OVER LOKI'S LAUGHTER
by Barry Stewart Mann
SCENE 8: STEALING THE HAMMER
(At the base of the World-Tree Yggdrasil. LOKI alone.)
LOKI: Thunder-god, I know you will be here soon. But little do you know there are stinging centipedes in the snow! (Covers himself, and produces centipedes.)
THOR: Mischief-Maker, I know you are here somewhere, lurking in the shadows at the base of the World-Tree. Prepare to feel the wrath of my mighty weapon.
LOKI: Prepare to feel the wrath of my million tiny bites.
(He foists his centipedes on THOR, who itches, dropping Mjollnir.)
THOR: Ah, something is crawling under my impenetrable armor. It stings, it stings.
(LOKI grabs Mjollnir. THOR writhes on the ground. LOKI unveils himself.)
LOKI: You may be the god of Thunder, but I am the god of Fire. I have an idea. What if I shook these mountains, and warmed them with my fire, and let the snow tumble and run down the mountainsides? That could be fun! (He runs off.)
THOR (getting up): Loki!!!! Mjollnir!!!! Frigg!!!! Help!!! (He runs off.)
SCENE 9: AVALANCHE
(Loki’s Laughter. TREY, COREY, and NATHANIEL ski on to a stop.)
NATHANIEL: Where’s Ian?
TREY: He’s way ahead. He’ll win the race hands down!
COREY: I hope he’s okay. The snow is starting to feel slushy. It’s kind of strange.
NATHANIEL: Let’s go!
(They ski off. GINA, CLAUDETTE, and SHASA ski on.)
GINA: It’s a bit warm. But the sun has gone behind the clouds.
CLAUDETTE: Did you feel something? I thought the snow over there was moving.
SHASA: I’m scared! I’m not used to this!
(BIRGIT and RAMONA come on.)
BIRGIT: What is wrong?
SHASA: The snow is moving! Something is happening!
RAMONA: Where’s Monique?
BIRGIT: Wasn’t she with you?
SHASA: Oh no!
BIRGIT: Calm down. Don’t start going berserkers!
SHASA: Let’s get back to the resort!
(They go off. ASTRID skis on.)
ASTRID: This is horrible! It’s like the mountain is shaking! It could be a sign that there will be an avalanche. I hope the kids are further down. I’ve got to find them.
(She leaves. MONIQUE skis on.)
MONIQUE: Why do I keep losing my balance? Ahhh! The snow is opening up! (She falls, tumbling into a crevasse.) Owwww! My ankle. Ramona?!?!? Daddy?!?!? Anyone?!?!?!?! I’m in this hole!!!!! Help!!!!!!!!
(FRIGG and BALDER enter. MONIQUE does not see them.)
FRIGG: Is this who you saw?
BALDER: Yes, mother. Poor mortal girl. This is not right!
THOR: Frigg! Loki has stolen Mjollnir!
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