HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 44

“And speaking of which,” he said, handing her a piece of paper, “these are the shifts I’d like you to work this week.”

She glanced over the list. Tomorrow and Friday off, full shifts the rest of the week.

“Okay,” she said again.

“It gets easier, you know,” he said.

She just nodded.

“Anyway, you should go home and get some rest,” he said. “I’ll finish up here.”

He opened the gate for her and she stepped outside.

“See you Monday,” he said.

“Bye,” she replied.

He shut the gate and she made her way up the hall. The food court was still open so she grabbed a quick bite to eat at the Lebanese stall.

Afterwards, she made her way downstairs to the theater. Genesis was already waiting there with tickets in hand. She bounded toward Angela, then stopped in her tracks.

“What is that?” Genesis said, pointing to Angela’s chest.

Angela glanced down and cringed. She’d forgotten to take off her nametag. She slipped the lanyard over her head and stuffed it into her jacket pocket.

“Nothing,” she muttered.

Genesis stepped forward and reached into Angela’s pocket. Angela backed away. The lanyard dangled from Genesis’s hands.

“Since when do you work at the game store?” she asked.

“Since this morning,” Angela replied.

“What about the call center?”

“I… got fired,” Angela said. “I lost my temper and I yelled at a customer.”

“You what?” Genesis said. “When did this happen?”

Angela took a deep breath and said, “Monday.”

“So… you’ve been lying to me all week?” Genesis asked.

“No,” Angela replied, “I was just… embarrassed. I didn’t want you to keep seeing me as someone in need of saving.”

Genesis handed the name tag back.

“You seem to be doing just fine saving yourself,” she said.