The Years Roll By...
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Land of Timeless Mists.
"Concentrate!" Dawn gritted her teeth as Xander tried to help her brake through her maximum threshold; and again she failed. She had been trying to break through to the other side; where the energies of the Key resided.
She wasn't having any luck. She had made great strides with her powers over the last five years. She even doubled her capacity, but every time she tried to go beyond that limit, she knew that it would spell her doom. The unfettered energies of the Key were strong enough to destroy any biological entity; no body born or made, not even one that was a Human/Asgard hybrid, could survive. She was starting to realize that energy she could tap into wasn't even a pin-prick of the true might of the Key.
"It's no good Xander. I don't think I could survive if I ever succeeded and really broke through to the other side. I think the energy would destroy me and might be enough to destroy a small sub-dimension like this."
"Okay." Xander slowly released the breath he was holding. Five years and they still were no closer to leaving than the first day they arrived.
While Dawn struggled to master her heritage, he and Faith tried to master their cosmic ability. After five years their internal tank had barely reached the quarter mark. At this rate it would take another fifteen years until they were at full power. "Ya know Dawnie. It's a good thing we have that long lived Asgard gene going for us. Otherwise when we make it out of here, we'd be too old to be of much use. This way we get to train our gifts properly."
Dawn snorted, "Says the guy who could barely do a beginners spell." she giggled at the face he made at her.
Xander has scrunched up his face and stuck out his tongue at his wife. "Yeah, yeah, yeah. Make fun of the magically challenged."
"Ha ha ha ha! You know husband of mine, that there is why I still love you. Probably why Faith and I married you in he first place..."
"You mean it wasn't because I got both of you pregnant..."
"No you big jerk. We married you because we love you. Do you honestly believe for even one moment that either Faith or I need someone to take care of us?" Xander opened his mouth to reply, but Dawn continued talking, "No. We're both, strong, intelligent and independent women. I don't know about Faith, but I, I have always loved you. I've wanted to be Mrs. Harris since I was ten. So. Do. Not. Give me that crap about marrying us because we were pregnant!"
"Mommy. Gram bit me." Xander looked at Dawn and put his hand on her shoulder. He got up and went to see what his youngest daughter and her playmate were up to.
Ice Giant Encampment
Natasha continued to observe the camp as the giants went about their business of fortifying their base. She had nothing better to do with her time. Her teammates were still wherever they had gone off to, and by now they were secure in their new base. She heard from Stark that they had setup inside the caves of the Storm Giants.
Every hour on the hour the shamans would gather around their holy spot and start their chant. They would chant for about five minutes, then they would break up and go their separate ways; only to return to start again an hour later. She didn't know enough about magic and rituals to know if this was significant and she wasn't about to ask Gungnir. She didn't want to start depending on the spear and then have to re-adjust her skill set later. If the information became critical she would ask, but not before then.
"Natasha are you there?" Stark was at it again. She had to give him credit he was persistent.
She sighed and finally answered, "I'm here. What do you want?"
"An update would be nice."
"Why? Aren't you seeing the same thing I'm seeing?"
"Yes, but you're there, and we're not."
"They chant. They build up the walls and they gather in ever increasing numbers. Do you see anything different "
"No..." Tony replied.
"Widow out." she disconnected and went back to watching. 'Whatever it is they're doing, they better hurry up.'
Land of Timeless Mists.
Clint lead Xander through the sword Kata one more time. By the end, even Clint had to admit that Xander was flawless, "So you really been practicing. You got it perfect three times in a row. Nice job. Now we start on the hard stuff."
"We start? What do you mean start? We've been at this for ten years." Xander exclaimed.
"Yep. Too bad you started so late in life, but not bad so far. You ready for some hard work?"
Xander sighed and signaled Clint to go ahead. 'Started he says.' he snorted internally. With Clint's sharp senses you can't take chances. He had promised Clint when they started that he would never complain, not out loud anyway. Still, started?
Ice Giant Encampment
"Natasha are you there. What was that noise?" Tony was almost screaming into the microphone in his helmet.
"Stop shouting or I'm cutting you off right now!" Natasha threatened the billionaire boy child. She so hated working with amateurs.
"Sorry, sorry." Tony apologized quickly. "But what was that?"
"There's a crack in the ice." she reported.
"Thor just how deep is that ice?"
"How deep is deep? A hundred feet? Two hundred?"
"Much deeper. Miles at the very least."
"Is all this ice sitting over water? Land? What?"
"There is no water friend Stark. Jotenhiem is frozen ball of ice."
"Then this could be tectonic activity..."
"Yeah. I don't think so. These guys aren't chanting for an earthquake. They're trying to summon the biggest gun they have. Ymir. The original Ice Giant."
"You can't be sure that's what they're..."
"Tony. If Gungnir says they're summoning Ymir, then they're summoning Ymir!"