HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 233

“Nothing has to happen tonight if you don’t want it to,” Melody said. “We can just sleep. I don’t want you to do anything you’re not comfortable with.”

Frederica shook her head.

“It’s not that I’m uncomfortable,” she said. “It’s just… I’m sure you’ve realized by now that I’ve never been with a woman before.”

“Yeah, I did the math,” Melody said. “To be honest, I’ve only had a few partners, myself. You’ve got no reason to feel insecure.”

“When has insecurity ever needed a reason?” Frederica asked.

Melody chuckled.

“Fair point.”

She stepped forward, stopping in the middle of the room. Frederica closed the gap. Melody slipped her arms behind Frederica’s back and rested her head on Frederica’s shoulder and they just swayed for a while.

“We’ll go slowly,” Melody said. “Any time you want to stop, we’ll stop. Is that okay?”

Frederica smiled and said, “Yeah.”


Frederica woke to the sound of an unfamiliar ringtone—the theme song from a cartoon she vaguely remembered watching as a kid. The mattress shifted as Melody sat on the edge of the bed, her back to Frederica. Her voice cut through Frederica’s early morning daze.

“Seriously?” Melody said. “I just got here…. But you said…. Yeah, I know that…. I know…. But…. Okay…. Okay, fine…. Bye.”

Melody sighed.

“Everything okay?” Frederica asked.

She reached up and traced a finger around the bumps of Melody’s spine.

“I have to go home,” Melody said.

“To the hotel?” Frederica asked.

“To Halifax,” Melody replied.