Darn hyu amazing people! XP What with the ridiculously incredible support I received, I really had no choice but to write this chapter! And the entire time I was writing it I was thinking, "thissucksthissucksthissucksthissucks" - but I really, really, REALLY hope it doesn't and that you all enjoy it, and that it is a satisfying conclusion to this story!

They did indeed wait until the day of the gig to inform the Captain about it, and though it was Thor's task, the rest of the Avengers were there as moral support, as well as Loki, who was there to make things difficult for Thor by making funny faces at him when he was trying to speak.

But as it turned out, Steve didn't throw a fit.

He merely said, "You do realize that the Avengers throwing a gig is just a huge invitation for villains to come looking for trouble and endanger civilians?"

"Oh pshhh villains," Tony snorted. "They can go fuck themselves. It's like we couldn't handle them—and for one thing, have there been any villain attacks since New York? No? Good, 'cause I don't remember any. We probably terrified them all. And two, we have Loki now."

"So what?" Clint asked, earning himself a glare from said Mischief God.

"I have magic," Loki answered. "And an army of fans."

"Right," Clint said sarcastically, earning himself a punch in the arm from Loki.

Clint's eyes widened comically as he clutched his arm. "Did the Norse God of Mischief just bropunch me?!"

"You should be honored," Loki said dryly, though his lips quirked in amusement.

"So, if we do this gig," Steve interrupted the exchange, bringing them all back to the point of the conversation they were having, "I have one condition."

"And what's that, Capsicle?" Tony asked from where he was sitting on the couch, kicking his feet up on the coffee table, almost knocking off Loki's glass of water.

This earned him a glare from the Mischief God.

"No depressing songs," Steve said. He crossed his arms, looking at Loki especially, who they all knew had a dark taste in music. "We are the Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and therefore rolemodels, and we will only play uplifting songs."

There was a moment of silence as nobody protested.

"Fair enough," Tony shrugged. "But before we figure out our track list, we need to figure out our band name."

"What's wrong with 'The Avengers'?" Clint asked.

"I am technically not an Avenger," Loki pointed out.

"Alright," Clint conceded, brow creasing as he mulled over possibilities for a split second. "How about 'Loki and The Avengers,' then? Kind of like 'Florence and The Machine.'"

Loki grinned. "I'm cool with that. And I am your vocalist, so it makes sense to have my name first."

"I don't have anything better," Natasha shrugged.

"Works," Steve nodded.

"Accurate, and it won't confuse fans," Bruce agreed.

"I THINK THIS IS AN EXCELLENT IDEA!" Thor declared loudly, making everybody, including Loki (who should be used to his brother's loud tone by now), cover their ears.

"No need to yell, ya foghorn," Tony grumbled at the Thunder God. "And that figuring out a name thing was waaaaaaaay too easy. Jarvis?"

Yes, Sir.

"Hit the Easy Button!"

That was easy.

"Thank you, Jarvis," Tony grinned, looking around at everyone with a grin, only to receive confused or blank expressions. "Oh come on!" he huffed, "Don't tell me you guys don't know what an Easy Button is!"

Not meriting that with a reply, Steve said, "Right, well, we've got our band name. Now—"

"Wait! I feel inclined to provide some argument since that was too easy!" Tony interjected, raising a finger as an idea came to him. "We could be: 'Nick Fury's Top Secret Boy Band.' He'd love that!"

Loki and Clint cackled appreciatively.

Natasha's lips quirked.

Bruce sighed.

Thor just looked confused.

Steve said, "No."

"Aww Grandpa, you're no fun," Tony whined, before his eyes widened and he dove off the sofa to avoid the huge panda plushy Steve had picked up from its place in the corner of the room and thrown at the billionaire.

The panda landed on the couch, and Tony landed on the floor.

"He threw a panda at me!" Tony said indignantly, pointing an accusing finger at Steve. "Captain America threw a panda at me!"

"YOLO," Steve said, smirking.

Tony's jaw dropped, and everybody else burst out laughing.

"Who integrated Capsicle into the twenty-first century when I wasn't looking?!" Tony demanded, glaring around in accusation, only to realize that nobody was in any state to answer.

Clint was rolling on the floor and clutching his sides, Loki was crying with mirth, Thor was guffawing thunderously, Natasha was doubled over with her arms around her stomach, Bruce was chortling so hard his glasses were rattling on the bridge of his nose, and Steve was honest to god chuckling.

"It's not funny!" Tony said, huffing as he got to his feet, but as he glanced around at their laughing faces, looking at the huge panda bear taking up the couch and then at Steve's grinning face, a grin cracked across his own. "Alright," he amended, "It was pretty funny. But let's get back to the track list, huh? And Loki, did you write that song?"

Loki nodded silently, still laughing as he wiped his eyes, his hand coming away wet. He was laughing so hard he wasn't making any noise.

"Okay guys, you really need to calm down," Tony said, "Focus here."

This only seemed to make them laugh worse.

Tony crossed his arms and tried glaring, but it kept cracking into a smile. "Alright," he tried, "Stop laughing or I will throw the bigass panda at you all."

That definitely made their laughing worse.

And well, laughing was contagious, and by that time Tony was shaking enough from laughter himself he probably couldn't have picked up the panda if he tried.

Tony had done an stupendous job of advertising their gig, and the amphitheater at the park was teeming with ecstatic fans, the air buzzing with their energy and chatter.

To avoid having to make their way past hoards of fans, Loki teleported himself and the Avengers straight onto the stage, which had been set up with their instruments and sound equipment.

As soon as Loki and the Avengers appeared in a puff of wispy green smoke, all wearing their Avenger uniforms (except for Tony and Loki, who were wearing nice suits, Loki with a green scarf as well) the crowd went wild, fans screaming and jumping up and down, many of them wearing their Loki or various Avenger costumes from Halloween a few days previous.

The Avengers began checking their instruments, making sure they were in tune, while Loki walked up to the microphone.

He tapped it with a finger. "Check, check," he spoke into it, checking to see if it was working.

His voice was projected throughout the amphitheater, causing the fans to scream louder.

Loki held a finger to his lips. "Shhhhh," he said into the microphone.

A hush fell over the crowd with eerie speed.

Loki grinned, sharp but charming. "We would like to thank you all for coming," he spoke. "Especially on such short notice—and believe me, you all heard about this gig before we did. It was one of Stark's impromptu ideas, and we had less than three days to prepare."

Laughter rippled through the crowd.

"That being said, most of the songs we'll be playing are covers of other artists," Loki continued. "And disclaimer: we don't own them. Although Stark could probably buy the copyrights if he wanted to."

More laughter.

Loki, for his part, seemed to be genuinely enjoying being the center of attention as he strut across the stage with microphone, speaking to the audience.

"Now," he said, coming to a stop in the center of the stage and turning to face them. "Who's excited to be here?"

The crowd roared.

"Who's excited to be here?!" Loki asked again.

The crowd roared.

"Who's excited to be here?!" Loki demanded.

The crowd ROARED, and Loki grinned.

"It appears," he mused, "That we have an army. Now, Avengers," he said, turning his back on the audience. "Are we ready?"

"Aye," Thor said, drumsticks at the ready in his huge hands.

"Hell yeah!" Clint said, left hand on his purple guitar's neck, right hand holding a silver pick between his fingers.

"More ready than you are, pal," Tony said with a smirk. He'd decided to let Clint have the guitar parts to himself, as he did not want to have to split a part with an assassin in a pink suit (Clint insisted it wasn't pink, but Tony insisted it was), and had instead declared himself master DJ of the techno beats.

Steve's fingers were poised at the neck of his patriotic bass, his right hand holding a star-spangled pic. "Good to go," he said.

"Ready," said Bruce, fingers eagerly waiting, just brushing the surface of his piano keys.

Natasha said nothing, just brought her violin up to her chin and placed her bow atop the strings.

"Good," Loki said, turning back to the crowd. "The first song we will be covering is 'I Can Walk On Water I Can Fly' by Basshunter." Lifting a hand, and holding up each number as he said it. "One two three four!"

The Avengers started playing, and after a moment into the music Loki started singing.

"La, la laaaaaa la la laaa la la, laaa la la la la looo la la

La, la laaaaaa la la laaa la la, laaa la la la la looo la la"

Loki sang, nodding his head to the fast techno beat. Even though the original song was pure techno, the Avengers' cover was an instrumental version.

"I will never be afraid again.
I will keep on fighting 'till the end.
I can walk on water, I can fly.
I will keep on fighting 'till I die."

Loki sang, striding across the stage.

"I will never be afraid again.
I will keep on fighting 'till the end.
I can walk on water, I can fly.
I will keep on fighting 'till I die.

He stood there a moment with a wide stance, arms spread in a low V, before he started dancing, moving his feet and arms and hips.

"La, la laaaaaa la la laaa la la, laaa la la la la looo la la

La, la laaaaaa la la laaa la la, laaa la la la la looo la la"

The crowd was going insane, and when the chorus came up again they began singing along.

"I will never be afraid again.
I will keep on fighting 'till the end.
I can walk on water, I can fly.
I will keep on fighting 'till I die."

Loki spun to a stop, removing the microphone from before his lips to point it at the crowds, gesturing for them to singing louder.

They did.

"I will never be afraid again.
I will keep on fighting 'till the end.
I can walk on water, I can fly.
I will keep on fighting 'till I die.

Bringing the microphone back to his lips, Loki finished the song with:

"La, la laaaaaa la la laaa la la, laaa la la la la looo la la."

Loki took a bow as the fans clapped and cheered. He looked up, grinning hugely, showing teeth.

"The next song we'll be playing for you is 'Live To Rise' by Soundgarden," he murmured into the mic, and no sooner had he said it the bass and guitar started, followed closely by the drums.

The original song didn't have piano or violin, but that didn't stop Bruce and Natasha from playing.

"What if all you understand
Could fit into the center of our hand?
Then you found it wasn't you
Who held the sum of everything you knew"

Loki sang, opening a palm and then furling his long fingers in one by one.

"We're insane but not alone,
You hold on and let go"

He clenched the hand into a fist, then opened it again, sweeping it over his head like the sun across the sky as he sang,

"Like the sun we will live to rise
Like the sun we will live and die and then ignite again
Like the sun we will live to rise again"

Loki began wandering around the stage, pausing to do such things as ruffling Tony's hair or punch Thor in the shoulder.

"What if the one thing that I missed
Was everything I need to pass the test?
And if I fail what happens then?
Can I still count on you as a friend?"

He widened his green eyes.

"We're insane but not alone,
You hold on and let go"

As he sang this, Loki raised his hand up, then lowered it as he sank to his knees.

"Like the sun we will live to rise
Like the sun we will live and die and then ignite again
Like the sun we will live to rise again, again, again, again."

Loki rose back to his feet, looking out with his most earnest expression.

He held the microphone in his right hand, while his left came up to rest against his cheek.

"Warm my face
Warm your face
Warm my face
Warm your face
Warm my face
Warm your face
Warm my face
Warm your face
Warm my face
Warm your face"

He let his hand trail down his neck.

"Like the sun we will live to rise
Like the sun we will live and die and then ignite again"

Loki sang, pointing the microphone at the audience, urging them to sing louder.

"Like the sun we will live to rise
Like the sun we will live and die and then ignite again
Like the sun we will live to rise again, again."

He brought it back to his lips for the last word, letting it leave his lips and linger before trailing into nothingness.

When the crowd cheered and applauded, Loki mused that maybe he was enjoying the attention too much. Because he really was enjoying it.

"Now," he said, once the audience had calmed down, "The other Avengers and I have prepared a a little surprise for our dear Captain America..."

Steve's blue eyes went comically wide as the drum started up, and Bruce pulled a trumpet out from beneath his piano and started playing it, and the other Avengers grabbed various orchestral instruments seemingly from nowhere.

When Loki began singing, Steve covered his face with both his hands, trying to hide his embarrassment.

"Who's strong and brave, here to save the American Way?"

Loki sang, grinning with mischievous delight.

"Who vows to fight like a man for what's right night and day?

Who will campaign door-to-door for America,

Carry the flag shore to shore for America,

From Hoboken to Spokane,

The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!"

"Tony," Steve mumbled through his hands, "As soon as this gig is over, I am going to strangle you."

"Hey, why are you assuming it was my idea?" Tony protested, able to talk because he was playing a string instrument. He didn't deny the accusation though. "Strangling isn't very nice, Captain."

But when Steve peeked through his fingers, Tony was grinning at him in a cheeky way that said that Tony was fully enjoying this. "But if you do strangle me," Tony added, "Just make sure you let me put on the Iron Man suit first."

"We can't ignore there's a threat and a war we must win,

Who'll hang a noose on the goose-stepping goons from Berlin?"

Loki sang, marching across the stage with a copy of Cap's original shield he had apparently fabricated from thin air.

"Who will redeem, head the call for America,

Who'll rise or fall, give his all for America,

Who's here to prove that we can?

The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!"

Loki gestured at Steve with his shield, singing through his grin.

"Stalwart and steady and true,

(see how this guy can shoot, we tell ya, there's no substitute!)

Forceful and ready to defend the

Red, White, and Blue!"

Finally tired of Steve hiding, Loki walked over to the man and forcefully pried his hands from his face, pressing the shield into his hands.

'I hate you' Steve mouthed at him.

Loki just patted the supersoldier on the back as he continued singing.

"Who'll give the Axis the sack, and is smart as a fox?

(far as an eagle will soar)

Who's making Adolph afraid to step out of his box?

(He knows what we're fighting for!)

Who waked the giant that napped in America?

We know it's no-one but Captain America,

Who'll finish what they began?

Who'll kick the Krauts to Japan?"

As the song wrapped up, Loki and the other Avengers dropped to their knees and all gestured grandly at Steve, and Loki finished with a drawn out:

"The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!"

Steve just stood there for a moment with his arms crossed as the audience of fans screamed and cheered and jumped up and down and just generally went crazy.

When they began quieting, he walked over and took the microphone from Loki's hands.

"Well," he said, giving a simper that had some fangirls fainting, "I guess I'll have to find some way to get them back for that."

Judging by the crowd's screams, they rather liked that idea.

"So," Steve continued, turning his back to the audience to give Tony his most impish grin, "What do you all say we play the song 'I Am Iron Man' by Black Sabbath?"

The response to this idea was so phenomenal that Loki and all the Avengers had to literally cover their ears, despite the fact that they were all wearing earplugs anyway, so they wouldn't be deafened by the way too loud volume that seemed to be an integral part of music gigs.

"Oh come on!" Tony protested once the din had died down. "That song isn't even accurate! At all! I cannot decide whether to feel flattered by its existence, or absolutely appalled and insulted."

But, unfortunately for him, Loki and the other Avengers seemed to like the idea just as much as the fans, as they all scrambled for their instruments, and Loki took the microphone from Steve so the supersoldier could return to his bass.

The bass and guitar started loud and strong, and Loki held the microphone out for Tony, raising an expectant eyebrow.

Tony sighed, but he obliged with a growled, "I. Am. Iron Man."

Loki pulled the microphone back, beginning to sing.

"Has he lost his mind?
Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all,
Or if he moves will he fall?
Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?
We'll just pass him there
why should we even care?"

Loki patted Tony on the shoulder and gave him a wolfish grin, to which Tony rolled his dark brown eyes, and instead of pulling away like Loki had expected, leaned into the god and drew him into a one-armed hug.

For some reason, this made the fans go completely wild.

"I know ya care, Rudolph," Tony said with a smirk.

Loki poked him.

"He was turned to steel
in the great magnetic field
When he traveled time
for the future of mankind"

Loki sang, as he pulled away from Tony and danced away as the billionaire made a grab for the microphone.

"Nobody wants him
He just stares at the world
Planning his vengeance
that he will soon unfurl"

"Get back here, you Lockster!" Tony grumbled, beginning to chase the Mischief God around the stage, much to the delight of the crowd.

Taunting him by hiding behind Thor and his drum set, Loki continued singing with an infuriating smile his face.

"Now the time is here
for Iron Man to spread fear
Vengeance from the grave
Kills the people he once saved"

At this point Tony literally threw himself over Thor's drum set, knocking over one of the cymbals, to wrench the microphone from Loki's hands.

Thor glared at him, but kept drumming nonetheless.

"Fore the record," Tony stated into the microphone, "None of this song is true. This is all completely—"

Loki stole the microphone back, laughing and sprinting over to hide behind Natasha.

"Oh, that's playing nasty," Tony complained, as he got to his feet and crossed his arms, eying the assassin warily.

One of her red eyebrows raised, and her lips quirked up in a smirk.

"Nobody wants him
They just turn their heads
Nobody helps him
Now he has his revenge"

Loki sang, still grinning infuriatingly.

Growling, Tony turned on Steve, since the supersoldier wasn't hiding behind the most dangerous woman in the world.

Steve was also grinning infuriatingly at him.

"Heavy boots of lead
fills his victims full of dread
Running as fast as they can
Iron Man lives again!"

Loki finished singing, though the music continued on.

"Steve," Tony said seriously as he strode up to the Captain, "Make Loki give me the microphone."

"No need," Loki said, appearing from seemingly nowhere right next to them and handing the microphone to Tony. "Knock yourself out."

Tony grabbed the microphone, giving them both a glare as he spoke into the mic, "First of all, that was totally unfair, because—damn it I can't believe I'm saying this, but—Cap's song was actually true, in some ways at least, while that song about me actually has no basis in fact. At all."

Leaning forward to speak into the mic, Steve said, "Yeah, because you know we all do want you."

This made the crowd go NUTS, and made Tony groan loudly and smack himself in the face.

"What?" Steve asked, genuinely confused as he looked between Tony and Loki and the audience. "What did I say?"

At this close proximity,t he microphone picked up all of their voices.

"For one thing, you are way too sentimental," Loki said, smirking large enough to actually show teeth. "And secondly, did you know that Stony is the most popular pairing in the Avengers fandom on ?"

"What?" Steve asked, eyebrows furrowed in absolute befuddlement. "What does that mean?"

"It means," Tony said slowly, "That you just made us sound gay."

This just managed to make Steve even more bewildered, if that was even possible.

"And," Tony said, turning to the loudly fangirling audience, "For the record, Steve and I are not involved in that way. I am actually in a committed relationship with my girlfriend Pepper right now..."

Loki snatched the microphone from his hands, addressing the squealing girls in the crowd with, "Alright, that is quite enough of that. You are all so horribly petty and pathetic. And pairing me with Thor? Are you kidding me?! He's my goddamn brother!"

This last statement caused Thor to grin hugely, despite the fact that he hadn't explored the internet too much and thus had pretty much no clue what was going on.

"Anyways, you ridiculous mortals," Loki continued, "We have one last song prepared for you tonight, and it's actually by us, and not a cover. Or rather, by me, as I wrote this early this morning, and we didn't have any time to practice, so this will literally be our first time performing this song together, hence the fact that everyone is reading music sheets," Loki smirked, waving a hand to indicate the papers the Avengers were setting up where they could read them and play at the same time. "Luckily, the lot of us are musical geniuses, so we should rock this."

Loki took a glance around stage to make sure everybody was ready, before he declared, "Hit it, Avengers!"

And they did.

The song started off slow, with a tremble of violin, slow quiet drums, and a burble of piano. Then the guitar and bass thrummed in. And then came the tecno, computerized sound as Tony played with his special devices.

As the song progressed, the Avengers picked up the speed and energy of their playing, giving a feeling of rising action, like something was going to happen.

Absolutely, completely silent, the crowd waited with baited breath.

Eyes were on Loki to see if he would start singing. He didn't.

Instead, he just stood there looking down at his feet, one boot tapping along, nodding his head to the beat, dark hair falling into his face.

They waited and waited, and the music picked up further and further, accelerating heartbeats with anticipation till people felt about ready to have a heart attack, and the Avengers were playing their instruments as hard as they could, they all stopped playing.

And in the absolute silence, Loki lifted his face and screamed, "AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!"

And then all the Avengers picked up the music again, strong as before for a few moments, before the song ended in one last energetic burst of their instruments.

The song ended, and everything was silent.

Everybody in the amphitheater was staring at Loki.

For, as the song had progressed, blue had been creeping up from Loki's fingers, unseen beneath his clothes until it crept over his face, and when he looked up everyone had seen his blue skin and glowing red eyes.

He hadn't even noticed, until the song ended and everything was so, so quiet, and he could feel all the eyes on him.

His eyebrows furrowed, and he glanced down at himself, only to see that his hands were blue. Alarmed, his red eyes glanced around, wide and panicked, and he looked as if he was about to bolt when suddenly the crowd started cheering, hollering and hooting and clapping louder than ever.

Bewildered, Loki blinked green-turning eyes, the blue fading receding from his features.

"GROUP HUG!" Tony declared out of nowhere, running over and nearly tackling the god, and all the other Avengers quickly followed suit, and Loki found himself in the center of a huge group hug of the people who had once been his enemies.

But the weren't his enemies now, were they? They were... friends.

Thor was grinning at him with that huge, blinding golden smile, Tony and Clint were laughing, Natasha was smiling and Bruce was chuckling despite himself and Steve was saying, "Great job, you guys."

And then Clint was declaring that, "That was totally epic! You go, Lokes!"

In the background the fans were still thundering their cheers and applause, but the din was pushed to the background as the Avengers grinned and laughed enveloped in everybody else's arms.

"Sentiment," Loki murmured, though he couldn't help the huge grin that spread across his face. And it wasn't a smirk—it was a genuine grin, holding none of his usual wryness or mockery.

Maybe they should perform more of these gigs.

THE END. FINALLY. *sigh of relief* (And if anybody so much as insinuates at a sequel to this, they will virtually get a huge virtual panda plushy thrown at them and be told that NO it is NOT happening XP)

Wasn't sure how to describe it, but when Loki was dancing, imagine him dancing like Tom Hiddleston. Because Tom is an incredible dancer, OMG.

Idea for the mushy ending, with Loki turning Frost Giant and then the group hug, with thanks to the suggestion by Lady Frost the warrior.

(By the way, Coulson is alive. I don't think I ever mentioned him in the story, but he's alive XD)

And my jabs at FanFiction were not meant to be rude in any way - but since all pairings in this story are generic, I figured that if these versions of the characters got a look at FF... well, you know ;P

And again, I am really absolutely no good with anything relating to music, as you can probably tell with my failed attempts at describing it XD So we'll just pretend that Loki's song was awesome, alright? XP And I wanted it to be sort of... anticlimatic, in a way, with the waiting and waiting for lyrics and then having the only lyrics in the entire song being two words, kind of like the shawarma scene at the end of Avengers when you're just waiting and waiting and then... nothing really happens XD

And just, I would like to thank you all for being absolutely stunningly supportive of this story. It has blown me away, seriously.

Final thoughts?