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Genesis put her head back down. Angela glanced at Frederica and nodded toward the stairs. Frederica mouthed a “thank you” and headed up to her room. She flopped onto her bed and went out like a light.


The first thing Frederica did when she woke in the morning was open the selfie with Melody just to make sure last night had really happened. Frederica cringed a little at how nervous she looked in the photo, compared to Melody’s beaming confidence. She was tempted to text Melody but didn’t want to seem too eager.

Instead, she got up and brushed her teeth and showered. When she got back to her room, she found a message already waiting on her phone from Melody.


Frederica chuckled.

“I’m feeling pretty fine, myself,” she texted back. “But I’ve got a healing factor so that helps.”

“Ugh, jealous,” Melody replied. “Ronnie’s alarm just went off in the next room and it felt like it was inside my own head. And I swear the earth’s spinning faster than normal today.”

“Aww, you poor thing,” Frederica typed. “I feel slightly guilty for the role I played in your current predicament.”

“Eh, it was totally worth it,” Melody said, following up with a winking emoji.

Frederica replied with a blushing face and they fired emojis back and forth at each other while Frederica got dressed. She headed out of her room and almost ran into Genesis on her way down the stairs.

“Sorry,” Frederica said.

“No worries,” Genesis said. “Who’re you chatting with?”

“Nobody,” Frederica said.

“You’re such a terrible liar,” Genesis said. “It’s all over your face. That ‘texting someone I like’ look.”

“It is not,” Frederica said, holding her phone over her face.

Genesis laughed.

“Relax, I’m just razzing you,” she said. “Angela made me promise not to give you a hard time.”