HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 60

Nila glanced at Magh.

“Did you know about this?” she asked, and Magh shook her head. Nila turned back to Frederica. “Dude, why didn’t you say something sooner? I would’ve thrown you a party.”

“That’s exactly why,” Frederica said. “I didn’t want anyone to make a big deal about it. I just would’ve ended up bumming everyone out.”

“And if I hadn’t shown up, you would’ve just stayed in your room all day?” Josephine asked.

“Pretty much,” Frederica said.

“Aww,” Josephine said. “You really did miss me.”

“Well, of course I did,” Frederica said. “Nobody else is quite as good at driving me nuts.”

“Hey, that reminds me,” Josephine said. “A pirate walks into a bar—”

“No,” Frederica said.



Josephine laughed and turned to Nila.

“I was thinking of hitting a bar or two tonight,” she said. “Got any recommendations?”

“That depends,” Nila said. “Do you like metal?”

“I’ve been known to dabble occasionally,” Josephine said.

“In that case, I know just the place,” Nila said.

“Don’t you have a party to go to?” Frederica asked.

Nila shrugged.

“I was kinda thinking of skipping it, anyway.”

“Then it’s settled!” Josephine said, and turned to Tommy and Magh. “What about you two? Coming?”

“We, uh, were planning to watch movies with my dad,” Tommy said.

“Can’t you just blow him off?” Josephine asked.

“Sure, if I were an asshole,” Tommy replied.

Josephine winked and said, “So that’s a yes?”

“Don’t pay any attention to her,” Frederica said. “You guys are free to do your own thing. Say hi to Harry for me while you’re at it.”