HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 116

Angela waited another minute then stepped out onto the sidewalk. She headed back to the mall, bought some new clothes, and returned to New Game Plus to finish her shift.

She still didn’t quite understand what was going on, but she was going to find out.


Angela returned home after work to find Kay on the couch, watching one of the anime DVDs Genesis had left behind. His feet were up on the coffee table and he had a bowl of popcorn propped up on his lap.

“Hey, Angie,” he said. “How was work?”

“Fine,” she said.

She kicked off her shoes and stepped into the living room. Kay offered her some popcorn. She shook her head.

“Funny thing happened on my lunch break, though,” she said. “I ran into your ex.”

Kay choked on a mouthful of popcorn. He swallowed a huge gulp of Coke and cleared his throat.

“You what?” he asked. “What did you say? What did she say?”

“Nothing much,” Angela replied. “Just one word.”

She spoke the word and transformed again. Kay stared up at her with his jaw slack.

“You got anything to say about this?” she asked.

“Uh, you look good?” he said. “I mean, I’m not so into the bodybuilder look, but you carry it—”

“That’s not what I meant,” she said.

“Then you’ll have to be a bit more specific,” he said.

“That woman is a superhero,” Angela said. “You didn’t think to mention this earlier. Why not?”

“Well, I wouldn’t want to compromise her secret identity, would I?” Kay said. “I already broke her heart. No need to ruin her life.”

“Cut the bullshit, Kay,” Angela said. “We both know you never dated that woman. So why’s she really after you?”

“Would you believe me if I told you you’re better off not knowing?” he asked.