HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 218

“What’s that?” Angela asked.

“Finder’s fee,” Leigh replied. “Knowing you is pretty profitable, it turns out.”

“Not that you’re in this for money, of course,” Angela said.

“Just a side benefit, I swear,” Leigh said. She turned to Genesis and thrust out her hand. “I’m Leigh, by the way. I can’t believe it’s taken us this long to finally meet.”

“I know, right?” Genesis said, shaking Leigh’s hand. “I was starting to think you were imaginary.”

Leigh chuckled and said, “I’m sure Angie sometimes wishes I were.”

“That’s not true,” Angela said. “Who else’s ass would I kick at chess if you weren’t around?”

“Oh, it’s on now,” Leigh said. “I’ve got a board in my truck if you really think you’re up to the challenge.”

“Are you sure you want to embarrass yourself in front of all these people?” Angela asked.

“Maybe I do,” Leigh replied, arms crossed.

Genesis laughed.

“I can see your reputation is well deserved,” she said.

“Oh?” Leigh said, raising an eyebrow. “What has she told you about me?”

“Not much,” Genesis said. “But the way she acts after the two of you have been hanging out paints a pretty vivid picture.”

“How… how do I act?” Angela asked.

“Oh, you know,” Genesis said. “Hyperactive, competitive, a little full of yourself.”

“Wow,” Leigh said. “I’m not sure which of us should be more insulted.”

“Definitely you,” Angela said. “I’m just a mimic.”

“True,” Leigh said. “And of the two of us, I do have the more vibrant personality.”

Angela opened her mouth but Genesis spoke first:

“I don’t think you’re going to win this one, honey.”

“Fine,” Angela said. “I give up.”

“That’s right,” Leigh said. “You may have the edge at chess but I am still the queen of smack talk.”