“Don’t worry about it,” Frederica replied.
“You’d better be careful not to spoil us,” Nila said. “Because I will try to weasel my way out of housework any chance I get.”
“Yeah, we figured that would be a given,” Frederica said. “But we decided you were worth living with anyway.”
“I’m not sure whether to be flattered or offended,” Nila said.
“Both?” Magh offered.
“Schrödinger’s Nila,” she said. “Sounds about right.”
She smirked and climbed the stairs. Magh headed back down the hallway, turning left into the bathroom. Frederica did the dishes and finished getting ready and the three of them gathered on the front step. Magh waved her wand and a swirling black vortex appeared in the driveway.
“I can do this,” Nila muttered. “It’s just a localized wormhole. Doesn’t matter how it was created. Energy’s energy.”
“Do you want me to call a cab?” Frederica asked.
Nila rolled her eyes and took a deep breath and plunged into the portal. Magh stepped toward it, then glanced back.
“Are you coming?” she asked.
“I think I’ll take the scenic route,” Frederica replied.
Magh smiled and stepped through the portal. It vanished a moment later. Frederica pushed off from the ground, floating upward as the house fell away beneath her. She soared over the city toward downtown, and soon the ornate facade of the Champion Hotel came into view. She hovered over the roof and sent a message to Melody.
“Almost,” Melody texted back.
A few minutes later, the sliding door opened and Melody flew up to meet Frederica with a backpack slung over her shoulder. Frederica looked Melody up and down.
“Wow,” Frederica said. “You look just like a real university student.”
“I know, right?” Melody replied.