Hey everyone! This is my first ever Spider-man story, but not my first story based around a comic book character! I've loved Spider-man ever since I was a little kid, and he was always my favorite superhero. I finally decided to write this story after I watched the Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse movie that just recently came out. I loved the movie so much that I was inspired to write a story about my favorite web-slinger! I don't plan on this story to be super long or complex, but I did want to write about Spider-man meeting alternate versions of himself from different dimensions. However, I simply have to do this because it was just too tempting, Spider-man will have a harem in this story, and there will be lemons. I don't have a definitive list of girls yet, but I do have a rough one, and it will largely feature women from Spider-man's continuity, with a few exceptions from the larger Marvel universe. I'm willing to add a few more girls, but you'll have to give me a compelling argument as to why you want a girl added, not just that she's hot. Well here's the list of girls so far:
1. Spider-Gwen (Gwen Stacy, might have her become Gwenom at some point, not super likely but it is a possibility)
2. Mary Jane Watson (Possibly will become Spinneret at some point in the story, not sure yet)
3. Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)
4. Silver Sable (Silver Sablinova)
5. Cindy Moon (Silk)
6. Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman)
7. Natasha Romanova (Black Widow)
8. Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel)
More girls can possibly be added at a later point.
Now I'm going to say this right out the bat, I may love Spider-man, but I'm not very versed on his comic books. So if any of you are big Spider-man comic book fans, and you feel like I'm screwing him, or any other character, up big time, feel free to correct me and give me suggestions to fix any problems I have. This story's Peter Parker will be the Earth-616 version, but it won't be following any particular storyline, it will be entirely its own thing, with references to other Spider-man stories, the overall Spider-verse, the current MCU Spider-man, and the new Into the Spider-verse movie. He will kinda be my own amalgamation of several different versions of Spider-man.
P.S. Also a quick FYI, Spider-Gwen in this story will have a similar appearance to her design from Into the Spiderverse, with the side undercut haircut and a pierced eyebrow.
P.P.S I've seen several people ask this in reviews, so I'll address it here before I get the next chapter out. Peter Parker, and by extension MJ, in this story will be university students, so they'll be about 19-20ish years old. Spider-Gwen, or at least the version of her that appears in this story, will have been a superhero for a quite a while already, so she's aged a little by the time she meets Peter in his dimension. This make her around his age, so about 18-19 years old. I hope this clears up any confusion!
Well, that's all I wanted to say, so let's get to the story!
Disclaimer: I don't own Spider-man or Marvel, or any of their characters.
(New York City, Earth-616: 8:30 p.m.)
"Give me that bag ya bitch!" A mugger growled as he pressed a serrated knife against his victim's throat. "If ya scream, or make any sudden moves, I'll slice your throat open!"
"H-Here! Just take it!" The woman exclaimed with tears in her eyes, handing over her purse with trembling hands. "Just please don't hurt me!"
"Good, smart decision..." The mugger said with a twisted smirk as she snatched the purse from the woman's shaking hands. His eyes lit up when he saw a phone, several pieces of jewelry, and a wallet full of cash within the handbag. "Now don't ya dare follow me, or send any fucking cops! If I find out ya did I'll come back and cut ya up real good!"
"Man, it feels good to stop a normal mugging for once, instead of saving the whole city or the entire world. That stuff starts to get tedious really fast." Spider-man quipped, suddenly appearing behind the mugger, hanging upside down from one of his webs. Before the mugger could react, Spider-man fired a ball of webbing from his web shooter, pinning the would be mugger's knife-wielding hand to the alley's wall. Doing a backflip off his web, Spider-man sauntered up to the thug with a cocky stride in his step and grabbed the stolen purse from his free hand. "I'll be taking that back, thank you!" With a taunting salute, Peter turned his back to the thief. "It feels like I'm really getting back to my roots!"
"Damn it Spider-man! Piss off ya annoying bastard!" The mugger exclaimed, frantically attempting to tear the webbing on his hand off, to absolutely no avail. "When I get this shit off I'm gonna slice ya up!"
"Yeah, yeah, that's what they all say," Peter said with a shrug of his shoulders as he walked up to the frightened woman who had been assaulted by the mugger. "Here you go ma'am, I believe this belongs to you." With still trembling hands, the woman took her purse back from the masked hero. "Try not to lose this again...and you should probably avoid dark alleys in the future, especially at this time of night."
"T-Thank you so much Spider-man!" The woman loudly cheered, suddenly lunging forward and hugging Peter, which caused him to become momentarily flustered. "You saved me from that creep!"
"No *Cough* No p-problem ma'am," Peter said, coughing into his hand as he quickly regained his composure. "It's all in a day's work."
"Would...would you mind if I got a picture with you?!" The woman asked with an enthusiastic smile, pulling out her phone and opening its camera app. "My friends will never believe I was saved by Spider-man!"
"Sure, one picture couldn't hurt," Peter replied as he stood next to the woman, holding up a peace sign. "Make sure to get my good side."
"Hey! Don't fucking ignore me!" The mugger yelled, pounding his free hand against the wall in rage. "Don't ya dare take a picture of me!
"This is so awesome!" The woman giddily exclaimed, purposefully angling her phone so that the mugger was in the background of the shot, just before her phone's flash went off as she took the picture. Once the picture was taken the woman gazed at it happily before she slipped her phone back into her purse. "Again, thank you so much Spider-man! Is there anything else I can do to repay you?"
"It's fine ma'am I'm happy to-" Peter was cut off when a familiar buzzing sound rang out unexpectedly. "Excuse me for a moment." The woman was surprised when Spider-man suddenly pulled out a phone of his own.
"Uh...where do you keep that?" The woman asked in a confused tone as she closely examined Spider-man's suit. "I don't see any pockets or anything."
"Don't worry about it," Peter said, dismissing the question as he examined his phone. The web-slinging superhero gasped in surprise when he saw the reminder that had popped up on his phone's screen. "Oh shit! I'm gonna be late!" Putting the phone away seemingly nowhere, Spider-man bolted out of the alley. "Sorry about this ma'am, but I've gotta run! Stay out of trouble! And make sure to call the cops and have them come and arrest that guy!"
Reaching the end of the alley seconds later, Peter leaped into the air and fired out a line of webbing. With Spider-man zipping away in a clear rush, the woman was left behind in a slightly confused state, with the webbed up mugger still screaming obscenities at the both of them. With incredible speed, Peter dashed and swung his way through the streets of New York. His signature red and blue costume appearing to be a blur as he raced passed people and buildings as fast as possible. Many of the citizens below were cheering and calling out to him as he swung passed them. There would be time to mingle with his fans later, right now Peter needed to put the pedal to the metal and really start moving.
"Shit! Shit! Shit!" Peter exclaimed in a panic as he checked the time on his phone again, absent-mindedly firing out another line of webbing. "I'm so gonna be late, I can't blow her off again! This will be the fourth time in two weeks, she's gonna totally kill me!" As Peter neared his destination, he suddenly heard what sounded like an explosion ring out overhead, seconds later his Spider-senses suddenly began to go haywire, in a way he had never felt before. His entire body began to tingle, feeling as if it were almost vibrating, and his vision began to blur slightly. The sudden strange sensation caused Peter to become disorientated and miss a shot of webbing. Catching himself on the side of a nearby building to regain his composure, Peter took off sprinting moments later, before leaping off the building. Firing his webs at another building that was close by, Peter took off swinging once again. "Come on, I don't have time to deal with this right now! Can't this wait until tomorrow!?"
"AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! LOOK OUT BELOW!" A new voice screamed out from overhead. "ACTUALLY SCREW THAT! SOMEONE HELP ME!"
"What the hell!?" Looking up, Peter was shocked to see a person dressed in a white and black costume rapidly descending towards him. His mind instantly kicking into superhero mode once again, Peter used his webbing on two nearby building to create a makeshift slingshot. Using the web slingshot, Peter launched himself towards the falling person at an incredible speed, catching them mid-air. Holding the mystery person close, Peter protectively wrapped his body around theirs, as they both rapidly descended towards a rooftop below. "Hold on tight, this is going to get rough!"
With a dull thud, Peter's back slammed into the hard rooftop, his arms still tightly wrapped around the person he had saved. Peter hissed in pain as he skidded along the rooftop for several feet before he finally came to a stop. Groaning softly, Peter unwrapped his arms from around the mystery person, splaying himself out on the rooftop with the person he had saved still lying on top of his chest. Taking a few moments to catch his breath and recompose himself, Peter was the first one to speak.
"Are you okay?" Peter asked in a caring tone, finally getting a good look at the person he had rescued. The first thing Peter noticed was that the person was a woman and that she was wearing a costume that was quite similar to his own. Her suit was largely black, with several white accents along her calves, waist, arms, and upper chest. The mask she wore was pure white, with a faint magenta hue surrounding the eyes and a white hood was worn over her masked face. The inside of her hood was a bright magenta color, with a cyan webbing pattern, a similar design was on the inside of her upper arms as well. The last thing Peter noticed was that she appeared to be wearing bright cyan ballet shoes on her feet. "Whoever this chick is she's got a great fashion sense because this suit kicks ass."
"Ugh..." The woman groaned as she sat upright, gripping her head in pain. "What the hell was that...it feels like I got hit by a damn truck."
"That voice..." Peter thought, his eyes widening in shock as he felt a sudden chill run down his spine. "It sounds so familiar..."
"Where the hell am I?" The girl muttered in a groggy tone as she scanned her surroundings. "It looks like I'm still in New York...but something feels...off." It was then that the woman finally noticed she was currently still sitting on Peter's chest. "Oh my gosh!" Yelping in surprise, the girl quickly hopped off Peter's chest. "I'm so sorry about that! You must be the person who saved me! Thank you for that by the way!"
"It...it can't be..." Peter thought, slowly getting back onto his feet, finally putting the pieces together and recognizing why the voice was so familiar to him. He could feel his heart beginning to thunder in his chest as a tragic event from his past flashed through his mind. "This can't be happening..."
"Nice costume by the way." The woman commented as she gestured towards Peter's suit. "I love the colors."
"G-Gwen..." Peter said suddenly, causing the girl to immediately stiffen in surprise, appearing to be on edge now. "Gwen Stacy? Is...is it really you?"
"How do you know my secret identity?" Gwen asked in an intimidating tone as the eyes of her mask narrowed dangerously, her fists balling tightly. "You have two seconds to answer before I beat it out of you."
"Gwen...it's me..." Peter said, slowly walking towards Gwen and pulling off his mask, revealing that tears were streaming down his cheeks. "Peter...Peter Parker."
"P-Peter..." Gwen gasped as she took a step away from Peter, her mind racing to comprehend what she was seeing. He may have looked slightly older, but there was no way that Gwen could mistake that face, it was definitely Peter Parker. Tears quickly welled up in Gwen's eyes as she covered her mouth to choke back a sob. "This...this can't be happening...you're dead...I saw you die...I held you in my arms when it happened..."
"I...I should be saying that to you..." Peter said, stopping in front of Gwen, his hands cupping her cheek through her mask. "I couldn't save you that night...you died because I wasn't quick enough...you were taken from me because I wasn't strong enough..." Gwen's heart ached when she heard the pain in Peter's voice and saw the grief in his eyes, she could tell what he was saying was true, he had seen her die right before his eyes, just like she had done with him. "Can I...can I take your mask off? Please, Gwen...I want to see your face again...it's been so long." Gwen bit her bottom lip as she hesitated for a moment, but she eventually nodded her head. She felt Peter pull her hood down and slowly slip her mask off, the cool night air hitting her face. "Wow..." Peter's eyes widened when he saw Gwen's face, she may have cut her hair into a side undercut and pierced her eyebrow, but there was no way Peter could mistake her face or those beautiful blue eyes. Peter chuckled lightly, hoping to break the heavy emotional tension that was filling the air. "I like the hair...very uh trendy..."
"T-Thanks..." Gwen muttered quietly as she ran a hand through her shorter blonde hair, a slight blush spreading across her cheeks. Without warning Gwen suddenly lunged forward and embraced Peter in a tight hug, burying her head into his chest, tears once again falling from her eyes. "Peter...I can't believe this is happening...I can't believe I get to see you again."
"Uh, Gwen...I'm happy to see you again too..." Peter said awkwardly, his face flushing bright red in embarrassment, subtly trying to escape from her embrace, but she only seemed to tighten her hold on him. "You're kinda crushing my ribs, Gwen."
"Just let me stay like this for a little while..." Gwen said barely above a whisper as she gripped the back of Peter's suit, her tears staining his chest. "I want to make sure this isn't a dream or some damn hallucination...I want to make sure you're really here...that I'm really holding on to you...I...I just want to enjoy this."
"Sure thing Gwen..." Peter said with a soft smile, finally returning Gwen's embrace. Peter could feel his own tears returning as he wrapped his arms around Gwen and rested his head on top of her's. "We can stay like this for as long as you want...because I want to know that you're really here too."
(Ten Minutes Later: Still With Peter and Gwen)
"Thanks for doing that...it really helped me," Gwen said as she wiped the tears from her eyes, sitting on the roof's edge next to Peter, their hips almost touching. "It's nice knowing you're not just some figment of my imagination or some other crazy shit."
"No problem Gwen, happy to help," Peter said with a smile, staring out at the bustling city ahead of them. "I really needed that too." A comfortable silence fell over them for several moments, before Peter spoke up once again. "So, you have spider powers too?"
"How did you know?" Gwen asked as she clasped her hands in her lap. "I mean I do...I was bitten by a radioactive spider and got these powers...but I really haven't been doing any spider-like things since I got here."
"Well for one we seem to share a similar taste in costumes, that's a nice suit by the way...looks great on you..." Peter said with a chuckle, gesturing towards both of their suits, his compliment earning him a smile from Gwen. "Second, my Spider-senses went totally haywire for a moment when I first was around you, I'm guessing something similar happened to you."
"Now that you mention it..." Gwen said as she placed a hand to her head, remembering the sensation she had felt when she first ran into Peter. "My Spider-sense did totally go bonkers when you first caught me...I've never felt anything like that before."
"My guess is that our Spider-senses were alerting us that someone with similar powers was nearby, kinda like a spider-person radar or something..." Peter explained, causing Gwen to nod her head in agreement with his assessment. "Lastly..." With a cheeky grin, Peter reached down and turned Gwen's wrist over, revealing a familiar looking cyan-colored device on her wrist. "I totally saw your web shooters." Smile widening, Peter turned his wrist over to show his own red-colored web shooters. "I have the same ones."
"You were always such a genius..." Gwen said with a sad smile as she stared down at her lap, twidling her thumbs. "So..." Gwen nervously rubbed her arm, finally deciding to address the elephant in the room. "Apparently we both saw each other die...but yet here we both are...kinda freaky isn't it?"
"Yeah...I've been thinking about that for a while now...and I can only come up with one logical explanation..." Peter said, turning his head to lock eyes with Gwen. "You're from an alternate dimension and somehow got sucked into mine."
"That's a logical explanation?" Gwen asked as she quirked an eyebrow, almost wanting to laugh at how serious Peter was being. "Sounds pretty crazy to me."
"Gwen we both have spider powers we received after being bitten by a radioactive spider," Peter pointed out, suddenly standing up and walking off the roof's edge, his feet sticking to the side of the building as he tried to drive home his point. "I don't think alternate dimensions are too far of a stretch for us. I mean scientists have theorized about limitless parallel dimensions for years...I guess they were right after all."
"I suppose you're right, I see crazy shit all the time, so I guess me being zapped into an alternate dimension isn't too out of the question. I mean one second I was taking down one of the Kingpin's safehouses, then the next thing I know I'm getting sucked through some sort of portal and I end up here falling through the damn sky. So, I suppose your alternate dimension theory might actually be true," Gwen pondered as she stood up and joined Peter standing on the side of the building. "The only questions now are why was I pulled into this dimension and how I can get back to my own?"
"Oh, trying to get away from me so soon?" Peter joked with a smirk, causing a bright red blush to spread across Gwen's face before she playfully punched him in the arm.
"You know that's not what I meant, Peter," Gwen said with a light chuckle and small smile as she stood right next to Peter, resting her head against his shoulder. "It's just...this isn't my dimension...and I have people I care about back home...I can't just abandon them."
"I know Gwen," Peter said, turning and placing both his hands on the blonde woman's shoulders, his strong grip sending a feeling a reassurance through her body. "I'll do everything I can to help you find a way back home, we'll figure this out together..." Peter smiled as he gave Gwen's shoulder a comforting squeeze. "But I was just hoping we could enjoy the time we spend together before you have to go back."
"Sure thing Peter...that sounds nice," Gwen said as she brushed some hair out of her eyes. "I'd like to spend some time with you-" Gwen was cut off when a sudden buzzing sound rang out. The blonde spider-woman quirked an eyebrow when she saw Peter pull out a cellphone.
"Oh...oh shit!" Peter suddenly exclaimed, reading his phone's screen and seeing who was calling. "I totally forgot!"
"What's wrong, Peter?" Gwen asked surprised by the worried expression on Peter's face. "Is something up?"
"Oh god, she's gonna fucking kill me..." Peter groaned, turning to face Gwen, his entire body showing how nervous he was. "I have to take this call, Gwen, can you give me a second?" Seeing Gwen nod her head, Peter took a deep breath and answered the phone call. "H-Hey MJ! What's up?!"
"Oh, I don't know..." Mary Jane's clearly upset voice echoed into his ear. "Feeling like an idiot as I waited here for you...only to be stood up...again! This is the fifth time in two weeks, Peter!"
"Fourth time..." Peter corrected MJ meekly, instantly regretting the decision.
"What was that?!" Mary Jane exclaimed in a rightfully furious tone.
"N-Nothing..." Peter muttered, nervously rubbing the back of his head. "Please continue."
"I don't know why I put up with this, Peter." Mary Jane said as she released a heavy sigh. "You're a great guy Peter, and I know you're busy with the whole Spider-man thing, but a girl can only be blown off so many times. I really like you Peter, and I want to make things work out between us, but I don't know how much more of this I can put up with."
"Please MJ, I have a good reason for being late this time, I swear!" Peter exclaimed, running his gloved hand through his messy brown hair. "I was on my way to see you when..." Peter paused for a moment and spared a glance at Gwen. "Something came up..."
"Oh, something came up?" Mary Jane asked in an unimpressed tone. "It must have been pretty important to make you stand me up again."
"MJ please, I know you're mad at me right now and you have every right to be, but I swear there is a really good reason I was late tonight!" Peter pleaded, his grip on the phone tightening slightly. "Let's just meet up and I can better explain what happened...I can't really do it over the phone." There was a very long pause and Peter was worried he had pushed her too far this time. "MJ?"
"I'll give you fifteen minutes to get to my apartment and explain yourself." Mary Jane said, which caused Peter to breathe a sigh of relief, he still had a chance and that's all he needed. "If you're not here by then, or if your excuse sucks, I'm done Peter...and I'm serious about that this time."
"Thank you! Thank you, MJ!" Peter exclaimed in an ecstatic tone, kissing the phone's screen. "I'll be right over!"
"You better not keep me waiting, tiger." Mary Jane said before she hung up the phone.
"MJ? As in Mary Jane Watson?" Gwen asked, walking up next to Peter.
"Yeah, I was on my way to meet her...before you showed up," Peter said with a light chuckle as he rubbed the back of his neck. "Her and I have been kinda dating on and off for a while now...but the whole Spider-man thing kinda puts a strain on our relationship."
"I see..." Gwen muttered, turning her head away from Peter to hide her flushed face. "So the Mary Jane of this dimension is dating Peter...I wonder if this dimension's Peter and I ever..." Gwen suddenly shook her head, pushing those thoughts from her mind. "I can't be thinking about that right now...even if this version of Peter is totally cute..."
"Gwen, I know we need to find a way to get you back home, but I need to ask you a huge favor," Peter said as he grabbed ahold of Gwen's hands, causing her already flushed face to turn an even darker shade of red. "Can you come with me to meet MJ? She'll never believe me if I just tell her that you poofed in from another dimension. She needs to see you in person. MJ and you were good friends, I'm sure she'd love to see you again."
"I guess I can come along...Mary Jane and I were kind of close in my universe too...until she became a total bitch and I quit our band..." Gwen said, muttering the last part underneath her breath. Slipping her mask back on and flipping up her hood, Gwen adjusted her web shooters. "Alright Peter, lead the way."
"Thanks so much, Gwen! I totally owe you one!" Peter exclaimed with a grin before he put his own mask back on. "I know someone who may be able to help us out with your situation, we can visit them tomorrow." Shooting out a line of webbing, Peter launched off the building in the direction of Mary Jane's apartment. "Try to keep up, Gwen! We don't have a second to spare!"
(Fourteen Minutes Later: Mary Jane's Apartment)
"*Sigh* Why am I even doing this?" Mary Jane muttered to herself, checking the time on her phone to see that Peter only had about a minute left. "Even if he shows up on time his excuse is going to suck. He keeps ditching me time and time again, but every time I forgive him and give him another chance." Sighing wistfully, Mary Jane stared at her phone's background picture, a photo of Peter and her on one of their first dates. "I just can't hate him when he begs and gives me that sad look of his, but a girl can only handle so much Peter." Just then Mary Jane heard a few soft taps at her window. Turning around, MJ wasn't surprised to see Peter's upside down face smiling awkwardly at her. Mary Jane chuckled softly and got up off the couch. Walking over to the window, Mary Jane opened it and allowed Peter to enter her apartment. "Wow, you're exactly on time for once, I must say I'm a little impressed."
"Yeah, I really busted my ass to get here on time," Peter said as he crawled into MJ's apartment, doing a quick flip before landing on his feet. "Thanks for giving me a chance to explain myself."
"No problem, tiger. Now get talking." Mary Jane said, crossing her arms underneath her chest and giving Peter an annoyed look. "And it better be a damn good excuse."
"Well, you see...I had just stopped a mugging when my phone went off, reminding me about our date...that I was totally going to be late too...sorry about that..." Peter explained in an apologetic tone as he nervously gripped his mask. Seeing Mary Jane roll her eyes, having heard a similar excuse from him countless times before, Peter decided to just get right to the point. "Well I started swinging as fast as I could to meet you...but along the way...something happened...something I still can't really believe..."
"Oh, and what would that be?" Mary Jane said, quirking her eye in intrigue, Peter definitely had her attention now. "I'm on the edge of my seat."
"I think it would be better if you saw for yourself," Peter said as he turned back towards the window he had entered from. "You can come in now." Mary Jane was surprised when she saw another head appear outside her window, this one hidden behind a white mask. The redhead was even more surprised when the mystery person crawled into her apartment just as Peter had. The white and black costumed girl flipped through the air and landed right beside Peter. "She's the reason I missed our date."
"So...you met another person with spider powers?" Mary Jane asked, closely examining the newcomer, admiring her choice in costume. "Okay tiger, I'll give it to you, that is a pretty good reason to be late."
"She's not just some random person with spider powers," Peter said as he nodded to the masked girl standing beside him. "You can take your mask off now."
Mary Jane watched in anticipation as the girl pulled down her hood, before slowly pulling off her mask. The first thing MJ saw was her blonde hair, then it was the piercing blue eyes and when the mask was fully off the redhead gasped in shock. Mary Jane was sure that she was seeing a ghost, or she was definitely seeing things because there was no way she was staring at Gwen Stacy.
"Hey, Mary Jane..." Gwen said with a nervous smile, waving awkwardly. "Long time no see...I guess?"
"G-Gwen..." Mary Jane stuttered out as she slowly approached the blonde woman, before reaching out and gently touching her cheek. The redhead's hand recoiled slightly when she felt it make contact with Gwen's skin, proving that she wasn't some sort of illusion, a few tears escaping her eyes. "How...how is this possible...you're supposed to be dead...I...I saw your body..."
"Yeah, Peter told me the same thing..." Gwen said, staring down at her feet. "It's really weird for me too."
"MJ...Gwen...this Gwen is from an alternate dimension...at least I think she is." Peter explained, which caused Mary Jane's eyes to widen in shock. "I caught her falling from the sky after I heard a loud explosion echo out overhead."
"An...alternate dimension...that sounds absolutely crazy..." Mary Jane said, taking a seat at her kitchen table, looking back and forth between Peter and Gwen several times. "How can you be sure about this Peter?"
"I'm not one hundred percent certain about it either MJ," Peter said as he sat down next to Mary Jane and gently placed his hand on top of hers. "But after all the crazy things that have happened to me, I think I can believe in alternate dimensions."
"I can't think of any other explanation," Gwen said, taking a seat next to Peter at the table. "This world is similar to my own, but it's different in several ways."
"How so?" Mary Jane asked as she gazed at Gwen.
"Well for one...I was the one to receive spider powers, not Peter," Gwen explained, before lowering her head, a pained look in her eyes. "And Peter died in my dimension...he died right in my arms..." Mary Jane gasped audibly when she heard this, gripping Peter's hand tightly. "It took my best friend dying for me to realize I needed to take this whole superhero thing seriously and use my powers to help people."
"Just like me, Gwen has people she cares about and needs to protect in her own dimension," Peter added as he placed his free hand on Mary Jane's shoulder. "That's why I need to find out why Gwen ended up here and help her find a way back home to her own dimension."
"Okay, I think I understand..." Mary Jane said, slowly nodding her head. "I know that I won't be able to do much, but I'll do everything I can to help you guys."
"Thank you, Mary Jane, that means a lot to me," Gwen said with a smile just before the redhead stood up from the table.
"If it's okay with you guys I'm gonna go to bed...I've had a crazy day already and meeting a Gwen Stacy from an alternate dimension just added on to that." Mary Jane said, walking across her apartment and stopping in her bedroom's doorway. "Peter, Gwen if you guys want you can both crash here tonight...I can give Gwen some spare clothes to wear tomorrow morning...and I have some extra pajamas Gwen can wear in the guest bedroom."
"Thanks MJ, we'll take you up on that offer," Peter said as he stood up from the table and smiled at Gwen. "Come on, I can show you to the guest room."
"Alright, we'll talk about this more in the morning." Mary Jane said, waving to both spider people before walking into her own bedroom and closing the door behind her.
"You don't have to stay with me Peter, I'll be fine by myself," Gwen said as a slight blush spread across her face at the thought of sleeping in the same room as Peter. "I'm a big girl, I don't need a chaperone."
"Oh, I don't doubt that," Peter said, flashing Gwen a toothy grin. "But you're a big girl who was just warped into a different dimension, a dimension where she's supposed to be dead, I wouldn't feel right if just left you alone."
"What about clothes?" Gwen questioned as she gestured to the fact that Peter was still in his Spider-man costume. "Do you plan on sleeping in your suit?"
"Got that covered already," Peter said with a cheeky smile, shooting a line of webbing across the room, pulling over a duffle bag a second later. Unzipping the bag, Peter revealed that it was full of spare clothes. "I always keep a couple of sets of clothes here in case I ever need them."
"Ah...I guess it's fine then..." Gwen said with a light sigh as she finally relented, deciding that sleeping next to Peter wasn't the worst thing to ever happen to her. "But don't you dare try and peek when I'm changing, or else I'll web your damn eyes shut!"
"I-I would never!" Peter blurted out in embarrassment as he became flustered by Gwen's sudden declaration. "I always respect a woman's privacy!"
"Looks like this Peter does have something in common with my own...he's still a total dork when it comes to girls..." Gwen thought with a small smile, walking up to Peter and playfully slapping him on the shoulder. "I was only messing with you, now let's get some rest because I actually am pretty tired."
"Sure thing Gwen," Peter said, his own smile returning as he showed Gwen where the guest bedroom was. "We do have a busy day scheduled tomorrow!"
As Peter and Gwen walked into the guest room, neither of them noticed a black leather-clad figure watching them from a rooftop across the street. The buxom white-haired woman smirked as she watched Spider-man lead a blonde-haired girl into another room she couldn't see into.
"So, it looks like the Spider found himself a little spider girlfriend..." Felicia Hardy, better known by her alter ego Black Cat, said with a devious smirk as she licked her lips. "Hmmm, I think things are about to get real interesting." Sparing one last longing glance at the apartment, Felicia hopped off the roof towards the streets below, she could tease her Spider later but right now she still had a job to do.
(Three Hours Later: Inside Mary Jane's Spare Bedroom)
Peter released a light sigh as he stared up at the white ceiling overhead. After the crazy events that had happened earlier that day, he couldn't really fall asleep. It also didn't help that Peter decided to be chivalrous and had insisted he sleep on the floor, while Gwen took the bed. Turning over onto his side, Peter stared at Gwen on the bed next to him, her eyes closed and breathing softly. Peter bit his bottom lip as he stared at Gwen's sleeping face, he knew she needed to rest, but he couldn't get something out of his mind.
"Hey, Gwen...you awake?" Peter whispered as he continued to look at Gwen, waiting for some type of response from her. After several moments one of Gwen's eyes cracked open. "I didn't wake you did I?"
"No...I couldn't sleep either...I was trying but nothing was working..." Gwen groaned, sitting up in the bed and resting her back against the headboard. "My mind is too active right now... too many crazy things have happened to me in only a few hours..."
"Do you wanna talk for a bit? Maybe that will tire us out?" Peter suggested as he went back to staring up at the ceiling.
"Sure," Gwen replied, resting her head on her knees as she gazed out the room's window. "What did you want to talk about?"
"If you don't mind...if it's not too much for you..." Peter muttered before he paused for a brief moment, wondering if this was something they should be discussing. Releasing a light sigh, Peter decided to just rip the band-aid right off, he needed to know. "How...how did I die in your dimension?"
"Starting with the heavy hitting questions right off the bat I see..." Gwen said with a light chuckle, briefly balling her fists, something that wasn't missed by Peter.
"If you don't want to we can-"
"No it's fine," Gwen cut Peter off before she turned to look at him, their eyes meeting. "It will be good for me to talk about it...especially since I usually avoid thinking about that day as much as possible." Taking a deep breath, Gwen steeled herself to recall one of the most tragic events in her life. "I guess I should start from the beginning. Back in my dimension Peter and I were best friends, we were both kinda introverts and we shared a love for music. We were both sort of outcasts and were bullied a lot, Peter more so than me. Then one day I was bitten by that spider and gained my powers, becoming the crime fighter known as Spider-woman...although at the beginning I wasn't taking the job very seriously and was only really doing it to get famous. Over time Peter was bullied more and more, and eventually, he started to idolize Spider-woman, but he didn't know that it was me behind the mask. Soon the constant bullying pushed him too far and he created a special serum, on prom night he took that serum and turned into the Lizard." Peter's eyes widened in shock when Gwen said this. "Peter went totally berserk and I was forced to stop him, but I went too far during our fight...he eventually turned back into a human and I rushed over, holding him in my arms..." Gwen chocked back a sob as tears poured from her eyes. "God...I hurt him so bad...I just...pushed him too hard during that fight...shortly after that he died in my arms...after I realized what I had just done I was so overcome with grief that I just bolted...I didn't know where I was going, but I just knew that I couldn't be there any longer...once everything was over I was blamed for Peter Parker's death and became a public menace...ever since then I've dedicated my life to being a real hero...someone that my Peter would be proud of."
"Gwen...I'm so sorry you had to go through something like that." Peter consoled Gwen as he got up off the floor and sat down on the bed next to her, pulling her in for a comforting hug. "That sounds like what happened with me and my Uncle Ben...I made a huge mistake and it cost him his life...and ever since then I've been working to be a hero that he could be proud of."
"It's just...I had these amazing powers now...I should have done something to help him..." Gwen said through her tears as she grabbed ahold of Peter's shirt, crying into his chest. "I should have helped him scare off those bullies...I should have done something damn it..."
"I know it hurts Gwen, but you can't dwell on the 'what ifs.' If you do, you'll never be able to move forward." Peter said in a soothing voice as he gently rubbed the back of Gwen's head. "I used to constantly think about what I could have done differently...what I could have done to keep you and Uncle Ben alive...but eventually I realized that way of thinking was only holding me back, not just as a hero but as a person too."
"I know...I know..." Gwen muttered, wiping away her tears and sniffling several times. "It's just hard sometimes..." Looking back at Peter, Gwen laughed when she saw the large wet spot on his chest. "Sorry about crying all over you like that."
"Oh, don't worry about it," Peter said with a smile as he chuckled himself. "MJ likes to watch sad movies, so I'm kinda used to it."
"So...I told you about what happened to my Peter Parker...can you tell me how your Gwen Stacy died?" Gwen asked, feeling Peter's entire body momentarily stiffen. "Peter...I'll give you the option too...you don't have to tell me."
"No, you told me...it's only fair that I tell you...I knew this would come up as soon as I asked you about what happened to your version of Peter Parker," Peter said as he released his hold on Gwen and clasped his hands in his lap, staring down at the floor. "Besides, just like you...it's probably a good thing for me to talk about this..." Peter didn't speak for several moments as he recalled the night his Gwen Stacy had died. "In my dimension, you and I weren't just friends, we were actually dating...and I really did love my Gwen..." Gwen's eyes widened slightly when she heard this, a faint blush dusting across her cheeks. "Things seemed to be going pretty well for a while but one day she was kidnapped by the Green Goblin...I eventually found them at the Brooklyn Bridge...I tried to get Goblin to stop...I tried to talk him out of it...but...but he still threw Gwen off the bridge." Gwen felt her heart ache slightly when she saw Peter get choked up for a moment, pausing his story briefly to recollect himself. "So naturally I dove after her...but I quickly realized that I just wasn't going fast enough and that I wouldn't reach her in time...so I shot out a line of webbing to catch her...but...but..." Peter couldn't hold back any longer, tears were freely falling from his eyes as he tightly gripped the fabric of his pants.
"Your webbing caught her, but the sudden whiplash...snapped her neck..." Gwen finished, piecing together where Peter's story was going. "Oh Peter, I'm so sorry...no one should ever have to go through something like that."
"That's not even the worst part," Peter said as he chuckled bitterly, staring at the wall across the room with tears still streaming down his cheeks. "After Gwen died...I just snapped...Goblin had pushed me too far. I chased after the bastard...and I beat him...I beat him to within an inch of his life...I was so angry and wanted nothing more than to kill the son of a bitch who took away the woman I loved...but I stopped...I stopped because I realized killing Goblin would make me no better than him." Sniffling slightly, Peter wiped away his tears. "After I stopped, Goblin tried to use his glider to kill me, but my Spider-senses kicked it and I dodged his attack. He was impaled by his own glider, but even as I watched him die I didn't feel any better...Gwen was still gone and Goblin's death wouldn't change that."
"Peter...you did the right thing...killing the Green Goblin would have led you down a dangerous path that you couldn't turn back from..." Gwen said, placing her hand on top of Peter's, trying to comfort him. "Your Gwen Stacy may be gone but I'm here right now, and I promise you'll never have to go through something like that with me."
"And I'll promise the same thing for you," Peter said as he smiled at Gwen, turning his hand over and interlocking their fingers. "We'll have each other's backs until I get you back home to your dimension."
"Heh, we've both been through some terrible shit..." Gwen said with a chuckle, resting her head on Peter's shoulder.
"You can say that again," Peter added as he wrapped a comforting arm around Gwen's shoulders. "When will we ever catch a break?"
"You know..." Gwen muttered, fidgeting slightly as her cheeks burned red. "You don't have to sleep on the floor...the bed is big enough for both of us."
"Gwen, you don't have too..." Peter started to say, but he stopped when he saw the look in Gwen's eyes, practically begging him not to leave her alone. Releasing a light sigh, a soft smile spread across Peter's face. "Alright thanks, Gwen." Turning his head, Peter's eyes widened when he saw what time it was. "We really should be getting some rest, it's really late."
Nodding her head, Gwen got back under the bed's covers, with Peter following right behind her. Soon Peter's eyes slowly began to drift shut as sleep started to wash over him. But just as Peter's mind started to drift off, he felt a comforting warmth gently press against his back. Turning slightly, Peter was surprised to see Gwen snuggling up next to him, her eyes red from crying and her cheeks tear stained. With a smile, Peter brushed a few locks of blonde hair out of Gwen's face. Turning back over, Peter moved closer to Gwen, allowing their shared warmth to lull him to sleep. She may not have been his Gwen Stacy, but he couldn't help feeling a special connection to her, and he would not take the time they spent together for granted.
And done! This chapter was extremely fun to write and I hope you all enjoyed reading it. I don't know when I'll next update this story, but expect any updates to be fairly sporadic and spread out because I have several other stories I'm currently writing. But the next chapter will pick up where this one left off and will have Peter and Gwen visiting someone who can help their situation, I won't spoil who it is but there should also be a special character showing up next chapter as well.
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