A little blurb for @yorugami‘s really cool fanart, the Frostiron/American Gods Crossover Series. If you haven’t seen it, go check it out, it’s amazing. Also tagging @feelingsinwinter since she was the one I saw asking for a story. :)
“How will your friends have time for me, when they’re so busy fighting you?”
Tony smiled as the metal tip of Loki’s spear hit the arc reactor with a sharp tink. The smile only grew wider when Loki tried it again, and the power of the spear and the gem inside it dissipated harmlessly. Tony reached out and took the spear from Loki’s suddenly nerveless fingers, and the look in the sorcerer’s eyes went from smug to confused. “Sorry, Saruman. You’ve drastically underestimated what you are facing here.” He ran his hands over the spear thoughtfully. “Did you know that this thing is actually a very complex machine?”
“I don’t understand,” Loki said slowly, narrowing his eyes at Tony.
“Yeah.” Tony finished his examination of Loki’s spear and tossed it back to Loki. He went back to the bar to pick up his glass of whiskey. “How can I explain this,” he said musingly, tapping his finger on his glass as he took a sip. “Well, the short answer is, you’re not the only god in this room.”
“You’re mad,” Loki said when he saw that Tony was serious.
Tony barked out a laugh. “You’re not the first to say that, but no.” He walked to the window overlooking New York City and gestured for Loki to join him, which he did after a moment of hesitation. “The world has changed a lot since the last time you or Thor were here. Did you know that, in many parts of the world, there are more electronic devices in a given house than people? Phones, tablets, computers, televisions, DVD players, microwaves…the list goes on and on. Technology has changed the world, and people love it. And you know, it’s a curious quirk of Earth that that much devotion has power.” Tony glanced over and smiled at Loki’s look of horrified comprehension.
“You remember now, don’t you? It’s been a long time for you both, but once upon a time, you and Thor came to Earth and people worshiped you, were devoted to you, and over time you realized that you had powers that you didn’t have before. Now maybe you didn’t realize what was happening, or maybe you forgot, but either way, you weren’t the first or only gods this planet has created.” He drained his glass and pressed it between his palms, where it became a cell phone. He hit a couple of buttons on it with his thumb and said, “We’ve got some time before the others arrive. Let’s go take a look at this machine you put on my roof. My roof, of all places!”
He took the stairs two at a time, checking at each floor that Loki was still following him, up to where the device housing the Tesseract was powering up with a vibrating thrum that was more felt than heard. Tony put his hands in his pocket and circled the machine while Eric Selvig puttered around it, approaching Loki with a fawning look on his face until Loki waved him away. “Why are you telling me this?” Loki said, raising his voice to be heard over the muted roar of the city and the sound of the device.
“Well, first, the way you came to my planet, kicking up a fuss, blowing up one of my favorite children, I figured that maybe this guy didn’t know that this place doesn’t belong to his kind anymore. Maybe I’ll give him a chance to make it right,” he answered, giving him a significant look, complete with raised eyebrows, then looking at the device as it continued to gain power. In a few minutes it would reach critical mass, and the portal would open to the army waiting on the other side. “Second, have you ever heard the saying, ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’?”
Now Tony had to laugh because Loki’s look of suspicion had become astonishment. “You are suggesting an alliance?” Loki said incredulously.
“Sure,” Tony said with a shrug. “Why not? To put it a different way, I am the god of the technology we understand, and you are the god of the technology we don’t. I feel like it’s a natural alliance.” Suddenly the device’s thrum became a high pitched whine, and Tony waved a hand at it absently, eyes and arc reactor glowing briefly as he powered down the machine, until even the Tesseract was deactivated and became a dull, lifeless blue. “Whatever you’re running from, I can protect you.”
“I doubt that,” Loki said, but he made no move to reactivate the machine, even as Eric watched him with nervous astonishment, wringing his hands but hanging back, instinctively realizing he was outmatched.
“Yeah? Let me guess, do these big bad guys have spaceships? Fancy laser guns? Would you say they are pretty technologically advanced?” Tony smirked and rocked back on his heels. “If they come here, they will be on my turf, which means all of their technology will answer to me. So what do you say?”
Loki stared at him for so long that Tony pulled his cell phone back out of his pocket to check the time. At the edge of the horizon a small dot could be seen, rapidly resolving itself into a quinjet. “Very well,” Loki said finally. “I am interested in seeing how this…alliance turns out.”
“Great! Now you definitely should have a drink. Maybe after my friends get here.” He smiled at Loki and turned to the quinjet, waving them to the side for a place to land. “Just don’t tell them, yeah? They don’t know about the whole god thing. I feel like it would freak them out.”