New York City, It had been a while since he had visited. His hunger told him he should have moved faster but he was still recuperating from his last battle with Spiderman. He had hoped he wasn't too late but if there was any truth to the statement, 'True love conquers all,' then time would be no problem. What he was doing was no doubt life threatening but from all he had experienced this could be the the legendary power of love he heard but never seen. A fire red haired woman with emerald green eyes came out of a hotel on her way to meet old friends, along with her former husband, Peter Parker.
"Mary Jane Watson?" The man called in a cold hollow voice before stepping into the light of a dented street lamp.
Mary Jane jumped back in fear as she looked at a tall man wearing a purple jacket, black pants connected to brown european boots. His hair was waist long and looked like new black steel."Do I know you?" She asked nervously.
The man smiled mischievously replying, "We had a brief encounter. But I'm afraid we have more important things to discuss then how we met."
MJ watched the man nervously as he slowly moved closer to her. "Like what?"
"Like how to get your marriage back." He answered.
MJ step back with fear her eyes widening at the statement, "How do you know about that?"
"I'm magic but the real question is how do you know about that? Your memories were suppose to be erased just like your husbands. Yet you hold fragments. You know who Mr. Parker is and you know why your not together. What else do you remember?"
"Just that Peter and I were once married and that he is Spiderman. But I don't know why where not together." MJ replied cautiously.
"You don't know why you are no longer together and yet you haven't confronted him?" The man asked raising an eyebrow.
"I would sound like a whacko. Imagine what he would do if I just up and went, 'Hey Tiger I want to tell you I know your Spiderman and we were once married,' He would think I was crazy." MJ snapped.
The man smirked, "I suppose that's true. Although someone like you doesn't seem to shy away from crazy. Your marriage ended with a deal to demon in order to heal his Aunt from a fatal gun shot. Now I am here to offer you a chance to get that which you lost."
MJ was silent for a moment as she looked at the man. She had missed being close to Peter missed her life and marriage. Taking a deep breath she asked, "What do I have to do?"
A dark smile appeared on the stranger's face before he replied, "You must face a series of tests. All of them life threatening. If you survive you and your husband will get your memories back."
MJ shook when she heard the details, "Why me? I mean in case you haven't noticed Peter is the super-hero.
The Man smirked again replying, "In case you haven't noticed you still retain some of your memories. It's you and no one else. If your marriage isn't that important to you I understand I mean after you can barely remember it. So why should it be worth dying for?"
MJ enraged at the statement shouted, "How dare you make such an accusation! Do you have any idea how it feels when I am around him? To know that we once shared something and yet have it all taken away. I would over come any obstacle to get back what I lost. What I gave up! I would even face the devil himself."
The man smiled mischievously, "Now that is what I wanted to hear. My name is Morlun and I shall be your guide on this quest."
The next morning Morlun and MJ arrived in Dresden Germany. The legend of Mephisto started here thus here is where the trial would start. Morlun and MJ checked into a fancy hotel so the woman could rest up for her journey. The vampire sat in a maroon chair watching MJ sleep remembering what happened the first time they had met. How Spiderman had over powered him in a desperate attempt to save the love of his life. Never in his life had he been over powered. He was once out smarted but never over powered. Morlun had to know why. There were two possibilities to explain. One it was a fluke or two Spiderman was fueled by love. He had to have an answer before he faced his dinner again.
The afternoon came and MJ entered the shower while Morlun waited in the lobby ready to take her to dinner. He wouldn't dare leave MJ to far knowing that Mephisto may attack early to keep MJ from entering the trial. The demon removed their love because he feared it would be his destruction. Morlun wondered if his own death gave the demon lord that thought. None the less Morlun wanted answers about how he was so easily defeated and would not allow anyone to stop him.
MJ came down in a sparkling red designer dress. "So do you know any places to eat here?" MJ asked nervously.
Morlun thought back to the german superhero he used as a snack. "I remembering having a bite when I was last here." He answered with a cruel smile.
The two went to a a fancy restaurant. Morlun ordered some wine and their meals before MJ started striking a conversation, "What did you order us?"
"I would tell but I fear you might not eat it if you knew." Morlun replied receiving a giggle from MJ.
"You know, one would think this is a date. A fancy restaurant, expensive wine, us dressed in our best."
"I do wish the occasion called for it but I'm afraid this is all a gesture of mercy. I do believe you will succeed however I want you to have an evening of peace before your night of hell." Morlun replied.
After that conversation the dinner became silent leaving MJ to wonder what she had gotten herself into. Was she really ready for the trial? Would she succeed? Her memories drifted back to a night when a car almost hit her when she was in a cab. Her heart pounded with fear as she wondered how her husband went out every night to fight crime and not lose his mind. It was how she felt right now. Coming back to the present MJ realized she had better learn Peter's secret before the trial. After dinner MJ got dressed in a black sleeveless turtleneck, blue jeans, and brown hiking boots, feeling the outfit would be more battle worthy. MJ met her guide down stairs before proceeding to the cemetery. Morlun lead the way through cemetery at mid-night to a tomb completely sealed. The vampiric creature punched through stone house leading to a lost passageway. He quickly stepped in as MJ remained hesitant about the challenge. She knew she was fighting for something important yet this was also a trial where she could die. MJ was never the heroic one in this life. She tried to break through Mephisto's wall further in an attempt to see if she was ever heroic in her marriage. Her mind flashed to a bridge where the Green Goblin was about to kill her husband. Pulling out a gun hidden in her purse she fired in an attempt to save her husband.
"Mrs. Parker are you coming?" Morlun asked poking his head out.
"Yeah I was just thinking." She replied quickly before entering the passage way. The inside was covered in unusual and horrifying designs that Mary Jane couldn't describe. However the look of them were rather satanic that increased her nervousness. At the end of the underground hall were two large doors.
"This is your final chance to turn back. Once the trial begins you can't turn back." Morlun said staring at the door.
MJ closed her eyes as her mind floated back when Peter was on the run from the law and she was about to be arrested unless she gave S.H.I.E.L.D her husbands location. Her only reply to shield was 'Arrest me.' Mj opened her eyes replying with full confidence."I don't want to turn back. I want my husband."
MJ started towards the door until Morlun called. "Wait. I have gift for you." MJ looked at Morlun curiously as he pulled out a sword brightening the room. The metal was silver with violet edges. The hilt was royal purple connecting to six purple sapphires. "I had it specially made for you. I went with purple to be the symbol of love. To me red is just too angry and pink in alright for a young love not a love that has endured so much and still survived." MJ took the sword amazed how light it was swinging the blade to get a feel for it. As she held the blade she remembered when Spiderman was fighting hordes of vicious creatures. Desiring to help him she heard a sword compelling her to take it. Unable to remember anything else MJ turned back to the door knocking on it ready for anything.
A figure cloaked in black appeared. "Who wishes to enter the Trials of Mephisto?"
"I do." MJ said fiercely glaring at the figure.
"Many who enter do not return. They die, lose themselves and go mad, or transform into servants of Mephisto. Fully knowing the risks do you still wish enter?"
"I'm here for my husband. Open that door."
"Very well. You have been warned" The cloaked figure replied before disappearing. The large doors opened signifying the trials were beginning.
Stepping through the doors MJ could feel extreme heat coming from below. Morlun began to follow but was stopped by the cloaked creature. "Only one may enter trials."
Morlun glared at the creature replying, "I only intend to watch. It would be wise not to interfere."
The creature stared at Morlun seeing the sincerity in his eyes as he let Morlun pass. The doors immediately closed as soon as Morlun walked through. MJ saw a rock bridge with an orange glow on both sides. Looking down the edge of the cliff she could see a river of lava passing through. Looking at how narrow the bridge was which made her nervous. MJ carefully stepped out on the bridge walking across the lava river not want the trial to end before it had even begun. Suddenly a serpent shot out of the lava glaring at MJ hungrily. The snake struck forcing MJ to move left. After another strike MJ was forced to dodge left again causing her to lose her sword as well as fall hanging on the edge of the bridge. The actress looked at Morlun who held a grim look. The snake moved to the other side of the bridge glaring at the woman hanging for her life. The serpent moved in just as MJ managed to lift herself up rolling forward to get her sword. The snake swirled around the bridge snapping it's prey up in it's mouth it head landing on the bridge. The snake remained motionless as a blade appeared out of the cheek of his mouth creating an opening. MJ came out covered in slime her blade red with blood.
"What happened?" Morlun asked walking over.
"I shoved the blade upward toward as the snake closed it's mouth. Killed it easily." MJ replied wiping the slime off of her felling disgusted and proud at the same time.
"I see. I almost thought you were lost when you fell nearly off the side."
"You weren't alone. Come on I have a feeling this trial is far from over."
"Agreed." Morlun answered following the red haired woman. Up above MJ and Morlun stood Mephisto glaring at the two angrily.