Genesis chuckled and said, “See you around, Angie.”
She strolled out the door. A couple minutes later, the smart car rolled by the window, music blaring. Angela could feel the bass rumbling through the floor.
The waitress came back around and Angela gave her the money, told her to keep the change. When nobody was looking, Angela let the tension between her two bodies release.
Angela B disappeared from her seat, snapping back to Angela A like an elastic band. She felt disoriented for a moment. Dizziness mixed with double-vision. But eventually she coalesced back into a single consciousness.
The game continued until only two kings and a queen remained on the board. Leigh had Angela cornered on the right-hand side of the board. Angela couldn’t move without putting her king in check, so the game ended in a draw.
“Damn, that was close,” Leigh said. “I almost had you.”
“No, you didn’t,” Angela said, grinning.
“Is that so?” she said.
“Yep,” Angela said. “I know all your moves, remember?”
“Okay, now you’re just getting cocky,” Leigh said.
“I must have absorbed that from someone with a competitive streak,” Angela said.
“Touché,” Leigh replied. She leaned back in her chair. “So, want to go another round?”
A couple stalemates later, they decided to call it a day. Angela helped Leigh pack up the chess set and they went their separate ways.
When she got home, she decided to test out her new power a bit. While Angela A was playing Akkraemyth, Angela B was doing the dishes and Angela C was downstairs loading her laundry into the washing machine.
She noticed that the technological background noise faded away when she duplicated herself. She couldn’t reach out and control the machines around her. So while she could absorb multiple powers, she could only use them one at a time.