. Tony chuckles and begins to raise himself from the couch when JARVIS interrupts.
"Sir, there is a call waiting for you."
"Put it on hold, JARVIS," Tony commands quickly.
JARVIS sounds slightly agitated as he informs, "Sir, it's from Professor Xavier. He wishes to speak about the recent investigation in Antarctica and
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 21 Part 1 (Reader)Things are dull and slow as the chilly winter air blows in, which makes you nervous. The lack of excitement usually means something is brewing, and you hate waiting to find out what it is.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 21 Part 1 (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Thanksgiving wasn't celebrated in the Stark Tower. Most of the workers went home, but all you and the others receive is the gentle greeting of JARVIS in the morning, saying "Good morning, ma'am, and happy thanksgiving."
It's hardly a happy thanksgiving to you. As much as you enjoy the company of the others on the team (some more than others), you miss your family. You haven't seen them in months, since the incident at school back in August. At first, you figured that since you haven't heard of or from them, that they must be alright, but now you're worried.
"JARVIS," you stare into the mirror in your bathroom, soundless but thoughtful until now.
His voice is calm as he asks, "how may I help you?"
You bite your lip as you consider the question. "Where is my family? Have they tried to contact me?"
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 20 (ReaderxLoki)"How long" turned out to be half a day. To you, it felt like an eternity.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 20 (ReaderxLoki)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After the attack on Westchester, everyone is taking precautions to keep you safe. After nagging Johnny a hundred times, the man finally let you ride his bike around with him to release your boredom. He didn't go into full Rider mode until after you were off. You were thankful for that; at least the fire from his skull would't be blown back into your face. The Rider was easily six feet tall, taller than Johnny was, and scarier than you anticipated. Something about a burned skull on fire with those swirling black eyes made you shiver.
After waiting under the protection of Daredevil and Ghost Rider, Wolverine eventually shows himself with Captain America by his side.
"What happened to...?" you ask.
"The school is gone," Wolverine tells you. "Completely obliterated. The kids have been taken to storm shelters and the team is back at Stark Tower until the Four can get us a building."
You nod sadly. "And the Professor?"
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 21 Part 2(ReaderxLoki)It did. You hated every second of waiting for dinner, but finally it came and you were silent as you stood in the kitchen, almost pacing and fidgeting for Steve to walk in.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 21 Part 2(ReaderxLoki)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Antsy?" Tony asks as he scrolls through his holopad, his legs crossed over the table. You glare at him.
"Feet off the table, Tony," Pepper tells him as she brings in a large plate of warm fajita meats. Tony pulls his legs down and licks his lips hungrily. "Did you get enough for Thor, too?"
"He's got his own plate on the way," Pepper tells him. Banner, scratching his ruffled hair, slips a blue pen behind his ear. His baggy eyes tell you he's been up working in the lab again. Soon behind follows Clint, clapping his hands and sighing.
"Oh this smells so wonderful, miss Potts," he says as he pulls up a chair. Natasha enters the room as well in a full yoga outfit, pulling her growing red hair into a tiny bun.
"Why thank you, Barton," Pepper says as Thor enters. He looks sweaty, wiping his face and hands with a rag.
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 18 (Reader)You sit on the soft cushions of the hallway, Loki leaning against the wall beside you. A bell rings and bustling teenagers - some with strange discolorations or extra limbs - wander the halls as they go to their next classes. You wonder if you should go exploring while you wait for the professor to finish his conversation with Tony and Banner.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 18 (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A green flash in your peripheral catches your eye and you turn to see that Loki is casting some magic, creating a songbird in his hand. The bird tweets and sings to him and he stares at it, his face dull. He's as bored as you are, you can tell.
"Can you make a board game with your magic?" you ask.
The bird puffs away in a flash of green. "I could, but I won't," he says. He folds his arms and looks away.
Well fine then, don't try to help both of us, princely diva, you think.
Finally, the door opens, and both Tony and Banner step out. They don't even notice either of you, but simply keep talking to each other, walking through the hallway and disapp
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 19 (Reader)The explosion caught you by surprise, but this isn't your first battle. Without thinking about it, you snap into action, not letting a second of hesitation hit you as your body cuts to active mode. You know you're in trouble, you know the room's blown up, you know somewhere in the rubble Charles Xavier is lying helplessly. You begin to call for him, but decide to use your power instead, in case the enemy is close and listening for you. You quickly imagine the compass and light circle, and immediately you locate him under fallen wooden beams.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 19 (Reader)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
With a grunt you push through the rubble and climb over the debris, pushing the beams away. The professor is on his back, covered in dust, coughing, but awake and alive.
"The button," he says, turning to the damaged desk. "Under the first drawer. Press the button."
You do as he says, hurriedly pulling out the first drawer and feeling for the button. You press it and a siren sounds, echoing throughout the vicinity. Two kids run into the room, one wi
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 22 (ReaderxLoki)Winter. It's freezing outside, a calming white blanket covering the New York landscape. The blizzard has slowed to a light snowstorm. Small flurries of ice fall from the sky to land on the window and you touch the glass carefully, feeling the freezing temperature from outside. Behind you, Steve and Tony are talking about a public appearance and in the corner, Barton and Thor are drinking Coors and chatting about manly things that you don't care to hear. Bruce and Natasha are at the kitchen table, discussing something pointless and Loki...you had seen him around, but since the night he held you, you've kept your distance for fear of awkwardness. He is present, however - decorating the Christmas tree by using his magic to lift the ornaments. Cheater.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 22 (ReaderxLoki)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
You hear the clicking heels of Natasha's boots behind you as she crosses the room. She speaks up to everyone, "Hey, why don't we help Loki with the tree?"
"Oh, I'm up for that," Clint raises his hand and sets his beer down. Thor does the sam
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 29 (ReaderxLoki)You've been stomping around your room for hours. You refuse to come out. From the movies and real life scenarios, you know that if you go out there, everyone's going to be furious. You'll be a chew toy for a good few weeks. So childish, ugh. How could you let yourself do that?Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 29 (ReaderxLoki)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
You hear loud, deep steps thumping down the hallway towards your location. You freeze in fear. There's more than one pair of steps. Oh god...they've come for you. You're gonna seriously get it now. You begin to cower onto your bed, fighting the panic. You'll just apologize, sob, and promise to never do it again. You just hope the punishment isn't...too painful...
The footfalls stop. Voices whisper incoherently, muffled, outside the door. Cautious, you begin to try and sense who's outside. With the imaginary trick Xavier taught you, you begin to pick up on some clues:
"...ikke ha gjort det i første omgang."
...Well, if it was Loki, you wouldn't be able to know what he's thinking. This must be Thor. Another
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 25 (Reader x Loki)You really wish you could rot, with how bored you feel. It's only been a day, and so far what usually keeps you entertained on slow days is now the most uninteresting thing on the planet. Deep down you know you should stay inside, mostly because you value your life (for all your lack of self-esteem, you still say you're too young and pretty to die), but part of you just wants to go outside simply for the mischievous act of pushing Steve's buttons. Earlier today you placed a toe through the doorway that leads to the outdoor helipad to see if JARVIS would say anything, and then made a game of jumping in and out of said doorway so that Steve and Tony would get annoyed with you messing with JARVIS' warning system.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 25 (Reader x Loki)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After that you've been locked in. JARVIS doesn't even open the doors for you anymore. So, out of complete boredom and need to do something to keep your brain from overloading, you go downstairs to the lobby. Fancy high-class people in nice suits and office clothes sit in leather
Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 27 (ReaderxLoki)Snow crunches under your boots as you race to hide behind a trash bin, biting your lip to keep from bursting into a fit of giggles. The couple you just dumped a shovel of snow on is looking around, disturbed in the middle of their romantic walk. Not far from you, you see Loki peek his head out from behind a brick wall and flash two fingers at you. It's safe to come out, but act cool.Fragmented Thoughts Chapter 27 (ReaderxLoki)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
You step out from behind the trash bin, your hands in your pockets as you walk down the street. Don't laugh, don't laugh, don't laugh. As the couple moves on, their magical moment ruined, you step beside the alleyway where Loki went to hide. He watches the couple go and then looks to you, smiling from ear to ear. You burst into laughter, clutching your stomach.
The two of you have been pranking random pedestrians all day, from leaving fake parking tickets on cars and setting store signs to "closed" to dumping snow from rooftops onto people below and moving customers' shopping carts when they stepped away,