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“That was quick,” Frederica said. “Especially for a Saturday morning.”

“What can I say?” Nila replied. “A house full of vermin can be a good motivator.”

“You don’t know the half of it,” Molly said with a smile.

A quick freshening-up later, Frederica gave Molly her contact information and headed out with her friends. The air had a bit of an early-October chill to it, rustling through leaves just starting to turn shades of yellow and orange.

“So does anyone actually have any idea where we should go?” Frederica asked.

“I’d suggest Valhalla but they don’t open for, like, ten hours,” Nila said.

“We could chill at a café,” Melody said.

“Or see a movie,” Magh added.

They paused at an intersection, waiting for the lights to change.

“You know, I think I’m just gonna head back to Angela’s,” Josephine said, staring off into the distance. “I still have some unpacking to do and then Kay’s going to introduce me to his boss later.”

“Need any help?” Frederica asked. “We could come along if you like.”

“Nah, I’m good,” Josephine said.

“Do you want me to open a portal?” Magh offered.

“Thanks, but I’ll walk,” Josephine said. “It was nice seeing you all again, and meeting you, Mel. We’ll definitely have to hang out again soon.”

Then she turned and crossed the street. Frederica watched her sister go with a furrowed brow. Something seemed off about Josephine but Frederica couldn’t quite put her finger on it. She found herself wishing she could read her sister’s mind, to find out if anything was wrong.

“What did she mean about unpacking?” Nila asked as they continued on their journey.

“Oh yeah,” Frederica said. “In all the excitement we forgot to mention. She’s moving to Victory City.”