HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 267

“You do?” Angela asked. “For what?”

“Miss Judgment,” Deirdre replied.

“Wait,” Angela said. “You and Kay… worked together?”

“A long time ago, yeah,” Deidre said. “But we were both able to put that life behind us thanks to you.”

“Well, I’m glad I could help,” Angela said.

“What are you guys talking about?” Dorothy asked.

“Let’s just say you’re not the only one with a reason to want to turn back the clock,” Deirdre replied. “Except my mistakes could land me behind bars for quite a while.”

“Jesus,” Dorothy said. “Now I feel like a tool for getting so worked up over a wedding.”

“Nah, you’re good,” Deirdre said, chuckling.

Dorothy smiled and glanced down at her hands.

“So do you ladies still have more errands to run?” Kay asked. “Or should I just head back to Deirdre’s place?”

Angela turned to Dorothy expectantly.

“Yeah,” Dorothy said, “let’s go.”


The car pulled up in front of Deirdre’s house and Angela climbed out. Dorothy stood on the sidewalk a while, clutching her bag and staring at the front door. Angela stepped up beside her.

“You sure you’re alright?” she asked.

“I don’t know,” Dorothy replied. “I’ve gone from having the rest of my life planned out for me to not knowing what’s going to happen tomorrow. But I can’t wait to find out. Thanks, Angela. For everything.”

She leaned forward and kissed Angela on the lips. They held it just for a few seconds, then Dorothy pulled away.

“Sorry,” she said. “Couldn’t help myself.”

“Sure you couldn’t,” Angela said, and smiled.

They stood awkwardly for a moment, then Deirdre stepped between them.

“Come on,” she said. “I’ll give you the grand tour.”

She headed for the front steps and Dorothy followed. Angela stayed on the sidewalk. Dorothy glanced back.

“You coming?” she asked.