HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 319

“When you meet someone who’s willing to go down with your ship to save your life, you don’t just let her walk away,” Va’el said. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to track down the rest of my crew.”

She strolled off into the crowd. Ozzie turned back to Genesis.

“I think I can do some good out there,” she said. “If I stayed, I’d only get in the way. I always knew I wouldn’t be doing this for myself. But as long as I know you’re safe, I’ll be happy.”

Genesis hugged Ozzie and gave her a kiss on the forehead.

“I owe you my life,” Genesis said. “I won’t forget that.”

“You better not,” Ozzie replied with a wink.

Leigh stepped up beside Angela.

“The moment I met you, I had a feeling that you’d make my life more interesting,” she said, “but I had no idea.”

“Personally, I’m about ready for things to go back to boring,” Angela said.

“Liar,” Leigh replied.

Va’el re-emerged from the crowd with her crew in tow. She clapped a hand on Ozzie’s shoulder.

“Ready to go?”

“Yeah,” Ozzie said, and turned to Angela. “See you later, kid.”

“In twenty or so years,” Angela replied.

Ozzie smirked and followed Va’el onto the ship. The ramp retracted behind them. A few minutes later, the engines roared and the shuttle lifted off. Angela squeezed Genesis’s hand as Ozzie disappeared into the sky.

“Hey… Genesis?”


“Do you want to get married?”