Spider's Webs

April 20, 2015:

Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker catch up.

New York City

Coffee Shop

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NPCs: None.

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Fade In…

Gwen was currently sitting in one of the coffee shops on the University Campus, a laptop in front of her and a backpack on the chair next to her. She had texted of all people, Peter Parker earlier asking if he wanted to have coffee and catch up a little bit.

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Peter was more than a little surprised to hear from Gwen. They really haven't had a lot of contact recently. To be fair, between being Spider-Man and school and trying to make ends meet, he's not had a lot of time to catch up with much of anybody. Still, he figures he can meet Gwen for a bit. He's late, of course, but just by a few minutes, racing into the coffee shop and stuffing something into his own backpack as he goes, practically tripping over Gwen's chair as he rushes up to her. "Sorry," he says, dropping the backpack on the far side of the table. "be right back." And then he rushes over to grab coffee. The fuel of college students.

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When Peter rushes off Gwen raises her manicured brows and waits for him to come back before standing up and giving him a friendly hug, "Some things never change Peter, like you and being on time." Unfortunately for Peter, she never quite learned why he was always late but god did she have one heck of a crush on Spider-Man even then, she would never have told Peter.

She steps back and reaches up to ruffle his hair a little before sitting down and smiling, "You look good, how have you been?"
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Peter looks mildly sheepish. Just mildly. He returns the hug, holding his coffee cup away from her so he won't do something foolish, like spilling it down her back. "There was a mess between here and the lab," he says apologetically. "I wound up having to go around the drama building. Added five minutes to the walk or I'd have been on time." More accurately, he stopped to web up a mugger. But that's neither here nor there.

His hair was messy enough, so she's probably made it look better by ruffling it. "I've been alright. You know. Busy as anything with school and work and such, but that's life, right? You look great." It's Gwen. Of course she looks great. "What have you been up to?"

*

"Oh, just working on my masters in Biochem and my internship at Star Labs turned into a job.." Gwen started to ramble, "I've also been working a bit at the Baxter building with Doctor Storm, you know Johnny's Sister? OH! I also had a tour of that THINK Building that Howard Stark is setting up and it seems like I could get approved for lab space if I wanted." Realizing she needed to shutup she grabbed her coffee, took a sip and smiled brightly, "Sorry if this was out of the blue, you've just been on my mind. I mean, you're never /far/ from my thoughts Peter, you were my first love."

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"I was gonna say," says Peter, "I think there are a couple of Dr. Storms at the Baxter Building. Doesn't their dad still work there, too?" He shakes his head. She's already working on her masters. He's about to graduate with his bachelor's. He takes a long swallow of coffee to avoid emitting rays of jealousy everywhere. And blushes when she continues. "I'm flattered," he says. "I mean, I think of you a lot, too." And if anything he's all the more flustered for the moment.

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Gwen is really really quiet for a moment and was suddenly thankful her hair was in a ponytail or ponytail or she might be playing with it, "Sorry! I wasn't trying to make things awkward, now you see why I haven't called and I guess why you haven't called. Oh my god, Peter I'm so sorry if this was a stupid idea."

*

"Hey, Gwen, stop," says Peter, raising a hand to fend off her concerns. "I'm glad to see you. I mean, the way things ended between us was…" How do you say 'Your dad thought I was a bad influence and made you dump me'? "But that was years ago. I do think about you, yeah, but, I mean… it doesn't have to be awkward. We're both adults. We can be friends."

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That was part of why Gwen had always wanted to talk to Peter. She wasn't stupid, "The way things ended with us was stupid and I will always be sorry for that but, my Dad he's never lied to me Peter." She looks into his eyes and asks, "Why did he think you were so dangerous for me to be around? It never made sense, but I trust him as much as I didn't want to." She had dated very little since then, almost not at all.

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Peter has had dates. Not many of them. He doesn't have the time or the money. He raises an eyebrow at her when she asks why her dad thought he was so dangerous. "I have no idea," he says honestly, because he really has to assume that her dad doesn't know anything about him being Spider-Man. "I always figured it's that usual 'I have a gun, leave my daughter alone' thing."

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Gwen frowned and in her head she knew this is why she had listened to her father, "I would have chosen you over him, if you could have just told me the truth. My dad isn't like that, he's a good man and he doesn't just form opinions. If you had a criminal record or something Peter, it wouldn't have bugged me." She sighs and bites her lip, "To be honest, a lot of people used to tell me you were on drugs in high school. Always looking tired, always late. It's Weed isn't it?"

*
Peter stares at Gwen for a moment. "Gwen, I lived in Queens and worked in Midtown 'til all hours of the night," he points out. "I was constantly exhausted. No. I was not and am not on weed." She actually gets an eye-roll from him. "I was never on drugs. Teenagers are dumb and you know that. As for what your dad's problem with me was…" He shrugs. "I would never have hurt you. I would never have let you get hurt. The man just didn't like me."

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Gwen looked sad at Peter's response and closed her laptop, clearly it was an emotional thing for her, "Peter, you've never hurt me, it was your inability to just, be honest with me. I'm sorry, I should go, I have class or something." She shoved the laptop in her bag, grabbed her coffee and began to storm out. It didn't take a genius to see, she was upset and she would never simply believe that her father made it all up. Maybe one day Parker would tell her the truth.

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