Any appetite Cephera would usually have when waking up, she didn't have today. After her 'recruitment' as Loki's lapdog she just stared at the platter of food he'd been picking from and had left for her.
She had no idea where he'd gone, and it had crossed her mind to just leave, but where would she go? No, she couldn't leave for so many reasons. Tony and Pepper were just a few of those reasons. Now that she had time to think, she wondered if her new position might afford her a chance to create a positive change within the kingdom.
She forced her mind to move toward those positive thoughts rather than the negative. This new Earth needed a leader and though Loki certainly wasn't the ideal ruler right now, that didn't mean he couldn't change.
At least she hoped he could.
Cephera stood from her chair and looked toward the food, she couldn't go without eating and expect to keep a straight head. She quickly grabbed the few things she'd eat off the large plate and ate it before leaving the dining room.
Loki grinned seeing Cephera walk into the throne room. He leaned one elbow on the thrones arm and rested his check against those knuckles leisurely. "Such a determined looking expression," he said to her.
"I've had time to think." She replied, her tone even, calm, but Loki could see she was still fighting back her resilience. She was not completely resolved to his side.
Her loyalty to her friends would keep her in check. Cephera's loyalty was her greatest weakness and he would use it against her if needed.
"And what have you thought about?" He asked her keeping his eyes locked to hers. She was more forthcoming to looking straight at him now. Those violet eyes burning into him, scrutinizing him.
"I have problems with your methods. I won't become some soldier for you to use. My power is not a toy for your enjoyment. I'll not have people stare at me in fear and hatred." She pursed her lips.
"And how do you think we will conquer the remainder of the world in such a passive manner?"
"Why not end your aggressive movement here and start rebuilding what you do have. Protect what you already possess. Show the people you mean to elevate their existence not enslave them. The more people who become accustomed to your vision of this new world, the less will feel obligated to rebel." She'd squared off her shoulders and held her head high.
Loki considered her option. Honestly, he hadn't thought about it. Really he felt he had something to prove. The fact the Resistance was gaining an upper hand made him feel like he needed to fight back and use force.
Thinking about her suggestion opened up a new avenue. To take down his enemies by bringing the common folk to his side was almost a more desirable idea. It was most certainly a tactic they wouldn't expect.
"Your power will still be needed. The Resistance will not rest until I have enough people on my side. They have inhumans, superior beings with power that will make what you suggest, difficult. They will not simply back off to allow me to take a more passive route." Loki leaned forward and awaited her reply.
"As you said before, I don't have a choice but to help you. However, if we try my way I'd be much more obliged to help without question or complaint." Loki rolled his tongue against the back of his teeth, keeping his expression unreadable.
"I'll take your thought into consideration," he replied, unwilling to allow her to think she could so easily sway him. After all, if the idea hadn't been filled with benefits, he wouldn't even consider it. "I have business to attend to. I suggest you get some rest, I have need of you later." He told her and snapped his fingers.
One of his Loyal Guards stepped forward. "I've arranged a new room for you. No need to be pinned to your old position with this new one bursts with opportunity." He smirked at her surprised look. She wasn't so good at hiding her initial emotions. She didn't utter a word when the guard gave her a nudge toward the doors. Loki watched her go and relaxed back in his seat.
Cephera was slightly surprised to not be sleeping with the servants, until she saw the bedroom. It was one hallway away from Loki's room, but about the size of his sitting room, which was a moderate size. Looking around it struck her as fancy, a little too fancy.
Clothing and shoes littered the closet, the vanity was full of accessories. Books on a small shelf, her own small bathroom. Cephera felt like this was a bribe, and as nice as the room was, she glared at her surroundings.
The guard had left her the moment she'd walked inside and Cephera was glad for the solitude. Her alone time didn't last long. Moments after she'd taken in her new room her bedroom door opened and shut swiftly.
Cephera turned to see a tall woman stood next to the exit. Cephera eyed her over carefully. She was dressed in a maids outfit, but something about her posture didn't sit right with Cephera. She doubted Loki really gave her a personal servant which only left her with the option of babysitter. This woman was not here to fulfill Cephera's every need, but to make sure Cephera didn't get into anything Loki didn't want her in.
"Hello," Cephera spoke politely. The woman gave a simple nod but said nothing. Her look was firm and serious. This woman didn't look afraid. She was either a Loyal, one of the many Hydra Agents who followed Loki without question, or she was brainwashed.
Cephera decided that at this moment she wouldn't act irrationally. Instead, she sat on the bed taking note of the soft mattress and sleek sheets. She'd deal with her babysitter another day.
Note: For those who didn't see my announcement on Tumblr and Facebook, Thursday I had so many wedding things to do with my best friend and then her wedding, I was unable to write. We did have a great time!