HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 153

“I will,” Angela said. “Thanks.”

“You’re welcome,” Genesis said. “Now go sell some video games.”


Angela went to work after breakfast. It was a quiet day; a few customers here and there, but for the most part she was left to her own thoughts. But in the early afternoon, a copy of Akkraemyth: The Shattered Land slid across the counter.

Angela looked up to greet the customer and stared into the eyes of Harry Ikeda.

Blue and red lights flashed in the corners of her eyes, pulsing in time with the blood rushing to her head. The twisted wreck of a car lay wrapped around a telephone pole at the shoulder of the road, surrounded by emergency crews. The Jaws of Life ripped through the door but it was too late, the driver was too far gone.

Angela blinked and looked away.

“Oh, hey, I didn’t realize you worked here,” he said. “I totally look like a stalker now, don’t I?”

She forced a chuckle and said, “I can’t imagine anyone wanting to stalk me.”

“What, you’re telling me you haven’t left a string of broken hearts in your wake?” he asked.

“Not that I’m aware of,” she replied. “And I’m pretty good at figuring out what’s in people’s heads.”

“Oh yeah?” Harry said. “What am I thinking about, then?”

Angela flashed on the car wreck again.

“You… probably don’t want me to describe it,” she said.

He was quiet for a moment, then said, “Fair enough.”

After another silence, Angela cleared her throat.

“So where’s Tommy?” she asked.

“At school,” Harry replied. “I wanted to surprise him with the game when I pick him.”

“Good idea,” Angela said.

He paid for the game and she handed it to him in a bag.

“Thanks,” he said. “I’ll get in touch with you tonight about setting things up.”