HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 221

Frederica rolled her eyes.

“Okay, I’m going to need a little context here,” Griffith said. “Are you two… dating?”

“Well, in the sense that we are currently on a date, yes,” Frederica replied. “But it’s only our second, so I’m not sure what exactly that makes us.”

“Huh,” he said, glancing between the two women. “Wait, you’re introducing her to your ex on your second date?”

“It was my idea,” Melody said. “I like getting the awkward shit out of the way first before things get serious. That way, there are no surprises later on.”

Griffith chuckled.

“The thing about Frederica is that there are always surprises,” he said. “Even if you think you’ve got everything figured out. Hell, especially.”

“Hey, you’re making me sound way more exciting than I actually am,” Frederica said. “Now I’m never going to be able to live up to my reputation.”

“Oh, you’ll manage somehow,” he said with a wink. “You usually do.”

“Thanks for the vote of confidence,” Frederica said flatly.

Griffith grinned, and Melody laughed.

“Okay, I think I get it now,” she said.

“Get what?” Frederica asked.

“You two,” Melody replied.

“Care to elaborate?”

“Not really,” Melody said. “I’d rather keep you in suspense.”

“You know I can just read your mind, right?” Frederica said.

“Yeah, but I also know you won’t,” Melody said.

“God, is that really what we sounded like when we were together?” Griffith asked.

“You weren’t quite as mean,” Frederica replied.

“Fair enough,” Griffith replied. “Anyway, I’ve got some setting up to do here. You should go find some good seats. This movie’s a real classic so you’re in for a treat.”