First, Happy Labor Day to everyone here in the US. Sorry it took so long to update this story, but I have been busy with college practically all year and if I play my cards right I'll graduate a semester early. I actually finished this chapter late last night but I was too tired to do a quick edit then posting it. Now, I won't daddle any longer and go ahead to let everyone enjoy the next chapter to this story.
Upload date: 09/04/2017
Disclaimer: I don't own any of these characters though I wish I did.
Harry appeared in the plaza with a loud crack just as Steve got up from his crouched position when he shielded an elderly man from an attack from Loki. Harry took a moment to help a couple of the civilians back onto their feet. The wizard turned around and glared at the god.
"You know," Steve started conversationally as he walked a bit closer to the downed villain. "The last time I was in Germany and saw a man standing above everybody else, we ended up disagreeing."
Loki looked up and a malicious look appeared on his face. "The soldier." He let out mocking laugh as he got back onto his feet. "A man out of time." Loki looked past the World War II vet to stare at Harry. "And you brought a boy magician, how… quaint." Harry sent a hidden glare at the man and allowed his magic to pool into his hands.
"Don't call me boy," Harry growled.
"And I'm not the one out of time," Steve countered as the quinjet hovered behind the Captain.
A gatling gun appeared from underneath the jet and was pointed in Loki's direction. "Loki, drop the weapon and stand down," Natasha ordered the god over the PA system.
Loki did no such thing and fired off a beam of energy at the jet. The quinjet was able to swerve out of the way before righting itself. Cap threw his shield at the god and proceeded to engage him in hand-to-hand combat. Harry quickly brought up a shimmering shield around the fleeing civilians to ensure no one got hurt. The wizard took his wand out and turned back to the fight. He watched as Cap was tossed to the side like a rag doll and Loki smirking smugly at him.
Harry took his distraction and sent a blasting hex at the god. Loki quickly dodged the hex and sent a bolt of energy at the wizard. With a wave of his hand, Harry created a transparent shield around himself. The shield took most of the impact from the blast, but it did push the wizard back a few feet. With a swish and flick of his hand, Harry levitated some of the trashcans in the small park and sent them at Loki. The god was able to dodge all but one of the projectiles.
Loki stumbled back a few steps from the hit and once again engaged Cap in a fistfight. Harry was about to join in when in a shimmer of light, a duplicate of Loki appeared. The wizard groaned softly before sending a stunning hex at the duplicate. The clone easily dodged the attack before sending a wave of green energy at the man. Harry rolled forward in order to dodge the attack and hissed softly when the energy skimmed his back. The wizard summoned another shield to block the oncoming attack before he raised his free hand and a blue light erupted from it. The Reductor curse hit its mark and the clone disappeared during the blast.
Harry was breathing heavily and let out a soft groan as he registered how bad his back was aching. He gritted his teeth and looked up just in time to see Cap get thrown onto the ground. Loki calmly approached the downed soldier and place the butt of his staff on Cap's helmet.
"Kneel," Loki commanded with a hiss.
Cap just pushed the staff away. "Not today," the super soldier retorted and performed a spinning jump kick. Loki grunted as he stumbled before Harry's Blasting Curse tossed him onto his back. The god jumped back onto his feet and sent a wave of magical energy towards the wizard. Harry quickly waved his wand and conjured up another shield. He could only watch as Cap was thrown onto ground again and grunt in pain.
Just then, loud rock music began to play from the PA system on the quinjet causing everyone to up in confusion.
"'Cause I shoot to thrill, and I'm ready to kill"
Harry saw something streak across the night sky at top speed, round behind the quinjet, and fired a beam of light at the God. The blast was able to knock Loki off his feet and send him flying a couple of feet. The object landed on the ground in a kneeling position and the wizard was able to identify the object as Iron Man aka Tony Stark. As Stark got smoothly back on his feet, Harry was secretly amazed that he was able to move so fluidly despite how heavy the armor appeared to be. Harry continued to be amazed as slots opened on Stark's armor to reveal multiple small missiles and rockets.
"Shoot to thrill"
"Make your move Reindeer games," Stark taunted as he aimed his repulsors at Loki.
There was a moment of tense silence as Harry and Cap stood on either side of Stark. Loki observed all three men and Harry noticed that there was an odd gleam in his eyes. Before the wizard could ponder more on this, Loki raised his hands in surrender and his armor disappeared in a shimmer of light to be replaced with some sort of casual wear.
"Good move," Stark snarked as his weapons slid back into his armor. Loki just glared at the trio and kept his hands up. Harry and Cap were panting as the adrenaline they received from fighting with Loki began to ebb away.
"Mr. Stark," Cap greeted as he caught his breath.
"Captain," Stark responded back before turning his attention to Harry. "And who are you shorty?"
Harry rolled his eyes from under his hood and lightly shook his head. "I believe I'm taller than you by an inch Mr. Stark." He snapped his fingers and a pair of cuffs appeared on Loki's wrists. "And the name's Harry Potter."
The wizard couldn't tell what Stark was thinking due to the faceplate being in place, but he could somehow tell that the man was intrigued. "Huh, well that's new." That response caused Harry to roll his eyes just as Natasha and her co-pilot landed the quinjet.
It was a couple hours later that quinjet began its journey back to the Helicarrier with their prisoner in tow. Loki was seated towards the back of the jet with his hands still cuffed together and strapped down securely. Steve, Stark, and Harry stood close to the cockpit of the jet as Natasha made her report to Fury. The three men had removed their helmets and hood respectively, and the soldier and genius were struck by how Harry could very well look like Loki's twin. Steve was keeping a leveled gaze on Loki, who seemed to have a hardly noticeable smug smirk on his face. Meanwhile, Harry and Stark were currently in the midst of a heated debate.
"As far as I can tell, what you're doing is not magic but simply energy manipulation," Stark stated to an amused looking Harry who had a slight smirk on his face. "Stop smirking like that, it makes you look too much like Reindeer Games over there." He petulantly pointed at Loki who sent a slight glare in his direction.
Harry just let out an amused huff. "Human kind has believed in magic longer than they have believed in science. Science was believed to have been magic. Anyways, how do you explain this?" Within a second, he morphed into his animagus form.
Tony's eyes only widen a tiny bit, before running a critical eye over the black phoenix. Said bird let out a soft chirp and stared intently at the genius with sharp green eyes. "From the looks of it, you are able to subconsciously manipulate your molecular structure on a cellular level thus allowing you to not only change your bone structure but also allow you to grow feathers and shift your size." Tony crossed his arms over his chest with a smug smirk on his face. The phoenix let out a confused chirp before shifting back into a human.
The wizard had a confused look on his face as he stared at the scientist. "I only understood about half of what you said. I've always been more practical than theoretical when it comes to magic. If Hermione were here she would go more in depth about the theory side of magic." He looked over to the side and saw that Steve was just as confused.
Steve shook his head to clear his thoughts on the debate of magic. He turned his attention back towards Loki, and noticed that he was staring intently at Harry. "I don't like it," he said suddenly.
Tony turned away from Harry to raise an eyebrow at Steve. "What? Rock of ages giving up so easily?" Harry let out a snort as he eyed the god warily.
"I don't remember it being that easy, that guys packs a hell of a wallop," Steve argued.
Tony just shrugged unconcernedly and the billionaire couldn't resist making a comment. "Well you're pretty spry for an older fellow." He turned to face Steve completely. "What's your thing? Pilates?"
That caused both Harry and Steve to turn away from Loki to look at the billionaire in confusion. "What?" While Harry was more knowledgeable about the modern muggle world than Steve was, even he was not as up to date as he should be.
Tony shrugged again while staring at the two men. "It's like calisthenics. You might have missed a few things, you know doing time as a capsicle." Harry had to roll his eyes at the childish insult Tony had thrown at Steve. It reminded him too much of his oldest son, James, when he tried to get under his other son's, Albus, skin.
Steve only narrowed his eyes at the billionaire in annoyance. "Fury didn't say anything about you showing up."
Tony didn't look the least bit surprised as he leveled an annoyed look at the soldier. "Yeah, there are a lot of things Fury doesn't tell you." Harry had to nod his head in agreement with the billionaire based on his own experience with the super spy. Even in this very situation, the wizard knew there is something Fury was keeping a tight lip on. And that was never good.
At that moment, a thundercloud suddenly surrounded the quinjet and a bolt of lightning struck so close to the plane that it shook the entire aircraft. "Where is this coming from," Natasha asked, confused by the sudden appearance of the clouds. She turned in the chair slightly to address a certain dark-haired, green-eyed man. "Potter, get up here."
Harry turned away from the other men to stand next to Natasha's seat. He tilted his head upward to stare at the storm only for his brows to furrow in confusion and suspicion. He didn't need to be a meteorologist to know that this was not a natural storm. What threw him off though was the amount of magic he could sense from the anomaly. "Nat, this is not a natural storm." Another bolt of lightning shook the entire cabin, making the wizard grab both headrests of the seats in order for him to keep his balance.
There was another rumble of thunder and lightning and Harry turned back into the cabin when Steve spoke up, "What? Scared of a little lightning?" It was Loki's proclamation that further set off the wizard's nerves. "I'm not overly fond of what follows." The three men in the cabin caught each other's eyes knowing that something was not right.
Just then, something landed heavily and loudly on the jet making everyone look up towards the ceiling. Heavy thumps made everyone aware that whatever was on the roof was walking to the ramp. Tony quickly placed his helmet back on making the small eyeholes light up. As Steve was placing his own helmet back on and Harry was pulling out his wand, Iron Man made his way over to the ramp and opened it.
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" Cap shouted.
Ignoring the super soldier, Iron Man was just about to position himself at the foot of the ramp when something dropped down from the roof. Or rather someone. Crouching on the ramp was a tall blonde man with broad shoulders wearing armor that was not of earthly make and a red cape. In his right hand was a large war hammer that let loose a couple of sparks. Harry instantly recognized the man as the one who fought the giant suit of armor in New Mexico from the video. It was the God of Thunder himself, Thor.
Before Iron Man could raise his hand to fire off a repulsor, Thor smacked the armored hero away with his hammer as if he were a fly. Harry hopped to the side to avoid Iron Man from landing on him like he did with Cap. As the two heroes struggled to untangle themselves from each other, the wizard looked back towards the ramp. Thor was stomping closer to Loki and was about to reach for the trickster when Harry acted.
Before Thor could grab Loki, a magical chain wrapped around the thunderer's free wrist and yanked it to the side. The tall blonde looked over to see Harry who had his wand pointed at him and was the source of the chain. The tall man narrowed his eyes before yanking on the chain. Harry yelped as he was thrown off his feet and his concentration was broken. As the chain disappeared, Thor grabbed Loki by the throat and proceeded to jump out of the quinjet.
Iron Man groaned as he got back on his feet. "And there's this guy."
Natasha turned in her seat to address the men. "Another Asgardian?"
Cap shook his head to clear the cloud that formed in his head before he helped Harry back onto his feet. "Think that guy's a friendly?" The wizard shrugged his shoulders before summoning his wand back to him.
"It doesn't matter," Iron Man stated as he regained his composure and started to make his way to the ramp. "If he frees Loki or kills him, the Tesseract's lost."
Cap made one more attempt to stop the armored hero from doing something stupid. "Stark! We need a plan of attack!" Harry didn't need to be a seer to know what Iron Man was about to do.
"I have a plan. Attack!" With that statement, Iron Man jumped off the ramp and rocketed after the Thunder god. Harry had to roll his eyes at the idiocy of the man as he placed his wand back on his wrist holster. Cap had the same idea as he began to strap on a parachute.
"I'd stay out of this guys," Natasha called back to them as she tried to keep the jet under control with the help of her co-pilot.
"I don't see how we can ma'am," Cap responded as he finished tightening the straps over his chests. Harry ignored the rest of the conversation as he made his way to the ramp. In the distance, he could barely make out the small concentration of light from Iron Man's thrusters. The wizard took a few steps backwards before he ran forward and jumped out of the jet.
There was a moment of weightlessness as he fell towards the ground. He allowed himself to fall for a feet to enjoy the rush of air against his face. He shook his head to clear the distracting thoughts before he spun in the air. A second later he was in his phoenix form and opened his wings as far as they could. Harry let out a loud call as he glided over the treetops. He swiveled his head around as he looked over the forest trying to find both Thor and Loki or at least catch up to Iron Man. As he continued to soar over the forest, he had a strange sense of déjà vu, as if he was here before.
It was then that he noticed two silhouettes on a nearby mountain cliff and a stream of light quickly approaching them. Harry put the thought of déjà vu to the back of his mind as he adjusted his wings to take him towards the mountain. Unfortunately, he arrived just as Iron Man tackled Thor off the cliff leaving Loki standing alone.
"I'm listening," the trickster god said mockingly before looking up at the hovering black phoenix. "No need to disguise yourself from me seidhr. I do not wish to fight you."
The phoenix chirped before Harry shifted back into his human form. The green-eyed wizard had his eyes narrowed at Loki, his arms crossed over his chest, and his stance indicated that he was ready to fight for his life in case Loki wanted to pull a fast one on him. "You'll have to forgive me if I don't believe you."
Loki allowed a smirk to appear on his face as he studied the young man in front of him. "You are exceptionally strong in the magical arts for one so young. And if what I learned from your community about you is correct, you have defied the expectations of your peers many times in the past."
Harry continued to glare at the god and didn't shift his stance. "Why would my past be of any interest to you?"
Loki gave him a look of mock surprise. "How could it not? You survived this realm's version of the killing curse at the ages of one and seventeen; you faced several challenges during your time at the Learning Hall, which include witnessing the resurrection of your mortal enemy; fought your parent's war and killed your nemesis; and now you are the youngest man to have the honor of leading your government's security force." Loki allowed a smirk to appear on his face that sent Harry on edge. "You are seen as a Master of the Magical Arts by your pitiful fellow mortals, but we both know you are not a mortal."
Harry sucked in a sharp breath as his eyes widened in shock. A loud crack of thunder forced the wizard to turn his attention away from Loki. He was only able to get a glimpse of Thor raising his hammer towards the sky and directing a bolt of lightning towards Iron Man when Loki made his move. It was all a blur to the wizard, one moment he was standing watching Iron Man send a massive repulsor blast at Thor, the next he was forced to ground with his dominant hand forced behind his back. Loki was crouching on top of the wizard to ensure that he didn't get up.
Loki leaned down towards Harry's ear and hissed. "I know what you are. I knew it the moment you faced me in combat. You are the Master of Death. The only being in all the realms to bring together Death's relics and earn its respect. A being with such a title should not waste his talents on the behalf of the inhabitants of this pitiful realm."
Harry gritted his teeth as he rotated his palm towards Loki and sent a powerful blasting hex at the god. Loki grunted as the hex hit him and sent the god flying away from the wizard. Harry quickly moved onto his feet as Loki landed on the ground with a loud thud. Even the noise was drowned out by the sound of combat in the clearing below. The wizard quickly conjured a chain and sent it towards the god.
Loki sat up with a groan as the chain wrapped around him. The dark haired god glared up at Harry who just glared back at him. "I don't need a homicidal god with daddy issues to tell me how I should use my magic. I don't care if I'm wasting my magic for the people of this planet because if I don't do something who will."
Loki let out a sarcastic laugh as he stared at the wizard. "You must be jesting. How can you fully protect the people of this realm with your heroics when the very government you serve wishes to remain hidden? I know of the magical community's wish to finally step out of the shadows, but do they really wish to do so? Are they ready to face the horrors of the nonmagical community and put their own prejudice aside?" He grinned toothily at the wizard who unconsciously took a step backwards. "You and I both know that the magical community will be feared by those without the ability to use magic. If witches and wizards reveal themselves again, they will be hunted down and there will be nothing that you can do to stop it."
Harry heard enough and cast a silencing charm on Loki. The god went to speak again but was unable to. "Even though I have the ability to make people think what I want them to, I have no right to do so. People will always fear what they don't understand, but there are those who are willing to accept what's different. And as long as there are people willing to look past what I am, there's hope for peace." Harry quickly looked over the cliff and took note of the fight between Thor and Iron Man. From the look of things Stark was getting his ass handed to him. "Now if you'll excuse me, I have a fight to break up." Without a backwards glance, he stepped off the cliff and dropped towards the forest floor.
Harry quickly waved his hand and he came to a complete stop a foot off the ground. He landed in a crouch but quickly stood up to run deeper into the forest. He arrived just as Cap came onto the scene from the top of a broken tree and Iron Man land a punch to Thor's face. It was then that Cap threw his shield towards the Thunderer and the armored hero.
"HEY!" Harry watched as the shield bounced off Thor's head then Iron Man's chest before flying towards Cap. The World War two vet caught the shield with ease as he stared at the two men sternly. "That's enough." Once Thor and Iron Man lowered their arms, Cap jumped down from the tree to stand before the men. Harry stepped out from the shadows of tree and nodded to Cap in acknowledgement. Cap nodded back to the wizard before turning his stern stare onto Thor. "I don't know what you're doing here…"
Thor interrupted the captain with a sneer. "I've come to put an end to Loki's schemes." Harry tightened his grip on his wand when he noticed the firm grip Thor had on his hammer.
"Then prove it," Cap countered in a firm tone. "Put the hammer down."
Obviously that was the wrong thing to say based on Thor's narrowed gaze and snarling expression. Iron Man was quick to try to warn the Captain. "Um, yeah no, bad call, Thor loves his… ACH!" Before Harry could blink, Thor smacked Iron Man with his hammer like a fly and sent the hero crashing into a tree.
"YOU WANT ME TO PUT THE HAMMER DOWN," Thor roared at the first avenger. Just as Thor went to raise his weapon, Harry hit the god with a disarming spell causing the blonde to stumble forward a bit and release his grip on the hammer. What Harry didn't notice was the slight motion Thor made with his hand. The hammer flew towards Harry and smashed the wizard off his feet.
Harry landed on the forest floor with a loud thud and had the air forced out of his lungs. As the wizard struggled to get air back into his body, he could feel a heavy bruise beginning to form near his rib cage. Harry flopped onto his stomach and stared up at Thor as his hammer returned to his hand. The Thunderer pointed his hammer down at the winded wizard. "This is not your battle Seidhr. You should have stayed out of this conflict."
Cap's shield bounced off of Thor's head once again before returning to its owner. "Leave him alone!" Thor snarled as he turned on his heel and leapt into the air with his hammer raised behind his head. Cap raised his shield to defend himself just Thor brought the hammer down. As soon as the Asgardian weapon made contact with the shield, an enormous shockwave with a loud gong like sound erupted from the collision that knocked Cap off his feet and sent Thor flying. Harry used his arms to weakly protect his face from the shockwave but winced each time a twig or rock made contact with his bare appendages.
When the shockwave died down, Harry slowly lowered his arms and was alarmed at the destruction that was dealt to the surrounding trees. Many were sliced in half while some were broken sticks. Harry noticed that during the commotion he dropped his wand but quickly called it back to him. When the wand was back in his hands, he moved to stand up but softly cried out in pain due to his most likely broken ribs.
As he looked up again, a blue-gloved hand was stretched out to him. Harry grasped the hand and was helped onto his feet by Cap. Harry groaned as he climbed back onto his feet and swayed a little as he tried to find his balance. Cap placed the wizard's arm over his shoulder and Harry nodded his thanks. The wizard noticed that Thor and Iron Man had climbed back onto their feet as well and were breathing heavily as the adrenaline rushed out of them.
"Are we done here," Cap asked the surrounding men though it was mostly directed at Thor.
Thor took a moment to stare at the destruction that surrounded him before nodding his head in agreement.
A couple hours later, everyone was gathered around the conference table in middle of the bridge of the Hellicarrier. As soon as the quinjet landed on the landing pad, SHIELD agents had taken Loki into custody and proceeded to transport the god to the detention block. Harry was unnerved by the slightly smug look on Loki's face throughout the transfer and came to the conclusion that they had done exactly as the god wanted. He just couldn't figure out what. That wasn't the only thing that unnerved however. Throughout the flight, he felt as if something was watching him and whenever he looked over his shoulder he saw nothing. He noticed that Loki would glance at a corner of the quinjet every once in a while, and when he looked in the same direction the god was looking there was nothing there.
Now in the middle of the conference area, the feeling that he was being watched continued and was making him even more paranoid. Harry was seated next to Natasha with his robe off and shirt pulled up as the assassin rubbed bruise salve onto his wound. Luckily, the ribs on his right side were only bruised not broken but it was painful to move. The wizard had already downed a couple of pain relief potions but he still felt like shit.
Seated across from them was Steve who watched the wizard with a concerned gaze. Standing away from the group in the corner was Bruce who had his arms crossed over his chest and was shifting from foot to foot. Harry was painfully reminded of Remus and once again wondered if the two men would have gotten along if the werewolf were still arrive. Stark had wondered off to secure his suit and had yet to grace them with his presence. Thor stood next to the table and was staring at Harry with a thoughtful gaze. Off to the side was Agent Hill with her arms behind her back and an emotionless expression on her face.
Harry grew uncomfortable under Thor's gaze and he glared at the Thunderer. "If you have something to say just say it." Everyone except Natasha was surprised that the wizard snapped at the god since he has so far been calm and polite to everyone so far.
Thor's eyebrows shot up into his hairline before his expression became apologetic. "I apologize seidhr, I did not mean to offend or wound you so when we met."
Harry rolled his eyes but a small smile formed on his face. "This not the worst injury I've gotten over the years so don't worry." His eyebrows scrunched together in confusion when another thought came to him. "Why do you and Loki call me seidhr? And why did you say that this was not my battle to fight back in the forest?"
Thor crossed his arms as he tried to think of a simple way to answer the question. "Seidhr is a title that was to given magic users of Midgard when Asgardians visited this realm over a thousand years ago. In my youth, I was told that Seidhrs hardly concerned themselves with matters outside of their community and proceeded to go into exile when they realized that they were being hunted by those that feared them."
Harry was unsurprised by the answer since it summed up the wizard community in a few words. He shrugged unconcernedly as he tugged his shirt back down. "Yeah, I'm not that surprised, the wizarding community has been this way for a very long time and if they don't change we'll end up destroying ourselves." The black haired man let out a scoff. "Not like we're that far off anyway."
Everyone stared at the man they barely knew for a moment and silently wondered what his community was like. Before they could ask, the screens on the conference table activated. Everyone surrounding the table could see that Loki was contained in large glass cage that was attached to some sort of mechanism. Harry watched as Fury walked into the camera feed and stop in front of a control panel next to the cell.
"In case it isn't clear," Fury began. "You try to escape. You so much as scratch that glass." Harry watched in shock as a hatch opened up underneath the cage allowing air to rush out of the area. Now, Harry wasn't stupid by any means since he knew exactly what the cell was for. He shifted his eyes over to Bruce to notice the thin line his mouth made.
In the background, he barely make out Fury's next words over the gushing wind. "Thirty thousand feet, straight down a steel trap! You get how that works?!" He closed up the hatch before gesturing at Loki. "Ant" then pointed at the control panel. "Boot."
Loki let out an amused laugh as he spread his hands out to the side. "It's an impressive cage. Not built, I think, for me."
Fury had an unamused frown on his face. "It was built for something stronger than you."
Loki let out a harsh laugh before looking up towards the camera. "Oh I've heard. The mindless beast, makes play he's still a man." Harry noticed Natasha look up from her monitor to stare at Bruce. "How desperate are you to call on such lost creatures to defend you? Especially one as dangerous as the Seidhr."
Fury narrowed his only eye at the god and walked closer to the cage. "How desperate am I? You threaten my planet with war. You steal a force you can't hope to contain. You talk about peace yet you kill cause its fun." The man lowered his voice to a growl as he glared at the trickster. "You've made me very desperate. You might not be glad you did."
Loki wasn't intimidated what so ever, instead he seemed amused. "Ohh. It burns you to have come so close. To have the Tesseract, to have power, unlimited power. And for what?" His tone turned mocking as he looked up at the camera. "A warm light for all of mankind to share?" He faced Fury again with a frown on his face. "Only to be reminded what real power is. Even with the might of your Seidhr… you're realm is doomed."
Fury continued to stare down the God for a moment before a sarcastic smile appeared on his face as he left the cell. "Well, let me know if 'real power' wants a magazine or something."
Loki smirked one more time at the camera before the monitors turned black. Everyone continued to sit and stand around in silence for a moment before decided to break it. "He really grows on you, doesn't he?"
Cap, knowing this wasn't a time to mess around, decided to get down to the point. "Loki is going to drag this out." He turned to Thor who must have some idea on what Loki's next move must be. "Thor, what's his play?
The Thunderer sighed as he turned to his new comrades. "He has an army called the Chitauri. They're not from Asgard or any known world. He means to lead them into battle against your people. They will win him the Earth, in return, I suspect, for the Tesseract."
"An army," Steve asked, a bit overwhelmed. "From outer space?" Harry felt a bit bad for the man since he had deal with an upcoming unorthodox war in a different century.
"So that's why he needs Eric Selvig. To build him another portal," Bruce stated as he fingered his glasses.
"Selvig," Thor asked with a note of shock in his tone. Harry remembered from the reports he was given that the god had befriended Selvig and two others during the fiasco in New Mexico.
"He's an astrophysicist," Bruce clarified.
"He's a friend."
"Loki has him under some sort of spell, along with one of our own," Natasha further explained before glancing down pensively.
Harry's head turned snapped towards the red head in interest and concern. "Clint?" Natasha only nodded her head. "Maybe if described to me the effects of the spell."
Natasha sighed as she sat up straighter. "Loki placed the tip of his scepter against the chests of the men he turned, their eyes turned a strange hue of blue, and they we're doing his bidding afterwards."
Harry placed a hand on his chin in thought as he went through the mental list of spells he knew. "It sounds similar to the Imperius Curse, but it forces the victim to do the caster's bidding, not turn them. Normally someone with a strong will and determination can throw off the curse, but since this is some sort of space magic I can't be a hundred percent certain."
Before Harry could think further on his knowledge of the spell, Steve interrupted his train of thought. "No offense Harry, but we'll have to solve one mystery at a time. For right now, I want to know why Loki let us take him. He can't lead an army from here."
Bruce was quick to disagree. "I don't think we should be focusing on Loki. His brain is a bag full of cats, you can smell crazy on him."
"Have care how you speak," Thor snapped at the doctor. "Loki is beyond, but he's of Asgard, and he's my brother."
"He killed eighty people in two days," Natasha said in a deadpanned tone that caused Harry to smirk.
Thor's face turned sheepish as he fidgeted on his feet. "He's adopted." Harry let out a snort at the uncomfortable tone in the god's voice.
"It's about the mechanics," Bruce said suddenly in order to get everyone back to the point of the matter. "Iridium? What do they need the Iridium for?"
"It's a stabilizing agent." Everyone turned to the doorway to see Stark come onto the bridge with Coulson. Stark said something to the agent that Harry couldn't catch only for Coulson gesturing for Stark to enter the conference area. "Means the portal won't collapse on itself, like it did at SHIELD."
The short, dark-haired man strutted onto the bridge before stopping briefly next to Thor. "No hard feelings Point Break, you got a mean swing." He patted the blonde's bicep before walking over to Fury's command station. "Also, it means the portal can open as wide, and stay open as long, as Loki wants." He then turned towards the bridge in order to call down to the personnel.
"Uh, raise the mid-mast, ship the top sails." Everyone on the bridge stopped what they were doing to stare at the billionaire incredulously. "That man is playing GALAGA," Stark suddenly said as he pointed to one of the men on the far right side of the bridge. Harry looked over and saw one of the agents quickly turn off his screen. It didn't take a genius to know that was the bored agent. "Thought we wouldn't notice, but we did." He began turning left to right while observing the computer display with one hand covering his eye. "How does Fury see these?"
Fury's second-in-command, Maria Hill if Harry remembered correctly, had an unimpressed look on her face. "He turns."
"Sounds exhausting," Stark retorted as he began messing with the consoles. Harry saw that the man placed something on the console subtly with the hope that no one would notice. Unfortunately, for the billionaire that is, the wizard did notice. "The rest of the raw materials, Agent Barton can get his hands on pretty easily. Only major component he still needs is a power source. A high energy density, something to kick start the cube."
Maria crossed her arms over her chest and frowned at the arrogant man. "When did you become an expert on thermonuclear astrophysics?"
"Last night," Stark retorted. "The packet, Selvig's notes, the Extraction Theory papers. Am I the only who did the reading?"
To be honest, Harry did try to read the packet but he had to give up after getting halfway through the first page. There was so much scientific mumbo jumbo crammed onto just that page, it hurt his brain trying to understand it all. He glanced over to Natasha and furrowed his brows in confusion. The spy had her gaze locked onto a corner in the bridge and they only narrowed into concentration. Harry also had his gaze locked onto the same spot and was wondering what his friend saw.
He tuned out the rest of the briefing, which also included Bruce and Stark bonding with each other and Fury finally coming onto the bridge. Harry kept his gaze firmly in the corner and waited for a moment. It was then he noticed a slight shimmer of movement. A very familiar shimmer.
"Shall we play doctor," Stark asked his fellow genius.
"This way," Bruce gestured for Stark to follow him before he remembered something. "Harry, you coming, that concoction of yours is waiting for you."
Harry ignored the scientist and continued to stare at the corner. Everyone, except for Natasha, stared at the wizard as he slowly stood from his chair and stalked towards the corner. It was at that moment that everyone noticed the wand in his hand.
"Harry," Steve inquired with a note of caution in his voice.
The wizard continued to approach the corner and the shimmering in the area started to become more noticeable even to everyone on the bridge. Soon whispers started to emanate from the corner. The voices of three boys and a girl were trying to shush each other, which by this point was pointless. Actually, now that he was thinking about it those voices sounded like… no they wouldn't.
Harry quickly reached out and grabbed the familiar silky texture of his invisibility cloak. He yanked the cloak off the familiar form of a lanky fourteen-year-old teenager, a seven-year-old boy with dark brown hair, a six-year-old boy with black hair, and a four-year-old girl with shocking red hair. The four children stared at Harry in shock before sheepish smiles appeared on their faces.
"Hi dad," James, Al, and Lily said together while waving weakly at the man, though Lily's was more enthusiastic than her brothers.
"Hey Harry," Teddy said as his hair turned an embarrassed shade of pink.
Harry just glared at his children with such intensity that his eyes appeared to be burning green fires.
"Did that kid's hair just turn pink," Stark asked obnoxiously only to get slapped upside the head by Bruce.
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