Teen-Age Spider-Girl Part 1

Josephina Johnson was an average High School student. She was one of the unnoticed kids with an knack for staying in the shadows. But that's all about to change her Senior Year when she finds herself with unnatural powers like sticking to walls and shooting webs. Can she manage to keep her status as the quiet girl, but get the boy of her dreams to take her to Homecoming, all while battling a chain of bank robberies led by someone she may or may not know? Join Josephina and her friends in their quest to find answers.

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10. First Crime

For the next couple of weeks, I worked on training.  Tyler and Kyle also thought I should add some more style, like having a catch-phrase.

“You should say, ‘I fight for truth, justice, and the American way!’”

“Isn’t that Superman’s thing?”

“Oh, yeah.  Well, how ’bout something like, ‘Where there’s a web, there’s a way’?”  Could Tyler get any dorkier?

“She doesn’t need a catch-phrase,” Colleen said.  “Besides, she’s pretty good at coming up with some witty remarks on the spot.”

“Still…”

We all just shook our heads at him.

After a while, my lowest time was 6.4 seconds.  I can imagine it would take a lot longer with real crooks, since they’re not made of cardboard and quite a bit harder to knock down.  Plus, they also tend to get back up.  Kyle, Tyler, and Trish got a little more creative and added rugs and tables to make it more difficult.  They also had me train inside so I could be ready for something of an indoor nature--like a bank robbery.

Speaking of bank robberies, Tyler got the scanner working the day there was one going on.

“You’ve gotta go!” He exclaimed.

“But, Sammi doesn’t have my costume ready!”

“I’ve got the basic work done.  You can still wear it--it just doesn’t have the design on it, yet,” she said, handing me the all-black, full-body spandex suit.

I held it up in front of me and gave out a small chuckle.  “Okay,” I said.  “But what about the mask?”

“I thought you didn’t want a mask?”

I knew she hadn’t really been considering not adding a mask, so I said, “Jus-- where is it?”

“It’s attached,” she said and held up a hood connected to the back of the suit.  “It covers your face, and you can still see.”

“But,” I was trying to come up with more excuses.  “My mom’s gonna be home at any time.”

“We can stall for you,” Kyle said.

“Bu-, d-, I-, wh-,” I stuttered.  The only thing I could come up with was, “Do you guys really think I’m ready for this?”

It was quiet for a while, then Trish said, “I guess we’ll find out, won’t we?”

“Well, that’s reassuring…  What bank is it?”  I asked with a sigh.

Tyler listened to the scanner for a second.  “44th and Main,” he said.

“Okay,” I said, nervously.  I ran inside and changed into my costume then came back out and said, “I look weird.  I don’t have eyes and there’s an odd-shaped bump on the back of

my head from my hair.”

“Just go--you don’t have a lot of time!” Kyle said.

“Oh!  Don’t forget the gloves,” Sammi said, handing me more black spandex.

I put them on--there was a whole in the center of the palm just big enough for webs to go through.  “Okay, wish me luck!” I shouted as I ran up to my house and jumped onto the exterior wall.  When I reached the roof, I looked in the direction of the bank--only five miles away.  It seemed like 50.

Being in a small residential area, there weren’t any tall buildings near my house to swing on.  I sighed.  “So how am I gonna get there?” I said to myself.  I looked around me and spotted my car in the driveway.  I could drive myself closer, then swing the rest of the way.  I quickly went back inside and grabbed my keys.

I drove to the edge of the city and parked near an empty ally-way.  Hurrying, I climbed to the top of the building.  When I got there, a thought crossed my mind.  What if the webs weren’t strong enough to hold me?  I hadn’t gotten the chance to test Kyle’s theory, yet.  I was several city blocks away from my destination and I had to get there fast.

Without another thought, I shot a web at the taller building across the street and felt it catch.  I grabbed the string with both hands and hesitated.  What if I died that day?  No time to think about it.

I leaned back to test the strength of the thin strand of webbing.  It seemed… pretty strong.

I closed my eyes and said a little prayer.

Then I opened them and jumped from the roof-top.

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