As with every culture, there are many different interpretations and I tried my best to use the most popular ones. There are also many different versions and spellings for the names of the gods and goddesses, but I used the anglicized and most popular spellings.
Aesir and Vanir
The Norse gods are divided into two families, the Aesir family, and the Vanir family. The Aesir family is the larger of the two and is mostly connected with war and government and includes the gods Odin, Thor, Loki, Baldr, Hodr, Heimdall, and Tyr. The Vanir family includes the fertility gods and goddesses such as Njord, Feyr, and Freyja. Both families reside in Asgard but don’t see eye-to-eye as shown through the Aesir-Vanir war.
Besides the Aesir and Vanir, there are also female deities known as Disir, Alfar (elves), Jotnar (giants), and Dvergar (dwarves).
Aesir Gods and Goddesses
Odin - Odin was the King of the Aesir clan and known as “the father of all gods.” He’s depicted as a one-eyed, bearded old man wearing a hat and a cloak. He was said to have slain the first being known as Ymir before carving up his body to help create the Earth. He was one of the most powerful and revered of the gods and associated with wisdom, knowledge, healing, death, and war. He also ruled over Valhalla.
Thor - Son of Odin, he was regarded as the strongest of all the Norse deities because he was tasked with safeguarding Asgard. He was the most popular of all the gods and worshipped by most Vikings. He was the god of thunder and lightning and wielded the Mjolnir. He rode a chariot drawn by two massive goats called Tanngnjostr and Tanngrisnir.
Loki - Loki was considered a “blood brother” of Odin. He was known as the trickster god and was equipped with the ability to shapeshift into different forms. He was the chief engineer behind the death of Balder.
Frigg - Frigg was the wife of Odin and the queen of the Aesir gods. She was the only one allowed to sit next to her husband and always stuck by her partner even though he had many extramarital affairs. She was worshipped as the goddess of the sky and associated with wisdom, marriage, family, and fertility. She was blessed with the power of divination but never revealed her visions to anyone.
Baldur - Son of Odin and half-brother to Thor, Baldur was the god of light and purity. He was described as fair, kind, and handsome, whose beauty was unparalleled. He was the epitome of all things wise and good and often praised for his mercifulness. Also thought to be immortal, he had been prophesied to die and was slain by an arrow made out of mistletoe, his death orchestrated by Loki.
Heimdall - Heimdall is the son of Odin and no less than nine mothers, and is the watchman of the god. He dwelt at the entry to Asgard where he guarded Bifrost.
Tyr - Tyr is the god of War and the Lawgiver of the gods. The bravest of the gods, he makes the binding of Fenrir possible by sacrificing his right hand. He’s the son of Odin and the son of the giant Hymir.
Idun - Idun is the goddess of spring or rejuvenation and is the wife of Bragi. She was the keeper of the magic apples of immortality which the gods must eat to preserve their youth.
Bragi - Bragi is the skaldic poet of the Aesir and his name means “poet”. He’s the son of Odin and possibly the giantess Gunnlod, and the husband to Idun.
Vili and Ve - Vili and Ve are the two brothers of Odin who helped to slay Ymir to create the remaining seven realms. They’re the sons of Bestla and Borr and were raised in the realm of Nifelheim.
Forseti - He’s the son of Baldr and Nanna, and is the god of justice and reconciliation.
Gefjun - She’s the goddess of agriculture, fertility, abundance, and prosperity. Her name can be translated to “Giver” or “Generous One.”
Sif - Sif is the wife of Thor as well as a giantess and the goddess of grain and fertility. She was one of the Asynjur and mother of Ullr.
Fjorgynn and Fjorgyn - Fjorgyn, also known as Jord, is a giantess and the mother of Thor through an affair with Odin. Her masculine form Fjorgynn is the father of the goddess Frigg, the wife of Odin.
Sol and Mani - Sol and Mani were the beings who drove the sun and the moon in their courses through the sun. They were sister and brother, and both were fair and beautiful. Sol had to travel at great speed, pursued by a wolf named Skoll who would eventually devour her. Mani kidnapped two humans named Bil (waning) and Hjuki (waxing), children of Vidfinn, and forced them to travel with him. Like his sister, he was also being chased by a hound named Hati Hrodvitnisson.
Ullr - Ullr is the god of sports, particularly archery and skiing. He’s the son of Sif and Egill and step-son to Thor.
Hoenir - Hoenir is a warrior god and is the travel companion of Odin and Loki. He was also part of the creation of Ask and Embla. He goes with Mimir to the Vanir as a hostage in order to seal a truce to the Aesir-Vanir War. He’s the god of indecision, avoidance, and mystery.
Vidar - Son of Odin and Gridr, he was known as Vidar the silent, the possessor of the iron shoe, the enemy and slayer of Fenrir, the avenger, and he who inhabits the homestead of his father. He’s a warrior god and an excellent fighter.
Hodr - Hodr is the blind god of winter and warriors. Oftentimes he’s depicted with a bow and arrows, or the spear that Loki used to trick him. He was the son of Frigg and Odin and twin brother of Baldr. Sometimes he’s thought to be a god of darkness.
Vali - Son of Odin and the giantess Rindr, Vali was born for the sole purpose of avenging Baldr. He kills Hodr and binds Loki with the entrails of his son Narfi. He’s the god of vengeance.
Vanir Gods and Goddesses
Freya - Freya was the goddess of fate, love, beauty, gold, war, and fertility. She ruled over the meadow of Folkvangr and owned a torc or necklace known as the Brisingamen as well as a cloak made of falcon feathers. She rode a chariot drawn by two cats and was accompanied by a board called Hildisvini most of the time. She practiced Seidr, which is a form of magic that allowed her the ability to control and manipulate the desires and prosperity of others.
Freyr - Freyr is associated with sacral kingship, virility, peace, prosperity, sunshine and fair weather, and good harvest. He’s the son of Njord and the god of fertility, rain, and sunshine. His twin sister is Freyja.
Freyja - Freyja, twin sister and counterpart of Freyr, was the goddess of love, fertility, battle, and death. Her father was Njord. Pigs were sacred to her, and she rode a boar with golden bristles.
Njord - Njord is the god of seas, wealth, wind, and fishing. He was the father of Freyr and Freyja.
Nerthus - Nerthus is a goddess associated with fertility. She was also associated with peace and prosperity. She was the wife and sister of Njord and the mother of Freyr and Freyja.
Gullveig - Gullveig is a sorceress and seer with great love and lust for gold. She was speared by the Aesir, burnt three times, and yet thrice reborn.
Odr - Odr is the husband of Freyja
Dwarves - Also known as dark elves, they’re small creatures that originated as maggots from the corpse of Ymir. They live underground in Svartalfheim (literally means “home of the black elves”) and are said to have crafted the finest weapons and jewelry such as Mjollnir and Gungnir. In certain myths, they’re portrayed as turning to stone if exposed to sunlight.
Draugar - The Draugar are the undead. Some myths describe them as creatures who drink blood, they’re more similar to zombies than vampires. They possess superhuman strength and can increase their size at will, but have a constant stench of decay and appear as a dead body. They often live in their graves to defend the treasure they were buried with but can also enter communities to torment those who wronged them in life. They’re said to be able to enter the dreams of the living to torment them, and would leave behind a gift so the victims knew the encounter was real.
Elves - Elves are separated into two different types; Dokkalfar, or dark elves, and Ljosalfar, light elves. Dark elves are thought to be the same as dwarves and light elves are described as more beautiful than the sun. They’re generally described as having an ambivalent relationship with humans.
Fenrir - Fenrir was the son of Loki and the giantess Angroboda. He was raised by the gods of Asgard to stop him from wreaking havoc across the nine worlds but the gods ended up deciding to chain him up. It’s believed that when Fenrir breaks his chains to get his revenge, it will lead to Ragnarok, the end of the world.
Fossegrimen - Also known as the grim, he’s a water spirit who plays the fiddle mimicking the sounds of the forest, wind, and water. He can be bribed to teach his skill with an offering that he deems sufficient. He’s also known to lure women and children to lakes and streams where they drown.
Huldra - Wardens of the forest and part of a group of Ra that protects various locations. Female Huldra are described as beautiful and seductive, with a long tail of a cow and their back covered in bark. They can disguise themselves as young women to walk in the world of men but their power of illusion is broken if someone sees their tail. They lure young, unmarried men into the forest and keep them as slaves, lovers, or sometimes they’ll suck the life out of them.
Jormungandr - Also known as the Midgard Serpent, Jormungandr is another child of Loki and Angrboda. He is a snake or dragon that lives in the sea surrounding Midgard. He is described as an enemy of Thor and during Ragnarok, the two are fated to slay one another.
Jotnar - Jotnar, meaning “devourers”, are giants with powers that rival the power of the gods. They’re the enemy of the gods and the Jotnar embody chaos. Many of the Asgardian gods are descended from Jotnar such as Odin and Thor.
Kraken - Aquatic monsters that are believed to live off the shores of Norway and Greenland. They’re depicted as gigantic octopi or squids. They mostly ate fish but when it rose to the surface, it was believed to cause large whirlpools which would help it attack ships.
Valkyries - The female helping spirits of Odin, depicted as elegant maidens who ferry the slain to Valhalla. Their name means “choosers of the Slain”, which hints at their more sinister side, the fact that they also choose who lives and dies in battle. They would sometimes use malicious magic to ensure their preferences.
Sleipnir - Odin’s mighty eight-legged horse is the child of Loki and Svadilfari. It had eight legs so that it could have one leg in each of the Norse worlds.
Mare - The Mare monster gave people bad dreams at night by sitting on them in their sleep. Often they were witches whose souls took the forms of animals, but normal people, particularly adolescents, were also thought to become Mare when their spirits wandered. It was believed that when the Mare touched a living thing, people, cattle, or trees, it would cause their hair to become entangled.
Trolls - There are large ugly trolls that dwell in forests and mountains, and small gnome-like trolls that live underground in deep caves and caverns. They’re depicted as not very intelligent and malevolent but can show kindness in exchange for a favor.
Norns - The three principal Norns served as the caretakers of the tree of life, but their care only slowed the death of the tree.
Ratatoskr - A squirrel that runs up and down the tree of life delivering the messages of the gods. He enjoys stirring trouble between the wise eagle that sits atop the tree and the hungry dragon that swells in its roots.
The Nine Realms
Yggdrasil - Yggdrasil is the mighty tree whose trunk rises at the geographical center of the Norse spiritual cosmos. It’s believed that the nine worlds are all held in the branches and roots of the tree of Yggdrasil. It’s commonly said to be an ash tree.
Niflheim - The realm of fog and mist. It’s the darkest and coldest region of all the realms. It’s one of the first two realms and is placed in the northern region of Ginnngagap. Hvergelmir is located in Niflheim, which is said to be the source of the elven rivers. As Yggdrasil started to grow, it stretched one of its large roots far into Niflheim to draw water from Hvergelmir.
Muspelheim - The land of fire. Muspelheim was created at the same time as Niflheim but was created far to the south. It’s a burning hot place filled with lava, flames, sparks, and soot. It’s the home of the fire giants, fire demons, and is ruled by Surtr.
Asgard - Home of the Gods. The most commonly known realm, Asgard is located in the middle of the world, high up in the sky. It’s the home of the gods and goddesses and is ruled by the chief of Aesir Odin. Inside the gates of Asgard is Valhalla, the place where half who die in battle will go for the afterlife and the other half go to Folkvangr.
Midgard - Home of the humans. “Middle earth” is located in the middle of the world below Asgard. Midgard and Asgard are connected by Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge. It’s surrounded by a large, impassable ocean that is occupied by the Midgard Serpent. The first two humans were Ash and Embla and were sent to Midgard after being created from tree logs by Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve.
Jotunheim - Home of the giants. Jotunheim consists mostly of rocks, wilderness, and dense forests, and lies in the snowy regions on the outermost shores of the ocean. There is no fertile land in Jotunheim. Jotunheim is separated from Asgard by the river living which never freezes over.
Vanaheim - Home of the Vanir. Nobody knows where exactly the land is located or how it looks.
Alfheim - Home of the light elves. Alfheim is located right next to Asgard in heaven. The god Freyr is the ruler of Alfheim.
Svartalfheim - Home of the dwarves. Svartalfheim means dark fields, and they live under the rocks, in caves, and underground. Hreidmar was the king of Svartalfheim until he was killed.
Helheim - Home of the dishonorable dead. Hel is where the dishonorable dead, thieves, murderers, or those the gods and goddesses feel are not brave enough to go to Valhalla or Folkvangr. Helheim is ruled over by Hel and is a very grim and cold place. Any person who arrives at Helheim will never feel joy or happiness again.
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Loki x Reader - Strawberry Cake
Warnings/tags: [Loki spoilers] f l u f f for days, food, mentions of an injury, clumsy reader, just a kiss
Word Count: 3,6K
Summary: Loki takes a break from his Avenger case to help you bake a cake a cake, which leads to some interesting late night talks.
Author's Note: I’m so sorry if you’re allergic to strawberries. Other than that, please enjoy some fluffy and slightly carefree Loki! <3
Of course they made you stay at the compound! You couldn’t believe that a silly little hand injury had resulted in you losing your mission and being forced to stay put until at least they would remove the cast that was now hugging your dominant hand tightly.
Thanks to your abilities and the quick medical aid you had received, you would heal sooner than regular people, but it still bummed you out severely. As your teammates were now out there, being productive on a mission, you were trying to kill time by baking a cake.
It was summer and the idea of having a cold drink and a slice of strawberry shortcake in the evening was the only thing that kept you calm for the time being. Besides, it wasn’t that bad. You weren’t entirely alone in the compound.
Ever since the Asgardians had moved to Earth - or Midgard as they liked to call it - Loki had been ‘redeeming’ himself. Not that he needed to. Most people already knew that Thanos was behind the attack of New York, but a lot of people refused to let go of the grudges they held onto stubbornly. Not even all the Avengers truly accepted Loki, which had you confused. None of them had perfect, bloodless pasts.
Lately, you and the god of Mischief had grown close and you truly enjoyed the company. Perhaps even a little bit too much.
Loki’s magical abilities and his ancient wisdom had truly come in handy when breaking some dangerous and difficult cases. Not to mention that shape-shifting was a foolproof way of getting into places that were otherwise nearly impossible to get in. He was surprisingly great at solving riddles and looking at files, reading between the lines until he could see something that everyone else had somehow overlooked.
Right now, Loki was in the nearby living area which was usually packed. But now that it was only him and you, he could freely wander around the compound without running into any cold shoulders.
The delicious scent of freshly baked sugar bread distracted him for a while and he tore his eyes off the numerous pictures that he had put down on the coffee table before him. In his mind, it was a perfect time for a break. Therefore, he abandoned his work and made his way to the kitchen with such silent steps that you had no way of knowing he was coming, not until he was standing almost right next to you.
“What are you making?” Loki wondered, trying to have a conversation with you. Out of all the people in the compound, he often found himself with you. You, who never seemed to judge him for who he truly was, or tried to belittle him in any way shape or form. And he thought you were fun. The two of you had put your mischievous minds together a few times and the results were always fantastic.
“Strawberry cake,” You answered him and tried not to cut off your fingertips. The last thing you needed was another hand injury. “At least I’m trying to.”
He noticed how clumsily you were holding onto the large kitchen knife as you tried to cut the strawberries, without much success. The cast was in the way and your grip was awful.
“Here, let me help you,” Loki offered kindly and gently put his hand above yours, offering to take the knife.
“Oh! Thanks, Loki,” Your cheeks felt hot just like that. It only took one touch and you could swear your heart was beating a little bit faster. Was it because you were flustered or simply embarrassed? You thought it could be a mixture of both.
It didn’t help much when he simply smiled at you as a reply. Did he know what he was doing to you?
Smoothly, you stepped aside and allowed Loki to cut the strawberries. His expertise in knives really seemed to be useful in the kitchen.
“I suppose I’ll get started on the filling then.”
It didn’t take long for you to grab the ingredients for the vanilla cream filling and lay them out on the counter top. Carefully, you mixed all the ingredients together and then began whisking it together. Something about baking was always very rewarding and relaxing. You enjoyed that it took your mind off of the mission that didn’t go too well and in the end you would have cake. What more could you ask for?
Loki stole a few glances of you every once in a while. The way you stood there, being so focused on something so simple and delightful made him feel strange but in a positive way. You were one of the most powerful people he knew of and yet there you were, baking a cake. It was so normal. Yes, normal and Loki liked that. There were no raging beasts around you, no evil enemies who wanted to hurt you or wreak havoc. It was a casual, earthly afternoon and the two of you were doing what normal people did. For a brief moment, Loki let himself soak in the lovely feeling and let himself believe that he too could be normal - with you.
Finally, the cream had thickened and you deemed it ready. You grabbed a tea spoon from the drawer and dipped it in the soft dessert.
“Do you want to taste it?” You asked Loki, breaking the comfortable silence.
“As long as you haven’t poisoned it, I’ll be glad to taste it,” He joked, which caused you to roll your eyes playfully.
“Well I suppose you’ll have to trust me on this one,” You retorted in a similar witty manner.
Loki let go of the knife for a moment and accepted the spoon. As he brought it to his lips, you grabbed another spoon so you too could taste test the cream. It was cool, which was great on such a hot day, and the hint of vanilla danced on your tongue. It would go perfectly with the strawberries.
“That’s...delicious,” Loki was surprised at how good it was. He was used to eating the most luscious foods and desserts on Asgard, but the simplest things on Midgard had quickly become his favourites. He had become very fond of coffee too after Thor practically begged him to have a cup.
“Oh just wait until the cake is ready!” You were hopeful that he would like it just as much.
“I’m sure it’ll be most scrumptious,” Loki didn’t doubt your skills at all, not even when your hand was injured. He wondered if you felt any pain or if the pills you had been taking were making it feel slightly more comfortable.
Your eyes met and neither of you looked away. For a moment, you were just two people who were excited for dessert like little children. A wild thought crossed your mind, you could get used to this.
“So-” Eventually you looked away before you would get lost in those beautiful eyes of his, “I think I need help cutting the cake in half,” You admitted and raised your hand, indicating that you shouldn’t be running around with a knife when your grip was so loose.
"Show me the way,” Loki was more than willing to help you. As a Prince, he never had to prepare his own food and he wasn’t sure if he had been allowed to even if he had wanted to do so. Being with you, he had learned new things about himself, such as the fact he enjoyed preparing food.
You removed the blue cloth that had been on the cake as it had cooled down. “Just in the middle,” You pointed at it.
Loki grabbed a clean knife and then carefully, he began cutting the cake. It didn’t take long until he was done and he had cut it almost perfectly. Of course he had. He handled knives like they were extensions of his actual arms.
“Where shall I put the strawberries?” Loki wondered, wanting to stay for a bit longer. Work could wait.
“If you don’t mind, just sprinkle some sugar on them and put them in a bowl,” You gave him a task and proceeded to scoop a generous amount of strawberry jam and spread it on the bottom layer of the cake.
The rest of the time passed rather quickly, but you had fun. Loki helped you decorate the cake with fresh berries and a lot of whipped cream.You had almost turned the decorating process into a food fight when you had accidentally thrown a strawberry at him, but then you both realized that you already had enough cleaning up to do. Another time, you had both agreed and formed a truce.
In the end, you had a beautiful - slightly chaotic - cake that would only need to be in the fridge for a few hours until you could finally cut into it.
“Do you mind opening the fridge?” You grabbed the cake as well as you could, underestimating your own injuries.
Just as Loki was going to open the door for you, you lost your grip on the cake and could only watch in horror as it fell to the side.
Right before it would’ve hit the floor and not only made a giant mess but also wasted both of your time, the cake was surrounded by a cloud of glimmering green magic. Loki had caught it just in time.
“That was a close call,” Loki used his magic to bring the cake with its tray to his hands and it looked just as good as it had moments before.
“What would I do without you?” You avoided his gaze, feeling embarrassed. You were an Avenger and here you were, failing at the easiest of tasks. Luckily, you had his help.
The question made Loki’s heart skip a beat. He knew you didn’t mean it too seriously, but still he couldn’t help but wonder. Silently, he put the cake away and then heard voices. Several people were talking and they were coming closer by the second. The team had returned from their mission.
“Y/N! It smells wonderful in here!” Sam’s friendly voice was a relief to hear, because it didn’t sound like anyone was hurt.
“Sure does,” You replied with a smile, expecting him to enter the kitchen and inspect what had happened when they were gone. Bucky would most likely come too. You knew that he was secretly a sweet tooth.
“But you can’t credit just me, I actually had help-” You turned around and hoped to see Loki, but he was long gone. When had he left? Seeing that he had retreated to his own private chambers once the others returned made your heart sink. It wasn’t fair that he didn’t feel welcome. He was just as much of an Avenger as anyone else in the compound.
“Help?” Bucky raised his eyebrows curiously, since he didn’t see anyone. It didn’t even cross his mind at first that Loki could’ve helped you, not until he saw the upset look on your face. He hated it when you were sad. Everyone on the team adored you. If only they could’ve shared the same fondness for Loki too.
“Yeah, Loki helped me.”
Several hours had passed and it was dark outside by now, with hints of pink and purple in the parts of the sky where the sun was setting. Despite it getting late, you knew Loki was not sleeping. It was far from unusual for you to chat until the sun would rise again. Every time, you wished to stay even longer but you never did.
After catching up with everyone about the mission, you wanted to see Loki. The cake had been dug into by now, but you saved some for Loki. This time you held onto the tray very carefully as you made your way to his room. You had made coffee and put two slices on cake on plates. After all, he deserved a treat as well, he had helped you make it.
Once you were behind his door and unable to knock, you cleared your throat, “Loki? Are you in here?”
Only a brief moment later, he appeared behind the door. He seemed glad to see you.
“I hope you haven’t brushed your teeth yet because I brought coffee and cake.”
Loki thought it was so kind of you to come to him with cake. When he had left so soon, he worried it would’ve upset you.
“That’s very nice of you. I can take that, please come in,” He grabbed the tray and stepped aside to let you further inside. He closed to the door with magic and followed you to his little sitting area. Loki enjoyed the space he had made for himself in there. The emerald green velvet couches reminded him of Asgard. Despite its many horrors, Asgard had still been his home and he did have moments of joy growing up. Although those were rare moments, they were real and dear to him.
He put the tray down on the coffee table which had been covered in papers only moments before, but were now tucked away safely in his drawer. The scent of the hot drink made its way to his lungs and Loki could hardly wait to taste it all.
“How did the mission go?” Loki inquired as he took a seat, at last. It had been a long day and it felt great to sit down with you and just chat.
“Oh!” You remembered what Bucky had told you, “It went well. I think they found out where a possible hideout is. They’re going to inspect that tomorrow. It could be dangerous,” You explained and took a sip of your drink.
Loki mirrored you unintentionally and relaxed his shoulders after a sip or two.
“Dangerous?” He was curious now.
“It’s on old HYDRA territory,” You remembered. By now, Loki was well caught up with HYDRA and other terms. You were convinced he had read all the mission reports that he could possibly find.
“I wish I could join them,” A sigh escaped your lips.
Loki knew very well how much you longed to do something, anything! He understood what it felt like to be held back, but he also didn’t want you to get hurt again.
Wishing to not dwell on what couldn’t be changed, you let go of the topic and put the cup down. With a smile on your face, you grabbed your slice of cake and gestured for Loki to dig in as well.
“Let them eat cake,” You declared dramatically, wondering if Loki realized the reference.
“Marie Antoinette,” Loki surprised you. He took a bite of the cake and tasted it. His eyes widened slightly in surprise. How could something so simple be so tasty?
“How did you know?”
“I’ve been places, Y/N. And this cake is divine, we should bake together more often,” Loki suggested ever so cheerfully.
It was a relief to hear that, but you couldn’t just let that line slip. Had he been to France and witnessed such historic events? Where else had he been? Or perhaps it was more appropriate to wonder when he had been. Loki was a god. He had witnessed far more than you could ever dream of seeing.
“We most definitely should, but you must tell me about where you’ve been and what you’ve done! Please,” You were ready to beg for him to tell you stories of his life. The way Loki spoke made each story sound like an absolute adventure.
This time it was Loki’s turn to be surprised, “Do you truly wish to hear me ramble?”
“Oh, Loki, I’d love to. I’m all ears,” by now you had crossed your legs on the sofa and you were leaning toward him eagerly, “that is if you want to. You don’t have to.”
When was the last time anyone had shown such genuine interest in what he had to say? Loki couldn’t even remember, it had been so long. But now seeing you with your eyes full of excitement and a smile that could melt even the coldest of hearts, Loki was convinced you were true to your words. He wanted to tell you about his adventures and for the first time in a while, he didn’t worry that he would bore anyone.
“Alright then. I think I have a few stories I can recall,” Loki didn’t even know where to begin. All he knew was that it would be a long night, which neither of you seemed to mind.
“You were D.B. Cooper?!” Out of all his tales, this one nearly made you choke on the piece of cake you had been chewing on.
A wide smile was painted on Loki’s face. He found your reactions absolutely adorable.
“The one and only,” He confirmed what you had heard.
During the time you had talked, you had nearly forgotten about your cake, but Loki hadn’t. Instead, you had been holding onto your coffee cup tightly and taking sips whenever you were sure you wouldn’t gasp or laugh at what he had to say. So far, no accidents had happened so you thought that was a very successful night.
“Wow, I don’t even know what to say,” It felt like someone had stolen your vocabulary. You were astonished, but in the very best way. You hadn’t thought you could like Loki even more than you already did, but he proved you wrong again and again.
“I just love-...I love that,” The tension in the air around you changed as soon as you said that. Why did you stop? Your lips parted in shock of how reckless you felt. You hadn’t even thought of saying anything, but when you said the word ‘love’ out loud while looking at him, you felt shivers running down your spine. It was a sudden, static feeling, like a realization of some sort. Love? Sure, you had grown close, very close in the past year or so. It was undeniable that you had feelings for him.
Did he notice how strangely you were behaving?
Loki definitely noticed the puzzled look on your face, and the whipped cream that was giving you half a cream mustache.
“Y/N,” Loki caught your attention, “You have something there,” He touched his own lips, hoping you’d catch the hint.
Oh dear, you thought. Why did he make you react like that?
“Here?” You wondered and tried to wipe your face clean.
“No, it’s on the other side,” Loki leaned toward you this time and pointed at your lips. He was so close you were certain he could hear the way your heart was racing in your chest, so close that he could feel the heat of your skin and perhaps even hear the thoughts that were getting louder and bolder in your head.
Something about the way he looked at you filled you with confidence. You wiped your lips with your thumb and then licked it off your finger, “Did I get it?”
What were you doing?!
Before, Loki would’ve thought you were unaware of the tricks you were playing to get to his heart, but now it felt different. He saw that mischievous look in your eyes and how the corners of your lips twirled into a smirk after you licked your thumb clean. Loki wasn’t a fool. He knew that you were fully aware of what you were up to.
“Oh no, I still see you’ve got something there,” He didn’t actually see more of the cake on your face, but he was simply toying with you. Two could play that game.
The boost of confidence was making you do things you normally would be too shy to even think about.
“What are you going to do about it, Loki?”
By now you were so close that he could’ve easily closed the distance. But he was careful. He traced your soft, warm lips with his own thumb and then cupped the side of your face. He enjoyed the way you leaned into his touch, but he wanted to be absolutely certain that this was what you desired,
“Please,” You whispered. The way he was cradling your face was already setting your skin on fire and you longed to feel his lips on yours.
That was all he needed to hear and finally, after months of staying up late together and stealing glances that lasted a little bit longer than necessary, after nervous touches and so many what ifs, you finally faced your feelings. Loki kissed you softly, but it was enough to ignite something deep within the both of you, something that couldn’t be tamed now that it had begun.
His scent, his touch, everything about him was so lovely, it was almost overwhelming. You closed your eyes and deepened the kiss and wrapped your arms around him, softly holding onto his dark locks of hair with your non-injured hand.
Loki parted his lips and kissed you again, this time a little bit more passionately. It seemed like just one bite was enough to have him hooked. Neither one of you wanted the moment to end. Was this bliss? The adrenaline rush of kissing someone for the very first time, the gently touch of needy hands, the taste of strawberries on each other’s lips.
As the kiss eventually came to a halt, both of you smiled and stayed just as close, not wishing to let go just yet.
“I think we should do this more often, too,” You took the words out from his mouth.
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