A/N: So this is not only my first Avengers fan fiction, it's also my very first shounen ai as well as my first fan fiction in about three years or so. To be honest, it made me nervous about trying to start writing again. I've had a mental block for a while now and somehow the Avengers managed to kick me out of my funk. Please let me know what you think, remember that I've been out of the loop for a while now. And before I forget, I don't own Avengers.

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Clint Barton couldn't exactly say when it was he started thinking of the god of mischief as more than just the man that had made him a prisoner in his own body. Though if he had to guess he'd put it somewhere around the time before the attack on the helicarrier.

While most people thought those controlled by Loki's magic were not fully aware of their surroundings at all times, Clint saw everything unfold before his eyes. So naturally, when he saw Loki by himself, his other "minions" as Clint mentally called them, off busying themselves with other more important matters, he decided to see what he could learn.

Being Loki's personal slave wasn't what he'd call "fun", it did have its perks; like that moment for example. Loki turned to him with a curious expression, obviously amused at whatever expression he saw on Clint's face.

"You look like you have something important to say. Have there been any developments?"

"No, I actually just came over to see what you were doing."

It was an unusually normal thing to say while under control, but even then Clint was beginning to regain little pieces of himself.

Loki raised an eyebrow before replying, "I was just thinking."

Clint rolled his eyes. "Well you seem to do that a lot."

Loki's lips twitched into a smile for half a second before he seemed to remember himself and his mouth was pulled down into a frown. Clint's expression unknowingly mirrored Loki's.

"Penny for your thoughts?"

"Why would you give me a penny for my thoughts?"

Clint rolled his eyes again, "It's an expression."

Loki sighed. "I couldn't possibly expect someone like you to understand," he said coldly. He looked up at Clint again, eyes hardening when they met his.

Barton blinked in mild surprise. For the god of lies, he'd been almost honest. But he suspected that might have something to do with him still being under Loki's influence, naturally Loki would be more honest than if he hadn't.

Loki stood up then, straightening to full intimidating height. "Let us prepare for the attack."

And with that Clint was dismissed and Loki returned to staring at nothing with the same icy stare. It was then that Clint decided there was something behind all the bitterness and he wanted to find out it was. Even if he had to peel back the layers to find it. Because it was obvious that whatever it was that Clint kept catching glimpses of, was buried so deep that Loki probably didn't even know it was there. But then, Barton had a way of seeing things other people didn't.

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