Summary: Sif rarely spends time alone with Loki as their mutual circle of friends usually travels together. However, a chance splitting of the group leaves them together to fish, read, spar, and discover things about another that they never suspected.
Word count: 4k
Rec notes: This is one of my favourite pairings, both as romantic and otherwise, and I love how it was handled in this fic. Rare is it to see Loki skilled outside of scholarly pursuits, so this little look at him deciding to out-fish Thor was just wonderful. I love a skilled, competent portrayal of Loki, and this one hit all my buttons. Better still, he’s not treated as some bullied outsider who’s only tolerated by his so-called friends. Mostly, he’s left out either because he chooses to be, or because Thor is impatient and leaves before Loki is ready. But Sif in this fic is friendly toward him, even if she does think him a bit strange. The bit where she tries to take interest in his studies and listens to him read from his dusty old book is something I’ve rarely seen before, and I quite like it. At the same time, it’s not all roses here. There are glimpses and flashes of something darker within Loki already; some resentment and bitterness, and even at one point, something that could be even closer to hatred. It’s a great little look at where Sif and Loki might have been before his descent into madness, and very believable.