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The first thing Dawn heard when she regained consciousness was Tony Stark's voice. "Tell me you're kidding, Thor?"
"No I don't think he's kiddin'." Faith was the one to answer.
"What?" Tony was taken off guard by the person answering his question.
"It's the thing, yo..." She turned to Xander and asked, "What's that thing where you have rules on how to act and stuff?"
"Protocols?" Xander guessed.
"Yeah that's it. Protocols! How would it look if the boss suddenly stopped the office party halfway through the party?"
"You're putting me on." He then asked Thor, "She's putting me on? Right?"
Dawn was still low on energy, but the short rest had revived her physically. She joined the rest of the team, while they argued. Xander, as always, knew she was there, and so did Clint and Tasha.
"I'm afraid in this instance she's not. Just because, as she said, I'm the boss. Protocols..." he told Faith, "I like that word..." he went back to Tony's question, "Protocols prevent me from ordering them to stop their celebration," He concentrated for a moment and smiled, "Looks like the party's winding down. Stay here. I'll see if they'll honor a request to stop a bit early." Thor twirled Mjolnir and flew into the blizzard.
"Sir. We have finished our survey. There are tracks leading back into the blizzard, they are rapidly disappearing. We need to follow them quickly before they are gone," JARVIS reported back from his search.
"Follow them, but stay on the ground. We don't have air clearance just yet..."
"Tony, call them back."
"What? Xander we have to follow the tracks while they're still there. In a few minutes I estimate they'll be gone."
"Tony, it's not about the tracks. They're the least vulnerable of us until we figure out who hacked them. Maybe you should concentrate on that, and let Clint, Thor and I handle the tracking." He looked at Bobbi and said, "Give him a hand, Bobbi. Something's doesn't smell right about how they got hacked. You too, Dawnie. Languages are your specialty, and the last time I checked you and Willow were still knee deep into the Elite zone."
Dawn and her slayer both agreed and waited for Stark to recall the androids.
"How good are you with AI androids, Betty?" Dawn asked Dr. Ross.
"Not bad. Not as good as Bruce, but not bad."
Dawn smiled at Betty drawing her into her group as they checked on Bruce. He had calmed down after Dawn did her thing and he was one of the experts in the field. Dawn had a team assembled and waited by Tony for the androids to return. "There's no need to grumble. You know he's right about these things. 'Sides, wouldn't you feel better knowing what happened?"
"Yeah, I guess? Maybe?"
Dawn laughed at Tony and gently elbowed him in the ribs.
Tony gave up. He smiled at her cheerfulness if not the situation he was being forced into. 'I should be the one leading dammit.'
The androids flew back and Tony got two of the cubes together and merged them into one larger structure as a make shift lab.
As the brains filed in to the lad with JARVIS and JACOSTA, Xander asked Faith, "Do me a favor?"
"What ya need?" she asked.
"You and Tasha stay with them. You know what happens to big brains when they gather in groups."
"All common sense goes out the window as they concentrate on their latest mad scientist project?"
"Got it in one. Tasha, you mind keeping her company?"
"No. Go. Don't take long," the Black Widow ordered.
Clint clapped a hand over Xander's mouth and pulled him out of the camp. "What's wrong with you?"
"You know. She just brings that side out of me," Xander smiled at the archer as they set a fast pace towards the last reported track position JARVIS found.
Jotunheim, Ice Giants position.
The chieftain of the party that was tracking the Avengers looked at Laufey's daughter and smiled, "Congratulations, Laufey's Daughter, you've caught yourself a husband." He laughed, and all but one laughed along with him.
The old shaman and the girl's teacher sighed, "Do you even know what you have done, Hilda?" he asked the confused apprentice.
"I caught an Asgardian hostage," she said coldly.
The chieftain heard her and roared with laughter again, "Stop! I can't laugh anymore."
"The obnoxious oaf is right unfortunately. That is Loki. Laufey's Son and as such he's still considered as part of the people."
"I have just the thing. You have wiped the shame of your father's failure. As a reward, take your husband to the 'Land of Mists' and go!" He pointed in the direction of the timeless lands.