Summary: Written for a norsekink prompt: Loki is abused in the Avengers’ custody, Steve is horrified and tries to comfort him. As a result the two become friends. (Though when Loki is involved nothing is quite that simple.)
Word count: 24k
Characters/pairings: Loki, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Rec notes: I really like these two together. Steve’s levelheadedness is a nice counter for Loki’s antics, and I am a sucker for Loki redeeming himself while still being a complete asshole. My only gripe with this fic is the action that sets the whole thing off, and it relies on Thor raping Loki. It’s a pretty major hit against it, and I admit it took me several times to try to get to this fic. When I finally managed to get past that, it wound up being rather lovely. Loki finds weird ways of displaying his gratitude, like stabbing Steve, and kidnapping him and making him an accessory in overthrowing a monarchy. But better still is that the Avengers don’t automatically all suddenly decide that Loki deserves sympathy, and aren’t too pleased to find out Steve’s getting pally with the resident super villain. It’s got a great build-up between the two, and the adventure in the second half is the part of the fic that’s always stood out best for me.