1: Now it came to pass that Peter was walking in the streets of the marketplace when he did hear a cry of alarm from nearby.
2: And Peter was late for a very important meeting with Jonah, so he did think unto himself, Lo, someone needeth assistance. But Jonah hath also insisted upon this meeting. (1) Do not the trials of the Lord ever end for me?
3: And he was in the common garb of his daily life, as he was walking in the marketplace among men, and he was loathe to reveal to them the nature of his calling. So he did hastily step away from the marketplace, into a place of concealment.
4: There did he change into the chosen attire of his calling, that none might know him.
5: Thus garbed in the raiment of his office, he did begin to search for the sound of alarm. And he did search among the fish markets, and among the moneychangers, and among the craftsmen. And also in the many streets around the Temple did he search.
6: And also did he swing over many rooftops, searching for the cry of alarm. And he did see a place of Law, and its doors were thrown asunder and smoke did pour from inside it. And Peter did swing down to it.
7: Then did the spirit come over him, and he did tingle all over, and he became alarmed.
8: And lo, in that moment was he struck from behind. And great was the distance he was thrown by the blow.
9: And a voice did say unto him, Pass by, doer of good, for this matter concerns you not.
10: And it came to pass that there was much confusion upon Peter, and his head did reel and spin. But he did look up, and he did see a man garbed in armor.
11: And the man did have armor upon his body, and upon his legs, and upon his arms, and also upon his head. And also was there an armor plate upon his face. And there was a cloak of green about his shoulders, and also a tunic of green about his body. And Doom was his name. And his reasons for visiting destruction upon the place of Law were not known at this time. (2)
12: Thus it was that Peter did think unto himself, Lord, why dost thou visit these travails upon me? For this is not even mine enemy!
13: And Peter did also think, Perhaps I should do as this man exhorts, and pass by, that I may reach my meeting with Jonah on time. And also must I meet with Mary, my spouse, that I may lay with her. And many other things must I do this day.
(1) Spectacular, Ch 14, v 8, True Believers!
(2) Fantastic, Ch 3, v 5, Oh Ye Faithful!
1: But then did a vision appear unto Peter, and he did see the face of his uncle Ben. And the face did appear before him, and a voice spake unto Peter, and the voice did exhort Peter to hearken back to an earlier time.
2: And Peter did once again remember his origin, and his origin was thus:
3: It came to pass that when Peter was a youth, he did attend a fair of miracles. And it did come to pass that the Lord moved in mysterious ways, and did cause the spirit to visit itself upon a lowly spider.
4: And the spider did descend to Peter’s hand, and there did it bite him. And Peter did not think further upon it, but did go instead upon his way home.
5: Now as Peter did make his way home, it came to pass that a merchant’s cart did nearly strike him in the street. But the spirit came over Peter, and it did make him tingle, and he did leap many cubits to safety, and he did cling upon a wall.
6: And Peter thought unto himself, Lord, what hast thou set upon me? Behold, I have strength for my size, like unto that spider and its size. And verily do I have many abilities like unto that spider, in a size like unto my own.
7: Then did he pass by a place of men, where men did grapple one against another for money. And Peter thought unto himself, I should see what it is the spirit of the Lord hath delivered unto me. But his courage did waver, and he did hide his face behind a mask, that none might know him. Then he did go unto the place where men grapple, one against the other.
8: There did he challenge the mightiest among them, and they did grapple, and the power of the Lord was upon Peter, and he did defeat his enemy. And great was the wealth which he did receive.
9: Thus did Peter continue with his ability, and he did appear in many entertainments, and great were the rewards which he received for his abilities. And he did the use the blessing of the Lord for selfish and vain purpose.
10: But always did he appear masked, that none would know him.
11: And it came to pass that Peter was performing when there did come a cry and a shout. And a thief did push by him suddenly, and Peter raised not his hand to stop him.
12: And the guards did ask Peter, Why hast thou not raised a hand to stop the thief? And Peter did answer, saying, The actions of a thief are not my actions, and the concerns of a thief are not my concerns.
13: But it came to pass that he did return to his home that evening, and his aunt was wrought with grief. And Peter did ask, Aunt, why grievest thou?
14: And his Aunt did answer him, saying, Thy uncle Ben is slain, and the man who did slay him hides now in a house of wares.
15: Thus did Peter swear revenge for his uncle, and he did place his mask upon his face, that none would know him, and he did take with him the many tools of his calling, and he did swing to the house of wares. And there he did find the thief, and caught him, yea, even as a spider would catch a fly.
16: But then he did look upon the face of his uncle’s slayer, and there did he see the thief that had pushed by him earlier.
17: And the voice of the Lord was upon him, saying, With great power cometh great responsibility.
18: And then did Peter resolve to forever heed the Lord. And he did resolve to wisely use the abilities which the Lord had given him. This he did swear.
19: All these things did the face of uncle Ben show unto him in a vision.
1: And Peter did remember his promise unto the Lord, and he did resolve to pass not by, as the man in the armor, whose name was Doom, had exhorted him.
2: Thus did he stand. And he did shoot webbing at his enemy, that his enemy would be bound. But the man in armor, whose name was Doom, felt not the webbing, and he did sweep it aside.
3: And he did deliver unto Peter a mighty blast of light, and of heat, and of concussive force. And it was only by the power of the Lord, and the spirit which did warn him, and did make him tingle, that Peter did avoid the blast.
4: And Peter became concerned, and he did think, Lord, why do these trials come upon me? Am I to suffer like unto Job? And he did think, If I am to triumph in this adversity, I must needs use my wit as well as my faith in these abilities which the Lord that given me.
5: But the one called Doom did press his attack, and many more blasts of light, and of heat, and of concussive force did he send against Peter. And Peter was buffeted like unto a boat in a storm.
6: And just as Peter did think death was upon him, he did hear a voice cry unto him.
7: And the voice did cry out, Peter, it is Matthew. I come unto you to render help. And Peter did look up and he did see Matthew upon the rooftop.
8: Now Matthew was a man without fear. And though blindness was upon him, Matthew had been blessed of the Lord, and his other senses were without measure. And great was his ability to touch, and to smell, and to hear, and to taste. And the spirit was likewise upon him, and did show him many things, like unto sight, even though he were blind.
9: And then did Peter think back upon the first time he met Matthew, and how they did first fight each other through misunderstanding, but did later join together as allies, like unto one, because the Lord Thy God Hath Demanded It! (1)
10: But the fullness of these events may not be revealed at the present time. And all who would know of these things would do well to be faithful, yea even so must they show faith, and mercy, and also must they fast and pray for thirty days and thirty nights.
11: And after thirty days and thirty nights have passed must they return for a parable which we calleth, “Swinging with the Devil”, to be written upon the pages of this very scroll. Until then, oh ye faithful, go ye forth and sin not!
(1) In the classic Spectacular, Ch 4, v 1
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