HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 254

“Bad idea,” Dorothy said, nodding at the steel doors.

“Why?” Angela asked.

“Let’s just say that looping inside a moving object is not a fun experience,” Dorothy replied.

“So I guess buses and trains are out of the question then,” Angela said.

“Absolutely,” Dorothy said. “You know, you’re catching on faster than I did.”

“Come on,” Angela said, heading for the stairs. “We’ve got a long walk ahead of us.”

They reached the foyer and stepped out onto the sidewalk. It wasn’t quite rush hour so traffic was fairly light. Angela felt dizzy again, and a tall man in a business suit appeared out of nowhere in front of her. She barely got out of the way in time.

“That’s happened to me so many times I’ve lost count,” Dorothy said.

“I’m surprise you’ve survived this long,” Angela said.

“You and me both,” Dorothy said.

Angela led Dorothy in a generally easterly direction. She’d never walked to Kay’s place before so was a little rusty on the best path. She was tempted to just fly, but she’d have to leave Dorothy behind and that would defeat the purpose entirely.

So they walked, block after block, loop after loop. They weren’t even halfway there and Angela had already lost track of how much time had passed. It must have been a while, though, because now Angela’s stomach growled.

“Want to get something to eat?” Dorothy said. “We won’t have time for anything fancy, but we could grab some fast food or just raid a grocery store.”

“I’m fine,” Angela said. “Let’s just keep moving.”

“Suit yourself,” Dorothy said.

And on they walked. Angela’s hunger continued to deepen, but she said nothing. Eventually Dorothy started getting fidgety beside her.

“Is the silent treatment really necessary?” Dorothy asked finally.

“I just don’t have anything to say,” Angela replied.