Hey everybody! Now that college classes are over, I've got so much free time I've got no idea what to do with it. Henceforth, this chapter. I do believe this is the fastest I've ever wrote something. Ta-da!

Status Update: I still don't own Marvel. *Sigh* If only...


"Stark, what's the situation?"

"Well, Capitano, it looks like he's going for the Stuttgart approach. You're typical 'trap innocent civilians into listening to your dramatic speech' scheme. Oh, and there's four of him. Great, more crazy."

Why the guy chose a random plaza in Brooklyn to 'assert his dominance' or whatever he was doing, the world may never know.

In the Avengers defense, the call to take down Loki was supposed to be a fairly simple one. All they had to do was wear him down enough so that they could detain him and get Thor to escort him on a one-way trip to the Asgardian dungeon. Again. They had already beaten him once before, and this time he didn't have an army to back him up. How hard could it be?

"Alright guys. Stark, create a distraction so Widow can get the civilians out of here. Thor and I will engage Loki or, well, the Lokis. Try to get rid of the duplicates, and whatever you do, don't let them catch you by surprise. Loki may not have his scepter, but he's still powerful."

The battle went surprisingly well. In fact, it was almost too easy. All the civilians had been cleared out of the area, and together the team dispersed the duplicates quickly, leaving the real Loki slightly worried in the center of the plaza.

"Surrender Loki. It's over."

Well, they thought it was over. All that was left was to detain Loki, and surely he knew that there was no way he could win this fight. Even with his magical capabilities, four against one were not favorable odds. Not to mention, the fight had left him considerably weakened. Surrendering would be his smartest option at this point.

However, Loki was not going to back down without a fight. As the Avengers closed in, he raised his hand and a beam of light rocketed towards the Captain.

"Cap, look out!"

"Watch out, Captain!"

"Rogers, get down!"

The beam hit him in the chest before he could even think about moving. The force of it sent him flying towards an alleyway across the plaza. He hit the side of a building with a thud, falling limply to the ground. A blue glow surrounded him, and he could hear his teammates frantic voices through his comm as his vision faded to black.

"Steve!"

While the others were distracted, Loki disappeared in a cloud of smoke. It took a few long moments for the smoke to clear, but when it did there was not a trace of the super-soldier. All that was left was his shield, lying on the ground where he had been struck.


"JARVIS isn't picking up any signs of Cap. Surely someone as big as he is would stand out, don't you think? JARVIS, search again."

"We'll find him Stark, but first we need to report to SHIELD," Natasha pointed out. At this point, they were all overdue for a debriefing.

"And how are we going to do that? We don't even know what Loki hit him with! I say we keep at it until we find him."

"Stark, it's useless. If JARVIS can't find him, then something is very wrong. Continuing to search is a waste of our time if we don't know what we're up against. SHIELD can help us figure that out."

"Friend Stark, the Lady Spider is right. I will return to Asgard and inquire of the nature of the attack on the Captain. Perhaps Mother will know what type of trickery it was." Thor stepped back, pointed his hammer at the sky, and was gone in a flash of light.

"We will find him." Tony couldn't tell if Natasha was trying to reassure him or convince herself.


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