I have a headcanon that once Loki and Steve hugged, & Loki was so comfortable/trusting that he accidentally slipped into his Jotun form - now Steve isn't usually scared of cold/water/ice but being surrounded by the sudden cold reminded him of crashing the plane, and Loki felt really bad afterwards SORRY THIS GOT SAD BUT PROMISE HAPPY ENDING so Loki is afraid to do it ever again but weeks later (it's summer) it's blazing hot and Steve can't take it anymore, so Loki just turns only his hand (1/2)
(2/2) and very gently, slowly places it on Steve’s forehead. From there they slowly work together on overcoming Steve’s PTSD, with Loki turning bits of himself to cold Jotun, and only when Steve is ready. (It’s not that Steve fears the sight of Jotun Loki – just the freezing implications). It takes a while, but Steve eventually warms up (ha) completely to Loki’s Jotun form. Next summer, it’s ridiculously sweltering. Steve hugs Loki and asks Loki to cool him down.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah BLESS YOU ANON. I needed this.
And eeeee I have many thoughts and feels about Steve and Loki’s mutual cold-related trauma, and how that factors into Loki’s feelings toward his Jotun form. And I love this idea of it becoming a kind of exposure therapy tool – something that helps Steve heal instead of hurting him, which in turn allows Loki to be more accepting of that form, recognizing that it isn’t wholly bad and has its good sides. Healing for both of them!!
Also ngl, it’s hot as balls here right now, so I really want nice cool jotun snuggles now. ♥