HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 124

“You’re… not taking me in?” Kay asked.

“Apparently not,” she replied. “But if I see you and your friends so much as jaywalk—”

“You won’t,” he said. “Thank you so much.”

She shrugged.

“It’s my brother you should be thanking,” she said. “He has a soft spot for repentant criminals. And I have a soft spot for him.

“Thanks, man,” Kay said to Ross. “I owe you one.”

He took Angela by the arm and led her into the hallway. Angela glanced back on her way out.

“Thank you both,” she said as Kay shut the door behind them.

They hurried up the hall and down the elevator in silence. Outside, Kay leaned against the wall and exhaled. Angela placed her hand on his shoulder.

“Are you okay?” she asked.

He chuckled softly.

“I can’t believe that actually worked,” he said.

Angela stared at Kay. She pulled her hand away.

“Was… was that your plan all along?” she asked.

“I really had you going for a minute, didn’t I?” he replied.

“What the hell is wrong with you?” she snapped, punching him in the shoulder. “Couldn’t you have at least warned me?”

“I needed you to believe it,” he said. “Otherwise they wouldn’t have.”

“Bullshit,” Angela said. “I could’ve been convincing. You didn’t have to trick me like that.”

“Look, I’m sorry,” he said. “I just figured you’d be relieved that you didn’t have to do something you’d regret.”

“Well… I am,” she said. “But if you ever pull this kind of shit again, I’m handing you over to the cops myself.”

“Don’t worry,” he replied. “I meant what I said about staying out of trouble. From now on, I’m a law-abiding citizen.”

“Yeah right,” Angela said.

She turned and walked away. Kay followed.

“No, really, I’ve turned over a new leaf,” he said. “Just you watch. I might even volunteer for a charity.”