Steve: *Trudging through the ice.* So, uh. When Thor told you about this all, where exactly did he say Tony would be?
Loki: *Blunt.* By the time I was through with him, he couldn't really /say/ anything else.
Steve: ... Right. *Clears his throat.* You know that it was probably Tony's /choice/ to come here, right?
Loki: *Growls.* It was /Thor's ridiculous/ idea ... !
Steve: *Drops the subject.*
: *They continue to walk.*
Steve: *Stops.* Woah, wait. ... what was that?
Loki: I assume that it was the creature Thor sent Tony here to /find/?
Steve: ... right. You think it's dangerous?
Loki: *Gives him a look.* Why do you think I brought /you/ along?
Steve: *Frowns but ignores that.* Fine. ... let's go.
: *They pass footprints and so on until they actually come across the creature.*
: *It's huge. Black and glistening, with a snout and ridges over it's back. It's burrowing in the ice, grunting softly.*
Steve: *Freezes, staring.* ... wow.
Loki: *Glances over it, unimpressed, searching around for Tony.*
Steve: *He slowly begins to walk toward it, for a closer look.*
Loki: *Turns toward him to say that they'll move on to look for Tony when he realizes that he's gone.*
Steve: *Walking openly toward the creature now.*
Loki: *Sighs angrily.* /This/ is the problem with mortals. None of you /think/ before acting ...
Steve: *He looks fascinated, sure that the creature is gentle but still careful approaching it.*
Tony: *He crouches a little off to one side, near the creature and watching it. He sees Steve in the corner of his eye.*
: *The creature begins to move off.*
Steve: *Almost falls over in surprise.* /Jes/ - ! Tony!
Tony: *Laughing, he clambers up the rock to see him properly.* What the hell are you doing here? I thought you'd at least - *He sees Loki.*
Loki: *Standing stonily to one side.*
Tony: *His laughter stops. Breathes.* Oh shit. ... he /actually/ got you to /come/? I didn't think -
Tony: *Blinks.* What? Uh, /no/, I don't think so. *Showing Loki his scanner.* These energy readings that I've been getting are /monumental/ and potentially life-saving if I put them to use back home. If I could get close enough to touch, I could -
Loki: No. No touching. You are /leaving/.
Tony: Don't be a jackass Loki. This is what I /do/.
Loki: *Clenches his fists.* When Thor first came to you with this, /why/ did you not tell me?
Tony: Uh, because you would have tried to /stop/ me ...
Loki: I would have tied you to the /bed/. And that is precisely why we are -
Tony: *Ignoring him and turning to Steve.* Hey, Steve, you got anything to eat? I'm /starving/.
Tony: I ran out of stuff a few days ago and I learnt to hunt, but /man/, it's hard ...
Steve: I don't have much, but -
: *In the distance, they hear the creature roar.*
Tony: *He turns, brightening and immediately walking toward the sound.*
Loki: *Stares.* Where are you going /now/?!
Tony: *Trudging through the ice.* That sound means usually means that it's heading back home and home is where I've been trying to get to for a while now. He usually goes at night but it was hurt today so I figured he'd go early.
Tony: *On a role now.* The energy in that area is amazing. It does something /incredible/ to my radars and I swear I'd die to get a sample of it -
Loki: Which is probably possible /here/! *Grabbing his arm and turning him around.* Listen to me. Whatever mad assumptions you have on this creature ends now. Thor may have gotten my Mother to protect you from this cold but I will not allow you to risk your life so -
Tony: *Presses a finger to his lips.* /Never/ use that word when talking to me, babe. *He pushes off of him, running toward the creature and calling over his shoulder.* You can follow me if you want, I'm just going to try and get a sample of it's hide and the nest! I'll be back!
Loki: *Turns to Steve in disbelief.* /Look at him/.
Loki: He just /has/ to touch. Doesn't he. He /has/ to investigate. He cannot simply leave things /alone/.
Steve: *Shrugs.* That's Tony.
Loki: *Sighs, running after him.*