HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 61

“I will,” Tommy said. “He’s been wondering how you’re doing lately.”

“Tell him I’m good,” Frederica said. “And that I’m sorry I haven’t been around to visit in a while.”

“He understands,” Tommy said. “But I’ll let him know.”


An awkward silence fell over the table. A waitress came by to take the newcomers’ orders and drop off Tommy and Magh’s checks. Frederica stood from her seat to let the two of them out of the booth.

“It was nice meeting you,” Magh said to Josephine. “Happy birthday to you both.”

Tommy glanced at Josephine and then Frederica.

“Good luck,” he said softly.

Frederica chuckled and nodded. Tommy and Magh paid for their meals and headed out of the diner holding hands. Frederica slid back into her seat.

“They must be pretty serious,” Josephine said. “If she’s already hanging out with his father, I mean.”

“It’s not that big of a deal,” Frederica said. “Tommy and Harry are very close, is all. In any case, I’m glad they’re happy together.”

“How noble of you,” Josephine said. “I almost couldn’t hear the jealousy in your voice.”

“Why would I be jealous?” Frederica asked. “I’ve got Griff.”

“Where is he, then?” Josephine said. “Hey, you should invite him out to the bar tonight!”

“That’s a great idea,” Nila said. “I’ve been dying to meet him.”

“She hasn’t even introduced him to you?” Josephine asked Nila.

“Nope,” Nila replied. “Girl likes her secrets.”

“I do not,” Frederica said. “I’m just… building up to it. I don’t want to mess this up by rushing things.”

“Yeah, that would involve actually taking a risk,” Josephine said with a wink.