HUMAN/SUPER First Contact 82

“I know,” Angela said.

“So stop worrying,” Leigh said. “She’ll call you when she calls you.”

“I’m surprised you’re not telling me to expect the worse so I’ll freak out and be distracted from the game,” Angela said.

“I’m not that ruthless,” Leigh replied.

“Yes, you are,” Angela said.

Leigh laughed.

“Okay, maybe a little,” Leigh said. “But I still have a conscience.”

Angela captured Leigh’s queen with her bishop.

“How’s that working out for you?” Angela asked.

“Not well, apparently,” Leigh replied. “My alignment clearly needs adjusting. Chaotic neutral’s more my style.”

The match continued a few more turns before ending in the usual stalemate. Leigh packed up the pieces and put the board away.

“So are you, like, immortal now?” Leigh asked.

Angela shook her head.

“This power will wear off in a couple days,” she said.

“Yeah, but can’t it come back?” Leigh said. “Just like the scales did?”

“I don’t even know how that happened,” Angela said. “And I’m not exactly eager to replicate the circumstances.”

“I’m not saying you should go run into traffic or anything,” Leigh said. “It’s just interesting, isn’t it? If you could summon up all those abilities at will, you’d be pretty much the most powerful person on the planet.”

“I think you’re exaggerating,” Angela said.

“Maybe,” Leigh said. “But what if I’m not? What would you do with that kind of power?”

“I don’t know,” Angela said. “Rob a bank?”

Leigh chuckled and said, “Now you’re talking.”

Angela paused a moment.

“You haven’t actually done that, have you?” she asked.

“Do ATMs count?” Leigh replied.

“Yes,” Angela said.