HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 226

She spotted them coming out through the arrivals gate; the twins, Josephine and Frederica, lugging suitcases behind them. Josephine seemed to be in high spirits, strolling along with her head held high. Frederica, on the other hand, was completely withdrawn. She kept her eyes trained on the floor, her shoulders hunched together.

“Your dad wasn’t kidding,” Kay said. “She looks exactly like you did.”

“Yeah,” Angela said. “Poor kid.”

“Guess now we know it wasn’t your mom’s fault you turned out the way you did,” Kay said.

“I wouldn’t let her off that easily,” Angela said.

Kay laughed and waved to the girls. Josephine rushed forward, throwing her arms around Kay’s chest. Frederica lingered behind, keeping her distance. Angela took a step toward her.

“Hey there, Fred,” she said. “How was your flight?”

Frederica shrugged.

“Don’t mind her,” Josephine said. “All she does is sulk.”

“Shut up,” Frederica snapped, glaring at her sister.

“See?” Josephine said.

For a second it looked like Frederica might take a swing at her sister, but instead she just resumed staring at the floor.

“You don’t have to keep doing that, you know,” Kay said, and tapped the side of his head. “I’ve got you covered.”

Frederica hesitated a moment before meeting Kay’s eyes, then Angela’s. She smiled weakly.

“I can’t see inside your heads,” she said.

“That’s right,” Angela said. “And if you’re willing, I’d like to show you what I’ve learned about controlling this ability. I still don’t know everything, but I can put you on the right path, at least. Does that sound okay to you?”

Frederica nodded.

“And I’ll do the same for you,” Kay said, clapping a hand on Josephine’s shoulder.

“But… I don’t have any powers,” Josephine said.

“Is that so?” he replied, and glanced at Frederica. “Hey Fred, what happens when you try to read Jo’s mind?”