HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 17

Frederica chuckled.

“The day’s still young.”

“Uh… what’s going on?” Nila asked.

“Oh, sorry,” Frederica replied, switching back to English. “Nila, this is Magh. Magh, Nila.”

“Nice to… meet you,” Magh said, shaking Nila’s hand.

“You are way too adorable to be real,” Nila said.

“I’m… sorry?” Magh said, confused.

“It’s a compliment,” Frederica said. “I think.”

Nila turned to Frederica.

“Where did you find her?”

“She’s in my program,” Frederica said. “And no, you can’t dissect her either.”

Magh pulled her hand away.

“Don’t worry, I’d never do that,” Nila said. “Though I wouldn’t say no to a blood sample.”

Nila,” Frederica said. “Magh’s a person, not a test subject.”

“Relax, I was just joking,” Nila said. “I’m only a slightly mad scientist.”

Magh glanced at Frederica.

“Humans are very confusing,” she said in her own language.

“I know, right?” Frederica replied.

They laughed, leaving Nila out of the loop. The line advanced to the counter and the three of them found a table together with their breakfasts. Magh ordered a bagel loaded up with bacon.

“I’m surprised human food is compatible with your digestive system,” Nila said. “I mean, we’ve had millions of years to adapt to the flora and fauna of this planet, but you haven’t even been here a decade. How are you able to eat that?”

Magh stared blankly at Nila for a moment, then said, “Everybody likes bacon.”

“I… guess I can’t argue with that logic,” Nila said.

Magh grinned and chowed down on her bagel.

“What class do you have first, Magh?” Frederica asked.