“You’re sure this is a good idea?”
“Of course, when are my ideas ever bad?”
“Well, there was that one time with Ultron…”
“Okay, I’ll give you that. But you and I both know that wasn’t completely my idea.”
“Regardless, Stark, are you sure we should be doing this?”
“I have a good feeling about this one, Nat. Trust me.”
The plane shook under their feet. Leather hand straps dangling from the ceiling of the vessel swung like vines over the black seats that lined the walls. The plane was beginning its descent, slowly and hesitantly, above an open field. The only thing that otherwise occupied the space was an old, abandoned windmill. The entrance to a forest kissed the outside of the field, teasing the eye with its dense illusion.
Tony stood at the front of the plane, eyes peering through the windshield. His hand rested on Natasha’s shoulder, unsure of whether he was trying to reassure himself or her. His fingers drummed idly against Natasha’s shoulder, revealing to her the anxiety coursing its way through his veins. Another agent sat beside her, a young man, barely even 23, guiding the plane lower. Tony saw the grass ripple below them as the air propulsion from the jet stream fell closer to the ground.
“You realize how dangerous this is, right?” Natasha said, pursing her lips while glancing backwards at Tony. “You didn’t even bring your suit.”
“Bringing the suit would only make her feel threatened. The mission is to go in, persuade her to trust us, and get out. It’s much easier to trust a man in street clothes than a man in a super suit. Besides, that’s why we brought Point Break over there.” Tony gestured towards the back of the plane where Thor stood, arms crossed.
“Why do you insist upon calling me that? It’s longer than my actual name.” Thor cracked a smile, shaking his head. The muscles in his arms twitched as he let out a low chuckle.
“Point Break is much shorter than Thor, God of Thunder, Son of Odin, Prince of Asgard-”
“Tony it is just Thor. We’ve been friends for years. You can just call me Thor.” Thor laughed, shaking his head and uncrossing his arms. He stretched his arms outwards to each side of the plane, then reached down to pick up Mjolnir. He tossed it back and forth between his hands, pursing his lips in thought.
“Alright you two, break it up. We’re touching down in 3…2…” Natasha said, flicking some switches on the jet to open the back hatch.
As the plane touched the ground, the hatch opened slowly, unveiling a ramp to the grass below. Tony and Thor looked at each other and exchanged a knowing nod. Tony turned back to Natasha, and his grip tightened on her shoulder.
“This might take a while. If we’re in danger, we’ll alert you with this.” Tony handed her a small, silver gadget. A small light built in was its only decoration. “It will light up red and ring if we need you. You know the drill in that case. Until then, sit tight.”
Natasha nodded, taking the device and holding onto it tightly.
“Be safe.” She affirmed, touching her own hand against Tony’s in an attempt to comfort his ever-present nerves.
Tony turned to Thor, seeing his Asgardian armor replaced with a casual “Midgardian costume” (as Thor so humbly dubbed them). Mjolnir was replaced with a folded up umbrella. Tony crossed the plane to him and smiled slightly.
“Let’s go get her.”
The two stepped out of the plane, carefully letting their feet touch the foreign ground below them. Tony gave one last look at the two agents in the plane, then turned his attention towards the lush forest. Thor followed his gaze, squinting his eyes into the distance.
“She lies in there?” Thor asked, fingers gripping the disguised hammer tighter than before. Tony nodded, adjusting his glasses.
“She’s supposed to be.” Tony mumbled, beginning his walk towards the forest. Thor followed at his heels, eyes flickering around their surroundings constantly.
“How exactly do you know?” He asked as they entered the first layer of trees.
“Years of research, Point Break.” Tony shrugged, slipping in the nickname as if to ease the distinct tension floating between them. Thor ignored the tease, and rather favored for stepping directly next to his companion.
“How are we supposed to locate her? This forest is huge.” Thor stated, eyes sizing up the trees as if they were enemies. Tony paused. For once in his life, he was positively unsure.
“I don’t know how to find her, but I’m sure we’ll know when we have.”
Two hours seemed to pass before the surroundings began to change. The trees became less dense and the sun seemed to shine brighter. The sound of a running river echoed in the distance.
“The water. There’s a river. If someone’s living in a forest, they’ll be living near water.” Tony urged, picking up his pace and heading towards the river. Thor understood the urgency, keeping his pace with ease. Eventually, the two came across the beginning of a small, rolling river at the heart of the forest.
“There’s the water. Where’s the girl?” Thor asked, attempting look for the mysterious girl in the distance.
“She’s got to be around here somewhere. Come on, let’s go down stream.” Tony suggested, already beginning his trek before finishing his sentence. The two continued to walk, easily forgetting their way back to the plane waiting for them. They were too deep in the forest to turn back. Thor decided it would be best if he stood back a few feet and kept an eye out for someone following them, and let Tony take the lead.
As the two approached the end of the river, Tony stopped. His eyes widened at the sight that stood before him.
“Found her.” Tony mumbled. Thor turned around, amazement lighting up in his eyes.
Before them stood a giant structure, almost as tall as the trees. It was a house. Yet, it was not constructed of stone or wood with painted decorations on the outside. It was made entirely of what seemed to be the Earth itself. The river they had followed snaked directly through it and out the other side.
“Tony this is incredible.” Thor said, chest heaving at the odd sight. Tony nodded and looked at the man standing next to him.
“We should go inside, maybe she’ll be in there.”
“Maybe who will be in there?”
Thor and Tony turned quickly, and there she stood. The girl from the stories Tony had researched so thoroughly.