Who: Pepper and Jane What: Pepper proposes a plan When: After Tony's Loki update Where: By phone Warnings: none
JANE: Hi! Pepper? Hello. You wanted me to call? It's Jane. Hi.
PEPPER: *laughs* Hey Jane, I have caller ID, you didn’t need to introduce yourself but, yes, thank you so much for calling. Sorry, give me one second. *pause and papers shuffle* Just needed to put something away. Anyways. Before I get into everything, how are you? You doing okay?
JANE: I'm fine. Sif took me to Oslo for Shabbat, that was nice. And Thor's leaving the bedroom again. How are you?
PEPPER: Busy, like always. I’m glad to hear you’re getting to know Norway a bit better. I love Oslo...all the Scandinavian countries, really. Iceland is a personal favourite. And that’s great news, about Thor. Tony’s really been working with the legal team, and if we can get all this sorted sooner rather than later …. Actually, you know what, I’m glad you brought up Thor. Are things okay with you guys? Not ready to kill each other yet?
JANE: *breathy laughter* There was a point when he'd only talk to me to ask me to bring him things. I wanted to murder him in his sleep. Then I want to Oslo, which was a nice break. Sif and Valkyrie dragged him out of the house to spar not long ago. That cleared his head a bit and it's been much better since.
PEPPER: I’m sure he’ll be relieved that all this is almost over then.
JANE: I think so. I think having some of the mess with me settled and finding Loki will do a lot. He's still not over his guilt and I'm trying to get him to work on his control issues. He'd rather avoid using his power completely right now, which isn't healthy and can't possibly last.
PEPPER: Hmm… I can see that. Tony doesn’t have good things to say about the mental health services Asgardians receive..and by that, I mean, there is none. I have no idea how such an advanced culture could completely ignore the psychological effects of ..well, life. They’re warriors -- this seems like an oversight but …. *clears throat* I’m glad you brought up Loki. I’ve been looking into Genosha a bit more, and Tony’s right -- we need something once in a lifetime for this to become a possibility. Something big, something the media can sink their teeth in, something that is ridiculously exclusive …. Something like an Asgardian wedding….
PEPPER: Jane. Thor loves you. He ADORES you. You are literally the only human being on this planet that can walk into a legendary STORM and walk out unharmed. Marry him. He then gets official Earthling status, I mean, he has to at that point. You both then share all assets, we get to plan this once in a lifetime, once in all of HISTORY, wedding and that, my friend, will get us into Genosha immediately. Tony and I will pay for everything, even if your funds finally get unlocked in time. It’ll be our gift to you guys. We go in, you guys get married, we find Loki, and everyone lives happily ever after. You especially, because you will be married to the God of Thunder.
JANE: I mean, if they have his brother would that even work? They'd actually let Thor in? And people still care about me and Thor? Everyone hates us right now.
PEPPER: Everyone hates everyone. Don't worry about it. There's nothing that fixes bad P.R more than a love story, and you two are a love story. Have a press conference, let Thor wax poetic, it'll be enough to sway the hardest hearts. You guys have been together for so long, and not a word ever about marriage. It'll be as unexpected as it is expected ….actually, now that I think about it, I'm feeling nosy. How come you guys haven't tied the knot yet?
JANE: He thought he asked and I said no! He never asked! I said no to being queen of Asgard and he was like 'I guess that's it then.' But I never...needed that? At first it felt like blackmail, a way to stop him from vanishing into space again. And I'm still human so I'm going to live my whole life and grow old and die and he's still going to be the exact same as he is now. That's a lot. But we started talking about having a baby and he finally figured out that he never asked. Says he's leaving it up to me.
PEPPER: ……….*bursts out laughing* wait wait wait -- let me get this straight. He's never proposed?? Seriously?? I want to get back to this BABY talk but right now, my mind is spinning.
JANE: To him, queen of Asgard meant wife. Asgardians, I swear.
PEPPER: *still laughing* So if not queen, then what do you get to be?
JANE: It was king's consort, which I know. They don't realize how that sounds here. Now he's not king, I don't think I'm anything. They call me Lady Doctor Jane Foster.
PEPPER: *snorts* Well now you can add Mrs. to that long title. Honestly though, a marriage and then a baby would go a long way to appeasing some more conversative members of this planet…..and then we can all go to Genosha. I'd better get to be a bridesmaid.
JANE: Get in line behind Darcy. But yeah. We probably should have done it already. And if it helps Loki...yeah. Make the call.