HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 286

“Any luck?”

“A little,” she replied, and took a moment to consider her words carefully. “There is something going on with Eric, but you don’t have to worry about it. Really.”

“Easier said than done,” Amir replied. “Can’t you at least tell me what the situation is?”

“It’s better if I don’t go into detail right now,” Angela said. “I know it’s not what you want to hear, but you have to trust me.”

“I do trust you,” Amir said, “but this is the love of my life we’re talking about. If you were in my position, would you just sit back and wait for everything to work itself out?”

“Probably not,” Angela said. “Just give me a couple days, okay? I’ve got his back, so nothing’s going to happen to him. Remember when we fought the vampire queen in Sal Mordra?”

“Yeah, you two kicked its ass,” Amir said. “Fine, two days. Then I’m hopping on a plane.”

“I’ll be in touch as soon as I have an update,” Angela said.

Amir signed off.

That could’ve gone better,” Angela said aloud.

Chip meowed in her ear.

“Nothing,” she said, reaching up and stroking his fur. “Just talking to myself.”

She set him down on the desk and stood from her seat. She paced around a little, still thinking about what Amir said, about what she’d do if someone tried to take her away from Genesis. Probably tear them apart with her bare hands, if she was being perfectly honest. So she couldn’t blame Amir for wanting to step in. All the more reason Angela needed to wrap this up quickly.

She decided to distract herself by tidying up the apartment. After she finished, she spent the rest of the afternoon playing with the cat. His favorite toy was a rubber bat he dug out of last year’s Halloween decorations; he loved it when Angela made it fly around the room with telekinesis.

When Genesis got home from work at six, Angela set about throwing together a quick supper of cheese tortellini with Italian sausage and sundried tomatoes. Genesis kicked off her shoes and sat on the couch with Chip.