Sometimes we publish fiction here at Tweetspeak Poetry. And we definitely give a place to student writing. This co-written series qualifies as both. If you’re a fan of The Avengers or the Thor movies, you’ll be more prepared to enjoy The Loki Goodness Campaign. If not, you’ll still recognize a fun story when you see it. For those who don’t follow the Thor and Loki characters, it might suffice to say that Thor is the good guy and Loki is the bad guy. Except? There really are many people who campaign for Loki’s inherent goodness. This phenomenon inspired our student writers to come up with an actual Loki Goodness Campaign. Well, an actual fictional campaign. Read on.
It was a quiet day outside the hair salon. A few birds flew overhead. Through the window, some women could be seen in chairs, their hair up in curlers or being trimmed neatly. Leaves blew across the sidewalk. Distant car alarms went off over the city. And then—a black boot stepped onto the doorstep. Loki turned the knob and entered.
“—But you wouldn’t guess, Matilda, what he was actually doing there—I think he was trying to figure out what she was doing.”
“No, ” said the hairdresser, picking up a bobby pin. Loki rolled his eyes at the banal conversation.
“Oh! Loki dear, you’re here, I thought you might be late!”
“Why would you think that?”
“Oh, no reason but the last man we hired was always late and he never remembered to put the closed sign on at the end of the day either. And his hair was never neat like yours. I don’t even think that he brushed it!” she said, gesturing widely with one hand while curling a young woman’s hair with the other.
“After you’ve put your scepter in the staff room, ” she said, “then maybe you can start on Lexie here. She just came in and she’d like a—what would you like dear?”
“Something special, ” she said. “I have a date tonight.” She touched her dark hair self-consciously. “I want to try something new.”
When Loki had put his things away, he went over to her and examined her hair for a moment. “Hello, miss, ” he said politely.
She had almost waist length hair—something he hadn’t seen in Midgard as much as in Asgard where it was the style in court—this would be fun, he thought, his head already filling with thoughts of the elaborate braids and coiffures he could put in there. He picked up a brush, and began combing through it.
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“So, ” said Matilda, sighing. She turned around, and her eyes widened. “Oh, Loki, that’s gorgeous!” she exclaimed, smiling at him. “You’re a natural talent.” Loki was secretly pleased. He swiveled Lexie’s chair around to face the mirror. She gasped.
“Wow, ” she said. Her hair was wound up with tiny braids lining the edges and trailing around narrow curls.
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