Meeting the President...
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Manhattan, New York.
The Stark Tower.
Thor escorted his brother Loki to the kitchen for breakfast.
"I do not wish to be in the same room as that witch." Loki had been about the humiliation he suffered under Willow heavy handed punishment. "I am a 'Prince of Asgard.' it is beneath me..."
"Complain all you want brother. While tis true, you are as you say, a 'Prince of Asgard.' she is a 'Daughter of Gaea.' lest you forget, Gaea is my Mother and as she is considered a consort of Alfather Odin. Therefore a 'Qween of Asgard.' which make Lady Willow your equal."
"I am a God..."
"...And she Loki, is a Goddess, and in her realm of influence. I doubt not that you would have done much better..."
The two were interrupted when Thor's Hammer Mjolnir vibrated and briefly glowed blue then subsided.
Thor took the Hammer and put it on the table top and looked at it sternly. "You will stop that." he waved his finger in warning.
"What was that? I've never seen Mjolnir behave so..." the two stared open mouthed when Steve picked up the Hammer and gave it back to Thor.
"Table's for eating. It's rude to other when you put your weapons on it like that. You can use the coffee table over there if you have to." Steve put his plate in the same place where he removed the Hammer from. He noticed the now silent open mouthed Asgardians staring at him. "What?" he looked around and didn't see anything more unusual than normal for Stark's Penthouse.
"You, you, picked up the Hammer..." Loki couldn't say anymore. He kept looking at Steve like he was an unusual specimen of some sort.
"Sorry. Is there some sort of taboo where you're not allowed to touch another warriors' weapons or something?" Steve thought that he had so much to learn. Not only twenty first century etiquette, but now he had to add Asgardian, and maybe even aliens behavioral information. 'When the hell did I become an Anthropologist?' he wondered.
"I know I'd be upset if touched my shiny, and let's not talk about what Buffy would do to you if she saw you playing with her Scythe." Faith explained as she stole a couple of pieces of bacon from Steve's plate.
Sharon tagged her with a light slap on the wrist, "Get your own. There's just enough for two." she smiled at Steve and gently stroked his hand, with her other hand. She took a moment to re-sync their genetic signatures again.
"Buffy what are you doing back so soon? Don't you have a meeting to get to?" Dawn's was heard from the living room.
"It's not for on for another fifteen minutes or so. Plenty of time to get changed. Just zap me to Giles when I'm done."
"Buffy! I'm not your taxi service. This takes a lot of concentration..."
In the kitchen Loki turned to Thor, "That's where I went wrong. I should have started with her and not the primal."
"Are you still on about that. Accept your defeat with grace."
"Never. Next time I'll need to plan better..."
"What's this about a next time. I didn't agree to a next time." Steve was worried. He was not in the mood for this trouble maker trying his hand at another invasion. There are permanent ways of stopping this madness.
"Oh I wouldn't worry too much about him just yet Steve. There are permanent ways of getting him to stop his destructive hobby." Xander's smile held an edge that told Loki he wouldn't like the primal's solution.
"You may not threaten a 'Prince if Asgard.' in such a manner." Thor warned Xander.
"How do you want me to threaten him then? I'm more than open to suggestions." Xander was willing to work with the big guy. One way or another Loki would not be doing a repeat. He wasn't Batman, and the revolving door stops right here.
"Loki's punishment will be decided by Odin. You may not usurp his right for justice. He must answer for his attempted take over of Asgard and the damage done to the Rainbow Bridge."
"I have no problems with that. So long as he doesn't make a habit of becoming a frequent visitor. Make sure that whatever your father does...sticks." Xander walked away to greet his girls. He linked a hand with Faith and went to see what Kind of shoes Buffy bought. Not that he was interested in the shows mind you. It made Buffy happy when he showed an interest in her favorite hobby.
"Later." Faith waved as she and Boytoy left the kitchen area. Sharon was the only one to wave back.
Steve was looking between Thor and Loki.
The Asgardians noticed his scrutiny.
"Captain..?" asked Thor.
"He may have been a little rude in how he threatened you, but I agree with him. We are not playthings for the Gods. We are no longer helpless before your power. You treat us as friends and allies and we will respond in kind. Another attack like this...let's just say Xander will be the least of your worries." Steve left his plate on he table no longer hungry.
Sharon gave the two brother a look that said don't you dare stop him. She picked up the plate and followed. They would not be ruining her breakfast with Steve that easily.
Thor gave Loki the look.
"What?" Loki asked innocently.
Thor didn't even bother to reply. He went after Steve. Maybe he could salvage the situation before it became even more dire. After all: these were the people he was depending on to get him back home.
The Hammer buzzed again.
"Is something wrong with Mjolnir. I'd be more than happy to take a look at it if you want?" Tony and Pepper went to the buffet and both started to load their plates. With the new changes in their genetic make up they would need to load up for next few weeks.
"There's nothing wrong with Mjolnir."
"Then why is it acting up? Not enough iron in his diet?
Thor laughed, "That hits close to the mark. At the moment Mjolnir is acting as host to someone that dared challenge my mastery of the Thunder and Lightning a villain by the name of Max Dillon."
"How did you stuff him in there and how is it he's even still alive?"
"He was somehow changed into a lightning bolt. When Lady Natasha asked me to accompany her last night. This villain attacked without provocation and boated that he was the new God of Thunder and Lightning. I am simply teaching the pretender the error of his ways."
"Is his another one if Fury's recruits. 'Cause if it is, I am not impressed with his selection. JARVIS set up a meeting with Director Fury as soon as possible. There are a few issues I'm concerned with."
"Yes sir. Done. I have sent the request and I am now waiting for a response."
"Thank you JARVIS."
"You are welcome sir."
"You have a good and efficient servant." Thor complimented Tony on his staff.
"JARVIS is not a servant he's, ah..." Tony was stomped. 'How do you explain a computer AI to an Asgardian?', "uh thank you." he dodged the issue, but until Thor had more information to work with it was less of a headache to just leave it as is.
"C'mon Tony. Let's go see what Buffy bought." Pepper dragged Tony after her.
"...but what about the guy inside the Hammer?"
"It's not Hammer time. I'm hungry and the stomach that's growling is not mine."
"It so is. I can hear it."
"Tony don't you know it's impolite to bring up a woman's body functions during breakfast?"
"But, but, but...hammer..."
Pepper didn't listen, she dragged him off, besides she really wanted to look at the shoes Buffy bought in Washington. She didn't have time to shop when she was there on business.
"These new Demi-mortals are a strange breed." Loki observed.
"That they are." Thor agreed reluctantly.
The Whitehouse. Oval Office.
"Your 9:30 appointment is here sir." the President's private receptionist's voice said from the speakers.
"Give me a moment Liz and let them in."
The president signed a paper in front of him and put it aside. "Alright Jack. Who are these people and why are they here?"
"These are the heads of the New Watchers Council. And they're here because of the New York situation." Jack Brady explained.
"What do they have to do with an internal matter? How did they get an appointment so soon?"
"The appointment was made on their behalf by the British Ambassador, on behalf the Queen and Prime Minister."
"That's a lot of clout to throw around? What do they want?"
"Someone on the SHIELD council gave an illegal order to nuke the city. A missile was fired without your authorization on the island of Manhattan..."
"Dear God! What madman okayed that order?"
"We are looking into it..."
"I don't care who it is. I want their head on a pike !" after he calmed down, he asked, "Why is Manhattan still standing if we fired a Nuclear Missile on the city?"
"We have Tony Stark to thank for that one. Director Fury gave him a heads up and Stark intercepted the missile and as you saw he put it in that portal."
"Good for him. Put him down for a medal. What the heck, put them all down for medals. Those people saved our bacon."
"That they did. The problem we have is that by firing that missile we broke an important Treaty, with an important global power that has been on the books since 1799. Those people are here about that."
"You mean that piece of horror fiction you gave me to read last night is true?"
"Yes sir. It's really important we get back into these people's good graces as soon as possible. Until this situation is rectified we are vulnerable to different kinds of invasion."
"This is unbelievable. If I didn't see that invasion with my own eyes, I would have thought the whole thing one of your practical jokes. Alright who are we meeting?"
"The British Ambassador of course, Sir Rupert Giles, head of the Watchers and Buffy Summers the leader of the Slayers."
"You sure about that last name? She sounds like some kind of California flower child?"
The doors suddenly burst open and a tiny, but beautiful blonde woman walks in like she owned the joint.
"You have a problem with my name?" Buffy asked the President of the United States of America.
The secret service detail had the woman surrounded and for some reason the president felt that he was the one who should be worried.