Cain stationed herself right outside the door of the glass case prison while Loki was sealed inside. She stood near to make extra sure that all the locks were engaged before stepping back. Cain crossed her arms over her chest and gazed on in silence. Her appearance was indefinite, not showing any ounce of worry or anxiety. It was her usual stern mask she would typically wear.
The calm and cunning god never ceased looking at her the whole time. His hateful yet fixated gaze didn't sit well with the lady. Perhaps she was feeling apprehensive, or maybe it was something entirely different. Which was possible. It was a tinge of uneasiness deep in her gut that told her something was wrong, and if Cain picked up on one thing throughout her endless life...that a gut feeling is never wrong, no matter the person.
Fury strolled over to the control panel and began to press a couple of buttons. "In case it's unclear. If you try to escape... If you so much as scratch that glass." Suddenly the floor below the glass box opened up and the wind began to rush through. "30,000 feet straight down in a steel trap! You get how that works?" He closed the hatch and gestured between Loki and the controls. "Ant. Boot."
The god chuckled. "It's an impressive cage. Not build, I think, for me," he assumed.
"Built for something a lot stronger than you."
Cain's eyes slowly lowered. She glanced over her shoulder and stared at Fury with a suspicious gaze. She knew it wasn't for Abel or Seth, much less for her. The only reasonable choice would've been Banner.
"Oh, I've heard," Loki smirked. "A mindless beast and arrogant immortals. A beast that still thinks himself a man, and humanity's most lonely creatures," he said with an insulting tone while looking right at Cain.
Cain's jaw tightened and she dropped her arms to her side. She turned around and left the room without speaking another word.
Loki snickered when she left. "How desperate are you, that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?"
"How desperate am I?" Fury said firmly. "You threatened my world with war. You steal a force you can't hope to control. You talk about peace, and you kill because it's fun." He stood directly in front of the box. "You have made me very desperate. You might not be glad you did."
Loki stared into his single eye. "Oh. It burns you to have come so close. To have the Tesseract, to have power, unlimited power. And for what?" he grinned, staring at the cameras. "A warm light for all mankind to share. And then to be reminded what real power is," he spat.
Fury scoffed and started to walk away. "Well, let me know if 'real power' wants a magazine or something."
"He really does grow on you, doesn't he." Banner said with a sarcastic grin, once the live camera feed cut off.
Seth gave a low laugh with a wide smile across her face. "I was thinking the same thing."
A moment later the door opened and Cain walked through. The stern mask on her face fell instantly and a deep sigh escaped her lips. "That man is impossible," she commented dryly and ran her fingers through her hair. She walked over to a seat at the table and took one next to Seth.
They got their man right where they want him but it doesn't look like he's going to spill his guts anytime soon. They would even go as far as to think Loki was enjoying being behind the glass.
Abel bit down on her lips and looked over at her sister, who she knew like the back of her own hand. Cain was hiding it well but it was obvious that something was bothering her. "We all know Loki's going to drag this out. So what's his play?"
Everyone turned to Thor, hoping that he could at least fill in a couple of blanks that everyone was having at the moment.
"He has an army called the Chitauri. He means to lead them against your people. They will win him the earth. Return I suspect for the Tesseract." Thor said somberly. He took only a split second glance at Cain before avoiding it completely.
Cain cocked a brow at his attitude.
"An army?" Steve spoke up with a raised eyebrow. "From outer space." He shouldn't be surprised by these things anymore since he was sitting next to Seth, an immortal woman. Still, never in his wildest dream did he believe the world would come to this.
"I get it now." Abel tapped her knuckles against the table to grab everyone's attention. "It's obvious he needs a portal to obtain an army, and that's why he has Erik Selvig."
Thor flinched at the name "Selvig?" he spoke up.
"He's an astrophysicist." Banner clarified for him.
"He's a friend."
"Loki as him under some kind of spell," Natasha spoke and turned away. "Along with one of our own."
Steve frowned since something about Loki's arrest was still bothering him. That man was a god but he hardly put up a fight, giving up easily when Tony and Seth got involved. "I want to know why Loki let us take him."
Seth rolled her eyes and propped her feet up on the table. "Sure as hell ain't leading an army from a cage," she said sarcastically.
Banner frowned and shook his head. "I don't think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy's brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him."
"I've cared how you speak," Thor stepped up. "Loki's beyond reason, but he's of Asgard...and my brother."
Seth looked dumfounded and stared up at the god. "Your kid brother killed 80 people in two days." she bluntly stated.
Thor blinked to come up with an excuse. "He's adopted?"
"I think it's about the mechanics." Banner pointed out. "Iridium. What does he need Iridium for?"
"It's a stabilizing agent." Tony cut in while he confidently strolled onto the bridge beside Coulson. He made sure to give a wink to Abel, which made her blush and look away. "Means, portal won't collapse on itself like it did back at S.H.I.E.L.D." He walked over to Thor and patted his massive bicep. "No hard feelings, Point Break. Though...if you try to attack my girlfriend and her sister again, I can't say Cain will stay with you-"
"Stark," the eldest immortal stopped that conversation instantly. "What about the portal again?"
"Right. It means the portal can stay as wide and stay as long as Loki wants." He walked over the control panels and began motioning with his hands. "Ah, raise the mizzenmast, Jib the topsails." Everyone in the room stopped and gave Tony a look. "That man is playing Galaga," he pointed. "He thought we wouldn't notice, but we did."
Steve and Seth cocked a brow and glanced over at the worker to see what he was doing.
Seth turned to Cain, obviously confused yet curious. "What's Galaga?"
Cain smirked a bit at Seth's naturally curious nature. Her eyes were practically glimmering like a child on Christmas morning. "I'll show you later." She patted Seth's bony shoulder.
Tony turned around and stared at the controls. He frowned and covered one eye. "How does Fury even see these?"
"He turns," Hill said dryly.
"Sounds exhausting." Tony turned around and began to press some buttons. "The rest of the raw materials, Agent Barton can get his hands on pretty easily. The only major component he still needs is a power source of high-energy density." He very sneakily pressed a small device against the control. Abel noticed what he did but only turned her head away, choosing not to say anything. "Something to kick-start the cube."
"When did you become an expert in thermonuclear astrophysics," Hill asked,
He gave a sly grin. "It was one of my many attempts to try and charm Abel. Worked pretty well, too." He caught a glimpse of Abel's face burning red from embarrassment. He also noticed Cain and Seth giving her a weird look, too.
"Does Loki need any particular kind of power source?" Steve spoke up.
Seth was able to answer that one herself, patting Steve on the shoulder. "He's gonna have to heat the cube to a hundred twenty million kelvin just to break through the Coulomb barrier," she explained like it was the simplest of things to understand but all she got was an odd look form Steve.
"That only if..." Abel chimed in. "Selvig has figured out how to stabilize the quantum tunneling effect," she said, getting even more strange looks as everyone began to turn to the girls.
"He could achieve heavy Ion fusion at any reactor on the planet if that's the case." Cain finished with a dry-sounding voice.
The girls looked up and saw that the whole room stopped what they were doing to stare at them, slack-jawed. "What?" All three of the girls said at the same time.
The words they spoke sounded so natural to them. Right off the tongue with no problem at all. It should be no surprise that they would know something as complicated as astrophysics. Tony and Baner could understand them easily, but to most people, like Thor and Steve, it sounded like they were speaking utter gibberish. Feeling totally left out of the conversation when it's steering that way.
"Finally," Tony said with a big grin and gestured to the three of them. "People who know English."
Steve's mouth gaped open. He turned to Seth. "Is that what just happened?"
Seth's lips trembled a bit when she tried to fight back a growing smirk. Truly, she found that innocent and clueless demeanor a bit adorable, the way he looked at her with such puzzlement. "Let's focus on the scepter for now," she smiled. "It's pretty magical if you ask me."
Steve could at least agree with her on that one. "It may be magical, but it works an awful lot like a HYDRA weapon." he pointed out.
"Yeah, I noticed." Seth's lips stretched out in a thin line, giving a weak laugh. "Scared the shit out of me."
"I don't know about that, but it is powered by the cube." The doors opened once more, but this time Fury walked in, just in time to have caught Steve and Seth talking. "And I'd like to know how Loki used it to turn two of the sharpest men I know into his personal flying monkeys," he said grimly.
Thor blinked and looked perplexed at the remark. "Monkeys? I do not understand-"
"I do!" Steve and Seth shouted out immediately, at the same time no doubt.
The whole room fell quiet and gave the two an odd look.
"I understood that reference." Steve turned a bit sheepish from his outburst and turned to Seth for help.
He wasn't the only one who was feeling a bit bashful. Seth had to turn her face away and act like something else was grabbing her attention, totally ignoring his plea.
Tony rolled his eyes and Cain honestly just looked embarrassed, using her hands to hide her eyes from everyone's sight. Heavy footsteps weren't lost on her though when she noticed Thor abruptly leave the room without another word to say. Cain dropped her hands and stared at the god as he marched off, the sliding door close behind him.
Seth frowned. "What's up with him?" She wasn't given an answer when Cain got up from her chair and walked out of the room, too. Seth threw her hands up and gave an exasperated sighed. "What's up with everyone?"
Cain trailed hastily after Thor as his heavy boots rattled the whole hallway. Thor took long strides to create distance but Cain was light on her feet and caught up to him in a flash. She grasped his shoulder tightly to make sure he stayed in place. Thor was a bit startled when he felt an iron grip on his shoulder. He turned around, surprised to see that Cain actually went after him.
He opened his mouth to say something but she cut him off.
"Hold on." Cain looked around for any kind of privacy, since talking in the middle of a crowded hall was not going to work. Her eyes scanned the surrounded area until they landed on an empty room, the same room she and Abel waited in when they first arrived. "In here. Come on," she said quickly and pulled Thor over to it. She gently pushed him inside and closed the door behind her.
The moment Thor heard the soft click of the door he was filled with all kinds of butterflies, a sensation he hasn't felt in a long time since departing from her a year ago. All the uneasiness he felt because of her finally resurfaced. Cain wasn't wearing that deep red lip shade from the first time they met, but a nude color instead that focused all the attention on her unique hazel eyes. They were the same kind of hazel that totally hypnotized him into a state of silence. Words were lost to him.
Thor broke eye contact with her and turned his head the other way.
Cain noticed that he was purposely avoiding eye contact, the same way he did back on the bridge. "Are you okay? You seem quite removed from everyone, including me." This was the first time they've really talked to each other after so long, so his distance from her was really worrying.
"I would never avoid you," he said wistfully and reached for her hands that were so small compared to his. Thor took in a deep breath and backed up against the table. "Word's can't explain how happy I am to see you again. The moment I left...I was immediately overwhelmed with the desire to come right back. Not a single day went by that I didn't think about you. And the moment I came back the first thing I did was..." His smile suddenly fell and Cain began to feel his hands tremble. "...throw my hammer at your sister and headbutt her in the face."
Cain's entire body and emotional output shut down when she remembered what he did. The sounds of internal bleeding and bones crushing against the mighty hammer. She didn't witness it but her sharp hearing caught on to it. Just the sounds alone made her feel sick. It was stomach-wrenching like she was moments away from throwing up.
Surprisingly she wasn't angry, but the strong duty Cain felt was something else. She was the eldest in her family, making it her life's goal to strike down any and all threats against her sisters, against her family. She's done it before over a hundred times and will gladly do it thousand times more.
It was an entirely different sensation though that took over her overprotective sisterly instincts. It was the look of Thor's own regret. He had expressed it clearly to her in the past of how much he admired her relationship with her sisters, even going as far as to wish to meet them.
For once she felt conflicted with herself.
"I've noticed." Cain bit down on her lips and finally spoke. Her words were flat-sounding and void of any kind of emotional warmth that could comfort Thor's anxious heart. It was without a doubt excruciating to hear her talk like that, knowing he was the cause of her discomfort and meddled mind. "It wasn't the best first impression you had with my family."
Thor sat down in the chair beside him and leaned his head against Cain's stomach. He heard her heartbeat pulsate throughout her whole body as the room fell quiet. "Please forgive me. That wasn't my intention. I didn't know they were your sisters. But even then...attacking them was unjust. I shouldn't have done that in the first place." He lifted an arm and wrapped it around her wast, clenching the back of her jacket tightly.
He silently begged for her to answer, to reassure him that everything was fine.
"Thor...if it was anyone else than I would find it very difficult to forgive them. I know you though...and I know you didn't mean it."
The chains of anxiety began to release themselves and he was able to breathe again. "I ask for your forgiveness."
"Because it's you I'm willing to overlook it..." A deep and forceful growl came from Cain's throat. "But don't cause harm to them ever again...because next time I won't be so forgiving." It pains her to have to say those words, but this much she will have to promise herself. Cain's first and top priority will always be her sisters. "Besides...it looks like Abel already returned the favor." She gestured to his forehead that had a knot on it. She brushed his hair away slightly and saw the bruise, Irritated and red.
Being this close was intoxicating since his senses were enthralled by the smell of vanilla. A thought ran through his head at the moment, recalling that this was the first time, in over a year, that they were by themselves. Thor ran his hands up to her slender shoulders, to her neck, and gently caressed the sides of her face. He stood from his seat and slowly began to lean in to close the distance between them. Inch by inch. A burning, excitable heat raced through his body when the strands of her hair brushed against his face, when...Cain suddenly stopped moving, only in inch apart. She was quiet, almost as if she was listening in on something that her ears picked up on. Suddenly her face twisted into irritation and she stepped away from him, heading over to the door.
Thor became dejected once the warm feeling vanished, feeling as if it was a sign of rejection. She truly hasn't forgiven him for what he did. "Is something wrong?" he asked, hoping it really wasn't the case.
"Yeah," Cain answered back and marched with purpose in front of the door. She took a breath and opened her mouth, shouting out a name in a low resonating voice that made Thor jump with shock. "Seth! I know you're there. Open the door or leave."
Silence. That was all there was until the door, very slowly, began creaking open. It stopped slightly ajar and Seth's petite figure peeked through the crack, holding a sheepish yet embarrassed smile on her thin lips. Her face was that of a child who overheard something she wasn't meant too. She played it cool but innocently.
Naturally, it seemed that her lips wanted to curl up into a smirk. "Sorry...It just sorta happened." She came into full view, still beaming widely. "I thought this family didn't do secrets," she said in a teasing manner.
"You're a punk," Cain said bluntly, fighting the urge to just shut the door in her sister's face. Again, it didn't matter anymore since the mood was already ruined. "And I thought this family wasn't about eavesdropping either." She shot right back. "You said it just 'sorta happened'. What do you mean?" The beaming smile on Seth's lips fell instantly, and Cain knew something was wrong.
Seth clicked her tongue. "Fury need's your help," she said
"Why? Something came up?"
"Kinda." She appeared reluctant, chewing on her lips to get the words out. "He wants you...he wants you to be the one to interrogate Loki."
In a single moment, it was like every fiber of her being clenched up and responded to only one sensation that the whole aircraft was feeling at the moment. Anxiety.