Donator — She/Her
Posted 10 months ago ( 2021/08/22 20:32:00 )
Life as Nicole had known it had never been better. Here she was beaming at the love of her life on the side of the table. As he started a toast, she lifted her own glass mimicking him. "Cheers". They had been dating for awhile now, and it felt so much like a dream to her. It must be fate..right? Here they were in the same café, they met all that time ago, their regular spot. Her mother had insisted she was foolish, that it was only a matter of time before a man as charming and successful as Tom would leave her. Nicole just knew that was meant to be, that she would spend eternity with this man, that there was no other path in her life because all roads led to him.
Nicole couldn't help but smile at her darling. Whenever she was in a room with him, she couldn't but focus all her attention on him, as if no one else existed. The few relationships she had prior never lasted this long, but she knew if the fiber of her being Tom was just going to change her life forever. Before she met Tom in this sleepy east coast town, she was just the extra twin, the burden her mother couldn't stand. While Nickolas her twin, and younger brother was the family golden child, who had moved up to NYC and was the delight of her mother's eyes, she had been forced to stay here. Or well at least convinced to stay, because according to her mother Nicole would just fail. Meeting Tom and eventually agreeing to date him, led her to become a improved Nicole, who had enough confidence to stand up to her own mother.
She had even dared to move out of her childhood home, and live with her boyfriend. She was working towards perusing her dreams. She had gone to college, and got a stable office job, but Nicole had always wanted more but never dared to dream until Tom. This man who told her she could achieve her dreams, and her purpose wasn't to waste away in some dead end job. Though her dreams now included a certain dreamy eyes husband at her side, and possibly some cliché American dreams lifestyle. "Yes Tom?" Nicole bit her lip nervously, she was hoping that maybe todays date, might be the proposal she had been dreaming about.
As he mentioned that there was something he liked to ask her, she nodded her head as if saying, 'oh yes, and what is it'. Her eyes widen and expression of omg is it really happening spread across her face when he dropped down to one knee in front her her. Finally! all her dreams were about to come true.., but she never got to hear the rest of his question, as the sounds of blood curdling scream cut the moment short. In all her life, living in this sleepy town Nicole had never experienced a moment like this. While she had scene news reports of Invasion of New York City and hear stories from her brother nothing like that happened here.
The screams of peoples were followed by the sounds of a loud blast and the crash of brick. Another blast happened and suddenly Tom was no longer in front of her, and various debris was around her. Nicole rouse to her feet trying to find her boyfriend. "Tom!?! Are you alright, Tom?" She couldn't even think of running to safety, not without him. Nicole knew based on stories and safety instructions that the Avengers had put out after similar attacks, that she needed to get out of there and get somewhere safe. As she took a few steps intent on finding Tom, whatever was attacking had either burst through the ceiling or caused the ceiling to collapse. As Nicole looked up as the rubble came towards her, all she could think was 'Of course I'm going to die on what should have been the happiest day of my life'
Yet suddenly Tom was at her side, holding her closely. She wasn't sure how he could have gotten over here, it was almost like he had teleported, but at least she would die with the man she loved. She squeezed her eyes shut, expecting this would be her last moments... but suddenly everything around her seemed to have just stopped. It was almost if someone had hit pause on the chaos around them. Nicole could faintly hear the sounds of surprise gasping. Nicole opened her eyes as she felt Tom start to step away from her. She had managed to see the end of green like magic throwing the rocks away. Was Tom doing that? Or was one of the Avengers of million superheroes out there doing that. Nicole didn't understand, and when her love apologized to her she was even more confused.
"What..? I don't understand.. we can talk ab--" Whatever she had been going to say, as she stared at his back in confusion died on her lips as his clothing begin to transform. Nicole vaguely heard someone else gasp and then scream before running off, shouting something about how they were under attacked from Loki. Yet she was routed to this spot, as her loving boyfriend transformed into the very Loki who had attacked NYC with an army. Her expression went from confusion, to alarm, slight horror and back to confusion. "You're Loki..?" She asked, hoping this was all some fever dream. Or maybe she was dead, and this was a personal hell. Was this how the female character felt in Megamind, when her boyfriend turned out to be the Villain?
When he looked back at her, she could tell from the expression, that whatever future they might have was gone. Like the building had crashed around them, it appeared that so too would her life and relationship. She knew the smart thing would be to run off, search for safety and try to resume a normal life. If people thought she was mixed up with him she could go to jail, but she didn't care. A thousand questions were running through her mind, why would someone as powerful as him, date someone as ordinary as her? Was this a joke? Had he been using her for some evil scheme, but that had to be crazy right? What could some office worker offer a son of asgard. Shaking of her thoughts, she needed answers not speculation. She looked down at the ground for a moment and saw the ring box that Tom... no Loki had been about to propose with. She reached down and picked it up before holding it out to him. "Wait. You'll want this back before you go" She muttered bitterly.
Of course it had all too good to be true. Even if he wasn't the "bad guy", he wouldn't stay with her. Her mother had been right, she had been so foolish to think that finally someone could love her. "I don't understand, what could you have possibly gained from this? Was any of this--no, that's foolish to ask isn't it? " She was hurt, she was angry and on the verge of being brokenhearted. As far as she could see it, Loki had spent years pretending to be some normal guy, who had courted her had convinced her to let her walls down and let him in, to what destroy the illusion by almost killing her? Nothing of this possibly made any sense.