Icy Pains of Nowhere...
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"These look like the icy fields of Jotunheim." Thor looked around at the barren landscape. Inside the energy field all was warm and quiet. "I would recommend we don garments best suited to our new environment."
"Mmmmm, mmmm, mmmm!" Loki gave his brother the evil eye. He held up the SHIELD issue manacles.
Natasha looked at Faith and tried to impress upon her one more time to stop calling her Tasha. All that without saying a word.
Faith snorted. She was picking up on the Widow's body language lessons. It was how Tasha could predict what everyone around her was thinking. Except for Xander of course. Sometimes Tasha missed what the guy was saying because she couldn't believe anyone was so silly as to think stuff like that with their body. Tasha wasn't fluent in child body language. Like the time Xander stuffed a whole Twinkie into his mouth in one go. She thought that Xander was undergoing a religious experience, silly Tasha, that only happened when she rocked Xander's world.
"What do you think is up Faith " she asked. "
"If I knew, I wouldn't ask." Faith gave her a heavy sigh.
"You're overdoing it. There's no need to shout." Natasha gave Faith one of her small tolerate smiles. Teacher to student. 'She has a lot of potential and raw talent. I should have her up to speed in a century or so. It's a good thing we have the time. Otherwise she would have been a hopeless candidate. So much to unlearn. Too bad she started so late in life. Little uncle is still around. I should get him to help out in her lessons when we get back.'
Loki ignored the peasants and demanded that his brother free him at once, one more time.
Xander sighed, "I hope you appreciate this." he unlocked the shackles and removed the muzzle.
Loki was confused by this gesture of kindness. After everything he had done to the man, he was the last one he expected kindness from. In his opinion he was a peasant, but one that had some power. "Thank you."
Xander smiled, "That didn't kill you, did it?" Xander let him be and went to see Tony at the center of the energy field, "How cold is it?"
"You have to ask," Tony pointed all around them, "that's not normal cold. The temperatures fluctuate between -40 and -60 degrees. And not because of the wind. In this small area the temperature should be the same."
"Is that in Fahrenheit or Celsius?"
"Doesn't matter Xan. -40 is the same in both Fahrenheit and Celsius." explained Dawn.
"What she said." Tony looked at Thor, "You're the local, any idea how we get out of here?"
"Yes. We walk." Thor looked around. Nothing, not a single landmark to be seen, "I would hazard to say that we are in one of the many icy plains, and not the mountains. We walk, unless you're willing to take your chances with the elemental winds?"
"Could be. How tough are these winds?"
"No thank you." Dawn put the kibosh on that idea.
"Why not?" asked Tony.
"Didn't you hear what he just said? Elemental driven winds, as in the driving force behind the winds are alive, and Air elementals are playful."
"How's that a bad thing. It's not like they're evil. Right?"
"No, not evil, but for the air elementals, the toys in this case would be us. How would you like to be a flying action figure toy to a giant air elemental?"
"You have been to these desolate wastes before lady Dawn?" asked Thor.
"No, but I kinda summoned one accidentally, by he time I sent it back it wreaked several labs and shutdown half our communications network. So no flying." she mimed cutting her own throat, killing that idea.
"Say, how come we wound up here instead of Thor's home town?" Clint asked.
"His fault!" Dawn pointed at Loki.
"My fault." asked the outraged God. If it was his fault he wanted to know how he did it so he could do it again. "I was both bound and gagged. How is it my fault?"
"You wanted to go home more. While you're both Asgardians, I'm betting you came from this place."
"She's got you there brother. This was the place of your birth."
"You're not blaming me for her incompetence. I will not stand for it." Loki made as if to leave.
"Say, uh just wondering, but where do you think you're going?" asked Faith as she played with one of her daggers.
"Are you threatening me? I am a God."
"Settle down 'God' I believe we've had this conversation before." Bruce told him face to face. The other guy was ready to come out and rip this mad godling a new one if he didn't answer the challenge to the Hulk's chosen mate.