“It’s okay,” Angela said. “You’ve put up with a lot from me, so I figure it’s only fair.”
“True enough,” Genesis said, chuckling.
She pulled up in front of Angela’s building. A light rain misted on the windshield. She flicked on the wipers.
“So, um, let me know what you think of the show,” she said.
“I will,” Angela said. “Thanks for letting me borrow it.”
“No problem,” Genesis said. “I hope you like it.”
Angela nodded and climbed out of the car.
“Good night,” she said.
“Take care,” Genesis replied.
The car drove off. Angela stood on the sidewalk for a while, staring down the street. After a minute, the dampness had seeped through her hair and clothes and she headed upstairs.
Angela put the first DVD on in the morning and found she couldn’t stop. By suppertime, she’d watched the entire series. She spent the evening talking with Genesis about it on Facebook.
The game store was a lot quieter on Monday, just like Andrew had said. Angela still ended up with a headache, but it was a bit more manageable this time.
On Tuesday, she met her other coworker, Fuad. He was in his early twenties and was a big fan of collectible card games and epic fantasy. Seemed nice enough.
By Wednesday morning, she was really feeling the strain of retail work. She’d just finished answering a phone call about an upcoming release when a young woman with bubblegum-pink hair strolled up to the counter.
“You’re Talon, aren’t you?” the woman asked.
Angela turned to the woman. Memories poured out through grey eyes. Her aunt teaching her how to play chess. Her best friend throwing a Nintendo controller across the room after countless defeats. Her first Akkraemyth character….
“Lilith,” Angela muttered.
“In the flesh,” the woman said. “Though I go by Leigh here in the real world.”