Ozzie glanced at Angela and said, “See, told you they wouldn’t believe us.”
“We’re not just messing around!” Angela said to the man, pleading. “This is serious. You’re all going to die if you don’t listen to us.”
The smile vanished from the hero’s face and he crossed his arms.
“Look, ma’am, I don’t have time for this,” he said. “You can leave now, or we can get the police involved. Your choice.”
“Come on, Angela,” Ozzie said. “We can figure something else out.”
Angela glared up at the man, catching images of his life in Edmonton, and she felt a sudden burst of strength. She considered how easily she could fight her way past this guy, but decided that would only waste precious time. Instead, she got another idea.
“Catch me,” Angela said to Ozzie, and switched powers.
She fell a few feet before Ozzie caught her under her armpits and hoisted her up.
“What the hell are you doing?” Ozzie snapped.
But Angela wasn’t listening. She stared up at the ship, through the ship, pushing deeper with her x-ray vision until she could see an open space that looked habitable. She memorized all the details and closed her eyes.
“Let’s go,” she said.
On the way back down to the city, Angela’s phone rang.
“Leigh’s at Elphame Studios,” Genesis said. “I’m heading to meet her now.”
“Great,” Angela said. “See you there.”
She put her phone away and smiled at Ozzie.
“You’ve got a plan, then?” Ozzie asked.
“Oh yes,” Angela replied.
Angela touched down next to the offices of Elphame Studios, a local video game company, and Ozzie landed beside her. Leigh was already waiting outside, leaning against a wall. She was wearing her usual black hoodie and her hair was as bright and pink as ever, though she had the sides shaved these days.