HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 287

“Didn’t you say you were going to get a bike?” Frederica asked.

“I said I was thinking about getting one,” Nila replied. “But it’s just….”

She trailed off. Frederica chuckled.

“You were about to complain about the distance, weren’t you?” she said.

“No,” Nila said, then sighed. “Yes.”

“Do you want me to give you another piggyback ride?” Frederica asked.

Nila laughed.

“I think I’m a bit too sober for that,” she said. “But thanks anyway. I’ll just grab the next train. It’s not like I can’t afford the fare.”

She winked at Melody.

“I’ll win it back one of these days,” Melody said. “Just you wait.”

“Wanna bet?” Nila asked.

Melody sighed.

“Go home before I throw you home.”

“I’m going, I’m going,” Nila said.

She turned and sauntered away, waving behind her as she went. Frederica took Melody’s hand and floated off the ground. The campus fell away beneath them. When their fellow students were little more than dots far below, they stopped and hovered awhile.

“So… should I be jealous?” Melody asked.

“Of what?” Frederica replied.

“Of the guy you were talking to before we showed up,” Melody said. “I mean, he must’ve been impressive if he left you that speechless.”

Frederica shook her head.

“No, it’s not like that,” she said. “At least, I don’t think so. There’s definitely something going on, but I have no idea what it is. To be honest, I’m probably not even going to get involved.”

“I don’t believe that for a second,” Melody said with a chuckle.