Friday 26 November 2021

Friday Fics Fix - Loki Angst Time! (Woo!)


'Thor was… strangely prone to crying lately, which Loki didn’t appreciate but had to endure nonetheless.'

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Angst time! Angst time! Time to have an angst fest! 😅

...I'm random, but ya love it 😜

So, this is about Thor, and Loki, and the Asgardians post-Ragnarok.

There are SPOILERS for Thor: Ragnarok, and some of the other MCU films, in the fic and from here on out in this post, OK?


...OK? OK.

Instead of bashing into Thanos after Ragnarok, leading to Bad Things™, the Asgardians' refugee ship carries along on its merry way, towards Earth.

But supplies are limited, the people are traumatised, and one Prince Loki bears the brunt of some people's frustrations - and may end up losing his life in the process. (Dun-dun-duuun!)

This fic has a distinctive and melancholy tone (with an edge of hope and comfort, I promise!) that was just what my li'l emo goblin spaghetti brain was craving at time of reading.

Loki in this fic does everything to avoid people helping him, to avoid being vulnerable, to avoid being a 'bother' or a 'burden.' 

He doesn't think he deserves help - Thor and the others have to help him without his co-operation, have to try and convince him that he's worth it, and that they want to help him.

I doubt I'm the only person who can relate to that.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) doing a sad face
Via Giphy

Narratives like this - especially involving Queer characters - are serious and cathartic self-care time to yours truly, and to a whole lot of other readers too. 

It's probably why there's so much of it in fanfiction - fan creators write what they need to read, y'know?

They're all just out here creating free therapy for themselves and for their/our Queer and/or mentally ill siblings 😅 (Woo!)

What I really love about this fic is the emotional growth that both Loki and the other characters go through.

Like, it's both different to canon, and also doesn't clash with how the canon characters would react in these situations, y'know? Which is awesome.

(Fandom notes:

Canon is official stuff in the books/films/TV series/whatever)

I would've liked this fic to be a bit more clear, though, that the internalised Homophobia/Transphobia going through Loki's brain is cr*p.

Like, it doesn't frame that kind of bigotry as positively at all - don't get that impression - but neither is it resolved as strongly as it could've been, so be aware of that.

On the other hand, it does explicitly deal with Loki's Gender-Fluidity much more than canon does. So there's that going for it.

A lot of Content Warnings for this one - please be careful:

- serious violence and assault

- serious injury and blood

- graphic burns

- dehydration

- hospitals and medical things

- abortion

- post-partum depression/psychosis

- references to infant/child death

- references to rape and aftermath

- references to torture

- PTSD-like symptoms

- passive suicidality

- 'death wish' risk-taking/behaviour

- bereavement and grief

- references to war and conflict

- being refugees

- vital supply shortages

- family issues

- low self-esteem and self-worth

- drinking and possible alcoholism

...phew! I think that's everything. As always, be careful dearest nerdlets.

This week's fic, then, is:

I Just Need a Minute, I’ll Be Fine (they say cats crawl into hiding to die) by black_feather_fiction

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