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[15 minute ficlets] [Thor] Judas

Title: Judas
Fandom/original: Thor/Avengers
Characters: Loki, Hawkeye
Rating: There's an f-bomb in there, so I guess that makes it PG? PG-13?
Word count: 1002 (of which 300 was written after the 15 minutes were up.)
Notes: This is related to my enormous, ridiculous Thor fic. And it's silly. Move along, nothing to see here.

Recovering from an injury sucked; Clint Barton was well aware of this, considering how many times he'd gotten injured in the past. He hated physical therapy; the chirpy can-do attitude that seemed to be a factory setting for all physical therapists seemed designed to maximize his desire to punch people in the head.

That said, this time he didn't mind it so much. Because while it hurt and it sucked and he wanted to choke the life out of the physical therapist, he was still walking. Natasha always claimed that Clint could manage to complain about absolutely anything, given three seconds and an even halfway receptive ear in the vicinity. But this, he wasn't going to complain about. Ever. Because walking, even the first little shuffling steps with the aid hand rails, was like the biggest 'fuck you' he had aimed at the universe yet. And he sincerely hoped he'd never have reason to outdo himself on that count.

He was working on getting a little of his swagger back – hand rails were still necessary, but he was pretty sure he needed them less today than he had yesterday – when Loki wandered into the room. The room that was deep in the bowels of the Avengers base.

"Ah, Hawkeye. How is my favorite little perforator of bodies today?" Loki said, in the extremely agreeable tone that normally meant some sort of mass casualty incident was imminent.

Clint couldn't help it; he stared. While Loki had made it plain over and over that he played by his own rules, he still had to admire the guy for just how ballsy he was about it. "What the hell are you doing here?"

"Just checking to see how my brother is doing. I brought him a present."

Clint opened his mouth, then shook his head. "I don't want to know. Really. Leave me out of your little soap opera."

Loki smiled cheerfully and looked toward the ceiling. "Three... two... one."

The floor rumbled. An alarm started sounding out in the hall.

"Seriously, are you for real?" Clint demanded. Normally, this would have been followed up by the claim that you just don't go into someone's house and blow something up like that, but obviously he couldn't make that claim any more.

"Come now, Hawkeye. We're always trying to kill each other."

Clint snorted; this brought up everything he'd been wondering about since the entire strange incident with the robot. "Try, and yet somehow always fail," he muttered.

Loki looked sharply at him and stalked forward. This was not on Clint's list of things he wanted to happen; it was somewhere in the desirability range of a shark attack. But he was also effectively trapped; he couldn't run, and even letting go of the railings he clutched would probably mean falling over. It was better to face one's impending demise standing up, because that made it easier to spit in the bad guy's eye, he decided.

Loki leaned an elbow on one of the railings and gave him a lazy smile. "Really, would you like me to try to kill you and succeed?"

He looked Loki in the eye when the man stopped in front of him, but noted that he his mouth had suddenly gone far too dry for any level of spitting. But he'd learned long ago that what really got people killed in situations like this was getting cold feet halfway through when they'd decided to do something bold and stupid. It was all about the follow through. "You know what the doctors told me?"

It was nice to see just a hint of confusion in Loki's face. "Excuse me?"

"When the robot snapped my back like a fucking Slim Jim, they said it was done and over and that I was never going to walk again. But suddenly, it's all better. And then someone uses this little phrase off-hand – 'like magic' – and, well, a guy has to wonder." He leaned forward just a little for effect. "Kind of your signature move, isn't it?"

Loki looked thoughtful and vaguely amused for a moment, like someone that had just seen an animal perform an interesting an unexpected trick. "That's an interesting thought," he said. "And coming from someone that seemed incapable of thinking at all, so bravo."

"I'm going to pretend that was a compliment."

"It was intended to be." Loki reached forward and ran his fingers lightly over Clint's short cropped hair. Clint jerked back, but it was so bizarre he wasn't even certain how to respond, since his normal method of opening fire wasn't even an option. Loki simply leaned forward enough to follow him, and after the initial shock, it did feel strangely nice. His tone was nothing but sweet and pleasant as he said: "You'd better hope it wasn't me. Because we all know what I'm like. I've got plots within plots within plots, like one of those tacky sets of Russian nesting dolls. And if you really think I had something to do with this..."

Loki grabbed his hair – which should have been impossible, as short as it was, but Loki never let a little thing like physical impossibility stop him – and yanked him very, very close. His breath was hot against Clint's ear as he murmured, "Then you really ought to wonder what I'll want in return."

And was that... his tongue?

Clint stared resolutely at the wall. His hands were so tight on the railings that they were shaking. He cleared his throat. "So..." His voice still sounded hoarse to his own ears, tangled with something in the pit of his stomach that wasn't actually fear. "So... not you, huh."

"Precisely." Loki planted a feather-light kiss on the line of Clint's jaw. "I'm so glad we've cleared this little misunderstanding up. I'd hate to see our working relationship threatened." He let go of Clint's hair, then gave his head one last, light pat before simply vanishing.

"Sure," Clint rasped. "Any time."


( 32 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 1st, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
oh no you did NOT just write an almost Loki/Clint follow-up to The Calculator. Oh. no. you. didn't.


Loki fixing Clint's back at the end was one of my favorite pats, the fact that Loki really does give a shit about people, and in this ficlet he goes almost as far as SHOWING that he gives a shit, he comes SO CLOSE, but between Loki's issues and everyone else's preconceived notions of him, he doesn't quite get there.

But seriously, this was so incredibly sweet, and I'm so excited that you wrote it.
Oct. 1st, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
*innocent whistling*


(This is the messed up thing... I started off *trying* to write Thor/Loki-ish but I'm finding this idea of Loki/Clint so bizarrely compelling. I think there's something wrong with me. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeelp...)

Edited at 2011-10-01 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 4th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Clint/Loki. I didn't know I shipped them until the Calculator. Now that you've written this ficlet as well, you have fed my desire to see more of this ship. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.

Still, overjoyed to see more from that universe!
Oct. 4th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Haha, I'm sorry! It just sort of... happened. XD
Oct. 4th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh man, what did Loki do to Thor?

Umm, please marry me and I will have your babies, etc.
Oct. 5th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
Oct. 4th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
I think you just sold me on Loki/Clint - which was unexpected. But fun, definitely fun :-)
Oct. 5th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
I think Loki/Clint should be like the HMS WTF. Or possibly the HMS WTFN1.

WTFN = Why the fuck not
Oct. 6th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
So, I should have been in bed an hour and a half ago, then I followed a link to the Calculator... dude. It was epic, and awesome, and so many other adjectives.

Will you ever post the whole to your LJ for easy access?
Oct. 6th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. :)

I'm posting it at katsu_fic about three chapters a night. I'll do a chapter index for it once I've got all the parts up. ^_^
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Oct. 12th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
BRB. Currently spazzing from the sheer awesomeness of this.
Oct. 13th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Oct. 23rd, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
OMG! Clint/Loki pre-slash! So good, please tell me there will be more where that came from. I'll offer brownies and sweets and bunny slippers and pretty much everything you might wish.

Pretty, pretty please?

Also, this was so great! I loved Clint's reaction to Loki and how Loki was all manipulative (as always) and yet amused by the mortals.
Oct. 23rd, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'd like to write more, but it just really is going to be a matter of when I have time. ^^;
Oct. 23rd, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the calculator and I LOVE this sequel. :))) Your Loki is so entertainingly perfect!
Oct. 23rd, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Oct. 24th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Me again! Just popping in to say that I really hope this sequel to your sequel gets a sequel. Or, you know... ;p
Oct. 24th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)

I've got a concept. I just... argh. I'm needing brainstorming time. Like I know how I want to start it (and then you will murderize me, most likely) but I have to figure out the overarcing plot because otherwise it's just a random awesome scene. :P
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
Who knew that Loki/Clint was a thing that I needed? Because I absolutely do now.

(Hi, I followed a link from pinboard over to The Calculator over on the meme, and then followed the link over here. The Calculator was truly epic - and this bit is a fantastic epilogue, I am totally joining the good ship Loki/Clint now.)

(p.s. Randomly, I remember you from my Gundam Wing days! I was a lurker then too. I've lost all my bookmarks from those days, so I'm glad to have found you again :)
Nov. 2nd, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)

Oh wow, you read my GW fic? It's a small world. ^_^
Nov. 4th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Just read from Bunny Slippers to here in a single day and night. Gotta say, I'm in love. I have this burning desire to print out a copy of all this luscious writing to keep on hand for the unleashing of random giggles, squeals and gibbering into the unknowing population whenever I am without internet access and have time to reread. (I foresee myself reading it on the light rail and gaining an entire car to myself.)

This was just so awesome.

And I think I might be totally shipping Loki and Clint now. o_O

Nov. 4th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Haha, another person gets sucked into my weird ship! ;)

I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading!
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