Spider-Man: Crawl Space #2.5 - Valentine's Day

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Spider-Man: Crawl Space #2.5 - Valentine's Day

Post by Kevin Cushing » Sat Feb 14, 2009 5:58 pm

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Spider-Man: Crawl Space #2.5
“Valentine’s Day”
By Kevin Cushing

*This story takes place between Spider-Man: Crawl Space #2 and 3*

PAGE 1

Panel 1: Ext. Night. The middle of a city street outside a diamond store with a broken window. Spider-Man is punching Shocker in the chin, knocking him backward.
SPIDER-MAN CAP:
Ok, who didn’t see this coming?

Panel 2: Shocker is on the ground, shooting a blast from his glove at Spider-Man, who is in turn being knocked backward.
SPIDER-MAN CAP:
It’s 8:00 PM on Valentine’s Day, and instead of taking my beautiful, newly re-wed wife out to dinner I’m duking it out with a B-list supervillain (I upgraded him from the C-list for actually managing to piss me off with this).

Panel 3: The Shocker and Spider-Man are both lying on the ground after being hit.
SPIDER-MAN:
Seriously, Herman, buddy, don’t you have anything better to do tonight?
Cupid didn’t hit any girls hard enough to cause brain damage this year?

Panel 4: Same.
SHOCKER:
What, are you stupid, webhead?
Why do you think I’m knocking over a diamond store on Valentine’s Day?

Panel 5: Focus on Spidey, tilting his head up, one eye larger than the other (like a raised eyebrow).
SPIDER-MAN:
Wait, the Shocker was trying to be romantic?

PAGE 2

Panel 1: Int. Night. Peter and MJ’s hotel room. Mary Jane and Carlie are sitting on the couch in front of the TV (which we can see light coming from). They each have a pint of ice cream.
MJ:
They should figure out how to bottle Cary Grant.
CARLIE:
What, so men can fool us into thinking they’re romantic by their smell?
MJ:
No, I just want to spray him on and wear him all over me.
CARLIE:
That’s…actually really disturbing.

Panel 2: The same, in different stages of eating their ice cream.
CARLIE:
Besides, I don’t think Peter would be too affectionate if you smelled like a dead guy.
Ya know, if he was actually, uh, here.
MJ:
Subtle, Carlie.
I don’t suspect for a second that you’re trying to ask without asking, really.
CARLIE:
Whenever I try subtlety it never really leads to the answers I’m looking for, so…

Panel 3: MJ and Carlie are turned to each other, looking away from their movie.
MJ:
Maybe I’m just trying to be a good friend and keep you company on Valentine’s Day, ever think of that?
CARLIE:
We pretty much just met, so no, not really.
MJ:
Peter and I just got remarried. We agreed Valentine’s Day isn’t quite as important a celebration of us as that was, so we’re just going to do something small and simple later.
CARLIE:
You might not want to use those two particular descriptors when talking to him.

Panel 4: They’ve turned back to the movie, eating their ice cream.
MJ:
Well what about you? I totally saw Flash Thompson staring a hole through you at the reception, how come you’re in on the Cary Grant-athon instead of barking up his tree?
CARLIE:
He’s barking up mine, but I didn’t think Valentine’s Day was a terribly good idea for a first date.
Little too much pressure.

Panel 5: MJ has turned totally back to Carlie with an arm up on the couch, her head resting on her hand. You can see on her face she’s gone into matchmaker mode.
MJ:
I tell you what, how about you let me help take the pressure off?
CARLIE:
How?
MJ:
Double date! You and Flash, me and Peter, fancy restaurant. It’ll be fun!
And if nothing else, I know Flash Thompson well enough to say he’s going to pay.
If you can’t get a free meal once in awhile, what’s the point of looking good?

PAGE 3

Panel 1: Back to the city street. Shocker and Spider-Man are sitting next to each other, leaning their backs against the diamond store wall.
SPIDER-MAN:
Does she know?
SHOCKER:
Know what?
SPIDER-MAN:
That you’re really a D-list supervillain.
SHOCKER:
Hey! I’m at least on the B-list!
SPIDER-MAN:
Sure man, keep telling yourself that.

Panel 2: Shocker’s head is hanging down.
SHOCKER:
Nah, I just told her I’m an inventor.
SPIDER-MAN:
Used to be true.
SHOCKER:
It’s still true, webhead. You don’t know me like you think you do.
SPIDER-MAN:
Well then why didn’t you just buy her a piece of freakin’ jewelry?
SHOCKER:
Ok, you do know me better’n that.

Panel 3: Spidey puts his hand on Shocker’s shoulder.
SPIDER-MAN:
Ok, I shouldn’t do this, but how ‘bout we make a little deal?
You go in there, pick out a ring, and leave money on the counter for the ring and the window, and we’ll forget this ever happened.
SHOCKER:
You serious?
SPIDER-MAN:
Consider it a Valentine’s Day gift from me to your girl.
Whoever she is, she doesn’t deserve to be sitting there tonight wondering why you aren’t there.

Panel 4: Shocker’s turned to Spidey.
SHOCKER:
Sounds like you got one to get home to yourself.
SPIDER-MAN:
No comment.
SHOCKER:
Don’t blame ya.

Panel 5: Shocker has stood up, turned to walk through the hole in the diamond store window. Spidey is still sitting there, head hanging down.
SHOCKER:
Of course ya know next time somebody pays me to kill ya…
SPIDEY:
Just go in there before the cops get here or I realize I’m being an idiot.

PAGE 4

Panel 1: Back in the hotel room, MJ is holding the door open as Carlie stands in the doorway about to leave.
MJ:
Now remember, act surprised when Flash suggests a double date. He’s gonna think it’s Peter’s idea.
It’s always better when the guys think you’re following their lead.

Panel 2: Carlie hugs MJ.
CARLIE:
Thanks, Mary Jane.
You’re pretty good at this.
MJ:
Well, I’ve been married for a few years…
CARLIE:
No, I – I mean being my friend.

Panel 3: They’ve parted the hug, and MJ has a hand on Carlie’s shoulder.
MJ:
Thanks for keeping me company tonight.
CARLIE:
Oh please, you’d’ve been fine with just you and Cary Grant.
MJ:
Truth.

Panel 4: Carlie has turned and is halfway out the door.
CARLIE:
Talk to ya later.
MJ:
Goodnight.

Panel 5: MJ has the door closed, leaning up against it.
MJ:
Where the heck are you, Peter…

PAGE 5

Panel 1: Ext. Night. Above another city street Spidey is webslinging through the buildings. Below, in an alley, there is a figure we can’t make out throwing punches at nothing in particular.
SFX:
BANG
SFX:
CLANG
SPIDER-MAN:
Oh come on!

Panel 2: As Spidey plummets toward the alley feet first, nearly there, we see the figure more clearly. It’s the Black Cat, punching a dumpster hard enough to have dented it in several places.
SFX:
CLANG

Panel 3: Spider-Man has just landed on his feet and has grabbed hold of Black Cat’s arm. She is turned to him, tears streaming down her face, screaming.
SPIDER-MAN:
Hey, hey, hey, hey!
What gives?
BLACK CAT:
He dumped me! Me!

Panel 4: Spidey’s let go of her arm, but she still looks like she wants to hit something.
SPIDEY:
Who, the dumpster?
I’m pretty sure it doesn’t have balls, so it’s probably not hurting as bad as you want –

Panel 5: Spidey is jumping away from where Black Cat is kicking.
SPIDEY:
Not mine! Not mine!

Panel 6: Spidey has his hand on the Black Cat’s shoulder as she just stands there, crying.
SPIDEY:
What happened?
BLACK CAT:
Thomas broke up with me tonight, Peter.
He dumped me. Tonight.

PAGE 6

Panel 1: Spidey has his arm around her shoulders, and she is resting her head on his shoulder.
SPIDER-MAN:
Oh, right, the Puma.
I think I had kinda blocked out the image of you two dating…
BLACK CAT:
Not funny, Peter.

Panel 2: He puts his other arm around her.
SPIDER-MAN:
I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m bad at that.
Why’d he do it?
BLACK CAT:
I pushed it to far.
It’s all my fault. I’m so stupid.

Panel 3: They’re facing each other now, and Spidey has a hand on each of her shoulders.
SPIDER-MAN:
Well I know that’s not true.
BLACK CAT:
I thought tonight was the right night.
Valentine’s Day, ya know?
All romantic and everything.

Panel 3: Focus on Black Cat’s face. She is looking up, still crying.
BLACK CAT:
I told him I want to have a baby.

Panel 4: Spidey is hugging her close now, one hand on the back of her head.
SPIDER-MAN:
Oh honey, I’m so sorry.

Panel 5: From a little farther back, we see Spidey with his arms around Black Cat, walking her out of the alley.
SPIDER-MAN:
Come on, let’s get you home.

PAGE 7

Panel 1: Int. Night. The Black Cat’s bedroom. She is laying down in her bed in a nightgown, and Peter is pulling her covers up over her. His mask is off, hanging from the waistband of his costume. It’s dark in the room with just a bedside lamp on.
PETER:
You know you didn’t do anything wrong.
If he’s not man enough to handle an amazing woman like you then he wasn’t worthy of your feelings to begin with.
FELICIA:
Please don’t give me the “it’s his loss” speech, Peter.

Panel 2: Having pulled her covers up to her shoulders, Peter is just sitting on the side of her bed as she lays there, talking.
PETER:
I won’t, don’t worry.
I know you’re feeling a lot of loss, too, right now.
But I also know that if he wasn’t enough of an adult to take that journey with you, then it’s better you know now so you can go about the business of finding the guy that is.

Panel 3: Peter has a loving hand on her cheek.
PETER:
You didn’t screw up the timing. You guys have been together awhile, and Valentine’s Day is exactly the right time to tell someone you love them so much that you want to have a child with them.
If he’s not ready now, he never will be, and he’s not worth your commitment without giving you the same.

Panel 4: He leans closer to her with a smile on his face, soothing her.
PETER:
You’re the kind of woman that men spend their whole lives dreaming about, Felicia.
And not because you’re drop dead gorgeous or because you’re a badass superhero.
Because you’re strong, independent, in charge, smart as hell, and your love is hard to win but when you love you love hard.

Panel 5: She is smiling a little now.
PETER:
Men who are still little boys inside can’t handle any of that, but real men would give anything for someone like you. And when you find that real man, you’ll have the kind of love and commitment you deserve, and be damn happy Thomas Fireheart showed you who he really was tonight.

Panel 6: Peter kisses Felicia on the forehead.
FELICIA:
You’re a good man, Peter Parker.
Now go tell your wife you love her.
PETER:
I intend to.
Goodnight, pretty lady.
Sweet dreams.

PAGE 8

Panel 1: Int. Night. The Parker’s hotel room. MJ is running to the door.
SFX:
KNOCK KNOCK
MJ:
Finally!

Panel 2: MJ has the door open, and Peter stands in the doorway with a dozen roses and some Chinese take out in his hands.
PETER:
Peace offering?

Panel 3: At the kitchen counter in the hotel room, Peter and MJ are taking the Chinese food out of the bag.
PETER:
I am so sorry MJ, I’d give you excuses but I know I let you down and –
MJ:
What’s that smell?
PETER:
Kung Pao Chicken.

Panel 4: MJ is right next to Peter now, sniffing his neck.
MJ:
No no no, this smell.
PETER:
Oh, it’s a new cologne I picked up on the way home.
It’s called Green Irish Tweed; the guy at the store said it was created for Cary Grant.
I know you like him, so -

Panel 5: MJ kisses Peter, he is a little surprised.
MJ:
Tiger, I hit the jackpot when I married you.

Panel 6: Small, heart shaped panel of the two kissing.
CAP:
“Happy Valentine’s Day, sweetheart.”



*To see what happened to Peter and MJ the next morning and the results of the double date, read Spider-Man: Crawl Space #3!

And tell me what you though of this little Valentine’s Day Special in the discussion thread!

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