P R E V I O U S L Y I N
S P I D E R F I N G E R S
He has tiny paws that help him climb the trees that cover Limbodia, such a sandy wonderful tropical place surrounded by the sea, the sea of stars. Have you ever seen a mountain and wondered how it got there? Have you noticed a bird and wanted to know why it chooses to fly?
'The more I think about it, the more I'm dreading the truth.'
'Well all this,' said Steph pointing out across the beach-lands, 'this all belongs to Spiderfingers and I just know he did this to me using some kind of magic.'
'You mean hypnotism.'
'It's my theory,' began Saul scratching his stubble as he affected his voice into a higher more educated timbre, 'I stipulate that Spiderfingers gets people to do what he wants via mind control. Probably waggles his fingers in your face to put you under. It's in the name innit? Beats Vicky's hypothesis anyway. She thought he was an alien.'
'Yeah. She reckoned that he was harmless - deluded but believing his own lie. Chaos god? My arse. You know how we met him, right?'
'I read about it,' nodded Steph, 'it's all in his notebook.'
'The one he gave to you?' smirked Saul exposing his yellowy zombie dentures, 'that's just his ego bullshit mate.'
'What really happened?' asked Steph as her fire hair rose in its ruby intensity, 'how did you end up this way?'
'You want to know the history of Spiderfingers and the Discordians? O.K, I'll tell you a story...'
'I know this bit,' said Steph looking down unimpressed, 'he gave you all powers so you could protect him from being killed because his death meant the fall of the god-hex.'
'C'mon!' shouted Saul stopping briefly before continuing their walk, 'he's not the guy you write about. He isn't a superhero.'
'What do you mean?,' said Steph searching for his eyes, 'he's not perfect but -'
'He Conned Vicky right until the end. She died thinking she was dying for the good guy. First time I saw any of this wacky shit was in my own yard. Him...fighting a winged minion, yeah? I had to believe in him.'
'And your belief in Spiderfingers allowed him to etch powers onto you all, so long as you defended him - I know this. I read this. I'll soon be writing - '
'Just stop there. You don't know everything,' said Saul blocking Steph's continuance, his eyes ablaze. 'What you don't know is that he allowed that first minion into our house.'
'Oh, yeah. The only reason why me, Vicky, Lilith, mum, dad and Nathaniel started believing in him was cos of a fucking lie. He recruited us as his little army off the back of a fucking set up.'
'He wrote that you were a Superhero team.'
Saul leaned his head back and laughed before a quick stride off and then a march back chuckling...
'Doesn't surprise me.' he said, 'And get this, Steph, our biggest opponent yeah, his evil nemesis - Aronson - he was really some old geezer from the hospital down the road. Spiderfingers had done the whammy on him. When we rumbled him, Spidertwat said he did it to keep us alive. Aronson and all the attacks on my family, yeah - Spiderdick called it practice.'
'So Aronson's why you guys fell out.' said Steph pacing round him slowly. She knew all this from her dream of Spiderfingers fighting the Dilfs in the Bucahanan household. Without that dream she couldn't have come up with 'The Death of Spiderfingers'. Still, she wanted to confirm the information even if she was weary about riling her accompaniment too much. She still had his zombie attack fresh in mind.
'Actually er, no...it wasn't Aronson that finally woke everyone up. Vicky just wouldn't have it. and see, when Spiderfingers got rid of Aronson, he only went and replaced him with some upgrade called Mr Lime.'
'What?! Is he stupid? How could he make the same mistake twice?'
'You get me? The dickhead reckoned that after what happened to Nathaniel...well he said we needed to up security.'
Steph opened her mouth but then decided to bottle her question. Now was not the time to ask about Nathaniel Buchanan.
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