THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN:
MOMENTS OF NEED
(Contains spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man#1 by Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley)
When a weary and troubled Peter Parker dropped by Mary Jane Watson’s apartment, It was one of those moments in time where everything paused, and all that was laid out before them was their eternity together.
Thier eternity as friends, as lovers, as partners.
Reality had meddled in those moments, diminished them, stripped them of the belief those moments could be eternal, and they had been more than content to invite this cruel paradigm in.
But recent days, recent events, had drawn them closer to their eternal connection once more.
As Peter bore his soul to her, as he had done so many times, and was as unsure and as frightened as he’d ever been when sharing his failings and insecurities, Mary Jane had thought it motivated by the recent death of Flash Thompson, sacrificing his life to halt the rampage of the vindictive and calculating Norman Osborn.
She thought it’d even had something to do with how willing she’d been to stand side by side with him and Venom against Osborn.
Perhaps these moments in their endless waltz together had touched him as much as it’d touched her, causing her to reflect on what she had come to reject in the past, perhaps realizing that it was, again, just another instance in eternity of all too fleeting hesitation.
Peter continued, telling her that he was uncertain of whether or not he was making a mistake, apologizing for asking this much of her.
But Mary Jane didn’t care much for the insecure moments, she focused on the one precise moment that counted.
The moment of need.
It was Peter conveying his need for her in his life, to help him survive the unsustainable moments, that convinced her, at this precise time, to embrace Peter with a warm embrace and a gentle reaffirming kiss.
He had told her he was in need of her once before, back when they were trapped in an airport under siege, and some anguished part of her had always told her Peter had salvaged something back then, something she felt was just out of her soul’s reach, but one she felt compelled to grasp through this latest re-connection.
If there was something that had been lost, it would be found again…perhaps even born again.
All it took to draw her back into Peter’s world were those precise moments of need.
“We’re in this together Pete…and we always have been” she said to him, as their endless waltz resumed again.