HUMAN/SUPER Higher Learning 74

“It’s where we ate yesterday, Jo,” Frederica said.

“Ah, right,” Josephine said. “Do you want something, too?”

“Sure,” Frederica said, and jotted down an order.

“Great,” Josephine said. “Then I’ll be right back.”

She turned and headed out the door. Karen watched her go, staring for a long moment.

“I didn’t think she would actually do it,” Karen said.

“Me neither,” Frederica said. “She’s not usually that obedient.”

“Must be trying to make a good impression,” Karen said.

“Or she’s just intimidated.”

Karen scoffed.

“You think I’m being too hard on her?”

“Not at all,” Frederica said. “In fact, you should keep it up. It’s kind of nice to see her finally on the defensive.”

“I’ll see what I can do,” Karen replied.

Josephine returned half an hour later and everyone ate at their desks. After lunch, Karen sent Josephine over to the dorm to retrieve an SD card full of pictures from a photographer who wasn’t answering his phone. Then it was a variety of menial tasks ranging from sweeping the floor to making coffee. By the end of the day, Josephine looked like she was about to collapse.

“Alright, everyone, that’s a wrap,” Karen announced, and patted Josephine on the back. “Great work, new girl. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

Josephine yawned and gave Karen a half-hearted thumbs up. The rest of the volunteers shut down their computers and filed out of the office in twos and threes. Karen stayed behind to finish up some paperwork.

“It was, uh, nice meeting you,” Josephine said.

Karen looked up from her desk and nodded.

“Until next time,” she said.

Frederica waved and led her sister out of the office.

“I didn’t realize running a newspaper was such hard work,” Josephine said on the way down the stairs.

“And I didn’t realize you can actually follow orders,” Frederica replied.