HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 55

“I’d totally be okay with that,” he said, “but if you’re sure you’d rather be alone….”

“I’m sure,” she said, standing from the bed. “I’ll… call you if I change my mind.”

“Works for me,” he said. “Talk to you later. And happy birthday.”

She kissed him one more time and flew out the window. The city was quiet this early in the morning. From high up, she could almost pretend it was completely deserted. She reached VCU and landed in front of the dorm.

“Doing the walk of shame, huh?”

Frederica turned. A girl stood on the front step of the dorm. Somewhere behind the shaggy, turquoise pixie cut and the dark eyeshadow and the septum piercing was a face identical to Frederica’s. Josephine winked.

“I wasn’t walking,” Frederica said.

Josephine raised an eyebrow.

“That’s not the part I expected you to deny,” she said.

“Yeah, well, I’m full of surprises.” Frederica stepped forward and gave her sister a hug. “What are you doing here? I didn’t think you’d be back until next year.”

“Oh, come on,” Josephine said. “Did you really think I’d ditch you on our birthday?”

“Maybe a little,” Frederica said. “Not that I blamed you. I just figured you wouldn’t want to interrupt your trip.”

“It took, like, two seconds for Angela to bring me here,” Josephine said. “I’d be an asshole if I didn’t come.”

Frederica chuckled and said, “Good point.”

“Now are you going to invite me up, or what?” Josephine asked.

“Of course,” Frederica said. “Follow me.”

She led Josephine through the lobby and up the stairs.

“So what were you really doing out this late?” Josephine asked.

“What do you think?” Frederica replied.

“Knowing you?” Josephine said. “Probably fell asleep in the library reading a book about paint drying.”