Title: Double Trouble in Paradise
Fandom: Ultimate Spider-Man (... Don't hold it as Gospel though. I haven't actually read up to the clone arc.)
Characters: Johnny Storm, Peter Parker, Jessica Drew, Mary Jane Watson.
Summary: Answer to the Johnny and Jessica challenge! XD; Johnny's brain is a little behind, but that's just fine.
Yes! As promised, here is my submission for the fresh new challenge.
Saturday afternoon found one Johnny Storm, arm around the shoulders of an attractive brunette, walking around the local mall. She was pretty enough; soft brown eyes, brown hair, and a small build that betrayed her real strength. Johnny had often tried to pin-point how exactly this seemed familiar to him, but never really pursued the thought. She was freaky smart, too (which, in all reality, concerned Johnny; he seemed to be surrounded by geniuses). In fact, at this moment, she seemed determined to explain to him the importance of… well, to be honest, Johnny hadn’t really been listening. He just stared at her pretty mouth, nodding at what he hoped were the appropriate moments. This was his third date with Jessica, and so far he’d only managed to get one kiss (and that was because he surprised her… from the side… while she was trying to tell him something important; again, he wasn’t really listening, and he was sure she’d forgotten what it was by the time he was done kissing her).
Johnny’s already present grin became smug as he tightened his arm around her. Jessica stopped mid-sentence, a dark blush washing over her slightly freckled nose. Johnny thought it was cute how embarrassed she got when he would do the things any boyfriend would do. He was surprised when she told him she’d never even had a boyfriend before. In fact, she was so shocked when he had asked her out that her whole face became red and she began to stutter a little. Johnny vaguely remembers Peter doing something similar when he asked if the other boy’s Spidey outfit had ever given him a wedgie.
And speak of the devil; Johnny looked towards the food court to find Peter sitting at a table near some deep fry fast food outlet. He nudged Jessica gently and pointed to him.
“Remember that guy I told you about? Peter Parker; he’s right there. Come on, I wanna introduce you!” He took a hold of her arm and pulled her with him. He heard her squeak and felt her dig her heels into the tile. He looked back to her. “Jess, what’s wrong?” he asked. Jessica bit her lip and shook her head furiously, brown hair flying. She began to pull him away from the food court, and Johnny was amazed at how easily she managed to get him to move. She must work out…
“Look, I’m tired… Can’t I meet him some other time?” she asked hopefully, looking towards Peter over Johnny’s shoulder. Johnny looked very confused, but then shook his head and smiled.
“What? Are you shy? Hey, don’t worry! So is Peter! You guys will get along great, I know it!”
“Pete! Hey, Pete!” Johnny called over to his friend. Jessica had hidden herself behind him as he walked over to the table. Peter looked up when his name was called.
“Hey, Johnny. What are you doing here? And who’s this?” Peter leaned over in his chair a little to see around Johnny’s body, but the girl simply side stepped slightly to the right be kept unseen. Peter blinked and looked to Johnny. The blond shrugged.
“Sorry, she’s been acting funny today. Hey, come here. Peter, this is my girlfriend, Jessica. Jessica, Peter.” And with that, Johnny reached around and pushed the girl in front of him. His toothy grin faltered quickly. Jessica was trying her best to hide behind her hair; Peter, on the other hand, looked like he was about to lose his eyes, what with them being so wide, and his mouth very nearly reaching the floor… Johnny was about to crack under the heavy silence when the dam finally broke.
“No freaking way.”
“I can explain!”
“No freaking way!”
“No, please! Listen, there is a reasonable explanation for this-“
“Reasonable! Reasonable she says!” By this time, Peter was out of his chair and looking somewhere between angry, confused, and embarrassed. In fact, Johnny thought in his own haze of befuddlement, it was much in the way of… Johnny stepped in between them, looking from one to the other. Peter and Jessica had frozen in place, both with similar looks of fear and blushing. So similar in fact that...
“Guys, I think my brain just broke.” Johnny quickly pulled a chair out from the table and sat down slowly. Peter and Jessica were suddenly each by his side.
“You’ve gotta understand-“
“I tried to tell you before-“
“You remember that one thing that happened that one time?”
Johnny shook head to clear it a bit. He held his hand up to stop them from continuing as he pieced together what he wanted to say. He sighed and leaned forward, resting his arms on his legs, a look of deep concentration on his face.
“So what you’re saying, Peter, is that… you had a twin sister and never told me?” He winced as he was smacked upside the head from both sides.
“No, you matchstick moron!” was the double reprimand. At this Johnny rubbed his head.
“Jeez, what is this? Insults in stereo?” He pouted a little, making both Peter and Jessica sigh in exasperation. Peter looked around the food court. It seemed people had lost interest in all of their commotion, thankfully. Falling into his own chair again he leaned in towards Johnny, keeping his voice down to a whisper.
“Jessica is Spider-Woman,” he said bluntly. Jessica huffed and crossed her arms.
“Well, that was anti-climatic...” she said. “It also doesn’t explain to him about-“
“She’s my clone.”
“… Your tact at this moment is something to behold.”
“Hey, it’s no use beating around the bush here. Not with Johnny. Now, how about you answer some of my questions?”
“Oh, for the love- What?”
“Don’t give me that! You know as well as I do that-“
“Don’t even cross that line!”
“Line? What line? Pete, what line?” Johnny asked, looking from his date to his friend.
“No line! Did I say line? There is no line!”
“Oh, would you stop?! Of course there is, otherwise I wouldn’t be dating him in the first place. We wouldn’t even be in this situation!”
“Dude… you like me? Like… ‘like me’ like me?” Johnny asked Peter, pointing to himself in astonishment. Peter gaped.
“Now your brain works?!” Peter pinched the bridge of his nose and let out a distressing groan.
“Peter? What’s wrong? Oh! Johnny, hey!” Mary Jane gracefully made her way to sit in the chair closest to Peter, and only then did Johnny notice the extra soda on the table. “Sorry I took so long. There was a line at the bathroom, can you believe it?” She looked up to see Jessica standing next to Johnny, looking very uncomfortable. “Oh, hello. You are…?” She asked, leaving the question open.
“Jessica Drew…” the brunette said quietly. Mary Jane smiled brightly.
“Nice to meet you! Are you here with Johnny?” she asked. It took only a couple seconds later before the redhead realized the heavy tension in the air. Jessica; shifting from one foot to another. Peter; head in hands. Johnny; staring at Peter. “Um…”
“Peter, I need to talk to you. Over there. Now.” Johnny stood up and pulled Peter out of his chair by his arm, dragging him over to the nearest outlet. Jessica watched intently as hands flew in explanation and mouths tried to form words faster than the other. They seemed to be arguing; seemed, but Jessica could see how Johnny was closer in Peter’s little bubble than usual, and anyone could see Peter’s reddening face.
“I missed something, didn’t I?” Mary Jane asked. Jessica blinked and looked over to her. She nodded slightly to answer her question before turning back to the boys. She could easily see what was beginning and she wasn’t sure exactly how to feel about it. She and Peter were basically the same person… minus the breasts… She sighed. Hey, getting used to those things took time. And effort. And a lot of standing in front of the mirror naked. Oh, well. Guess you can never beat the original. A wave of self-pity was about to come crashing down on her pretty little head when-
“Um… I’m sorry, but you seem familiar. Have we known each other before?” Mary Jane questioned, a faint blush across her cheeks, as she looked at her feet. Jessica’s eyes widened before gaining a calculated glint. A slow smile graced her features as she turned to stand directly in front of Mary Jane.
“We could certainly get to know each other."
Aaaand, thus is born a brand new fem-slash pairing. XD At least I think it's new. Anyway, this was fun. I had been wanting to write something with Jessica in it for a long time. Most of it ran somewhere along the lines of angst, but I didn't want that. This was a perfect challenge for me to finally get a humorous take on her. Jettie is happy! And, I know there wasn't as much Johnny/Peter as there should be. If there's too little, just tell me and I'll try to fix it. I know Jessica kinda ran with the show a bit. XD; Sorry.
EDIT: Also, I'd like to give much love to my awesome and talented beta,