HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 203

“Huh?” Angela replied.

“He was looking for agrimony,” Anna said. “I don’t have any at the moment, so I sent him to a shop across town.”

“Agrimony,” Angela said, trying the word on for size. “What’s it used for?”

“Alternative medicine, mostly,” Anna said. “You know, natural remedies, that kind of thing.”

“Shit,” Angela said. “He’s probably just looking for a hangover cure or something.”

“Most likely,” Anna said. “I don’t really know what kind of effect it’s supposed to have. These things often have more to do with human psychology than plant biochemistry. That’s why I sent him elsewhere. Do you want the address I gave him?”

“Nah, I’m pretty sure this is just a wild goose chase,” Angela said. “I’m going to have to rethink my strategy.”

“What exactly is your business with this guy?” Anna asked.

“It’s kind of hard to explain,” Angela said. “Basically I’m trying to help someone through a problem and I think he might have some answers I need. But he’s being evasive about it, so….”

“You’re stalking him,” Anna said.

“Pretty much,” Angela said. “But it’s for a good cause.”

Anna chuckled.

“I’ll take your word for it,” she said. “So is this what you do now? You help people?”

“Well, I try,” Angela replied. “Doesn’t always work out so well, as you can see, but… I feel like I’ve found my calling, if that makes any sense.”

“It does,” Anna said, smiling.

“Anyway, I should probably get back to work,” Angela said. “This mystery isn’t going to solve itself.”

“Oh, before you go,” Anna said, reaching below the counter. “Take this.”

She poured a handful of seeds into a little baggie and handed it to Angela.

“What’s this?” Angela asked.

“A bouquet for your anniversary,” Anne replied. “I promise your girlfriend will like it.”