Weekly Prompt: Chase
“Come on! Move faster! They’re gaining on us!” Loki shouted as Lucy darted between the trees. If he didn’t have to stay with Lucy he would just teleport away from them, but they had to stay together.
“I’m trying!” Lucy shouted back. “But that blow to the head back there is kind of slowing me down.”
Suddenly, Loki’s ankles snapped together and he slammed into the ground as Lucy whizzed past him.
“Loki!” She circled back and shot right into Loki’s attacker, giving him a chance to cut himself free. He jumped to his feet and dodged just in time to miss a blow from the attacker’s partner.
“Lucy! We have to keep moving!”
“Working on it!” she replied, trying to get out of her opponent’s strangle hold. Finally breaking free, Lucy shot back into the air with Loki following at her heels. They kept moving, trying not to look over their shoulders, which would slow them down. The two would have kept at their quick pace, if Lucy hadn’t been hit by a branch and Loki hadn’t had to catch her before she went tumbling off a cliff. He pulled her back up as she caught her breath, and they could hear their two pursuers behind them.
“We have to jump.” Lucy looked at him like he was crazy.
“You have to be joking. You hate water.”
“Yes, well, so do those two, and it will give us some time.”
“No! Jump!” He grabbed his sister’s hand and they jumped off the edge of the cliff. Lucy actually enjoyed free falls, but not when they ended in an icy plunge. Both went under the freezing water, but Lucy surfaced first.
“Of all the things we could have done,” she started, looking around for her brother, then trailing off when she couldn’t find him. “Loki? Loki!” she called. Panicking, she dove back under, trying to find Loki and resurfaced again. “Loki!” She was shouting now, and she dove again. What if he had gotten caught on something below the water and couldn’t get back up for air? Suddenly, something grabbed her by the waist and pulled her back up. Turning, she saw her brother, grinning at her.
“Lucy, I can swim you know.”
“Loki! Don’t do that!” she yelled at him, splashing him in the face.
He just chuckled. “Come on. We want to win don’t we?” Lucy rolled her eyes as they swam to shore. Loki got there first and helped Lucy out of the water. She was shivering, but he was almost never cold. As Lucy wrung her hair out, Loki made a spark of green fire in his palm and held it up to her so that she could get a little warmer.
“We see you Brother!” They two whirled around as they saw their opponents at the top of the cliff.
“Hurry! We’re almost there!” Lucy shouted, taking off. They ran, jumping over rocks, tumbling under tree branches, dodging obstacles, until finally, they came into the clearing, and both collapsed, exhausted. Both were breathing heavily as Thor and Sif came into the clearing a few minutes later.
“I…told you… we would beat you,” Lucy said between deep breaths.
“In our little game of cat and mouse, the mice seem to have come out victorious,” Loki said, not panting anymore, but had a smirk on his face.
“Alright you two,” said Sif, stabbing her sword into the ground. “You win. But next time we train like this I won’t be going easy on you.”
“What? You were going easy?” Lucy exclaimed, sitting upright. “What was the strangle hold back there? Or the blow to the head? That wasn’t going easy at all!”
“I won’t argue with Lady Sif, Sister,” Thor said. “Believe me, you don’t want to get her angry.”
“And what’s that supposed to mean?”
Lucy giggled. As Thor tried to smooth talk his way out, she whispered to Loki, “I have a feeling this is going to lead to another chase.” Loki just laid back in a grass and laughed.