HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 16

They talked about movies for a while, until the sun set and the sky grew dark. Then they stepped out onto the curb and stood awkwardly beside Tommy’s car for a while. Frederica tried not to look into the backseat.

“Do you… want a lift back to campus?” he asked.

“I think I can manage.” She began to rise from the sidewalk. “Thanks for the offer, though.”

He laughed at waved up at her.

“Have a good night!”

“You too,” she replied, and floated off into the night.


Knock knock knock!

Frederica blinked and sat up. She glanced at her phone. It was seven in the morning. She reached her mind out toward the door and it swung open. Nila stood in the hallway, hand raised to knock again.

“You are spooky, girl.”

“I’m lazy,” Frederica said. “There’s a difference.”

“Too lazy for breakfast?” Nila asked.

Frederica floated out of bed and touched down on the floor.

“I could eat.”

She threw on a pair of pants and followed Nila downstairs. There was a Tim Hortons on the ground floor. A line of students stretched the length of the room. Nila and Frederica joined in at the end.

“So,” Nila said. “How’d things go with your boy?”

“He’s not my boy,” Frederica said. “But we’re good. We talked about what happened, decided to put it behind us and go back to being friends.”

“Well that’s anticlimactic,” Nila said. “Literally.”

“Ugh,” Frederica muttered, rolling her eyes.

Nila laughed.

“Frederica!” someone said. “Good morning!”

She turned as Magh approached the line.

“Hey, how’s it going?” Frederica said in Magh’s language.

“Good, thanks,” Magh said. “I only got lost on campus once so far this morning.”