HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 227

“Nothing,” Frederica replied. “She’s the only one I couldn’t read.”

“That’s because she’s blocking your power,” Kay said. “It’s pure reflex at the moment, but eventually you can learn to direct it outwards.”

“That sounds kind of lame,” Josephine said. “Why can’t I have something useful, like… flight… or moving things with my mind.”

“Hey, this ability has plenty of uses,” Kay said.

“Like what?” Josephine asked.

Angela shot him a glare.

“Uh, on second thought, let’s not get into that,” he said. “I’ve made some… bad life choices.”

“You can say that again,” Angela replied. “Now, neither of us has room in our apartment for both of you, so we were thinking Frederica could stay with me and Josephine could stay with Kay.”

“Works for me,” Josephine said.

“What?” Frederica said, glancing at her sister. “You… you can’t….”

“You’ll still be seeing plenty of each other,” Angela said. “This is going to be good for you. I promise.”


Angela and Frederica stood on the sidewalk watching Kay and Josephine drive off in his car. Angela felt the grip of Kay’s power gradually release from her mind. Frederica tensed up beside her. Angela squeezed her sister’s shoulder.

“You’re going to be fine,” Angela said. “Come on, let’s head inside.”

She led Frederica to the elevator and pressed the button. After a minute, the door opened. Harry and Tommy Ikeda stepped out. Harry smiled. Tommy stared at Frederica for a moment and then looked away.

“Oh, hi, Angela,” Harry said, and glanced down at Frederica. “Who do we have here?”

“My little sister,” Angela said. “One of them, anyway. Fred, this is Harry and Tommy. We used to live across the hall from each other.”