HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 261

They walked past houses with peeling paint and rusty fences. The road here was littered with cracks and potholes. Dogs barked from backyards, greeting the morning sun.

“So how’s this going to work, anyway?” Dorothy asked. “Your brother shuts down my power and then… What? I have to stay near him until we figure out how to stop it permanently?”

“What other choice to we have?” Angela replied.

“We could stay like this,” Dorothy said. “Just you and me, here in this moment. Let time go on without us.”

“You know I can’t do that,” Angela said.

“Yeah, I know,” Dorothy said. “It was worth a shot.”

“Do you really not want to go back to your life?” Angela asked.

Dorothy shrugged.

“I did,” she said, “but now that you’re here….”

“You realize I’ll still be here when we get out of this, don’t you?” Angela said. “I’m not just going to suddenly disappear.”

“Really?” Dorothy said. “I figured you’d want us to go our separate ways when we’re done.”

“Not if you don’t want to,” Angela said. “I mean, I doubt we’ll ever quite be BFFs again, but there’s no reason we can’t at least try to get along.”

“So… does this mean you forgive me?” Dorothy asked.

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Angela said, chuckling.

Up ahead, she spotted Kay’s car parked in front of a decrepit white duplex. Before she could even take another step, the car started and took off up the road.

“Well, at least we have the right place,” Angela said. “Now we just have to wait.”

After a few minutes, she felt dizzy again, and Kay appeared on the steps next to an Asian woman with a short buzz cut and a septum piercing. Their clothes were mismatched and wrinkled.

“Hey,” Angela said.

Kay jumped and turned to Angela.

“Jesus!” he said. “Where the hell did you come from?”

“It’s actually more like ‘when the hell’,” she replied. “I know this is really awkward timing, but we need your help.”