Status: Just a fun random story for you guys (feat. Tom Holland)

EP and Boy Wonder: The Tale of Pierre Bouvier and the Part Plasma Prince

“We did.”

I don’t think I’d ever seen anything quite like what happened when EP stepped out of that tree, twigs and leaves sticking out from his hair as if it was growing from his scalp. And he was…glowing. I also had no idea how he could have managed it.

“What were you doing in that tree?” Tom was the one who decided to ask the question for all of us.

EP rolled his eyes, dusting his hands on his jeans. “I think there used to be a fountain here.”

I frowned and said, “That can’t be true. The Oak looks ancient.” Which was saying something, as one of the branches threatened to fall as I spoke. And it seemed to emit a sensation of having been there an interminable amount of time.

EP’s lips twitched a little. “You don’t know how old I am.”

“You’re forty…?”

Pierre and EP glanced at each other. Pierre shook his head. EP just smiled at me.

“That’s not important.”

“The fact that it’s been brought up makes me think it should be,” I retorted, placing my hands on my hips.

Pierre snorted, shaking his head. “We need to figure out what to do about getting home.”

I groaned and turned to look toward Tom and Jonathan. They were preoccupied with wandering along the outside of the house. I couldn’t blame them for that. The house appeared as old as the tree, and almost as stately. An impressive piece of architecture, that I didn’t quite appreciate myself. My father was the one who was into architecture. Nature was more my style.

I rubbed at my arms and looked back at the brothers.

“There is one thing I don’t understand. If we can’t get home because of the rift between our worlds…”

“How’d I get back?” EP finished the question.

I nodded as Tom came back to stand next to me.

“That’s what Fury told us, right?” The actor said.

“Are you suggesting he lied to us?”

“Maybe. After all they did try to detain us.”

EP said with a growl, “Fury definitely lied to us. That doesn’t have to be a problem, though. As long as Stark keeps his end of the bargain, we’ll get back safely.”

I frowned at him. “But, you got back here.”

EP sighed. “I was born here, Marlz. But, even that isn’t proof against it. I got stuck in that tree after all. If we all tried going back the other way, it could end up a lot worse than that.”

“Tom and I were born on our earth, though…so maybe we could get back?”

EP shook his head, “I thought of that. But you’re both inexperienced when it comes to teleportation. So, not worth the risk.”

I sank down to the ground and pressed my hands to my face. “So, we wait to see if we can trust Tony?”

“That’s the only option at present,” EP said. “But, in the mean time, there is something we need to do, since we’re all here.”

I blinked at him, wondering what could possibly be worth hanging around here for. I wanted to get home, or, failing that, back to the City at least. I wanted answers, and I wanted them now. Impatient, I know. But, I definitely didn’t want to be stuck here. I said as much and EP acknowledged it with a nod. But, he didn’t give me the response that I wanted.

“Pierre and I need to find our parents. And you guys need to figure out a way to get Peter here.”

I’d almost forgotten about Spider-Man. Almost. “He’s with Tony, isn’t he?”

“As far as we know,” Tom pointed out. “He could be anywhere. What do we need him for?”

Pierre and EP glanced at each other again before looking as if they’d come to a decision.

“Peter knows the truth about our past, and I think it may be the key to getting you all back home.”

A shiver went up my spine at EP’s explanation. I said, “Then you need him here yesterday.” I looked over at Prince Jon. “You think you could give me another boost? I think I can get Spidey here.”

The Prince nodded as he stepped up next to me and grasped my extended palm. “One webshooter coming right up.”

As I closed my eyes, I heard Tom say to the twins, “I feel like we just did this.”

And Pierre’s low chuckle as he said, “We did.”