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Location: New York City, New York, Earth 65
"Where is he! Where's your Spider-Man?" Metallic tentacles hit the road, causing the concrete to shift beneath it as the Doc Ock from my dimension clawed her way down the abandoned street.
No one was seen among the crashed cars, broken buildings, and burning rubble throughout the city.
"I will only ask one more time before I start to tear your city apart even more! Where is your Spider-Man?" I watched from the top of a building, using my camouflage as I waited for Gwen to cause her distraction.
"Spider-Woman, actually." Gwen walked out into the street from an abandoned building, hidden under her suit.
Doc Ock laughed as she moved towards Gwen, the metal tubes sprouting claws that began to spin rapidly. Just when Ock was about to take a swing, Gwen looked in my direction and nodded.
At her signal, I hopped off the building, flying towards Doc as Gwen easily dodged the attack. I fired my web shooters, attaching both of the webs to Ock's back as I pulled back, launching myself towards her.
"Hey Octo Lady! Over here!" Just as she turned around, I had reached her, slamming my feet into her back and sending her flying towards Gwen.
Gwen was ready, intercepting Ock by wrapping her in webs. I finished the job by pinning her octo arms to the ground before walking over, arms crossed. Doc Ock sat there with a calm expression on her face, giving us a small smile as we walked over.
"Ah, I had a feeling there was two of you. Well you see, there's more than one of me."
"Watch out!" I heard Gwen shout as I felt something hit me, sending me flying into a wall.
I groaned and sat up slowly, my vision slightly shaky. I looked up to see what looked like a male Doc Ock ripping the webbing off Doc. Gwen rushed over, helping me up as I rubbed the side of my head.
"Are you alright?" Gwen asked as she looked over at the two Docs that were slowly advancing towards us.
"Yeah, I'm fine. We just have to worry about the two Docs." Electricity began to crackle as I fired a web at a lamppost, using it to swing myself towards one of the Docs.
Gwen followed right behind me, going towards the other. The Docs stayed put, their claws snapping at the air with anticipation as I fired the electrical fibers, before going for a punch. Then, I felt something grab my back, pulling me backwards.
"What the—" I turned to face a woman in golden armor, with pink glowing metallic arms that extended out of her back. There was another one.
I kicked the air, grabbing the metal claw that was now holding me by the neck.
"H-how many Doc's do you need to take on two of us?" I joked, before gasping for air as the claw tightened.
"How cute. You remind me of the Spider-Man from my dimension. Always fighting for the people, right? Well, let me say it now. You seem like a nice kid, so if you want to keep your friends and family safe—" By this point my vision began to go dark with the lack of oxygen.
All I could remember was the maniacal look she gave me before I blacked out; then he arrived. The claw around my neck loosened, then was forced off as I fell to the ground, my vision slowly coming back as I wheezed for air.
Still on my hands and knees, I massaged my throat, taking shaky breaths before looking up. In front of me stood what looked like a Spider-Man, one that I'd never seen before. His suit was dark blue with red stripes, and...was that a cape? Hah! He had a cape! Wait, I had to focus. I slowly stood up, the conversation making its way into my ears.
"Never thought I'd see you here, Serena."
"Same goes for you, Spider-Man, or should I say Miguel?"
"Who told you? How did you find out?"
"Let's just say I have my resources."
"What? That doesn't make any sense at all."
"Let's be real Miguel, nothing is making sense now. Who knew there'd be even more people like you, and people like me? Just imagine all the possibilities—"
"Yes, we all know your stupid crave for power, Serena. Tell me how you mixed the dimensions so I can stop it and send everyone back home." I paused, my breath hitching.
There was another machine like the one Kingpin was using? If there was more of them, then it was definitely dangerous.
"And why do you think I'd ever give you that information? To be honest, I have no clue who was responsible for all this 'dimension merging,' but if you find out, please tell me. I'd love to get my hands on something like this." I managed to stand up all the way, my camouflage activating without me realizing.
I readied my web shooters, aiming for the two Docs that the Spider-Man wasn't talking to, but then I heard a soft whisper coming from the alley next to me.
"Pssst! Miles! Over here!" I looked into the alley to find Gwen peeking her head around the corner. I walked over quietly, turning my camouflage off when I was hidden by the wall.
"What? I could have taken them," I whispered, my head still fuzzy from the lack of air.
"No, Miles. Don't you see? That's the Spider-Man I was telling you about, and he's stalling for us. We don't know if we can win for sure, especially with you being disoriented now. And besides, the one he's talking to right now looks stronger than the other Docs. Our best option is to wait here, ready to—"
"Run!" 2099 ran into the alley, firing webs behind him just as the three Docs emerged from around the corner.
I didn't need to be told twice as I turned around, firing a web at the top of a building. After a few more steps I jumped, letting the web pull me up just as a claw slammed into the ground right where I was before.
"Get close, I'm opening a portal!" I heard 2099 say.
Gwen positioned herself to swing next to him, and I quickly followed. I heard the click of a few buttons, then a circle opened up in front of us, floating in the air. Letting go of the web, I flew inside the portal, followed by Gwen, and then 2099. I looked behind me to see one of the glowing tentacles reaching for us, then the portal closed, severing the arm near the top.
"Could use a bit of a warning next time," I grumbled, looking up at 2099. I stood up slowly, which was weird, because it was like we were standing on nothing. It didn't even feel like we were moving, but like we were standing still and everything was flying past us.
"Nice to meet you, too. I'm Miguel O'Hara, or you can call me Spider-Man." He held out his hand for a handshake, which I did.
"My name is Miles. Miles Morales. So my friend, Gwen, told me you're from the future?"
"Yes, specifically from the year two thousand and ninety-nine. I was hoping we could have met under different circumstances, but that's not the case. There is a rest evil that isn't threatening just your dimension of mine, but everyone in existence. I need your help, because as you can tell, I can't fix this by myself."
"Yeah, I'd love to help. I'm not sure if this will help, something like this happened not too long ago, but it was only parallel dimensions." Miguel nodded, briefly checking his watch before looking back up.
"Yes, Gwen told me about what happened. Thing is, you two weren't the only ones. Things like this has been happening all over the place. Now, it seems to be merged into one massive catastrophe. That particle accelerator you saw in your universe is a child's toy compared to the one we're up against now. Even with the help of you two, our chances are dismal."
"So you want us to help find the other versions of us?" Gwen asked, who sat next to us, legs crossed.
"Essentially. My hope is that we can go from universe to universe to recruit our parallel there, and get the people somewhere safe. Because for every one of us, there's most likely more than a few villains. I wish I could tell you more, but there is just too much that I don't know about."
"Do you know who's responsible for all of this?" Gwen and I asked at the same time.
"No, but I do have an idea of the people responsible for this. They call themselves the Inheritors of all Creation. Funny name, but not people you want to mess with. If they weren't bad enough, they devote their time to killing all the spider totems, or people like us. I'm sorry. You two along with countless others are too young to be exposed to traumas like this, but you also pledged to responsibilities. The best I can do is to protect you and the others, then get rid of the machine once and for all."
"Right. So where are we headed to next?"
"I have a safe house in my home dimension. There we rest, then we go to find the others. Speaking of which, we're here." Miguel stood up as the lights slowly came to a stop, and a portal opened in front of us.
Gwen and I stood up slowly, then followed him out of the portal and into a small apartment room.
Location: New York City, Earth TRN588
"I know it isn't much, but it's hidden and safe." The portal closed behind us as we walked around the small, yet comfy space.
"No, this is great, thanks a lot," Gwen said as she plopped down on one of the couches.
She reached down to pull the lever for the footrest, but instead, there was a loud click as the television moved to the side, revealing a series of buttons.
"Uh, was that supposed to happen?" Gwen asked, sounding slightly apologetic as she stood up and off the couch.
Miguel chuckled as he walked over to the wall and pressed a series of buttons, before the room began to transform, walls shifting out and furniture disappearing until they were in a room much more different than before.
"It's alright, this is a safe house for a reason."
A staircase appeared at the corner of the room, which descended down into who knows where. Miguel walked over to the stairs, then descended down. Gwen and I exchanged a quick look before following him.
"Woah," I said quietly as we entered a much larger room that shouldn't fit in the apartment we were in.
Tables, monitors, and all sorts of objects lined the walls as we finally hit the bottom.
"Welcome back, Mr. O'Hara." The female voice that emitted out of the walls made me jump a little.
Miguel kept walking as he approached the table, a woman appearing next to him.
"Thank you, Lyla. I'd like you to meet two of my newest guests. Gwen? Miles? Welcome to the hub."
Location: The Hub, Earth TRN588