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Encounters of the Gorillaz Kind

"Excuse me, coming through, coming through…" Spiderman elbowed his was through the croud. "Has anyone seen a blue fuzzy demon-type thing come this way?"

"'E went that way," growled a strong English accent.

"Thanks," Spiderman said, glancing at the guy who said it and shooting web at the same time. Too late, he realised who it was.

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"That was… very unlike you," Russ said, scratching his head.

"Thanks," Murdoc scowled. "Now, if you'd kindly forget all about it, I'd like to scrub my brain clean so I forget that I ever helped a superhero."

"SPIDERMAN! SPIDERMAN! DOES WHATEVER A SPIDER CAN!" Noodle was dancing around the lot of them. "SPINS A WEB! ANY SIZE! CATCHES THIEVES! JUST LIKE FLIES! LOOK OUT! HERE COMES THE SPIDERMAAAAAAAN!"

2D was in a state of shock. "'At was Spiderman, 'at was," he said, mouth hanging open. "Spiderman just asked you for directions. Spiderman!"

"IS HE STRONG? LISTEN, BUD! HE'S GOT RADIOACTIVE BLOOD! CAN HE SWING FROM A THREAD? TAKE A LOOK OVERHEAD! HEY THERE! THERE GOES THE SPIDERMAN!" Noodle continued over 2D.

"Shut up, faceache," Murdoc grunted. Just as an upside-down red mask with black 'web' and huge white eyes dropped infront of his face. "ARGH!" he yelled, jumping back.

Noodle stopped singing, at "IN THE CHILL OF NIGHT, AT THE SCENE OF A CRIME! LIKE A STREAK OF LIGHT, HE ARRIVES JUST... IN… time…?"

"OhmygoshisthatreallyMurdoc,MurdocNiccalsohmyGODwhatareyoudoinginNewYorkI'myourbiggestfancanIhaveyourautographPLEEEAAASE?"

Murdoc just stood there, eye twitching slightly, mouth hanging open.

"Please?"

"Murdoc says yes," Russ said quickly, handing Murdoc a piece of paper and a pen, accidentally-on-purpose 'bumping' him with his elbow.

"Uh, er, yeah, okay." Murdoc scribbled down something he didn't even know he was writing, and handed the paper to Spiderman.

"THANKS!" Spiderman screamed, webbed a building, and was gone.

"Tha' was… weird. Comin' from some'un who's seen zombies an' shared a bathroom wit' you lot, I mean," 2D mumbled, just as Noodle started to sing again.

"SPIDERMAN, SPIDERMAN! FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDERMAN! WEALTH AND FAME, HE'S IGNORED! ACTION IS HIS REWARD! TO HIM, LIFE IS A GREAT BIG GANG-UP! WHEREVER THERE'S A HANGUP! YOU'LL FIND THE SPIDERMAN!"

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Spiderman was shaking. "I just failed to catch an evil demon monster thing. BUT I'VE GOT MURDOC NICCAL'S AUTOGRAPH! I'M SOOOOOO COOL!"

He didn't even care that people were staring at him. After all, when you're a superhero, that's what people do.