Cross Rhodes rolled over and looked at the alarm clock with hate in his eyes.
8:00 a.m. Time to get up.
Dragging himself up, he rubbed his eyes and started to get dressed and ready for school. He had more than a little incentive to get up as he and his classmates would be going to a science expo and he would get to be near Twilight Sparkle. He...was fond of her.
He brushed his teeth, combed his bed head, snagged his sack lunch, camera, comic books, and his other essentials.
His brother, Dream Street, dropped his baby brother off and drove away.
"Alright. Let's go." Cross Rhodes said to himself.
Entering CHS, he made his way past the usual hustle and bustle of the school to his locker and made sure he was totally ready for this trip.
'Today is gonna change EVERYTHING for me. I can feel it.' He thought happily.
He smiled and headed for class, ready for the trip.
Soon enough, he was with his class on a bus headed for the Canterlot Science Center and he was ecstatic.
"This place is sweet!" He said eagerly.
Once off the bus, he began taking pictures of several of the science experiments on display and exploring several interactive exhibits.
"Bored! So bored!" Rainbow Dash complained.
"Would it kill ya to learn every once in a while, Rainbow? An' Ah don't mean sports, either. All these fancy mathematics are kinda important, after all." Applejack said.
"I hope you're not gonna complain the whole time, Rainbow. Some of us actually enjoy being here so please don't ruin for us." Sunset said.
Dash just waved her off and sat down.
"Um, Rhodes? I was wondering if you would mind taking a picture of me at some of the exhibits?" Twilight asked sweetly.
"Sure! Um, I mean, yeah. Sure." Rhodes said nervously.
Twilight stood in front of an exhibit of spiders in glass containers and smiled sweetly.
Rhodes raised his camera and focused it on Twilight, smiling nervously at her and totally oblivious to the rest of the world.
No one noticed a red-blue-black spider land on Rhodes' hand and bite the young man.
He reacted as anyone would and jerked his hand around, dislodging the spider and dropping the camera in the process.
"Rhodes!" Twilight cried out as she rushed to him.
"I'm fine. I'm totally fine." Rhodes said as he picked his camera back up.
He burped and threw up on Trixie and her clothes, promptly fainting.
When he woke up, he saw he was in the school nurse's office and Dream Street was checking him out of school.
"Let's get going, bro." Dream said.
On the drive home, Rhodes passed out again.
When he woke up again, it was the next day and his head was pounding.
"If this is what a hangover is like, I'm NEVER drinking." He said.
He shook his head and saw he had overslept. He spotted a note on his clock, though.
'You're out for the next couple of days, bro. Wanna be sure you're okay. Love you, Dream Street.' The note read.
"Oddly convenient, but okay." He said aloud.
He got up and, applying pressure to his bed, felt it break.
He jumped up...and stuck to the ceiling.
"What...the...hell?" He whispered.
He slowly started to crawl along the top of his ceiling and felt scared but exhilarated at this sudden change in his body.
Jumping down, he landed softly on his dresser and then leapt on his bed.
"This is...I can't..." He stammered.
He checked his left hand and saw the spider bite scar starting to heal.
"The spider. It must have been a genetically modified spider or something and it bit me and died or I'm hallucinating or comatose." Rhodes figured.
He opened his bedroom window and, being as covert as possible, experimented with his powers.
He climbed out of the second-story window and gracefully leapt to his backyard, letting his new instincts guide him. Fear was no longer part of his life.
"Oh, eat it, Olympians!" Rhodes yelled.
He felt the hairs on his arms and neck stand up and leapt backwards.
A limb from a tree fell near him, but he easily caught it with his hands and chucked it away like nothing.
"Oh, you're kidding me." He said.
After sneaking back into his room, he took his shirt off and saw he was ripped but not bulky. He was still lean and lithe, almost completely redesigned by this spider's bite.
"Oh, this is AWESOME! I'm not the same as yesterday. This, I mean, this is so freakin' cool!" He gushed.
He calmed himself and started thinking of a way to use his new powers.
"Well, I need to pay for my bed and some more income certainly wouldn't hurt Dream." He mused.
His eyes fell on a wrestling magazine on his shelf and he smiled at the idea in his head.
He quickly set to work making a crappy but functional wrestling outfit.
A red hoodie, red mask, red gloves, blue undershirt, blue sweatpants, red sneakers, and black goggles comprised his outfit.
"Rarity would hate it, but who cares? The Human Spider is ready for his debut!" Rhodes said as he added a last detail. It was a black spider drawn on the front of his hoodie.
He hid it and spent the rest of the day testing his powers and getting ready for his wrestling debut.
After securing a bus ride to a wrestling show and getting to be a replacement for one of the wrestlers who didn't show, Rhodes suited up and mentally got ready.
"Maximum effort, baby." He said.
He soon went out, had his match, and came backstage for his money.
"Wait. You paid the others more." Rhodes said.
"They work here. YOU were a last minute fill in." The promoter said.
Rhodes was fuming, but took his money and left. As he did, he saw a man run by with the money and a gun.
"Stop him!" The promoter yelled.
"I don't work here, remember?" Rhodes asked as he left.
After getting home, Rhodes dressed back in his normal clothes and crashed on the couch.
The next day, the sound of crying woke him up. It was Sunset Shimmer.
"Sunny? What's up?" He asked worriedly.
After the girl informed him of his brother's murder during a botched carjacking and figuring out it was the robber from the past night, Rhodes went into shock and, after burying Dream, he went into anger.
He set to work redeveloping his wrestling gear to be a vigilante suit. He constructed web-shooters and a web fluid to help with his spider powers.
He used a modified radio to scan cop channels until he heard the description of the robber and then, breaking in his web-shooters, swung to the crime in progress.
Upon landing, he quickly webbed the robber to a wall and slugged him hard in the face and stomach, tears streaming under his mask.
"You deserve to die for what you did. Killing my brother?! I should snap your neck!" Rhodes yelled.
He calmed himself enough to try to bring the robber to the cops, but, after freeing him from the webbing, dodged as the robber opened fire on the vigilante.
Rhodes advanced on him and caused the man to fire until his gun was empty and he was scared witless.
"You won't hurt anyone ever again." Rhodes said coldly.
As he advanced, the man grabbed at his heart and then slumped over, dead.
Rhodes snapped out of his rage and tried to revive the man, but to no avail.
Then something clicked inside the young man. A sort of awakening, if you will.
"With great power, there must also come great responsibility." Rhodes said.
He scooped the robber up and swung to the cops, dropping the man off.
On a nearby roof, Rhodes made a solemn vow to himself.
"From here on, no one else will suffer Dream Street's fate. I am Cross Rhodes and I am...Spider-Man." He said.
The next few days, Rhodes experimented with his web fluid and gear, trying to perfect them.
"Less vigilante, more hero. Needs to be practical and functional, but comfy." He said.
He eventually got them to a point of near-perfection and returned to school.
He put on the act of being his usual self: Awkward, snarky, intelligent, curious, but also fun-loving. In his free time, he researched spiders and their webbing, trying to make his gear flawless. Soon, Spider-Man would make his presence known in Canterlot.