Loki finished changing into a pair of sleep pants once they got back to their room withing the apartment, then went and sat on the edge of the bed. "I feel like we have a lot to talk about." He said softly to Emily.
Emily looked over her shoulder at Loki, having been looking out the window watching it snow. "I think we do too."
"Any particular place you want to start?" Loki asked, letting her decide. "Before you ask, yes, I was truly prepared to fight him."
"I know you were," Emily smiled as she turned to face him. "I know there's... an age gap between us, which doesn't bother me at all. In Earth years, we're actually very close to the same age. But it also means... I will die a lot sooner than you."
Loki nodded. "I suspected that would be the first matter." He sighed. "There are ways around the age gap. There is a way to extend your lifespan, or I can take a mortal life and have your lifespan." He explained.
Emily's eyes widened. "I can't ask you to give up everything for me, Loki."
"You don't have to. If that is what I need to do, I will gladly do it." Loki said truthfully.
"Loki, honey... I don't know what to say."
"You don't need to say anything. I love you and life without you would not be worth living. I would rather have a shorter life with you, than thousands of years without you." Loki said softly.
Tears came to Emily's eyes, making her move to quickly wipe them away. "If... if I were able to have a longer life, how would that work?"
Loki wrapped his arms around Emily and held her close. "We have special golden apples that will extend your lifespan if you eat them daily."
"Daily? For how long?" She asked curiously.
"Forever, or for as long as you want the extended lifespan. It is literally just one apple per day though." Loki answered.
Emily shrugged. "That doesn't sound so bad."
"It isn't. It's just making sure to never forget a day." Loki added.
"What happens if you do?" Emily questioned.
"It can mess up the aging. In that day, your mortal age can attempt to catch up." Loki answered.
"That sounds kind of scary," Emily admitted.
"It's not so hard. The apples are usually served as part of breakfast, unless you request otherwise." Loki assured Emily.
Emily nodded. "How will we choose what to do?"
"I honestly don't know. Mother might have some advice for us though." Loki shrugged.
Emily climbed into Loki's lap and hid her face in his neck. "Tony made me so mad," she whispered.
"He is clearly just jealous." Loki said softly as he wrapped his arms tightly around Emily.
"I can't believe he acts like he owns me... has a right to me," she whispered as she climbed tightly to Loki's dress shirt.
"He doesn't own you. He just finally sees how absolutely amazing you are, and he knows how badly he screwed up." Loki said softly.
Emily looked up at Loki and kissed just under his jaw. "It's his loss... I'm all yours."
"It is his loss; he's just not used to losing." Loki said, then leaned down to kiss Emily properly.
"Mmm," Emily sighed into Loki's kiss and weaved one hand into his raven hair.
"Is there anything else you want to talk about?" Loki asked curiously when the kiss ended.
Emily gently bit her bottom lip. "Who will decide where we live?" she asked softly.
"There is no one person who will decide that. We will decide together darling." Loki answered.
"It would be a lot of change, if we live on Asgard. But home is where you are Loki. Only you," Emily said softly.
"I may not even be allowed to return to Asgard. It isn't anything to worry about for the moment darling. We have time to think, decide, and plan." Loki assured Emily.
"Then we'll do it all together," Emily told him. She stole a gentle kiss and nuzzled her nose against his. "Despite Tony, this has been the best Christmas I've ever had."
"It has been an amazing Christmas. I couldn't imagine spending the holiday or my life with anyone else." Loki said truthfully.
Emily smiled and cupped Loki's face in her hands. "Neither can I."
"The rest of the details, we will work out as we need to." Loki promised.
"I love you, Loki. I cannot wait to have the rest of my life with you."
"We have already started our life together. I now have a job and provide for you." Loki said proudly.
"Yes, you do," she praised, then stole a quick kiss. "Maybe we can get our own place too. Something to think about."
"Once this threat has passed, I would love that." Loki agreed.
"Do you think we'll still be allowed to go on the trip to the tropics?" She asked randomly. "I'd love to go."
"I don't see why not. I have a feeling Stark isn't going to cause anymore issues for us." Loki said truthfully.
"I hope not. I know he cares but he shows it in the wrong way." Emily let go of Loki then stood and stretched. "I'm going to remove this make up and get ready for bed. I'll text Tony in the morning and see if the trip is still going to happen."
"I will ask him while you are getting ready for bed. He already knows that if he refuses to answer me, I will send him a thousand pictures of baby fish." Loki chuckled.
Emily laughed as she walked into the bathroom. "Feel free to text him."
Loki took out his phone and sent the text, then opened the browser to explore the internet. He laid back on the bed to relax while waiting for Emily.
Tony: I didn't know if either of you would still want to go. If you do, I'll send the info when to start packing
Loki: Yes, we still want to go
Tony: I'm glad to hear it. I also want to say that even though I'm not really on board for your engagement. I can see how happy you make her. Just don't let her know that
Loki: that almost sounded like you were trying to say something nice
Tony: Don't get used to it
Emily walked back out of the bathroom make up free and her hair down. She had changed into one of her t-shirts, leaving her legs bare. "Tony answer you?"
Loki: Wouldn't dream of it
He looked up from his phone when Emily walked out. "Looking good." He grinned. "Yes, and we are still making the trip."
"Thank you, and that's good. I'm looking forward to the beach and the ocean and midnight swims," Emily commented as she walked back over to the bed and sat down.
"That all sounds very nice." Loki said absently.
Emily furrowed her brow and looked at Loki. "What's up?"
"Hmm? Oh, sorry. I have been using the internet thingy. This realm has many types of fish." Loki chuckled.
"Yes, we do," she chuckled in agreement. "I'm happy you're enjoying your phone."
"I wanted to get a start on the design for the sitting room wall tank. It's going to be a bigger project than I realized." Loki chuckled, then set the phone on the bedside table.
"You know, you can't put giant animals in the wall tank," Emily clarified. "Only animals that can actually be pets." She scooted back on the bed and climbed under the blankets before she laid down.
"Does that mean no sharks?" Loki joked.
"If we get sharks, they won't be big ones. Then the tank will have to be a saltwater tank," she explained.
"Wait, sharks are an actual option?" He asked, quite surprised.
"They have small ones," Emily chuckled.
"Very good to know. I will wait to research more though. I just want to snuggle with you now." Loki admitted.
"Oh, do you?" She teased.
"I do. Snuggling you sounds perfect right now." Loki yawned.
Emily smiled, scooted up against Loki, and wrapped one leg around his. "Is this better?"
Loki nodded and pulled Emily into a soft kiss. "Much better."
"I'm glad," Emily answered sleepily.
"Good night my love." Loki mumbled, wrapping his arms tightly around Emily.
"Good night Loki."
Steve smiled as he held onto Mary's hand while they walked through the halls of the compound. "I'm sorry this is our walk. Normally it would be outside but it's rather cold."
"This is perfect. I'm not a huge fan of the cold, so I would rather walk in here." Mary said truthfully but also sweetly.
"Well that's a relief then," Steve chuckled, then pulled her into his side as they walked.
Mary wrapped her arms around Steve's waist as they walked. "Did I pick out the right music for you? I had to go through some extensive lengths to find out what you liked without asking you." She chuckled.
Steve smiled. "You did. I enjoy all kinds of music, but the older stuff does remind me of home."
"I had Jarvis pull footage from each time you had your list out and make a list for me." Mary admitted.
"Well, now aren't you clever," he said as he stopped and spun Mary around playfully.
Mary gasped then chuckled. "I can be." She said and blushed.
"Yes, you can." Steve gently nuzzled his nose against hers then pecked her lips in a soft kiss. "Thank you for making this Christmas perfect," he whispered.
Mary pressed her forehead to his. "You made it perfect for me as well." She said softly..
Steve closed his eyes as he inhaled the sweet scent of hibiscus. "Can I kiss you Mary?"
"You know you don't need to ask." Mary said softly, already feeling butterflies in her stomach.
He smiled and gently pecked Mary's lips before he slowly deepened the kiss and wrapped his arms around her waist.
Mary wrapped her arms tight around Steve's neck, melting into the kiss.
Steve slowly pulled away to catch his breath, feeling his heart hammer in his chest. "I haven't had a kiss like that... in a very long time."
"I can't say I've ever been kissed like that before." Mary said breathlessly.
A light blush filled Steve's cheeks. "Well I'm glad you enjoyed it."
"You really don't need to ask before you kiss me. I can't imagine I would ever say no." Mary admitted, blushing as well.
Steve chuckled before he smirked and dipped Mary to kiss her again. I already can't get enough.
I love the way he makes me feel. Mary kept her arms tight around his neck, never wanting to let go.
When Steve righted them once more, the kiss had turned into small butterfly kisses while he gently nuzzled against her nose. "It's going to be so hard to leave you at your door," he murmured.
"You don't have to. We can watch a movie and fall asleep on the couch together." Mary suggested.
Steve raised an eyebrow at her. "Allowing a sleepover?"
Mary blushed a deeper shade of red. "It was just a thought."
"I don't mind. I just don't want to raise your hopes for anything," he said softly.
"I don't have any expectations like that. I'm not that kind of person." Mary said truthfully, just wanting to reassure him.
Steve nodded and kissed her cheek. "That's good to know."
"I want my first time to mean something and be special. If I suggest a movie, I truly mean just a movie." Mary said sweetly.
"I'm okay with that, Mary. I would never push anything on to you. I would like things to be special too," he agreed.
"I know you wouldn't and I just wanted you to know that I don't have those automatic expectations." Mary said truthfully.
Steve held her close as they turned and headed back down the hallway. "I understand. I wanted you to know the same. That's why I asked."
"I'm glad we have similar feelings about that. I was actually worried about that." Mary admitted.
"There's no need to be worried, Mary. I'm open to talk about anything and answer any questions you might have."
"I... I know you're old fashioned and I'm fine with that, but I don't always know what to do." Mary finally admitted.
When they reached the elevator Steve pushed the button for it to come to them. "All you have to do is ask Mary. I won't withhold anything from you."
"It's just stuff like holding hands, cuddling, stuff like that. I always worry that you will think I'm being too forward." Mary said truthfully.
The elevator arrived and Steve led Mary inside and let her hit the button to her floor. "Mary, I will let you know if I feel uncomfortable. Everything you mentioned is entirely okay."
"Thank you. I'm not overly experienced at relationships and I just don't want to do anything to mess this up." Mary explained. I really like you and really want this to work.
"Mary, I don't think you could mess things up. I know things have changed throughout the years, but I've held onto what's important to me," Steve said. The elevator dinged and opened, signaling them to get off.
Mary followed Steve out of the elevator. "I like contact. Holding hands, snuggling, stuff like that and I just didn't know if that was too forward." She said truthfully.
Steve chuckled softly. "Mary, honey, that's not forward at all. I enjoy having contact too."
Mary looked up at Steve and smiled. "Thank you." She said sincerely. When they arrived at the condo, Mary unlocked the door for them. "Um... wait here for a moment." She told Steve. She went inside and listened for a moment. When it was quiet, she came back and let Steve in. "Sorry about that." She said, a little embarrassed.
"What was that about?" Steve asked as he walked in and watched Mary shut the door.
"My roommates can be... loud." Mary blushed. "I just didn't want you to overhear anything that would scar you for life." She chuckled.
Steve laughed. "The last time I walked you to the door, I'm pretty sure I heard how... busy they were. For lack of a different word."
Mary nodded. "Yeah... I ended up leaving for a while." She chuckled. "It sounds like they have already gone to bed though." She said, hoping they didn't start up later. "Do you want something to drink?"
"Emily had a stressful night. I think I would go to bed early myself." Steve followed Mary into the kitchen and leaned against the counter. "Water's fine."
Mary couldn't help but take in the sight of Steve from head to toe. Pulling herself from her thoughts, she took two glasses from the dish drain. One she filled with cold water and handed it to Steve. Afterwards, she went to the fridge and poured herself a glass of iced sweet tea. "Are you hungry?"
"Ever since the serum, I can eat at almost any time," Steve chuckled as he watched Mary move around the kitchen while he took a drink of his water. "I didn't miss that by the way," he teased.
"Miss what?" Mary asked curiously. "Popcorn for a movie?" She asked.
Steve smirked and raised an eyebrow at her. "Popcorn is a good idea." Although I'm not sure how much of the movie will be watched. I just want to kiss her again.
Mary gave Steve a curious look, then busied herself with the popcorn. When it was ready, she took out a single bowl and poured the popcorn into it for them to share. "Ready?" She asked, then led the way out to the sitting room.
"Yes ma'am." Steve sat beside her on the couch and watched as she started searching for something to watch. "Anything particular?"
"I almost always fall asleep during movies, so no. I just find something that looks interesting." Mary answered, then selected a random title.
"Mrs. Doubtfire... I've been told it's a classic," Steve commented.
"I have seen a little bit of it and it's good." Mary said. She sipped her tea then set her glass on the coffee table so she could snuggle up to him.
Steve wrapped his arm around her shoulders and ate a handful of popcorn. "I've watched Dead Poets Society. I like the actor."
"I have seen it and it's a really good movie." Mary agreed
"I agree. I love the quote that Robin's character says about poetry also," Steve commented.
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race, and the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for." Mary quoted.
Steve turned to her with a grin. "So avoid using the word 'very' because it's lazy. A man is not very tired; he is exhausted. And don't use very sad; use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys... to woo women. And in that endeavor, laziness will not do," he quoted back to her.
"No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world." Mary quoted with a grin. "It is one of the only movies I can actually quote."
"He is right though, never be lazy when wooing a woman," Steve replied sweetly. "It's one of my favorite films."
"I don't think any woman could find you lazy. You are naturally so charming." Mary said truthfully.
"I've never thought so. I've always been a klutz when it comes to women," Steve replied.
"I can't picture you as a klutz in any way." Mary chuckled.
Steve blushed and rubbed the back of his neck. "The serum only changed me physically. I'm still a scrawny kid in my head most of the time."
"You were clearly a charming kid then." Mary said softly.
"Not really," he laughed. "I stammered every time I spoke to a woman. My best friend got all the girls."
"Look at you now though. You're a confident, handsome Avenger. I think you're doing great for yourself." Mary said truthfully.
"You think I'm handsome?" Steve asked playfully, the movie forgotten.
"I would be lying if I said I didn't find you pleasing to the eyes." Mary said and blushed.
Steve chuckled softly and gently grasped Mary's chin so she couldn't hide her face. "I would be lying if I didn't say you were beautiful," he murmured.
Mary blushed bright red, but smiled and leaned forward to kiss Steve softly, feeling as he instantly returned the kiss.
He pulled her closer to him, one hand gently winding in her hair. When Steve pulled away, his blue eyes locked on to Mary's hazel ones as he smiled.
Mary returned Steve's smile, then laid her head against him. She couldn't even remember which movie they had picked and didn't care at that point.
"Would it be too forward to ask something?" Steve murmured.
"You can ask anything you want." Mary said truthfully.
"When we go on this trip... would you like to... bunk together?" He asked shyly. "We could have two beds if you want... or share..." Steve sighed and blushed. "Sorry. I ramble when I'm nervous."
Mary smiled at how adorable she found his nervous rambling. "I would like that. I don't mind sharing the bed either, but I do tend to snuggle in my sleep." She admitted.
Steve smiled. "Then that's something else we have in common."
"Do you want to sleep in the bedroom tonight?" Mary shyly asked. "It would be nice to sleep close to someone."
"If you're okay with it, I don't mind," Steve answered, then stole a gentle kiss.
"I don't mind either." Mary said truthfully. She pulled the throw blanket off the back of the couch and covered them up with it.
Steve gently pulled Mary closer, putting his arms around her waist. "Should we finish the movie?" He asked quietly, then kissed her cheek.
"We can try." Mary said, though she was already feeling sleepy.
"If you want to go to bed, we can," Steve told her. "To just sleep," he assured.
"Are you sure? We can finish the movie first if you want. I just feel so safe and secure right now that it's hard to stay awake." Mary said, trying to hold back a yawn.
Steve chuckled and gently maneuvered Mary into his arms before he stood. "Jarvis, can you turn everything off please?" He asked quietly as he carried Mary to the bedroom.
"Of course, sir." Jarvis replied. By the time Steve carried Mary to the bedroom, she had fallen asleep in his arms.
Steve gently laid Mary on her bed, then covered her with the blanket. He walked around to the other side of the bed, tied off his shoes, removed his shirt, then climbed in bed beside her and quickly fell asleep.