The YAvengers celebrate their days off by stopping by the Shawarma Joint Iron Man discovered back when they thwarted Loki's plans to take over the world.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: *drops into chair* Read anything good lately?
LOKI: *raises eyebrow* Since when did you read, old man?
CAPTAIN AMERICA: *shrugs* *is silent for a moment* People read to go places, right? New places they've never seen. I never thought I'd see the future. And now that I think about it, I actually went somewhere, like in a book, out of time, out of place. It might not be real, but reading makes me feel better, not so... messed up.
LOKI: I swear I heard a cricket chirping. Anyway, I read SHADOW AND BONE not too long ago, by a mortal named Leigh Bardugo.
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LOKI: *crosses arms* Yes, Grandpa, I can read.
THOR: I am surprised, brother. That is a book of greatness!
CAPTAIN AMERICA: Hold up. How did Loki get into our shawarma joint?
LOKI: The front door.
IRON MAN: You can also leave via the front door.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: Exactly. Now leave.
THOR: No, wait, I want to hear why he likes SHADOW AND BONE.
IRON MAN: Okay, point break, he can stay. *turns to Loki* What did you think of SHADOW AND BONE, Loki? Because no one cares.
LOKI: *bristles* I liked the giant black hole in the book. Excellent.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: *snorts* Sounds like you would. I really liked the story as a whole.
LOKI: Did you read SHADOW AND BONE, Stark?
IRON MAN: *takes a bite* No.
IRON MAN: What? It's not like I have time to read every single book out there. I only read the best.
THOR: You must read this one.
LOKI: It IS the best. Though nothing is better than me, so it is second best.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: I agree, one of the best books I've ever read. And I've been around a long time.
IRON MAN: The best, huh? How so?
LOKI: Giant. Black. Hole. Do I make myself clear?
IRON MAN: There are black holes in space too, Loki, you don't see me reading them.
THOR: There's lots of intrigue and danger. Also magic.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: I love that magic is actually a form of science in the world. And betrayal. You know what it's like to be betrayed, Stark. This book is for you.
LOKI: There is nothing wrong with darkness. And the magic in the world is quite exact, yes. The world building overall was most glorious.
IRON MAN: Tell me more.
LOKI: The character development throws you. You can't trust anyone, and it's chilling to read.
THOR: You would like the love interest, Mal. He has nice hair.
IRON MAN: Fabulous hair, huh? I might just like that guy.
THOR: Great! You can borrow my copy.
LOKI: You're not having mine.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: I wasn't a fan of Mal, really.
LOKI: I myself enjoyed the Darkling character.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: Same here, as odd as it seems.
THOR: I'm Team Mal and proud.
IRON MAN: So I take it there's a love triangle? I'm done with those.
LOKI: It's not the love triangle you think.
IRON MAN: Well, you wouldn't know love if it danced in your face, idiot.
LOKI: There's one in my book. *crosses arms*
CAPTAIN AMERICA: Imagine that.
THOR: It's not a Hunger Games-type love triangle by any means.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: Loki said it was the Hungry Games.
LOKI: You said it was the Hungry Games.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: No, you did.
THOR: Well, it is not the Hungry Games.
IRON MAN: You would know, Thor.
LOKI: ANYWAY, it is not a regular love triangle, trust me.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: No one trusts you, Loki. But really, Stark, it's not a traditional love triangle. It starts off as one but there's a big twist I never saw coming.
IRON MAN: I rarely fall for twists. I see them before I even open the book.
LOKI: Love triangle aside, the Russian-esque setting was really interesting. And I don't even care about human cultures.
THOR: Yes! I loved the setting.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: Oh, that was the best part.
IRON MAN: That's great and all *yawns* but I'm not all that convinced.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: Look, Stark, there are incredible, fleshed-out characters, a vivid scenery, really good food - I know how much you love food - and a plot you've never seen before - complete with a twist I swear you won't see coming.
LOKI: You could learn something from it.
IRON MAN: I know everything... But I must say, it isn't always that you find a book that has everything in it. I'm interested. Not 100%, but I'm interested.
LOKI: I can make you 100% interested.
IRON MAN: I don't want to hear you speak, Loki. You shouldn't even be here in the first place.
LOKI: As far as I'm concerned, you're the odd one out here, Stark. Everyone else loves the book.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: *laughs* For once, I agree with him.
THOR: Yup, I like Loki better than you today, Stark.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: You always do. He's your brother.
THOR: Not true. Most days I can't stand him.
LOKI: I don't think I like any of you better than normal.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: You do, Loki, you just don't want to admit it.
IRON MAN: *leans back* I get it. I'll read the book and prove you all wrong.
THOR: Good. About the reading part, you will prove no one wrong other than yourself.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: Great! I knew you'd come through. And trust me, you will love it. Even more than... your hair.
IRON MAN: *rolls eyes* We'll see about that.
Later, when the YAvengers are getting ready to leave the Shawarma Joint:
THOR: *claps Captain America on back* That was not so bad, Captain. We shall meet up again for more shawarma and more books soon.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: I would like that.
LOKI: *rolls eyes*