"Don't worry, Freya. Everything will be fine."
"'Fine?'" Freya stared at her brother in mortified horror. "Freyr, you idiot! I lost Loki's child!"
"Loki's…. child," Mayura gasped, looking at Freya in wide-eyed disbelief.
"Heimdall, get Verdandi," Freya growled.
"Are you kidding? I want to see Loki try to worm his way out of this!" Heimdall answered with a smirk.
"You said earlier that Yamino was Loki's spawn," Mayura stated dazedly as she pointed at Heimdall for a few seconds before turning her attention back to Freya. "And you just said that…."
"Forget what I just said. This is all just a bad dream. A really, really bad dream."
"No it isn't."
"I'm gonna miss you, so much!" Narugami sobbed to the item in front of him.
"Huh?" Amelia asked, looking on in confusion. Narugami was sitting on a stool at the bar and holding a cup of ale reverently in his hands.
"I'm afraid that Narukami can't hold his liquor on Midgard," Loki answered. "I'm not sure why. He's in the same form."
"Oh," Amelia twitched. She was about to say something more, when she heard Lina and Zel arguing with Gourry, and turned to look in their direction.
"It's really none of our business," Zelgadis scolded, waving his finger dismissively at Gourry.
"But… They are going to be leaving soon, and then I'll never know."
"But, Lina, I want to know. Don't you?"
"Not really," Lina answered, but it was a lie. The truth was, she was just as curious as Gourry.
"You want to know what?" Loki asked curious.
"Uh, well…" Gourry began.
"Please, ignore him," Lina begged.
"I'd like to know…. Um… well…"
"Yes?" Loki asked, slightly annoyed.
"Um… about your kids… um… the wolf and the snake… you know, um well…"
Gourry continued to babble on nonsensically, but Loki managed to get the gist of it. "Why they were born as such?" Loki sweat dropped.
"Please, ignore him," Lina begged again. "He's an idiot."
"Lina," Gourry responded in a hurt voice.
"I don't know," Loki answered.
"No, trust me, he's an idiot," Lina responded with a sigh.
"No, not about that. About my children. It just happened that way. I don't know why."
"Didn't that bother you?" Gourry innocently asked.
"Uh." Was Loki's only response.
"Mister Gourry!" Amelia exclaimed horrified.
"That your kids are…"
Lina slammed her fist on top of Gourry's head in an attempt to shut him up. "Idiot!"
Zelgadis sighed and thought to himself, 'One day, Gourry's lack of tact will get him killed.'
Amelia looked around and noticed that Yamino and Fenrir were both staring at their father, who was staring at the floor.
"Daddy?" Fenrir asked earnestly.
"Daddy!" Fenrir whimpered teary-eyed.
"It's okay, Master Loki. You don't need to answer his question," Yamino said calmly, but, his eyes betrayed a different emotion.
Loki looked up, and saw the expression in his son's eyes. In both of his sons' eyes. Both of them had been condemned as monsters by Odin. Had been kidnapped, along with their sister, from their mother's home in the dead of night. Only to be bound or banished to cold, desolate places. Bereft of any companionship, save potential prey, for countless years. It had left both of his sons with a bit of a father complex. Fenrir's was much more pronounced, but, Yamino's earnest dedication to cleaning and cooking hinted at a deep seated insecurity. Like if he was 'useful' enough, he wouldn't be considered a 'monster' and wouldn't be 'abandoned' again. Silently, Loki cursed Odin.
"We're really sorry!" Lina apologized as she held Gourry in a choke hold.
"Did your mother ever tell you about your births?" Loki asked, looking at his two sons.
"No. We didn't get to spend much time with her before we were taken," Yamino quietly answered. "And when she was with us, as Spica, she didn't talk much."
Loki cursed Odin again. "Do you want to know?"
Fenrir wagged his tail in response, while Yamino uncomfortably stared down at his own hands.
"I take it that means yes, Fenrir?"
After a few awkward minutes, Yamino answered shyly, "If you don't mind, sir."
"Okay, well…. I wasn't there when Fenrir was born, but…"
"Lord Loki! The mistress has been quite anxious to see you," a young, black-haired girl said in greeting to the man at the door.
"Teika," Loki grunted in response. He quickly hurried past her and into the hall. He had received a summons in the midst of a rather intriguing party, and wasn't in the mood to be polite. "Is something wrong with the baby?" Loki asked concerned.
"No…… The baby is healthy… I guess…" Teika didn't know what to say. She just stood there twitching slightly.
"You guess!" Loki started to get rather worried. The servant's behavior was rather strange. "She's only been pregnant for a few months! Where is she?"
"In her bedroom, Lord Loki."
Loki noticed then that she was carrying something in her arms. It was small, black, and it wiggled. "She got a wolf puppy? How cute. Is it for the baby?"
"……………." Teika twitched.
Loki took the puppy from Teika's arms and started to pet it. He noticed that it's eyes were still closed. "Isn't it a little young to be separated from it's mother?"
"What's wrong with you?" Loki asked frustrated.
"Come on, little one, let's go see Angrboda," Loki sweetly told the puppy. He glared at the servant for a moment, before heading off towards Angrboda's bedroom.
"………………" Teika continued to twitch as she followed Loki to the bedroom.
Loki glared at the servant one more time, before knocking on the door. A noticeably no longer pregnant Angrboda answered the door.
"You don't need to knock, Loki," Angrboda said with a smile and greeted her lover with a kiss. She noticed the puppy in his arms, and became somewhat nervous. "Ah, I see that you've met him."
"Yes. Our child."
"Congratulations! It's a boy!" Teika exclaimed.
"Huh?" Loki blinked, staring at the puppy in confusion. He dazedly looked back and forth between the puppy and Angrboda.
"Our baby. Yours and mine," Angrboda said nervously as she took the puppy from his arms and cuddled it to her chest.
"I gave birth to him."
"Really?" Loki asked dumbfounded. Was this because of his shape changing abilities, he wondered to himself. He also wondered if someone was trying to trick the trickster. However, that was something that he might do, not Angrboda. And even then, he wouldn't lie to a lover about their child.
"Yes, Lord Loki. I was there when it happened," Teika informed him. "Believe me, it's not something that I'm going to forget anytime soon. Or, like, ever."
"Don't you feel a connection to him?" Angrboda asked plaintively. She brought the puppy up close to his face. Which caused him to take a few steps back.
The puppy whimpered.
"It's okay, little one," Loki soothed. Slowly he took the puppy from Angrboda and held him in his arms again. He stood there for a few minutes, intently watching the puppy in his arms, before sitting down on the bed. "My son," he whispered as he stroked the puppy's head. "What's his name?"
"I thought we should decide that together," Angrboda answered as she sat down next to him.
"Oh, of course. We didn't have much of a chance to discuss this before. What with the pregnancy being so short and all. That must be nice for you, huh? Not having to deal with the aches and pains and nausea of a long pregnancy."
"... I was scared. I thought I was losing our baby."
"……………. I'm sorry that I wasn't here for you."
"You're here now."
"It's okay, it's just…. A little unusual, that's all," Loki answered. He leaned over and gave her a kiss. "It'll be okay."
"Odin doesn't need to know."
"Can you really keep it from him?"
"I can try. I am the Trickster God, after all!"
Several months later…
"Lord Loki, meet your newest child," Teika announced, holding up a rather large egg.
"Isn't that supposed to come out as something else?" Loki asked, staring at the egg.
"Yeah, well, it didn't. Frankly, I blame you."
"Is she okay?" Loki asked, staring at an unconscious Angrboda.
"……… I guess," Teika responded as she placed the egg on a pillow.
"You guess! She could be bleeding to death!" Loki lifted up the end of the blanket to look.
"Lord Loki! You shouldn't be doing that!" Teika exclaimed, as she frantically tried to pull the blanket back.down.
"She just gave birth to our second child. I have seen it before," Loki said with a glare. He took the blanket from her hands and pulled it back up. "Though, it didn't look like that. Is that normal?"
Teika gulped and looked underneath the blanket. "Uh, well, I don't know about 'normal', she did just give birth to an egg. But, the midwife cast a healing spell before she left, so…. The mistress should be fine.."
"Oh. So long as she's all right.
"I'll go get some clean sheets and blankets."
A few hours later, Angrboda finally awakened. The egg was to her left, washed clean, with a pillow underneath it, while Loki was sitting to her right.
"Are you feeling better?"
"Loki?" She asked, staring at the egg.
"That's our baby, isn't it?"
"What is it?"
"…… I don't know."
"How are we supposed to take care of it, if we don't even know what it is? I mean, should I sit on it? Should I not sit on it?"
"If I do the wrong thing, I could kill our baby!" Angrboda wailed.
"Shhhhhhhhhhh…. I can do some research to try to figure out what kind of egg it is."
Then they both noticed that Fenrir was sniffing the egg.
"This is your sibling, not food. Do you understand?" Loki asked the puppy.
"Sibling. Not food."
"Big Brother," Yamino gasped in horror. "You thought I was food?"
"Hey! Daddy, gave you the 'sibling, not food talk', too!"
Loki coughed. "Under the circumstances, we felt it was necessary. We didn't want to take any chances. Now, back to the story."
"It smells like a snake egg, Daddy."
"A snake? Are you sure"
"Okay. Thank you, Fenrir. You've been very helpful." Loki said with a smile. He noticed that Angrboda was still pensive. "In the morning, I'll do some research. It'll be okay, Angrboda."
"Your mother made up a list of things to find out. She wanted to make sure that you were well taken care of."
"How long did it take for him to hatch?"
"A couple months."
"What was it like?"
"..…… Normal, I guess, for a snake. But... we should probably get going. The others must be worried."
Yamino gulped feeling a bit nervous about going home.
"It's okay. You didn't hurt anyone," Loki assured him. He had looked at Yamino's memories, earlier, in order to make sure.
"But, Mayura…. Knows. And our home is…"
"What really matters is that everyone is okay. Mayura may write it off as a strange, mysterious event or as a dream. And if she doesn't, I'll figure something out."
As Yamino and Fenrir were saying goodbye to Amelia, Loki noticed that Lina was staring at him. "What?"
"You seemed to want to change the subject rather quick."
"You noticed that, huh?"
"Yeah. You had a hard time telling whether or not he was a boy or a girl, didn't you?"
"Pretty much, yeah," Loki sighed. "We had to wait until he learned how to talk before we knew for sure that he was a he."
"That must have been awkward."
Disclaimer: This fan fic is meant as pure, harmless fun, and as such no profit is being made from it. The Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok characters and the Slayers characters belong to their respective creators. Teika is a minor original character.