HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 20

“Hmm,” Carmen muttered. “So I guess you wouldn’t be interested if I offered to give you the power right now?”

Frederica hesitated.

“You’d actually do that?” she asked.

“No,” Carmen replied. “But I was curious how you’d react.”

“Oh yeah,” Frederica said. “Angela mentioned you like to toy with people. I didn’t realize it was so… annoying.”

Carmen smirked.

“What else did she tell you?”

“She said you were powerful… kind of scary… but ultimately a decent person.”

“Only kind of?” Carmen asked. “I must be slipping. You should’ve seen me in my prime. I cut quite the imposing figure. Especially in dragonscale.”

“Sounds terrifying,” Frederica said.

“Now you’re just patronizing me.” Carmen winked. “Run along now, little Osbourne. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of each other this semester.”

Frederica didn’t know what to say to that, so she just nodded and backed away slowly. She met Magh and her other self in the hallway. She merged back into a single body. Magh just stared, wide-eyed, even though she’d seen them split off just a couple hours earlier.

“It’s not really that impressive,” Frederica said, heading down the hall. “I have a twin sister, so there’s basically two of me already.”

“Oh!” Magh said. “My brother and sister are twins. Not identical, of course, but still. Are you very close?”

Frederica shrugged.

“We used to be, but we don’t really have a lot in common these days. Jo and I tend to get along better when we give each other space. Like, an ocean’s worth.”

Magh chuckled.

“I still live with all my family,” she said. “We’re in one of those apartment complexes the government set up for us refugees after we landed.”