HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 40

She pulled up in front of Angela’s building. Angela reached down and grabbed a drug store bag from the floor of the car. She opened the door.

“Hey, do you want to catch a movie this weekend?” Genesis asked. “There’s this new anime coming out that I’d like to go see.”

“I don’t really do movies,” Angela said, “but… okay.”

“Awesome,” Genesis said. “I’ll text you the showtimes when I get home.”

Angela nodded and climbed out of the car.

“See you soon,” she said.

“Toodles,” Genesis said.

Angela closed the door and headed upstairs. After applying a liberal coating of calamine lotion to her skin, she settled in at her computer. An email from a call center firm waited in her inbox.

“Thank you for your interest in our company,” it read. “Unfortunately, we are not hiring at this time. We will keep your resume on file in the event a position opens.”

Angela sighed. That was the  last of them. Every company she’d emailed had either been a scam or not hiring. She tabbed over to Google.

She started off searching for other “work-from-home” jobs. Failing that, she turned to data entry, clerical positions. Nothing available locally.

She was about to load up Akkraemyth to unwind when her phone rang. She didn’t recognize the number.


“Hi, is this Angela Osbourne?” a man said.

“Yeah,” Angela said.

“This is Andrew from New Game Plus,” he said. “You dropped off your resume the other day. How goes the job search?”

“Not well,” Angela said.

“Great!” Andrew said. “I mean, not great, but… uh, you know what I mean. Anyway, we’re still trying to fill the position here and I was wondering if you were still interested in the job.”

Angela stared at her email inbox for a long moment.

“Yes,” she said. “Yes, I am.”