Thor: The Dark World Fanfic #24Sparkler Post
SPOILERS for Thor: The Dark World!
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Loki hadn’t known that Odin was going to send someone to Svartalfheim. He would have to kill that guard before anyone else guessed that he was alive.
He followed Aisha, who sat down on the steps outside.
If she’d told anyone about his survival, Heimdall would surely have heard it and reported it to Odin by now. Which meant that Aisha had kept his secret.
But Loki also realised he couldn’t kill Aisha. It would draw too much attention.
Loki sat down next to her. “You’re taking a big risk, coming back here,” he said in his own voice.
“Asgard may be in danger during the Convergence,” said Aisha.
Loki didn’t believe that was her real motive.
Was Aisha here because of him? Did she want him to become Asgard’s king?
“Are you sure Thor can handle Malekith on his own?” he said.
“He’s not alone,” Aisha said. “He has his friends.”
Loki chuckled, then stopped when he saw Aisha’s frown.
Maybe he should leave her alive after all. “You heard what that guard told Odin,” he said.
Aisha nodded slowly. “Yes.”
“His information could ... complicate things.”
He knew he couldn’t persuade Aisha to do anything that she thought was “wrong”. “You must make sure his word doesn’t spread.”
Aisha’s gaze became distracted, and Loki could almost see the gears in her mind turning. “I’ll do something,” she said.
“Thank you,” said Loki.
He meant it.
Aisha was worried about Loki. He seemed to have changed his mind about the throne of Asgard. During his recovery, he’d been calm, almost nice. But now ...
She avoided falling leaves, following Loki’s directions to the guards’ barracks.
Her loyalties were conflicted. She had never wanted to support Loki. But he had entrusted her with a task.
For now, all she could do was go along with him.
When Aisha returned to the palace, she went onto a balcony.
Nothing out of the ordinary was happening in the city below. She doubted that Earth was as peaceful.
She heard footsteps, and Odin walked up beside her. Aisha tensed up.
“I should have fought harder,” said Odin.
His sad demeanour made Aisha want to comfort him. “You did what you could,” she said, even though it was an outright lie.
Odin shook his head. “So much depends on Thor now.”
“He’ll figure something out,” said Aisha.
“I was foolish to think that I could have defeated Malekith with power alone.”
Odin’s sudden humility made Aisha realise the answer to his earlier question. “I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but ... I think it’s not smart to think you’re gonna win because you’ll become proud. You’ll make mistakes.”
Odin turned to her. “And if you think you’re going to lose?”
“You’ll fight harder,” Aisha responded.
Odin looked at her a while, then nodded. “Thor told me there would be never be a wiser king than me,” he said. “I hope he is wrong.”
Aisha suddenly pointed at something in the distance. “What’s that?”
A portal had opened above Heimdall’s observatory, and something dark red was coming out of it. It was the Aether, its tendrils stretching out menacingly.
“Malekith is unleashing his fury on the Nine Realms,” said Odin.
The Aether engulfed the observatory, and the metal began to turn black.
“Can we do anything about it?” Aisha asked.
Odin shook his head. “I will tell the guards to be on alert.”
When Aisha watched Odin leave, she saw a disguised Loki standing just behind them.
Loki smiled to himself. Aisha had wormed her way into the favour of Thor, the Warriors Three, Sif and Jane. Now she was sucking up to Odin as well. She would make the perfect double agent.
“I told the guard that whatever he told Odin should be kept confidential,” Aisha told Loki.
Loki nodded approvingly. Of course, that wasn’t the end of his plan.
Hardly anybody would care. Asgard had more important things to worry about than a missing guard.