HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 125

“You’ll rob them blind within a week,” she said.

“Hey now, I’m not a monster,” he said.

“You so are,” she said. “I’m, like, totally ashamed to even know you.”

“See, you say that now,” Kay said, “but just five minutes ago you were groveling on hands and knees for Miss Judgement to let me go.”

“I didn’t grovel,” Angela said. “You just caught me off guard is all.”

“Sure, sure,” he said, walking alongside her.

“How do you always manage to make me regret helping you immediately after doing it?” she asked.

“It’s a gift,” he replied.

“I hope you kept the receipt,” she said.

“Good one,” he said, laughing. “You should do stand up.”

“Right now, all I want to do is lie down,” she replied.

“That works too,” he said.


The sky grew lighter as they approached Angela’s building. Her eyes were heavy and her legs were weak, but at the same time she’d never felt more awake. She unlocked the front door and held it open for Kay.

“Actually, I think I’m going to head back to my place,” he said. “It’s been fun staying with you, but I miss sleeping in an actual bed.”

“Fair enough,” she said. “And you don’t have to worry about a superhero busting down your door anymore.”

“Exactly,” he said, chuckled.

They stood in the doorway for a minute, not speaking.

“That stuff you told me,” Angela said, hugging her elbows. “When we were on the train. About your mom and the reason you moved away. You made that up, right?”

“Of course not,” he replied. “I wouldn’t lie about something like that, even if I was trying to make you go home. I’m honestly surprised your parents never mentioned it.”

“I… don’t really talk to them,” she said. “Not if I can help it, anyway.”