HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 41

“Excellent,” Andrew said. “Now, the pay is only minimum wage, but there’s a decent employee discount and you get first dibs on new releases. So it’s not all bad.”

It was less than she was making a week ago, but she replied, “That sounds fine.”

“Also, we open ten to seven,” he said. “Eleven to six on Sundays. You won’t have to work every day but occasionally you might have to spread one shift over a couple days. Is that okay, too?”

Don’t have much choice at this point.

“Yeah, I can do that,” she said.

“Okay, cool,” he said. “One last question: can you start tomorrow? I know, I know, it’s totally last minute and it’s a Saturday to boot, but I’m really in a bind here.”

“I’ll do it,” she said.

She could hear him sigh over the phone.

“Thank you so much,” he said. “Swing by around nine. I’ll walk you through everything.”

“Okay,” she said. “See you tomorrow.”

She put the phone down. Her hands were shaking. Her heart was pounding. She felt like she was going to explode. Her phone buzzed. Message from Genesis.

“Okay, so the movie’s playing at the mall theatre at three, six, and nine tomorrow. Do you have a preference?”

“Nine works best for me.”

“Okay,” Genesis said. “What time should I pick you up?”

“Actually, could I meet you there?” Angela asked. “I’m going to be at the mall tomorrow night anyway.”

“Oh, okay,” Genesis said. “How about eight?”

“Sure,” Angela said. “See you then.”

She put the phone down and glanced at her hands. Her skin was almost clear already. It didn’t seem possible, but her life was finally getting back on track.


Angela stood outside the mall, trying not to hyperventilate. It had been easier for her to step into the building when she was convinced she wouldn’t get the job. Now, though….