Lokane: Loki is always getting Jane out of trouble. This time, she gets to return the favor.
“You’re not even gonna say ‘thanks’, are you?”
“Oh, come on!” Jane loses herself in a fit of giggles, “The look on your face back there! Did you have any idea what you were doing?”
“I am over a thousand years old, Jane. I have walked on worlds your human mind cannot even comprehend. I was in no need of rescue.”
“Yeah, sure, whatever,” she stifles her chuckles but humor still dances in those sparkling hazel eyes.
Loki forces himself to look away from her brilliant smile, her luminous face. He is irritated with her, and that will not last if he gazes too long on her joy. Even if it is joy at his discomfiture.
He supposes he should not quarrel. After all, it has taken him years to unravel her fear and hatred of him. The many months during which they worked side-by-side to repel the threat of Thanos were difficult for her, and not only because they drove a rift too deep between her and Thor to be bridged any longer. She resented Loki’s incursion into their lives, hated that his knowledge and skills were necessary to the war effort.
Yet they were yoked together, similar talents and skills combined on the problem of closing the dimensional gaps that allowed Thanos entry into Yggdrasil. And slowly, slowly, they had worked to accomplish precisely that.
It was long before Jane would admit his usefulness. Longer still before she could admire anything about him. At first, Loki had cared not a whit. But his adoration of her grew in proportion to her disgust with him, it seemed. That was intolerable After the war ended, he bent his considerable skills towards redeeming himself in her eyes. And now…
The fact that she permits him into her life, welcomes him even, should permit her many jibes at his expense. Nevertheless, they rankle.
“You have no children. I saw you avoid the brat as I wished to. Yet you dare tease me?”
“Well, sure,” Jane’s grin springs to life again, “But at least I congratulated Pepper and told her that little Howie was the cutest thing on Earth. You looked at him like he was a bug smeared on your helmet. Trust me, I wasn’t saving you from the baby…I was saving you from Pepper.”
“I was in no danger.”
Jane’s smile shakes his soul.
“That’s what you think, Loki.”