The palace was soon in disarray - when the news of Thor’s journey to Jotunheim
broke, the All-father was furious. The peace that had been established between
the two realms after a long and bloody war was vital to Asgard’s prosperity. To
risk it that foolishly was everything but thoughtful.
Y/N turned to the guard who entered her chambers: “At your
“The Queen wants a word with you” the guard announced. Y/N
nodded and walked towards him with a calm smile.
“Bring me to her, then.”
Frigga looked worried when Y/N entered the room: “Y/N.”
“I heard you wanted to see me, my Queen”, Y/N replied and
lowered her head: “How may I assist you?”
“Did Thor tell you what he wants to do in Jotunheim?”, Frigga
asked, “Does he want to start a conflict?”
Y/N pressed her lips together: “I am deeply sorry, my Queen, but it
seems like Thor did not want my counsel with respect to this journey. He did
not mention a word.” Y/N knew that was practically a lie as she knew why
Thor went to Jotunheim. He didn’t tell her, that was true, but she heard it,
“Loki went with him, did he not?” Frigga asked.
“They are brothers in both politics and battlefield, so yes, Loki
is with Thor”, Y/N replied, “Why, if I may ask, is that especially
worrisome? Don’t you trust your son to return alive from Jotunheim?”
“Not at all, he has something no one else in their group has; pure
strength doesn’t stop a frost giant easily”, Frigga muttered worriedly.
“I’d be honestly surprised to see Mjolnir fail to tear such a
creature apart”, Y/N couldn’t help but to grin a little, “I can
assure you that your sons will return from Jotunheim. Whatever happens
afterwards, I do not know.”
“Jotunheim is a dark place one does not want to go”, Frigga
spoke quietly, “Their king, Laufey, is a beast, cruel and calculating.
They need their casket if they want to flourish yet again, it’s the only way
for them to return to their former strength.”
“The casket is save in the weapons vault. The destroyer will keep
it save”, Y/N replied and added a sentence in her mind: Unless, of course,
a member of the royal family decides to hand it over.
“Once they do return, I want you to talk to my son”, Frigga
spoke, still obviously worried.
“Loki?”, Y/N asked to specify. Frigga nodded. “What
“You’re brilliant, Y/N. You don’t need me to tell you”, Frigga
replied before leaving. Y/N frowned. What was it with Loki that worried Frigga
But Y/N didn’t manage to talk to Loki right after their return. Because Odin
had to get them out of Jotunheim, from what Y/N heard. He was furious. Y/N had
never seen the All-father like that. Shouting at Thor, telling him that he
wasn’t worthy of both throne and hammer, stripped him of his powers and banned
him from Asgard. Y/N watched the spectacle from afar. It didn’t take long,
then, Thor was gone. Y/N had to admit, better banned than killed. Y/N was about
to talk to Loki when she realised that he was not walking towards his chambers.
His face was blank, slightly confused.
He was walking towards the weapons vault.
Y/N decided to follow him. She hid behind a large rock inside the vault
and watched Loki walking towards a blue glow omitted by the casket of
Jotunheim. Y/N frowned. She knew it was dangerous to touch the casket, it was
unbelievably cold. She saw him hesitating, then he lifted the casket.
“Stop!” That was the All-fathers voice.
“… Am I cursed?”, Loki asked without turning around.
“No”, the All-father replied calmly.
“What am I?”, Loki asked darkly.
“You’re my son”, Odin replied, his voice was steady and calm
Now, Loki turned around. Y/N’s eyes widened a bit: His face was blue,
no, his entire body was. “What more than that?” Loki asked with a
hissing voice as the blue started to fade. He started walking towards the
All-father: “The casket wasn’t the only thing you took from Jotunheim that
day, was it?”
Odin stood at the top of the staircase, Loki made his way to the bottom
“No”, Odin finally spoke, “In the aftermath of the
battle, I went into the temple and I found a baby. Small for a giant’s
offspring. Abandoned, suffering, left to die: Laufeyson.”
“Laufeyson”, Loki repeated quietly without looking into the All-father’s
eyes. Then, he turned his head towards Odin.
“Yes”, Odin spoke.
“…Why? You were knee-deep in Jotun blood, why would you take
me??”, Loki asked overwhelmed.
“You were an innocent child”, Odin replied quietly.
“No, you took me for a purpose… what was it?”, Loki wheezed
Odin looked at Loki without saying a word, his face was basically
Y/N pressed her lips together as she watched the tragedy unfold. For
once, she felt sorry for someone.
“I thought we could unite our kingdoms one day, bring about an
alliance of eternal peace. Through you” Odin finally replied.
Loki looked both confused, sad and shocked: “… What?”
“But those plans no longer matter”, Odin added.
“So I am no more than another stolen relict, locked up, here until
you might have use of me?” Loki asked hurt.
“Don’t you twist my words!”, Odin replied, but didn’t answer
“You could have told me from the beginning, why didn’t you??”,
Loki’s voice was unusually shaky. Y/N had never seen something even close to
“You’re my son”, Odin spoke, “I only wanted to protect
you from the truth.”
“What, because I am that monster parents tell their children about
at night?”, slowly, Loki’s voice turned from broken to angry as he added:
“You know, it all makes sense now, why you always favoured Thor all these
years ‘cause no matter how much you claim to love me: you could never have a
frost giant sitting in the throne of Asgard!” Loki stood above Odin who
had placed himself on the ground where
he appeared to have lost consciousness. Loki stared down at him, when he
realised what was going on, he yelled: “Guards?! Guards, please
Y/N was called into the king’s private quarters by Frigga. Y/N stood
outside the room where Odin was asleep, but with a spell, she could watch
Frigga and Loki next to Odin’s sleeping figure.
“…So why did he lie?” Loki asked quietly.
“He kept the truth from you so you would never feel different. You are
our son, Loki, and we’re your family. You must know that”, Frigga replied
barely audible, “You can speak to him. He can see and hear us even
“How long will it last?” Loki asked dryly.
“I don’t know. This time, it’s different. We were unprepared”,
“I’ll never get used to seeing him like this”, Loki replied,
“The most powerful of all beings in the nine realms lying helpless until
his body is restored.”
“He’s put it off for so long now that I fear…” Frigga didn’t
end her sentence and instead said: “You’re a good son. We mustn’t lose
hope that your father will return to us. And your brother.”
“What hope is there for Thor?” Loki asked darkly.
“There’s always a purpose to everything your father does. Thor may
yet find a way home” Frigga spoke softly.
Loki stood up without another word and walked towards the door.
That’s when Y/N and the guards surrounding her opened the door. The
guards bowed to Loki, who stared at them in confusion. The guards’ leader
appeared with Odin’s sceptre and walked towards Loki. He kneeled before him and
held the sceptre so Loki could take it. Loki stared at the sceptre and raised
an eyebrow in insecurity and confusion.
“Thor is banished. The line of succession falls to you”,
Frigga spoke clearly and added silently, “Until Odin awakens, Asgard is
Loki turned back to the sceptre, stared at if for several seconds and
his face turned blank, deprived of insecurity and doubts.
Quietly, he took the sceptre. Once he held it, Frigga spoke: “Make
your father proud.”
Loki turned to Frigga with the sceptre in his hands with a quiet, barely
visible smile before Frigga added: “My king.”
Y/N pressed her lips together and, against her will, to say the least,
bowed down to the man who was more friend than commander to her. The guards
around her did the same, but there was an uncomfortable and eerie silence in
Y/N arose from the ground, cleared her throat and spoke: “My king,
may I have a word with you?”
Loki’s gaze pierced Y/N, but he made an accepting gesture with his hand:
“You might as well.”
In a room close by, separated from the guards and Frigga, Y/N and Loki
stopped to talk.
“I come to you more as a friend than as the warrior I am to you
now”, Y/N began and carefully watched Loki, “But I must tell you
about a certain observation.”
“Go on”, Loki replied and raised an eyebrow.
Y/N muffled a sigh and said: “Today morning, during the attack on
the weapons vault, Heimdall could not see the frost giants-”
“He might grow tried from his long service”, Loki commented
Y/N looked him straight in the eye: “One does not just overlook a
group of giants. One, maybe. But not a group. No, this was magic. I know the
spell to disguise creatures like this, and I know that only very few people can
execute such a spell. The timing of their arrival seems too planned to be a
“What is it you try to say?”, Loki’s voice was unusually harsh
Y/N huffed: “I’m trying to say that you and me, we both know what really happened. Without their casket,
no frost giant could execute such a spell. You know I am no Asgardian. I can
use other spells, elements for my magic than an Asgardian magician. I remember
the day we first met, you attacked me with ice multiple times. It’s not
impossible for an Asgardian to control ice, but it’s draining their strength. It
seemed to come natural to you.”
His face tried to stay blank, but there was an expression of mild shock
to be seen.
“Now, I know why my magical powers are enhanced. When I was a
child, my mentor took me to her secret hideout deep within the coldest region
in the nine realms, Niflheim. She brought me to one of the roots of
Yggdrasil”, Y/N remembered, “The tree of life. She broke off just a
tiny piece of it, took it home to Vanaheim, where she used it on me. A part of
Yggdrasil lives within me. But you, I’ve always wondered why your powers were
so remarkable”, Y/N smiled at his startled reaction, “But I suppose I
found an answer. The magic of ice, the little resemblance you hold to both Thor
and Odin.” Y/N smiled in triumph: “You are not from Asgard.”
“ENOUGH! Don’t you dare say another word, you wretched
creature!”, he hollered. But Y/N ignored the insult and his interruption.
“You, my king, are from Jotunheim and your source is that casket
they wanted to steal”, Y/N continued.
Loki grabbed her collar and pulled her close to him: “I swear on
the life of my father, if you do not keep your mouth shut, I personally will
assure you are executed!”
“Which father? Odin or Laufey?”, Y/N asked calmly, provocatively.
“You better watch your back-”
“No, Loki”, Y/N replied, “You’re an excellent liar, even
better with tricks, but this time, you made a mistake.” Y/N stepped back:
“You just confessed to a crime that involves treason. If it hadn’t been
for me, Heimdall would have heard our entire conversation.”
Loki’s face reflected his disbelief: “What-”
“But I made us invisible to his eye, which means, till now, just
you and I know what you’ve done. Going to Jotunheim, disguising some of their
men and bringing them to Asgard to get Thor banished”, Y/N summarised,
“Is enough to get you into a cell in the dungeons until the day of your
death. So, unless this is the fate you wanted for yourself, you won’t threaten
Loki glared at Y/N: “I thought you and I were something close to
“I never said I will betray you”, Y/N spoke, “But I will
neither be your slave, nor will I be your pet.”
He pressed his lips together: “So what is it you want?”
“I want to know your plan”, Y/N replied with a sly smile.