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The Powers That Be

TITLE: The Powers That Be


CHAPTER NO./ONE SHOT: Chapter Fifty-One


AUTHOR: wolfpawn

ORIGINAL IMAGINE: Imagine Loki discovering a hidden mutant when he realises they are at risk of being found by S.H.I.E.L.D. who experiments on mutants, he is the one to help them.

RATING: Teen and Up


Alexia glared at the large serpent as it continued to lean defensively over its prey. At first, she thought the liquid dripping from its large fangs was saliva, but when some dropped onto Loki’s forearm, he hissed and an acidic burning odour made its way towards her as the clothing began to make a fizzling sound; it was then that she realised it was some form of venom. “Loki…”

“Go,” he insisted.

“No!” Alexia refused to listen, she clenched her fists and the two fire foxes’ tails rose high, their ears flattened against their fiery skulls and their heads down as they grew in size with Alexia’s anger. “Come on you oversized handbag, come and play.” She circled slightly, wanting to work out just how long the serpent was; she could not tell exactly how long, as it was half in shadows and appeared to be some bit coiled up, but it was clearly far bigger than the one she had scorched earlier. The animal watched her move around, but it refused to be tempted to move its head and attentions away from its prize.

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