Canto 126 – Enter the Spider
The Black Wolf snuffled along the streets of Kiro, past apartment complexes, Shinto shrines, manga cafes, noodle shops, child-care centers, accounting firms, Zen Gardens, and the once-famous clown college where the zaniest members of the Harlequin Brothers that Gaijin entertainment had once been saturated with.
Phoenix and Rocket Rogers in his conspicuous white cowboy hat followed at a discreet distance.
Finally, they arrived in front of a run-down athletic shoe factory.
“Is this it?” Phoenix asked.
“You don’t remember it?” Rocket asked.
“They obviously moved locations after Alec and Taffy and I became White Spiders. Too risky to keep using a place we could take all of you directly to.”
“How did Alec know where to go, then?”
“Good question. Do you think the rat might’ve been betraying us all along?”
“No. I think it was the helmet.”
“My nose says they are inside this building. Jackie was very afraid when they entered,” said the Black Wolf.
“We are going in, but we will split up inside. Freddy, can you find Alec and Jackie for us? Maybe even set them free if they are imprisoned here?”
“Yes, I can Phoenix-kun.” Phoenix nodded, and the Black Wolf disappeared around the corner, sniffing out a possible entrance for a small black wolf.
“And what’ll we do?” Rocket asked.
“We see if we can locate the Avenger helmet. But carefully so we don’t fall under its spell.”
“Right! We definitely need to find out what that evil thing is up to.”
“It will mostly likely be in Fangwoman’s greedy hands. She is the highest-ranking Black Spider after Jinjiro’s death and Bres’ banishment from the planet. But be warned, she is not the most evil one there. You need to leave Bone Daddy to me.”
“He’s a wraith, not a humanoid. His people have see-through flesh that makes them look like walking skeletons when they’re naked. And they can alter their density to be stone hard or phase through solid walls. Oh, and anything in between, so never let a wraith have a chance to grab any of your internal organs by hand.”
Rocket visibly shuddered. Of course, Phoenix knew that Bone Daddy would be the critical fight for him. He would have to beat him in single combat or all the White Spider students would eventually die at his hands, not just Freddy, Rocket, and Phoenix.