HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 33

“Not really, but I’ll take your word for it,” Genesis said.

She headed off to set the table. Kay chuckled and turned to Frederica.

“Hey, kiddo.”

“Hi,” she replied.

He plopped down next to her on the couch. Chip settled down a little, but continued growling intermittently.

“How’s school?” Kay asked.

“Good,” she said. “Really good, actually.”

She told him all about Nila and Magh and everything she’d learned so far in class. Once she actually got talking about it, she found she had a hard time stopping. Kay hung on every word, or at least pretended to. She was just getting to Friday night when Angela and Genesis finished setting the table.

Chip meowed pleadingly as Frederica slid out from under him. She tousled his fur and followed Kay to the dining area. Along the way, she felt her phone buzz.

“Thanks for last night,” a message from Magh read in her native tongue. “It was a fascinating experience. Your friend Tommy is very nice, too. He explained ‘elves’ to me, but I still don’t really understand. He’s going to lend me some books. Anyway, thanks again. Have a good weekend.”

“I’m glad you had a good time,” Frederica replied with a smiley face. “See you Monday.”

Her phone buzzed again. Tommy this time.

“We have GOT to do that again sometime.”

“Count on it,” she texted back.

She was about to mention Magh when her phone suddenly powered itself down. Frederica looked up, and Angela winked.

“You can chat with your boyfriend later,” she said. “Now’s family time.”

Frederica rolled her eyes. She gripped the back of the chair and glanced around the table. This was her life now, she realized, and she was actually okay with that.

She took her seat.