HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 246

Eventually, the hornets began to lose interest, drifting off in the direction of the nest. When the last of them had gone, Angela let go of the telekinesis and sat down on the grass.

“Everyone okay?” she asked.

“Yeah,” Tommy said.

Harry, standing over Tommy’s shoulder, nodded. Frederica sank to her knees beside Angela.

“I’m so sorry,” she said. “I was just messing around and I didn’t see the nest and—”

“Hey, relax,” Angela said. “We’re all good.”

“But you got stung!” Frederica said.

Angela glanced down. Three red welts had formed on her arm, and she could feel another on her face, just below her right eye.

“Oh, this is nothing,” she said.

She summoned the healing factor she picked up after her car accident last year. The welts faded in a matter of seconds. She held out her arm for Frederica to see.

“There, all better,” she said. “Don’t beat yourself up about it.”

“It’s still my fault,” Frederica said. “I should’ve been more careful.”

Angela shrugged.

“Accidents happen,” she said.


And,” Angela said, “I never could’ve held back that swarm without your help. We would’ve been a lot worse off if you hadn’t stepped in.”

She rose to her feet and helped Frederica up.

“Now who wants to go get some ice cream?” Angela asked.


The next few days passed without incident. Angela didn’t really have much else to teach Frederica, so they spent most of their time just practicing, in between anime marathons with Genesis and Akkraemyth sessions with Tommy. By the end of the week, Angela and Frederica were simply hanging out more often than they were actually training.