Day 22: Cold Christmas Morn’

I peeked out from under the covers and glanced quickly at my bright, blue numbers of my alarm clock/sound machine. It read 6:30 AM, time for action. I slipped out of bed and crouched on the floor waiting.

I had been planning this night for days. It was Christmas Eve and it was the wee hours of the morning when my parents were dead to the world. I had taken note of each squeaky board in my room, hallway and even on the stairs. I had taken account that my bros had to be asleep too and I had only one shot and doing it right.

I grabbed my giant pillow and pink bear blanket and tip toed and leaped across my room to the doorway. There I peeked out my door to check the hallway. Darkness shrouded the hall, but at the startup light flooded the black away with the rays of the lamp outside the great window over the front door.

Gingerly, I stepped form my doorway to the doorway of the office, then to the side of the stairs then exhaled. “Ok, now to get down there.” I whispered to my self. With bare feet on the carpeted steps, I descended down to the entry way. I stepped over two of the stairs due to their known squeaky boards and I sat at the bottom.

I breathed slowly and quietly, listening for my parents breathing. My father didn’t snore, but was a very loud breather. I heard it, the loud grumbling sound and I smiled. “Success so far” I happily muttered.

I rounded the corner and half skip and half ran into the kitchen and turned to see the living room. But I stopped. A sight before made me freeze in my tracks and gaze at the tree in shock. I wasn’t alone down here, a boy about Calvin’s height was next to my tree with a staff like a shepherd’s crook.

He wore no shoes and brown pants with silver lines towards the pant end and a frosted blue hoodie. From my view, I could barely spot white hair from under the hood. I swallowed and spoke no high then a whisper. “Who are you? How did you get in my house?” My voice hardened, but it seemed to squeak out as I tried to be brave and face this odd intruder.

The boy turned his head and pulled down the hood. My eyes widened as I recognized the boy. “Jack Frost?!” I exclaimed softly with the ghost of a smile tugging at his pink lips. He grinned and knelt down as I came closer. “Hello there Faith, I heard you cry to the wind for snow so I came here.” I blushed slightly. “Are the others here too?” I asked excitedly.

Jack laughed, a soft ringing laughter as small snowflakes came out from his breath. “No, Tooth wanted to, but she said later. Anyway, you wanted to surprise your family by sleeping here right?” I nodded with a bright smile. I was talking with Jack Frost and he seemed to enjoy my company. Without notice, he gently picked my small frame up into his arms and placed me on the couch next to the tree.

I smiled and set up my makeshift bed. Jack watched me with a smirk and suddenly I felt a cold smack to the side of my face. I brushed off the wet substance and I gasped. “Snow?” I looked up as the room began to fill with tiny snowflakes. “Well, you wanted to see it right?” Jack sat no the floor next to the blue couch.

I giggled. “Yes.” Jack smiled and opened his palm. A giant snowflake appeared and a frosted gold then surrounded it. “Shake it and you’ll be able to talk with us. You’re a strong believer in us so here.” He then placed the necklace around my neck and I placed it in my palm. “Thank you Jack!” I flung the blanket aside and bounded up to hug him tight. I think I startled him, but he hugged back. “Now, get some more sleep ok?”

He laid me back down on the couch and helped me tuck in the blanket. “Good night Jack.” I whispered. He smiled and gently kissed my head. “Good night to you too.” I didn’t see him leave for sleep closed my eyes as I held onto the necklace tightly, dreaming of flying with the Guardians in the bright blue Christmas sky.


The Awakening

Joanna glared at Loki, but he hushed her. “This is merely a projection. They can’t see or hear us. Just watch.” Loki walked next to her and grinned. Joanna frowned, but watched as well.Peter sat down on a chair near the fire, Drax walked to the window, Gamora sat on the amor of a chair while sharpening her knifes and Groot remained on Rocket’s shoulder, who was sitting a top feet away from the fire pit. “I am Groot.” Rocket sighed. “Yes. When are in Asgard, you’ve said that already!” he exclaimed throwing his arms up. Peter grinned, “Having dad trouble?” Draw laughed and Gamora smirked. Gamora then spoke. “I think Joanna and Josh made a good choice. The Avengers seem strong and well put together. Especially the Widow woman.” The room grew silent.

“Since when do you compliment teams?” Peter’s eyebrow’s shot up, but he grinned. “I agree. They are like us, but bigger. They the Hulk, Cap, Widow, Thor and finally Tony.” He glanced at Drax, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket respectfully. He grinned and stood up. “As for the games-“ “I want to go against the Hulk!” Draw strode over towards the small group. Zamora shook her head. “That would be chaos and plus I don’t think we ask for our opponents. I just hope those twins sets aren’t pitted in the Games. They have been through enough.” her comrades nodded slowly in agreement. Joanna frowned. “O que está querendo chegar? podemos Fi-“ she stopped. Loki looked at her, confused. He ended the projection, the cell room reappearing.

“What did she mean? If they are your team, they sure think lowly of you.” He snickered before Joanna smiled wide. She stood up to him, eyes flashing. “Just you wait. You’ll never know what hit you.” She typed a code onto her bracelet and vanished. Loki blinked and looked around for her. Well, that’s a Xanderian for you, but what could she have meant? He sat down, alone with his thoughts.
Meanwhile, Joanna had used her teleporter device to gain up with the others. Luckily, Wanda Pietro and Josh had stayed in the back so the others wouldn’t notice Joanna had left. She ran up to them and Josh immediately placed his arm around her shoulders. “Wo waren Sie? Ist alles in Ordnung?” Pietro and Wanda gave her pleading looks as they approached the throne room. Joanna waved her hand. “It’s all ok. I’ll explain later.”

The procession stopped suddenly and Thor turned around. “The propose of this meeting with my father is to discuss the training sessions tomorrow since the Games will be in two nights. The Games are much like gladiator fights, but death is prohibited. But, there are certain techniques you all must know to survive Asgardians fighters. So please, ask questions when my father finishes.” He grinned as Nat shook her head. “Like we would die on there.” Clint snickered, but T’challa nudged him. The twin sets winked at Thor as the doors opened. The guards urged them enter and the procession moved forward.

Odin sat on the huge throne and beside him on the lower level was Freyda. Wanda’s heart sped up as they walked forward. She griped Pietro’s hand and exhaled. Stars, I’m nervous now. Easy Red, I doubt we’ll be in the games. You sure? Positive. Now hold your head up. Wanda nodded and walked along with her friends and teammates. They reached the throne steps and kneeled with Thor. Odin rose up and greeted them with a booming, yet quiet voice. “Welcome, O Avengers, to Asgard. I pray you enjoy the feast held tonight and I wish to speak with you on the training tomorrow. Sit shall train with Widow and the twin set. Hogun shall be with Iron Man, Black Panther and Hulk…” He continued until he finished. The team glanced at each other, one question on their minds.

Why are the twins fighting? Bruce nudged Clint and whispered. “Don’t you think the twins are still a bit young for this? I mean, this is gladiator-style fighting. They can’t grow big and go on a rampage in this.” He winced at his own words. Clint nodded, understanding the danger. He looked at Odin and mustered up his words. “Sir, don’t you think the twins should remain out of this?” Odin looked at Clint with his one-eyed frown before glancing at the four teens in the back. He thought for a moment before speaking. “If they can fighting and strategize as well as Thor clams, I believe they will be fine and safe. Please go, I must speak with Freyda.” Thor nodded and left, the others slowly following to their respectful rooms.

The Awakening

“….The Guardians of the Galaxy!” The ramp hissed and stoped with a clank! A raccoon came out from the mist. “Alright, what’s going….Joanna! Josh! What the heck are you doing here?!?!” He rushed up to them and gave them fistbumps. Josh grinned. “We’ll explain later. Drax, Groot, Gamora, Peter! Come out and meet the Avengers!” Joanne pushed Rocket towards the crowd and looked back at the ship. Josh ran ahead to pick up a tiny tree. “I got Groot!” The tree-like humanoid wobbled at first, but got his balance on Josh’s shoulder. “I am Groot!” Josh snickered and looked behind him. Drax, Gamora and Peter Quill when just staring at the crowd, but specifically at Steve, Natasha, and Thor respectfully.

Joanna walked up to them and saluted. “Agent Joanna present.” Josh grinned and followed suit, “Agent Josh.” Peter grinned at them while Gamora rolled her eyes. “That’s not necessary, but maybe you could introduce us to your other team?” Joanna nodded and turned around. “Fellow Avengers and Asgardians, I wish to present the Guardians of the Galaxy. Their leader Peter Quill or Star Lord,” Peter nodded and waved a bit awkwardly, “The fierce fighters Gamora and Drax the Destroyer,” they nodded, “and let’s not forget Rocket and Groot.” Groot grinned and Rocket huffed. Steve inhaled deeply before stepped up to Peter. He held out his hand, “Steve Rogers, Captain of the Avengers.”

The silence seemed to thicken as Peter and Steve stared into each other’s eyes. Wanda griped her brother’s hand harder as they both looked on. Брат, это реально?( Brother, is this real?) Тссс Ванда. Доверие Cap, я думаю, что Питер в порядке. Давайте просто смотреть на данный момент. ( Shhh Wanda. Trust Cap, I think Peter is alright. Let’s just watch for now.) Suddenly, Josh and Joanna’s voices resounded through her minds. Не волнуйтесь! Они очень рады встретиться с вами, ребята. ( Don’t worry!) They are thrilled to meet you guys.) Wanda and Pietro whipped their heads to see Josh and Joanna grinning at them. They were standing beside Drax and Gamora. They had walked down the ramp and were now behind Peter. Peter smiled and shook Cap’s hand. “Pleasure to finally meet you Captain. I’m Star Lord.”

The crowd cheered as the Avengers went up to meet the Guardians and shake hands. Thor started to clear a path through the crowd back to the palace as they proceeded forward. Zamora began to converse with Natasha, Drax took up a conversation with Clint and Sam, Rocket was translating Groot’s conversation wth Bruce, James ad T’chalia. The twin sets were behind the procession with Sif. Sit looked over the two teams and shook her head. “This should be interesting at the Games in two days.” Pietro frowned before responding, “What Games?” Sit looked at their confused faces before smirking. “Don’t worry. They aren’t life or death games, but two or more heroes are pitted against each other. Odin is looking forward to the fights.” Joanna’s eyes widened. “Who will we be pitted against?”

Sif shook her head, “I am not allowed to say. You will find out throughout the procession of the day.” Sit strode on ahead as they walked up the large steps. Wanda, Pietro, Joanna and Josh looked at each other in shock. The Games? We are to be pitted against each other? What is the meaning of this? Pietro did Thor know? I don’t know Josh, I don’t understand this either. Wait guys… What is it Joanna? Look, the guards are taking the Guardians to their rooms and the Avengers are to be at the throne room. So? What of it, we need to go then. Wait, I must go tell someone something. I’ll be back, go on ahead. With that they parted, Joanna running down the steps to the outside and the other three walking with the Avengers to the throne room.

Joanna ran down the dark steps and slammed on the lights. She ran up the cage with a huge grin and smacked the glass. Joanna chuckled as Loki jump din surprise and strode over the glass. “What is it…….wait. You came again…why?” His hazel orbs betrayed his shock and confusion as to her presence. She merely sat down, out of breath and looked at him. “I know who came and wanted to know why you were so curious as to who they were.” Loki looked shocked even more before looking away. “You know of the Games correct?” Joanna nodded as he clasped his hands behind his back, pacing inside the glass prison. “Then you know the last man standing faces one more opponent correct?” Joanna frowned, slowly processing what he was getting onto. She gasped. He can’t mean…………

“You? They then face you?” Loki stared into her bright amber eyes. Joanna slowly placed a pale, shaking hand on the glass wall. “The victor of the duels must face you?” Loki then placed his hand on the glass, directly over hers with a smile. “Yes, so who came?” Joanna’s visage harden and jerked her hand off the glass before she belt out. “The Guardians of the Galaxy. I know them for I assisted them as a Nova Corp Agent.” Loki eyebrow’s went up a bit before he chuckled with a mischievous tone. “I see then. I look forward to the duels. I pray that we will face off, you look strong enough to survive. but first, shall we both see what your Guardians think of your Avengers.” He took out a circular pendant and clicked the center. Joanna’s amber words flared up as the room disappeared and a large room with a hearth appeared. The Guardians entered and she froze as Loki grinned.

The Awakening

She breathed out heavily, the torch shaking her hands. “How do you know my name? Why should I trust you?” Her amber eyes gazed into his hazel orbs as silence hung over them thickening by each passing moment. Loki then smiled at her and stepped away. “The guards often spoke of the two mysterious teens who helped my brother’s Avengers. I wondered how two untrained children could outsmart my brother.” He drew out the word like it was an insult. Joann frowned and stepped as close as she dared to. She fiercely looked at him and spoke. “Josh and I aren’t untrained and we were just following orders. it’s not like we wanted to hide i the shadows like we were ashamed of ourselves. We don’t use underhand techniques to get what we want like a certain arrogant Asgardian.”

She hissed those words and Loki quickly knelt down against the glass. “You have a way wth words don’t you?” He grinned at her unwavering expression. “You amuse me a lot Joanna of Xander. They say you and…Josh was it?” Joanna slowly nodded, knowing he already knew anyway. Jerk. Is this way he dragged me here? To chat? But, then again, he must be lonely. Until I get the others down here, I better amuse him. She rubbed her ring which sent a signal up and she sighed on the inside. She put her torch on a hook, found a stool and moved it so she was facing Loki’s cell. “Since you know so much about me, what is there left to speak of?” She kept her cool demeanor and waited for him to speak.

Loki watched her carefully set herself down. She’s very cautious, but curious. She would have run away by now if she wasn’t curious. True, I am bored. I actually was hoping for her brother, but she is quite a mystery. Although this meeting is early, I will enjoy it. Plus, maybe I can have some mischief while she’s here. “Do you know about the guests coming?” He inquired, deciding to test her knowledge. Joanna thought for a moment. I don’t remember any new of that. Be honest and don’t look stupid. “No, do you?” She silently challenged him with fierce orbs blazing into his own soft hazel eyes.

Meanwhile, Pietro and Wanda had told Steve what happened and Josh was waiting at the door while they rounded everyone up. He shifted his weight and ran his hands through his rough brown locks. Joanna isn’t one for running off without a peep. What could have made her do that? If its a joke, it’s in very bad taste. Joanna you better- wait…That’s her signal! He ran over to Wanda and Pietro. “Joanna gave out her beckoning signal from her ring. We can follow it.” Thor and the others walked over. ‘Lead the way then.” They all followed Josh outside the doors. Thor mused over the events. This sounds very much like Loki’s doing, but what could he want with Joanna? He hasn’t even heard of her. If he hurts her, he will regret it. Suddenly, a ship’s engine was heard as they walked outside. Josh looked up to see a familiar outline. “No way…”

Loki started laughing a bit to which Joanna rose from her seat. “You find my answer amusing Loki?” He shook his head leaned on the glass wall. “No, but you know how to answer well. I really would love to meet Josh, I wonder if he is like you.” Joanna sighed to hide an upcoming smile. “He’s quieter then me so good luck with him. Although they will most likely be the same for we are twins.” The room shook as an engine’s roar was faintly heard from above. Joanna listened and a smile spread across her face. “Son eles! Chegaron finalmente!” ( it’s them! They have arrived at last!) Loki looked confused as she ran back toward the steps. “What is that?” he called after her. She stopped to look back and grinned. “Old friends of ours. You shall see soon enough.”

Joanna reached the surface to see the ship landing and the Avengers along with the entire party waiting. She weaved her way through the crowd to Josh. He turned around and grabbed her. “Onde estabas!??! Estabamos preocupados!” ( Where were you!?!? We were worried!) She smiled at their stressed faces. “I’m fine, but for now let’s greet our friends.” Wanda helped them reach the front of the crowd next to the Avengers, who were amazed at the ship. “What is that and who’s is it?” Tony looked at Thor and who shook his head. Josh and Joanna grinned. “Ladies and gentleman, may we introduce to you…” the ramp began to descend and a hush fell over the crowd.

The Awakening

Steve pulled Thor back. “I know I’m still pretty naive to this whole space thing, but will the twins be safe here? Im a bit worried that Loki…” he didn’t finish. I’m technically 70+ years old, but I’m still 20. I still am transitioning in the 21 century and I’m not losing anyone else. Not after Peggy. I refuse that and we forgot Bucky. I wanted him to come, but they said to leave him. Thor walked thoughtfully before speaking low. “Loki is locked away. They sell be safe. No one shall be harmed this night. Come let us drink and be merry tonight!” All the adults cheered while the twin sets rolled their eyes and laughed.

To Josh, the night seemed to pass by in a flash. They entered the Great Hall where a fanfare and cheers awaited them, the heroes of Middgard. The food was delicious, the music was joyous and the stories told were epics. The twins sets each also had a chance to tell their own tale, meet Odin and Freyda, plus spar with the Warrior Three. Now, the dancing had commenced and Thor and Jane along Clint and Nat where on the floor. Sif decided to accept Steve’s friendly dance while Pietro and Joanna danced alongside Wanda and Josh. Within an hour, everyone was gathered around the fire, listening to more tales begun sung.

Joanna yawned a bit and was about to follow her brother towards the minstrels when she noticed a green haze gathering at the doors. It’s not humid in here. What is that? Better get closer to scan it. She walked towards it, but yet it seemed to back away. She opened the door and it fled down a hall. “ What are you?” She quickly ran after it. It twisted around corners, ran out doors and led down a flight of dark stairs. She gasped for breathe and grabbed a lit torch before slowly descending down. “Hello?” She called, but no one answered. She scanned for the mist and caught it’s signature and ran down the steps.

Wanda was thoroughly inthralled by the stories, but Pietro was kinda bored. He looked up and scanned the room for Joanna, but didn’t see her amber eyes. He frowned and zipped over to Nat. “Do you know where Joanna is?” Nat sniffed. “She can take care of herself. Stop worrying so much and just listen.” Pietro grimaced slightly, but remained quiet. She’s right, but Joanna never disappears without saying a word. He zoomed over to Wanda and leaned down to whisper. “Joanna ушла. Вы видели, как она уходит?” (Joanna is gone. Did you see her leave?) Wanda glanced around sent a telepathic call, but came up with nothing. “Я не могу почувствовать ее!” (I can’t sense her!)

Joanna reached the end of the stairs and noted how dark it was. Good thing a brought my halo-lights! She pulled from behind her back a long stick and clicked it. It lit up and illuminated a pat in front of her. She noted a panel on the wall and pressed her earring, causing her glasses to appear. It scanned the system and showed her what to press. Soon, the room came alive with light and she saw a container in the middle of the room. The torches gave a good amount of light for her to see a figure inside. She noticed his black hair and walked up the glass. Why is he facing away from me? She cleared her throat. “Wer bist du? Warum bist du eingesperrt?” ( Who are you? Why are you locked up?) The man turned around and she gasped.

“Loki!” She gasped out his name as he stood up. He looked at er with curiosity as she backed up a few paces. “Obviously you know me, but who are you? I know you are not Wanda Maximoff…unless…” He put his hand against the glass wall and looked at her deeply. Joanna’s heart beat loudly and her griped on the torch was tight. She breathed as quietly as she could, but her amber eyes were betraying her shock and fear. Loki suddenly smiled. “You must be the alien girl. I can’t much from the guards, but I overhear the speak of the alien twins. You must be….Joanna was it?” Joanna saw the green haze collect under where he was. He led me here….for what?

The Awakening

” Ahhh we knew you would come this way!” The men grinned and ran towards them. ” Friends! I have retuned with my other comrades.” Thor exclaimed as he embraced them and the woman. Wanda’s eyes were clouded with red for a moment before clearing. ” The great Warrior Three and Lady Sif. How delightful to meet you so quickly.” Sif stopped and stared at the twin sets. Her brown eyes seemed to pierce right through them, but then she laughed. You must be Wanda and Pietro Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. We have heard much about you.” Her companions cheered with her and after meeting the rest of the team, they went with them to the Great Hall.

Sif stopped. “Odin desires for our guests to reach their accommodations before meeting him.” She eyed their incoming luggage and smirked. “The men shall follow Volstagg, Fandral, and Hogun to their chambers, all the women follow me.” She turned sharply down the left hall with Nat, Wanda and Joanna falling behind her. Thor grinned. “That is Sif for you now come friends!” He turned towards the guys, slightly startling Josh and Pietro. “Let us go!” Volstagg shook his head at Thor’s enthusiasm, but smiled. “Energized as always Thor. But do follow us.” They almost ran down the hallway after Hogun towards their separate rooms.

Sif lead them down the hallway, discussing the accommodations. “Nat shall stay with me while you two shall share a room. It’s separate by a wall so you won’t be totally apart or together.” Wanda and Joanna grinned and stared at the size of the double doors to their room. Sif opened the left one and motioned for Wanda to walk in. “I believe you shall like it.”
Wanda briskly walked in and gazed in awe at the aura the room gave. It’s medieval vibe come off the wall and tapestries. She ran towards the windows and looked at the city around. She glanced at her bookcases and her huge closet. She adored the fireplace with a sitting area. The red drapes and chandelier topped it all. It’s my perfect nook!

“Je to Perf!” (Its perf!) she exclaimed. Joanna clapped and noted the door in her wall. Sif nodded and Joanna rushed in. She crashed onto the hovering bed and gazed at electro-lights on the walls and ceiling. They sent streaks of neon color throughout the room and highlighted the futuristic vibe seething from the air. She glanced at the fire pit and bookcase ( which looks like the ones in my room at the Agency.) and also had a room-sized closet. Sif and Nat almost laughed as the girls jumped on their beds. Sif cleared her throat and the girl’s settled down on two chairs.

“The maids shall be here soon to help you prepare. Nat and I shall leave you two alone so we may also prepare.” Nat scoffed. “If I could I would just go in like this.” Sif laughed as they left. Wanda and Joanna exchanged puzzled expressions. Maids? Prepare for what? Joanna, I understand we have to behave in front of Odin, but do we really to dress? Then we can do that ourselves Wanda. Oh well…Joanna grabbed a pillow and flung it at Wanda. Wanda screamed and threw some back. For the next few minutes, joyous shouts fill that corridor. Afterwards, Joanna had settled for reading Little Woman and Wanda was playing a little harp she had found.

However, the tranquility of the room was burst by a soft tapping at the doors. Wanda looked up and placed the harp down. Joanna shut off the holobook and opened the door. A few maids came in and two lead Wanda back into her room before she could respond. “Wait..” Joanna started, but the head maid held up her hand. “Please Miss, we must do our job so if you would change please.” Joanna silently obeyed and let them continue. Man, I feel so awkward just standing here and being dressed like a doll. But I must respect their customs. Still feels weird none the less.

The younger maid, who was addressing Joanna’s silver locks, spoke up. “You have lovely hair miss. I understand if you aren’t used to this. The guards spoke of how you and your brother are agents so you prefer to serve others. But, maybe you could relax for once and let yourself be pampered for a bit.” She smiled a smile with her bright green eyes. “That’s enough Claire. Their escorts will be waiting for them.” The head maid cut in as she brought another dress in. Joanna smiled and winked at Claire. I feel you. I will. After what seemed twenty outfits later, Joanna stepped out ready to meet Wanda coming out prepared.

Two guards walked them down the hall towards the dining hall. Wanda glanced at Joanna’s sky blue dress, silver arm plates with a golden cape and bejeweled slippers. Her white hair had been done up in braids with a green ribbon weaved in. She had few accessories compared to Wanda. Joanna grinned at Wanda’s green dress with similar arm plates, but with a soft lilac cape. Welp, they sure know how to make an occasion formal. Oh Wanda, come on you look lovely! Okay okay, as do you. The guards stopped at a huge doorway and opened them. It led towards a stairway where everyone awaited them below.

Pietro zipped around the group as they went down the hallway. Thor grinned, “Be still small one. We have yet to reach thy quarters.” Pietro frowned and walked next to Josh. Josh grinned at his friend. “Your room will probably be bigger then mine since you run around all day.” Josh received a shove and then the two ran ahead, tackling each other. Steve and Clint smiled at boys. “Careful you don’t lose an eye.” Clint called out. Frandral shook his head as he stopped. “These will be your room. Sir Josh if you would so kindly enter the left door.” Josh got up from under Pietro and walked straight in.

Josh stood still in awe of the room. Ivy hung off the wall and the bed was like a nest on the wall. He stared at the fireplace on the rock and there were stone selves for book and other items he brought. There was a wardrobe for his clothes and he could feel the apple wood. The pillars looked more like stalagmites and the wall were painted with forest scenes. He looked down to see the gardens below him and a rope leading down. Woah! It’s like a cave in here and I have gardens to explore down there! This is perfectly match for me! I hope they got Joanna right, but this is awesome! He smiled at Thor and the others.

Volstagg let out a bellowing laugh before pushing Pietro towards a door. “Go, enter your room now. See what ye think of it.” Pietro nodded and zoomed inside. He crashed into a padded wall and gazed at the starry ceiling. He gasped at the queen bed and the tracks, ramps and courses spread throughout the room. He pressed a rock in the fireplace and it opened a part of the wall. He looked down as a pole lead to the training area below. He grinned wolfishly. “It’s prefect. It’s epic!” He spun around to meet them with a huge grin.

Hogun nodded. “We shall leave you two be then. A few maids and butlers shall enter shortly to prepare ye for the feast tonight!” The Warrior Three and Thor let out a joyous yell and the Avengers joined in. They left and Pietro ran around his room, trying out everything. Josh stood in the doorway, shaking his head. “You never stop do you? All I see is a blur, where is my friend?” He suddenly got tackled and they rolled on the floor into Josh’s room. “Sorry Josh, did you say something?” Pietro grinned as he dodged a hit form Josh.

Their antics were disturbed by a firm knock on the doors. Josh kicked Pietro off of him. “Come in!” He got up from the floor as a butler and maids entered. “Good day sirs. Sir Pietro, if you would please return to your quarters for the ladies to prepare you. My colleague will join you shortly. I am Clay, shall we begin Sir Josh.” Josh stood, kinda dumbfounded but nodded. “Y-yes sir.” He remained silent as they began the process. This feels kinda wrong. The time was passed in silence until Josh stepped out to see Pietro waiting. Guards came towards them. “Follow us please.”

They followed them quietly. Pietro leaned over to whisper. “That felt kinda weird being dressed.” Josh glanced Pietro outfit. It was close to Volstagg’s but with blue and silver hues. “I agree. I honestly know that is their job, but it felt strange.” Pietro snickered. Josh was dressed like Thor, just with green and brown. They entered a huge entry hall with an enormous staircase leading to the upper level. Everyone was waiting. Pietro walked up to Thor, noting that his sis and Joanna weren’t present. “Where are-” he got cut off by the doors opening and two figures walking down the stairs.

The Awakening

( This is chapter 3 of my Avengers/Guardians fanfic. Enjoy and please comment. Faith Out!)

Wanda glanced at her clock to see the time. It’s 4:30 A.M! We have to leave soon, I still can’t believe we are actually going to Asgard. I wonder why though….it’s so sudden too. Pietro has teased Thor about going and Josh and Joanna most likely have been there before. Well, maybe not. Not after their faces and words….. Wanda looked up from her suitcase and flashed back to the evening beforehand. The memory was still vivid in her mind. They had just gotten back from the dance and the news had hit them like a ton of bricks.

Joanna spoke first after a prolonged silence. ” We…are going…to Asgard?!” she asked breathless. Josh’ emerald orbs flashed with excitement and pumped his arms. ” Sweet! When do we leave?” Pietro swallowed and held up his hand in questioning. ” Please, what I said before was…” Thor shook his head, ” It was my decision and my father is anxious to meet the two who assisted us.” He nodded at the aliens. ” We leave at 0500 hours. Get some rest and packing done.” Nat waved her hand in dismissal. The quartet exchanged excited and bewildered looks before rushing off to pack.

Josh crashed into Pietro’s room with his luggage. ” Это круто! Интересно, что Асгард это как?” ( This is awesome! I wonder what Asgard is like?) Pietro shook his silver hair as he zipped around. ” I dunno…..wait, you haven’t been there? I mean you are…” He stopped, not wanting to offend Josh. Josh sighed. He knew what his friend wanted to say and replied. ” No, we mainly remained within our galaxy. Never outside those bounds so no.” Pietro nodded, ” Then it will be an adventure for both of us!” Josh and Pietro chest-bumped before grabbing their belongings and heading towards the elevator. ” I’ll beat you! In your dreams!”

Joanna went through her packing list on her tablet while the robotic arms placed each item precisely in her suitcase. ” It’s very curious, the circumstances of this trip. I wonder if something is going on with Ordin or Loki even. Best not say the later’s name while I’m there. Now I better find my….where did it go?!” Her amber eyes flashed as placed her tablet down quickly and dug through her vanity. ” Мое ожерелье! Где это сделал …. Является ли это?” ( My necklace! Where is it…Is this it?) Joanna saw Wanda levitate a simple chain with a charm on it. Joanna sighed and grabbed her luggage. ” Yes, thanks. Now let’s get outside!”

Thor waited outside facing the sky, blood red cape whipping in the strong wind. Nat was discussing with Fury on who would protect the Tower while the rest of the Avengers were waiting around for the twin sets. They came rushing our with their suitcases and bright smiles. ” wir sind bereit!” ( We’re ready!) Nat walked up as they all gathered around Thor. ” SHIELD will cover our absence and I hope it stays that way.” She shook her red curls as Clint ended his call to Laurie. ” She scared you’re going to die or something?” James teased. Thor grinned and called out.

” Hamdel, open the bypass!” Light shot down and surrounded them. Josh grabbed Joanna as Pietro did the same. The group banded close together as the wind blew up as they felt themselves fly up. ” Whoooooo!!!! Pietro screamed as Wanda covered her ears. Must the boys be so loud?! Oh lighten up sis! Joanna gasped at the flying stars blur together. “Woah…what a way to travel.” Josh smiled and they all saw the end. ” Hold on.” Thor grinned and swung Mjölnir as they hit the chamber. Everyone dusted off the star sparks from their clothes, but then gasped at the spectacular skyline ahead of them.

They were inside a dome which held the portal entry and a long bridge spanned ahead of them towards the great city.The twins gasped in awe at the room with the on the walls and stars aligned. Thor smiled and urged everyone out to the bridge. Horses waited for them, but Joanna gasped. “Am I dreaming? This is Asgard?!?!” Josh rubbed his eyes and ran his hand through his brown locks. “It’s so surreal. It’s like the future architecture mixed with medieval.” Nat nodded. “Not a bad home you got Thor.” Pietro zipped towards the bridge, but Wanda jerked her hands, slowing him down. “You might fall since there are no rails brother.”

Pietro rolled his eyes, but remained still. They all began to walk towards the waiting steeds. Joanna gasped in awe of the buildings ahead of them, some were even floating in mid-air! Josh gazed at the light the bridge and sea emanated. Wanda was still in shock from the travel itself and the beauty of Asgard added onto that. Every Avengers was fascinated by an aspect of Asgard, but they walked in silence merely taking everything in. “Do you Xanderians know how to ride a horse?” Thor inquired. The twins nodded. “Of course we do! We practiced at the Academy’s racetrack and with the Maximoffs.” With smiles, they all mounted and took off towards the city gates.

They rode through the crowds, wavering as they proceeded towards the huge castle. ” It looks like organ pipes to me.”Josh whispered to Wanda. She laughed along with the others. Steve adjusted his position on the saddle. “Man, now I really feel out of place. It’s been a while since I’ve ridden and now I’m on another planet.” Thor laughed and smacked his back. “Welcome to Asgard. Just wait until you meet the Warrior Three and Lady Sif.” Nat raised her eyebrow. ” She sounds dangerous, I think I might like her.” They stoped at the castle grounds and dismounted.

Thor walked in front of them, leading them towards the main hall. Pietro pulled Joanna towards him. ” This is beautiful….who knew Thor had such a nice home?” Joanna giggled and took some photos. “This is a treasure trove of photos waiting to happen.” Wanda smiled and made an image of the Avengers insignia. “Take one of this and later we can photoshop it everywhere!” The girls giggled, but the boys groaned. They do it all the time! The group went around a corner and three men and a woman in amour awaited them.

Avengers Christmas One-Shot

( I know it’s late, but I wrote this on Christmas and I hope you like it. Faith Out!)
” JOSH!!!!!!!!!!” Joanna’s voice boomed down the corridor. ” Where are the ornaments? We need to finish the tree before dinner! Plus, Thor hasn’t come back yet!” Wanda rubbed her friend’s shoulder. ” Go easy ok? It’s hard getting Pietro to walk instead of run, trust me.” ” Yeah! He kept trying to run me over!” Josh came in hidden behind the boxes with Pietro not too far behind. Pietro grinned wolfishly as Josh slightly glared before friendly punching him. Pietro playfully shoved him back, ” We could’ve been done if you had let me run.” Wanda rolled her eyes as she lifted tinsel on the top of the tree. ” And you break half of them? No way.” The quartet looked at each other and laughed. This is going to be the best Christmas ever!

Nat, Steve and Sam came in with wreaths and chestnuts. ” Nuts for eating and wreaths need to be-” Steve was cut off by Pietro grabbing the wreaths and putting them up in their places. ” You were saying?” Nat threw him a chestnut. ” Alright you’re done decorating and leave the rest to us.” Pietro pouted, but then posed a grin. He ran off to his room. Josh and Joanna shook their heads and proceeded to help with the ornaments. Christmas this Year by Tobymac played in the background as Bruce and Tony made Christmas dinner, The twins did the tree, Sam, Nat and Steve did the other decorations and Vision, War Machine and Black Panther were out getting last minute shopping done.

Laughter, thinking and the fire popping were the soft noises protruding the atmosphere as the team was getting ready for Christmas Eve. Joanna sipped her hot cocoa as she gazed into the ambers. I remember Christmas on Xander, but it seems more….magical and special here. The soft glow of the fire makes the nativity scene more…..striking. I think Josh and I will love having our first Christmas together like this. Josh hugged his sister from behind and laughed. ” Of course! Now let’s go play with some snowballs!” Wanda, Pietro and Joanna cheered and ran outside to romp in the powdery white snow.

” Snow angels!” Wanda shouted as she flopped into the snow and steeped her arms and legs. Pietro and Josh were deeply engaged in a snowball fight while Joanna was attempting to make a snowman. Hours passed as they all shouted with glee in the cold. Then they caught up with friends to go caroling in Times Square until they sadly had to head back. Wanda and Joanna started rambling about favorite carols while the boys discussed Christmas pranks. Pietro hummed as they walked into the Tower. ” That was great! Now time to eat.” Wanda groaned. ” Is that all you think about?! Food? Thor should be back and we get to open presents!”

Josh tore into his gifts like a hyena after meat. Pietro laughed at his speed and challenged him to see how could unwrap their gifts faster. Laugher rang out in the common room as the girls passed out gifts and hot drinks while the boys did their usual rough routine. Steve suddenly called out, ” Guys it’s snowing outside! Plus look at the lights.” Joanna and Josh rushed to the window. ” Woah…’s amazing.” Josh exhaled. Joanna nodded, ” Like it was at home.” Steve and Bucky glanced at the alien twins. Bucky ruffled Josh’s hair. ” Don’t daydream too much, we still have gifts to go through!” Pietro nodded, ” Yeah!”

Afterwards, when the tower was quiet, all who remained awake where the quartet and Bucky. Everyone else had gone to bed. Wanda was gazing at the nativity, Josh was reading, Joanna was looking at the mantle while singing softly and Pietro and arm wrestling Bucky. Bucky easily beat him. ” Nice try, but I think there’s some green hanging from the doorway.” Pietro glanced and saw. He walked under it and beckoned Joanna to come. She laughed and dragged Josh with her. Wanda followed suit until they all were under the mistletoe. ” Merry Christmas to all and Praise Him for His gifts!” They laughed before kissing. Bucky grinned, ” Two types of love fall under that branch. Family love between twins and romantic love of Joanna/Pietro & Josh/Wanda. ” The twins playfully tackled him as Silent Night softly played for the Bluetooth speakers.