Loki has been living quietly in Totterdown, Bristol, for some time when his brother and the Avengers learn of malicious supernatural activity in the area. Initial suspicion falls upon Loki, and he and his housemates find themselves working to prove Loki's innocence, repair his relationship with Thor, and incidentally deal with a threat from the mists of time.
Nick Fury has been replaced as director of SHIELD, and under new leadership the agency is secretive, paranoid, and making bad decisions. Loki's gone missing, and Thor is more concerned with looking for his brother than fighting supervillains.
The two situations turn out to be connected, in complicated ways that embroil the brothers, the Bristol housemates, and the Avengers in a web of intrigue that reaches across realms. The question is, how many superheroes (and their friends) does it take to change a lightbulb — or the fate of the world?
Bristol is in the middle of a heat wave, even the dead housemates are uncomfortable, George won't come out of the basement, and Mitchell has decided a trip to the beach is in order. Loki, however, has never learned how to swim in his own form, and doesn't much want to. (One-shot)
Loki and his Bristol housemates do not usually celebrate holidays. Thor is clueless about Midgardian observances. And the Avengers are pretty much a bunch of outcasts without families to celebrate with. Tony Stark has a plan to change all that.
Loki Odinson, younger son of a high official in the Ministry for Magic, has never had a real friend and hopes that will change when he starts his first year at Hogwarts. Then he learns something that makes even that hope seem impossible.
Written for a prompt on Norsekink asking for a universe-swap involving canon/god!Loki involuntarily changing places with a much saner, supernatural but not-a-god!Loki. It's also a crossover with The Avengers, in an unfriendly way!
Background Magic Field: Itís less strong on Earth than it is on Asgard, which affects the amount of magic Loki can cast before getting exhausted.
Badass in Distress: Captain America in the second story, Loki in the third, and Thor in the fourth.
Becoming the Costume: Literally. Loki learns that even when all his magic is taken from him Ė which almost results in his death Ė he still doesnít take on his JŲtun form. His friends theorize that as heís a natural shapeshifter who's had his Asgardian appearance since he was a baby, it has now become his natural form.
Confirmed and expanded on in Lonely Way Back Home.
Gender Bender: Once, on Loki's part of course. Contrary to how most other fanfics handle it, he doesn't really enjoy it. Combined with Disguised in Drag, as he shapeshifts into Maria Hill to infiltrate the conspiracy she's (apparently) involved with.
Genre Savvy: All the Housemates including Loki mercifully are this.
Retcon: In the beginning of Brother's Keeper, Maria Hill is a Knight Templar and Doctor Strange is indifferent to the torture he witnesses For Science!They're really Skrull impostors—well, Dire Wraith impostors—but author commentary indicates they began at face value.
Running Gag: Threatening to get the water bottle (which is used to startle Loki out of his occasional dark and self-loathing moods).
And the mobile ringtones Loki has set for each of his friends.