I twirled my lanyard of keys around my fingers back and forth as I walked down the pavement, heading toward my and my sister’s flat, carrying the grocery bag of dead fish and yogurt for Ronnie. There was also some candy for Violet, Ronnie’s daughter, and a few sweets for me.
I rode the lift up to our floor and unlocked the door, calling out a greeting to my sister, and Rufus, my English Bulldog. Violet came running out of her bedroom, always wanting to be helpful. I handed her my keys and asked her to hang them on the rack for me, and dragged my bags to the kitchen. I set them on the counter and greeted Rufus, who was sitting close by on one of the loungers in the living room, with a pat on the head.
“Ronnie!” I called, turning to put the yogurt in the fridge. I also put my chocolate sweets in the freezer and grabbed my Jolly Ranchers, opening one and sticking it in my mouth. I had to order these online, since they aren’t found here in the UK.
“Yeah?” Ronnie stepped into the living room slash kitchen dressed in her black shorts and tank top. Her pjs.
“I got you Yogurt and Sushi – both are in the fridge. There’s some sweets for Violet on the counter, and don’t you dare touch my chocolate in the freezer.” I warned, picking up Rufus and heading into my bedroom. I put him down on the floor and closed my door behind me. I collapsed at my desk chair and opened Twitter, checking all my favorite people’s statuses. With nothing new, I wasted a few hours playing Sims before it was time to make dinner.
Ronnie was watching the news with Violet lying on her stomach. Normally I wouldn’t agree to her watching such horrid stuff with a toddler, but since Ronnie used to be with the Mafia, I think I’m going to have to let her do what she wants with her kid.
I pulled out the thawing chicken from the fridge and then turned to the cabinets, pulling out the bottle of honey and the barbeque sauce. As I turned to put both on the counter beside the chicken, I dropped both and screamed.
There, sitting on my counter, and smiling impishly at me, was Loki.
“I swear, he was there, sitting on our counter!” I tried to convince Ronnie, as she put Violet to bed.
“Aunt Lottie? Can Rufus sleep with me tonight?” Violet asked, petting Rufus, who was lying beside her on the bed.
“Of course, sweety,” I said, leaning down to kiss her forehead.
“Lottie, you’re obviously delusional,” Ronnie said as I followed her out. I told Rufus to stay, said goodnight to Violet, and turned out the light, shutting the door behind me. “Get some sleep, Lottie, and see if you still think you saw Loki, the God of Mischief, sitting on our kitchen counter in the morning.” She went into her room and got her pistol, filling it with ammo and setting it on her bedside table. “You’re fully stocked on arrows, right?”
“ ‘Course, I never have to use them,” I shrugged, leaning against the doorframe to her bedroom and crossing my arms. I have a bow that Ronnie makes me keep handy at all times, in case someone breaks in. Paranoid much?
“Goodnight,” I said, rolling my eyes and turning away from the door frame, going across the flat to my bedroom. I don’t know how I was going to get any sleep tonight without Rufus. Suppose I was just going to have to cuddle a pillow.
I closed my bedroom door and went to turn and flop down on my bed, but there was only one teeny tiny little problem.
Loki was perched on the edge of my green sheets.
“Your roommate seems to have a problem believing you, pet.” He said, his voice smooth, like velvet. Wait. Pet?
“Yeah, well, it’s kind of hard when I’m the only one who can see you,” I sighed angrily, pulling out my desk chair and sitting down. “Why are you here, anyways? Aren’t you supposed to be back in Asgard? Isn’t Odin supposed to be punishing you for stealing the Tesseract right about now?”
“I managed to, as you humans say, “Get off easy,” and Odin allowed me to come back for this purpose.”
“What purpose?” I was slightly cautious now. I stood and reached behind me slowly, my hand wrapping around an arrow.
“Now, now, pet, put down the arrow and come quietly.”
I released the arrow and lifted my hands up. What was he planning.
Deciding there was no chance of me getting out now, I turned my head to the side and screamed. “RONNIE!”
Loki lunged at me and covered my mouth with his hand. I heard running footsteps and Ronnie kicked my door in – I heard Rufus barking in the background. Ronnie’s eyes were wide, and she pointed her pistol at Loki, who just laughed.
“Your puny human artillery won’t work, stupid person. I am a God. Open the gate!” He yelled the last part, and a bright light surrounded us. I felt my feet leave the ground as a gunshot went off.
|Emma Stone||as Lottie|
|Milla Jovovich||as Ronnie|
|Mia Talerico||as Violet|
|Tom Hiddleston||as Loki|
|Chris Hemsworth||as Thor|
|Robert Downey Jr.||as Tony Stark|
|Jeremy Renner||as Clint Barton|
|Chris Evans||as Steve Rogers|
|Mark Ruffalo||as Bruce Banner|
|Scarlett Johansson||as Natasha Romanov|