HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 69

“It’s almost like it’s become a part of your body,” Frederica said. “I don’t think I can remove it. Not safely, anyway.”

“Oh god,” Ji-soo said. “I can’t stay like this. I’ll go mad.”

Frederica concentrated on the threads of power pulsing through the device, and she found a gap. A cluster of dead circuits, disconnected from the rest of the device.

“I have an idea,” Frederica said. “Brace yourself.”

She held these circuits in her mind and forced the energy through them. Ji-soo cried out as the device drew more power from her nervous system. Her body flickered a few more times and then became solid. She stared down at the wrist-watch-sized machine embedded in her arm.

“What… what did you do?” she muttered.

“I fixed it,” Frederica said. “The neural interface wasn’t connected properly. That’s why you couldn’t control the cloaking. You should be able to turn it off and on at will now.”

“But it’s still stuck on my arm?” Ji-soo asked.

“I’m afraid so,” Frederica replied. “But on the bright side, you’ve got superpowers now. And invisibility’s a pretty cool one. In fact….”

Frederica looked into Ji-soo’s brown eyes, then watched her own body fade from sight. She chuckled and reappeared.

“Now you try,” Frederica said.

Ji-soo hesitated, then closed her eyes. She vanished. A moment later she popped back into existence.

“You’ll get the hang of it eventually.” Frederica jotted her phone number down on a piece of paper and handed it to Ji-soo. “If you have any more trouble with it, give me a call and I’ll see what I can do.”

“Thanks,” Ji-soo said. “You saved my life.”

“Hey, I helped,” Josephine said. “A little.”

“That’s true,” Frederica said. “I couldn’t have done it without Jo.”

“Well, I owe you both,” Ji-soo said. “I don’t know how I’ll ever repay you.”

“Don’t worry about it,” Frederica said. “I’m glad I could help.”