HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 21

“Oh yeah, I read about those,” Frederica said. “What’s it like, living there?”

“Very crowded,” Magh said. “I don’t even have my own bedroom. I share with my cousin. But it was either that or be separated.”

“I suppose when you’ve lost an entire planet, you’d put up with anything to hold onto what you’ve got left,” Frederica said.

“Exactly,” Magh replied. “I do want a place of my own someday, but for now I’m happy just being together with everyone.”

“That… actually sounds nice,” Frederica said.

Magh smiled.

“It is.”

They reached their next class and lingered in the hallway.

“You go on ahead,” Frederica said. “I want to make a quick call.”

Magh nodded and hurried into the classroom. Frederica took out her phone. She dialled Angela’s number.

“Hey, Fred!” Genesis, Angela’s wife, said. “How’s it going?”

“Uh, good,” Frederica said. “Is… Is Angela there?”

“She’s in the shower,” Genesis said. “Want me to go pull her out?”

“No, no, it’s nothing urgent,” Frederica said. “I just wanted to apologize for something.”

“Oh yeah?” Genesis chuckled. “What’d you do?”

“I just… brushed her off the other day and kind of feel bad about it,” Frederica said. “I was being immature and petty and she deserved better.”

“I wouldn’t worry about it,” Genesis said. “Believe it or not, Angela was eighteen once, too. You should hear how she treated her mother.”

“Fair enough, I guess,” Frederica said. “I just don’t want her to think I’m mad at her when she didn’t actually do anything.”

“Trust me, she doesn’t think that,” Genesis said. “Tell you what, though: come over for dinner this weekend and we’ll call it square.”