HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 287

“You’re awfully quiet,” she said as Angela came over with their food. “Is everything okay?”

“Sorry, I’m just a bit distracted,” Angela said. “I’ve been helping a friend with a problem today and I have to go back out soon to pick up where we left off. There’s a lot riding on this.”

“Want to talk about it?” Genesis asked.

Angela plopped down beside her and spilled the whole story. When she was finished, Genesis leaned back on the couch and crossed her arms.

“This sounds more dangerous than usual,” she said. “Are you sure you’re not getting in over your head this time?”

“I don’t know,” Angela said. “But I can’t let him go this alone. I could never live with myself if I didn’t do everything in my power to help.”

“And that’s what I love about you,” Genesis said. “It’s just… I worry sometimes that one of these days, you’re going to go out to play the hero and I’m never going to see you again.”

Angela reached over and squeezed Genesis’s hand.

“You know you’ll never get rid of me that easily.”

Genesis chuckled. They leaned toward each other and kissed. After a few seconds, Chip started whining for attention. Genesis pulled back and lifted the kitten up to her face.

“You are such a cock block,” she said.

She kissed his forehead and squeezed him in her arms. He squirmed around a bit but didn’t try to escape. Angela stood from the couch.

“I should… probably get going.”

“You take care of yourself,” Genesis said.

“Always,” Angela replied.

She kissed Genesis again, scratched Chip behind the ears, and headed out the door.


Angela spotted Eric standing by the gates of Victory City University and flew down to meet him. Under his arm, he was carrying that huge book she saw earlier.

“What’s with that?” she asked, nodding at the book.

“A peace offering,” he replied.