Author's Note: I honestly thought I had this up already. I seriously just realized that I hadn't put this chapter up. I am so sorry guys. Just so you guys know, this chapter takes place on New Years Day (1/1). I made this chapter because Loki has had literally no bonding time with Pepper. Seriously. How could I have overlooked her? Silly me.


"Here, now please close the door so I can go back to self-reflecting."

Pepper wasn't sure what surprised her more-the fact that Loki was talking to her (they hadn't spoken a word to each other at all, ever), that he knew which jacket she wanted to wear today and was giving it to her willingly (does he read minds, too?), or that he was currently sitting on the floor in the back of her and Tony's coat closet, seemingly content to stay.

"What are you doing in my coat closet?" Pepper asked cautiously, somewhat afraid of him getting angry and lashing out at her. Logically, she knew this was unlikely (Tony had mentioned a few times how he thought Loki was a genuinely good guy now), but the knowledge of what he had done in the past made her wary.

"As I said, I am reflecting on myself," he said simply, crossing his legs, looking up at her.

"Yes, I caught that, I'm just curious as to why you had to do so in my closet?"

"It was the only place I could think of that Darcy would not think to look for me in."

"And why are you hiding from Darcy? I thought you two were close." Pepper waited for a response, but when she was met with nothing but silence, she sighed. "Come on, time for you to get out my closet. I'll make some coffee and you can tell me what's going on."

Loki nodded reluctantly, standing up and following her as she made her way to the kitchen.

Pepper wasn't sure how she should feel about the once-evil-villain following behind her at such a close proximity. There was a part of her that was still scared/nervous around him, another part that was just really curious about how this whole thing was going to go, and one last part of her (a part that makes more appearances in her head than one would think: her inner-Tony) that was giggling about Loki "coming out of the closet," so to speak.

It was silent as she made the coffee, seeing as how she didn't know where to begin and he seemed reluctant to tell her anything, really. When she finally had the coffee made and in mugs for the both of then, Pepper realized she could no longer stall, and sighed.

"So, what is this about?" Pepper asked the god, getting straight to the point.

Loki mumbled something in response, "Darcy" being the only thing she managed to catch.

"I'm sorry, could you repeat that? Without the mumbling, this time. Enunciate."

Loki breathed in deeply, "Darcy kissed me."

Pepper raised a slender eyebrow, not seeing why that would be a big deal. "Yes, and? Your point?"

"W-what, what do you mean "my point?" She. Kissed. Me." Loki sputtered, and Pepper had to stifle a laugh at just how out of character he was acting.

"I was under the impression that couples did that all the time," she said sarcastically, inner-Tony deciding to pipe in. "What do you guys do on Asgard? Sniff each other's fingertips?"

"Couple?" Loki practically squeaked, and inside Pepper was just about dying from laughter. But, being the collected woman she was, she was able to keep that from showing on her face. Mostly. "Darcy and I are not "dating," as you mortals call it."

That actually caused Pepper to pause in genuine confusion. "Are you sure?"

"Yes, I am sure," he told her as if he thought she was stupid for even asking.

"Oh, well, that's... Odd."

"Odd, how?"

"You two just seemed so close... And you act so... I just assumed..."

"You know what they say about assuming," he snapped, seeming more like himself.

"Okay, fine, but I still don't know what the problem here is. Darcy kissed you. Did you not want her to?"

"It is not that-"

"Was she bad at it?"

"No, she was actually-"

"Were you bad at it?"

"What? Of course not-"

"Then there really shouldn't be a problem, and you really shouldn't go hide in my closet for nothing."

"But there is a problem," Loki groaned. "What am I supposed to do now? Everything will be different now."

"Not necessarily," she said slowly. "Tony and I are still practically the same towards each other as we were before we started dating. We're just a little more intimate. Or a lot more."

"I still don't understand. How am I supposed to do this? I have yet to grow accustomed to the way things work here on Midgard."

"I don't think you really have to. Besides, you two already acted like you were together before all of this, so just keep going the way you always did. Just remember to show her you care, and you'll be fine."

Loki sat there for a while, quietly sipping his coffee, deep in thought. Deciding it would be kind of rude to just leave him here alone at the kitchen table when he might need to talk more, Pepper busied herself with staring at the reflections of light from his armor to the wall that would move whenever he shifted.

"You are a very wise woman, Miss Potts," Loki said suddenly, slight smile on his face.

"Thank you," she responded, smiling at him in kind.

"No, thank you. I see now why Tony thinks so highly of you. You are so "out of his league."" He told her, smile transforming into a smirk.

Pepper laughed, but said in mock-arrogance that made her sound suspiciously like Tony, "Tell me something I don't know."

Loki chuckled. "Goodbye, Miss Potts. It was very...insightful."

"Anytime, Loki. Anytime," Pepper said, surprised that she meant it.


AN: So there we have Pepper. Sorry if she seemed OOC to you, but this is just how I imagine how her brain works. I mean, no one can spend that much time with Tony and not develop their very own inner-Tony. Anyway, I also apologize if, for some reason, you don't like the advice she gave Loki. I've just always loved relationships where the two involved are, first and foremost, best friends. You know, they can tell each other anything, just sit around and have fun, and can just have fun doing anything. It doesn't always have to be romantic and sexual, but they just genuinely enjoy each other's company. Loki and Darcy already had that kind of relationship, it's jut now there's a reason for them to be more intimate with each other.

Anyway, Valentine's is coming up! I just have no idea what to do with it in this story... Eh, I'm sure I'll think of something.