HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 243

“I think you’ll find this dish much better than the last time you had it,” Cole said to Angela.

“You took my suggestion?” she asked.

He nodded.

“It was a huge hit,” he said. “Even Dad was impressed.”

“I’m glad to hear it,” she said. “If you need any more help, don’t hesitate to contact me.”

She reached into her pocket and handed Cole a business card that read, “Angela Osbourne, Superpowered Consulting Services”.

“That’s kind of a vague job description,” he said.

“It’s kind of a vague job,” she replied.

Cole chuckled and tucked the card into his pocket.

“Well, I’ll definitely keep that in mind,” he said. “Anyway, I should get back to the kitchen. Give Vivian my love, and enjoy your meals.”

He gave a little bow and strolled away. Angela glanced around the table at her family and took a bite of her steak. It was perfect.


The next day, Angela took Frederica to Victorious Park. Storm clouds loomed on the horizon but for now, the sky was clear and the sun was out. They found a quiet clearing where nobody would bother them, and looked into each other’s eyes.

“So what was going on with Jo at lunch yesterday?” Angela asked as she summoned up the ability to control plants.

Frederica shrugged.

“It’s just… she’s always been the strong one, you know?” she said. “But now….”

“Now you have all the power,” Angela said. “And she’s not sure where she fits anymore.”

“Yeah,” Frederica said.

She turned away. The grass at her feet started swaying this way and that, though the air was perfectly still. She raised her arms slowly, and a wave of daffodils bloomed around her.

“And what did you say to get her to come back inside?” Angela asked.