HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 76

“I’m so glad you’re amused,” Angela said flatly.

“Oh, don’t be like that,” Vivian said. “I’m happy for you. Or am I not allowed to be?”

Angela crossed her arms. Vivian glanced at Genesis again.

“She this uptight with you, too?”

“No,” Genesis said. “Well… not anymore.”

“You must be great in bed,” Vivian said.

Mom!” Angela snapped.

“Okay, okay, no more relationship talk,” Vivian said. “So, how’s work?”

“Good,” Angela said. “I… work at the mall now.”

Vivian said nothing for a while, then, “You’re shitting me.”

Angela shook her head.

“Wow, you’re just full of surprises tonight,” Vivian said. “Have you told your father any of this?”

“No,” Angela said. “And I’d appreciate it if you didn’t, either. I don’t want to give Harriet the satisfaction.”

“Who’s Harriet?” Genesis asked.

“Dad’s girlfriend,” Angela replied.

“His wife, dear,” Vivian said. “Your stepmother.”

“Whatever,” Angela said. “Just leave them out of this, okay?”

“No problem,” Vivian said. “If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s keeping secrets from your father.”

Angela rolled her eyes. A silence crept over the table, persisting for several minutes until Genesis cleared her throat.

“So, um, it’s getting pretty late,” she said. “I should probably head out.”

“Me too, actually,” Angela said.

Vivian chuckled and said, “Lightweights.”

“Some of us have jobs, Mom,” Angela said, standing.

“I know, dear,” Vivian said. “You’re all grown up now.”

She rose from her seat and kissed Angela on both cheeks. Then she grabbed Genesis and did the same to her.

“It was lovely meeting you, Exodus,” Vivian said.

“Uh, you too,” Genesis replied. “I’d offer you a ride home, but I’ve only got room for Angela.”