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                            “The difference between grace and mercy is simple.
                         Mercy is not getting what you deserve, and grace is getting
                                     What you do not deserve.”


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    As Loki walked around the palace, he made his way to the gardens. He still couldn’t believe that Thor had simply let him go without a punishment. Yes, he had sentenced Loki to imprisonment in the palace, but it was no different from what his life had been before he’d escaped to Jotunheim. There was no added stipulation, there was no privilege removed. Nothing had changed.

    He continued to walk, lost in his thoughts, until he heard someone come up beside him. Glancing over his shoulder he saw that it was Frigga.

    “May I join you?” she asked.

    Loki nodded. “Of course,” he replied, and the two continued to stroll through the variety of trees and flowers.

    “I am pleased with Thor’s decision,” Frigga said as they walked.

    Loki glanced at her. “I still don’t understand why he did it. He, more than any of you, would know every reason why I should be imprisoned, or better, executed.”

    Frigga nodded slowly, considering her words. “That may very well be, but you have been given a second chance.”

    “Why?” Loki questioned, stopping abruptly. “Why did he let me go?”

    Frigga gave a soft smiled. “You ask a question that you already know the answer to, Loki.” She replied.

    Loki stared at her, still not understanding, which nearly drove him mad. That, or he simply did not want to admit why.

   Frigga laughed softly at Loki’s confusion. “The child, Loki,” she said at last. “She is why he has shown you grace.”

    “I would have at least expected mercy from Thor,” Loki said absently.

    Frigga’s smile faded slightly. “You were given mercy the day you were brought back and were not killed,” she replied. “And Thor has shown you much grace.”

    Loki nodded slowly as he resumed walking. “But how did Caedra convince Thor?”

    Frigga smiled again. “When she was there, with you, Thor at last saw the truth. He saw your love for her with his own eyes. He saw how you were with her. The way you held her, how you spoke to her. You’ve never treated anyone with such love.”

    Loki nodded again. “She is an angel, mother,” he replied. “She is my light.”

    “Then keep her as your light,” Frigga said with gentle encouragement. “She is what holds you back from the darkness you have for so long been lost in. The bond you two share is a powerful bond. She is your light and you are her guardian. For as much as you protect her from dangers, she protects you from yourself. Don’t ever let that bond be severed, for you will be again lost without her.”

    “I swear I won’t,” Loki promised. “She is as her name means – a saving light.”

    Frigga nodded. “Then go to your saving light,” she said, looking forward. Loki also turned his attention to the path before him.

    As they rounded the corner, a few yards away near the fountain were Sif and Caedra. They were walking towards Frigga and Loki, though they weren’t extremely close just yet, and neither had noticed that they were not alone.

    At the sight of Caedra, Loki felt relief and pride as he watched her walk. Her laugh, her smile, it was all Loki needed to see to keep any anger away from his heart. That was Caedra’s gift.

    Caedra looked up quickly and saw Loki. Immediately her eyes grew wide with excitement as she tore away from Sif and started running towards him, calling his name with childish laughter.

    Loki smiled and took a few steps towards her, and as she neared him he knelt in the ground with his arms out towards her. She ran to him and threw her arms around his neck, laughing with delight.

    As Loki held her close, he felt the warmth of her love seep into him as it had so many times, and at last he understood why. She was his daughter. She was his saving light. She would be what kept him from the evil that was within him. He was not a perfect man, nor would be ever be, but for this child he would try. He had been alone and dead inside for so long, but with Caedra, he was alive again. He was done running from himself. He finally had a reason to start living again.

    It had stared in the silence, with the soft sound of a child’s cry. It had been a journey that had showed Loki that he could still love and be loved. All that had been needed was someone to love him and trust him as Caedra – as his daughter – did.

                                         THE END
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Finally, the end. This is really just the cherry on top of everything else :heart:

From the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you for reading through this, and for following and encouraging (and catching the typos ;) ) me throughout all of this. It many not be the longest story I've ever written in my life, but by far this has the most heart in it. I have discovered so much of my own way of writing and even a lot of who I am because of this story. So thank you for giving me the encouragement that I needed to keep going. And I hope that you all will continue to follow the stories that I write in the future and continue being the wonderful support that you all are. :heart::hug::blowkiss:

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this was, by far, one of the best fanfiction stories I have ever read. I mean for real. so I thought.. writing a comment is not enough. It's the first critique I ever wrote so I hope it sound right and fair the way it is ^^
to begin: you worked out the characters totally amazing, giving every single one a certain personality. I also loved the progess the characters made during the story. how loki kinda overcame the evil inside of himself and realized he was still able to love and be loved, no matter what he'd done in the past. how thor and sif realized he was deep inside still a good person who deserved a second chance. in most of the other fanfics I've read, loki is just some evil manic who just plays or pretends to be nice, but is plotting something awful secretly. adding that soft side to him gave him a new depth of character ;)
your story also had many many twists, so it never got boring and the end was unpredictable. I'm happy it had a happy end :D
what else did I like?? I liked, no. LOVED the creativity you showed. so many amazing ideas I've never seen anywhere else until now. and you always kept the things logic and realistic. no confusing parts to be found on my side ^^
anything I didn't like? nothing. internally consistend story, through and through. nothing at all to complain about :heart:
so all in all.. I'm totally looking forward to anything you'll upload in the future. you got youself a big fan :la: :happybounce:
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lokilover66 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
I am literally speechless. I can't begin to tell you how im feeling right. I mean im obviously sad it's finished but goodness! This was just the perfect ending i can't help but be happy at the same time. You are seriously talented. You had me hooked on this story from chapter 1 and I've been reading it and feeling all these feels!!! You managed to expose a side of Loki that is so beautiful, soft, caring and so loving i can only say thank you :) I truley love this story!!!
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AshATurner Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :heart:
This story is really special to me, aside from just the context of it. Writing this got me through a lot of...troubles from last year, and even though this original story is over, I'm far from done writing about these two ;)
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lokilover66 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Im so glad to hear that because it would suck to not be able to read what kind of adventures Caedra and Loki get into. I honestly just love the way he feels about her. You can tell that he loves her so much. It's truly beautiful and it brings out all these feels!! :D
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WackieJackie18 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely loved this story. Like others have said, I appreciate how you gave Loki a softer side without there being some fraudulent scheme behind it - most fanfics I read portray him that way (not that that's a bad thing, but it's nice to see something different.) And not just Loki, but other characters - Thor and Sif specifically were different from how I usually see them, but in a good way. I actually like Sif better after reading this. And Caedra was just freaking adorable. 
Thanks for the great story, now the rest of my day is going to be so boring :/
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AshATurner Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :heart::huggle:
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WackieJackie18 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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TrixiBebe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This story is gold! At the beginning I said I already like the story and I wasn't wrong: I liked every chapter! Love It was touching and exciting at the same time, and at the end I almos cried. Then I tought of me and my father and why we can't have normal relationship and that everything went wrong 3 years ago and I hanen't spoken to him since that and then I almost cried again. However I don't want to complain here. No, I disagree! 
Soo just saying again that I loved this so much! Heart 

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AshATurner Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :heart:
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AK-Outstanding Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Photographer
This is the best fan fiction I have ever read. I was skeptical at first, because people who write about the same characters that the original author thought/dreamed up may not have the same vision for them as the original author. And might completely ruin the original for the reader. But yours didn't. I loved the story from the first to the last sentence. You almost created completely different characters and in some way made it amazing. I have a wall in my brain when it come to fan fiction or remakes but your story scaled it. I loved your story. You have an awesome talent. I'm sorry if some of this didn't make sense, I had a million words running through my mind and i was rushing to get them all down.I am a dummy! 
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AshATurner Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :heart:
And trust me, that all made sense :) 
This story is still my favorite out of all the ones I've written. There's so much in this that...that means a lot to me. And then of course throwing Loki into the mix adds a whole new level.
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