They’d just moved on to self-duplication when Genesis got home from work. She was greeted by four Angelas and three Fredericas. One Angela went over to give Genesis a kiss while the rest stepped into the kitchen to get started on dinner. Frederica pulled herself together immediately.
“Hey, girls,” Genesis said. “How’s it going?”
“Pretty good,” Angela said, and glanced back over her shoulder. “Right, Fred?”
“Yeah,” Frederica replied, eyes trained on the floor again.
“That’s a relief,” Genesis said, turning to Frederica. “When I heard you were having a hard time, I got really worried. I was like, ‘Why did this have to happen to the nice one?”
Frederica’s face turned red. Genesis chuckled.
“You really are sisters,” she said. “Angela gets flustered easily, too.”
“Genesis, please don’t torment the poor girl,” Angela said. “I’m supposed to be looking after her.”
“It… it’s fine, really,” Frederica said. “I don’t mind.”
“See?” Genesis said. “She likes it.”
“Just keep it PG-rated, okay?” she said.
“I’ll give it by best shot,” Genesis replied with a wink.
The Angelas in the kitchen finished boiling some penne and added the sauce. They divvied the pasta up onto plates and stepped out into the living room.
“Less talk, more eat,” she said.
Genesis and Frederica took their plates and Angela recombined into a single body. The three of them headed to the couch and ate supper while watching a new anime that Genesis had just recently picked up. Halfway through the third episode, Frederica passed out between Angela and Genesis.
“Now I know how you feel,” Angela said. “I hope I didn’t push her too hard.”
“Pushing is how you get stronger, remember?” Genesis said.
“Did I say that?” she asked.