shakespeare tower

Imagine that, when Loki is being brought to the Avengers Tower to carry out his punishment, he spends his time reading Midgardian literature like Shakespeare and Jane Austen. All the Avengers tease him because of that. 

When a new girl joins the Avengers, many of them want to impress her and win her affections, but she’s not interested in any of them. One day she sees Loki reading “Pride and Prejudice” and they start talking. She is surprised that Loki is into romantic literature and Loki is surprised that it impressed her. After that none of the Avengers teased Loki about his choice in books anymore.

Drama in any form is a powerful medium, and it is often more entertaining than history books. Many people accept it as the truth. A rich and powerful dramatic portrayal such as you see in Richard III, which has endured for centuries, is bound to have some impact on our understanding and our view of the historical Richard. But the historical evidence you are about to read–much of which was not available to Shakespeare–is more complex than the fiction, and in places it raises more questions than it answers.
—  Alison Weir, Richard III & the Princes in the Tower
Crossing Knives, Chapter 3: Hangover Breakfast

I’ve been working very hard this week, because I wanted to post a new chapter before going on vacation tomorrow. I’m taking a notebook with me, so I hope I’ll come back in September with at least one more chapter.

This is the moment when my two protagonists finally meet…. there are no flying knives yet, but that will come soon.

As usual, all kinds of feedback, critique and enthusiastic praise are more than welcome. Thank you for reading!

Previous chapters: Chapter 1 - Chapter 2

In a big city like London, where more than eight million people toil and sweat every day, space is a resource that cannot be wasted. Hundreds of great houses on both sides of the Thames had been transformed into blocks of flats, and the new buildings tended to cram their inhabitants into tiny studios or apartments with no more than one or two bedrooms.

The Barbican Estate was the perfect example of that modern mentality, with its many terrace blocks and maisonettes that composed an architectural symphony right in the middle of the City. Living at the Barbican was in itself a symbol of status, and not just because of the high prices. From the top of any of the three monumental towers that crowned the estate one could see London in all its glory, and for many people it was worth sacrificing a bit of floor space for a magnificent sight like that.

But not all urban flats are created equal, and the Barbican architects knew it well; therefore, on the upper levels of the towers they designed a number of bigger lodgings, all of them with five or more spacious rooms. The top floor of each one of the three concrete behemoths was divided into three huge penthouse flats, an oasis of luxury that dominated the whole landscape.

The most famous of the three buildings was Shakespeare Tower, of course. Being identical to the other two, its name was probably the only real reason for its fame. Whenever a photographer wanted to do a study in Brutalist architecture, that was the building he featured in his photoshoots. The gift shop at the Barbican Centre was full of posters, postcards, notebooks… even tea towels, all with the image of the impossibly tall, menacingly grey giant. Many tourists observed it from below, wondering how would it feel to look at the city from a height of 400 feet, or to wake up with the pale rays of the elusive London sun, that surely touched the top of Shakespeare Tower first before descending onto the rest of the mortal population.

On the 42nd floor of the Tower, alone between the wrinkled sheets of his bed, Chef Tom Hiddleston blinked in the morning light, groaned loudly, and covered his head with one of the pillows.

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