HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 277

“Oh, that’s quite alright,” she said. “We managed to make the most of it.”

“I’m happy to hear that,” he said. “But in any case, the power should be back up shortly, and you’re welcome to contact our office for a refund on the days it was out. And if there’s anything I can do for you, don’t hesitate to let me know.”

Genesis climbed out of bed and stepped over to the couch, where the kitten was sleeping. She stroked him lightly on the back. He blinked groggily and let out a halfhearted hiss.

“Actually, there is one thing,” Angela said. “We found a kitten outside the cabin yesterday and we’re not sure who he belongs to. Has anyone reported one missing recently?”

“Not that I’m aware of,” Roger said. “There’s a lot of ferals in the area. Our guests sometimes feed them so they keep coming around. The young ones usually don’t make it through the off season. If you want, I can send someone from animal control to take it off your hands.”

Angela glanced over at Genesis and the cat.

“No, that’s alright,” she said. “Thanks anyway.”

“Okay,” Roger said. “If there’s nothing else, I should let you go. Enjoy the rest of your stay.”

“We will, thanks,” she said. “Bye.”

She hung up and turned again to Genesis.

“So?” Genesis said.

“Just say the word and he’s ours,” Angela replied.

“Yes!” Genesis hugged Angela then turned back to the kitten. “Okay, so we’re going to need supplies; cat food, a litter box, some toys. I’ll make a list and we can pick them up on the way home. And we’ll have to take him to a vet for a check-up and shots. Oh, and of course he needs a name….”

While she spoke, the cat watched her necklace swinging back and forth. Finally, he pounced, catching the pendant in his jaws. He dangled there for a moment, balanced on his tiptoes.

“How about ‘Chip’?” Angela asked.

Genesis scooped the kitten into her arms. He was too distracted by gnawing on the pendant to resist her.

“It’s perfect.”