HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 246

“You two don’t have to stick around on my account, you know,” Nila said. “You can go, like, get a room or whatever. You both must be pretty pent-up by now.”

Tommy blushed and looked down at Magh. She took his hand. Then the two of them scurried off toward the parking lot and hopped into Tommy’s car. Frederica and Nila watched them go, laughing some more.

“They grow up so fast, don’t they?” Frederica said.

“They do indeed,” Nila replied. “Soon we’ll be swarming with little half-elf babies.”

Frederica chuckled.

“God, I hope not,” she said. “I had a false alarm with Griffith a while back and that shit was terrifying. I wouldn’t want them to go through it.”

“Maybe we should go give them The Talk,” Nila said. “Assuming they haven’t already pulled over somewhere.”

“Or just opened a portal directly to bonetown.”

Nila snorted.

“Yes, that is definitely what happened,” she said. Then her eyes drifted past Frederica. “Oh, hey, I didn’t see you there!”

She waved and ran over to a middle-aged South Asian couple waiting nearby. Frederica watched as they talked for a bit, then Nila dragged them over by their hands.

“Guys, this is Fred,” she said. “Fred, these are my parents, Rohit and Aruna.”

“It’s nice to meet you,” Aruna said, shaking Frederica’s hand. “Our daughter has told us a lot about you. I hope she hasn’t gotten you into too much trouble.”

“No, just the right amount,” Frederica said.

Aruna laughed.

“She mentioned you were funny,” she said.

“Oh, did she?” Frederica said, glancing at Nila.

“Among other things,” Aruna said. “I’m glad you’ve been there to watch out for her.”

“Honestly, it’s more the other way around,” Frederica said. “I don’t know where I’d be now if Nila hadn’t randomly barged into my room a year ago.”