Nights had become restless for Rebecca. There were many nights when she’s get out of bed and pace out in the sitting room in front of the fire. Her hands would be clasped behind her back as tears of frustration would run down her face. One night Loki stumbled out into the living room while she was pacing.
“Rebecca,” he mumbled groggily, “What are you doing?”
Rebecca was rooted to her spot, her mouth was opening and closing but no noise came out. Loki padded over to her and looked her in the face. He noticed the tears streaming down her face. He was awake enough to realize something was wrong and his brow furrowed together. “Rebecca, is something wrong?”
Biting her lip, Rebecca leaned into Loki’s chest and sighed when he put his arms around her. She only had a week left and she was scared shitless. Loki was smoothing out her hair when she mumbled into his chest, “Loki, can we talk for a little bit?”
“Sure, darling,” he whispered back. They both sat down on the sofa and Loki never let Rebecca go. She wriggled to get more comfortable before she tried to calm herself. “Rebecca, what do you want to talk about?”
She bit her lip, Rebecca had no idea how to start off, but she needed to tell Loki the truth.
“Well?” Loki was getting anxious and didn’t appreciate her silence.
“You’re going to hate me forever,” Rebecca whispered into his chest.
Loki pulled Rebecca back by her shoulder’s and studied her eyes, “Darling, why would you say such a thing?”
Rebecca closed her eyes and put her head back against his bare chest. She didn’t want to see pain in Loki’s eyes. She didn’t want to see anger contort his beautiful face. She didn’t want to break his heart and watch him crumble in front of her.
“Rebecca, why would I hate you,” he asked sternly.
“Because it’s all a lie,” she whispered.
Silence. “A what?”
Rebecca gulped and raised her voice a bit, “A lie.”
“What’s a lie, Rebecca?” Loki was worried. She couldn’t be saying that she didn’t love him. After all those nights he had told her about his fears, his secrets, everything and she was going to rip his heart out, just like that?
“Loki, I love you. I really do, but it’s something else.” Loki’s heartbeat quickened and Rebecca heard it. How could there be something else, Loki thought. Loki felt Rebecca pull back and soon her eyes that were filled to the brim with tears bore into his. “Loki, I was never supposed to fall in love you with you.”
Loki cupped her chin, “Love can’t be arranged, you taught me that, my dear.”
Rebecca turned her head away and studied the fire, “No, you don’t understand. I was supposed to manipulate you. I was supposed to get answers.”
Loki stared at Rebecca’s quivering face, “What kind of answers,” he asked slowly.
Suddenly words began to gush out of Rebecca all the while she refused to look at Loki’s shocked face, “I was ordered by Odin to get answers. I wasn’t picked to be just your mistress, I was picked to be Odin’s spy. He sent me up here to figure out why you surrendered so easily. He was suspicious and they wanted to know if you were after something. I didn’t want to do it. Oh God, I never did. I tried to refuse as long as I could. But the beatings, they were getting so much more worse and I wasn’t healing properly. The pain. It was horrible. Every day I would refuse and every day I was punished.
“The only way for it to stop was to agree. I couldn’t though! The idea of sex, it scared me. I heard of what you did and Thor and the guards told me about the type of person you were and I was so scared. I didn’t want you to try and force yourself on me. The idea frightened me. Odin was so convinced that the only way for me to get you to talk was to have sex with you but he wanted someone that couldn’t be manipulated by you. I basically sealed my own fate on that because I challenged him and sorta kinda head-butted Rikes.
“When I finally gave in it was only because Odin was going to allow me to go back home. But I don’t want to go home now, not without you.” Rebecca slowly turned her face to look at Loki. She cringed when she saw what she feared. The pride that he carried was gone and his shoulders were slumped, his perfectly chiseled face was contorted with anger and sadness, his eyes showed how heart-broken he was.
Rebecca crawled forward and gently placed her hands on Loki’s cheeks, “But I fell for you. I didn’t want answers, only you. I figured if I could keep them waiting for long enough I could keep you for a while. I was supposed to relay any information to Thor, but I forgot. Sleeping next to you was blissful and I never wanted to leave. I was stupid. Thor came to me two weeks ago, demanding answers, and when I didn’t provide any, he gave me three weeks to get answers. I have one week left.”
Loki raised his hand and placed it on one of Rebecca’s hands. He looked into her eyes somberly, “I can’t hate you,” he whispered. Rebecca smiled weakly, on the inside she felt happiness all over, Loki still loved her, he was still hers. “Rebecca, none of this is your fault. It’s technically all mine.” Rebecca looked at Loki puzzled. His thumb began to stroke her hand, “If I never did what I did you wouldn’t be in this situation. Rebecca pulled her hand back and leaned up against Loki. “I am so sorry,” he murmured into her hair.
Rebecca sighed, she still had more to tell him. She opened her mouth to tell Loki about her secret but he had something to say. “Rebecca, to be truthful, I did come here for something. My plan was to obtain something of great importance. The first night when we first slept together, I saw Thor. I now realize why he was there but at that moment I saw it as a moment to try and win his trust. Trust and forgiveness, the two things I needed in order to do what I needed. It was a foolish plan with plenty of holes in it, but it was something and in my childish brain it made sense.” Loki sighed, “What I wanted was the Book of Light. It’s an ancient book that contains all the secrets of Asgard. For me to get my hands on it would ensure my leadership, but then you came around,” Loki smiled into Rebecca’s hair, “and you changed everything. I only want you now. If I had to spend my life locked up, I rather spend it with you.”
“If the rest of eternity lasted for seven days, then that’s all you have,” Rebecca replied rather bluntly.
“What happens in seven days?”
“Well, there’s a bit more to my story actually…”
“Well spit it out.”
“I really don’t understand what it is…”
“What what is?
“I kind of can do this thing with energy.” Rebecca glanced up at Loki who was looking down on her curiously. “I can use it to heal myself if I have enough of it and if there’s an abundance of energy I can make myself pretty invincible.” Rebecca paused and bit her lip, “I really don’t know how to explain it. One day I was playing outside and I fell and cut up my knee pretty bad. It hurt so badly and my sister wasn’t around and here I was in the middle of the woods with a cut up knee.
“So suddenly the wind picked up and it was like, I felt the trees swaying with the wind inside of me. It was the oddest feeling ever but when I looked down at my knee it was all healed up. Something clicked and somehow I managed to grasp onto the concept that nature helped me heal. I told Thor about it and he promised not to tell anyone because Odin hates me already and I could be executed or something for treason. But when Thor saw me and gave me the ultimatum he said he’d have to tell Odin if I didn’t give him answers. I won’t tell him, Loki, I won’t tell him about why you came back. I won’t.”
Rebecca held her breath as she waited Loki to reply. His face was full of concentration as he put everything together, “Well, you certainly are full of surprises!” Rebecca let her breath out in a happy sigh.
“Loki, what are we going to do?”
“I don’t know.”
The week passed by quicker than they wanted it to. On the last day Rebecca sat next to Loki on the sofa and held his hand tightly. They waited for the knock. They waited for the sound of the bolts to be unlocked carefully. However, there wasn’t a knock. There was the sound of the bolts being unlocked quickly. There was the sound of the door being swung openly harshly. There was the sound of commotion as Odin strode into the room with ten guards trailing behind him.
He stopped angrily in front of Loki and Rebecca, “What is this?” he growled angrily.
Rebecca and Loki silently raised their gazes to meet Odin’s.
“I see. You’ve fallen in love with the whore.”
Rebecca and Loki said nothing.
“Do you know what she really is here for?”
Loki nodded, “I’m quite aware, Father, we had a rather nice discussion the other night.”
Odin nodded and focused his gaze on Rebecca, “Well, it seems my judgment was wrong. You’ve failed to do your duty and for that you’ll spend your life as a servant.”
Rebecca gasped and Loki protested, “No Father! You can’t do that! She-”
“SILENCE, LOKI,” roared Odin.
Rikes stepped forward from the crowd of guards, “You should execute her, Odin.”
“Why should I do that, Rikes?”
“She’s dangerous.” Rebecca glared at him, “I know all about your little secret, gorgeous.”
Odin cocked his eyebrow, “Secret?”
Rebecca gulped. Rikes sneered. “Oh yes, our beautiful little mistress here can harness energy. She can use it.”
Odin spun around and got up in Rebecca’s face, “Is this true?” he spat, “You can use energy.”
“Not the way that he’s implying,” Rebecca tried to protest but it was too late. Odin motioned for the guards to take Rebecca away. She was grasped by the hair by one and by the arms by the other. She tried to hold onto Loki but his fingers slipped through her hands. She screamed and kicked, she tried to claw at their hands, but nothing worked. She was dragged through the door with tears streaming down her face as she begged for mercy and called to Loki.
It was just Odin, Loki, and Rikes left in the room together. The shouts and screams grew faint. Odin nodded towards Rikes who walked over to Loki, struck him hard across the head with a club of some sort, and sent Loki falling into blackness.