United Epilogue“He is going to break his neck.” Loki muttered as he leaned against the rails of the paddock.
Eidra lifted Bryn, who'd started to fuss, to her shoulder and started to pat his back. Behind her, she heard another whimper, “Of course Astrid cannot be left out.”
Helgi had given Astrid her knuckle to worry, “Of course not, why should brother have all the attention?”
A plainative curse was heard across the paddock as Chase hit the dirt once more and the others laughed. Blackberry shook her head and pawed the ground as if to challenge him as Brenna gave him her hand to get up. “You must be gentle with her.”
“Where have I heard that before?” He grunted.
“That horse be whipping yo' ass.” Brian laughed.
Sophie nudged Brenna, “Get up there and show him how it's done.”
Brenna rolled her eyes but she was smiling, “If I must.”
Loki watched the teens with no small measure of glee. Across the field, he coul
United Chapter 76They walked out of the hallway through the broken door into the twilight where Loki saw a few yards distant a circle of black vans around a black SUV upside down on its back. His brother was standing beside a man with his hammer raised and Loki could only surmise it was the driver. When he realized who it was, he began to run.
Chase and Brian jumped step after step on their way back down the stairs. They had watched from Chase's father's office as Thor had flipped the SUV, Ironman alighting on the front lawn of the hospital as staff began to run outside to see what was happening.
“Damn, it don't look good.” Brian huffed as they burst through the lobby doors into the night and saw someone running across the lawn at the SUV.
Loki heard Brenna call out to him but all he could see was David ready to turn around for the handcuffs an agent had in her hands.
He struck David in the chest, his hands coming up to David's temples, “I told you I would see you dead!” He roar
United Chapter 75David opened the door to Loki's room. Stepping inside, he walked to the cot, nudged it once, twice with his knee before Loki opened his eyes.
“You're looking a bit out of sorts.”
Loki closed his eyes. David kicked the cot, harder now.
“I think if I let Brenna see you now, she might change her mind about helping me. What if I promised to get you medical treatment?”
He kept his eyes closed, “Why did you take her from me?”
“To teach her a lesson. People must be trained just as animals. Conditioned to respond to stimuli. Pavlov did it with dogs. He trained them to salivate at the sound of a bell because they associated the bell with food. I want to train your daughter to perform as a way to preserve your safety.”
Loki chuckled thickly spasming as he began to cough.
“I don't see the humor in this,” David bowed low over him.
Loki took a deep breath, “Do you not?” He gathered what strength he could, pushing himself up fro
United Chapter 74Martin followed Miss Potts past a small nondescript desk with a lone guard sitting behind it. The guard nodded and hit a button, unlocking a door beside him.
“Might I inquire as to our whereabouts?” Martin asked as he followed her through the door and into a brightly lit hallway.
“You may inquire.”
Martin raised an eyebrow, “Indeed.”
He had to trot to keep up with her as they jumped into an elevator at the far end of the hallway.
“Something like that, Mister Rutledge.”
Martin fell quiet, gazing at his shoes.
“This woman, Anna. She's being held by this Mister Wells also?”
“So he claims.” Martin closed his eyes, “I don't know what I shall do if something has happened to her. I could never forgive myself. I should have come here as soon as I returned to Earth.”
She patted his arm, “We'll find them, Anna too.”
The door slid open and Martin took a step backwards as he me
United Chapter 73“What the FUCK did you just say?”
Eidra was taken aback by Fury's reaction. She put her hands on the back of one of the chairs in front of his desk.
Thor frowned, his answer tinged with irritation, “I said we cannot find my brother. We wished to know if he was here on Midgard.”
Eidra felt the babies tumble. She inched forward, Jane's hand on her shoulder as she made her way to the seat of the chair.
“Y'all might want to sit down.”
Jane took a seat beside Eidra who had begun to tremble but Thor remained standing.
“I thought you were here because of your daughter.” Fury came around from behind the desk to stand in front of them.
“No,” Eidra saw Fury's face fall, “We were hoping she might know where her father is.”
“May we call her?” Jane added.
Fury eyed Thor and crossed his arms, “Eidra, your daughter is missing.”
Eidra felt the world start to spin on its axis, heard a shout and was plunged i
United Chapter 72She steadied herself on the hand of the servant who'd trotted out to the wagon as she reined in Blackberry before the entryway into the palace. “Where is the king?”
“Milady, he is still abed I believe.” the servant waved over a young boy, “ Take the wagon, water the horse.” then he bowed to Eidra. “I shall announce your arrival.”
As she followed the servant through the halls, she ventured to ask him though she feared the answer, “Has Prince Loki been here?”
The servant stopped so quickly she had all she could do not to run into him, “Milady he has not been at the palace for days.”
“Days....” She swallowed hard, “Very well, carry on.”
The servant knocked on Thor's bedchamber door and waited until they heard a sleepy voice, “Who disturbs me at such an early hour?”
They heard muted voices from inside, then, “Enter.”
The servant opened the door a crack and stuck his head
United Chapter 71Brenna awoke early. At least it felt early. There were no windows to see the passing of time, no clock on the wall. She could only tell time by the food that was brought to her, or whether she could see her father. Two days past, she had awakened from a doze. When she had turned on the TV and found nothing but static, she was frantic. She had pounded on the door and yelled until the big guard named Leroy had come to the room.
Before he had entered, however, he had informed her that he was armed with a Tazer, proceeding to explain that the device would deliver a very painful electrical charge should she try to escape or otherwise harm him.
He'd then opened the door and she had begged him to tell her why she couldn't see her father.
“Doctor's orders. When he's asleep, the feed shuts down after a certain span of inactivity.”
She nodded, wiping the tears from her face and it must have touched something in the big man.
“And a little piece of advice. If I were you, I would
United Chapter 70Ororo looked at the time in the corner of the computer screen. It was almost nine in the evening. The school had been crawling with agents all day analyzing the video feed, searching for evidence as to where she had gone. They had even confiscated her laptop, finding a search for the train station in Croton Falls. Agents had been sent there with Brenna's picture, they had even checked the station video feed with no luck. Currently the trail was cold and now Chase was pacing back and forth in her office in a panic.
“What else can they do? What if she's in a ditch somewhere hurt...I'm not gonna even think about the other possibility.”
“Chase,” Ororo sighed, “You have to calm down. There's not much you're going to do by getting worked up. We're all as concerned as you are but we don't have any leads. You said she couldn't go home on her own and there haven't been any reports of her Uncle here on earth since he brought her the letter from her mother. If you've