Summary: Peter and Y/N break it off at the end of high school, leaving them both heartbroken. 4 years fly by, and their paths cross at a press conference, with Y/N being a reporter and Peter being the person in question. Will the story of Y/N and Peter end?
Warnings: None, maybe like 2 swear words?
Word Count: 2743 (I didn’t mean for it to be THAT long)
A/N: So this is kinda based of off Taylor’s song The Story of Us. I’m not a big fan of her, just this song. I recommend giving it a listen if you read the story. I was gonna have the story end a different way but it ended up like this??? Anyway if this isn’t a flop I’ll a part 2 so if you want a part 2 comment :^) thanks for reading and it might be messy, I didn’t proofread it. xx
The Story of Us
Chapter 1: When it all broke down
“I’m saying goodbye, Peter. I have to.” Y/N was trying her hardest not to cry. “High school is over…And…And so are we.”
Peter on the other hand, already had tears starting to pour out of his eyes. “Y/N, baby please I know we can handle it. You won’t even be that far, I can still see you everyday and-”
“No, Peter.” She took a sharp breath in. “This…Us… It’ll only ever be part of my childhood.”
“Are you kidding me? Was I just a toy to you? A heart you could throw around until it breaks?” Peter’s voice cracked.
“No, that’s not what I-”
“Y/N, I’m not gonna fight for you if you don’t even care to let me.” He hung his head and turned around.
“I still love you.” Y/N whispered.
He walked out of her life that day, and she’d never regret anything more. Did she mean it? Of course not. Did she need to do it? Of course not.
Y/N still loved Peter, but for some reason she thought it’d be easier to start a new life with no strings attached. How wrong she was…
Chapter 2: So many things that I wish you knew
4 Years Later
Cutting all ties with Peter was a process for Y/N. First she was in denial, thinking he’d come back and understand why she did it. Then she experienced heartbreak, and thought she was never good enough for him in the first place. Then she experienced anger, blaming it all on Peter for pushing her away (She later realized the pushing away was all her doing). And after a few months, she accepted it. He was gone for good.
Of course there were moments, where she’d see news of Spider-man on the television, or she’d see a shirt she knew he would’ve loved… Or maybe someone would even mention Star Wars, and her thoughts would immediately go to Peter. Her heart would ache for his embrace.
After a year of getting over him, she had finally taken the last step, and moved on as best as she could from Spider-man. She had just been promoted from being a paid intern to a full on assistant to Scarlett Magazine’s Executive Editor, Sylvia Sloane.
Y/N made an amazing best friend through the job, Gina, whom she shared an apartment in NYC with. The two girls told eachother everything. Y/N eventually told them everything about Peter, except the fact that, well, he’s Spider-man.
Y/N was quickly promoted to an actual writer for the magazine, as she was actually quite skilled at writing, and enjoyed informing the readers. A year into the job and she’d already achieved so much, with all her celebrity interviews, fashion tips, and for even exposing one politician!
One day Y/N was starting to type up an article on “Why Being Strong Doesn’t Make You a Diva” when Scarlett Lynn, the Editor in Chief, told her she had a new assignment.
“Tony Stark apparently has an announcement regarding the Avengers, and our readers just eat anything with super-heroes up!” Scarlett talked with such confidence and authority that nobody would dare defy her. “I want you to go to that Press Conference being held on Sunday.”
“Yes, ma'am, I understand, but-”
“But what? You’re one of the best interviewers on the team! You’re so pretty and charismatic Y/N, I have nobody else to send but you!”
Y/N couldn’t exactly turn her boss down, so all she mustered out was “Okay, I won’t disappoint.”
Later that night at their apartment Y/N started to complain to Gina “Gosh, I hate press conferences, especially with superheroes!”
Ginaust rolled her eyes. “Y/N, you’re literally going to be in the same room as the Avengers, what’s the problem?”
“The problem is…” Y/N let out a deep breath. “Nevermind… You wouldn’t understand.”
“Get over yourself! So many girls would kill to be in your position! Especially if you get to see Spider-Man, I heard he’s around our age…” Gina winked
“He’s the worst one!” Y/N felt the blood rush to her cheeks. “He just looks dumb, he’s not even an avenger.”
“Ugh, just go to bed already.”
Y/N lied in her bed, trying to not think about Peter. She had no idea what he was doing now, because she’d tried to avoid any mention of Spider-Man at all costs. Her mind was racing of all the possibilities, but then realized he might not even be there. Y/N was still overthinking everything until she fell asleep.
The two days before the conference she only spent avoiding any thoughts of the conference, and before she realized it, Sunday was here.
Y/N spent a little too much time getting ready, and she knew why. She wanted to impress him (if he was even there), and show just how much she’d changed. She pulled her y/h/c locks up into a messy, wavy ponytail, and made sure to do her makeup nicely. Y/N slid into a maroon bodycon dress, and black strappy heels. She grabbed a black clutch and went out the door with a recorder in hand.
Chapter 3: Alone in a crowded room
The conference was filled with reporters, all there for the same reason Y/N was. This was a reason why she dreaded attending; it was just a sweaty pit of people asking questions. A million other magazines would be writing just the same things she would.
However, the main reason she dreaded this conference specifically was because of the possibility he might be there. She probably wouldn’t even see his face, but just knowing that they’re in the same crowded room, and not even speaking would break her heart. Y/N understood that it’s been four years, and that this shouldn’t even bother her, but she can’t help but imagine what she would say to him.
He won’t be here. Y/N kept telling herself. He’s not even part of the Avengers, he turned it down. Plus, isn’t it just supposed to be Tony Stark? Her heart sank. She didn’t realize that before and was almost sure he wouldn’t be here now. But what if he does show up? He probably won’t even see me, all of these reporters are bigger than me… She kept overthinking and only increased her conflicted feelings.
While she was lost in thought, Tony Stark appeared from the dark curtain, with a confident and charming smile on his face. The murmurs of the room came to a hush once his presence was noticed. People began taking out their iPads and phones to record, and Y/N just took out a little notebook.
Cameras began flashing, and Y/N sat up straight to see over the people seated in front of her. Her seat was somewhat near the front, three rows away from the table. Of course, there was another row of photographers in front.
Tony Stark had taken a seat at the table, with a microphone and water in front him. There was another set up to the right of him. Y/N could feel her heart speed up in her chest. Tony Stark began speaking, but the girl was oblivious. She was too focused on the fact that Peter could actually be here? Y/N wanted to get up and leave, she didn’t want him to see her.
“I would like to welcome Spider-Man to the Avengers.” Was all Y/N had heard from Tony’s introduction speech. She threw away all thoughts of leaving the room and froze where she was. In walked a hero in red and dark blue spandex, with gold lining. Spider-Man’s costume was a lot more glamorous than Y/N had remembered.
Her eyes were glued to the man who had emerged from behind the curtain. He had the same lanky yet muscular body frame, but she couldn’t tell if he looked the same. She wanted to rip his mask off, throws her arms around him and tell him just how much she missed him… But all she could do was stare.
“Hello everyone.” Spider-Man gave a small wave and cleared his throat. “I’m, uh, Spider-Man. It’s a huge honor to be welcomed to the team and I’m just really excited to be here.”
Chapter 4: I was losing my mind when I saw you here
“We’ll be taking questions now.” (UmMmmM Idk how press conferences work exactly BUT lets just imagine these are how they go o k??)
A man raises his hand behind you, and Tony nods to him “I’m Joshua and I’m from California. I was wondering if you were ever going to reveal your identity?”
Spider-Man shook his head. “I don’t see it happening anytime soon, no. It’s something I like, because I can still be a normal guy while still being a superhero.”
His voice hadn’t changed, and it was still pretty high-pitched, just as Y/N remembered. She always loved Peter’s voice, even though he self-conscious over the fact that he “sounded like a girl.” She loved his fruity laugh, and it always managed to put a smile on her face.
The conference continued on, and Y/N would write down answers and questions on her notebook. The questions were somewhat the same:
“Do you think you’re talented and strong enough to share the weight of the world with the Avengers?”
“Well that’s a big question. I’d say I’m prepared, yeah, but is anyone ever really strong enough?”
“Don’t you feel like you’re a little too young, compared to the rest of the Avengers?”
“Well, at first yes, but not now. I’ve been in this superhero business since I was in high school. After six years it’s nothing new.”
There was, however, one question that really stood out to Y/N:
“Does Spider-Man have a Spider-Woman?”
“Is that you asking if I have a girlfriend?” Peter chuckled.
“Well to answer your question, no. The last relationship I had was four years ago.”
Once Spider-Man made a comment about one relationship, other questions came flooding in:
“Why haven’t you dated anyone else since then?”
“You see, this girl was a big part of my life, and it took me quite a while to get over her…” He scratched the back of his head. “Also, life has been pretty busy and I just haven’t found room for a woman in my life right now.”
“So this girl, you two broke up… Why is that exactly?”
“Um I’m not really going to go into details but we broke off at the end of high school. Our lives were going in different directions and it was just easier to end the relationship there than see it fall apart.”
Y/N’s cheeks were red the entire time, and she kept her face down. She didn’t come here to hear Peter tell people about herself.
“So, Spider-Man, the girl-”
Tony Stark interrupted the man trying to speak, “Okay enough with the relationship questions please! He did just join the Avengers you know?”
Questions resumed on the path that they were before. Y/N checked the time on her phone to see she had gotten a message from her boss, Sylvia.
I’m watching the livestream, and the relationship topic is interesting. I’d much appreciate it if you could ask what type of girl he likes? Our readers would love that!
Y/N sighed. She didn’t want Peter to even look at her, let alone speak to her. This was the one thing she was avoiding for so long, and she wasn’t going to break the silence now for her boss. She began to type a reply.
Ms. Sloane, we were asked not to ask anymore questions about his relationships. I’m sorry, but I did write everything down!
Y/N, dear, I don’t like asking twice, and I don’t like doing this to you. Ask the damn question or you’ll be demoted back to my assistant. I took a leap of faith making you a writer, don’t make me regret it a year in!
The girl’s heart pounded in her chest. She couldn’t lose this job, she loved writing. She only had one option. She lifted her hand up, and waited to be called on like she was in elementary school again.
Tony Stark saw her and said, “Yes, the little lady with the ponytail.”
Chapter 5: Is it killing you like it’s killing me?
Y/N stood up slowly and plastered on a smile. “Um hi, I’m Y/N from Scarlett magazine.”
The girl took a deep breath and looked directly at Peter. “My question for you, um, Spider-Man… What type of girl… What’s the thing you look most for in a woman?” She said the last bit rather fast, and she was quite nervous.
Peter’s eyes were wide under the mask. This was the last place he wanted to see her… He didn’t even know she was a writer for Scarlett magazine… She loved that magazine in high school. He couldn’t help but feel proud of her.
“Look, I said no more relationship ques-”
“Mr. Stark, it’s okay. I’ll take this one….” His voice faltered. “Hi Y/N. Um what do I look for in a girl? I like a girl who can make me feel better on a bad day, one who’ll tell me everything will be okay because… We have each other. Or someone who will nerd out with me when we watch movies, or when I make science jokes…A girl who’ll patch me up after the worst of fights… Is that too specific?” Y/N couldn’t quite see his expression, under his mask, but she sure could hear the grin in his voice. She couldn’t hide her shy smile from him like he could from her.
Peter described her. She’d constantly tell him when he felt bad, that it’ll work out; they had each other. They had movie nights every week and would watch Star Wars, or some Disney movie. She’d laugh at his dork science jokes. He’d come to her window sometimes, with a small cut from a fight, so Nurse Y/N would make an appearance and patch him up. Memories from high school surfaced in Y/N’s brain…
“No, it’s perfect. Thank you.” Y/N sat back down in her chair.
Peter’s eyes were on his ex for most the interview after that. He couldn’t believe Y/N was here… He wanted to talk to her afterwards, he had to. Spider-Man tried to stop staring at her, but he couldn’t help himself. He hadn’t see in her so long, and look at her now. She was a writer for a magazine!
Y/N looked down at her phone, seeing a few new messages from her boss.
Great work Ms. Y/L/N! I’m trying to schedule a one-on-one interview with Spider-Boy.
Thank you Ms. Sloane. I appreciate it.
Y/N let out a deep breath. She’d done it. She’d spoken to Peter and pleased her boss.
The conference wrapped up shortly after, and Y/N was on her way out when her phone started buzzing.
“Y/N, it’s Sylvia. I did get the interview scheduled for you. It’s in 30 minutes. They denied me at first, but then they said it was Spider-Man himself who agreed to it. Be ready.”
Then line went dead. Y/N really couldn’t catch a break.
Chapter 6: How’d we end up this way?
Y/N timidly walked up to the table, and walked behind the curtain that Peter and Tony Stark appeared from earlier. There was a body-guard right behind it.
“Oh um. Sorry. Hi…” She tucked her hair behind her ear. It was her nervous habit. “I’m Y/N Y/L/N, from Scarlett magazine? M-My boss told me…
“Right this way Ms. Y/L/N.” He nodded toward you, and you followed him to a some weird hallway. “He’s waiting for you in there.” And then the bodyguard walked away.
She hesitated. She grabbed the door knob. It’s just Peter behind that door… Just- “Peter..” Y/N huffed out. She’d opened the door to find Peter standing there, in the Spider-Man attire, without his mask. Y/N looked into his deep chocolate eyes just as she did many years ago.
Yesterday at the cafe there was a woman standing behind me who was just stunning, her hair wrapped in a gold fabric, two sparkling pink jewels affixed to her precisely drawn face, great lips, great eyes, a wonderfully animated energy.
Nearby stood a child, about four years old, wearing gold spandex pants and a pale pink tutu. The child could not stop staring at the woman, and she finally noticed and said, “What’s your name?” The child looked at her unblinkingly and still did not say anything, though he was smiling. Then an older woman next to him spoke instead.
“This is Edwin,” she said proudly.
“Edwin, I like your tutu,” said the woman.
The older woman said, “He’s really into them right now, he’s got a bunch of them.”
The child continued to be so delighted by this gorgeous woman’s appearance, he smiled and circled her. “Edwin, high five!” said the woman and they smacked their hands together.
After they left I said, “You’ve got a big fan there.” And the woman said, “No, I’m a big fan of HIM.”
And I felt as if I was witnessing the forming of a memory. Not my own, but all of theirs.
“On a hot summer’s day in 1986 I was taking photos of a new group called Salt n Pepa for a British magazine called Sky. Salt n Pepa were like sisters, funny, cool girls from Queens wearing big gold earrings, chains and fake Louis Vuitton bags. It was their first ever photo shoot and we spent the day hanging out on Avenue C, on the Lower East Side. After that I met Hurby ‘Love Bug’ Azor, their manager, he asked me to shoot their album cover. A year later they had a new look and were the first girls to sport kente cloth hats, leather baseball jackets, spandex and gold dookie rope chains.” - Janette Beckman.
Select spots given to those with an affinity for Lady Jams, Olden Dance and Remixes.
Freshman Orientation will begin shortly with a screening of both movies, a dance class (PP choreo), and a vocal class.
Campus Courses include, but are not limited to:
- ‘Embracing Your Inner Bella’ - ‘Writing fanfic 101: how to complete a fic’ - ‘Triple Treble and the Art of A
life’ - ‘Writing fanfic 102: Proper Spelling of Character Names’ - ‘Writing fanfic 103: Just Because It’s Not Canon Does Not Mean It Can’t Be Written’ - ‘How To Avoid Muffgate in the Performance of Life’ - ‘Understanding You Inner Beca While Embracing Your Outer Chloe’ - ‘Ear Monstrosities: Why Spikes Are A Bad Life Choice For The Everyday Woman’ - ‘Let It Out: How Not To Choke It Back’ -’“Snow” Angels, Upside Down Sleeping and Whisper Talking. Lessons by Lilly’ - ‘Other Kinds of Music To Be Made With One’s Mouth’ - ‘Gynecologists: When To Listen and When To Ignore’ - ‘Mermaid Dancing (floor mats required)’ - ‘Girls Who ‘Hang Out’: A Sapphic Travel Through Time’ - ‘Putting The ‘Butch’ In Bass: When You Secretly Love Your Best Friend’ - ‘Triple Treble: The Real A,B,C’s’ - ‘The Language of a Bella, from Aca-scuse Me, Dude Seriously, to Totes’ - Triple Treble, the A,B,C’s and other cunnilingus Tricks’ - ‘Shower Acoustics and Other Water Activities’ - ‘Crocodile Wrestling Certification’ - ‘Bringing The Pain: Tips for Telling Your Boyfriend that You’re Secretly in Love With Your Best Friend’ - ‘K Cup Wizard: Tricks of the Trade from a Coffee Go-Getter Extraordinaire’ - ‘Grooming Today: How to Tame Your Hairy Situation’ - ‘Residual Heat: Your Lady Doctor Was Correct’ - ‘Physical Education: Vertical Running and other Horizontal Lessons’ - ‘Gingers and the Hearts They Break’ - ‘Blondes with Bluetooth’s: The New Commodity’ - ‘Short Stack, Shawshank and other Prison Names’ - ‘Mariah Carey and Lady Chart toppers’ - ‘Measuring The Behind of a Prince’ - ‘Lady Jams A-Z’ - ‘A Capella: The Proud Nation’ - ‘Acapella, A Capella, Ac-apella: Knowing The Difference’ - ’Braids and Gold Spandex: Privilege Not A Right’ - ‘Butt Confidence: Chi or Stank’ - ‘Truth or Myth: Everyone Loves A Good Bloe’ - ‘How To Live on the $20 Stolen From Your Best Friend’s Purse’ - ‘Flightlight Etiquette’ - ‘Fairies, Sprites and Trolls, oh my!’ - ‘The Junk Legacy: Perfecting The Syncopated Booty Shake’ - ‘Capers: One Mans Salty Peas, another’s Delicacy’ - ‘G# and What Comes Next: The Dangers of Nodes’ - ‘Confused Sexuality and Collegiate Affairs’ - ‘How To Hit The Sweet Spot’ - ‘No Diggity: Awakening your Homosexuality Through Rap’ - ‘How much Does It Cost To Mail A Small Moose’ - ‘ ‘Cornelius!’ The Hazards of Saluting The Flag’ - ‘History of the Laser Dragon Ninja League’ - ‘20/20: An Insider Scoop on John and Gale’ - ‘Portable Podcasts and You’ - ‘A Capella: Misogyny and other Outdated Practices’ - ‘Muffgate: Awakening The Desire of Middle Aged Men’s Fantasies’ - ‘Snap Your Fingers If You’re Feeling Frisky’ - ‘Lady Bits, LAdy Jams and Other Things To Say About Your Junk’ - ‘Sorority 101: Where To Leave Your Backpack’ - ‘Can This Shirt Go Into The Pool? A Lesson In Laundering’ - ‘Conversational Showering 2.0: Sarcasm, Suds and Sexual Overtures’ - ‘Breaking Free of the Shrink wrap and Getting the Hell out of Kuwait’ - ‘What The Hell Are We Watching: A Lesson In Fresh Maid Pornography’ - ‘Mayer & Tina = Tayer’ - ‘Oral Magic: The Guide to Barzillians’ - ‘Feelings Something: What Should and Should Not Go Up Your Bum’ - ‘Kissing Vs Crystal Meth: Which Path IS Right For You’ - ‘How To Make Your Sweat Smell Like Cinnamon’ - ‘Captain America’s Home Cookin’ Channel (live filming daily) - ‘Feeling Joy: A Pyromaniacs Cautionary Tale’ - ‘9 Miles: A Treble Journey’ - ‘Remixing This Business: The Art of Vocal Layering’ - ‘Burrito Launch for Dummies’ - ‘The Modern Day Hipster: From Saracha to Bassoon Cases’ - ‘Bumper Allen and Why He was Not YouTube’s Next Justin Beiber’ - ‘The Wars’ - ‘Blue Toenails, Messy Buns and other Shower Chic Looks for Serenading Your Lady Love’ - ‘’ “Not Doing Anything Crazy” and Other College Lies To Tell Your Parents’ - ‘Ginger Self Flagellation Through The Ages’ - ‘Dixie Chicks: Why So Serious? An Evolution of Lady Chart Toppers’ - ‘I Blew It Before It Was Actually Happening’ - ‘Drunk, Blurry and When To Worry’ - ‘Gingers: Turning Your Dreams Into A Reality’ - ‘The Minstrel Cycles Give Girls of Today a Lesson In Teen Hygiene’ - ‘Look Who’s In Treble: An A capella Guide to Teen Pregnancy’ - ‘Jiggle Juice, Toners and Experimentation’ - ‘Les-Be-Honest About Gambling Addiction’ - ‘Thumb Rings and Other Gay Red (rainbow) Flags’ - ‘Economics 101: How It’s Ebbin’ and Flowin’’
So step right up all of you crazy youngsters, your education is just around the corner
We’re bringing you more Cosplay Cover Spotlights! Next up is a Cap Santiago, who will be on Nova #1 Cosplay Variant, on sale now.
Born and raised in New York City, Cap went to his first convention at 10yrs old. It wasn’t until he started attending anime conventions that he discovered cosplay, debuting his first costume in 2006.
We asked David to walk us through the process of making a Nova costume
I started the black Nova costume by making a pattern out of cotton muslin, while taking into account the percentage of stretch in the spandex. In other words, I reduced the pattern size to accommodate the stretchiness of the fabric, so that it would fit snugly. I used a standard sewing machine with a zigzag stitch to sew the entire costume. The bodysuit and gloves are made of satin spandex, which is much shinier than standard spandex, and also very “slippery” to the touch. The gold parts of the costume are made of metallic spandex.
The design called for a gold band that encircles the shoulder area, a small shoulder extension, but also long sleeves. To accomplish this design, I made a sleeveless lined outer layer, which had the gold band appliqued in place, and also had an extended shoulder piece, which was supported on the inside by a band of stiffer fabric called spacer spandex. Then, I made a thinner lining piece for the chest, and attached the long sleeves to this layer. I stitched both layers together at the neck and waist, so that nothing would shift around.
The collar is stitched over the double-layered chest piece. To make the gold design on the chest front and back, I carefully hand-basted the gold applique into place about 1/16 of an inch from the edge. I had to be careful because metallic spandex will scar if pinned, so all stitching had to be within the area that I then machine zig-zag stitched to apply the applique. The applique is all one large piece that starts at the waist in the front, continues over the shoulders, and ends at the waist in the back. It was very tricky to apply it in one piece, but I didn’t want it to look segmented. It was especially
challenging to bisect it perfectly with the back zipper.
The boots of the costume were altered from faux leather superhero-styled
boots. I cut the front of the boots to be shorter than the back, as per the NOVA images, and then finished the raw cut edge by sewing a piece of leather to the raw edge and folding it to the inside of the boot. Then, I masked off the areas of the boots that needed black details, and painted the boots with acrylic paint for leather. I mixed a few different gold shades together to try to match the gold of the spandex. I used an airbrush to apply the paint.
The belt of the costume is made from a wide non-roll elastic band,
which I covered in spacer spandex, and then in the gold spandex. I
used the spacer spandex as the in-between layer to add dimension to
the belt. The belt is stretchy, so it can be a solid band with no
openings like the NOVA’s.
The helmet was a Vacu-formed Etruscan helmet that was recut and trimmed to fit my head, the face was sculpted to fit and applied to the front of the helmet. The face was attached with Methacrylite adhesive and the edges blended out with autobody filler “Bondo”. The seams on the helmet were made by appling a second layer made from a second Etruscan helmet. the raised ridge along the bottom edge was made from hand cut sheets of rigid plastic, seamed together with Methacrylite and blended with Bondo leaving the inside hollow.
The star was sculpted in clay, moulded in plaster and cast in semi-rigid latex with wire inserts for extra rigidity. after the latex was conformed to the helmet , it was coated with a thin layer of epoxy to create a smooth surface for paint. the eyes are made with a milky translucent acrylic sheet . the lights are a row of white LEDs wired to coin cells located in the raised edge along the bottom of the helmet. The paints are auto-body paints with automotive clear-coat.
The gaunlets are tapered vacu-formed cylinder .the outer layer was cut and trimmed from a second layer of the same cylinder and applied with Methacrylite adhesive. the hand back was carved wood then plastic was heated and shaped over the wood forms. the gold paint was custom mixed bronzing powders to match the gold fabric. the powders were suspended in a clearcoat and applied with a spraygun.
When he’s not working on his cosplay, Cap volunteers at a shelter to help stray animals.