A/n. well here we are at the end of this story. I am feeling quite a loss, but at the same time very happy. It turned out exactly as I had hoped, and planned.
For anyone feeling too sad, don't. This is not the end to Lucy, and Loki's story. Only the end to this part. If you haven't already, and are interested in more, follow me as an author. Part two of the story will probably start pretty soon. If you are a guest to the site, (like my amazing last reviewer) just peek back at my profile in a week or so.
My apologies to Frostfire, I hope you can forgive me for not going into details about the hunt. I felt like it was time to finish this tale, so I can start on the next part.
Thank you. Every single one of you. Writing this story is one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. And I am so grateful for every nice word, and every person that took the time to read it.
I love you all. Stick around folks, part two is coming...
Loki was at a perfect place in his life. Isn't that when the surprises usually take place?
I woke to an empty bed. I stretched, and looked around, but didn't see her anywhere. She had been having trouble sleeping the last week. The baby was very active, and her back had been hurting. Usually when I woke up alone, it meant she couldn't sleep and was out walking, or she got tired of her back hurting, and had moved to sleep in the chair in the library.
I smiled as I was sure she was up, we were heading back to Midgard today, and she was very excited. We planned on staying for about a month, and then coming home to make final preparations for the baby.
I got up to get ready, and called to her. 'Are you awake?'
'Good morning! Yes, I am up. Sorry, I have been in the garden, I'll be right there.'
She spent a lot of time there, she said the baby liked it. It was quite amazing how she used her abilities to feel its emotions already. She did claim it was temperamental though. She said that one moment she would get one strong feeling, and then a moment later, it would be something completely different. It was no wonder she didn't sleep anymore.
I was in the shower when I heard her call that she was back. When I got out she was standing sideways in front of the mirror, looking at her belly.
"Seriously? You don't think it's weird that I am so huge already?"
We had been over this a hundred times in the last couple of weeks. While it was true, she was looking very pregnant, it wasn't anything anyone was concerned about. Except Lucy.
"I know your mother and the doctor keep telling me it's impossible, but what if it totally is a giant baby."
I sat on the bathroom counter wrapped in a towel running my hands through my hair. "Lucy, it is NOT a giant baby. I promise. You are just very small, even a normal sized baby will be large in your tiny body. But today we will find out everything it is you want to know. Are you ready to go?"
"More ready than you are, unless you are planning on traveling naked today."
I jumped down off the counter and headed for the closet. "You would like that, wouldn't you?" I said over my shoulder at her.
"Don't you start flirting with me Loki Odinson. We don't have time for your shenanigans today."
I opted for Midgard clothes, as I pulled on some black pants, and took a long sleeved white shirt from the closet. I went back to where she stood, holding the shirt in my hands. "There is always time for my shenanigans Lucy." I leaned down and kissed her on the neck.
She pushed me back laughing, "not today! Let's go, I am too nervous and excited to wait any longer. I have been up since sunrise."
She looked at my outfit as I was putting on my shoes. "Crap, none of my normal clothes there are going to fit me."
"Then it gives Pepper a reason to take you shopping." I stood and reached for her hand. "Ready?"
When we arrived she hailed a taxi, and had it take us to the SHIELD office. She used the credit card Tony had given her when she worked for him, and thanked the driver as he pulled away.
We entered the building, and she nodded at the receptionist, and headed for the elevators. "I think I want to stop and see Phil before we go to the doctor."
"Of course." I held her tightly to my side as we walked through the busy floor, towards Phil's office.
We were causing a bit of commotion. Everyone stopping to look at us as we passed. Some recognized her, and some just looked at us suspiciously. I was glad when we reached his office, there were too many people staring at us.
She didn't even knock, before the door opened, and there he stood. He stepped forward and pulled her into his arms, resting his chin on the top of her head, and reaching out to shake my hand at the same time.
He didn't even look around himself, even though every eye in the room was on us. He just said in a loud voice. "What the hell are you all standing around for people? Haven't you got work to do?" And pulled us into the office.
"I had a feeling it might be you, when the receptionist sent out a warning that two people she didn't recognize entered the building without clearance. She described you as a tall skinny guy with black hair, and a pregnant redhead. For some reason, that made me think of you."
She laughed, "oh my gosh, I didn't even think. I just walked in, like I used to. She probably thought I was smuggling in a bomb or something."
"Are you all together sure that you aren't?" He reached down and rubbed her belly.
"Right? I'm huge, I know."
He pulled his chair around the desk for her, and motioned for me to sit on the couch. He leaned up against his desk, "so today is the big day then, huh? Little Coul is going to be official."
"Maybe, I guess we will know soon enough."
"How are you doing?" He asked her, it was plain to see his concern, even though he was trying to hide it.
"I'm good! A bit tired, and a little more pregnant than I was expecting this early, but I'm good."
He looked around her at me. "How is she doing?"
"She doesn't sleep very well anymore. But other than that, I would agree with her. She is doing very well. I'm proud of her."
She huffed, "I'm literally right here. Don't talk about me like I can't hear you."
"Guess her crankiness hasn't improved then huh?" He looked around her at me again.
She got to her feet and punched him in the arm. "Shut up you. Come upstairs with us, you can be the first to know what the baby is. Well besides Odin I guess."
"I can't, I have a job Luce. And I'm very important around here, you know. But you better come back and tell me, before you tell Stark." He pointed at her as he said the part about Stark, to make the point that he wasn't kidding.
"I wouldn't dream of telling anyone else first." She stood on her tiptoes and kissed him on the cheek.
He reached behind her and tugged on her ponytail. "Good luck. I'll make sure everyone knows you aren't a security risk, so you don't get tackled getting on the elevator."
"Thank you." I said and watched as he picked up his phone as we left.
We got back in the elevator, and she was nervous when the door opened. "I hope she still remembers me. Phil was supposed to tell her we would be coming at some point." She was looking at a woman in scrubs and a white coat, who was filling out paperwork in a medical office.
She tapped on the open door, "Dr. Thomas?"
The woman looked up, and smiled. "Lucy! I had been told you would be coming to see me! Come in, is today the day then?"
"Yes Dr. Thomas. If you have time, I mean."
The woman smiled at her, "I will make time, for something this exciting." She then looked over at me, and gave me a small smile. I made her nervous, I could tell.
Lucy realized the woman had not met me, "oh, I'm sorry. This is my husband Loki."
I stuck my hand out, and she tentatively placed her hand in mine. I spoke calmly, in hopes of showing her I was not a threat. "It is nice to meet you. Lucy has told me how very nice you were to her when she got here. Thank you for that."
She seemed to relax a little, it made me wonder what people here really thought of me. "Well Lucy is a special woman. Her gifts are quite miraculous. Now, let's go and do this ultrasound shall we?"
Lucy laid on the table as the doctor ran the machine over her stomach. I had never seen anything like it before. I stared in fascination at the monitor, as the pictures of our baby started to appear.
The doctor watched the monitor, and kept pausing it to make small notes. She was moving it around on Lucy's side, when she paused.
"Huh." It was all she said.
Lucy looked at her with fear in her eyes. "You are surprised. Why are you surprised? Is it a giant? Oh my gosh, I knew it." She looked at me in panic. "I told you so! Something is wrong, am I right?"
The doctor smiled, and placed her hand on Lucy's shoulder. "Calm down Lucy. Everything is more than alright. Tell me, did you have names picked out?"
Lucy looked at her in disbelief. "You are asking me about names?"
I took Lucy's hand, "yes Dr. Thomas, Lucy picked out a boys name, and I picked out a girls name, can you tell us why you ask?"
She had a big smile on her face. "Because it looks like you both get your choice. It is twins Lucy, there is one boy, and one girl. Congratulations."
Lucy must have had some kind of hearing problem, she could have sworn she heard the word "twins".
"I'm sorry, what did you say?" Surely I had heard her wrong. I looked up at Loki. "What did she say?"
He looked down at me. "Twins Lucy, she said we are having twins."
The doctor proceeded to show us, two heartbeats, two heads, four arms, and four legs. This was crazy! And yet it explained so much. The confusion I had, every time I tried to read the baby's emotions, and me being so pregnant so soon.
Loki sat with absolute wonder on his face as she showed us everything in detail. And then she printed pictures of the babies for us to take with us. I just sort of kept smiling, and talking to myself. Don't freak out. Don't freak out. Keep it together Lucy.
When she finally sent us on our way, we stood on the elevator in silence. "Is this happening?"
Loki looked down at me, "we need to get out of here for a moment." He wrapped his arms around me, and we reappeared near the helipad on the roof.
I walked over toward the edge, and looked out at the city. He stood next to me, I looked over to see him looking intently at the sonogram pictures she had given us.
He smiled, "look Lucy, this one looks to be sucking it's thumb." He handed me the paper, and my hand shook as I took it.
The ultrasound machine here must have been top of the line. These weren't some garbled black and white pixelated images, that kind of resembled babies. They were babies. I looked at the picture, to see that he was right, it did look like its thumb was in its mouth. I turned it over to see the printing on the back, "baby boy 'Coul' Odinson".
I touched his little face. "Holy crap Loki. This really is happening."
He laughed, and pulled me into his arms. "Yes Lucy. It is, and I cannot wait to see what they look like when they get here. Look at this one," he handed me the other paper. "She almost looks like her ears might be pointed."
I couldn't help but smile, his excitement was contagious. "Pointed ears? I guess she will have to have long hair, to hide them."
"Hide them? Why would we do that? Even if they are both born blue, I wouldn't hide it, it is who we are."
"Yes love, it is who we are. But if we plan on them spending time in both realms, it might be a bit more obvious they are not from around here, if they are blue, and have pointy ears."
"Yes, I see your point. Well, not to worry, that is what magic is for right?" He was so cute when he was excited about something. He looked at me and saw me smiling at him.
"You are happy about this, right Lucy?"
I nodded my head, and was surprised to realize, that yes, I was excited. "I am totally overwhelmed, and more than a bit afraid, but yes, I am very happy."
He pulled me to him, and kissed me. I had a sudden thought, "where are we going to live!? There won't be room for four of us in my little room!"
Loki laughed at me, "Lucy, do you not remember that we live in a palace? Trust me, we will get new quarters, and there will be more than enough room."
"But my library." It was totally selfish, but I loved that room. And I loved that it was something Loki had made, just for me.
He kissed my head, "I will move every book myself to a brand new library in our new home. If that will make you feel better?"
"You spoil me too much, you know."
He smiled at me, "yes well, I cannot seem to help myself. Now we should probably return to Phil, before he thinks we left without telling him. Are you ready?"
I looked down at the picture in my hand again. His words ringing in my ears, was I ready? I saw Coul's tiny face, his tiny hands. I thought of Astryd's tiny pointed ears. Yes. I was absolutely ready.
We stood side by side in front of all of our friends, and family. Tony had thrown together a last minute party, so that we could make our big announcement. Phil sat in the corner. Leaning back in his chair, his arms folded across his chest. He was trying to be impassive, so no one could guess based on his actions. But I noticed a small smile, peeking through, now and again.
Loki had even traveled home, and brought Thor, Frigga, and Odin back with him. When they arrived, and Odin greeted me, I scolded him a bit. "You could have given me at least a little warning you know!" I whispered into his ear, as I poked him in his broad chest.
He smiled down at me, "yes, I suppose I could have." He patted me on the back. The twinkle in his eye was unmistakable. He was excited. It was funny to think of him as a grandpa, but it was nice to see him so genuinely happy.
Everyone quieted down as Loki cleared his throat. "Thank you for gathering so quickly. It is a testament to your friendship with Lucy and I, that you all joined us here." Almost everyone was there, even Natasha. Clint was away for work, but I was glad to see she joined us.
Bruce had taken to spending a lot of time working with Tony in the tower. He had been able to control things much better, and the Hulk, had not been seen since the attack on New York.
"Lucy and I are happy to tell you that everything with her pregnancy is going very well. I am very proud of how well she is doing." He looked down at me, and smiled.
"Quit stalling." Tony yelled from the back of the room.
Loki chuckled, he held up one sheet of the pictures. "It is a boy." Everyone cheered, and clapped. But quickly got quiet, when he held up the other sheet. "AND, a girl."
Silence. You could have heard a pin drop. Phil looked around the room, with a visible smirk. And Frigga's mouth hung open in surprise.
"Twins?" Pepper whispered.
I nodded, "yes, twins."
My new mother was the first to her feet. Tears ran down her face, as she rushed to me and wrapped her arms around me. "Oh my Lucy! And my boy!" She pulled Loki into her hug.
He chuckled as she refused to let us go. "Two babies! This is the most wonderful news. And it also explains much." She turned to Odin, and shook her finger at him.
Loki looked confused, so she explained. "Your father has been insisting on getting your new quarters ready all by himself. I figured we would just move Lucy into your room, but he was determined that you have something larger. I have not seen them myself, but I heard a rumor that there were at least five bedrooms."
I looked at Odin in surprise. "Five? We aren't having triplets are we?"
He shook his head, "no Lucy. But I knew you would want to move your library. And my grandchildren will need a lot of room to grow."
The room was an excited buzz now. Tony and Pepper moved through the room, giving everyone something to drink. Jane ran to my side, and begged to see the ultrasound pictures.
Steve went to Phil and pounded him on the back, "congratulations grandpa Coulson." Phil scowled up at him, and then couldn't help but smile.
Everyone was so happy and excited for us. Phil, and Jane both insisted they wanted to be in Asgard when the babies were born, so Thor promised to come and get them. Everyone else wanted to know how soon we would be back, so they could see them. The amount of love here was overwhelming.
Loki stood at my side, his arm wrapped tightly around me. "We have acquired quite a family here." He said looking around the room.
I turned and wrapped my arms around his waist, and looked up into his beautiful face. "Yes we have. I love you more than anything, you know that right?"
He lowered his head to mine. "Yes, I do know. And I am grateful for it everyday." He kissed me, and as he did so, every doubt or fear I had ever had, dissolved into pure happiness.
When the babies arrived they were healthy and absolutely perfect. True to his word, Thor retrieved Jane, and Phil. And besides Frigga and Odin, they were the first to meet the beautiful children.
Astryd had a large amount of her Father's black hair, and her mother's beautiful blue eyes. Her ears were a bit pointed at the top, and she was so fair, that in some lights she almost had a blue tint to her skin.
Coul had his father's eyes. Bright green, and absolutely curious. He took in everything around him in quiet meditation. He didn't have much hair, but what he did have, was red. Similar to his mother's but a few shades darker.
At four months old, the children made their first visit to Midgard. Their family there, was quite adamant that they were the most beautiful babies any of them had ever seen.
By their first birthday, both children were showing signs of having their mother's abilities. Using them to communicate with their parents, and each other.
Within weeks of their third birthday, Astryd was moving things with telekinesis. And Coul, was causing as much trouble as possible by conjuring snakes, just the way his father taught him.
Lucy and Loki truly had their hands full. And they couldn't have been happier.
Frigga and I were returning from the market. We had been spending more time out amongst the people lately.
We walked to her throne room, her arm linked through mine. "So tell me Lucy, how are the children's lessons going?"
"Very well actually. Loki is very proud." Loki had decided that we should train our children ourselves, instead of bringing on the tutors. He wanted as much time as possible with them.
"I can't believe how tall Coul is getting! He is going to be at least as tall as Loki."
I laughed, "he is only three. I am not so sure we can tell that quite yet."
"Ah, trust me Lucy, I raised Loki, remember?"
She opened the door to the throne room, and we both stopped and stared for a moment. Loki sat sideways in her throne, one leg thrown over the armrest. Coul stood behind his back, his arms wrapped around his Father's neck. His bright auburn hair standing on end. I couldn't get it to lay flat, so I had taken to just making it all stand up.
Astryd sat on Loki's lap, holding the book. Her long black hair fell into her face as she looked down at the pictures.
Loki was teaching his children from the Asgardian book that had been in our library, since Frigga gave it to me.
Frigga sniffled, and wiped her eyes. She kissed me on the forehead, and left the room.
I went to my family, fighting tears of my own. Loki smiled as I approached, and whispered to his daughter. "Make room for your mother Astryd."
She tucked her hair behind her pointed ear, as she slid over. I climbed up on Loki's lap. Pulling Astryd onto mine.
He continued reading, not even noticing the tears on my face. Astryd reached up and wiped them off. "Are you okay mommy?"
I held her closer to me. "Yes Astryd. Mommy is just very happy."
I looked at Loki, he smiled and kissed me. And then went back to the story.