RAISING THE CURTAIN Part 1 "God dammit", Otto snarls as he sits down across from Peter in the OsCorp cafeteria. It's midday and the large room is packed, but somehow Peter had managed to get a table all to himself, until Otto showed up. Not that he didn't like Otto. The man was Peter's friend after all. But after recent events, Peter was hoping for the chance to try and relax and get his mind off of things for a bit. "What's up, Otto", Peter asked between bites of his turkey club. "I was so ****ing close to cracking the threshold today! And as I was about to achieve victory, the infernal relay blew!" "Wow...that sucks, Otto. I'm sorry, man. How bad is it fried?" "Totally useless", Octavius frowned as he stabbed at his meatballs with his fork in frustrated emphasis. "I'll have to build replacements that can withstand the high energy output, and that will take time and money." "And both are things Osborn isn't a fan of giving", Otto spoke Norman's name with obvious disgust, though Peter already knew of Otto's dislike for Norman Osborn. "What I need is more funding", Octavius continued in between bites of his spaghetti. "If I had your budget I'd have succeeded by now." "Hey now, Otto", Peter put down his sandwich and looked at Otto, mockingly hurt. "Don't hate the playa. Hate the game." Otto laughed a bit and shook his head, a smile coming to his face for the faintest of moments. "I'm sorry, Peter. I don't mean to take out my frustrations on you." "No problem, Otto. I feel your frustration. This is a highly demanding cluster**** of a job." Before Otto could say anymore Harry Osborn, Peter's best friend and VP of OsCorp walked up to the table. "Gentlemen!" "Otto", Harry looks at Octavius and nods. "Pete", Harry looks towards Peter with a grin. "How's my two favorite brains doing today", Harry said with a smile as he pulled up a chair. "I'm fine." "Not bad, Harry. Was about to finish eating and get back to the lab. Got to meet Flash there and finish installing the new security devices." "Well, Flash will have to wait a bit", Harry replied after hearing Peter's itinerary. "My dad wants to see you in his office, Pete. Pronto." "Alrighty then...", Peter says as he puts his unfinished sandwich back onto his tray and stands up from the table. Peter said goodbye to Otto and followed Harry as they headed to the penthouse on the top floor, aka Norman Osborn's office.