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FIC REC: Paintbox

Author: Lunik
Summary: Loki learns that when a man asks permission to paint you, sometimes he means he actually wants to paint you. More literally in some cases than others.
Word count: 4k
Characters/pairings: Loki/Steve
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None

Rec notes: This is one of those pairings I didn’t expect to like when I first started seeing it crop up around the internet. Especially considering how this fic pre-dates Avengers 1.

But whoops, it’s one of my favourites, and one I go for when I’m looking for something quiet and thoughtful. This author especially manages to weave Loki and Steve’s personalities together to complement one another, without either seeming to undermine the other. The AU is simple, and allows those personalities to shine through without the inherent bravado and posturing that is necessary when the ship is presented in a canon-compliant setting. Steve is an artist, and Loki is his agent. This is all the fic asks you to accept in order to get these two dancing around one another while they both try to figure out what the hell Steve is actually trying to accomplish with this scheme of his.

It’s short and sweet, and more about how the characters fit together than the rating and length imply.

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FIC REC: Apotheosis

Author: SolainRhyo
Summary: Jane’s life started to end after the fall of Malekith. She’s learned the hard way that even loving a god can’t keep you safe from all evils. To salvage the remnants of both her life and her sanity, she’s gone into hiding. She knew her dealings with Asgard were far from over, but she never expected to have to contend with Loki again. Lokane. Post TDW.
Word count: 80k
Characters/pairings: Loki/Jane, Bruce Banner, Thor
Rating: Mature
Warnings: CNTW

Rec notes: In a lot of ways, this fic reminds me of Trickster God, which I didn’t expect going in.  If you wanted to read that one, but it was a bit too heavy and in your face about the themes, SolainRhyo’s fic might be more your speed.  It deals with a lot of the same themes, but much less directly, and plays up the romance angle without subversion.  Jane is broken, abandoned, and utterly reliant on Loki for safety.  When he falls to Earth, and she’s the only person who can help him, things very quickly go off the rails.  And it explores this while also asking the question that gets asked in the MCU once or twice: Where the fuck is Thor when anyone needs him?  And why does he think he can just show back up and everything will go back to normal?

Loki is deranged, unhinged, and utterly self-serving through this entire thing.  Jane is bitter and resentful and pissed off enough with everyone else’s bullshit that somehow Loki seems like the best option for her.  And when her options are Loki, or get thrown in jail forever, well.  For some reason it’s always Loki, isn’t it?  Even when he’s horrible and cruel, and just the worst person in the galaxy.  It’s still always Loki.

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FIC REC: User Since

Author:
Summary: 

To: PC (loyaltothedream@hushmail.com)
From: Buck (bucky1956@yahoo.com)
Subject: Report!
Date: May 10, 2012

Phil — where the hell are you, man? Let us know if you’re all right, or if there’s anything we can do to help. HQ’s freaking the fuck out.
Word count: 4k
Characters/pairings: Phil Coulson
Rating: General
Warnings: Major Character Death

Rec notes: This fic is done entirely in email and forum posts to wonderful effect. In his downtime, when Coulson wasn’t being a government spook, he ran a forum dedicated to all things Captain America. And because he was a government spook, details of his death and involvement in the Battle of New York aren’t exactly public record. Everything, from the rising panic of his closer friends to their decision to find out more about him and hold their own private memorial service is incredibly emotional, right down to the very end.

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FIC REC: The Joke

Author:
Summary:
Steve’s not usually oblivious – far from it, in fact. But he does have his moments.

Like when he didn’t realize that the team was actually serious when they talked about Mjolnir being a magical weapon that only Thor could lift.

(Inspired by a head-canon prompt, in light of the comics-canon fact that Steve is actually capable of wielding Mjolnir. Full text of prompt is in the beginning notes.)
Word count: 7k
Characters/pairings: Natasha Romanov, Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Thor, Nick Fury, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Phil Coulson
Rating: General
Warnings: None

Rec notes: This is primarily a character piece, and I love those. Steve goes through most of the fic assuming that they’re all just supposed to pretend that nobody can lift Mjolnir. That doesn’t stop him from picking up the hammer and moving it from time to time. The characterisation is lovely and subtle, which just brings the humour out even more. Thor’s confused reaction to finding Mjolnir not where he left it is especially good, and the whole fic builds up to a very satisfyingending.

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FIC REC: Despite Himself

Author: errantcomment
Summary: Loki runs a bookshop, because he likes books. Unfortunately, he only found out he didn’t like people once he’d had the grand opening. Now he spends a lot of time sulking, talking to his cat, not talking to his housemate, and sulking. Then one day, the shop bell rings and despite himself, it all changes.

Notting Hill/Avengers/Thor fusion. Mundane AU in which Steve is still a big dude but mostly he’s an architect, Natasha is a security consultant, and Thor is a Viking accountant.
Word count: 50k
Characters/pairings: Loki/Darcy, Steve Rogeres, Natasha Romanoff, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, Thor
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None

Rec notes: I have a thing for Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant, so a Notting Hill Tasertricks AU amused me greatly. Loki is a bit more Bernard Black (though, this fic does feature a cameo by Black, in reference to Moran’s role in the film) than Hugh Grant, with a complete misanthropic view of everything. His assistant Bruce has some amazing anger management issues, and only seems to keep his job because he’s useful in scaring away shoplifters. I really enjoy Tony in this as well, and Steve/Tasha as the secondary couple makes me want fic just about them in this universe.

Best of all, I think, is the side thread with Thor and Loki, and how the author kept the tension between Loki and the rest of his family without the whole genocide thing getting in the way. Instead, he just fucked off like a child and refuses to face his problems like an adult, which does feel like a rather Loki-ish way to handle problems.

It also has the kind of ending I love. Not a happily ever after, and not perfect. But satisfying. Everything feels tied up at the end, but it’s more of a slightly mangled knot than a neat little bow, which makes it feel a bit more real to me.

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FIC REC: Under Ether

Author: Lunik

Summary: Loki is captured by SHIELD and deemed not fit to be left alone while on painkillers and in handcuffs. Now he’s Darcy’s problem.

Word count: 4k

Characters/pairings: Loki/Darcy Lewis

Rating: General

Warnings: None

Rec notes: I expected a little more Darcy/Loki in this fic than there was, but the lack of actual pairing was made up for by a subtly tricksy Loki. This is basically a bottle episode of fics; the whole thing takes place in a single room, with Darcy wanting to be anywhere other than where she’s at. She’s set the task of trying to get Loki to talk, but Loki’s been quite heavily drugged and is in no mood for anything other than tripping high as a kite. Except it’s entirely possible he’s just playing them, if not for the whole time, than at least the majority of it. It’s just a fun little series of moments with Loki tripping balls, and Darcy being annoyed that she has to babysit him. But she can’t be that annoyed, because she does keep going back.

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FIC REC: unexpected every time

Author: hariboo

Summary: Five times Darcy catches Sif and Loki in flagrante. Post film, future fic.

Word count: 6k

Characters/pairings: Loki/Sif, Darcy Lewis

Rating: Teen

Warnings: None

Rec notes: I don’t have a lot to say about this one, but it’s still a fun read. It’s a fic about sex, but there’s no porn in it. What it does have is a good amount of situational humour built up from a very simple premise. Loki and Sif would like to keep it a secret that they’re fucking, and Darcy keeps walking in on them in the act. Loki’s reactions alone are worth the read, but Sif’s rapidly wearing patience gets rather entertaining as well.

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FIC REC: A Kindness Repaid

Author: Potboy

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

Rating: Teen

Warnings: Rape/Non-con

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.

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FIC REC: Castaway Getaway

Author: PeaceHeather

Summary: Odin banishes Loki to a remote wilderness location with nothing but the clothes on his back, and one companion to keep him from going insane in solitude. Loki is pretty sure Odin expects him to suffer and grovel and repent of his evil ways. Unfortunately, Loki is not the groveling type.

Word count: 17k

Characters/pairings: Loki, Tony Stark

Rating: Not Rated

Warnings: None

Rec notes: This one’s just kind of adorable. Loki and Tony get banished to Alfheim, under one of Odin’s own misguided schemes. Loki’s too pissed off at Odin and indifferent toward Tony to even care about Tony’s being there, and Tony’s put into a position where his choices are to trust the crazy war criminal, or die on an alien planet where nobody will ever find him. He chooses to trust Loki, and soon they find themselves living together in the woods until someone comes along who can send Tony away.

Most of the fic focuses on survivalist living, but it really left me wanting so much more.

 

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FIC REC: In His Cups

Author: Kay

Summary: Everyone knows that a drunken Thor is a handsy Thor. There are no personal space or privacy issues for him. And his friends are sick of it, so they make Loki take him to bed. But a drunk Thor is not a picky Thor, either…

Word count: 3k

Characters/pairings: Loki/Thor

Rating: Explicit

Warnings: Rape/Non-con

Rec notes: Kinda goofy, kinda spicy. Thor is very handsy when he’s drunk, much to the discomfort of his friends. The obvious solution is to make someone he wouldn’t dare get handsy with deal with him.

Just a short little thing that comes with a few surprises.

 

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FIC REC: Invocation for Beginners

Author: townpariah
Summary: Had they been poor, Loki thought, people would think they were crazy, but because they had money, they were eccentric. OR: Thor’s mother is remarrying and he spends the ten days leading up to the wedding at her summer house in the countryside, getting himself acquainted with his future stepbrothers.
Word count: 7k
Characters/pairings: Loki/Thor, Gen
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None

Rec notes: I don’t often rec WIPs, because I like to wait until they’re finished to make that call. But this one, unfinished though it is, is positively charming. Melancholy and sad, with an undercurrent of mystery. The whole thing reminds me of something I can’t quite place, but I would read an entire novel based on this premise. The fic is tagged Loki/Thor, but it appears to be abandoned and never gets that far. Despite that, it ends on a wonderful note that makes it feel complete as it is. I’ve definitely subscribed though, just in case.

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FIC REC: Get It

Author: PeachyLana

Summary: Kate adds a bit mischief to her evening.

Word count: 1k

Characters/pairings: Loki/Kate Bishop

Rating: Explicit

Warnings: None

Rec notes: Quick and dirty little rarepair PWP. Kate and Loki snarking at one another while engaging in a quickie before the NYE party.

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FIC REC: Evening Star

Author: hjbender

Summary: Thor is a poor jötunn runt trying hard to scratch out an existence on his tiny farm. He is forty-one and longs for a wife and family, but being small, he holds little hope of ever seeing his dreams come true. There is but one highlight in his life: his Vanir slave, Loki, whom Thor had bought as an adolescent boy ten years ago at a slave auction.

Loki was a seiðrmaðr in training before his life was upended by the Æsir-Vanir War. The only thing he longs for is freedom, and he will say and do anything to get it, even if it means pandering to his master’s deepest desires.

Word count: 17k

Characters/pairings: Lok/Thor

Rating: Explicit

Warnings: Rape/Non-con, Underage

Rec notes: This one flipped the script in a really interesting and unique way. Thor is a Jötunn runt, barely scraping by on his farm. Too small to take a wife, Thor’s only companion is his Vanir slave, Loki. I picked this one up out of idle curiosity, and then devoured it in a single sitting. The author captures the sorrow and desolation present in both characters as Thor craves intimacy, and Loki craves freedom.

What I particularly liked about this fic is how the author handles the invisible aspects of worldbuilding, translating things like calendars and seasons to a scale that is instantly understood. The reader is not left guessing at approximate ages, and wondering what 1500 years means to an Asgardian. It makes everything feel that much more real and immersive, which is always a big plus for me.

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FIC REC: Ruin you for anyone else

Author: CherryPie0

Summary: Thor can’t believe he had to sit through hours of watching his little brother make a fool of himself and flirting with the King of Vanaheim.

Loki must learn to behave, Thor decides. And since no one else seems willing to teach him, Thor supposes it’s his duty, as Loki’s big brother, to do so.

Word count: 2k

Characters/pairings: Lok/Thor

Rating: Explicit

Warnings: Rape/Non-con

Rec notes: This one is just pure, depraved kink. Somnophilia was in vogue for quick minute a while ago, and this one delivers.

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FIC REC: Bargaining

Author: proantagonist

Summary: Faced with an eternity without his brother, Loki strikes a bargain to change the past. Post TDW.

Word count: 110k

Characters/pairings: Loki, Thor, Odin, Frigga

Rating: Teen

Warnings: CNTW

Rec notes: Loki winds up going back in time to the moment Thor is first banished to Midgard, which gives him a chance to fix everything, beyond just Thor’s death, which happened months after the end of TDW. Using flashbacks to tell the story of how Thor came to die, and how Loki came to strike his deal as well as Loki knowing all the mistakes he’d already made and how not to make them, it becomes very easy to want to see Loki succeed. But while this is a fix-it of epic proportions, don’t expect it to fix everything. Frigga’s death left me feeling soured on the fic for several chapters after, and the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying as the rest of the fic. But it is overall a very enjoyable read, and one which will have you sucked in for days if you’re not careful.

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FIC REC: The Most Insidious Poison

Author: fallintosanity

Summary: Thor is poisoned while on a hunt. Loki goes in search of the antidote. But all knowledge has a price, and the price to save Thor’s life may be higher than Loki realizes.

Word count: 5k

Characters/pairings: Loki, Thor

Rating: General

Warnings: None

Rec notes: This is one that could have stood to be longer. As it is, it clocks in at just under 5,000 words, and every one of them is put to use. Loki, known as the cowardly younger brother seems to be the only one in all of Asgard with the thought to actually do something about Thor being poisoned, rather than sit around and hope. He goes to Muspelheim to get the antidote from Surtur, and while there learns that Odin does not consider him a son. Still, he continues his quest, gets the antidote, and returns to Asgard. There are some pieces I would have loved to see, but which were completely glossed over. We get brilliant detail of Muspelheim, but very little of Loki’s trip to Niflheim. But while it does leave you wanting, it is also the first in a series, so there is at least more to follow.

 

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FIC REC: Better to Reign in Hell

Author: copperbadge

Summary: Loki has known since childhood that he was Jotun. He’s been told all his life that he was a fosterling sent to Asgard to cement the bonds between their realms. He’s been led to believe one day he would ascend the throne of Jotunheim. Loki has been lied to.

Word count: 23k

Characters/pairings: Loki, Thor, Jane Foster, Darcy Lewis, Erik Selvig, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton

Rating: Teen

Warnings: Graphic Violence

Rec notes: This fic is at its basic parts, a canon-retelling, but it manages to not be a scene-by-scene replica. Loki’s situation on Midgard is different from Thor’s, so enough does change to keep it somewhat fresh. Rather than Mjolnir being stuck in the ground, it’s Loki’s helm, and Loki wants it back. He builds himself an army of rednecks, gains the confidence of Jane and her team, and even has a few moments of proper bad-assery against the Destroyer. Best of all, he doesn’t walk away from this wanting to be a hero. When all is said and done, he’s still seeking ways to grab power and put himself above everyone else, which in and of itself makes this fic stand out.

 

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FIC REC: Any Need as Strong

Author: Katbelle

Summary: Being a father to a child as unique as Loki is not easy and Odin is not the perfect parent; then again, no one is. What’s important is that he tried as hard as he could – and maybe one day that will turn out to have been enough.

Word count: 11k

Characters/pairings: Loki, Odin, Thor, Frigga

Rating: General

Warnings: None

Rec notes: This fic is the complete opposite of what you see in most MCU fic where Loki is first brought to Asgard. Rather than immediately accepting Loki, Frigga rejects him and scorns Odin for bringing him to the realm. Instead, it’s Odin who is determined to raise the boy as his own, even though he really has no idea what he’s even doing. It also tells the story of how Odin and Frigga came to be married, and shows a young Odin who is decidedly more like his adoptive son than his son by blood. Young Odin is full of tricks and spite and often annoying as hell, and is clearly where Loki gets it all, where Thor is more like how Odin appears to be. It also has an Odin who encourages Loki’s use of magic, rather than considering it an embarrassment, since he is something of a sorcerer himself. It’s also one of the few fics out there I’ve seen to draw from Tales of Asgard, which is a surprise in and of itself.

 

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FIC REC: Suffer the Children

Author: AccursedSpatula

Summary: After all these years, Loki realized, he was still nothing more than a frightened little boy.

Word count: 123k

Characters/pairings: Loki/Others, Loki/Thor, Loki/Angrboda, Loki/Sigyn, Steve Rogers/Thor, Jane Foster/Thor, Sif/Thor, Jarnsaxa/Thor

Rating: Not Rated

Warnings: Rape/Noncon, Graphic Violence, Underage, Major Character Death, Self Harm/Suicide

Rec notes: I found this fic because of a drawing that popped up on my dash one day: Thor, in a claw-foot tub, with a rubber duck, crying. The comment linked to the fic it was based on, and it looked so absurd, I had to see what that was about. And it’s so absurd. And so bad. This fic was an utter trainwreck that I couldn’t look away from. It was known for a few months as my trainwreck fic, and years later, I’m still subscribed to it, even though I know it will never be updated. When the author admitted, just before abandoning this fic to WIP purgatory, that it was a trollfic for a kinkmeme prompt that had got seriously out of hand, this fic became one of my favourite things to come out of the Thor fandom. A perfect embodiment of Poe’s Law and Thor fandom’s answer to My Immortal, I had thought it completely serious right up until the very end. Read it. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry (probably from despair), and you’ll wonder why such a fic would ever exist without being so intentionally fucked up.

This is the best fic I have ever read.

(Note: I had actually lost this fic for many years, and just found it again on a blog I forgot I even used to have. I still stand by this being the best fic I have ever read, and have tried countless times to find it again. Yes, the ships and warnings are terrifying, but this fic is fucking absurd in every possible way.)

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FIC REC: This is What the Water Gave Me

Author: felinefelicitations

Summary: Steve is traveling: that is what he says.

What Loki realizes, in the unspoken pauses and occasionally bitter sweet smiles, is that Steve is adrift. Loki is not kind, nor is he willing to give anyone any ground that might be used against him in the future, so he will not say Steve is as adrift as himself, but he is adrift.

Word count: 4k

Characters/pairings: Loki, Steve Rogers

Rating: Not Rated

Rec notes: I’m really getting into Steve and Loki friendship fics, and this was a strange little one. Loki feigns amnesia to keep his secrets from Steve, but you can tell that Steve catches on before Loki even realises it. As they travel across America, Loki slowly comes to accept the fact that Steve is not Thor, and eventually even realises that he wants to go along, instead of letting himself be taken for the ride. His experience of the first large city he comes to on Midgard is great, as his his dawning understanding of what that means when he’s told it’s not even in the top 20 largest in the country, let alone the world. It’s these little things with Loki that I love, and this fic hit all the right buttons.

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FIC REC: Just Let Me Go

Author: JaggedCliffs

Summary: Odin dies in the Odinsleep while Loki sits on the throne of Asgard. Unfortunately, Loki’s glamour is lost the moment Odin dies, and no else but Frigga knows the truth of Loki’s parentage. Nor would anyone believe Odin deliberately brought a Jotun into Asgard. Perhaps Loki could have saved himself, if he had not started laughing.

Word count: 63k

Characters/pairings: Loki, Thor, Frigga, Sif

Rating: Teen

Rec notes: This fic was surprising, and went places I didn’t expect it to go. When Odin dies and Loki’s glamour fades at the worst possible moment, Loki reacts in the worst possible way and starts laughing. None of the Æsir are willing to listen to Frigga, and insist that Loki has been kidnapped and that Frigga is mad with grief, so both are locked up: Loki in Asgard’s deepest dungeons to be tortured for information that doesn’t exist, and Frigga in her chambers to be cured of an illness she does not have. Frigga is exceptionally tricksy in this, and manages to manipulate her way into bringing Thor home from his banishment and freeing Loki from his imprisonment. But even then, Loki’s secret is still out, and even when he’s released from the dungeons, battered and beaten within an inch of his life, the situation does not improve. If anything, it only gets worse. It’s a little overwrought at times, but otherwise quite enjoyable.

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FIC REC: Histories

Author: renquise

Summary: Thor had never been one for libraries in his youth. Even now, older and (somewhat) wiser, he had little call to come visit those hallowed halls, but he had let himself be cajoled into following Loki to the library. It had been a few weeks since Loki had returned from his trip to the otherworld, looking tired and far older than his young years, and Thor was worried.

Word count: 8k

Characters/pairings: Thor, Loki

Rating: General

Rec notes: I tend to love Journey into Mystery fic for the relationship between Thor and Loki, and this one is no exception. Thor wants nothing more than for his little brother to be happy and well, and right away he can tell that Loki isn’t exactly either of these things, though he doesn’t know why. But he also knows Loki well enough than to just start demanding answers right away, letting them come out more naturally through the course of the story. He’s also just so, incredibly Thor throughout the entire piece, right down to deciding to eat a magic roast from inside a magic book, because why the hell not. And Loki is amazing throughout as well. He wants nothing more than to bring Leah back, though this plan of his may not have been the best one he’s ever had, since the book he and Thor fell into seems to want to turn him into a book as well. His entire attitude toward it, pretending that it’s no big deal, and then his complete freak out when he fails to find the volume he’s looking for are perfectly in character, and the fic itself is perfectly weird enough to fit right into JiM canon.

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FIC REC: Cast Your Net Upon the Left Hand Side

Author: Mythtaken_Identity

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

Characters/pairings: Loki/Sif

Rating: General

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.

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FIC REC: Road to Nowhere

Author: Lise

Summary: When Loki turns up demanding Thor’s help on a quest to retrieve the All-Mother from Valhalla, Thor isn’t about to say no. But that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten anything, and what better time than a road trip through the backwaters of the universe for trying to talk things out?

Word count: 28k

Characters/pairings: Jane Foster/Thor

Rating: Teen

Rec notes: Frigga’s death was literally one of the most infuriating parts of the entire MCU for me. It felt so pointless and unnecessary, so anything that seeks to undo it stands a good chance at automatically being something I’ll be into. But the fic is really about Thor and Loki having to trust one another again, in order to make it to their final destination; a difficult task when Loki is involved. He keeps everything close to his chest, and Thor doesn’t help by not asking questions until it’s too late. He’s smart, but a bit thick at times, and quick to jump to conclusions. When they reach the final gate, Thor takes an absurd amount of time to work out what Loki means to happen, but it doesn’t feel like it drags out. Instead, he’s just too damn trusting for his own good. It has a very satisfying ending as well, with everyone getting what they want to a degree, even if things still aren’t perfect.

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FIC REC: In the Realm of Ungrateful Cockroaches, & Refuge

In the Realm of Ungrateful Cockroaches

Author: BigSciencyBrain

Summary: Instead of returning to Asgard after the battle of New York, Loki finds himself in a time loop, repeating the events of the Avengers over and over again.

Word count: 36k

Characters/pairings: Loki/Steve

Rating: Mature

Refuge

Author: BigSciencyBrain

Summary: Steve’s memories may not be perfect, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t remember.

Word count: 19k

Characters/pairings: Loki/Steve

Rating: Teen

Rec notes: Loki gets caught in a time loop that he has no idea how to escape from, and like Bill Murray, he’s the only person to know that it’s happening. So, also like Bill Murray, he has a complete mental breakdown, doing everything from running away to Vegas to trying to blow up the planet.

Unlike Bill Murray, Loki finds an unlikely ally in all of this. Somehow, Steve starts to pick up echoes as well, though he never remembers anything. What results is a wonderfully painful relationship between them that never quite manages to mature, because only one of them can actually remember all of the previous years they’ve known one another.

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