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Across the Spiderverse

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Alright, let’s do this one more time...

My name is Miles Morales, and for the past two weeks I’ve been the one and only Spider-Man. I saved the city from being sucked into different dimensions, stopped the Kingpin, met other spider-people, and got my first A at Visions Academy. Not too bad for a kid from Brooklyn.

The only thing is, since all of that happened, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about one of the other spider-people I met; Gwen. Like the others, she went back to her own universe right before I fought Kingpin. To be honest, I’m not the most adept when it comes to talking to girls. But somehow, me and Gwen were able to hit it off.

If my Uncle Aaron were here, he’d make fun of me for not having enough game to talk to her. But then again she isn’t here, she’s in her own universe. How am I even supposed to talk to her if I can’t see her?

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Miles glanced at his watch, seeing the time; almost time for class. He jumped from his bed, grabbing his backpack in the process. He’s just out the door when there’s a flash of light, followed by a barely audible voice, calling for him:

Miles?

But he’s already gone.

 

It’s another typical day at Visions Academy. Since the whole universe thing, Miles has felt more confident about himself, thus liking school more. When the school day is over, he makes his way back to his dorm room where his roommate, Ganke Lee, is typing up a paper.

Immediately, Ganke yanks off the headphones he’s wearing and turns to Miles with a wide grin. “Are you going out?”

“Going out?” Miles asks, dropping his bag onto his bed.

“Yeah, you know... thwip thwip ,” he says, mimicking shooting webs.

Miles groans as he sits on his bunk. “Dude, I told you, you’ve gotta be cool with that.”

“I’m cool,” Ganke responds, pushing his glasses up his nose. “So? Are you?”

“Am I what?”

“Going out there .”

“I don’t know, probably,” Miles shrugs. “Right now I’ve gotta worry about homework.”

So for the next hour Ganke works on his paper; Miles opts for his calculus homework, while he sings along quietly to the music he listens to in his headphones.

Miles is so focused in his work he’s startled when a finger pokes him. He takes off his headphones and looks at his roommate. “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing. I’m going to go eat. Wanna come?”

“In a little bit,” Miles responds, shifting on the bed. “I’m almost done with this.”

Ganke nods, and makes his way out of the dorm, with the door closing behind him. Miles puts his headphones on, and turns to his back as he mumbles along to the song he’s listening to:

“...left in the dust...unless I stuck by ya...you’re a…”

Miles is so engrossed by music and caught up with his homework, that he doesn’t notice the sudden flash above his head. His music is loud enough that he doesn’t hear the familiar voice that follows it: “Miles, you got a minute?”

Instead Miles continues to bob his head, finally finishing the problem he’d been working on for five minutes before putting his head down and closing his eyes, waiting until the song to finish.

The voice, belonging to Gwen, of course, sighs before she steps through the portal she’d opened, landing on the floor just out of Mile’s vision. The portal closes behind her. She waves her hands as if to say what the hell, Miles? But when he still doesn’t notice, she webs his arm and yanks it.

“Hey!” he says, turning. “Gwen! What’re you…. oomph! ” He falls off the bed, face planting on the floor. Gwen starts to laugh.

“You know you could help me up,” he groans as he sits up.

“And miss this? No way,” she says, sitting in Ganke’s chair.

“Ow,” he says, rubbing his head. “What’d you web me for?”

“I was trying to get your attention, and you weren’t looking, so…” she angled her hand, and with a thwip, webbed his headphones, pulling them to her. “Jeez, this thing is loud. You’re gonna go deaf.”

“You sound like my mom,” Miles responds, snatching the headphones from her. Turning them off, it suddenly hits him that Gwen, the girl he’s been thinking about for the past two weeks, is here, in his dimension, in his dorm. “How did you get here?” he finally asks.

“That’s what I was trying to tell you,” she answers, taking a small remote out of her jeans pocket. “I was able to make this little thing. I can, like, go places now. Other universes.”

“Huh. A goober.”

She rolls her eyes. “Yeah, a goober.”

“That’s cool.” Miles finally stands, as does Gwen, as she hands him the remote to look at. Turning it in his hand, he asks “Have you gone to any other universes with this?”

“No, not yet, I…” she stops, and he notices her cheeks pinken slightly as she looks at her feet. “I wanted to, uh, see you first. Friends, remember?”

“Yeah, yeah” he says, handing her back the remote. “I wanted to see you, too. I mean...if I had one of those...things I would...I...uh…”

Gwen smiles as she finally looks up, laughing at his awkwardness.

He looks back at her, wondering what to say, when he says the first thing that pops in his head. “Your hair is the same.”

She raises an eyebrow. “Yeah?”

“I thought it would’ve, you know...grown back by now.”

“It did. But turns out, I kind of like it like this,” she says, running a hand through the hair on the right side of her face.

“That’s cool. Do I get a thank you or anything…”

“For ripping my hair out? Uh, no .”

“I was getting used to my powers! And puberty!”

“Okay, I still don’t think you know what puberty is, so…”

He chuckled. “Hey, uh...you hungry? Because I was about to go get dinner in the cafeteria.”

“I could eat,” she responds.

“Cool. Do they still think you’re Gawanda here, or…”

Gwen shakes her head, smiling. “Shut up, Miles.”