The Return of the Green Goblin

Chapter 4

A new start. That's just what Felicia needed. She put on a strapless purple shirt and a snakeskin black mini skirt. This would be her first day attending Midtown Manhattan Magnet High School. She looked at herself in the mirror and sighed. She finally came back to live with her mother, and her mother had no idea what she was capable of nor where she had been. She didn't ask; she didn't want to know. Felicia put her long, wavy white hair into a tight bun and pulled on some black combat boots.

She looked in the mirror again and decided she was ready for her first day.

Peter yawned when he woke up to his alarm. Unfortunately, all this worry had made him restless and he hadn't gotten much sleep over the weekend. Luckily, the villain he was facing hadn't gotten to any of his friends - that he knew of. He hadn't been in contact with Harry all weekend…

"Hey Aunt May." Peter called as he walked down the stairs.

"Hello Peter." She was sitting down at the table sipping her coffee. "Your lunch is on the counter." She smiled.

"Thanks! I'll see you tonight," Peter replied.

"Actually I'm going to Anna Watson's house for dinner so I may get home at a later time than usual."

Peter nodded. "Okay. Just be careful."

"Peter, they're just next door," She reminded him. "You can join us if you want. I think Mary Jane might be there."

Peter nodded and took his lunch and went to school.

Peter got at the school and saw a new girl, who was slightly familiar, talking to Gwen and Harry, who he noticed looked a bit restless too, not to mention the arm he had around Gwen which made Peter slightly twitch.

"Hi," he said.

"Hey, Pete," Gwen smiled. "This is Felicia."

Felicia, where have I heard that name? thought Peter.

Her pretty green eyes shimmered in the sunlight. "Hey."

He blinked a few times and had a slightly delayed reaction, due to her sexy persona and a vague memory of meeting her before.

Gwen nudged him a little. "Oh - uh, hi."

The girl smiled. "So I guess your name is Pete."

"Peter. Peter Parker. Uh - some people call me tiger and other things," He said, quickly and a little nervous. For some unknown reason, this girl made him feel uneasy.

She laughed a laugh that was familiar. Too familiar. "Okay."

He smiled awkwardly.

"So," Gwen spoke to stop this unease and take Pete out of his misery. "Where did you go to school before this?"

"I was homeschooled," She replied quickly, as if she rehearsed her answer.

Gwen nodded, just as the bell rang.

They got out of the courtyard and made their ways to 1st period.

"Where are you from?" Pete asked Felicia.

"Queens."

"Do you have a job?" asked Gwen.

She shook her head. "No."

"What's your dad's job?" asked Harry, who hadn't spoken all morning, so all of their heads turned towards him.

Felicia took a little while to answer. "He's - he left me and my mother when I was a kid."

"Oh I'm sorry," Gwen said sympathetically.

Harry spoke, "Yeah. I lost my dad to Spider-man."

All of them looked at him again.

"I know the feeling," said Felicia, which made everyone look at her, especially Peter, with shock.

"What-happened?" asked Peter uncomfortably.

"It's a long story," Felicia responded, without ease.

"It's so strange," said Gwen. "He used to be a hero… but he killed Harry's father… although he was the Green Goblin…" Gwen felt extremely conflicted.

"Hey, he's not all bad," M.J. met them on their way to class.

Harry broke in. "He could've helped my dad! I can't believe any of you would think he isn't bad! He killed my dad and he could kill yours too!"

Pete felt very uncomfortable discussing this topic so he decided to change the subject. "Anyway, we should probably get to class. Felicia, what's your first period?"

"Pre-AP Biology with," She looked at her schedule. "Mr. Warren."

"Oh really? Cool! Me and Gwen have that class."

She smiled and followed them to the class.

She sat down at a table and Peter sat down next to her. Gwen looked kind of let down.

"I'll just sit here." She put her bag on the table next to theirs.

Peter mouthed sorry to Gwen but she just gave him 'the look'.

"So tiger, what's the deal with you and Harry's girl?" Felicia asked.

He looked at her. "I was joking about people calling me tiger… It's just what M.J. calls me."

She giggled. "Okay. So what's the deal?"

"Nothing," Peter opened his textbook and pretended to read it to avoid the conversation.

"Have you had any - issues with the web-crawler?"

"You mean, Spidey? No. No, he's cool when you get to know him."

"You know him?"

I nodded. "Yeah, I take pictures of him for the Daily Bugle."

"I thought he was cool. We became pretty good friends. Then he left my father to rot in a prison."

"You-you knew him?" He didn't like where this was going. And he had a feeling he knew who this was.

"Oh, I didn't just know him," She said as she applied dark purple lipstick. "I kissed him."

He knew immediately who she was; how hadn't he known before? Felicia. Felicia Hardy AKA The Black Cat.

"Oh," he said, in an astonished manner.

"Yeah. He was a good kisser but that's beside the point."

Pete laughed uncertainly but in a way so that she wouldn't suspect how nervous he actually was. That's why I was so shaky when I met her. It was my spider senses tingling, he thought.

"So, do you like this school so far?" He asked.

"Yeah. The people here are pretty cool." She winked at him.

The bell rang to start class which was lucky for Peter. Not surprisingly, the rest of the day went by extremely sluggishly. He had every period with Felicia except PE. And just when he thought he was free from the Black Cat, she came up behind him after school.

"Hey, Peter, you wanna go to the Silver Spoon?" She asked, catching up with him.

How could he resist? She was so attractive, and so hard to say 'no' to. Once they got there, he saw Gwen and Harry along with M.J. sitting at a table. That was weird… They hadn't invited Peter.

"So Pete, what are your hobbies?"

"I - uh, take pictures for the Daily Bugle and I work with Gwen at this- uh place, you know with this guy and…" He couldn't help himself; she made him have butterflies in his stomach.

She laughed. "I love your insecurity. It's so - sexy."

"Sexy?" Before Peter even had time to think this through, she laid one on him. Not as romantic as the upside down kiss he'd had with her but still. His spider senses were going off like crazy; in a good way though. Well, this is forward...

Gwen looked sadly at them kissing, thinking of what could've been. She remembered yesterday how he said that all he wanted was to be with her. What happened to that desire? Ever since Felicia came, he'd been acting super strange.

"Looks like Pete's getting friendly with the new girl," said Harry.

Mary Jane gave Gwen an understanding look. Harry almost got jealous, thinking, knowing that Gwen was upset because of Peter's new relationship. Then he remembered: Gwen was his girl. Not Peter's. But then again, he overheard them talking about Pete breaking up with Liz, and Gwen breaking up with himself… He knew that they wanted to be together but he guilted Gwen into not breaking up with him when he said she was the only thing he had left.

Harry looked at the girl. She had taken down her bun and now her hair was all messy. And wavy. And white. And her eyes were green. Was she the Black Cat? Harry asked himself.

"Hey, what's that girl's name again?"

M.J. answered him. "Felicia Hardy."

Harry thought for a minute. He decided to look over her file again. She seemed to fit the description in his father's scenario for her. A hate for Spiderman-ironically enough making out with him right now-the hair, the eyes, the sexy build, the slyness of a cat: it must be her. And if it is her, she really is the perfect person to catch Spiderman in his own webs.

Harry sat in his father's underground laboratory looking over the file. On it, was her contact information. He called her.

"Hello?" The voice of Felicia spoke into the receiver.

"Hello," he said in his computerized voice. "Is this Felicia Hardy?"

"Yeah, who's this?" She asked.

"A friend who shares the hate for Spiderman."

Now she was a bit interested. She took a few seconds to respond. "What do you mean?"

"I'm the new Green Goblin."

"Oh… I'm listening."

"Come to the warehouse. The one near the docks that has the number 19 on it and we'll discuss matters concerning are famous web-head."

"Okay."

"Oh, and don't forget your costume, Black Cat."

Her eyes narrowed. "How'd you know?"

"You want to torture Spiderman as much as me don't you?"

"Yes, but-"

"Then don't ask questions."


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