"it's not your fault..."
Peter swipes furiously at his tears. He doesn't deserve to cry; he's the reason Uncle Ben is dead, anyways. Enveloped by regret as well as depression, the sixteen-year-old places his cold hand on the brazen knob of the house door, which is still without glass. He stomps on the shattered pieces up the stairs, tears still cascading down his face.
"Take off that hood, Pete. Let me see you," says Aunt May from the bottom. Had she watched him come in? How long has she been there? Peter refuses to spin around.
"I— I can't. I won't."
She frowns, disappointedly. "And, why not?"
"Because— because... Uncle Ben… died… tonight."
There. He said it. He leaves his widowed aunt to grieve alone.
"I'm so sorry, Uncle Ben…" He's choking back sobs, trying so hard to lock them inside. "I'm so fucking sorry."
With one hand fumbling in his pocket to locate his cell phone, Parker uses the other to yank his father's glasses from his desk drawer, and situate them over his brown, red-rimmed eyes. He crumples to the floor after locking his door with the phone pressed to his ear. It probably wouldn't come as a surprise to know that Peter is listening to his most recent voicemail message just to listen to Ben's voice. (It's all he has left).
Hours pass yet the boy remains up against the door listening repeatedly to the same message. Only when movement sounds from downstairs does he rise from the seated position. On his way down, his ears hear voices.
"We regret to inform…"
He creeps down the staircase, hands shaking slightly.
"…appears to have passed…"
He's moving just a little more, his vision blurring quickly.
"…the ambulance was called for but…"
The police are leaving, and his back is on the honey-yellow wall.
It's while the officers are going by him that he asks to see the drawn image of the man who shot his uncle. It's after the officer hands him the flyer that he is told the man has a tattoo on his left arm. And it's after these events, the teenager feels a bit braver, a bit happier and a bit more better.
Author's Note: A little fiction I wrote just now after seeing Spider-Man yesterday :)
Word Count: 366