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| Kimberly T chapter 4 . 1/19
Wow. This was one heckuva read! And you make a very compelling case for Loki to have been mind-controlled in much the same fashion that Clint Barton and Erik Selvig were, for the entire course of the Avengers movie (up until being ragdoll'd by Hulk, that is.)
| Love2readFantasy chapter 4 . 12/9/2013
I really liked that you didn't use Loki's eyes as excuse of mind control( I don't know what the hell was going on with them either), it was nice change. And yes this seems really good spot for the sequel...
| GlOmP3R chapter 4 . 10/12/2013
Awh, loved it(: kickass job !
| weyrleader69 chapter 2 . 6/6/2013
Great story but one small nit-pick - it was 'cognitive recalibration' not 'cranial recalibration'! I know - I'm a nerd!
| Maia2 chapter 4 . 5/21/2013
Ooh this is a lovely fic. Odin is a sneaky sob huh? Well written, nicely paced, very touching. The moment when Thor realizes, when he asks (states?) Loki did not think anyone would believe him... it broke my heart. Beautifully sad.
The whole concept of truth/yes/no of the thing was pretty cool. Dunno if it's frm mythology or the comics or yours. But it's cool and I enjoyed it.
| Guest chapter 4 . 3/28/2013
Perfect story! But seems like its waiting 4 more, yeah. They should go to earth! Its perfect! If u can...more chapters! Its a brilliant idea that shouldant end here! :) ?
| anastacianott chapter 4 . 3/17/2013
Amazingly wonderful work:)
| ninepen chapter 4 . 2/17/2013
Loki's refusal to answer is good, makes total sense. It's a small thing, but when everything's been controlled down to his ability to choose whether to answer and how to answer, to answer not at all is as good a rebellion and assertion of independence as any.
I don't mind graphic-ish (there are limits!) torture stuff, but I want to applaud you for creating the creeps without doing anything graphic at all: "Loki would never forget the feeling of crawling worms in his head as the insidious magics crept under his skin, would never forget the helpless horror he felt the first time his body stood and walked across his cell without his commanding it." This is quite simple but somehow just done so well, you imagine something so awful with the "worms" bit and then the very very simple fact of taking a few steps...but knowing the decision to take those steps was made by someone else...and if they can control that...it would indeed be utterly horrific to experience that, and I feel fairly horrified reading it.
There are a million ways you could go after this, but if that's not your goal, I think this works fine as an ending. You haven't solved all their problems, that's not going to happen overnight, but you've shown they're *solveable*. -Ish. That also is an ending. (And frankly probably the more artistic ending if not the most satisfying one for all readers, brought up as we are on fairy tale happy endings.) I like the detail that Loki didn't meet his eyes. This isn't a "Loki gets a hug and all is well" story. He both loves Thor and hates Thor...but the love is there, and hope is there as well, that things can get better. Well done. ;-)
| ninepen chapter 3 . 2/17/2013
I like the concept you worked in here that without Loki to rely on for certain things Thor's had to step it up a notch. Like he's essentially been lazy about some things because he knew he could count on Loki to do it better, so why should Thor bother at all? I experienced this exact thing tonight driving friends to the airport. I asked them the best route to the airport from their house and my brain shut completely off, I found myself asking "Do I get on the toll road here?" which really was a big "duh," but because they knew that particular route better, why should I bother thinking about it, though I was perfectly capable of it. Anyway, I find it extremely clever when these real-life normal-people things get worked into these fantasy-ish stories, it's quite grounding, makes the characters feel more real. And also of course I really do dislike "stupid Thor," because I don't at all think he's stupid.
The questioning was so well done. Who'd'a thought you could wring so much emotion out of simple yes/no answers? Very very nicely done. I felt Loki's pain and Thor's frustration. Especially that last yes, and Loki's desire for revenge against the Chitauri. And the whole concept is a good one, and original, far as I know. One wishes we had such a thing here...except my, how it could be abused! As you point out, with the questions sort of leading the audience "down the garden path" and actually obscuring the truth. And at one point I started laughing to myself thinking, man, Loki should have been put on this thing a lot in life, "god of lies," right? And then I was imagining Thor "brother-torturing" Loki with it - "Loki, did you brush your teeth last night?" "Loki, do you put the seat down after you flush?" "Loki, do you drink out of the milk carton and put it back in the fridge?" etc. ;-)
| ninepen chapter 2 . 2/17/2013
I should preface this by saying I don't buy the "Loki was being mind-controlled" argument, casting all other reasons aside for the sole reason that that doesn't seem to be what the movie intended. However, that certainly doesn't mean I can't enjoy a good story that takes a different view! I like how address everything quite logically, but with lots of emotion behind it too. And of course the movie doesn't show us every second of what happened, and *maybe* someone sat down and explained everything to Thor...but whose job would that have been anyway (as the characters here essentially point out)? And, in principle, why would Thor need to know it? So that's a good catch. I think "logic" in the Avengers is not always there as much as in Thor, so for example why is it never mentioned that Loki's a Frost Giant, well, because that would confuse the heck out of the millions of viewers who saw the movie without seeing Thor (Loki's a who? huh? wha?). But you're very right, it's hard to imagine a legitimate plot reason why that never came up, they would need to know it to know how to properly fight him, potentially. So another good idea.
I like how you handled Clint, that he's put in the position of essentially defending Loki. And I thought you did a great job with Thor, these people are his friends but he's genuinely (and understandably) angry with them for not having told him this crucial bit of information.
I'm curious about the use of the word "glamor" - I don't know it from the Thor/Avengers world, so I'm guessing it's a Harry Potter thing?
As for Loki's eyes, when I went back and watched Thor on a big-screen TV I realized that his eyes were blue the whole time, a kind of gray-blue. I know many people insist on having seen his eyes be green in the movie(s) but I've only ever seen them green in the Marvel poster. Darn poster causes so many arguments in the fandom! ;-) I like that you get around the whole debacle with the whole "that's not his real eye color anyway" thing, that's unique, and a very good idea.
| shadesofmidnightsun chapter 4 . 2/7/2013
A nice piece XD
| The Other Problem chapter 4 . 1/25/2013
It's nice and in some way I'm content. But it does seem like the start of a long, epic journey of...something. Of course I hope it'll turn into a long fic, but I understand we've all got our priorities.
| ParanoidSchizo91 chapter 4 . 1/21/2013
It's hilarious just how Odin sounds EXACTLY LIKE LOKI in this chapter! Or would that be vice versa? LOL! Loki is definitely his father's son.
| The Pearl Maiden chapter 4 . 1/20/2013
Gah! It can't be over! This was an extremely well-written, beautifully unique story. I hope you write more on this idea thread. :)
| sapphireswimming chapter 4 . 1/9/2013
I like where this has come. And I look forward to where it may go.