With the renaissance of figure skater!Loki/hockey player!Thor, I realized that when I tried to write it last time I got it all wrong.
Thor and Loki should have been in the same Learn to Skate class when they were like five and taken tons of lessons together as children. Loki would be a vain and serious kid determined to get everything right, and not to fall, and Thor would be the kid who delighted in sliding across the ice on his stomach and going fast. They would both advance quickly through lessons and been on the same novice hockey team as kids. Their parents would put them into figure skating lessons as well, ostensibly to improve their skills, and they should be “like brothers.” Everyone would say so.
Then at age 12 Loki would choose figure skating exclusively and Thor would choose hockey and their friendship would become strained. They’d have less time for each other, Thor feels abandoned, Loki is jealous of how everyone in the Peewee and then Bantam teams thinks Thor is amazing and sure to go all the way. Finally at 16, when peer pressure is at it’s worst, Thor would join in his teammate’s teasing of Loki. He doesn’t go anywhere as far as calling him names, but (taking a page from Johnny Weir’s childhood) participates in shooting hockey pucks at him at a practice (not high, just along the ice to trip him up) Loki just jumps over them. Thor doesn’t know enough to feel bad about it, doesn’t know the things his teammates say to Loki when Thor’s not around. Because Loki doesn’t show anything on his face, already too proud, but naturally, Loki is BETRAYED and would consider Thor dead to him forever.
Then they would go on to their separate athletic careers, Thor getting scouted at 18 for a minor league, then quickly going on to a major team. And Loki would win Junior Worlds, struggle through his first year of seniors, then hear about Thor getting signed and be FURIOUS and come out the next season and kill it. Thor would fall right into line with the expectations of a hockey player, he’s handsome, polite to the media, gets into honest scraps on the ice, and the fans love him. But Loki would get all this grief from the USFSA (VILLAINS THEY ARE) about not presenting the Wheaties champion they want, because really who wears leather and fur on the ice, but Loki won’t be told what to do and they have to learn to live with it.
THEN THOR AND LOKI MEET at their first Olympics. And Thor doesn’t understand why Loki won’t talk to him, why he’s avoiding Thor at all costs and he goes and watches Loki skate (when Loki is a tight little ball of nerves and tension) and Thor realizes as he watches Loki skate in his tight black practice gear that he’s got a huuuge problem. A sexy problem. Loki is amazing. Why didn’t he ever realize Loki was amazing?
Cue Thor trying to flirt. Cue Loki reacting badly because jesus christ he was in love with Thor when he was 16 and Thor was an asshole he’s not doing this now it’s the GODDAMNED OLYMPICS. But of course THOR ALWAYS GETS WHAT HE WANTS. Because he was a jerk then, yeah, but he’s sincere now. Cue boning. Cue THEY BOTH WIN GOLD MEDALS. Cue these two new gold medalists discovering people took pictures of them making out and it’s the SCANDAL OF THE CENTURY.