Loki leaned back in the Quinjet as it lifted off, bearing him away from the wounded flying-fortress. He was pensive as he dismissed his full armor and instead changed into more ordinary day wear, his hands playing with the staff as it rested across his lap. While delayed in what response they could muster after him, his opponents had not been as disrupted as he had planned for. They would be after him, perhaps before he was truly ready for them, although he had ensured that the Tesseract, Dr. Selvig, and his assistants had gone on ahead and, even now, would be getting into place and setting up so that the portal may be opened. He wet his lips as he recalled that his new consort would also be waiting for him at the tower.
Loki shook his head to dispell that thought and focused his thinking. He knew that much of what he had planned would depend entirely on how advanced his minions were in their assigned actions, but some careful thought on his part before he arrived might be the difference between a successful venture and failure. He would see to the punishment of his not!brother and, by that means, see to the torment of his not!father, as he ruled over this puny world. His mental planning distracted him for the rest of the flight, allowing the journey to Stark's tower to pass with very little notice on his part.
Loki was only brought out of his thoughts when the minions flying the machine announced that they had arrived and were hovering over the helipad that Iron Man had built onto his tower. He sneered at the thought of the obnoxious man before smirking in satisfaction over the look that would be on Stark's face when he found out that Loki was using his precious tower to bring about the invasion.
Rising smoothly to his feet, it only took a matter of seconds for Loki to transverse the minor distance from where he was seated to the aft door. He quickly palmed the mechanism to open the door and, once it was fully opened, watched as the jet lowered slowly to the deck. Loki didn't even bother to wait for the Quinjet to come to a complete landing before jumping from the craft. As soon as he landed, he waved the jet off and strode forward, his steps heavy with his purpose, the staff clenched tightly in his fist as it hung at his side. As he moved forward, Loki took the time to analyze his surroundings.
The large deck he was on was wide open, offering a superior view of the city around him. Above him, Loki could see a much smaller, circular deck that looked like it only able to play host to one, at most two, people at a time and the walkway that led off of it acted as a roof to where he was currently walking. Yet another, thin circular-ring deck hung between where he was walking and the deck that must double as a private landing area for the iron suit. With hardly a thought, Loki transported himself to that smaller, upper deck, continuing forward without a hitch in his stride. On the smaller walkway, he was given a clear view of the interior of the tower; the tall glass offering no concealment, something that he would have to remember.
He frowned as he took in just what he was seeing on the other side of those walls of glass. It appeared that his followers were only just now arriving at the tower as well. He sped up slightly; his eyes, unseen by any at that moment, flashing a blindingly electric blue as anger pulsed within him at the thought that he might not have bought enough time with his delay for his plans to be executed, the fingers clenched around the staff tightening to the point where the knuckles lost all color.
Coming upon an entrance he flung the door open, paying no heed to the squeeling noise released nor the way the door slammed into the wall and failed to close tightly behind him. Loki scowled fiercely at the few unimportant peons scattered about, aimlessly milling around on this level of the tower.
"Go do something!" Loki snarled at them as he strode past at high speed, concentrating on finding the Tesseract's power. Loki phased as he moved forward: between one step and the next, he was on the top-most floor of the tower and coming to a halt in front of the only two people that were essential at this point, as well as a small cluster of cannon fodder who had been put to work carrying the good doctor's much needed bits and bobs. Reaching out a hand, Loki snagged his blue-eyed consort and pulled that slim, muscular body tight against his side without a second thought, even as he glared at the doctor and his pack mules.
"Well," Loki growled out in a vicious purr, anger roughening his tone. "You were supposed to have been set up by now, only waiting on me to arrive so that I might be able to watch as my army is summoned and my rule begins. Why are you not set up, Doctor?"
"It took more time than we had budgeted to enter the tower. Deactivating the security without turning off the power was above the skill set of the programmer with us. I finally had to halt my work on the portal and assist him. Now we are looking for the roof access hatch."
Loki scowled in irritation but gave an accepting nod. While not pleased over the delay, he was not insanely unreasonable and he knew that hacking into the security of the tower was one area that they had planned their best for, but just had no idea what would actually be involved. Just as Loki was going to open his mouth to speak once more, one of his interchangable grunts ran up to the small group, announcing that the roof access point had finally been discovered, causing the Doctor and those carrying the important pieces to race off.
Loki released a satisfied humming noise as he watched them go, quickly running through several scenarios as he attempted to calculate just how long it would take to set up the portal versus how much time he still had left after delaying the responders. Coming up with an answer that indicated that it would be close, with everything most probably coming to a head in about half an hour, three-quarters of an hour at the outside, Loki closed his eyes and buried his nose into the dark, riotous locks of his consort, seeking some comfort.
Harry wrapped his arms around Loki and slotted his petite, beautifully sculpted body easily under Loki's chin, offering freely the comfort that Loki was seeking as he began to gently run his hands up and down Loki's tense back muscles while laying gentle, sucking kisses to the open neck just before him. Loki leaned the staff against the nearest wall before he casually slid his hands over the expanse of naked, unblemished skin, savoring the silken feel of it under his fingertips and selfishly pleased with himself that no one else would ever be so fortunate as to find out how intoxicating his little consort was on all the senses, not just one's vision.
He moved one hand to the back of Harry's head and grabbed a tight fistful of that wild, dark mane, forcing the Midgardian sorcerer's head back sharply and as well as forcing him to put some space between their bodies. Loki's other hand crept back to the front of that tempting body and slid down until it rested against the defined muscles of his consort's lower abdomen, just above the heavy, jeweled belt guarding his little one's treasures. Sending out the tiniest pulse of his magic, Loki felt the expected pulse back from his consort, as well as the faintest, oddest echo with its own echo. Both of which "tasted" more like that of an Asgardian's magic than could be accounted for by Harry's new status as a bounded Asgardian consort.
Loki smirked in arrogant delight down at his consort's waiting, expectant face, the petal pink lips slightly parted as the angle that Loki had pulled his head back wouldn't allow the petite male to comfortably close his mouth. Loki darted his head forward and captured those lips, sucking on the bottom lip before sealing their lips together sending his tongue to ravage the sweet cavern they guarded, getting an approving hum as he did so. He pulled away abruptly, leaving Harry gasping for air, his chest heaving with the exertion as his body sought out much needed oxygen.
"You are pregnant," Loki purred. "I ensured that you were fertile indeed as not only did my seed catch on the first try, but the oddness of the echo might mean that there is more than one proper heir of my loins forming in that wonderful body of yours."
Loki kept his hand tangled in the silken locks while he slid the other around to Harry's lower back. He then pulled the delicate male tightly against himself, crushing Harry against his chest and lifting his consort slightly, before spinning around, freeing a hand briefly to snatch the staff, and striding off. Several steps later, the room had changed significantly as Loki phased into view in the middle of the expensive living area he had seen through the windows. He released Harry, who stumbled back a step or two before regaining his balance and moving to kneel at Loki's feet.
Loki ignored that for the moment, letting his feet move him over the the floor to ceiling windows and taking in the view from them as they looked out over the city he would soon rule the world from. Knowing that his time was short, Loki forced his attention from the view to the contents of the room they were in. He found himself both pleased and smug with his choice of dwellings. Not only would it infuriate Stark, for as long as Loki allowed the man to remain alive, but the tower seemed to be furnished with a great deal of taste and luxury.
While the smooth stone on the floor would normally be quite cold under foot, sucking the heat out of both the environment and the people walking on it, it was obvious to Loki that Stark had done something to prevent that from occuring as the room didn't have that clammy chill in the air normally associated with that much stone. Especially as, everywhere Loki looked, the room was adorned with more stone: from the handrails leading down from the small landing deck, to both the bar itself and the wall behind it, to the ceiling overhead that had cast stone beams supporting it. Loki moved away from the windows, still ignoring his consort kneeling on the floor in the location that they had arrived in the room.
He easily crossed the small distance between the inspiring view and the sunken seating area, allowing his clothing to fade away as he did so, taking the final step into the pit with a bare foot. Pausing for just a moment, savoring the way his foot sunk into the incredibly soft carpet and enjoying the warmth coming up off the floor beneath, Loki took the few remaining steps needed to place him before an extremely low chair, placed off to one side by itself, offering a direct view to the massive stone fireplace. He dropped down onto the black, leather covered seat and lit the fire with barely a thought about the matter, setting the staff just on the edge of the pit's lip.
Settling into the very comfortable chair, Loki stretched out his long, lean legs towards the relaxing heat and allowed his head to fall back onto the well-padded top of the chair back. A casual wave of his hand had a steaming bowl of water, a small stack of hand towels, and several platters of finger foods appearing on the round, glass-topped table in the center of the sunken pit, with a goblet full of an expensive vintage of wine appearing in his hand.
"Attend me, my pet," Loki commanded, then took a sip of his wine. The gentle chiming of tiny, metal bells filled the air in a rythmic manor, indicating that his consort had risen and was making his way over. Loki closed his eyes and savored the relaxing noise for the short time that it was audible. Then it was joined by the sound of heavy fabric rustling, followed by splatters of water.
His eyes snapped open at the first touch of hot, wet towel touching his empty hand. Loki watched avidly as his kneeling consort carefully and thoroughly ran the towel over and around each finger, then wrapped the entire hand up in the towel, rubbing it briskly before unwraping and moving the towel back into the bowl that Harry had moved to the floor beside himself.
Harry must had felt the weight of his regard because the petite male reached back and snagged a tiny, bite-sized meat pie without looking and held it up to Loki. Loki parted his lips and allowed the morsal entrance, sucking on the dainty fingers that held the offering. He was unabashed in his enjoyment and merely spread his legs a bit further apart to allow more room for his excitement to grow. He released those marvelously talented fingers with one last parting nibble on their tips, allowing Harry to grab the hand towel and wring it out once again before he moved to clean a different portion of Loki's hide.
Every time Harry finished a portion of his sponge bath, he would place the towel back in the steaming bowl and take a moment ot two to hand feed Loki a different delectable morsel. While he used his fingers to offer most of the treats to Loki, several of the fruits were served by Harry placing the piece in his mouth, just holding it there lightly with his teeth or lips, rising up a bit, and passing it to Loki with a deep, passionate kiss as his consort ran the steaming cloth over his upper body.
Loki's arousal grew apace with the lingering touches to his skin that Harry bestowed on him during the washing, growing bolder over time until Harry was following the wet cloth with open mouthed kisses and lingering, light sucks to his clean, wet skin. It caused his blood to burn within his body for the petite, ebony-maned Seiðmennir carrying his seed until he could wait no longer, for if he did, there would be no time. As it was, Loki knew that he was pushing it to the limit and what they did would have to be, of necessity, short as he was sure that some sort of response would have had to be scraped together by now.
As Harry slid the towel down over his stomach and lower, into his groin area, Loki focused his attention on that cupid's bow mouth, those soft, petal pink lips that followed the shining trail left by the wet cloth. Harry looked up at him and wet those sinful lips as that rough, wet heat was wrapped around his aching length and stroked. Loki twitched in his seat at the feeling. At the end of his tether, and out of time, Loki reached down and forcibly moved the minx into position between his spread legs, causing his pet to release his hold on the towel, which slid to the floor with a dull, wet plop.
"Now," Loki hissed as he locked eyes with his prize. "And quickly. Once you've seen to my need, you are to go find the largest, most opulent bedroom there is in these upper floors and wait for me there. I will fetch you later after my victory."
Harry gave a graceful bob of his head before, without any further warning, opening his mouth and engulfing Loki's raging erection. Wasting no time, Harry placed one hand on Loki's hip to hold the larger male down somewhat, or at least give him warning that he was going to buck, and reached up with the other and began to gently fondle and play with the engorged, lightly-haired sack resting just on the edge of the leather chair between the spread legs. A few harsh sucks to the tip of Loki's cock with his tongue playing in the slit were followed by Harry swallowing down the large erection, until Harry's lips were buried in coarse, dark curls and Loki's cock was surrounded on all sides by Harry's rippling throat muscles.
Loki threw his head back, his eyes clenching shut and his hands grabbing harshly at what ever they could get a grip on. The pressure built swiftly, urging him to release, but he couldn't quite tip over. Then Harry began to hum around his length and the vibrations were the last bit he needed to send him over that much sought after precipace. Loki filled the room with a harsh, triumphant shout even as he filled his consort with his hot, salty seed. Dazed after his quite completion, Loki just sat there, spent. He didn't even register when Harry re-soaked the towel, wrung it out, and gently ran one last swipe over him to clear off the new sweat.
What finally roused him were the sweetly chiming bells as Harry moved away to find the bedroom as Loki commanded. Loki watched him go, those pert, round globes of flesh encased in sheer, emerald-green fabric bouncing gently as his hips swayed from side to side, the long, wild mess of hair swaying along with.
Loki was pleased that he had sent off his rare treasure when he did as a distant roar drew his attention to the window just as Harry slipped from view around a corner. Sighing to himself, Loki rose and moved to the circular deck, taking the staff in hand as he did so. As he walked forward, his clothing reappeared, his food and drink vanished along with the basin of hot water and the towels, and the fire ceased burning. Looking out the glass wall as he walked by, Loki could clearly see a red and gold blur making it's way to the tower.
It was time.
Tony let out a sigh of relief as he was finally able to go home and crawl into his bed. After being hauled in to track down the Tresseract with Bruce's aid, which meant several days without sleep and hastily snatched meals, normal for him really but the fate of the world never depended on his results quite so much before, then fighting a god, no two gods, the repairs on the helicarrier after and during an attack, Agent's death, finding out that his tower had been grabbed as head quarters by someone whose daddy issues made his look fine and dandy, then fighting homicidal aliens invaders, only to almost die saving the day from the guys in charge who were supposed to be on his side, only to be hauled in from the shawarma joint to sit in a debriefing meeting that Fury insisted had to be done immediately and that Cpt. Spangles like the good little soldier he was made them all go do, not letting him get home until the sun was begining to rise.
'Oh hell,' Tony thought to himself. 'That was a jumbled mess of thought. Don't know were I was even going with that string anymore.'
"JARVIS, you got any control back over the security yet," Tony mumbled out as he came in for landing, stumbling as his feet finally hit the deck below. Definitely not one of his better landings, but who cared. No one was around to see him and he could almost feel his 2000 thread count, Egyptian cotton sheets at this point as he stumbled forward, letting the machines do the work of removing the suit. "And have you heard anything from Pepper yet?"
"Negative on Ms. Potts, sir, and I have only managed to restore partial security at this point. I can open and close doors, control the elevators once again, and have intermittent use of scanning and cameras. Cameras were brought online shortly after your arrival earlier today, sir."
"Excellent, JARVIS," Tony glanced at the hole in the floor that was easily recognizable as body shaped. "Oh, and see if we can't get that framed or something. I also want to see the shots of that later."
"Of course, sir."
"Also, I invited Bruce Banner to stay here. Don't know when he'll show as Clint was going to give him a lift, but let them in when they get here."
Tony scrubbed at his face with both hands as he moved into the elevator, ignoring the way his stubble scratched at his palms. A ridiculously short ride later, up one floor only after all, but he just couldn't manage any stairs tonight, this morning, whatever, and Tony was stumbling out of the elevator and down the hallway to his bedroom. The door slid open just before he got there, allowing him to keep up his forward momentum. Tony was grateful for that because he knew that the second he stopped moving at this point, he was just going to collapse where he stood and sleep where ever and how ever he landed.
The room was completely dark as he stumbled in. Only the night lights shining from under the bathroom door provided any illumination as blackout curtains blocked any trace of sunlight from entering. That was just fine with Tony, who knew where everything was as he moved to the raised, double-sized California king bed that held pride of place in the center of the room, stripping off the remnants that were left of his clothing and letting the rags fall to the floor. A struggle up a small set of stairs once he was completely naked, and Tony was finally able to crawl across his vast expanse of bed. He fumbled with the bedding until he was somewhat covered and that was the last thing he knew, until a loud yell brought him out of the soft, warm darkness.
"ANTHONY EDWARD STARK! What do you think you're doing!?"
"Five more minutes, Pep,'' Tony mumbled into her soft shoulder, nuzzling at her silken locks, his exhausted brain trying to tell him something was wrong. "Got in late late late. Or was it reeeaaallllly early. Don't know. So tiiirrrred. Died yesterday after all, should think I'll get to sleep in. Saved the world."
Tony kissed at the soft skin, hoping that Pepper would let him go back to sleep. He was just so tired. A hand slapping him on the back of his head quickly brought him to full alertness.
"Ow! What was that for?" Tony whined, bringing a hand up to rub at the spot even as he kept his eyes screwed shut.
"I've been worried sick about you. I found out that I missed your call, then couldn't call back as the connection kept crashing. So I rush back here as soon as the all clear is given and people are being allowed back into Manhattan, only to find that my boyfriend is in bed cuddling some groupie."
"What are you talking about, Pepper? You're not some groupie," Tony pried his eyes open, hoping that making eye contact would calm her down, only to be met with the sight of black hair surrounding a pale, delicate face that he had never seen before. The resultant rush of adrenaline had him jolting upright and sliding back, away from the body he had been cuddling up to in his sleep.
"Who the fuck is that?" Tony yelped. "I mean, she's a looker from what I can see of her and I could totally see me hooking up with her for a night of fun between the sheets. But I'm a very happily taken man and have no idea as to how she ended up in my bed. Honest."
Tony looked over his shoulder, finally realizing that Pepper was sitting on the bed behind him, looking stricken in the golden light streaming in from one window that she must have had JARVIS slid open for her to see by.
"Oh hell," Tony said before he slid across the dark red sheets, making sure to keep his body covered because of the stranger in the room. "I really don't know who she is, darling. I was so tired when I got in, um...this morning? yesterday? that I just stumbled into our bed without looking. She must have got in while the security had been over-rided and somehow managed to make it all the way up with out getting attacked or killed by Loki's personal monkeys."
Tony glanced over at the petite figure he had been cuddling with, surprised that she was still asleep with the commotion and yelling, but shrugged it off. He would still be asleep if someone else was the one being yelled at and smacked around. Pepper slid off of her perch and stood beside the bed. Tony took the opportunity to reach under the bed and pull out a thick, Turkish bath robe from one of the underbed drawers, which he tugged on as he slid out of bed. Standing up, Tony gathered Pepper in his arms and held her tightly, placing a kiss on the end of her nose.
"Listen," Tony began. "Why don't I go take a desperately needed shower while you see it you can't get mystery woman to wake up. I'm sure she'll be equally confused as to where she is and will be grateful for your thoughtful, caring self seeing to her. You could find out her story for us and then help her get a cab."
Tony could feel Pepper relaxing in his arms and felt pleased that he was able to calm her down and help her focus.
"Yeah, that sounds like a great idea," she smiled at him. "And you really need that shower. You reek!"
Thoroughly happy with himself, Tony scooted off to the palatial, adjoining bathroom, intent on taking a shower of epical, record breaking length. They would have to send in the Coast Guard to pry him out. He was, however, only a few minutes into it when an alarmed Pepper burst into the lavish room.
"Tony," she breathlessly began. "I think that you better get back out here."
And with that, she turned around and fled back into the other room.
Tony grabbed a bar of soap and ran it over himself while the water poured from the shower head, scrubbing quickly so at least he could have the top layer of nasty removed. Turning off the steaming water, Tony snagged a pair of cotton drawstring pants and a different, completely clean robe that was hanging on the warmer and pulled them on, ignoring the way they stuck to his dripping wet skin. He was just tying the belt on the robe when he strode out of the bathroom and back into the bedroom.
"What's the problem?"
"She is a he. And he is dressed up like some harem slave and won't wake up," Pepper said, waving a hand at the uncovered body laying in the middle of the massively oversized bed.
Tony strode forward, intrigued, until he was standing beside Pepper and looking down at their unknown guest that Pepper had already peeled the bedding away from, leaving him clear to their wandering eyes.
He had pale skin with a riotous mass of long, curly, black hair framing a delicate face that was composed of high cheekbones, a narrow, pointed chin, full, pink lips, an aristocratic looking nose, and high, arching brows over eyes that were framed in thick, black eyelashes that would make a model envious. The male had a long neck, lithe muscles on a delicate frame, and was quite lean. He was also wearing what Tony had to agree was a harem slave outfit. Emerald-green, sheer pants billowed out and around the long legs, dainty slippers encased his feet, several bits of heavy jewelry were adorning the slight body including belled anklets, a heavily gemmed, wide metal belt around his waist, arm bands, and a choker like collar around his slim neck. He was wearing no top, leaving his toned pecs and abs on clear display to the world.
Tony was feeling alarmed at this point. There was just no way that this person was just some random stranger off of the street with a get up like this. Looking extremely worried, Tony shimmied aross the vast expanse of bed, ignoring the way his legs sank into the soft pillowtop mattress and the blankets that tangled around his wet limbs, until he was right beside the strange male. He reached out and started to poke the stranger in his side. Not getting any sort of response, he then grabbed a hold of one of the fine boned shoulders and began to harshly shake the slim male.
That got some reaction.
The unknown male raised a hand and batted it at him before he rolled away from Tony, mumbling just loud enough to be heard.
"Gotsa headache. Sod off."
Tony's eyebrows shot up in shock. That was a British accent the man was sporting. Just what the hell was going on here. Determined to get some answers, Tony reached out and tightly latched onto that shoulder once again and began to shake that body hard enough to make the bed rattle and bounce.
"Oi, you! Who ever you are, time to rise and shine!" Tony yelled out.
"Fine, I'm up. I'm up, already. Enough with the earthquake, mate," the male mumbled as he finished the roll onto his stomach and used his arms to push himself into a kneeling position, his hands rising up to rub at sleep encrusted eyes. "What's so blasted important that a man can't get a bit of sleep. And can somebody hand me a bloody headache reliever? The one I've got could stop a charging hippogryph in its tracks."
The sleep crud sealing the eyes shut was finally rubbed away and the lids parted to reveal the most stunning green eyes that Tony had every seen. Emeralds did not have such a depth of color. Those eyes looked like a forest in spring when every possible shade of green was on display. Tony gaped at the male in shock. Said male returned Tony's shocked look with a look of confusion.
"Who are you?" he asked, before turning his head to look around the room. "And where in the blazing hells am I? I mean, this all looks oddly familiar, but more like something I dreamed recently rather than somewhere that I planned on going."
"Maybe we should take this out to the common room?" Pepper interjected before the stranger could get too wound up, drawing both males attention to her. She spun around and left the room with a snort, leaving the two males scrambling off of the bed and stumbling out the door after her.
"What, in the name of Merlin, am I wearing? Or maybe it should be, not wearing." the dark haired male muttered under his breath, just barely audible to Tony, as they walked down the hallway to the stairs that, in turn, led down to the living area. They were accompanied by the sounds of gentle chiming that came with every move the slight male made. It was an interesting choice to swear by, Tony absentmindly thought as he filed away the information for later perusal.
As the two of them came to the stairs and began to walk down the wide steps, Tony decided that he couldn't wait any longer and thrust a hand out to the side.
"I'm Tony Stark, obviously. And you are?"
"Harry Potter. If you don't mind, I'll hold off on deciding whether meeting you is a pleasure or not for a bit."
"Not at all," Tony graciously waved his other hand as his first was clasped in a firm handshake. Tony was just opening his mouth to say more when he was interrupted by the sounds of voices coming from the seating area. Puzzled, Tony bounded on ahead, only to come to a halt, actually rocking back a bit on his heels as he did so, just inside the entranceway to the main living area. He shook his head and rubbed at his eyes, but the view remained unchanged. He was given a gentle nudge by Harry as the man strode past.
"No good, mate. While you obviously weren't expecting this many people, it's completely clear to me that they've settled in and dug down and won't be going anywhere, anytime soon. So just buck up."
Tony shrugged his shoulders and snorted, before following Harry out into the large, open room, that, thanks to Loki, was more open than usual. Trust the person he'd never met before to have perfect insight on the group invading his home, sitting on his furniture, and eating and drinking his food and just generally making themselves at home. He strode past the small group settled on his couches and watching the, usually hidden, flat-screen that he had in this room. It wasn't anything special, the game room had more and larger, but it was enough to at least catch the news on and could be easily seen anywhere in the room thanks to the open floor plan. He carried on until he reached his bar, swerving around the divet in his floor, before ducking behind the counter and serving himself a drink, ignoring the covert looks being shot at Harry who had slowed down enough to let Tony get in front of him, then followed behind him all the way over to the bar where the man hopped up on a stool.
"I really could do with something for my head, Tony," Harry quietly stated. "I wasn't kidding around when I complained about having a headache."
Tony wordlessly fished around under the countertop and pulled out a bottle of aspirin that he handed over to the quiet male. He also reached into the mini-fridge and snagged the poor bastard something cold and caffeinated, knowing that it would help. Tony waited for Harry to crack open the drink and swig back several of the little white pills before he began questioning him. Neither male paid the slightest attention to the others who were drifting over from the sunken den or the one lanky-framed individual who dropped down from the ceiling.
"So, you were questioning where you were," Tony casually stated as leaned against the back of the bar, his hand absentmindedly swirling the drink he had poured out for himself just for something to do. "Do you need the generalities? Because specifically, you were sleeping in mine and Pepper's bed in my tower.
"Oh, and by the way," Tony said glancing around at the interested crowd that had gathered around. "Everybody, this is Harry Potter. Potter, this motley assortment of people are the Avengers and Pepper Pots. The tall, surfer looking guy is Thor, god of Thunder, the boyscout is Cpt. America, also known as Steve, then we got my science bro Bruce, who can turn into an awesome green rage monster, and lastly we got a pair of super spies called Natasha and Clint. Blackwidow and Hawkeye, respectively. Also if you hear a talking voice coming from the ceiling at anytime, that's just JARVIS. We just saved the world you know."
Harry raised his drink in a silent toast as he dug through his memories.
"We still in New York, then?" he asked, his nose scrunched up as he tried to connect the odd flashes of memories he had floating around his head. "Because, the last thing I can truly remember is going down into the tunnels under the city, checking to see whether they would pose a security risk for the...private bank, I work for. I had been checking the map I had, and couldn't find the door that was supposed to be there, so I sat down and grabbed a spot of lunch."
Harry's attention withdrew completely from the room as all of his thought processes turned inward. He wasn't focused enough to censor himself as he spoke onwards.
"My thermos got knocked over and it rolled away from me. Through the wall in front of me, in fact. Which was odd, so I got up and ran my hands over the area, checking for spells and whatnot. It felt bad, so I pulled my hands away and gave them a shake before placing them back on the area. I really had to know what was there and if it was a danger to my employers. I remember my wrist getting painfully grabbed and then being pulled through. There was a sharp point pressed to my chest, then my brain felt like warm fuzz which I tried to fight."
A pale, slender hand reached up and absently played with the metal collar around his slim neck.
"I can sort of recall this being locked around me, then everything after that is like some half-forgotten dream interspersed with blue," Harry blushed, then paled. Before he could continue onwards, an owl flew in through the broken window and landed on the bar in front of Harry. He reached out a trembling hand, his face still pale, and untied a scroll from the owl under the watchful, interested eyes of the Avengers, who had gathered even closer, Steve even taking the extra bar stool. The owl promptly flew off once relieved of its burden.
Gathering his courage, and ignoring Tony who was glaring at the place the owl rested and muttering about disinfecting wipes, Harry pushed back hard at the glimpses of the last few days that were popping up in his head and glanced at the missive's seal.
"Okay, that's a bit not good, I would think," Harry muttered as he recognized the seal of the American Department of Magics. Cracking the seal, Harry unrolled the parchment out on the counter in front of himself and began to read. As he did so, his already pale face began to tint slintly green and a hand rose up to cover his mouth.
"Toilet!" Harry gasped out through his fingers.
"Just back down the hallway where you entered the room from," Pepper answered, her eyes brimming with concern as the male shot up out of his seat and took off running. She raised her voice after him to be heard over the pounding footsteps and wildly jingling bells, "It's the first door on the left!"
Sighing she turned back to the bar, where she saw Tony, Clint, and Natasha huddled over the odd piece of mail. Exasperated, she stalked up to the three of them and tried to pull away the poor man's mail from their hands.
"You can't read that! That's someone's mail," she stressed to them. "It's a federal offense!"
"Um, no. Not really," Tony absentmindedly answered her. "Only if we opened his mail. He just left it laying around after opening it, which means that it's fair game.
"Did you know that they was an American Department of Magics?" Tony asked, switching topics in mid conversation like he often did. "Apparently our man mystery is now Thor's brother-in-law. Congrats on that, by the way, big guy. That's what this letter is. Congratulations to the Lord Potter-Black on his recent bonding to the god Loki Odinson and thanks for choosing to do so in America, blah blah blah. Also asking Lord mystery to consider adopting from here if he chooses to forego a potion and spell assisted pregnancy in favor of blood adoption.''
"Bonding?!" Thor looked stunned and collasped on the stool that had been so hastily vacated by Harry. "Loki is bonded? I have a-"
Thor halted and his contenance darkened as he suddenly remembered just what the very much smaller male had shared of his memories.
"I do not think it was consensual," he growled, disappointed once again in his brother and his choices.
The faces of the group blanched as they too realized that the small man was yet another victim of Loki's staff. Clint looked almost as green as Harry did, just before running off.
"I think that I remember "meeting" him," Clint quietly said, his voice wavering. "It was just before Stuttgart. Dr. Selvig needed some special metal from this one meteorite and so I burst into this really opulent room that hadn't been there earlier to let Loki know my next objective, only to find him naked along with someone I had never seen before. Loki left the room with me and the other male, dressing him in that get up with his magic."
A quiet, but musical, jingle of bells drew their attention from Clint's quiet confession to the entrance of the room where Harry was standing, tears gathering in his eyes and making those green orbs even more stunning. Surprisingly , it was Natasha who moved to the slender male first, offering comfort, followed immediately by Clint.
"It will be alright. We'll get this taken care off and see to it that you get a divorce," she quietly stated, placing her arm around slender, but masculine, shoulders and steering the shocky male down into the pit and onto the black leather sectional.
"No, it won't work," Harry quietly refuted. "I know that you need more information, and at this point, screw the International Statute of Secrecy, because, really, aliens? and gods? And I will answer your questions because anyone that saves the world is entitled to know about everything they've laid down their lives for, but the short answer is that I cannot get a divorce. If it were a marriage, then yes. It could be done. We were bonded. That means that our magic connected and we are now linked till the end of our lives. And the collar around my neck is a pretty good indication that I am the consort in this, not the bonded."
No one knew what to say at that point. While more information to clarify what Harry was babbling on about would be extremely welcome, the emerald-eyed male looked so distraught that everyone was hesitant to break the silence. It was Thor that finally mustered up the courage to do something. The massive god rose from the stool, strode across the short distance, and picked up Harry, cuddling the other tightly to him. So large was Thor, and so petite was Harry, that it looked like a father hugging his child.
"Welcome to the family, husband of my brother. Mother will love you and Father will honor you. I am most pleased to meet you and shall, in the place of my brother, see to it that the customs are observed, Lord of the Midgardian House of Potter-Black. You shall have the archway, the crown, and the trees shall be planted."
Harry burst into tears, interspersed with hiccuping laughter, as he wrapped his lithe arms around the massive shoulders and planted a kiss on the bearded cheek. Turning his head slightly to the side, Harry rested it against the broad, muscular chest and soaked up the comfort being so freely given. When Thor went to sit down, Harry merely slid his legs out of the way and settled down on the thunder god's lap, leaning in again when the tall male was comfortable. A large hand rose up and began to gently, soothingly rub on his bare back. The feeling of skin to skin contact made bile rise up as it triggered more flashes of what occured during the time he was bespelled and suddenly, Harry couldn't wait any longer to remove what he could of the costume he was in.
Raising his head and looking around made Harry realise that more time had passed than he thought. The sun was almost completely set as he looked out the windows at the spectacular view and everyone had spread out and were doing little things to keep busy.
Tony was standing at an odd looking desk with Bruce right beside him. Both were looking at several floating screens that, if Harry didn't know for a fact that Tony Stark was a genius, billionaire muggle, he would have sworn were magic. One of the two would, on occasion, reach out a hand and interact with the floating screens while talking to a voice coming from the ceiling. Natasha was seated at the end of the sofa. She appeared to be reading a book, but would, every so often, raise her head to glance around the room before watching the television a bit and returning her attention to the printed pages once again. Clint was no where to be seen, but Harry recalled that the lithely muscled man had dropped down from the ceiling and assumed that he was roosting back up in the rafters once again. Pepper was no where in sight, but Harry could hear her in the distance ordering what sounded like enough pizza to feed a small army. Steve had claimed the lone chair on the other side of the round table from where he and Thor were seated and looked to be sketching. Something about the chair was trying to trigger another memory, but Harry pushed it away, determined to see about getting into some proper clothing.
Clearing his throat had all eyes in the room focused on him and Thor's massive hands moving to clasp him tightly.
"Could someone lend me something to wear? I do not know where my things ended up and I truly do not feel up to summoning them tonight. Even just a robe would be wonderful."
"Sure, no problem," Tony beamed at him. "I've got lots here to chose from. Although," Tony eyed Harry appraisingly, "if you don't mind, you would probably fit into some of Pep's things better."
"Yes, please. That would be more than fine if she doesn't mind lending some of her things to me. If that would be a hassle, I have plenty of experience in wearing larger articles of clothing. My relatives, whom I grew up with, did not wish to spend more on me than needed, so hand-me-downs from my much larger cousin were the rule."
"Of course you can borrow something!" Pepper exclaimed as she entered the room near the end of the conversation. "I just got the pizza ordered. It'll be here in about half an hour."
Harry flashed a grateful smile at the kind and beautiful red-head, getting up from the warm and comfortable lap as he did so. He was going to go back to the bathroom he had used earlier when a thoughtful expression crossed over his face. Reaching down, Harry felt along the wide belt hanging low on his hips and providing the only bit of coverage from prying eyes as the pants were entirely too sheer, even with the color, to hide much, and the slits he had found up the side which were hidden by the massive amount of material had been the only reason he had been able to use the facilities earlier. While he had been in a hurry earlier, and could pass off not finding the clasp as he was in an upset panic, and he truly could not recall what he had done about the matter while under the blue haze, he now knew without a shadow of a doubt, that the belt had no means of removal.
Blushing slightly, he turned to Thor, who had remained seated while Harry fumbled with the broad, jeweled belt that encased his slender hips.
"I will need some help getting undressed. I can find no clasp to allow me to open the belt."
"Of course! I would be most pleased to assist," Thor smiled broadly, sliding to the edge of the seat and framing Harry with his legs. Bending down slightly, because even sitting, he was taller than his brother's husband, Thor peered at the belt, taking in all of the details as he reached out placed his hands around Harry's waist to turn him so that the belt could be seen from all sides. Narrowing his eyes as he studied the gems and patternwork, Thor flexed his fingers before placing them on an area that looked to be his best bet. Grasping at the metal, he was halted before he could even begin to use his strength by the man of iron placing a hand on his shoulder, startling him.
"Hold up, would you? I've got some tools in my lab that'll cut this no sweat. While I have no doubts as to your strength, lets make sure that we don't do anything that might cause damage to Lord mystery here and use the proper tools."
Harry wasn't given any say in the matter as the bouyent inventor grabbed a hold of his wrist and pulled him along behind as Tony moved to the elevator.
"Don't bother waiting for us. This will only take a few minutes, ten tops, and fifteen at the very outside. Pepper, love, why don't you be the sweet heart I know you are and bring some clothes to the lab. Clint, Steve, you two could go get the pizza from the lobby when it gets here. It's already paid for, including generous tip. Natasha, I'm sure you know where the kitchen actually is. You wanna take Thor with you and grab some drinks?"
As the doors slid shut, everyone shared a look that screamed 'what can you do, it's Tony' before getting a move on and did as he suggested/ordered. So when the hyper active, child-like man came back up with a Harry Potter re-dressed in red sweatpants that had been cut short to fit his height and a heavy-metal tee shirt that hung off of his shoulders, baring his neck and showing everyone that the gem laden and shining metal collar was still on, it was to a table loaded down with cold soft drinks and open pizza boxes scattered around everywhere there was a flat surface. Tony ignored the puzzled looks he was getting from people who first looked at Harry and the collar still on display, then moved their attention to the person who said he tools that would remove the jewelry.
Harry easily interpreted the looks, having had much experience with the practice in the wizarding world, and decided to answer the unvoiced questions for them. Eyeing the pizza wistfully, Harry decided to grab some first, then talk. Looking around for a plate, and seeing none, Harry did what he saw everyone else had done and tore off the lid from a box, loading it up with several of the large, greasy slices. Snagging a cola looking fizzy drink, Harry slid into a seat next to Thor, leaning slightly into his new brother-in-law, before biting into the hot, cheesy, saucy slice. He let out a sigh of pure contentment at the first taste of it on his tongue. That taste seemed to awaken an appetite he didn't know he had and he demolished several pieces in a row before taking a bit of a breather and drinking some of his fizzy drink. Finally feeling a bit more like himself, Harry decided to take pity on the group and interrupted the small talk going on around him.
"I'm sure you've all been wondering about the collar still being on," he calmly stated, screwing the cap back on the fizzy drink. "In the wizarding world, which is what I am by the way, a wizard, it is common pratice for the consort portion of a bonded pair to wear a sign of that status. Coronets were very common for centuries, then bonding cuffs came into style, collars have been in and out of fashion for millenia and are the most recognized symbol of a bonded consort, while rings are very rarely utilized as they are truly used only for weddings and indicate a lesser status than a full bond. Earrings are currently on the upside for showing a bond, with both of the pair, or the members of the rare triad, getting a piercing. They show their status with special stones, placement, and number of piercings."
"As Loki gave me this collar, it may only be removed by him. My magic will ensure that as it now as swirls of Loki's magic entwined within it. Regardless of how it came to be, our magic is truly compatible and will happily enforce the bond," Harry looked regretfully at the last slice of pizza on his lid, before sliding forward enough to rest the makeshift plate on the table. "I have asked Tony to see to it that the rest of the jewelry, which was a solid matter conjuring apparently and will last, gets auctioned off and the proceeds used to assist orphans from this attack. It is the least that I can do."
"Also," here Harry leaned back and snuggled into Thor's side, seeking out comfort that the god was only to pleased to be able to offer the other, "I shall need to seek out a healer. That would be my people's version of a doctor. While Tony aided in the removal of the belt, his hands on my waist triggered a memory of Loki laying hands on me, his blue eyes flashing brightly, as he said would use me to beget an army of magical godlings. While most wizards and witches need an assist to get pregnant with the members of the same sex, there are those with a creature bloodline that have no difficulties, of which both the Potters and the Blacks have in the family trees. Also, I recall my mythology well enough to know that Loki is powerful enough, and has enough experience with children and pregnancies, to see to it that I am capable of carrying."
That announcement lit up a firestorm of intense conversation, only Harry, snuggled in tightly to Thor who had pulled the petite male onto his lap once again, and Thor himself, failed to participate. Thor sat there, gently rubbing his hand over the back of the silently crying wizard who was keeping his face buried against Thor's chest as he let out all of his feelings. Only once the group was again quiet, did Thor open his mouth to speak, and when he did so, it released an even greater level of chaos.
"But my brother has green eyes. Not blue."
A.N. There is no given time frame in the movie for certain things, so I gave an educated guess based on some experience in maintenance and repair. Tony has to do some repairs (he was shown wielding, that takes a bit) and while they show the moving van on the way, and Erik set up on the tower, no hint is given as to how they got into the tower. JARVIS would be a mother to get past I'm sure, especially as they needed the arc reactor to stay on which eliminates the easy way of just using a frickin' EMP.
All witches [völur] are descended from Widening Wolf
All transsexual sorcerers [Seiðberendr] from the Tree of Intent
All sorcerers [Seiðmennir] from Black Head"
(Hyndluljóð, st. Poetic Edda)
"Wed to the Wand" – the Völva, a Norse Witch
A massive fricking shout out to all those who took the time to review. It really lit the fires of inspiration in me and led to this being turned out in record time as I really was tentative on what to write. This will be the end though, at least until Avengers 2 comes out and I can see what they did and where my story can squeeze in.