Finding Loki IV
Finding Loki III
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Land of Timeless Mists.
"It's about time you guys woke up. It been a freakin' week!" Bobbi yelled at the trio as they woke up.
"Whoa. What did I miss?" Xander asked Clint.
"Not much. You slept. Bobbi nagged. You slept some more. Bobbi nagged some more. You kept on sleeping, Bobbi started to bitch. You kept on sleeping even more. Bobbi stated to panic. The bitching became truly intense at that point. Then you woke up, and now it's my turn to bitch. What the fuck took you so freakin' long?" Clint took a deep breath and let it out slowly.
"That's it. It took you a whole week and all you got to show for it is one freakin' question?" Faith laughed at the Archer.
Xander shook his head, "Clint, Clint, Clint. I'm so disappointed with you. Your Bitch-Fu is weak. We must work on it right away." he turned to Faith and said, "Nurse. Schedule an emergency appointment for our patient. There is hope for him yet. We have the technology, we have the..." Faith slapped him up the side of his fool head.
Xander glared at Faith. She glared right back. Dawn rolled her eyes and slapped both of them. "Grow up." she looked around, and saw that Bobbi had settled down. She talked to her a bit and got a quick update on what they missed, which wasn't much, "Are we moving?" she asked.
"Yeah. Jackie had the camper attached to her back and was able to get the anti-grav field to cover the entire structure. And voilá! No clue where we're going, but 'Voilá!' we've been going in and out of the mists for days. When they say 'Land of Mists' they really mean it."
"Is it hot?" Xander turned from Faith to Clint, "Why's it so hot?"
"That's the thing about the 'Land of Mists.' they're kind of nice. No ice. Lots of forest. Pine and oak mostly. Passed some apple and pear trees and I think there might be some other types along those lines."
Xander got up and after a few seconds got his bearing and made for the door.
"Say Xander, where do you think you're going?" Clint held him steady while he recovered from the long sleep. It didn't take long. Xander thanked him and again made for the door.
"Whoa. We are not getting separated. We don't much about his place. Let's scout a bit before we start wondering."
"Clint I just want to have a look outside."
"Alright, but you're not leaving the camper. Jackie...:"
"Yes Agent Barton?"
"Can you please extend the rails out by three feet and make sure the energy field covers the entire area. I don't want these guys wondering around until we know what we're up against."
"I though you'd have already scouted the place?" Xander looked around and liked what he saw. No ice anywhere in sight, "Now that's more like it."
Xander took a deep breath and liked what he breathed in and what he smelled. It was all pure and clean. A virgin forest that never experienced the touch of man or any civilization of any kind. "Can you smell that? Can you taste the air quality?" Xander looked at Clint and the other man agreed.
"It's pretty good. I'll give you that, but that's not gonna help us out."
"What do you mean?"
"Where do we find Loki in all this pureness? How do we find him?"
"You gotta a point." he took a deep breath and enjoyed the pureness of it and let it out in a shout, "Dawn!"
"What?" Dawn stumbled out in a rush. Quickly followed by the rest of the girls.
"The fuck you yellin' for Harris?" Faith had her daggers out. Bobbi extended the adamantium battle staff.
"What's with the hardware?" Xander asked innocently.
"Cut the crap Xander. You're the one yellin' his fool head off!" Faith got in his face and pointed one of the daggers at his jewels, why the fuck are you yellin'?"
"I needed Dawn to come out and do a locator spell." he told her with an innocent smile.
"Why the fuck do I stay with you? You are insane."
"Admit it. You love us and that's all there id to it." Xander's smug smile made Faith press the point harder. Xander eeped, but he didn't back off.
"That's it. You're insane and I'm loco for staying with you. Dawn you take over. I'm going back inside before I lose something I might need later on."
"Oh, like what?"
"Those aren't yours Harris." she pointed at his family jewels, or hers as the case might be, "Those belong to Dawn and me." with a huff she went back inside, cursing a mile a minute.
"Why do you keep pulling her chains so much?"
"'Cause if I didn't Dawnie my Dawnie, then she'd think I didn't care. Can't have one of my girls thinkin' that. Although she is a mite maintenance heavy, but so worth it." he said with a shit eating leer.
Dawn hit him on the head and huffed. She was about to join Faith back inside when he grabbed her arm. "I still need you." he told her.
"...Okay..." she grumbled, but settled down and asked Bobbi to bring her her stuff.
"Be right back." Bobbi rushed back in to grab Dawn's gear. 'About damn time. A woman can have sex for so long before she gets bored, five days are about my limit. Although I certainly do appreciate Clint's new stamina. I wonder if I can help him increase it in some way?'
June 13/ 2012
Destroyed Ice Giants Camp.
*Is there a way you can hide me from all known observation methods?* Natasha asked Gungnir.
*I WILL COVER YOU IN A MODIFIED ENERGY FIELD! NOTHING WILL PENETRATE IT! IN OR OUT!*
*How do I breathe if nothing come in?* Natasha could hold her breathe for a while, and depending on how far the energy field extended from her body, she could last the time needed to carry out her mission.
*I WILL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS!*
*Good to know. Now please.* it never hurt to be polite to sentient objects of power. Especially when she depended on their goodwill when her life was in their metaphysical hands.
Natasha disappeared from sight. She took the time to find a hiding place and settled down to observe the area. The threat assessment map told her that another loose unit of Ice Giants were about to enter the area in a few minutes. She examined herself one final time.
No shadows extended past the energy field and her breathe didn't travel past the field either. She wondered if this protection included shielding from body heat and magic senses.
*YOU ARE PROTECTED FROM BOTH METHODS OF DETECTION!* Gungnir confirmed, as well he confirmed that he was keeping tabs on her thoughts. She kept a tighter shield over her more private thoughts and hoped the nosey bastard wouldn't be able to ferret out all her secrets.
She waited a minute and sighed in relief. The spear had kept quite. That didn't mean that he couldn't break past her barriers, just that he only picked up stray thoughts. Still she'd keep a closer watch on what she let leek into the foreground of her mind.
The Ice Giants entered the camp one by one, with lots of space between each warrior.
'They're being cautious. About time someone showed some smarts. I thought the entire race was made up of brainless warriors. Although Frost was able to put more than two thoughts together, he still had blind spots I could fly a Quinjet through.'
Within a few minutes the entire unit made it into the camp. They were several hundred strong. Natasha estimated that they would have taken casualties by the time they fought off this many. She also saw that they had several males dressed like Frost. 'Must be the magic users.'
When the Giants secured the area the shamans met the chieftains beside the spot with the dirty yellow X in the middle of it.
"Someone has desecrated the holy summoning circle." A shaman with an ornamental hood spoke up.
The rest agreed, as the evidence was indisputable.
"Many spirits cry out for revenge as well. Many have fallen, but there are no bodies to tell their tales.
Again the rest agreed.
"Find out what happened!" the biggest Ice Giant commanded.
The shamans bowed their heads and set about their tasks.
'Xander I could kill you for this. All this crap because you had to take a leak over their holy site.'
She continued to watch as the Giants went about their duties.
An encampment quickly grew around the previous camp that dwarfed the original several times over.
'It's not going to be a simple task anymore.' When they come back, and she knew that they'd come back. Clint and Xander were made from the same cloth, they stop at nothing to complete their mission. The reception that waited for them would not be pleasant.
June 13/ 2012
Avengers Mountain Base.
Tony checked the monitors inside the shelter/cave base. In front of the cave's opening a nano tech cube covered the entire entrance and provided the necessary camouflage to hide their new location. Inside other cubes made up the rest of the equipment, mostly chairs and tables and a cot for their captive to lie on while he was still unconscious.
Betty hovered nearby, and examined the readout from one of the monitoring units that JARVIS placed near the shaman. The android kept a constant scan of everything in and out of the base. He even had a large display of the new Ice Giant encampment that was rapidly taking shape where Dawn and the others had left.
"Can you detect Natasha anywhere JARVIS?" Tony asked.
"No sir. I lost contact at the moment she disappeared from sight." Tony asked Thor.
Thor shrugged, "My father is known to have that power at his command. I did not know that the spear had the same power, but tis not so strange that he does."
"Can your Hammer do the same?"
"No Friend Stark. Mjolnir is made for battle. The spear is made to hep rule a nation."
"Curious. There's a lot of things that it does, that mimic what JARVIS does for me." Tony was in deep though while he went over what he knew of Asgardian technology and artefact's.
"Let it be Tony. We'll have the chance to examine their tech when we get Loki back to his Pappy." Bruce gently touched Tony on the shoulder and brought him back to the task at hand. Mainly the action and reaction from the Ice Giants to what they considered a desecration of one of their holy sites.
"How long do you think we have to wait until they come back?" Tony asked Bruce.
"As long as it takes. The Black Knight and the Archer will make certain that my brother is retrieved. I have confidence in their skills and determination and the skills of Lady Dawn." Thor told both men.
"Funny. A little trip and all of a sudden you, Xander and Clint are all Buddy, Buddy. Care to tell what happened while you guys tracked the kidnapper?"
"That is a tale for when all our comrades in arms are back safely among us. I expect the tale of their courage will be told for many a year in the halls of Asgard."
"That's nice and all, but what about now, between the three of us?" Betty cleared her throat, "Sorry, the four of us?" JARVIS cleared his speakers, "Seriously..." JARVIS glared, "Alright the five of us? How about it Thor, care to share?"
Thor laughed at the developing camaraderie among these new friends as well. Not all friendships are forged in battle after all, and these valiant heroes had already proven their worth in battle, so he told the tale of how he, Xander and Clint tracked the kidnapper through the blizzard.