Author Notes: Three chapters in a week, I'm proud of myself. Enjoy!
Chapter 14: Courting Chaos
Nick Fury called everyone to the meeting room where Agent Hill, Agent Coulson, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, Thor, Carol Danvers, T'Challa, and Harry and Morgan stood in the room watching Nick Fury integrate Loki.
"In case it's unclear, you so much as scratch that glass. You will fall thirty thousand feet straight down in a steel trap. You get how that works? Ant…" Nick Fury said as he gestures towards Loki before gesturing it towards the control panel. "Boot."
Loki chuckles as he backs away. "It's an impressive cage. Not built I think… for me."
"Built for something a lot stronger than you."
"Oh I've heard. A mindless beast, makes play he still a man. How desperate are you, that you would call on such lost creatures to defend you."
"How desperate am I? You threaten my world with war. You still a force you can't hope to control. You talk about peace but you kill because it's fun for you. You have made me very desperate. You might not be glad that you did."
"It burns you to have come so close. To have the Tesseract, to have power, unlimited power. And for what? A warm light for all mankind to share? Only to be reminded what real power is. Is that why you brought along the Seidhr?"
"Seidhr?" Nick Fury said.
"You don't know. I doubt they would be able to tell you. Ask my brother, he'll be able to explain, if he knows at all. He was never... the study type." Loki said.
"Then let me know if real power wants a magazine." Fury said as he walks out with his guards.
"He really has a way with people doesn't he?" Banner said.
"More like he has twisted logic." Harry replies.
"Loki's going to drag this out. So Thor, what's he's play?"
"He's got an army called the Chitauri. They're not of Asgard nor any world known. He means to lead them against your people. They will win him the Earth, in return… I suspect for the Tesseract." Thor answers.
"An army, from outer space." Steve Rogers says as if this was something he dreaded.
"So, he's building another portal. That's what he needs Eric Selvig for." Bruce said.
"Selvig?" Thor said.
"He's an astrophysicist." Bruce said.
"He's a friend." Thor replies.
A woman walks in the room with a look of shock on her face. She walks up to Thor and slaps him.
"I'm sorry, I've had a really strange day." She said.
"I understand." Thor replies.
SLAP; Thor's head snaps to the side and everyone look at her like she was insane to attack an Asgardian.
"Where were you?" She demanded.
"The Bifrost was destroyed; Asgard is still in the mist of repairing it." Thor replies.
"Can someone catch me up?" Harry said in confusion.
"This is Doctor Jane Foster, an Astrophysicist like her mentor Doctor Selvig." Maria Hill said. Jane Foster stood there looking at everyone. She seems to have suddenly melt into the background.
"I want to know how Loki manage to put Doctor Selvig under his control with some kind of spell, along with one of ours." Natasha replies. She looks at Harry and Morgan for a reply.
"There is a spell that allows one to control the minds of others. It is, highly illegal in our world with the punishment of life imprisonment if you are convicted of using it. However, the rules are a little bending here. Asgard Magic is much different than our own." Harry replies.
"Not necessary true. I have notice some similarities between our two kinds of magic. However, I do agree with Harry on that matter. Something else is at play here." Morgan replies.
"Explanation please." Steve said.
"To control another person requires not only the will to do so, but also a small sacrifice of your strength. However, one cannot control multiple subjects without weakening themselves. It is something not even the strongest wizard or witch would attempt to do." Morgan replies.
"What happens if he tries to over do it?" Bruce asks.
"He'll collapse from magical exhaustion, or die a slow death." Morgan replies.
"I want to know why Loki let us take him. He's not leading an army from here." Steve says.
"I don't think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy's brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him from a mile away." Bruce said.
"Take care how you speak of him. Loki may be beyond reason but he is of Asgard and he is my brother." Thor said in a aggressive tone.
"He's killed eighty people in just two days." Natasha said.
"He's adopted." Thor said weakly.
"I think it's about the mechanics. Iridium… why does Loki need Iridium for?" Banner said.
"It's a stabilizing agent." Tony said as he walks in. "It means that the portal won't collapse in on itself as it did at SHIELD." Tony said as he walks near Thor. "No hard feelings, Point Break, you've got a mean swing." Tony says as he pats Thor on the arm. "Also, it means the portal can open as wide and stay open as long as much as Loki wants." Tony replies. Maria Hill rolls her eyes at Tony's bravado. "Raise the mizzenmast, jib the topsails." Tony says to everyone in the room. Everyone stop what they were doing and stares at Tony. "That man is playing Galaga. He thought we wouldn't notice, but we did." Tony stops and stares at the two screens in front of him. "How does Fury even sees these?" Tony asks.
"He turns." Agent Hill said.
"Sounds exhausting." Tony replies. Harry's well train eye caught what Tony did just as he turns to face the group again. "The rest of the raw materials Agent Barton can get his hands on pretty easily. The only major component he still needs is a power source of high energy density. Something to kick start the Cube."
"When did you become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics?" Agent Hill asks.
"Last night, with the packet, Selvig's notes, the extraction theory papers. Am I the only one who did the reading?" Tony says in disbelief.
"Does Loki need any particular kind of power source?" Steve Rogers asks in frustration.
"He would have to heat the Cube to a hundred twenty million Kelvin just to break through the Coulomb Barrier." Bruce Banner said.
"Unless Selvig has figured out a way how to stabilize the quantum tunneling effect." T'Challa replies.
"Well if he can do that, than he can achieve heavy ion fusion on any reactor on the planet." Banner replies.
"Finally, people who can speak English." Tony said.
"Can someone explain what you're all talking about because I don't understand." Morgan says.
"The best way I can tell you is that Loki is attempting to create a rift. Similar to our ability too apparate from one place to another or how we can conjure objects from nothing. Imagine a hole, and you can walk through it to another part of the world. Similar to how a portkey works." Harry explains.
"So he wants this, portal is it, to transport his army here." Morgan says.
"Yes." Everyone says.
"I think we shouldn't focus on finding the Cube. Instead we should be focusing on possible locations that they could use the Cube to open the portal." Harry says.
"That is being work on. However, I brought your team in to track the Cube." Fury said. "I'm hoping you guys can help us."
"I would start with that stick of his. It may be magical but it works similar to a HYDRA weapon."
"I wouldn't know about that." Fury said carefully. "But it is powered by the Cube. I also would like to know how he managed to turn some of the brightest men into his personally flying monkeys." Fury said in a aggressive tone.
"Monkeys? I do not understand…" Thor said.
"I do." Steve said excitedly. "I understood that reference."
"Let's get to work." Harry said.
Harry and Morgan were examining the Loki's Scepter as Tony and Bruce were working on the computers.
"There is defiantly a strange energy coming for this staff. Almost like it's self producing its own energy." Morgan replies moving her hands over the scepter.
"I also detect Gamma Radiation." Harry replies as he moved his glowing white hand over the scepter.
"What do you think?" Tony asks.
"This is stuff many wizards have attempted to do and failed. Cross the abilities of magical and science into one." Harry replies.
"Might as well tell Fury." Morgan replies.
Harry and Morgan left as Steve Rogers walks in.
"What are you two doing?" Steve asks.
"Uh, working, what are you doing?" Tony asks.
"I mean about breaking into SHIELD's files." Steve Rogers said.
"Agent Romanoff tip you off." Tony said.
"She said you would make an attempt to." Rogers replies.
"Sounds like her. She is a spy." Tony said as he pops a blueberry into his mouth.
"You need to focus on the problem." Steve said.
"You think I'm not." Tony said in a mock tone of voice. "Why did Fury call us in now, why not sooner? What isn't he telling us? I can't do the equation unless I have all the variables." Tony said.
"You think Fury's hiding something?"
"He's a spy. Captain, he's the spy. He's secrets have secrets. It's been bugging all of us."
"Don't drag us into this Tony." Bruce said as T'Challa walks in and puts in a USB into the computer.
"Doctor?" Captain Rogers asks.
"'A warm light for all mankind.' Loki's jab at Fury about the cube." Bruce said.
"I heard it."
"Well that jab was meant for us. Stark Industries Project Light was a joint project between the Magical World and Stark Industries. The key individuals involved were myself, T'Challa, Tony, Morgan and Harry. We created that tower with just an idea. The ability to cross magical energy into pure energy. Even if Barton didn't tell Loki about the tower, it would have still be all over the news."
"The Stark Tower. That big ugly building in New York?" Steve says.
"It's powered by a Mark II ARC Reactor with Magical Energy Circles. It's a completely self-sustaining source of clean energy. That tower will run itself on nothing but pure energy for a decade."
"It's just a prototype." Tony says. "I'm the only one in the business of making things of clean and pure energy. That's what he's getting at."
"So why didn't SHIELD bring him in Project Pegasus to work on the Tesseract? What are they doing in the energy business in the first place when their job is maintain world peace and prevent wars from spreading." Bruce said.
"You know I'm going to look into that once my decryption program finishes breaking into all of SHIELD's secure files."
"I'm sorry did you just admit…"
"JARVIS has been running the decryption since I was up at the bridge. In just a few moment's I'll have every secret of SHIELD in my possession. Blueberry?" Tony says offering his bag of blueberries to Captain America as if they were old time friends.
"If I tell you leader what you did then…"
"Who did you think told us to hack into SHIELD's files captain." T'Challa says. Steve Rogers look for a moment lost.
"Your job is to find the cube."
"An intelligence organization that fears intelligence. Seemly uncool." Tony replies.
"I think Loki's trying to wind us up, this is a man who means to start a war. We should stay focus, we have our orders. I suggest you follow them." Steve says.
"Following isn't really my style." Tony said.
"And you're all about style aren't you Stark?" Rogers replies.
"Steve. We're not government agents nor do we work for the Government. We're completely independent. But even you have to admit, something about this whole mess smells fishy." Bruce said.
"Captain, SHIELD is hiding something they don't want us to know." T'Challa added.
"Just find the Cube." Steve says as he leaves the room.
"I cannot believe that's the guy my dad use to talk about all the time. I think they should've kept him in the ice." Tony replies.
"However, he's not wrong about Loki." Bruce said.
"Indeed, Loki will attempt to divide us." T'Challa said in agreement.
Harry walks back in the room with Ms. Marvel and Morgan.
"What did I miss?" Harry asks. Tony smiles as Bruce filled him in about Captain America's intentions.
"What are you doing Mr. Stark?" Nick Fury asks Tony as he walks in the lab.
"I've been kind of wondering about the same thing about you." Tony replies in a smart tone as he pops another blueberry in his mouth.
"You're supposed to be locating the Tesseract." Nick Fury said in an angry tone of voice.
"We are, the model's locked and we should get a signature from the Tesseract within five minutes."
"Yeah, your going to get your cube back. No mush, no fuss…" Tony replies as he looks at his screen where the words 'Phase Two' was on the screen. "What is Phase Two?" Tony asks.
A loud noise caused everyone's attention to Captain Rogers who place an energy base gun on the table. "Phase Two is what SHIELD uses the Cube to make weapons. Sorry, the computer was moving a little slow for me."
"Roger's we gathered everything related to the Tesseract. This does not mean that we're making weapons." Nick Fury said.
"I'm sorry Nick, what were you lying?" Tony said as the screen changed into a energy base weapon blueprint.
"I was wrong Director. The world hasn't change a bit." Steve Rogers said as Thor and Black Widow walks in.
"Did you know about this?" Bruce Banner asks in a serious tone.
"You need to remove yourself Doctor. Loki is manipulating you."
"I was well removed at the Stark Tower. I could have done my work there instead of SHIELD bringing me here. No, what I want to know is why SHIELD is using the Cube to build weapons of Mass Destruction." Bruce said.
"Because of him." Fury said pointing at Thor.
"Me?" Thor said confused as was everyone else.
"Last year when I sent Agent Coulson to New Mexico, we had a visitor from another planet who had a grudge match with Thor that leveled a small town. We learned not only are we not alone, we are hopelessly, hilariously, outgun and outmatch." Fury says.
"My people want nothing but peace with your planet." Thor said.
"But you're not the only ones out there are you? The world is moving at a fast pace that we are not ready for. Enemies lurking in the shadows of the world are bad enough but now we have to deal with possible alien attacks as well. The sad truth is no one is in control." Fury said.
"Like your control over the Cube?" Steve Rogers said in disbelief.
"Your work with the Tesseract is what drew Loki and his allies to hit. It is a signal to all the realms that the Earth is preparing and ready for a higher form of war." Thor said angrily.
"A higher form?"
"You forced our hand. We had to come up with something to…"
"A nuclear deterrent. Because that always calms everything right down." Tony said in Fury's place.
"Remind me again how you made your fortune Stark."
"I'm sure if he still made weapons he would be neck deep."
"What a minute, how is this now about me?" Tony said.
"I'm sorry, isn't everything?" Rogers said in a mock tone of voice.
"I thought humans were more evolved than this." Thor said.
"Excuse me; do we come to your planet to blow stuff up?" Nick Fury challenged.
"You're the one who is treating your champions with such mistrust." Thor said.
"They are not my champions."
"Are you boys really that naïve? SHIELD monitors potential threat levels." Black Widow said.
"Captain America is on threat watch?" Banner said.
"We all are." Agent Romanoff replies.
"Wait, you're on that list? Are you above or below Mr. Angry Bees?" Tony said.
"Stark, so help me god, if you make one more wisecrack joke…" Steve Rogers said in a threatening tone of voice.
"Threat, I was just verbally threatened. I feel threaten." Tony said in a mock tone of voice.
"Show some respect." Steve said.
"Respect what?" Tony challenged.
"You all speak of control, yet you court chaos." Thor said.
"It's his MO isn't it? What is SHIELD by the way? They're nothing but chemical mixture that makes chaos. They're a time bomb." Banner said.
"You need to step away." Nick Fury said in a tone that tried to sound like he was in control.
"Why shouldn't he let off some steam?" Tony said.
"You know damn well why, back off." Rogers said.
"Yeah I'm starting to make you want me too." Tony replies in a calm tone of voice.
"Yeah, you're a real big man in a suit of armor. Take that off and what are you?" Rogers said.
"Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist." Tony replies.
"I know guys worth none of that worth ten of you. Yeah, I've seen the footage. The only thing you really fight for is yourselves. You have no codes, no morale's. You only use the public to sway opinion to your side." Rogers said.
"You're a soldier Rogers, you wouldn't understand what we fight for one who just follows orders." Harry said as he walks back into the room with Morgan and Black Panther.
"I fight against evil." Rogers replies.
"What evil. There is good and evil in everyone. What matters is how we act on it. This team made be a couple of years old, but for someone who has been ice for seventy years should back off and not speak on things he doesn't understand." Harry said.
"Always a way with you. You know you may not be a threat, but stop pretending to be a hero." Rogers said.
"Mind yourself, muggle." Morgan said her hands started to glow dark.
Before anyone could say another word, an explosion caused the ship to rock throwing everyone off their feet and around the room.
Author Notes: I'm glad I got this done. The next chapter might not be up for awhile but I hope everyone enjoys this.
Seidhr – Norse Mythology for Sorcerer for both male and females. (I'm going to have this play a huge role later on.)