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Attack Again at Dawn by peridium, thor/loki + minor avengers appearances, 11.3k
    Thor doesn't know where he's taking them, nor does he care to think of what his friends might say about this betrayal. All he knows is that he cannot take Loki back to Asgard, not to countless centuries of punishment and bondage. In which, at the end of The Avengers, Thor decided against using the Tesseract to take Loki home.
    You know how you sometimes read those fics that just hit you where you live? Yeah, this fic did that for me today. 11k words isn't that long, granted, but I tore through this fic like it was nothing because I was so sucked into it and it had the kind of writing where I was very nearly tripping over myself to get to the next line, the next moment, the resolution of this scene, because it was so emotionally fraught and tense for me as a reader. When Thor takes off with Loki, not willing to get his brother go, knowing that Asgard's punishment would be too much for him to let happen, oh, I want at least a dozen more fics like that. Especially when they're written like this, where Thor is trying so damn hard to really understand Loki, but doesn't give up what makes him Thor, as that would be like asking the sun not to shine.

That this Thor strides the line between his genuine anger at Loki's actions and his sorrow at what's happened to Loki and trying to give his little brother the room to explain himself, all of that is breathtaking. This is a Thor who cannot be ignored, no matter how hard Loki would like to try, nor can he help but start to unravel when Thor truly tries to understand him. Oh, they fight and Loki is still so viciously mad because of everything and the fic doesn't really do more than begin to scratch the surface of why he's like this, why he's so angry and hurt and completely without any self-identity, but you can feel that it's there.

I would have loved this fic for just the characterization, but that it's also basically Thor grabbing Loki and hauling him off to keep him safe, which is what I've been pining for? Yes, yes, good, give me that. And I actually love that this fic is just a beginning, it's just a start, because this Loki will take so much time to come down from his madness, that you're never really sure what's going on inside his head at any time, other than that he both loves and hates Thor. But I felt like there was hope and that's where I live with this pairing--that it may take time, there will be fighting and fucking along the way, but that there's always still hope for them. Plus, wow, makeouts that are really hot and that further add to the complicated mess between them. Yes, give me more of that.

And then they were golden by Yuu-chi, thor/loki, a bit nsfw, human au, 22.4k
    Because they might never have approval, but they'll always have each other. AU
    This is one of those fics that I just sank into today and didn't want to come out of, the kind where I just rolled around on the bed for awhile afterwards because it was such a satisfying read to me. I'm not sure I'll be able to describe it in a way that gives it justice, other than to say that it's a modern AU fic, where Loki is Thor's adopted brother who shows up on his doorstep one day, all sharp angles and strange moods, and the fic slowly unravels everything that it is between them. I don't usually like fics that are all over the place with the timeline, I like more linear stories, but this one really worked well for me, as we slowly understand more about what happened to put the distance between Thor and the rest of the family.

But what I really love this fic for is the Loki characterization, where it's not precisely the same relationship as in canon, because this Loki isn't antagonistic towards Thor, so he's not trying to impress anyone, instead he's a sullen teenager (or just coming out of his teens) whom Thor can't really quite read, whose moods shift in ways that is difficult to put a finger on, and, oh, that worked so well for me. There was something so sharp-edged about Loki here, even through Thor's eyes, something so difficult about his relationship with Thor, even as they both struggled to make it work. I'm less of a fan of evil!Odin, which this fic does have, but it wasn't intolerable and was necessary for keeping Thor and Loki apart, to give them something to overcome. And I definitely was sucked right into Thor and Loki trying to figure out what to do with this attraction between them, with Thor trying to figure Loki out, with the author working in the details and world-building of this AU around all these scenes. Because, despite the harshness of many aspects of this world, it was actually a really good, almost soothing fic. It was about making it work. It was about how much these two brothers loved each other and eventually said, fuck it, and found a way to be together. And the author did a gorgeous job of it. Ugh, SO SATISFYING.

Greys and blues of love by nccis, thor/loki + other asgardians, NSFW, 6.8k
    “Kiss him.” “What?” Loki said before he could stop himself, turning to look at Odin. “I said,” Odin replied slowly, “kiss him.” Loki turned to look at Thor, wondering if he was still breathing. “Why?” “Stop asking questions. Do as I say.”
    Bonding fic, yesssssss. Well, mate fic, but it might as well be a soulbond, they're sort of in the same vein and THEY ARE SO GOOD FOR ME. Especially when I was a little wary of Odin being evil in this fic (which I don't think he is, but he's not exactly nice, either) and I was a little wary of Loki actively hating Asgard, which I don't think he does, but this fic, oh, it gave me Thor and Loki being bound together, Thor slowly dying while away from Loki for too long, and it wasn't fluffy about it at all. Instead, this Loki is so razor sharp and furious and full of hate, all in that way that makes me just want to hug him forever, except maybe he has real feelings for Thor and that just makes everything even more complicated. The writing is lovely and, oh, the final third of the fic just had me rolling around in all the feels, both good feels and rip my heart out feels, in the way that I'm forever seeking out in this fandom. Because, oh, when Thor goes chasing after Loki, when he's just as determined as Loki, when even the sex scene was as painful as it was good, oh, that's so good for me here. I am super satisfied after reading this now.

Five Things Loki Doesn't Hate ... Exactly ... About Midgard by lazulisong, thor/loki, light-hearted fic, ~1k
    So first off, you have to understand that Loki doesn't like things.
    The only reason Meg still has her face attached--AFTER I WAS DELIBERATELY NON-HORRIBLE, IS THAT ANY WAY TO RESPOND--is because I loved this fic really, really dearly. Meg has a gift for this kind of fic, where she comes up with bits of headcanon about what a character likes, and I am delighted that she has now come up with five things that Loki likes about Midgard and bits of background around them. I love the way this works in Loki's having grown up in Asgard, being Jotunn, and just generally being Loki, I love that it's not just "here's a thing he likes", but instead gets into the whys of it and makes me picture all these little scenes in my head. Plus, the last one, with Loki not really being a morning person, it is perfection and made my heart turn over and I want a million fics of that. *rolls around in the feels some more*

Forgiveness by GloriaVictoria, thor/loki, NSFW, 2.9k
    Loki is released from his imprisonment by Thor, and soon learns that his love is unconditional, no matter what comes between them.
    I'm at a bit of a loss to explain this fic, other than to say that there were some really sharp bits of characterization here. I'm not usually one for the guards abusing Loki, even implied, (though, I'm assuming just violence here) and I did kind of mentally skim over that part, but then the author turned around and gave me Loki's time was served and he's going to be welcomed back to his old life after that and Loki knows that it's never going to be that easy, nobody's actually going to welcome him, so he's full of all this anger and poison and hate at Thor, who just keeps loving him. And then sexytimes! I did find myself wishing that this fic had been expanded some, given the process a little more time, but a lot of that is because the writing is really solid and lovely, the Loki voice was really good, and I definitely had a lot of feelings all up over this fic, both for Loki and Thor who just loves him and wants him so badly. This is not meant to be a backhanded rec, honest, because I genuinely enjoyed it and want more from this author!

And All The Towers Come Down by entanglednow, thor/loki, 1.6k
    Thor cannot leave him there.
    There were so many moments in The Avengers where Loki's fate very nearly turned away from what it was, where Thor very nearly convinced him, that it's easy to see a divergent road fic like this happen. Even when this is about the Thor movie, it still works so well with my feelings after seeing The Avengers. It's where Thor tries one more time to get through to Loki, in an aching, raw scene that was so very much these two characters and everything that's between them. It's beautifully written and gave me so many feelings and I felt that the ending of the fic was deserved because of the deftness of the writer. Plus, oh, the ending. My heart, I'm not sure how much of this I can take.

the days were bright red by paxlux, thor/loki, 4.3k
    This is how much I’ve missed you. This is how much it costs to keep you.
    I am somewhat at a loss to describe this fic or why I let out one of those long-held breaths at the end of it, other than to say that the pull between Thor and Loki is gorgeously written here. They're not humans, they're similar, but somehow just a little off in a way that works so well here, the way they battle and yet let each other slip away, the way they interact with each other. It's several scenes set across their lives, both when they're children and when they're adults, all of these scenes blending together beautifully in a way that shows just how entwined these two are with each other. The writing itself is beautiful as well, it captures all the things I want from Thor and Loki--something a bit like an AU, the sense of epic gods battling, the sense of adventure, the history between them, the magic and might, and especially the emotional power here. It's a gorgeous piece with gorgeous characterization and it left me with a whole load of feelings, once again.

Look at me by mrsloki [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, 1.9k
    The pinch between Loki’s brows and around his eyes never left, not when he asked, voice wet with a pained gasp, for a drink Tony Stark had apparently offered him.
    Reading on tumblr is not something I usually do, but I figured, eh, might as well give this one a shot. And then, oh, feelings. It's a short moment after The Avengers, when Loki has been defeated and is in Thor's care now, where Thor tries one more time to get through to his brother. What's lovely about this piece--aside from the tidal wave of FEELINGS SO MANY FEELINGS--is that it doesn't try to push for too much. There's only a small glimmer of maybe something there, it's more about the quiet moment of pleading and trying to reach the Loki he knows than it is about putting everything back to right. It almost sort of borders on gen, aside from two very chaste kisses, more about them being the person their world revolves around, even after all this time. And lots of UGH JUST FIX EVERYTHING ALREADY BECAUSE I NEED TO BE HAPPY AGAIN.

All Hands Against Our Own by stereobone [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, 3.2k
    "Cut my hair, brother," he says. "Like you used to." Or, four times Loki cut Thor’s hair and one time Thor cut Loki’s.
    I am a sucker for four times [xxx] happened and one time [xxx] happened types of fic! I love knowing that there's going to be a theme that connects the five scenes, especially when it's used to show the progress of a relationship! And I love could-be-gen-could-be-more (and, in this case, eventually becomes more--my favorite!) interactions like hair cutting that are used to show the intimacy between the characters! And the fic deals with Thor and Loki as kids, which I love, because they are precious darling babies. Well, precious darling little baby shits, but that just makes them more darling. The fic does a lovely job of being ouchy as hell, especially at the end, but you know it's coming and I found that it ended on just the right notes for me.

Yidrigar by epistolic, thor/loki, 5.1k
    Sometimes I am envious, but never doubt that I love you.
    Ahhhh, this was such a gorgeous piece. I love fic that plays with the worldbuilding of the movieverse, that plays with the other planets that are out there and could be associated with Asgard and the way there are politics with the royal families. I love love love that this author wrote in so many little touches of not only that, but also traditions and touches of magic and so many legends and stories. I love all the trappings of this! But, even more than that, I love the heart of this story, centered on Thor's character and the feelings that are never quite said between him and Loki, how dearly they love each other, how desperately they love each other in a lot of ways, how it's not bad by itself, but it could lead to trouble, like it very nearly does here. The author does a brilliant job of conveying that depth of emotion without having to ever precisely name it. Instead, I simply felt it. And, oh, my heart went out to Thor for not really quite understanding the situation around him, but also Loki who loves Thor so much that it nearly burns him up inside, you can just feel it on him, especially when it looks as though Thor might be put into a marriage to someone who is a good match for him. This was an utterly gorgeous fic.

Vikings Weren't Into Metal by hannibalisms, thor/loki + other mcu characters, 23.2k
    Thor finds Loki in a wholly unexpected place.
    There are some fics that just wrap a person up in them and won't let you go until they're done. There are certain storylines that I'm going to forever seek out in any given fandom. And, oh, this fic definitely hit both of those weak points for me--post-Thor, Thor goes looking for Loki and finds him in an unexpected place. It's listed as AU and the implication seemed that metal would be a theme, I found it surprisingly true to the canon source (well, aside from The Avengers having Jossed it, of course), instead of humorous or cracky. It's gorgeously written and, oh, I may have a severe case of the Loki Feels, but I also have an intense case of the Thor Feels and this fic did a magnificent job of bringing them out. Thor searching for Loki, slowly trying to piece their relationship and his understanding of Loki together, the way he feels everything so intensely, even while the writing is gorgeously clean and smooth, it was rather wrenching to read in all the best ways. I felt everything right along with him and I love love love the way the author used Jane and Darcy and Erik in the story, dealing with Thor's connection to them and giving resolution there, while he searched for Loki. And, oh, there's actually plot to this! It isn't just that he happens to stumble over Loki, Thor has to search for him and, even then, it's difficult. By the end of the fic, I was rather in love and maybe even a bit misty-eyed because this, this is how I want everything to go. Because it does the work with Thor and Loki and gives me the ending I desperately need.

maybe someday, love by featherxxdreams, thor/loki (pre-slash?), 1.7k
    Loki is tired.
    I feel like I should just start screaming, "GODDAMN THESE FUCKING FEELINGS!" every time I read Thor/Loki fic these days. Not that this is really Thor/Loki, it could be gen just as much as it could be something more, but that's all right, too. It's post-movie, where Loki is brooding in Jotenheim and Thor doesn't believe that he's completely lost to them, he knows there's more to Loki's actions than what's on the surface. This is a piece about Thor refusing to let go until Loki breaks just a little bit, about making me feel all these complicated feelings about how, yesssss, I want more of Thor digging for the real truth until he pries it out of Loki and then lots and lots and lots of hugging.

Kiss Kiss by anonymous, thor/loki, NSFW, 6k
    “I will not have you speaking lies of my brother,” Thor hisses. “I’m not lying,” Tony says. “He totally came onto me last night, man. And Clint too.”
    Fuck this fucking fandom, for fuck's sake. I'm reading fic on the kinkmeme! I don't do that! (It's a neurotic story that's ridiculous, but I own my quirks, whatever, shut up!) But this summary! Loki is put under a curse and only True Love's Kiss will break it, so Loki decides he's not going to wait around for it to just happen and goes about kissing all the Avengers to figure it out, never realizing the one person that it's, of course, going to be. And it's such fun to read, especially with Loki's growing frustration as seen through Thor's eyes, who is bothered by this, but not so much as the rest of the Avengers, as Loki hunts them down one by one. But it's also delightfully fun because they figure it out eventually and then there's sexytimes porn and it's like everything that makes me happy in fic! \o/ And god knows I needed it after all the soul-crushing fic I've been reading lately.

Is there poison in that which is sweet to drink? by transemacabre, thor/loki, somewhat NSFW, 1.4k
    Odin never stole Loki from the giants. The first time Thor and Loki meet is when Loki comes to Asgard to steal Thor's hammer, only Thor catches him in the attempt. Rather than killing him outright, Thor captures him because Loki is so small and pitiful for a giant.
    I kind of feel like screeching my feelings to the sky again after this fic because, goddammit, this kinkmeme is going to provide me with everything I need to be ridiculously in love with these characters and this fandom. The prompt was delightful! And, oh, it's short but it's so good, where Loki is young, he doesn't know as much as he may know later, but he's smart and thoughtful, to Thor's brashness and openness. It's in keeping with the characters, it has some beautiful language, and, oh, the sexytimes and the ending. So perfect.

Two Steps From Redemption (but only taking one) by sphinxofthenile, thor/loki (pre-slash?) + odin, 9.2k
    Loki is brought back to Asgard, but that hardly means a closure for anyone involved.
    So, I'm glad I had a warm and fluffy fic under my belt before tackling this one because, jfc, Loki's fury and bitterness is so sharp here, everything he says, everything he thinks is acidic and poisonous and so, so hurt. Don't get me wrong, it was a super good read for me, because it brought out the million Loki Feels I have, but it was not an easy fic. It's gorgeously written, Loki's mind is so twisted and damaged, that even from his perspective, I had no idea if he was making progress or not, even though I rather desperately want to believe he is. Thor's presence, as Loki sits in his room and stews and simmers and rages and waits for his fate to be decided, Thor who loves him so much and would do anything for him, is beautifully bittersweet and painful and all the gorgeous things it should be. It's one of those fics where, I feel like this story has been tackled a hundred times and yet I will read it a hundred more times, because authors like this continue to make it sharp and brilliant and new every time. And, oh, what I wouldn't do for the story right after this one. What I wouldn't do.

Burning Shadows by Keshra, thor/loki, a bit nsfw, 3.3k
    "Even when you become King, even if you forget about me, I will always be near for you."
    I'm a little wary of heading into FFNET to try to find Thor fic, especially when I haven't yet full exhausted AO3, but I stumbled over this piece and found myself enjoying it because, yes, I will always and forever want more fic of Thor and Loki when they were teenagers and going through all these changes, pulling away from what they used to be like as children, the bumpy road into adulthood for them, but eventually figuring it out and getting back to someplace good. I love every single trope of the Thor/Loki fandom that's here, even if the ending is a bit abrupt, there is satisfying resolution and a whole load of ~*feelings*~ I have inside me while reading this and that is what I was seeking when I first started reading. <3

Hushaby, Hushaby by lazulisong, thor/loki, ~1k
    when loki was small, he had bad fevers, and their mother would sing him a special lullaby. after a while, thor sings it for him instead.
    No. No, fuck you, Meg. That's NOT COOL. NOT COOL AT ALL. It is not cool to write a really sweet, adorable, lovely bb!Thor and bb!Loki fic and then just utterly destroy me with the last two lines of the fic. It is NOT COOL to drop that kind of feelings bomb on me, especially when using a childhood lullaby their mother sang to Loki when he was a baby is present, because that's just fucking sweet as all get out. *sullenly hides under the desk*

Ale to the King by glayish, thor/loki + other marvel characters, NSFW, 5.5k
    “Well then,” The corner of Thor’s mouth hooks up as Loki meets his gaze, “Best future King wins?” Thor has never seen Loki drunk.
    Ahhhh, this is the best way to wrap up my fic reading for the evening because, yessss, Thor and Loki get into a drinking contest--which should be cracky, but works genuinely because there's a challenge here and Loki still has that sharp edge of needing to be seen as Thor's equal, still needing to prove himself--and it's the first time Thor's ever seen Loki drunk and ahhhhh yes good. It's used as an excuse to have Loki let go a little, to be drunk and giggly and physically affectionate, which does a whole lot for Thor and eventually they realize they both really, really want to touch each other. I go back and forth on frottage fics, because sometimes they're not that good, but then other times they're blisteringly hot and, oh, this one was super, super hot. There's so much lovely imagery here (especially everything to describe Loki), some great characterization, and sexytimes. I don't ask for more.

Marks on Your Soul by BeesKnees, thor/loki + odin, NSFW, bloodplay, knifeplay, dark themes, 1.6k
    After Thor and Loki overthrow Odin, Loki seeks to remake them.
    One of the ways around darkfic not really working for me is when it's not so much about punishing a character, but instead about two characters who go down a dark path together, which I EAT UP LIKE DELICIOUS CANDY. And, oh, this fic is so good for that--when Thor and Loki have a relationship that can't last, that they know will be torn apart, instead they turn on Odin to overthrow him and Loki decides to remake them afterwards. And it's definitely fairly dark, with a lot of implications and then Loki carving markings into Thor's skin to match his own, so they'll be mirror images of each other, all while practically in his lap, until Thor has enough and is set loose, finally taking Loki. And it is SUPER HOT OMG, all the more so because it's only half about sex, but also about a lot more than that. I didn't think I'd like this that much, but the author does an absolutely gorgeous job of it.

For His Hand by Elsian, thor/loki + other marvel characters, alternate universe, 31.4k
    Deception and intrigue swamp Asgard as Odin holds a tournament for Loki's hand. Thor enters to prove himself but finds his priorites changing.Meanwhile others compete for Loki's hand, each with their own agenda.
    Okay, this fic. It's not going to be for everyone and it's definitely falling more on the side of Loki being mischevious and being pissed off than full of jagged edged fury and rage and, honestly, it's a fic about Odin and everyone else thinking that Loki can't protect himself (because, pft, magic, whatever, Loki) when Thor becomes king because everyone will be gunning for the royal family, so he organizes a tournament for Loki's hand in marriage, on the premise that a strong warrior would be able to protect him. And Loki's pretty fuck all of you, but goes along with it because he has to and then Thor enters the tournament on the grounds that he just wants to make sure nobody evil gets his baby brother and, well, we all know what that really means. There's the occasional rough edge to the fic, but there's a reason I'm giving all these caveats ahead of time, because, fuck, did I love this fic. It did a really good job of fleshing out the parts of the story that needed it, there are a bunch of OCs that work really well, who don't need to take up a lot of screentime, yet I felt like they were giving that spark of life they needed. The author doesn't shy away from putting in a few action scenes for the challenges the competitors face, nor does it shy away from balancing all these different motivations and political ambitions, but does so without taking away from how this story is centered on the Thor/Loki relationship.

And I love the author for the way Loki was written, who was not passive in his story, even if he couldn't directly go out and compete or change the rules, instead bending things here and there for his own amusement or overhearing conversations or giving a nudge here and there to make things go better. This is a nicer Loki, one who isn't full of that sharp rage, one who gets along better with his family, but that doesn't mean he's not furious when he's treated unfairly or like he's some dainty flower. He finds out he's Jotunn mid-story, but the events are different, so he takes it better, and there's definitely a softening of his character here, but the fic is fleshed out well enough that I bought it and really, really enjoyed this story. Plus, it's a bunch of people (and I loved that it was both men and women! Sif herself has a lot to prove, so of course she entered and made it pretty far and that was one of my favorite bonuses from the author) who are all fighting to marry Loki and, shit, yes, I am going to eat that up like the delicious candy it is. This is honestly one of my favorites in this fandom!

apples, wolf's teeth, a weight against the fall by Isagel, thor/loki + loki/mjolnir, NSFW, object insertion, 8.3k
    The one thing in all the realms that his trickery cannot shift, around which his magic cannot maneuver.
    There is something this fic that is... both good and heartbreaking. Something that's terribly complicated and difficult to explain, even in a rec, in a way that's breathtaking perfect for Thor and Loki. It's the way Loki loves him so desperately, but there's also hate there, it's how possessive he is of both those feelings inside him, the eternal struggle of them both, even if one has maybe tipped the balance a bit more to one side. It's in the gorgeous use of language, one of my favorites being the way to describe the sun and moon's rise and fall, ever chasing each other, in a way that works perfectly for Loki. It's in the way that Thor's love for Loki is something that is a weakness to Loki, but is also a power he has over Thor as well. It's in the way sex is used here, how sometimes it's about one thing, another time it's about Loki letting Thor fuck all the thoughts out of his head for awhile. There are times, I'm sure, when Loki/Mjolnir has been used poorly in fic, but this author winds it together with how the hammer is like an extension of Thor, that's why it's so meaningful, the way it's not forgotten that Loki cannot move, yet it's not cruel, because the hammer seems to almost like Loki in its own way. And the Thor characterization is gorgeous, because he's so good-hearted and loves Loki so dearly and lets Loki come to him, even when he can see that Loki is not to rights yet, that Loki is still ever falling and falling in his head. And, somehow, the author manages to make this fic not heartbreaking, somehow manages that Loki, in all his complex anger and bitterness and desperate want, is a little better than he was before. All that, plus super, super hot sexytimes and a delightfully teasing, humorous ending. This fic was so satisfying that I can't even say.

dulcis amor by homoerotics, thor/loki, ~1k
    Loki has a wide variety of talents. Dancing, as it turns out, is not one of them.
    I never used to have a weakness for dancing fics, it just wasn't something that hyped me up. I never disliked them, but it wasn't until recently that I decided YES PLZ THAT SOUNDS EXCELLENT and it's fics like this as to why--the intimacy between Thor and Loki, as Thor teaches Loki to dance (Loki has a wide variety of talents. Dancing, as it turns out, is not one of them.), as it's more about the attraction between them than it is about the dancing itself--that all really, really works for me. It's short but it's lovely and the the inspiring fanart for it is stunning. Basically, I'm just going to go roll around in this for awhile.

to the ruler and the killer, baby by miikkaa_xx, thor/loki, NSFW, ~1k
    Loki knows what it feels to claim and be claimed all at once.
    I am going to be terrible at describing a fic, once again. Because it's short, not even 500 words, and it's all about the sexytimes and yet... its characterization is so sharp and brilliant to me that it's satisfying as it is. This Loki, who claims Thor by riding him and driving his brother into a relentless, desperate want, who manipulates even in this, this is how Loki operates. The thoughts that go through Loki's head, the way he controls exactly what he's doing, the darkness there, even as he still loves his brother, that is the most delicious candy to me.

Untitled by katsu, thor/loki, 2.3k
    The first impulsive, unplanned act of his life is also to be his last: as Loki looks into his father's eye, hearing that one word, a disappointed, "No," and his hand loosens of its own accord, fingers giving way.
    Oh, my heart. This fic is... the scene on the Bifrost at the end of the Thor movie, gone a bit differently, if Thor had been able to grab hold of Loki and drag him back. My heart ached for things to be better, they almost could have been better, I would have been more than fine with that. But the author doesn't take the easy road with Loki's anger and betrayal, instead, he is as twisted up and dark as he is in the movie, so painful to read about because he is so loved but not truly understood and lacking in guidance and just-- well, everything that gives me the Loki feels is beautifully done in this different storyline, the way he's so determined to be on this path. I love it because it's a different set of events and yet... how much really changes? That's the beautiful tragedy of Loki here.

We'll Build Our Altar Here by gunboots, thor/loki, NSFW, teenagers, consent issues, 1.3k
    It's distressingly easy to get Loki under him. For all his cleverness, Loki is still so painfully naive, especially in matters concerning the physical.
    This is such an interesting fic and I'm not sure quite how to describe it or why it intrigued me so much--other than, a more innocent, almost naive Loki and a Thor who takes advantage of him and can't bring himself to feel badly about it, because he's too hungry for Loki, that shouldn't work, but somehow I found myself pulled into this fic anyway. I imagine a lot of it has to do with how I have a lot of Loki Feels, how often authors get into how desperately Loki loves Thor (even as he hates him), so seeing a Thor that wants Loki just as desperately (because his feelings for Loki are just as intense) is pretty tasty. And the author definitely doesn't shy away from the uncomfortable aspect of their ages and instead winds it up into the thorny mess that is their relationship.

Stranger Like Me by amberfox17, thor/loki, NSFW, disney fusion, 3.3k
    Thor/Loki AU. Thor is Tarzan; Loki is the Victorian gentleman literally swept off his feet in the jungle. Basically just porn based on a Disney film...oh dear.
    This was inspired by mangaka-soldier's art and, oh, man, I was immediately excited because Disney AUs are a thing I love in this fandom, which this fic absolutely did not disappoint on! I loved how the fic was a balance between a really very sweet dynamic that this Thor has been raised in the wild, so there's a kind of direct aggression that socialized humans wouldn't have, but he backs off when it's clear Loki doesn't want it that way, which is the perfect blend of all the elements that are here. I mean, I wouldn't have objected to something rougher, but I love how this turned out instead! And it's a Disney fusion that works, I love that Loki is proper and tightly buttoned up, but you see flashes of his temper and how he craves something wilder and more chaotic, which means you utterly feel the attraction to Tarzan!Thor here. There's sex, some lovely almost penetrative sex that's still kind of hot (but I'm glad didn't happen this way, too) and then some actual frottage sex that's just, ahhhh, it's hot and sweet, which is perfect for a Thor/Loki Disney fic. This was delightful.

Murder to Excellence by miikkaa_xx, thor/loki, NSFW, character death, violence, 3.1k
    Thor kills two men and takes the third as a prize. Spoilers for The Avengers.
    So, I've seen inspiring fanart on tumblr several times, of the re-imagined post-quinjet reunion scene in The Avengers, which takes a much darker and more posessive turn here, and finally sat down with the fic. It's a little difficult to put the beginning of this fic with the Thor of the movie, because he so easily murders people he knew were righteous, but the author has this gorgeous way of writing Loki's view of the character, of seeing his brother's rage and posessiveness, of the warrior god that he is, and the way Loki thrills at all of it, that I was instantly won over. The story is about building towards Thor fucking Loki in that forest, but it's about so much more than that, there's so much characterization amongst the porn, but also! Porn! That's just that right combination of rough and sharp edged and so perfect for these two.

Off the Floor by GettheSalt, thor/loki + avengers, 1.9k
    Thor has a small chat with his brother after the events in Stark Tower.
    Set immediately after the "I'll take that drink now." scene, this really worked for me--partly because, oh, I enjoyed Thor's dig at his brother and Loki's response to the position he finds himself in (fuck all of you who don't understand my deep and true love for these things), but also because there's an unmentioned sense of... Loki being more settled here. Whether it's because he's just given up or because something got knocked back to right in his head, it's not really the point. It's a quiet moment between the brothers, while the Avengers all rest and warily watch, touched with humor amongst the unease of what happens next.

delusion, mockery, snare by kyrilu, implied thor/loki + doctor who, crossover, 1.2k
    The first thing that Loki thinks, when he sees the Doctor, is: Ah. A liar.
    This is a bit of an odd fic to attempt to try and describe. It's... a moment, a scene, a meeting between two people, one that's magic and instinct and darkness, rather than it being straightforward. The author has lovely writing, though, and I adore the opening lines: The first thing that Loki thinks, when he sees the Doctor, is: Ah. A liar. The language of the piece is very pretty and, because it's these two characters, I can float along with the way it's almost a bit like a dream-like state, the way they simply know things about each other. Somehow, this just... worked for me.

At Rest by sinemoras09, loki/natasha (possibly) + potentially implied thor/Loki, loki & natasha, fem!loki, 4.7k
    What you cannot imagine, I shall be that. (Loki infiltrates SHIELD. Gen. Hinted Lady Loki/Natasha.)
    Sometimes you run across a fic that leaves you with your heart in your throat and a tense set to your shoulders the entire time, because it's so beautifully written and just makes your heart ache in these subtle, gorgeous ways. And that's what this fic does--as Natasha finds herself befriending another female agent at S.H.I.E.L.D., someone who is sharp and damaged and intriguing, I was left a little breathless at how their relationship developed. That's the amazing thing about this fic, how Natasha and "Laura" have a surprising amount of similarities, how they fit together as friends and it makes so much sense. But there's so much more under the surface and you can read between Laura's lines, even if you understand why Natasha doesn't, and it's all breathtakingly gorgeous and bittersweet. The author packed in everything needed for a fic like this.

Whisper by Mikkeneko, thor/loki, nsfw, 7k
    Loki is hypersensitive to the slightest touch. He was in the Void for so long, and in unfriendly hands for so long, that he's completely forgotten what good touch feels like, and he gets an extreme reaction to even a soft brush against his back or arms.
    Ahhh, so good. Touch deprived Loki is a thing that intrigues me so much in this fandom and it's so sharply done here, you feel the harshness of what he went through even once he's safe now and been safe for awhile, you still feel the genuine trauma of it and how slow the healing process is. But you do feel that healing and that's why this fic worked so well for me--it's so fascinating to me, to see people genuinely healing and being comforted after the hurts they've suffered. The fic uses the sensation of touch so well, it conveys such intimacy even in such light (for these characters) touches, how intense an experience this is for Loki, who has spent far too long deprived of touch and now can't stand even a fraction of what he used to. But it's also in the way the characters are written, how Loki is so brittle and angry, but also years for Thor's touch, wants it so desperately, but is relearning how to accept it. It's about Thor who has zero instincts to be quiet or to hold back, but he's trying for Loki's sake, you can feel how difficult being quiet and slow is for him here, but how he loves so truly and genuinely that it makes such a difference. Ugh, so good.

Unwelcome. by kiyala, thor/loki + other asgardians, body share, 3.4k
    After a run-in with enemy spell-casters, Thor's soul is pushed into Loki's body and they are forced to share more space than Loki was ever willing to.
    Oh, yesssss. Body share fic that is about giving me all the feelings because Loki hates it so much, it's such a terrible invasion of his privacy, and I feel for him, but its also about showing Thor what Loki's situation is like and getting him to realize just what his brother goes through. I'm generally not a fan of the other Asgardians being so openly snotty, because Loki is their prince, not just their boss' son, but with this fic... Loki's reactions, the way he just ignored it, the way he acted like their words meant nothing, even while he seethed inside, that gave me a lot of leeway, and made it end up working for me. But mostly, oh, it was all about Thor being able to see all the things Loki usually kept hidding, all the fury and rage and love and lust twisted up inside him, all of those feelings that made my heart ache right along with the characters. Body sharing is definitely one of those things each fandom needs before its truly complete and I'm glad to check that one off the list.

Calling Truces by Asidian, thor/loki, NSFW, 4.1k
    He fought ever onward- fell back to the ice that drained his magic far less than learned spells- froze circuits and clogged weaponry, turned the world to cruel winter and let his skin bleed from pale to blue. When his blood was shed, it froze, and there was a grim satisfaction in the way the humans scrambled from their battle, the way they saw his form and named him monster.
    From the kinkmeme: Another WIP fill on the kinkmeme, I know. But they're so much fun! And this one is delightful--it's only two scenes, but they stand well on their own, where Thor and Loki call a truce in their usual battles for one reason or another. The first one is positively darling, with Thor and Loki and Sif as children and it's the sweetest, most adorable thing. And the second is when they're older and, oh, Loki is so maddeningly charming that I fall for him all over again, even as he's an utter little shit. So, it's only two parts, but they're delightful moments that read well on their own and I wound up satisfied as they were.
    On AO3: I read the first half of this on one of the kinkmemes around, but then the second half was posted with it and, ahhhhh, so good! It's a series of scenes where Loki and Thor call a truce between them for various reasons, whether because they're interrupted or because they're setting aside their rivalry while they're fucking or because they've come around on each other, it's all really delightful and charming. Loki is, as always, acerbic and sharp tongued, while Thor is direct and genuine and, oh, the ending scene is so perfect, because, yes, yes, I want more of Loki being Loki even as he comes around and joins his brother in his own way. All of them are really excellent, but that last one is especially satisfying.

Faceless by thefirstwhokneels, thor/loki, NSFW, anonymous sex, 6.4k
    There is a special tavern in Asgard where, in complete anonymity, anyone can have their desire granted. Both Thor and Loki share the passion for what the tavern provides - it is only that they don't know it of each other...
    A story like this runs the risk of losing intimacy or being awkward enough to give me second-hand embarrassment, because of the anonymity of the sex and the inability to see your partner's face or talk to them. But the fic keeps the intimacy with just enough communication through body language that I stayed connected to it. The mid-scene rotating povs was not only not distracting but enhanced the fic, where the author chose really good moments to do a 180 whip around, so I liked the structure as well as the story itself! Loki enjoying the anonymity, both for something like punishment (whether of himself, of his title, of those who hold him to the role he has, or some combination of all those) combined with his enjoyment of people not knowing he might have had sex with them really worked for me--it's another reason why the anonymous/faceless sex doesn't make me uncomfortable in this story. Thor's reasons for going to this tavern, where you couldn't see the person you were having sex with, were solid as well, which is important when you're not just going for pwp fic. Well, it is pwp fic, largely, but it's more than that, too.

Because there was characterization here and there was care put into the very delicate balance between keeping them as themselves, of giving them some communication with each other that was true to each of their personalities, but not so much that they wouldn't recognize each other. Add into this that each was (if lightly) reminded of their sibling and yet still didn't make the connection, that's a fragile line to walk, but it really worked for me here! And then there was the sex itself, which was lengthy and detailed and filthy and scorching hot. The hints of Thor teasing him before properly fucking him, the keeping Loki just on the edge of coming, which completely wrecks his cool, so that he's desperate for more and writhing against the bed, and finally Thor practically holding him up to fuck him? Jfc. The sheer powerf of Thor, felt even anonymously was so hot. What a great read, especially if you're in the mood for porn + sharp characterization.

Unmasked by thefirstwhokneels, thor/loki, NSFW, anonymous sex, 10k
    Sequel to Faceless. Thor and Loki don't know of each other that they visit the same special tavern for special needs... Can this stay forever this way, or like every secret, it's bound to be revealed, too?
    Once again, this fic skirts around potential awkwardness and second-hand embarrassment, instead making this something good, the way Loki enjoys being taken like this and it's a subtle reflection of his relationship with Thor, while continuing to maintain believability that they don't put two and two together. That balance is such a delicate thing to build, but when there's a moment Loki is asking for Thor's trust, who realizes this is a test, despite that neither of them know who the other is still, it's a tense but great moment, because you recognize both characters, you recognize Loki putting a test to his partner, you recognize Thor understands this because of his relationship with Loki. And that's even before the sex gets even hotter, because Thor passes the test and then Loki's riding him, teasing him, until Thor thrusts up hard into him and, oh, I was nearly done right there.

But the fic continues on and you know eventually they have to find out. The reveal was intense and satisfying in an explosive way, which is important when you have Big Revelations, that the moment be satisfying after all the build up to it, and the fic finds the sweet spot between how horrified they are and yet not going too far into horror to ruin the fun of that moment. And this fic has really excellent Thor characterization, when he won't just back off from the tension between them, even if he doesn't quite know how to fix it, he keeps trying. It's fantastic for how it doesn't make Thor helpess or overly hesitant but neither does it let up on Loki's wrath, Thor's reactions were just as important to the scene.

And when he comes back from the hunt? Still in hunter mode and you feel the presence of the god of thunder? Jfc, no wonder Loki was so desperately turned on. This is build up, where Thor has had it with the tension between them, he loves Loki and enjoys fucking him and so he's going to have him and the sex is again lengthy and powerful, like Thor is unleashing one his storms on Loki. And there's still playfulness there, but that power Thor has, when he keeps fucking Loki through a second orgasm, when he pushes Loki's face down and grabs Loki's hips to roll into him, all that sheer power and presence, all that storm god might, it is the hottest fucking thing. Admittedly, it's one of my favorite things, so it hit my buttons especially hard, but this is absolutely a worthy follow up to the previous fic and resolved absolutely everything that needed to be done, emotionally and physically.

The One Where Sex Ruins Loki's Life Forever by phalangical, thor/loki + other asgardians + other mcu characters, NSFW, 13.4k
    The thing is, despite the whole taking over-the-world-alien-invasion-shebang Loki pulled, after he escapes from Asgard and comes crawling back to Earth he doesn’t do that much large scale damage. Its almost, Tony thinks, like he’s just trying to piss them off really.
    I read the beginning of this fic awhile back and it's a little rough around the edges at first (but just a touch!), but still enjoyably fun and just a bit cracky, just enough to make it one of those pick me up fics that I enjoyed. I came back to it the other day and realized, whoa, a lot more had been written! And I just tore right through all of it because, ahhhh, it's so much fun and the author has a way of pulling me right into the story and it smoothed out really well and whenever Loki's life is made really difficult by how much he loves Thor, yeah, I am going to be right there. And the author knows how to embrace that aspect without making it too over the top, they know how to hit the right buttons on a story like this, they know how to stride the line between cracky and not. So, when Loki tries desperately to forget Thor after their night together, when Thor doesn't understand his brother and is trying hard to figure him out, when Loki goes around in disguises that fate seems bent on not working right for him, when Loki realizes oh goddammit his Jotunn biology is ruining his fucking life? Yesss, all of that is super goddamned good for me.

All the more so because the author walks that line between stretching things out too far (where I get impatient for things to just MOVE FORWARD already) vs not taking enough time to build things up (where I don't feel the resolution was satisfying because it happened too fast), they found the right length for the story, the pacing worked so well for me, so that I found myself at the end of this fic and satisified by it, before I even realized it! As well as making sure to include several of the other Avengers, especially their friendship with Thor or Tony's utter delight at Loki's life being difficult and I kind of ridiculously loved this author's Frigga. The author does a beautiful job of making it fun and light-hearted (even during the angstier parts, it's a light-hearted fic) and, even if it's not technically finished, the point it ends on could work really well as an ending and there's even really satisfying sex and a happy end. I realize this is a terrible rec but I really loved this one kind of a lot!

And All The Towers Come Down by entanglednow, thor/loki, 1.6k
    Thor cannot leave him there.
    Have I recommended this fic before? I can't remember. I was reading fic at random again today and remembered this author from Sherlock fandom and dove back in. This was written in between Thor and The Avengers, so it's not compliant to Avengers canon, but, oh, the emotions are perfect. Thor rescues Loki from S.H.I.E.L.D. and they have one of those talks that rips my fannish heart out because Thor just loves him so much and would do anything for him, not to change him, but to understand him, to have Loki understand that Thor genuinely loves him. The emotions of this piece and the character insight are all just gorgeous and the ending is exactly what was needed.

Had we but world enough, and time by amberfox17, thor/loki, 4.4k
    Hate and love are two sides of the same coin, and only require time for one to turn to the other. And what do gods have, if not time? Or, a story in three parts, of the past, present and future: how Lævatein was forged, taken and returned, how a relationship can be cracked, shattered and remade, and how Thor lost and found Loki time and time again.
    I'll definitely admit that I'm wary of wip fics and Norse mythology elements in a Marvel-based fic, but when done well I love the world building and this fic definitely intrigued me! The growing rift and divide between Thor and Loki, their personalities becoming so different to each other, how difficult Loki is for Thor to understand even as he sees him. That's a huge thing for me, that Thor may not understand why Loki is the way he is, but he still knows his brother and gets that he doesn't understand him, and it's done so well here, in this chapter set pre-Thor. Plus, you add in magical swords and Loki's family being sick with worry about him when he's gone missing for too long and the sense of these huge worlds these characters inhabity and the fight between Thor and Loki is harsh, Loki's words are already angry, but there's still so much love there at the same time, that it's a bumpy road, but it wasn't all bad times, even as the resentment festers, all wrapped up in Thor storming off to find his little brother and bring him home. Yes, give me that.

15 Day OTP Challenge (chapter 1) by umakoo [ tumblr link ], thor/loki, nsfw, frottage, 1.2k
    Loki would pay for this, Thor decided as he used his cape to cover the very prominent bulge in his trousers.
    I'm going to rec each chapter of this fic individually, because they're all stand-alones that aren't connected to each other and have different kinks, so each one will be labelled differently and hopefully making them easier to find/avoid what you're really looking for. Plus, I just simply want to. :D Okay! First chapter! Frottage fics have to be done carefully with me, because it's a bit of an uphill battle to get me to find them hot, especially if they're combined with coming inside your clothes--but this author does a really excellent job of it. The sense of just how long Thor's been watching Loki try on different outfits, done in a way that works for the character because it's all about being a little shit--a vain little shit, but still a little shit--and how sly Loki is about keeping Thor just on edge enough to be frustrated and tense, but not quite tipping into full anger. And the sense of urgency when they finally are alone, how it's too urgent to stop to undo clothing, it all works really well and is super hot for me.

15 Day OTP Challenge (chapter 3) by umakoo [ tumblr link ], thor/loki, implied physical violence/fighting, ~1k
    Thor winced at the intense pain that shot through his lower back as he crouched down to descend into the steaming pool of water.
    What I enjoy about this piece is the way that it balances the Thor&Loki relationship pre-movie in a way that fits so well with how I view things. That it isn't that Loki couldn't get his licks in on a fight, that he wasn't tenacious and clearly someone you don't want to meet in a dark alley, but that he could never be Thor. That that's the problem, one that Thor never really understood (or was explained to by Loki), that Loki could never be Thor, so his utter insistence on not yielding in a fight he would clearly lose, in a way that Thor doesn't really get, until Thor is bruised as well but nothing like what Loki has, the sense of how these are warrior gods, all of it comes together really nicely in this short fic! Plus, ahhhh, naked kissing in the baths, yes, I enjoy that image a lot.

The Secrets We Keep by salazarssaucystories, thor/loki, NSFW, 5k
    Much like Thor’s enormous strength and ability to bullheadedly plow through problems like a total idiot, Loki’s innate sorcery made itself known very slowly and then much too quickly.
    Ahhh, I really liked this fic a lot! I knew the fic would have me as soon as it showed Loki not doing well at his magic right away, that it frustrated and infuriated him to no end that he couldn't do this right away, because it's such an empathizable position to be in, that you feel like you're never as good as Thor, whom everything seems to be so easy for. At the same time, this Thor is cheerful and obnoxiously charming and just steamrolls his way into encouraging Loki to keep trying at his magica and you can tell how much he utterly adores Loki, even when he's a moody little shit and not being very fair to Thor.

So, I liked it for how it was pretty damned adorable, but then! The fic also gave me Loki practicing magic on Thor, to lower inhibitions which, well, you know exactly where it's going, but that just makes it better. Because Thor tries to hold back, but he really wants to fuck Loki right that second, would push him up against the wall and fuck into him right then and there, if Loki hadn't run off on him. It's a happy fic, though, which means of course they're eventually going to work things out and Loki waits for the spell to wear off before he sneaks into Thor's room and lounges about until Thor's control snaps again (but under his own power) and he finally properly fucks Loki. The fic was a lovely mix of heart-warming idiot brothers working their shit out and satisfying, super good for me sex.

untitled by mrhiddles [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki (somewhat implied), 1.7k
    "Thor gets injured on a hunting trip and cannot be moved, Sif leaves to get help, Loki stays behind and tells him ancient stories and tales from their youth to keep him distracted."
    Oh, this was lovely and truly bittersweet, in a way that really resonated with me today. These are characters with very long lives, which comes with a lot of history between them, and that's both good and bad, which the fic captures here. As Loki tells stories of their childhood, they're happy stories, or at least the kind of stories that brothers tell, but the writing also conveys the growing sense of bitterness and resentment in Loki, where it hasn't boiled to the surface yet, but you can feel it in him, with everything he does and says. But the bitterness doesn't negate the sweetness of this piece and vice versa! Loki still cares greatly, you can feel how much he loves his brother, even as he's simmering in resentment and Thor clearly feels the growing distance between them as well, he wants Loki to stay, wants to mend that distance. It's a lovely piece full of wonderful little details and anecdotes and it's perfect for both the better and the sweet.

Thor Has A Cold by Velvedere, thor/loki, canon divergence, 1.1k
    Set in movie 'verse where Loki follows Thor to Earth after being banished to keep an eye on him. Hijinks ensue.
    While I would read an entire 100k words fic based on the premise of this fic--where Loki follows mortal!Thor to Midgard after he's banished and they live there for awhile--this fic also knows how to tell the shorter story within that greater context without making me feel like it was unfinished. This was satisfying as it was! And, oh, I love when one character gets sick and the other has to take care of them, especially since the author did a fantastic job of still capturing the feeling that Thor may be mortal, but he's had a thousand years as a god before this and you can feel that eventually he'll get it back, even if he and Loki (who is still a god) are learning to navigate the human world. It's short, but it's absolutely delightful all the way around!

Being Adopted Runs in the Family by anonymous, thor/loki + avengers + mild tony/bruce implied, fluff, 2.7k
    “You’re part Asgardian,” Bruce says, no sugar coating, no preamble, because he’s good with facts, not feelings.
    This is another one of those fluffy angst sort of fics and I just... look, it's about the Avengers discovering that there's a reason Steve survived the ice and it's because he's Thor and Loki's kid. Oh, shit, I ate that up like you would not believe. And this is a charming fill for that prompt, including some bonus Tony --> Bruce that's also really cute and just fun all the way around. Plus, bonus points for Loki clearly having feelings about his kid having been given up for adoption.

untitled by tamidan, thor/loki + avengers, mildly nsfw, 2.7k
    Loki looked so helpless, standing alone in an empty glass cage, but Thor knew he wasn’t. A prison meant to hold the Hulk was no match for his brother, and it sent an inexplicable thrill through him. None of SHIELD’s technology nor the Avengers’ abilities could contain his brother; yet, he stood in his cage, waiting. For Thor to come see him?
    You know what one of my favorite things about Thor/Loki being Asgardian is? (Well, one of my many favorite things.) That their culture is not Midgardian culture always, so when they're banging everywhere and not caring who may be watching, it's fantastic. Especially when the rest of the Avengers' lives are so difficult because of it, that just makes it all the more hilarious and tasty. And then, on top of that, Loki is totally a box of cats even afterwards, but it's more in the way of getting Thor's attention, despite that Thor is trying to follow Midgardian rules about not fucking super villains, so Loki takes that well, really. This is another fic that blends humor and implied sexytimes and something almost kind of sweet, in that way that is so very soothing to me in this fandom. So, I loved this one a lot.

Comfort from the storm of life by amberfox17, thor/loki, 1.5k
    Loki finds him, as he always does; Thor has never had the trick of finding Loki, not even in their games as children, where his brother would vanish as Thor counted, leaving Thor to blindly search until he gave up in frustration, only for a giggling and gleeful Loki to tumble out of his hiding place as Thor cried for the game to end. There is no laughter now, but Thor feels that same bitter mixture of relief, envy and irritation as Loki appears in the crowd, as if from nowhere, as if he had been there all along. He is elegant and effortless in his dark Midgardian suit, his only concession to his Asgardian self the green and gold scarf that coils, serpentine, around his white throat; he looks a stranger, just another mortal man in this human herd, but Thor will always see the wolf in him, the predator lurking within the dim and doubting flock.
    What I like about this piece are two things--one, that Thor loves so many people, that his affections are so great and wide that he can love all of them truly. Because, yes, that's so very Thor to me. And, two, I'm weak to fic where Thor and Loki set aside their differences because they want to be together for awhile. It's a way around all the mess between them without trying to handwave it away entirely, so it appeals greatly to me. And so I definitely enjoyed this for that! The fic is more about imagery than action, which is rare for me to read about when it comes to Thor, because it often lends a feeling of inaction that goes against his character, but I liked this one, the imagery is very pretty! And I do like how much Thor adores Loki under all their other crap. <3

Keep it On by thesynapticsnap, thor/loki, NSFW, 1.8k
    “Are you mad?” Loki ground out as he felt Thor shift inside of him. “Get off of me, you fool.”
    Any fic that starts with that line is pretty much guaranteed to get my attention. And I think I may have read this on tumblr before but, whatever, it's so good for me that reading it again was just as much fun because it's so perfect, with Loki being cranky because he's utterly filthy and Thor's just so cheerful about it, about how he's going to fuck Loki again, make him even filthier. It's a fantastic combination of Thor being a cheerful dick and how much he clearly adores Loki, that he wants to fill him up again and again that night. It's super filthy fic and super good for me, especially when Loki clearly enjoys it as well, no matter how cranky he is, until he's beyond care about keeping his cool, so that the fucking is all the more intense and I get my THESE ARE GODS FUCKING fix as well. Just. *happy sigh* It was really, really good for me and bless the author for it, so many of my favorite things here. *__*

Threads by peppermintquartz, thor/loki + avengers, implied torture and violence, disturbing imagery, 28.9k
    Loki is brought back to Asgard after the events on Earth. He is sentenced by Odin, but not in the manner he thought and definitely not what most believe Loki deserves. Through it all, Thor keeps a close eye on Loki.
    This is the first in a series of fics that I will be grouping together!
    Chapters 1-2: Usually, when I see anything to do with thread or stitches or sewing, my intense and immediate reaction is NOPE I'M OUT and back out. I'm not sure what made me cautiously click onto this one, but it was probably the "Thor Is Protective" tag, which... made me curious. And, as much as I still back hastily away from the trope most times, this fic is rather gorgeous and just... so much of what I want. When Loki is returned to Asgard, his punishment is not what he or many others think it should be. And I love that that doesn't mean that Loki is getting off easy, because this is a story that's about dragging all his issues out and starting to deal with them, even if that means twisting him up even further emotionally at first. But, oh, this Thor is perfect, he loves Loki so much, he's there for Loki, he shares in Loki's pain and has grown so much since the first movie, but is still as stubborn as Loki is, if not more. The raw, jagged edges of Loki's emotions in this fic, the way he can see how much the people around him love him, even as he can't accept it, the way the author uses the threads punishment not as torture but as motivation (one that hurts those around him just as much), all of it is gorgeous. The author does tend to use descriptors of the characters a bit more than I'd like, but that only stands out because her Loki voice is otherwise so spot-on, the way he carefully steps around outright lying, the way his words are chosen so carefully is so good. The second chapter (which is all there is, as of the writing of this rec) does end on a cliffhanger and there hasn't been resolution yet, but I found the digging into Loki's character already so satisfying that I had to immediately recommend it. It's harsh and painful, but so good.
    Chapter 3: So, this fic. With the threads. Which I still give a wary look when I click on new chapters because that's one of those things I usually run fleeing in the other direction from. But this author... the way Loki is written as practically taunting the spell, the way he uses it to his own will, that I can find super interesting. This chapter also reintroduces the more epic scale plot back into things, with Thanos and the Other still in contact with Loki, making me hellishly curious about how this is all going to unfold. But what really got my heart here was Thor's conversation with his friends about Loki's return, then his conversation with Loki, how Loki's emotions are stirred up despite himself, and that they've finally taken another step forward, when Thor confesses his feelings. I definitely, definitely want the next chapter right now.
    Chapter 4: Ahhh, so this is another fic that I am clawing at the walls to have more of, to know where all of this is going. In the meantime, though, I enjoyed Thor just being so in love with Loki, I enjoyed the kissing, I enjoyed Loki trying to figure out his way around this, and I especially enjoyed his conversation with Thanos, which was almost pleasant and conversational, which is a new tack to take, one I hadn't seen yet. It's also very interesting to watch Loki have to step so very carefully to not tell a lie, to have to watch him try to work around that, even when he's talking to Thanos. Fffff, I want the next chapter soon, though.
    Chapter 5: I love Thor/Loki fic that includes the characters interacting with the various people around them, even if I rather winced a bit at Loki and Sif's harsh conversation. But Loki's conversation with Frigga was lovely and I'm so very weak to their interaction and then there was kissing with Thor and Loki this time, which was super appreciated, and, oh, it's more of exactly what I want--Thor being open and genuine with Loki, being so honest about how much he loves Loki, while Loki just doesn't know how to deal with it at all. And, sigh, of course now I'm back to the waiting for the next chapter, boo.
    Chapter 6: And the plot continues to move with this fic! Which I really appreciate, especially since the author did something interesting that I'd never considered in a "dealing with Thanos" fic--dealing with Thanos knowing who Loki's mother was, who wasn't a Frost Giant. Ahhh, that definitely captured my imagination and I really hope that's where the future of the fic goes! I'm sad that Odin appears to be a jerk in this fic now, but I'm greatly intrigued by the dilemma it presents Thor with, having to choose one way or the other, and AHHHH I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
    Chapter 7: I was a little wary that this fic would be able to wrap up everything by the end, with only one chapter left, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well everything came together by the end! I do still wish Odin had been kinder in this fic, but it was necessary to get the characters where the author needed them, to have Thor forced to choose between Asgard and Loki in a way, and it's not like it was irredeemable or not understandable, given Loki's actions. And the fic ended on such a happy, fulfilling note--which I REALLY NEEDED today, okay--that I'm finding it hard to grouse seriously. Plus, oh, there was even an action scene and there was Thor fighting Thanos on Loki's behalf, there was Thor and Loki fighting together and then there were a lot of feels as Loki was Loki about it until Thor was like, nope, not doing that again, and fixing things. I would definitely love to see more of this universe, especially of Loki's background, because that could be so interesting, but the story felt complete to me, it was a satisfying ending and I am greatly soothed by that.

Expense Accounts by peppermintquartz, thor/loki + tony/pepper + other marvel characters, fluff, ~1k
    Pepper calls Tony about a purchase made using the company card.
    This is linked as a part of a series of fic, but I found it stands better on its own.
    This was totally cute! I loved the banter between Tony and Pepper, when she calls him about some, uh, interesting purchases on his company's expense account and Tony have to figure out how that happened and why. All as there are two very noisy gods in the other room. It's just light-hearted and fun, something I definitely needed after the previous day's heart-wrenching fic.

Not Quite an Epiphany + Serpentine + Taking Sides + In Silence by peppermintquartz, thor/loki + avengers, violence, angst, character death, 36k
    Tony returns to New York with Thor and Loki in tow, and Thor is reminded of who he is. And Loki remembers who he is as well, and finds the perfect moment to remind everyone else.
    All fics: I'm linking these four fics together because they are part of a series and you'll probably need to have read Threads first, to understand the current circumstances that Thor and Loki find themselves in, but they also stand on their own fairly well, I thought. After everything that happened in the first fic, it's nice to read these shorter pieces where everything is happier and more fun and Thor and Loki adjust to life on Midgard and life with each other, often times set through Tony's eyes, which is always a delight. The most recent fic, Belling the Cat (later renamed In Silence), does tend to approach on Loki apologia, the fic definitely paints a softer portrait of him here, but not so much that it took away from my enjoyment of the series. Mostly this series is just... a really fun way to roll around in the relationship between these two, to enjoy slinky!Loki and beaming!Thor and put-upon!Tony. Plus, I love any fic that has Tony being like, shit, Loki is a smart fucker and that really, really makes me nervous. A+ for that alone!
    In Silence, chapter 2: It's hard to describe why this chapter of this fic intrigued me so much, aside from Loki being batshit and dangerous and unstable is always interesting, but I like that... so much of the fic (after the initial trouble) has been light-hearted and kinda fluffy... until Loki doesn't take something very well (Thor going to talk to Jane because he wants a sounding board and he cares about her, knows she's a good person) and flips the fuck out. In an actual bad bad bad sort of way. And I like that I assumed this series was just going to be fluffy angst or whatever (and may still turn back that way, but maybe not) but now I'm not actually sure and I like that the story acknolwedges, yeah, Loki's still pretty fucked up, even when things are better.
    In Silence, chapters 3-5: Every time I start to wonder if this series is taking a turn for the fluffy, that I don't mind fluff whatsoever, but I always like to be in the right mindset for it, that's when this fic comes along and reminds me, nope, this is going to take a pretty dark turn, now that Loki's going off the deep end again. I was actually a bit surprised at how much the author stuck to this in these chapters, that Loki's actions are much darker and more intimately personal (despite not knowing the people he's killing) than he was in even the movies, but... I'm actually a fan of that. Despite that I don't usually prefer darker fics, it's nice to see Loki still having some really sharp teeth, it's nice to see him being a terrifying bastard sometimes, it's nice that the narrative of the fic definitely acknowledges that, even if he's been wronged in a lot of ways, his behavior is that of someone who's been touched by madness here.

I wouldn't have thought that that'd be something I would like, especially not in a fic that I expected to be more about healing (and it may still yet be ultimately about that, even if I'm not sure how it'll get there, after this), but this author makes it work. Because it's all about Thor and Loki's complicated, damaged relationship with him. And a lot of it is also just pure, simple, UGH, I NEED TO KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING NOW--!!

Garnet by peppermintquartz, thor/loki (pre-slash or gen), pre-movie, fluff, 1.6k
    Snowflakes curl dreamily from the heavens and float to earth. Loki remembers their first hunt in the snow.
    This fic is the eighth part in a longer series, but I found that it stands well on its own, you can read it out of order if you wish.
    This is a really sweet fic about Thor and Loki as kids, when Thor drags them both out on their first hunt, which does about as well as you'd expect, because they're little trouble magnets. And I enjoyed that, despite that this was part of a larger Thor/Loki series, this is just sweet little baby brotherly stuff, because that makes sense for them at this point. They're still adorable and still little hellions and yet such sweet precious babies when they find themselves in over their heads. And I love it for the sense of adventure and how they're in a warrior's culture, just for the way it fills in the background of their childhood so delightfully.

Note to Self: Super villains are possessive bastards by Silverlynxcat, thor/loki + avengers, ~1k
    Tony must have done something to warrant Loki throwing him out of a window.
    Ahhhh, the possessive kink, yesss, good. I really enjoyed this fic because it was so perfectly... Tony's body language and movements and reactions (to being thrown out the window by Loki) were perfect, I had no trouble picturing him in my mind's eye, right down to him in the hospital bed afterwards, being indignant in the way nobody pays attention to. And, oh, Loki. Like a charming, gorgeous snake, which is perfect for him. This was short but absolutely delightful.

The Wildfire Consumes All by sphinxofthenile, thor/loki (pre-slash?) + avengers, mythology elements, ~1k
    Thor doesn't know if he has the words to make them understand how simple it is, yet how complicated.
    This fic is a bit difficult to describe, other than to say that it's about the Avengers finally asking Thor about some of the wilder things from Norse mythology, and it's... bittersweet, in a way. It's a lovely look at how they're sort of true, but not in the way Midgardians think, and how Thor has complicated feelings on the matter, and the meaning behind the myths and it's just... a really lovely piece that I can see fitting with the movieverse's take on the mythology.

untitled by thisdorkyblogthing [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, mid-avengers divergent timeline, ~1k
    Somewhat AU. Loki is a little shit. Thor doesn’t like people touching his Loki. And this is full of dumb.
    One of my all time favorite posts on tumblr ever is that gif of Thor busting into the quinjet to knock Iron Man back across the deck before picking Loki up, set to the song "My Boyfriend's Back", I dissolve into laughter every single time I see it. So, getting fic inspired by that idea, a simple thing where instead of being out of his mind about seeing Thor, instead he is a rotten little shit who stirs everything up by pretending be helpless and sending Thor's protective instincts into overdrive. This is so, so great for me because it's adorable, hilarious, and hits my kinks of little shit!Loki and protective, destroy-everything-in-his-path-to-protect-baby-bro!Thor. Pure delight for me.

milk and honey by kiyala, thor/loki, NSFW, some food play, 2.2k
    Thor and Loki are in their teens and just beginning to learn themselves. And, it would seem, each other. Shameless PWP with a touch of angst.
    I think I've read this before, but it's still lovely, the way Thor and Loki are so intimate with each other, like they're the only ones who exist for each other in all the worlds. And that's what really makes this fic beautiful and wonderfully hot! The food kink is light and fun, but it's that intimacy that's the best, making this a positive, happy fic, even when there's a bit of angst mixed in. Lovely, lovely fic all the way around.

Salted Earth by ester_inc, thor/loki, 1.4k
    Thor finds himself exactly where Loki wants him to be.
    Ugh. I need happy fic right now, so why am I reading a fic called "Salted Earth"? That cannot possibly end well! Nor does it, it's not meant to be a happy fic, but a bittersweet one at best. It's heartbreaking, how much Thor and Loki both love each other, each in their own ways, forever on opposite sides because neither can join the other, and there's an elegance to their interaction here, a beautiful quality that the author does so well. This is a Loki that will likely never come back from his path and that's painful, but it's gorgeously done and I'm glad I read it.

A Bet Worth Losing by salazarssaucystories [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, some orgasm denial, 4.2k
    Thor training Loki to come from prostate stimulation alone.
    I don't even know how to write this rec. I've been staring at this rec for the last few minutes, trying to wrangle my thoughts together, and it feels like it's just not happening. Because, holy fuck, I can't even tell you how hard this hit my buttons, between just... everything here! The sheer fun of the fight that breaks out around Thor and Loki, the casualness of the all-out brawl while they're discussing terms of their bet (after Thor bragged that he made men come from prostate stimulation alone and Loki was like SCOFF, to which Thor said I could totally make you come from that alone), then the setting up of their deal, and then actually training Loki over the course of a month through long, long sessions of finger fucking him and denying him relief through other means and the way it builds and builds until he's desperate to come, begging Thor for his cock already, and, of course, does come from that alone.

I can't even tell you how satisfying it was, how much of a cheerful dick Thor is, because that's how I love Thor best, when he's just ridiculously self-confident, but not in a cruel way, just... he smiles and things work out for him, but he makes sure it works out for Loki as well and he's smarter than Loki gives him credit for, oh, by the time Loki is finally, finally coming, his superior attitude just as wrecked as the rest of him, the way Thor clearly loves him so very much and enjoys bringing him pleasure, the way it's hotter because Thor is so genuine in his want for Loki to feel good as well, by the time Loki is so sensitive that he can come from this alone, jfc, I was done. Coherency is for suckers, but I don't care, because I have this fic and it is mine now.

huddling for warmth, Thor&Loki [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    The wind was howling like a demon. Thor had packed the snow in as best he could, but every gust still seemed to send a fresh burst of cold into the cave. He felt it, though not acutely yet, and the cave would warm.
    I HAVE WAITED AGES AND AGES FOR SOMEONE TO WRITE THIS FIC, where Thor and Loki huddle for warmth and it affects Loki because, seriously, he absolutely would not want to change, he'd probably rather fucking die than change, so cuddling up with Thor is the lesser of two evils and then the fic breaks my heart because Thor knows that it won't change anything tomorrow, he knows that it's because Loki's desperate, but it still means something to him. Which just. Ahhhh, feelings, feelings everywhere inside me right now.

Silk, Fur, Passion & Magic by lies_d, thor/loki, NSFW, body worship, ~1k
    Thor worwhipping Loki's body while Loki is doing magic. Both of them siting on the bed amongst furs and silk sheets, NAKED.
    This fic is pretty much just an excuse for sexytimes, but it's beautifully written and I love the combination of magic and sex together, and there's just... something about the way this author writes that gets me every time. I can't quite put my finger on it here, but something... something between the lovely imagery, the way Thor works his way up Loki's body, or the way the magic is described around Loki's hands or the little details of their relationship that are worked in, somehow it all works for me in the most satisfying way.

Give A Little More by the_time_of_angels, thor/loki, NSFW, 1.4k
    Thor confronts Loki whilst he is imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. His initial anger wears off when he realises how broken and pained his brother is, and rather than fight with Loki, he chooses to comfort him instead.
    I, of course, picked up this fic for the porn, but found that I liked the characterization a lot here--Loki is so angry and vicious when Thor tries to understand him, when Thor continues to love him, which only makes Loki all the more furious and poisonous. At this point in time, when they're in the middle of the plot of the movie, that's how I see Loki, this balance between so much fury and still being vulnerable to Thor's pleas, some part of him still wavering in his resolve, just a tiny bit, just enough to take comfort from Thor this way. But that doesn't make it all okay. The sex is lovely, I'd have enjoyed it regardless of characterization, but the sharp edge to this and it not really fixing much just made it even better.

Two Steps From Redemption (but only taking one) by sphinxofthenile, thor/loki + odin, 9.2k
    Loki is brought back to Asgard, but that hardly means a closure for anyone involved.
    This was a hell of a read and I have to admit, I felt rather exhausted afterwards at the sheer unrelenting tension of it, the entire thing like one of those moments where the push and pull between Thor and Loki is at it's greatest, where you're on the knife's edge of the tension the entire time. And, oh, this author has a way with words, such an elegance to them and the imagery used but without descending into purple prose like it might have with another author, instead using it to show Loki's mindset and create a certain atsmophere that fit the movies and characters. It's used to show the madness, the fracturing, the the resolve, the lack of conviction, the desperate want, the love, the rage, the terror, all of it is in the feel of Loki here, so beautifully done. This Thor is fantastic as well, how his presence fills the room, fills Loki up the same way, undoes him even as he manipulates, and even the way Thor seems larger than life in both his anger and his sorrow. This was an exhausting read for me, but so good.

The Ways to Where You Are by catiepie182002, thor/loki, 2.6k
    In which Thor receives a gift.
    Oh, how a fic that's not even 3k words can do this much is beyond me, but it makes me happy that the author posted this, but also frustrated that they haven't written more than these two fics. I want a hundred from them! Especially when an author does a beautiful job of spanning so much history between Thor and Loki, from when infant Loki was first gently placed in Thor's arms to their childhood together to the events of the movies to the eventual reconciliation between them, without making it feel like the author was skipping anything, but instead it was a lovely bird's eye view of their relationship. And yet, at the same time, it didn't sacrifice the intimacy of the moments described here, which were gorgeously done from Thor's point of view--which shows that, no, he missed so much about what was happening with Loki, but also loves him truly, and, oh, that's a perfect balance for me. All of this wrapped up in... it wasn't until after I had finished reading it and was writing this rec that I noticed that everything here was wrapped up in physical intimacy that expressed their emotional connection, which the author does with such subtlty and deftness that I hardly even noticed, only that it was extremely satisfying a read. This is a lovely piece.

heavy in your hand by kiyala, thor/loki + mjolnir, 1.1k
    Loki turns himself into a copy of Mjölnir. Out of curiosity.
    This fic was surprisingly light-hearted, for what I expected to be an objectification kink, but I'm really glad it was! Loki spending the day as Thor's hammer, just out of curiosity (for its own sake, but also to see what Thor
does during the days Loki isn't around him), it could have been ultimately ouchy or uncomfortable for second-hand embarrassment or bittersweet, but instead... Loki finds that it's kind of pleasant. And, of course, Thor notices and they have a conversation about it and that's where I really fell in love with the fic, because it's not about coming down on Loki or finding him weird, there's a comfortable quality to it, a lack of judgement, and instead it's something lighter and sweeter without being saccharine. What could have been crackfic just for the premise instead actually wasn't, I could genuinely see this and it was perfect.

Stolen Fruit is Sweetest by lazulisong, thor/loki + tony, 2.1k
    It wasn’t a terrible fight or anything, it was just that Thor had taken the brunt of the attack. You really could hurt a god if you hit it enough, Tony guessed.
    Oh, this fic. I mean, any time lazulisong and I share a fandom, it's GOOD TIMES ARE HERE AGAIN, but this fic. Where Loki is a box of cats and Tony is like, wtf, and it's filled with amazing, delightful details that are just so perfect that I could explode in glitter and rainbows. It's about Thor being knocked out, not necessarily a bad fight, it's just that he took the brunt of it and he's down for the count and they don't know much about Asgardian bodies, so they can't do much and well, Loki's relationship with Thor is complicated. This is a lovely fic with Tony's point of view, which means hilarity but also a lot of meaningful insight into Loki's character (because Tony and Loki are not dissimilar) and something that really just reached into my fannish chest and grabbed hold of my heart because, oh, Loki. Loki with so many feelings that he doesn't share with the world. Loki with the box of cats for a mind. All of this plus Pokemon references! Life is very good.

Mine by lies_d, thor/loki + amora, NSFW, tales of asgard, ~1k
    Tales of Asgard: after Amora leaves when Thor interrupts her and Loki, Thor claims his younger brother by the window.
    I think I may have read this fic before as well? But it was only recently posted on AO3 and I can't remember if I recommended it or not, but either way it can do with a re-rec, because, ahhhh, jealous and possessive Thor is SO SUPER GOOD FOR ME. Especially when it's a younger Thor (based on the Tales of Asgard movie), who hadn't learned to temper himself quite so much, who would be a lot more NO MY THINGS ARE MINE about Loki and I do enjoy that, especially when Loki clearly does as well here, even if there's also a bit of being overwhelmed by it. All this is woven together with what is pretty much just another excuse for a pwp fic, except I love sex scenes that are also about characterization, even as they're super super hot.

untitled by anonymous, thor/loki, NSFW, frottage, 1.4k
    Prompt: Thor, sitting or lounging in a chair of some sort, with Loki in his lap rubbing and squirming like a cat. Heated, teasing frottage ensues. I'd love it if Loki straddled one of his thighs at some point.
    Another thing that is really good for me? Loki sliding into Thor's lap and teasingly squirming against him, until it turns into something a lot more heated and, oh, this author knows how to do really exquisite frottage fic. It doesn't always work for me, but it's super hot here, the intensity of it and the way they're both just so turned on really was lovely, and the descriptions and sexytimes just... well, perfect. Ugh, so good.

Give A Little More by the_time_of_angels/orphan_account, thor/loki, NSFW, 1.4k
    Thor confronts Loki whilst he is imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. His initial anger wears off when he realises how broken and pained his brother is, and rather than fight with Loki, he chooses to comfort him instead.
    This fic's entire purpose is to have a Thor/Loki pwp scene on the helicarrier, which I was totally okay with, and I enjoyed it for that, of course, it was satisfying for the sex scene, but I also enjoyed it for the harsh dynamic between the two of them. As much as I want happy things, as much as I crave fix it fic, there are also times when I want to read all the fic where Thor tries so hard to reach out to Loki, where he loves Loki so much, but Loki is still so bitter and twisted up that he pushes Thor away, even as he takes him in and encoruages Thor to fuck him already. It's achey and bittersweet, but still really good.

gone by kiyala, thor/loki + other asgardians, 2k
    Thor takes his relationship with Loki for granted. Loki is not happy about this. Some lessons need to be learned the hard way.
    When you have a fic like this, when it's about anger and resentment between Thor and Loki boiling up and over the surface pre-Thor, you have to find a good balance to still be interesting, but also work as build-up towards the events we saw in the movie. This fic does a gorgeous job of that, of playing with Loki's resentment at the way Thor treats him and doesn't see what he's doing, with Thor's learning an important lesson, with giving the reader emotional resolution here, while still setting this in their past and working with the eventual events of the movie. The author does a beautiful job of making me absolutely adore the ending while still knowing there's a lingering darkness that's not gone away--and it's not an unhappy ending, despite that! But the real reason this fic is gorgeous is, oh, that moment when Thor catches Loki with Fandral, when there's that confrontation and Loki's so angry and cutting, it's that moment that's immensely satisfying to read about in fic, the kind that has to be perfectly described and timed and, oh, this author did that so very well.

The Holly Bears The Crown by amberfox17, thor/loki, pagan mythology au, 1.3k
    It is midwinter and the night lingers, luxuriating in its own smothering weight, its absolute darkness. It is the longest night, the very heart of winter; the year stands, trembling, on the brink of dissolution and the world holds its breath for the dawn. The Winter King walks in absolute silence.
    It's not always that I can read a more poetic style of prose, but some authors can pull it off and this was a lovely piece that's all about the intimacy and imagery of it. I really enjoyed how I could practically feel the cold in the descriptions, making this a welcome winter piece to read. Lovely. ♥

untitled by anonymous, thor/loki, ~1k
    Loki playing the vulnerable and fragile card in comparison to the mighty Thor. Thor knows his brother is strong and devious, but he'll be damned if he doesn't fall for the act every time.
    I was intrigued by the prompt--so I picked this one up at random and, oh, it might be short but it was pretty perfect. I love this Loki, who is manipulative but not cruel, that Thor knows is manipulating him out of his righteous anger at Loki, and yet can't be mad at him for that, either. The scene between them has a good, natural flow to it that I can buy the reactions of both of them, can easily see them this way and I was utterly taken with their absolutely adorable dynamic. Just. Ahhhh, so good.

Paranoia by anonmyous, thor/loki, blind!loki, protective!thor, 12.4k wip
    Prompt: Loki is temporarily blinded somehow while playing a trick on Thor and his friends. He becomes convinced that they want revenge on him while he's helpless, and when Thor realizes this he promises to defend him.
    I was a little hesitant about this fic at first, because Loki seemed almost fragile in the beginning, and I was wary that with the summary--Loki is temporarily blinded and Thor promises to defend him from those who would attack him in retaliation--that it would head into terrible territory. But something about the fic kept me sucked into it and I kept reading and... the author really does a lovely job of having Loki slowly adjust to not being able to see, his penchent for mischief starts coming back, his sharp edges and wicked words all come back as well. Though, the best part of the fic is Thor and Loki spending so much time together, which isn't perfect, they still clash at times, especially with tempers frayed so much, but they dearly love each other and it's just really good for me. It is a WIP and it ends on a tough cliffhanger and will probably never be finished, but I knew that ahead of time and I wasn't reading for resolution of the story, but the time spent with Thor and Loki, with Thor being more protective than Loki really needs, with the long days between them just spent in each other's company, and the really satisfying pace of the story in this author's hands. So it was still more than worth reading for me.

My Returning by Conjure_Lass, thor/loki + other thor characters, NSFW, 5.2k wip
    The past is a cracked window through which each of us sees differently. Thor would go to great lengths to open the door of the present, but will Loki bend to such desperate measures? If everything goes according to plan, they'll have plenty of time together to figure it out.
    Ahhhh, I need the next chapter of this fic right now. The problem with reading newer fics is the waiting, of course, and it's especially painful when I believe I've found one that's been something I've wanted to see a lot--after Thor brings Loki home to Asgard, he decides on how he's going to deal with him: By casting a spell to connect the two of them together. And, oh, Loki's going to be furious and Thor's going to accept that burden as well and it's going to be so delicious for me! EXCEPT ONLY THE FIRST CHAPTER HAS BEEN WRITTEN (at the time of this rec) and I'm not actually 100% sure that's how it's going to go, but already the writing is lovely and the author builds up the scene quite well and the dialogue felt right and, yeah, okay, back to clawing at the walls while I wait.

Rough by tyrotheterrible, thor/loki, NSFW, temperature play, ~1k
    "He laves the bite mark wetly, laps up the welling red, summons the blue to his lips and blows."
    This is super short, less than 300 words, but, oh, so satisfying for the edge of roughness to Thor and Loki's sex, including biting and Loki freezing over the places he can bite and threatening to frostbite other, more sensitive areas, if Thor doesn't fucking move soon and, yes, yes, all of this is good.

A Play of Sun and Shadow by OhMercyMe, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, teenage!thorki, 5.6k
    For once his golden brother looked as much a creature of night as he, and there was a bond felt by at least one of them with the realization, that new and sacred knowledge.
    I'm usually a minimalist when it comes to the writing I prefer (I prefer the story being told to have the focus and power, rather than the words themselves) but every once in awhile, there's a fic that comes along that's about paiting a picture and giving all this detail to the imagery that I find myself really liking. This artist does a lovely job with the scenes they're writing, making me feel the details are used to give an intimacy to Loki's presence in the shadows as he watches Thor, then as Thor draws him out and touches him. It also does a lovely job of characterization, of Loki being complicated, envious and loving at the same time, how overlooked he feels at times and yet how he loves Thor's presence so much. It's like a painting that the author used a thousand words to describe and I really enjoyed the way they did that.

Beloved by Canute, thor/loki, ~1k
    The one time that Thor didn't love Loki–
    This is short, but it packs so many feelings into it and how Thor doesn't consider anything other than his own troubles this one day, which I like because it's then followed up by Thor realizing how self-absorbed and unthinking he's been, that it's about how he had a bad day and so he makes up for it, it's not about punishing himself endlessly, but about making it better, about shaking himself off and doing better for Loki. It works for me because it's laden with feels and because it's about Thor still dealing with trying to be more supportive of others, which is one of those things that makes him such a fascinating character to me.

untitled by i-really-cant-write [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, ~1k
    He grazed his blunted nails across his back, leaving trails of pink and risen flesh. His throat was dry and his heart hammered in his chest, thumping loudly in his ears.
    This was written several months ago, but I've been going through my open tabs, many of which are fic, to finally sit down for reading/writing fics recs and came across this one. It's very short, but it manages to capture a sense of intimacy between the characters, that sense of urgency and desperation for each other, and it fits really well with the recent "Say my name!" speech at San Diego Comi-Con, because Thor can't stop saying Loki's name in this one. But it's more than that, it's the way Loki feels he should hold himself back here, yet you can feel how much that's constricting him and it really adds nicely to the tension of the piece. Plus, unf, yes, intense sex is always good for me, even if this is very brief.

The Dream of the Apples by Guardian, thor/loki + avengers, NSFW, aftermath of torture, violence, gore, 62.4k wip
    Loki cannot escape his cell in Asgard, but when he sleeps he can be at Thor's side, and perhaps those fleeting visits are all that he has left to cherish.
    Chapters 1-17: I will mention a few caveats about this fic before I properly start, because there are just some things you need to roll with--like, how Thor is on Midgard despite that Loki has just been returned to Asgard, that this fic has evil!Odin (not that we see him in the chapters, as of the time of this rec, but given the punishment he inflicts on Loki....), that Loki's punishment is way harsh and disturbing, that this isn't precisely apologia fic but that this Loki is a lot nicer (but given his circumstances, I can buy this as a mixture of calming down, saying "fuck it" and just going with what he wants/that this doesn't matter, and something else that's hard to explain) and it is a whole lot of Loki Whump designed to make the readers feel for the character. And occasionally little things like why would Tony have to do the dishes after a meal with the Avengers? He's a billionaire, he'd have a full time waiting staff...? I mention these things because they're aspects that I would want to know about ahead of time, and if you vibe with my recs, you may want to know about them as well. That said, holy shit, I tore through this fic like it was delicious candy, pretty much all in one sitting because I could not put it down.

I love that Loki spends his sleep dreaming, which somehow transports his astral form to Midgard, which he can only visually interact with, so it forces him to spend more time actually talking with Thor and the other Avengers. He's put there at a time in his punishment where a lot of damage has been done to him, where he's had a lot of his defenses broken down, so he's still kinda off his rocker, but he's a lot closer to the Loki we saw in the early Thor movie, shown over a span of time long enough that you can see the other Avengers begin to kind of like him, they can see the intelligence and wit that lies beyond Loki's madness, you can see Loki opening up to them and Thor because... well, the fic never mentions it directly (and bless this author for that, because it works so much better that it's not explicitly stated by any of the characters) that Loki clings to these kinder moments because his reality is so painful and terrible, which allows for him to open back up to Thor, who loves him so desperately, which progresses their relationship along.

I love that, for a good chunk of the fic, it almost could have been gen, which is how I like my Thor/Loki fic to start out, when I'm reading get-together fic, that it works as a familial relationship that segues well into a romantic one. I love that there's really not a lot of angst over the two of them realizing that they love each other as more than brothers (there is some, but not so much that took away from the flow of the story), that most of the angst comes from not being able to touch each other and then, later, the massive, massive damage that's been dealt to Loki because of all of this. It's the kind of progression of their relationship that I eat up like it's candy because, oh, the characterization is so very solid and the author does a fantastic job of not skipping ahead too quickly, but also not dragging it out forever.

One of the hardest things in a fic like this is pacing it so that the reader doesn't get bored with the build-up, but also not getting there too quickly, because then it's not satisfying. I was perfectly satisfied with the pacing here, because all of the scenes that came before had a point--whether to build up feelings between the characters, whether to have Loki become more friendly with the Avengers, whether to just show the passage of time (therefore, giving the characters time to process everything), or whatever else. It's long, but it needs to be this length to justify everything that's happening here. Not that it's not still really disturbing and you just have to... roll with the MCU being as harsh as the mythology is here. That's not necessarily going to be for everyone, I might even have given it a pass myself, but, well, I wanted a nice, long Thor/Loki fic to read and I wound up really adoring this one and, oh, the author does really well with the faux-Shakespeare dialogue and I enjoy the team scenes and most of the violence is off-screen, so this was about the max of what I can tolerate, but it was really, really worth reading. And, yeah, it's a WIP, but I'm glad I waited until now, because it ends in a pretty good place (I would have pitched a fit if it hadn't! because this fic definitely got to me) and, oh, I had shitloads of feels over this fic. I want more of it, but I'm also satisfied with what it is as of this moment.

....no, I lie, while I love that the author is taking their time with the relationship (as they should!), if I don't get a sex scene at some point in this fic, I'm definitely going to be mad. Or more of Loki working with the Avengers! I want it, okay.
    Chapter 18: Once again, I want to mention ahead of time that this is a much softer Loki than usual, but Loki's been through enough shit and had enough of his anger drained away, that I can buy it here. There's a lot of soft touching and sweet terms of affection and Loki letting Thor help him with things, but it's also in the aftermath of torture and the new stages of a relationship and Loki adjusting to figuring out where to go from here but not in an angry way and he's starting to come around, so his trickster, mischievous nature is starting to come back to him. For all that he lets Thor pick him up, he's also a gleeful dick to Tony in retaliation, which was delightful. For all that he's weak here, he's obviously annoyed by it and wants to do things on his own and refuses to stay down. And the author continues to be really good at writing in such a way that it gives me a ton of feelings on his relationship with Thor, I just sink right into the new chapter and don't come out until I'm finished and then start pining for more, because the prose is so solid and the author does really well with the faux-Shakespeare dialogue, and that was a really nicely done sex scene, which was all about Loki not being fragile and both of them really wanting each other and Loki knowing exactly how to wind Thor up so he gets what he wants. That is always really good for me. This chapter is basically a continuation of Thor getting to take care of Loki like he wants, Thor being direct and honest about how much he loves and wants Loki, Loki interacting with the Avengers and everyone being snarky but in a happy way, and then porn. All my faaaaavorite things.
    Chapters 19-20: This is another set of chapters that I'm glad I waited for two updates for before sitting down with to read, because I think they read better together. As I think I've mentioned before, by this point... the fic has inflicted a lot of hurt on Loki, much of it off-screen, but it was pretty intense and severe, so the last several chapters have been pretty much pure comfort to balance it out and that is what I like to see from h/c fic! If I'm going to read about Loki torture, I want there to be a point about off-setting it with a whole lot of comfort, the kind I can just revel in for chapters and chapters at a time, because that does not get old for me. It's not necessarily going to be for everyone, it's got a lot of tropes and cliches in it, as well as the Avengers being a very close-knit family already, the Avengers doing household chores, etc. But those things aren't bad, I really like them a lot! But they are something I have to be in the right frame of mind for--though, when I am, they are wonderfully comforting and I can wrap myself up in them and be happy for awhile. That's what I was looking for and that's what I got from this fic.
    Chapters 21-26: I waited a bit to catch up on these chapters, to let the fic build a bit and so I wouldn't be so wary of the direction it was heading in and that was a wise choice on my part. These chapters read well together and, plus, you know, it's always fun when you have a bunch of fic to catch up on at once! I think these turned out to be some of my favorite chapters yet, because they contain everything I enjoy about this fic--Loki with the Avengers, Loki healing, Loki finding good things for himself, Loki being difficult to read and seemingly doing impossible to understand things, things I wondered how much were just being thrown in for the sake of keeping the drama up, but made sense once I realized what was actually going on. Because that's Loki for you, really. And the author did a lovely job of it, of making all of this necessary and giving me an enjoyable ride along the way. The author does a lovely job of balancing out fluffy things that seem like they're there just for the sake of fluff, but actually having a point to them and you eventually understand just what's going on with the characters and I adored that. I adored that, once again, I can trust this fic to have a point to what it's doing, both with the angst and with the fluff, that it will balance out in the end or have a reason for being there.

From this point on, I'll be extra SPOILERY about the contents of these chapters. Frankly, I skimmed ahead myself because I wasn't sure I wanted to read deathfic, so I wouldn't mind spoilers, but not everyone is the same way. I actually do suggest reading these chapters before this rec, as I liked not knowing where things were going (I will only say that, yes, things are still happy and good) definitely benefited me far more than I expected them to! But here goes with the rest of the rec anyway.

And I'm really intensely glad the fic didn't go the route of killing Loki (as much fun as it would have been to see Thor storming into Hel to get him back) because I so enjoyed what happened here instead--Loki had to go back for what was his, to leave Asgard behind after he'd done so. I'm delighted that I didn't figure it out until they were going out to see the beast, which was in the shape of a giant wolf and then, ohhhhhhh, that totally, totally makes sense now, especially Loki's interactions with Bruce's kitten and why that suddenly jolted him into realizing he had to go back! I love that I felt the other characters' confusion at Loki's sudden about-face, but looking back? Yeah, that makes total sense. I love how much I already adore Loki's kids here as well, that my fannish heart goes out to Fenrir and everything he's had to suffer through, but that the fic will make up for it with a ton of love and affection (and food!) from Loki and the Avengers. I love that the reunion scene between Loki and Fenrir was perfect, the tension building up to it, then the reveal and the way it played out, it was extremely satisfying.

I also love this fic for the little details, the way the faux-Shakespeare sounds really good with both Thor and Loki, the way Loki has regained so much strength and you can tell he's truly on the mend now, the way he loves his children so very much (Loki with his kids and with the Avengers? Holy shit, give me that forever!), the way the fic addresses Fenrir's size and finds a really neat solution to it, those kinds of details are a delight in fic! And and and! Tony's input is always a delight, there were a handful of times when I just had to outright grin like a loon when he said something especially funny. Or when Loki had to scold Fenrir for being so unruly! The way Clint took a shine to Sleipnir! There are just so many things about this fic that make me delighted and happy, about the family being created here and the joy to balance out all the darkness that broke my heart before. While I know it has to eventually end at some point, I'm pretty sure I'm going to be content with how wonderful the journey to happiness is.
    Chapters 27+: I read this chapter pretty much as soon as it was posted, but did I forget to do a rec for it? Shame on me. Because I totally made one of those happy flaily gestures over it and snatched it right up. And this chapter is very... comfortable and settled and good. Things are happier in everyone's lives, Loki and Thor have settled into these new lives, Loki's children have begun to settle and problems are solved and there's amusement in things again--like two Norse gods being heavy bastards and really enthusiastic bastards so they end up breaking furniture or there's a stable built for Sleipnir that's customized to him and even Loki picking out a better wardrobe for when on Midgard full time. It does read a lot like an interlude but one that is so very welcome after everything that's happened, one that's just nice and everyone is cute and domestic and that was fucking earned. ♥

Body Language by BeesKnees, thor/loki, nsfw, ~1k
    Loki doesn't allow himself to be caught unless he wants to be.
    You know what I love? Fics that start out with lines like, Loki rarely allows himself to be caught—and Thor isn’t enough of a fool to think that this would ever happen without Loki’s permission. Because, as much as Thor is forever undoing Loki in every scene we see in the movies, Loki still has such incredible resolve. For all that he's weak to Thor, he still has power. And this fic reminds me of that, even when that's not the point at all. The point, instead, is about the quiet intimacy of the moment, the immediate sensations of Loki being tied down while Thor gently touches him, the way Loki's so beautiful to him like this, almost like it's... almost like it's not even porn, because it's too pretty a picture for that. And yet, at the same time, still super hot!

Beggar's Banquet by BeesKnees, thor/loki, ~1k
    Loki feeding Thor grapes.
    I often shy away from fics that touch on this topic--having Loki be subservient to Thor, to remind him of his place, etc.--because it's too often about humilation and I don't want that for Loki. But this author only very lightly touches on this as punishment and it's not really even that, it's more about keeping Loki in hand, both for Asgard's sake and for Loki's sake as well, because Thor loves him so dearly. It's not about humiliation at all, instead it's quiet and it's just the two of them and the focus is on Thor watching Loki's hands, his beautiful fingers that Thor knows can weave such powerful magic and how much Thor loves him and the attraction between them, which is... it's hot, but it's also... it's beautiful, it's intimate, and it actually made me feel better for both of them. It's amazing how gorgeous just a simple action can be in this author's hands.

15 Day OTP Challenge (chapter 7) by umakoo [ tumblr link ], thor/loki, ~1k
    Loki closed the large wooden doors behind him with a simple wisp of seiðr, and the ancient hinges let out a loud wail, the sound resonating in the hall.
    As much as I enjoy porn in this fandom (and, boy, do I!), I also enjoy the speculation on the characters' futures, so having Thor as temporary king and the exploration of his powers and what that could mean is really good for me in the beginning here. It's not super detailed, but you feel like there's a lot of depth to the world-building here, even if it's not directly on display, there's just a real solidity to it. And I love that this future still has bitterness in Loki, even if he's far better at seeing that Thor loves him and letting go of that bitterness, rather than just bottling it all up. And that's why I love this response to the fic meme, that it's half about the kissing on the throne in a public place, the lovely intimacy of that moment, and half about briefly exploring the greater world. Very nicely done.

untitled porn that i don’t have an excuse for by stereobone [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, 1k
    A few hundred years later, their relationship catapults from obsessive codependence and mildly incestuous undertones to full on sex. No one is surprised, not really, anyway.
    This was delightful fun! I love when Thor and Loki are such brothers with each other, how they banter and bicker and fight like brothers do, except mixing sex in with it. Sex + brotherly fighting is one of my favorite combinations in this fandom pretty much forever! Then you add in that Thor likes wrecking Loki and Loki likes getting Thor to do this to him and they like the rough edge and the intense sex and then just... brothers! Fun and smutty, what a good combination.

Loki Found the Whole Thing Hilarious by seiaa [ part 2 + part 3 ], thor/loki + avengers, fix it fic, 10k
    It was funny, Loki thought as he teleported into the chaos, that after all these years and all of the battles, he was still protecting Thor from his own heroic stupidity. Just as he had when they were inexperienced children on reckless adventures.
    This fic plays on one of my favorite tropes that I'm not even sorry about how much I love--when Thor is nearly killed in an attack by Doom and Amora, Loki steps in at the last second to shield him and nearly dies in the process. And it's so good for me because Thor totally loses his shit when he thinks Loki's dead and reminds you, holy shit, don't piss off the Norse god of thunder because he will raze the city in his wrath, because Thor's dangerous when he's angry. After that, the fic does turn softer, but I didn't mind because sometimes I just want fic to fix things, especially with Loki's feelings for Thor, so that part was good for me, too. And then! Feelings confessions! Kissing! Loki going with Thor back to Midgard with the Avengers! Loki being a smirking little shit with the Avengers! So good for me. This was fun and a feel good piece, even the angst was the kind you knew would be fixed, so it was fun to wallow in, and that's just what I wanted today.

our common goal by rustypolished, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, ~1k
    You let your walls crumble so easily around me, brother. If only you knew.
    Oh, I have such a weakness for a Loki who knows exactly what he's doing and how to manipulate Thor, at least pre-Thor, because he's already so twisted up here, he burns with so much envy and hate and love and desire, which the author writes in a beautiful way. There are equal measures of both here, there's hints of the Thor that will come into maturity later, when he almost sees through Loki sometimes, but they're still pre-movie here and this Loki is so... I found it a little breathtaking how determined he is to walk this path, because it's necessary, how determined he is to save Asgard, even as he loves/hates Thor so much that it's eating away at him. It's a beautiful piece.

Comfort by anonymous, thor/loki, 2.4k
    When Thor woke, it was the strange tumbling you do when you fall out of one dream and into another. It had to be a dream, he thought through the clinging fog of slumber, as Loki had not come to shake him from his sheets in many a century but there his brother was, fingers pulling frantically to push aside the sheets surrounding his golden frame to get at Thor's shoulders.
    I almost didn't read this one because, I'm not big on past Thor/Loki (versus present Thor/Loki) but I was curious and it started with Loki waking Thor from sleep because he's deeply disturbed about something and sought comfort, even as he never loses that jagged, harsh edge to his character. And it works for me here because they're not together at this point, but they're not not together at this point, either, it's... well, they live incredibly long lives, their relationships are complicated and take many turns. But mostly it's because Loki wants comfort, but doesn't know what he wants to hear, but he's still there, and that's something and Thor knows there really aren't words to help him when he's disturbed, but just being there helps, and the dialgoue is just gorgeous and the characterization is lovely and it was just... really good.

Christmas Smackdown by Hella, thor & loki, crack, ~1k
    After Santa confiscates their weapons mid-battle, Thor and Loki have to improvise.
    So, it's out of season for a Christmas fic, of course, but I hardly ever let that stop me from reading holiday-themed fic, especially when it's Thor and Loki fighting each other and Santa is like, fuck this, and takes their weapons away for one night. Not that that stops those two. And this is just an adorable, delightful, cute piece about the Odinson brothers and how obnoxious they are, with the best, most adorable ending.

Turn A Corner In The Night by eyeus, thor/loki + thanos + other asgardians, NSFW, 11.5k
    “I will be Loki’s champion,” says Thor. His voice rings through the great hall, regal and bold, every inch a king in bearing. Every inch a fool. Thanos’ lips curl back from wide teeth, a grotesque mockery of a grin. “So be it.”
    I feel like I should have a better way to tag a fic than "Thor fights as Loki's champion and then claims his brother and then fucks him" because I really need that to be a thing in fandom, okay. It's just, oh, man, Thor fights Thanos as Loki's champion! I did not know how much I needed this until I got it. Especially because it's all about working things towards teh better, that Loki is loved and cherished even while he's still prickly and often does not understand the idiots around him. Plus there's an epic battle, which I love because fight scenes, yes, give me those! And then there's really hot, satisfying sex that's a mix between rought and sweet. It's full of love, but it's not gentle and, oh, that's right in my wheelhouse! There's a bit of fluff here, but it's the kind that's about being fun. Just, ugh, everything about this sailed along and was just so good for me.

Thorki. Very steamy throne!sex by talesfrommidgard [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, ~1k
    “How does the throne of Asgard suit you now, brother?” Thor panted into the crook of his neck, biting at the pale skin Loki presented. ”Are you still thrilled to be on it?”
    Oh, sweet jesus, yes, this was so good for me because it was super fucking hot. It's throne sex, which has an edge of anger and roughness to it, just enough to be a little fucked up to do this on the throne that Loki craved so much, made all the better because Loki actually enjoys this, wants this, even as he tries not to admit to Thor. The way Thor touches him so possessively, the way Loki can't help but lose his calm demeanor when Thor fucks him deeply enough and he screams, the way this is very intense, very thorough sex. The way Thor's hand continues to touch him so intimately even afterwards, the way Loki's cutting remarks and sharpness never leave him even as he's shaking from his release, the way he's still a little shit before and after, the way it's such satisfying porn. Ugh, so good and so goddamned hot.

These Broken Wings by CalamityCain, thor/loki, h/c, 1.4k
    After wreaking havoc on earth, Loki escapes punishment and imprisonment on Asgard, only to turn up again one day. But it is not quite the return he planned.

    I had one of those moments, when I'd finished reading this fic, of that ridiculous sort of breathy sighs that I just couldn't help, because this was such an achingly lovely piece on Thor's feelings for Loki. It's beautifully done in the way that he loves his brother so much, knows that he cannot possess Loki, yet never simply just lets his brother pass him by. There's such a solidity to Thor's thoughts here, he knows himself and his feelings and his brother so well that it just left me a little breathless, especially as he watches Loki sleep, when so much of that vicious anger drops away just for awhile. I adored the use of Sigyn in the fic, but most especially the intense feelings bombs this fic set off in me for Thor and Loki's relationship, how deep those waters go, even when they're hardly saying two words to each other, how they're connected so thoroughly that you can feel all their history and all their love for each other and all their tragedy, even in the quietest moments. Beautiful.

Three butterflies by thefirstwhokneels, thor/loki, author chose not to use warnings, 2.1k
    “There is a tale they tell on Midgard,” Loki says. “It is about three butterflies.” “Is it a sad tale?” Thor cuts in. “It’s a true anecdote.”
    I am going to talk about some SPOILERS for this fic, so if you want to remain unspoiled, turn back now, please! This fic chose not to use warning labels, so it's one of those that I am choosing to see as being open to interpretation, shhhh, that's totally what it is. And, okay, if it really is a death fic, well, it's a short one and the writing is lovely enough that I could handle it here. What I liked, though, is that the story of the three butterflies is an interesting one, which was obviously going to be the theme of the fic, but the author did a really nice job of showing that with the three scenes, reflecting each part of the story with a scene from Thor and Loki's lives. I really do enjoy the way their relationship here is an ever evolving, ever more complicated and twisty thing until it's ready to consume them. Just. Make sure you have something happier on hand when you're done.

slow morning sex by anonymous, thor/loki, NSFW, ~1k
    Thor reaches out slowly, brushing a thumb over Loki’s cheek bone. This time, Loki grunts, nose twitching. He turns away from Thor, still asleep, and the movement pulls the sheets down further. Thor can see the lush curve of his ass peeking out from under them, all the tempting lines of his back. He can’t help himself.
    I almost wanted to put a fluff tag on this fic, because it's so light-hearted and good, but... it's not precisely what I think of when I think "fluff", it's just... they're at a better place in their lives now. And this is a short piece, but it's everything I want in fic! It's warm and comfty, but also blisteringly hot and good for me when Loki is sleepy and not ready to be awake, but Thor just smiles and rolls him onto his back. It's playful and sweet, where Loki is still wet and loose, his legs automatically parting to make room for Thor, whose teasing is just so friendly and warm. There's familiarity here and that's so good in addition to the sex, where you can tell how much they both really enjoy it. Plus, the ending is perfect. ♥

weak by stereobone [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, 2.2k
    "You choose one to save, or they all die." "Loki," he said, without hesitating, without thinking. "I choose Loki."
    Oh, jesus, feelings. And this gets right at how Thor will always choose Loki without sacrificing Thor's strength of character or making him a doormat about it. He knows what he's about, he's steadfast in it. Added to that the way Loki can't handle him or the emotions Thor makes him feel and I'm a mess, too, sob. This isn't a long rec, I know, but I just don't know how else to talk about this fic without flailing over it incoherently. It's definitely a really, really good read to have in this fandom!

Paved with Ice by kiyala, thor/loki + canon!loki + jotunn!loki + other asgardians, 10.9k
    With Odin in the Odinsleep and Thor cast out of Asgard, Loki is king. He casts a spell to summon a future version of himself, to reassure himself that he is on the right path, but he is not prepared for the outcome. He must learn to overcome his issues with himself and listen, so he can figure out how to keep himself from losing everything he's ever loved.
    Oh, this fic was so good for me. I need a whole lot of fic in fandom where the events of the Thor movie are nudged in just the right direction so that everything doesn't fall apart, which is what this fic is all about doing--it's set up the same way, but Loki wants reassurance that he's on the right path, so he summons his future self to see how everything turns out. And I love the details here, from the use of Loptr for future!Loki's name to Loki deciding against asking the Norns because, once you do, your future is pretty much set in stone and he wants options here. But also I love this fic for showing why Loki isn't really suited to being king, aside from the whole emotional/mental instability thing and it's something I've agreed with for awhile--Loki's not really the kind who would do well with sitting and dealing with all the trivial details that it means to be king. He'd pretty much want to lock himself in the library after about three days just for some quiet.

This Loki is also a lot more... this is from his point of view, so we see all his insecurities and hesitations, when those around him wouldn't see them, because of his poker face. This is a softer Loki than we would see from the outside in the movies, but it's also a Loki who hasn't yet fallen into madness and is faced with a terrible future that would of course frighten the hell out of him, it's one I didn't have to work very hard to see. And, oh, when he rights himself enough to realize that he needs to put things back on track, that's where I really fell in love with the story, because it gave me so many feelings when he had to go talk to Thor and tell him the truth of things and, well, of course you knew it would work out, but I still felt that clawing need to know, to make sure it worked out, because the author got under my skin and wrote such a beautiful piece for them. And, actually, as hard as it was to read in a lot of ways, I'm really glad that it wasn't easy between Loki and Thor. Wrap that all up in really lovely, smooth writing and you have a fic that I loved dearly.

Change by Nepherim, thor/loki, NSFW, 5k
    Set Just before Thor's coronation, based on one of the deleted scenes, Loki thinks about his relationship with his brother and how it will change with Thor's coronation. He is reluctant to let his brother go.
    I can't say that this fic matches my feelings on Loki's motivations for why he threw a monkey wrench into Thor's coronation, but also... to my mind, Loki is firmly one of those characters who has a multitude of reasons for nearly everything he does, so I can see multiple reasons that he would let the Frost Giants into Asgard to stop Thor's coronation--because he wanted to show their father that Thor wasn't ready, but maybe also because he didn't want for that distance to widen between him and Thor, once Thor was officially coronated and had to think of his future. And this fic focuses on that distance growing between them, which is an excuse for a moment of physical intimacy between the characters right before the ceremony and I'm hardly going to turn down porn. The writing here is solid and Loki's characterization is softer than I usually see him as and the sex was satisfying--I really can't ask for more than that in fic. It's not going to be for everyone, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

Home by Mina Lightstar (ukefied), thor/loki, ~1k
    Prompt: Avengers movieverse, Loki/any, making out and making up
    Ahhhh, Mina joining us in this fandom is good for me, yesss. *rubs hands together gleefully* And this fic is short, less than 500 words, but it's a good kissing fic! And I do love how Loki doesn't say a word here, yet I can still feel him waiting and almost lurking, despite that it's not really calculated, he's not necessarily precisely plotting with Thor here, instead it's just... a lot of different things that worked well for me, in a way that I'm having trouble putting into words. But there's also the sense of how much Thor loves Loki, how he'll keep fighting to reach him again and help him and just. So good for me, ahhhh.

shared beds by kiyala, thor/loki, NSFW, somnophilia, 1.8k
    Thor has a liking for sleeping in Loki's bed. The results are predictable.
    This was such a delight to read today, because I love love love fic where Thor and Loki share a bed! It's a favorite when it's for romantic reasons, but I love it when it's purely brotherly as well, but, yeah, no, I can't lie, having it be because they want to fuck makes it that much better for me. And I love the banter here, where there's teasing, but it's also clearly from love and how dear they are to each other! This fic is all about the cuddling, the way Thor casually throws an arm around Loki when going to sleep or the way Loki presses himself against Thor and is content that way, you have no idea how satisfying snuggling is for me. So, I would have read it just for that. I would have read it just for Loki trying to hide how much it turns him on to be this close to Thor, I would have read it just for the cuddling and the wanting. But Loki touching himself to thoughts of wanting Thor to fuck him, wanting Thor's hands where his own are, wanting Thor's cock, all of that doesn't even have to be terribly graphic to be super fucking hot. And, of course, the tension eventually snaps and Loki is super hot as he's sharply asking what Thor wants him to do and Thor telling him just exactly where he wants Loki's mouth and a;sdlfkjasl;kj so good for me. Soooo goooood for meeeee.

Vain Men by salazarssaucystories [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, ~1k
    Thorki stuck in a swamp at night
    This is a short piece, less than 500 words, but it's a really fun piece and starts off with: It was well known that Loki was a vain man, but no one ever talked about how vain Thor was too. Probably because he never minded getting drenched in the blood of his enemies, or slogging through mud to wrestle giant horned beasts. And that was delightful to me alone! But the rest of the fic is about how they're such brothers and they're constantly bickering one minute and then the next has Loki climbing on top of Thor to ride his cock and that combination is fantastic for me.

The Doppler Effect + A Loki Complex by purplemoon3, thor/loki, nsfw, au, somewhat dark!thor, 3.1k
    Thor's time in captivity pretty much erased all empathy and mercy he might once have had. Loki is too insane to realize this isn't a good thing.
    Sometimes an idea or an image in a fic just grabs you by the throat until it threatens to consume your thoughts a bit and, wow, did this one hit me hard. It hit me on two fronts--one, I'm really taken with the idea of a darker Thor like this one, a warrior god who does not have a gentle hand. And, two, it hit me right square in the, "Yes, my king." kink, when Loki finds Thor again and this is his brother, this is his king. It's hot for the complicated dynamic between them, the power plays, and my "I'm only loyal to you" kink, mmm. I will admit there's not a lot of background plot to explain the world here or where the imposter came from, what the greater plan is here. But that's fine because this was an excuse for porn and it just happened to wind up being super intriguing to me, too.

And, oh, I really enjoyed the the writing and the voices of the characters! But the sex, jfc. Loki using sex as a reward and motivator, Thor carrying Loki up a mountain, and the way he thinks and fucks left me feeling like, yes, these are gods. It's also the way Thor uses sex (as the author notes, basically like therapy, only... the Asgardian version of therapy, I would say), where he words on Loki's self-hate after the Jotunn revelation, by touching him while he makes Loki summon two Jotunn versions to fuck. He commands him as his brother and his king, to do as ordered and to look at them. This is one of those fics that I freely admit hit just about every kink I had for this kind of scenario, so this cannot possibly be an objective rec at all. But if you're like me, I think you'll probably enjoy this a lot. And if you're a lot like me, you'll be muttering, "jesus fucking christ" under your breath at at least one point.

A Promise by Elsian, thor/loki (pre-slash?), 1k
    hor goes to see his brother whilst he is locked up in the containment chamber. Missing scene, nothing changes.
    *kicks rocks* I hate unhappy fics. The author does a lovely job of conveying Thor's emotions as he watches over his brother sleeping, of Loki's sharp edges when he wakes, of just how miserable Thor is because he loves him so much, which are things I eat up like delicious candy, but it's still a bittersweet fic. Thor is wonderful here, Loki is Loki, and, oh, the ending line is an especially hard punch.

Brightness Across the Sky by longwhitecoats, thor/loki, ~1k
    For the Avengers Kissing Fest, prompt: "Thor/Loki, ice."
    This is short, not even 500 words but, oh, so adorable and sweet and darling and maybe just a little bittersweet. It's bb!Thor and bb!Loki sneaking out onto the rainbow bridge when it's a cold night and just being adorable little boys who cleary love each other, even if it's a little awkward as children. And then a bittersweet tag at the end and just. Oh, feelings, for the ice and the cold and the kissing.

Hairstyle of the Gods by SorchaR, thor/loki + avengers, fluff, ~1k
    Loki encourages Thor to make a bad decision. Stems from a conversation I had with Torra and Prism while they were at my house. You should thank them. Or blame them, as the case may be.
    This was pretty cute and adorable! Loki convinces Thor to get the latest trend of haircuts on Midgard and... well, Loki is Loki. I enjoyed this because, oh, I am always fond of Loki being a little shit and getting caught at it, I am fond of Loki with the Avengers, and I am fond of team banter, all of which this fic provided me with. And screw you guys I would totally have watched the video feed of Thor having a "conversation" with Loki about his being a little shit.

Truth of Indifference And Lies by KingLoptr (Aestridr), thor/loki, NSFW, 6.5k
    Thor is courting Loki. Actively. Loki hesitates to respond but eventually he can't help giving in. Thor's thunder draws him outside and he falls to his most basic desires.
    This is one of those fics that hit my id something fierce, where Thor courts Loki with lavish gifts, but it's not enough to crack him open just yet. It's not until Thor's rage and storm god powers are on full display that Loki lights up, that he enjoys goading Thor into displays of temper until Thor takes it out on him. By fucking him where they stand, just hauling Loki up against the nearest place of support to fuck into him or throwing him onto the ground to fuck him there. And, of course, this is what gets Loki off, that roughness that only he can bring out, the way it's such a harsh thing and yet not cruel, but instead good. Plus, the sex was just really good for me. This is another one to read when you're looking for something fun to read!

One day he got a present by napalmilapsi, thor/loki gen/pre-slash + frigga, kidfic, ~1k
    It wasn’t an unusual thing to happen, for the young prince was never short of anything. But despite the generous amount of trinkets, toys and books, the son of Odin was raised well enough to appreciate what he was given. So he knew it was one of those times to be solemn and thankful, when mother presented a gift of very unusual manner. A baby brother.
    This is a super short fic, but really adorable! I am weak to stories about the two of them when they're little kids, especially when Thor first meets this new baby brother of his and doesn't really know what to do with a baby, so it doesn't quite work out at first, but eventually works out. The dialog is trying a little too hard in the fic, but it's super cute and that's exactly what I wanted from it.

Locked by only_veetee, thor/loki, 1.4k
    Thor can barely abide haircuts. He can’t sit still long enough and doesn’t care about anything so mundane as personal hygiene.
    This is not canon!Thor, but it's close enough to the indecisive time after Loki's fall and the focus here isn't on the characters so much as the intimacy of hair cutting, as well as just being lovely writing, that I enjoyed it a lot! Truly and genuinely. The author has a talent for writing that intimacy in just a few lines, capturing the distance and ache between these characters in a really beautiful way.

But You Still Have All Of Me by calamity-cain [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, mildly nsfw, ~1k
    You have seen me ask a thousand things of you.
    This is short but lovely and full of impact. The tangled, complicated, knotted things that Loki is for Thor, both the love and the loathing that are felt here, mixed in with some lovely porn snippets, just... yes, that is their relationship. It was very satisfying, with just a few words!

To the Victor (Go the Spoils) by Saucery, thor/loki, teen!thor + teen!loki, 1.2k
    A young Loki joins Thor for combat training. Things go a little... sideways.
    This was short, but fun and I always enjoy Thor hungering after Loki's sharpness and wanting to pin his elegant, smirking little brother beneath him. I think my favorite thing about this fic is that it's because Loki is like this that Thor enjoys him, rather than wanting to destroy that smirking elegance. That's always a nice distinction for me.

Worthy by OneWhoSitsWithTurtles, thor/loki, ~1k
    What would have to happen/under what circumstances would Loki become worthy to wield Mjolnir?
    NOTE: This is a series of unconnected short fics, so you don't need to start at the beginning to read this one.
    This isn't how Mjolnir works in my head, but we know little about how the enchantments on it work in the movieverse, and I found myself interested in this short scene, the one time where Loki finds himself worthy of wielding Mjolnir. With Thor there with him, with the rule here that only one may weild it as well, it could have been a disaster taking it from one to give to the other, but I found that the author did it in a really sweet sort of way, that touched my heart when it didn't tear the brothers apart, but instead brought them closer. That's exactly what I wanted from this fic.

It Isn't Always Easy by SouvenirsFamilier, thor/loki + avengers, redeemed!loki (sort of), 16k
    After the events of The Avengers, Thor returns to Earth – with Loki in tow. The rest of the Avengers are not enthusiastic about making him part of the team, but they don't have much of a choice.
    The writing of this fic is rough around the edges, but there's a lot of potential here and I really loved a lot of what the author did--especially with Loki's introduction to the Avengers, where he smiles in a way that's not at all reassuring, where his time in Asgard allows Thor to trust him, to have a handle on him again, but hasn't changed who Loki fundamentally is in a lot of ways. He does want the Avengers to like him, he's frustrated by the lack of trust, he dislikes that Thor's attention is on other people even more often now, but he's still kind of a little shit about it. The other thing the author does is bring in so many details of things I love--Thor and Loki having a sparring match that is an actual action sequence and makes the other Avengers realize, oh, right, Norse gods, then there's Thor giving Loki a cat that Loki actually comes to like because cats aren't terrible, there's Thor trying Indian food and Loki just smiles and waits for it--and made them delicious candy. I love that Loki may be more stable and somewhat nicer on the inside here, but on the outside he's still genuinely prickly and snide, which works really well for me. And I love the balance between something more obviously going on with the two brothers, but it's not entirely obvious yet, sometimes that in between space can be pretty delicious, too.

never surrender by sanguinenoctis [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, 5k
    The two princes ran into the cave, breaths huffing in white clouds as the frigid pursuer on their heels bellowed to the high winds at its lost prey.
    Two things--this fic used far too many epithets and this is also a softer, more vulnerable Loki who opens up about his nightmares when Thor asks him. But it's also full of potential, there were some turns of phrase I liked and I loved the set-up, where Loki is always running off and Thor chases after him. The sex was also super good for me because there were strong elements of of sub!Loki in a way that reminded me of the second trailer, especially the way he bares his throat for Thor here, as well as how Thor is such a good dom here, who clearly cares deeply for Loki, but also keeps him well in hand. You probably have to be in the right mindset to read this fic, but if you are, you'll get some really satisfying porn out of it, just, unf, so good for me.

A Certain Disposition Of Will by Lykotheia, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, 13.7k
    After his fall, Loki finds himself remembering his days in Asgard.
    This fic strays into flowery territory a little too much at times for my taste, as well as that makes it hard to follow the flow of the events happening here, but when the fic is more straightforward, it's really pretty fantastic. It's an entertaining read while Loki is with the Chitauri and I really like the bits of development the fic wove into them, but it's the focus on Loki's days in Asgard where it really just gets so good. The fic does a lovely job of that simmering tension between Thor and Loki that was always there, both the love and resentment combined with the utter desire that's never put into words until it's breaking between them. You can feel it, though. And the fic accomplishes this with doing a lovely job of getting inside Loki's head, but balancing it with having really solid Thor characterization at the same time, that it balances being a Loki-centric story with actually giving Thor depth, which doesn't happen nearly as often in this fandom as I'd like.

But my real favorite thing about this story, as lovely as much of the other stuff is, is the aftermath of their first time together, when it's not happiness and sunshine, where instead it leads into the events of the canon movies in a way that really works for me. It's a fight afterwards and it's just so breathlessly... Thor and Loki, all the good and the bad between them both. The way I love this Thor so very, very much, the way Loki loves him desperately, too, but the way he views their time together, all these fantastic shades of subtlety, and the way Loki views their fight... perfection. That Thor thinks it a mistake and how Loki seethes at being seen that way because it takes away his agency, oh, perfection in that it's not cruelly meant, that Thor loves Loki and still adores him and treasures him, but does have trouble seeing Loki's agency in the way they interact, that it is there already.

I did enjoy the sex scene (which is really more mildly nsfw than explicit), the author captures a sense of intimacy between them, that physical touch that Loki's craved from Thor, another balance here as well, this time between the something almost gentle between them along with how Thor fucks like he fights, that same heaviness brought to everything. The fic does a fantastic job with the complicated relationship between these two brothers, all the things that get twisted around together, including an absolutely gorgeous look at Loki's position in Asgard, once Thor is officially named crown prince, what the future will likely hold for him and how he feels about that and how Thor feels about that. This is a Thor who knows how to speak, but doesn't find it as natural as Loki does, who finds frustration in that and yet it's good for him to have to think before he speaks, his heart good but his words sometimes not always (though, his diction is fantastic, as it is in canon), and just. Ughhh, so much goodness here that it's utterly baffling to me how the kudos count is so low. I really enjoyed this one a lot!

Brightness Across the Sky by longwhitecoats, thor/loki, ~1k
    For the Avengers Kissing Fest, prompt: "Thor/Loki, ice."
    This was really short, but it's a mix of cute kids and bittersweet adults that I liked. It's just a brief piece, a nice bite-sized snack fic that was good to read in a pile of fic.

Endure by germanjj, thor/loki, 1k
    Thor saved Loki after the bridge. All he has to do now is wait.
    Another short piece and it's a little stiff, but Thor hauls Loki up from the Bifrost and just simply endures Loki's madness, in a way that I really enjoyed. I mean, it's ouchy and full of feels, but. It's also fluffy but I love fic where Thor feels like a god with all the patience of an eternally enduring mountain, which this fic gave me!

On The Bifrost by verizonhorizon, thor/loki, ~1k
    Thor and Loki meet upon the Bifrost.
    This one is a bit hard to describe because it's several different things I like in a short fic. Thor and Loki on the Bifrost, Loki watching instead of star watching, wrestling like brothers, Loki being a little shit by arching into it because that's what little shit brothers do, a greater yearning in Loki, and some mild bittersweet foreshadwoing. Nothing is explored in depth here, there's not really time for that, but it still has a very organic flow that I like. It's a light and fun read!

Imposter Syndrome by tsukinofaerii, thor/loki, ~1k
    Loki's plans are always perfect, and always go wrong. His attempted seduction of Thor is no exception, but that doesn't mean it fails.
    This is a short piece, where Loki disguises himself as Sif to be with Thor and I love it for the descriptions of how Loki usually plans for these things, how it's always that one little detail that trips him up versus this time he doesn't even plan for it (and the author really sells that aspect well!) and, oh, this Thor who is smart and knows his brother and there's this gorgeous tension between them, an almost sickening sense of what's going to happen when Thor finds out, the author does so much in just a few words. It ends well, of course, but, oh, it gave me a whole lot of feelings along the way.

untitled by trop-dangereuse, thor/loki, au, ~1k
    It was amusing to think that his sister Frigga’s boy, the Odin’s son, desired him as if he were a maid. He, who had the seidr to demand kinship of the Vanir and the Aesir. He, who could bend the realms to his touch.
    Oh, this was supremely good for me. I am utterly in love with the idea of an older Loki and a young upstart Thor who is brash and reckless and arrogant and charming and determined to win Loki's favor so that he can bed him, where it's this absolutely perfect blend of Thor likely doing it for the prestege of it and because he's genuinely taken with such a brilliant and beautiful sorcerer. This is really only a short fic, the kind that makes me wish I could read 10k of it instead, yet it's perfectly done, it gets in everything it needs, including some really neat background world details. But mostly it's that meeting between these characters, that first spark of utter chemistry and sharp characterization for them both. And I love how well this fic captures Loki's surprise at Thor's courting lengths and the smirk on Thor's face as he presents a hard won trophy and just. as;ldfkjasljk oh man this was really good for me.

Dependency by thorsicle (LadyCamillus), thor/loki, 1.1k
    The idea came from a scene in a popular movie. Loki assumes the worst. Thor is just trying to look out for him.
    This was short but lovely! It does switch tenses in the middle, but it's a fairly clean switch so you'll only be distracted the once. It's very nice writing and hits the right notes it needs to, where Thor is protective and Loki chafes at it and they're dumb Norse dummies about everything. I love the cliche of one character being overprotective while the other feels like they're not being taken seriously, except that's not quite it, which this fic does a great job with. It's got some lovely turns of phrase as well, making it a charming and wonderful little fic to find.

All Messed Up In You by Hel, thor/loki, NSFW, 1.4k
    "What are you doing?" Thor asked. "Just going to clean up the mess you've made," Loki said. "Let me do it for you," Thor said after a brief pause, looking straight at Loki.
    Rimming/felching is one of those kinks that isn't necessarily my kink, but I'll give it a shot every so often for the occasional fic that winds up being super hot for it. And, oh, I do love when Loki's prickly exterior is broken down enough that he's practically writhing around and Thor enjoys doing that to him, enjoys taking Loki apart like that, to see something real from Loki, and I do love how much they both clearly enjoyed this. It was a great blend of enthusiasm and just totally wrecked Loki pleading for more that made it super hot and satisfying.

Insensate by undrockroll, thor/loki, NSFW, 11.5k
    After a terrible skirmish in a neighboring realm, Loki is left completely broken and must go through a severely painful healing process. Thor vows to never let feel his brother feel pain again, and Loki vows to never feel at all. Pre-Thor (movie).
    I'll admit, I did get thrown by the descriptions of Loki supposed being so much more slender and smaller than Thor (he is shorter and more slender, but everyone is compared to Thor!) but other than that, I really loved just about everything about this fic. (And even that works for me because this is from Thor's point of view and Thor probably considers everyone pretty delicate in comparison to him and he's... not entirely wrong. Not right either, but....) Because this Loki isn't fragile, he comes through something that most people couldn't hope to live through (having been so gravely wounded that it takes even his healing months to repair) and does so all the more determined. Not necessarily in a good way, but showing that he certainly does have resolve and the author gets that across beautifully, right along with the mischievous streak he has (when Thor won't leave him alone) and the anger that simmers under the surface and the deep seated desire he has for affection from Thor. He hides it well, but Thor is, as ever, able to eventually pull these things from him.

And I do like that, despite Thor trying to give him some space, despite that Thor tries to let him handle this his own way, he also is so Thor about it and won't let his brother do something stupid like shut off all sensation all together. He's loud and impossible to ignore and stubborn and so very protective of the one he loves and just charges right ahead with what he thinks is best! The progress of their relationship, the way the author uses these eventus to bring feelings and reactions to the surface, so that they're pushed just enough to admit to the attraction to each other, so that they finally kiss and then start thinking about it, all of that builds up to the climax of the story very nicely. Which is also very satisfying, for the little touches (Loki using magic to slide a lubricated hand down Thor's cock or shifting his insides to make a little more room to fit Thor or the way he enjoys the edge of sweet pain to their joining or enchanting the blankets up over them afterwards, I love these things!) but also just for being satisfying porn. p.s. When an author can give Loki nearly feline grace and do it well? Bless them forever.

Goodbye Blue Sky by anonymous, implied thor/loki, character death, 4.3k
    Thor's head was low as a cow heading for the slaughter, as a condemned man before the gallows. "You swore to have my death in your hands at the end. If you still desire it, you may have it now."
    This is a death fic, but when you're dealing with Norse gods, it's not that simple.... I'm not sure what posessed me to read this fic, maybe it was imply that it was labeled as a pairing fic with Thor and Loki, so I figured I'd read the first few lines. The smooth, clean writing of it caught my attention and suddenly I found myself pulled into the fic and was unable to let go until I'd finished the whole thing. I admit, I didn't actually feel that sad during the fic, which I think had a lot to do with how Thor and Loki still had each other, how the scenes were intercut with adorable moments from their childhood--and this is something I vastly prefer. If it had just been soul-wrenchingly sad with no other reason than to make me sad, I wouldn't have wanted to read it. Instead, I found this ending for them absolutely lovely, I could feel how tired Thor was, how he wanted his last moments to be with his brother, how so very many years had passed since our "current" time, how Loki still loved his brother so much. It was almost a kind fic, in a lot of ways.

But what really sold me on it was the conversation between Thor and Loki before the end, how brilliant and sharp this Loki is, how the dialogue was elegant, even when there wasn't much of it. It was exactly how I imagine it would go. And, oh, Loki's reactions/actions here are perfect. I don't want to spoil too much of the fic, just... I really liked this a lot. Even if I was a bit confused about how, if they'd broken the cycle of Ragnarok, I'm not sure what the ending meant. But that's okay because THAT IS THE PERFECT ENDING, CHANGE A SINGLE THING AND I WILL PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE, because that's totally how they're going to end, shhhhhh.

And Oh, He Would Fall Again by niennah, thor/loki, nsfw, 3.1k
    There was a certain smell of iron before a storm that Loki once loved; a smell he knew not only in the air of Asgard just before the weather broke, but also in the hidden places of his brother’s body, in his mouth and the tender skin at the inside of his elbow and at the top of his thigh.
    Sometimes this is everything I want, where Loki is brought home and taken care of and simply loved. Everything else is at a distance, except for Thor and his soothing touch and the comforts of home. In another fic, this might have been too fluffy (well, that's a lie, things are almost never too fluffy for me), but here it didn't sacrifice the emotional weight, it just... set it aside for a minute, which felt very deliberate. The sex is brief, but comforting, another way to show how Thor cares for Loki and loves him, as he opens him up and slides into him. I adore Loki in this, I love how tangled up he feels, but the way Thor fills the room, the way he loves Loki, the way he sees Loki genuinely, the way he sees through him, this was all just as good for me.

bring my soul to bear by Lise [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, mild enema and size kink, 1.9k
    Loki shifted, hands flexing. He suddenly wasn’t sure why he’d agreed to this. After a long soak in a hot bath, though, and then Thor’s hands massaging his back until his muscles were warm and loose and he was sprawled comfortably spread-eagled on the floor, he supposed, he would have agreed to almost anything. Now, though…
    If this had been another author, I might have looked at the summary and raised an eyebrow, but I trust Lise to make anything she puts her hand to be really good for me. And, holy fuck, was this good. Loki is still prickly but likes Thor's cock and Thor loves Loki so much you can feel it in the way he enjoys this and wants Loki pliant and wrecked and all of that only makes him want to fuck Loki more. It's that combination of care and yet steamroller that's perfect, how Thor just does things he wants, but also clearly loves his brother. And, oh, Loki was made to be stuffed full and he's so relaxed and that makes me love this, that it's hot and sweet and kind of filthy and full of adoration, all at the same time. But also it's genuinely the sex and it's hot as hell and the size kink bits were the perfect topper. Unf, this was good for me.

i carry your heart by cavaleira, thor/loki, 1.3k
    In a quiet moment before the war, Thor finds a gift Loki gave him ages ago pressed between the pages of an old book.
    I really love the idea of Thor with a lock of Loki's hair, which could easily be too insipid if not handled right, but here it works wonderfully well for me. The bittersweet overall tone that contrasts against sweeter memories and the current hard resolve Thor now has works really well and makes this short fic achieve exactly what it set out to do. It's a lovely piece that has a strong image to it and I am taking this with me, no matter what the movie tries to tell me!

naught but blood and bone by hannibalisms, thor/loki, 1.6k
    He settles down on the cliff, looking down at his brother. He should be escaping - he should be making a run for it, of course, but this is too good to not watch. It is not often that he saw Thor fighting with his full strength for something other than his father's name - Thor's father, not his - and he cannot pass it up.
    Oh, this fic really, really worked for me. It's something I had halfways given thought to, all the ways that conversation did and didn't go when Thor and Loki first saw each other again, how things might have been a little different if they hadn't been interrupted or the conversation was just a bit different, if Loki had confessed a bit more, but I didn't realize how badly I needed it until I read this fic. Where Thor defeats Iron Man and Captain America, where Loki can't help himself, he has to stay and watch because Thor is fighting for Loki here, it'd be madness to leave this. But that means Thor is more able to pin him down, both physically and verbally, which is added to Loki already starting to lose his cool and then it's just-- it goes in a different direction from canon, where Thor undoes him and Loki's desperation leaks through and he admits to more of what's really going on with Thanos and it's... the author does a fantastic job with thoroughly capturing my imagination here, of wondering how the rest of this would all play out. Images of Thor and Loki working together again, even as Loki is so angry and hurt, are going to haunt me now! But also! Thor just grabs hold of his younger brother and refuses to let him wriggle away from this and sees Loki, so when Thor just throws an arm over Loki when they're ready to sleep it's not just about the physical movement, but about how it punched me right in the feelings and dug its hooks into me.

Chances Lost by marchingjaybird, thor/loki, NSFW, ~1k
    Loki falls into old patterns again.
    This is actually 616-based Thor/Loki, but, eh, I found that it worked well with the MCU versions pictured in my head. As always, I've been reading a lot of genfic (or fic that doesn't have much romantic resolution yet) which means I've also been seeking out fic that gives me the resolution I'm craving and this was pretty perfect for that. It's not meant to be more than a small moment in their lives, but it's lovely for how much it says about Thor and Loki's relationship, how many second chances there are between them, how there will always be more, how they both react to that, how wily and twisty Loki's character is, how Thor's affection for him is solid in return, even as they're kind of fucked up. But it's also just really hot, really satisfying porn that's written in a lovely way and I love when there's quiet, subtle character insight mixed together with porn. All my favorite things!

The Best Nightmare Ever by nicevenn, thor/loki, NSFW, fluff, ~1k
    1 Loki + 1 horny Thor + 2 sleeping twins + 1 bed = I'm going to hell.
    Oh, man, this is one of those things where I feel like I should be more ashamed of myself for liking this than I am, because I'm usually a great big NO to the idea... but that's in real life, not in fiction. Besides, Thor and Loki having their own kids is fairly rare-ish in fic, so I was pleased about that already! I love domestic things when they're well-written! I was already happy with the whole family curled up in bed together, but then, well. Thor's a horndog and Loki can't resist him very well and the writing is so good that it just... well, if we're going to hell, I guess at least I'm getting really good porn out of it. Especially when Loki's kind of delightfully evil at the end--even if Thor more than deserves it. Just. Happiness and porn and a bit of snark. Yes, good, all of this is good.

Less Than Kind by Jenavira, thor/loki implied, 2.2k
    When Loki first turned on Asgard, Odin Allfather ordered the building of a cell, a chamber so laced with all the magic of the realm that even Loki Liesmith would not be able to escape it.
    Sometimes it's really difficult to describe a fic, to say why I loved something so much and why it had such an affect on me, when everything I think to say about it sounds boring or cliche, that it's nothing I haven't read a hundred times already. And maybe that's true (that I've read these things a bunch of times before), but it certainly doesn't feel that way while I'm reading, because my fannish heart ached the entire time. It's a short piece, just over 2k words, but it's paced really well and framed really well in a series of short scenes, allowing for the passage of time in a good narrative flow, to show the series of meetings between Thor and Loki when Thor goes to visit his brother. It allows for a series of times that Loki is still lashing out at Thor, deliberately making him uncomfortable, but still Thor persists in trying to reach him, until one day he gets under Loki's skin and then, well. Then my feelings were all over the place. It's also that the writing of this is lovely, it's smooth to read and knows how to write an elegant line so that it's a subtle punch to the feelings. It's beautiful and ouchy, but also not soul-crushing. It's an in-between piece, but stands very well on its own and I enjoyed it greatly for that.

a few ghosts of timorous heart by dance_at_bougival, thor/loki implied + loki/sif implied + thor & sif, 2.5k
    Death makes friends of even the most embittered enemies. - sif and thor mourn loki, post-thor.
    I read the first page or so of this when it was first posted, then had to set it aside, because it hadn't taken more than one scene to give me an actual physical ache and I knew the fic was going to make me cry. It wasn't until today that I really felt that I could pick it back up again, even knowing that it was a gorgeous piece. And, sure enough, by the time I was done reading, I had tears in my eyes, for the absolute grief in this story. It's beautifully written and I enjoyed it because it was set between Thor and The Avengers, so I didn't have to hurt for Loki actually being dead. Instead, it allowed me to focus on Thor's crushing loss and Sif's subtle but gorgeously done grief, as she mourns the loss of one friend and hurts for her other friend. The story is all the better for how it's almost subdued (in comparison to wailing and gnashing of teeth, it's certainly not subdued in the sense of how it punched me in the feelings), for how Loki was loved and now he is missed, so many little details that were achingly gorgeous. (Frigga's way of remembering Loki especially got to me.) I would have loved it just for being a well-written story, but one that actually shows the mourning of all of Asgard, that no one is happy that he's gone? Oh, here, have my heart for this stunning story.

wearing my heart on a noose by Canute, thor/loki + avengers, loki wins au, 1.8k
    Loki succeeds in taking over Midgard. Using the Stark tower as his new domain, he rules earth with the Avengers, brainwashed, at his side, and that happens to include his-not brother. But Thor's eyes have always been a little too blue.
    Oh, I love this. It's beautifully written and the gorgeous thing about it is what I firmly agree is Loki's greatest tragedy--what he's going after isn't what's making him happy or going to make him happy. Even when he wins, even when he has control of those around him, even when he has Thor at his side, he's still miserable. The author does a gorgeous job of showing that in subtle (and sometimes not so subtle, but that's Loki when he's so full of self-hate) ways and having the characters not mindless zombies, but instead they're mostly still themselves, they're almost normal around him and that lends it an even more heartbreaking and gorgeous air. Of course the ending is wonderful and a little fucked up to get there, but that's what you get with this pairing sometimes. Beautiful.

The Weregeld by Auntarctica, Greekhoop, thor/loki, NSFW, consort!loki, 16.4k wip
    Unsettling family secrets come to light when Loki accepts Thor's terms in exchange for an early parole. Very much movieverse.
    So this fic's premise is one of those that is one of my biggest kinks in this fandom--post-Avengers, Thor decides that he still wants to have his brother by his side and loves him and wants him, so he'll take Loki as Prince Consort in order to free him, but also keep a lid on him. as;ldkfaslkj give me that always. Especially when... oh, I am having the worst time trying to figure out how to put my feelings for this into coherent words. It's a combination of things, of different aspects of excellent characterization that I'm always seeking. A sharp, poisonous, vicious Loki who really does love his brother, who pushes himself so hard because he looks at Thor the way the rest of Asgard does--as someone who is so perfect and so good that Loki can't help but desperately love him, being so angry at himself for that love. But also a Thor who knows his brother, who is direct and honest and has such an immense presence in the room, who has such unmatched strength, both physically and in personality. This Thor is the future king of Asgard and he loves his brother, absolutely will have him how Thor wants him, but is never cruel about it. And I cannot tell you how enthralling that clash of personalities is for me.

Though, it's more than just that, of course. I would have read just for the concept (Thor taking Loki as consort, sorry, but we all have those stories we cannot resist) or the beautiful characterization, but it's even better that the writing is gorgeous here, it blends that faux-Shakespeare style with still being readable really well. There's such an elegance to the prose of this (especially appropriate, as it's from Loki's point of view), all the right little touches of imagery enhancing the scene rather than distracting away from it. The choice of words, the dialogue, the prose, all of it is lovely and suits the characters and, oh, I am so very anxious for more of this.

Scars by talesfrommidgard [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    Loki knew Thor’s body as well as he knew his own.
    This is a short piece, but it's sweet (a little bittersweet, but a happy sort, as things are better now, this is more a reflection on the harshness of their lives) and kind of fluffy (fluffy angst, but fluffy all the same) and just kind of one of those things that did well for me tonight. I can see Loki as the type who gets lost in his thoughts from time to time, especially when mired in thoughts of the darker times of their lives, often hurting himself by reminding himself of those times, which I tolerate really well when Thor is there to bring him out of it and Loki lets him. I could use some angsty sweetness tonight and this delivered nicely.

rescue by kiyala, thor/loki + odin, ~1k
    Loki is kidnapped. Thor rescues him.
    This is short, but this author knows how to do so much with a short piece and how to write it so that it doesn't need to be any longer than it is. The author also does a beautiful job with the underlying tension between the characters, how it's so very clear that they love each other, that this is an intimate relationship, but doesn't need to use explicitly sexual touches to convey it. Oh, they're pretty obviously sexually attracted to each other or even in that kind of relationship, but I loved that I felt it in their relationship, rather than having to have it directly pointed out to me. But also I love Loki's damaged pride at having been so wounded that Thor needed to help him, that you can see why it'd be another thing he's resentful of, but also another reason that he loves Thor so very dearly, because Thor would fight through hell one-handed to save him and it wouldn't be for bragging rights, it would be because he loves Loki. I love that this fic gets that love/hate touch in, but that it's primarily a happy, almost sweet fic and, ahhhh, those are my favorites pre-Thor, especially when there's clearly just so much between these characters.

one small touch by kiyala, thor/loki, NSFW, 1k
    Thor has sensitive nipples. Loki exploits this fact.
    Ahhhh, I love this kind of fic because it hits exactly the right notes and kinks I have--when Loki finds something that gets under Thor's skin and exploits it, of course he doesn't do so in a wasteful sort of way. No, instead he waits for the right moment, then uses it to make Thor lose control and fuck him even harder, because that's what Loki wants. And, oh, this Loki is so good at winding Thor around his fingers this way, at pulling Thor's strings to get what he wants. All of this on top of super hot sex, especially when Loki's in Thor's lap, touching him just right until Thor's practically lifting him up to slam him back down. I, um. May have a thing for that and this fic did very well with it.

untitled by culpaeros [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, ~1k
    When did things become so precarious, so difficult, and yet so easily accepted?
    This is a short piece, really only about a page long, and it's fairly pwp, but that's exactly what I was looking for. I've been reading a lot of longer, more general-rated fics and sometimes I just need to take a break where Thor and Loki fuck before I lose my mind. So, this came along at the right time and it's an intimate moment between them, a familiarity between them that's lovely for how much it says about how well they know each other and love each other. There are a few too many epithets for my taste (but not terrible!) but the fic makes up for it with Thor treating Loki carefully, who is like, fuck that, and slides onto Thor's lap to ride him and that is always good for me.

By watchfires and thrones of crowned kings by Melitot, thor/loki, 4.9k
    From enemies to consorts, like Bor and Bestla, toward centuries of bright prosperity.
    This is a series of four (at the time of this rec, of course) fics that are all less than 1k words each, but I wound up really liking the way they read together. The writing is the type that has to be pulled off carefully for me and I think a lot of that can be chalked up to the fics being a translation as well, that sort of dreamy, elegant, sort of flowery style of prose that works well here. I can be pretty fussy about that, I admit! But I liked these fics a lot, I liked that they're set at different points in Thor and Loki's lives, that each one of them gives me such intense feelings as Thor wants his brother back, but Loki is so full of fury and rage still. It works for me because I think the author is working them towards something better, so I wallow around in the feelings and beautiful turns of phrase--especially story #2, where Loki points out that it wasn't just that Thor didn't realize how he felt, but that Thor didn't want to know and, oh, when a fic can tear my heart out like that, I know it's doing something right. Still. I'm really hoping for a good ending for these two, I don't want my heart crushed--!

Fortune's Fool by trotthefox, thor/loki, NSFW, younger!thor + older!loki, age difference, 9.3k
    "My Uncle?" Thor repeated moving to his mother’s side and placing his hands on her lap, frowning petulantly as he looked the man’s lithe frame over and mumbled under his breath, "another one?" "Oh my," Loki muttered lightly, white teeth peeking through his lips, "how flattering."
    Older!Loki and younger!Thor here struck me as something that would need a careful balance to keep them feeling like themselves without changing them too much to fit the situation, rather than the other way around. But I didn't feel like that was broken here, I felt like I could see the MCU versions of Thor and Loki here, the way Loki was sly and always knew more than he said and the way Thor was pure force of will and temper and always pulling more out of Loki than he intended. Thor was always so bright and shining, you couldn't help but watch him! And Loki was twisting and manipulative, but not with true ill intent behind it. That was balanced well with the attraction that was built up between them over the many years, the sense of wrongness for their relation to each other and yet there was a rightness to it as well. It was fun and interesting fic! I felt like Thor fit this world as much as Loki did, for how prideful and determined he was, how he just steamrolled right over everything, even as he was still young and brash, which is what really charmed me. Plus, there's a brief mention of Thor fucking Loki up against a wall! The sex was brief but nice, as they went to the floor and then continued on there, so this fic pretty much gave me verything I could have asked for. :D

Improbably, Yes by aesirborn, thor/loki + other asgardians, 2.9k wip
    The story of how Loki learned to trust again.
    This fic is only just starting (and hasn't been updated in a couple of months, but I'd rather the author work on To Conquer anyway XD), but it's one of those brick-laying fics, as I think of them, that do the slow, hard work of soothing Loki's madness bit by bit and getting him to open up again. It also starts the slow process of reconciling the different yet all parts of the whole aspects of Loki, the splintered parts of him that all need to be gathered up again and mended. I hope it's continued at some point, because I like what's here so far, and even if this ends up being abandoned, I'll still like it for showing how things would begin, should Loki start walking the path to healing again.

untitled by thisdorkyblogthing [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, blowjobs, makeup, ~1k
    His lips left smears of red in their wake.
    This is a very short piece, it's less than 400 words, but it's all about Loki sucking Thor's cock while the lipstick on his face is smeared beyond repair. It's messy and filthy and if you don't enjoy the imagery in this, as it's super hot and dirty and delicious, then I don't know how to help you.

Shadows by LAnneWriter (Stareena), thor/loki implied + unrequited thor/sif + sif & volstagg + other asgardians, 1.1k
    Sif confesses a secret and Volstagg is there to listen.
    This is a short piece, but I love it for focusing on Sif and Volstagg's friendship, which has never really gotten that much attention, but works beautifully here. I love how sympathetic Sif is, how her problem is understandable, how she's pained by her unrequited feelings for Thor, but there's no real bitterness there. In these circumstances, that's exactly how I imagine Sif would react and it's all the better that Volstagg is such a good friend to her. For all that it's a bittersweet position for her to be in (knowing that she has Thor's friendship, but her feelings for him aren't the same as his for hers), it's actually a rather sweet, uplifting piece.

Trace the Knife Over My Heart Again (Leave a Map of Where You've Been) by kasuchans, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, some bloodplay/knifeplay, 1.9k
    Loki has heard the trite Midgardian saying before: "We only hurt the ones we love." But he wonders, often, if it is true. He would wager so. And, more importantly, if the reverse is true.

For he and Thor have the scars to prove so, and have for many, many years.

    This is one of those fics that's difficult to describe, other than to say that it plays with the darker side of Thor/Loki, that it's not precisely a healthy relationship here. I hesitate to label it tragic, because there is love here and some sort of genuine care on both sides, but it's not exactly emotionally healthy and is rather fucked up. That, even when they love other people (as Thor loves Jane), it's not the same as the need they have with each other, it's not the same way they're bound to each other. I'm not usually one for knifeplay (or borderline knifeplay here) as a rule, but this pairing brings that out in me, where it's really kind of hot with these two. And I do like the way it shows the scope of their lives, just how long their histories are and how much longer they're going to have, how they will always be bound together. That's the kind of fucked up I enjoy with this pairing.

Lira by epistolic, thor/loki, 1.5k
    This is not the sort of beauty he understands. The fleeting, sudden sort of beauty – that is Loki’s domain.
    This is a short piece, but it's lovely and I love it for achieving what it set out to do--create this quiet, intimate moment one night in Thor and Loki's past, when Loki wanted to share something with Thor, who was caught up in Loki and how much he loved his brother. The fic does a beautiful job of giving me so many feels while reading, for balancing the implication of more between them without precisely going there yet, for getting in little touches about the cold that doesn't bother Loki as much as it does Thor without being obvious, it could have just been nothing. It's a quiet moment that's all about the connection between them as they watch a shooting star in the middle of the night, how they let their guards down around each other, how there's an intimacy that you feel with them, one that they don't share with anyone else. Lovely.

Dearest Brother by mischievouschan, thor/loki + avengers, NSFW, 1.5k
    Where Thor is not only the God of Thunder, but also the God of Sex, and Loki isn't complaining at all...nope, not one bit. Just a typical night in bed with the two brothers; typical meaning hot, steamy sex.
    I'm pretty sure I've read this fic before, but I can't find a previous rec, so maybe I read it on tumblr or on the kinkmeme and wasn't recommending fic from there yet or something. Whatever the reason, it's worth a re-rec if I already have because, oh, it's pretty much just pure straight-up porn and sometimes I really need that when I've been reading UST-laden or gen fic all day instead. And it's not shy porn, either, but the kind that is satisfying for how thorough it is--and I love how enthusastic the fic is about the sex as well, how Loki wants this and how Thor clearly enjoys wrecking Loki's calm, enjoys how wanton Loki is, how the fic enjoys how good Thor is at sex. Which Loki clearly enjoys as well, with how well he responds to Thor's force and thorough fucking of him, which is, ahhh, so good for me, when Thor just takes him, in that way they both want. This is the kind of fic that I keep on-hand to reread every so often, when I've been reading genfic for too long, because it never gets any less satisfying or any less good for me.

untitled by wantstobelieve [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki + artwork, nsfw, ~1k
    "Are you trying to lead me away from the light, brother?"
    This is a short piece, but it comes with absolutely stunning art. Every time I go back to look at the images of Loki and Thor here, my breath is nearly taken away all over again, for the sly look on Loki's face as he glances back, the direct and intense and powerful look as Thor looks straight on. The use of color is lovely, Loki in cooler blues to Thor's warmer golds, but it's really the way they're turned that says everything about these characters and their relationship. The expressions on their faces, the little touches (Loki's hands trailing over the spines of the books, the light shining on Thor as he focuses solely on Loki), I cannot get over the gorgeousness of this. But then there's an accompanying ficlet that's so good, that fits the art pieces beautifully, that's about the long, winding, journey through the library as much as it is about the end result, that it's about Thor following Loki through all this knowledge as much as it is about when they finally stop and Thor's hands are on Loki, his cock inside Loki. All of it is just perfect and it once again stuns me how amazing this fandom is at giving us beautiful things.

Here At The End Of All Things by sykaer, thor/loki + background implied pairings, 2.1k
    The universe ends, yet Thor and Loki still live.
    This is definitely a bittersweet story, but I like those once in awhile, when it's at least about how Thor and Loki are always drawn back to each other in the end, when it's always these two at the end of the day. When everything else in the Nine Realms is done, when there's no one else left, it's just the two of them, and the writing is lovely for how there's a sense of that that's how it's supposed to be. There's a beautiful sense of comfort here, something very like peace in them both, between the two of them, when it's just them in Jotunheim, one of the last places left. I almost feel like it shouldn't work, that Thor of all people shouldn't be this okay with everyone else being dead, but the author pulls it off somehow. The sense of all the time that's passed, just so much of it and how it's not about keeping things forever, but about the experience of them, that he was part of something wonderful and he's grateful for that. For all that this is a fic that I would have thought would make me at least a little mopey, it actually delighted me and completely charmed me, it made me feel better about how, no matter what's between them, they're always together in the end.

Belong to the Ice by labyrinthvoices [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    Loki is insecure about where his bloodline places him in Thor’s estimation.
    This fic is pure sweetness and sunshine and fluffy angst. It's a common trope in fandom, that Loki thinks Thor will find him disgusting in Jotunn form, but Thor instead finds him beautiful, but that makes it no less enjoyable, this is why it's a trope in the fandom--because I just wanted to let out one of those breathy sighs when I was done, for the way this warmed my heart. I especially love this characterization of Thor, who is calm and steady, who cannot be swayed from his beliefs and is firm in his knowledge that he'll bring Loki around. It's definitely fluffy (in the sense of how everything will work out and it's sweet, rather than tragic) but it genuinely made me happy and I'm so glad I stumbled over it tonight.

The Pros and Cons of Being a God (and fucking your brother) by zimriya, thor/loki + avengers, NSFW, 2.4k
    As self appointed guardian of Midgard, there were many things that Thor had expected to have to do; this was not one of them.

    This is the perfect fic to have come along at the perfect time for me. It was H I L A R I O U S, as the rest of the team expects Thor to take care of his little brother, so that Loki will stop being such a goddamned pain in the ass. And by take care of it, make sure he can't walk for, like, a week, Thor. In the wrong hands, this could be awkward or just not that cute, but here it's beautiful and perfect and the author hit all the right notes for me, especially when Loki is as smart as you expect him to be and has the reaction you expect him to have and Thor doesn't really give a fuck because, eh, Loki's pretty hilarious. Oh my god, yes, give me Thor not really caring that much, so long as things are fine, nobody died, and Loki's just being a little shit. Give me that always. Especially when you give it to me with a really satisfying sex scene, where there's just enough whining when Thor fucks him a second time, but also clearly enjoying it and, ahhhh, you have no idea how much I love Thor never withdrawing from Loki, so he just starts rocking in a second time and a;sdfkjal;ksj oh my god, humor and porn. You don't know how much better this made my day.

The Games Gods Play by Temperley, thor/loki, NSFW, teasing, 4.2k
    Rule One: No touching. Rule Two: Silence. Rule Three: Beg for it. By the end, Thor will make Loki break all his own rules.
    4k words of delicious, delicious porn. Yessss. After reading a lot of UST-laden fic or more sweet-natured fic all day, I needed some actual resolution so, okay, I'll give this one a shot. I was hoping for something somewhat satisfying, just enough to take the edge off. Instead, I got a fic that was just perfect for what I was after--Loki being a manipulative tease as he's tied Thor to a chair and sits across from him, not saying a word, touching himself, then sliding into Thor's lap and riding him, but still not letting Thor touch him in return. This built up the tension beautifully, where you knew that it was not going to be slow or gentle when Thor was finally free--and, boy, did the fic not disappoint me on that front.

It was super fucking hot, for all that time Loki spent teasing Thor, now the tables were turned and he's going to absolutely wreck Loki's calm. This is an intense fucking, the kind Loki was clearly inviting, the kind Thor enjoys taking from Loki, the force of it very powerful. And, oh, that is so good for me. This is one of those fics where I'm going to leave it on my reader for whenever I need to read some really good, hot porn that hits all of my kinks. → Grislar by epistolic, thor/loki, 2.3k
    This is the story in which they hunt the dragon.
    I have a great fondness for fics that take place pre-Thor and deal with the whole sword-and-sorcery/fantasy aspect of Asgard and these characters' lives. Thor and Loki, when they were young adults, went out to hunt a dragon together and it's not really a fic about epic events, despite the trappings of it, but instead about an undercurrent of something brewing, like a storm that's not yet formed, even as the brothers obviously care deeply for each other and want to spend more time together. It's beautifully subtle, the atmosphere is shown through the way the characters talk to each other, almost through the things that don't happen, more than those that do. And I love the little details worked into the writing, the author has a talent for it, giving such a lovely, fully formed image in my head while reading this! It was a shorter piece, but one of those that gave me a real sense of satisfaction for it.

Heavy in Your Arms by itallstartedwithdefenestration, thor/loki, nsfw, 3.7k
    It isn't serious, what Loki and Thor have between them. It's just a thing, just a way to pass the time every few centuries when they get bored.

Love has never, and will never, be a part of the equation.

    Before I begin, I will say that I am likely going to talk about some mild SPOILERS for this fic. They're ones I'd want to know ahead of time, but some people like to be surprised, so I wanted to warn ahead of time! I was wary of reading this fic, because the summary made it sound terribly angsty and I have a low tolerance for tragic fic. But it wasn't a long fic, not quite 4k words, so, okay, I can give it a shot and I can always bail if it gets to be too much and, oh, hey, the promise of some light porn! All right, let's do this. And I came away from this fic actually really loving what the author did with it! Yes, there's angst to it and its focus is on the distance growing between Thor and Loki, that their brief moments together were never this big, epic resolution of feelings, but instead stolen moments more than anything.

But the author does a lovely job of making you feel that attraction and gravitation between them, of making me believe that it's not OTT angst, but instead that I could believe they'd not quite fully connect on the same page. The author works in their marriages/betrothals to other people (Loki's frustration at Sigyn being completely besotted with him and just wanting to be near him is especially a delight, because it doesn't feel mean spirited, just frustrated) and a lot of lovely detail about Asgard.

What really got me, though, is that the third time is post-The Avengers and so it's not a fic about crashing and burning, but instead that their story is still unfolding. Even if it's not a happy fic, it doesn't preclude a happy ending for the characters or that they might finally get their act together. Maybe they're not there yet, but it's still possible and there's still something very much there. That, more than anything, is what really got under my skin and made me word vomit all over the place about it. Not that the kissing and the sex aren't lovely as well, because they were and they were super hot, but I loved that they were actually more an addition to the narrative about the relationship, rather than the point. Oh, they were SO GOOD for me on their own, but they were even better as part of the bigger picture of their relationship. I loved this one a lot. I know, I was totally subtle about that. :D

Celebrations by cavaleira, thor/loki, NSFW, 1.9k
    In which Loki gives Thor a hero's welcome.
    The fun thing about this fic is Loki's characterization, where he's kind of an evil little shit when he climbs under the table after turning invisible, to give Thor a blowjob while in public, walking that fine line between causing mischief and being reckless. And the sex itself is nicely done, one of those fics where the blowjob is satisfying and not just a paragraph or two, but the entire point of this fic, so it's drawn out just enough. I love the enthusiasm Loki has for this, likely knowing that he's teasing Thor into being worked up (and the final line of Thor planning on having his revenge that night was designed to put all sorts of thoughts in my head) and I love Loki knowing what he's doing and enjoying stirring people up, especially Thor. Plus, hey, good bj fic! That's always appreciated!

LYGERASTIA by statikos [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    The condition of one who is only amorous when the lights are out.
    This is a very short piece, but I couldn't help putting it on my rec list because I love a fic that can have a theme like this, taking a particular condition, and then using it to tie in the characters' issues, wrapping it up in a quiet intimacy as they touch each other. It's lovely and bittersweet but not unhappy.

relax by kiyala, thor/loki, NSFW, 1.6k
    It's a hot day and all Thor wants to go is get back to his private bathing chambers. Thing is, Loki is already in there.
    This fic was very nearly designed to hit so many of my kinks. Fingerfucking is really, really good for me when done right, as is that moment of Thor recognizing that Loki was thinking of him while touching himself, but it's not his own fingers than he wants. Okay. All right then. Just go on without me, while I wallow in the hotness of this. Because the fic didn't stop there, when Thor touches him and knows that he can't slack here, that Loki doesn't take well to being disappointed (I love that edge to Loki's character, that his wrath is not a thing to be tempted, even in a pre-movies situation), so he fucks Loki properly and they both enjoy that. And, oh, it's such a good balance of enthusiasm and Thor just wrecking Loki's calm demeanor and Thor's patience eventually giving out, given how they both want each other. It's really good, satisfying porn--bathtub porn, even!--and super goddamned hot.

Sentiment by Canute, thor/loki, lip sewing, 1.4k
    Thor returns to Asgard with Loki as his prisoner and becomes the one to sew his own not-brother's lips shut.
    It's because I trust this author a lot that I read this fic (I am not fond of the lip sewing thing with MCU canon, as it doesn't quite track for me as a punishment and I'm not big on torture) and because it was short enough that I felt I could handle it. And it is a lovely fic, the author does a wonderful job of evoking so many feelings from me, but making it worth the while, that there's a point to them. I love that there's really no one point where Loki comes around, the ending isn't a repairing of all their problems, but instead maybe a step towards something better. And, oh, this Loki is so... there's still so much anger there, there's still so much hurt, but it also felt something like exhausted reading this. It's interwoven with scenes from their childhood, showing the history of everything between them and I just... really liked what this fic did. It's ouchy, but in what feels like a purposeful way.

On my deathbed (I will pray) by et2brute, thor/loki + other asgardians, 8.5k
    Loki is imprisoned on Asgard, awaiting punishment. Thor visits every day. Until he doesn't.
    Oh, this fic. I am going to have a hell of time talking about it coherently. I'll grant that the first half of the fic feels like it's trying too hard, the prose nearly borders on purple at times. Even given that the pov is Loki's voice, it feels like too much and I'd have prefered it dialed down a notch or two. Though, part of this is that the style is simply not my preference, so take my caveat with a grain of salt! As always, I mention it because I want people to keep reading, as the second half either smooths out or I acclimated, whichever, because, wow, feelings bombs all over the place. The story does a lovely job of having a collection of scenes, set over a short period of time, that still allows for Loki to have room to breathe a little again, to calm down enough to take the edge off of his rage, to find Thor back in his heart again, which is one of my favorite things with this pairing.

That's the key to what made this fic so amazingly good for me, that Loki slowly remembers all the reasons why he loves Thor, because his brother is so much wiser now, his eyes are more open now, but he's still Thor, still immovable in his love for Loki, still angry and thunderous and brave, but tempered and better directed now. There's so much pain between them and Thor feels that, he's frustrated by it even from Loki's point of view, who is tired and worn and raw and feels he has so little for himself. The author does a beautiful job of really showing his feelings for Thor, rather than telling the reader, instead of being direct about it, you just simply feel it with him, it's obvious without it being directly pointed out anywhere.

The author also does a lovely job of having their relationship repaired one slow moment at a time, there is no one specific moment where everything breaks or everything is fixed (not even in the dire circumstances at the end, they are merely a way to show it more publicly), but instead it's little moments that don't go entirely wrong, little moments where they take a small step forward, even if it's not framed or seen that way by the characters. The fic also shows that Odin and Frigga care about Loki as well, by the time the story starts winding to a close, I was practically physically aching from Odin's interaction with Loki and how utterly perfect it was. I also enjoyed Sif's role in the story! I was wary that she would be villainized here, but I think it was clear that her anger came from love and, oh, that was so good for me.

This is a fic that's about showing that Loki is not entirely lost to them, that there's still so many raw and jagged edges, but that he is still loved and loves in return. It's one of those that left me a little breathless by the end for how many feelings I had and how dearly I want a sequel, given the way it ends. It's definitely a lovely read, if ouchy along the way.

Frostbite by Canute, thor/loki + tony, 2.6k
    At night, or whenever I was allowed rest, I would wrap my arms around myself and imagine that it was Thor who was holding me, that he was there next to me, that he was the one cleaning my bleeding wounds and soothing away the pain. And for a moment, my cell would not feel as cold as it did before.
    In another author's hands, I'm not sure how this fic would have worked for me. But with this author, I was pulled into the feelings of the story, having a whole lot of them myself even. And I like the way it feels like... the calm that comes after a storm, even amid all the wreckage, where Loki is calmer and can look back with more reason and sanity now, even as he's not really fixed or anything. It's complicated. But it's lovely and bittersweet and I love that it paints a picture where it's not really black & white, how Loki got to this point. Oh, it's colored by Loki's resentment but it doesn't feel like Asgard is evil. There's so much self-hate with Loki simmering under the surface and it's heartbreaking and, oh, the ending is perfect for what I wanted.

All Neon Like by cavaleira, thor/loki, fluff, teen!thor + teen!loki, 4.1k
    People had started to notice his absences and Fandral implied that everyone suspected Thor of sneaking off to meet with some fair maiden. Would that it were as simple as that.

That would be easier for the people of Asgard to swallow than the fact that Prince Thor also practiced magic.

    When you have a prompt like this, it's easy for me to be wary of how things will play out, how much discomfort and secondhand embarrassment/humiliation I might wind up feeling. I love that that's not the direction this author took with this fic, though! Instead, it's rather sweet and warm, with Loki being the one to discover Thor practicing with magic, and there are stirrings of resentment there, not everything is fixed, but it's a good moment for them. I really enjoyed the symbolism and imagery the author used as well, the way their strengths balanced each other, how they mirrored each other in a lot of ways. It's a warm and fluffy fic that was a nice find today!

Learning To Breathe by CalamityCain, thor/loki, angst, ~1k
    After his fall from the Bifrost, Loki lands on earth and into the life of an urban mortal, with only the vaguest memories of his former life. Memories that grow stronger when the sky thunders. Those are also the days that hurt the most.

Meanwhile, the one he left behind searches on for him...

    This is a short set of fics, less than 1k together, but I really enjoyed it. There's something so... emotionally intimate about them, the way I felt the feelings with them, how it's one of the rare fics where imagery to evoke emotion works nicely for me. It does end without resolving things, but I found that it didn't really need to, as it was more about the longing between Thor and Loki, more about the feeling of it, than the resolution.

And I Will Try by leopardchic79, thor/loki + sleipnir, 3.4k
    Thor gives something to Loki that he'd lost long ago. Post-Avengers
    Oh, this is another fic that just really gave me a lot of feelings while reading it. On the surface, it's a fairly simple fic, with Thor noticing that Loki watches out the window every day at a certain time, figures out what he's looking at, and arrainges a reunion for his brother, doing what he can to ease Loki's hardships. It's lovely because Thor is so nicely written here, he's determined and irresistable and clearly loves his brother, which are all the reasons that Loki cannot help obviously loving him in return. I enjoyed that this was a slow, almost mellow piece (for all that it gave me a lot of feelings), that it was something good in the middle of all this bad. That it's about how Thor can see Loki more clearly than nearly anyone, that he sees the good in his brother that others miss. And that's why Thor gets through to him when no one else could. All of this as well as really intensely sweet moments with Loki and Sleipnir, which just. Augh, so many feelings and so much love.

"Booty call." by talesfrommidgard [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, ~1k
    "Perhaps to romance each other, or engage in a bit of play beforehand?" Loki sniped. When Thor’s heated expression didn’t change, the trickster sighed and willed his clothing away. The belts and ties unfurled, and the fabric slid away effortlessly. "Oh, well. To pretend I was here for anything else would be to lie to myself anyway."
    Ugh, this fic was so good for me. I love fics that don't even need to be all that graphic to be exciting and super fucking hot for the half-teased images and implications. And I love that they're both here for the same reason, that Loki enjoys what Thor does to him, that he enjoys that Thor knows him so well and isn't swayed by his venom. I love what Thor plans to do to Loki, that Loki is turned on by Thor's plans to fuck him and ruin his calm demeanor. Just. Yes, that's delicious to me and this author did a really good job of hitting that kink, of making this really fucking hot.

The Vardøgr by eag, thor/loki + bruce & loki, amnesia, 15.7k
    A strange accident strips Loki of his magic and strands him on Earth. Very much movieverse.
    Chapter 01: As soon as I saw EAG had written MCU fic, boy, did I pounce on that sucker. In a way, I did myself a disservice, because only the first chapter has been posted and it's just as intriguing as I'd hoped for, but now I have to wait for updates! It was still worth it, though, because, oh, this is such an interesting concept, that Loki lands out in New Mexico post-The Avengers where Bruce finds him without his memory. It's an intriguing starting chapter, because of the way Loki is so himself in the way he pokes at the way he knows things but doesn't know how he knows them and the things he should know/should be able to do, he doesn't. I love the choice of Bruce being the one to stumble over him, because that's a dynamic that's not explored as much as others are, but I'm also looking forward to whatever Thor's role in this is going to be! It's an excellent starting chapter, it did its job of capturing my attention and making me want to claw the walls for more!
    Chapter 02: I am so glad this fic updated again soon! It's such an interesting concept and playing with a relationship that doesn't get much attention--the second chapter fleshing a lot of that relationship out, as Bruce and Loki settle into something like a routine out in the desert, still sort of feeling each other out. I adore what the author does here, that Bruce isn't really afraid of Loki because he really doesn't have reason to be (and has bigger things to fear than Loki), so there's a laid back feeling to everything they do, which works perfectly. Oh, sure, I'm dying to know what'll happen when Thor comes back around or if Loki will get his memories or his magic back, but I'm also greatly enjoying the details of all the things they do together.

I almost wanted to tag this as a Bruce/Loki fic, because of the tone their interaction starts to take (which is a good thing! whether it's gen or something more, I'm content to see where this goes--even if my heart will always be with Thor and Loki), when Loki watches Bruce play the piano or when he watches Bruce working on a model to help with his research or when Loki offers to share something with him. The author does a beautiful job of writing the two of them, that way that I wouldn't maybe have thought it as such, but they just calmly work together here, this could be such a fascinating friendship.
    Chapter 03: This fic is going to be very hard on me. It's one that's absolutely fascinating and I want to read into the little clues being dropped here and there, but not sure if I'm reading too much into them, and just rather desperately wanting... idk, if not the whole fic in front of me so I can skip to the end and see how it ends, as is my usual response, then to have three yes/no questions to ask the author. Mostly, I just want to know if it's going to break my heart, given my usual needs/wants in fic. But I can't stay away. It's too intriguing and too interesting and too well written for me, especially when this chapter was so good. The author does beautifully with that sense of detachment Loki has without his memories, that building sense of mystery of just what happened to bring him to this point in time.

This chapter had a couple of surprises for me, which I'm trying to dance around without being too vague either, just... I didn't expect the turn of events that happened and now I'm utterly clawing at the walls to know where this will take the fic. I love the slow details being worked in, like the effects Loki's mortal body have on his current circumstances, especially given the final scene. There's so much potential for Loki to find himself, something he maybe couldn't do with his memories burning such rage through him, and the atmosphere here contributes to that. There's just a feeling to this piece, something very isolated and detached, that I can't shake while I read. It's lovely and I look forward to Loki working through it.
    Chapter 04: You know how you sometimes stumble over those fics that really just catch your imagination and/or your interest, so you sit there practically stewing with the Not Knowing How This Will End and you have about a dozen questions that you want to ask the author and you're so nervous about it, because you never predict what's going to happen (chapter 4 surprised the hell out of me, I didn't expect that! just as chapter 3 surprised me as well!) and how you practically write an essay in your head about your feelings on the fic and where it might go? Because that's where I'm at with this fic. There's so much I want to say about it, so much I want to scrounge around for clues about the direction it'll eventually end up in, how I'm so nervous about where this is going and how long the fic will ultimately be (somehow it sneaked up to being almost 10k words when it feels like I only just started reading it!) and it's kind of a terrible experience, except it's also the best experience, because that's what well-written fic can do to a reader.

As for specifics on this chapter, oh, I continue to love Loki's relationship with Thor, that it's this mix of comfort and distance, that something about this feels right and his body finds it familiar, that running his hands through a sleeping Thor's hair is soothing to him, that Thor surprises him by being surprisingly gentle when touching him, yet it's not terribly surprising. It feels like this Loki just needs a little time to figure himself out, but that his relationship with Thor isn't a problem and, oh, that's what I want. I love that none of this is stated outright, that I simply feel it along with Loki, that maybe he needs room, but this doesn't feel like a bad thing.

My only worry is that I want this fic to be at the halfway point, because the author has done such a gorgeous job of building Loki up to being on the precipice of real change and being able to figure himself out, but he's not quite there yet, he needs more time. And if this fic isn't going in that direction, if it's going to end up being, say, a tragic fic, then I'm not sure I want to stay invested, because I am a delicate flower who doesn't like her heart crushed. Basically, this fic is driving me up a wall, because of how much I love it and how much I want from it and how many feelings it gives me.
    Chapter 05: I am going to have to step very carefully to avoid spoilers when it comes to this chapter because I don't want to give too much away. I will say, however, that I've been reading this fic as it's been posted and I was wary that, given the way the previous chapter had ended and how much time was left with the fic, that it could form any kind of satisfying resolution. I... was not expecting the turn this chapter took! As I was reading it, I definitely had my, "Oh, my god!" flaily moments because I hadn't predicted that and I kind of loved it terribly for how it made sense of everything and fit with everything I'd been feeling with the fic.

Namely, that Loki and Thor were good together, that their relationship did need time apart from each other for Loki to figure himself out, but that what was between them was still good. But also that his friendship with Bruce provided something that his relationship with Thor couldn't give him and it wasn't about a romantic relationship but was still important and just as important when it came to the focus of the fic. This chapter satisfied that and made me fall ridiculously in love with Loki all over again. Especially the tone he takes here, it's just... so perfect for where he's at at this point.
    Chapter 06: As mentioned, this is an extra to the main fic, so it's just a quiet little piece around Christmas time (which is perfect for the time of year, of course) where Bruce and Loki have something of a friendship established and it's almost kind of peaceful and definitely is sweet. I adored it for still keeping Loki's sharp edges, but I could believe that he would still be nice to Bruce in this way and I adored it for the discussion of what Christmas was, explaining it to a Norse god, without getting too heavy-handed about it. It's a sweet exchange of a gift with Bruce and Loki that isn't really fluffy, but instead just perfect for the characters.

30 Day OTP Challenge - Day 1: Holding Hands by beaubete [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    His fingers are going numb, just a little bit, the manacles’ weight pressing blood into his fingertips.
    This is a clever use of the theme for this challenge, which I would have liked just for that. But it's also balancing bittersweet with something more hopeful, it's about love and anger, about care and rage, all wrapped up together, like it must be just after The Avengers. Loki's so sharp here, but it's not without the possibility of things getting better and sometimes I really like that sharp balance, as bittersweet as it is. The writing is also lovely!

30 Day OTP Challenge - Day 2: Cuddling by beaubete [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    Affection isn’t rare in Asgard. Thor has never wanted for hugs or pats on the head as a child, or for the fond embraces of a close friend, or even the clasp of a lover’s arm as he grew older.
    Another short piece, but I really liked what it did with the theme, how it took what could have been purely cute and instead made it this mix of sweet and bittersweet, which works so well for this pairing. It's such a darling image, that Thor would fall asleep while Loki read, that they were curled up together like that, but it's also about how much Thor wants to touch Loki, how there's this constant undercurrent of want that he doesn't really put into words. I love when fic also focuses on how intense Thor's feelings for Loki are, how much he wants to touch him, that does things for me, especially when written in such pretty language as this!

Secret Admirer by griseldajane [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, 1.2k
    "If you have indeed slain the mighty Thor, there is no place where you can hide that will spare you from my wrath."
    Put this down as another thing I've always needed in fandom--Loki gets an "admirer" who decides the best way to win him over is to kill Thor and present his bloodied helm to Loki. Which goes about as well as you'd expect it. And, okay, I firmly chose to believe that Thor was still alive somewhere, but that's not really the point of the fic. The fic is about Loki's reaction to the situation in front of him, filled with all these wonderful little details (like the way he touches the helm and knows that nothing in this realm could have forged it) and the building sense of tension as he pulls out the circumstances from this person in front of him, who is clearly unhinged and had no idea what he was dealing with. This is such good Loki characterization, having him interact with another person in these circumstances allows the fic to show how much he dearly loves Thor even when that's not obvious to others, but also how incredibly dangerous Loki is when crossed. It's so goddamned emotionally satisfying, to feel that building building building sense of tension that Loki is going to unleash hell on this world that took Thor from him, that you don't understand his relationship with his brother until it's too late and, oh, that's SO GOOD.

30 Day OTP Challenge - Day 4: On A Date by beaubete [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    He has somehow, through his tin words and his unpolished wit, somehow managed to bring Loki out into the sunshine. He counts it his dearest victory yet.
    Oh, I love stories where Thor cajoles Loki outside just to sit with him for awhile, where it's this beautiful mix of aching distance between them and warm sunshine where they both do love each other dearly, made all the more bittersweet for the mix between them and the time it's placed in. It's short, but the writing is absolutely lovely and I have a terrible weakness for Thor putting his head in Loki's lap while they sit outside. Also feelings. Many, many feelings.

30 Day OTP Challenge - Day 5: Kissing by beaubete [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    His lips are numb and sparking electric, glowing bright enough that he’s sure anyone who sees him can tell.
    Speaking of so many feelings! Another short piece, but this author is definitely charming me something fierce with all the feelings they manage to pack into each one of these. It's more of a quietly bittersweet piece this time, with Loki clearly being so very in love with Thor (and I love how the writing doesn't have to tell us that, but instead you feel it right along with him) and they just don't... they don't really know how to communicate with each other properly and that ends up hurting them and it's beautiful and ouchy without being too tragic. Lovely.

The Love Of Gods by CalamityCain, thor/loki, ~1k
    'Our love is war and madness, when it is not silence and want.'
    Oh, this fic was so... I don't usually go in for the more tragic stuff, but this wasn't death or an impossible to work out scenario, more that it was... it's not a healthy relationship that Thor and Loki have, it's a lot like (if not outright) obsession as much as love that they have for each other, but I am a sucker for two characters who are completely wrapped up in each other, that's unhealthy from both ends. That Thor's expansive anger and possessiveness, Loki's inability to be stable and terrible choices and sharp, jagged viciousness, means that they're not healthy, but they're forever entwined together, and sometimes I really enjoy that.

Wake Up, Sunshine by Reeseykins, thor/loki, NSFW, morning sex, 1.7k
    Dawn was slowly breaking in Asgard. Although most of the denizens of the realm would not awaken for another few hours at least, the God of Mischief’s eyes shot open the very instant the sun peeked over the horizon. It was always that way for Loki, especially in this bedchamber where the massive, floor-to-ceiling window was draped with only the flimsiest of sheer curtains. He rolled over to face away from the offending window and was greeted with a much more pleasant view.
    Do you know what this fic has? It starts with sweetness and then has Loki touching Thor in his sleep until he's hard enough that Loki can straddle his lap and wake him up by riding the fuck out of him and Thor being like :D when he finally opens his eyes. It's sweet, really enthusiastic sex, both when Loki is fucking himself on Thor's cock to find his own release and when Thor flips him over to continue fucking him, which hit so many of my kinks that you don't even know. I love when fic can be both really goddamned hot and surprisingly light-hearted at the same time. It's morning sex! There is a severe lack of that in, well, pretty much every fandom ever! So this was a perfect fic for me to stumble over today and, ugh, now it's my treasure and you can't have it back.

Midgardian Delicacies by catiepie182002, thor/loki, halloween, 1.1k
    Tony is throwing a Halloween party, and EVERYONE has to dress up.
    I missed reading this one closer to the actual Halloween, but I've often found that I love holiday-based fic works well at any time of the year and, oh, this one was pure delight! Thor's enthusiasm for Midgard's customs and holidays can often come off as not quite hitting the right notes, because it's a delicate balance between culture gaps and Thor not being an idiot, but this fic struck a really good balance there, giving that sense of, "Yeah, some things are pretty weird when you think about it..." but also applying this to his relationship with Loki as well. That Thor occasionally plays up the oblivious angle because it works better with Loki and as;dflkja;slkj oh my god yes. I would love fic to do more of that forever! But also Thor roping Loki into joining him for Halloween, by literally picking him up and carting him off? I could have nearly spun around the room in joy. I just really adore fun things when sharp and well-written and perfect to the characters, when there's such a sense of mutual attraction under the banter. ♥

30 Day OTP Challenge - Day 6: Wearing Each Other's Clothes by beaubete [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    He touches the helmet reverently. It's graceful, sinuous, as Loki always was, its lines elegantly aggressive. It looks wrong.
    This is such a cute set of themes! And then this author goes and makes the ficlets based on them utterly heartbreaking. It works for me, of course, because this is a universe where Loki is loved and he's mourned after his supposed death, but also because this fic is beautifully written and all about how much Thor loves Loki and is devestated by his loss and would give anything to see him one more time. It's the kind of fic that hit the right spot with me because I've been there with that kind of loss, mixed together with my intense feelings for these characters, and that I know Loki's not really dead. So, instead, I can sit back and appreciate the true beauty of taking such a cute prompt and making it hurt.

30 Day OTP Challenge - Day 7: Cosplaying by beaubete [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    Loki touches the tip of his tongue to his upper lip; he’s concentrating. One more brush of his hands against the seam and it knits itself together, just the way his mother has shown him how to do it. Up until now, it has been a secret skill, but he is nearly ready to show it off.
    Okay, for all that most of this author's meme responses have been pretty heartbreaking, this one is actually really sweet and cute! I would have liked it just for the tone, just because I like cute and sweet things, but I also really liked this one for how this was Thor and Loki in on a bit of mischief together! I like to think that, for all that Loki's feelings must have come from somewhere, there were also times when they were darling snots together and that their pranks were appreciated and caused amusement. Threaded with that same undercurrent of attraction between them (which isn't the point, but it's still lightly there, if you look for it), this was a nice short fic to read tonight.

30 Day OTP Challenge - Day 8: Shopping by beaubete [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    Before the throne, Loki stands white and stiff beside the dwarf, lips pressed thin. There is something strange, something suspicious about the dwarf’s wide, magnanimous smile; the more thrilled Thor’s family looks at the gifts, the deeper his cracked grin grows until even the Allfather must concede that the gifts are the most wondrous he has ever seen, the most perfect and fitting.
    And then there's this one. Normally, I hightail it in the other direction from lip-sewing fic, but I felt like this author would write it in the way I'll occasionally make an exception for--if Loki's family is pissed off as hell about it and hurt for him. Plus, you know, part of me has to admire the evillness of taking such an innocous prompt and making something so ouchy out of it. I love that the fic doesn't dwell on whatever bargain Loki made with the dwarves, instead focusing on the point of it--the hurt that Loki suffers is nearly as bad for Thor, that this new gift he loved came at such a cost and how this just aches for how much Thor cares for Loki and how they both soldier on. For all that it's painful, it's actually a really good relationship between them and that's why I ate this one up. Well, that and the lovely writing.

30 Day OTP NSFW Challange: Day 3 - First Time by thisdorkyblogthing [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, ~1k
    "Are you sure you want to do this? Because we can wait longer if you’d like to." Thor was kneeling between Loki’s trembling legs, three oil-slicked fingers stretching his opening.
    This is a short but really sweet and fun piece of Thor and Loki's first time. I'm a sucker for Loki riding the hell out of Thor fic, so I enjoyed the sex here, but I also liked that both of them were worried that the other would suddenly change their mind the next morning and hold this night against them, because I can see both of them being worried. But also, after all the angsty genfic I've been reading, it's nice to have a sweet porny resolution fic on hand to balance that out. <3

? Porn by Madelinesticks [ Thor ]
? pairings/characters: Thor/Loki, nsfw, <1k
? summary: Loki cursed in every tongue he knew, arching and desperately clawing at Thor’s back for some kind of purchase.
? rec: This is really short, but hopefully the (lack of) length won't turn people away, because it's a nice supplement to have, when you've been reading a lot of genfic and/or pg-rated fic lately. It's pure pwp, about how much Loki likes when Thor holds him down and fucks him, about the intense sex they have, how the only thing saving it from being angry sex is that they both like it. There's also hair yanking and wrists being pinned and Loki clawing at Thor's back. I just. Really needed this fic and it was super good for me.


? untitled by thescentofwhiteroses [ Thor ] [ mobile ver. ]
? pairings/characters: Thor/Loki, NSFW, <1k
? summary: Loki was sprawled out on his belly; hands fisted into the furs of Thor’s bed as his brother’s hand ghosted along his spine.
? rec: Speaking of things I needed! There is a severe lack of fic where Thor finger fucks Loki in this fandom, so this fic helps out with that a lot and, oh, was it really good for me. It's super hot, especially that first line with Loki's hands fisted in the furs of Thor's bed, like, you have no idea how much I appreciate that. I have an intense love of fic where, even if they banter about it, both Thor and Loki enjoy this, Loki enjoys being completely fucked out, Thor enjoys undoing his brother this way, enjoys drawing this out so that Loki can barely form words anymore. Just. Ahhhh, give me this always. This was super satisfying to find, just perfect for what I needed to read after all the genfic I've been reading lately. Short, but lovely.

When Gods Make War (Men Take Cover) by peachchild [ Thor ]
→ pairings/characters: Thor/Loki, Greek mythology, Avengers, some character death, very mildly nsfw 13k
→ summary: If he is perfectly honest with himself, and Loki is only ever really truly honest with himself, he couldn’t have predicted how perfectly it would all go. He only meant to start a little quarrel, not an entire war.
→ rec: First off, I'm going to give a warning that I will be telling some spoilers about this fic, given the warning on it. I started reading (and skimmed the ending, though, that doesn't always provide perfect context) before I read the character death warning, which may have given me pause before reading if I had. So, I'm going to say that this fic does deal with characters dying, but I will also say that there is a happy ending for Thor/Loki, so if you're wary because of that, you could probably still read this fic.

That said, holy wow, I enjoyed this fic far more than I'm going to be able to convey, I suspect. It's a gorgeous crossover between the Marvel characters and Greek mythology, one that blends the two pantheons far more seamlessly than I would have thought, without being a ridiculously long work. But the author knows just how much to put in, where to put the focus, and how work in background details that the story retains its epic feeling without having to be a million words long. And I love stories that balance character moments with actual plot, that the fighting that erupts because of the mischief being spread around left me feeling almost breathless for how intense everything was, the author somehow conveying everything I needed to know about the wide scale effect of the war with tremendous grace.

But plot is often times only half the battle of a great fic, the other half is getting to me with character moments. And, oh, Thor and Loki's relationship is beautifully done here, with their private moments having this incredible intimacy between them, where things are light and happy and so warm without sacrificing the weight of the characters. Both characters have such tremendous presence, they have such history between them, and, oh, that things aren't perfect, that I could feel how strong Thor's love and his anger both were, I could feel the scale of their immortal lives here, that Loki's viciousness isn't sacrificed even when he loves truly and he's calmed down so much. That balance of keeping their core characters while still giving me happy moments is blissful.

I love the take on the Greek mythology and how it exists at the same time as the Norse mythology, how they affect the modern world around them, and I even loved the scenes of the Avengers fighting back against this war that spreads across their home, that was lovely as well. But the heart of the story is on Thor and Loki here, with both of them having exquisite characterization--Thor being such a warrior, having such tremendous impact with everything he does or doesn't do, that I felt that, that I felt this was a future king of Asgard and that he had his own personality and motivations! Even when that meant refusing to fight sometimes, but in such a Thor way, that's not always given to me by fandom, but, oh, I loved it here. Even just the little touches, the way he would slide a hand down the length of Loki's spine or the way Loki curled against his side or the ending scene where Loki follows Thor in such a Loki way. I would have loved it for any one aspect of the fic, but giving me all of them? Ahhh, bless.

The Lies in Us by Romantiq [ Thor ]
→ pairings/characters: Thor/Loki, 1.7k
→ summary: Thor visits Loki after his arrest in Asgard, stirring up memories from the past. A spiritual sequel to "The Truth of Us". However, it works as a one-shot as well.
→ rec: Despite that this is part of a series, as the author's notes say, it can work as a stand alone piece as well! It's a short piece, one about Loki back in Asgard post-The Avengers, still bitterly angry and Thor trying to get through to him, patient and unmovable as a mountain while Loki seethes. And what I like about this fic is that it's not hopeless, there's a bit of progress being made, the whole point is on how there is still hope for them and their relationship, but it doesn't need to fix everything right away. It's not reinventing the wheel here, but it's not meant to, it's meant to be one of those fics that shows the slow start of what needs to be done to repair things, it's about the way Thor touches Loki with love still. And that's what I got out of this and why I'm happy with it.

Changeling Child by icarus_chained [ Thor ]
→ pairings/characters: Thor & Loki, gen/preslash, 1.4k
→ summary: An AU in which Thor, and not Loki, was the Jotun. Set just after the trip to Jotunheim, and before Thor's banishment, as he and Loki deal with the discovery
→ rec: When I'm away from the computer, I sometimes jot notes down to remind myself of what came to mind while reading a fic, for later help when writing a rec. Less than 500 words into this fic, I'd already grabbed my pen because, short as this fic may be, just a sketch of the idea of Thor as the Jotunn foundling instead of Loki, it's breathtakingly characterized in so many little ways. The way the author contrasts the way Thor is acting here against the way he usually acts, the way the fight seems to have gone out of him when he's usually so quick to brawl at the drop of a cup, the sense of wrong Loki feels is gorgeous. And when Loki comes upon him: He almost didn’t see him, at first. He had been looking for the most dynamic figure in the room, for the way Thor, even at his most perfectly still, was yet the thing that drew every eye. He had been looking for the Prince of Asgard, golden and boisterous and strong. So … he almost didn’t see. I may have let out a bit of a ridiculous sigh at that.

In my defense, good Thor characterization/description is sorely lacking in this fandom, so when something that punches me in the feelings like this fic did comes along... well, I have a lot of words about it. But it's even more than that, it's the way Loki reacts to all of this, how it makes such sense that this would be his reaction to the role reversal (not that they know it's a reversal, but) makes me both... both satisfied at this fic and also dearly wishing that I could have 100k of it to read, even as genfic.

Release and Relief by thejammys [ Thor ]
→ pairings/characters: Thor/Loki, NSFW, 6k
→ summary: Thor and Loki celebrate their return to Asgard with a bath and some fucking.
→ rec: I almost wanted to stick this fic in with the Thor 2 trailer inspired fics, despite that it's not really springboarding off anything that's specifically in the trailers that we didn't already know, mostly because, holy shit, I really needed some fluff. And this fic happily embraces that about itself, it makes no bones about how this is entirely focused on making the characters and the readers feel happy and soothed. The fic is set post-some nebulous events of Thor 2, the details of which don't matter, just that Thor and Loki are back in Asgard, things are better between them, and it's been so long since Loki was touched in a positive way that everything here is gentle, despite the intensity of their feelings. Which isn't going to be for everyone! But I sometimes want to soothe over the ache of everything that happens in canon (which are naturally at their worst, because those are the events that make money), especially after I've just read a bunch of really heartbreaking fics.

The fic also shows that it loves me by giving me THOR AND LOKI BATHING, which I can never get enough of, not ever. There's also super satisfying sex, both for how incredibly soothing it was (for Loki and for me as a reader) and how passionate it was between them, that that was the point just as much as it was about the porn, and there's even a super adorable last line. This is one of those fics that just genuinely, honestly made me feel better, that gave me all the feelings I wanted but in a warm, happy way. Bless.

The Pros and Cons of Being a God (and fucking your brother) by zimriya [ Thor ]
→ pairings/characters: Thor/Loki, NSFW, 2.4k
→ summary: As self appointed guardian of Midgard, there were many things that Thor had expected to have to do; this was not one of them.
→ rec: This is the perfect fic to have come along at the perfect time for me. It was H I L A R I O U S, as the rest of the team expects Thor to take care of his little brother, so that Loki will stop being such a goddamned pain in the ass. And by take care of it, make sure he can't walk for, like, a week, Thor. In the wrong hands, this could be awkward or just not that cute, but here it's beautiful and perfect and the author hit all the right notes for me, especially when Loki is as smart as you expect him to be and has the reaction you expect him to have and Thor doesn't really give a fuck because, eh, Loki's pretty hilarious. Oh my god, yes, give me Thor not really caring that much, so long as things are fine, nobody died, and Loki's just being a little shit. Give me that always. Especially when you give it to me with a really satisfying sex scene, where there's just enough whining when Thor fucks him a second time, but also clearly enjoying it and, ahhhh, you have no idea how much I love Thor never withdrawing from Loki, so he just starts rocking in a second time and a;sdfkjal;ksj oh my god, humor and porn. You don't know how much better this made my day.

Had we but world enough, and time by amberfox17, thor/loki, 4.4k
    Hate and love are two sides of the same coin, and only require time for one to turn to the other. And what do gods have, if not time? Or, a story in three parts, of the past, present and future: how Lævatein was forged, taken and returned, how a relationship can be cracked, shattered and remade, and how Thor lost and found Loki time and time again.
    I'll definitely admit that I'm wary of wip fics and Norse mythology elements in a Marvel-based fic, but when done well I love the world building and this fic definitely intrigued me! The growing rift and divide between Thor and Loki, their personalities becoming so different to each other, how difficult Loki is for Thor to understand even as he sees him. That's a huge thing for me, that Thor may not understand why Loki is the way he is, but he still knows his brother and gets that he doesn't understand him, and it's done so well here, in this chapter set pre-Thor. Plus, you add in magical swords and Loki's family being sick with worry about him when he's gone missing for too long and the sense of these huge worlds these characters inhabity and the fight between Thor and Loki is harsh, Loki's words are already angry, but there's still so much love there at the same time, that it's a bumpy road, but it wasn't all bad times, even as the resentment festers, all wrapped up in Thor storming off to find his little brother and bring him home. Yes, give me that.

Whisper by Mikkeneko, thor/loki, nsfw, 7k
    Loki is hypersensitive to the slightest touch. He was in the Void for so long, and in unfriendly hands for so long, that he's completely forgotten what good touch feels like, and he gets an extreme reaction to even a soft brush against his back or arms.
    Ahhh, so good. Touch deprived Loki is a thing that intrigues me so much in this fandom and it's so sharply done here, you feel the harshness of what he went through even once he's safe now and been safe for awhile, you still feel the genuine trauma of it and how slow the healing process is. But you do feel that healing and that's why this fic worked so well for me--it's so fascinating to me, to see people genuinely healing and being comforted after the hurts they've suffered. The fic uses the sensation of touch so well, it conveys such intimacy even in such light (for these characters) touches, how intense an experience this is for Loki, who has spent far too long deprived of touch and now can't stand even a fraction of what he used to. But it's also in the way the characters are written, how Loki is so brittle and angry, but also years for Thor's touch, wants it so desperately, but is relearning how to accept it. It's about Thor who has zero instincts to be quiet or to hold back, but he's trying for Loki's sake, you can feel how difficult being quiet and slow is for him here, but how he loves so truly and genuinely that it makes such a difference. Ugh, so good.

untitled by thisdorkyblogthing [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, mid-avengers divergent timeline, ~1k
    Somewhat AU. Loki is a little shit. Thor doesn’t like people touching his Loki. And this is full of dumb.
    One of my all time favorite posts on tumblr ever is that gif of Thor busting into the quinjet to knock Iron Man back across the deck before picking Loki up, set to the song "My Boyfriend's Back", I dissolve into laughter every single time I see it. So, getting fic inspired by that idea, a simple thing where instead of being out of his mind about seeing Thor, instead he is a rotten little shit who stirs everything up by pretending be helpless and sending Thor's protective instincts into overdrive. This is so, so great for me because it's adorable, hilarious, and hits my kinks of little shit!Loki and protective, destroy-everything-in-his-path-to-protect-baby-bro!Thor. Pure delight for me.

untitled by thesynapticsnap, thor/loki, NSFW, 1,8k
    "Are you mad?" Loki ground out as he felt Thor shift inside of him. "Get off of me, you fool."
    This was just utterly filthy and fantastic and satsifying, wow. Thor so very thoroughly fucking Loki, with enthusiasm and softer, caring touches in equal measure, the way he flipped Loki onto his back to see his face and the way he fingered Loki afterwards was just... jfc, that was scorchingly hot. And then there's Thor teasing Loki over his lack of declarations of affection during, which was the further perfect when Loki was so "bleh" about it and just wanting Thor to fuck him already, because he's such an idiot and Loki can't stand how obnoxious he is and how much Loki wants him, all in the same breath. This was the hottest thing I've read in ages (so good for me, oh my god), but it also had the most delicous characterization and dynamic between them, with Thor so intensely loving his brother and being kind of a dick on purpose about it, teasing Loki, and then fucking him so hard that it's almost angry. Just. Just leave me here, go on without me, I'm no use to anyone anymore.

One day he got a present by napalmilapsi, thor/loki gen/pre-slash + frigga, kidfic, ~1k
    It wasn’t an unusual thing to happen, for the young prince was never short of anything. But despite the generous amount of trinkets, toys and books, the son of Odin was raised well enough to appreciate what he was given. So he knew it was one of those times to be solemn and thankful, when mother presented a gift of very unusual manner. A baby brother.
    This is a super short fic, but really adorable! I am weak to stories about the two of them when they're little kids, especially when Thor first meets this new baby brother of his and doesn't really know what to do with a baby, so it doesn't quite work out at first, but eventually works out. The dialog is trying a little too hard in the fic, but it's super cute and that's exactly what I wanted from it.

Blue is the Tender Soul by Timid_Timbuktu, thor/loki, NSFW, temperature kink, thor 2 trailer spoilers, 10k
    When Thor asks Loki to help him save Jane and Frigga after they are captured by Malekith, he knows that Loki will fight him every step of the way. Although Thor is ready for Loki’s lies, nothing can prepare him for the freezing touch of Loki’s jotun skin.
    When I finished reading this fic, I immediately thought that this was everything I could have asked for: Tears, porn, and hope. It's everything I could have wanted from a fic like this! It's beautifully characterized for both of them, it doesn't pull punches on all that's between them that hurts, but it also gets at what's underneath the anger. Loki's starting to crack open, the way this Thor isn't stupid, the way it's always when Thor starts talking to him that Loki starts spinning out of his control, all of that is excellent for me.

There's a gorgeous mix of Thor knowing that he should be more patient with Loki warring with his anger and desire to reclaim his brother--which is a huge thing for me, that Thor knows he should be patient and gentler with Loki, but his temper and his possessiveness rear up anyway because Loki is his. It creates the perfect storm for the angry, possessive sex that's also about love and insight into these characters and is just scorchingly hot. Then there's the question of Jane between them and I am in love with how this fic handled it, how it doesn't diminish her importance to Thor, that she is genuinely important to him here, but Loki is his forever and, oh, it's so good. The ending is absolutely perfect as well, the metaphors used fit exquisitely well and the implications of it are exactly, exactly what I'm hoping for, all of it stunning. This fic made me tear up at one point, does a breath-taking job of addressing Loki's Jotunn form, has intensely hot, posessive, angry love sex, and a perfect ending. One of my must-reads for trailer-inspired fic.

The Saga of Loki and the Wyrms of Titan by Goblin Cat KC, thor/loki + avengers + thanos, 26k wip
    Loki does what he does best – make trouble and have someone get him out of it again. With a dungeon escape, trolling the Avengers, and thwarting an alien invasion.
    There's no way I'm going to be able to remember everything I wanted to say about this fic, which is frustrationg because this is so much the post-Avengers Thanos fic that I want so far! But I guess the best way for me to describe my feelings about this fic is... this is a weird image, I know, but every once in awhile, I read a fic that gives me the mental image of myself grabbing great handfuls of the story and chomping down on them, inhaling scene after scene because it's so good and I can't stop. How many times I meant to put the fic down for a bit, but, oh, just one more scene, just let me get through one more conversation, then I'll stop.... I read through all 26k words of this and, yeah, okay, it's not finished yet and I'm going to be clawing the walls for the rest of it, but I absolutely do not regret starting this fic at all.

Everyone is exquisitely in character--well, mostly it's Loki that the story spends the majority of the time with, but there's also several scenes with Thor and appearances by the other Avengers and Fury, all of which the author just absolutely nails down beautifully. The premise of the fic is that things are more complicated with Loki, that his true motivations and reasons haven't been fully unveiled yet, but now that he's escaped Asgard and is on the run from Thanos and working to keep building up the Avengers, he's in over his head and certain things become a lot more apparent. Like Loki may still be a little shit, but their goals may not be entirely different. And, oh, this fic absolutely does not forget that Loki is unhinged and dangerous and damaged, even while it's also exploring how desperately he wants Thor to protect him again, to be safe with Thor. Every scene he shares with Thor is so incredibly emotionally satisfying for how stubborn Loki is, how one wrong thing sets him off again, but also Thor is starting to put more of the pieces together (especially as Loki's motivations are being revealed) and his determination to help his little brother is perfect. There's a scene where Loki is wounded and Thor has picked him up to carry him to safety and is going to feed him a golden apple to help him heal, where Loki tries to refuse simply because Loki is stubborn and Thor just presses on with him anyway, force feeding him (by taking a bit of the apple himself and kissing Loki to press it into him, then holding him until he swallows), in a way that was so perfect to the character, that that's when I knew the fic had me.

The relationship between them isn't smooth or suddenly perfect again, because there's still that tremendous weight of everything that's happened between them, as well as the reveal of Loki using the Avengers to defeat the Chitauri and Thanos doesn't suddenly make everything good again, because he's still lost and still vicious and the old wounds are still there. But there's also comfort, and Loki finally having shelter from Thor again and, oh, my feelings on that were just ridiculous. Add in that the plot is fascinating, the other characters are pretty great (Tony gets a couple of pretty choice lines as well), Thanos is genuinely terrifying, and, basically, I want to shove this fic at everyone and make you all read it with me because I have been waiting for this fic. Even if I'm going to go claw at the walls for more of it now.

Two Steps From Redemption (but only taking one) by sphinxofthenile, thor/loki + odin, 9.2k
    Loki is brought back to Asgard, but that hardly means a closure for anyone involved.
    This was a hell of a read and I have to admit, I felt rather exhausted afterwards at the sheer unrelenting tension of it, the entire thing like one of those moments where the push and pull between Thor and Loki is at it's greatest, where you're on the knife's edge of the tension the entire time. And, oh, this author has a way with words, such an elegance to them and the imagery used but without descending into purple prose like it might have with another author, instead using it to show Loki's mindset and create a certain atsmophere that fit the movies and characters. It's used to show the madness, the fracturing, the the resolve, the lack of conviction, the desperate want, the love, the rage, the terror, all of it is in the feel of Loki here, so beautifully done. This Thor is fantastic as well, how his presence fills the room, fills Loki up the same way, undoes him even as he manipulates, and even the way Thor seems larger than life in both his anger and his sorrow. This was an exhausting read for me, but so good.

A Bet Worth Losing by salazarssaucystories [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, some orgasm denial, 4.2k
    Thor training Loki to come from prostate stimulation alone.
    I don't even know how to write this rec. I've been staring at this rec for the last few minutes, trying to wrangle my thoughts together, and it feels like it's just not happening. Because, holy fuck, I can't even tell you how hard this hit my buttons, between just... everything here! The sheer fun of the fight that breaks out around Thor and Loki, the casualness of the all-out brawl while they're discussing terms of their bet (after Thor bragged that he made men come from prostate stimulation alone and Loki was like SCOFF, to which Thor said I could totally make you come from that alone), then the setting up of their deal, and then actually training Loki over the course of a month through long, long sessions of finger fucking him and denying him relief through other means and the way it builds and builds until he's desperate to come, begging Thor for his cock already, and, of course, does come from that alone.

I can't even tell you how satisfying it was, how much of a cheerful dick Thor is, because that's how I love Thor best, when he's just ridiculously self-confident, but not in a cruel way, just... he smiles and things work out for him, but he makes sure it works out for Loki as well and he's smarter than Loki gives him credit for, oh, by the time Loki is finally, finally coming, his superior attitude just as wrecked as the rest of him, the way Thor clearly loves him so very much and enjoys bringing him pleasure, the way it's hotter because Thor is so genuine in his want for Loki to feel good as well, by the time Loki is so sensitive that he can come from this alone, jfc, I was done. Coherency is for suckers, but I don't care, because I have this fic and it is mine now.

If You Built Yourself a Myth by cavaleira, thor/loki, NSFW, 27k
    A magical artifact causes Thor's elemental powers to backfire and overload him, leaving him comatose and barely holding on as the power consumes him. Loki is the only one who can stop it, by going inside Thor's mind and helping him master the power once more. Loki must find his way through Thor's memories in a desperate bid to find the real Thor amongst the chaos before it's too late.
    I stayed up far too late reading this, but I couldn't help myself because, oh, it was so good for me, both in the execution of it and in the concept of it. I love the whole "one person is in a coma, so the other has to go into their mind to find them again" and this fic just happily embraced that but also punched me in the feelings something terrible. The fic is set from Loki's point of view, so you feel his character the strongest, but Thor is solidly done here and you have no idea how much I love the God of Thunder!Thor moments, the scenes where even Loki is in awe of all this raw power that is Thor. But at the same time (as terrifying as Thor's anger can be or how awe-inspiring his powers are--and I am so glad that these were explored in the fic), this Thor loves deeply and his immovable in his love for Loki. The scenes where you realize what Thor wants from (with) Loki and the way he sees their childhood or how he tells real from dream (because Thor cannot be swayed from hope for Loki, but he know the reality of him, too) is heart-wrenching. There were at least three points where I nearly got a little misty-eyed because of everything between them and how Loki could not deny the truth of what he was seeing, both good and bad.

This was a fic that was about exploring the way Thor sees his brother, that there's so much he hopes for, but that even Thor has darker moments where he's angry or that he has considered giving up on his brother, the fic balancing beautifully that of course Thor thinks of these things with how thinking about something doesn't mean you do it, that part of Thor's character being so... Thor is that he isn't blind about how difficult this path is, this path of believing in the possibilities with Loki, but that he chooses to be on it. This is also a fic that's about taking Loki's bias apart a piece at a time until he had to face this, face that he was loved and his face was not as bitter as he made it to be. Combine those things and you have a fic that really just punches me right in the feelings. There was also references to specific moments in canon that worked so well because they're moments that define their lives (rather than feeling like the author was rehashing them for lack of anything better to do), like the coronation ceremony or the scene on the bridge, sometimes changing them, in such a way that of course this is how thoughts would twist, when you're mixing in what you want and what you fear and everything in between. There's also childhood memories and Loki reliving them as well, which, oh, my heart, and that helped set aside his bias long enough to really see.

And then there's the build up of the fic, to when they finally fuck and how satisfying that was, both emotionally and physically, how Loki couldn't deny his want, not for Thor, the undercurrent of remembering Thor being wounded and how that terrified Loki in a way he doesn't want to think about, how Thor sees that in him. It isn't just straight into the fucking, either, there's more things coming to a head here, it's not smooth sailing, there's a long conversation in the middle that's ouchy because it's necessary, because there's too much to clear away in just one trip through Thor's mind, even as huge as that one was. It takes more time than that, but that doesn't take away from how hot the sex was, either, when it's Loki sliding fingers into himself to prepare him and Thor pressing fingers in as well (jfc), how it's never the same as being filled up with Thor's cock (jfc), how this is the familiar desperation for Loki, how Thor clearly wants to fuck him, too, a mix of love and want.

And, oh, the ending is so, so completely perfect, perfect Loki, perfect Thor, perfect them. The accompanying artwork is also fantastic, the moments chosen to be drawn are gorgeous, both in the art and in the scenes chosen, making me further just... ridiculously dreamy-sighed over the fic. And, oh, the use of storm imagery, the sheer scale of it and how it felt awe-inspiring to me as well, or the use of lightning playing over Thor's hands and in his eyes, the rain lashing at both of them when they're in the middle of it, that this is a storm god, oh, it's all gorgeous.

The Secrets We Keep by salazarssaucystories, thor/loki, NSFW, 5k
    Much like Thor’s enormous strength and ability to bullheadedly plow through problems like a total idiot, Loki’s innate sorcery made itself known very slowly and then much too quickly.
    Ahhh, I really liked this fic a lot! I knew the fic would have me as soon as it showed Loki not doing well at his magic right away, that it frustrated and infuriated him to no end that he couldn't do this right away, because it's such an empathizable position to be in, that you feel like you're never as good as Thor, whom everything seems to be so easy for. At the same time, this Thor is cheerful and obnoxiously charming and just steamrolls his way into encouraging Loki to keep trying at his magica and you can tell how much he utterly adores Loki, even when he's a moody little shit and not being very fair to Thor.

So, I liked it for how it was pretty damned adorable, but then! The fic also gave me Loki practicing magic on Thor, to lower inhibitions which, well, you know exactly where it's going, but that just makes it better. Because Thor tries to hold back, but he really wants to fuck Loki right that second, would push him up against the wall and fuck into him right then and there, if Loki hadn't run off on him. It's a happy fic, though, which means of course they're eventually going to work things out and Loki waits for the spell to wear off before he sneaks into Thor's room and lounges about until Thor's control snaps again (but under his own power) and he finally properly fucks Loki. The fic was a lovely mix of heart-warming idiot brothers working their shit out and satisfying, super good for me sex.

untitled by mrhiddles [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki (somewhat implied), 1.7k
    "Thor gets injured on a hunting trip and cannot be moved, Sif leaves to get help, Loki stays behind and tells him ancient stories and tales from their youth to keep him distracted."
    Oh, this was lovely and truly bittersweet, in a way that really resonated with me today. These are characters with very long lives, which comes with a lot of history between them, and that's both good and bad, which the fic captures here. As Loki tells stories of their childhood, they're happy stories, or at least the kind of stories that brothers tell, but the writing also conveys the growing sense of bitterness and resentment in Loki, where it hasn't boiled to the surface yet, but you can feel it in him, with everything he does and says. But the bitterness doesn't negate the sweetness of this piece and vice versa! Loki still cares greatly, you can feel how much he loves his brother, even as he's simmering in resentment and Thor clearly feels the growing distance between them as well, he wants Loki to stay, wants to mend that distance. It's a lovely piece full of wonderful little details and anecdotes and it's perfect for both the better and the sweet.

huddling for warmth, Thor&Loki [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, ~1k
    The wind was howling like a demon. Thor had packed the snow in as best he could, but every gust still seemed to send a fresh burst of cold into the cave. He felt it, though not acutely yet, and the cave would warm.
    I HAVE WAITED AGES AND AGES FOR SOMEONE TO WRITE THIS FIC, where Thor and Loki huddle for warmth and it affects Loki because, seriously, he absolutely would not want to change, he'd probably rather fucking die than change, so cuddling up with Thor is the lesser of two evils and then the fic breaks my heart because Thor knows that it won't change anything tomorrow, he knows that it's because Loki's desperate, but it still means something to him. Which just. Ahhhh, feelings, feelings everywhere inside me right now.

15 Day OTP Challenge (chapter 1) by umakoo [ tumblr link ], thor/loki, nsfw, frottage, 1.2k
    Loki would pay for this, Thor decided as he used his cape to cover the very prominent bulge in his trousers.
    I'm going to rec each chapter of this fic individually, because they're all stand-alones that aren't connected to each other and have different kinks, so each one will be labelled differently and hopefully making them easier to find/avoid what you're really looking for. Plus, I just simply want to. :D Okay! First chapter! Frottage fics have to be done carefully with me, because it's a bit of an uphill battle to get me to find them hot, especially if they're combined with coming inside your clothes--but this author does a really excellent job of it. The sense of just how long Thor's been watching Loki try on different outfits, done in a way that works for the character because it's all about being a little shit--a vain little shit, but still a little shit--and how sly Loki is about keeping Thor just on edge enough to be frustrated and tense, but not quite tipping into full anger. And the sense of urgency when they finally are alone, how it's too urgent to stop to undo clothing, it all works really well and is super hot for me.

15 Day OTP Challenge (chapter 3) by umakoo [ tumblr link ], thor/loki, implied physical violence/fighting, ~1k
    Thor winced at the intense pain that shot through his lower back as he crouched down to descend into the steaming pool of water.
    What I enjoy about this piece is the way that it balances the Thor&Loki relationship pre-movie in a way that fits so well with how I view things. That it isn't that Loki couldn't get his licks in on a fight, that he wasn't tenacious and clearly someone you don't want to meet in a dark alley, but that he could never be Thor. That that's the problem, one that Thor never really understood (or was explained to by Loki), that Loki could never be Thor, so his utter insistence on not yielding in a fight he would clearly lose, in a way that Thor doesn't really get, until Thor is bruised as well but nothing like what Loki has, the sense of how these are warrior gods, all of it comes together really nicely in this short fic! Plus, ahhhh, naked kissing in the baths, yes, I enjoy that image a lot.

15 Day OTP Challenge (chapter 5) by umakoo [ tumblr link ], thor/loki, NSFW, fingering, ~1k
    Loki threw back the thick fur covers, certain that Thor was in deep slumber after being so thoroughly satisfied.
    This is short, but it's sleepy and lazy and warm and comfortable, which I love, because there's not nearly enough fluff in this fandom for me, especially not when it's about physical intimacy and cuddling. I love it for the mentions of the sex, how well they've fucked the previous night, but it's also used as a way to show the closeness between them, ahhh, all of that is my favorite, especially when combined with slow fingering, because, holy crap, I love that.

15 Day OTP Challenge (chapter 6) by umakoo [ tumblr link ], thor/loki, NSFW, mild gore, rimming, ~1k
    Rivers of fresh blood ran in the hall of Thrym, and a host of bodies lay scattered around a banquet table, limbs torn and skulls broken by Thor's mighty hammer, finally retrieved from deep underground where the giant king had hidden it.
    Do you know what I love? I love when fic deals with what a warrior god Thor is, how terrifying in battle he can be, and how that often times just turns Loki on like nothing else. The use of Thrym's hall, the legend we're all familiar with, the stealing of Mjolnir and Thor regaining her, the rage that he has afterwards and the sheer violence of what he's capable of here, oh, that's beautifully captured. The rough sex, almost angry except that they like this, the way they're fucking amongst their dead enemies, the sheer intensity of how gods fuck is right in my wheelhouse.

Thor Has A Cold by Velvedere, thor/loki, canon divergence, 1.1k
    Set in movie 'verse where Loki follows Thor to Earth after being banished to keep an eye on him. Hijinks ensue.
    While I would read an entire 100k words fic based on the premise of this fic--where Loki follows mortal!Thor to Midgard after he's banished and they live there for awhile--this fic also knows how to tell the shorter story within that greater context without making me feel like it was unfinished. This was satisfying as it was! And, oh, I love when one character gets sick and the other has to take care of them, especially since the author did a fantastic job of still capturing the feeling that Thor may be mortal, but he's had a thousand years as a god before this and you can feel that eventually he'll get it back, even if he and Loki (who is still a god) are learning to navigate the human world. It's short, but it's absolutely delightful all the way around!

untitled by i-really-cant-write [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, ~1k
    He grazed his blunted nails across his back, leaving trails of pink and risen flesh. His throat was dry and his heart hammered in his chest, thumping loudly in his ears.
    This was written several months ago, but I've been going through my open tabs, many of which are fic, to finally sit down for reading/writing fics recs and came across this one. It's very short, but it manages to capture a sense of intimacy between the characters, that sense of urgency and desperation for each other, and it fits really well with the recent "Say my name!" speech at San Diego Comi-Con, because Thor can't stop saying Loki's name in this one. But it's more than that, it's the way Loki feels he should hold himself back here, yet you can feel how much that's constricting him and it really adds nicely to the tension of the piece. Plus, unf, yes, intense sex is always good for me, even if this is very brief.

Forever letting go the fallacy of ever being alone by [??] [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, pacific rim fusion, crossover, ~1k
    you’re underwater. the air is running out; it’s getting harder to breath.
    The style of this fic (short sentences, lack of punctuation/capitalization, incomplete sentences, etc.) doesn't always work for me, but I thought this fic pulled it off pretty well! It's all about the intimacy of the moment, after the kaiju attack and the thoughts that run through Loki's head in that moment, the way it's almost sort of dream-like and hazy, for the lack of oxygen and the drift pulling at their memories and the heat of the moment after a battle, so the atmosphere of this piece works for me. Plus, you know, Thor and Loki as Jaeger pilots, of course I'm going to hunt down all of the ones that have that, now that I've seen the movie.

Keep it On by thesynapticsnap, thor/loki, NSFW, 1.8k
    Thor and Loki make sexs. There is no depth here. MCU, written prior to the release of The Avengers.
    Any fic that starts with, “Are you mad?” Loki ground out as he felt Thor shift inside of him. “Get off of me, you fool.”, is pretty much guaranteed to get my attention. And I think I may have read this on tumblr before but, whatever, it's so good for me that reading it again was just as much fun because it's so perfect, with Loki being cranky because he's utterly filthy and Thor's just so cheerful about it, about how he's going to fuck Loki again, make him even filthier. It's a fantastic combination of Thor being a cheerful dick and how much he clearly adores Loki, that he wants to fill him up again and again that night. It's super filthy fic and super good for me, especially when Loki clearly enjoys it as well, no matter how cranky he is, until he's beyond care about keeping his cool, so that the fucking is all the more intense and I get my THESE ARE GODS FUCKING fix as well. Just. *happy sigh* It was really, really good for me and bless the author for it, so many of my favorite things here. *__*

The Sound of Letting Go by Velvedere, thor/loki + background characters, mildly nsfw, 35k
    He was going to do it. Thor knew he was going to do it. He had seen that look before. That look echoed across a childhood of stolen nights and broken trespasses. Of dangers fought, revisited, and conquered. It was the look in Loki’s eyes when he’d made up his mind.
    Oh, man, LET ME AT ALL THE FIC that has Thor falling with Loki, because that's one of those things I wish happened more often in fandom and this fic used the premise beautifully. I will warn that the writing is rather 'stacatto' in that there are very short sentences, even shorter than I usually prefer. It's a style preference, but one that I fear may keep others from reading, which it shouldn't! It both smooths out in the second half and you become accostumed to it, as well as the author does all the things necessary that a story like this needs. It gives the characters the needed breathing room after the events of the first movie, so that Loki can calm down and Thor can spend the time trying to understand Loki better. It gives them just enough distraction, as they land on Alfheim and get wrapped up in an adventure, to be around each other without crowding the other for long enough that things simmer down and the attraction between them can bloom.

The lovely thing about this is that it doesn't deny the things that were rather broken before, not unrepairably so, but that it wasn't all sunshine and roses. Yet, you can feel that there was such love and affection there, Thor loves Loki and they may have both changed, but they are still the core of who they have always been. That's another lovely thing about this fic, how they do change, but it feels like a natural one, both in Thor maturing and making the adjustment to thinking of Loki as a lover would, as well as Loki not being the half-feral person he was in The Avengers, but not quite as he was in the first movie, either. It struck a balance of all these things while the events of the story unfolded, they progressed in their relationship.

The loveliest thing, though, for me was the way Loki tried so hard to keep hold of his bitterness and anger, but he couldn't, not with Thor being genuine at him and refusing to be moved on the idea of letting Loki go. Because Thor believes in him and refuses to give up on him, because he is unmovable in this, Loki cannot help coming undone for him. And the way it's half-deliberate on Thor's part, but half just their natural dynamic, oh, that did a lot of good for me, too. And I loved the way the author also balanced the world-building here, the way this was an entire world fleshed out for them to inhabit while they were working their issues out, with fight scenes and monsters and other Realms and mythology elements, all having a natural feel to them that fit with the characters so well.

The author also had a talent for writing scenes that were fraught with such delicious tension or had things coming to such a head (or nearly coming to a head) that I was practically tripping over myself to get to the next bit, because I had to know what happened! There's a scene about 3/4ths of the way through (the climax of the overall story, really) that's just beautifully done, for how these two finally break through all that's between them and Thor finally reaches Loki, so incredibly emotionally satisfying! There's not much sex in the fic, but what's here is lovely (the image of Loki first riding Thor, then going to his hands and knees for another round was just, mmm, yes, that's good for me) and it furthers the sense of emotional satisfaction. Even the ending, when they return to Asgard, is lovely for how that unfolds, and everything is just perfectly satisfying, I needed nothing more than this. What a satisfying, lovely read that I'm almost sorry to have finished now, because I enjoyed it so much.

never surrender by sanguinenoctis [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, 5k
    The two princes ran into the cave, breaths huffing in white clouds as the frigid pursuer on their heels bellowed to the high winds at its lost prey.
    Two things--this fic used far too many epithets and this is also a softer, more vulnerable Loki who opens up about his nightmares when Thor asks him. But it's also full of potential, there were some turns of phrase I liked and I loved the set-up, where Loki is always running off and Thor chases after him. The sex was also super good for me because there were strong elements of of sub!Loki in a way that reminded me of the second trailer, especially the way he bares his throat for Thor here, as well as how Thor is such a good dom here, who clearly cares deeply for Loki, but also keeps him well in hand. You probably have to be in the right mindset to read this fic, but if you are, you'll get some really satisfying porn out of it, just, unf, so good for me.

Fangs and Frost Giants by MintySquirrel, thor/loki (pre-slash), kid!thor + kid!loki, ~1k
    A thunderstorm in Asgard has an infant Loki clambering to the safety of his brother's bed, seeking the comfort of Thor's storytelling.
    This was short, not even 600 words, but it's utterly adorable. I never get tired of the trope of Loki climbing into Thor's bed when there's a loud thunderstorm outside, especially not when Thor tells Loki a story about "Poki the Brave" going on an adventure, and just. The fic doesn't need to comment on it, you just get what a great big brother Thor is here, how he does this for Loki, how storytelling is such an intrinsic part of their culture. Short, but super adorable and happy making!

15 Day OTP Challenge (chapter 7) by umakoo [ tumblr link ], thor/loki, ~1k
    Loki closed the large wooden doors behind him with a simple wisp of seiðr, and the ancient hinges let out a loud wail, the sound resonating in the hall.
    As much as I enjoy porn in this fandom (and, boy, do I!), I also enjoy the speculation on the characters' futures, so having Thor as temporary king and the exploration of his powers and what that could mean is really good for me in the beginning here. It's not super detailed, but you feel like there's a lot of depth to the world-building here, even if it's not directly on display, there's just a real solidity to it. And I love that this future still has bitterness in Loki, even if he's far better at seeing that Thor loves him and letting go of that bitterness, rather than just bottling it all up. And that's why I love this response to the fic meme, that it's half about the kissing on the throne in a public place, the lovely intimacy of that moment, and half about briefly exploring the greater world. Very nicely done.

untitled porn that i don’t have an excuse for by stereobone [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, 1k
    A few hundred years later, their relationship catapults from obsessive codependence and mildly incestuous undertones to full on sex. No one is surprised, not really, anyway.
    This was delightful fun! I love when Thor and Loki are such brothers with each other, how they banter and bicker and fight like brothers do, except mixing sex in with it. Sex + brotherly fighting is one of my favorite combinations in this fandom pretty much forever! Then you add in that Thor likes wrecking Loki and Loki likes getting Thor to do this to him and they like the rough edge and the intense sex and then just... brothers! Fun and smutty, what a good combination.

Vain Men by salazarssaucystories [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, ~1k
    Thorki stuck in a swamp at night
    This is a short piece, less than 500 words, but it's a really fun piece and starts off with: It was well known that Loki was a vain man, but no one ever talked about how vain Thor was too. Probably because he never minded getting drenched in the blood of his enemies, or slogging through mud to wrestle giant horned beasts. And that was delightful to me alone! But the rest of the fic is about how they're such brothers and they're constantly bickering one minute and then the next has Loki climbing on top of Thor to ride his cock and that combination is fantastic for me.

untitled by trop-dangereuse, thor/loki, au, ~1k
    It was amusing to think that his sister Frigga’s boy, the Odin’s son, desired him as if he were a maid. He, who had the seidr to demand kinship of the Vanir and the Aesir. He, who could bend the realms to his touch.
    Oh, this was supremely good for me. I am utterly in love with the idea of an older Loki and a young upstart Thor who is brash and reckless and arrogant and charming and determined to win Loki's favor so that he can bed him, where it's this absolutely perfect blend of Thor likely doing it for the prestege of it and because he's genuinely taken with such a brilliant and beautiful sorcerer. This is really only a short fic, the kind that makes me wish I could read 10k of it instead, yet it's perfectly done, it gets in everything it needs, including some really neat background world details. But mostly it's that meeting between these characters, that first spark of utter chemistry and sharp characterization for them both. And I love how well this fic captures Loki's surprise at Thor's courting lengths and the smirk on Thor's face as he presents a hard won trophy and just. as;ldfkjasljk oh man this was really good for me.

The Doppler Effect + A Loki Complex by purplemoon3, thor/loki, nsfw, au, somewhat dark!thor, 3.1k
    Thor's time in captivity pretty much erased all empathy and mercy he might once have had. Loki is too insane to realize this isn't a good thing.
    Sometimes an idea or an image in a fic just grabs you by the throat until it threatens to consume your thoughts a bit and, wow, did this one hit me hard. It hit me on two fronts--one, I'm really taken with the idea of a darker Thor like this one, a warrior god who does not have a gentle hand. And, two, it hit me right square in the, "Yes, my king." kink, when Loki finds Thor again and this is his brother, this is his king. It's hot for the complicated dynamic between them, the power plays, and my "I'm only loyal to you" kink, mmm. I will admit there's not a lot of background plot to explain the world here or where the imposter came from, what the greater plan is here. But that's fine because this was an excuse for porn and it just happened to wind up being super intriguing to me, too.

And, oh, I really enjoyed the the writing and the voices of the characters! But the sex, jfc. Loki using sex as a reward and motivator, Thor carrying Loki up a mountain, and the way he thinks and fucks left me feeling like, yes, these are gods. It's also the way Thor uses sex (as the author notes, basically like therapy, only... the Asgardian version of therapy, I would say), where he words on Loki's self-hate after the Jotunn revelation, by touching him while he makes Loki summon two Jotunn versions to fuck. He commands him as his brother and his king, to do as ordered and to look at them. This is one of those fics that I freely admit hit just about every kink I had for this kind of scenario, so this cannot possibly be an objective rec at all. But if you're like me, I think you'll probably enjoy this a lot. And if you're a lot like me, you'll be muttering, "jesus fucking christ" under your breath at at least one point.

restraint by desperatekingdomoflove [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW + artwork that is NSFW, satyr!loki, pregnant!loki, 1.7k
    Though Thor patiently weathered Loki’s mood swings and cravings and devoted himself to caring for his beloved, he too was frustrated by the pregnancy—namely by the fact that Loki had refused all intimacy since his belly had started to swell.
    The formatting of this fic did distract me (there's too many speakers in each paragraph, where it should be a new paragraph everytime there's a new speaker), but it was otherwise enjoyable and a fun piece for when you're in the miood for some satyr!Loki porn. If you don't enjoy the tropes and kinks that come with Ric's satyr!Loki art, then this isn't going to be the fic for you, especially if you're not a fan of a softer characterization for Loki, even in an AU fic. But if you don't mind that, this was fun and flithy and a delightful read. Plus art! Oh, man, Ric has really mastered the art of drawing the best, most deliciously filthy porn ever. ♥

Dependency by thorsicle (LadyCamillus), thor/loki, 1.1k
    The idea came from a scene in a popular movie. Loki assumes the worst. Thor is just trying to look out for him.
    This was short but lovely! It does switch tenses in the middle, but it's a fairly clean switch so you'll only be distracted the once. It's very nice writing and hits the right notes it needs to, where Thor is protective and Loki chafes at it and they're dumb Norse dummies about everything. I love the cliche of one character being overprotective while the other feels like they're not being taken seriously, except that's not quite it, which this fic does a great job with. It's got some lovely turns of phrase as well, making it a charming and wonderful little fic to find.

A Completely Normal Day by Arkada, thor/loki + avengers/avengers, humor, 1.4k
    Steve isn’t wearing pants, Clint isn’t wearing anything, Natasha is smiling, and Loki has a sudden interest in the contents of the Avengers’ linen closet. But it’s not like there’s anything weird going on.
    I don't know whether to be joyous for this fic's existence or envious that I didn't come up with it first! It's such a pure delight of a fic and paced just right and made me cakcle by the ending. The dreamy quality and humor work perfectly together and if you don't laugh at the ending, I don't know how to help you. It's such a simple thing and yet it's so simply brilliant, both in idea and execution, that I smile (or laugh) every time I even just think about it.

Improbably, Yes by aesirborn, thor/loki + other asgardians, 2.9k wip
    The story of how Loki learned to trust again.
    This fic is only just starting (and hasn't been updated in a couple of months, but I'd rather the author work on To Conquer anyway XD), but it's one of those brick-laying fics, as I think of them, that do the slow, hard work of soothing Loki's madness bit by bit and getting him to open up again. It also starts the slow process of reconciling the different yet all parts of the whole aspects of Loki, the splintered parts of him that all need to be gathered up again and mended. I hope it's continued at some point, because I like what's here so far, and even if this ends up being abandoned, I'll still like it for showing how things would begin, should Loki start walking the path to healing again.

untitled by thisdorkyblogthing [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, blowjobs, makeup, ~1k
    His lips left smears of red in their wake.
    This is a very short piece, it's less than 400 words, but it's all about Loki sucking Thor's cock while the lipstick on his face is smeared beyond repair. It's messy and filthy and if you don't enjoy the imagery in this, as it's super hot and dirty and delicious, then I don't know how to help you.

Fortune's Fool by trotthefox, thor/loki, NSFW, younger!thor + older!loki, age difference, 9.3k
    "My Uncle?" Thor repeated moving to his mother’s side and placing his hands on her lap, frowning petulantly as he looked the man’s lithe frame over and mumbled under his breath, "another one?" "Oh my," Loki muttered lightly, white teeth peeking through his lips, "how flattering."
    Older!Loki and younger!Thor here struck me as something that would need a careful balance to keep them feeling like themselves without changing them too much to fit the situation, rather than the other way around. But I didn't feel like that was broken here, I felt like I could see the MCU versions of Thor and Loki here, the way Loki was sly and always knew more than he said and the way Thor was pure force of will and temper and always pulling more out of Loki than he intended. Thor was always so bright and shining, you couldn't help but watch him! And Loki was twisting and manipulative, but not with true ill intent behind it. That was balanced well with the attraction that was built up between them over the many years, the sense of wrongness for their relation to each other and yet there was a rightness to it as well. It was fun and interesting fic! I felt like Thor fit this world as much as Loki did, for how prideful and determined he was, how he just steamrolled right over everything, even as he was still young and brash, which is what really charmed me. Plus, there's a brief mention of Thor fucking Loki up against a wall! The sex was brief but nice, as they went to the floor and then continued on there, so this fic pretty much gave me verything I could have asked for. :D

i carry your heart by cavaleira, thor/loki, 1.3k
    In a quiet moment before the war, Thor finds a gift Loki gave him ages ago pressed between the pages of an old book.
    I really love the idea of Thor with a lock of Loki's hair, which could easily be too insipid if not handled right, but here it works wonderfully well for me. The bittersweet overall tone that contrasts against sweeter memories and the current hard resolve Thor now has works really well and makes this short fic achieve exactly what it set out to do. It's a lovely piece that has a strong image to it and I am taking this with me, no matter what the movie tries to tell me!

bring my soul to bear by Lise [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, mild enema and size kink, 1.9k
    Loki shifted, hands flexing. He suddenly wasn’t sure why he’d agreed to this. After a long soak in a hot bath, though, and then Thor’s hands massaging his back until his muscles were warm and loose and he was sprawled comfortably spread-eagled on the floor, he supposed, he would have agreed to almost anything. Now, though…
    If this had been another author, I might have looked at the summary and raised an eyebrow, but I trust Lise to make anything she puts her hand to be really good for me. And, holy fuck, was this good. Loki is still prickly but likes Thor's cock and Thor loves Loki so much you can feel it in the way he enjoys this and wants Loki pliant and wrecked and all of that only makes him want to fuck Loki more. It's that combination of care and yet steamroller that's perfect, how Thor just does things he wants, but also clearly loves his brother. And, oh, Loki was made to be stuffed full and he's so relaxed and that makes me love this, that it's hot and sweet and kind of filthy and full of adoration, all at the same time. But also it's genuinely the sex and it's hot as hell and the size kink bits were the perfect topper. Unf, this was good for me.

And Oh, He Would Fall Again by niennah, thor/loki, nsfw, 3.1k
    There was a certain smell of iron before a storm that Loki once loved; a smell he knew not only in the air of Asgard just before the weather broke, but also in the hidden places of his brother’s body, in his mouth and the tender skin at the inside of his elbow and at the top of his thigh.
    Sometimes this is everything I want, where Loki is brought home and taken care of and simply loved. Everything else is at a distance, except for Thor and his soothing touch and the comforts of home. In another fic, this might have been too fluffy (well, that's a lie, things are almost never too fluffy for me), but here it didn't sacrifice the emotional weight, it just... set it aside for a minute, which felt very deliberate. The sex is brief, but comforting, another way to show how Thor cares for Loki and loves him, as he opens him up and slides into him. I adore Loki in this, I love how tangled up he feels, but the way Thor fills the room, the way he loves Loki, the way he sees Loki genuinely, the way he sees through him, this was all just as good for me.

the coward does it with a kiss by dance_at_bougival, mildly implied thor/loki & frigga, SPOILERS, 3.4k
    If there had been one thing he had always been sure of, if there had been one thing he had always known deep in his soul—it is that his mother would love him until he dies. - loki and frigga, into thor 2.
    I admit that this is a bit hard to follow at times, but it's still lovely and has all these moments of intimacy and deft emotional depth. It's a beautiful look at a poisonous Loki while still keeping him sympathetic, which is not always an easy balance.

weak by stereobone [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, 2.2k
    "You choose one to save, or they all die." "Loki," he said, without hesitating, without thinking. "I choose Loki."
    Oh, jesus, feelings. And this gets right at how Thor will always choose Loki without sacrificing Thor's strength of character or making him a doormat about it. He knows what he's about, he's steadfast in it. Added to that the way Loki can't handle him or the emotions Thor makes him feel and I'm a mess, too, sob. This isn't a long rec, I know, but I just don't know how else to talk about this fic without flailing over it incoherently. It's definitely a really, really good read to have in this fandom!

Turn A Corner In The Night by eyeus, thor/loki + thanos + other asgardians, NSFW, 11.5k
    “I will be Loki’s champion,” says Thor. His voice rings through the great hall, regal and bold, every inch a king in bearing. Every inch a fool. Thanos’ lips curl back from wide teeth, a grotesque mockery of a grin. “So be it.”
    I feel like I should have a better way to tag a fic than "Thor fights as Loki's champion and then claims his brother and then fucks him" because I really need that to be a thing in fandom, okay. It's just, oh, man, Thor fights Thanos as Loki's champion! I did not know how much I needed this until I got it. Especially because it's all about working things towards teh better, that Loki is loved and cherished even while he's still prickly and often does not understand the idiots around him. Plus there's an epic battle, which I love because fight scenes, yes, give me those! And then there's really hot, satisfying sex that's a mix between rought and sweet. It's full of love, but it's not gentle and, oh, that's right in my wheelhouse! There's a bit of fluff here, but it's the kind that's about being fun. Just, ugh, everything about this sailed along and was just so good for me.

Brightness Across the Sky by longwhitecoats, thor/loki, ~1k
    For the Avengers Kissing Fest, prompt: "Thor/Loki, ice."
    This was really short, but it's a mix of cute kids and bittersweet adults that I liked. It's just a brief piece, a nice bite-sized snack fic that was good to read in a pile of fic.

Endure by germanjj, thor/loki, 1k
    Thor saved Loki after the bridge. All he has to do now is wait.
    Another short piece and it's a little stiff, but Thor hauls Loki up from the Bifrost and just simply endures Loki's madness, in a way that I really enjoyed. I mean, it's ouchy and full of feels, but. It's also fluffy but I love fic where Thor feels like a god with all the patience of an eternally enduring mountain, which this fic gave me!

Comfort from the storm of life by amberfox17, thor/loki, 1.5k
    Loki finds him, as he always does; Thor has never had the trick of finding Loki, not even in their games as children, where his brother would vanish as Thor counted, leaving Thor to blindly search until he gave up in frustration, only for a giggling and gleeful Loki to tumble out of his hiding place as Thor cried for the game to end. There is no laughter now, but Thor feels that same bitter mixture of relief, envy and irritation as Loki appears in the crowd, as if from nowhere, as if he had been there all along. He is elegant and effortless in his dark Midgardian suit, his only concession to his Asgardian self the green and gold scarf that coils, serpentine, around his white throat; he looks a stranger, just another mortal man in this human herd, but Thor will always see the wolf in him, the predator lurking within the dim and doubting flock.
    What I like about this piece are two things--one, that Thor loves so many people, that his affections are so great and wide that he can love all of them truly. Because, yes, that's so very Thor to me. And, two, I'm weak to fic where Thor and Loki set aside their differences because they want to be together for awhile. It's a way around all the mess between them without trying to handwave it away entirely, so it appeals greatly to me. And so I definitely enjoyed this for that! The fic is more about imagery than action, which is rare for me to read about when it comes to Thor, because it often lends a feeling of inaction that goes against his character, but I liked this one, the imagery is very pretty! And I do like how much Thor adores Loki under all their other crap. <3

On The Bifrost by verizonhorizon, thor/loki, ~1k
    Thor and Loki meet upon the Bifrost.
    This one is a bit hard to describe because it's several different things I like in a short fic. Thor and Loki on the Bifrost, Loki watching instead of star watching, wrestling like brothers, Loki being a little shit by arching into it because that's what little shit brothers do, a greater yearning in Loki, and some mild bittersweet foreshadwoing. Nothing is explored in depth here, there's not really time for that, but it still has a very organic flow that I like. It's a light and fun read!

A Certain Disposition Of Will by Lykotheia, thor/loki, mildly nsfw, 13.7k
    After his fall, Loki finds himself remembering his days in Asgard.
    This fic strays into flowery territory a little too much at times for my taste, as well as that makes it hard to follow the flow of the events happening here, but when the fic is more straightforward, it's really pretty fantastic. It's an entertaining read while Loki is with the Chitauri and I really like the bits of development the fic wove into them, but it's the focus on Loki's days in Asgard where it really just gets so good. The fic does a lovely job of that simmering tension between Thor and Loki that was always there, both the love and resentment combined with the utter desire that's never put into words until it's breaking between them. You can feel it, though. And the fic accomplishes this with doing a lovely job of getting inside Loki's head, but balancing it with having really solid Thor characterization at the same time, that it balances being a Loki-centric story with actually giving Thor depth, which doesn't happen nearly as often in this fandom as I'd like.

But my real favorite thing about this story, as lovely as much of the other stuff is, is the aftermath of their first time together, when it's not happiness and sunshine, where instead it leads into the events of the canon movies in a way that really works for me. It's a fight afterwards and it's just so breathlessly... Thor and Loki, all the good and the bad between them both. The way I love this Thor so very, very much, the way Loki loves him desperately, too, but the way he views their time together, all these fantastic shades of subtlety, and the way Loki views their fight... perfection. That Thor thinks it a mistake and how Loki seethes at being seen that way because it takes away his agency, oh, perfection in that it's not cruelly meant, that Thor loves Loki and still adores him and treasures him, but does have trouble seeing Loki's agency in the way they interact, that it is there already.

I did enjoy the sex scene (which is really more mildly nsfw than explicit), the author captures a sense of intimacy between them, that physical touch that Loki's craved from Thor, another balance here as well, this time between the something almost gentle between them along with how Thor fucks like he fights, that same heaviness brought to everything. The fic does a fantastic job with the complicated relationship between these two brothers, all the things that get twisted around together, including an absolutely gorgeous look at Loki's position in Asgard, once Thor is officially named crown prince, what the future will likely hold for him and how he feels about that and how Thor feels about that. This is a Thor who knows how to speak, but doesn't find it as natural as Loki does, who finds frustration in that and yet it's good for him to have to think before he speaks, his heart good but his words sometimes not always (though, his diction is fantastic, as it is in canon), and just. Ughhh, so much goodness here that it's utterly baffling to me how the kudos count is so low. I really enjoyed this one a lot!

untitled by norselovers [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, size kink, 2.8k
    Another smirk spread Loki’s lips and in a flash, Thor was shoved down on the bed and Loki was straddling his hips. “I think you need a professional, brother,” he purred, his eyes glimmering like an emerald flame. “Not silly little warriors and women. You need someone that you can unleash upon. Luckily, I think he’s available tonight.”
    This fic starts out a bit rough in the beginning, but it's the kind of writing that I think has so much potential and I really want to see the writer keep writing, I want more fic just like this one, because once it gets going, the fic just happily embraces the size kink, how much Loki really wants Thor's huge cock and how Thor is happy to give it to him, to fuck Loki until he's been completely wrecked. I love how enthusiastically kinky it is in how much Loki enjoys taking such a huge dick, that he likes a little bit of the pain with it, that he likes being wrecked by it. That he's good at taking this. Then you add in that it's a really satisying sex scene, just completely hitting the kink I wanted and giving me what I hoped for, so I would have loved it just for the hot sex even without Thor with a huge dick and Loki practically salivating over the idea of getting that into him. But instead I got both and it was fantastic for me. Bless and thank, fandom.

Stranger Like Me by amberfox17, thor/loki, NSFW, disney fusion, 3.3k
    Thor/Loki AU. Thor is Tarzan; Loki is the Victorian gentleman literally swept off his feet in the jungle. Basically just porn based on a Disney film...oh dear.
    This was inspired by mangaka-soldier's art and, oh, man, I was immediately excited because Disney AUs are a thing I love in this fandom, which this fic absolutely did not disappoint on! I loved how the fic was a balance between a really very sweet dynamic that this Thor has been raised in the wild, so there's a kind of direct aggression that socialized humans wouldn't have, but he backs off when it's clear Loki doesn't want it that way, which is the perfect blend of all the elements that are here. I mean, I wouldn't have objected to something rougher, but I love how this turned out instead! And it's a Disney fusion that works, I love that Loki is proper and tightly buttoned up, but you see flashes of his temper and how he craves something wilder and more chaotic, which means you utterly feel the attraction to Tarzan!Thor here. There's sex, some lovely almost penetrative sex that's still kind of hot (but I'm glad didn't happen this way, too) and then some actual frottage sex that's just, ahhhh, it's hot and sweet, which is perfect for a Thor/Loki Disney fic. This was delightful.

Shatter by Aria, thor/loki + other thor characters, NSFW, 32k
    "Loki," Odin says, heavy with disappointment and regret for all he has to raise his voice, "Odinson. I cast you out."
    Up to this point, I have been wary of this particular kind of AU story, where Loki is the one that's cast out, rather than Thor. If I had thought about it too much ahead of time, I'm not sure I would have wanted to read a fic where Loki is the one banished to Midgard without his powers and is taken in by Jane and her friends. But the writing of this piece is so gorgeous and so perfect, so believable with just a fine twist of events, that I was pulled in and could not put it down until I was finished with it. It's gorgeous for everything it says about the characters, especially Loki and his reasons for the early events of the film, why he manipulates Thor and why his intentions are not bad, that he truly loves his brother and Midgard and he is... not entirely wrong. That was one of the really gorgeous parts about this fic--the insight into Loki realizing that Thor wasn't ready to be king, that he knew the cost of what he was doing and it was still a choice he made. But then! Loki falls to Midgard and he has to fill himself up with something and the interaction with Jane and Erik Selvig is so perfect that it aches a little, to the point that I almost sort of wanted to ship Loki/Jane, I think I would have been okay with that, if it had been the way this author had gone. But instead it's about Loki finding people who actually value his talents, but even more value him as a person, it's about Loki finding a channel for everything that's inside of him, it's about Thor crashing into Loki's life no matter where he goes, it's about all that anger and rage in Loki, and it's about finding something good with all of the weight of fate that presses on their lives. This is a gorgeous, incredibly satisfying fic that achieves everything I wanted from it, including the resolution to Thor and Loki's relationship, as well as some really excellent sexytimes. But I think maybe it's the way Thor finally understands Loki, the author's excellent build-up to that, it's not easy, but, in his own way, he works as hard on it as Loki works in his own life, that might be my favorite of all. This fic is on my "must read fics" for this fandom, never mind for this ship.

slow morning sex by anonymous, thor/loki, NSFW, ~1k
    Thor reaches out slowly, brushing a thumb over Loki’s cheek bone. This time, Loki grunts, nose twitching. He turns away from Thor, still asleep, and the movement pulls the sheets down further. Thor can see the lush curve of his ass peeking out from under them, all the tempting lines of his back. He can’t help himself.
    I almost wanted to put a fluff tag on this fic, because it's so light-hearted and good, but... it's not precisely what I think of when I think "fluff", it's just... they're at a better place in their lives now. And this is a short piece, but it's everything I want in fic! It's warm and comfty, but also blisteringly hot and good for me when Loki is sleepy and not ready to be awake, but Thor just smiles and rolls him onto his back. It's playful and sweet, where Loki is still wet and loose, his legs automatically parting to make room for Thor, whose teasing is just so friendly and warm. There's familiarity here and that's so good in addition to the sex, where you can tell how much they both really enjoy it. Plus, the ending is perfect. ♥

To the Victor (Go the Spoils) by Saucery, thor/loki, teen!thor + teen!loki, 1.2k
    A young Loki joins Thor for combat training. Things go a little... sideways.
    This was short, but fun and I always enjoy Thor hungering after Loki's sharpness and wanting to pin his elegant, smirking little brother beneath him. I think my favorite thing about this fic is that it's because Loki is like this that Thor enjoys him, rather than wanting to destroy that smirking elegance. That's always a nice distinction for me.

But You Still Have All Of Me by a-walking-accident [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, mildly nsfw, ~1k
    You have seen me ask a thousand things of you.
    This is short but lovely and full of impact. The tangled, complicated, knotted things that Loki is for Thor, both the love and the loathing that are felt here, mixed in with some lovely porn snippets, just... yes, that is their relationship. It was very satisfying, with just a few words!

By Your Hands I Am Undone by CalamityCain, thor/loki, NSFW, fingering, autofellatio, light bondage, rough sex, 1.3k
    It's the morning after a night of kinky pleasure. But evidently neither of them has had quite enough.
    I literally shivered at one point while reading this because it hit on so many of my buttons. The twisty mess of Loki, who has that urge to bite and snap and lash out that's mixed with the Loki who wants to be taken in hand, who does what he's told when shoved into the position Thor wants him and commanded to suck, first on Thor, then himself, then to slick himself up for Thor's cock. It's ridiculously hot sex, rough and intense and yet full of love without a doubt. It's messy and complicated and this could only happen with Thor and, wow, I really needed a minute after this.

untitled by ofjotunblood [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, rimming, ~1k
    There’s a long, broad stripe of tongue against skin, and Thor knows he’s there. He grins, his mouth only occupied by a smile for a moment before he goes again, licking at the sweetest, most intimate spot his brother has with generously wicked intent.
    Rimming is one of those kinks where I never know precisely when it's going to work for me and when it won't. But I definitely liked this one a lot, especially because I've been mostly reading gen or pg-rated fic lately (which I love, don't get me wrong) and I needed some resolution. So, Thor waking Loki up by tonguing him and refusing to let Loki keep his dignity, well, yes, give me that.

untitled by thisdorkyblogthing [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, mortal au, teenager au, 1k
    Teenage Thor and Loki being reckless and naughty and fucking in the back of a car.
    Teenagers Thor/Loki gets an automatic click on your fic from me and, oh, god, I just love them so much. Especially because they are SUCH STUPID AND RECKLESS TEENAGE ASSHOLES, which is, like, the whole great thing about teenager AU fics! Especially when they're sneaking around late at night and Loki is blowing Thor while they're driving, so Thor just pulls over and fucks Loki in the back of the seat and, of course, things hardly get any calmer from there. It's just completely embracing of the wildness of it, mixed with Loki being a greedy little shit who goads Thor into fucking him and enjoys the hell out of it, as much as Thor enjoys fucking into him, which, by the way, was super hot, yum. Bless and thank, fandom.

Avengers/Thor: Filthy Secret by lies_d - Sometimes there are just some tropes that I'll seek out in fandom, no matter how good or terrible they are, because it's worth it when I find the author who does them so well. Thor is drunk and pulls Loki down into bed with him, but then forgets it the next day, there's angst, and then confusion as the situation repeats itself, until they're both totally turned around and then suddenly they're not, because they get it. It could be terrible, but with this author, it's the reason why I keep reading these fics, because it's delicious and genuinely good and I want to give Loki all the hugs in the world when he doesn't understand Thor, when he just so desperately wants, and the length of the fic is just perfect, so that it's not over barely after it starts, but neither does it drag out too long. The pacing is lovely and the writing is lovely and, oh, the sex is super satisfying and the ending did my heart good. That's everything I want from this fandom right there. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

AVENGERS/THOR: The Prologue by anonymous

SUMMARY: Thor laughs and drains his tankard. Fandral is detailing his latest dalliance with some lady and Volstagg is assisting by providing hand gestures. When he’s done, Fandral looks over to him and raises his eyebrows. “We’ve heard of the many you’ve had, Thor, but I’ve a question.” The other three are staring at him curiously. “What of your brother?”

REC: This is one of those fics that you'll need to have something happy onhand after you read it, because it's an absolute heartbreaker. I almost didn't want to read it, because I knew it was going to be sad going in, but... it was so beautifully written and I have a weakness for fics where Thor woos Loki. And, for all that it's a heartbreaker of a fic, I didn't feel that it was malicious about it, even knowing that Thor beds Loki because of a bet, that this was going to hurt Loki terribly--because, I can buy this from pre-movie Thor, that he would do this without thinking it through. That he would see Loki soften around him, realizing how far under Loki's skin he's gotten, and start to realize how cruel this really is to his brother.

And that's why I could take this fic (that and it wasn't terribly long and, because it was set pre-movie, I feel there's still room for things to work out eventually), because the (narratively speaking, not necessarily character-wise) the point was to show why Loki was so hurt and how tragic it is that he had happiness for awhile, even if it wasn't meant to last. And, oh, when Loki realizes and when you understand what's happening in the background, while Thor never really entirely puts it together (because he doesn't want to), as their relationship freezes and then begins to thaw and you realize why it begins to thaw, it's so perfectly written that I loved it, even as it broke my heart. (Thor/Loki.)

AVENGERS/THOR: The Throne by Killer_Rabbit_of_Caerbannog

SUMMARY: Loki knows his brother's mind well.

REC: It can be difficult to pull off what this fic did, at least to do it well. To be ostensibly talking about one thing, while clearly meaning another, all while keeping a natural flow to the conversation, it's easy for that to go awry. But this fic is beautifully written, where Thor thinks about how he will eventually hold the throne of Asgard and Loki notices his thoughts, which aren't just about claiming the throne, but also claiming something else. There's such an intense attraction between them, wrapped up in that way they can't help challenging each other, the way Loki's weapons are words and Thor's is his determination, how this arouses both of them. Which is all well and good, I would read it just for that. But the final moments of this scene, where Loki challenges Thor to show him why this throne (not just the throne) will be his when he's king, it doesn't even need to be graphic to be hot as goddamned hell. Loki nearly hissing, Thor pressing between Loki's legs, Thor's almost kiss against him, all of it promises so much and was really hot omg. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Custom by lies_d - I was a little wary of this prompt--Thor and other highly-ranked noble Aesir have to prove their manhood by bedding a member of another race, the most difficult - and worthy - being a Jotun. Thor sets his sights on the sorcerous Prince of Jotunheim--because I usually want slightly different AUs with Jotun!Loki, but I liked a lot of the author's other fics, so I gave this one a shot, too. I wound up liking it a lot more than I would have thought! The author takes a delicate approach with Loki's characterization, which could have gone too far on the non-con scale for me, but instead there's something almost intellectual about him here, there's an undercurrent of cultural acceptance of fighting and then fucking your prize, and somehow that made the difference to me. It's still not going to be for those who don't care for non-con, but the genuine attraction and the way Thor just sort of fell for him, it made all the difference to me, so I ended up loving this one. (Thor/Loki, some non-con, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: untitled by anonymous - I was intrigued by the prompt--Loki playing the vulnerable and fragile card in comparison to the mighty Thor. Thor knows his brother is strong and devious, but he'll be damned if he doesn't fall for the act every time.--so I picked this one up at random and, oh, it might be short but it was pretty perfect. I love this Loki, who is manipulative but not cruel, that Thor knows is manipulating him out of his righteous anger at Loki, and yet can't be mad at him for that, either. The scene between them has a good, natural flow to it that I can buy the reactions of both of them, can easily see them this way and I was utterly taken with their absolutely adorable dynamic. Just. Ahhhh, so good. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: In Silence by blacktofade - There are some things that should just always happen in fandom and rain-soaked!Loki is one of them. Which would have been enough to win me over, but then this fic was also about how Thor can often be... demanding and doing as he pleases without consideration for others, which, in this instance, is what Loki pushes back against but also it turns him on even more fiercely. And that push-and-pull is what appeals to me with this pairing so many times, when Thor just takes and Loki has such cutting words, but that only spurs Thor on all the more, which Loki knew... and that's one of the hottest things with this pairing, how that push and pull works with them. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: The Dare by infraredphaeton - I am realizing, as I read this fic, that I have a definite weakness for fics where Thor just completely takes Loki apart. And it's not that I don't love bamf!Loki, who is precious and dear to my heart, it's just that... I want him to be happy, too. And having Thor fuck him into a boneless mess, even if this is pre-movies, so all the really bad shit is still to come, sometimes that really helps me feel better about his character. Especially when it's super hot writing and Loki is so snarky at times and Thor just loves him so much and it's all one giant excuse for sexytimes that are very satisfying. And having Loki be like, pft, you're exaggerating, Thor, you're not that good in bed, which Thor takes as CHALLENGE ACCEPTED, just... *flaps hands* that is so perfect for me. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Happiness Deserved by anonymous - I was a little wary of clicking onto this fic, given that the prompts were childbirthdy, mpreg, nursing, but it also promised to be a happy, warm fic and I kind of really needed that in this fandom, so, okay, I'll give it a shot. And then ALL THE FEELINGS, omg. Loki going into labor while trapped with Tony Stark of all people and it's amazing banter as Tony tries not to be too weirded out and Loki doesn't help because he finds Tony's reactions hilarious (when he's not cranky from the situation they're in) and then it's Loki's world narrowing down to just the baby in his arms and ugh. So many feelings. It's a lovely fill, the author does a fantastic job at balancing the warm, fuzzy feelings and the sharp humor that had my face hurt from trying not to laugh because I needed to keep reading. And the ending just. Filled my heart with so much love and sunshine. Perfect. (Some Thor/Loki, but it's only half the point.) Avengers/Thor: Under the melting snow by rudywolfe - So you know what I never get enough of? Fic where Laufey's son Loki is promised to Odin's son Thor for marriage and there's culture shock and Loki has to adjust to Aesir culture and I eat them all up like delicious candy because they are. And I liked the world building of this one, I liked that this Thor didn't seem immediately enamored with Loki (which is a trope I LOOOOOOVE, don't get me wrong, I prefer it most times, but it's interesting to see a more obnoxious, disinterested Thor here) and I'm looking forward to their interaction again and seeing Loki go from sheltered, neglected prince to the catty, cunning, sharp Loki we know from canon. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: We'll Build Our Altar Here by gunboots - This is such an interesting fic and I'm not sure quite how to describe it or why it intrigued me so much--other than, a more innocent, almost naive Loki and a Thor who takes advantage of him and can't bring himself to feel badly about it, because he's too hungry for Loki, that shouldn't work, but somehow I found myself pulled into this fic anyway. I imagine a lot of it has to do with how I have a lot of Loki Feels, how often authors get into how desperately Loki loves Thor (even as he hates him), so seeing a Thor that wants Loki just as desperately (because his feelings for Loki are just as intense) is pretty tasty. And the author definitely doesn't shy away from the uncomfortable aspect of their ages and instead winds it up into the thorny mess that is their relationship. (Thor/Loki, teenagers who are underage, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: drink to me, babe, then (bury me in gold) by dearly_anonymous - I'll warn ahead of time that this fic is not finished and it's been half a year since it was posted but, oh, it's so good and so sharp that I can't help but love it anyway. It's a story that runs very similar to the Thor movie, except that Loki and Thor are betrothed to each other from a young age, that Loki is pushed into studying magic and books, that Loki is meant to take up Frigga's role when he's older, all of which only make his bitterness and anger all the stronger. The fic is gorgeously done for filling in the story, including little bb!Loki with Frigga and how she tries to console him or his moments with Odin, where he tries to make his father realize that Thor's not ready, tries to get his father to show him any kind of affection, the odd changes his body goes through, the way Thor is just so stupidly in love (and lust) with Loki, and the moments with Thor that are both so good and so engraging. And that's where this fic really sings, in Loki's tangled up feelings for Thor, whom he loves dearly one moment, and then would gladly see him ripped apart the next, for the restrictions placed on Loki's life.

There's a line in this fic, after a painful conversation between Odin and Loki: The doors slam loudly behind him, and again, Loki smiles wryly at the similarities between his Father and Brother. It's no wonder he loves both men to the point of madness. that I felt summed up Loki's relationships with both of them beautifully. There's something so incredibly... tight and wrenching about this fic, there's something that's so good and so sweet about this fic, and they're intertwined in that way that breaks my heart, but also keeps me fascinated. It's this complicated, tangled, thorny, desperate mess that is the character of Loki and it's one of the most gorgeous portrayals of the character I have read in fandom. It's probably doomed to end in tragedy, certainly the opening scenes seem to indicate that, so it might be better for me that it's not finished. But I can't help wanting more of it anyway, if only to know wtf is up with Loki's illnesses that come and go. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Spoils of War by Fickle_Obsessions - I was intrigued by this fic as soon as I saw it was posted tonight, curious about a Jotun born-and-raised!Loki that becomes Thor's prize after a war with the Frost Giants. Fic like that always has the potential to go wrong, but, oh, this fic was so good. The author warns ahead of time what you're getting into here--so those who aren't into dub con should stay away--but also points out that this is a Thor that never went to Midgard to learn to grow up, which fits so well with the character we saw early in the Thor movie. Headstrong and stubborn and just taking what he wanted, but not without his charms and a caring heart and a good nature. But, oh, also this Loki. This sharp, cutting Loki who is brilliant and is beginning to be won over by this brute, but will never admit it, which beautifully keeps the spirit of their relationship. This is one of those fics that hits me where I live, the possessiveness and slightly rough sex that is super hot sexytimes and barbed banter and biting and hair pulling and intense fucking that takes its time and little details about the background woven into the writing and, ugh, just SO GOOD. This Loki is SO GOOD, so proud and difficult and ready to fight, which is actually the point, that's part of what turns Thor on and, oh, I love this Thor dearly, too, and, oh, what I wouldn't do for more in this universe. p.s. did I mention the super excellent sexytimes? Because they were pretty excellent. But, really, the whole thing is SO SATISFYING. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: The Rescue by madwriter223 - [NOTE: There may be SPOILERS in this fic and this rec.] I meant to end on the previous fic, to wait until tomorrow to do any more reading. But then I was curious about this fic and it was short, so, eh, sure, why not. UGH, ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS. It probably won't be of interest to those who really hate Loki apologia, but fuck all of you, Loki's baby being kidnapped by the Chitauri, which Clint realizes and goes on a mission to get the baby back and when Loki has his kid back and Thor realizes they dared to take his and Loki's kid, and that's when HELLFIRE IS RAINED DOWN? Shit, yes, I ate that up like it was the best candy ever, because it was. Seriously, Loki at the end is the best. This is a short fic, but, oh, it was so good for me. Oh, and, all of that on top of Clint and Natasha being hardcore badasses as they make their way through the Chitauri army with a seriously pretty great Clint narration voice? Yes, please, more of this forever. (Some Thor/Loki, it's only half the point.) Avengers/Thor: The Flood by anonymous - Before I spent a lot of time in this fandom, I never used to be that attracted to AU fics. But, I suppose, I want happier things frequently, I want things to go a little differently, and this is a comics-based movie, where comic books have dozens of AUs for every set of characters. So, BRING ON THE AU FIC. And, oh, I was intrigued by this one: Thor is the government's top black ops operative, specializing in retrieving wayward criminals. Loki is one of the most gifted hackers in the world, and will sell information to anyone for the right price. He's also Thor's newest assignment. The author does a gorgeous job with this fic, where Thor has a chance encounter with a stranger in Paris, one that he instantly connects with, never realizing who the other truly is (and I thought it was cute the way the author used the actors' names as their cover names--but this is not rpf), not until it's far too late. The interaction is delightful, the sense of fun is really excellent, and I love this author's Loki, who is so... sly and devious, but in a less angry and bitter way. Instead, it's a joyful sort of glee, you can feel it coming off him. And I enjoyed the set-up of this AU even though it was really just one big excuse for sexytimes, which were super, super hot, I definitely can't lie. The eagerness Loki has for Thor to just fuck him already, the way Thor is so wildly attracted to him and wants to just have him already, that mutual enthusiasm they have was so, so good for me. And super, super hot. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Serpent by twhitesakura (twsakura) - Oh, this was an interesting fic! It's a fairy tale AU, where Loki is a snake that sneaks his way into Idunn's orchard, where Thor spends time, and they simply talk for a brief while. And then again more times over as Thor grows older. There is... not quite an event to this story, there's not really anything that changes by the end, but it's not really meant to, I don't think. Instead, it's a lovely tale with beautiful writing and these gorgeous snippets of conversation between them and an attraction that you can't quite put your finger on, but you can feel it building. I adore AU stories and this one was a delight to find tonight. (Thor/Loki, a smidge NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: No one else here thinks this is a good idea by jeannedecarnin - I have such a weakness for stories where Thor asks and asks for Loki to stop, to please come home and eventually Loki does. This is a light fic, it's a handful of scenes scattered across a longer span of time (but not terribly long, maybe up to a year or so), which allows it to focus on how it's not really any one moment that brings these two back together, but instead they slowly wear each other and themselves down. It's a lovely piece with some really great lines and moments of imagery (Loki smiling into the camera remains a favorite) and I'm especially fond of the end scene, where Loki just... shows up at the Avengers Tower and makes himself right at home. Of course he would. (Thor/Loki, a bit NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: our common goal by rustypolished - Oh, I have such a weakness for a Loki who knows exactly what he's doing and how to manipulate Thor, at least pre-Thor, because he's already so twisted up here, he burns with so much envy and hate and love and desire, which the author writes in a beautiful way. There are equal measures of both here, there's hints of the Thor that will come into maturity later, when he almost sees through Loki sometimes, but they're still pre-movie here and this Loki is so... I found it a little breathtaking how determined he is to walk this path, because it's necessary, how determined he is to save Asgard, even as he loves/hates Thor so much that it's eating away at him. It's a beautiful piece. (Thor/Loki, a smidge nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: Water in Mouth by retts - I am no stranger to finding angry sex super hot, especially when it's deliberately incited by Loki, who knows exactly what he's getting into and what he's doing, even if, as the fic notes, he's at his most reckless when it comes to Thor and things get away from him. But that's part of what he wants, too, and the author did a gorgeous job of showing that Loki deliberately egged this on, that he enjoys the twisting of pleasure and pain together, and he especially enjoys that this brings Thor down with him. The way the author wound all of these things together and did with with super, super hot SHOWER SEX YES GOOD THERE SHOULD BE MORE SHOWER SEX IN FANDOM was extremely satisfying to find tonight. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: They Are My Death and I Am Theirs by belle_nuit - This fic is a little tell-not-show in the writing of it, almost more summary than fic in the first half, but it smooths out halfway through and, oh, the characterization is right in my wheelhouse. Loki is tightly wound, there's so much anger in him, so many jagged edges, as he's back in Asgard and not particularly loved by the place, with only Thor's protection, which does not sit well with him. And the author does a good job of that twisted together love and hate Loki has with Thor, which shows itself in the reason for the fic--the sexytimes scene where Loki flips them over and angrily rides Thor until they're both bound together all over again. And that's a super yes plz do want more of that. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Endure by germanjj - Thor saved Loki after the bridge. All he has to do now is wait. Yet another thing I have a great fondness for in this fandom is AU fics where they managed to save Loki before he let go of Gugnir and fell. This is a short piece, it's only a thousand words long, but it packs a hell of an emotional punch--there was a moment or two (and, granted, I am one of those fans who has a intense load of Loki Feels) where I threatened to mist up a bit because, oh, Loki and all the rage twisted up inside him as he's kept at home, all while Thor endures it. I could just about cry for both of them and how lovely this piece was. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Family Matters by anonymous - Okay, so, now this fic. I'll warn ahead of time that it's a WIP fic, it ends on a hell of a cliffhanger, and the last part was posted a year ago, so it's almost assuredly abandoned. All that said, I went into this fic knowing that and still enjoyed what was here anyway because, oh, it's so well written and it's one of my favorite things ever in this fandom--Thor and Loki get married and will eventually end up having a kid because Loki's Jotun--and it deals with those tropes and what that might mean for both of them so well. Loki's shock at the circumstances laid out before him (set post-Thor) is enough that I can buy he was startled out of much of what was happening with him at the end of the movie, but it's not forgotten, it's still lying underneath the surface, and he's so distant to his family and so wound up, so twisted around, and so unable to see the truth, which fits so well with his character. And I do love this fic for dealing with what it means to be someone of Loki's build, especially as compared to Thor, to be the receptive partner in a society like Asgard, what that means about his fear of Thor, what that means for Thor to be feared and how that hurts him as well, I do love this fic for dealing with the two of them forced together into a situation that's not of their choosing and how difficult that is for them, to not understand Odin's reasons for this. But, oh, where this fic really got me was with Frigga, who loves both her sons so much, who knows what it's like to be a woman in Asgard, who knows what it's like to be in that role, and how that colors her interactions with Loki. The way Frigga can get through to Loki in a way that no one else is in quite the position to do, because he isn't angry with her and she openly loves him so dearly, it's one of my favorite things in fandom and this author does a gorgeous job of it. I mean, yeah, sure, I read this for the Thor/Loki and the Loki Feels, but, oh, the Frigga and Loki scenes probably wound up being my favorites, they were so gorgeously done. (Future Thor/Loki, likely abandoned WIP.) Avengers/Thor: Asgard's Lay by anonymous - I do love this trope--where Loki seduces and lays half of Asgard, just about, while Thor burns with anger and jealousy--but it has to be done very carefully and with skill to not come off terribly. But, oh, this author does it beautifully and Loki is so sly and he has such lovely lines (my favorite being probably everyone's favorite, when Thor accuses him of not being decent in how he lays with people--You may not be able to do things, Thor, but I am not limited by anything you may call decent. I am only limited by what I dare.) and gorgeous moments of insight (Loki's discomfort with the truth, even as he brushes the discomfort aside, is especially lovely) make this a beautifully done piece. (Thor/Loki, a bit nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: Paranoia by anonmyous - I was a little hesitant about this fic at first, because Loki seemed almost fragile in the beginning, and I was wary that with the summary--Loki is temporarily blinded and Thor promises to defend him from those who would attack him in retaliation--that it would head into terrible territory. But something about the fic kept me sucked into it and I kept reading and... the author really does a lovely job of having Loki slowly adjust to not being able to see, his penchent for mischief starts coming back, his sharp edges and wicked words all come back as well. Though, the best part of the fic is Thor and Loki spending so much time together, which isn't perfect, they still clash at times, especially with tempers frayed so much, but they dearly love each other and it's just really good for me. It is a WIP and it ends on a tough cliffhanger and will probably never be finished, but I knew that ahead of time and I wasn't reading for resolution of the story, but the time spent with Thor and Loki, with Thor being more protective than Loki really needs, with the long days between them just spent in each other's company, and the really satisfying pace of the story in this author's hands. So it was still more than worth reading for me. (Thor/Loki, but aside from a few offscreen sexytimes, this could almost have been gen.) Avengers/Thor: untitled by badnutrevived - Whatever, you guys, I fucking love the "Loki goes into heat, everybody wants him" trope, which can be badly done, sure, but this author has a lovely writing style and is clearly having fun with it, so a more delicate, smaller Loki here works for me, especially because you got the distinct impression that he was doing it on purpose, but also because the fic clearly had a ton of fun with Thory's jealousy that kept simmering and simmering until it finally boiled over. I do so love that Thor a lot. (Thor/Loki, Loki/others, mildly nsfw, but I wouldn't put it past PG-13.) Avengers/Thor: Stupidly Heroic by hawkeye - Meg linked this fic and, oh, it's a gorgeous little AU piece set during WWII, where Thor is off into the army and Loki can't go because he's not physically strong enough, and the desperate pull between them and how sad it is, even as it's bittersweet and lovely, is just beautifully done. I definitely hope to see more from this author, since the writing of this was so very pretty. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Recognizance - Unkempt Promises by Dreamhusband - I sort of metaphorically chewed on my thumb for awhile after reading this fic, because... it's a lot of the tropes I love (Thor/Loki, mpreg, etc.) but it's not precisely a happy fic, this Loki is bitter and angry and intends to have nothing to do with Thor, once he's with child. But I hope that the 1/? means that there will be more of this fic and the writing was so lovely, the author pulled so many feels from me, that I knew I was going to cave and fall in love with it anyway. And it is beautifully written (though, there are times when I had trouble telling who was saying what, because the speaker would change mid-paragraph, but that's a mild criticism) and, oh, the way Thor just misses and loves Loki, it gave me all the feelings in the world. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: They Are. We Wish They Weren't by Emerald Embers (emeraldembers) - So, after the previous fic, I needed something more light-hearted and joyful, which this fic delightfully provided me with! It's a cute piece, where Thor and Loki are on Midgard and don't understand the whole "no making out with your brother in public" thing, no matter how many times it's explained to them. There's nothing about it that's not pure fluff and warmth, which I seriously needed right about then. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: As the Wind Said to the Trees by ester_inc - And, then, I needed to read some sexytimes that didn't crush my heart. Which this fic provided nicely, even if it was a little heartwrenching-ish. But still mostly good and happy, at least by the end. It plays on a common trope, where Loki does what and who he wants, which Thor finds totally unacceptable and eventually realizes it's out of jealousy, which Loki winds around his fingers, intending to drag Thor down with him, but that's not quite how it works out. But it's that balance of something not good and something much more good than expected that I love with this pairing, all wrapped up in delicious porn, which is also a gorgeous mix of Loki being so desperately in love with Thor but also so angry about everything, while Thor is just so in love with him and just really wants to fuck him and, ugh, I could read fic like this forever. Especially when the author is so good at twisting my heart just enough, in the casual descriptions of the previous people Loki has taken to bed, the signifigant ones more than once just... say everything about him. This has a bittersweet edge, but it's still so good for me. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Promise by anonymous - Oh, I have such a weakness for fairy tale au fics and this one is so sweet and adorable and fun! When Thor is young, he falls into an icy pond and is saved by the young son of a peasant family, which Thor pledges to marry when he grows up. And then remembers his promise and brings Loki back to the palace to marry him. UGH, SUCH A DELIGHT. The fic is light-hearted and happy, despite that Loki seems distant and there's a touching on tragic canon events (but it doesn't bring the fic down, instead makes it sweeter) and Loki just has this way about him, that you can't really read, except you sort of can, and that's perfect here. And Thor, of course, is always a delight in how straight forward he is and how much he cares about Loki and how adorable they are together. Just. Ugh, feelings. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: He Who Lies by Altrutix - The author admits ahead of time that the fic was rushed at the end and I definitely felt that, along with how I would have liked more scenes of Thor and Loki interacting to show them falling in love (especially so because I enjoyed what was here!) and I would have liked to have seen it a little more divorced from canon moments (they didn't feel as natural to the story as the unique events did), but it's also 12k of fic that I sat down and inhaled like it was delicious candy. The author does a really lovely job of building an alternate universe here, where Tyr was the one Odin gave Loki to adopt, instead of taking him himself, where Tyr grew up loving his adopted son, where Loki didn't know his true parentage, but wasn't lied to in the same way. It changes things just enough to make things happier, but still keeps things so interesting and I loved watching Loki be banished to Jotunheim and the reveal of who he really was, the way the author wove details of the Jotnar culture into the events, the way this Loki was still close to canon in the way he was sly and you couldn't easily read beneath the surface of what he showed to the world and how terribly clever he is. This fic gave me everything I wanted--Thor and Loki falling in love, dealing with AU situations that end in marriage, the Jotnar culture being touched on, etc. All of it was so, so satisfying here. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Comfort by anonymous - I almost didn't read this one because, I'm not big on past Thor/Loki (versus present Thor/Loki) but I was curious and it started with Loki waking Thor from sleep because he's deeply disturbed about something and sought comfort, even as he never loses that jagged, harsh edge to his character. And it works for me here because they're not together at this point, but they're not not together at this point, either, it's... well, they live incredibly long lives, their relationships are complicated and take many turns. But mostly it's because Loki wants comfort, but doesn't know what he wants to hear, but he's still there, and that's something and Thor knows there really aren't words to help him when he's disturbed, but just being there helps, and the dialgoue is just gorgeous and the characterization is lovely and it was just... really good. (Sort of Thor/Loki, sort of not.) Avengers/Thor: Calling Truces by Asidian - I read the first half of this on one of the kinkmemes around, but then the second half was posted with it and, ahhhhh, so good! It's a series of scenes where Loki and Thor call a truce between them for various reasons, whether because they're interrupted or because they're setting aside their rivalry while they're fucking or because they've come around on each other, it's all really delightful and charming. Loki is, as always, acerbic and sharp tongued, while Thor is direct and genuine and, oh, the ending scene is so perfect, because, yes, yes, I want more of Loki being Loki even as he comes around and joins his brother in his own way. All of them are really excellent, but that last one is especially satisfying. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Morganatic by anonymous - I sat on this rec for a bit because there are only three chapters of this fic so far and they're all fairly short. But this author gets so much in with each of these posts, already building quite a lot of background world for this politically intriguing AU where Loki is Thor's half-brother and a half-Jotun concubine, but still so incredibly Loki. He is all sharp words and lashing back before he thinks, except there's genuine love for Thor, who just loves him so much and clever lines of dialogue and, ugh, I just want this to be a fully realized fic so badly. All the moreso because Frigga is absolutely AMAZING in the third part, jfc, I love her and Thor and Loki and everyone. (Thor/Loki, intersex!Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Thorki Noodles by lunik_the_bard - I'm usually not one for fics that are more summary than they are actually story, but this author managed to breathe such life into this, such delight and amusement into this AU where Thor starts a noodle shop with his trust fund and Loki finds himself roped into this with this ex-brother, which, naturally, eventually leads to sex in the kitchen, that I just really fell in love with it. Where it really works for me is in the way Loki has such an acidic tongue still and even in his thoughts there's a lot of bitterness and anger, but Thor just rolls along with it, always good natured and just so in love with him. But also in the sex where Loki finds himself totally turned on despite himself, especially when Thor just holds him down, and, yes, yes, I enjoy that, too. Which works for me because Loki is so often at his most reckless when it comes to Thor, really. (Thor/Loki, somewhat nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: when sunshine turns to rain by versy - Ahhhh, sometimes you find those fics where the writing doesn't even need to head into sexytimes territory to be delicious and super hot, sometimes just a kiss pressed to a knee or Thor's hand having drifted to between Loki's legs while they sleep or pressing Loki up against a wall to kiss him, sometimes that's more than enough right there. There's something almost dream-like in the writing of this modern AU fic, where their family is on vacation on an island, where the days pass lazily and with a breezy tone, yet there's a pull between the characters, Thor is uncomplicated, while Loki is sharp and biting, but not so wounded, and it works wonderfully. I let out one of those long, happy sighs when I finished because it's short, but it's so good for me. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Five Times Midgardians Misunderstood Asgard Cultural References and One Time They Didn't. by Haldane - This is another prompt that I love the idea of! Five times (well, six) where Loki and Thor's references fly over the heads of the other Avengers, rather than the other way around, which is something I've thought should happen more often in fic. And these are totally adorable and I loved the bit of world building this does for Asgard (and I love that Loki was often friendly with the Avengers, while still being a big bag of dicks to them) and just really fun! (Implications of Thor/Tony and Thor/Loki, but they're not really the point.) Avengers/Thor: Here's where he meets Prince Charming + New, and a bit alarming by lunik_the_bard - Oh, a Beauty and the Beast fusion, yes, LET ME AT IT. And this was utterly delightful and hilarious, with Thor as Gaston and Loki as Belle, except this time around they actually do eventually get married! You know, after Thor is entirely, obnoxiously cheerful at him and Loki is acidic enough to cut down nearly everyone in his path. The author does a fantastic job at balancing the Disney movie characters/plot with keeping the Thor characters in spirit with their canon, while still making it a joy to read whenever Thor tries a new tactic with Loki, whenever he's entirely cheerful about preferring Loki when he's being impolite and genuine to when he's placid and polite, whenever Loki finds himself super attracted to Thor which is just totally unfair. Ahhhh, this was so good for me. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: of desire by secret_smile19 - So. This is pre-movie and it's about an incubus finding Loki, after he's dabbled in some of the darker magics, and, oh, that kind of hit a lot of kinks of mine. The sparse prose of the story fits it really well, it gives just enough detail and imagery to be really good, it has a great build-up to the reveal, and, oh, Thor's protectiveness and desire for Loki and the sense of wrong about Loki, when he's so quiet and doesn't have much to say, it's beautifully done. Short, but very good. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: The Eyes are the Windows to the Soul by PadawanBrittany - Speaking of how sometimes I just really need some fluff and good old-fashioned "Thor and Loki are arranged to be married, but they don't get along, despite secretly being in love with each other, they're just both kind of dicks to each other because they think the other doesn't like them" fic. I love this kind of thing and it also involves Loki crossdressing and Thor being like WHO IS THAT GORGEOUS CREATURE THAT REMINDS ME OF SOMEONE I CAN'T QUITE FIGURE OUT LET ME GO CHAT HER UP WOW SHE'S REALLY GORGEOUS AND SO INTERESTING EVEN WHEN SHE'S KIND OF A DICK TO ME and then they both realize, oh, they're kind of stupid for not realizing their mutual feelings earlier and, voila!, marriage. But then there's also a bit of kissing and the author clearly just had fun with this and it's hard for me not to get swept up in that fun. It's full of all the usual tropes, but I love those tropes, so I had fun with this fic. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Ale to the King by glayish - Ahhhh, this is the best way to wrap up my fic reading for the evening because, yessss, Thor and Loki get into a drinking contest--which should be cracky, but works genuinely because there's a challenge here and Loki still has that sharp edge of needing to be seen as Thor's equal, still needing to prove himself--and it's the first time Thor's ever seen Loki drunk and ahhhhh yes good. It's used as an excuse to have Loki let go a little, to be drunk and giggly and physically affectionate, which does a whole lot for Thor and eventually they realize they both really, really want to touch each other. I go back and forth on frottage fics, because sometimes they're not that good, but then other times they're blisteringly hot and, oh, this one was super, super hot. There's so much lovely imagery here (especially everything to describe Loki), some great characterization, and sexytimes. I don't ask for more. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Uniting the Realms by Jaivaramongolid - This is a WIP, but it's already 18k of fic and it's about my beloved arranged marriage au! THIS IS DELICIOUS CANDY TO ME. The writing is a bit stiff at times, but I read all that was available of it in practically one sitting and the author has enough charm to have me impatiently tapping my foot to wait for more of this one. The background world is well-built, especially since this is a fic where Loki was meant to be abandoned on Jotunheim, but instead of taking him Odin tells Laufey that he'll give the Casket back if their kids form a union that will bring peace to both realms. This buys enough time for Laufey to see genuine reason to keep the baby with him and not just dash its head on the rocks or something, it buys enough time to start building a background world for Jotunheim's royal family, and then build forwards with Thor and Loki when they're a little older as well. It's adorable when they meet again and it's intriguing for the way the author is weaving in a lot of gender stereotypes between the two races (Loki is a sorcerer, while magic is usually for women, the Jotnar are sort of bigendered, while Asgard doesn't really know that much about them, etc.) and I'm intrigued about where all of this is going! It's nice that the author is taking time to set things up and I'm hoping that we're at least only at the halfway point! (Eventual Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: My Returning by Conjure_Lass - [NOTE: There may be SPOILERS in this fic and this rec.] Ahhhh, I need the next chapter of this fic right now. The problem with reading newer fics is the waiting, of course, and it's especially painful when I believe I've found one that's been something I've wanted to see a lot--after Thor brings Loki home to Asgard, he decides on how he's going to deal with him: By casting a spell to connect the two of them together. And, oh, Loki's going to be furious and Thor's going to accept that burden as well and it's going to be so delicious for me! EXCEPT ONLY THE FIRST CHAPTER HAS BEEN WRITTEN and I'm not actually 100% sure that's how it's going to go, but already the writing is lovely and the author builds up the scene quite well and the dialogue felt right and, yeah, okay, back to clawing at the walls while I wait. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: The Demons Came Rushing Out by stereobone - [NOTE: There may be SPOILERS in this fic and this rec.] I did not realize how much I wanted this fic until I had it--where Loki manages to put Thor under the Tesseract's power, making Thor loyal to him without question. Because, oh, the sharp, jagged edges of Loki's character are almost painful here, the insanity that's more than creeping up on him, the anger and rage that he has for Thor and yet there's so much more there as well, it's beautifully done here. It's dark, but gorgeously so, to watch Loki order Thor around, to kill people for Loki, to get on his knees for Loki, but it's also just as gorgeous and just as satisfying in a fucked up sort of way when Thor is as posessive of Loki, when he does these things for Loki and afterwards pulls him close and pushes him down and just takes him, all while Loki revels in enjoys what he's done to Thor. It's so deliciously fucked up and unapologetic in that fucked up twisting that it was one of the best things I read all day. Also it was super, super hot, ahhhh. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Brightness Across the Sky by longwhitecoats - [NOTE: There may be SPOILERS in this fic and this rec.] This is short, not even 500 words but, oh, so adorable and sweet and darling and maybe just a little bittersweet. It's bb!Thor and bb!Loki sneaking out onto the rainbow bridge when it's a cold night and just being adorable little boys who cleary love each other, even if it's a little awkward as children. And then a bittersweet tag at the end and just. Oh, feelings, for the ice and the cold and the kissing. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Unforeseen Side Effects by Fickle_Obsessions - I believe this fic was one of the first I read on the kinkmeme and it was one of the reasons I decided, okay, fuck it, I'll read and even recommend fics from the kinkmeme (which wasn't a thing I did for a long time, for various reasons, blah, blah, blah). Because this fic made me realize, oh, this fandom is going to be amazing and, holy shit, I have found my people. This fic is literally nearly every thing I could possibly want from this fandom! Tony hits Loki with an experimental drug that should act like an Asgardian version of Xanax, except he gets Thor in there as well, which turns them both super touchy feely and relaaaaaxed. So, they lose all concept of personal space and it's adorable! Until they start slowly coming out of it and Loki has just enough of his sharp edges back to realize what a gift he's been given for a time, which means he halfway flirts with Tony in thanks, which does not go over well with Thor and Tony's like, whyyyyy, why does everything I love turn out this way, because Thor is... Thor about it. Meaning, he's going to fuck Loki on every available surface within Tony's sight to prove mine, you don't touch, which Loki clearly encourages because he's an evil little shit. And then Tony has to drag Steve into this because, well, moral support, team captain. :| Amazing. AMAZING. Especially when the author is as screamingly funny as this one is. This is one of those perfect fics for me, I can reread it endlessly. (Thor/Loki, Steve, Tony, slightly nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: Rough by tyrotheterrible - This is super short, less than 300 words, but, oh, so satisfying for the edge of roughness to Thor and Loki's sex, including biting and Loki freezing over the places he can bite and threatening to frostbite other, more sensitive areas, if Thor doesn't fucking move soon and, yes, yes, all of this is good. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: untitled by anonymous - Another thing that is really good for me? Loki sliding into Thor's lap and teasingly squirming against him, until it turns into something a lot more heated and, oh, this author knows how to do really exquisite frottage fic. It doesn't always work for me, but it's super hot here, the intensity of it and the way they're both just so turned on really was lovely, and the descriptions and sexytimes just... well, perfect. Ugh, so good. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: It's poison, it's blood by mornmeril - Their village lay on the edge of a dark forest, few even knew its name, but many knew that terrible things had been happening there on the night of the full moon for several generations now. Everyone was wary of strangers here in Asgard, and if any should come by, they would quickly leave once more. No one lingered here, except for the ones who had lived there their whole lives. I guess it's a day for AU fics for me, because I felt like diving into another one as soon as I'd finished the previous--though, this time, I wanted some kissing by the end, goddammit. And this was a really excellent AU fic, where it's based on the Red Riding Hood movie from a few years back (though, you don't need to have seen the movie to read this fic, it stands very well on its own) and was smoothly written and beautifully paced and wonderfully detailed. I don't know how much of that is because it's patterned after the movie or how much the author built it up themselves (having never seen the movie), but from where I'm reading, it worked in a really satisfying, really good read sort of way.

I love AU fics, I'm slowly making my way through the entire fandom eventually (and, yesss, give me alllll of them, fandom!) and I love love love the use of Thor's cape here, the way I could just picture the vibrant red of it against the snow, the way I could just picture the dark, black fur of the wolves. Everything in my mind's eye had a gorgeous look to it, all the colors were sharp and beautiful, the scenery lovely. And the chemistry between Thor and Loki was delicious, the way they so clearly loved each other, but couldn't be together, the way everything was simple and complicated at the same time, ahhhh, so good. It's another fic that I just sank into, feeling completely satisfied by the time it was done, and, oh, the sex was super excellent because they had both been dying to get at each other, so it had an edge of intensity both times, and the build-up made it worth the while, even beyond how hot it was. Every time they touched, every time Thor wrapped his arms around Loki's waist or every time Loki pulled him closer and kissed Thor with a passion or every time Loki would slide a leg over Thor's to curl up next to him, just, ugh, yes, way to paint some beautiful imagery all the way through this fic. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Temper, Temper by Abby_Ebon - I definitely went into this fic looking for rough, almost angry sex up against the wall in an alley, after a fight, just a moment where it's only Thor and Loki and everything that's between them, which I I got in a rather breathlessly good fic here. The author doesn't shy away from it being rough (which is labeled as non-con, but Loki actively encourages it, says it's what he wants, openly enjoys it, so I'm hesitant to call it even dub-con) and not necessarily nice, but neither is it tragic. Instead, it's taunting and hurtful, but in that way that shows how much they both still care. It's rough in the way that gods are with each other, the way they're not mortal humans, there's a power to them that is equal in measure, if not in precisely the same way. The fic is definitely an excuse for quick, rough sex in an alleway and I enjoyed it for that, but it was the characterization and feelings that really got me here. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Hushaby, Hushaby by lazulisong - [NOTE: There may be SPOILERS in this fic and this rec.] No. No, fuck you, Meg. That's NOT COOL. NOT COOL AT ALL. It is not cool to write a really sweet, adorable, lovely bb!Thor and bb!Loki fic and then just utterly destroy me with the last two lines of the fic. It is NOT COOL to drop that kind of feelings bomb on me, especially when using a childhood lullaby their mother sang to Loki when he was a baby is present, because that's just fucking sweet as all get out. *sullenly hides under the desk* (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Give A Little More by the_time_of_angels - [NOTE: There may be SPOILERS in this fic and this rec.] This fic's entire purpose is to have a Thor/Loki pwp scene on the helicarrier, which I was totally okay with, and I enjoyed it for that, of course, it was satisfying for the sex scene, but I also enjoyed it for the harsh dynamic between the two of them. As much as I want happy things, as much as I crave fix it fic, there are also times when I want to read all the fic where Thor tries so hard to reach out to Loki, where he loves Loki so much, but Loki is still so bitter and twisted up that he pushes Thor away, even as he takes him in and encoruages Thor to fuck him already. It's achey and bittersweet, but still really good. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: The Problem With Spells by CertifiedOtaku593 - I will grant that this fic definitely used too many epithets in the writing that made it distracting at times, but I think that's something that could smooth out in time. And you know what this author did? Gave me Loki with kitty ears fic! It's set pre-Thor, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this Thor was kind of a dick about it, not really getting how this would greatly bother Loki, which it did, but then still found a way to not make him a total dick, because Thor has a good heart and there was still so much good in that relationship, too. Plus, KITTY EARS. THAT LEADS TO SEXYTIMES. And then, in the second chapter, when Thor's being kind of a jerk, Loki hisses and whips around and gives him doggy ears to see how he fucking likes it and THAT leads to a second round of sexytimes and it's like. I love this author for understanding me and my needs. The writing is a bit rough, but I genuinely enjoyed this in the way the author intended, I enjoyed the animal ears and the sex and the teasing between Thor and Loki, I genuinely felt there is a lot of potential here, and also KITTY EARS, YES, I AM SATISFIED. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Is there poison in that which is sweet to drink? by transemacabre - Have I recommended this one before? I'm at the point in my reading in this fandom where I can't always remember. Either way, it's one I reread last night and enjoyed a lot, so, on the list it goes! Because it's such an interesting idea, it's such a great Jotun!Loki, who is so sly and crafty, when he sneaks into Asgard, when he sneaks into Thor Odinson's chamber to attempt to steal Mjolnir, and instead finds something else along the way. I love AU fics where Thor is immediately rather taken with Loki, where he immediately just wants him, where Loki is still Loki, even when he grew up differently. And, oh, the ending of this one is so perfect. (Thor/Loki, a smidge nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: Say You're Mine (Even If You Have To Lie) by anonymous - Every so often, you get one of those fics where an author decides they love you dearly and give you everything you wanted, wrapped up in a sharply written piece. Basically, this is an excuse for pure porn, where Thor's control over his desire for Loki has finally snapped and now he's going to have him and have him and have him, to the point where Loki blacks out for awhile, waking up to find Thor still fucking him and, oh, it's so good. It keeps this gorgeous balance of Thor's possessiveness of Loki, his desire to just completely unwind Loki, to fuck him into total pliancy, but also keeping Loki's wickedly sharp tongue and sense of self. ["I want you to feel this now, I want you to feel this for days, and think of me every single moment. I want you to know just who it is you belong to." "I know who I belong to," Loki says, wrapping his arms around Thor's neck to keep his balance. "I belong to me." ] There's a rough edge to their sex, just the right amount of it, just the right amount of Thor taking everything he wants with Loki, but it's also wrapped up in a strong mutual attraction, it's wrapped up in Loki having goaded Thor into this, it's wrapped up in Loki not losing himself but still dearly loving Thor, and wrapped up in really possessive, super hot sex. I expected maybe something at least halfway satisfying when I saw this prompt had been filled and maybe it's not going to be for everyone but, good lord, this author hit every one of my kinks dead on and NOW IT IS MY FAVORITE DELICIOUS CANDY. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Turn by kiyala - I usually try to just read one really explicit fic per day/night, because I know I'll go through all of them too quickly if I don't, but I randomly stumbled over this one again today and was like, yes, okay, I need to read that now. And, ahhhh, it's so good. I love this Loki, who knows what he wants and doesn't give a fuck about what anyone else thinks of him. (Though, it's my headcanon that Loki magics the guards' memories away when he's done with them, but that he's not going to tell Thor that.) At least not beyond how he can use it--and use it he does, when he wants to wind Thor up and make his control snap to finally just fuck Loki already. Which is exactly Loki's aim, because Loki knows exactly what he wants, and he wants Thor--who wants him right back and, once that restraint is snapped, they're on each other instantly, Thor fucking him as hard as Loki wants him to do. And that's the way I love that rough edge to sex, when it's possessive and mutually wanted, and super super hot. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: we can't breathe when we come around by lazulisong - Sometimes I really love Meg and she makes up for making me cry in the best ways--by giving us vampire fic. No fandom is complete until it has vampire fic and I have been waiting! And, oh, it's so good. Right from the beginning when the other Avengers have to come ask Loki for help because Thor's unable to keep human blood down and they're out of ideas, to Loki being like, "....how are you all this big of fuck ups?", to Loki just sliding into Thor's lap to help coax Thor into biting him, because Thor doesn't want to hurt him like this. This is such an elegant, dangerous Loki who loves his brother in complicated ways, who is unfathomable to those who don't know boxes of cats, and there is a whole lot that is really super hot about the way this is written, the way Thor's teeth sink into Loki, who arches into it. Just. Yesssss. I can be happy now. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Through the looking glass, darkly by ladyofpride - Ahhh, ahhhh, I want the next part of this fic so badly! Hell, I want the WHOLE THING RIGHT NOW, PLZ. Because it's a mirror universe fic! Where Loki and Thor's positions are reversed in that other universe, so when they cross over into ours... this Loki is the stable one, this Thor will not be, and that is so good for me. There's only one chapter so far, but it's beautifully done, both in being easy to read, but also in the way the author builds up the tension of it, the way I practically had to claw at my desk to keep myself from rushing ahead to find out what happened next what happened next what happened next--! It's a good chapter, so far we have at least met the other version of Loki and the meeting goes very interestingly, but, ahhh, now they're going to head back to S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ to compare Loki A to Loki B and I REALLY SINCERELY NEED THE NEXT CHAPTER. (This is gen for now, but will eventually be Thor/Loki, I think.) Avengers/Thor: Something Given, Something Earned by Loveless_Angel - I will say two caveats about this fic upfront--there are too many epithets for my taste, they distract me when names or pronouns would do just fine. The second is that this fic is very short and is more of a teaser of that gift!Loki AU idea, rather than feeling like a fully finished fic, despite that it's labeled as being complete. That said, it's an interesting start and I would definitely be interested in reading a second fic in a series, especially because this Loki is so pissed off about being a gift for Thor, so full of fury that he's been taken from Jotunheim and stripped of magic and even his appearance, and, while I would have thought Thor would be more interested in him, I find the dynamic of him being less than enthused about suddenly being presented with this and the way he and Loki clash to be very interesting as well. This definitely has a lot of potential and ahhhhh I want more from this idea!! (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: On My Knees (Fighting You to My Dying Breath) by OneWhoSitsWithTurtles - This fic definitely took me awhile to get into, I'll admit that. In the beginning, everything felt... almost too easy, despite that Loki and Thor still had all their issues between them. It has a lot of the cliches I usually avoid (people being openly dangerous to Loki despite that he's still their prince, there's a lot of internal monologuing that tells instead of shows, etc.) and it was a bit soft around the edges, but, also, I had little trouble continuing to read the piece and, by the time I was halfway through it, I definitely got sucked into it. I don't mean to give a backhanded rec, more that I'm trying to say that the beginning is rough, but I think its worth sticking it out because the second half gets a lot stronger and also OMG YES YES YES MAGICALLY BONDED THOR AND LOKI, that is seriously a thing I have been pining for in this fandom. It's used to good effect here, I enjoyed the magical world building aspect of the fic, and, okay, wow, this fic had one of the most satisfying sexytimes scenes I've read in awhile. Like, I'm going to get this fic out whenever I need a fix because that was delicious. This is a really excellent fic for when you feel like reveling in the tropes of the Loki Feels fandom (of which I very often do! tropes are tropes for a reason!) and want a good, solidly long fic to read. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Hot by Rosalie1.0 - Sometimes you just need pwp fic where Loki and Thor are in a library for whatever reason and Thor backs Loki up against the bookshelves and they have sex in the quiet library. It's not a harsh or sharp fic, it's not meant to be, and perhaps it uses too many epithets, but it's something happy and lightly teasing and just about making me feel better when I needed it in this fandom. It's the kind of fic you have to be in the right frame of mind for, I think, but when you want something comforting, when you want something that's about fluff and sex up against bookshelves and everything is good and right between the characters, then this could work for you. p.s. whatever, I'm totally weak to Thor being kind of an obnoxious but lovable jerk sometimes. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Childhood Memories And Grown-up Dreams by sphinxofthenile - This is the other "Ugh, SO SATISFYING" fic I read today and just... UGH, SO SATISFYING. Loki and Thor have a brief moment of getting drunk off their asses and Loki drops his prickly exterior for just a moment, long enough that they tumble into bed together, which Thor is clearly delighted about, but then Loki is back to his angry, twisted up self, especially when he finds himself sick in a way that he can't figure out and, boy, is he seriously fucking pissed about that. Oh, this Loki characterization is so good for me, the way he's just miserable and snarly and swiping at everything that comes near him, even when he finally has to break down and ask Thor for help, because he can't figure out what's wrong with him, and everything is making him barf or mood swing like hell or just generally be miserable. IT'S EVERYTHING THAT IS SO GOOD FOR ME.

Especially when Thor just loves Loki so much and is constantly a wellspring of being available for him, not minding Loki's all too sharp tongue, reading between the lines with Loki, still seeing the good in his brother, even when Loki is full of nothing but vitriol and sharp edges. The author does a gorgeous job of keeping those edges to Loki, so as much as I read this for Loki getting knocked up (I WANT SO MANY FICS of Loki dealing with the effects of being knocked up, the mood swings and morning sickness and, oh, everything), I wound up enjoying it for the fantastic Loki characterization! The entire narration, the way Loki just hisses and spits and thinks poisonous, moody thoughts about everything, about how his fucking life is the worst, that I could have just rolled around in it like it was catnip. And it works because Loki is sick and doesn't know what with and sometimes he thinks death is preferable to whatever this is, but he doesn't actually give up, instead he's just miserable and makes sure everyone else is, too. Except fucking Thor can never be miserable, not even when Loki's life is shattering apart again at being told he's fucking pregnant, and UGH THEY ARE THE BEST. THOR IS THE BEST. LOKI IS THE BEST. THIS FIC IS THE BEST. It was so good and I ate it up like it was the tastiest candy because it was. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Mornings by DailyDrabble (EliraWinter) - This is not even quite 300 words but, whatever, it has a modern AU with Thor and Loki, where Loki is totally not a fucking morning person (but guess who is) and an easy physical relationship and sleepy mornings and cheerful smiles and, ugh, it was just this really good, tasty little treat for me. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Gilded Cages by miss_aphelion - A fic in which Loki is the cherished youngest son of Laufey, beloved but chafing under the watchful eye of his father, so he sneaks away to Asgard during mating season, and I see the fic is labeled with Loki getting knocked up? Oh, I read the shit out of this one, let me tell you. And I really loved it a lot, because the different circumstances--where Loki is overprotected and shown a ton of affection and not lied to--do make a lot of difference in his character, but he's still Loki. He's still far too clever and doesn't want to just be a protected thing hidden away from the worlds, he does as he wants and smiles and lies his way out of trouble. Yes, this is a much nicer dynamic than in the movies, this Loki and Thor don't clash, there's no resentment between them, but I still recognized them and was pulled right into the story this author was telling. The chemistry between them was delightful and of course it was my favorite part, but I actually found that I was reading this for the Laufey - Loki characterization as well! Laufey was still dangerous and threatening, but it was wonderful to see him as an overprotective parent that clearly loved his son, even as he smothered him a bit too much, it made for a satisfying change from the canon of the movies.

But also Loki being a sneaky little shit was so good for me, the writing was beautiful and I loved how elegant Loki's words were, how smoothly he lied or twisted words around, it made the trope of knocked up!Loki all the more delicious. And I love that this fic's entire point was about being happy, about bringing these characters together in a way that warmed my heart, that made me want to roll around in my bed afterwards and just glow with happiness! Fuck angst, there needs to be more happy fics! Happy fics where Loki's kid is already a little shit even before it's born and is messing with his magic and yet he loves it already and Laufey is like I HOPE IT'S JUST AS MUCH OF A LITTLE SHIT AS YOU ARE TO ME and you know it will be and everything works out? Yeah, I need more of these. Especially when everything is just super fucking satisfying. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: The Adventures of Darcy and Loki, Mischief Makers by Trensu - I actually read this series out of order--I only took note of it because it showed up on the Thor/Loki tag and I was like, well, pregnant!Loki is one of my biggest weaknesses, so I'll check it out. I wasn't really following the events of it, but it was well-written enough and intriguing enough that I went back to the beginning to read the whole thing through. It's a series where Loki decides, well, if Thor is going to have minions (aka, the Avengers), he'll have an even better minion, and takes Darcy Lewis under his wing. It's a very cracky series that you just... sort of have to learn to roll with, to relax and just have fun with it. I'm not usually pulled in by Darcy fic, but she was likable enough here, and I'm all for Loki-centric fic and they have a cute familial dynamic that springs up between them, which is something I can enjoy with Loki because god knows he's still obsessed with Thor here but needs something to balance that out, even just a little. And I'm fond of two damaged, lonely people becoming family like this, rather than romance--especially since, later on, Loki goes into the Jotunn equivalent of heat in the middle of a battle and starts acting weird and AHHH IT IS SO GOOD FOR ME. It's silly and fluffy, even the angst is the kind that's tasty candy, but the author has a solid style of writing and there's something just really delightedly charming about all of this. I had great fun and would be happy to read more in this series! (This is mostly gen, but in stories 11 and 12, there's some Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Salted Earth by ester_inc - Ugh. I need happy fic right now, so why am I reading a fic called "Salted Earth"? That cannot possibly end well! Nor does it, it's not meant to be a happy fic, but a bittersweet one at best. It's heartbreaking, how much Thor and Loki both love each other, each in their own ways, forever on opposite sides because neither can join the other, and there's an elegance to their interaction here, a beautiful quality that the author does so well. This is a Loki that will likely never come back from his path and that's painful, but it's gorgeously done and I'm glad I read it. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: On The Bifrost by verizonhorizon - This is short, but I really needed something kind of sweet (though, not precisely fluffy) and... sort of... uncomplicated. It's just a moment, pre-Thor, with Loki and Thor on the Bifrost, being brothers (well, more than brothers, but) and bantering with each other, each of them fighting back in their own way, not quite willing to step over certain lines yet, at least not Thor, which Loki knows. It's difficult to describe, I suppose, but it was just soothing enough, just sweet enough that it was what I needed this afternoon. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: for queen and country by versy - When you have an author's note that says, "This is playing at being Victorian for the sake of terrible porn so please excuse any inaccuracies.", I'm pretty much going to react with a, "....I am going to read the shit out of that." Yes, the premise is humorous, but the fic itself isn't really meant to be cracky or lolarious, but instead just gleefully running straight towards the premise and how its a wonderful thing and this author clearly loves me. Thor and Loki on their wedding night, with some Victorian era sensibilities being played at, so Loki's just supposed to lie back and think of England and all that, but it doesn't quite work out that way, of course, because they end up wildly attracted to each other. And there's something really hot about the Victorian sense of... well, the attempts to be shamed about enjoying sex isn't precisely what's hot about it, it's the sense of overcoming that shame that Loki thinks he's supposed to feel, of the intimacy that he has with Thor despite himself, the way the author wrote a gorgeously hot sex scene with them. When passion overcomes "sensibility", the way it did beautifully here, that is what's really hot. Though, the sex itself was also just straight-up hot, too, especially because I never get tired of Thor being totally turned on just by looking at Loki all spread out like that. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor/Iron Man: Expense Accounts by peppermintquartz - [NOTE: This is linked as a part of a series of fic, but I found it stands better on its own.] This was totally cute! I loved the banter between Tony and Pepper, when she calls him about some, uh, interesting purchases on his company's expense account and Tony have to figure out how that happened and why. All as there are two very noisy gods in the other room. It's just light-hearted and fun, something I definitely needed after the previous day's heart-wrenching fic. (Tony/Pepper, Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Unwelcome. by kiyala - Oh, yesssss. Body share fic that is about giving me all the feelings because Loki hates it so much, it's such a terrible invasion of his privacy, and I feel for him, but its also about showing Thor what Loki's situation is like and getting him to realize just what his brother goes through. I'm generally not a fan of the other Asgardians being so openly snotty, because Loki is their prince, not just their boss' son, but with this fic... Loki's reactions, the way he just ignored it, the way he acted like their words meant nothing, even while he seethed inside, that gave me a lot of leeway, and made it end up working for me. But mostly, oh, it was all about Thor being able to see all the things Loki usually kept hidding, all the fury and rage and love and lust twisted up inside him, all of those feelings that made my heart ache right along with the characters. Body sharing is definitely one of those things each fandom needs before its truly complete and I'm glad to check that one off the list. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: The Games We Play by Captain_Loki - I was a little wary of this fic, because the Thor/Loki starts out as them being underage and that can get a little squicky for me, but... idk, I pictured them at least in their late teens and I have a huge fondness for Loki in female form and there's something about the way this fic is written that was so intensely intriguing and good for me. There was something, well, really super hot about it, even when it wasn't that graphic yet. The Loki characterization is delicious, it's that combination of love and trust for Thor, but the growing sense of unease, mixed together with how Thor just assumes so much with Loki, that he pushes until he gets his way and Loki lets Thor take his female form, and it almost seems like its mere convenience, like Thor doesn't actually care about Loki at all, but I want to believe its more than that, that Thor loves him and just isn't communicating it well, and, ahhhh, when a fic can stir up all those feelings in me, that's when I know it's good. (Thor/Loki, Loki genderplay, NSFW) Avengers/Thor: a history of things unsaid by circa1220bce - I've been wary of this fic for awhile, because it involves mute!Loki and brings in elements of Norse mythology and these are two things that make me very skittish in fic. But I sat down with the fic and it just pulled me right in and was gorgeously written, especially the Loki characterization, with the world building and theorizing... the plot being that Loki's heart was meant to be consigned to the Casket, to be taken in exchange for the power to rule, only the ceremony was interrupted halfway through, so he's always lived with only half a heart. The author takes this idea and weaves it together with the movieverse canon--which is not precisely movieverse, to my mind, but works with the movieverse as a skeleton of the backbone of this set of characters, if that distinction makes sense outside of my head--in a really beautiful way. Loki's relationships with those around him are complicated, but most especially Thor, who loves Loki so much, loves him forever and always, but doesn't know how to trust that Loki loves him back. Which is not Thor's fault, even as readers and seeing inside Loki's head, it's complicated.

What I also love about this fic is the sheer scope of it, just how much happens during the course of it! It's not so simple as Loki finding a book on the Casket of Ancient Winters and mucking about with it, that's only where it starts. In some ways, it feels much longer than only 30k words but, yet, also feels like, wait, it was only 30k words?? as well, because it just flew by while I was reading! It's the kind of story that I'm having trouble writing a rec for because I don't want to spoil the journey this fic takes, but I still want to convey just how amazing and satisfying it was, to have certain things dealt with, the kind of epic things that most fics don't deal with because they're focused on a narrow window of time. But it's not just the scope that's satisfying--I was also terribly satisfied with the emotional aspect, especially his complicated relationship with Thor, and Loki's journey of self and, oh, this fic had some really gorgeous interaction with Sleipnir and just how Loki looks at his son, how he looks at the rest of Asgard looking at his son. Even the magic aspect was super satisfying! All the mythology was satisfying, but, honestly, yeah, I was still reading for the Thor/Loki and all the feelings it gave me, especially that one scene--no, wait, those TWO scenes that had my heart turning over in my chest in that exhausting but satisfying way. So, so good for me. (Thor/Loki, a handful of NSFW scenes.) Avengers/Thor: These Bonds Are Shackle Free DistortedDaytime - Ahhh, this fic might be short, just over 1k, but it gave me two things I love very much in fandom--one, my most surprising one, because I've never cared that much for it before, but somehow this fandom makes it amazing, is a modern AU! Ugh, I want all the modern AU fics and even when there's not a whole lot of world building in this one (but it is set up nicely!) somehow it feels... satisfying. I can't explain it better than that. And, two, BATHTUB SHARING. I looooove people sharing a bath! Not necessarily even for sex, but the quiet intimacy that the characters share here is just as lovely. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Hairstyle of the Gods by SorchaR - This was pretty cute and adorable! Loki convinces Thor to get the latest trend of haircuts on Midgard and... well, Loki is Loki. I enjoyed this because, oh, I am always fond of Loki being a little shit and getting caught at it, I am fond of Loki with the Avengers, and I am fond of team banter, all of which this fic provided me with. And screw you guys I would totally have watched the video feed of Thor having a "conversation" with Loki about his being a little shit. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Morning After Dark by miikkaa_xx - Loki showing up on Thor's doorstep, totally drugged out of his mind on his own seidr, practically begging Thor to fuck him already, yes, that is a thing I am going to read. And Thor being hesitant here, which is usually really hard for me to see, works because he's had a lifetime of Loki not returning his affections in the way he feels about Loki, he's not sure that this wouldn't be hurting Loki further, when he wakes up in the morning. But I also liked this fic for the build-up, the flashbacks to moments in their lives growing up, as Thor slowly realizes that the way he wants Loki with him all the time is not the way most want a sibling near them, I liked the fic for the way Loki is so razor sharp even when he's asking Thor to touch him already, I like the way eventually Thor gives in to what he wants and finally fucks Loki properly and the sex is super, super hot for it. I like that it was one of those fics that I went into just for the pwp aspect but got a bit more out of it, even if, yeah, the sexytimes were totally what I was here for. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: we're halfway to complete by kiyala - Again, I picked up a fic because, hey, sexytimes, I'll take that!, but wound up getting something just as good out of it--a quiet sort of intimacy between Thor and Loki, the kind of characterization I really, really enjoy with Loki, where he wants Thor, where he knows he can't entirely control Thor, but he can manipulate him, and Loki knows what he's doing and what he wants. And that's how Loki keeps him, how he gives Thor something that no one else can give him, and, oh, that dynamic is so good for me. It's just a hint of something harder while still being a mostly good and happy fic, which made it super satisfying for me. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Liar's Lips by Pectus Noctem - The author described this fic as, "Small, generic piece of Thorki. More a character study between two characters than anything else, as well as an exercise in this fandom." and they're not incorrect, but... it's hard to describe again, why I enjoy these fics. Just because something isn't really covering new ground--Thor watches Loki's smile as they grow up, wanting it, eventually having it, but maybe not really having it--doesn't mean that it's not interesting or without insight into the characters. It's one of those fics that's a good exercise piece for an author and a good sidedish for me as a reader, that's all it needed to be to be satisfying. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Marks on Your Soul by BeesKnees - One of the ways around darkfic not really working for me is when it's not so much about punishing a character, but instead about two characters who go down a dark path together, which I EAT UP LIKE DELICIOUS CANDY. And, oh, this fic is so good for that--when Thor and Loki have a relationship that can't last, that they know will be torn apart, instead they turn on Odin to overthrow him and Loki decides to remake them afterwards. And it's definitely fairly dark, with a lot of implications and then Loki carving markings into Thor's skin to match his own, so they'll be mirror images of each other, all while practically in his lap, until Thor has enough and is set loose, finally taking Loki. And it is SUPER HOT OMG, all the more so because it's only half about sex, but also about a lot more than that. I didn't think I'd like this that much, but the author does an absolutely gorgeous job of it. (Thor/Loki, NSFW, bloodplay, knifeplay, dark themes.) Avengers/Thor: Blue by lies_d - I'm pretty sure I've read this fic before and maybe even recommended it, but I assume it wasn't on AO3? Maybe on tumblr or the kinkmeme? Either way, whatever, I love this fic. Thor and Loki trying to conceive a kid, which isn't going so well, because they don't really know much about Jotunn biology, but they want this kid and they want to tie themselves together forever, so that Thor's position as Crown Prince can't force them apart, and that's all SUPER DELICIOUS for me. But what I really wound up loving about this piece was the physical intimacy between the characters, how everything was about touching and love, even when they were frustrated or Loki was all sharp edges and stinging thorns, it's about how Loki loathes his Jotunn form and doesn't want to be seen in it, while Thor thinks everything about him is Loki, so he loves that form just as much. Basically, this fic exists just to make me happy and fill my heart with love. (Thor/Loki, somewhat nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: Forgiveness by GloriaVictoria - I'm at a bit of a loss to explain this fic, other than to say that there were some really sharp bits of characterization here. I'm not usually one for the guards abusing Loki, even implied, (though, I'm assuming just violence here) and I did kind of mentally skim over that part, but then the author turned around and gave me Loki's time was served and he's going to be welcomed back to his old life after that and Loki knows that it's never going to be that easy, nobody's actually going to welcome him, so he's full of all this anger and poison and hate at Thor, who just keeps loving him. And then sexytimes! I did find myself wishing that this fic had been expanded some, given the process a little more time, but a lot of that is because the writing is really solid and lovely, the Loki voice was really good, and I definitely had a lot of feelings all up over this fic, both for Loki and Thor who just loves him and wants him so badly. This is not meant to be a backhanded rec, honest, because I genuinely enjoyed it and want more from this author! (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Silk, Fur, Passion & Magic by lies_d - This fic is pretty much just an excuse for sexytimes, but it's beautifully written and I love the combination of magic and sex together, and there's just... something about the way this author writes that gets me every time. I can't quite put my finger on it here, but something... something between the lovely imagery, the way Thor works his way up Loki's body, or the way the magic is described around Loki's hands or the little details of their relationship that are worked in, somehow it all works for me in the most satisfying way. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Mine by lies_d - I think I may have read this fic before as well? But it was only recently posted on AO3 and I can't remember if I recommended it or not, but either way it can do with a re-rec, because, ahhhh, jealous and possessive Thor is SO SUPER GOOD FOR ME. Especially when it's a younger Thor (based on the Tales of Asgard movie), who hadn't learned to temper himself quite so much, who would be a lot more NO MY THINGS ARE MINE about Loki and I do enjoy that, especially when Loki clearly does as well here, even if there's also a bit of being overwhelmed by it. All this is woven together with what is pretty much just another excuse for a pwp fic, except I love sex scenes that are also about characterization, even as they're super super hot. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Happy Up Here by stereobone - This is technically a sequel to another fic that I haven't (yet) read, but whatever. It stands well on its own as a warm and fuzzy Thor/Loki human AU piece that's about a cold, powerless morning where Loki refuses to get out of bed because, fuck you, he's not a morning person and also it's freezing in their place. And I love this piece with a fierceness because Loki is still so very much himself and Thor is wonderful and yet it's happy, there's a morning spent in bed with a bit of banter and Loki being put out and Thor wanting him and UGH SO GOOD FOR ME. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Give A Little More by the_time_of_angels - I, of course, picked up this fic for the porn, but found that I liked the characterization a lot here--Loki is so angry and vicious when Thor tries to understand him, when Thor continues to love him, which only makes Loki all the more furious and poisonous. At this point in time, when they're in the middle of the plot of the movie, that's how I see Loki, this balance between so much fury and still being vulnerable to Thor's pleas, some part of him still wavering in his resolve, just a tiny bit, just enough to take comfort from Thor this way. But that doesn't make it all okay. The sex is lovely, I'd have enjoyed it regardless of characterization, but the sharp edge to this and it not really fixing much just made it even better. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: the only place that I call home by kiyala - Sometimes you find one of those fics that you love so much you kind of hate it a little. I thought I was signing up for a cute modern AU fic, where Thor and Loki meet in a bar and begin a relationship and everything is adorable and fun, with maybe some sexytimes on the side. Then, halfway through the fic, it proceeds to shift into the next gear and completely enthrall me, becoming one of my new favorites in this fandom. And I'm going to stop at this point and mention that, while I won't spoil the whole thing, I am going to mention some things that you might otherwise want to be a surprise. So, consider this a SPOILER WARNING for the rest of the fic.

It builds slowly at first, but you kind of have an idea, as soon as Loki starts having dreams of golden hallways where he's searching for someone. It was intriguing and I was hoping for a good payoff, maybe reincarnated versions of Thor and Loki, maybe a connection to another reality--instead, the way the fic spun its tale from there, the way Loki recovered his memories, the way the background was slowly filled in as things came back to him, the way it tore apart this new relationship he had with Thor, the way the old relationship flooded back in, it was breathtakingly good. It was one of those fics that was gorgeously written, where I couldn't have pulled away from reading it, even if I'd wanted to. Not as this new relationship, free from the burden of everything that had happened previously between them, so much newer and happier and lighter, was building and then certainly not when Loki remembered all the vicious anger and resentment and hatred and unending love he had for his brother.

The way the author wrote Loki's character was stunning, the way the author wrote both of these relationships layered over each other, the way the background details of just what had happened to cause them to be banished and mortal and memoryless, all of it was brilliant. The emotional impact was tremendous, I felt everything right along with the characters, and, oh, the ending, that just left me in a puddle of my own feels for hours afterwards. And, oh, as if all that weren't excellent enough, if an amazing execution of an idea I love wasn't enough, nope, this author gifted us with super hot sex in the story as well. I don't know which part I wanted to reread more, the way they were insatiable and so very into each other and super hot together, or the emotionally charged moments that were like punches to my feelings. Both. Both were so good for me. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Mesh and Leather by DailyDrabble (EliraWinter) - I'm not usually one for the stripper AU stuff, but, well, this is Loki fandom. Just about anything goes here. And I've liked this author's other work and, hey, I'll just read it for a quick fix and move along if I don't care for it. But, nope, this author does a really excellent job of making Loki super hot while in action--both when he's working on the pole and when he's seducing Thor in the dressing room afterwards. Because the author has him knowing exactly what he wants, he's impossible to resist, and that makes him really goddamned gorgeous instead of the secondhand embarrassment I usually feel. Add in some really excellent sex and, wow, I kind of really loved this one a lot. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Enthralled by Kay (sincere) - This fic has a fair amount of warnings on it and they're ones that should definitely be paid attention to! There are consent issues all over this fic and dominance and, as the author tags it, polyamorous negotiations with Loki and the rest of the Avengers. I think it's best to read the original prompt and the notes carefully and to be sure you know what you're getting into when you read this one. That all said, oh. Um. This was one of the hottest things I've read in a long time, because the author knew exactly how to play the dominance kink and hit all the right notes with it. The idea of Loki's insanity being a part of his biology because he was away from Thor too long was really intriguing, the idea of dominating sex literally calming him the hell down worked because this is a kink story, and then it was all tied together with gorgeous, gorgeous characterization.

When I pick up a story like this to read, half of the time I expect to be reading it for a guilty pleasure that I'm never going to admit to the world that I read in the first place. I don't often expect to get that breathless feeling of amazing dialogue (oh, this author's Loki is so elegant in the poisonous words that he lashes out with) or an incredibly wonderful Thor who loves Loki so very much but also is bringing him back into hand, who weathers Loki's cutting hisses without hardly blinking because Loki is his and will be reminded of that, it's a perfect mix for a story like this. I would have read it and loved it just for those things, but putting it together with the super hot sex, that's just rough enough without being mean? With the sex that's about love and caring on both sides, but also about pushing Loki down and fucking him well enough that the anger runs out of him because someone else has taken the leash from him, as he wants underneath all the lashing out he does? Good god, that was one of the hottest things I've read in any fandom, not just this one. It's not going to be for everyone, but if you like this kink, it's going to be really, really good. (Thor/Loki, NSFW, dominance, polyamorous negotation, consent issues.) Avengers/Thor: Pulled Below by circa1220bce - Imagine my surprise to find a second mermaid!Loki fic in such a short time! And, oh, this one wasn't based on the same art (which is amazing in and of itself!), so it goes a little differently and I'll just say that... oh, man, it's REALLY GOOD. It's everything I wanted out of mermaid!Loki fic and the characterization is so fucking gorgeous. Beyond that, I'm going to put a SPOILER WARNING on this rec because, while I won't give the entire fic away, I am going to talk about something you may want to be a surprise. And I do think this one works really well if you don't know what the author is setting up here!

This is a short piece, but it packs a hell of a punch when the author fills in the background of mermaid!Loki and the circumstances he finds himself in and I love the quiet realization that, oh, this is our Loki who has been banished without his memories and that there's this... amazing sense of scope here, for these characters who are gods, how so much time passes and it's not much time at all to them. There's an elegance to the writing here and I love that this is not precisely a happy fic, but it's not a tragic fic, either. Instead, this is... Thor and Loki, this is beautifully touched with different elements of their backgrounds, this is a gorgeous and perfect ending. I absolutely fell in love with this and really just want to share it with the world. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Beyond Borders by mintleaf - Oh, this fic is somehow difficult to describe, because it's mostly just... moments in Thor and Loki's relationship, the two princes in their time together away from Asgard when they were younger, when their relationship first started. And I wouldn't really call it sweet or even adorable, but it's... happy, even if there are moments of something heavier mixed in, especially when Loki seems to turn a little more blue in the cold than maybe he should. But they're Thor and Loki, they bicker over whose fault it is that they're trapped in the snow, they play-taunt each other when they're finally together, and they love each other dearly. I loved this just as much for the way they came together emotionally as I did for the light porn that the author worked in. I loved it for the sense of traveling they do together, because that's something I want more of--especially like this fic, when it starts out with Thor grabbing hold of Loki and throwing himself off with Mjolnir and dragging Loki along. Yes, that's very good. (Thor/Loki, slightly nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: A Play of Sun and Shadow by OhMercyMe - I'm usually a minimalist when it comes to the writing I prefer (I prefer the story being told to have the focus and power, rather than the words themselves) but every once in awhile, there's a fic that comes along that's about paiting a picture and giving all this detail to the imagery that I find myself really liking. This artist does a lovely job with the scenes they're writing, making me feel the details are used to give an intimacy to Loki's presence in the shadows as he watches Thor, then as Thor draws him out and touches him. It also does a lovely job of characterization, of Loki being complicated, envious and loving at the same time, how overlooked he feels at times and yet how he loves Thor's presence so much. It's like a painting that the author used a thousand words to describe and I really enjoyed the way they did that. (Thor/Loki, somewhat nsfw, slightly underage but still teenager-equivalent.) Avengers/Thor: Trapped in Yearning by only_veetee - Oh, man. What I wouldn't do for more of this. It's gorgeously written, it works beautifully with Loki's character, who can be elegant and knows exactly how to wind people around his fingers when he wants to, how he carefully chooses his words, and of course Thor is attracted to that. I love it for the beautiful way the author has with words and how much is packed into a short fill like this, but I also have to... well, okay, I wouldn't have chosen that ending personally, but I also really loved it a lot, even so. (Thor/Loki, a smidge of Fandral/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: I Brought the Rain for You by Amledo - Yet again, I needed happy fic to cheer me up, so I started on this one and it's... it's pretty much pure, absolute fluff. It's set in the future, where Thor and Loki live on Midgard after leaving Asgard so they could be together, get married, and have kids, all without an internal hitch. It's one of those fics you save for when you want something soft and fluffy, without any sharp edges to it, aside from maybe a brief visit by Odin, which I actually was surprised by and kind of loved, because it wasn't evil!Odin at all, which I'm almost never fond of. It's not going to be for everyone and I think you need to be in the right frame of mind for it, but when you are (and if you're like me and sometimes you just want to throw everything else out the window for some pure fluff) it'll help your day be better. (Thor/Loki, some background Steve/Tony and Clint/Natasha.) Avengers/Thor: Journeys End in Lovers Meeting by LaughterNeverDies - I think this was the last of the super fluffy fics I needed today (well, they wound up being posted across a couple of days, but) and I definitely felt like my world had been righted a bit. Again, this is one of those stories that you'll want to save for when you're in the right frame of mind for it, because it starts out with Thor fussing over pregnant!Loki, who's totally sane and squishy!Loki now, then Loki giving birth to the baby, and everything is sweetness and light in this universe. They're back in Asgard, Thor is king, Loki's sane and in a good mood always, and everything works out and is sunshine and roses. Not for everyone, but I was having a terrible, grumpy day due to my shark week hormones raging and I was like FUCK IT I AM READING THE SWEETEST FLUFFIEST FIC I CAN GET MY FUCKING HANDS ON and then I felt better and I like to think others may as well. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Loki's Plan B by kyuunokitty - Okay, this fic. The writing is rough around the edges, it could use a good scrub from a beta brush, and it's definitely the kind of cracky premise you just have to roll with, but the premise is--Loki is hanging out on Midgard to rest up for awhile and is bored, so he ends up watching a lot of daytime tv, which gives him a great idea for manipulating his way back into having the throne of Asgard. So, sure enough, Loki gets Thor to knock him up and then proceeds to secretly hate him sooooo much and not realize he loves him kind of a lot and it's just pregnancy hormones sending him for a loop and fuck all of these Avengers except maybe Steve Rogers, he's the only one Loki doesn't want to rip the face off of, except he has to try to pretend that this isn't a huge plot, so seriously his fucking life. And there's a certain charm to this fic, it hits all the tropes along the way and that's exactly what I wanted, because it's cute and Loki's life is hard and of course he's unwilling to admit how much he loves Thor and I'm pretty sure the entire point of the fic is cracky fluff. Apparently, I still need more of that in my life, because I ate this up like it was candy. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Marvel Movieverse Slash Ficlets - Chapter 4 - Intent by Salmon_Pink - [NOTE: This is a series of non-connected ficlets, so I'm linking to chapter 4 but you don't need to have read the preceding chapters.] This is just a short piece, a ficlet as the title says, but it's a lovely addition to my reading for today. It's all about the physical intimacy in the moment, giving me that sense of nothing else in the world mattering to them right at that time, of how much Thor and Loki both want each other, of painting a lovely picture with the descriptions. It's short, but I also really loved the characterization, it fits so perfectly with their pre-movie relationship, and, ugh, sometimes kissing and the promise of more can be just as hot as actual sex. (Thor/Loki, slightly nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: A Bit Much by kimmu - This is a really short piece, not even 200 words, it's more of a teaser than anything, but ugh. It's well-written and it's all about Loki getting exactly what he wants from Thor, which is super hot, but also about Loki apparently being a dick to Balder. All of these things are really good for me and I need more of this one, okay. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: The First Snowfall of a Frostless Mind by G33kinthePink - The writing of this fic is rough and in need of some polishing, there are some tropes that you just have to roll with, and it's definitely on the feel good side of things, but the heart of the fic is there and very solid and, oh, I needed this. I was having another grumpy day and I wanted something happy (because I can only be unhappy for so long before I'm like, nope, this blows, I'm finding something that makes me feel better), so, okay, fic where Loki is put on Midgard without his memories, develops a friendship with Steve, and falls in love with Thor? Yes, give me that right now. Where this fic works for me is in the way the author built it up well, they didn't just jump immediately to the Avengers running into Loki, but neither did it take forever to happen! I was practically tripping over myself to get to the next paragraph and then the next after that, because I was so eager to know how this was going to play out! And then AHHHH it happened and it was pretty satisfying!

There is some angst in this fic, but I find that it's closer to fluffy angst than heartbreaking angst... though, it's not all niceness and sunshine. For the most part, yes, but there are some heavier things when Loki is not entirely disconnected from his previous life. But then Thor's there and he likes the guy and the guy likes him and there's just... what the author did was to pull me into the story and make me care and gave Loki a second chance and kept his mischievous streak and, oh, I read all ~18k of this story like it was nothing because OM NOM NOM give me more of this! When a fic can pull me in like that, when the pacing is solid and the author has that certain special charisma I'm looking for and makes me happy, that's all I can ask for. It's not going to be for everyone, but the fic has heart and that's what I really wanted. (Thor/Loki, but it's only half the point.) Avengers/Thor: Until Ragnarök Come by Zuvios Gemini - I can't remember how I stumbled over this fic last night, maybe it was the most recent story in the series? idk, but stumble over it, I did, and it hit me in just the right frame of mind--I wanted something happier and I wanted an AU fic, preferably a Midgard-based one, because I've been craving those lately. And this is more Divergent Timeline, this was written before The Avengers came out, so it's speculation of where Loki might have ended up after Thor and it's a bit rough around the edges, but it also has genuine heart and sneaked its way into mine and made me love it dearly. This Loki didn't go through the same hell that Avengers!Loki did, so I can buy the softer characterization here, especially because he was so heartbroken at the end of Thor, but also because the author doesn't forget that Loki spits out angry answers as often as he confesses softer ones. I love Thor seeking him out, I love him having grown up so much since the movie, I love that he's starting to really see Loki, that it's not too late for them, that Thor has vowed to protect Midgard, so he can't just leave with Loki, that he loves Jane as well, but Loki is his heart. I expected to read this fic and then just toss it aside, only read it for some guilty pleasure fluff, but the author surprised me and I wound up feeling really attached to Loki owning a bookstore and Thor loving him dearly and everything being put behind them, even if it's not the same as it was. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Keeping Promises by Zuvios Gemini - [NOTE: This is the sequel to "Until Ragnarök Come", so you'll need to read that one first for this to make sense.] Part of the reason I was so charmed by the previous fic, is because this one existed and I loved it even more. It's still kind of fluffy (or fluffy angst) but the author does a solid job of capturing Loki's emotional imbalance and how... he's actually kind of spoiled and greedy and selfish in the way he demands so much of Thor's attention, the way he can be sweet one minute and hissing angrily the next, which wound up really working for me here. I love that Thor loves him so much, but he can't just leave Midgard and go back to Asgard with Loki, things aren't that simple and he's vowed to protect this place and things are good the way they are, you can feel that he doesn't want to ruin that just yet. And things are good with them on Midgard (if complicated), there's a playfulness at times (even as Loki is forever unpredictable in his moods), but eventually they do go back and AHHHH PURE GOODNESS because this fic knows not to break my heart, but instead make things all better! It's entirely about fixing things and Loki's family loves him and Thor's going to stay with him and then they get married and the fic even has bonus fem!Loki and I was like, WELL, NO WONDER I LOVED THIS AUTHOR. Again, it's not going to be for everyone, but if you want something that will make your heart happy and whole, then this might work for you. (Thor/Loki, slightly nsfw but it's not graphic.) Avengers/Thor: Heart Beat by Zuvios Gemini - [NOTE: This is the sequel to "Until Ragnarök Come" and "Keeping Promises", you'll need to read those first for this one to make sense.] Okay, this fic is just a little bonus extra and is PURE FLUFFY SUNSHINE. It's set somewhere in that timeline, while Thor and Loki are on Midgard and things are better than they used to be, so they spend a quiet day together and it's happy and good for my heart. It worked for me because it's a small moment in a larger context, where it's a bonus bit of fluff to go with everything that came before it, which I'm always much more amenable to. If I hadn't read the previous stories, if I weren't reading this as a bit of cotton candy extra, I might not have reacted so well to it. But I did and thus FUCK ALL OF YOU THIS MADE ME FEEL GOOD. Plus, ugh, devoted!Thor is one of the best Thors ever. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: His Chilled Burning by I Don't Burn - I'm going to have a bit of a difficult time explaining this fic, I suspect. Because the writing is rough around the edges, the author slides into too many descriptors when a more minimal approach would work better (but it's mild, so it didn't keep me from enjoying this--and it's more that I think the author has so much potential, already they're doing good work!), and there are moments when I have no idea what's going on, when things probably needed to be clearer. That said. (I say these things to put readers in the right frame of mind, I hope, because, yes, it's rough, but, oh, man, it's so good for me, too, and knowing that I should just roll with it helps me to see the fantastic much easier.) Oh, man, this fic. It's one of those fics that gives me those tropes that should be guilty pleasures--Loki going into heat, Thor being furious that Loki can't even stay put for the lightest slaps on the wrist for punishment, Thor literally throwing Loki over his shoulder and storming back to his room to drop him off again--but instead, nope, they're the best and I enjoyed them genuinely, without irony.

The thing about this fic is that it made me happy--Odin and Frigga aren't in it terribly much, but they clearly love Loki and he gets a pretty light punishment, all things considered, even if this was written pre-Avengers, pretty much the Asgardian equivalent of being sent to his room without dinner, and I LOVE THAT. THAT SHOULD HAPPEN MORE OFTEN. But also Loki being confused as hell because something is happening to him, which is also always good for me. And then bonus LOKI WITH A TAIL. Yes. Give me that. Give it to me without irony, I will love it. I wouldn't say that this fic is fluff, but it's not a heartbreaker, it's trope-laden fic, but that just made me love it more. It hasn't been updated in a year, so I don't think it'll be finished, but I enjoyed what was here of it! (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: It's a Learning Process by Pakeha - [NOTE: This is the second part in a series of fics that should be read in order.] One of the things that I don't see often enough (for my tastes) in fandom is Loki actually raising his kids, so that this series had octo!Loki actually having his daughter and raising her as an actually good parent, even if other people don't necessarily understand that (and get freaked out by the way he treats her), especially Thor, who's just totally in love with the little baby already. This fic also works on showing how Loki's magic works in this universe, how he's still so sharp and angry and cutting, how he seems to not care when he just takes off, how he does things even now that surprise Thor. And, oh, I love that even as mean as this Loki is, you can tell he trusts Thor, that he cares about him and for him, that he makes surprisingly huge sacrifices (for him) to stay here. All of this wrapped up in beautifully written words that give this impression of... one of those darker fairy tales that I love so much. Not the cruel ones, but the ones that can be harsh and make the characters work for their happy endings. Perfect. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: When the Sea shall Give up Her Dead by Pakeha - [NOTE: This is the third part in a series of fics that should be read in order.] With the first two fics of this series, I knew I was enjoying them. But I think it was around this fic in particular that I knew I was going to be forever in love with this series. The quiet world-building in the background, of this kingdom by the sea that is Asgard, of the implications of the underwater kingdom that Loki hailed from, it's gorgeously built up through this fic, almost without me realizing it. And, as the summary says, when a murdered mercreature washes up on the shore and Loki is distinctuly uncaring, it unsettles something in Thor and the way the author did this, the implications of it, the way it's never actually explained, but, oh, you get it? Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This is on top of Loki still adjusting to his new human body and walking about Asgard with the rest of the humans and the ever-growing tension with Thor, which the author communicates through little touches or twists of words or the way they look at each other, the way Loki tries so hard to keep Thor at arm's length, but you can feel that Thor works his way in anyway. Oh, it's so gorgeous, this country by the sea and the way I can nearly feel the sea breeze right along with the characters and it's just so... it's subtle in a way that I would not have expected from a potentially cracky au fic idea. Instead, no, this fic is brilliant and haunting in all the right places. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Dig 'til you Hit Water by Pakeha - [NOTE: This is the fourth fic in a series of fics that should be read in order.] So, the previous fic is where this series kind of really kicked into the next gear and this fic continues that trend with an absolutely gorgeous setting once again and brilliant interactions between characters. Thor keeps trying to get Loki to come to the royal family dinners, Loki keeps refusing because he's Loki and he doesn't enjoy social interaction much and he's pushing himself too hard, but he's just so... unsettled. And that's gorgeously done as well, the author's deft and subtle hand when writing his character, when he takes time for himself and there's something so angry there, something so nearly poisonous, but also something that's not bad at all, oh, it's beautifully done. And this Thor! I fell rather in love with this Thor by this point in time in the story, because he's not stupid by any means, he just doesn't always think or understand the full implications of what Loki's been through (but he's getting there), which echoes the canon movies without being directly parallel to them and, oh, that's gorgeous, too.

But the other thing that just had me flopping around in my feelings and letting everyone know they should just go on without me was the interaction between Loki and Frigga in this chapter. She's so elegant and graceful and surprisingly cunning in her own way, which is difficult to write one character like that, much less two. But this author does it, making the (fairly brief, but still amazing) interaction between Frigga and Loki almost a little breathless to watch, even when it's as simple as her asking for his advice on how to deal with a mistletoe infestation on their trees! This Loki continues to be amazing as he hides himself away and the author never says why, which is amazing, because you understand anyway. And, oh, the scene where Thor finally speaks something of his (rather obvious) feelings for Loki, my heart was just in this author's hands. All this AND Loki taking care of his daughter the entire time, being a parent to her! Ugh, so good. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Work your way Inside by Pakeha - [NOTE: This is the fifth fic in a series of fics that should be read in order.] Once again, this author uses some beautiful background world-building (a training day that Thor leads for the first time, as he grows closer to the crown) to show both some excellent Thor characterization (and why everyone loves him, why they will be forever loyal to him) and move the plot forward, when Odin disagrees with the way Thor handles himself and Loki watches the scene. The way that moves everything forward, without the author having to explain why? The actual subtle writing in the relationship? The way Loki's past hurt is still always under the surface, the way Thor has worked to have a better understanding of it, without the author having to explain it? The way it thrums under the surface, but Loki refuses to let it hold him back? The parallels and contrasts drawn between Thor and Loki? Oh, my god, just here. Have my heart. I don't need it anymore. And that was before the author got to them finally going to bed together, the way I would have loved this story with my whole heart even if it hadn't been good porn, but, oh, it was. The character insight was lovely, but there was also an intensity that I felt like I haven't seen that level of in awhile and I don't think it was just that I was really invested in these characters (though, I was that, too), but that the author just wrote really good, intense sex here. I fear this series has ruined me for all other mercreature!AU fics now. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: If you Must Remember, Let it be Like this by Pakeha - [NOTE: This is the sixth fic in a series of fics that should be read in order.] I loved this story because it's... well, it has all the things the previous fics had, which is amazing writing, gorgeous characterization, actual subtlety when dealing with these people, beautiful world building around them, etc. But even beyond that this fic was... it was about Thor remembering the first day that he and Loki met, the day that Loki saved him after he fell into the ocean, which Loki says he doesn't remember that well. And it's almost an argument, that Loki doesn't remember such an important day, this incredible mix of Loki lying about how much he remembers, being angry that Thor idealizes that day (because Loki cares and doesn't want Thor to care so much about him like that), Thor being angry that Loki treats that day as nothing special when it's such an important day, and all this tension cutting into everything and yet... somehow they make it through and, oh, jesus, this author just had my heart here. All of this AND Loki's daughter, baby Gudrun, sits on Thor's lap as he loves that baby girl as much as he loves Loki. SO MANY FEELINGS. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Par Force De Chiens by Cazio - [NOTE: I am going to make an exception to my usual policy of not talking about the end of a work, so there will be SPOILERS after a certain point for this fic in this rec.] This fic... is going to come with some caveats, because I'm not quite sure how to take it. Because it is not a happy fic, so if you don't want a painful ending, you may want to give this one a pass. It's a little rough around the edges (the author relies on epithets and trying to vary words a touch too much), but there's so much potential here and I found myself pulled along with the way Loki poked and prodded at Thor, manipulating him into what Loki wanted--to have Thor finally just snap and fuck him already, which was through a lot of touching, teasing, and taunting in the right places, which, oh, that really worked for me. And I definitely enjoyed the sex, which was super hot, with just enough of a rough edge to it that it was perfect for these characters, especially because Loki's thoughts did not always match his actions, which is how it should always be! Super hot and super good for me!

Beyond this point, though, I'm going to talk about SPOILERS for the fic, important ones that you may well not want spoiled! Because I'm not precisely sure what the author was implying--aside from the obvious, that Thor's love for Loki that eventually came through was the result of a spell that Loki worked over him, that the real Thor hated him and cursed him and was disgusted by him. While the author's notes seem to indicate that Thor actually really did love his brother? So, I'm not precisely sure if there was meant to be an implication of something better here or if Thor actually did hate his brother (which is hard to swallow, even in an AU setting like this) and it's definitely only a fic for those who are prepared for that. Normally, I would have backed away from that and been like, "Nope, nope, nope." but I was pulled into the writing of this piece and genuinely enjoyed it and want to see more from this author! Just... *makes vague gestures* caveats on this fic. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Refracted by BeesKnees - Oh, man, I love mirror universe crossovers, I wish there were more of them in this fandom because they are the most delicious candy to me! And I love it when I can read a fic where I spend almost literally the entire thing with tears in my eyes because it punched me so hard in the feelings! It does sort of trend a bit close to that sort of apologia fic where it goes on about how terrible the heroes are to the villain, but it never crossed that line for me, because the mirror Thor was clearly speaking from grief and our universe Thor clearly still loved Loki so very dearly and our Loki still did a lot of really terrible shit, even if mirror Thor was angry about how poorly he was treated. If you really hate that sort of thing, this is not for you. But if you're willing to read that one fic that's really beautifully done with it, oh, man, is this ever. I spent the entire fic just absolutely TORN about what I wanted for Loki--to stay in the universe I knew so well or to have him go to that other universe where he was so cherished--spent the entire time aching because of mirror Thor's loss of the one he loved so completely. It's beautifully written and I can't even tell you how how much it affected me. I'm serious about having tears in my eyes while reading, because it hit my buttons so hard. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Like Rolling Thunder by BeesKnees - Oh, I love love love fics where Loki is weak to something of Thor's, where Thor knows it and uses it well against him, because Thor's not mean about it, he just enjoys undoing his brother's calm (because who wouldn't?), especially when Loki is so turned on by Thor's voice like this. The author does a gorgeous job of hitting the voice kink perfectly, of making the reader practically feel the deep rumble of it and describing it so well, but also the dynamic between Thor and Loki, the dirty talk that Thor whispers in Loki's ear, about just how he's going to fuck him later that night, oh, man, this author hit every right note along the way. Gorgeous. (Thor/Loki, nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: Worthy by OneWhoSitsWithTurtles - [NOTE: This is a series of unconnected short fics, so you don't need to start at the beginning to read this one.] This isn't how Mjolnir works in my head, but we know little about how the enchantments on it work in the movieverse, and I found myself interested in this short scene, the one time where Loki finds himself worthy of wielding Mjolnir. With Thor there with him, with the rule here that only one may weild it as well, it could have been a disaster taking it from one to give to the other, but I found that the author did it in a really sweet sort of way, that touched my heart when it didn't tear the brothers apart, but instead brought them closer. That's exactly what I wanted from this fic. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Beggar's Banquet by BeesKnees - I often shy away from fics that touch on this topic--having Loki be subservient to Thor, to remind him of his place, etc.--because it's too often about humilation and I don't want that for Loki. But this author only very lightly touches on this as punishment and it's not really even that, it's more about keeping Loki in hand, both for Asgard's sake and for Loki's sake as well, because Thor loves him so dearly. It's not about humiliation at all, instead it's quiet and it's just the two of them and the focus is on Thor watching Loki's hands, his beautiful fingers that Thor knows can weave such powerful magic and how much Thor loves him and the attraction between them, which is... it's hot, but it's also... it's beautiful, it's intimate, and it actually made me feel better for both of them. It's amazing how gorgeous just a simple action can be in this author's hands. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Body Language by BeesKnees - You know what I love? Fics that start out with lines like, Loki rarely allows himself to be caught—and Thor isn’t enough of a fool to think that this would ever happen without Loki’s permission. Because, as much as Thor is forever undoing Loki in every scene we see in the movies, Loki still has such incredible resolve. For all that he's weak to Thor, he still has power. And this fic reminds me of that, even when that's not the point at all. The point, instead, is about the quiet intimacy of the moment, the immediate sensations of Loki being tied down while Thor gently touches him, the way Loki's so beautiful to him like this, almost like it's... almost like it's not even porn, because it's too pretty a picture for that. And yet, at the same time, still super hot! (Thor/Loki, nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: It Isn't Always Easy by SouvenirsFamilier - The writing of this fic is rough around the edges, but there's a lot of potential here and I really loved a lot of what the author did--especially with Loki's introduction to the Avengers, where he smiles in a way that's not at all reassuring, where his time in Asgard allows Thor to trust him, to have a handle on him again, but hasn't changed who Loki fundamentally is in a lot of ways. He does want the Avengers to like him, he's frustrated by the lack of trust, he dislikes that Thor's attention is on other people even more often now, but he's still kind of a little shit about it. The other thing the author does is bring in so many details of things I love--Thor and Loki having a sparring match that is an actual action sequence and makes the other Avengers realize, oh, right, Norse gods, then there's Thor giving Loki a cat that Loki actually comes to like because cats aren't terrible, there's Thor trying Indian food and Loki just smiles and waits for it--and made them delicious candy. I love that Loki may be more stable and somewhat nicer on the inside here, but on the outside he's still genuinely prickly and snide, which works really well for me. And I love the balance between something more obviously going on with the two brothers, but it's not entirely obvious yet, sometimes that in between space can be pretty delicious, too. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: all the blankets in the world couldn't help by thegroovygatsby - This is an odd fic, a little difficult to tell precisely what's going on, but I found it intriguing, an AU fic where Loki is holding something precious that's in a block of ice. It's almost dream-like (and, indeed, at least half of this is dream) and the author uses that to touch on Loki and Thor's feelings for each other, and it felt like... this is magic and dreams and illusions and visions, which I can buy more easily with a character like Loki. Loki's not a character you always have to pin everything down with. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Between the Bars by trinityofone - My only complaint about this fic is that it's only 6k and I would read 100k of this and still come back for more. Beyond that, I'm a little at a loss for how to write this rec, other than to keyboard smash a lot and say, holy crap, that was so good for me. I read this fic with knowledge of where it was going and I thought that made it better, but I know that not everyone wants to know ahead of time, so instead I'll just put a SPOILERS warning for the events of the fic here.

The fic pretty much drops you into the middle of the story, but that works well for this type of story, where you know about as much as Loki (Aleksander) knows, where you get a feel for this world that he's living in now and the author sets up this life for him beautifully, as he frequents a coffee shop and has a friendly relationship with Nat, the clever waitress there. And this is why I liked knowing ahead of time that this was an amnesia fic, because Natasha's quirk of her lips or the way she tilts her head or the look in her eyes, the way Aleksander picks up on little things she lies about, but doesn't really know (or seek) the truth, that builds the suspension of what's got to eventually happen, especially when her "ex-boyfriend", the giant blond guy shows up and stares really intently at Aleksander. The author does a gorgeous job of making me feel everything that's going on under the surface, even when Loki himself doesn't know who he is or what's going on around him, does a gorgeous job of building this life for him, this person he might be without his memories pushing at him, but lets you pick up on the background of what must have happened through subtle touches in the fic itself.

It's a short-ish piece, considering the set-up, and I desperately wish for more stories in this universe, because there's still a lot to be told (and some might find the ending dissatisfying, but I loved it) but I found it stood well on its own, too. Because, oh, the dynamic between Thor and Loki here, the intense attraction, the stirrings of whatever it was before and what it is now, the blend of the two, the intense desire and love Thor has for his brother, all of that is beautifully done here. Even the sex, which isn't that graphic or that long is super hot, both for the sex itself and because of the way it furthers that intense gravitational pull between them. This was a really, really good read for me today. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: untitled by anonymous - Thor/Loki Cinderella AU fic! Yessss, let me at that. And, actually, it wound up being less Thor/Loki than I expected (though, there is a kiss and an obvious physical attraction here) but still a wonderful story for how well the author parallels the original Cinderella story with this one, how well this characterization of Loki is so beautifully perfect. I picked it up because it was a fairy tale fic, but I actually enjoyed it more for the cleverness of both Thor and Loki (not that Thor will ever be as clever as Loki, which is why Loki balances him so well, whether as a brother or as a future consort or whatever else)--especially because it's Thor who figures out a way for them to be together!--because they're both fearless in their own way and the writing is so lovely and I just love... how much they both instantly click with each other, there's such an intensely interesting relationship here, even in an AU, right from the beginning. This was really a fantastic piece. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Through Coldest Storm by beckyh2112 - THIS FIC WAS SO GOOD. This is the perfect AU fic and the ONLY complaints I have are: a) not 100k of this which would have been amazing and b) no actual porn which would have been amazing. But as a semi-short AU fic, where Prince Loki and his two brothers go to Jotunheim to hunt frost boars and run into Jotunn!Thor? OH MY GOD SO GOOD. It balances the Loki we know and the Thor we know with changing them slightly because of the different circumstances they've grown up in--I recognize both characters, but also can see their differences in this universe. And, oh, the writing is so sharp and clever and fun, the instant attraction between Thor and Loki is perfection, but also... each of their characterizations is so good I find myself barely restrained from keyboard mashing over it, especially as Thor lures Prince Loki away from his brothers, the snow storm cutting them off, because Thor has plans and he grins as he announces them and this Loki isn't quite so mean, but he is quick and cutting and there's a certain something boiling in him, especially when he thinks about how badly he wants Thor to fuck him hard, in a way no one else would dare in Asgard. And, boy, are his thoughts on that super fucking hot, ugh. Basically, this is the most perfect AU Jotunn!Thor and Aesir!Loki I could ask for. (Thor/Loki, a bit nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: Habit by EliraWinter - This was super short, but super fluffy and adorable and sometimes I just need a little bite-sized thing to make my day happier! Plus, I love the image of Loki being a total pillow hoarder (WHICH I FIRMLY AGREE WITH THIS PRACTICE) and Thor's fondness for it are just. Ugh, warm and fuzzies all up inside me now. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Loki Found the Whole Thing Hilarious by seiaa - [ part 01 + part 02 + part 03 ] - This fic plays on one of my favorite tropes that I'm not even sorry about how much I love--when Thor is nearly killed in an attack by Doom and Amora, Loki steps in at the last second to shield him and nearly dies in the process. And it's so good for me because Thor totally loses his shit when he thinks Loki's dead and reminds you, holy shit, don't piss off the Norse god of thunder because he will raze the city in his wrath, because Thor's dangerous when he's angry. After that, the fic does turn softer, but I didn't mind because sometimes I just want fic to fix things, especially with Loki's feelings for Thor, so that part was good for me, too. And then! Feelings confessions! Kissing! Loki going with Thor back to Midgard with the Avengers! Loki being a smirking little shit with the Avengers! So good for me. This was fun and a feel good piece, even the angst was the kind you knew would be fixed, so it was fun to wallow in, and that's just what I wanted today. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: The Long, Overdue Sex by ikol_liesmith - This is one of those fics that... it's really not going to be for everyone. The writing is a little rough, in the descriptions and how it's... it's more porn-like than a lot of the porn in fandom. And that's fine with me, when I go looking for explicit fic in fandom, sometimes I want a fic that is nothing but a chance for some completely filthy fic where Loki has stirred Thor up, who's going to fuck him until he can't hardly speak anymore, much less walk for a week afterwards. It achieved what it set out to do and I found it satisfying and really kind of super hot. It's not for everyone, but it's one of those that I come back to every so often when I want something dirty to read, especially satisfying after reading a lot of UST-laden fic sometimes. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Dodgy self-fill (parts 5-10) by ladylapislazuli - [NOTE: This is an update rec, so it will focus on/link to the most recent chapters, rather than the beginning of the fic.] The thing that keeps working for me about this fill--aside from Thor marrying Loki to save him, yes, give me that trope because it is delicious candy--is that Loki is so seethingly furious and manipulative and outright cruel at times. Thor is a little more hangdog about it than I would usually prefer, but that smooths out about halfway through this part and I found that I was enjoying his character as well, because Loki could still push him to genuine anger. And I love love love that this fic doesn't shy away from that Loki is lashing out unfairly and is petty and angry in situations that he's created himself without acknowleding that hypocrisy (in terms of the character not acknowledging it, I think the narrative does so) and just... yes, that's so good for me, especially in a fic that I'm hopeful will be about fixing things between the characters and will give my my fix it fic fill. Eventually. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: each little bird has a someone by anonymous - Oh. So, when I picked this one up, I was hoping for something cute and maybe a little waffy. I didn't expect to get something gorgeous! It's arranged marriage fic, an AU where Thor and Loki were raised separately to keep them from seeing themselves as brothers, so they don't properly meet until they're older and this changes some things, but some others stay exactly the same--the most perfect of the changes-not-changes being that Loki is more stable here, but still a clever little shit with a wicked smile and delight of tricking people. And, oh, the first half or so doesn't have much interaction between them (but is still lovely), but once they do? GORGEOUS. It doesn't even need to be a terribly long fic (though, it's not a mini-fill, either) to be perfectly satisfying, for the author to have built up all the background world necessary, and to create these absolute moments of pure gold in the brief meetings between the characters over the years, until they're married. And, even then, despite the sex scene being brief, it was super fucking hot with Loki knowing exactly what he wanted and urging Thor on in that delightful little shit way he has and, oh, I could just read 100k of this pretty much forever. (Thor/Loki, a bit nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: Stranger Monsters with Stranger Faces by Metallic_Sweet - This fic kept taking me awhile to really get into and I was trying to figure out why that was--the typos weren't too distracting (but I've never minded them too much) and the writing was really lovely otherwise, but eventually I figured out that this Thor... for all that he's the narrative pov character, he doesn't have much presence in the goings on, a lot of the time, almost a fly on the wall in so many scenes. So, that kept this from being a stellar fic for me, because Thor is never not one of those people who takes up the room to my mind, but otherwise, this was a really delightful read. It's lengthy at over 30k words, but the pacing works so very well and I really do love this author's Loki, how he's so sharp and brittle and cutting and vicious and wounded and damaged but good at heart (when he has reason to be) but capable of bad things and doesn't trust anyone, much less himself. And I love the world the author set up here, the AU where you don't know what it is he does for a living for half the fic and that that's part of the fun of it slowly being revealed--I love when a fic knows how to set up a relationship, how to build up those feelings, so that the getting together is really good, but also! not just immediately wrapping up the story once they're together, because that's only half the point of this story, there's still a lot more to be told once they're actually in the relationship.

The author also does a lovely job of adding in details (like the different kinds of food that the restaurant makes or the kind of work Loki does) without making the fic depend on them, without having to explain absolutely everything. And I do love the way the Thor/Loki relationship was written, in that... in a lot of ways, for all that it's different from canon (because it's happier in the end), it run parallel as well in the way they're so wrapped up together, the way they're practically co-dependent on each other, not always in a bad way, yet still taking care to keep other characters coming and going through their lives. And, wow, was it nice to have a good, long fic to sink my teeth into again! (Thor/Loki, nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: Be Calm, Brother by Portmanteu - The writing of this fic was a bit rough, especially the author's use of epithets, but it wasn't jarring enough to keep me from reading the fic (and I freely admit that that's something I'm sensitive to more than most) and enjoying the porn it gave me. It's pretty much pure pwp, but it's wrapped up in how badly Thor still wants to reach out to Loki, to get him to remember how much they both care for each other, how much they've shared together, as well as... it's not precisely angry sex, nor is it rough, but there's a hint of both those things here, just enough to give it a bit of an edge. And, honestly, I just wanted more porn today. :D (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Afterglow by onapage - Oh, this was absolutely fun and darling and light-hearted without being saccharine. It's a bit on the cracky side, but the author does really well with it and turned it into pure delight, when Thor and Loki literally start to glow after their first time together and kind of freak out because Loki doesn't know how to fix it. Where the fic just really makes it a delight is in the way they react to it--Loki's too out of it from having been well laid to really notice it at fist, face still buried in the pillows so he doesn't see it, while Thor's like, hrm, this is weird, but not the weirdest thing ever, then cue freak outs because Loki's WTF IS THIS CURSE, and then EVEN BETTER the hilarity of Odin and Frigga wondering why their sons haven't been seen in the last couple of days and... well. That's an awkward conversation when it happens. Awkward and HILARIOUS. There are lines I really want to quote from that final conversation between them all (which manages to not give me secondhand embarrassment, bless this author) but I fear they'd spoil it--just... that scene was definitely a gift for me. I dearly loved pretty much EVERYONE in this fic! (Thor/Loki, slightly nsfw but only just barely.) Avengers/Thor: hold me a little closer by DailyDrabble (EliraWinter) - Ahhhh, things I always need: Short fics that are like little bursts of sunshine on my rainy days! This is a quick piece, but it's adorable and a high school AU and Loki's grumpy until Thor comes around and can't help feeling better and just. There are warm and fuzzies all wrapped around me now. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: The King's Choice + untitled sequel by lunavin - I can't remember if I've recommended the first fic before or not, because I remember reading it, but I may not have been doing recs from the kinkmeme? Either way, I hadn't read the sequel before and, oh, that just really put this fic set over the top for me. This is a Thor who was never banished, so he's still arrogant and takes what he wants--which includes his brother as consort (since he should not have children until he marries and, well, he wants Loki, so...) and thus there's a bit of a dub-con warning on this, but Loki is Loki and makes the best of a situation, he knows how to bend and wrap himself around the circumstances he finds himself in. And that's super interesting to me! But, oh, the sequel. Where their relationship has been going on for awhile, they've settled into it more, and Loki is... Loki again. He delights in subtly working Thor up, saying it was only a jest, and making it seem as though Thor is the one who overreacted. It's a struggle between them, when Thor wants to take Loki to bed, but one they clearly both enjoy, one that Loki makes a point of showing that he could escape if he truly wished it so, one where Thor is never cruel about it, instead he often finds it hilarious. And, oh, this is a Loki who doesn't lose his cool, who is always calm and smiling in that way that says he knows more than you, it's perfect. Well, at least until he finds himself knocked up and can't change out of his female form and well. Then it's even more perfect. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: We're Out of Espresso, Today by hydromeli (hannibalisms) - At this rate, I'm going to eventually have to get a #!mortal au tag for my blog because of how much I love these fucking things. And this may have been short (and I would love to read a nice, long fic with this premise, omg) but it was really fun, with Loki working in a coffee shop and Thor comes in every so often, obviously interested in him, which Loki doesn't quite know how to parse. Loki is prickly and barbed, cutting without being cruel about it here, and Thor is just... asd;lfkjasl;kj the final scene of this, where Thor is in Loki's kitchen and telling him what he wants from Loki, oh, man, it didn't even need to be porny (or even really about sex) to be so super hot and delicious. Short but so good. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Dreaming about Providence by wartransmission - [NOTE: This is a sequel to "Suddenly", which you'll need to have read first.] After the events of the first fic, Loki has secured a position for himself, a child with Thor means that he'll always have a place in Asgard's ruling, so... Loki being Loki, he decides to step back from the relationship he has with Thor, to remove the enchantment. Also, because Thor kind wants to fuck him all the time and Loki is tired. This fic continues that gorgeous balance the first fic had, where Loki supposedly doesn't have any investment in the relationship and yet clearly there's something more there, even if he himself doesn't recognize it. And I love that he is willing to walk away, even from his own child (and I love their kid together, I love how the kid is a blend of his parents, yet still somehow his own, even in the brief scenes we see of him!), ready for everything to be torn into pieces, so he makes sure everything will crumble around him.

And then, Thor being Thor (because this is some good Thor characterization as well, DO YOU KNOW HOW RARE THAT IS) sees right through Loki, loves him anyway, and it's about... it's about Loki taking the first steps to learning how to accept being happy, that he can, that Thor can help him, that his children can help him, that his family can help him. It has all the trappings of a fic that should be breaking my heart (and it is bittersweet, but with a good ending), but instead I found myself really hopeful about it, in a way that matches the fic's tone. It's a lovely set of fics that's set over a long enough time that it feels epic even when it doesn't have to be super long and I love all the details woven into the story and! Thor and Loki actually having a kid that we get to meet and get a sense of! Another thing that is far, far too rare in fandom. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Water Hemlock by Aquamarine Stag - This is not precisely the Odin I saw in the movie (or the Frigga), that this Odin is more distant from Loki, doesn't entirely love him or consider him a son, but it's still closer to MCU Odin than it is anything else. And, with a lot of authors, I might have found myself put off by that, but here... I dunno, something about the way this author writes, it worked really well here. There's something otherworldly about this Loki, even as a child, something alluring and beautiful and graceful and dark. I love love love the theory that Loki is only half-Frost Giant, that he might be part-fey, and this fic doesn't go into much detail on it, but does touch on it and in a beautiful way. And I love the way Odin watches the relationship between Thor and Loki grow, how it's not perfect, but maybe it's a little too good, Thor's a little too protective at times, a little too wound around Loki's finger. And, oh, the ending is absolutely lovely. I'm having a terrible time writing a rec for this, but I really loved this piece a lot, I think it's one of my new favorites, the author has a way with the writing here, it's really beautiful. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Untitled High School AU (WIP) by lokilaufeyson - I have a weakness for high school AU fic. And this fic definitely caught my attention for that (because the other two school AU fics I'm reading hadn't updated in, like, a couple of days, so I was hungry XD) and I'm glad it did! It's really almost more of an excerpt of a longer story, or the beginning of one, but if you take it in that vein, it still stands well on its own. Basically, it's just a chance for the quieter, studious Loki to take note of popular, athletic Thor and can't stop thinking about him, can't stop thinking about what it would be like for Thor to fuck him, masturbating to the thought of it, and then feeling extra awkward the next day. It's not super porny, but it was just enough to be satisfying and I would really love to see the author write more in this universe, give us a proper fic out of it. (Thor/Loki, nsfw.) Avengers/Thor: Adoration by Martsa - I don't remember how I stumbled over the link for this fic, but it's one of those... it's a bit trope-heavy, it's one of those fics that I saved for when I wanted something bite-sized and happy (though, there are moments of something darker growing, with Loki's resentment of Thor being the perfect son, even as he loves Thor for all the same reasons), and when I wanted something porny after all the non-porny things I've read lately. It's light and fun, it's about how much they both only have eyes for each other, and, fuck you guys, sometimes I need that. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Mistletoe by Aquamarine Stag - You have no idea how frustrating it is to me that this author hasn't written a hundred different fics in this fandom, because the writing here is just so gorgeous and hits everything I want so perfectly. Thor/Loki with one-sided Balder/Loki? Thor assuming that Balder will be loyal, but Balder doesn't think Thor and Loki are good for each other, so he doesn't back down when Odin arranges a marriage between him and Loki? Oh, that could have been so terrible, but somehow this author makes it brilliant! The writing is absolutely sharp and lovely, it had my feelings all over the place, it made me feel for all of the characters, it made me actually enjoy the love triangle and briefly almost half-wish that Balder could reach Loki. It does a gorgeous job of making this feel like an epic story, part of a larger tapestry of epic Norse storytelling, while staying close to the MCU world, blending those two things so very well. And, oh, the characterization. This Thor, who is a bit arrogant and sure of himself, but genuine and good-hearted, who prizes loyalty so intensely, this Balder who is solid and caring and passionate, this Loki who is sharp and charismatic and fierce, all of it is gorgeously done in this fic. I wish I could read this author pretty much forever. (Thor/Loki, one-sided Balder/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Cradle by catiepie182002 - This is short, probably around 600 words, but I love when a fic knows not to push a premise too far--even if I would totally have read 100k of this kind of thing! It's only when Loki is sick that he lets Thor truly dote on him and it's ~600 words of sheer heart warming delight for it. Because Loki is one of those sick people that 99% of us can't stand--he's whiny, he's obnoxious, he's demanding, he's never happy, but he lets Thor sit with him and tell him stories and touch him and lets Thor pull Loki onto him for a giant body pillow, which, ugh, that's the best for me, because I fucking love it when the prickly character gets sick and stops being prickly because they're too miserable for it and Loki just lets Thor love him for awhile. The author does a fantastic job of selling it, too, without overdoing it, instead it's actually rather easy to see and just what I wanted. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Paved with Ice by kiyala - Oh, this fic was so good for me. I need a whole lot of fic in fandom where the events of the Thor movie are nudged in just the right direction so that everything doesn't fall apart, which is what this fic is all about doing--it's set up the same way, but Loki wants reassurance that he's on the right path, so he summons his future self to see how everything turns out. And I love the details here, from the use of Loptr for future!Loki's name to Loki deciding against asking the Norns because, once you do, your future is pretty much set in stone and he wants options here. But also I love this fic for showing why Loki isn't really suited to being king, aside from the whole emotional/mental instability thing and it's something I've agreed with for awhile--Loki's not really the kind who would do well with sitting and dealing with all the trivial details that it means to be king. He'd pretty much want to lock himself in the library after about three days just for some quiet.

This Loki is also a lot more... this is from his point of view, so we see all his insecurities and hesitations, when those around him wouldn't see them, because of his poker face. This is a softer Loki than we would see from the outside in the movies, but it's also a Loki who hasn't yet fallen into madness and is faced with a terrible future that would of course frighten the hell out of him, it's one I didn't have to work very hard to see. And, oh, when he rights himself enough to realize that he needs to put things back on track, that's where I really fell in love with the story, because it gave me so many feelings when he had to go talk to Thor and tell him the truth of things and, well, of course you knew it would work out, but I still felt that clawing need to know, to make sure it worked out, because the author got under my skin and wrote such a beautiful piece for them. And, actually, as hard as it was to read in a lot of ways, I'm really glad that it wasn't easy between Loki and Thor. Wrap that all up in really lovely, smooth writing and you have a fic that I loved dearly. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Behind the Mask by earz_wide_open - This is one of those ideas that I keep expecting to... I don't know, just somehow not work for me. But then I read it and the author does a fantastic job with it and this Loki is so... he knows how to go after what he wants, he knows how to wind Thor around his finger, without the author sacrificing Thor's characterization to do it. And that intrigues me so very greatly, even beyond that I'm also intrigued by the background world. It helps, of course, that there's that stunning artwork to go with it, it helped me form a mental picture, but the author does a lovely job with it as well, and, oh, man, the sex is super hot. This Loki is so sensual and beautiful and just really, really hot. I almost don't even need anything more beyond this! (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Change by Nepherim - I can't say that this fic matches my feelings on Loki's motivations for why he threw a monkey wrench into Thor's coronation, but also... to my mind, Loki is firmly one of those characters who has a multitude of reasons for nearly everything he does, so I can see multiple reasons that he would let the Frost Giants into Asgard to stop Thor's coronation--because he wanted to show their father that Thor wasn't ready, but maybe also because he didn't want for that distance to widen between him and Thor, once Thor was officially coronated and had to think of his future. And this fic focuses on that distance growing between them, which is an excuse for a moment of physical intimacy between the characters right before the ceremony and I'm hardly going to turn down porn. The writing here is solid and Loki's characterization is softer than I usually see him as and the sex was satisfying--I really can't ask for more than that in fic. It's not going to be for everyone, but I enjoyed it for what it was. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: as sweet as the day we met by Altrutix - I honestly cannot decide if I liked this at the length it was or if I wanted it to be a 30k epic! Because it's a fantastic blending of the Thor characters, a bit of Norse mythology, and Greek mythology, with Thor as Zeus and Loki as Hades! And Hel as their daughter! It's a brief story, but it puts forth such an intriguing setup (and not nearly enough kidfic has Thor and Loki actually having a kid together!) and hints at a lot of backstory, while still not feeling like only an opening scene. It's more a oneshot in tone, but it's very well written and satisfying and just so many clever little details! I loved it a lot. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Cravings by psychoshinji - You know why I read happy fic like this? Because of the previous fic, which (while really good!) was painful to read and, fuck, I needed something that made me feel good after that. And this fic was perfect for it. It's softer and fluffier, this is a fic set in the future where Thor is king and married to Loki who's about 3/4ths of a way through a pregnancy that makes him have horrible cravings and demands for attention but he's back to being pretty sane and calm again (all things considered) and it's just... pure joy and sunshine and I don't think I stopped smiling the entire way through it. Because, oh, Loki being a little shit who deliberately prods at everyone around him, who practically has temper tantrums (which result in guards having to go to the healers, yes good) when he doesn't get something he wants on a whim, and who has a sly little smirk on his face over the whole thing that you can only half catch, so you're not sure if it was actually there or not? Yes. Yes, give me all of that. And this Thor! Who loves him dearly and yet is exasperated and yet kind of finds him hilarious/endearing when he's like this, yes, give me all of that, too. I could have read 100k of this and I'm not even kidding a little bit because there's just something so completely charming and wonderful about the relationship between Thor and Loki, of Loki dealing with pregnancy and all the fun times that comes with it, and everyone around him being terrified out of their minds. My soul is soothed. All that and a bonus sex scene that was satisfying and just the perfect way to finish up the fic. Bless the author, I really needed this today. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) AVENGERS/THOR: Imposter Syndrome by tsukinofaerii SUMMARY: Loki's plans are always perfect, and always go wrong. His attempted seduction of Thor is no exception, but that doesn't mean it fails. REC: This is a short piece, where Loki disguises himself as Sif to be with Thor and I love it for the descriptions of how Loki usually plans for these things, how it's always that one little detail that trips him up versus this time he doesn't even plan for it (and the author really sells that aspect well!) and, oh, this Thor who is smart and knows his brother and there's this gorgeous tension between them, an almost sickening sense of what's going to happen when Thor finds out, the author does so much in just a few words. It ends well, of course, but, oh, it gave me a whole lot of feelings along the way. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: Home by Mina Lightstar (ukefied) SUMMARY: Prompt: Avengers movieverse, Loki/any, making out and making up REC: Ahhhh, Mina joining us in this fandom is good for me, yesss. *rubs hands together gleefully* And this fic is short, less than 500 words, but it's a good kissing fic! And I do love how Loki doesn't say a word here, yet I can still feel him waiting and almost lurking, despite that it's not really calculated, he's not necessarily precisely plotting with Thor here, instead it's just... a lot of different things that worked well for me, in a way that I'm having trouble putting into words. But there's also the sense of how much Thor loves Loki, how he'll keep fighting to reach him again and help him and just. So good for me, ahhhh. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: An Ancient Pitch by Sarkasticfics SUMMARY: Loki isn't lurking anywhere obvious. Loki isn't lurking at all. Thor's breath catches in his throat and he wonders if he wouldn't have preferred it if his brother had come flying at him with a knife – except not. Except Loki always knows what Thor wants, and lately, Loki has been endeavouring to give it to him, if it's at all within his power – and within Loki's oddly sketchy but generally reliable frame of morality. REC: I was almost sorry to have read this fic today because it was the third one I read, pretty much in a row, where the author hit a kink that I was super, super interested in (Loki in lingerie, in this instance, based off the gorgeous fanart linked at the beginning of the fic) and there's no way that subsequent days will be able to match up to the fantastic reading day I had today! Especially because it's the third one in a row where it wound up not being just about the kink or the super hot sex, but about characterization and the messy, complicated relationships Loki has with people. How much he loves Thor here, how much trouble he has expressing it, so he finds other ways to do so, ways that attempt blur the lines between truth and lies so that he doesn't have to be responsible, and Thor just cuts through all that by being genuine and understanding Loki and guiding him towards something better? Oh, I honestly don't know if I enjoyed the porn or the characterization more. Because this Loki is still so sharp and caustic, even as he's dressed in little more than lingerie and play-acting at being only there for Thor's pleasure, because Thor always brings out the things that are real in him and, oh, Thor loves him dearly and knows him so well and won't just leave things as they are, no, Thor finds a way to make them better because that's what Thor does and all of that on top of Loki in a tiny, ruffly outfit and an eagerness for Thor to fuck him already. And Thor just taking Loki apart, smiling at him as he tells him the things he's considering doing to him, smiles at him as he knows how much prep Loki put into this and how willing Loki is, smiles as he deliberately jars Loki out of character by telling him all the filthy things Thor will do to him, all while Thor loves him so completely. All of that was THE BEST for me, given that I only expected to find kinky lingerie sex from this fic. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) AVENGERS/THOR: Wounded by Liarprince SUMMARY: Loki foolishly attempts to take on a rather strong beast alone while venturing with Thor and the Warriors Three. Thor takes it upon himself to play nurse. This wouldn't be the first time. REC: This is a short piece, but it's fluffy and nice, it made me feel better in this fandom that has too much angst as it is. And this was just... exactly what I wanted, with the bantering back and forth, that was out of love and concern, it was Loki trying to push himself too hard and needing to be taken care of for once, it was Thor caring about his baby brother, finally being able to hold him for a little while. It's sweet without being too cotton candy sweet and that just made me happy. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: shared beds by kiyala SUMMARY: Thor has a liking for sleeping in Loki's bed. The results are predictable. REC: This was such a delight to read today, because I love love love fic where Thor and Loki share a bed! It's a favorite when it's for romantic reasons, but I love it when it's purely brotherly as well, but, yeah, no, I can't lie, having it be because they want to fuck makes it that much better for me. And I love the banter here, where there's teasing, but it's also clearly from love and how dear they are to each other! This fic is all about the cuddling, the way Thor casually throws an arm around Loki when going to sleep or the way Loki presses himself against Thor and is content that way, you have no idea how satisfying snuggling is for me. So, I would have read it just for that. I would have read it just for Loki trying to hide how much it turns him on to be this close to Thor, I would have read it just for the cuddling and the wanting. But Loki touching himself to thoughts of wanting Thor to fuck him, wanting Thor's hands where his own are, wanting Thor's cock, all of that doesn't even have to be terribly graphic to be super fucking hot. And, of course, the tension eventually snaps and Loki is super hot as he's sharply asking what Thor wants him to do and Thor telling him just exactly where he wants Loki's mouth and a;sdlfkjasl;kj so good for me. Soooo goooood for meeeee. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) AVENGERS/THOR: His Eurydice by Evandar SUMMARY: Thor died when he fell from the Bifrost. A guilt-stricken, Loki seeks a way to bring him back. There is nothing he would not do for his brother, even risk his soul. REC: The premise of this fic is, instead of how the Thor movie played out, Thor was killed when he was thrown down to Midgard, which threw everything else into disarray from the original plot. I love it as a reason for Loki being jarred out of his self-identity crisis, it gives him something bigger and more important to focus on, it gives him a reason to set aside his jealousy and anger, to instead desperately want his brother back. Which means this Loki ends up being a little nicer, but it really worked for me here, because he still has an excellent poker face, he's still a great manipulator of the people around him, and he still plots to do stupid and dangerous things and hates himself and has a ton of self-worth issues. And, oh, I had so many feelings while reading this fic, while Loki was just so desperate to get Thor back, so willing to do anything, that any risk to himself was all right, so long as it could bring his brother back. And then BONUS ON TOP OF THAT, there's soul-bonding, which further provides reason for Loki to not bottle everything up and let it fester, instead it lets Thor know what he's feeling more clearly, it gives Loki a more direct, empathic connection to another person.

It's like... it's all of these things that I love reading in fic, all of these things that I find so satisfying, rolled up into one delicious plotful fic! And the writing is lovely, the world building is wonderful, the details of the spells Loki uses, the touches of Niflheim and meeting Hela (who was perfect, I love this version of her, she fits so well with my mental image as well!), the build up to the relationship and the aftermath of everything. One of my favorite things in fic is the aftermath of the huge, epic plots, the way the characters adjust to it afterwards and how they've changed and finally getting their moments in the sun. It's frustrating when they only get a minute or two of it in page time, so having this whole long third chapter? Made the fic just that much better, that much more satisfying for me. I do wish that Sif hadn't been as much of a semi-antagonist as she was (but can understand that it was because she's the most defined out of Thor's friends, so it's not like one of the W3 could fill the role), but it's very mild, all things considered, and greatly outweighed by how wonderful everything else was. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) AVENGERS/THOR: Flesh Wounds by Canute SUMMARY: For some odd, inexplicable reason, Loki keeps waking up in the morning with an arm reached out to the empty space beside him, as if someone is meant to be there lying next to him. NOTE: I am going to vaguely talk about the ending, which I won't give everything away, but it will be spoilery. Given the concept of the fic, I know I wanted to know ahead of time how it ended and I imagine most readers who vibe with my recs would as well. REC: Oh. I'm not sure if I loved this fic or if it broke my heart or both. Loki waking up each day, no memories from the day before, because something with his punishment went wrong, the sheer uncertainty of everything the reader feels while reading this, it's beautifully done, but definitely heartbreaking. I almost felt tired reading this, how everything was the same over and over and over again, thinking how Thor had to introduce himself to Loki again and again, they only ever had one day like this, each day had to be so carefully started. The author does a brilliant job of showing the repetition without making it boring to the reader, instead I felt everything all over again. And it wasn't even that terrible! That's the brilliance of this, that it's subtle and difficult to put a specific finger on what's so weighted about this. But it's there and Thor loves his brother so dearly and I firmly believe that this is just a bump on the road, that it'll end happily, but part of me loves the ambiguity of the ending, too. But, on the bright side, the author still manages to build up tension, so that when they do have a brief sex scene, it's super good for me and doesn't even have to be long to be hot. (Thor/Loki, nsfw.) AVENGERS/THOR: Your ambitions are small and filled with childish need by jeannedecarnin SUMMARY: AU for the end of Thor / the Avengers movie. In a fit of perversity, Loki gives up on taking over the world and gets a job in a Starbucks in North London. Thor goes to find him and bring him home. REC: First off, the fic is labeled as being NC-17, but it's really not. I'd rate it around PG or so. So, I would advise to not go in expecting much more than that--which is fine! It wasn't what I was reading the fic for anyway. Instead, what I was reading for was a surprisingly non-cracky fic that has Loki as a barista in North London because, as the fic beautifully describes, he can't be the monster of this story anymore. The writing of this piece feels almost sparse in a sense, except that it's not at all, there's something almost lyrical and lush about it, something very atsmospheric and it's impressive that the author captured that so well here. Everything about this piece was understated and beautiful, the longing and undercurrents of feelings between the characters, even when they're not directly doing or anything anything to indicate it, you can feel it, all the things between them. And so many little touches, the descriptions of where Loki lives or the bits of magic he puts into the coffee or the way Thor touches him, all of it is beautiful as well. I love this fic for all the feels it gave me, how I felt a little breathless while reading it, and there's something so perfect about the characterizations of both of them. What could have been cracky instead is just simply gorgeous. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: what the fuck is 'dutch process'? by hydromeli SUMMARY: "What the fuck even is Dutch process cocoa? And why was it so fucking expensive?" Thor asks, shaking the tin. "It cost me $18!" NOTE: This is a follow-up to we're out of espresso today, which should be read first. REC: I love human!AU fics, especially when they're the kind that that just straight up make me happy. And this is definitely fluffy, but it's fun and charming and delightful, the author pulls it off in the way that just makes me want to curl up and wrap the warmth around me and be happy as a shield against all the angst in the fandom. And I love the little touches in the fic (I wouldn't have thought it would work for me, but I love that this Thor is the immaculate one, while this Loki is messy and leaves things everywhere, but does so deliberately because of the way it makes Thor act, which is sheer delight) and the implications of enthusiastic blowjobs were pretty A+, too. Basically, this just made me happy all the way around. (Thor/Loki, background Steve/Tony.) AVENGERS/THOR: And You Save Me by thisdorkyficthing SUMMARY: Ikol was sitting on a shelf, giving Loki a look. “He was being rude. And I don’t like the way he looks at me.” Ikol tilted his head slightly. “What do you know, you’re a cat.” He walked to the kitchen, and began preparing his coffee, since there was no use in trying to go to sleep again. REC: Fuck, I'm developing a thing for human au fic with these two. The writing of this one is a little rough (the tenses are inconsistent, characters stammer, I'd have liked more build up between Thor and Loki to show the attraction) but there's also so much potential here, the author does a lovely job of putting little touches into Loki's life and with building a background world for him, why he's so angry and twisted up the way he is. And I do love this author's Thor so far, how stubborn and direct he is, how he touches Loki so casually and easily, how he has such presence whenever Loki's around him and I like this human!Loki, how prickly and difficult he is to be around. And, oh, I was definitely charmed by his cat being named Ikol, that was pretty darling. I'm intrigued to see where this fic is going, the author has a ton of potential, and I sailed right on through what was posted of the fic so far, meaning it was easy for me to read and I got pulled into the world here, and I think with a little polishing it could be great. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: That Silver and Gold May Come Down and Cover Me by lexicale SUMMARY: Going to Asgard has always been an impossible dream for Loki, but with some skillful magic and some not insignificant courage, he dares to disguise his form and visit the world of the Aesir for one night. But only one night -- because his magic will not hold forever.

An AU in which Loki lives/grows up on Jotunheim, and I try to write a Thor-Cinderella fusion. Or Cindereloki, if you will. REC: You know what I love? Cinderella AU stories, especially when they're all about two people meeting and being intrigued by each other and hitting it off because you can be honest when you don't expect to see that person again and then the merry chase to find that person again. The author does a fantastic job with that, with giving Thor and Loki enough chemistry between them that, naturally, I want Thor to find him again when he runs off because his magic is wearing thin and I'm hopeful that the entire point of the fic is to be a little angsty, but mostly building towards something good. Which seems to be the tone of the first fic, anyway! And, boy, am I looking forward to more in this series! The first fic is pretty well stand-alone as it is, if you don't mind it ending when Loki has to leave, it gives a good ending point, but I'm also fond of this fic because it built the necessary background and told it to me in a way that I found interesting and worked well with the faux-Shakespeare dialogue this world has. The way the author built Loki's magic, why it works and why it doesn't work, the way he disguises himself, but it won't last forever, I thought that was interesting and clever as well. But mostly I love this Loki who is wary and secretive and good with words, except somehow this Thor turns everything on its head and gets under his skin, this Thor having such a presence when Loki talks to him, and you don't know how much I love that. I would have loved this just for the concept alone, but instead I really liked a lot of what the author did with it here. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: untitled by fickleobsessions SUMMARY: Loki breaks into Odin’s vault on the day of his son’s coronation because he wants to remind the Aesir that priceless relic, the casket, does not belong to them. REC: This is a short piece but one that is, oh, so very good. It's really just the one moment, where Jotunn!Loki sneaks into Asgard's vault to remind them of certain things and, of course, runs into Thor. This is a Loki who is devious and sharp and sly and deliciously competent, going up against such a strong presence like Thor's, which all too often gets lost in good Loki characterization. I feel like there's not enough fic in fandom where I get both, so I treasure it when I get it--which is especially fantastic, considering the lenght of the piece. And not that I wouldn't readk 100k words of this world and this set up, but I also thought it worked perfectly well as a short piece. Just, oh, this was really good. :9 (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: All Messed Up In You by Hel SUMMARY: "What are you doing?" Thor asked.

"Just going to clean up the mess you've made," Loki said.

"Let me do it for you," Thor said after a brief pause, looking straight at Loki. REC: Rimming/felching is one of those kinks that isn't necessarily my kink, but I'll give it a shot every so often for the occasional fic that winds up being super hot for it. And, oh, I do love when Loki's prickly exterior is broken down enough that he's practically writhing around and Thor enjoys doing that to him, enjoys taking Loki apart like that, to see something real from Loki, and I do love how much they both clearly enjoyed this. It was a great blend of enthusiasm and just totally wrecked Loki pleading for more that made it super hot and satisfying. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) AVENGERS/THOR: Force of Persuasion by a-walking-accident NOTE: The author warns that this is at the far end of non-con and that's a good warning to pay attention to. SUMMARY: I find you in a wreckage of concrete and tatters. The bruised look in your eyes turn hard at the sight of me. Mercurial lips curve in a sneer. You try to lift yourself out of the crevice, but I push you back in. REC: I will definitely admit that this fic is not going to be for everyone, that it's about on the edge of what I can tolerate to read, with Thor forcing himself on Loki here, but what made it a fascinating read for me was... well, I picked up this fic because, oh, hey, porn! I'm cool with some non-con in my reading! And this was definitely more towards non-con than dub-con (which is where I usually live), which I usually have trouble putting together with Thor, an author has to work hard to get me to believe it. But here it's about... Thor so dearly wants Loki to come home, has pleaded with him, has asked him again and again, as well as being at the end of the movie, where he is sick of Loki's shit and Loki's resolve to do terrible things, so he's pushed to the edges of his temper. And they are from a warrior's society, but this fic never forgets that Thor loves Loki, even as he takes him by force. It's only cruel in that Thor is trying to slap Loki out of his insanity and the ending gave me so many feelings. That does not make any of this okay, the fic doesn't really to justify that. But it does embrace the fucked up dynamic they have here and it's more about Thor breaking Loki's resistance down than it is about the porn and that's what intrigued the hell out of me and made me love this a lot. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) AVENGERS/THOR: Insensate by undrockroll SUMMARY: After a terrible skirmish in a neighboring realm, Loki is left completely broken and must go through a severely painful healing process. Thor vows to never let feel his brother feel pain again, and Loki vows to never feel at all. Pre-Thor (movie). REC: I'll admit, I did get thrown by the descriptions of Loki supposed being so much more slender and smaller than Thor (he is shorter and more slender, but everyone is compared to Thor!) but other than that, I really loved just about everything about this fic. (And even that works for me because this is from Thor's point of view and Thor probably considers everyone pretty delicate in comparison to him and he's... not entirely wrong. Not right either, but....) Because this Loki isn't fragile, he comes through something that most people couldn't hope to live through (having been so gravely wounded that it takes even his healing months to repair) and does so all the more determined. Not necessarily in a good way, but showing that he certainly does have resolve and the author gets that across beautifully, right along with the mischievous streak he has (when Thor won't leave him alone) and the anger that simmers under the surface and the deep seated desire he has for affection from Thor. He hides it well, but Thor is, as ever, able to eventually pull these things from him.

And I do like that, despite Thor trying to give him some space, despite that Thor tries to let him handle this his own way, he also is so Thor about it and won't let his brother do something stupid like shut off all sensation all together. He's loud and impossible to ignore and stubborn and so very protective of the one he loves and just charges right ahead with what he thinks is best! The progress of their relationship, the way the author uses these events to bring feelings and reactions to the surface, so that they're pushed just enough to admit to the attraction to each other, so that they finally kiss and then start thinking about it, all of that builds up to the climax of the story very nicely. Which is also very satisfying, for the little touches (Loki using magic to slide a lubricated hand down Thor's cock or shifting his insides to make a little more room to fit Thor or the way he enjoys the edge of sweet pain to their joining or enchanting the blankets up over them afterwards, I love these things!) but also just for being satisfying porn. p.s. When an author can give Loki nearly feline grace and do it well? Bless them forever. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) AVENGERS/THOR: The Temptress by rocknrolljunkie989 SUMMARY: Thor is visited by a mysterious midnight visitor, one who consumes his every waking moment REC: I have a few caveats about this story. The prose of it is rough around the edges, there are a few too many epithets (but by no means horrible! just noticable) and the occasional stiff or jarring line against the faux Shakespeare dialogue. Thor's characterization is off in the beginning (a little too cliche in his near worship of this strange woman that comes to his room many nights), unless it's due to the effect of a spell (which isn't entirely clear) but strengthens up by the middle of the second chapter and then becomes really good. There's also not really any Lady Loki sexytimes, which disappointed me, because I had hoped for them in a fic where Loki disguises himself as a woman to seduce Thor. Okay, those are my caveats, which I mention largely because I was delighted with the potential in this fic otherwise! The dialogue is easily readable and doesn't go too far, but still has that faux-Shakespeare touch to it that's hard to balance well, and let me imagine them as the characters I saw on the screen. These words felt right to these characters, in a way that terrifies me to completate doing on my own, so I know how difficult that can be and I treasure when an author can really nail their speech patterns well, like this one here.

Once the fic got to the second chapter, it actually did really well with both of them as characters, as Loki's plans fell apart around him and Thor found out the truth and I love how angry Loki was, how much resentment had festered in him, that this Thor managed to stop and listen to what he was saying long enough to really hear him. I love that this Thor takes a bit of time to decide how to proeceed with what Loki's done and what it means between them, I love that there's several long, tense moments that we don't know what he's thinking about, because this is from Loki's point of view. I love that the author writes such solid characterization for both of them (given that it's before any of the events in Thor could take place), it's a good mix of the Loki who was holding his shit together pretty well but obviously had issues and the Thor who is arrogant and reckless but still kind and loving and who genuinely cares for his brother and a good sharp slap in the face wakes him up here. And, of course, I enjoyed the satisfying sex at the end, especially since the tone of it fits these characters well--it's enthusiastic and loving, but not without a bit of a oh, finally intensity to it that I enjoyed. Overall, this fic is rough around the edges, yes, but I would love to read more from the author and I think they have a lot of potential that I really want to see drawn out. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)
AVENGERS/THOR: naught but blood and bone by hannibalisms
SUMMARY: He settles down on the cliff, looking down at his brother. He should be escaping - he should be making a run for it, of course, but this is too good to not watch. It is not often that he saw Thor fighting with his full strength for something other than his father's name - Thor's father, not his - and he cannot pass it up.
REC: Oh, this fic really, really worked for me. It's something I had halfways given thought to, all the ways that conversation did and didn't go when Thor and Loki first saw each other again, how things might have been a little different if they hadn't been interrupted or the conversation was just a bit different, if Loki had confessed a bit more, but I didn't realize how badly I needed it until I read this fic. Where Thor defeats Iron Man and Captain America, where Loki can't help himself, he has to stay and watch because Thor is fighting for Loki here, it'd be madness to leave this. But that means Thor is more able to pin him down, both physically and verbally, which is added to Loki already starting to lose his cool and then it's just-- it goes in a different direction from canon, where Thor undoes him and Loki's desperation leaks through and he admits to more of what's really going on with Thanos and it's... the author does a fantastic job with thoroughly capturing my imagination here, of wondering how the rest of this would all play out. Images of Thor and Loki working together again, even as Loki is so angry and hurt, are going to haunt me now! But also! Thor just grabs hold of his younger brother and refuses to let him wriggle away from this and sees Loki, so when Thor just throws an arm over Loki when they're ready to sleep it's not just about the physical movement, but about how it punched me right in the feelings and dug its hooks into me. (Thor/Loki.)
AVENGERS/THOR: Einarr by GeminiStep
SUMMARY: A young Loki makes a friend in some old ruins as he tries to deal with his brother pulling away.
REC: I can't lie, this fic gave me a whole lot of feels. Between a younger Loki feeling isolated and lonely with Thor growing distant from him as well as his bonding with a cat he meets out in the woods, yeah, this fic was pretty well designed to punch me in the feelings. Which it definitely wound up doing by the end of the fic, even when I knew where this had to be going. What the author does is get across Loki's confusion about why Thor doesn't seem to want to be around him anymore and the growing anger at that, the growing isolation of a kid who doesn't really fit in, then adds in an animal companion that makes for a good creature to spill all his woes to, as he's still young enough to do so. It's actually pretty sweet in all the right moments (without being saccharine!) and will likely hit pretty hard with those who have had cats before, as the author clearly as, not just from this being cathartic for that, but in the way... the way you treat a cat, the way a cat treats you, the relationship you form with the cat, that all felt spot on here. But it's also in the end with Loki having grown up a lot (despite the lengthy duration of their lives, which the author wove in nicely), the passage of time, and even Loki getting his moments of bamfness and as;ldfkjasl;kj the brief Thor pov scene at the end! The way he obviously does care about his brother and has his own reasons for behaving the way he does! I totally had all the feelings inside me by the end of this fic. (Thor/Loki.)
AVENGERS/THOR: Chances Lost by marchingjaybird
SUMMARY: Loki falls into old patterns again.
REC: This is actually 616-based Thor/Loki, but, eh, I found that it worked well with the MCU versions pictured in my head. As always, I've been reading a lot of genfic (or fic that doesn't have much romantic resolution yet) which means I've also been seeking out fic that gives me the resolution I'm craving and this was pretty perfect for that. It's not meant to be more than a small moment in their lives, but it's lovely for how much it says about Thor and Loki's relationship, how many second chances there are between them, how there will always be more, how they both react to that, how wily and twisty Loki's character is, how Thor's affection for him is solid in return, even as they're kind of fucked up. But it's also just really hot, really satisfying porn that's written in a lovely way and I love when there's quiet, subtle character insight mixed together with porn. All my favorite things! (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)
AVENGERS/THOR: I Wanna Fight (All Through the Night) by cheshire-ree
SUMMARY: There was a tumble, wrestling, blind fury and blows struck at each other. And an accidental grind of hips. Ah, so that’s how they got here.
REC: I've been reading a lot of gen lately, so I needed something to balance that out and this fic came along at just the right time.... The beginning of it is a bit rough, by no means unreadable, but it does take a page or so to smooth out and get going a bit more. And this fic is... it's the kind of fic where it's about just totally wrecking Loki, about Thor undoing him so completely that Loki is just a mess and has lost all his cool and is so, so delicious that way. I definitely have a thing for that sometimes, so Loki clawing at the sheets while Thor blows him or Loki hissing obscenities because Thor's just fucking around with him now or Loki being utterly acidic when Thor makes him admit what he wants? That is right in my wheelhouse. All the more delicious for me because Loki's so pissed off about how much he wants Thor and how good Thor is at this, goddammit, all the more delicious for how sharp he is here. All that and really hot actual sex. Bless this author. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)
AVENGERS/THOR: The Best Nightmare Ever by nicevenn
SUMMARY: 1 Loki + 1 horny Thor + 2 sleeping twins + 1 bed = I'm going to hell.
REC: Oh, man, this is one of those things where I feel like I should be more ashamed of myself for liking this than I am, because I'm usually a great big NO to the idea... but that's in real life, not in fiction. Besides, Thor and Loki having their own kids is fairly rare-ish in fic, so I was pleased about that already! I love domestic things when they're well-written! I was already happy with the whole family curled up in bed together, but then, well. Thor's a horndog and Loki can't resist him very well and the writing is so good that it just... well, if we're going to hell, I guess at least I'm getting really good porn out of it. Especially when Loki's kind of delightfully evil at the end--even if Thor more than deserves it. Just. Happiness and porn and a bit of snark. Yes, good, all of this is good. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)
AVENGERS/THOR: Less Than Kind by Jenavira
SUMMARY: When Loki first turned on Asgard, Odin Allfather ordered the building of a cell, a chamber so laced with all the magic of the realm that even Loki Liesmith would not be able to escape it.
REC: Sometimes it's really difficult to describe a fic, to say why I loved something so much and why it had such an affect on me, when everything I think to say about it sounds boring or cliche, that it's nothing I haven't read a hundred times already. And maybe that's true (that I've read these things a bunch of times before), but it certainly doesn't feel that way while I'm reading, because my fannish heart ached the entire time. It's a short piece, just over 2k words, but it's paced really well and framed really well in a series of short scenes, allowing for the passage of time in a good narrative flow, to show the series of meetings between Thor and Loki when Thor goes to visit his brother. It allows for a series of times that Loki is still lashing out at Thor, deliberately making him uncomfortable, but still Thor persists in trying to reach him, until one day he gets under Loki's skin and then, well. Then my feelings were all over the place. It's also that the writing of this is lovely, it's smooth to read and knows how to write an elegant line so that it's a subtle punch to the feelings. It's beautiful and ouchy, but also not soul-crushing. It's an in-between piece, but stands very well on its own and I enjoyed it greatly for that. (Implications of Thor/Loki.)
AVENGERS/THOR: The Frost Giant and the Huntsman by Black_Rien
SUMMARY: It was a cruel, and unnatural winter, and Thor was supposed to hunt down the Frost Giant who laid the curse upon the land. The queen promised him that his lost wife would be returned to him, for the last Frost Giant's heart. He knew he was a fool for believing the queen's lies, but he still obeyed... until he saw him, sitting so lovely underneath the frozen trees...
REC: I have often seen art for SWATH crossovers and I think there are a handful of fics floating around (which I've put into my queue of things to be read) but I finally settled in to read this one today and, oh, the author has this style that's difficult to describe, but fits this kind of story so well! There's something that's just very fairy tale-like to the writing and the way the author uses descriptions painted these lovely images in my head, ones that were so easy to see in the Snow White movie setting. It blends both Thor and Snow White and the Huntsman well, it wasn't a jarring fusion for me at all, as well as capturing that sense of magic in the world, with just enough dark touches to suit both worlds once again. I'm a little "...." at Frigga being used for the evil Queen role, but she gets to be terrifying and badass, so I can live with it this once. It's only two chapters so far, but it's such a lovely read and I'm already dying for more that I'm a bit in love already. (Thor/Loki.)
AVENGERS/THOR: The Masochism Tango by Lise
SUMMARY: The feeling of vulnerability had never been one that Loki savored. But there were times…oh, there were times, on his knees as in defeat (kneel!) and -
REC: The author isn't kidding about this Loki being fucked up, but, oh, it's in such a delicious way and it plays with how much he hates himself and I definitely can't lie that Loki selfcest asphyxiation porn wasn't something I was going to read. It's a combination of using the porn to illustrate some insights into Loki's character, how he punishes himself and how this turns him on, as well as writing scorchingly hot porn with really beautiful descriptions. Everything about this fic is meant to be sharp and cutting, every line of dialogue is perfectly delivered and it's so easy to see Loki like this for me, this is how I view him a lot of the time, it fits so well with my feelings on the character. The threats of violence, the hurt he does to himself, the way he wants to be wrecked here, oh, that's so beautifully written. And so, so hot.

Which all before Thor is even mentioned, because once he is? Again, it's that combination of scorchingly hot porn (and implications of how Thor would fuck him) and the insight into Loki's character and his relationship with/feelings towards Thor. Plus, I have to be impressed with a fic that does a brilliant job of never naming the other character (but it's not a surprise if you read the tags) and yet never feeling awkward for it, the fic is beautiful on a technical level as well as an emotional one. Just. Yes, give me more of this forever. (Loki/Loki, some Thor/Loki, somewhat dark, NSFW.)
AVENGERS/THOR: wearing my heart on a noose by Canute
SUMMARY: Loki succeeds in taking over Midgard. Using the Stark tower as his new domain, he rules earth with the Avengers, brainwashed, at his side, and that happens to include his-not brother.

But Thor's eyes have always been a little too blue.
REC: Oh, I love this. It's beautifully written and the gorgeous thing about it is what I firmly agree is Loki's greatest tragedy--what he's going after isn't what's making him happy or going to make him happy. Even when he wins, even when he has control of those around him, even when he has Thor at his side, he's still miserable. The author does a gorgeous job of showing that in subtle (and sometimes not so subtle, but that's Loki when he's so full of self-hate) ways and having the characters not mindless zombies, but instead they're mostly still themselves, they're almost normal around him and that lends it an even more heartbreaking and gorgeous air. Of course the ending is wonderful and a little fucked up to get there, but that's what you get with this pairing sometimes. Beautiful. (Thor/Loki.)
AVENGERS/THOR: Scars by chubbychoco
SUMMARY: Loki knew Thor’s body as well as he knew his own.
REC: This is a short piece, but it's sweet (a little bittersweet, but a happy sort, as things are better now, this is more a reflection on the harshness of their lives) and kind of fluffy (fluffy angst, but fluffy all the same) and just kind of one of those things that did well for me tonight. I can see Loki as the type who gets lost in his thoughts from time to time, especially when mired in thoughts of the darker times of their lives, often hurting himself by reminding himself of those times, which I tolerate really well when Thor is there to bring him out of it and Loki lets him. I could use some angsty sweetness tonight and this delivered nicely. (Thor/Loki.)
AVENGERS/THOR: Torpor by ambersagen
SUMMARY: written for the prompt 'Imagine your OTP coming home after a hike exhausted.'
REC: This is just a short piece, I read it on a whim, and didn't know what to entirely expect from it, but! Oh, I got one of my favorite things--exhausted cuddling! When Thor and Loki return, muddied and tired from a hunt, Loki crabbing and Thor just tired, I knew I was going to be at least charmed by this fic. And then they fall into the same bed, tired beyond belief, and Thor just grabs hold of Loki to pull him close, no matter how Loki tries to tiredly wriggle away? Yes, perfect. Especially when Thor's just so tiredly content about Loki's crabbing and inability to get away! Ahhhh, so many feelings, you guys--! (Thor/Loki.) → gone by kiyala, thor/loki + other asgardians, 2k
    Thor takes his relationship with Loki for granted. Loki is not happy about this. Some lessons need to be learned the hard way.
    When you have a fic like this, when it's about anger and resentment between Thor and Loki boiling up and over the surface pre-Thor, you have to find a good balance to still be interesting, but also work as build-up towards the events we saw in the movie. This fic does a gorgeous job of that, of playing with Loki's resentment at the way Thor treats him and doesn't see what he's doing, with Thor's learning an important lesson, with giving the reader emotional resolution here, while still setting this in their past and working with the eventual events of the movie. The author does a beautiful job of making me absolutely adore the ending while still knowing there's a lingering darkness that's not gone away--and it's not an unhappy ending, despite that! But the real reason this fic is gorgeous is, oh, that moment when Thor catches Loki with Fandral, when there's that confrontation and Loki's so angry and cutting, it's that moment that's immensely satisfying to read about in fic, the kind that has to be perfectly described and timed and, oh, this author did that so very well.

Avengers/Thor: A Symbol of Peace by bellacatbee - One of the best things about getting into a fandom like Thor's fandom is that you can read a summary like, Loki is the symbol of peace. He will be ravished by Thor in place of his kingdom. Only Loki does not want to be a symbol. An Alternate Universe where Loki is given to Thor to keep the peace between their homelands. and actually have a pretty decent chance of getting a good fic out of it. BECAUSE I LOVE SHIT LIKE THIS, IT IS DELICIOUS CANDY TO ME. The author does a lovely job of selling it, especially getting into Loki's character, who is manipulative, afraid, not entirely good, but still with real feelings and so much potential for something good, so much that's not poisoned about him. Sure, I love Loki being given to Thor, who totally wants to ravish him in that way that Thor totally would, but I think I enjoyed it even more for actual Loki characterization, a look at how he would react to being in a different set of circumstances. But, yeah, okay, it's also pretty hot. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) AVENGERS/THOR: untitled by cheshire-ree SUMMARY: Yet, Thor’s eyes were always tilted towards Loki, dark as thunderstorms, Balder imagined. Even now, as they were pleasuring him, it was like he wasn’t even a part of this completely. REC: This is a really short piece, but I have a weakness for Thor/Balder/Loki fic in general, but most especially when Balder's sort of the odd man out in the Thor/Loki relationship, where they're practically using him as a proxy, which... I mean, I sort of feel badly for Balder, but also sort of don't, because it's that really beautiful kind of just fucked up enough to be delicious that I like. And I really did enjoy the way Thor and Loki couldn't stop paying attention to each other even when Balder was still between them. (Thor/Balder/Loki, Thor/Loki, NSFW.) AVENGERS/THOR: rescue by kiyala SUMMARY: Loki is kidnapped. Thor rescues him. REC: This is short, but this author knows how to do so much with a short piece and how to write it so that it doesn't need to be any longer than it is. The author also does a beautiful job with the underlying tension between the characters, how it's so very clear that they love each other, that this is an intimate relationship, but doesn't need to use explicitly sexual touches to convey it. Oh, they're pretty obviously sexually attracted to each other or even in that kind of relationship, but I loved that I felt it in their relationship, rather than having to have it directly pointed out to me. But also I love Loki's damaged pride at having been so wounded that Thor needed to help him, that you can see why it'd be another thing he's resentful of, but also another reason that he loves Thor so very dearly, because Thor would fight through hell one-handed to save him and it wouldn't be for bragging rights, it would be because he loves Loki. I love that this fic gets that love/hate touch in, but that it's primarily a happy, almost sweet fic and, ahhhh, those are my favorites pre-Thor, especially when there's clearly just so much between these characters. (Thor/Loki.)

AVENGERS/THOR: Castle of Glass by Andae

SUMMARY: Loki Laufeyson, third son of the King of Jotunheim, had many brilliant ideas in his life, but sneaking into Asgard wasn't one of them.

REC: I do have some caveats about this fic, with how it's more tell than show, it's stiff in the characterization at times (Thor especially, is either too immature or else too... nerveless, I guess is the description I'm looking for, for my tastes) and in the flow of events. But the writing is such that the author has a lot of potential and there is a lot of solid world building here and I enjoy a lot of choices the author made, especially with Loki's children coming to Asgard with him and the reason Loki is in Asgard in the first place. I read all 26k words of this and I will definitely be going back for more because the author is doing a lovely job of actually building a life for the characters here, once Loki has sneaked into Asgard, gotten caught, then become a political hostage (if a well-treated one, as Asgard does similarly with Freyja), and starts to settle in. And I like the balance between Loki's anger at the situation, his homesickness for Jotunheim (and that his family loved him and was reluctant to give him up, that Laufey would have gone to war for him, if Loki hadn't had a cooler head about the situation), and that things aren't entirely terrible for him here.

I'm enjoying the slow build with Thor as well, that it's been this many words and they're both still not yet ready to admit attraction to each other, so I hope that it'll continue on for quite some time and really be a satisfying read for that! And I enjoy that the author really is working in the other characters, that Frigga has a lovely role in the fic, that Freyja has something of a friendship with Loki, that Hela has such a strong little personality even when she's so quiet, it's nice to have a strong female presence in a fic like this! The fic certainly helped with that feeling I've been having lately, that I haven't had many slow build AU fics to sink my teeth into lately, so I came away from this one satisfied and feeling better. It's a solid story and solid world building here, which is something I dearly love in fandom. (Thor/Loki.)

AVENGERS/THOR: one small touch by kiyala

SUMMARY: Thor has sensitive nipples. Loki exploits this fact.

REC: Ahhhh, I love this kind of fic because it hits exactly the right notes and kinks I have--when Loki finds something that gets under Thor's skin and exploits it, of course he doesn't do so in a wasteful sort of way. No, instead he waits for the right moment, then uses it to make Thor lose control and fuck him even harder, because that's what Loki wants. And, oh, this Loki is so good at winding Thor around his fingers this way, at pulling Thor's strings to get what he wants. All of this on top of super hot sex, especially when Loki's in Thor's lap, touching him just right until Thor's practically lifting him up to slam him back down. I, um. May have a thing for that and this fic did very well with it. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

AVENGERS/THOR: untitled by culpaeros

SUMMARY: When did things become so precarious, so difficult, and yet so easily accepted?

REC: This is a short piece, really only about a page long, and it's fairly pwp, but that's exactly what I was looking for. I've been reading a lot of longer, more general-rated fics and sometimes I just need to take a break where Thor and Loki fuck before I lose my mind. So, this came along at the right time and it's an intimate moment between them, a familiarity between them that's lovely for how much it says about how well they know each other and love each other. There are a few too many epithets for my taste (but not terrible!) but the fic makes up for it with Thor treating Loki carefully, who is like, fuck that, and slides onto Thor's lap to ride him and that is always good for me. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

AVENGERS/THOR: By watchfires and thrones of crowned kings by Melitot

SUMMARY: From enemies to consorts, like Bor and Bestla, toward centuries of bright prosperity.

REC: This is a series of four (at the time of this rec, of course) fics that are all less than 1k words each, but I wound up really liking the way they read together. The writing is the type that has to be pulled off carefully for me and I think a lot of that can be chalked up to the fics being a translation as well, that sort of dreamy, elegant, sort of flowery style of prose that works well here. I can be pretty fussy about that, I admit! But I liked these fics a lot, I liked that they're set at different points in Thor and Loki's lives, that each one of them gives me such intense feelings as Thor wants his brother back, but Loki is so full of fury and rage still. It works for me because I think the author is working them towards something better, so I wallow around in the feelings and beautiful turns of phrase--especially story #2, where Loki points out that it wasn't just that Thor didn't realize how he felt, but that Thor didn't want to know and, oh, when a fic can tear my heart out like that, I know it's doing something right. Still. I'm really hoping for a good ending for these two, I don't want my heart crushed--! (Thor/Loki.)

AVENGERS/THOR: Bitten by Wingstar102

SUMMARY: Loki is always more than happy to oblige...

REC: This is another short fic, just over 700 words, but it works because it's not meant to be more than just a quick ficlet, just about a particular kink Thor wants and Loki obliges him with. Well, it's half about being a summary of how Loki has come to be where he is now, half about Loki riding the hell out of Thor (ahhhh one of my favorite things!) who has a vampire kink (though, this fic is not precisely about actual vampires, just the vampire trappings, which works just as well for me!) and how much Loki enjoys it as much as Thor does, how much he enjoys being right where he is--But these moments, as far as Loki was concerned, were the best. Filled almost past his limit, loving hands caressing and petting his flushed skin, adoring words whispered into his ears, the slightly sweet tang of Thor‘s coppery blood trickling over his tongue. Vampire themes and lovely porn and a sharp but saner Loki? It's like this fic could have been written for me. (Thor/Loki, nsfw.)

AVENGERS/THOR: what i became (because of you) by dreabean

SUMMARY: A what if story, featuring the death of Odin. Odin dies trying to explain to Loki about the deception of his birth. Loki, suddenly the King of Asgard, must learn to be something he isn't. Thor must learn to be human, without ever knowing what is it to be a hero.

REC: This is going to be one of those fics that's a little face-clawing to wait through the parts of, because I just want Thor and Loki to resolve their sexual tension already, I just want Thor to get his powers back already, I just want to have the entire fic already! Despite that it's already over 10k words and the author is doing a lot of really lovely story building here, it's definitely one of those that got under my skin because it's so intriguing and I'm itching for the resolution to come already! I read the entire first four chapters pretty much in one sitting, just sucked right into the way the story develops, if Odin had died that day in the Vault and how that would have changed so much--how Loki doesn't have that same sharp drive to prove himself to his father and that changes so much. It means he's a little calmer, though, no less lost, for his world having dropped out from underneath him, but a little more willing to listen to his mother and the others around him, it means there's a little more time for Sif and the Warriors Three to come around (I enjoy that, while Sif may seem like a jerk at first, I think a lot of that is because we only have Loki's pov on the scenes and that she has good reason, that he has to come around on her just as much as she has to come around on him), it gives Thor more time to settle into the idea of being a mortal, which gives Loki still yet more time to settle down.

The author builds these scenes beautifully, I love when an author can change just a few things, ones that ripple outward in their effects, and have me intrigued by this new world they're building, the way things might have gone. I am intrigued by so much here, with the building plot with Jotunheim not being done (and so so curious how that's going to affect everything), I love that Thor is so... Thor about settling into mortal life, that it's difficult and hurts him a great deal, but he still faces it with optimism and naturally has people gravitate towards him and (like we saw in the movie while he was mortal) can still kick the ass out of anyone who fights him. It's perfect, in the way that it kind of hurts me to read his scenes, I want Aesir!Thor back so badly, yet I love what the author has done with him. And I want him back in Asgard, but I also am enjoying so much that Loki has to learn to be a good king. The being torn in two directions with this fic is one of those things that, though I complain about it, is how I know it's well-written and lovely. Now I just need the next chapter already.... (Thor/Loki.)

AVENGERS/THOR: Shadows by LAnneWriter (Stareena)

SUMMARY: Sif confesses a secret and Volstagg is there to listen.

REC: This is a short piece, but I love it for focusing on Sif and Volstagg's friendship, which has never really gotten that much attention, but works beautifully here. I love how sympathetic Sif is, how her problem is understandable, how she's pained by her unrequited feelings for Thor, but there's no real bitterness there. In these circumstances, that's exactly how I imagine Sif would react and it's all the better that Volstagg is such a good friend to her. For all that it's a bittersweet position for her to be in (knowing that she has Thor's friendship, but her feelings for him aren't the same as his for hers), it's actually a rather sweet, uplifting piece. (Implied Thor/Loki, unrequited Thor/Sif.)

AVENGERS/THOR: Lira by epistolic

SUMMARY: This is not the sort of beauty he understands. The fleeting, sudden sort of beauty – that is Loki’s domain.

REC: This is a short piece, but it's lovely and I love it for achieving what it set out to do--create this quiet, intimate moment one night in Thor and Loki's past, when Loki wanted to share something with Thor, who was caught up in Loki and how much he loved his brother. The fic does a beautiful job of giving me so many feels while reading, for balancing the implication of more between them without precisely going there yet, for getting in little touches about the cold that doesn't bother Loki as much as it does Thor without being obvious, it could have just been nothing. It's a quiet moment that's all about the connection between them as they watch a shooting star in the middle of the night, how they let their guards down around each other, how there's an intimacy that you feel with them, one that they don't share with anyone else. Lovely. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: Kissing by cuervonegro

SUMMARY: ‘Remember when you two kissed?’

REC: I know this is a short piece, one that should almost belong in the fancomics recs section (as the accompanying art is a large part of the draw) but, whatever, I do what I want. And, oh, this is so precious and darling that I can hardly stand it! You know what the fandom needs more of? Well, one of the things. EMBARRASSING BABY STORIES. Especially ones with accompanying art that show precious darling babies Thor and Loki dressing up for a wedding and kissing, as well as the current day sketch of Thor and Loki being embarrassed and Frigga enjoying their suffering. Nothing about this is not a pure explosion of JOY. (Thor/Loki.)

AVENGERS/THOR: Dearest Brother by mischievouschan

SUMMARY: Where Thor is not only the God of Thunder, but also the God of Sex, and Loki isn't complaining at all...nope, not one bit. Just a typical night in bed with the two brothers; typical meaning hot, steamy sex.

REC: I'm pretty sure I've read this fic before, but I can't find a previous rec, so maybe I read it on tumblr or on the kinkmeme and wasn't recommending fic from there yet or something. Whatever the reason, it's worth a re-rec if I already have because, oh, it's pretty much just pure straight-up porn and sometimes I really need that when I've been reading UST-laden or gen fic all day instead. And it's not shy porn, either, but the kind that is satisfying for how thorough it is--and I love how enthusastic the fic is about the sex as well, how Loki wants this and how Thor clearly enjoys wrecking Loki's calm, enjoys how wanton Loki is, how the fic enjoys how good Thor is at sex. Which Loki clearly enjoys as well, with how well he responds to Thor's force and thorough fucking of him, which is, ahhh, so good for me, when Thor just takes him, in that way they both want. This is the kind of fic that I keep on-hand to reread every so often, when I've been reading genfic for too long, because it never gets any less satisfying or any less good for me. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

AVENGERS/THOR: Order by cheshire-ree

SUMMARY: Loki works at a coffee shop, and Thor is a regular. A rather annoying regular. (And Loki did not like him, contrary to popular belief.)

REC: I never used to be big on coffee shop AU fics until this fandom rolled around and, suddenly, they're the most delightful things! This one is no exception, as it's spread across several months, just brief flashes of scenes to give the feeling of time passing, of how many times Thor and Loki have met over that counter. It's light-hearted and lovely, just the perfect little present to read when I wanted something to make my heart glad again. (Thor/Loki.)

AVENGERS/THOR: untitled by wantstobelieve

SUMMARY: "Are you trying to lead me away from the light, brother?"

REC: This is a short piece, but it comes with absolutely stunning art. Every time I go back to look at the images of Loki and Thor here, my breath is nearly taken away all over again, for the sly look on Loki's face as he glances back, the direct and intense and powerful look as Thor looks straight on. The use of color is lovely, Loki in cooler blues to Thor's warmer golds, but it's really the way they're turned that says everything about these characters and their relationship. The expressions on their faces, the little touches (Loki's hands trailing over the spines of the books, the light shining on Thor as he focuses solely on Loki), I cannot get over the gorgeousness of this. But then there's an accompanying ficlet that's so good, that fits the art pieces beautifully, that's about the long, winding, journey through the library as much as it is about the end result, that it's about Thor following Loki through all this knowledge as much as it is about when they finally stop and Thor's hands are on Loki, his cock inside Loki. All of it is just perfect and it once again stuns me how amazing this fandom is at giving us beautiful things. (Thor/Loki, nsfw.) AVENGERS/THOR: The Century He Was Sixteen by killyourheroes

SUMMARY: Teenage godlings. Loki accompanies Thor to a sparring match. Naturally, Loki gets to request a boon of Thor, despite the fact that Thor is doing the fighting. Loki asks for something unexpected and ends up being the one surprised.

REC: Another short story tonight, I know, but I'm in the middle of longer ones so I keep taking breaks with shorter pieces while I read. And this one is lovely, it's just a short scene, it could almost have been routine in their lives, for Thor challenging another fighter and having a great battle that he enjoys, except this time Loki asks a boon of him if he wins--a kiss. The author does a beautiful job of getting in Loki's sly motivations and yet his nervousness, that this is important to him and he's not entirely sure how to handle it, especially when he doesn't really fit in normally, much less with these feelings he has for Thor. The writing does such a fantastic job of getting across that they're teenagers here, it just feels so very... teenager. It's a lovely mix of good writing, good characterization, love and resentment, happiness and anger, and, oh, a lovely ending that was just a touch hot/gorgeous and totally feelings-laden. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: Here At The End Of All Things by sykaer

SUMMARY: The universe ends, yet Thor and Loki still live.

REC: This is definitely a bittersweet story, but I like those once in awhile, when it's at least about how Thor and Loki are always drawn back to each other in the end, when it's always these two at the end of the day. When everything else in the Nine Realms is done, when there's no one else left, it's just the two of them, and the writing is lovely for how there's a sense of that that's how it's supposed to be. There's a beautiful sense of comfort here, something very like peace in them both, between the two of them, when it's just them in Jotunheim, one of the last places left. I almost feel like it shouldn't work, that Thor of all people shouldn't be this okay with everyone else being dead, but the author pulls it off somehow. The sense of all the time that's passed, just so much of it and how it's not about keeping things forever, but about the experience of them, that he was part of something wonderful and he's grateful for that. For all that this is a fic that I would have thought would make me at least a little mopey, it actually delighted me and completely charmed me, it made me feel better about how, no matter what's between them, they're always together in the end. (Thor/Loki, with implications to background pairings.) AVENGERS/THOR: Hand in Hand by Canute

SUMMARY: It is wrong, and Thor cannot help it.

REC: I don't always read everything right away (I put stuff on my reader and I don't always have time when I'm actively on-line) but I haunt the Loki tag on AO3, so I see when stuff gets posted, and, oh, this author posted something? Well, let me make a special point to read that immediately then. And, boy, am I glad I did because it's beautifully written, spanning from when Loki was just an infant that Thor watched protectively over, to their childhood, to becoming young adults, giving a lovely sense of how deep their history is, winding it together with the common theme of their joined hands. Whether it's walking through the palace together or Thor holding Loki's hand while he does magic for the first time or helping him walk for the first time or when he's imagining fucking Loki for the first time, hands roaming everywhere on him. All of it's gorgeously done, beautiful for the emotions and the brotherly (and not-so-brotherly) relationship between them. This was such a beautiful read tonight. (Thor/Loki, briefly nsfw.) AVENGERS/THOR: fine word; legitimate by dance_at_bougival

SUMMARY: If he be worthy, his father whispers; and he feels his heart hammer in his chest, pounding against his ribcage, his limbs trembling like a spent horse. If he be worthy, he shall possess the power of Thor.

REC: I am always so wary when I start in on one of this author's fics because the writing is always gorgeous, but it's always the kind of story that just rips my heart out and may very well actually make me cry. This one didn't quite go that far, but it definitely was full of gorgeously done ouchy feelings, as Loki grows up, the theme of what makes one 'worthy' threaded throughout each of the scenes. It's focused on the differences between Thor and Loki, their strengths and weaknesses that complement each other's, even as you can feel the beginnings of resentment settling into Loki, just as much as he loves Thor. What this author really does best of all, though, is the trio of Thor and Loki and Sif, how the three of them have all these layered and different relationships with each other, how no one is purely one thing or another, no one is purely good or evil, but it's all gorgeously complicated between them. And, oh, the ending is difficult, but beautiful all the same. (Implications of Thor/Loki, Loki/Sif, maybe Thor/Loki/Sif, it's not nailed down.) AVENGERS/THOR: No Blood in the Shoe by lexicale

SUMMARY: Following the ball at the palace, Thor discovers that Loki is "captive" on Jotunheim and goes off on a good intentioned but poorly thought out rescue mission.

This would be the 'search with the shoe after the ball' part of Cindereloki.

NOTE: This is a sequel to That Silver and Gold May Come Down and Cover Me, which should be read first.

REC: Speaking of fic that's going to haunt me until I have the rest of it! I saw this was a follow-up to the Cindereloki fic and pretty much immediately snatched it up to read it, because I've been hoping for a sequel where Thor goes chasing after Loki. I pretty much just expected a fun fairy tale AU fic (because I love those!) but, instead, I found a fic that seems to be gearing up to do several things I love in fic. It does indeed have a fairy tale feel to it, but it's even more a story about Thor's arrogance and the messes he makes because he's not yet had the wake-up call he had in the movie. The author does a lovely job of showing that this is not yet a complete mature Thor, that he's flawed and will have to overcome these things, but implies (through Odin and Frigga's talks with him) that it may be helped along by balancing his character with someone else, someone more thoughtful and good at politics.

Thus, sending him to Jotunheim to "rescue" the young man he met at the Asgardian ball, with the likely implication that he'll find a good spouse and, oh, like that wouldn't have been enough for me already. But then Thor is brash and egostical, the narrative affirms that in a way that indicates he'll have to work through it (parallels to canon in this sense, yet still being their own story, bestill my AU-loving heart!) but also you see the basic foundation of him is a good person (he's brave and well-intentioned and genuine and good-hearted), and using the opportunity to do a lot of worldbuilding for both Jotunheim and Asgard (as well as the other Nine Realms a bit) with such lovely detail, especially as Thor navigates the dark, barren, icy, unfamiliar Jotunheim. And, of course, he finds Loki who isn't at all what he expected, both of them making the situation worse (Thor with his arrogance, Loki with his inability to not be prickly and spiteful, even if you understand why) and, ahhhhh, that reunion scene was so satisfying for the build up of it! So many things done well with this fic and I cannot wait for more! (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: Holding Hands by cuervonegro

SUMMARY: As if reassuring Loki, as if reassuring himself, Thor caught his brother’s hand under the table and squeezed it.

REC: This is another tiny little ficlet with accompanying art that's half of the point of it, but, again, it's my blog, I do what I want, Thor. And this is just as lovely as the previous one, with a sketch of the House of Odin family at dinner, encouraging Thor to find a spouse soon, and their sons unable to tell them why they're hesitant. It's a little bittersweet, but in a good way, because they both clearly love each other and just-- Feelings, okay. A lot of feelings. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: Belong to the Ice by labyrinthvoices

SUMMARY: Loki is insecure about where his bloodline places him in Thor’s estimation.

REC: This fic is pure sweetness and sunshine and fluffy angst. It's a common trope in fandom, that Loki thinks Thor will find him disgusting in Jotunn form, but Thor instead finds him beautiful, but that makes it no less enjoyable, this is why it's a trope in the fandom--because I just wanted to let out one of those breathy sighs when I was done, for the way this warmed my heart. I especially love this characterization of Thor, who is calm and steady, who cannot be swayed from his beliefs and is firm in his knowledge that he'll bring Loki around. It's definitely fluffy (in the sense of how everything will work out and it's sweet, rather than tragic) but it genuinely made me happy and I'm so glad I stumbled over it tonight. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: Care and Feeding by soltian

SUMMARY: Thor’s hair is longer than he can manage.

REC: The accompanying artwork for this is absolutely stunning, as soltian's art is always beautiful, especially with the absolutely lovely fic that goes with it. It's a simple piece, not terribly not, but it's the perfect length for what it needs to be, to capture a quiet sense of affection and intimacy as Thor's hair is a total mess and Loki can't stand it anymore, so he finally gets Thor to let him take a comb to it properly. I adore it for the hair kink aspect, of course, but just as much for the peaceful feeling of it, as Loki slowly works on Thor's hair, as Thor falls asleep on his leg while Loki works. It's warm and happy, it fits the beautiful golds of the accompanying art wonderfully, the sweet undercurrent of longing Loki has for his brother being lovely instead if painful. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: (untitled) by labyrinthvoices

SUMMARY: Loki plays hairdresser.

REC: More hair brushing fic! This is another short fic, not even 300 words, but it's sweet and happy, as Loki has to untangle the rat's nest that is Thor's hair and it's about the quiet intimacy between the characters. It's about one of those simple moments that say volumes about how close you are with someone, how it's happy and sweet and lovely. (Thor/Loki.) AVENGERS/THOR: Haze by cheshire-ree

SUMMARY: Thor gets sick.

REC: I know, I know, it's a lot of short fics today. Sorry! Most of the ones I've been reading lately are either longer or else short ones that I can whip out quickly in between longer reading bouts. Plus, Thor gets sick and Loki can't help coming around to take care of him while he does and a;sldkfjalk;s I need more of that in my life always. Especially when Thor's reaction is fantastic, where he first thinks it's a hallucination, but then realizes that Loki's really there, neither of which entirely surprises him, but both do make him happy, to have his brother back, even just for a little while. And I love that Loki is calm about it as well, that they set aside the furious anger for a little while and, oh, that is exactly how I would like to see it go. You know, until they make up and Loki figures himself out and they find a way to have a happy ending, whether on Asgard or Midgard or wherever. But until then, Loki totally comes back when he wants to take care of a sick Thor. Yes. *wraps self up in the warm and fuzzies* (Thor/Loki.) → Shadow Plays by dreamlittleyo, thor/loki, NSFW, time loop, dub con, 24.4k
    In which Thor lives a single day more times than he can count, and Loki doesn't know how to fix it.
    Chapters 1-7: I'd been trying to hold off on this fic until it was finished, especially since it was at 7 out of 8 parts at the time of this rec, because I knew it would be one I loved, but... well, I caved. I had to read it now! After bringing Loki back to Asgard, Thor finds himself living the same day over and over, and HOLY CRAP DO WANT DO WANT DO WANT. I think I chose well, in reading it at this point, for it ends on a cliffhanger (as it must), but not one I can't live without... yet I still get the fun of anticipating the next chapter! And I do love that feeling, that sense of anxiousness and looking forward to what comes next, knowing that there will still be something good for me to read whenever the next part is posted. At the same time, of course, oh I want more of it now! All the more so because this fic does pretty much absolutely everything I want in it.

The idea of trapping Thor in an endlessly repeated day is fascinating, the author is fantastic at those first few days when he tries everything he can think of to fix what's going wrong, to fix the terrible end to the day, to stop seeing that horrible scene playing out again and again. It's fantastic to watch him try so many different things, to go to different people, and to try to explain--it's not done in terribly much detail, because this is a fic that focuses on the Thor/Loki relationship, so instead those scenes are given the actual pagetime, but it's not less satisfying for it. Watching the different ways Thor explains what's happening to Loki, watching the different tactics Loki takes to solve the problem, the fantastic use of magic woven around the scenes, even as the heart of the matter is on Thor's building frustration and erosion of his restraint on how much he wants his brother.

Because that's where the real heart of this fic is and, oh, it's so good. The characterization is so sharp and perfect, this Loki is so poisonous and angry, so cutting and cruel. And this Thor is trying to be patient because he hurts for his brother, because he longs for them to be close again, but Thor is not a gentle soul and that's something I was just talking about earlier in the day, before picking this fic up, that Thor is many good qualities, but he is also terrifying anger and raw power and dangerous. Thor has always gone after what he wanted, so when he holds himself back on the one thing he wants, when that control finally snaps, it's not nice, and, that was the best thing. The author strikes that perfect balance with both of these characters, doing a gorgeous job of wearing down the distance between them in their relationship, and building something almost like trust between them again.

The fic also managed to surprise me at points--I was so certain I knew which way this fic was going, but then, nope, I was totally off! And I love when fic can surprise me, when it makes perfect sense, and gives me that jolt of adrenaline that I so often seek in fic, that zinging moment where I practically have to shake myself and go back to reread the paragraph I just finished because my brain is either spinning out where I think this is all going next or because I'm too excited to get to the next line. Plus, oh, the sex is... it's not nice, it's definitely on the far side of dub-con, but Loki is clearly aroused by it, and it's meant to be rough and angry, which makes it all the hotter for me, in this author's hands. So, basically, a fantastic plot, stunning characterization, lovely writing, and super hot sexytimes. Goddammit, I need a new one of these, like, every day!
    Chapters 8: I have been waiting for this final chapter, because this is one of the best fics I've read in this fandom and I love it dearly and there was only one more chapter to go and I desperately wanted to know how it was going to end! And I love the author for the delicate balance achieved here, for the ending that didn't entirely break my heart, but didn't pull its punches, either. The emotional resolution of Thor and Loki's relationship is what it had to be, it was satisfying when considering what they could realistically have given the circumstances they find themselves in here, and it definitely got my heart in my throat a little when they met up again. Because Loki is complicated and Thor loves him but understands that Loki's complicated and, oh, this Thor characterization is so good for me, it's really well done (as is Loki), that difficult balance between respecting Loki, but also how Thor is not a patient sort of person--SO GOOD. And really good Thor characterization is actually sort of rare in this fandom, so I treasure it and hold it close and love it when I find it! All of that, plus really excellent sex, which was super hot and perfectly characterized, the kind of sex scene that's also about insight into the characters and their relationship and their feelings for each other in that moment. Just. Best author. Bless.

Till Death Do Part Us by thegoodlannister [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, 5.7k
    History has taught Loki that there is only one way to ensure Thor’s attention is focused solely on him. Unfortunately, it happens to be very painful.
    READ THIS FUCKING FIC. Okay. I am not sure I'm going to be able to write a rec for this fic properly because it gave me too many feelings, where both Thor and Loki are beautifully, exquisitely written. Loki is a mess, who is pulled in so many different directions, but that only makes me ache for him all the harder. The story pulls off the balance necessary for his character, where he's a mess but there's still good in him, he's still stubborn and determined, but brittle and yearning, all wrapped up in the package of contradictions that is Loki. It works for him!

But, oh, Thor. Who loves Loki so much, who has all this great diction and incredible way with words and bigger than life emotions, but that also sometimes meants it's hard to find the right words at the right moment. But he does. And, oh, this narrative was so Thor in tone and word choice and characterization! There is such depth here! Every scene they have shows that the author cares greatly for both characters, separately and together, that both are given their due here. But it also manages to balance angst and happiness! It's childhood feels and adult feels, because it's brilliant at being both serious and happy!

The entire last third of this fic literally had me curled up in my bed and trying not to wriggle around because of feelings, which it delivered stunningly. I may be biased because it was written for me and I share a lot of feelings with the author on the characters, except, no, I would have felt the same way about it regardless. Good Loki characterization is a lovely and wonderful thing, which this fic gave me very nicely. But it also gave me exquisite Thor characterization, doing justice to him as well, so I love it for-fucking-ever. Seriously, just go fucking read it, I don't care if I'm overhyping it, MY FEELINGS DEMANDED EVERY BIT OF GUSHING FROM THIS REC.

milk and honey by kiyala, thor/loki, NSFW, some food play, 2.2k
    Thor and Loki are in their teens and just beginning to learn themselves. And, it would seem, each other. Shameless PWP with a touch of angst.
    I think I've read this before, but it's still lovely, the way Thor and Loki are so intimate with each other, like they're the only ones who exist for each other in all the worlds. And that's what really makes this fic beautiful and wonderfully hot! The food kink is light and fun, but it's that intimacy that's the best, making this a positive, happy fic, even when there's a bit of angst mixed in. Lovely, lovely fic all the way around.

Truth of Indifference And Lies by KingLoptr (Aestridr), thor/loki, NSFW, 6.5k
    Thor is courting Loki. Actively. Loki hesitates to respond but eventually he can't help giving in. Thor's thunder draws him outside and he falls to his most basic desires.
    This is one of those fics that hit my id something fierce, where Thor courts Loki with lavish gifts, but it's not enough to crack him open just yet. It's not until Thor's rage and storm god powers are on full display that Loki lights up, that he enjoys goading Thor into displays of temper until Thor takes it out on him. By fucking him where they stand, just hauling Loki up against the nearest place of support to fuck into him or throwing him onto the ground to fuck him there. And, of course, this is what gets Loki off, that roughness that only he can bring out, the way it's such a harsh thing and yet not cruel, but instead good. Plus, the sex was just really good for me. This is another one to read when you're looking for something fun to read!

Trajectories by glayish, thor/loki + avengers + thanos, nsfw, action fic, 38k
    They would become two sides of the same spinning coin. For neither one could exist without the other, but neither would they stand side by side. Touched but never touched, they would fight in desperation. Together but apart, they would long with love. Brothers, standing back to back, Thor pointed towards the light and Loki spun around to live on the dark side. It would have to be enough. The Chitauri and Thanos capture Thor to cause Loki the most unimaginable pain. Loki joins with the Avengers to get him back.
    Chapters 01-04: I have been eying this fandom for awhile, trying to figure out where all the good Thanos fic is hiding and, ahhhhh, finally, yesssss, this is what I have been waiting for. Loki is taken back to Asgard, Thanos isn't done with him yet, but it's not in the way Loki things--they're not coming for him, they're coming for Thor. That is what will cause him the most pain, after all. I would have been happy if this was gen, but NOPE, I get Thor/Loki along with it! And not only is it full of Thor trying again and again to reach out to Loki, not only is it full of a gorgeous Loki characterization post-movie, but also Loki has to ask the Avengers for help. Oh, man, that was so good for me, you don't even know. Especially because he's working through so much shit, trying to keep Thor at arm's length because he's still a box of cats inside, something dark is still twisting him up and he doesn't believe anything better would ever accept him, but then there's the plot with Thanos building and the Avengers getting sucked back in and, oh, the pacing and plotting of this are delicious, because the author actually takes the time to build this story up properly. I just sunk into this fic as soon as I started reading it, it wouldn't let me go until I'd devoured everything there was of it so far (4 chapters at the time of this rec) and now I'm going to go claw at the walls and desperately wait for more of it. Because, oh, I will warn that ch4 ends on a rather brutal cliffhanger.
    Chapter 05: Ahhhh, this fic continues to be really good for me because it's building up to the climax of the story and the author does action scenes! Good action scenes! I have not found enough of those in fandom yet, so finding one that's set between Thanos' minions vs the Avengers and Thor vs Loki, ahhhh, yes, good. And what's really good--and sort of frustrating because asdl;kfjalskj I need the next part now, okay!--is just... everything that's between Thor and Lok in their confrontation while Thor is under Thanos' control. There's so much there and Loki is still so twisted around and angry and bitter and damaged but this situation is intolerable and it's cutting at him terribly, which makes me want to go read all the fluffy fic the internet will provide me with, but also I am enjoying this jagged edged relationship so much in this fic. The writing continues to be lovely, the cliffhanger is brutal again, and I'm back to clawing the walls while I wait.
    Chapters 06-08: It's a plotful fic about what happens post-Avengers, dealing with Thanos and the Chitauri and the threats they made against Loki. Chapter 5 ended on a hell of a cliffhanger, which these three chapters pick up from and, oh, the action just does not let up the entire time, both emotionally and physically. There are actual fight scenes! A truly epic battle against Thanos! The author does an amazing job of balancing all the team members, keeping a strong focus on Thor and Loki, but not forgetting any of the other team members and their roles in this battle. The writing is fantastic, it's the kind where I practically had to force myself to slow down because I was sliding into almost skipping parts of it because I desperately wanted to know what happened next, the tension and anxious feeling I had was totally delicious. And, of course, there was a very satisfying ending, it could only have ended the way it did, and the language of it was gorgeous and the feelings all tangled up inside me as Loki was faced with a possessed Thor, all the anger and hurt and desperation and fear and love and everything he went through. The ending may not have been perfect, but it was incredibly satisfying and, oh, this is a terrible rec for such a fantastic story, one that I've been pining for since I first walked out of the theater, and now I have it. I could not have asked for anything more from this fic, it gave me everything I wanted.

Threads by peppermintquartz, thor/loki + others, author chose not to warn, 28.9k
    Loki is brought back to Asgard after the events on Earth. He is sentenced by Odin, but not in the manner he thought and definitely not what most believe Loki deserves. Through it all, Thor keeps a close eye on Loki.
    Chapter 1-2: Usually, when I see anything to do with thread or stitches or sewing, my intense and immediate reaction is NOPE I'M OUT and back out. I'm not sure what made me cautiously click onto this one, but it was probably the "Thor Is Protective" tag, which... made me curious. And, as much as I still back hastily away from the trope most times, this fic is rather gorgeous and just... so much of what I want. When Loki is returned to Asgard, his punishment is not what he or many others think it should be. And I love that that doesn't mean that Loki is getting off easy, because this is a story that's about dragging all his issues out and starting to deal with them, even if that means twisting him up even further emotionally at first. But, oh, this Thor is perfect, he loves Loki so much, he's there for Loki, he shares in Loki's pain and has grown so much since the first movie, but is still as stubborn as Loki is, if not more. The raw, jagged edges of Loki's emotions in this fic, the way he can see how much the people around him love him, even as he can't accept it, the way the author uses the threads punishment not as torture but as motivation (one that hurts those around him just as much), all of it is gorgeous. The author does tend to use descriptors of the characters a bit more than I'd like, but that only stands out because her Loki voice is otherwise so spot-on, the way he carefully steps around outright lying, the way his words are chosen so carefully is so good. The second chapter (which is all there is, as of the writing of this rec) does end on a cliffhanger and there hasn't been resolution yet, but I found the digging into Loki's character already so satisfying that I had to immediately recommend it. It's harsh and painful, but so good.
    Chapter 3: So, this fic. With the threads. Which I still give a wary look when I click on new chapters because that's one of those things I usually run fleeing in the other direction from. But this author... the way Loki is written as practically taunting the spell, the way he uses it to his own will, that I can find super interesting. This chapter also reintroduces the more epic scale plot back into things, with Thanos and the Other still in contact with Loki, making me hellishly curious about how this is all going to unfold. But what really got my heart here was Thor's conversation with his friends about Loki's return, then his conversation with Loki, how Loki's emotions are stirred up despite himself, and that they've finally taken another step forward, when Thor confesses his feelings. I definitely, definitely want the next chapter right now.
    Chapter 4: Ahhh, so this is another fic that I am clawing at the walls to have more of, to know where all of this is going. In the meantime, though, I enjoyed Thor just being so in love with Loki, I enjoyed the kissing, I enjoyed Loki trying to figure out his way around this, and I especially enjoyed his conversation with Thanos, which was almost pleasant and conversational, which is a new tack to take, one I hadn't seen yet. It's also very interesting to watch Loki have to step so very carefully to not tell a lie, to have to watch him try to work around that, even when he's talking to Thanos. Fffff, I want the next chapter soon, though.
    Chapter 5: I love Thor/Loki fic that includes the characters interacting with the various people around them, even if I rather winced a bit at Loki and Sif's harsh conversation. But Loki's conversation with Frigga was lovely and I'm so very weak to their interaction and then there was kissing with Thor and Loki this time, which was super appreciated, and, oh, it's more of exactly what I want--Thor being open and genuine with Loki, being so honest about how much he loves Loki, while Loki just doesn't know how to deal with it at all. And, sigh, of course now I'm back to the waiting for the next chapter, boo.
    Chapter 6: And the plot continues to move with this fic! Which I really appreciate, especially since the author did something interesting that I'd never considered in a "dealing with Thanos" fic--dealing with Thanos knowing who Loki's mother was, who wasn't a Frost Giant. Ahhh, that definitely captured my imagination and I really hope that's where the future of the fic goes! I'm sad that Odin appears to be a jerk in this fic now, but I'm greatly intrigued by the dilemma it presents Thor with, having to choose one way or the other, and AHHHH I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
    Chapter 7: I was a little wary that this fic would be able to wrap up everything by the end, with only one chapter left, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well everything came together by the end! I do still wish Odin had been kinder in this fic, but it was necessary to get the characters where the author needed them, to have Thor forced to choose between Asgard and Loki in a way, and it's not like it was irredeemable or not understandable, given Loki's actions. And the fic ended on such a happy, fulfilling note--which I REALLY NEEDED today, okay--that I'm finding it hard to grouse seriously. Plus, oh, there was even an action scene and there was Thor fighting Thanos on Loki's behalf, there was Thor and Loki fighting together and then there were a lot of feels as Loki was Loki about it until Thor was like, nope, not doing that again, and fixing things. I would definitely love to see more of this universe, especially of Loki's background, because that could be so interesting, but the story felt complete to me, it was a satisfying ending and I am greatly soothed by that.

Avengers/Thor: Not Quite an Epiphany + Serpentine + Taking Sides + Belling the Cat by peppermintquartz - I'm linking these four fics together because they are part of a series and you'll probably need to have read Threads first, to understand the current circumstances that Thor and Loki find themselves in, but they also stand on their own fairly well, I thought. After everything that happened in the first fic, it's nice to read these shorter pieces where everything is happier and more fun and Thor and Loki adjust to life on Midgard and life with each other, often times set through Tony's eyes, which is always a delight. The most recent fic, Belling the Cat, does tend to approach on Loki apologia, the fic definitely paints a softer portrait of him here, but not so much that it took away from my enjoyment of the series. Mostly this series is just... a really fun way to roll around in the relationship between these two, to enjoy slinky!Loki and beaming!Thor and put-upon!Tony. Plus, I love any fic that has Tony being like, shit, Loki is a smart fucker and that really, really makes me nervous. A+ for that alone! (Thor/Loki, background references to Tony/Pepper.) Avengers/Thor: Belling the Cat (chapter 2) by peppermintquartz - [NOTE: This is an update rec, so the link/rec is for the current chapter, rather than the beginning of the fic, which is also part of a longer series that should be read first.] It's hard to describe why this chapter of this fic intrigued me so much, aside from Loki being batshit and dangerous and unstable is always interesting, but I like that... so much of the fic (after the initial trouble) has been light-hearted and kinda fluffy... until Loki doesn't take something very well (Thor going to talk to Jane because he wants a sounding board and he cares about her, knows she's a good person) and flips the fuck out. In an actual bad bad bad sort of way. And I like that I assumed this series was just going to be fluffy angst or whatever (and may still turn back that way, but maybe not) but now I'm not actually sure and I like that the story acknolwedges, yeah, Loki's still pretty fucked up, even when things are better. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: Belling the Cat by peppermintquartz - [ chapter 3 + chapter 4 + chapter 5 ] - [NOTE: This is an update rec, so it will focus on/link to these chapters rather than the beginning of the fic.] Every time I start to wonder if this series is taking a turn for the fluffy, that I don't mind fluff whatsoever, but I always like to be in the right mindset for it, that's when this fic comes along and reminds me, nope, this is going to take a pretty dark turn, now that Loki's going off the deep end again. I was actually a bit surprised at how much the author stuck to this in these chapters, that Loki's actions are much darker and more intimately personal (despite not knowing the people he's killing) than he was in even the movies, but... I'm actually a fan of that. Despite that I don't usually prefer darker fics, it's nice to see Loki still having some really sharp teeth, it's nice to see him being a terrifying bastard sometimes, it's nice that the narrative of the fic definitely acknowledges that, even if he's been wronged in a lot of ways, his behavior is that of someone who's been touched by madness here.

I wouldn't have thought that that'd be something I would like, especially not in a fic that I expected to be more about healing (and it may still yet be ultimately about that, even if I'm not sure how it'll get there, after this), but this author makes it work. Because it's all about Thor and Loki's complicated, damaged relationship with him. And a lot of it is also just pure, simple, UGH, I NEED TO KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING NOW--!! (Thor/Loki, probably nsfw for mild descriptions of violence.) Avengers/Thor: Caged by rainfall - Oh, this fic was such a good find for me today. It's fairly simple in concept--Loki's been brought back home after The Avengers, Thor goes to visit him, they're a tangled mess, and eventually Loki goads Thor into fucking him, which makes things even more complicated--but the author(s?) do such a gorgeous job with the characters that I was pulled right in, couldn't put it down, and was left rather breathless by the end of the four chapters that have been posted so far. I would have loved it for the porn, for WALL SEX YES GIVE ME MORE WALLSEX YOU GUYS THAT IS A THING I LOVE especially when it's super fucking hot like it was here because oh hey that was really good for me, for the sharp and painfully cutting back and forth discussion between Thor and Loki, but the way it was wrapped up in... this Loki is so damaged and sharp and angry and poisonous, but beautifully, brilliantly so. It's the kind of writing that leaves my heart aching because it digs into me so deeply, without being over the top about it, but instead gorgeously done.

The way the author(s?) used the sex to make everything more complicated and yet reveal so much about both of them, how tangled up in each other they are, how Thor loves his brother so very much and how Loki loves Thor back and that makes him want to drag Thor down to where Loki is, how this Thor is so different from the one he used to know, how Loki himself is so different from the brother Thor used to know, how they're both different now, how painful that is for both of them, even as Thor refuses to let it make a difference, all of it was brilliant. There are so many twists of words in this fic, jabs meant to hurt that instead wind around to reveal Loki's true feelings (and, oh, it's clear how much he loathes himself even without the writing ever directly saying so, and that's painful but so perfect), that I had that breathless feeling that's a bit ridiculous of me to get so wound up in characters, but sometimes it just happens. Especially in fic like this.

All of this with bonus sexytimes! Chapter four is practically half spent on Loki ruminating on all the things Thor did to him and the aches that caused, but it's in service of insight into Loki's character, what he's goaded Thor into doing and how he'll use it, how he'll be able to just look at Thor now and that will remind his brother of what they've done and won't that be a perfect way to ruin him? I'm explaining this terribly, but the fic is amazing and I don't think I've still yet covered everything I loved about it, because there was so much that I loved. I was wary when I first started it, because I don't like the idea of Asgard celebrating Loki's fall, but I think that's just Loki's twist on it, the way he poisons everything and views it badly, and so I didn't expect to love this as much as I did. But oh man so good for me, especially when Loki is a vicious little bastard who is full of such poison like he is here. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Caged (chapter 5) by rainfall - [NOTE: This is an update rec, so it will focus on/link to the current chapter, rather than the fic as a whole.] Oh, I have been waiting for this fic to update! And, oh, this is the newest fic that has the potential to break my heart, because I am so wary of it ending unhappily, I almost don't want to read any more chapters until it's finished (which is never going to happen, I'm not strong enough to resist it, not when it's so gorgeous and breathtakingly good so far!) because I don't know if the author(s) likes tragic or bittersweet or happy endings! I'm so nervous! But, at the same time, HOLY SHIT, GOOD THOR CHARACTERIZATION, there is not nearly enough of that in fandom! The previous chapters mostly focused on Loki and his manipulations and gorgeous poisonous thoughts, but this time (after everything that happened between them, multiple times) it's Thor's pov and his guilt about fucking his brother, what that means about their relationship, what that means about how he fears taking advantage of Loki, what that means about what kind of person he is to do such a thing, what that means about his relationship with Jane, what that means about everything. It's breathtakingly, almost painfully well written here, both in characterization and the gorgeousness of the writing itself. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.) Avengers/Thor: Wergeld by rayemars - So, this is a horrible, horrible tease of a fic because a) I love the fanart it's based on and b) it's only a short first chapter (as of the time of this rec, of course) and I really want more of this. It's an AU based on the Troy movie, where Thor and his soldiers invade another land and he ends up with Loki as a spoil of war and I love the premise of that all by itself, but! Loki, despite not being nearly the skilled fighter that Thor is, manages to be briefly cunning and there's physical action (a fight scene! even if it isn't really much of a fight) and lovely writing and, oh, I really, really want the next chapter of this one already. It's one of those opening chapters that's so solidly done that I know I could just sink right into the story if only I had more of it. (This could be gen, it could be Thor/Loki, I'm not sure yet.) Avengers/Thor: Weregeld (chapter 2 + chapter 3 + chapter 4 + chapter 5) by rayemars - [NOTE: This is an update rec, so it will focus on/link to the current chapters, rather than the fic as a whole.] The problem with reading a bunch of this fic at once is that I sink into it so quickly that I tear right through all that's available so far and find myself frustrated because I want more of it immediately, especially because the author is doing a lovely job of building up the world/fusion and pacing it, so that it'll be really good when it's finished, but it means that it's not rushed, which means I don't have my hands on everything right now. But what really is amazing about this fic is the... the sense of two different perspectives clashing against each other here, how Thor and Loki both have their views and they can't directly communicate very well, so their different mindsets cause so much trouble for them. It's so fascinating that Thor looks at the raid on Loki's temple as being that the raiders won, that Loki is a spoil of war, so he has a role to fulfill and that fighting against it has no honor, while Loki sees his role as to survive and live to fight another day, so of course he keeps taking the chance to fight.

With another author or another fic, that might not have been so beautifully utilized, but in these chapters it's done gorgeously and it keeps me from hating either character (well, from hating Thor, because his was the raiding party), it keeps me feeling like this story is keeping the spirit of the characters. It makes me feel like, yes, this is a Thor I recognize, this is a Loki I recognize! This is a dynamic that is... not the same one in canon, but I really don't feel guilty reveling in it or enjoying it because it's so fascinating, the clash of personalities balances out what might have been an otherwise skeevy power imbalance (not that I don't love skeevy power imbalances, but they're more fun when they're offset by cleverness on both sides) and a lot of that is also due to... this is actually really good Thor characterization. He's such a powerful man in this world, he's strong and smart and not cruel for cruelty's sake (in his own eyes and I can believe it from his position, even if the reader fully understands why Loki disagrees) that, raised in such circumstances, it's not hard to see the Thor I know in these chapters, with the way he keeps his hold on Loki. How he deals with his spoils of war (which is what he sees Loki as), in that context, without the author bending over backwards to justify it, merely show it from Thor's perspective (and then clash against it with Loki's perspective later) is what's really gorgeously done here. All that and making a language barrier fic interesting! (Thor/Loki, nsfw.) → untitled by anonymous, thor/loki, NSFW, divergent timeline, 1.4k
    They fall as the Bifrost shatters and Ifingr turns into a waterfall, turbulent and raging, its currents carrying them over as if they weighed nothing more than felled leaves of autumn trees.
    This fic slightly changes the ending of the Thor movie and then goes from there--where Loki doesn't have a chance to let go, so Odin hauls both sons up onto the shattered Bifrost and drags them both back home. It's a short fic, but it's beautifully written and Loki's raw emotional wounds and Thor's reaction to finding out Loki is Jotun and then acting on instinct and then sexytimes, all of it had this really good, natural flow to the feelings and emotions between them here. I would have loved this just for giving the movie a happier ending, one that was soooo good for me, and the lovely writing, but then bonus sexytimes on top of that? Yes, thank you. Plus, you know. Any time Loki's like, "You'd never love a Frost Giant." and Thor's response to that is to fuck him to prove him wrong? Yeah, I'm going to be there.

Avengers/Thor: The Arrangement by onapage - You have no idea how much it pains me that there is only one chapter of this and it was posted several months ago, because I want to know what happens next like you wouldn't believe. I mean, I expected it to be totally adorable and cute bb!Loki fic! Who comes to Earth to help Thor out with the Avengers and they're like NO A KID SHOULD NOT BE IN BATTLE but then he's a little baby bamf and they're WELL I'M NOT SURE WE APPROVE BUT UM and he is a precious darling little thing who is clearly spoiled and it's all fun action sequences and adorable little brat Loki and Thor clearly adores him and snarking at the Avengers and then SURPRISE BOMB at the end and oh it's so good for me. (Thor/Loki.) Avengers/Thor: The Arrangement (chapter 2) by onapage - [NOTE: This is an update rec, so it will focus on/link to the current chapter rather than the fic as a whole.] Bless calamity-bebop for pointing this out because I would never have found it on my own and, okay, it's painful to know that there's been a second chapter, but it's been nearly as long since it was written, so it's likely unfinished and now, once again, I have to go through that NOOOO I WANT THERE TO BE MORE--! withdrawal phase. Shut up, I have a lot of feelings about fic, okay. And the second chapter is just as delightful as the first, where kid!Loki decides, nope, he's going to stay with the Avengers and Thor on Midgard because this place looks pretty great! And this Loki is darling and such a precocious little shit that you can absolutely see him as a child--in a lot of ways, he reminds me of a brattier Journey into Mystery!bb!Loki, except he fits into the MCU so perfectly well here! And he's already smart and clever! Plus, the Avengers trying to figure out just what it means that Thor's married to a kid like this, just how okay this is or isn't, is actually really well done! Plus, BB!LOKI AND CANDY. God, I needed that in my life more than I knew. (Thor/Loki.)
AVENGERS/THOR: Between the Shadow and the Soul by whimsicalmuse
SUMMARY: Post Avengers slow burn meets trip down memory lane with a side of angst and a dash of gore. Odin's A+ parenting is at least a B-, Frigga is not to be trifled with, Thor has no idea what the hell to do but he shall provide a valiant effort, and Loki adjusts to see where all the players fall on the board, and what exactly Thanos has planned for him now that he's failed. Or how a pair of gods learned to stop bullshitting and face some uncomfortable music.
REC: I am approaching this fic with a healthy dose of wary, as it's one of those fics that has everyone in Asgard out to tear Loki down, the guards beat up their Prince and call him names when he's in his cell, the populace would throw things at him as he's being led to the throne room, etc. Usually, that kind of victimization of Loki doesn't indicate good things about a fic (because we actually saw no indication of Loki's vicitmization by Asgard), but I usually try to soldier on anyway because, eh, I'm a fan of Loki, of course I want to read about him in a sympathetic light. And I am wary of where this fic will be going, but! It did something I wasn't expecting in the first chapter--Asgard and Loki's family were actually kind to him. They gave him a genuine chance and it's obvious, even through Loki's angry narrative, that they love him and they're trying with him. The author balances this victimization out with Loki clearly egging everyone on, with clearly twisting everything around him and seeing the worst in people everywhere, to the point that it's not really any one side's fault what's happening here.

One of the other best things this fic does is actually show us this time spent trying to get Loki to calm down and slowly rehabilitate himself, shows us the time they're giving him to try to make better choices for himself, by helping out where Frigga asks him to. And I love the choice of having Frigga be one of the most important people he interacts with in the first chapter, both for my love of their relationship (and how well written it is here, how she clearly loves her son so very much, how Loki is so angry at so much around him, but it's the least with her, how it pains him to be treated like a child in need of clutching at his mother's skirts, but he can never really hate her) but also for how it's a lovely way to start unwinding everything that's twisted up in Loki. Thor is hardly in this chapter, mostly mentioned in passing, but I'm curious where the author will go with that dynamic as well, especially as Loki is so casually furious with everything Thor does or says, even when it's clear that Thor is simply happy to have his brother home. (Eventual Thor/Loki, but this chapter is pretty gen so far.)

30 Day OTP Challenge: Day 10 - Wearing Animal Ears by thisdorkyblogthing
    Odin stood at his throne looking down at his young sons with a stern expression, trying as hard as he could to not outright laugh at the sight of them.
    This fic is pretty much a whole bunch of different things I love. Animal ears! WE NEED MORE OF THAT IN FANDOM. Thor and Loki being adorable little shits together and it backfiring on them! But, best of all, is their parents' reactions to it, when they try very hard not to laugh right in their sons' faces at the predicament they've gotten themselves into. It's one of those little touches where, frankly, Thor and Loki probably deserve it, but it shows that this is a loving family, even when Thor says something a little too mean. But that works as well, because this was when they were younger and they'll fix it here, so instead it's just more of boys being boys and everything is adorable and sunshine and hilarity. (Thor/Loki.)

Secret Admirer: Part II by griseldajane
    There’s a glint of metal under the dirt, then a shock of red fabric, and strands of flaxen hair darkened with grime. Loki tears at the earth with his bare hands now, desperate to get to his brother buried beneath.
    This is a follow up to Secret Admirer, which will help to have read first.
    There are certain ideas in fandom that you just really crave and Loki going postal after he thinks Thor's dead (or nearly dead) because of someone else is one of those. Which can be difficult to pull off well, but this author does a fantastic job, especially because the details don't matter (they're there and well done, but the author was right to not make them the focus, instead getting right to the good stuff) but the emotional heart does. When Loki desperately looks for Thor and pulls him out of the earth and there's not really too many specific moments that you can point to directly, but you can still absolutely feel his desperation? Oh, yes, that was so very good for me.

I love the author for going straight for the h/c, because that's what I'm here for, and the in medias res style works perfectly for it. That the author could convey that much emotional intensity without a lot of build-up is wonderful, especially when Loki's heart aches once the immediate danger wears off, and it can be difficult to show that side of Loki, the one that seems obviously there (to me, at least) but so difficult to actually get him into the right place for it, but it's beautifully done here. When, after everything that happened, Loki curls up against Thor's side while they sleep, I may have let out one of those ridiculous sighs because a) it was the perfect emotional resolution without having to say anything and b) it was exactly what I wanted, I love that kind of physical gesture instead of words. This may be a short piece, but it certainly gave me a lot of feelings that I needed to get out. (Thor/Loki.)

Devils' Deals by BeesKnees
SUMMARY: Building the Avengers team had always been Coulson's and Loki's plan.
    This fic was short, less than 1k words, but it was so awesome. I didn't even pay attention to the summary before I went into reading it, just knew that it was something with Loki and Coulson, but I didn't expect this! And I love how perfect this is, how it's a perfect coda (and I loved the line about Odin! that was perfect, too) and how it makes perfect sense to me as a possibility for the motivations of the characters. It's simple, but it's gorgeously executed and a fantastic idea. *__* (No warnings/pairings.)

Winning Loki's Heart by thisdorkyficthing
    This year, things were expected of Thor at the Yule Festival.

Mainly, finding a wife.

    You know what I always and forever need more of? Vaguely fairy tale-like AU fics! I'm not even a little kidding about my affection for them, especially when it's a light-hearted AU where Thor falls for the snarky little shit that turns out to be one of the princes of Jotunheim and goes to court him properly, which is a difficult challenge, but Thor is nothing if not stubborn and genuine in his pursuits. And Loki! Who doesn't quite know how to handle Thor being so sincere in his affections, so he's snotty and rebuffs Thor, but is slowly starting to like Thor back because how can you not? I don't want to meet the person who can answer that question. I also need more AU fic where Loki's family might be a bunch of sassy little shits, but they genuinely love him and enjoy making his suitor's life difficult because that's what older brothers do.

The whole fic was one joyous read because it made me happy the entire time and I fucking love Thor romantically chasing after Loki and I love Frigga being fine with it and helping things along because she wants grandchildren someday and I love that Thor does a bunch of batshit stuff (fighting giants! slaying beasts! reading poetry!) to win Loki's affections and I love the whole world that's built here, like, yes, a world where they're happy! And, oh, Thor fucking Loki with his fingers is one of those things I always love, especially when Loki gets impatient and wants Thor to fuck him properly, yesss. Plus! Touching Loki's face and all the little movements it makes while he's fucking Loki, just leave me here for awhile to work through these feelings, okay. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

Brothers by Squeegee
    When Loki and Thor start spending too much time together, things are not always what they seem. Their mother is angry with them, Thor's friends won't talk to them, and Loki is left wondering why.
    I will be mentioning SPOILERS for the fic in this rec. The author chose not to use warnings, but I will discuss the events of the fic, as my recs are geared towards what I'd like to see and I'd like to know this ahead of time. But if you wish to not be spoiled, please skip the rec!
    I didn't read the warnings (or lack of warnings myself) but you'll likely put the pieces together halfway through the fic, even if you don't read them. Loki's not really noticing when things are odd (despite that he's a character who notices and overthinks everything) and the dreams and Frigga's distress over him and not remembering things, you know where this is headed after a certain point. And I don't usually read deathfic (which this indeed is) but the first half of the fic was rather cute and sweet, the closeness of the characters and how much Loki loves Thor won me over. And then I was reading for how much Sif+W3 seemed to care for Loki as well in the aftermath, even when they were only briefly there, and so... despite that it was a deathfic, it wound up being surprisingly nice? It's a weird thing to say, I know, but I don't mean it in a bad way. It's bittersweet and I'm glad I read it, despite my usual avoidance of the trope. (Thor/Loki.)

Never Hide by CalamityCain
    I want to hold you, mend you; kiss the magic back into your green eyes so they gleam with mischief once more. And for once in a hundred years, you let me.
    Oh, this fic was beautiful and did two things I love intensely. One, the lazy morning sex that's lovely and warm and wonderful, which had just enough detail to be hot, but it was really more about the emotional happiness in those moments. The softness of both characters, Loki especially, in those rare moments, where I could just picture the room and the sunlight beginning to stream in, and it was sweetly innocent. And very, very pretty, especially when Loki wraps himself around Thor, the actions saying everything that words didn't. But the fic also does another thing I love--when Loki's magic riles Thor up, it shows that there's something incredibly dangerous and powerful within Thor, that it's sometimes easy to forget when he's so loving and genuine, but it's always there. The fic does a beautiful job going from lazy and sweet to intense and just a bit dark, enough that it stirs up so many feelings at both their reactions. Lovely imagery in the way Thor touches Loki, lovely emotional stirrings at the end, a touch of darkness without being tragic. Yes, that's what I needed today. (Thor/Loki, nsfw.)

30 Day OTP NSFW Challenge: Day 9 - Against the Wall by thisdorkyblogthing
    Thor had Loki pushed against the wall as soon as they stepped out of the packed dining hall and he was already covering Loki’s neck in wet kisses.
    You will have to go on without me. Just leave me here to deal with all my feelings and kinks being hit for awhile. I am no good to you now. I mean, I was supposed to be done doing recs for the night, but, oh, hey, one more quick read one hurt, right? But jesus fuck this fic has Thor pushing Loki up against the wall and stroking their cocks together and telling him how he'd fuck Loki in front of all of Asgard until he's been fucked into useless mess, only able to open your legs for [Thor]. Nope. I'm done. Thor with dirty talk is always a favorite of mine, especially because Loki clearly enjoys it, too, but what it also says about their relationship, how it conveys just how much Thor loves him and is attracted to him and doesn't want to treat him like glass, but instead wants to unleash everything on him, oh, yes, that's just everything I want right there. This is intense and so good for me and I love that they both enjoy Thor being filthy with him and super hot. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

The Promised Land by CalamityCain
    Tales of the hunt, and the games lovers play when all of eternity stretches before them.
    Oh, this fic was really good for me, because a) I love happy endings where they manage to work their shit out and b) I really love the idea of them role-playing in the future. It's one of those things that has to be done carefully to get me to really buy it, but it absolutely worked for me here! Part of it is that the author knows how to touch on just the right amount of fandom cliches (an escaped prince of Jotunheim seeking adventure, a slave caught by an invading Asgard, a changeling prize to be hunted) that are classic while not getting distracted from the overall feel of the actual Thor and Loki's relationship. It's short, not quite 1k words, but was a perfect read for me today. (Thor/Loki.)

The Conception by baileyboo12
    Thor and Loki have a little fun when Loki drugs himself on his own magic.
    This fic is based on the Ask the Odd Family from Asgard ask blog, which would help to be familiar with before reading this fic.
    This is a cute story about Ragni's conception with some really cute lines! Loki's reaction when he wakes up and is cranky about everything is particularly a joy, as is Thor's lack of reaction to Loki's temper. There's a lot of adorable little touches (Valki in reindeer antlers was very cute) and the writing is a bit stuff, but the cuteness makes up for it. The rating also says it's Teen and up, but I'd have rated it at least Mature, borderine on explicit, which didn't hurt my feelings any, either. Basically, this fic just fills me with happiness that this universe is becoming a thing and there are more fics for it and, ahhhh, happy Odd Couple family! (Thor/Loki, nsfw.)

30 Day OTP NSFW Challenge: Day 10 - Doggy Style by thisdorkyblogthing
    “Say it.” Thor dug his fingers into Loki’s hips, bruising the pale skin stretched over bone.
    That's it, I'm done. So, so done. Done with this whole fandom because, jesus fuck, possessive Thor ruthlessly teasing Loki until he says what Thor wants to hear, denies him release and the proper fucking that he wants, recounting all the ways Loki begged for his cock, until Loki finally breaks and gives in? Yep, I'm done with this fandom and it's super hot porn because I don't know how much more of this I can take. The author does an amazing job of making the sex scorchingly hot, of making the brief images of all the things Loki would do to urge Thor on super hot as well, all the examples that Thor recounts bringing to mind flashes of really delicious imagery, and hitting all the right buttons for this kink. Even when he's a mess, Loki wanting all of Thor's strength focused on him is so good for me. And Thor's possessiveness of Loki, how he loves his brother but also wants to make a mess of him is so perfect for me because it says everything without saying it. Ugh, I'm going to go lie down for awhile now. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

30 Day OTP Challenge: Day 12 - Making Out by thisdorkyblogthing
    “You moronic cretin,” Loki hissed through his clenched teeth, stomping over to loom over Thor. “Do you have a death wish? What were you thinking!? Wait, that’s the problem, you don’t think.”
    I have a big fondness for one character worrying about the other, who doesn't see the big deal, and then kisses them to shut them up/stop them from worrying so much. It works nicely with Loki's hissing, cutting anger and Thor being the one who deals with that best. And I love that Thor is so... Thor in that he will never be someone who doesn't throw himself into the frey, who's just so cheerful about how he survived and will for a long time to come, and that's just... what makes Thor the kind of person you can't help loving. So, this was a mix of being really cute and having kissing! I love kissing. :D (Thor/Loki.)

Santa's Little Helper by Intricate_Fox
    “I’m an elf, supposedly.”
    I know it's a bit ridiculous, to have Norse god characters celebrating anything to do with Christmas, but I still want all of the holiday-themed fics, you guys. And there is the handy loophole that they're trying out a lot of the more modern Midgard customs, so I'm going to snatch up all of them that I can. And this was totally cute, with Loki just not giving a shit about what kind of clothes he should/shouldn't wear, whether it's knee-high striped socks or that he doesn't look like any kind of elf they have ever seen, as well as Thor appreciating the view. It's sweet and flirty and adorable and just what I wanted. ♥ (Thor/Loki.)

untitled by ofjotunblood
    Thor is home from battle, victorious. Still wound up, still in his mindset to fight.
    This is a very short piece, but a lovely one, for dealing with a warrior mindset, what Thor would be like just after a long battle or hunt, how it's not so easy to come down from that line of thought. I would love it just for that, because it's something I wish were dealt with more in fic, but then, oh, Loki totally goes along with it, clearly enjoys Thor in the mood to conquer everything in his path, encourages him and it paints a really gorgeous picture. (Thor/Loki, a smidge nsfw.)

Gladsheim Manor by Intricate_Fox
    When they walk into a room everyone knows who they are. Every woman's head turns and every man goes out of their way to talk to them.

They know how to twist words and break hearts.

    The writing of this one is very... for much of the fic, it feels like a detailed summary, rather than an actual fic, despite that it was well over 6k words. I'd have liked to have seen more direct action or conversation in the fic, because I really enjoyed the set up of this one, the AU Thor and Loki were placed into and how that changes some things and doesn't change others. I really enjoyed how close they grew with each other and the author has a good eye for all the little details and touches to add into a setting like this, the mischievous Loki and the protective Thor who clearly finds his little brother darling and hilarious, how his eyes were always drawn to Loki and Loki was always focused on Thor in return.

The fic is also good at taking its time with things, that you can feel that this relationship isn't something that just happened or suddenly changed overnight, but instead you can fee how long this took to develop, how they were a little closer than most when they were younger, how that slowly grew into something more as they got older. And one thing I love especially is that this Thor knows exactly who his little brother is, knows what kind of trouble he can cause, but spoils him over it and, oh, that really works for me in a setting like this, because it shows that closeness and how it affects their dynamic, even as so much else mirrors the original canon. Even when they're fighting--and I love that that's part of their overall relationship, too, because young people fight and experiment around--it further contributes to the complicated, messy, but lovely relationship they have. I love AU fic with these characters and this fic is a really good example of why, with how it uses the different setting to show how similar they are in any era, but also how things can be a little bit different, too. It's a good balance and a fun AU to read. (Thor/Loki, a bit nsfw.)

30 Day OTP NSFW Challenge: Day 13 - Rimming by thisdorkyblogthing
    Thor had was finally home after a two week hunting trip. Naturally, Loki had greeted him in his bed wearing only an annoyed look.
    Rimming continues to be one of those kinks that I'm always a little wary of, but when I find an author that does it right, it can be really super hot, which this one definitely was. It's a short piece, but it's so enthusiastic and enjoyable that it doesn't need to be any longer than it is, especially with the sense of these two being reunited after Thor was gone for awhile. I always love reunited fics when there's that sense of, oh, I haven't seen you for awhile, so this will be extra intense when we're finally fucking again, and this fic did that nicely as well. (Thor/Loki, NSFW, rimming.)

untitled by falsechaos
    For all the parallels between Midgard mythology and Asgard history, a great deal remained vastly separate.
    I want all the Thor/Loki Christmas-themed fic, okay. All of it. And this was a charming piece about Thor getting them a Christmas tree and Loki being a teasing little shit about it, which I liked because not everything is perfect and smooth for them, even in a sweet and somewhat fluffy fic. But it is a happy one and has a delightful use of the trappings of the holiday! (Thor/Loki.)

untitled by falsechaos
    In the end, Loki decided it was easier to blame it on Thor. That sort of arrangement made a great many matters easier to deal with and this particular one had the benefit of being truer than most. The entire world cast it’s golden gaze on Thor and as such, Thor had no reason to narrow his gaze in return, not with the entire world spread so neatly before the firstborn son of Odin.
    This is another short prompt fic but it was one of those concepts that I love dearly--Thor is an unstoppable and terrifying force on the battlefield, which of course means that he leaps into frays that maybe he shouldn't always leap into, much to the frustration of Loki. I love that, even in such a short piece, Loki's frustration is such a mix of different things, both poisonous anger and deep love towards his brother, fitting together with the relationship we see on the screen, but not being an unhappy piece. Just a lot of Norse Bro Feels, as I wanted. (Thor/Loki.)

Up Against the Bookshelf by cheshire-ree
    Loki would not moan because of a teenager’s cock. No matter how good a cock it was.
    You know, I don't think I've ever seen teenager!Thor/older!Loki before, but apparently, wow, did I need it in my life. I love everything about this, from the opening line (When Thor first discovered that he could shove his cock into basically any willing hole, Loki felt an odd sense of dread overcoming him. YES, GOOD.) to the way the author managed to build the tension even in such a short piece, so that I wanted them to just fuck already, to the super satisfying for me porn. I love that this Thor is recognizable but is also clearly arrogant--if charming and likeable about it--which drives Loki nuts, but also makes him attracted to Thor at the same time. And then, oh, sex right up against the bookshelf and Loki refusing to moan because, no matter how good Thor's cock is, he is not going to come undone over a teenager's cock and you have no idea how delicious that was for me, that sense of being annoyed by how much you're attracted to someone. Tasty banter, super hot sex, and it's based on one of Kisu's artworks? Bless this fandom. Bless it. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

30 Day OTP NSFW Challenge: Day 15 - Sweet and Passionate by thisdorkyblogthing
    Once, just after Loki had officially came of age, he went on a journey by himself that lasted three weeks. He did not tell Thor beforehand.
    Oh, this fic was so good for me because I love, love when Loki does something for himself (even if it's also partly because of/for Thor as well) and Thor doesn't really get why that's important, so he's angry and insulted and possessive, which makes Loki angry in turn, snarling at Thor until he gets it and, yes, give me that always. Because Thor isn't a bad person at heart, it's just that he doesn't always understand Loki right away, it takes time and a few bumps in the road, like the author uses here. So, having those moments of things being less than perfect makes the reconciliation all the sweeter, because Thor is sweet with Loki and that is why Loki loves him so much. Even if Thor does say the most saccharine things sometimes. All that, plus Thor then taking his time with Loki, being gentle as he works Loki open and then fucking him properly, which Loki enjoys the attentions of. So, so good for me. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

30 Day OTP NSFW Challenge: Day 18 - Morning Lazy Sex by thisdorkyblogthing
PAIRING/CHARACTERS: Thor/Loki, NSFW
    “Mm, Thor.” Loki’s voice was rough from sleep and sudden arousal.
    On the other end of things, sometimes all I want in the world is lazy morning sex that's warm and comfortable and sweet and yet still hot. And, oh, I loved this one a lot because it's got a quiet intimacy to it, it's not hard at all to imagine Thor and Loki nestled close together in their bed, no space left between them as Thor slowly slides into Loki who moves just so to get Thor's cock to all the right places, and it paints such a lovely picture. The fic achieves such a good balance between being something almost soft and sweet but without losing the hotness or intensity of their fucking, where happy sex doesn't mean that all the usual things between them can't still be there, which is exactly what I want from from lazy morning sex with these characters.

Among the Trees by kiyala
PAIRING/CHARACTERS: Thor/Loki
    The first time Thor kisses Loptr again.
    It would help to have read Paved with Ice before this fic to understand the context here.
    Oh, this was such a good follow-up to Paved with Ice, showing the reunion of Thor and Loki in the other timeline from that fic, where they'd been separated for so long and Loki had held everything at a distance, until his conversation with his younger self thawed a lot of that out. I love that this is sweet and lovely, but it's not without a little heartbreak, because all those years apart still happened. Even for people who are over a thousand years old, that's still a long time, and you can feel it in the way Thor is so genuinely just happy to have Loki back, to be able to kiss him again. And Loki finds that he wants to be back here, too, that he's happy in Thor's arms again, and that the history between them isn't all crushing. Just. Ah, yes, good for me.

30 Day OTP NSFW Challenge: Day 19 - Outside by thisdorkyblogthing
PAIRING/CHARACTERS: Thor/Loki, NSFW
    "Oh, finally," Loki growled, tugging at Thor’s trousers as he was pushed against the trunk of a large tree.
    You know what one of my favorite things about this author's challenge responses is? There's so many of them that it gives me this feeling of... wow, these two fuckers are constantly fucking. And, yes. Yes, I agree with that. But I also love that Thor will fuck Loki pretty much anywhere and Loki will go along with it because they're both kind of total shits sometimes but also because they don't give a fuck where they are when they want each other, partly because they're Norse gods and partly because they just really want each other all the time. So, when Thor braces Loki up against a tree to rut against him, it's such a sense of fun playfulness in their banter and also we have to fuck NOW that works perfectly for it. Also, Loki's complaints are A+ perfect, I hope he never has cause to stop complaining about things.

In Which Thor Fell Too by AlexKingOfTheDamned
PAIRING/CHARACTERS: Thor/Loki
    Thor is sent back in time, and he has the opportunity to follow Loki when he falls into the abyss after releasing his hold on the staff. He takes that chance.
    I like how this fic reminded me that I now consider 10k fics "short" and just a quick read before bedtime. All right then. Anyway, this fic did have a few things I usually don't go for (lip sewing, execution for Loki's crimes, the pov shifts literally almost every second paragraph at times) but... but... time travel fic! This is a thing I have been waiting for! The fic doesn't really have time to do much besides three major scenes--Thor&Loki fall between the realms into a desolate place, flashbacks to explain the time travel, then Thor arguing for Loki's return before bad shit can go down again--but they're three scenes that felt fully explored and the author clearly put thought into the details of how this would affect the characters.

Sure, I would have liked it to be two or three times longer to deal with even more of how this would change things, but it got to the heart of what I wanted--Thor going after Loki, having more understanding now about just what Loki was going through and what he needed to hear to keep from slipping further off the edge of sanity. It didn't really need to explore the aftermath (where you can't force someone to be fixed, they have to want to be fixed, and that's a long road ahead), because that's not what this fic was about, this was about the immediate changing of their fates. And time travel fic! Yes, good. Give me all of that. I am so glad I stumbled over this one tonight, I found it satisfying for what I was looking for!

A Cup of Kindness by Mayphoenix
PAIRING/CHARACTERS: Thor/Loki, Tony Stark, some implied Tony/Pepper
    New Year's Eve with the Avengers family.
    This fic is based on the Ask the Odd Family from Asgard ask blog.
    This is a short thing that's just really fluffy and sweet that was a nice find to stumble over on New Year's. Thor and Loki's kids aren't mentioned much, this is a fic that takes place in that Ask the Odd Couple from Asgard world, but it focuses on the canon characters for the most part. And this was just... warm-hearted and cute, with some lines that totally made me smile (I admit, Tony's description of Loki was pretty great) and that's all I could really ask for.

30 Day OTP NSFW Challenge: Day 22 - On a Desk thisdorkyblogthing
PAIRING/CHARACTERS: Thor/Loki, NSFW
    Thor reached behind Loki and shoved the books and papers off the smooth surface of the desk with out his lips ever leaving Loki’s.
    This fic was fun all the way through, because, well, who doesn't love sex on a desk? Especially when it happily embraces the reason it's so much fun--Thor throwing everything else off the desk in one big sweep, then pushing Loki down onto it, and fucking him because they both want each other now. And I would have enjoyed it for that alone--but then, just as they're done and Thor pulls out, Loki reaches back to press his fingers into himself to further goad Thor into another round and, wow, that was really good for me. Bless.

Reparation by Cordelias_Soliloquy
PAIRINGS/CHARACTER: Thor/Loki (sort of), Odin briefly, suicide ideation
    Loki has never been one to do what is expected of him--not when he was a young prince of Asgard, and certainly not now, as a prisoner awaiting the day of his trial. An opportunity comes in the form of an unwanted gift, and as Winter's Night approaches, the time of the great Wild Hunt, Thor does not intend to let him contemplate his fate in peace.
    I am very torn on how to write a rec for this fic, because I went into it knowing nothing of what was going to happen and I think my reactions were stronger for the not knowing how things were going to end up. At the same time, couldn't that be said about nearly any fic? So, I'll try to find a balance somewhere in between the two. I definitely read this fic with an ache in my chest the entire time, because the author does an absolutely gorgeous job of Loki's madness having taken firm root in him, but also that he's not without logic and seeing things that others don't. I won't say how the fic ends, only that it's not happy but it's not unhappy, either. It's painful, but I choose to see something good in it, too. If you're not in the mood to be put through the wringer, though, avoid this one, especially if you're here for the happy endings.

This is one of the rare fics that I'll read that focuses on the angst without the comfort to back it up and I'm not sure I could explain why, other than that the writing is so well done. The way no one person is pure evil or not, neither Loki nor Odin, or even the rest of Asgard, caught me and wouldn't let me go. The way Thor cares so deeply about his brother and they both love each other even as they hurt each other and don't understand each other and are so far apart, it's heartwrenchingly well done. The fic is labeled as Thor/Loki, but it really could be read more as gen (though, as is often the case with me, I like to think of it as pre-slash then *g*) and it is loaded up with feelings, so that by the time the end of the fic comes, the resolution is beautifully built. Though, not everyone may agree, and some may feel it lacks resolution, but I liked the revelations and realizations of the ending a lot.

30 Day OTP Challenge: Day 26 - Getting Married by thisdorkyblogthing
PAIRINGS/CHARACTERS: Thor/Loki, Fandral briefly
    "Loki, wake up. I have found someone that will marry us, but we must go now."
    As this is a 30 day prompt challenge response, it's a short one, dropping you right into the middle of the story, so all you really know is that Thor and Loki are sneaking away to get married. But sometimes that's all you really want, especially when it's a short snippet and you've been reading genfic all day and just want them to run off, get married, kiss each other, and be happy together. That's what I read this for and that's what I got, I didn't need anything more. And it is indeed very sweet and happy and fluffy, which made me happy, too.

Dodgy self-fill [Absolution] by ladylapislazuli
   
    This fic is... I picked it up because, hey, fic where Loki's married to Thor and not happy about it, but Thor is deeply in love with him and won't do anything with him until Loki agrees to it, too, and, you guys, I cannot resist that. The fic is a bit softer around the edges than I usually read, but this Loki is without his magic and it's set a bit into the future, so I can understand that he's more bitter than full of fight in this situation. The thing is... I love this situation, it's one of those things I'll read forever in fandom! Give me allllll of the fic where Thor and Loki get married! And I like that this Loki gives no quarter in his bitterness, even when part of him loves Thor and knows that Thor loves him genuinely. He burns with resentment at his predicament and being thought so in need of protection. And there's the implication that he will turn much more manipulative in the future, which, oh, yes, please, do want that. (Thor/Loki.)

Dodgy self-fill (parts 5-10) by ladylapislazuli [NOTE: This is an update rec, so it will focus on/link to the most recent chapters, rather than the beginning of the fic.] The thing that keeps working for me about this fill--aside from Thor marrying Loki to save him, yes, give me that trope because it is delicious candy--is that Loki is so seethingly furious and manipulative and outright cruel at times. Thor is a little more hangdog about it than I would usually prefer, but that smooths out about halfway through this part and I found that I was enjoying his character as well, because Loki could still push him to genuine anger. And I love love love that this fic doesn't shy away from that Loki is lashing out unfairly and is petty and angry in situations that he's created himself without acknowleding that hypocrisy (in terms of the character not acknowledging it, I think the narrative does so) and just... yes, that's so good for me, especially in a fic that I'm hopeful will be about fixing things between the characters and will give my my fix it fic fill. Eventually. (Thor/Loki.)

Build Walls for Miles Around by Lise, thor/loki, truth spell, 5k
    Amora and Loki's brief flirtations tend to end poorly. This time it's ended poorly for Loki. And he's really, really not happy about what she's making him do.
    I did not realize that I was in for truth spell fic when I started this one, because if I had, I'm pretty sure you would have heard the sonic boom I left in my wake as I dove towards this one even faster than I already did. And now you have to leave me here to wallow in feelings, because Lise's Loki is always such a mess and puts up such a fight about everything and she does justice to how the truth has to be torn from him and how painful that is. It keeps that gleeful sense I have, where Loki is backed into a corner and has to tell the truth, because I fucking love that trope, give it to me always!!!, but it also just... is terribly ouchy because this is Lise's Loki, who is a goddamned mess. And, oh, the build up and ending of this are utterly exquisite, especially when you see Thor putting together the pieces of what Loki is/isn't saying, despite how hard Loki tries to wind around it and avoid it, and just. This was gorgeous and satisfying, for all that it's ouchy in the middle, it's absolutely a wonderful and emotionally good read.

Here is The Deepest Secret Nobody Knows by milky_haven, thor/loki, nsfw, inception fic (sort of), mind travel, 6.3k
    Thor travels into Loki’s subconscious mind to seek his downfall. But what he finds is Loki’s deepest desire.
    Thor meets Inception and, oh, wow, I did not know how much I needed this in my life until I had it! I don't know how I missed it before, but, well, whatever, I had it to read when I needed something just like this this past week, so, okay. I was a little unsure of the beginning with Thor's characterization (and attitude towards Loki, mainly), but once they were sucked into the dream world, it was perfect. It's a combination of feels and fluff, exactly what I needed today! Their life in this dream world was full of love and happiness, where the fic found a way to write an angst-free world for these characters without losing the weight of them or the issues between them. It was like sinking into a warm bath where all the bad things were there, but at a distance and so it was comforting to just let them stay that way for awhile, ahhh. There was lovely porn as well and Thor reading to Loki and they had a child and it was just... perfect. The kind of fic I want to curl up with on a lazy, rainy day.

Envy (Is Unnecessary) by Lise, thor/loki + steve/loki + thor/loki/steve, NSFW, 3.9k
    The threesome gets a little Thor/Steve. Loki gets a little concerned. Everyone gets some, one way or another.
    I'm including this with the Thorki recs (as I will also include it with the next batch of Stoki recs I do) because it's absolutely worth reading this fic for the Thor/Loki (or Steve/Loki) alone, unless you're absolutely dead set against them with anyone else ever. I love the way this was truly balanced, that these relationships have similar parallels at times, but they are different and it's shown through subtle little moments here, how each of them brings something different to their relationship with Loki. Each of them offers Loki something that the other isn't quite as good at, each of them has a different dynamic with Loki, yet both of these dynamics work in tandem here. It's not really precisely a true threesome, in that there is some Thor/Steve here, but it's not really anywhere near the level of the other two relationships, and yet that's perfect, because you can feel how much they both love Loki and also that hits my id so goddamned hard.

But I love it for genuinely exquisite characterization and the ridiculously hot porn! The night I read this, I was genuinely ruined for the rest of the night, I couldn't read anything else because, jfc, super intense feelings and Loki being fucked within an inch of his life and spot on characterization of all three of them. No, I can't do it. This is too much for me. I must lay here in a pool of my own feelings and stare at the ceiling while trying to compose my life and feelings into coherency once more.

Postbellum by Shiny_n_new, thor/loki (pre-slash?) + odin & frigga + other thor characters, 22k
    While Loki is imprisoned for his attempt at taking over Earth, he discovers Thor is sneaking off to Jotunheim.
    I'd seen this fic around while it was originally being posted and I was curious, but it wasn't a priority until someone on ffa mentioned there was Odin & Loki interaction, which piqued my interest. And, oh, this is one that would have been a shame to miss! I am glad that I read it after it was finished, because the wait to know how things would turn out would have been a little brutal, but now I'm also kind of sad because I read this fic in two sittings (only stopping because my hoarding urges were kicking in with this fic--when I really, really love a fic, I don't want to finish it because then I'll have no more of it!!) and now I have no more of it. It's only ~20k long but it packs in so much I want to talk about!

The characterization in this fic is absolutely stunning, because Loki is solid and that's not that remarkable (but no less cherished for it!) but Thor. Thor was fucking exquisite in this fic, this is one of those stories that I want to shove at everyone when they want to read a good Thor characterization, which is all the more fantastic because the author does a gorgeous job of keeping this from Loki's pov, but structuring the story so we're still seeing what Thor is up to. Loki's secret scrying on Thor allows the best of both worlds--to see Thor being fantastically written and brilliantly spot on, but also getting to see Loki's feelings on all of it. And, oh, this is subtext done right. This is everything we see of Loki in the movies, that love and jealousy and admiration and fury mixed together because Thor is so... Thor. He's impossible not to love, he's so huge in body and presence, he is the focus of Loki's thoughts genuinely!

The fic balances those things but also understands both of these characters. It does a gorgeous job of showing Thor working in Jotunheim, the way he interacts with people, how he has matured so much, but is still absolutely and completely Thor. And Loki is wily and cunning and twisting, that sharp blade that cuts and yet is so fragile in other ways. When Loki loses his shit because of what he sees, it's perfection, it's both completely in character and built up to perfectly, the narrative does its job to make you understand what's going on underneath the surface, but without having to spell it out for you.

That's where the subtext is done perfectly--this could work as genfic, if you wanted to see it that way, there's no resolution to any physical or romantic attraction or even direct mentioning of it, but boy do you feel it here, so I didn't mind at all! (It helps that I also knew this going in.) The depths of Thor's affection, the way they are the most important people to each other, the extreme intensity of the feelings between them when things become stressed, the twistiness of Loki's feelings and how it cuts through everything, all of it is breathtaking in this fic. This is an absolute must read in this fandom, if you like the interaction between these two or just simply want to read some good Thor characterization. It's still about twisting these two together, this is a Thor who does not want to give up on Loki, so he doesn't, this is a fic about the two of them together, but it does not sacrifice Thor's life outside of Loki for it. And that makes it fucking perfect. Also, there's some really excellent scenes with Odin and Frigga! Ahhh, so good. (MILD SPOILER FOR THE ENDING: This fic deliberately chooses to not resolve things, it works surprisingly well in between The Avengers and The Dark World, all things considered, but it starts happy and... it's not tragic, I think this universe will ultimately end well, but it's not going to be in this specific fic.)

A god's best friend by Simarillion, thor/loki + balder, jotunn!loki, captive!loki, pet!loki, 1.6k
    After his female human pet dies Thor accompanies his brother to the Asgard shelter to look for a new companion.
    You guys, I am a terrible person sometimes. An AU where the Aesir keep other races as pets? Where Thor takes Jotunn!Loki as a pet? Oh, shit, sign me up for that. The beginning fic is very short, it's mostly all set-up, but it's kind of cheery and yet knows it's fucked up and that's just the balance I want, because it's embracing that this is not really a good world, but it's not actively mean-spirited, either. It's not going to be for everyone, but if you're okay with being a terrible person, this is really fun! This was just a beginning for now, but I will definitely be keeping an eye on it.

Avengers/Thor: Res Judicata by dreamlittleyo - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Avengers movie in this fic and this rec.] This is one of the first pieces I read after seeing the movie for the first time, because my immediate reaction was GIVE ME ALL THE THOR/LOKI PORNOS, INTERNET afterwards. Naturally, I hit up AO3's archive and found this one early on and I am very grateful for it being one of my first. It's a gorgeously written fic about what happens with Thor bringing Loki home to Asgard, everything that's between them, both painful and some things that are still almost good, how much love and anger are both between them. The writing is brilliantly deft at portraying both characters, nailing their characterization and making this feel like an incredibly natural extension of the events of the movies, giving me absolutely zero trouble seeing all of this in my mind's eye. It was exactly what I wanted from post-movie fic, something that was about the attraction between them coming to a head, but not making any of it easy. The details and subtlety and Loki's manipulations, because everything he ever says is a manipulation, and even the ending are absolutely pitch perfect and I could not have asked for a better post-movie fic. This was honestly everything I wanted, right down to gorgeous, gorgeous sexytimes. It was the perfect piece to start me on my Thor/Loki READ ALL THE FICS!!! journey. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

Avengers/Thor: Coming Clean by dreamlittleyo - After reading the previous fic by this author, well, naturally I had to seek out the other ones and I read this one next. It's not as weighted as the first one, it's not meant to be, instead it's more of an almost sweet piece. Not that anything is ever sweet with Thor and Loki anymore, but it's before everything falls apart, but still dealing with that intense attraction between them that's hard for both of them to deal with. The author's gorgeous characterization and gorgeous sexytimes are just as wonderfully done here--to the point that, I picked this piece up for the bathtimes sexytimes, but wound up loving it just for the pure characterization and pure super pretty sexytimes themselves. Ugh, I am getting so spoiled for this fandom. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

Avengers/Thor: The Bitter Taste of Hope by riventhorn - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Avengers movie in this fic and this rec.] Another fic that's post-movie and heartbreaking and so painful, but also there's still so much love here and still hope for something better. I found this fic to really capture the dynamic that I love about this ship and what also drives me a bit batty--that Thor doesn't really get how Loki thinks, that Loki has all this anger at being pushed aside and expected to heel to everyone else's commands, but neither does Loki understand that Thor truly loves him and doesn't want him to beg. Well, maybe a little. But in that way that's because Thor loves him and knows Loki is strong enough to be worthy. But the author never has to tell us any of this, which is fantastic, instead I simply felt that, yes, everything was right on here, including the lovely sexytimes in the dark dungeon Loki is put into post-movie. Ugh, fucking fandom, giving me all these feels. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

Avengers/Thor: Won't Be Held Down by Who I Used to Be by dreamlittleyo - I went into this fic really only expecting more sexytimes. Instead, I got a fic that left me with that fannish ache because, oh, feelings. It's before everything falls apart with them, but before things have gone anywhere, until they do. The use of alternating povs is really well used here, because it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying without seeing the realization between them, of just what Loki really feels to how Thor reacts to realizing these things Loki tries so hard to hide, right along with how these two interact with each other. As difficult as Loki can be to write, getting Thor down perfectly, his good nature mixed with how he tends to dominate everything in the room just by sheer presence--it's a fine line to walk, but this author does it beautifully. It's not totally one-sided, because Thor cares very much about Loki, he knows that he's hopelessly outclassed by Loki's wit, and this is a dyanmic that's about... what this attraction does to both of them, how deeply it goes for both of them. The sexytimes are gorgeous as well, but it's also the final scene, Loki's manipulations of Thor that are as much about gaining an advantage as they are about Loki's own feelings driving him. Just. Gorgeous porn and gorgeous characterization and gorgeous feelings it gives me. Fuck this fucking fandom. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

Avengers/Thor: Rend Mine Skin by Salmon_Pink - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Avengers in this fic and this rec.] This is darker than I usually want to go for--well, I don't mind the rough sex, but with the emotions between Thor and Loki, it's painful--but it's also satisfying for that because everything is so hurt and raw and in a bad place for the two of them after the end of the movie. It's a gorgeously done piece, because it shows Loki past the edges of madness, he's well into it, but it's not a random sort of madness, instead it's someone who's been shattered, but still knows what he's doing. And, oh, the way he manipulates Thor's anger, the way he deftly weaves his words and looks and the little touches he can still do, the way he maneuvers Thor into fucking him so angrily and the way he enjoys what he's wreaked, it's all heartbreaking and perfect. It's rough and painful, but that's why it's so good and really kind of super super hot and, ugh, fucking feelings again. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

Avengers/Thor: untitled by anonymous - So, I went into this one for the summary: It has become habit for Thor to seek his brother out after combat, to sate his battle-heightened lusts on his accommodating sibling. because, well, of course I'm going to want to read that. What I didn't expect to find, aside from the lovely writing and something so sharp that's difficult to put one's finger on most of the time, was the heavy weight of their interaction here. At first, it's simply about the aftermath of a battle and the adrenaline still in Thor's system, but Loki is Loki and that's not how it stays, until it's the end of the fic and I find myself overcome by that last shattering blow. An intense, lovely read with gorgeous Loki characterization through Thor's eyes. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

Avengers: Unforseen Side Effects by misskittye - Oh, jesus, this fic. It's amazing. It's got a beautiful Tony voice and an amazing concept--In a quick effort to make Loki docile, the Avengers release a chemical that only drugs Asgardians. It gets Thor too, but hey, they had no choice. But Loki and Thor aren't so much docile as incredibly affectionate (except when Loki turns his lazy, heated gaze on one of the Avengers, at which point Thor turns into a possessive caveman and fucks Loki right in front of them. YOU GUYS, THIS IS WHERE I LIVE, OKAY. I laughed the entire way through this because, oh, Tony's voice is seriously pure perfection with every wry comment or thought, but also Thor and Loki being all over each other without giving a fuck about the rest of the world--well, until Loki is Loki and Thor snaps and makes a point, which is super super hot but also H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. Like, I cannot even talk about how much I love this fic's humor without keyboard mashing or just repeating "LOLOLOLOLOL" over and over! I want to quote a line or two from the fic but I honestly CANNOT CHOOSE, they are ALL TOO PERFECT. I could just... just... explode from laughter and absolute joy at how much I loved this fic. (Thor/Loki, implied Steve/Tony, a bit nsfw.)

Avengers/Thor: falling like a flip of a coin by paxlux - I was a little wary of reading an AU where Thor and Loki were reborn as mortals and they fall in love, but I've been reading a lot of AU fic in this fandom already and figured, eh, why not. And I really fell in love with this one, the way the author wrote them into their new lives, they way they interacted, the tug and pull of their old lives that they didn't remember, the way things were complicated but in new ways, the way they were less complicated in others, just... everything was really good. It left me feeling both satisfied, because it was just the right length and covered what it needed to, but also in rather desperately wanting more just like this, because it was so good and I want a million chances for Thor and Loki to end up happy. Well. A million chances where they do end up happy, let's be clear about that. (Thor/Loki, mildly nsfw.)

Avengers/Thor: Cut Out My Heart by sinemoras09 - [Note: There are SPOILERS in this fic and this rec.] It's almost difficult to describe this fic, because it does a lot of the same things that many other fics in this vein do, it's about Loki returning to Asgard with Thor post-movie, it's about their childhoods together, it's about Loki growing ever more twisted up inside, without anyone really quite realizing the anger that grew in him, all told through various scenes set along their history. The timeline of the story jumps back and forth between the present and the past, and this works beautifully to show all of the everything between them, told with lovely language. It's not really a happy piece, but neither is it about crushing everything between them, as it ends with where they stood before and the memory of how much love they had for each other still there. ....eh, I'm explaining this badly, getting caught up in my own head too much. But it is a lovely story and I enjoyed it a lot. (Some Thor/Loki implications, but it could almost be gen, too.)

Avengers/Thor: Wicked Games by dreamlittleyo - I have enjoyed everything I've read by this author, the blend of dubious consent and yet making it very clear that that's one of the parts that gives the charge to their relationship on both sides. This one is short, it jumps straight into the middle of the sexytimes, but it's also still full of characterization post-Thor, it's full of showing Thor's side of this twisted, complicated, messy relationship, just as much as Loki's. Also, it's super hot. (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

Avengers/Thor: Hands off My Hammer! by mwaters - When I picked up this fic, I think I expected something completely cracky, because of the title. But, instead, it's surprisingly adorable and gave me a lot of feels! Oh, it's still humorous at times, but it actually gets into the relationship between Thor and Loki (which is pre-slash here, because they're younger), touching on how Thor is kind of a dick without meaning to be, while Loki is a little shit without meaning to be. But it also shows, if it had just been these two, they probably would have been as close as could be forever, because there's an easy acceptance between the two of them here, even when they annoy the shit out of each other. I just. Ugh, this fic gave me a lot of feelings, okay. And those two are the CUTEST when they're younger! (This is sort of Thor/Loki, but it's pre-slash at best, and could rather easily read as gen here.)

Avengers/Thor: Red, Blue and Gold by K_dAzrael - This fic is not going to be for everyone, it's kind of... well, FROST GIANTS. But I am totally in love with arranged marriage AUs and this Loki, who is in Frost Giant form in this universe, is snarky and biting and kind of amazing. It's not a long fic, so there's not a lot of time for worldbuilding, but the author gets some great little moments in, especially once they're married and Loki has more power to weild and OH BOY DOES HE, in the greatest way. And that's what I really liked about this fic, how sharp the edges of Loki's character were! (Thor/Loki, NSFW.)

Avengers/Thor: The Incestuous Elephant in the Room by quiddative - I believe I've read this fic before? But it was before my current dive bombing onto the Special Brothers train, so I went back to reread it and it's still the most amazing thing just about ever. Five scenes (well, six, but one is where everyone's just like, "eh, fuck it") where Thor and Loki weird the shit out of the other Avengers because they're all over each other and Asgard is very different from Earth. It's more in line with the comics lineup (since She-Hulk, Spider-Man, Tigra, and Logan are part of the team) but the author's comedic timing is beautiful and it works well enough for the movieverse, too. (Thor/Loki.)

Avengers/Thor: Masked by Hate by chubbychoco - [Note: There are SPOILERS in this fic and this rec.] I'll warn ahead of time that this fic does cross a bit into Loki torture territory, which is something I usually avoid as hard as I can, but it wasn't much in the beginning (though, the ending scene isn't terribly descriptive, it was a bit uncomfortable for me personally) and the fic promised me porn, so, well, all right then. Which I liked quite well, it was that blend between non-con and Loki desperately trying to hide how much he wanted Thor that I enjoy with this fandom, just a bit of a rough edge to it that works for the two of them. But, even more than that, what worked for me here is the raw emotional edge to their interaction, the way Loki is so angry and Thor just loves him so much but is angry and desperate as well, which means nothing can be easy between them, but at least some part of something breaks here. This fic is half an excuse just for physical porn and half emotional porn, which are my favorite things in fandom. (Thor/Loki, nsfw, non-con aspects, some descriptions of torture.)

All of the Above by CatKing_Catkin, thor/loki, NSFW, 2.6k
    It wasn't about the sex, although that was fantastic. It was about all the little things that went into sex, all the little gestures from both sides of the equation that always left them both feeling loved and undone.
    Oh, this was actual perfection to read today, this was an ode to everything good between Thor and Loki, everything that I want for them and beautifully in character about it. The way Thor wants to care for Loki is shown wonderfully well here, in how good it is, how Thor is such a wonderful character, but without ever forgetting that he is a warrior about it, that he takes Loki apart and enjoys seeing the devastation in the way of that, always done with love, always wanting to protect Loki, but also telling him filthy things and sometimes it's slow and sweet, other times he fucks hard into Loki to leave him a mess of nothing but Thor's name. The fic nails that balance, between the jagged edges and the good things still to be found here, the way Thor is pure aggression but is also entirely loving and warm0hearted, and every sentence of this fic is one I wanted to quote for character insight. For how to write something good and happy between them without letting go of all their sharp edges. It's beautifully written, the sex is lovely, but, oh, I am failing hard on doing justice to talking about the characterization, because it's just TOO MUCH and too perfect. READ THIS FIC. It's a great Valentine's Day present (or post-Valentine's Day present) or just simply a good fic to read.

A Brother's Treason by dreamlittleyo, thor/loki, NSFW, 2.7k
    Thor can tell, by the barely discernible narrowing of Loki's eyes, that his brother is surprised to see him.
    I had such a flailing moment when I saw this fic was posted, because this author is still one of my favorites in the fandom and this fic did not let me down. It's almost simple, in a way, where Thor seeks Loki out and knows the both of them so very well, so the bittersweet tone isn't crushingly oppressive, but instead it works to further everything that's going on with them here. It's a 'second time' fic, which is something I don't see a lot, but now I want all the more because it was really interesting here, and it's used to great effect! Their conversation is perfect, it's Thor and Loki are both perfect, ti's perfect because it's not perfect but getting better and the sex is ridiculously hot. That they can't even make it to the bed, that there's such obvious love here even amongst all the bitterness and intensity of things between them, ugh, so good for me. And so hot.

Siege by RobotSquid, thor/loki, NSFW, 5.6k
    Thor knows two things: how to make war and how to make love.
    Ahhh, this was a charming and delightful, a lovely pwp that was fun and playful, with Loki being a teasing, goading little shit and Thor not letting him get away with it without a good fucking, which is so very much my thing! The fic does a lovely job of balancing that playfulness and false dub-con (it's not really dub-con, even if they play at it, hence I decided to not label for it) that gives me the best of both worlds as Loki protests, just to be a little shit, and Thor just fucks him harder, all power and heavy weight to Loki's slithering, sly ways. That is my favorite thing and this fic gives it to me wonderfully. *__* And, of course, Thor takes him apart with his dick, putting Loki on his hands and knees and fucking hard enough to wind him and it was so hot omg. Playful rough sex is ridiculously in my wheelhouse and bless this author for giving it to me so well.

At the Corner of Astroglide and KY by Vee017, thor/loki, NSFW, 2.8k
    prompt: why is lube always right there in fanfics / i want a fic where there’s no lube and the characters are just like fuck we needa go to walgreens put ur dick away
    This was a silly, fun piece where they argued abotu not having proper lube onhand, where Thor's game for other stuff, but Loki is not taking that monster cock without the good stuff and is entirely cranky about it. It's a fluff fic but happily embraces the snarky banter that was cute and fun to read!

Back for Seconds by guardianinthesky, thor/loki, NSFW, 3.7k
    Loki and Thor finally meet up for coffee, and more sex happens.
    Oh, man, this was a delight, because Loki practically being star struck by Thor, being so cranky about it, and Thor casually taking up all this presence in the room for Loki, I am always here for that. I enjoy human AU fics because of chances for moments just like what this fic has, where they sparkle together like this, and are just such a blast to read about!

untitled by karuvapatta [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, nsfw, ~1k
    Anonymous asked: I wish you would write a fic where Thor has a really nice day and then Loki sucks his dick
    This is my perfect kind of ficlet. Sharp writing for both Thor and Loki, where they both get excellent lines and the chemistry between them is sharp as hell. Plus Thor has a good day! I would read a hundred fics of Thor having a good day, I'm not fucking kidding. Bless this ficlet for jumpstarting me again.

25. Sensory deprivation. by amberfox17 [ mobile ver. ], thor/loki, NSFW, sensory deprivation, 2.8k
    Thor/Loki, vague post-Avengers AU where Thor remains on earth and Loki is a reoccurring supervillain.
    I'm not usually one for poetic imagery in the prose I read, too often it doesn't work well or distracts from the story being told, but I found that I liked the more image-heavy style here! The bits of insight were nicely done, there were several moments that I thought percfectly captured the characters ("He bites harder at Loki’s neck and pushes roughly against him, imagining himself a fire, a storm, a great flood washing over Loki’s defences, a hurricane screaming as it rips away the bonds and barbed wire Loki has entangled himself in. Loki clings to him as if this were true, as if he might, at any moment, be lost, be carried away, fall again into a blackness even darker than the one they writhe in now." is a lovely way to describe both characters, Thor with his sheer presence and larger than life storm, Loki with the razor sharp edges and barbs covering every inch of him, both ripping anyone lesser to shreds, if in different ways) and I enjoyed the use of the theme, the way it pushed away the rest of the world so that it was just Thor and Loki here. The sex was lovely as well, the way Loki was nearly in Thor's lap, the way his focked dragged across Loki's entrance, even if there was no penetrative sex, it didn't matter too much, because it was ridiculously hot just as it was, ahhhh. The way this was about Thor being unable to be torn down, the way Loki almost dashed himself against Thor, until his masks were broken and he could curl up against his brother and accept something good again, that was so lovely and well-done and entirely true to the characters' relationship with each other.

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