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Home. The word slips so easily from Thor’s lips as if it’s not a lie. Thor wants to believe Asgard is still Loki’s home and that he will be welcome there. Thor always was naïve.

Loki knows lies and he hears them in Thor’s voice. Thor wants his words to be true, but they aren’t and not even his indomitable will can make Asgard accept Loki, nor does Loki wish them to. Unlike Thor, he doesn’t need such sentimental nonsense.

When Loki returns to Asgard, he will be at the head of an army, not under his brother’s misguided protection.