Wandering ChildAuthor: wanderingchild Fandom:
Avengers/Marvel, Norse mythologyGenre:
Epic (227,956 words and counting) [you may not get all the way through though - see warnings]Warnings:
Graphic Violence, Rape, Serious long-term child abuse of multiple characters but especially of Loki - all abuse took place in the past but is so bad it is often absolutely devastating to read aboutAuthor's Summary:
Originally a fill posted at norsekink in response to the prompt:
"After the Avengers capture Loki at the end of the movie, they lock him up as a precaution before shipping him off to Asgard. And being the good guys, they decide to give him the chance to bathe and dress in clean clothes instead of sleeping in his own dirty rags.
The problem is, without the whole battle gear and the drawn and mean look, Loki looks surprisingly young, which prompts the Avengers to ask Thor just how old Loki really is. Of course Loki is centuries old, but Thor tells them that in human standard, Loki would still be considered underage!
Cue to horrified Avengers who wants to know exactly what sort of crappy home life Loki must have had to end up like this before even reaching adulthood."
It rather spiralled from there into a behemoth, now in the process of being edited and hopefully cleaned of glaring plotholes!Review:
Okay seriously, do not
start reading any chapters of this fic without reading the warnings. And have tissues, and probably someone you can ask for a hug. And while I do think you should start reading it, don't be afraid to stop whenever you want. Because it's really, really devastating at times. But I also think this fic is an absolutely fantastic redeemed!supervillain story because it gets Loki's complex character so well - he's really, really nasty in complicated ways while still being sympathetic and while you probably won't like him much as a person for awhile that doesn't make you want any less to protect him from the crap he's had to go through. So yes, it's a dark and difficult fic, but a really well-written one.
Also, since I badly needed comfort fic not even halfway through, I'm going to post a caretaking fic as a second rec today
.Wandering Child (on AO3)